Monday, February 20, 2012

Polly Williams is an "Angel" of Love, plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Gail Allison

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we introduce Polly Williams and her latest novel "The Angel at No. 33." In 2006, Polly Williams’ debut novel, "The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy" hit the shelves, and she’s written a book a year (!) since. Before becoming a successful author, she studied English Literature and language at Manchester University. After leaving University, her first real job was editing and launching her own fashion magazine (!!). She has also worked for numerous other magazines, including In Style. When she became pregnant, she thought to herself, "I’m going to do it! I’m going to take an early maternity leave and write The Book!"...and then her son arrived six weeks early. Luckily, this turn of events inspired her to write about the myth of the "yummy mummy," which launched her career as an author.

Thanks to Headline we have TEN copies of "The Angel at No. 33" to give away to some lucky readers anywhere in the world.

Visit Polly at her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Favorite date in a novel:
One of my recent favourites is the wonderful scene in Jojo Moyes' book, "Me Before You." It's not so much a formal date, but all the more romantic for it. It takes place on holiday in Mauritius during a tropical storm and the electricity between the characters surges too. Brilliantly written. I cried.

Favorite couple from a TV series:
The best couple on TV recently were the Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg and husband Philip in the political thriller, Borgen, but only when their marriage was on track! Sadly it all goes horribly down hill during the series, but in the beginning they are this very sexy, domesticated married couple, who keep getting caught by the kids trying to have nookie (as opposed to falling asleep on the sofa or fighting over the remote control.)

Favorite romantic song:
"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young. Makes me cry every time. I referenced it quite a lot in my new novel, "The Angel at No. 33." It is played at the dead heroine's funeral. 'Because I'm still in love with you, I want to see you dance again.' Shivers up the spine stuff.

Most memorable date:
It would have to be with my husband. Soho House, ten years ago. We just clicked. I was pregnant five months later!

Guy you would date from a chick lit novel:
I'd date Ollie from "The Angel at No. 33." He's gorgeous, creative, kind, sexy and being newly widowed, available!

Favorite Valentine's Day memory:
I'm a sucker for flowers. I absolutely love them. And my husband does good flowers. My favourites are cornflowers.

Best movie kiss:
When Harry Met Sally.

Favorite romantic gesture:
A lie in! I have three young - very noisy - children and being brought toast and tea in bed by my husband is my idea of heaven.

Special thanks to Polly for giving us a glimpse into her romantic mind and to Headline for sharing "The Angel at No. 33" with our winners.

How to win "The Angel at No. 33":
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 gesture (either experienced or something you'd really like to have happen)?
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 February 26th at midnight EST. (Don't wait till the Oscar for best picture is announced though!)


The Book Chick said...

I would love to win this one. I love any book that is lucky enough to be British!

+1 I love the sweet and romantic things that hubby does when it's not a special day, like ordering pineapple on our pizza just because I love it, even though he hates it!

+1 I am a blog follower

+1 I am a Facebook group member

Kritters Ramblings said...

Well, just recently I got engaged and my sweet boyfriend made the first dinner he ever made for me and got down one knee in our home, so that was pretty sweet!

i am a fan on facebook.
i follow via GFC

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Great interview! I'd love to read this one!

1. Melissaseclecticbookshelf at gmail dot com
2. the most romantic thing my fiance has done was the way he proposed...he made it a romantic scavenger hunt!
3. GFC= Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
4. Tweeted=!/MyEclecticBooks/status/171614305526091776

Kim W. said...

1. Love it when my husband spontaneously gives me time to myself, whether that be sleeping in or he sends me off to our local Starbucks to read & have a coffee or to meet a friend for a movie. We have 2 young kids and the breaks are so needed for my sanity and much appreciated!!!

2. I follow the CLC blog

3. I posted the contest on FB

4. I belong to CLC on FB

rubynreba said...

Flowers just because he loves me!


Joined you on facebook


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

I guess being whisked off to Catalina Island for breakfast was probably the best.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower!
I think the most romantic gestures are small-- like opening doors, or giving compliments!


Carl Scott said...

Well let's start with the email
Romantic gesture - Just last weekend my wonderful wife drove me 250 miles to a huge book sale. Dropped me at the sale at 6:00 a.m. two days in a row and paid for the whole thing. What a babe!
I follow Facebook (Carl Scott)
I also follow through GFC (Carl Scott)
I Tweeted about the giveaway!/carlrscott/status/171645726667976704

Lilian said...

woah, TEN copies?!? how nice! I hope I will be lucky enough to land a copy!

