Friday, December 05, 2008

Jane Porter "Flirting With Forty" Blog Tour and HUGE Book Giveaway!

In honor of the Lifetime movie premiere of Flirting with Forty starring Heather Locklear, it's time for a Jane Porter blog tour!

And there's a HUGE book giveaway with 5 winners! The grand prize winner will get a set of 4 of Jane's chick lit books - Flirting With Forty, Mrs. Perfect, Odd Mom Out and The Frog Prince. 4 other winners will win a copy of Flirting With Forty.

Mrs. Perfect
Odd Mom Out

Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Winners will be picked Friday, December 12.


He got the second home and the Porsche. She got the kids and a broken heart. Now Jackie, post-divorce and heading toward the big four-oh, is on vacation in sunny Hawaii and staring down her upcoming birthday-alone. But not for long. She's soon falling for Kai, her gorgeous, much younger surf instructor, and the wild passionate fling they have becomes the biggest surprise of Jackie's life.

Back home in Seattle, Jackie has to struggle with single parenthood...and memories of Kai. He hasn't forgotten her. Yet thousands of miles of ocean-not to mention an age difference that feels even wider-separate them. And, of course, her friends disapprove. When a choice must be made, can she, will she risk everything for her chance at happiness?


Click here for a reading guide. And here to see how the origins for the book.


A UCLA grad with an MA in Writing, I am one of those original book geeks, the girl with the coke bottle glasses that sat with a novel next to the classroom door rather than play during recess. I wrote my first story in first grade, my first picture book in second grade and my first novel in 4th, and I've just continued to write from there—bad poetry, passionate essays, romance rich novels and poignant, bittersweet contemporary fiction.

But writing doesn't always come easy to me. I have to work at it. To go below the surface and find the real story in each story, the heart of the novel, the one the reader will hopefully remember long after the story is through. Writing makes me a bit mad which is why I work very hard to have good hair.

When not writing, what do I do for fun? Travel. I don’t know if it's from growing up in a small Central California town, or living abroad with my family when I was 13, but I crave change, travel, adventure. Put me in a car, a ship, a plane and send me off. I subscribe to countless travel magazines, have a library of travel books, and am always interested in where people have been.

Then of course, there are my kids. Being the mom of two boys I watch a lot of sports, and do goofy boy things with them like create slug habitats and nurture baby geckos. It's not the life I expected—I was such a Barbie doll girl—but its full of Tom Sawyer moments that surprise, delight and absolutely exasperate me but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The boys and I live in Bellevue, Washington, six miles from downtown Seattle, and with the plethora of pro sport teams, rugged mountains, coffee houses and bookstores, it's the perfect place for a writer to call home.

Visit Jane's website here.

POSTPONED! Check it out
: Jane will be appearing on the Grand Central Publishing Blog Talk Radio Station on 12/5 at 1PM ET.

55 comments:

  1. No need to enter me - just stopping by on the tour! I really enjoyed the book, but unfortunately do not receive the Lifetime channel. I'm sure the movie will be just as good!

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  2. Oooh these books look great! Please enter me :)

    adw7984 at gmail dot com

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  3. I'd love to enter! I've read a few reviews of her books recently and I have no idea why i haven't read any of the books yet!

    aleareads@gmail dot com

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  4. Phyllis10:02 AM

    What a great contest! Jane Porter books are such fun.
    sunlover at FR

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  5. I'd love to enter. Please contact me either at CozetteM1@aol.com or on PBS as CozSnShine.
    Thank you - the books look great!

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  6. WOW! what a great contest.
    florida982002@yahoo dot com

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  7. Jane is an amazing author! I'm having a movie party tomorrow night to celebrate the premiere. I'm excited about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Happy Holidays!

    zarache AT aol DOT com

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  8. Denise11:10 AM

    Oh, I'd love to win.
    dapowers at hotmail dot com

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  9. stacyl67 pbs11:38 AM

    I haven't read any of Jane Porter's books yet. These look good. Please enter me in the contest.

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  10. This book sounds like a really great read! I'd love to be entered.
    sj3girls AT hotmail DOT com

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  11. Hi! Just stopping by. I have the book and really liked it. Nice job on the Tour.

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  12. Great post! Can't wait for you to read all the books! Good luck on finals!

