Monday, October 24, 2011

Breaking the ice with Mandy Baggot, plus a book giveaway (the only strings attached here)

**Giveaway is now closed**

Mandy Baggot lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire with her husband, two daughters and two cats named Kravitz and Springsteen. Her first foray into the world of writing involved New Kids on the Block and the England football squad. She is a huge fan of white wine, rum and coke, Bruce Willis, "Neighbours," ice dancing (watching not participating!), horse racing, rock (especially Bryan Adams and Lady Gaga) and country music and mashed potatoes. She has auditioned for "X Factor" and longs to perform a duet with Bryan Adams. In each of her books, there is a character named Milo. She has written three books that have been published already: "Excess All Areas," "Knowing Me Knowing You" (reviewed here) and "Breaking the Ice."

Her next novel, "Strings Attached" will be released in November. However, one lucky reader anywhere in the world has a chance to win their choice of a paperback or Kindle version of this book!

You can find Mandy at Facebook, Twitter and her website, where you can even listen to her singing. She's here today to tell us what sends her into a fit of giggles.

Check out the trailer for "Strings Attached":



Funniest chick lit novel?
Oh I’m going to be really boring and predictable but, for me, there is no chick-lit book funnier than Sophie Kinsella’s first Shopaholic novel "The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic." Kinsella is brilliant at making Becky Bloomwood completely mad-cap but still keeping a sense of realism to her skits that we can all relate to.

Funniest book character (chick lit or any kind)?
For the same reasons as above – Becky Bloomwood!

Funniest song?
They Might be Giants – "Birdhouse in Your Soul." Great tune but what was it all about?!

Funniest quirk you had as a child?
Hmm I had a few of these! I sucked my index finger instead of my thumb (and still do this sometimes when I’m tired!) and I had a plastic toy figure that belonged to a play-set I used to take everywhere – actually I still do!

Funniest thing you heard a kid say?
The other day my youngest daughter was describing pictures in her school book and I was trying to help her get to the word ‘angel’. So I said ‘you know, who helps God and carries the people up to Heaven when they die’ and she said ‘Abraham’. Bless!

Funniest thing that happened to you recently?
A delivery man rang the doorbell (that doesn’t work right now) and I was just finishing off my Zumba exercise in another room. I walked into the lounge and he was peering through the window (obviously to check if someone was in because no one had answered) and there I was in nothing more than my bra, knickers and a fetching leopard print scarf! Embarrassing!

Favorite inside joke you have with anyone you know?
Me and some other members of Loveahappyending.com have taken to spelling LOL (Laugh Out Loud) as LOLL. We got a bee in our bonnets about spelling one day so I said I was going to spell it with two Ls and the phrase would now be (Laugh Out Loud then Louder).

Favorite comedian?
Michael McIntyre. He is a Brit comedian, a very camp straight man who tells jokes about life in general and is frighteningly good at dancing!

Favorite humorous quote? (from a movie)
"Sir this channel is reserved for emergency calls only…"
"No sh*t lady, does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza?"
Die Hard (1988)

Funniest TV or movie character?
Howlin’ Mad Murdoch from "The A Team!" He made that show!

Special thanks to Mandy for entertaining us with her zany sense of humor and sharing her upcoming novel with a lucky reader.

How to win "Strings Attached":
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 funniest song you've ever heard?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

Giveaway ends October 30th at midnight EST.

22 comments:

Kritter said...

I love the Advice song from back in the day or may be known as the Suncreen song.

I follow this blog
a fan on facebook.

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Marthalynn said...

She sounds like a real treat! Back in the day, I used to think Weird Al was funny. Not sure if he really was, or if it was just because I was young and when you're young everything is funny.

I'm a follower :)

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a follower & email subscriber :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

funny song...'dominic the donkey'...it's a christmas song. have you heard it?

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

I'd enjoy this book. Love to be entered. Thanks!
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rubynreba said...

Follower
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Kim W. said...

1. The funniest song....The Chicken Dance song. Just never made sense to me and makes me laugh when I see people dancing to it.

2. I follow the CLC blog already

3. I posted this contest on Facebook

4. I'm a member of CLC on Facebook already

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meandmom said...

I would like to read this.

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meandmom said...

My favorite funny song is Shame and Scandal.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook follower.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

rubynreba said...

Facebook member
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Disco Duck, not sure if it was funny or just dumb.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Margaret said...

A song my brother wrote once has got to be the funniest song I've ever heard. It was titled I've got a Feeling and it's a duet. When he sang the female part to me I cracked up. Picture Jack Black from School Of Rock and you get the picture.

I'm a follower.

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

marybelle said...

Funniest song has to be LOVE TO HAVE A BEER WITH DUNCAN. The scary thing is I know the next line (Because Duncan's me Mate.)

I follow.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Elissa said...

I want to read this book!

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Amy said...

One of the funniest songs I have ever heard is It's Me Again Margaret - Ray Stevens.

I follow blog via GFC

I'm an email subscriber

Amyrbromberg (at) gmail (dot)com

Tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/AmyRBromberg/status/129756045286453248

I'm a member of CLC on Facebook

Ananda said...

Well I will say the funniest song I've ever heard is "Daddy COOL" by Boney M :)

Would love to read this book. I love the cover!!!I am a follower here and on twitter.
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Twitted few minutes ago
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Jencey said...

I am a follower on the blog and fb.
This book sounds great.

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is the funniest song you've ever heard?

One saying, "Baby I love you like a bacon cheeseburger"

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Already follow.

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Am already a member.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book!

1. I think ALL of the Werid Al songs are hilarious like "Another One Rides the Bus" or "Eat It"

2. GFC Follower

3. I Tweeted
@NancyeDavis
http://twitter.com/#!/NancyeDavis/status/130484375757393920

4. FB Post
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5. I like you on FB

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S. Swanson said...

The book sounds great. Hope to win it. Thanks for hosting.

msamy said...

the funniest song I know is "Sold" by John Michael Montgomery (aka: the Grundy County Auction song). I am a member of CLC.
I posted this contest on my Facebook page and follow this blog.

msamy AT pobox DOT com