Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spreading cheer with Sue Margolis...plus a book giveaway

Photo from Amazon.co.uk
Introduction by Melissa Amster

Sue Margolis joined me on my honeymoon. Well...she did in book form, at least! I spent some quality time with Apocalipstick while laying on the beach or relaxing by the pool during our stay at Sandals in St. Lucia. I found myself laughing out loud and madly blushing. From that point on, I devoured her other novels, starting with what was currently available and then getting each new one as it came out. When Sue joined the online world in 2011, I could not contain my excitement over getting a chance to virtually meet this talented and entertaining writer! Seeing that I'm such a huge fan, I'm so glad to have her back at CLC and to share a copy of her latest novel, Coming Clean, with a lucky US reader (thanks to Penguin).

September is "Happiness Month" here at CLC, and Sue is helping us kick it off with a top five list of things that make her happy. You can find her at her website and on Facebook.

Sue Margolis' Top Five Happy Things:


1. Top of my list has to be my new granddaughter. I became a first time grandma in February. That was the wonderful news. The not so wonderful news is that she lives with her mum and dad in New York City while her grandfather and I are in London. So we Skype every day. Just watching her playing with her toys or having lunch in her high chair, getting mashed banana all over her face fills me with more joy than I ever thought possible.


2. Having all my kids and their other halves gathered around the dinner table laughing and joking. It doesn't happen that often now that my eldest lives in the US, but it's truly wonderful when it does.

3. Being inside, cosy and warm and drinking tea when there's a downpour outside. I love standing at an open window watching and smelling the rain. Delicious.

4. Being alone in the house during the day in my pyjamas watching a trashy movie. Luxury. It's the best way I know to unwind.

5. Friends. The older I get the more I realise how important it is to have good friends and that spending time with them is precious and to be cherished.

Special thanks to Sue for visiting with us and to Penguin for sharing Coming Clean with our readers.

Synopsis of Coming Clean:
Eleven years ago, Sophie and Greg couldn’t get enough of each other. A pair of full-time jobs and two kids later, they’re in therapy asking themselves where all the sexy times went. Sophie thinks she knows: They’re buried under Greg’s mess. And even though her slob of a husband tries to make up for his shortcomings by cooking the occasional meal, Sophie is left to clean umpteen dirty dishes.

The last straw is when Greg uses some inheritance money to buy a World War II Sherman tank, which starts World War III in their marriage.

Sophie doesn’t so much surrender as retreat—right out of the relationship. While Greg almost immediately shacks up with someone else, Sophie finds herself facing even more uncertainty due to a job reorganization. And even though she begins to lose her heart to a high school crush, Sophie starts to realize that a shiny new relationship doesn’t always offer the softest place to fall…and she may find self-acceptance and love in the place she least expects it. (Courtesy of Goodreads.)

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US only. Giveaway ends September 8th at midnight EST.

Luxury Reading is also giving away a copy of Coming Clean. (US only. Ends 9/15.)

21 comments:

Cate said...

The most recent thing that made me happy was meeting my friends for sushi last night!

Janine said...

The last thing that made me happy was being able to spend some quiet time alone. My husband took me to a movie (after many years of not going to see one).

TinaB said...

The last thing to make me happy was my 41st birthday last week.

susieqlaw said...

Playing a piano duet with my Mom!

Jessica said...

Having labor day off yesterday was the last thing that made me happy. =]

Bonnie K. said...

The last thing that made me most happy is the new steps that my husband built outside our bedroom door (we didn't have any steps for about 11 years; the door replaced a window we had in the back of the bedroom).

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Mary Jo Burke said...

My daughter texting how happy she is at school

Connie said...

Two recent things that made me happy. My husband and I went up to NC for our granddaughter’s wedding followed by our grandson’s graduation from Marine Boot Camp. Lots of tears of pride were shed and lots of smiles as well.

Congratulations on your new little granddaughter. I’m so glad you are keeping up with her via Skype.

I love your novels and am looking forward to reading your new release.

Life is good. Stay happy!

Connie said...

Two recent things that made me happy. My husband and I went up to NC for our granddaughter’s wedding followed by our grandson’s graduation from Marine Boot Camp. Lots of tears of pride were shed and lots of smiles as well.

Congratulations on your new little granddaughter. I’m so glad you are keeping up with her via Skype.

I love your novels and am looking forward to reading your new release.

Life is good. Stay happy!

Terri. said...

My niece was born...

Carl Scott said...

Giving our new little rescue dog a bath.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

I went shopping with my niece.

sheena said...


For me it was a couple weeks ago when I got to see some friends I havent seen in awhile!

Chanpreet said...

I went to the Decatur Book Festival this past Sunday and met Caprice Crane and Abbi Glines. It was really cool to meet two awesome authors and just be in the presence of other readers and book lovers!

Terri. said...

I had dinner with a friend

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law is visiting and one of the perks is that after the kiddos are in bed my husband and I can sneak out for a drink. It made me so happy to have a laid back, lengthy conversation without interruptions! The beer was nice too.

Bridget O'Neill said...

There are two things that have made me happy in the last two days: first, the fact that my 4yo daughter was very excited to go to her new school yesterday, and second, the fact that it's my 14 year anniversary today! :)

Linda Kish said...

I just bought myself a new car.

bn100 said...

a three day weekend

Nova said...

The most recent thing that made me happy was my youngest being able to eat "real" food after having the "stomach flu" all week!

Connie said...

Congratulations to Karen H! Enjoy!