Thanks and see you again next year …

As our third International Chick Lit Month ends, we’d like to thank all those who took part.

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To all the brilliant authors who shared their stories and advice:
Trisha Ashley, Nicole Baart, Sam Binnie, Faith Bleasdale, Alexandra Brown, Josie Brown, Hester Browne, Claudia Carroll, Jennifer Coburn, Claire Cook, Jane Costello, Lucy Dillon, Poppy Dolan, Carrie Duffy, Matt Dunn, Cynthia Ellingsen, Jaye Ford, Kate Forster, Victoria Fox, Tracey Garvis Graves, Fiona Gibson, Ali Harris, Kate Harrison, Sophie Hart, L. Alison Heller, Molly Hopkins, Anita Hughes, Kim Izzo, Sarah Jio, Christina Jones, Milly Johnson, Lindsey Kelk, Beth Kendrick, Andrea Lochen, Shari Low, Juliet Madison, Louise Marley, Catherine McKenzie, Ali McNamara, Sue Moorcroft, Clodagh Murphy, Sarah Pekkanen, Jo Piazza, Amanda Prowse, Lynda Renham, Alyson Richman, Lucy Robinson, Talli Roland, Lucinda Rosenfeld, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Margaret Scott, Allie Spencer, Jessica Thompson, Paige Toon, Sue Welfare, Karen Wheeler, Samantha Wilde, Julia Williams, Pippa Wright.

And of course thanks to everyone in the chick lit community who took the time to visit the site and share their comments.

See you on May 1, 2014 … and remember until then, you can check out all the latest chick lit news at the four organising websites – Chicklit Club, Chick Lit is Not Dead, Novelicious and Chick Lit Central

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Claire Cook’s 5 Summer Loves

41EJNLL7yQL._SY300_Our guest today: Claire Cook

Why she rocks: What’s not to love? She’s lovely and talented! Not to mention funny!

Her latest: Time Flies

The scoop: Years ago, Melanie followed her husband, Kurt, from the New England beach town where their two young sons were thriving to the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s carved out a life as a successful metal sculptor, but when Kurt leaves her for another woman, having the tools to cut up their marriage bed is small consolation. She’s old enough to know that high school reunions are often a big disappointment, but when her best friend makes her buy a ticket and an old flame gets in touch to see whether she’ll be going, she fantasizes that returning to her past might help her find her future…until her driving phobia resurfaces and threatens to hold her back from the adventure of a lifetime.

Time Flies is an epic road trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship, and explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears…so you can start living your future.

Our thoughts: Grab a margarita and dive into this one!

Giveaway: One SIGNED copy of Time Flies! Leave a comment here and we’ll choose a winner after Noon PST on June 7th.

Also….Win a weekend at Lake Austin Spa Resort to celebrate TIME FLIES! You and one of your oldest and dearest friends could win an all-expense-paid weekend including airfare at the amazing Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas – worth over $4,500. You’ll get a chance to reunite with your friend, relax, and hang out with Claire! Enter on Facebook or at ClaireCook.com.

Where you can read more about Claire: Her website, facebook or Twitter.

CLAIRE COOK’S 5 SUMMER LOVES

CookClaire1. Book you plan to read

I just finished writing a blurb for an upcoming novel called Your Perfect Life. It’s so good that once I get back from my Time Flies book tour, I just might have to kick off my flip-flops and read it all over again. One of my characters once said “karma is a boomerang” and the authors of this novel have done so much to support their sister authors that I know all that good energy is going to come back to them and make this novel the mega success it deserves to be.

Here’s what I had to say about Your Perfect Life, by the way: “Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke blend their voices seamlessly and hilariously and remind us that even though the grass often looks greener under our friends’ lives, nobody gets happily ever unless they go after it. Your Perfect Life is clever, quirky, fresh, and ultimately, empowering!”

2. Vacay or staycay you plan to take

Life imitating TIME FLIES, I just so happen to have a big high school reunion coming up, so I’ll be heading back to my beachy hometown in Massachusetts for that. I wonder if it will feel like being  in a scene from the book….

