Guest Blogger….Carly Phillips…contest…

And this is like… wow.  Carly Phillips is at my blog!!! Okay, pull it together…ahem.

Carrying on, turning it over to Carly…

Family.  Can’t live with ‘em … can’t live without them … even if sometimes we’d like to.  KISS ME IF YOU CAN, in stores 7/27, is at its heart, about family.  Let’s face it.  Everyone has family or close friends who are just … somewhat off.  Eccentric.  Okay let’s say it: Odd.

There are the oddball relatives we adore (like my heroine, Lexie, and her Grandma Charlotte, who she loves dearly) and there are the oddball relatives we would rather keep hidden away.  KISS ME IF YOU CAN only brings out the endearing relatives, thank goodness!

Sam Cooper (Coop) saves a jewelry store from a robbery and is given his choice of jewelry as a thank you.  He picks what he thinks/hopes is an inexpensive piece.  Lexie Davis sees the ring on the news and knows immediately it’s a match for her Grandmother’s necklace and sets out to meet Coop – and buy the ring as a surprise for her Grandma’s 80th birthday!  Little do Coop and Lexie know, Grandma Charlotte has a secret past that Coop’s reporter instincts and the resurrection of the jewels threaten to reveal.  What ensues us a light fun romp – but one that leads Lexie to some painful family truths.

For me, there are some fun family secrets in this book too … from the smell of Grandma Charlotte’s apartment, to her best friend Sylvia, and even Sam, I found places to put personal touches.  Nobody will know but me, but it made the writing of this book even more enjoyable.  I don’t have any one quite as quirky as Charlotte and Sylvia, but I do have an oddball relative or two of my own …

What about you? Do YOU have a relative or two you’d like kept hidden? Or one special family member you adore despite their quirks?

Carly Phillips

Contest…everybody who comments will be entered for a $20 GC to Amazon, Borders or B&N (readers choice!).  This contest is for US readers only…thank you!

Note from Shiloh: I’m out of town and will draw/post winners sometime next week. And yes, make sure you read my disclaimer-winner’s name will be posted here, you have to check back to see if you’ve won…yadda yadda yadda… *G*

45 Replies to “Guest Blogger….Carly Phillips…contest…”

  1. Hi Carly, (and Shiloh!)

    I’m really looking forward to this new series – loved the last one (Lucky).

    As for quirky relatives… yeah, I have a few. There’s my 1st cousin who legally changed his name in the 70s in a drug-induced haze to a … ahem… Venutian name. Yes, as in, from Venus. Apparently, not only women are from Venus. His entire family (wife, kids, etc) are all very strange, too.

  2. Thanks for sharing today. Really looking forward to picking it up. Im pretty sure we all have relatives we would like to keep hidden and not acknowledge. In some cases they can be embarrassing enough to not even want to share anonymous stories!

  3. I’m looking forward to the new book. I think every family probably has some relatives they would like to keep hidden. But for the most part they would do anything for you if they could.

  4. Hey Carly, fancy seeing you here. I picked up my copy of the book already. I am gonna wait to read it in Orlando. I am going to hold out as long as I can, since the next book isn’t even close yet. I hope you have a wonderful here, playing in Shiloh’s house. Shiloh, I am going to find you while I am there too.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  5. Crazy family members we want to keep hidden…hmmm…yeah, got a few of those. Let’s just say my family reunion is very interesting, very loud, and fun. While they will seem odd to outsiders they are some of the nicest people I know.

  6. I do have a crazy family member, an uncle, that I like to keep hidden. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, he is actually pretty easy to keep hidden because he has been in and out of prisons and institutions my entire life.

  7. My family has loads of deep dark sekrits we’re not allowed to talk about. Not so much endearing as “holy crap why did you tell me that?!”

    Definitely looking forward to Kiss Me If You Can, Carly! 🙂

  8. YAY! a new series!!!! This looks awesome!! Gotta run out and get my copy this afternoon!

  9. Wow, are you sure this book isn’t about my family….lol. I have some beyond crazy family members and some sleazy scheming family members so Kiss Me If You Can sounds right up my alley….^_^.

  10. I’ve read this book and it is wonderful the charcters are great. As for my family I’m so diffrent from my parents I actually moved away from them as soon as I could.

  11. I’m sure we all have someone we’d like to keep hidden and I think mine will stay that way. 🙂

    Carla, I pre-ordered your book so it should be on it’s way! Woohoo!

  12. I’m looking forward to this new book!
    Most of the relatives I’d like to keep hidden are steps.

  13. I’d love to win the new Carly! Thanks for the contest.

    And Happy Anniversary Shiloh, it’s also my birthday today! July 27 is a good day 🙂

  14. Haha, oddball relatives. Doesn’t everyone have one or two or a handful of those? XD Sounds like a fun read.

  15. Happy Release Day, Carly. We have a couple of weird relatives, but I don’t think it’s possible to contain or hide them.

  16. Hello,

    Congrats on the new book. I do enjoy books that incorporate the main characters relatives. My family has a couple of quirky people in it. I usually like to sit down and chat with them, since there perspective on things can be quite interesting to say the least. Sometimes it even leads to a good debate, which can be fun.