1. I would really love for a future boyfriend to kiss me on the forehead. For some reason that seems like a sweeter gesture~

2. I already follow!

3. tweeted:

lilianxcheng AT gmail DOT com
4. Joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook

Mary Preston said...

It's the little things that I love: opening doors, taking out the garbage, etc.

GFC: Mary Preston

FB: Mary Preston


Bonnie Y. said...

sunnydaysrule AT hotmail DOT com

I think a romantic gesture would be for a man to cook a home cooked meal for me.

I will post the contest on Facebook, I follow the blog and am a member of Chick Lit Central on Facebook

Kristen said...

Favorite gesture is the flowers, as cliche as they are. :)

I follow on FB and email.


Na said...

My favorite romantic gesture that I would love to have happen to me is have my guy cook for me. It's the time and thought put into it that would impress me.

I'm a GFC follower.

bn100 said...

I would say a marriage proposal.

I follow the blog.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Anjana said...

Omg I've been meaning to get this book for a while!
Well I'm not sure if this is romantic but I loved it..There's a coffee chain in my city where they have this cold coffee that I absolutely love. I'm fussy about my drink and like it made a certain way and my boyfriend knows the exact way I like it and always gets it for me.. without me telling or asking him because he knows it makes me happy/cheers me up after a bad day. It's one of those little things that matter a lot.

Okay I'm rambling. Sorry.

GFC Follower : Anjana Vasan
Facebook Member : Anjana Vasan
Tweet :!/anjanavasan/status/171897870331555840

Jel said...

favorite romantic gesture would be a hug =)

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...

im already a blog follower =)
GFC: Jel

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...


punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...

im already a member of the group on FB
FB Name: Jel Jell

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

It's definitely the little things that I think are romantic like making me a cup of tea or making a nice dinner.
I follow on GFC
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Literary Chanteuse said...

My hubby has been known to surprise me with wild flowers. It requires effort on his part so I appreciate it.

I'm a follower


A member of CLC on fb


Sheena said...

Love the Chance to read this, Seen some great reviews and Have yet to read something yet by Ms Williams

For me one of the most romantic things my boyfriend has ever done is taking me down To Flordia in the middle of winter. I follow the blog and Am a member of Facebook

mep said...

I have three young and NOISY children as well! Congratulations on your new novel. I can barely get the kitchen cleaned up each evening so I applaud you!

My husband once bought me all the Anne of Green Gables DVDs for Valentine's Day.

I follow CLC on Twitter (I'm @nottobrag)

mep AT nottobrag DOT net

Jilleen said...

This book looks great - thanks for the giveaway and hope I win!!

+1 I have to honestly say right at this exact moment it would be having my husband load the dishwasher (for once instead of stacking dishes in the sink). However, in all just because would wonderful.

+1 Follow via email

+1 I am a FB fan


Seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

sneakerdoodle said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

I think the small gestures that sometimes get overlooked are the sweetest and best.

I'm a blog follower

I am a fb fan

Alison said...

This book sounds so good. I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win :)


Alison said...

My favorite romantic gesture is when my husband surprises me with a favorite meal or delivers me a drink at work for no reason :)
I follow through email and GFC
I follow through Facebook also

Erica said...

Coffee in bed!

I am a follower of the blog and twitter.

wordywon AT gmail DOT com

kaewink said...

I love when something unexpecting happens - like once, my boyfiend brought me a little pot of roses - but he´s definitly not the flower-type-of-person. So that was pretty sweet of him.

I´m a blogGFC-,fb,-,twitter-follower :). Stalking you everywhere ;).

Lucie Simone said...

I really love fresh flowers. They don't have to be fancy, just bright and colorful. So, I love it when my boyfriend gives me flowers. He couldn't give a fig about them, but because he knows I love them, he keeps me in good supply. :)

I follow on FB & Twitter & I will post this giveaway to both!

Lalucie at sbcglobal dot net

Krystal Lynn said...

I love flowers, tulips in particular. And I always love getting chocolate. But what I like most are the little surprises that pop up here and there. Things I said maybe once or twice that were remembered and are specific to me, like getting a stuffed monkey instead of a bear or Homer Simpson pjs instead of lingerie. It means he's listening. :)

Krystal Lynn said...

Forgot the email:

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite romantic gesture (either experienced or something you'd really like to have happen)?

Every day he treats me like a princess and tells me how much he loves me. My Dad has been ill lately and he's been a real rock for all of us, just making me love him more.

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 a member.

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book!

My most favorite romantic gesture is when my husband comes up from behind me and wraps his arms around me. After over 20 years it still is my fave.

GFC Follower

I like you on Facebook

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to read this book.

Jeryl M. said...

My favorite romantic gesture is any nice thing my husband does to surprise me.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.