3. Cocktail or mocktail you plan to drink

Here are two of the retro drinks featured in TIME FLIES. I think I just might have to try one of them this summer. Maybe both.

LONG SLOW COMFORTABLE SCREW UP AGAINST THE WALL

1 oz. sloe gin

1 oz. vodka

1 oz. Southern Comfort

1 oz. Galliano

orange juice

Mix all ingredients in tall glass filled with ice. Find a wall.

SEX ON THE BEACH

1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 1/2 oz. peach schnapps

2 oz. cranberry juice

2 oz. orange juice

Mix all ingredients in tall glass filled with ice. Find a beach.

4. Music you plan to listen to

Some of the characters in TIME FLIES make playlists, and rediscovering all those old songs turned out to be one of the most fun parts of writing the book. So it’s going to be an oldies summer for me, I think. It’s amazing how many of those songs hold up. I remember my son coming home from middle school one day and saying, “Have you ever heard of this band called The Doors?” Uh, yeah.

5. Place you plan to write

I’d love to say the beach. Or the south of France. Or something/anything glamorous. But the truth is I have to shut the door of my ordinary office and close the blinds to block out the real world in order to get any writing done. But after that, I am absolutely going to hit the beach!

Thanks Claire!

 

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A Letter To My Unpublished Self by Matt Dunn

matt dunnDear Matt,

Each time you begin a hard day at the typeface, bracing yourself for the sound of yet another rejected manuscript being thrust through your letterbox and landing with a miserable thud on your hall carpet, just try to remember the following:

1) Those rejection letters that keep coming in will prove to be useful. Until your book gets published and you finally have some money to spend on things like heating, you can make a fire out of them to keep warm.

2) You know how you read Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity a year or so ago and had an epiphany, telling yourself ‘that’s what I want to write’? Seven novels later, you’ll still be trying.

3) You can read as many ‘how to write a novel’ books as you like, but you’ll be much better off simply reading actual novels and trying to work out for yourself how the authors write them. Then doing that.

4) There’s a reason why ‘editing’ and ‘head-hitting’ sound similar. But you can get through what seem like these unending rounds of edits by reminding yourself there’s also a reason why there’s the word ‘pub’ in ‘publication day’.

5) It may seem tough now, but the first time someone emails you to say they’ve read and loved your book (and they will, even if it’s just your mum using an assumed name) will make all this rejection, frustration, and soul-searching worthwhile.

6) Ignore the nasty reviews. Don’t waste time wondering what it was about your just-meant-to-be-a-funny-story book that provoked such anger. Writers far better than you get horrible reviews, and you can be disliked by millions and still be popular. Look at Marmite.

7) You’ll write a fiction novel called The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook, and a few people will actually buy it thinking it’s a self-help book. You won’t care, though. You’ll just be grateful for the sales.

8) Readers will constantly ask you whether your novels are autobiographical. Try not to wonder whether they put that same question to someone who writes about serial killers. They do.

9) Use this thing called ‘the internet’ that’s just becoming popular sparingly – you’ll write faster (and probably write many more books) if you do. The same goes for constantly checking your Amazon ranking – try and get hooked on something less addictive. Like crack cocaine.

10) Always remember you have the best job in the world. Except, perhaps for Ferrari test driver. Or Halle Berry’s masseur.

Best wishes, and keep writing,

Matt

Check out Matt Dunn’s Website

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What Chick Lit Means To Me by Lindsey Kelk

lindsey-kelkI must have started writing this post a hundred different ways and every single one of them was defensive and pissy and just made me angry which, when you think about it, is a bit odd given that chicklit is very rarely pissy, defensive or angry. It’s been said a thousand times before – the term is rarely used a compliment and there’s very little we can do about that.

