Thursday, December 29, 2011

Molly Shapiro shares a "heart" warming recipe, as well as her debut novel!

**Giveaway is now closed**


We are excited to have with us today Molly Shapiro, and her debut novel "Point, Click, Love," which was just released on December 20th.  Molly grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's in semiotics, and in addition studied creative writing, pottery and film making.  After studying abroad in Rome, she returned to the states and started working at a New York City film production company.  After graduating from Columbia University's creative writing program, Molly wrote "Eternal City," a book of short stores, which won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize.  Molly lives in Kansas City with her two children.

 
To learn more about Molly, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 Thanks to Random House, we have FIVE e-books of "Point, Click, Love" for some lucky readers anywhere in the world!


I love these heart-shaped raspberry-filled cookies because they’re both pretty and delicious. They’re perfect for the holidays and are popular with kids and adults alike. The recipe comes from my mom, who’s an amazing cook and taught me everything I know. In fact, whenever I make one of her recipes, I end up calling her 17 times during the process, just to make sure it turns out exactly like hers. And the great thing about my mom is that she never gets annoyed when I call, or at least she doesn’t let on that she is!

I was inspired to write Point, Click, Love because of my own divorce and experience with online dating. I wanted to write something that really tackled all the craziness of love and relationships in the digital age. So I wrote about texting and Twitter and tawdry celebrity Web sites—all of those fun things that have become such an integral part of our daily lives.

The book’s four female characters cover the gamut—from happily divorced to miserably married to achingly single. There’s something for the divorcee who’s secretly looking for love online, the wife who’s tired of competing with Facebook for her husband’s attention, and the never-been-married professional who’s given up on men and wants to find a sperm donor on the Internet.

I hope you like the book—and the cookies! Happy Holidays!


Heart Cookies
Cream ⅔ cup shortening and ¾ cup granulated sugar. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat well. Sift together 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Add 4 teaspoons milk. Divide dough in half and chill for 1 hour. On a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar, roll the dough to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool. Spread half of cookies with raspberry jam. Make an icing by whisking together 1 cup powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons half and half. Drizzle icing over the remaining cookies and press them on top of the raspberry cookies to make a little sandwich.

Special thanks to Molly for sharing her recipe and to Random House for sharing Molly's debut novel!

How to win "Point, Click, Love":
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: Since this is our last giveaway before 2012, what are you doing to ring in the new year?
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 January 4th at midnight EST.

27 comments:

Kami M said...

Hope I get this!! http://misskami.tumblr.com xx

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

I will be watching the ball drop at home and then going to bed.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

I'll be watching the New Year's celebrations on television.

I'm a gfc follower.

Skk25@aol.com

Alexa said...

I would love to win this giveaway, as the book sounds incredibly intriguing!

You can contact me at alexalovesbooks at gmail dot com.

BONUS:

1. I'm ringing in the New Year with some family and friends at home. We're going to stuff ourselves silly with good food, and watch all the celebrations all over the world! I'll also be Skyping with my family in the Philippines.

2. I follow the blog via GFC.

Kristen said...

As a KC girl myself, I'll have to check this one out!

We usually do a Wii game night and stay in.

I'm a blog follower and FB follower.

kly.327 at gmail.com

Margaret said...

I'm having a somewhat boring new year. Staying home with hubby and kids. I'm a follower.

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jonita said...

I would love to win this one!

jonitathebookchick(at)gmail(dot)com

Bonus- We don't have plans at this point! We will play it by ear, but wherever we're going, the kids are going too!

I am a GFC follower.

I am a member of the Facebook group.

meandmom said...

I would like to read this book.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

meandmom said...

We are just spending a low key New Years at home.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

Lucie Simone said...

Sounds like a novel I can relate to! I will be ringing in the new year on my yoga mat. Taking a 2 hour yoga workshop from 10 to midnight.

I follow on FB & Twitter.

Lalucie at sbcglobal dot net

Lilian said...

Since this is our last giveaway before 2012, what are you doing to ring in the new year?
Definitely watching the fireworks on the beach (since I live in Hawaii) with my friends. It's sad that my friends have to head back to collge out-of-state again...

Of course I already follow (lilianxcheng AT gmail.com)

tweeted: https://twitter.com/circustoybox/status/152891859910402048

Joined the group (Lilian Cheng)

Kim W. said...

I really, really want to win this one!!

1. Will be watching Ryan Seacrest countdown to midnight, along with friends & family. A few glasses of wine. Life is good....

2. I follow the CLC blog

3. I posted on FB

4. I belong to CLC on FB

kewalker1972@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'll be out to dinner tonight!

I'm a follower.

cat123hen(at)aol(dot)com

Dawn said...

I'm at home watching the ball drop.

I'm a follower.

Thanks, and happy new year!

gleamofdawn3 at yahoo dot ca

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I will stay at home with hubby and babysit our 2 grandchildren so their parents can go out and make New Year's memories.

I am a GFC follower and a fan on FB.

suzebomb(at)gmail.com

Dolly said...

Oh, online dating...what a topic to tackle! I'd love to read this!

jcsites2002 at hotmail dot com

Dolly said...

Bonus:
For NYE, I had snacks and movies with my BFF and my son, who came home after 3 years away! What a great holiday this has been!

I'm a blog/FB follower

Courtney said...

To bring in the new year I went to a friend's house and let the kids play while the adults played the wii and the xbox while drinking and pigging out. We all had a sleepover so no drinking and driving would be happening!

I follow you.

I reposted this on Twitter and tagged you.

I also sent a request to be in your Facebook group.

courtney (dot) marie (dot) turner (at) gmail (dot) com

kaewink said...

I was at my sisters for the celebration. Since she has no working radio in her flat we went outside and turned our car-radios on and listened to the countdown, the ringing of the big bell at St.Stephans Cathedral in the city centre of Vienna and "The blue Danube" waltz - the way to get into the new year here in Austria. We waltzed on the street, had some sprakling wine and watched fireworks.

I´m a follower of the blog, on fb and twitter ;)

Happy New Year! :)

kewinkler at gmail dot com

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: Since this is our last giveaway before 2012, what are you doing to ring in the new year?

I hung out at my bf's restaurant where at midnight everyone had sausages and lentils, an Italian tradition.

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

Already a follower.

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 a member.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Heather said...

Im a follower!
Ra6352 (At) gmail (dot) com

Heather said...

I'm a member of CLC!
Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I watched the ball drop from home!

I'm a follower.

cat123hen(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I would really love to read this book.
antiquejunkie at suddenlink dot net

Deborah R said...

Love to read this one!!

GFC follower
Facebook group member

debr97 at yahoo dot com

Peace, Love & Scrapbooking said...

I think this sounds like a another great read!
Given it is 2012 when I have finally found time to enter this great giveaway....I was in bed by 9 with 2 out three kids sick! 2012 has to get better, right?

I am a GFC and email follower
I am also a fan on Facebook

seasidebooknook at yahoo

Filipino girls said...

Interesting , this is very nice i will be very happy if i could win a copy of this book hope if could win a copy of this .