  17. Kiss Me If You Can arrived in my Harlequin shipment and I’m looking forward to sitting down to enjoy it.
    I have quite a few family members with their own little and not so little quirks, but I love them because of this. It just adds to their characters and makes them who they are.

  18. Looks like another CP winner! I too would love to be a winner 8~) Regardless, I’ll read the book as soon as I can and am sure I’ll enjoy it immensely,

  19. I went and bought the book today! I can’t wait to start reading it.

    No one in my family that crazy….just normal family crazy!

  20. If I can’t think of any wacky relatives, does that mean I’m it!?!

  21. I love my family so I wouldn’t want to hide them. But my in-laws? That’s a whole different story. I cringe whenever my family and my husband’s family get together. It’s like night and day. Hubby’s fam is loud, likes to drink – a lot, and every other word out of their mouths is M-F. My family is loud and funny; but not heavy drinkers and don’t swear that much if at all. So yeah, I’d like to keep my in-laws hidden. I love’em but can only take them in small doses.

  22. sounds like my and hubby’s family both. I have some so bad that I say they are mom’s uncles or brothers I don’t even claim them. rofl.
    Sounds like a fantastic read.

  23. I love reading Carly Phillip’s Books, Looking forward to reading KISS ME IF YOU CAN. Grandma Charlotte sounds like my mother-in-law.

  24. I defiantely have some quirky relatives I want to keep hidden. Granted, none have done what Charlotte did!! (I got an ARC of Kiss Me If You Can. LOVED IT! One of my favs of yours!)

  25. Thanks Carly for the teaser to the new book, looking forward to picking it up this weekend.

    Unfortunately my wacky relative was my mom, hard to really appreciate her at the time, but now I look back with loving memories and can laugh at the high jinks, like everyone else did at the time, instead of being mortified half the time.

    One example that stands out was after her mastectomy she had a prosthesis that were made of silicon or something and slipped inside a pocket in her bra. She was big women and often when she got home from a long day of shopping or whatever, she would take the prosthesis out of the bra and set them on the coffee table.

    We lived in a small town of 1500, and my parents were friends of many people there including the Chief of Police. He had come be one afternoon for a visit to chat and her prosthesis was on the table top. She asks him if he wanted to “cop of feel”. They both rolled with laughter and I just left the room shaking my head and wondering how long before college classes started again?

  26. I think this sounds like a great book. I think everyone has some family members they would love to hide from the world. I have a few cousins that sometimes I hope know one knows their kin to me. My Grandmother when she was alive was quite a character you never knew what she would say and at times she could really embarrass you. I would love for her to be her now I wouldn’t care if she embarrassed me or not. She’s been gone for about 4years now and I still miss her so much.

  27. Love your books Carly, have read them all. Looking forward to this one too. Don’t enter me, I am Canadian. Just wanted to say your books are great!
    BTW, my grandma was my biggest fan & I miss her so much. It’s been 4 years since she passed away.

  28. No family member I’d like to keep hidden;I’m big on quirks anyway 🙂

  29. Love the sound of this book.
    I have a very small family(if you don’t count the relatives I don’t even know that live 3000 miles away). Mom, myself, two daughters and the new granddaughter(8 days). And all but my older daughter all live in the same house, believe it or not.
    So no family member I want to keep hidden, but everyone has quirks that everyone who loves them have to either accept or ignore.

  30. Don’t we all have at least one relative like that? Mine is a pervy old grandpa-type (not my actual grandfather). I go out of my way to avoid him at family gatherings.

  31. Oh, Lois I’m glad you can look back now and appreciate her and maybe laugh a bit!

    Marquetta, INLAWS, yes! They would make hysterical characters 😉

    You all rock! This has been fun!

  32. Hi Carly and Shiloh.

    Carly, have been looking forward to this series very much. Good luck to both of your with your newest releases.

  33. I definitely have relatives that I want to hide away…
    My favorite “quirky” relative was my father in law – he was the most wonderful man, and he’s not one i would hide away, and it always made me laugh when he had pickles on the table for every meal 🙂

  34. Sounds like a cute book! Will have to add it to my TBR list… 🙂

  35. congrats on the latest release. Yeah I would have to say I have one or two I definitely would like to hide permantly. 🙂 And there used to be one that I loved despite their oddness or maybe because of it. 🙂

  36. *sigh* I would love to hide my grandparents sometimes. One set is bigoted against white people, the other hates mexicans. As me and my brothers are half/half, I just can’t win. 😛

  37. Yes, I have quite a few relatives I would like to keep hidden….actually disregard their existences for years now. These are some ex-siblings who kicked OUR mother out of their home when she was staying at their places. It’s beyond shameful how they treat her and I refuse to acknowledge blood ties to such horrible people.

  38. I don’t really want to keep my family hidden…but I wouldn’t want to introduce just anyone to my whole family! 😉 I love my family a lot despite, or because of, their craziness!

  39. Oh, I love quirk.

    Without quirk, family get togethers would be no fun.

    Sounds like a great book.

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