Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Title: Fierce (Book One)
Author: Ginger Voight
Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013

ARC provided by author for an honest review

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.

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.

Book Review

Ginger Voight has done it again. I simply love and adore how she writes her hero and heroine. They are characters that evoke such an empathetic response and they are someone who is...well, fierce.

Jordi Hemphill has had it rough--Living with a mother who pretty much ignores her, Jordi hasn't had much to look forward to in life. The only thing that gives her pleasure and some sort of solace is singing. She loves to sing, to lose herself in the words behind the music and make a connection with someone with the power of her voice. 

She has dreams of leaving her small town and making something of herself. But insecurities and those that should be supportive, cause Jordi to stumble along the way. 

On the night that her heart is left shattered by someone she thought truly cared about her, Jordi leaves town with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket. She makes her way to L.A. to try to make it big in music. 

Only to find every door slammed in her face.

But a new reality t.v. show, titled Fierce, gives Jordi hope. And not only just Jordi, but thousands of others who have always felt like an outcast, never quite fitting in with what people define as normal. And they all have one thing in common--they are determined. They are talented. And they are FIERCE.

Watching Jordi's struggle in such a brutal world only makes her stronger in the end. Ginger gives the reader a tender love story between Jordi and Jace and those characters that you love to hate. I seriously wanted to rearrange a few people's face. There are surprises and WTF moments that make the reader eager to get get to the last page, wanting to know who will come out on top--and win the Fierce title.

Fierce is like  The Voice or American Idol on speed. All the juicy scandals and backstage secrets spilled on the pages leaving you anxious to see how it all plays out.  

Fans of Ginger's Groupie Trilogy will devour Fierce and come back wanting more, more, more. 

Teaser from Fierce:

“I never knew I was incomplete until I looked into your eyes. I never knew what I was missing ‘till you made me realize. Forever is possible with you by my side. I never believed in forever, till I fell in love with you. Now that we’re together, babe, only forever will do.”

Vanni and I smiled at each other as we finished the song. We had sung it quite a bit over the past week. It started as background vocals for his track, which he recorded for the single. Today we were working on the song as a duet so that I could learn the lead versions for my performance at his wedding, which was only eleven days away.

“I gotta tell you,” he said as he reached for a bottle of water, “you may convince me to release this as a duet. What you’re doing with this song is amazing.”

“Oh, please. I can’t do it better than you,” I said as I shrugged off his praise before I sipped from my bottle of green juice.

“What is that stuff, anyway?” he asked. “I’ve seen you drink nothing but juice all week.”

“Detox,” I offered.

“Sounds boring,” he grinned.

“Incredibly,” I grinned back.

“Get all that out of the way before the wedding,” he advised cheerfully. “Because in eleven days we are going to par-tay. Eating cake is mandatory, and I’m pretty sure it won’t fit into your little bottle there.”

I had to laugh. “You must be excited.”

He nodded happily. “Can’t happen soon enough, if you want the truth. I just want to get on with it, you know? Get out of the waiting part and get on to the doing. You know how it is. You must be psyched for the semifinals round.”

“To the point of puking actually,” I admitted.

“Got a song picked out?”

I shook my head. “Nothing feels right yet. And I’m afraid to bring another dud to Imogene.”

He was amused. “What do you mean?”

I explained how Imogene had nixed my first choice for the last round, and insisted I do the more upbeat number instead.

He considered that for a moment. “I think Imogene is right. You would kick ass with that song.”

I laughed. “I think the less I move the better. Better to stick to ballads.”

“Bor-ing,” he told me. “You can’t wedge yourself in some stupid little box, Jordi. You’ll lose your audience quick.”

“It’s not like I have a lot of options, Vanni.”

“Why not?” he asked.

“Look at me.”

He looked me over. “Yeah?”

Why was he being deliberately obtuse? “I’m not like everyone else,” I found myself saying, yet again, to one of the Fierce crew.

He rounded the piano where I stood, coming to stand right in front of me. “I know that. That’s why I chose you.” He sat on the piano bench. “Where’s this coming from?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, where is the Jordi who went onto that stage and acted like she owned the joint? You opened your mouth and let magic flow forth like you were giving us a gift and you knew it.” I had to laugh. He took my hand and pulled me down onto the bench with him. “So where’s that girl?”

