Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Valerie Frankel is a one of a kind friend and has a book to give away

**Giveaway is now closed**

Since her latest novel, "Four of a Kind" (reviewed here), is about friendship, we thought Valerie Frankel would be the perfect author to feature during "Friendship Month." Valerie Frankel received critical acclaim for her bestselling memoirs, "Thin Is the New Happy" and "It’s Hard Not to Hate You." She is the author of fifteen novels, including "The Accidental Virgin," and is a journalist much in demand. Her writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Self, Good Housekeeping and The New York Times, among others. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her two daughters, four cats, and husband, opera singer Stephen Quint.

Thanks to Random House, we have TWO copies of "Four of a Kind" to give away to some lucky US readers.

You can visit Valerie at her website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite TV show about friendship:
I loved Sex and the City for the fantasy version of female friendship—as well as sex, clothes, careers, New York City, etc. For reality based TV friendship? Can’t find it anywhere.

Favorite book about friendship:
Harry Potter series.

Chick lit main character you'd want to be best friends with:
Bridget Jones would be a lot of fun to hang out with.

Favorite memory shared with your best friend:
A recent memory of a moment that brought up memories of a million moments: I walked my 16-year-old daughter over to my BFF’s house to babysit her seven- and eight-year old sons. My BFF and I met long before either of us had even met the fathers of our children. We watched my teenager lead her sons over to the couch to read a book. We looked at each other, and I saw our 20+ year friendship flash before my eyes, including births, deaths, laughs, talks, downtown adventures, backyard adventures, movies, books, boyfriends. Our long, old friendship had brought us here, and we were passing it along to the next generation.

Strangest way you made a friend:
On Twitter.

Three words to describe your best friend:
As she once described herself: “perky yet morose.” (She’s a writer, too.)

Who would play your best friend in the movie of your life:
Emma Stone (aged appropriately)

Celebrity you’d like to have as your best friend:
Kathy Griffin.

Favorite destination for a girls weekend/trip:
I made a couple of trips to Atlantic City with friends recently, and we had a blast.

What do you enjoy doing with friends the most?
Since it’s pretty much all we do, talking and eating.

Special thanks to Valerie for talking about friendship with us and to Random House for sharing "Four of a Kind" with our readers.

How to win "Four of a Kind":
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 TV show about friendship?
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.

US only. Giveaway ends March 11th at midnight EST.


Anonymous said...

My favorite tv friendships were in "Gilmore Girls".

I'm a follower!


Marthalynn said...

Valerie sounds charming! I would love to be friends with Kathy Griffin too! How fun would she be?!?

I really like the friendships in How I Met Your Mother. It's like this generation's Friends.

I'm a follower :)

marthalynn16 [at] gmail [dot] com

Lucie Simone said...

My all time favorite TV show about friendship is Laverne & Shirley. I so wanted to be like them when i was a kid. I also loved Will & Grace, and of course, Sex & The City!

I follow on twitter & Facebook & will post this giveaway to both.

Lalucie at sbcglobal dot net

Kritters Ramblings said...

My favorite tv show about friendship is One Tree Hill - watching the last season now.


I am a fan on facebook.
I follow via GFC

Kristen said...

I agree with How I Met Your Mother - it's totally this decade's Friends!

I follow on FB and email.


Lilian said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite TV show about friendship?

Friends (reflex response!)
I watched it since I was a child but reruns now still make me laugh (I guess now I finally know what's going on). I love Joey!

and of course How I Met Your Mother
They are like the best group of friends either, even if they do bet on each other's misery. XD

2. I'm a follower~

3. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lilboxism/status/177083269962137600

4. Joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook

lilianxcheng AT gmail DOT com

Stephanie said...

My favorite tv show about friendship is How I Met Your Mother.

I'm a follower.


Stephanie said...

I am a HUGE SATC fan! Gotta be my favorite show that highlights female friendships. I adore Friends and How I Met Your Mother too...for male/female friendships.

haefner919 at yahoo dot com

I follow, I Tweeted the giveaway, and I'm a FB follower!

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge Valerie Frankel fan!

Would love to win!


Cyndee said...

My favorite "Friendships" on TV are:
"Grey's Anatomy". Workplace and Home? Cool.
I am a follower.

Cyndee said...

Cyndee(dot)Thomas(at)gmail(dot)comI am a follower and my Friendships on TV that are my fav is "Grey's Anatomy"

Maureen said...

I would say Friends was a favorite show of friendship.
I am a follower
Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/MaureenCE/status/177156626992742401
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

BRN2SHOP9 said...

My favorite TV shows about friends are Friends, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, I Love Lucy

I follow via facebook, twitter and gfc.

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

Right now it's Cougar Town, or maybe Two Broke girls.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

I follow the blog.

Elissa said...

Fave friendship show would be Friends.

I follow this blog.

I follow on FB too.

My email is elissa.bullardatgmail.com

Love Valerie Frankel! I've read all her books!

rubynreba said...

"Friends" would be my favorite.

I am a follower on GFC.

Facebook fan.


Jeryl M. said...

My favorite TV show about friendship is The Big Bang Theory.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook follower.


karenk said...

"Friends"... a great show :)

I'm a follower, too.

Thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cher said...

I've enjoyed Valerie Frankel's writing in O and Self for years- love her take on relationships, especially!

Currently, my favorite tv show about friendships is Parenthood, particularily because the friendships are between siblings and spouses- great relationships and great show!

Thanks for the chance to win-

cherbason at gmail dot com

Erica said...

Favorite show about friendship is the Big Bang Theory. Love that!

I am a follower

wordywon AT gmail DOT com

Margo Candela said...

I'm a sucker for Laverne & Shirley reruns, especially those when they lived in the basement apartment in Milwaukee.

I follow on Twitter and Facebook.


sneakerdoodle said...

I love Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. I feel like I'm their friend as well from watching all these years. :)
Thanks for another great giveaway.
I'm a follower on GFC :)


Krystal Lynn said...

I have to go with Grey's Anatomy, Meredith and Cristina have one of the best, strongest friendships of any fictional characters out there. From literally saving each others lives, to being called the "Twisted Sisters" to refering to one another as soulmates, those two are the definition of best friends.

I'm a follower and group member! :)


PS.. I love the cover of this book!!

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book!

My favorite TV show about friendships is Friends

GFC Follower

I Tweeted

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