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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sisterly Giveaway - The Smart One and The Pretty One by Clair LaZebnik

Sisterly love (and hate) abounds in Claire LaZebnik's new novel, "The Smart One and The Pretty One."


When Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend's son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years. Now that still-single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once "engaged" to the Markowitz boy. But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava's prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to Los Angeles where she stumbles across the decades-old document.

Frustrated and embarrassed by Ava's constant lectures about financial responsibility (all because she's in a little debt. Okay, a lot of debt), Lauren decides to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister's childhood fiancé. When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice-divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to re-enter the Nickerson sisters' lives, and always-accountable Ava is forced to consider just how binding a contract really is . . .

About the Author:

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV writer husband and four children. She is the author of the novels "Knitting Under the Influence" and "Same As It Never Was." She is also co-author of "Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life."

Check out her blog at http://www.clairelazebnik.com/

Rules of the Giveaway:

I am thrilled to be offered the chance to host a giveaway for this marvelous book. Miram Parker of Hachette Book Group has graciously offered five (5) copies of "The Smart One and The Pretty One.”

I'm going to make it simple to enter and win! As an only child, I’ve always been fascinated with the bond between sisters. Leave me a comment on what your favorite sisterly activity is, along with your email address (so I can find ya!).

For an extra entry, become a follower of my blog, and let me know in your comment!

Offer good for those in the U.S. or in Canada. (sorry, other folks!)

No. P.O. Boxes, please!
The entrys for this giveaway will be taken until October 15th. The winners will be posted on October 16th!
A review of this fine book will be posted here soon. Keep an eye out for it!


Nicole said...

My favorite thing to do with my sister is shopping!

Laura Fabiani said...

My favorite thing to do with my sister is Nia! I am a follower.

Sheila Deeth said...

I always wanted a sister - not an only though; I've got brothers. I have a sister-in-law, and sitting chatting about our dreams and our kids in an evening is a huge favorite of mine. Doesn't happen often though. Living on different continents is a bit of a problem.

Still, the book sounds fun, even for the sister-less.

I follow.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Andi said...

My favorite thing to do with my sister Debbie is watch funny movies and laugh so hard our stomachs hurt and popcorn is usually being spit out of our mouth . . . Liar/Liar is our fave. Thanks for the chance.

Andi said...

I am a follower, Andi

Book Bird Dog said...

My sister and I have good food and Bailey's on the rocks while listening to lively music.

I'm already a follower.

harvee44 at yahoo dot com

edmontonjb said...

My favorite sisterly activity is remembering our cildhood.

Jo-Jo said...

One of the last fun memories of my sister was of the two of us eating Doritos together. I know its odd, but before she passed away in April, we indulged in several bags of Doritos in her hospice room. Good memories!
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

holdenj said...

No sister here, but with my bff, longtime life friend, I always think it's great we can speak our minds (and agree to disagree) and remain buddies. I love the premise of this book, thanks for the chance to win!

Laura's Reviews said...

I have two wonderful younger sisters. I think some of my best memories are when I got my license and job in high school and would take them each separately out to dinner and to a movie for some sister bonding time. They also both used to visit me in the U.P. while I was in college, which was a lot of fun.

I love to read books about sisters, and would love to be a part of this contest. My email address is laarlt78 (at) hotmail (dot) com. I am a new follower of this blog.


Renee said...

I don't have a sister but I love to talk books with my BFF's!!!! Is there anything better??!!

XOXO~ Renee

robin_titan said...

I'd really love to read this book! I'm also really fascinated with sisterly relationships. I have two sisters but really it's as if I have one because my half sister and I don't really speak to each other much since we live so far away and we didn't grow up together. It's not the same. With my older sister, the one I grew up with, I spend TONS of time with. We have a really close bond and sure we have our ups and downs but I don't know what I'd do without her. :) My favorite thing to do with my sister is talk about movies and go watch them together. We have pretty much the same taste in movies and if she sees one she loves and thinks I'll love (or won't) she'll tell me about it and we'll watch it together and vise versa :)


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

I'm now a follower = +1

Comment = +1

I'm the oldest of 4 girls. My sisters (and my Mom) have lots of fun shopping together, but since we're all married but one, really anytime we get to spend together is special.

BTW, I love your blog design...it's too cute!

~ Lori


Marian said...

When my little brother was five years old, I'd tell him scary stories about bears and wolves that only came to his room when it was dark.

It was mean, but in my defense he'd lie awake and then come to my room and I'd make a fort out of pillows. :)

You could say that telling him stories is still my favorite thing, except now I write down the stories and call them manuscripts.

Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

Renee said...

Woops forgot to add in my post that I am a follower! Thanks!

XOXO~ Renee

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Keep those great comments coming! I'm loving hearing about all the sistery love!

Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

I hate to shop.
My sister's middle name is Chanel.

I love going out to lunch.
My sister doesn't eat.

I love the theater.
She would rather nap.

I love to play sports with my boys.
She plays dress up with her little girl.

I'm a writer.
She's a lawyer.

The one thing we love to do together? Talk about books. We'll meet at a bookstore, grab coffee, and walk around and talk about the books we've read, stories about authors, and dealings in the publishing industry. Books bring us together.

APSkap (at) comcast (dot) net

Brenda said...

My favorite sister time is always having the time to sit and reminice about our childhood, we always find that we don't remember the same things, or don't remember them the same way.....
Funny the things that stick in your head!

dancealert at aol dot com

virginiebarbeau said...

I've been wanting to read this for awhile so thanks for the chance :) At our ages now, my sister and I enjoy shopping together. It's one thing we have in common :D

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Okeedokee - The Winners for this giveaway are:

Alison's Book Marks
Shelia Deeth

You ladies please contact me with your mailing addresses and your book will soon be there!

Thank you everyone for entering. The names were picked by Random.org.

Alison said...