“I ate her,” I said softly.

“Hey,” he said as he squeezed  my hand. “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.” He tipped my chin to look me in the eye. “Don’t agree.”

“You make it sound so easy.”

“Oh, it’s not easy,” he confirmed. “Nothing worthwhile ever is. But I’ll tell you this. The more you fight for something, the more you’ll appreciate it.” He picked up the sheet music for his new song. “That’s what this song is about. Before I met Andy, I could get almost every girl I wanted with the snap of a finger. I had to work for Andy. I had to fight my own demons to be worthy of her. She didn’t put up with my bullshit. The same old rules just didn’t apply.”

“So you had to change,” I pointed out.

“Certain things, yeah. And the reason I could? Because she loved me anyway.”

I didn’t know what to say. “I don’t have anyone like that,” I finally admitted.

“Yeah, you do,” he corrected as he pulled me close and planted a kiss on the top of my head. He kept me in that side hug, tucked safely in the crook of his arm. “Never be afraid to reach out of your comfort zone, Jordi. Even if you fail, people will love you for trying.” He bent forward until his forehead met mine. “Make it happen. You hear?”

I nodded. “Yes, sir.”

“Good,” he said as he reached for the sheet music. “Let’s sing.”

Grand Prize Giveaway:
Ginger will be giving one lucky commenter a $100 Gift Card to their choice of either Barnes and Noble or Amazon. This will be selected from the rafflecopter below.

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  1. Favorite rock star, musician would be Pink!
    Irene Rosa

    1. Irene~
      Thanks for stopping by during my giveaway.
      I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from Fierce.
      I love and adore Pink--she can be a hard rocker or sing such beautiful ballads. Great choice for a fierce singer!

  2. I can't wait for this book!!! I absolutely love Vanni and even though he will be limited in this book I just have to have him!!

    1. Jill~
      Me, too! It was great to have a bit of Vanni in this book and he was so damn sweet.
      Thanks for stopping by during the giveaway!

  3. My fav rock star is David Lee Roth!!!

    I've read and absolutely LOVE The Groupie trilogy! <3 Great review! Can't wait to read Fierce! Would love to win an e-ARC copy! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

    Tess xx

    tess_halim (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. misshalim~
      OMG--David Lee Roth takes me back a bit. LOVE Running with the Devil. and Jamie's Crying. GREAT songs!
      Thanks for stopping by during my giveaway!

  4. I would have to say Pink or back in the day Bon Jovi is my favorite rock stars!! :-)

    1. Oops forgot my email addy.

    2. Cathy--great picks for fierce rockers :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. My fave is Billy Idol. I've only missed 1 concert in my area in the last 25 years. I'm sure that I will love him until I die! Thanks for participating in the tour and for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    1. Jenny~
      OMG--Billy Idol and that smexy snarl of his! Great choice!
      Thank you for stopping by during the giveaway!

  6. I have to agree I love Pink!!!

    1. Christina~ Pink is winning this by a landslide. She's friggin' great! I love her newest CD. :)

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    1. Pink Rocks it and I think she is one of the fiercest lady rockers out there.
      Thanks for stopping by during my giveaway!

  8. I'm a fan of The Rolling Stones myself.


    1. Mary-My brother loves them, although I do like a couple of their songs. Classic rock is great!

  9. M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold He is my favorite rocker :) My email is thanks for a chance to win!!!

    1. Savanna~ M Shadows is such a sexy rocker. I love Avenged Sevenfold and have all their CD's. Cannot wait for a new one from them.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Thanks so much for participating in the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed "Fierce." I look to have book #2 available in the fall, and we're going to get a LOT more Vanni in our second installment. :D

    I adore Pink, several of her songs were on my writing playlist for "Fierce," including, "Don't Let Me Get Me," "F*cking Perfect" and "Raise Your Glass" - which I always kind of fantasized as a group number in the Fierce finale. ;)

    1. Ginger~
      Sorry I am so late getting back to you with my comment. I was out of town for RAGT, and now I am playing catch up. I LOVED Fierce: all of it was awesome! Cannot wait to see where you are going with this story, and I am sure I will be shedding more tears along the way :)
      Pink's CD is one that I play over and over, and I can definitely hear it in my head while reading Fierce. You are a joy to read and I look forward to doing more promotional posts for you.


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