Friday, November 14, 2014

What's in the mail...plus a giveaway

Melissa A:

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal from St. Martin's Press

New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick from Penguin (Berkley)

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg from PaperBackSwap






Jami:

I am Ella. Buy Me. by Joan Ellis from Word Slinger Publicity (e-book)

The Thursday Night Club by/from Steven Manchester (e-book)

Kathryn:

The Truth About Suzie by/from Erica Rimlinger


Becky:

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty from Penguin UK

Thornfield Hall by Jane Stubbs from Corvus

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes from Penguin UK

Sara:

Confessions of the Sausage Queen by Ute Carbone from Bridging the Gap Promotions (e-book)


What could be in YOUR e-mail:

Peace by Piece and Cape Maybe by Carol Fragale Brill

Carol has THREE e-book sets of both books to give away worldwide (with a printed book option to one US winner)

Visit Carol on Facebook and Twitter.

Cape Maybe

Sometimes the toughest journey is the one that takes you back to your roots. For Katie, navigating life and love is trickier than walking barefoot on a beach full of broken shells. Maybe Katie will break the family cycle of alcoholism. Maybe she won’t. Set against the backdrop of picturesque, seaside Cape May,
Cape Maybe traces the push and pull of Katie’s conflicting love for her erratic mother and steadfast grandfather, and her ever-growing attraction to her best friend, Dennis. Katie’s life is shaped by her vow to be nothing like her alcoholic mother. Her reckless teenage choices test the strength of family ties, friendship, and first love. Ultimately about hard-earned hope, what we inherit, and what we choose to let go, in Cape Maybe Katie discovers what she never expected about motherhood, forgiving yourself, and creating your own second chances.




Peace by Piece

Six years after fleeing college and Thomas’s betrayal, Maggie has nearly given up on love. Enter Izzie, a motherless eight year old, and every maternal instinct kicks-in. With Donald, Izzie’s dad, Maggie waits for the thrill—for anything magic: a spark, a quickening, a quiver racing up her spine. The magic never comes, but it is precisely the ordinariness of his kisses and subsequent proposal that make her feel safe. She imagines that loving Izzie is enough to finally lock Thomas out of her heart. Donald sways Maggie to quit work and be a stay-at-home mom to Izzie, cajoling her to wait for the right time to have a baby. Izzie is the center of her world, but some days Maggie cannot think over the roar of her biological clock. Unable to win the baby debate, she returns to college and accepts a teaching job. She has what many women long for: the house and minivan, the daughter and spouse, a career and steadfast girlfriends. But there’s an empty space inside that no amount of bingeing can fill. After an ectopic pregnancy, Maggie’s bulimia worsens. Donald cannot cope with all her tears over her lost baby. For a much needed break, Maggie attends a teacher’s conference in her college town, a handful of miles from where her heart first came alive—and where it was irrevocably shattered. By chance, Maggie and Thomas, also a teacher, reconnect. Will Maggie return to her enviable life as a wife to a successful banker and as a mother to the child who has become her own? Or this time around, will she trust Thomas and follow her heart?

See Jami's review.

How to win:

Please answer ONE of these questions:
*Are there any celebrities who came from your hometown or where you live now?
*Have you ever dreamt about a celebrity?
*Who is your favorite celebrity with the same first or last name as you?

One entry per person (if you choose to answer all the questions, they will NOT count as extra entries)

Entries without contact information (e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc.) will NOT be counted (and we do NOT count "Google +" as contact information).

Worldwide (with print option available to ONE US winner). Giveaway ends November 19th at midnight EST.

29 comments:

Manda Allen said...

Larry bird is from my hometown. He is actually related to me on my dad's side

Bridget Taylor said...

Kellie Martin is from my hometown. Riverside, CA

Iambtinrb@aol.com

Rhonda G said...

Rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

I was named after actress Rhonda Flemming. Thanks!

traveler said...

Leonard Cohen is from my hometown. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

My maiden name was Horton...
Edward Everett Horton, Peter Horton,
Robert Horton... all great actors, none related to me though.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bonnie Franks said...

I had to type my comment 5 times on my phone and forgot my email address. It is

bonlyn55 at yahoo dot com

Bonnie Franks said...

So now my first one is gone. .. Mike Trout is from my hometown of Millville NJ

Karen Hambly said...

I don't think there are any celebrities from my home town sofa, but I'm not dead yet.

petite said...

Neil Patrick Harris lived where I am now. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Janine said...
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Janine said...

There are no celebrities from my town (that I know of). But not too far from here is the town Jamie Foxx grew up in. On another note, my husband is always commented when someone asks his name. It's Russell Rowe. People always bring up Russell Crowe. He says he wishes he had his money.

kinini01@hotmail.com

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Yes, Toby Keith grew up in nearby Moore. I'm not a country fan, so I really don't care. But this excites a lot of people!

Princess543@yahoo.com

OnDBookshelf said...

Both Scotty McCreery and Clay Aiken (American Idol) grew up near me.

OnDBookshelf@gmail.com

Kayla Gothier said...

No one is from my hometown but John Wayne is from Iowa.

kaylagothier@yahoo.com

Vivian said...

I know there was a famous hockey player from my home town, but I can't remember his name. Ginger Zee (meteorologist on Good Morning America) is from the West Michigan area where I live.

vjvereeke@hotmail.com

Melanie Backus said...

The author, William Humphrey is from just down the road and I was named after the character, Melanie, from Gone With The Wind.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

susieqlaw said...

Jennifer Garner. She visits often.

sendsusanmail at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

I don't think that anyone remotely interesting ever came from my town. That's just sad.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Anonymous said...

I live in a small town with no celebrities but lots of great people. A celebrity that I always admired with the same first name as me is Susan Sarandon. She always plays very strong women in her movie roles and is a good role model

sue.roberts@yahoo.com
Sue dot roberts at yahoo dot com

Jessica Meddick said...

Yep. I've dreamt about Regis Philbin before, haha. Love him!

walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Jilleen said...

Magic Johnson is from my home town. Thanks for the giveaway.

seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

Margie said...

Ethan Coen was born in my hometown.
Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Carol Fragale Brill said...

Thanks all for your comments. Fun to see who shares hometown roots with celebrities. I'm originally from Philadelphia as is Patti Labelle. Now I'm a Jersey Girl and Jersey's hero is Bruce Springsteen
all the best in the giveaway.
carol

Summer Grinstead said...

Jaycie Phelps(Olympian)
sumsum085@aol.com

Bridget O'Neill said...

I don't know if you'd call him a celebrity, but Paul Ryan, who ran with Mitt Romney for president/Vice President in 2012, lives in my hometown. I'm sort of related to him by marriage-he's my stepdad's cousin.

bjoneill@hotmail.com

Rosemary Huelsebusch said...

Jon Hamm is from my home town. He is also an avid StL Blues and Cardinal fan.

Milena Mutter said...
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Milena Mutter said...

My first name is Milena and I am from Ukraine, Mila Kunis' actual first name is Milena and she was born in Ukraine too :)

amutter67@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating! I enjoyed reading your answers.
Vince Vaughn used to live in Buffalo Grove, IL. He even wears a shirt from BGHS in one of his movies.
My favorite actress with the same first name as me is Melissa McCarthy.
I have random celebrity dreams from time to time. None recently that I can remember.

Thanks to Carol for sharing her books with our winners.

Random.org chose THREE winners from all entries with contact info (one per person).

Congrats to:
AiringMyDirtyLaundry
Bridget Taylor
Linda Kish