Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Having a great "time" with Claire Cook...plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Kathryn Hamilton

**Giveaway is now closed**

A chick lit icon is hanging out with us today at CLC. Welcome Claire Cook and wish her a happy pub day, as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, which is a June Indie Next pick, as well as a summer book pick for Working Mother Magazine, Deep South Magazine and GoLocalProvidence. In honor of the title, she's playing a little "time" themed "This or That" game with us! What can we say about Claire Cook that hasn’t already been said? She is one of the most recognizable and renowned authors in the chick lit genre and continues to write novels that speak to her readers on many levels. Claire has come a long way since writing her first novel in her minivan at age 45. Her longevity and loyal fan base is a testament to her storytelling ability. Time Flies is her 10th novel and we look forward to another ten!

You can find out more about Claire is up to via her website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster, we have FIVE copies of Time Flies for some lucky readers in the US.

Sunrise or Sunset?
I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 5:00 AM in the parking lot outside my daughter's swim practice, and morning is still that magical time for me, when you can make all your dreams come true. I'm at my most creative as the sun is coming up, and done for the day by sunset.

Clocks: Digital or Analog?
Time flies either way, so either one is fine with me!

Time travel: Past or future?
The future. I can imagine it so clearly that I sometimes forget it's not here yet!

Nostalgia: 70s or 80s?
I love them both. All that great music, not to mention the bad hair and makeup. I had so much fun strolling down memory lane while writing Time Flies, and my iPhone is still blasting everything from "Stairway to Heaven" to "Nights in White Satin" to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

"Time After Time" or "If I Could Turn Back Time?"
I've got Cyndi Lauper's voice stuck in my head just from reading the question, so I guess I'd have to say "Time After Time." The concept of turning back time doesn't really interest me. I'd rather see what's around the next corner!

Early to bed or early to rise?
Both! Or neither!

"A Stitch in time saves nine" or "An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold"?
You just gave me a math headache! I guess I would say time is precious but not for squandering. Live your life! Make mistakes! Have fun!

Spring forward or fall back?
Spring forward. Always and forever.

Thanks to Claire for being so generous with her time and to Simon and Schuster for sharing her book with our readers.

How to win Time Flies:
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 one way you "measure a year?" (Think of "Seasons of Love" from RENT.)
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 June 16th at midnight EST.


TinaB said...

Sounds great!
I follow u on fb and pinterest.

PamIAm said...

Looks great, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Anonymous said...

I maure a year by our yearly trip to Las Vegas. We go every year on Superbowl weekend. It is crazy fun.


I follow this blog.
I follow on FB.
I follow on twitter.
I follow on pinterest.

Janine said...

This sounds like a fun book. I measure time by how fast holidays come up. I am a followers on all your social medias and blog and shared the contest on FB and Twitter.


Book Mama said...

I measure a year by when school gets out for the summer.

I follow this blog, am a member of CLC on FB, follow on Twitter and Pinterest

I posted the contest on my FB


Unknown said...

I measure a year by watching my chidren and thinking how fast it goes!

I follow on FB and pinterest.
I follow this blog as well.


Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

I measure the year with my kids birthdays! One is in winter and one in spring....truly shows how fast time flies...


I follow this blog.
I follow on FB.
I follow on twitter.
I follow on pinterest.

S.Sabia said...

I can't wait to read this!

S.Sabia said...

I measure a year by my birthday.


I am a follower of the blog.
I posted the contest on Facebook.
I am a member on Facebook.
I follow you on twitter and pintrest.

Unknown said...

I measure a year by the marks on the wall of my not so little baby boy (over 6' now, and only 15)...makes me sad.


Member FB
Follow on Twitter

Mary Jo Burke said...

We planted a tree when my daughter was born. Now it dwarfs the house.


Rhonda said...

Huge claire cook fan.email follower lomazowr@gmail.com fb Twitter follower@rhondareads

JJT said...

I measure a year by the arrival and passage of holidays. I follow on twitter (@readsalways) and facebook.

Anonymous said...

I have two young children that are growing like weeds! My son is finishing up kindergarten however it seems like only yesterday we at the classroom work party getting ready for him to start. Crazy!

Recently though I measure a year based on when my mom had a stroke. It was one of those moments where after the cliché late night phone call I knew nothing would ever be the same. After her hospitalizations and rehab she came to live with me so I could be her fulltime caregiver. June 8th marks day 365. It has been a very challenging year. She finally seems to be considering assisted living which would be good for our whole family.

I follow this blog


Unknown said...

I measure a year now by my wedding anniversary, LOL. Probably not the most original idea but it's what i do now, LOL. I used to measure by the school year and when summer began, LOL.

I am a older fllower via GFC and your Facebook page! I also tweeted about this post and giveaway on Twitter! I invited Samantha Beer to your page!

Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! i really enjoyed this post!

Unknown said...

I measure a year by my anniversary of being cancer free (December 11). It's been over 6 years!

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


Lisamarie said...

Besides being avid bookreader I am a sports nut (imbred by my brothers..continued on my husband & son) I measure my year by sports... Spring Training/Summerball for Baseball , Fall for Football and Winter for hockey.

I am a CLC blog follower, FB groupie & twitter follower.


Unknown said...

I measure a year on my siblings and my own birthdays. We're all born in March, fifteen days between each birthday (March 1st, 16th, and 31st)!

I follow CLC on FB.
I follow CLC on twitter.
I posted this contest on twitter (sweetieJB15).
My email is: jessbair15@gmail.com

Erica said...

I measure a year by the start of summer.

I follw on FB, Pinterest, Twitter, email

wordywon at gmail dot com

DarcyO said...

This one's on my TBR list.

I measure a year as the beginning of school and the end of school.

I follow on Facebook and Twitter (@darcy1956).

valleyreader (at) gmail (dot) com

Linda Kish said...

Congratulations to Bridget O'Neill for 6 years cancer free... see above.

I measure a year by my son's birthdays or his anniversaries.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jilleen said...

I hate to admit this, but I measure a year based on getting through annual milestones at work. Jan - April is audit, May - August is tax returns, Sept - Oct is budget and Nov - Dec is preparing for year end. So sad isn't it?

I follow on FB
I follow on Pinterest
I follow on Twitter
I follow this blog via email

Thanks for the great giveaway

Jill at Seaside Book Nook
seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

Kimberlyindy said...

I measure by Holidays and Blessings.

I follow the blog and I am a member on fb.

Thanks for another great giveaway!


JennyB said...

I measure a year by our annual beach trip. It's amazing how fast time flies.

I follow on fcebook.


EFC Chrissy said...

I guess I measure time by when the birthdays come and holidays and the school schedules. No matter how you look at it, it goes by so fast.

I follow the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest!!!


bn100 said...

By the months that go by

I follow via email

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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

I usually measure a year by school... summer is the best time of year!

I follow on Twitter, FB, RSS feed and Pinterest

missamberljohnson at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm in for this book!
I follow the blog
I follow on Facebook
I follow on Twitter


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Nova said...

I usually measure a year from the start of a school year to the end...
I follow CLC on pinterest.
I follow CLC blog by email.
I follow CLC blog by GFC.
I am a fan of CLC on facebook.

rubynreba said...

This looks like a great book!

I measure a year by when school gets out.

I am a GFC follower.

Follow on facebook.


Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and telling us how you measure a year.
In case you were wondering, this is how I measure a year.

Thanks to Claire for spending some time with us and Simon and Schuster for sharing her book with our winners.

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

Congrats to:
12-Melinda Garza
35-Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
41-S. Sabia