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Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:06 PM
Originally posted by caren1701

Now that school's out & I have my first college degree completed, I'm ready to concentrate on my two novels [who needs sleep, right? :)]. I keep seeing advice to seek out recently published first novels to see what's worked for those new authors. Sounds good to me. I'm always happy to find a new author, but am having a little trouble finding first novels in the Women's Fiction genre. Any suggestions will be very welcome. If they're edgy books with contemporary settings, so much the better.

Thanks and Happy Writing! :Sun:

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:07 PM
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Disobedience by Jane Hamilton
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Finding Alice by Melody Carlson (read recently--highly recommended, especially for high school/college age women)
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Mermaid's Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

...I could go on and on....PM me if you want more titles.

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:07 PM
I'd go grab whatever NEXT put out this month. They always have a nice mix of things in women's fiction...

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:07 PM
If contemporary isn't your thing, I always loved the Clan of the Cave Bear books by Jean Auel.

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by caren1701
Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions! :)



jbayley -- I feel ignorant asking this, but would you please tell me how to find NEXT? I tried Googling it, but didn't get any literary sites. A lot of good books have been recommended, but right now I'm trying to find first novels published in the last year, or two at the most.


NEXT is a line of books put out by Harlequin. Women's fiction because it's not all about a romance. :) Try Taking Back MaryEllen Black by Lisa Childs.

One of my favorite women's fiction pieces is Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

I also love Kristen Hannah's stuff. And Luanne Rice. Although Luanne Rice might be one of those that's sort of hard to define. Is it women's fiction or romance? Or does she walk the tightrope of both? (Commercial win-win there! <G>)

Susan G.

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:08 PM
I loved Marie Ferrarella's Finding Home, from NEXT, June.

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:09 PM
NEXT books are usually shelved at the checkout in my local grocery store. I've yet to buy one--unfortunately my book buying budget is VERY limited--but the back covers I've read look like my kinda stories. Wonder if my library carries them yet? :D

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:09 PM
BTW, I posted this in the Novel Writing forum, but thought I should cross post it since the other members in this forum might also enjoy these:

Good Grief - Lolly Winston
Riding Lessons - Sara Gruen
Quality of Care - Elizabeth Letts
Cover the Butter - Carrie Kabak
Confessions of Supermom - Melanie Lynne Hauser
The B!tch Posse - Martha O'Connor
And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander
Cheating at Solitaire - Ally Carter
gods in Alabama - Joshilyn Jackson
Bet Your Bottom Dollar - Karin Gillespie
Bread Alone - Judi Hendricks
Tending Roses - Lisa Wingate
Forgive the Moom - Maryanne Stahl

Hope this helps!

Rue

Cathy C
07-02-2006, 05:10 PM
These aren't really recent, but they were first novels I enjoyed:

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

Bridget Jones Diary - Helen Fielding (which I found MUCH funnier than the movie)

Tracy
07-03-2006, 09:46 PM
Hi, can I dare to suggest one of my own novels?? They're definitely edgy with a contemporary twist - set in modern-day Ireland, dealing with some gritty women's issues. My first novel, Looking Good, won a national 'Write-A-Bestseller' competition here in Ireland (okay, 'national' in a country of 3.5 million people isn't like national in a huge country, but still!). Check out my website (details below) for more info. The books are available from Amazon, or www.poolbeg.com.
Unashamed plug!

Cathy C
07-03-2006, 10:00 PM
Tracy, make sure you drop by our AW Library (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=99) and post a thread as soon as you reach 50 posts, so other members can find your books! The instructions and samples of the information needed is in a sticky here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=110). Welcome to the cooler and congrats on your competition win! :)

WriterInChains
07-03-2006, 10:25 PM
Thanks for re-posting this! I wish I were a little more tech-savvy, but so far my attempts to learn more in that area haven't been wildly successful. :)

I picked up a NEXT book last time I shopped for groceries, Sisters [Nancy Robards Thompson], and it's on deck -- right behind Riding With The Queen [Jennie Shortridge], which is wonderful so far.

Tracy -- Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look for it! :)



I just finished Riding Lessons [Sara Gruen] and I LOVED it, can't recommend it highly enough. The author will be here in Portland in a little over a week, what perfect timing! I can't wait to hear her read from her latest, and pick up the sequel to Riding Lessons.

