Thursday, June 30, 2011

How Liz and Lisa celebrate Independence Day...plus an e-book giveaway!

**Giveaway is now closed**

To us, Liz and Lisa are the rock stars of the chick lit blogosphere! They not only blog together and bring in some really cool authors, but they also host some amazing giveaways and even do fun features on their blog. We can only hope to be as cool as they are one of these days. And even better...they write novels together! They wrote one a few years back called "I'll Have Who She's Having" and now they have just produced "The D Word," which is already garnering rave reviews!

However, we do have some things in common with them. They grew up in the same town and now live halfway across the country from one another. We grew up in the same neighborhood and then moved to opposite sides of the country. (Oddly enough, we're from Chicago, but Lisa is the one living there now and she's from California.) They blog together from a distance, just like we do. They go way back, just like we do. Liz and Melissa P. both live out west. Lisa and Melissa A. both had baby girls within the past year. Their names sound and look similar, our names are the same...you get our drift. We admire their enthusiasm for chick lit and we definitely share that love with them.

Check out what they had to say about how they have celebrated 4th of July together over the many years they have known each other. And then check them out on Facebook, Twitter and of course, their fabulous blog!

To top it off, Crystal Patriarche from BookSparks PR has one e-book of "The D Word" and one e-book of "I'll Have Who She's Having" to give to some lucky readers anywhere.

Liz & Lisa's Five 4th of July memories

We love us some 4th of July. In fact, it's probably one of our all-time fave holidays. Something about the combination of sun, fireworks and an adult beverage or two makes our hearts a flutter. But as we've matured, so have our 4th of July activities. And since we've spent most of the past twenty-four of them together, we thought we'd show you how we've evolved.

1. High School: The Water tower
We were so desperate to get away from our parents that we thought four-wheeling our scrunchie-wearing selves up to a deserted water tower was the only way we could chug our Strawberry Boones and Brass Monkey in peace. *gag*

2. The college years
Back in those days, all we needed was a beer bong and a pair of roller blades to have fun on the 4th. Especially in Newport Beach-where the streets were filled with thousands of other nineteen-year-olds with the same agenda. Now we're the ones calling the police at 10:01pm. How things change.

3. The pretend adult phase
Newly graduated, Lisa was playing house with her college boyfriend and couldn't wait to "entertain". So she put out her best bowls filled with M&Ms and the martini shaker Liz gave her for a housewarming gift. Meanwhile, we both turned a blind eye to our boyfriends hitting on the bikini-clad beach crusin' hotties on the Hermosa Beach boardwalk.

4. Almost grown-up: San Diego
Being prego really put the brakes on our 4th of July. Both of us have spent a 4th of July(or two-Liz) watching everyone else party it up while we treated ourselves to an extra smore. And it *almost* prepared us for....

5. Finally adult: San Diego
Now the only floaties in the pool are on the kids’ arms as they learn to swim. And we don’t exactly look how we used to in our bikinis- or should we say tankinis. We're so exhausted by the end of the fireworks show that we couldn't lift a shot glass to our mouth if we tried. But after twenty-four years, we're still celebrating together. And you know what? The 4th of July has never been better.


Special thanks to Liz and Lisa for stopping by to share their 4th of July memories and to Crystal for including us in this blog tour and for sharing the e-books for the giveaway!

How to win "The D Word" or "I'll Have Who She's Having":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)
Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is the most amazing, funniest or craziest thing you and your best friend have done together?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Follow Liz and Lisa on Facebook and Twitter. Let us know your name on either/both.
4. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
5. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Giveaway ends July 6th at midnight EST.

20 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

My name in the hat, please!
I have the blog on RSS - does that count as following?

Gayle LIN said...

I follow on facebook
I'm posting on facebook
Member of CLC

Would love to win a book by the 'girls'.
Gayle Gardner Lin

Kritter said...

Me and my best friends were watching the I Love the 80s from VH1 one summer and decided to make a party out of the show and dressed up. The whole party ended up going out in their get up!!

I follow this blog
I am a member on facebook

kdurham2@gmail.com

Lisa Steinke said...

Thanks for having us on, Melissa & Melissa! xoxo, L&L

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to win this book.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

jeryl M. said...

I cannot remember anything crazy or funny that my best friend and I did.

I am a follower.

I am a facebook fan.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

BRN2SHOP9 said...

My friends and I followed a tour bus after a concert. The following year we saw the group again and did the same thing!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I follow via facebook

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I follow via twitter

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I follow via gfc

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I am really looking forward to reading Liz and Lisa's book!

susana said...

1. What is the most amazing, funniest or craziest thing you and your best friend have done together?
Well, I don't know with my best friend use to go out at nignts and met boys, she waits for me when I was with a boy and the same for me.
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower Follower of this blog
3. Follow Liz and Lisa on Facebook and Twitter. Let us know your name on either/both.
Posted on my FB wall
4. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
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5. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. I do.

My mail address is:
smdiazz33@hotmail.com

Good summer!!

Dolly said...

I already have both your books, just wanted to say hello!

Linda Kish said...

I never do anything crazy. About all we ever did was take the kids to Chucky Cheese. Nothing crazier than that.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Margaret said...

One of the funniest and silliest things my friend and I ever did(now keeping mind this was back in high school and it was the 80's) We tried o crimp our hair with a waffle iron. Yeah I know pretty silly! okay and the friend was actually a male with long hair. He we were in a band your know the whole Bon Jovi look was in! lol! Good old days!

I'm a GFC follower.

I follow Lisa & Liz on their blog also and would love to read either of their books. Thanks!

Margaret
singitm@hotmail.com

Ronnie said...

I'm a new follower, count me in! :)

rhondamseals(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ashley A. said...

new follower! My best friends and I do so many ridiculous things and people are always a little confused but we always have fun!

Ashley Abramowicz
ashleyabramo2@gmail.com

Amy said...

I follow you on facebook and twitter. Also of course follow the blog (GFC) and subscribe via email.

FB profile name is "Amy Lazarus Bromberg"

Twitter name is @Abbeautycall and retweeted.

Off the top of my head I can't remember anything crazy we did, but how we met is pretty cool. We met via an icebreakers at a jewish youth group (USY) fall convention. We had to find our "other half." I was "rose" and she was "gun"...Guns and Roses

Angie Young said...

I'm too late for the giveaway but I thought I would comment anyhow. I loved the stories of your 4th of Julys together. Makes me long for my dear friends from high school.

We did finally get together after 21 years for a girls weekend in Nashville. Best time ever.

Angie Young
thelittlereadingcabin.blogspot.com