A sassy, hilariously funny murder mystery where the closest bonds of friendship might just kill you…!
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.
Today I am pleased to be hosting the blog tour for Mean Sisters.
Below is a glossary of some of the American college terms that are used in the book.
- Actives members who have been initiated into a sorority and enjoy the full benefits thereof, e.g., voting, best seats at chapter meeting, coldest beer at the fraternity party
- Bid day the last day of Rush, when women receive their bids (or invitations) to join a sorority. A day of celebration, with a welcoming party, matching shirts and corresponding fraternity parties
- Big sister an older member assigned to mentor a younger member (Little Sister). Duties may include relationship counselling, academic advice, holding a Little Sister’s hair back whilst puking tequila after a fraternity party
- Chapter the semi-independent sub-unit of a national sorority at each college or university
- Chapter room a designated meeting room at the sorority house, the central location for all meetings, rituals and pillow fights
- Chapter meeting an all-member meeting held traditionally (and almost universally) on Monday nights. Also known informally as ‘chapter,’ attendance is required for all members, it may last several hours and members must wear pin attire. See also: the least favourite activity of sorority members
- Chapter Advisor an alumna member of the sorority who serves as an adult supervisor of chapter officers, enforces sorority rules and (unfortunately) never attends fraternity parties
- Chapter President the elected leader of the chapter, a woman of exceptional character, high academic standards and aspirational hair
- Deb socially acceptable nickname for a member of Delta Beta sorority; also shorthand for debutante, a woman of grace, beauty and sparkling wit
- Fraternity an organization of men, founded on universal ideals of brotherhood, binge drinking and getting laid
- Freshman a student in their first year of university, still has high school-sized thighs but socially clueless
- Interfraternity Council the overseeing organization of a university’s fraternity chapters
- Junior a student in her third year of university, is often found at the campus gym, on the treadmill
- Kegger a type of party whose principal feature is a beer keg of the cheapest beer available.
- Letters the Greek letters of a sorority or fraternity. When a member is wearing their ‘letters’ they are easily identifiable by others and are held to a higher standard of conduct
- Moo nickname for a member of the Mu Mu Mu sorority. See also: bimbo, tramp, ho, trashy ‘ho
- Panhellenic Council the overseeing organization of a university’s sorority chapters
- Pin attire proper clothing to be worn while wearing a sorority pin (or badge), in order to show respect to the pin. Acceptable clothing includes business dress or church-appropriate clothing. Unacceptable choices are t-shirts, shorts, jeans, or anything that would be worn to a kegger
- Pledge a new member who has not been initiated, may be subjected to stricter rules regarding conduct and appearance; must attend new member education classes wherein she learns the history and rules of the sorority, such as driving actives to fraternity parties
- Pledge year the first year of membership before a pledge is initiated and becomes an active
- Rush the week of a formal sorority membership selection process that involves rounds of ‘parties’ at each house. Also known as ‘recruitment,’ the process is highly intense and results in lifelong grudges and possible diagnoses of PTSD
- Rushees the women who are going through Rush, hoping to find their lifelong sisterhood
- Senior a student in their fourth and final year of university; a person of much wisdom and experience, and weight loss advice
- Sisterhood the true, life-affirming friendship found only between women
- Sophomore a student in her second year of university, fifteen pounds heavier than freshman year
- Sorority an organization of women, founded on universal ideals of friendship, moral standards and super cute accessories
- Sorority creed the inspirational mission statement of the sorority
- Sorority crest a pictorial representation of the sorority ideals and history
- Sorority Executive Council the national leaders of all of the chapters of the entire sorority
- Sorority house the heart of any chapter, where members may live in a dormitory-like setting and indulge in late night binges of ice cream and pillow fights
- Sorority motto a condensed version of the sorority creed, a useful mantra to meditate on and inscribe in email signatures
- Sorority row the neighbourhood where sorority houses are conveniently located together, to facilitate rush and Panhellenic pranks
- Standards and Morals the set of rules governing acceptable conduct, established by each sorority. May include important rules such as no smoking and drinking in letters
A big thank you to Helena at Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the tour!