Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daydreaming of romance with Carole Matthews, plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Cindy Roesel

**Giveaway is now closed**

Welcome the 2012 Romance Novelist’s Association Romantic Comedy of the Year Nominee, Carole Matthews, who was nominated for her novel "Wrapped Up in You!"

Carole Matthews can do it all. She’s written over twenty novels in over fifteen years. More than three-and a-half million copies have been sold world-wide in thirty countries. She’s able to wear sleeveless blouses because she has incredible shoulders, and well-toned arms.

And if this isn’t too much, she’s bakes. You have to check out her website, she often posts the most fabulous cupcakes which she not only whips up, but decorates like a pastry chef.

And Carole Matthews has a new novel, "Summer Daydreams," coming out in May (currently available for Kindle though), but we get to visit with her here at Chick Lit Central first. YEAH!

Have you ever dreamed of doing something more with your life? In "Summer Daydreams," Nell wonders if it’s possible to have it all. She’s a juggling a job and her personal life but gets the opportunity to live her dream. If you want to learn more about what happens, you can enter to win a copy right here! Carole has one to give to a lucky reader anywhere in the world!

If you want to know more about Carole, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite chick lit novel couple: 
Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. The ultimate chick lit couple!

Favorite romantic movie: 
 Four Weddings and A Funeral. I think has to be my favourite. I love all of the British romcoms - Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary. Basically, anything scripted by Richard Curtis.

Favorite romantic song: 
Everything by Mary J Blige. Music is really important to me and I always listen to music while I’m writing. I find song lyrics very inspiring. I particularly like listening to George Michael, Prefab Sprout and Vampire Weekend. A bit of Michael Buble never goes amiss either

Favorite place to go on a date: 
On a picnic, anywhere sunny. Sometimes we’ll just have a picnic in our living room if the weather is awful - well, I do live in Britain! We just put a blanket on the floor, have all kinds of lovely picnic food and, of course, some fizz! Can’t beat it.

Most memorable date: 
Afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in London. Such a romantic thing to do. The setting is beautiful, the tea is first class, very gentile and there’s a pianist plays throughout the afternoon. We went for my birthday last year and it was wonderful. Everyone really dresses up and the women all put on their finery and men have to wear suit and tie. It instantly turns the occasion into something very special.

Guy you would date from a chick lit novel:
I think my hero, Dominic, from my last book WRAPPED UP IN YOU would have to be on the list. He’s a Masaai warrior and quite unusual for a hero. He’d be wonderful to spend time with though. I’d also like a date with Daniel Cleaver from "Bridget Jones’s Diary." I do like a bad boy!

Favorite Valentine's Day memory: 
My partner, Lovely Kev, took me to a lovely hotel in the Cotswolds in England which is home to The Pudding Club. We stayed in their chocolate suite and it was divine.

Best movie kiss: 
Hmm. So many of them! I think I’ll plump for Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill.

Special thanks to Carole for visiting with us and sharing "Summer Daydreams" with our readers.

How to win "Summer Daydreams":
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: Who is (or was) your favorite celebrity couple?
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 March 5th at midnight EST.

45 comments:

Alivia Moonstone said...

Hipiewiccan@gmail.com

My favorite author!

Alivia Moonstone said...

1. Ellen Degeneres & Portia DeRossi

2. I am a follower

3. Posted contest here... https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-as-a-Dog-Bed/286630418026053

4. Requested to join

5. Will be adding Crystal Dean as soon as I am approved!

Anonymous said...

would love to win a copy.
grahams.mum@hotmail.co.uk

Lindsay said...

I couldn't tell if it was international or not so I am HOPING it is!!

Email - lindsay(at)turningthepages(dot)ca

1. My fav celebrity couple WAS Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling... SWWOOOON! They so should get married and have little babies!!

2. I am a follower.. Lindsay (picture is me and my kitty)

3. Twiiter - https://twitter.com/#!/TTPBookReview/status/174500967813890048

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Turning-the-Pages/135818576503269

YAY! Thanks for the opportunity! LOVE Carole!

Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

Kim W. said...

1. Fave celeb couple: I think I'd have to choose Ben Affleck & Jennifer Gardner. Neither is my favorite actor or anything, but together they are so cute & likable and seem to be doing it as "right" as you can in Hollywood!

2. I follow CLC blog

3. Posted to FB

4. I belong to the CLC group on FB

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cindy r said...

Favorite celebrity couple: This is old school, ladies:

Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman
Class, looks, charity, longevity ... the package

writeoncindy (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anjana Vasan said...

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1. Brad and Jen. Too bad Brad had to screw it up.
2. Tweeted about it : https://twitter.com/#!/anjanavasan/status/174503168581963776
3. GFC : Anjana Vasan
4. Already on FB : Anjana Vasan

cindy r said...

FYI: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE US cover and I want the bag!
writeoncindy(at) yahoo (dot) com

Jonita said...

I would love to win this one!

jonitathebookchick(at)gmail(dot)com

Bonus:
-I've always loved low-profile couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith because I read a quote from them once about how they do not consider divorce an option, but keep working at their marriage all of the time. I think that is such a great goal to work towards!

-I follow with GFC.

-I am a Facebook friend!

Kritter said...

My favorite celebrity couple is Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

I follow this blog via GFC
I am a fan on facebook.

kdurham2@gmail.com

Sam said...

E-mail: sam(dot)hay(at)talktalk(dot)net

Favourite celeb couple: David & Victoria Beckham. They just seem to totally adore each other and their children.

I follow the blog.

I'm a member of Chick Lit Central on Facebook.

I've just added Katie Tennant to the group.

Stephanie said...

My favorite celebrity couple is Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

I'm a follower.

Skk25@aol.com

June said...

