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GFY Giveaway: GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp


This one sounds excellent! (Starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and everything!) I can’t wait to read it myself:

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Per Amazon:

Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist come vividly to life in this sensual and exquisitely written novel, a dazzling departure into historical fiction by the acclaimed novelist Dawn Tripp.

This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine.

In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O’Keeffe’s work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O’Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz’s sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation.

Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others are saying about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in.

A breathtaking work of the imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman, her search for love and artistic freedom, the sacrifices she will face, and the bold vision that will make her a legend.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winner at random. There will be TEN OF YOU for this one, which is very exciting! To keep it fun, please tell us with which artist, living or dead, you’d most like to have a passionate affair. (Feel free to define “artist” however you chose.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.  (Prizing courtesy of Random House. Open to US and Canadian mailing addresses only. Thank you!)

 

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GFY Giveaway: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure


I’m so excited to give away two copies of this book to you guys today. The cover is, I think, so gorgeous — and, fun fact, it was actually designed by Liz Casal, who also did the cover of our first YA book, Spoiled.

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THE PRIZE: We have two copies up for grabs today. What’s THIS RAGING LIGHT about? I can tell you!

Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”… from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren.  Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart.”

Now is not the time for level-headed Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Messy, inconvenient love is my very favorite kind. I think you guys are going to enjoy this book very much.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winner at random. To keep it fun, and because this book is so much about siblings, please post which set of famous siblings are your favorite. (In Hollywood, I think mine are currently The Brothers Hemsworth, but I do enjoy the works of The Brothers Wilson, and of course, who doesn’t enjoy the old Hollywood feud between Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland?)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.  (Prizing courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers. Open to US mailing addresses only. Thank you!)

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GFY Giveaway: Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime


Very excited that our giveaways are back! And you guys love a well-costumed period piece where murders are solved!

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THE PRIZE:  One of you will win either a DVD or Blu-Ray (you choose!) of Partners In Crime. Want more info? I CAN DO THAT:

After decades of the much-loved Poirot and Marple adaptations, Agatha Christie’s delightful detective duo, Tommy & Tuppence, return to TV starring Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine and Britain’s Got Talent’s David Walliams. Set in 1950s Britain, these gorgeously produced mysteries are jam-packed with period atmosphere and playful banter between Agatha Christie’s crime-fighting couple, which were her favorite novels to write.

Agatha Christie’s charming crime-solvers Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are an ordinary married couple living in 1950s Britain at the start of the Cold War. Sometimes bickering but always sweet on each other, they find themselves knee-deep in danger when they stumble into spy craft and end up being rather good at it. In The Secret Adversary, they search for a missing woman and a recording that could unmask a Soviet hit man. In N or M?, they must discover which person at a seaside guesthouse has stolen a nuclear bomb. Each thrilling adventure abounds with humor, international espionage, visual flair, and chic period fashion.

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

Includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the show and the costume design (89 min.) an interview with Clarke Peters (25 min.) and a photo gallery.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winner at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and tell us which actor or actress with whom you’d most like to be in a marriage/crime-solving partnership. I pick Chris Evans!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.  (Prizing courtesy of AcornTV. Open to US and Canada mailing addresses only. Thank you!)

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GFY Giveaway: Sisters Prize Pack


Hey guys! Happy to have a new giveaway this week — one of the few non-book giveaways of the year.

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This giveaway is thanks to the folks behind Sisters, the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy, which they’re describing thusly: “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house.  Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. ”

THE PRIZE:  One of you will win, as pictured above:

  • ban.do Giant Gem Speaker
  • SISTERS Sweatshirt, T-shirt, and party cup
  • $25 Fandango gift card to see the SISTERS in theaters

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and tell us which celebrity you’d most like to adopt as your own sister. (You don’t have to REPLACE your current sibling if you have one. I, for instance, do not want to trade in my own sister. But I might like Cate Blanchett to swan in and boss us both around while looking crazy and amazing.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.  (Prizing courtesy of Universal Pictures. Open to US and Canada mailing addresses only. Prize value $125 each. Thank you!)

In case you haven’t seen the trailer, I’ve embedded it after the jump. Good luck!

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Well Played: Heidi Klum in Zac Posen


Please reacquaint yourself with what Heidi Klum wore to the Emmys — a Fug Nation Least Favorite Of All Time, methinks — because even if you are lukewarm on any aspects of this, it’s impossible not to give her an A++++++ by grading on that curve:

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Although I personally don’t have any reservations. This is such a massive upgrade in everything from color to elegance to accessories. It’s like trading in a VW van full of stolen plutonium for a Ferrari that’s paid off completely and yours to keep.

[Photo: Getty]

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GFY Giveaway: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series Three


YAY! This is a giveaway I think Fug Nation is REALLY going to be excited about. We are pleased to bring you, thanks to our friends at Acorn TV — which, FYI, streams A LOT of British TV of the People In Great Costumes With Problems variety — the following delight:
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THE PRIZE: We have one set of Blue-ray or DVDs (winner’s choice) of season three of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which is a wonderful confection of a mystery, full of great costumes and the most terrific heroine. I love this quote from star Essie Davis, from a great interview over at tellyspotting, “Phryne Fisher is the female answer to James Bond, Indiana Jones or a combination of both. She’s an incredibly independent woman from the 1920′s, who was born in poverty and inherited great wealth. She’s incredibly skilled, she lives life to the fullest and is a woman who never wants to get married but loves life and loves men. She’s an advocate for women’s rights and the rights of the less privileged in the world and she’s got a knack for sleuthing and finding out ‘whodunit’. She’s both a mystery and a bit of a romp.” She is also the best.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and tell us your favorite festive beverage — Phryne enjoys a tipple.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US and Canadian residents only. (Prizing provided by Acorn TV. Thank you!)

 

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GFY Giveaway: 700 Nimes Road by Catherine Opie


And giveaways are BACK! This is a good one for all of you who (a) are into Elizabeth Taylor, (b) like to see the inside of people’s homes, or, best of all, (c) both. You can get a sense of the inside photos in the slideshow above.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Per Amazon:

The renowned photographer Catherine Opie takes on a challenging documentary project– an “indirect portrait” of Elizabeth Taylor through her home and possessions [...] Opie was inspired by the possibilities this project offered–recalling William Eggleston’s series on Elvis Presley’s Graceland, or her own photographs of Obama’s 2008 inauguration, both of which represent indirect portraits of their subjects. The images in this moving collection were culled from photos Opie took over the course of six months, both on the grounds of and inside Taylor’s home. The subjects are wildly diverse–a dog-eared remote control manual, close-ups of Taylor’s enormous closets, shelves of tchotchkes and priceless works of art–telling more about Taylor’s life than any “celebrity” portrait ever could. Through Opie’s thoughtful curation, Taylor’s home tells a poignant story and reveals the arc of a fascinating life.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and tell us which iconic Elizabeth Taylor look (actual, or Taylor-esque) you’d most like to steal for your own closet. You might think I’d pick a caftan and bejeweled turban, but I would ACTUALLY pick something from Cleopatra, for maximum drama.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Moday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to US residents only. (Prizing provided by Delmonico Books and Prestel. All images from the book 700 Nimes Road are copyright Catherine Opie, and courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York, and Hong Kong.)

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