Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Live from CLC, it's Kaya McLaren.... plus a special giveaway

Introduction by Gail Allison

**Giveaway is now closed**

Kaya McLaren lives a deliberate life: one that lets her pursue her dreams, yet stay grounded.  She knows that yes, life can be beautiful, but she also knows that it can be torturous, difficult, and every last one of us will experience all of that.  Ms McLaren finds inspiration and strength from everything around her.  Everything around us is always changing, all the time, and she understands and embraces the fact that in order to pick ourselves up and carry on we can’t fight the change, but we need to learn to change right along with it.  She’s familiar with change:  she has been a model, worked at a health store and at Dairy Queen, and worked on archaeology contracts.  She has lived in a tipi, in a house with no insulation, and in a delightful little cabin on the edge of the Snoqualmie valley.  All of this has come together to inspire her to the point where she now has three fantastic novels under her belt, her latest being How I Came to Sparkle Again (reviewed here). We’re so excited she could take some time out for us today.

Kaya is here today to talk about her favorite TV shows. Thanks to AuthorsOnTheWeb, we have a copy of How I Came to Sparkle Again for one of our readers in the US or Canada. In addition, Kaya has a pair of gloves and Ghirardelli hot chocolate for one lucky reader in the US or Canada.

You can find Kaya at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite TV Show from the 80’s:
Does Saturday Night Live count? Oh, what a funny cast… Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Nora Dunn, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Chris Farley, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, and Dennis Miller… Legends.

Favorite Cartoon Series:
I’m a purist—Looney Tunes. To this day, when I’m in a meeting or somewhere I don’t want to be, sometimes I just start thinking about Bugs Bunny in The Barber of Seville. It’s my good place. When he gives Elmer a scalp massage with his feet, it just looks like it would feel so good.

TV Show I felt was cancelled too soon:
A few years ago I really loved Men on Trees about a writer in Alaska, and October Road. I was so sad when they were axed.

TV Show that is most like my life:
Northern Exposure—where I’m having conversations with friends about lucid dreaming one moment, and target shooting the next. I loved that show.

TV show that is a guilty pleasure for me:
Revenge. I don’t do fear well, so I end up wide awake for hours and dragging the next day. I should not watch it. I should not. And yet I can’t stop.

Funniest commercial I’ve seen recently:
The Republican National Convention. It’s that part about how fiscally responsible they are with their unfunded war and tax cuts for the rich. Does it get funnier than that?

Episode of a show that made me cry the most:
I can’t think of one episode in particular, but Parenthood is a show that often moves me. I cried just last night when one of the characters was getting diagnosed with breast cancer. Each time I watch it, I just marvel at the phenomenal writing, directing, and acting. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

What TV series would you like to see do a musical episode?
Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Special thanks to Kaya for chatting with us and sharing gloves and hot chocolate and AuthorsOnTheWeb for sharing How I Came to Sparkle Again with our readers.
How to win How I Came to Sparkle Again OR gloves and Ghirardelli hot chocolate:
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 TV show do you feel was cancelled way too soon?
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. Follow us on Twitter and/or Pinterest.
6. 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 November 4th at midnight EST.


Tiffany Drew said...

I have to say I wish there were more episodes of Third Rock From the Sun. I know there were six seasons, but I seriously loved that show!

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Marthalynn said...

Cracking up over the RNC comment ;)

I am still upset there weren't more Arrested Development episodes. Still holding my breath for that movie they promised...

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The Book Chick said...

I would love to win this one!


-I still miss "Friends'! I know that they had a great run but I still miss them!
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-Facebook member!
-Twitter follower!!

Kritters Ramblings said...

I think the show Privileged from the CW was cancelled too early, I loved it.

i follow via gfc
i am a fan on facebook


pascale said...

A very small show, called Against the Wall, was cancelled way to soon. I think it was a Lifetime show? So many good shows get cancelled....

I follow Chick Lit Central blog and love it.

