Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bonding over romantic stuff with Erin Duffy, plus a book giveaway

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we have the debut author of "Bond Girl," Erin Duffy, here to chat about romance. A 2000 graduate of Georgetown University, Erin has spent over ten years in fixed income sales on Wall Street. Her experiences inspired this novel, which allowed her to put her B.A. in English to good use. (The writers of "Avenue Q" won't be too happy with her though! See here for more details.)

Thanks to HarperCollins, we have FIVE copies of "Bond Girl" for some lucky readers in the US and Canada.

You can find Erin on Facebook.

Favorite date in a novel:

There’s an impromptu date between Alex and Andy in “The Devil Wears Prada” that I love because it’s nothing fancy. After Andy’s first brutal week at work her boyfriend shows up at her apartment with an impromptu fast food picnic complete with burgers, candles, and cheap wine and they eat it on garbage bags on the floor. It was sweet and thoughtful and proved that not everything needs to be some big grand gesture. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best. I’d take that over some big stuffy dinner in a restaurant, gladly.

Favorite romantic movie:

The Holiday. I could watch this movie for twenty-four straight hours and never tire of it. I love how it’s a story about romance through heartbreak, and how both couples were unconventional and had geographical obstacles to overcome. Plus, Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe in that movie was insane.

Favorite couple from a TV series:

I’m sorry, I seriously think Ross and Rachel from Friends were just great. I think a lot of times couples start as friends so it was very realistic. Plus, it wasn’t easy most of the time, and they fought like cats and dogs, but still you had to root for them. I like that the road for them being together was not only filled with bumps, but with giant potholes.

Favorite romantic song:
Lady Antebellum’s "Need You Now," which is a bit depressing probably, but I love the sentiment. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m noticing a pattern here. I seem to like romantic things that have some embedded tragic element to them. I should probably examine that.

Most memorable date:
Well that depends if you want memorable for a good reason or a bad one? This is going to make me sound pathetic, but last Valentines Day, I played pool for a few hours and then had dinner and went home to play cards. Yes, it’s not exactly romantic, but it was a ton of fun and the date lasted the entire day. I think that is one that I will remember for good reasons.

Guy you would date from a chick lit novel:

I know it might seem strange, but I kind of love Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary. He’s a little square, but he’s smart, successful, cute, and oddly thoughtful. He’s solid, and that I think is the type of guy you want to date. Nice guys don’t always have to finish last! You can keep Daniel Cleaver!

Best movie kiss:
Does it get any better than Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind? (There’s that tragic theme again). The classics never die.

Favorite Valentine's Day candy:
It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate. Has anyone ever been disappointed by a box of Godiva? It’s fool proof.

Special thanks to Erin for indulging our sweet tooth and to HarperCollins for sharing "Bond Girl" with our readers.

How to win "Bond Girl":
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 your favorite romantic movie?
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3. 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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US/Canada only. Giveaway ends February 28th at midnight EST.

27 comments:

Bonnie said...

The Notebook is my favorite romantic movie. I will post the contest on Facebook, am a blog follower on Twitter, and CLC member on FB.

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Nina said...

It's so nice to see someone who feels the same way about The Holiday as I do! (Which is my favorite romantic movie.) And I have to say, the cover of "Bond Girl" looks AWESOME!
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meandmom said...

I would like to read this book.

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meandmom said...

My favorite romantic movie is Dirty Dancing.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.

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Marthalynn said...

I so agree with Erin Duffy about The Holiday. Everything about it, from the heartbreak to the love and even the set design, could never tire me. If I had to pick a different favorite, Serendipity is always a good one!

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mep said...

I saw Bond Girl mentioned in People Magazine and have been wanting to read it!

It's a tie for my fave romantic movie -- Four Weddings and a Funeral or When Harry Met Sally.

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Congrats to Erin on this novel!

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Yvonne said...

1. I love the cover of this book!
2. My favorite romantic movie is Always...when Holly Hunter comes down the stairs wearing that white dress.
3. I am a blog follower (YvonneJ).
4. I am tweeting this giveaway. (@navywyfe)
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Stephanie said...

My favorite romantic movie is Sleepless in Seattle.

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

my favorite movie is the Proposal.

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Cher B said...

My fave romantic movie is Philadephia Story- Cary Grant, Kate Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and snappy, sarcastic dialogue- love it!
Looking forward to reading Bond Girl- thanks for the chance to win!

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Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

Thanks for the giveaway and interview.
The romantic movies I love also have a tragic element.
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1. Please tell us: What is your favorite romantic movie?
The Notebook

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

I have always liked Love Story but I have to admit Dirty Dancing is pretty high up there, too.

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Paula said...

Tristan & Isolde is one of my favorite romantic movies.

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Thank you for another great giveaway!

Kim W. said...

1. Pretty Woman is my all time favorite!

2. I follow the CLC blog

3. I shared on FB

4. I belong to CLC on FB

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite romantic movie?

The Vow

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.

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Margaret said...

My favorite is Someone Like You with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman.

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Na said...

The cover reminds me The Devil Wears Prada and that is a fun movie. Some of my favorite romantic movies include Titanic and The Notebook. I love the eras and historical details.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing

I'm a Facebook follower

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Kristen said...

Favorite romantic movie is Love Actually. :)

I follow on email and FB.

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Shannon said...

I have several favorite romantic movies, but While You Were Sleeping is probably my top choice (but I also like The Matchmaker and Love Actually, plus others).

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Book Groupie said...

I've heard great things about this book! My favorite romantic movie is Music and Lyrics. I'm a Facebook follower.

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Erica said...

My favorite romantic movie is Bringing up Baby. It's wacky and romantic at the same time. Love that movie! My second favorite is Groundhog Day.

I am a follower!!

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karenk said...

i liked 'the american president.'

i'm a follower, too.

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Jilleen said...

I love the cover of Bond Girl and want to read this book so badly.

1. My favorite romantic movie....like others have already said, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Women, American President...I have to add to the list, Flash Dance!

2. I am a follower via email

3. I am a Facebook follower too

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
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shell said...

i would love to read this book it sounds good

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Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said...

Great interview! I have to say that The Notebook is one of my favourite romantic movies (though I really love The Holiday, too!). I follow via GFC - Kristilyn.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

The most romantic move I've seen is "The Notebook"

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