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Monday, December 8, 2008

Early Birds Blog Tour of Flirting with Forty and GIVEAWAY!!!

I was intending on doing this review this afternoon when I got home from picking up my son from school. Once I got there, I found out he was a brand new daddy...of an eight grade sex ed baby. Named Vladimir. Anyway...now I'm back and lets begin.

Got a giveaway posted at the bottom of this post. :)

If you want to learn more about the lovely Jane Porter...do check out her website and blog:

Jane Porter


If you want a peek into what Flirting with Forty is about...check it here:












About the book:
He got the second home and the Porsche. She got the kids and a broken heart. Now Jackie, post-divorce and heading toward the big four-oh, is on vacation in sunny Hawaii and staring down her upcoming birthday-alone. But not for long. She's soon falling for Kai, her gorgeous, much younger surf instructor, and the wild passionate fling they have becomes the biggest surprise of Jackie's life.

Back home in Seattle, Jackie has to struggle with single parenthood...and memories of Kai. He hasn't forgotten her. Yet thousands of miles of ocean-not to mention an age difference that feels even wider-separate them. And, of course, her friends disapprove. When a choice must be made, can she, will she risk everything for her chance at happiness?


My review: When I read the description...I had to have this book. Let me say...I loved it. :) Being a former single mom, I could definitely relate to part of Jackie's dilemma. You want to be a good mom, but you also need to not just let your life slip away. There is no crime in being happy. Though I was a single mom with no real parental involvement from the other half...I kind of envied her ability to even go to Hawaii. :) I just don't know anyone who can do that.

Jane captures much of the vulnerability that so many of us women have felt in our lives as single women, single moms, even married women. Sometimes our desire to be happy is beaten down by what we need to get done. Often we cannot live in the moment, because of fears. It was touching, seeing Jackie reach out for a happy life, a love life and a balanced life. She learns to find joy in all things. She learns to find happiness and not just in a man but in life.

There are things that Jackie does that I would not do...NOW. That is because I have been where Jackie has been. I am now happier on the other side. :)

I really enjoyed this book more and more as I got into it. I liked that sex was involved, but it wasn't about heaving body parts or remotely graphic. I felt for Jackie through a lot of her emotions. It has definite highs and lows. It is not entirely realistic, but then again...it is.

Now tomorrow Lifetime will premier Flirting with Forty starring Heather Locklear. I can tell you this...I'll be watching. I hope you will too.

Now onto the contest! I am pretty stoked because I have a fabulous giveaway thanks to Miriam of the Hachette Book Group.

What am I giving away? Three copies of Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter courtesy of the Hachette Book Group.

And a special grand prize possibility for the extra mile entries which contains a four pack of Jane's books: Mrs. Perfect, Odd Mom Out, Flirting with Forty and The Frog Prince. Again all of these are courtesy of Hachette Book Group. The grand prize will also include a pretty cool spa package I set up as well. I have been blogging about having a little spa viewing party of Lifetime's premier of Flirting with Forty, and I put together an additional package I call Spa Spoil Me for the grand prize winner which contains:
--Studio Voltaire Paris Suitcase (adorable paper, hatbox style--so cute I am having trouble giving it up)

--Aroma Eye Pillow scented with lavender
--Get Fresh Travel Gift Set
-- Caswell - Massey Almond & Aloe Eye Pads.

Who is eligible and how to win:
Hachette will ship to the US and Canada but no P.O. Boxes.
How to win one of the three Flirting with Forty Books:
Simply comment and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. That will give you one entry.

Any additional thing you do will give you an entry into the grand prize draw as well as an additional entry for Flirting with Forty.

Here are your options:

1: Blog about this contest and come back to tell me here with a link to the blog. One Entry.
2. Tweet about this contest come back and post about that with your user name. One Entry
3. Watch Flirting with Forty tomorrow night on Lifetime and come back and tell me what you though. One Entry
4. Yesterday I posted about other blogs that are hosting reviews and giveaways. You will get an additional entry for each one you visit and comment on. Come back and let me know who you visited. Possible 27 additional entries. If you go that far...YOU DESERVE THIS. :)

Make sure you post a new comment for everything you do and include your email. Do one thing or do them all...whatever you do...have some fun! :)

I will pick all winners on December 18 and contact those winners via email on December 19th.

PS...I will try to take a picture of the Spa Spoil Me package as soon as I can and post it here.

EDIT: Here are those pics....






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80 comments:

Sunny said...

Well it's about time, girl! Of course sign me up!!