This books sounds great.

Jessica said...

1. Arrested Development!
2. I follow through GFC.
3. I posted this on twitter.
4. I'm a member of Chick Lit Central on facebook.
5. I follow through twitter and pinterest. twitter username= xxpaperhearts

-Jessica M

Mary said...

My So-Called Life comes to mind. Cut too short.

I follow on Facebook, Twitter and GFC.


EFC Chrissy said...

I think Gilmore Girls was cancelled one season too soon. They left it too open and unresolved for me...especially after the botched final season. (I love this show...I have all 7 seasons on DVD.)

I follow via GFC, Facebook, Twitter.


Jackie said...

Agreed - Men in Trees. There was a show I think was called "The Twelve" about a group of people that went through a bank robbery/hostage experience together.

And still miss the Gilmore Girls.

Where you lead -- I will follow. And I follow CLC everywhere!


susieqlaw said...

The Gilmore Girls

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I follow CLC blog, Facebook, and twitter.

I tweeted this contest @susieqlaw

Bridget O'Neill said...

I've got two: Arrested Development and Pushing Daisies. But I'm excited about the Arrested Development movie!

I follow the blog
I'm a member of CLC on Facebook
I follow on twitter


Nova said...

I think one show cancelled way to soon was Pushing Daisies.
follow your blog by email.
follow CLC on facebook.

Nina said...

Love that book cover! And, the nerd in me wants to say that every Brady Bunch spin-off that ever came to be (The Brady Brides, Variety Show, The Bradys) was canceled too early! ;) Hahaha. Well...maybe not the Variety Show. ;)

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel.

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Rita Wray said...

I love the TV show LOST and still miss it.

bn100 said...

I thought Ringer was canceled too soon.

I follow the blog.


Cyndee said...

I still miss Alcatraz. I know the prison setting may have been so creepy,however, I found it as a love story~he wants to save her.. It was unique.
I am a follower in every way with exception being twitter.
Cyndee Thomas

Krystal Lynn said...

I'd go with Witches of Eastwick. After Charmed and before Once Upon A Time, there was a serious lack of good magical shows and it's too bad this one didn't last long.

I follow the blog & the group.

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Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

I thought MY BOYS was cancelled way too soon, it was a TBS show taking place in Chicago and focused on a girl and her close guy friends...it was awesome!

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Literary Chanteuse said...

Well I'm gong to say Sex in the City. Although I know it wasn't really cancelled too soon but too soon for me cause I loved it.

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GoGreen said...

I think this book sounds great.

I think the show Homefront was cancelled too soon. It was a great show.

I am a blog follower, follow on Twitter, am a CLC member on FB.

I have tweeted the contest. @greenurlifenow

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What TV show do you feel was cancelled way too soon?

My So-Called Life and Gravity. Both were amazing in their own very specific ways!

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 a member.

5. Follow us on Twitter and/or Pinterest.

Follow on Twitter.


Margie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds very intriguing.
-Facebook fan
-GFC follower
-email subscriber
-The Sopranos (this would make my husband happy!)

Erica said...

I really liked Wonderfalls and would love have loved to see more. Probably not many watched this -- worth checking out on Netflix!

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faithspage said...

Sex in the city! I think I use the show in about question you ask haha

follow on gfc, twitter, and fb

kyfaithw at aol dot com

Jeryl M. said...

There are so many shows that were cancelled too soon, Homefront, Boomtown and Medical Investigation to name just a few.

I am Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.


Melissa said...

Thanks for all your participation. This is a fantastic novel and I hope you all get a chance to read it, even if you didn't win it from us.

Thanks to AuthorsOnTheWeb for sharing the book with our winner and to Kaya for visiting with us and sharing the gloves and hot cocoa.

Lots of fun responses...so many shows were cancelled before their prime.

Random.org chose from everyone who gave contact info.

Congrats to StereoQueenBee and Erica (wordywon)!