Thursday, May 14, 2015

Elyssa Friedland's No-Cell-ebration....plus a book giveaway

There's one day a week that I give up all technology. It's a day that I probably could spend mostly online if my lifestyle were different. However, I made a religious choice not to use the phone or computer from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. In the winter, this is a breeze. In the summer, it's more of a challenge. I do get a lot of reading done though! While one day a week can be seen as a challenge for some, I actually find it relaxing to check out of the Internet for a day. Even so, I don't think I could bring myself to do what Evie Rosen, the main character of Elyssa Friedland's debut novel, does. Love and Miss Communication is about Evie taking a sabbatical from her smartphone for an indeterminate period of time. She deserves a party for having such restraint! Maybe she has the right idea though...

Between Yale University and Columbia Law School, Elyssa has written for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and young children. You can find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter

Elyssa is here today to throw that above-mentioned party for Evie while helping us celebrate our blogoversary and Chick Lit Month at the same time. Thanks to Wunderkind PR, she's sending one guest from the US home with a copy of Love and Miss Communication. We hope you'll be able to put down your phones and get off your computers for a while so you can spend some time with Evie. (I'm currently reading this novel and have been laughing out loud.)


Celebrities to be on the lookout for: 
Tina Fey and Sheryl Sandberg because they are both accomplished and amazing and Evie would love them. Emma Stone, because she would play Evie in the movie so she could shadow her for the night.

Check out Evie's style:
Evie's not really a fashionista - she's pretty grounded and practical so I'm giving her a little black dress and classic heels.


What you'll be eating:
Nothing from the menu of her ex-boyfriend Jack's restaurant.

Do you have restraint?
The theme of the party is "no technology." In honor of Evie's year off from the internet, everyone has to leave their cell phones in a bowl upon entry. Guests have to actually talk to each other without checking Instagram every two minutes.

Need some party decor ideas?
Well, I don't want to give any spoilers away, but let's just say Evie knows a thing or two about style. The party will be very elegant. White flowers, silver accents.

Stick around for this!
Sam, Evie's grandma's beau, will be doing stand-up.

Thanks to Elyssa for hosting a fabulous party and to Wunderkind PR for sharing her book with our readers.

~Introduction by Melissa Amster

Don't forget to check out the International Chick Lit Month blog to see which authors have stopped by to celebrate!

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21 comments:

Janine said...

I honestly don't think I could give up any technology. It's the only link I have to to communicate with people.

Patricia said...

That's easy--cellphone, no question, have done it without difficulty.

Bonnie Franks said...

I could give up my tablet. Not my phone which I always swore I wouldn't need or use. :)

susieqlaw said...

I could possibly temporarily give up my kindle. I have lots of print copy books to read.

Rhonda J G said...

Everything....lived without before!

traveler said...

I would give up my cell phone. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

cpr040304 said...

My cell phone is practically attached to me, but I would be willing to live without it really in exchange of a stress-free life.

Holly said...

Maybe my iPad?

Jessica Meddick said...

I could give up twitter.

Ruth Lyons Mazur said...

I would give up Twitter.

jpetroroy said...

My computer.

Anonymous said...

I could do with out a phone easily. Hate cell phones and rarely use one. Linda White frogz60@hotmail.com

Anita Yancey said...

I could give up my cell phone, I don't really use it much anyway. Thanks for having the giveaway.

ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

bn100 said...

social media

Anonymous said...

Vera Wilson said,

I don't use twitter or books on kindle. But could also give up cell phone or cable tv.

snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

Book Blogging Mom said...

I think I could give up Facebook

AiringMyLaundry said...

I could give up Twitter if I had to. It would be a tad difficult, but I do think I could manage.

Bridget O'Neill said...

Probably my iPad!

Bonnie K. said...

I don't have a smartphone; so, I would probably be ok without my basic phone for a few days such as at a B & B where there's no cell service. It would be hard to not use a computer for a couple of days, but I have done so and survived. It takes a lot of catching up.

bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

Birdhouse Books said...

I use Twitter more for work than personal communication, so I could give it up if needed.

Linda Kish said...

I could give up my kindle. I still prefer real books anyway.