(I'll have to come back later for my extra entries, though.)

Danica/Dream said...

I'm so glad you're doing this. I love Jane and her books! The movie comes out tomorrow night on Lifetime. I'm working, though. :(

kalea_kane said...

Sunny girl! Make sure you check back for the extra entries, because the Spa package is CUTE. I will have to get a pic up tomorrow. Thanks for dropping by!

Anonymous said...

Sounds excellent. I'd love a chance.

anglepii(at)aol(dot)com

jpkittie said...

would love a chance!!!

thank you

jpkittie315 at hotmail.com

The Tome Traveller said...

No need to enter me, just stopping by on the tour! Thanks for visiting me, too!

Cammie said...

well now....I think Congrats are in order seeing as you have a new sex ed grandson! LOL

Bridget said...

I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter the contest.

Nicole said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by! I'm alsways up for a contest and a good book. That is if I can find the time to read it!

Katie Says So said...

Wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog! I was having one of those meltdown kind of days when I wrote that post, "Just like a prayer"...so thanks again, the feedback was much appreciated!!! =)

Anonymous said...

Totally count me in!!!!!!

trysmilin(at)aol(dot)com

Theresa N. said...

This sounds fabulous please sign me up.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Leslie said...

I have been reading such great things about the book and the movie. Please add my name to the giveaway.

lgladnick AT cox DOT net

Wrighty - said...

Great new blog and what a beautiful family you are! I think all women should wear their wedding dress every chance they get. Why not? It would be fun and all that money for only one day is such a waste.

It's 2:00 a.m. and I just finished watching the rerun of Flirting With Forty. I normally don't like to watch the movie before I've read the book but it couldn't be helped this time and it looked good. And it was! Of course the actors are gorgeous so that doesn't hurt. Heather Locklear wears a bikini. She's beautiful but that's not realistic! When the little boy told his mother that he just wanted her to be happy I melted. The kids were adorable. I really look forward to reading the book now. As a special note, there are outtakes at the end of the movie so watch it all if you like those. I'll be back to add more entries. Thanks for your contest!

Wrighty - said...

I just added your contest to my blog. I forgot to put the correct email address on the last post too.

5wrights1@verizon.net
www.wrightysreads.blogspot.com

Sue A. said...

I'm loving the blog tour! I've hit the tour at least twice.
I'd love an entry, but I missed the movie. I hope they re-run it sometime soon.

Stephanie said...

This sounds like a great read!

daq_17 at hotmail dot com

darbyscloset said...

Hey I use to live in Hawaii and I never met this man!!! Great show!
Of course when I lived there I was not "flirting with forty"!!!
Thanks and I'll post again!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

darbyscloset said...

Okay, I'm back and this is my entry to let you know I am interested!
Thanks again!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Dee said...

i am so in! Thanks for the chance!

twoofakind868@aol.com

The Giveaway Diva said...

ooo i'd lvoe to be entered!!
and i went to so many of the other blogs too!! ahha so i hope i win this!!

The Giveaway Diva said...

http://twitter.com/thegiveawaydiva

i twittered! =)

michelle said...

please enter me into your great contest!!

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melly said...

wow so generous of you! i'd love to be entered!!

swt_babe321(at)hotmail.com

mommaof4wife2r said...

so fun! thx for stopping by my blog today!

Melinda said...

Please enter me! The movie was great

joy said...

I'd love to win
~Joy
mjharvey26 at yahoo dot com

Jenna said...

I would like to give this to my mom. I think she would have a good time with it. Thanks!

kathemc said...

Would love to win these!
kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com

The Giveaway Diva said...

I really enjoyed the movie! heather was great! if the book is anything like the movie then it should be an awesome read!! thanks soo much!!

Michelle said...

I watched the movie and i really enjoyed it! i hope i win this now after watching it!!

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

kate said...

wow this looks like an awesome book please sign me up to win this amazing book!

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

kate said...

I also managed to catch the movie and i must say that it was a great one! i really enjoyed it!!

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

The Giveaway Diva said...

so far i have made a comment on:
S. Krishna's Books
My Friend Amy
Bermudaonion's Weblog
Book Critiques
The Tome Traveller
The Printed Page
A Bookworm's World
Books,Movies and Chinese Food
Literarily
Booking Mama

I've done more but i'll come back and put down what other one's i have done...i made comments under the name thegiveawaydiva which links to my blog and i have also made comments using my real name Nicole

Melly said...

just wanted to come back to let you know that i did watch the movie last night with a bunch of friends and we all loved it! thanks sooo much!!

swt_babe321(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cheri2628 said...

