Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lydia Netzer is a rising star...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Katie Weeks
**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Lydia Netzer and her debut novel SHINE SHINE SHINE. Lydia was born in Detroit and was educated in the Midwest. She lives in Virginia with her two home-schooled children and mathmaking husband. When she isn't teaching, blogging, or drafting her second novel, she writes songs and plays guitar in a rock band, The Virginia Janes. Talk about fitting in with this month's theme right?!?

Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have FIVE copies of "Shine Shine Shine" to give away to some lucky readers anywhere in the US and/or Canada.

Visit Lydia at her website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Favorite genre of music:
My favorite music is girl rock -- I love P.J. Harvey, Throwing Muses, Kirsty MacColl, and The Muffs! More recently I am enthralled by Imogen Heap, Dar Williams, Missy Higgins.

Favorite duet:
I love "Come What May," sung by Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman from the movie Moulin Rouge. I love the simple transparency of the words, the mad abandon with which they sing it, and everything about it.

Song you danced to first at your wedding:
There was no dancing at my wedding! My fundamentalist parents would have had some sort of nervous breakdown. Had we danced to a song, it would have been "Noah's Dove" by 10,000 Maniacs. Because we were like in love and stuff.

Song you would sing at karaoke (even if forced):
My go-to song for karaoke is "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," Madonna's version, and I don't have to be forced.

Favorite music video (from any time period):
Best music video of all time, by far, is "Man-Size" by P.J. Harvey. Right about 1:10, she begins to school the world on how to rock.

Favorite country song:
My favorite country song is "Until Now" as performed by River Phoenix in the movie The Thing Called Love. This movie also had Samantha Mathis, Sandra Bullock, and Dermot Mulroney. Why has no one ever seen it? The version of this song that's on the soundtrack is crap. But the version in the movie, for some reason, is gorgeous.

Favorite Broadway song:
Okay, this is completely unreasonable and only connected to memories that are attached to playing pit orchestra for this musical, but I have to say it's "I'll Never Say No To You" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Thinking more rationally, I'd have to say "I Am The Model of a Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance. Yes, that's much the better answer.

What song are you proud to know all the lyrics to?
Well, I don't know all the lyrics to "Modern Major-General," that's for sure! Probably I'm proudest I can sing "Here and Now" by Letters to Cleo (another great karaoke choice, by the way). I also used to dress just like that in the 90s! Cut offs and black tights, boots, ponytails, the works.

Special thanks to Lydia for rocking our world and to St. Martin's Press for sharing "Shine Shine Shine" with our readers.

How to win "Shine Shine Shine":
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 song from a Broadway musical?
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/Canada only. Giveaway ends August 5th at midnight EST.


cupcake said...

1. My favorite song from a Broadway musical is "A Heart Full of Love" from Les Miserables.

2. I do follow the blog.

3. I follow you on FB an Twitter (@VivaAmaRisata), and Tweeted about the contest.

EFC Chrissy said...

Great interview! I have to check out PJ Harvey!

I follow this wonderful blog. My email is: everyfreechance@gmail.com

Favorite Broadway Song: "Defying Gravity" and "For Good" from Wicked

susieqlaw said...

sendsusanmail AT gmail DOT com

Hakuna Matata The Lion King

I follow CLC on Facebook, twitter, and the blog.

I tweeted about the giveaway @susieqlaw

Mediocre Muse said...

Hello there!


I've always been a sucker for South Pacific. "Dites-Moi" or "Honeybun" are ingrained in my inner voice choir.

I am following the blog, tweets and FB.

And...pick me!

Unknown said...

Mama Mia is my FAVORITE Musical...I love the entire soundtrack!

I follow the blog, on facebook and twitter!


Marthalynn said...

Fame! is my favorite song. Ah, it just takes me back...

Follower :)

marthalynn16 at gmail

Bridget O'Neill said...

"On My Own" from Les Miz....makes me cry every time I hear it!

I follow the blog

I'm a member of CLC on Facebook


Jessica said...

1. "For Good" by Wicked
2. I follow the blog through GFC.
3. I posted this on twitter. https://twitter.com/xxpaperhearts/status/230391653171617792
4. I'm already a member of Chic Lit Central on facebook.

-Jessica M

Mary said...

I love Oh What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma! It is filled with so much hope.

I follow on GFC(mamie316) and on Facebook and Twitter.


