Thursday, May 30, 2013

**Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Fierce ~ Ginger Voight**

Dream big. Live large. BE FIERCE!

I'm so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Ginger Voight's Fierce! My stop includes all you need to know about this fabulous book, my review, a tour wide giveaway AND a giveaway for one ebook copy of Fierce

To enter the tour wide giveaway, obey the rafflecopter. :) 

To enter my tour stop giveaway, leave a comment about something you dreamed of doing when you were a kid. Please include your email address in your comment. This giveaway ends June 6th and the winner will be chosen randomly.

This tour is presented by Brandee's Book Endings. To follow all the stops on the tour, click here.


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 princesses 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 hodgepodge 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.

My Review

Fierce is a reality talent show similar to American Idol. However, instead of trying to pick someone who fits a cookie cutter image of a popstar, Fierce champions those talents whom society would more than likely overlook. I really like this element of the book.

Jordi Hemphill is an 18 year old high school dropout who happens to have a voice that can move people to a good way. But Jordi doesn't fit the typical mold for a recording industry star. She weighs in at over 250 pounds and until Fierce,  her talents have been overlooked due to her size.

"This business is full of people who will beat you up for not being this enough or that enough. The only way they succeed is if you agree. Don't agree."  -Vanni Carnevale

Jordi has spent her life dreaming big...dreaming of that perfect singing career and the perfect guy. Landing a spot on Fierce has not only brought her dream of singing closer to fruition, but has brought her the attention of Eddie, that perfect boy she's spent so long fantasizing about. But Jordi finds his attention isn't quite the fantasy she envisioned.

Jace Riga is a young war veteran who lost his leg. He only discovered his voice during recovery and physical therapy following his injury. He's handsome and a hero. He becomes one of Jordi's most avid supporters. 

Both Jordi and Jace, as well as the other contestants we're introduced to, are in this competition to prove their families, their friends, themselves. I delighted in watching Jordi and Jace learn about themselves, face their fears, become more confident...more fierce! Anyone who has ever felt held back because they didn't fit a certain image will have an immediate connection with Jordi...and will become a big fan!

"I was a thousand other things aside from my dress size. The only reason others could define me based on that very limited criteria was because I let them. The reason I never fit into the small box other people created for me was because I was never meant to. I was meant to stand out. I was born to be different. And it was okay." -- Jordi Hemphill

There are so many powerful moments in Fierce. And many profound and enlightening epiphanies as the characters make their way on this journey. I wasn't sure I could love Fierce as much as the Groupie books, but I needn't have worried. Ginger knows how to create substantive characters and engaging stories. And Fierce is her next star studded hit!

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About Ginger

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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  1. Brandee! A chaste cover on your blog? oh my!
    And I'm definitely reading Angelfall (which you seem to have problems picking up) again before reading the second book in the series. You know, just to make sure that I have it all there again.

    1. I know, right?!? ;)

      Hope you enjoy Angelfall even more the second time! :)

  2. Great review Brandee! So glad you liked it!

  3. This sounds wonderful. First of all I love the idea of talent waiting to be unleashed. Then for it to be a total underdog story, I'm there. All I did was dream when I was a kid. Okay, here's one. I watched Oxford Blues when I was a kid. I didn't care about anything in the movie except the rowing. For whatever reason that was amazing to me and I swore I would get to do it one day. We do not have crew on Guam. Then I moved to Hawaii. Closest I came to this particular dream was pretending to go to my sister's college so I could enter a canoe race. I got a T-shirt. Not crew though. Then I transferred to a school in Washington state that I made sure had a crew team. I am not an athletic girl mind you, but I went out for crew my first year there and rowed my B-boat butt off! Even made A-boat, but I still sucked. I loved rowing at the crack of dawn watching Mount Rainier turn bright pink. So that's one of my childhood dreams. Great review, Brandee!

    1. It really is a fantastic read, Robyn. I've liked everything I've read by Ginger.

      I'm really proud of you for doing all you could to make a dream a reality, Robyn! That's admirable. And you didn't dream of being a champion rower - just doing it...and you did! ;)

  4. This sounds awesome! I love books with characters who aren't the beautiful/skinny/confident character we so often find in books.

    When I was little, I had two dreams, I wanted to have a big family, and I wanted to be a teacher :)

    I'm not gonna post my e-mail here in public, but if I win, you can DM, right?

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway for a book that seems really great!

    I'm hosting a giveaway as well Armchair BEA giveaway.

    1. Hiya, Lexxie! Well, I know your dream of a big family is a reality...or did you want more kiddos than you have? Thanks so much for stopping by...I really love characters who aren't beautiful, skinny, etc., etc., too!

  5. My dream as a kid was to go to the moon. Be an astronaut.

    1. That's fantastic, Tracy! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. My dream as a kid was to be a doctor and find a cure for cancer.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Chundra. And that is quite an admirable dream! :)

  7. I still haven't had a chance to read the Groupie Trilogy, that I won from this blog. My friends loved it, though, and loved this too. I can't wait to get caught up.
    Great review, Brandee!

    1. I think you'll really enjoy all the books, Andrea! You'll get to them one day. ;)

  8. Thanks so much for participating in the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed "Fierce." I look to have book #2 available in the fall. :D

    1. You're so welcome, Ginger! I can't wait to read the next chapter in Jordi's story! ;)


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