Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tracey Garvis Graves' island grooves...plus a book giveaway

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Tracey Garvis Graves, author of the newly released USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller, "On The Island." Tracey enjoys martinis, karaoke, 70s music and her dog Chloe. She currently lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and two children.

Thanks to Penguin we have five copies of "On The Island" to giveaway to some lucky readers anywhere in the US.

Visit Tracey at her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Favorite 80's song:
"Come on Eileen" or "Der Kommissar"

Favorite band:
If we're talking 70s or 80s, it's definitely The Eagles. I referenced their song "Take It Easy" in "On the Island." I'm also a huge REO Speedwagon fan. For a more current selection I would go with The Red Hot Chili Peppers or Matchbox Twenty (the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, also has a solo album called "Cradlesong" and a few of the songs are on the playlist I created for Covet, the book I'm writing now. It's on constant repeat in my car; my kids are so tired of it!).

What song are you proud to know all the lyrics to?
Grandmaster Flash's "The Message". My best friend Stacy and I memorized the lyrics in college. We still sing them sometimes. We look ridiculous.

Have you ever written music?
No, and I'm embarrassed to say I can't read it either.

Song that gets in your head the most:
Anything by Elton John. He's one of my all-time favorite singers and my iPod is filled with his songs.

First record you bought:
Shaun Cassiday's "Born Late" (oh hi, I'm old!).

Favorite "one hit wonder:"
David & David - "Welcome to the Boomtown" because it reminds me of my sophomore year of college.

Have you ever met a famous singer (rock star, opera, Broadway, etc.)?
Never! But my husband has a picture of himself with Corey Hart, the guy who sang "Sunglasses At Night". I'm so jealous.

Special thanks to Tracey for chatting with us and to Penguin for sharing "On the Island" with our readers.

How to win "On the Island":
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 by Elton John?
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 July 30th at midnight EST.


35 comments:

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

missamberljohnson at gmail dot com

Of course I love Tiny Dancer, but my favorite is probably Mad Hatters and Mona Lisas by Elton John. Such a good song!

I'm a follower on FB, blog and Twitter!

Jessica said...

My favorite song by Elton John is Candle in the Wind, the Princess Diana version.

I am already a follower of this blog!

I posted this on twitter.
https://twitter.com/xxpaperhearts/status/228115700777115650

I have already joined your group on facebook!

Thanks so much! I love your blog!

-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

The Every Free Chance Reader said...

I have to say that my favorite Elton John song is probably "Tiny Dancer"

I'm a follower of this fantastic blog!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

rhonda said...

love tiny dancer.Fb follower twitter follower at Rhondareads will tweet

Kimberley Dian said...

My favorite Elton John song is 'Your Song'! Although I love all his music!

I follow CLC on FB, Twitter and the Blog!

kimberley2229 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite Elton John song is probably Candle in the Wind.

I'm a follower.

cat123hen(at)aol(dot)com

Colleen Turner said...

I have heard such good things about this book...sounds great for summer!

My favorite song by Elton John would have to be either This Is Your Song (not sure if that is the official title :)) or Crocodile Rock!

I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).

I am a Facebook follower (Colleen Turner).

Thanks so much!

candc320@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

I love Your Song.

gfc follower

Skk25@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My Favorite Elton John song is Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. I especially like the version with George Michael. However, there are many of his songs that I could call my favorite.

I'm a new follower on Facebook and now here :-)

Nice to have found this site!!

Shawna.Loring@yahoo.com

Sara said...

My favorite Elton John song is Tiny Dancer and I'm already a fan on fb and twitter.

Julie said...

My favorite Elton John song is "Amoreena", and I love love love this book!

Thanks!
Julie
jmckenna22279@yahoo.com

Samantha R. said...

+1 My fave is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.
+1 for following the blog
+1 for joining FB group

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Cassy Kay said...

I love all Elton John's songs but my favorite would have to be The One :)

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Linda Kish said...

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Jenny V
tea4my3 AT gmail DOT com

1.) Benny and the Jets (it's just fun!)
2.) GFC follower
3.) Twitter post: https://twitter.com/tea4my3/status/228186653716512769

Erin said...

Your Song

I'm a follower.

erins826 at gmail dot com

Reese said...

Of course, Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

I'm a follower on facebook and blog.

gindyreese@yahoo.com

holdenj said...

My favorite Elton John song is Crocodile Rock.

I am a follower!
Thanks, Tracey's book looks great!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

A.C. said...

1.My favorite Elton John song is probably Your Song.
2. I follow your blog
3. I follow you on Facebook too.

Jencey Gortney said...

jenceyg at gmail dot com

I am a GFC follower. I also follow on both Facebook and Twitter.

My favorite by Elton John is English Rose in honor of the late Princess Diana.

I will try to tweet and share.

RoadWarriorMomma said...

"The One" wow...memories:)!

I tweeted, I follow & I like on FB.

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Nova said...

I'm Still Standing is my fav. Elton John song.

i follow the CLC blog.

i liked and follow CLC on facebook.

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Unknown said...

I like many Elton John songs! One I like to listen more than over is "Candle in the Wind" and the version written when Princess Diana's Funeral
was held.
I am a follower
I subscribe to the CLC Group on FB.
Thank you for a chance to win a copy of a good book!
Cyndee Thomas
cyndee.thomas0@gmail.com

karenk said...

Elton John song: Daniel
i'm a follower
i'm an email subscriber, too

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Bridget O'Neill said...

I love Bennie and the Jets. My mom used to sing it to me when I was little.

I'm a follower of the blog

I'm a member of CLC on Facebook.

bjoneill@hotmail.com

leonel said...

Fave Elton song: "Sorry Seems TO Be The Hardest Word"

Follower on Twitter, member on FB

leonelescota at gmail

jackie pilossoph said...

My favorite song of Elton John, which might be my favorite song of all time, actually is called "Blessed." Aside from being a beautiful tune, if you listen to the words you will surely start crying. It's so sweet. It's about this guy who is talking to his unborn child about how much he's going to do for him or her. Ugh! The best! I'm at theheppners at msn dot com.

susieqlaw said...

Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me

sendsusanmail AT gmail DOT com

I subscribe to the CLC blog, facebook page, and twitter Posted on twitter @susieqlaw

bn100 said...

Your Song

I follow the blog.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Krystal Lynn said...

Tiny Dancer, except that my version goes, "Hold me closer Tony Danza.."

I follow the blog.
Member of FB group.
Posting on twitter (krystaldorkface)
Bringing Christina Gonzalez to group!

miss_kris_11(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarka-Jonae Miller said...

"Your Song," though I really loved when Ewan McGregor sang it in Moulin Rouge.

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Felicia said...

It's hard to narrow a favorite song down, I love all Elton John's songs! But Yellow Brick Road is definitely a fave!

I follow via email, twitter and facebook.

felicialso@gmail.com

Heather said...

Favorite Elton John song - Candle in the Wind.

I follow at FB, Twitter, and the blog.

goweezie AT aol DOT com

Thanks much,
Heather

Nina said...

I think "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" will always hold a special place in my heart! I also love "Original Sin!"
nina565(at)aol(dot)com

Sharn3960 said...

Tiny Dancer

Sharn3960 AT comcast DOT net

I'm already a follower. And a FB follower.

And I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/Sharn3960/status/230043548140068866