Okay, I need to start by saying that I adore Ginger Voight's writing. I adored the GROUPIE trilogy and I absolutely adored this book.
We saw a bit of Jordie Hemphill in MOGUL, but this book is her story. She is an overweight teenager in nowhere, OH. She's got the hot football player using her for sex and a mom who has checked out after her father passed away.
On Jordie's 18th birthday, tired of being used, and being considered second best, she leaves. Just up and goes; to LA. There she makes a life for herself and her gays. She can be what she wants. She colors her hair, has tattoos and is not a size 4.
When a chance of a lifetime comes along she auditions for FIERCE. A new reality show that features people who normally wouldn't be considered for a show. When she proves that she has the chops and the drive to compete, with the help of the very famous Vanni Carnevale, she is accepted as a contestant on the show.
She meets a myriad of 'rejects' and forms a bond that can not shatter. However, her mom and her 'so-called' boyfriend come to town to ruin things for her.
Ginger's writing is so tight and solid that I absolutely adored this book. I LOVE Jordie and seeing Vanni again is a great treat. He adores Jordie, but she doesn't understand why. Until she meet's Andy. Vanni looks past dress size and sees talent where there is talent.
However, the one-legged soldier is the one who just might steal her heart.
Such a heartwarming love story; although these are normal humans with the same range of emotions as anyone else, they become close and lovers. That is until 'Eddie' her shag friend from Ohio insinuates himself and ruins the happiness she could have.
I cannot wait for the next book. I'm literally jumping at the bit! I want to know what happens!
Please, when this book is out, definitely buy it. It's so worth it. A great read.
*IF YOU'RE AT BEA MAY 30 THRU JUNE 1, I WILL BE GIVING AWAY COPIES OF THE GROUPIE TRILOGY (THREE BOOKS IN ONE GIANT BOOK), TO RANDOM PEOPLE. I WILL ALSO HAVE A STICKER ON ME THAT SAYS "ARE YOU A GROUPIE?" IF YOU SEE ME, ASK FOR A BOOK!
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Ginger Voight is prolific author, freelance writer and optioned screenwriter. Her fiction is diverse, with novels like the edgy, coming-of-age drama DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, and the fun family adventure for kids of all ages, COMIC SQUAD.
Having grown up reading different authors like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, Ginger has always been drawn more to story than to genre. This shows up in her various stories. Titles such as MY IMMORTAL and TASTE OF BLOOD are a delicious, heady mix of horror, suspense, and romance.
Genre romance, however, has held a special place in her heart, ever since she read her first Harlequin novel when she was only eleven. As a result, Ginger is making a name for herself writing romances of her own, starring women who look more like the average American woman rather than those traditionally represented in the size-biased American media. Her Rubenesque romances were created especially for those heroines with fuller figures, who can still get the man of their dreams if only they believe they can. Such titles include UNDER TEXAS SKIES, LOVE PLUS ONE, GROUPIE and PICTURE POSTCARDS.
Ginger was included in the best-selling book by Smith Magazine NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, featuring her six-word memoir.
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Book Title: Fierce (Book #1 in a Spinoff of The Groupie Trilogy – can be read as a standalone)
Author: Ginger Voight
Expected Release date: June 4, 2013
In the first book in a spin-off series to her best-selling and highly rated 'GROUPIE' trilogy, author Ginger Voight introduces us to a new character named Jordi Hemphill.
All her life, Jordi Hemphill was told that she needed to change to fit in and be accepted. She talked too much, laughed too loud, and most definitely, indisputably and inexcusably weighed too much. In fact, she wore her size-20+ clothes without so much as an apology. She didn’t care to fit in. She didn’t want to be beautiful. Instead, she wanted to wear her hair in funky colors, she itched for tattoos and piercings, and dreamed of a life much bigger than working at the local Burger Palace for minimum wage. She had been born with the voice of a superstar, and something inside her told her it was OK to dream big, even if she had to do it in secret.
On her eighteenth birthday, she takes every last cent she has and buys a one-way ticket for Los Angeles. She is sure her talent will get her noticed by those more open-minded to see it. Then and only then will she show all the naysayers in her hometown that she was a somebody no matter what they say.
Unfortunately Los Angeles wasn't any more welcoming. Jordi didn't fit into their pop machine no matter how well she sang. Other pop princess had the "full package," whereas Jordi still needed to change if she wanted her dreams to come true. It took a plus-size TV producer to take a chance on her, casting her for a reality talent show called "Fierce," which put attitude and talent far above the traditional pop star image.
Thanks to Giovanni Carnevale, the lead singer of "Dreaming in Blue" and “Fierce’s” rock star judge, Jordi gets a chance to fight for her place on a national stage.
But will America embrace this alternative diva? Or will they too expect her to conform in order to be accepted... to be loved? Despite the acceptance of new friends and supporters, old ghosts continue to haunt Jordi on her new journey. It will take handsome fellow contestant, Jace Riga, to finally help expose and exorcise the demons that drive her self-destruction.
"Fierce" continues the story introduced in the Ginger Voight novel, "Mogul," where Jordi joins a hodge-podge of other contestants to battle for the championship that dares every single hopeful to live large, to be FIERCE.
Ginger Voight, the author of the best-selling "Groupie" series, brings fame once again to the forefront with her new adult series, beginning with the novel, "Fierce." The characters you grew to love in the "Groupie" trilogy and "Love Plus One" are back to help the incomparable Jordi Hemphill carve a place for her as a pop princess despite the odds in this coming-of-age Rubenesque romance.