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! :)
Caren

WriterInChains
07-04-2006, 08:31 PM
Hi Mattie123,

Thanks for the suggestion!
Also, thanks for the "young lady" -- it's not often I'm called that anymore (I'm 41 :Sun:).

~Caren

Susan Gable
07-05-2006, 03:16 AM
Dear Cathy,
I would love for you to read my new novel entitled, THE PERFECT DRESS by Mary Jane Cole ISBN: 1-4208-9015-8 It can be gotten via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or my website: www.thebookperfectdress.com (http://www.thebookperfectdress.com) and most major book stores. It is a great female-contemporary read and an excellent learning experience for someone such as yourself just graduating college. I hope you read it!
I hope you succeed in everything you want to do! You sound like a really ambitious young lady! Good luck with your future endeavors.
Mattie123

Ummm, Mattie? It's sort of considered rude to join a forum and plug your book in the very first post. If you'd like to join in the discussions, great, we'd love to have you. But it appears you're doing drive-by promo, since you have one post and it's a plug for your own book. Like I said, very rude.

Susan G.

Josie
07-05-2006, 09:25 AM
If I could recommend a first published book, at the moment it would be
Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu.

It's Women's Fiction I believe. I've just started reading it. Though I'm only on page 50 it is wonderful!!

It's a paranormal romance and very fantasy like to me.

Cheers :)

Goddess
07-13-2006, 01:25 AM
One of my favourites is "Dirty Girls' Social Club" by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez.

It is funny, edgy, contemporary with real women and real problems.

Definitely highly recommended.

kristie911
07-13-2006, 04:40 AM
For anyone that takes Cathy's suggestion of Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen be sure to pick up the second book, Flying Changes. It was by far as good, if not better, than Riding Lessons. I was very impressed...couldn't put them down!

WriterInChains
07-14-2006, 07:00 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, ladies! :)

kristie911 -- I skipped Flying Changes for now & am reading Water For Elephants. It's a great example of "first pages" that grab a reader and won't let them go. After I'm finished reading it I plan to go back to the beginning for a little study-session, because I just could not put that book down last night!

I just have to say that Riding With The Queen by Jennie Shortridge is one of the best books I've ever read & it's on my auto-recommend list now (right after Animal Dreams & Choke). I enjoyed it so much, I wasn't even finished with it and had to run out & buy her second book. I'm really looking forward to her workshop at the WW Conference.

BTW, I hope anyone who's interested in a conference but can't afford to go will do what I did. I'm volunteering, and will have 2 of the 3 days of the conference to attend workshops. In that week I'll be working more hours than I usually do at my day job, but I'm so excited about it you'd think I won the lottery. This will be my first conference so I thought the volunteer slots would have been filled up weeks ago, but they still need people now & it's in 3 weeks. Just a thought.

Susan Gable
07-22-2006, 06:06 PM
Dear Susan,
I did not realize I was to follow some sort of unwritten protocol in order to answer someone's question on this forum site. If I breached some sort of rule, I apologize. I guess I did jump in without a formal introduction. But, I have been around for a long time, thus I assumed I was well known bordering on boring.

How can you be well known here when you have 3 posts? And two of them are this post, and the original? I must be missing something. :Shrug: If you've been LURKING, well, that doesn't explain how you could be "well known bordering on boring."

Me, I have 830 posts. That shows I'm an active member of the community. And I don't think it's rude to point out that someone is behaving in a manner that's unacceptable. Comes from moderating a lot of email lists and being a former teacher. :) You're just not happy that I called you on the carpet. I am trying to help you not make the same mistake in the future. This is NOT a good marketing strategy. (And by pointing that out in a public place, I hope to help other people learn from it, and not make the same mistake as well.)



I am not doing a "drive by" advertisment for my novel. I met the criteria for the question being asked by Caren.

You're not? Well, since your first post was promo for your book, it sure LOOKED like a drive-by. My apologies if it really wasn't. (I'm still skeptical, you see, since you only have those 3 posts as I write this. 3 posts does not a community member make, and it makes that number 1 post, the promo for your book, look like a drive-by. You DID manage to slip it in under an appropriate heading, so kudos for being that adept and considerate.)


Plugging one's own work is not rude. It might be pushy but rude- never!

