Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ is #4 in Romantic Comedy!

Halfway through the giveaway and the stats are:

US (3333 downloads)

#58 Free in Kindle Store

  • #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Comedy
  • #5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Romance

UK (203 downloads)

#173 Free in Kindle Store

  • #12 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Romance > Romantic Comedy
  • #54 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Romance > Contemporary

Can TDPP beat last time’s high of #13 in the free store today?

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Halloween Giveaway! ‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ is FREE on Amazon 30-31 October 2013 and other Amazon sites.

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What Is Chick Lit?

There seems to be a lot of disagreement about what ‘Chick Lit’ means.  Here’s my take on where it fits in:

Chick Lit and Women Writers
Some people believe that chick lit covers everything written by women, which is ridiculous.  The range of work by women authors is, amazingly enough, just as broad as that by male ones. 

Chick Lit and Male Writers
Chick lit doesn’t have to be written by women.  Mostly it is, but there are a few male authors too (e.g. Nicholas Sparks, Nic Tatano and Chris Dyer).  And now of course we have lad lit (also called dude lit, dick lit, etc.) which is the same style but aimed at men.

Chick Lit and Women’s Fiction

I view chick lit as a sub-genre of women’s fiction, which I take as all fiction aimed specifically at women by dealing with issues of modern womenhood.  What marks chick lit out is that it is funny.  The degree varies from laugh out loud to quiet smiling, but there is always a significant element of humour.

That doesn’t mean that chick lit is all about sex and shoes and never deals with anything serious.  Some is like this, certainly, but not all.  A good example of one that deals with meatier issues would be Marian Keyes’ Rachel’s Holiday, which is about drug addiction.  The key to making it chick lit is that the book looks for the humour in all situations.  If it could be described as ‘gritty’, it’s not chick lit.

Chick Lit and Romance
Chick lit usually includes a romantic relationship, but unlike in romance the relationship is not the focus of the book.  The heroine(s)’ relationships with friends and family are given similar amounts of time.

Generally, chick lit is less likely to contain sex scenes than romance.  Some have none at all, but there’s a lot of variation.

Some chick lit could reasonably be described as romantic comedy, like my own The Dr Pepper Prophecies.

Chick Lit and Contemporary Fiction
When I think of chick lit, I usually think of modern settings, but apparently historical novels can also fall into this category.  My feeling on this is that a novel that dealt with issues of womenhood that were relevant when it was written could be called chick lit.  For this reason, some argue that Jane Austen’s novels are chick lit.  I would class them as romances, but there is always a crossover patch between genres.

What Do You Think?
Agree or disagree?  Leave a comment and let me know.


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My Favourite Quotes From ‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’

Just a few of the bits I like the best.


So much for not fantasising.  I’ve got a particularly vivid image in my head involving his naked body, a tube of super-glue and a flesh-eating squirrel.


It’s hard to love a man who eats the last piece of lasagne.


A thought occurs to me. ‘I don’t suppose your mother went in for safe sex lectures, did she?’ I ask.

I remember my mother trying to explain it to me.  The memory continues to surface no matter how hard I try to suppress it.  She began by explaining that babies start as seeds and every woman had a special place inside her to plant them in – sort of like a grow bag.  It went down hill from there.


One time when I was at university, I agreed to go on a blind double date.  It was with my housemate’s boyfriend’s cousin’s friend’s brother, who had – and I quote – “a really nice personality”.  You’d assume that meant he was ugly.  You’d be right.  He also collected tarantulas and belonged to Bug Lovers Anonymous.

Never again.


I’m dreaming.  Or, at least, I’m fairly sure I am.  The dancing gnomes I saw not long ago seem to suggest it.


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Halloween Giveaway! ‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ will be FREE on Amazon 30-31 October 2013 and other Amazon sites.

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Read All The Reviews for ‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’

I’ve now set up a page with links to all the reviews I know about.  So if you’re still deciding if The Dr Pepper Prophecies is for you, read them all.

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Love a Book and Want to Support the Author?

Lydia Laceby over at Novel Escapes has written an article about ‘The Care and Feeding of an Author‘.  So if you love my work, or someone else’s, and want to help me/them, have a read of this.

One thing I would add, that isn’t so easy.  Authors (self-published ones anyway) need beta-readers to read their work and point out errors before it is published.  So if you love a self-published author, you want to be one of the first to read their new work and you’re good at picking up mistakes – from plot holes to typos – I encourage you to contact them and volunteer.

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Mel Flash Fiction #1: The Toaster

I’ve been re-reading Bridget Jones’ Diary and thought I would have a little fun with an entry from Mel’s Diary.  This is set after The Dr Pepper Prophecies, although you don’t need to have read it for this to make sense.

You can also read this on Wattpad.



9st 8 (oh God), bars of Dairy Milk 4 (but only small ones), calories – don’t ask

Not a good day.

Forgot toast under grill due to obsessively watching Dr Who while Will out buying chocolate.  Said toast caught on fire.  Discovered when fire alarm went off due to smoke pouring out of the kitchen.  Couldn’t find fire extinguisher Will swore he’d put with the soup tins.  Attempted to smother fire with tea towel but forgot crucial stage of wetting it first.  Tea towel caught on fire as well.  Dropped tea towel, unfortunately next to roll of kitchen towel.  Fire spread.  Spotted fire extinguisher in laundry pile (why?!).  Attempted to use fire extinguisher to halt spread of now quite enthusiastic kitchen fire.  Couldn’t work out how to remove safety catch.  Grabbed bottle of drink to put out fire.  Did not help.  Checked bottle – beer.

Abandoned fire, grabbed phone, ran out of Will’s flat.  Attempted to call fire brigade.  Got no signal.  Ran to neighbour’s door and hammered on it.  Greasy forty-something neighbour answered.  Neighbour leered at cleavage revealed by vest top and no bra.  Explained about fire.  Neighbour stopped leering and dialled 999.  Leering Neighbour and I left his flat and activated fire alarm.  Sprinklers went off.  Got drenched.  White top went see-through.  Leering Neighbour stepped efforts up a notch.  Had to hold breasts to chest as pelted down stairs.  Then had to stand outside building, in rain, with see-through top.  Very cold wind did not help.  Even arrival of suitably hunky firemen did not make up for exposure.  Also, Leering Neighbour very attentive until Will arrived back.

Firemen put fire out.  Returned to flat.  Kitchen smoke-damaged and oven wrecked.  Worse still, now have no bread for toast.

On the upside, Will says I’m not allowed to cook anymore.


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