Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book Clubbing (!!!!) and a Giveaway

We just got back from a 2-week-long family driving trip a few days ago (photos to follow soon), and to say I had "issues" getting an Internet connection on some of those days would be a massive understatement... It underscored for me just how attached I am to my computer and my ease of connectivity. You should've seen me sighing in relief when I walked through the door, turned on my destop and was online in seconds--I almost hugged my monitor!

However, on the days I was able to check in (thank you, B&N wifi!), I tried to get caught up on my virtual world and was met with lots of tidbits of good news. The fabulous Nancy J. Parra honored me with a "Meat and Potatoes" award (for blog content that is more than fluff :). Nancy, thank you so much!! Looking forward to passing it along once I've had a chance to catch up! And the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit is growing, and it'll soon include a NEW book club site!! The blog is currently being built, but its launch is one I'm really looking forward to this summer.

Finally, on the subject of book clubs, I got some fabulous news from my editor while we were away: the book club rights to Friday Mornings at Nine just sold to the Doubleday Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club/BOMC2!!!!!!! It'll be the "featured alternate" selection for October--yay!! ;-) Really hoping the book club readers who pick it up will enjoy it. And, because the advanced reading copies are finally here (!!!), I'll draw the name of one commenter from this post on Friday morning* (yeah, at 9am--LOL), and give one signed ARC away!

And how about you? What have you all been doing lately? Anyone in the States have big 4th of July plans? Looking forward to hearing from you!

*July 2nd, 2010


vvb32 reads said...

YAY! congrats! ooo, would love a crack at reading this one from you ;-D

heading up to the redwoods for july 4.
vvb32 at yahoo.com

Melissa said...

Sounds like a good book. I'd love a chance to win. :) If you want to do a giveaway through my Chick Lit Central blog to promote the release this fall, please contact me. I'll be posting this giveaway on my "Winning Wednesday" blog tomorrow.

As for the 4th, I'll be in Chicago visiting family and going to the fireworks by my parents' house. :)


mbamster0720 at gmail.com

Edie Ramer said...

Absolutely fabulous news!!!!! I'm so happy for you. And how cool to get your ARCs.

I've been setting up my website, and making my big plans. It's all good.

Chandra said...

YAY Marilyn! So happy for you! And of course the book clubs chose you :-)

No big plans for the Fourth - family BBQ on Monday with my inlaws and that's about it!

Maria Geraci said...

Yay! This is awesome news :)
As for the 4th, plans are probably go to mass, barbeque, watch fireworks and try to stay cool!

Pamala Knight said...

Hooray! Congratulations Marilyn dear on such a well-deserved accolade. I can't wait to get my copy.

Things will be routinely hectic around these parts--a barbeque, fireworks, maybe a trip to Taste of Chicago....


Judylynn said...

I'm going to a big celebration in a city nearby for the 4th.

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


And I am a follower!

lainey bancroft said...

Doubleday Book Club! Double Delightful! And so deserving.

Go Marilyn!

Hope the family trip was fab. And I so hear ya on the "computer attachment issues" I've been trying to go cold turkey to dull the addiction, but really I think I need a twelve-step program. :0

Marilyn Brant said...

Velvet~thanks!! I've never been to the Redwoods and would love to see them. Hope you have a fabulous time!

Melissa~thanks so much!! I love Chick Lit Central ;-). Talk soon...

Edie~So happy for YOU! Congrats again on your upcoming book release--CATTITUDE!

Chandra~Hey there, sweetie!! So nice to see you here ;). Are you going to be in Orlando???

Maria~Staying cool in FL in summer is no easy task, I've learned! Hope you have a wonderful time!!!

Pamala~thanks, my dear! And YUM--Taste of Chicago! My mouth is watering just thinking about it ;).

Judylynn~thank you!! (You're absolutely entered. :) Hope you'll have fun at the big celebration!

Lainey~LOL! I keep hearing the lyrics to that Doublemint Gum commercial whenever I think of Doubleday: "Double your pleasure, double your fun..." :) As for the computer addiction--I'm so with you! I need a 12-step program and a daily support group...

Pamela Cayne said...

Hooray, hooray, hooray!!! You should go on vacation more often if this is the kind of great news you come back to! And if FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE is anything like ACCORDING TO JANE, I think a lot of book clubs are going to be picking it up!

My holiday plans include pushing through on this book--I'm on the downward slide now and just need to get it finished. Then Nationals. Yes, July is going to be an *awesome* month, indeed!!!

Rain Maiden said...

Congrats Marilyn, will have to check out that up coming blog.

I am gearing up for a road trip from California to Texas then to North Carolina and back. I have bitten off all my finger-nails.

Brett said...

I hope you and the boys had a great time on your trip, Marilyn. Congratulations on the good news! I'm jonesin' to read your next book -- I enjoyed According to Jane a lot!

We're going to a picnic on the 4th with some old friends we haven't seen for a long time. Other than that, just relaxing this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Yay, ARCs have arrived! Can't wait to read the new book :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamela~you are one awesomely motivated writer! I love hearing about how much progress you've made on your newest book--way to go! (And, yeah, July is going to be fun... :)

Rain~WOW!! What a fabulous sounding trip, but that is a LOT of time in the car! Please let me know how it goes--I'll be thinking of you!!

Brett~thank you!! I know you'll have a great time on your picnic (fingers crossed for great weather!), and I'm looking forward to seeing you this summer ;-).

Alita~yay!! I hope you'll like this new one!

Hope you're all having a wonderful day :).

Brittany Roshelle said...

Congratulations!! That's so exciting! We're having a summer bbq for the fourth!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

sounds interesting! I would love to read it!

Robin said...

Woo hoo! That's fantastic news! Congratulations! Those books clubs are very lucky to have you and your book!!

Have a terrific 4th!

Margay said...

Congratulations on all your success, Marilyn! I am so looking forward to reading Friday Mornings at Nine (I am still gushing over According to Jane, so it might be hard to top, but I think you can do it!).

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you, Brittany!! Hope you'll have a wonderful time at your BBQ this weekend!!

BRN2SHOP9~Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll enter your name in the drawing ;).

Robin, thanks, hon!! Wishing you and your family a fabulous 4th as well!

Marilyn Brant said...

Margay!!!! We posted at the same time so I just saw yours :). Thank you SO, SO much. You've been incredibly supportive! I truly hope you'll like the new book, too!

Margay said...

What can I say? When I read something I like, I tend to brag about it, and According to Jane is one of the best books I've read in awhile - and I read a lot!

tonya kappes said...

YEA! I love it that you got picked for a book club!!! YIPPEEE!! Party whistles blowing at the BEACH~YEP! I'm at the beach with NO OIL!!! Yippee!!!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Margay, {{hug!!}}

Tonya~thank you! And HAVE FUN AT THE BEACH!! We just came back from sunny Florida and hope that you're having a great time, too :)

Anonymous said...

I missed this.

OMG again!!1 Congratulations.

Marilyn Brant said...

{{HUGS!!!}} Thanks, Tina!!! :) xo