Well, I guess we shall have to agree to disagree about that. I do think that there are times that pushing your own work is rude. Drive-by postings is an example of pushy crossing the line into rude. (Still thinking about those 3 posts.) In fact, drive-by ads for books put the author into the same category as spammers, imho. Which makes it not very effective. The target audiences often have a negative reaction (like the one I had to your original post), which is NOT what an author wants to cultivate in a pool of potential readers.

For example, let's say that I joined a forum for teen moms, or for birthmoms, and my first post to them was to tell them about my last book, which featured a pregnant teenager who gave her baby up for adoption. That would be rude, not pushy. Even if someone had a thread talking about novels that mentioned adoption, and I popped in to plug my book but hadn't posted anything else....well, IMHO, that would be rude. It says, "Hey, I don't care about the other stuff you guys are talking about here, I'm just looking for an opportunity to plug my book. I'm using your forum for my own purposes. I don't want to contribute to the community. I'm much too busy for that. I'm just looking for some people to buy my book."

You could have contributed more in your initial post if you had offered OTHER suggestions for women's fiction books, not just your own. Surely if you write the genre, you read it, right? So you must have some other favorites you can toss out for the discussion?


In fact I'll do it once more: "The Perfect Dress" by Mary Jane Cole. ISBN: 1-4208-9015-8 A real fun read plus a real quality read for the intelligent female.

LOL. Interesting marketing approach. Play up to the consumer by labeling them intelligent if they read your book. That's actually a good psychological marketing ploy.


I will soon have book number 2 out, which is why I am not on this or other sites too often. I am busy with my next novel.

That's excellent. One book should be followed by another. However, I still say that if you only come onto web communities to plug your book or defend plugging your book, that does not make you a member of the community.

Lurkers, please learn something from this. If you're out there, and you hope to plug YOUR book in the future, we're all going to want to know about IT more if we know YOU. :) If you become a friend from this forum, we're likely to cheer your success all the more than if you just pop up suddenly. So, come on out and play! Lurking is no fun. :)

Susan G.

Josie
07-22-2006, 07:16 PM
Mattie 123:

There is nothing like an obvious con game. There are some people in this world who will fall for your "drive by" but they probably aren't on this site., IMHO.

How funny you patronizingly talk to Cathy C and say she sounds like an ambitious young lady (not laughing at the young, Cathy). You should research better. She's a well known published author. Susan is also a successfully published author far more capable than you. There is the factor that I know they wouldn't let your ploy slip by unnoticed.

Most experienced writers I know won't purchase a novel advertized by a "drive-by". They see the obvious.

How rude. Polite manners and consideration are another characteristic of a successful writer.

I hope you've learned something.

Cheers :Shrug:

WriterInChains
07-22-2006, 09:45 PM
Hi Susan,

Thanks for making this so clear, I was curious about why you seemed so upset about Mattie's original post.

This thread is a good example of why I submit far fewer posts than I actually write. I'm not always the most "people-smart" person on the planet (despite my neverending work to get there), so I try to err on the side of caution. I have a nasty habit of saying things that I think are clear and nice, but that are interpreted very differently than I'd intended. Hopefully, the "drive-by" is one mistake I won't end up making should the opportunity [a published novel with my name on it :)] arise in the future.

Have a great day, and thanks for the lesson.
Caren

Susan Gable
07-22-2006, 09:53 PM
Hi Susan,

Thanks for making this so clear, I was curious about why you seemed so upset about Mattie's original post.

This thread is a good example of why I submit far fewer posts than I actually write. I'm not always the most "people-smart" person on the planet (despite my neverending work to get there), so I try to err on the side of caution. I have a nasty habit of saying things that I think are clear and nice, but that are interpreted very differently than I'd intended. Hopefully, the "drive-by" is one mistake I won't end up making should the opportunity [a published novel with my name on it :)] arise in the future.

Have a great day, and thanks for the lesson.
Caren

Caren, doll, you've got enough posts listed to make it clear that you're a member of the community. :) Oh, and hey, don't forget that if you ever have any questions, and you're afraid to ask "in public" on the site, you can private message me! (That's a lovely feature of this site.) I'd be more than happy to answer -- even questions like, why did you get upset about that? What makes drive-by promo rude?

So please, please, feel free to ASK! :)

And I'm crossing my fingers for that published novel with your name on it!

