Fug File: Freaky Fug Friday

Freaky Fug Friday: Fugitive Colors: A Novel

It does not escape me that this week’s prize has the word “fug” within its title, but I swear that’s just a coincidence. This week’s prize is called Fugitive Colors, and I think you will enjoy it, and you will understand why when you read the description below (caveat: I have not yet read it myself, but I’m looking forward to starting it). Bonus, the cover is cool:

What is it about? What an excellent question! Behold:

Hitler’s War begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant-garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to let this happen. An accidental spy, an idealistic American artist Julian Klein leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s. Upon arriving in the City of Light,  Julian meets a young German artist, Felix von Bredow, whose larger-than-life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him. The trio quickly becomes best friends, inseparable, until two women get in the way — the immensely talented artist Adrienne, Rene’s girlfriend with whom Julian secretly falls in love, and the stunning artist’s model Charlotte, a prostitute-cum-muse, who manages to bring great men to their knees.

Artistic and romantic jealousies abound, as the characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. Felix returns to Berlin, where his father, a blue-blooded Nazi is instrumental in creating the master plan to destroy Germany’s modern artists, and seeks his son’s help. Bolstered by vengeance, Felix will lure his friends to Germany, an ill-fated move which will forever change their lives.”

THE TASK: I will pick the winner from the comments by random draw. But to keep it fun, please comment and let us know what your secret spy name would be, should you need to go undercover.

THE PRIZE: Three autographed copies of the above! (Um, for three people. Not three copies for ONE person. SYNTAX.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. 



Freaky Fug Friday: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

So, those of you who follow us on Twitter know that I have started watching the most charming Australian TV show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. As I believe I said there, if you enjoy FABULOUS HATS and GREAT COSTUMES and MURDER and SASSINESS, you will like it. It’s like if Murder She Wrote were set in ’20s Australia and starred a fabulously dressed flapper with loads of money who has simmering chemistry with a dreamy police inspector but who also decided, while that was percolating, to sleep with a different hot dude every week. It is very refreshing to watch a show where the glamorous, feisty heroine basically does whatever she wants, and what she wants is to solve mysteries and wear amazing hats and make out with hot dudes and generally be awesome. (Linda Holmes at NPR did a great interview with Essie Davis, the star.) I believe the appropriate word for the entire endeavor is “fizzy.” Like champagne. Anyway, the nice people at Acorn have given us the complete DVD or BlueRay collection (your choice) of season one and season two to give away today, and I am delighted, because I think it will be right up your street. (The show is also streaming on Acorn TV, which, and I know this is relevant to MANY of your interests, also has a TON of other British/Australian television; Season one is also on Netflix.)


Seriously, you guys: the costumes are beyond. AND THEREFORE:

THE TASK: I will pick the winner from the comments by random draw. But to keep it fun, please share in which historical time period YOU would most like to be a sassy detective with an unlimited wardrobe budget and a variety of hot suitors.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. US and Canada residents only — I’m sorry, international readers! I’m going to do one of these that’s open to everyone soon. GOOD LUCK!


Freaky Fug Friday: The Engagements and LOVE Necklace

Hey guys! Another Friday, another giveaway — and we’re very excited about this one! In honor of the paperback release of J Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements, which we gave out last summer in hardback, and which I LOVE (it was probably my favorite book that I read all last summer), we’re giving away both a prize pack that includes a signed copy of the paperback, and this gorgeous Marissa Alperin LOVE necklace:

The deets: It’s one of the designer’s best-selling necklaces, a 18kt yellow gold-plated silver with cubic zirconia piece, and the chain is quite ample at 16 inches long. Here’s another look:

It’s really lovely (no pun intended), and it would lovely on you.