However, I’m not in the mood to get on my soapbox today, I’m on it so often and it’s exhausting. To me, International ChickLit Month is about writers and readers coming together because we share something we love. That, to me, seems like a decent reason to celebrate. Ever since I signed my book deal for I Heart New York, I’ve had everyone from friends and family members to dates and complete strangers – both in real life and online – either write me off as stupid or react with surprise because ‘you’re so clever and that’s what you write?’ My stock reaction to this is now, ‘Yes!  Thank you! I write funny books about women’s lives all day long and they make me and over a million other people really happy and the craziest bit is, they pay me to do it! I am clever, aren’t I?’ Most people don’t know what to say to that.

Any book that touches a life is a wonderful thing and I am thankful to have the opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face for half an hour or so. Mark Chapman blamed Catcher in the Rye for shooting John Lennon. Eek. I will be very happy if my legacy is an email from someone telling me they treated themselves to a Marc Jacobs handbag because reading my book convinced them they were worth it. It’s crazy for me to think that a book I wrote because I was miserable and was looking for an escape of my own has been an escape for so many other people. Every time I get an email from someone who has written their own Single Girl’s To-Do List or booked a last minute flight to anywhere, I am reminded that those books with their pink sparkly covers are just as powerful as any Booker Prize winner when it comes to influencing people’s lives.

Through writing my books, I have had the privilege to meet no end of intelligent, funny, strong and creative women (and some brave men!) who write, review, read or just generally love books and my life is all the better for it. Chicklit doesn’t just mean a pink cover with a winsome illustration on the front and cheesy predictable love story inside. It means an adventure. It means an escape. It means learning things about a life that isn’t my own, whether I wish it were or I’m glad it’s not. Sometimes it means laughing my arse off and then turning the page to sob over a broken heart. Most importantly, it means a genuine, loving and supportive community of people and I for one am proud to be a part of it.

Visit Lindsey’s Website

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Nicole Baart’s 5 Summer Loves

15803042Our guest today: Nicole Baart

Why she rocks: Not only is she an amazing author, she is an amazing person as well!

Her latest: Sleeping in Eden

The Scoop: She knew what he wrote . . .One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved. One word that changed everything.

MINE.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

Our thoughts: A delightful page turner!

Giveaway: One copy!  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.  We’ll choose the winners after 3pm PST on May 31st.

Where you can read more about Nicole: Her website, Facebook and Twitter.

NICOLE BAART’S 5 SUMMER LOVES

739129421. Book you plan to read: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. But those books are just the tip of the iceberg!

2. Vacay or staycay you plan to take: We’re in the process of adopting a five-year-old girl from Liberia, and hope to have her home in the next few weeks. We’d like to load the whole family (hubby and me plus three boys and our sweet girl) in the van and pull a pop-up tent trailer across the US. We’re from Vancouver, BC, so that would be our final destination, but we’d like to hit all the major stops along the way (from Iowa to Western Canada): Rushmore, Yellowstone, etc. But these are tentative plans as our daughter has some medical needs that must be addressed first. We’ll see what happens! If we need to do a staycation, that’ll be a blast, too.

3. Cocktail or mocktail you plan to drink: Mojitos! And my fave white wine, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It has to be from New Zealand.

4. Music you plan to listen to: I love the upbeat, summery feel of Imagine Dragons. And I think Mumford and Sons scream backyard party. Oh! And Fun.