Susan G.

WriterInChains
07-22-2006, 10:04 PM
Thanks a million, Susan! That means a lot to me. :)

I've lurked at a few other writing forums, but AW is the first & only one where I've posted. I LOVE it here -- something that anyone caught looking at my "Save & Support AW" button soon finds out.

Irysangel
07-23-2006, 05:37 AM
I just re-read INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati for the umpteenth time.

She is genius. She needs more readers. Hence, I am plugging her here.

Think 'Little House on the Prairie' meets 'Last of the Mohicans' with a dash of 'Pride and Prejudice'.

Love this book.

Mattie123
07-25-2006, 09:14 AM
Dear Everone,
I am so sorry that I am considered a lurker. (I actually didn't even know that that is an issue in cyberworld.) I have been involved in the Absolute Write Water Cooler for ages, it seems. I just have been overwhelmed with my own personal writing to jump in and site "issues." It just seems so petty. I thought we were supposed to plug our work on these sites. Sheesh.. why stick around here? If I want rejection, I can go to my mail box.
Mattie

aruna
07-25-2006, 09:55 AM
Dear Susan,
I did not realize I was to follow some sort of unwritten protocol in order to answer someone's question on this forum site. If I breached some sort of rule, I apologize. I guess I did jump in without a formal introduction. But, I have been around for a long time, thus I assumed I was well known bordering on boring.
I am not doing a "drive by" advertisment for my novel. I met the criteria for the question being asked by Caren.
I merely was answering Caren's question. My novel is a wonderful summer read for just about any female that is sensitive and is seeking knowledge. Plugging one's own work is not rude. It might be pushy but rude- never! In fact I'll do it once more: "The Perfect Dress" by Mary Jane Cole. ISBN: 1-4208-9015-8 A real fun read plus a real quality read for the intelligent female. I will soon have book number 2 out, which is why I am not on this or other sites too often. I am busy with my next novel.
Yours Truly,
Mary Jane Cole
aka Mattie 123
"Put em up" "put em up"
www.thebookperfectdress.com (http://www.thebookperfectdress.com):Shrug:
Mattie, I have to admit I cringed when I read your first post and this one.
Even more than the "drive by", I cringed at an author describing thier own work like this:
My novel is a wonderful summer read for just about any female that is sensitive and is seeking knowledge.

Perhaps I am overly sensitive but I've always felt it was for OTHERS to say that a book of mine is "wonderful". And I would avoid any novel described as such by its own author. Why? because ALL authors are in love with their work. Don't you avoid biased recommendations? Aren't you aware that advertising is hype? Well, then understand how others react to your own self-advertisement..


Does this mean I would not recommend my own books? No. I have done so on occasion. I've replied to the post of someone saying they wanted a novel on multi-cultural relationships, for instance, and on another board, I have suggested a book of mine to someone interested in novels set in India. In such cases, I merely give the books' details. I don't say they are "wonderful" or for "intelligent women" - I leave that to the reader to decide. And never, ever have I spoken about my books on a first post in a message board.

I'm sorry if your reception here is less than welcoming, but it does raise eyebrows when the only post of a new member is a plug for their own book. It's more courteous to first show an interest in others.

aruna
07-25-2006, 10:03 AM
Dear Everone,
I am so sorry that I am considered a lurker. (I actually didn't even know that that is an issue in cyberworld.) I have been involved in the Absolute Write Water Cooler for ages, it seems.
If you hav ebeen reading and not writing, then you are a lurker, and your involvement is known only to you. Nothing wrong with lurking, but until make yourself visible nobody knows of your existence.


I just have been overwhelmed with my own personal writing to jump in and site "issues." It just seems so petty.

Not quite sure what you mean by "siting issues". We discuss writing and the writing life here. WHat is petty about that?


I thought we were supposed to plug our work on these sites.

No. There is ONE thread for self-promotion.


Sheesh.. why stick around here? If I want rejection, I can go to my mail box.
Mattie

You have not been rejected. You commited a minor faux-pas on your first post, so what? Let us get to know you, join in the conversation, let us know who you are; unless it's all too petty for you?
Most of us have experienced rejection in our mail-box. It's part of the writer's life. What it means is: write a better book! AW can help you do so, and I hope you'll stick around.