Lilian said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?
Crazier Than You from The Addams Family.

2. I'm already a GFC follower.

3. Posted on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilboxism/status/230412051820998656

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook as Lilian Cheng.

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

DD said...

Only one! I'll go with what I think is the funnest one to sing:
Modern Major General Song from The Pirates of Penzance.

I follow the blog!

dawndennis66611 at yahoo dot com

Jeffrey Tretin said...

Don't Cry For Me Argentina from Evita! jtretin at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

The Impossible Dream from Man of la Mancha

I am a follower of this Blog

I posted this on facebook

I joined CLC on facebook

I joined the FB group and added jennifer


Linda Kish said...

Maria from West Side Story

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

I like the "Dancing Queen" dance party at the end of Mamma Mia!

I follow on email and Fb.


mep said...

First of all, this may be my favorite CLC author interview ever. I LOVE the movie The Thing Called Love. Love it. My friends and I watched it over and over in college. I feel so validated that is is a fave of someone with such cool taste in music (assuming it's cool since I don't recognize the names of any of the bands in the first question).

My favorite song from a Broadway musical is Tell Me on a Sunday. Second favorite is Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. I once heard Barry Williams of the Brady Bunch sing it. Happy memory.

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

I would tweet about the contest if I knew how to do that thing where you shorten your links.

mep said...

Forgot my email -- oops!

mep AT nottobrag DOT net

bn100 said...

Memory from Cats

I follow the blog.


JennJenD said...

I follow the Blog

I posted on FB

and I am part of the FB club.


Literary Chanteuse said...

Don't Cry for me Argentina from Evita.

blog follower


CLC member on fb


Krystal Lynn said...

Defying Gravity!


Cyndee said...

Favorite Broadway song from a musical: "I am Going to Wash that Man Right out of my Hair"From South Pacific.
I follow on Google RSS, Facebook(CLC Group) and shared on Facebook.
Cyndee Thomas
cyndee dot thomas0at gmail dot com

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Defying Gravity from Wicked! I get to see Idina Menzel in concert on Friday - cannot wait!

I'm a follower here, Twitter and FB.

missamberljohnson at gmail dot com

Sherry said...

1. Favorite Song is a tough one, maybe Seasons of Love from Rent or almost all the songs from Evita.

I just discovered you (through a friend) and now

2. Follow your blog

3. follow you on twitter

scylla777 at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

My favorite Broadway son is I Don't Know How to Love Him.
I follow on GFC
Tweet: https://twitter.com/MaureenCE/status/230977317827125248
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

My Favorite Things from The Sounds of Music. Love that movie!

I am a CLC FB and blog follower.


Sharon said...

Any Song from Rent
I follow the blog.
I'm a FB friend.

sharn3960 AT comcast DOT net

Anonymous said...

My favorite is "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the Lion King.

I follow via email.

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?

Maybe anything from Les Mis. It's such a powerful musical.

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

Am 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 already a member.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

leonel said...

Favorite Broadway song? Are you kidding? That's like Sophie's choice! But one I always go to is "If I Loved You," from Carousel.

Blog follower, Facebook member

leonelescota at g mail

Lelani said...

My favorite Broadway song is Papa can You Hear Me? from Yentle.

I am now following this blog and on Facebook. : )

I'd love to win it! : ) I'm reading on Kindle, but need a book for her to sign. LOL

Anonymous said...

1. "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from Oklahoma!
2. New follower, new follower!
3. I can be reached @ lacienciacohete AT live DOT com

Woo hoo!

Sarah hyde said...

My favorite things from the sound if music
My email Sarah@satincards.com
I follow u on twitter

cher b said...

This is my fave author interview ever: I love 'The Thing Called Love'- Dermot Mulroney and River Pheonix, yes please! My music loves fall in line with yours, PJ Harvey is on frequent play on my runs.

- Rent soundtrack was my go to in the late 90's
-blog follower
-fb fan

I can't wait to read 'Shine, shine, shine'- thanks for the chance to win!


virginia hundley said...

I follow blog
I follow on Twitter and Facebook
and I get it through my email
I posted on FB, AND TWEET


Tiffany Drew said...

I have to go with The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music. Love that song :)

GFC follower Tiffany Drew
Facebook member Tiffany Drew
Tweet: https://twitter.com/enterthedrew/status/232305265851133952