5. Place you plan to write: At my fabulous new (really old, repurposed) writing desk. It’s mustard yellow and gorgeous.

Thanks, Nicole! xoxo

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Pregnant Pause

Waiting for Baby
by Sam Binnie

I would question whether any time in the world goes as slowly as the final days of pregnancy. It’s not the dreadful slo-mo of a disaster, which brief moment you replay over and over in your head – it’s an elongated, unmeasurable length of impatience, weight and frustration, spooling out for what seems like an eternity. Relatively housebound (just in case those waters finally break, those aches finally become contractions) you can’t even distract yourself by visiting pals across town (because East London is effectively eastern Asia right now, for your inability to travel). sambinnie Usual routes to calm are out – no cooking, because ten minutes into standing at the counter your legs are aching and it’s time for another nap; no running, but that’s been for a long time – watching other women running now results in a tearful wistfulness for when you’ll ever be able to join them again; no laughing with friends, because the baby has grown so huge that it’s crushing your sense-of-humour gland and now NOTHING IS FUNNY; not even creating “Imagination Stories” for the other two kids, which usually means putting bits of the Iliad into fairytale form and wondering if they can grasp ‘hamartia’ yet, but currently just involves falling asleep half-way through retelling whichever film from your own childhood you just watched with them before you, yes, fell asleep half-way though that, too.
I’m not a patient person (I know, I know, that will genuinely surprise anyone who knows me and my easy-going ways). Despite the fact that my obsessive punctuality (always arrive fifteen minutes early, then you’ve got time to read before your event begins) has slipped slightly in the last few years (always arrive. The right day is good; the right place is even better. That’s all you can really ask), my blood still boils at others’ tardiness, so the fact that a baby which I grew, which is still technically of a part with me, might just be kicking back watching reruns of some past life or other, rather than coming out and meeting its family and checking out the frankly marvellous babygro which my sister pronto-shipped from her current home in Australia three weeks ago just in case it arrived early… well that, I’m afraid, is a poor show.
My sole consolation (besides the fact that it and I are both well, of course, of course) is that my reading pile is diminishing rapidly, as I read entirely uninterrupted in these final few days. I’ve ploughed through some of the best reading I’ve done for months: The Sisters Brothers, Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep, The Song of Achilles, some Jonathan Lethem essays, and they’ve all been an utter pleasure. When all I can do is lie still and occasionally be awake, that bedside pile has turned from Something I Really Need To Do Something About into the most wonderful choice of worlds. the-baby-diaries I haven’t felt so free to open all these doors, so greedily, one after another, since I was a child. So I suppose that’s one thing for which I can be grateful. OK, kiddo, we’re back on speaking terms. As long as you don’t wait too much longer.

Sam Binnie is the author of The Wedding Diaries and The Baby Diaries, and lives in London with her family. She has mainly only eaten Snickers ice creams and bibimbap for the last four months, and would like very much to name any future child after Tyrion Lannister.

www.sambinnie.com

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Write From the Heart

My life as a writer
by Christina Jones

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My average writing day: I always plan to be at the desk any time between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and write flat-out until 1 p.m. That’s the plan. Sadly, it rarely happens like that – emails and phone calls and cats and friends and coffee and Facebook seem to get in the way…. But when I’m nearing a deadline I *make* myself sit there and not get distracted… I don’t write at weekends if I can help it, can’t write in the afternoon (my brain goes to sleep) and evenings are for family/telly/socialising. I’d rather write full-tilt than write say 1000 words a day – so when I’m on a roll I can do about 5000 words in a morning. Most of them are rubbish…

My writing process: I make it all up as I go along! Well, I always have a title, and a theme, and I know the main characters because they’ve been living inside my head for ages before I start writing – but that’s as far as I go with planning. I write straight on to the computer, never make notes, or plot anything, or have a chapter outline – I just wing it! It all sort of just comes out of my head and takes shape as I’m writing. I think it’s like being a little bit mad…

Journey to published author: I had my first short story published in a teenage magazine when I was 14. They liked it and asked me to write more – so for years I was Chrissie Clarke and wrote short stories, “Readers True Experiences” (!), soppy poems, quizzes, and pop band interviews (they gave me the Rolling Stones for my first gig!!!!) for magazines like Jackie, while I was still at school. Then I moved on to doing similar things for the women’s mags, and wrote my first novella in 1995 which won the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers Award. I was signed by an agent at the awards ceremony, wrote my first full-length novel (Going the Distance) in 1997 – and have written a book a year since.