IrishScribbler
08-02-2006, 06:21 PM
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

I read this years ago in an Eastern Civ. class and fell in love with it. I haven't seen the movie...I'm afraid of what Hollywood did to the book.

I've heard that Golden was not entirely accurate in his account, and the former geisha he interviewed went on to write her autobiography (entitled Geisha, a Life), but I enjoyed the book nonetheless.

Stacia Kane
08-02-2006, 06:53 PM
I loved Geisha too, IrishScribbler. The movie wasn't actually that bad, although it glossed over all of the geisha training stuff and the destruction of Hatsumomo that I loved so much in the book. The Hatsumomo stuff was there, just not as detailed.


I love Marian Keyes, and would recommend any of her books. I believe the first one was Watermelon. It wasn't really recently pubbed, though (mid 90s, I believe), so I don't know if it fits your criteria.

WriterInChains
08-02-2006, 07:49 PM
Hi Mattie123,

I thank everyone who takes the time to respond to a question/request I post, I think it's only polite. I understand and agree with Susan & Aruna's points, but don't feel qualified to correct anyone on anything (unless it's about me, personally) because I'm still an amateur (I don't think being paid for two short stories gets me out of that category).

[BTW, the author referred to near the top of this thread as well-known & well thought of is Cathy C, not me, unfortunately. :)]

I'm sorry you didn't get the reception you expected/wanted, but I really don't feel that attacking Susan or anyone else because of the reception you did get is a good idea. "Being accepted" isn't on my list of goals either (except by agents/editors), but being kind and considerate is.

I wish you the best of luck in your career.
Caren

WriterInChains
08-02-2006, 07:57 PM
Hi IrishScribbler,
I LOVED Memoirs of a Geisha. Thanks for reminding me to pick up another of his books. I haven't seen the movie either. A friend told me that if I liked the book I probably shouldn't, so I'm going to trust her on that. It's obviously not easy to make a good movie out of a good book - or there'd be a lot more of them out there! :)


Hi DecemberQuinn,
Marian Keyes sounds familiar, but I don't think I've ever read any of her books. Thanks for the suggestion! My search for recently pubbed debut novels has morphed into the neverending search for good books in general, so I'll definitely check her out. :)

IrishScribbler
08-02-2006, 08:17 PM
That's what I'm afraid of caren...I was initially disappointed when I found out the movie wasn't subtitled. Maybe my expectations are too high.

aruna
08-02-2006, 08:21 PM
Hi IrishScribbler,
I LOVED Memoirs of a Geisha. Thanks for reminding me to pick up another of his books. I haven't seen the movie either. A friend told me that if I liked the book I probably shouldn't, so I'm going to trust her on that. It's obviously not easy to make a good movie out of a good book - or there'd be a lot more of them out there! :)


Hi DecemberQuinn,
Marian Keyes sounds familiar, but I don't think I've ever read any of her books. Thanks for the suggestion! My search for recently pubbed debut novels has morphed into the neverending search for good books in general, so I'll definitely check her out. :)

I loved Memoires of a Geisha too, but I remember being disappointed by the end. I can't remember exactly why, but I know I didn't feel it was nicely wrapped up.

JulesJones
08-02-2006, 09:31 PM
Mattie, if you haven't posted, then people don't know who you are even if you've been reading the AW forums for years, and they're going to treat you as if you've only dropped by for the first time because you were looking for an opportunity to advertise your book. Because from the perspective of the rest of us, there is *no* evidence that you have ever read the forum before your first post. Your join date is just over a year ago, but you could easily have joined and then never read anything.

It's a very easy mistake to make when you're a lurker. You've been reading along, and you feel as if you're participating, because you've read a lot of threads and you've come to know the people who post. You forget that you know them because they post, but they have had no opportunity to get to know you in return.

As an example - I've actually been lurking on Absolute Write for several years, but there is no evidence of that, because I never had any reason to post until the Great Uproar a couple of months ago. There are people here who know me from elsewhere, and who have seen me mention reading something here, but they are the only ones who have any reason to believe that I had ever looked at an AW forum before my first post. I'd expect to have pointed remarks made in my direction if I tried to do a promo post anywhere outside the Erotica forum (where's there's a bunch of people who know me from other places).