I haven't read any of Jane Porter's books yet, but I have heard so many good reviews lately of her books. I am adding her books to my TBB list, and I would love to start by winning a book here!

castings{at]mindspring[dot]com

Sunny said...

Ok I'm back! I had signed up for some of the others but had to go back and find out which ones. :)

I signed up for:
My Friend Amy
Books, Movies, and Chinese Food
At Home With Books
A Novel Menagerie

and maybe more...if I find them I'll come back and leave another comment.

That spa packages is super cute!!

Oh and thanks for the tag! I'll let you know when I get mine posted. I have a feeling it wont be tonight with the wild bunch home (and hubby isnt).

dolls123 said...

Looks like a great movie

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]ner

AmandaSue said...

I so wish I had lifetime because this movie looks great! And the book sounds fantastic too! Thanks for entering me.

Renee G said...

I would love to treat myself with a good book and a little tlc.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Great review and giveaway Kelly! :)

Wendi

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Just added a link to your review on my review of Flirting! ;) Wendi

Gwendolyn B. said...

I'd like in on this -- I'll get to work on those multiple entries! Thanks for the chance.
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Kaye said...

The movie was awesome! Heather did a wonderful job, she's such a good actress. Sign me up for the contest please
florida982002@yahoo dot com

I also wanted to thank you for coming over to visit and commenting on Talk of the Town. i hope you caught the Maria Murnane review. I will be interviewing her this week or next and she is giving away a copy of her book.

Marigold said...

I'd love to be signed up! Thanks!

boldnessbe(at)Gmail(dot)com

Anya said...

Sounds great. Count me in.

Dina said...

I really enjoyed the movie, thought it was done very well.

Dina

dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Giveaway Diva said...

I'm back!
I made comments or entered on these blogs:

Cheryl's book nook
cidnys love of books
Books By TJ Baff
B&b Ex Libris
Marjolein Book Blog
Bookopolis
A Novel Menagerie
Wendi's Book Corner
The Book Czar
The Book Girl
A Circle of Books
Books In Every Room
A Blog of Books for You
Book Ahoy!
Wendi's Book Corner


most of them are under thegiveawaydiva but some are made under my real name Nicole!

Whew i just realized i have so many entries in this!! hope i win!!

Katelin said...

i commented on books ahoy's blog

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kate said...

and i commented on at home with book's post!

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ginny said...

Looks like a good book!

Michelle said...

i commented on
at home with books post

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melly said...

just wanted to let you know i commented on at home with books post!

swt_babe321@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

i commented on my friend Amy's Blog

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Michelle said...

i left a comment on books movies and chinese food!!

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

bison61 said...

great! please sign my name to your giveaway

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Kate said...

i made a comment over at a bookworm's world

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Katelin said...

i commented on the tome traveller's weblog, the printed page and booking mama

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

katelin said...

i commmented on bookopolis' post!!

glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Patty Farnsley said...

I loooooved the movie !!!

Jennifer said...

I would love to win this! I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the entry!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Nicky said...

i would love to be entered!! thnaks so much!!

glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicky said...

i commented on books ahoy blog!

glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicky said...

i loved the ending of the movie it was so sweet and I didn't expect it!

glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melly said...

i commented on books ahoy blog!

swt_babe321(at)hotmail(dot)com

Stacie said...

Awesome! Please count me in!

stacie_vaughan (at) hotmail (dot) com

Michelle said...

i commented on a circle of books post!

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Michelle said...

i commented on the book girl's posting

papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicky said...

i thought the movie was really really good! it has a sweet ending!

glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicky said...

i commented on bookopolis' blog post

glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicky said...

i commented on B&b ex libris' blog post


glamorchick_007(at)hotmail(dot)com

cdziuba said...

It's soooo nice of you to have this giveaway! cdziuba@aol.com

Nicole said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kate said...

i commented on book critiques post!!

thanks so much for the chance to win! i'd love to!!

glittergurl04(at)hotmail.com

Sarah said...

Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity. I could use a good read for my "me time"

abcdbanda said...

what a great giveaway! thanks
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Luck Happens said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I just turned 40 - so much for flirting.

kellifrobinson2 AT gmail DOT com

Luck Happens said...

I promoted your giveaway on Luck Happens: http://www.luck-happens.com/december-17.html.

ChristyJan said...

What a great giveaway! Please enter me.

hawkes(at)citlink.net

tigger210 said...

Wow! What a great giveaway. I would love to win. Thanks!