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What I’m working on right now: I’m currently writing THAT RED HOT ROCK’N’ROLL SUMMER – about a small Berkshire village that decides to stage a music festival (a sort of mini Glasto) instead of their usual summer fete – which causes all sorts of problems, mayhem, and a lot of star-crossed romances. It’s hopefully very funny and will be out next summer. It’s the second in my new Bucolic Frolic series and the follow-up to AN ENORMOUSLY ENGLISH MONSOON WEDDING which is out now.

Advice to aspiring writers: Write from the heart. Write the story *you* want to write. Don’t follow trends or worry about what other people are writing – just love your story and it’ll leap from the page! Oh, and don’t overwrite. You can deaden your story by constantly revising it. Usually those first brilliant bubbling words are the best ones! Your editor can iron out any wrinkles later – you just need to WRITE!

Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been writing all her life. Her novels include Heaven Sent, Hubble Bubble, The Way to a Woman’s Heart and her latest release, An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding.
www.christinajones.co.uk

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As Long As It Takes

Letter To My Unpublished Self
by Carrie Duffy

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Dear Carrie,

The good news is that it is going to happen. You will be a published author one day, just like you’ve always wanted to be. Hurray! The bad news is that it’s going to take a long time. A very long time. Over a decade in fact. But I know that you’ll keep going for as long as it takes – whether because of some crazy, irrepressible self-belief or because you’re a total masochist. I’m not sure which.

You start writing seriously at university, submitting your work to agents and thus beginning ten long years of rejection. You try different stories, different styles, different agents, and you get close, more than once. Close, but no cigar, as they say. I know you won’t see this as a positive at the time, but in the end you’ll be grateful for it. Those ten years of rejection mean ten more years of writing practice, of life experience, of figuring out what genre you’re passionate about.

One great piece of advice I would give you is to network more. Yes, I know you hate that word, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. Go to meetings, join organisations, get on Facebook and Twitter – anywhere that you can meet other writers and agents and publishers. As a writer, you’re fairly solitary by nature, and you shy away from putting yourself out there like that. You’ll only admit your ambitions to family and close friends, afraid that you won’t be taken seriously. Ironically, it’s only once you’re published that you’ll discover all these fantastic resources for aspiring writers.

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And when it does finally happen – that wonderful, magical, long-dreamed-of moment when you actually get a publishing deal – take the time to enjoy it! You’ve had so many knock-backs that you almost don’t dare to celebrate. When a friend offers to buy you a bottle of champagne on the night you get your offer, you turn her down because you’re terrified you’ll jinx it. You’ll soon learn (when you’ve spent weeks slaving away at your laptop, rarely seeing the outside world) that these moments of excitement and celebration can be few and far between, so embrace them fully. After all, a glass of champagne never hurt anyone.

Carrie x

Carrie grew up in North Yorkshire before moving to Paris at the age of eighteen. After a year spent learning French, she returned to England to train as an actress. She has worked professionally as both an actor and dancer, and she currently lives in west London. She is the author of Idol and Diva.
www.carrieduffy.com

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A giveaway for all chick lit lovers!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today is our last day for hosting ICLM 2013 and we hope to be back in 2014 to celebrate more fantastic chick lit authors. While we will be thanking the authors who participated this month on May 31st, we also want to thank a few others.

*Meredith Schorr, for inspiring our theme this year. She wrote a blog post casting her latest novel and we liked the idea so much that we incorporated it both here and at our blog, as well as added some other ideas into the mix.

*Jane Porter, for being such a gracious Hall of Fame inductee. She did a giveaway at her blog in honor of this nomination and sent a lot of readers to this blog as a result!

*Gail Allison, one of our review associates who helped us out when we were swamped and needed to get an author introduction ready ASAP.

*Marlene Engel, for contributing her thoughts to our Hall of Fame post.

*All the fabulous ladies at CLC.

*All you readers for your support both here and at our blog.

Because we love chick lit and because you do too….we are doing a book giveaway!

