Friday, December 5, 2014

Five on Friday - Lesley Kagen

Happy Friday and my apologies for a quiet week. The days are just zipping past me lately and I have a bunch of stuff I need to be sharing with you. I'm going to do my very best to get back on track this weekend, starting with my holiday recommendation post that was supposed to be yesterday. I'll get that up for you tomorrow, it's a fun one for sure.

I also have to take a little minute here to do a celebration dance of sorts. If you've ever actually seen me dance you might suspect I've been badly injured and try to call an ambulance, so let's just pretend dance, o.k? This is my 1500th blog post. Good gracious! Who knew I had it in me? Next month will mark 7 years of this blog. SEVEN YEARS! Craziness! Thanks for being along for the ride. Making new friends has been the best part.

O.k. that's enough pretend dancing. On to other things...

Contests. What's going on with contests. Let's see:

My wonderful friends at TLC Book Tours have a contest going on on their Facebook page...a bunch of delectable bookish loot in this one.

Friday Reads has a great giveaway for Civil War/history buffs. It's a photography book called Houses of Civil War America. It sounds pretty fascinating to me, actually.

Criminal Element has a "What is War Good For" sweepstakes package you can win. I'm sensing a war theme here...kind of odd for the holiday season. Hmmmmm....

Well thank goodness for Lesa! She's a bit more in the holiday spirit with a Cleo Coyle Holiday Giveaway this week.

And our special guest today has a contest going on to win a copy of her new book AND an iPad Mini. So don't miss this one.

And now it's time to introduce an incredibly talented woman I'm delighted is joining us today. Lesley Kagen had an amazing path to her writing career. She worked in radio, in tv and restaurants! Oh and her most important job, of course, is mother. It wasn't until her children left that she began seriously writing.

Her debut novel, Whistling in the Dark, took a little while to find an agent who loved it, but now it's in its sixteenth printing. Whistling introduced her much loved O'Malley sisters, Sally and Troo. And this month brings the publication of Lesley's sixth novel, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. If you're familiar with Lesley's work, you're likely as excited as I am for this new book. If you haven't read her work before, I encourage you to check it out. I especially adored the audiobook of Good Graces that Lesley narrated herself.

Because I am fortunate to worth with Lesley through her website, I know how busy she is with this book release and it's unpredictability. So I'm ever so grateful she could take some time out for a Five on Friday chat. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Lesley Kagen!

1. The # 1 item on my bucket list right now is taking my g-babies to Disney World. Nothing quite as wonderful and hilarious as the look on their little faces when they bump into Mickey for the first time.

2. The best gift I ever received, other than my children, was my first horse. I fainted.

3. One thing that I have no tolerance for is entitled folk. I can barely stop myself from punching them in the bread box.

4. If I won the lottery tomorrow, the first thing I would do is start planning how I would go about surprising the hell out of deserving people with gifts. (I have this fantasy to be John Beresford Tipton from The Millionaire.) How fun would that be!

5. The most daring thing I've done to date is move to Hollywood without a job when I was in my mid-twenties. I had this foolish idea that I'd be "discovered" like Lana Turner, even though I do not fill out a sweater the way she did. The only discovering that was done was that the ice cream at Schwab's Drugstore was awesome.

I think I would volunteer to help Lesley on her Millionaire re-enactment! You can learn a little more about Lesley in this interview at Huffington Post that ran the other day. Plus, as I know, you can check out her website, her Facebook Page and her Twitter account. Lesley's also been blogging, so you can follow along with her at her Yellow Umbrella blog as well.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful Lesley and to everyone for stopping by today. Have a grand weekend and happy reading!


mm December 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM  

I found my reading way to Leslie Kagen when I read "Whistling in the Dark" - I was hooked after the first page. Sally and Troo grabbed me and took me back to my childhood and didn't let go - even when I finished the book and then the sequel. I quickly read my way through all of Leslie's books and waited impatiently for MORE. I you haven't read "Whistling in the Dark" or any of her other books then you are in for a treat and I envy you because I am back to impatiently waiting for her next story as I have just finished "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing."

BethFishReads December 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM  

Fun! I love that she fainted at getting a horse.

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