As for the other part of the giveaway, I adored this book. What’s it about? Behold:

The bestselling author of Maine returns with an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan “A Diamond is Forever,” and four unique marriages that will test how true—or not—those words might be. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years, but their son’s messy divorce has put them at rare odds; James, a beleaguered paramedic, has spent most of his marriage haunted by his wife’s family’s expectations; Delphine has thrown caution to the wind and left a peaceful French life for an exciting but rocky romance in America; and Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As the stories connect to each other and to Frances’s legacy in surprising ways, The Engagements explores the complicated ins and outs of relationships, then, now, and forever.

It’s just so good. It’s the perfect book to read by the pool and then clutch to your chest when you’re done because you loved it so much. It has everything: Love! Advertising! French people! Diamonds! I love a sprawling romantic tale, and this is a grand one.

THE TASK: I will pick the winner from the comments by random draw. But to keep it fun, please comment with the two celebs whom you most hope announce their surprising engagement this summer.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday (given that Monday is a holiday in the United States). GOOD LUCK!


Freaky Fug Friday: BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia

VERY excited about today’s giveaway, in part because it was pitched to me using the words, “Agatha Christie” and “Jessica Fletcher.” I believe my response was, “YOU HAD ME AT JESSICA FLETCHER.” I love Jessica Fletcher so much I want to put her in our new book, except we’d get sued and also that would be weird and our editor would be like, “um. You guys have lost it.” ANYWAY.

THE TASK: I will pick the winners at random, but to keep it fun (and topical), let’s name the mystery series that will star Blake Lively, solving crimes wearing the above awesome coat.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.

THE PRIZE: We’ve got FIVE (5) copies of BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia. Behold! Per Amazon:

“A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous crime, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee. Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra’s stars disappears—from room 712. Is it a prank, or has murder struck the Bellweather once again? The search for answers entwines a hilariously eccentric cast of characters—conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted.”

I love anything with a creepy hotel and a brassy diva twin and I can’t wait to read it. Good luck! I hope you win.


Freaky Fug Friday: Jen Doll’s SAVE THE DATE

I never once dreamt I’d have the opportunity to use a photo from Britney and Kevin’s wedding again, much less the one proving that he had his groomsmen wear watching track suits.  BUT IT’S TOPICAL!

THE TASK: Because the prize this week is wedding-themed, as you will soon see, tell us which celebrity wedding (past or future or theoretical) you’d most like to attend. I’ll chose the winners by random draw. I obviously would have liked to attend the Britney/K Fed wedding, as well as the infamous Celine Dion wedding where she rode in on an elephant, and (surely it goes without saying), Kate&Wills. As well as my future marriage to Jon Hamm, which will be a PARTY, I can tell you. But you must pick but one.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.

THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to be giving away three (3) copies of Jen Doll’s awesome new memoir, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, which is awesome and fabulous, and you will love. Per Amazon:

“Weddings. They’re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life—and sometimes not at all—they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend’s friends. There’s the first trip home for a childhood pal’s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There’s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There’s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love. Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another. “

‘Tis the season, too — I was just at a wedding Saturday — so this is both timely and awesome. Good luck!


Freaky Fug Friday: Well Played, Melissa McCarthy

I am basically just delighted to have an excuse to give props to Melissa McCarthy, who looks so cute in this:

Cute dress, well-accessorized, fab lipstick, and great shoes. I basically want to buy everyone a round. But instead,  we are going to give away three books.

THE TASK: We’re all WORN OUT from Fug Madness, and therefore all I ask of you — cue Phantom music – is that you comment with your prediction for who is going to win it this year. I will then choose three winners AT RANDOM, so don’t worry about being correct. It’s just for fun (and also, if you’re right, you’ll be able to PROVE IT).

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.

THE PRIZE: We have three copies of Kirsten Smith’s Trinkets, freshly out in paperback. Per Amazon: “Sixteen-year-old Moe’s Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world’s unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her…and clearly a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has ‘klepto’ written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation. Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout-a more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.” Sounds like a good read, right? Kirsten is fabulous — you may know her work as a screenwriter; she wrote 10 Things I Hate About You and (one of my personal faves) She’s The Man – and I can’t wait to read the book myself. Good luck!