Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Home and Away with Brenda Janowitz...plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Tracey Meyers

What makes up a happy life?

If I've learned anything over the past couple of years, it's that there is really no clear-cut answer to that question because what makes a happy life is different from person to person....

With a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Studies from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Law School, Brenda never lost her flair for all things dramatic and an interest in one day becoming a writer. This dream came true with the publication of Scot on the Rocks in April, 2007. Definitely a big ingredient in her "recipe for a happy life!"

Today, Brenda joins use to share with us some of her insights on being "Home and Away" and to celebrate the publication of her third novel, Recipe for a Happy Lifeby giving away a copy to one lucky reader in the US.

So, without further ado, please welcome Brenda Janowitz!

To learn more about Brenda, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter.


Favorite room in your house:
The kitchen. The kitchen’s always the heart of every home, and it’s where my family always gathers. Ever notice how during a party everyone seems to make their way to the kitchen?
It’s the room where I’m constantly making special memories—cooking holiday dinners for family, having friends over for dinner, and of course, making casual dinners for my husband and children.

If we were to visit you where you currently live, what would you take us to see first?
After getting you a snack in the kitchen, I’d probably show you my office. It’s where I write, and it’s also where I keep the majority of my books. Usually when I show it to people, they end up browsing my book collection, and, of course, borrowing one.

Did any celebrities (aside from yourself) go to the same school as you?
I went to Cornell University, so there are TONS of famous people who attended. I’ll give you a few of my favorites: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut, EB White, and Lauren Weisberger.


What place is on your travel "bucket list?"
It’s so hard to narrow down! There are so many wonderful places I’d love to visit.
I’ve always wanted to go to Rome, and I’ve never been to Greece, so those two are at the top.

How do you prefer to travel: Plane, train or automobile?
A few years ago, I would have said plane. Definitely a plane, hands down. But now that I have small children, I love traveling by car. I can bring all of the stuff I want, throw it in the trunk, and then just know that I’ve got everything I need.

What is a must-have when you stay at a hotel?
A pair of slippers, a good book, and my laptop.

Special thanks to Brenda for chatting with us and sharing her book with our readers.

How to win: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. If you have questions on how to use it, e-mail us.

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US only. Giveaway ends August 4th at midnight EST.


Janine said...

Just the cover of this book makes me want to read it. When I stay at a hotel (which isn't often), I like good lighting at the mirror to put my makeup on.

pascale said...

This book sounds wonderful.
In a hotel, I need slippers and YES a good book!

pascale said...

This book sounds wonderful.
In a hotel, I need slippers and YES a good book!

Kritters Ramblings said...

It is sad, but I love to sleep in a king bed at a hotel!

Britney Adams said...

When I stay at a hotel, a good book is a must!!

Sheena said...

A must have for me silly as it sounds I like having a hair dryer in my room.

Jessica said...

A really nice, comfy bed! I can't sleep in uncomfortable beds.

-Jessica M

Linda Kish said...

I need a lot of pillows, a book and my netbook.

Nova said...

If i go to a hotel, definitely need a comfy, clean bed.

Connie said...

I must have a king sized bed as we have one at home. I love really clean sheets and comfy pillows. Please provide enough towels. Gotta have a book and my laptop.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

My own bed and my own pillow. If I could bring my own bed with sheets, I would!

Mary Jo Burke said...

Hotel needs: pillow, book, blanket

Lisamarie said...

My Must have is a my own pillow & blanket..

Tina Brannan said...

I must have my own pillow!

Unknown said...

I need a comfortable bed, clean, soft sheets and more than one pillow :)

S.Sabia said...

A must have when I stay in a hotel in a comfy pair of yoga pants to lounge around in.

susieqlaw said...

a nice comfy king sized bed!

Meg Munson said...

Love the cover and sounds like a great read!

Anita Yancey said...

My must haves is a good book, and a clean bathroom. The book sounds great. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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Connie said...

Oh my goodness! Wahoo! I’m the winner! Thank you, thank you so much! :-)

Connie K. Fischer