Thursday, December 6, 2012

Megan Crane shares her feelings and her latest novel (as a giveaway)

 **Giveaway is now closed**

The last time Megan Crane was here, she took us back in time. With the holiday season in full swing, she's here for the present (we're talking time here) to talk about her latest novel, Once More with Feeling, and winter holidays, of course. The cover of her latest novel is perfect to put us in a winter mood with all the glistening snow on the ground and the New York skyline as the backdrop. So settle by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and check out what she has to say.

This New Jersey born author lives with her husband, dog and cats in L.A. and also wrote I Love the 80sNames My Sisters Call Me, and Frenemies, just to name a few. Her romance novelist alter-ego is Caitlin Crews, who has been seen at many romance writer conferences with Jane Porter.

As an actual present, Megan has one copy of Once More with Feeling to share with a lucky reader anywhere in the world!

You can find Megan at her website and blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

First off, tell us about your awesome book, Once More with Feeling, and what inspired you to write it…
Once More With Feeling is a story about what happens when everything you believe shatters, and what you do to figure out how you ended up there. It's about going back and taking a good hard look at the choices you made along the way. I wanted to write about choices, how and why we make them, and the tension between safety and risk. I really loved this story, so I hope readers do, too!

What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about any of your books?
I found a question somewhere; someone had read my book I Love the 80s and had looked everywhere for one of the Wild Boys albums, and (of course) couldn't find any of them. They wanted to know where they should look. I answered and said I was the author, and I'd made them up--and my response was 'disliked.' Ha!

How did you decide to write chick lit?
I didn't know I was writing chick lit. I just wrote a book about a graduate student and some of her adventures. :)

What is your usual writing routine?
I get to my desk pretty early and check email etc. while I have my tea, and then I try to get down to work by 9:30. My days are much, much better if I get some serious work done before noon. I usually have some kind of deadline, and if it's far enough away I try to write 2000 words a day. If it's closer and I'm panicked, I try to write as much as possible. My goal in life is always to have evenings and weekends free to read, relax, watch TV, see my husband and friends--but that's not always doable. I try!

What is your favorite winter holiday themed movie?
It's a toss up between Home for the Holidays and Love Actually.

What gets you into a winter holiday mood?
Cold weather and Christmas carols!

What is the best winter holiday gift you have ever given or received?
I like Thanksgiving meals, prepared with love and shared with loved ones. That's the best gift!

Share a favorite holiday party memory:
See above. I'm actually answering these questions on Thanksgiving morning, and my stomach is already rumbling in anticipation!

Special thanks to Megan for a fun chat and sharing her book with our readers.

How to win Once More with Feeling:
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 gets you into a winter holiday mood?
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.

Giveaway ends December 11th at midnight EST.  


Kim Taylor said...

Cant wait to read this book! I met Megan in Sept at a library event in my town. She is such a fabulous and fun lady!
I love everything about the holidays, but especially reading any kind of chick lit and holiday books!

Have a great day!

Nova said...
i like to make sure we have plenty of hot chocolate on hand, embrace the colder weather, decorate the house, bake some goodies and start wrapping gifts early.
i follow CLC on facebook.
i follow the blog by email.
i follow CLC on pinterest.
Merry Christmas!

Kritters Ramblings said...

every year, my boy and I go see the national tree after it has been lit, i like taking one night each season and just enjoying the simplicity of going to see a tree.

i follow twitter
i follow via gfc
i am a fan on facebook

susieqlaw said...

I follow CLC blog, facebook, and twitter.

Tweet about the contest @susieqlaw

email: sendsusanmail AT gmail Dot com

The beautiful carols the local church bells play throughout the neighborhood, the Christmas lights, the United Way Christmas tree decoration contest, all make me have the holiday spirit.

Kwana said...

Congrats Megan the book sounds fantastic!

I get the the mood with Love Actually and Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas song. Love it.

And yes I follow this blog :-)

pascale said...

The book sounds great. I follow this blog and love it.
What gets me in the holiday mood: I think it is my daughters excitement. I get so overwhelmed with the MESS of getting set up for christmas, but they get SO excited.

I also follow on FB.

pascale said...

oh: forgot my email address!

Sheena said...

Looking forward to reading this! Hot chocolate and baking some cookies helps me get into the holidays!

I follow the blog, follow on twitter and am a member on facebook

Anonymous said...

-baking tons and tons of christmas cookies gets me in the holiday spirit. I like to share them with our neighbors
-I follow via gfc- Kirsten!


Na said...

When I see the houses on my street lit up with lights then I am in a holiday mood. I love to see Christmas trees and Santa Claus set-ups in the malls.

GFC follower

Jessica said...

1. Listening to Christmas music gets me in the holiday spirit. I really love Michael Buble's Christmas CD.
2. I follow this blog 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

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

Christmas lights really get me going and in the holiday spirit. Seeing those first houses with lights up always gets me pumped for the holiday! Luckily, lots of people put their decorations up early!

I follow CLC on FB, Twitter and through GFC.

Email is missamberljohnson at gmail dot com

Marthalynn said...

All the lights and the music and the ice-skating - it all gets me so excited about this time of year!

btw - I love that Megan shared her schedule and morning routine! So inspiring.

I follow.

marthalynn16 at gmail

Kat said...
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Kat said...

Curling up with a good Christmas book puts me in the mood.
I follow CLC
Posted contest on facebook.
Already a member of CLC
Already follow on twitter

Sam Clarke said...

My birthday is Christmas Day so I love this time of year!! I follow you on Facebook and I think Twitter. My email address is

Kim W. said...

1.Decorating the tree!!! Especially if its snowing, which it usually is!

2. I follow the CLC blog

3. I belong to CLC on Facebook

4. I follow on Twitter

Bonnie K. said...

Listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies get me in the winter holiday spirit.

bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

I follow your blog.

I shared on facebook. and twitter:

I'm a member of Chick Lit Central.

I follow on twitter.

karenk said...

the cold weather...and christmas music/decorations...get me in the christmas mood.

thanks for the chance to read this novel

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com Breatri 3

Stephanie said...

Definitely Christmas music.

gfc follower

Preet said...

Yay! I am so thankful that CLC is doing an international giveaway for this book! Thank you Megan Crane! And congratulations on publication day!

1.When the temperature starts to fall, I know the holidays are fast approaching, and I start seeing eggnog at the grocery store and I know the winter holidays are almost here!

2.I follow the blog. I get e-mails daily.

3.I retweeted your tweet about the giveaway and chat with Megan Crane.

4.I'm in the group on facebook.

5.I follow CLC on twitter. :)

6.I added a friend, Kate Worth. :)

I would LOVE to win this book. I <3 Megan Crane!

Anonymous said...
My kids definitely get me in the holiday spirit. It's all about them!
Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

I just read a great review for this book earlier tonight and ordered it. It is perfect timing to find out more about the author at the same time.

Linda Kish said...

It's hard to know it's winter when it's 75-80 degrees outside. I watch a ton of Hallmark movies to get into the holiday spirit.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kimberlyindy said...

Can't wait to read this!
Christmas Carols always gets me in the spirit of the Holidays.
I shared on fb, and I am a follower and part of the group.

bookworm54 said...

I get in the holiday mood after Thanksgiving buy getting the lights out and put them up around my porch and baking all my favorite christmas cookies my kids like-I have to start early for we have alot! I can't wait to read this book-I share on FB. and follower of this group.

Literary Chanteuse said...

Holiday music.

-blog follower
-member of CLC on fb
-follower on twitter & pinterest


Unknown said...

Snow on the ground and baking Christmas cookies gets me in the holiday mood!

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

holdenj said...

I have really enjoyed Megan's previous books and can't wait to read this one.

I like to drive around and see the holiday lights, that always gets me in a holiday mood.

I am a follower.


Tiffany Drew said...

Making homemade ornaments and cookies with the kids! We've started making handprint ornaments and I love seeing the difference in size year after year :)

GFC follower Tiffany Drew


Facebook member Tiffany Drew

Twitter follower @enterthedrew

Pinterest follower Tiffany Drew


Cheryl said...

Christmas music always does it for me!

Anonymous said...

If I don't win I hope this becomes available in the US very, very soon. Thanks!

allilm AT gmail dot com

Janet Wiebe said...

Christmas music puts me in the Christmas mood!!

traveler said...

I enjoy cooking family meals and buying sweet gifts for the kids. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

LuAnn McLane said...

This book sounds like a wonderful read! Reading Christmas themed books and watching holiday movies puts me in the Christmas spirit!

bn100 said...

holiday music

I follow the blog.


petite said...

I read, cook and prepare treats and goodies for family and friends. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Doing fun things with the family and then having hot chocolate!

fan on FB

Linda Avellar said...

I read the first chapter on your website Megan and now I'm hooked! Can't wait to read the whole thing.

EFC Chrissy said...

To get in the holiday mood...cold weather, snow, baking cookies, buying presents, advent candles at church, Christmas music.

I follow the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! You guys are awesome!

Anonymous said...

What doesn't get me in the Christmas mood? But I especially love snow, decorations and Christmas music!

cdyoungs at yahoo dot com

Natalie said...

Christmas Music!

This book sounds great, can't wait to read it :)

gunderson7 AT hotmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read this book.
Thank you for giveaway.

Jilleen said...

This books sounds GREAT! I think I need to go read I Love the 80s. I think I would love that book!

I follow via email, twitter, pinterest and Facebook!

Thanks again for the great giveaway

Jill at Seaside Book Nook

seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

Mary Preston said...

I begins with the food. Out come the recipe books.

GFC & FB: Mary Prestyon


Unknown said...

Can't wait to read this book. I love the holidays - the decorations, baking, music, the warm feelings, family, the tv movies, books.

I follow CLC on facebook.

Merry Christmas!!

My e-mail is:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this!
Reading holiday books and watching movies gets me in the spirit!

I am a follower.


Elisabeth said...

Snow is what´s puts me in a Christmas mood.
Loved the interview. And can´t wait to get my fingers on a copy of the book.

kimberly said...

Can't wait to read this. I love all of Megan's books!

Anonymous said... I met Megan and got to hang out with her back in September at one of Jane Porter's book launch events. She is so much fun to talk with and get to know. I have all of her other books and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this one. I follow her on Facebook.
Terri Walsh

littlequeenie29 said...

Sounds like a great book!

kaewink said...

The holiday mood begins with the first mug of glöggi (swedish/finnish warm winter drink, tea-like with lots of spices and sweet. Yummy!)

I´m a follower on fb, pinterest, GFC and twitter.

kewinkler at gmail dot com

Carol said...

Just seen a review for this one and this is now on my wishlist

Thanks for the giveaway.

I follow here as DizzyC
and on facebook

I can be contacted at

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What gets you into a winter holiday mood?

The first snow!

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.

Already follow on Twitter.

Jeryl M. said...

Finishing ordering presents for my daughters puts me a holiday mood because I can't wait to give them to them.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a Twitter follower.

I am a Pinterest follower.

Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for your participation. You're putting us into a wintery mood! (No one mentioned the smell of latkes or burning candles though. Hmmm...)

Thanks to Megan for visiting with us and sharing her book with our winner.

We assigned each entry a number (only from those with contact info) and chose one winner.

Congrats to StereoQueenBee!