Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mike Greenberg knows "What Women Want" a book giveaway

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today is the first day of our favorite month of the year....International Chick Lit Month! And who better to help us kick it off than a man?!? Well, Mike Greenberg may be all about sports in his career, but he just wrote a novel that proves he knows EXACTLY what women want to read. According to Amy Bromberg's review of his debut novel, All You Could Ask For, he definitely hits that nail on the head! (Not to make it sound all manly with tools, but you catch our drift.) His novel has even been endorsed by Jane Green!

Mike Greenberg, best known for his work on the ESPN Radio show Mike & Mike in the Morning, currently works as an anchor and radio host for ESPN. Greenberg graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1989. He was a reporter and talk show host for a radio station from 1992 to 1996. From 1994-95, he was a reporter for SportsChannel Chicago. He also wrote a weekly column from 1993-1995 for the Californian Copley News Service. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He lives with his wife, Stacy, and their two children in Connecticut.

We're doing a special theme for ICLM...Chick Lit Goes to the Movies. We've invited all authors visiting Chick Lit Central this month to tell us either the cast or the soundtrack for their novel. Mike is sharing his soundtrack with us today. Thanks to HarperCollins, we have THREE copies of All You Could Ask For for some lucky US readers.

You can find Mike at his website and on Twitter.

The underlying lesson each of the women learns is that she does not have to explain or justify her decisions to anyone but herself. This could be their anthem. "Raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways."

STRONGER, Kelly Clarkson
There is a spiritual awakening that each of the women in the novel undergoes as a result of the shared adversity they face. As they lift themselves above it, individually and collectively, what they discover is that, in some ways, their struggles are the best things that ever happened to them. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone."

IT'S TIME, Imagine Dragons
Samantha begins her life over again in the early stages of the book, coming to the realization that between her father and her husband she has always capitulated, and now: "It's time to begin, isn't it. I get a little bit bigger but then I'll admit I'm just the same as I was, now don't you understand that I'm never changing who I am."

GIVES YOU HELL, The All-American Rejects
One of the characters in the novel spends her life dreaming of the day she finally has her revenge on the man who broke her heart. Daily, she envisions him crawling back to her on his knees. "When you see my face, hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell."

The theme of the entire novel is the spiritual awakening of the three main characters, from the first page they are each searching for something that feels as though it is right before them but still somehow impossible to reach. "I'm on the edge of glory, and I'm hanging on a moment of truth."

Thanks to Mike for sharing his song list with us (and ensuring these songs play in an endless loop in our heads all day...) and HarperCollins for sharing his novel with our readers.

How to win All You Could Ask For:
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.)

1. Please tell us: What is one thing you wish men knew about women?
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 only.  Giveaway ends May 6th at midnight EST.


Book Mama said...

I wish men knew that women are fairly simple. They make us more complex than we really are.

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Suzanne said...

1 - I wish men knew we like the little things in life (you know, help with laundry, picking up around the house)...
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3 - I am a member on FB
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rhonda said...

That women are strong and very capable but still love follower Twitter follower@rhondareads will tweetface book follower.

Mary Jo Burke said...

Our feelings are fragile.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

That women know a lot about sports too!

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Linda Kish said...

Women aren't helpless.

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Unknown said...

Love his playlist! Four out of five are my work out track.

Men need to know - it's all about the little things!

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bn100 said...

We don't want to be compared to other women

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TinaB said...

I wish that men knew how to help out around the house!! Ha!
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Nova said...

I wish men knew that we don't mind them opening doors or pulling out our chairs:good manners go a long way.
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susieqlaw said...

I wish men knew how to communicate more efficiently and effectively with women.

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Hailey Fish said...

I wish men knew that women are capable of doing anything

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Tiffany Drew said...

I wish they knew we aren't as weak as they think!

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Cher B said...

Looking forward to reading "All You Could Ask For", thanks for the chance to win! I would like men and women not to generalize, people are individuals with good and bad and complexities that can't be summed up so easily as stereotypes imply.

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Amber said...

Hmmm, everything I am coming up with sounds so cheesy! I wish men understood the dynamic between women and the (unfortunate) distrust among women. It is so hard for me to explain this one to my boyfriend who has lots of friends that are girls!

I'm a follower on FB, Twitter and through GFC!

Can't wait to read this, I don't read very many novels by male authors and I should change that!

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Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

I wish my hubby would catch onto--happy wife, happy life!

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Rosita said...

1. That women appreciate when a man pays full attention to what she is saying.

2. Follow with GFC.


Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating and telling us what you'd like men to know. Hope some men are reading this and picking up on the hints. ;)

Thanks again to Mike Greenberg for sharing his soundtrack and HarperCollins for sharing the book with our winners. chose THREE winners from all entries with contact info.

Congrats to:
24-Jennifer Huelsebusch
31-Allie Smith