Ladies Who Lunch by Tracey Fischer

Skylark Lockley is in her early thirties wants desperately to have her romance novels published and has issues.

Skylark Lockley is in her early thirties wants desperately to have her romance novels published and works for a crazy grocery store owner who can never remember to zip his pants or how to turn on the computer.
Skylark has a set of girlfriends with whom she shares her hopes, dreams, and alcohol once a week at lunch. Skylark's personal life goes to crap when her boyfriend, Ben walks out of her life forever. After eating her weight in Hagan Daz and flushing his fish, she goes on a journey of self worth that takes her pole dancing, sleeping around with inappropriate men, tattoos, and the realization that romance writing may not be for her if she doesn't believe in soul mates any longer.
To make matters worse publisher Nicholas Carmichael seems to pop up at the most inappropriate time. Sweeping her off her feet at Athena’s over done, three bridal planners wedding, at the Plaza, Nicholas makes his intentions known to Skylark and she realizes that maybe she has indeed found Mr. Wonderful. Or maybe not.

  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted Nov. 18, 2009
  • Last updated Nov. 18, 2009
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  • marion's avatar
    marion wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Loved the name Skylark definitely classy. A n amusing read with well drawn characters and evocative of a few lunches I've been to myself...
    Should make gold! Marion

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    Valley Woman [Retired] wrote 5 years, 9 months ago


    A comedy about a romance writer--unique. I chuckled a few times reading this and wondered where you came up with these wacked characters--I am just a little jealous.

    Agnes et Yves

  • Urania's avatar
    Urania wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Tracy, this is great fun and just right for the chick lit market. I would tighten it up though, needs to be slightly pacier and involve more action rather than just description in first chapter, it needs a neat hook to end chapter one. Otherwise, great stuff! Shelved.

  • Sandie Newman's avatar
    Sandie Newman wrote 5 years, 9 months ago
    Absolutely loving this. Had to admit I am one of those Ladies Who Lunch, kind of, myself and the rest of the ladies in my family on my dad's side, get together every once in a while, so I had to read this. I found the beginning wonderful and especially liked the bit where she had to show the boss how to flush the toilet, what is it with men! Effortless to read and very well written, backed with pleasure. ...
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  • tamaraB's avatar
    tamaraB wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    I'm so pleased to find another good chick lit book. This is well written funny and a fast pace (just how I like it)

    Well done tracey and good luck

    Bitch of the Week

  • Onthedottedline's avatar
    Onthedottedline wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    This has all the ingredients of a first-rate chick-lit, and the marvellous title will definitely sell the book. Your insights into the way people think and (should) act are very intuitive and absolutely right, and you take your MC on the most amazing emotional journey. Loved it, and I'm backing it. Best wishes, Tony.

  • Leigh Fallon's avatar
    Leigh Fallon wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Funny, fastmoving and well written. Great title (one I use myself a lot). Little I can say to improve this, maybe the usual, break up your pitch to make it easier reading, but other than that, you're on to a winner.
    The very best of luck with this.
    Leigh Fallon
    The Carrier of the Mark

  • andyroo's avatar
    andyroo wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Seems to be an accomplished addition to the genre; not my thang, but I can see that the writing is clear and well paced, and should suit it's market perfectly. It's a bit cringeworthy for me though, but I'm sure that's to be expected! Cece's behaviour in ch4 was like nails on a blackboard for me, but it does portray the prissy self absorbed types very well. Good luck with this!


  • Strayer's avatar
    Strayer wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Steve said it well. I'd hate to be his plumber. I enjoyed reading your book. I do want to read the rest of it. I'm bad at comments, so I'll just say that it is well written.

  • chrisalys's avatar
    chrisalys wrote 5 years, 9 months ago
    This is very cimic and very stylish and very well written, there are a few rimes that I would have liked to be able to grab my breath and sit in a passage of description but thta's just me because I'm a literary genre reader and never do lunches. As this genre goes it is fast, well heeled and entirely readable. I am not a chicklit reader but I'd give this to my partner and they'd love it. Hope it ...
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  • Steve Ward's avatar
    Steve Ward wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Wow, this is excellent writing! Very funny stuff, reminded me of Janet Evanovich. A lightning fast pace and humor in every paragraph keeps the reader begging for more. Well done. Oh yeah, I wish those publishers would publish my crap too. Gotta go, there's an alligator in my toilet. Fun read, good luck with it.
    Steve Ward
    Test Pilot's Daughter: Revenge