The bit where people are telling you that someone is a published writer - part of what that's about is that someone who really had been participating in this forum as much as you claim to have would probably already know that those people were published authors, and be less likely to try to patronise them in the way that you did.

Having gone and checked that ISBN in Amazon - I would strongly urge you to read the thread in Bewares and Background about AuthorHouse. It is a vanity press, and widely known to be such, which only adds to the impression you have given me of a driveby posting by an author interested only in promoting her book.

Kasey Mackenzie
08-03-2006, 12:42 AM
Mattie: With all due respect, only one person is coming off as catty in this thread. And it's not Susan.

And I agree with what JulesJones so diplomatically posted.

Mattie123
08-05-2006, 10:06 PM
Dear Jules,
Thank you for the advice and information. I am really impressed with Author House as they did with my book exactly what I wanted. I wanted it in total book form for an aquisition agent to pick up. It is working. Anyway, we all know what POD is but it is not the same as as a Vanity Press. Plus, my book is totally 100% returnable anywhere, anytime when purchased in lots of two or more via bookstores. I get all of the royalities, The book is all mine until I let it go to an agent of MY choice. I wanted to see it in print asap. A.H. fulfilled my wishes and that's the bottom line.Regards,
Mattie

Mattie123
08-05-2006, 10:11 PM
Mattie: With all due respect, only one person is coming off as catty in this thread. And it's not Susan.

And I agree with what JulesJones so diplomatically posted.
Dear Kasey,
What a sweet baby! Darling. I love them when they are that age!
Anyway, I don't know who is coming off as catty, Kasey- it just seems like
everyone merely wants to get as many postings under theri belt as possible. I can't participate, I am too busy...I have the no-how to retort to sarcasm with sarcasm and I have the know-how to kill with kindness. I am a writer after all...I do not feel that at my age, I can compete with a bunch of hip-hop i-pod-ers telling me what is appropriate and what isn't.
I'm too tired!
Thanks for the info and enjoy that baby!
Mattei

Mattie123
08-05-2006, 10:18 PM
Dear Caren,
Speaking one's mind as acurately as possible comes with age (or, if you had pushy parents) feel free to speak up..You are qualified to give your opinions, everyone is. I like your calm and gentle tone, though don't ever lose that.
Yours Truly,
Mattie

stormie
08-05-2006, 10:50 PM
I do not feel that at my age, I can compete with a bunch of hip-hop i-pod-ers telling me what is appropriate and what isn't.
I'm too tired!

First, to answer the original post:

My favorite women's fiction are:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg (There is romance in it.)

Second, mattie123:
We all make mistakes in the beginning. It happens. But when you say the above, you're assuming most of the posters are teenagers. We're not. We're all ages, believe me. I've been on these boards since the beginning, and from what is posted, I can usually tell someone's age, give or take a decade. Or two. :D

Sonarbabe
08-06-2006, 12:40 AM
Actually, not that it really matters, but I believe I'm the youngest regular poster in the Romance/Women's Fiction forum and I'm 28. If I'm not the youngest, then I'm close and that's really not all that young.

I'm afraid I don't have any Women's fiction books to contribute since I tend to read only romance and horror. But, if you're interested in some really good romance books, I can list a few that I absolutely adored and as I've stated many times in the past, I'm a very fussy reader. :D

Cathy C
08-06-2006, 03:48 AM
Okay, I've let this go on for some time without comment (note that I didn't even respond to the dig against me personally), but let's lay out the rules here.

Mattie123, we certainly welcome your contribution to any thread as long as you stay on topic. In several cases now, you have not. Please refrain from that. Your age is immaterial to this thread, as is your introduction (which should appear in the Newbie thread, and is where I intend to move it.)

Once you've reached 50 posts, you'll be welcome to post information about your book in the AW Library, just as I offered Tracy the chance to do. Until then, the Announcements forum is the proper spot for it, except for the allowed entries in your signature (where you may post a link.)

Next, AuthorHouse is INDEED a subsidy publisher, and not a well regarded one. If you're happy there, that's cool. But please do NOT start a discussion about the relative distinctions between POD and Vanity. There's also a place for that, in the Self-Publishing/POD forum. But since this company is listed on several lists as being among the worst POD presses, you probably will find more discussion than you'd care for.

Again, please stay on topic or I'll be forced to close this thread.