How to enter:

1. Tell us your favorite chick lit novel of 2013 so far or a novel you’re looking forward to reading later this year. (Counts as one entry)

2. Follow our blog and then comment here telling us you are a follower (if you already follow, just let us know). Once we reach 1000 followers, we’ll be doing a huge giveaway there, as well! (Counts as one entry.)

3. Include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.

Since this is INTERNATIONAL Chick Lit Month, this giveaway will be open worldwide. The prize will be a surprise! (A good one, we promise! Then again, when are book giveaways ever not good?!?)

Giveaway ends June 2nd at midnight EST.

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When it comes to movies, Beth Kendrick is “The Wedding Planner”

Kendrick_headshotIntroduction by Amy Bromberg

If you’re a chick lit fan AND a dog lover (that’s pretty much me), then look no further. Almost all of Beth Kendrick’s heroines are dog lovers, and, of course, there’s always romance, drama and excitement packed into her novels. I pick up a Beth Kendrick book whenever I’m looking for a fun, entertaining and great vacation read.

Beth Kendrick lives in Arizona with her trusty rescue dogs, Roxie Hart and Friday. She is the author of nine women’s fiction books, including The Week Before the Wedding (reviewed here) and Nearlyweds, which was made into a Hallmark Channel movie. You can find her at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

In honor of our movie theme for ICLM, Beth is here today to talk about which movies to watch before your wedding, but they could also apply to any time you’re planning to attend a wedding (or are looking for a fun movie to watch).

weekbeforeweddingSynopsis of The Week Before the Wedding:
After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.

Ryan is Emily’s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn’t ensure a happily ever after. But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind. He’s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.

As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of both her ex and her fiancé. She thought she had life and love all figured out, but the next seven days might change her mind—and her heart.

5 Movies To Watch the Week Before Your Wedding

Four Weddings and a Funeral—It’s poignant, it’s hilarious, and it features a montage of Andie MacDowell trying on wedding gowns that will satisfy any woman’s inner fashionista. When I was writing the first draft of The Week Before the Wedding, I scoured the Internet for photos of vintage dresses and ended up finding the perfect 50’s frock for bride-to-be Emily McKellips. Tea-length skirt, hand-appliqued illusion bodice, tulle netting…dress porn at its finest! (If you’d like to take a peek, click over to the boutique website.)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding—This film perfectly captures the drama and emotions that emerge when in-law culture clashes threaten to eclipse the bride’s big day. We all have family traditions we’re proud of…and some we’re not so proud of. My heroine, Emily, is trying—and failing—to prevent her serial-marrying mother from shocking her ultra-conservative future mother-in-law. And she’s apologetic about her own wild past because her fiance hails from a freakishly functional family that would make Norman Rockwell proud. (Or so it seems on the surface. Dun dun dunnnn!)

Sweet Home Alabama—You know what sucks? Getting engaged to the man of your dreams, then trying to cut final ties with your dreaded ex, only to discover that he’s also kind of the man of your dreams. Emily faces a dilemma similar to Reese Witherspoon’s character’s when her ex shows up to prove that the concept of a no-hoper bad boy developing his full “potential” is more than an urban legend. How the hell is she supposed to keep pretending she belongs in pinstripes and pearls when he’s tempting her back to her leather pants ways?

Magic Mike—Because no wedding is complete without a bachelorette party full of bad influences! Or so I, um, hear. Yes, there is a scene in Week Before the Wedding set in a high-end male strip club, and yes, that scene may or may not involve some autobiographical elements. But to hear any more details, you’ll have to corner me at a bridal shower and ply me with mimosas…

Steel Magnolias—Blush and bashful. Armadillo groom’s cake. “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” This movie celebrates the unbreakable bonds between sisters, girlfriends, and mothers and daughters, and I cry every time. A wedding marks a major transition in life, but the ceremony honors the people in our lives who will always matter most—til death do us part.

Thanks to Beth for sharing her movie recommendations and to Penguin for their help with coordinating this post.

Visit us at Chick Lit Central for a chance to win The Week Before the Wedding. US only. Ends May 28th (tomorrow!!!) at midnight EST.

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