Thursday, May 28, 2015

Liz and Lisa show us a REAL good time...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Debbie Friedrich

It's not a true blogoversary celebration without the ladies who inspired Chick Lit Central with their fabulous blog, originally known as Chick Lit is Not Dead. Not only are Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke amazing on "screen," even when they're showing their #reallife selves, but they're also sweet, funny, and down-to-earth in person. It's instantly easy to see their camaraderie as long-time best friends. If you haven't had a chance to meet them yet, try to see them when they come to a town near you! (This time around, it's mainly Illinois and California, but if you live in a nearby state and can find a way to see them, you won't regret it!) I got to see them again recently and it was even more fun the second time around.


May 2015

Today, they're here to throw a fabulous party for their latest novel, The Status of All Things, which comes out on Tuesday. According to them, "this book seems like it would relish in the spotlight (provided that lighting was good, of course!)." You might recall that their previous novel, Your Perfect Life, was on my 2014 favorites list. Needless to say, I devoured "Status," and can't wait to share my review with you sometime soon. They have a way with writing surreal stories that make me feel like the situations could actually happen. Not to mention, I'm still convinced that they share one brain. Their writing flows so naturally that you can't tell that two people are behind the story.

One lucky party guest from the US or Canada will go home with a copy of The Status of All Things for their reading enjoyment. They also have a special giveaway going on over at Facebook.

Visit Liz and Lisa at their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Who will you be partying with?
The list of celebs we’d love to see at our STATUS party is endless. But we can tell you Reese Witherspoon would be at the top of it because we have a huge crush on her. We love that she’s delving into the book world and taking wonderful books (like Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive) and making them into fabulous movies. It’s a huge win for all authors!

Where is it being held?
SoCal! Not only are we both from there, both YOUR PERFECT LIFE and THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS are based there. So we like to pay homage in our novels to the place that, no matter where we live, we will always call home. Specifically, we have a favorite rooftop bar in Laguna that sits on top of the La Casa Del Camino hotel where we would host it. It’s casual, yet chic. And the ocean is there as a backdrop.

Prepare to show your true selves...
The theme would be #reallife in honor of our recent campaign to “tell it like it REALLY is” on Facebook and other social media.

Show up thirsty:
We’d invent a drink, for sure! We’d call it the #hashtag! And it would be in honor of Hawaii where the book begins. We’re thinking vodka, more vodka with splashes of pineapple, cranberry and club soda.

Who's on stage?
Bruno Mars is performing, of course! And we’re hoping (since it’s our party) that he’ll pull us up on stage. And maybe hug us. Tightly.

You ALL get a virtual parting gift:
Oh, and the night wouldn’t be complete without a little magic, right? Like Kate in THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS, we’ll be handing out one free Facebook status wish—where you’ll have the power to change your life. But as Kate would probably tell you, use it wisely.

Thanks to Liz and Lisa for visiting with us and sharing their book with our readers.

~Introduction by Melissa Amster

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28 comments:

pascale said...

Something real....I have a bit of an anger issue when driving- wouldnt go as far as road rage, but my daughters make fun of me, and it is embarrassing

susieqlaw said...

I love music and art. Most people do not know that. I can play the piano and do lots of art forms.

Janine said...

Only a few people know this. Well, now everyone knows. I actually have social anxieties. I do ok if I have someone with me who can start conversations, but I fear going places (where people expect to talk) on my own.

Bonnie Franks said...

I still believe that there is such a thing as too much information.

S.Sabia said...

I am NOT a morning person. If any one o my family members tries to talk to me within the first few minutes after I've woken up they will be met with a dirty look and much grunting.

Bonnie K. said...

I'm with Janine. I, too, have anxieties. I'm not good at small talk. I don't like crowds. I do like getting to know people, though, but in a very small gathering away from crowds. I do better when I have someone with me that is an extrovert and can keep the conversation going. I'm happy to sit and listen and will occasionally say a few things. If I have to go somewhere where there is a large crowd, I try very hard to be on the outside where I can make my escape if I have to.

bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

Suzanne said...

#reallife - I'm not perfect, far from it. I'm a full time working mom with a husband who travels (a lot) and two kids. I don't always get it right, and it took me years to figure out that that is ok. I wish I had more patience, and didn't get as frustrated with my kids with the little things. I need to remind myself to enjoy life - all of it.

LettyB said...

I also have social anxiety in certain situations. I can be a bit shy and quiet, and public speaking absolutely terrifies me!! Oh! And I love music and books!! :-)

Laurice McClung said...

I really love to eat.

cpr040304 said...

I'm good in small groups and become overwhelmed in large crowds. My mind is going a thousand miles a minute, but I become mute no words come out. Quite embarrassing. I admire those that can start up a conversation with a complete stranger.

traveler said...

I am invisible to many and am overlooked by too many. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessica Meddick said...

Something real- umm I suffer from a lot of anxiety. I'm constantly worried about getting into an accident or a loved one getting into an accident. Pretty much everything I do always comes with a little worrying thanks to my anxiety.

LISA STEINKE said...

We love all of your comments. That's what #reallife is all about. Thank you for your honesty and for wanting to read STATUS! Xo

Holly said...

I love a quiet night at home.

Linda Kish said...

I also have social anxiety disorder but, unlike Bonnie, I can do the small talk. I just can't do the personal stuff. I don't open up to people, especially in a group situation. I will clam up and shrink off into a corner. This I can do because it's not in person.

bn100 said...

like to garden

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I have a salt & pepper shaker collection with probably over 100 sets. Yikes!

Christi said...

My house is a crazy, messy, disaster zone. With an eight year old and four year old I can't keep the Legos off the floor or decide which precious art projects need to stay and which need to head out with the recycling. Too Much Stuff!!!

Loved Your Perfect Life and even passed it along to my BFF from high school when I was done. Can't wait for The Status of All Things!

monsterhead01(at)comcast(dot)net

Melanie Backus said...

I have three precious grands that I see most every day and I probably have one of the most unusual names my grandchildren call me......Mau!

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Grandma Cootie said...

I am Pepe to my nieces, Grandma Cootie to my grandkids, and Gigi to my great-grandkids.

Erica said...

I have 7 animals. Pretty insane at my house.

Patricia said...

I really should get up and clean the kitchen, but I'm going to finish my book instead. #reallife

Hailey Fish said...

Something real about me: As I've told Melissa A here, I'm high functioning autistic (non-verbal learning disabled: meaning you have to show me how to do something, not tell me and expect me to do it right, especially on the first try). I have two best friends Cristi and Allie and only they, besides my family, know the real me! When I'm in large groups of people, I get really anxious because I'm afraid of doing something society may call as "acting weird" which is why I'm only extremely comfortable with my girls, my family and my boyfriend. I have a face, we know it as "resting b***h face" but I don't mean it. It just means I'm uncomfortable and don't want to say the wrong or bad thing. I think that's as real as I can get. I said this b***h because I wasn't sure if my comment would get deleted in case swearing isn't allowed. See, this is me being weird. SO there you have it. :)

Kimberly V said...

I love anything made with almonds.

Laura McNeill said...

I NEED coffee to start my day! At least I believe that I do!

Bridget O'Neill said...

I haven't spoken to my father in months, and I haven't seen him in over a year.

Rhonda J G said...

I am afraid to die! Drowning or suffocating would be awful! Too real but there it is....��

Margie said...

I love to read, knit, and take walks.