Sonarbabe
08-06-2006, 03:59 AM
Sorry, Cathy. *sheepish look* :e2bummed:

On a relative note! I did come up with a title! It was one of Oprah's Book Club books that I read a few years ago.

"The Pilot's Wife" by Anita Shreve I enjoyed this one a great deal.

aruna
08-06-2006, 09:59 AM
In fact, the OP was asking for first novels by women, which is what is causing me all the headaches - though I can think of hundreds of books by women, I find it hard to recall their debuts ... except, of course (a naughty plug here!) my own!
In the last couple years I've read the following debuts by women:
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Eve Green - (have to look up the author's name, having a senior moment here)
at the moment I am reading Three Junes, by Julie Glass - that is also a first novel.

Hope this helps

aruna
08-06-2006, 10:32 AM
Dear Jules,
I wanted it in total book form for an aquisition agent to pick up. .... The book is all mine until I let it go to an agent of MY choice. I wanted to see it in print asap. A.H. fulfilled my wishes and that's the bottom line.Regards,
Mattie

Good luck finding an agent of YOUR choice... I think you'll need it! :e2fairy:

Stacia Kane
08-06-2006, 02:31 PM
Caren, there's also that Plum Sykes (I think her name is) book that came out last year. It was really hyped-the publisher put a mint into the publicity and Sykes was feted all over the place, although I have no idea how well it actually sold, and I haven't read it myself. "Bergdorf Blondes", I think it was called.

Kasey Mackenzie
08-08-2006, 12:32 AM
Dear Kasey,
What a sweet baby! Darling. I love them when they are that age!
Thanks for the info and enjoy that baby!
Mattei

Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I'm absolutely in love with him and we're enjoying each and every day with our baby. Fussy fits, sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and all. =)

That said, I wish I had more to offer on the topic at hand, but I don't read much straight women's fiction. I tend to stick with romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction. Although I can think of one book I'd call "women's fiction" that I absolutely LOVED--Tracy Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Though, technically, that was her second book and not her debut, though it was the one she received the most acclaim for.

I also enjoy A.S. Byatt. I think you could call some of her stuff women's fiction, though so far I've only read "Angels and Insects" which included two novellas, "Morpho Eugenia" and "The Conjugal Angel." I enjoyed both (although their subject matter might not appeal to everyone) and keep meaning to pick up her more well-known "Possession." Really must remember to get it!

Josie
08-08-2006, 02:57 AM
All those authors you mention, Kasey, are well known to me, and indeed great novelists, but in the past few years that I've been seriously writing, I'm reading more in the lines I like to write...which I also enjoy...a kind of lighter fiction, more humor and/or paranormal. To me romantic suspense has always through my life been my favorite, but now I hear it doesn't sell well...a rumor of course.

Women's Fiction sounds so restrictive, but indeed can cover a lot of genres, I guess. Don't take my word for it. Women's Fiction category still isn't clear to me.

I just finished reading Sex, Murder and a Double Latte (lol) by Kyra Davis. It's her first novel, I believe, published by Red Dress Ink. I found the sequel now published, Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights. ha ha
I love her titles. I know it's not to everyone's taste but I think she's going to do well. She is talented and I think driven to become successful in her writing. I have talked to her by email.

Cheers:D

Peggy
08-08-2006, 03:45 AM
I am a writer after all...I do not feel that at my age, I can compete with a bunch of hip-hop i-pod-ers telling me what is appropriate and what isn't. This made me smile - I definitely don't envision most of the people here as "hip-hop-i-poders". I'm certainly not. As far as I can tell, teenagers are a distinct minority at AW.

In fact, the OP was asking for first novels by women, which is what is causing me all the headaches - though I can think of hundreds of books by women, I find it hard to recall their debuts ... Me too. I'm also a bit fuzzy about what constitutes "women's fiction". People have been suggesting a lot of great books (and some I've added to my "find at the library" list). Some not first books that are probably not considered "women's fiction" (but have strong female characters) I've enjoyed are :

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
The Stories of Eva Luna - Isabelle Allende
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All - Allan Gurganus

WriterInChains
08-09-2006, 09:59 AM
Wow, Peggy, I haven't thought of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All in so long! I loved that book -- and a couple of others on your list. I keep meaning to pick up The Time Traveler's Wife, thanks for the reminder. :)

Aruna -- I've looked for yours at all the indie bookstores around here (at least one usually has or can get just about anything), but I guess I'll have to order online. I'm so easily distracted, I forget things like that. Thanks for the suggestions, I love it that my "to read" list needs a table of contents again.

