Thursday, 24 March 2016

Book tour: Mean Sisters - Lindsay Emory + guestpost













Margot Blythe is a twenty-something year old who can’t seem to let her college glory days go. After all, everyone deserves a family of ‘sisters’ like she had. When she’s invited to speak at her alma mater, her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. Tragedy strikes and Margot has to step up, especially when foul play is suspected.
She’s going to save her fifty frazzled ‘sisters’, keep the suspicious (but dangerously cute) police officer at bay and find out the truth – could a sister have committed such an unimaginable sin as murder?
Margot is going to learn the real bond of sisterhood and maybe, just maybe, discover where she truly belongs.

** Review **
My opinion.
"This blog tour will be SO FETCH!" From the moment I read that teaser, saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew this was a book I did not want to miss. And rightly so.
I had so much fun reading this. Elle Woods on Greek Row, meets Regina George and ZBZ's Casey & Ashleigh.
Margot is a very unique main character. She seems at times very superficial and petty, but she's also loyal to a fault with a big heart and a very naive outlook on life. Or is she? When events at the "Debs" chapter challenge everything she stands for and believes in, we discover there's a lot more to Margot than meets the eye.
From murder and blackmail to sorority drama and sisterhood, Mean Sisters is a wonderfully original and hilarious twist on what we thought we knew about chick lit... and sororities.
With frat pranks, sex scandals, secret traditions and girly secrets, I suddenly found myself in an episode of Greek with Casey and Ashleigh versus Frannie Morgan - or was it Regina George? - where Elle Woods turns up as the defender of sorority standards and the sacred sisterhood.
Sit  back and enjoy -  and secretly wish you were a sorority girl yourself. I really enjoyed reading Mean Sisters and I may or may not have googled transferring to a US college with a Greek system, whilst watching a 'Greek' marathon.




** GUEST POST by Kate Ellis, editor ***

Anyone who knows me understands that I have a complete love affair with America. I won’t say obsession, because that’ll just make me sound weird (even though it’s exactly what it is)! So when Mean Sisters landed in my inbox, it was a match made in Yankee heaven.

I feel like sororities are a complete mystery to everyone outside of the US, and as a major US admirer, this is just not acceptable to me. From growing up watching American soap operas and TV shows, I know all there is to know about American high school and to a certain degree, college. But I’ve never quite got sororities. So really getting to grips with what it means to be a sorority sister was pretty high on my list.

It was the opening chapter that had me totally hooked. It’s only 700 words, but it’s just SO good. I felt like I instantly knew who Margot was and what to expect from the rest of the book: I was going to have an absolute blast with this woman, who obviously takes sorority life far too seriously. And Lindsay certainly delivered!

For me, reading this book (which I finished in two days, I was so hooked!), all I had in my head was Legally Blonde meets Mean Girls. What better combination can you get?! Elle Woods meets Regina George, it’s something we’ve all dreamt of… be honest.

It was the first submission I’d read that really got me excited and the Avon Publishing Director said to me, if you can come up with a pitch and package for it, let’s do it. So that’s exactly what I did. When I presented the pitch to the team, they just got it, and it was so great that they were all so on board, too.

It was really difficult researching cult movies like Mean Girls and Legally Blonde for work, but I got through it. And the social media plan was such a drag for me and Helena (Avon’s Digital Marketing Manager). I mean, Googling Mean Girls memes and having competitions to find the best quotes was a tough job. (IT WAS THE BEST JOB, EVER!)

For my first ever acquisition, I’m so excited, and totally stoked, that I managed to combine two of my favourite things in life: Mean Girls and America. I really hope the UK readers fall in love with Mean Sisters like I did, it’s hard not to!




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