Thursday, June 27, 2013

Around the world with Kitty Pilgrim...plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Kathryn Hamilton

Happy summer everyone! Summer is often a time for traveling and, in this spirit, author Kitty Pilgrim joins us today at CLC to celebrate her sophomore novel and play a little travel themed "This or That." (Which is also helping to lead us into July's theme...) Kitty is a true woman of the world. In her 24 years as a correspondent for CNN, she traveled to numerous countries. Her outstanding work covering issues of politics and economics in these varied regions garnered her well-deserved recognition and accolades in the form of an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody Award, and an Emmy. Kitty has also anchored two of her own shows on CNN. With a background like that, it is no wonder that her first novel (The Explorer's Code) was widely praised for its intelligent writing and intriguing story line. Kitty has a style that is fresh for the Chick Lit genre, as she incorporates her knowledge of world issues into her writing and creates strong female characters who defy stereotypes. Her latest novel The Stolen Chalice is unlikely to disappoint and we look forward to reading more from this fascinating author.

Kitty has FIVE copies of The Stolen Chalice for some lucky readers anywhere in the world.

You can learn more about Kitty through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Plane or Train?
Train. I like to watch the landscape go by. It is so timeless, and the pace is from another era. Think of all the great train mysteries: Murder on the Orient Express, 4:50 From Paddington. (both Agatha Christie) Also every Bond movie has a wonderful train fight scene. Thrilling.

Hotel or Bed and Breakfast?
Hotel. I love the sweep of a marble lobby, a handsome bellboy and the romance of meeting someone in the bar for a champagne cocktail, dressed in a chiffon gown.

Cruise or All inclusive resort?
Cruise. Preferably trans Atlantic. I go on the Queen Mary 2 at least twice a year from New York to England. Last year I spent 6 months on one kind of ship or another through the Greek Islands, Turkey and Italy.

Country or City?
City. I live in New York and could never give it up. Paris, London, Rome. Istanbul. Shanghai. What can compare? However I find myself on expedition quite often – is an archaeological dig considered the “country”?

Eat, Pray, Love or Under the Tuscan Sun?
Eat Pray Love – although I adored both. But I am highly unlikely to spend that much time fixing up a house. I’m more the type to go to roaming from place to place absorbing new cultures.

In a group or by yourself?
By Myself. Some of my greatest moments of peace are contemplating new places solo. Also I live in New York, sometimes a little solitude is needed.

Island or Mainland?
Island.  Some of my favorite places : Malta, England, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos. I spend my summers in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and much of the winter in the Bahamas Exhuma chain.

US or International?
International The US is home. When I travel I want to experience new cultures, talk to new people and explore. Most of my work as a journalist was on international topics.

Thanks to Kitty for chatting with us and sharing her book with our readers.

How to win The Stolen Chalice:
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:
1.Please tell us: What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
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.
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Worldwide. Giveaway ends July 2nd at midnight EST.

Chick Lit is Not Dead is also doing a giveaway of The Stolen Chalice. (US/Canada. Ends 6/30.)

12 comments:

DD said...

The most adventurous thing I did was back in college. I met a guy by accident online (no, not a chat room or anything like that). We're talking mid-late 90's so the internet was still kind of new. I sent an email to the wrong person with the same name. We started a kind of e-pen pal thing of sorts and ended up meeting. I flew out to DC to meet him. It was a blast and I met a really great person. While he wasn't 'the one', I wouldn't change a thing!

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TinaB said...

Sounds like a great book!
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Emily Lewis said...

1.What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done? We went to Ireland and went day to day, going wherever the locals suggested...such am amazing trip!!!

2. I Follow this blog

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Lisamarie said...

The most adventours thing I've done is going to Europe for my graduation trip from my parents instead of Mexico like everyone else... My older brother was stationed in Germany so I stayed with him when I wasn't off touring.
It was my first time out of the US..I loved it! Switzerland was my favorite place. I tried to jump out of my comfort zone when it came to food too although I didn't care for the escargot I did find many other things that I loved!

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Mary Jo Burke said...

My most adventurous thing: had children.

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Bonnie K. said...

The most adventurous thing I ever did was to backpack through the snowy woody area in the Klamath National Forest. Tents were set up, and the guys built an igloo to sleep in--I slept in the tent. My feet were always cold--good thing I didn't get frostbites.

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bn100 said...

travel by myself to another country

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Mary Preston said...

I lived out in the countryside until I finished High School and then moved to a large city to study nursing. Scary & exciting.

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susieqlaw said...

I traveled to Alpine Europe when I was quite young.

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Nova said...

The most adventurous thing i did was when i was 19 and 6 months pregnant. I packed everything i could into my 1980 camero and drove all by myself for 6 hours to where my then husband was stationed in the Air Force.
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Eline said...

1. The most adventurous thing I ever did was "being kidnapped" on Rhodos, Greece. Something I didn't "do" myself of course, but adventurous it was :p Luckily I speek some Greek and could persuade the driver to get us back in the end. Probably they wanted to sell something to us and would force us to sign some papers... Ieeek ;)

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Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and sharing your adventure stories!

Thanks to Kitty for visiting with us and sharing her book with our winners.

Random.org chose FIVE winners from all entries with contact info.

Congrats to:
10-Emily Lewis
16-Lisamarie
19-Mary Jo Burke
39-susieqlaw
41-Nova