Hi Josie -- I could be wrong, but I think Women's Fiction is a pretty wide-open term that covers just about anything by/for/about women & doesn't have a romance as its main focus. I'm happy when they have a love story in there somewhere too. I think there may be a discussion about it on this forum, but my eyes are too tired to look for it now.

Kasey -- Thanks for adding A.S. Byatt to the list. I've checked out Possession more than once but somehow I still haven't read it. BTW, he is a real cutie. :)

WriterInChains
08-09-2006, 10:06 AM
Thanks to stormie and December too! :)

I hope I didn't miss anyone, if so -- thanks!! I truly appreciate all the suggestions. Now that the vacation from my day job is over, it's back to serious reading & daily BIC time.

aruna
08-09-2006, 10:13 AM
Aruna -- I've looked for yours at all the indie bookstores around here (at least one usually has or can get just about anything), but I guess I'll have to order online. I'm so easily distracted, I forget things like that. Thanks for the suggestions, I love it that my "to read" list needs a table of contents again.



Unfortunately my books are not available in the US )or I would plug them here! ;) ) Just about the only way you can get them is through www.amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk)

brainstorm77
08-11-2006, 01:53 PM
Most members here just put a link to their website in their signature section...then if people want more info on their writings they can just click and go to it.

Josie
08-11-2006, 09:07 PM
Right now I'm back to reading some Harlequin Intrigues which I enjoy...they are short but haven't found any brand new ones lately. I think they are looking for more new writers. A rumor perhaps. But I have something half done I'll finish.

The author, Susan Peterson, is fairly new I think. She's a good storyteller. They chose to call it "Primary Suspect". It's not her first.
Apparently the editors usually choose the titles. But that comment doesn't belong on this thread. Wonder what Grinsky (a known H/S editor here) would say. But I digress. Sorry.

That's my input. Fast Harlequin Intrigue story.

Cheers:Sun:

brainstorm77
08-12-2006, 04:31 AM
I have read many in the intrigue line. Harlequin is quite open to new writers so go ahead and submit :) who knows? You may be the lucky one.

Josie
08-12-2006, 07:04 AM
At the risk of sounding facetious I say:

Gee thanks for your go-ahead approval, :heart:

I need all the support I can get. :)

brainstorm77
08-12-2006, 05:44 PM
I have not submitted nothing myself but who knows what the future may hold?

Horseshoes
08-01-2007, 05:17 AM
Here's a first novel (that can be termed women's fiction) I just read and would recommend:
Laura Moriarty's The Center of Everything

tammieofmi
08-01-2007, 05:59 AM
Hi there,

While I can't recall her first novel, anything from Elizabeth Berg is considered women's fiction. And I agree with the suggestion of the NEXT books from harlequin. But you've gotten some great suggestions. I agree the title "women's fiction" crosses over into different areas that it's sort of hard to label a book.

Good luck and Good Reading!

funidream
08-01-2007, 09:41 PM
I don't know if it was her first novel, but THE DRESS LODGER by Sheri Holman is a well written women's historical fiction.

Karen Junker
08-03-2007, 07:14 AM
There have been a few posts suggesting Next novels - I'd like to especially recommend the work of Kate Austin, who writes for Next. Her first novel is called Dragonflies & Dinosaurs. She's written several books for Next - her most recent one is Last Night at the Halfmoon.

I love Kate's writing. Every one of her books is different from the other - they're all great!

Lisamer
08-06-2007, 02:20 AM
Witch of Cologne is Women's Historical Fiction. Amazing book!

southernwriter
08-06-2007, 01:44 PM
Six debut novels in women's fiction:

The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (139,652 words)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (155,255 words)

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue (96,315 words)

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (77,859 words)

White Oleander by Janet Fitch (138,884 words)

Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris (277,324 words)!

I'm obsessed with textstats. I can't tell you how many times an agent has said "I'd have trouble selling anything this long," (my ms is 137,526 words), and yet, the biggest sellers among the list above are those with the highest word counts. That speaks for itself, imho.

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