Would love to win this book as I am itching to read it, having read the synopsis. Carole has the ability to draw you in from page one with believable characters and a tale that keeps you interested right to the last.

Sheena said...

Fav Celeb couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I follow the Blog and am a member on facebook

Sheena
wapneski@yahoo.com

valerie jaafari said...

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1. Please tell us: Who is (or was) your favorite celebrity couple?
Tony parker eva langoria

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
I’m 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.
https://twitter.com/#!/crazycatvalou/status/174572422454972416
https://www.facebook.com/crazycatvalou/posts/335489819819543

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.)
already a member Valerie jaafari (black cat)

5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

Kathy Holmes said...

Ooooo, I love Carole Matthews! Thanks for reminding me that I need to catch up with her latest books!

Lilian said...

1. Please tell us: Who is (or was) your favorite celebrity couple?
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes <3 they just seem to be the sweetest family!
But I did have to admit, I had to do a Google check just to make sure they were still together, Hollywood these days...I'm never sure who is still a couple anymore.
2. I'm a follower!
3. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/circustoybox/status/174592662144417792
4. Joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook.

lilianxcheng AT gmail DOT com

Kristen said...

This looks great!!!

Favorite Couple - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - they've done it a long time!

I follow on email and Facebook.

kly(dot)327(at)gmail.com

Jilleen said...

Favorite celebrity couple....hmm. Heidi Klum and Seal. I thought they had it together. Also love Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner.

I am a follower via email

FB Follower

Thanks for the great giveaway

Jill
Seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

Erica said...

Fav celebrity couple: Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

I follow on Twitter and the blog by email

wordywon@gmail.com

Linda Kish said...

Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Krystal Lynn said...

miss_kris_11@yahoo.com

I'd say Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols. I love her story about how they ended up together. Add their on screen couple is adorable too (One Tree Hill.)

Also, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

marybelle said...

I love reading about Orlando Bloom & Miranda Kerr. Both so beautiful & the bub of course.

I follow.


FB: Mary Preston

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: Who is (or was) your favorite celebrity couple?

They're just people! I refuse to get into someone's private life... even if they are a celebrity.

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.)

Already a member.

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Elissa said...

My fave couple was Carrie and Mr. Big (they weren't real life, but I loved them together anyway)

I'm a follower of this blog.

I also am a fan on FB

elissa.bullard@gmaildotcom

Love Carole! Finished the Chocolate Lovers Club recently and thought it was one of the best chick lit books ever!

Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said...

Awesome giveaway! I would say my favourite celebrity couple has to be Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida ... if you don't know, they're Canadian singers and they're just amazing together!

readinginwinter(AT)gmail.com
GFC - Kristilyn

BRN2SHOP9 said...

My favorite celebrity couple is Jay-Z and Beyonce

I follow via twitter, facebook and gfc

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

ZaraAlexis said...

I also love the idea of picnics! I don't usually have one indoors---I have "slumber parties" with the kids in my living room instead---but I'll have a picnic any day at the park or in our own backyard!

1. My favourite celebrity couple would be: Justine Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They're attractive and they seem to be such a down-to-earth couple. (It's about time Justin found a NICE leading lady!)

2. I follow your blog via GFC. My GFC name is: Zara Garcia-Alvarez

3. I will post on FB. My FB name is: Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

4. I have requested to join Chick Lit Central on FB.

Thanks!
Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

Heather said...

My favorite celeb couple is Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck!
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Heather said...

I'm a follower!
Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather said...

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

Margaret said...

Love the flowered purse!

Wil and Jada Smith

follower

shared on fb

member of CLC on fb

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bonnie said...

My fave celebrity couple was Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, but sadly, they are no longer together.

I am a follower of the blog, have posted the contest on Twitter (@greenurlifenow), and am a member of CLC on FB.

sunnydaysrule AT hotmail DOT com

karenk said...

i don't have a favourite celebrity couple...sorry :(

thanks for the chance to read this fun novel

i'm a follower, too :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Na said...

My favorite celebrity couple is Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth.

She's likeable and is never in the spotlight for outlandish things. Rather she's family-oriented. Also, I admire a man who can take on a wife with children and love them equally.

GFC follower
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy said...

Oh gosh I have SO many favorite celebrity couples. Let me think about this....I'm going to also have to say Ellen & Portia AND Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. I say Tom and Rita because first of all they haven't divorced (so many of them do). And they both seem like genuine people.
I'm a follower via email and GFC

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to read this book.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

Jeryl M. said...

My favorite celebrity couple are Lea Michele and Cory Monteith who are rumored to be dating now in real life.

I am a Facebook fan.

I am a subscriber.

Maureen said...

I would pick Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
I am a follower
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/MaureenCE/status/176426840607567875
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

kaewink said...

Fav celebrity couple...hmm...Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, I would say. I like that they are a couple you hear about a bit less then of all the others (or at least here in Europe ;)).

I´m a follower via GFC, twitter and FB.

kewinkler at gmail com

Anonymous said...

My favorite celebrity couple is Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck.

I'm a follower!

cat123hen(at)aol(dot)com

Komz@The Review Girl said...

1. Please tell us: Who is (or was) your favorite celebrity couple?

J Lo and Marc Anthony! stylish, sexy and both are one of my favourite singers! :)

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

Already follow.


4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook.

Already a member.

My email: mediajerks@yahoo.com
Would be so happy if I win!:)

Krista said...

I think may favorite couple(even though they aren't really a couple) is Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. They just fit. I wish they were a couple.

I liked the post, facebooked and tweeted it.

I'm already following the blog and your facebook page!

Thanks

Krista said...

oops forgot,

kristakames@gmail.com

Nancye said...

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

My favorite couple was Christopher and Dana Reeve. They were a true symbol of love and committment.

GFC Follower

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