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  13. I'd love to win this!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Would love a chance to win and thank you for the chance.
    JoanneR from FR
    joannereynolds@sbcglobal.net

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  15. HeatherAndSolo1:40 PM

    Please enter me. I'm on PBS as "HeatherAndSolo." I thought the name of the blog was funny, especially this season. It's what we Jews do on Christmas Day. (Well, the movies and Chinese food for most people; add in the books for those of us who love reading and it's a perfect day.) Basically, everyone's like "What are you doing Xmas day?" Expecting you to reply about your family church-going, present opening, etc. Well, we Heebs don't have much to do that day because everything is closed. The only things usually open are movies and chinese food take outs. So, it's an annual ritual!

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  16. Please enter me, what a great giveaway. Thanks!
    Sararush at hotmail dot com

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  17. I haven't had a chance to read any of Ms. Porter's books. I'm willing to add another author to my must read list, so please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

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  18. Sound like interesting books especially the Frog Prince one. Guess I'm a sucker for "Fairytales" lol.

    Melissa
    forest_rose[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Please enter me!
    vmgucci84 at aol dot com

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  20. Looking forward to the movie, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  21. Hi! Great looking blog! Please enter me because these books look fantastic. PBS: mrs-e

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  22. Please enter me - would love to read the books and look forward to the movie
    Jennifer

    cropinjen at aol dot com

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  23. Theresa4:04 PM

    I'd like to enter the contest-I actually have all her books on my WL at PBS right now!

    Theresa W. aka gimmebooks at PBS.com

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  24. O-O-O Please enter me! I'm so going on a vaca to a nice warm spot after my divorce and finding a nice hunk! I can't wait to watch the movie on Saturday night! ;o)
    Thanks for the chance Deborah!
    Hugs, Andi

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  25. Oh! Please enter me. That's a kick butt giveaway!

    Thanks!!

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  26. Hi, I read your post about this on PBS. I would love to enter!

    thanks ~Wendy

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  27. Saw your giveaway mentioned on Twitter and I'm here to throw my name in the pile! I'm planning on watching the movie Saturday night.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  28. Please enter my name into the draw. I'd love to own these books! Thanks!

    magenta2 red [at] gmail [com]
    (please remove all spaces)

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  29. I've never read anything by Jane Porter! Please sign me up! Thanks!

    kairilily (FrugalReader)

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  30. I didn't know that "Flirting With Forty" was based on the author's life experience. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  31. ConnieJ11:32 PM

    Hi! I am ConnieJ from Frugal Reader. This is a great giveaway. I would be interested in reading these books since I keep seeing the promo for the new movie coming out on Lifetime. Have a great day!:)

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  32. This sounds fun!!

    Michelle
    chellegoodson at gmail dot com

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  33. Anonymous1:58 AM

    I love Jane Porter's books. She writes stories that are interesting and so real. What a great contest--thank you!
    maureensl@hotmail.com

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  34. What a great contest!! Jane Porter has such good books! Please enter me too and thanks so much.

    5wrights1@verizon.net

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  35. Cannot wait to read these, I like the storyline and in the movie the actor is yummy - everytime they play the commercial I think yummo! mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

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  36. I just turned 40 and would love to win! please enter me :)

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  37. Yes, please enter me - bookaddict4life (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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  38. Interesting premise for the book. I'm going to be 40 this summer, I'm a single mom and I went to college in Bellevue! hahahaha So, this is definitely a book I'm interested in reading. I haven't heard of this author before, but reading her bio, I have a feeling we'd get along splendidly! :) Please enter me to win.

    Blessings,
    Mimi B

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

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  39. What a neat idea, Deborah... letting people aware of the whole cool world of blogging and getting them reading good books, too! Please enter me in your contest, I've been searching for books with heroines that are 40 like me AND single moms! I'm NCKristen on PBS. Thanks!! (and thanks for alerting us to this author and the genre... do you know of any more like this?)

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  40. thanks for the chance to win such great books. they all sound great..please enter me..
    wolfie53 at sbcglobal.net or mam2skyjax at Frugal reader

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  41. I love chick-lit and all the covers of her books look like so much fun. Please enter me. I would love to win.
    Donna
    runninmama[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  42. These books look great! Please enter me.

    kyrissaean@live.ca

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  43. I posted earlier when I thought it was open to Canada

    > Jane Porter Giveaway (US and Canada only)

    Please note: I can supply a US address if needed, so I'd still like to be entered if that's okay. Thanks!

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  44. wow those books look awesome! enter me in please!!

    nicolemarielum(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Gonna be a great movie

    luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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  46. I saw part of the movie, but then dozed off (busy day at a bridal shower). I'd love to be entered in the contest...

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  47. Great giveaway! :-) Please enter my name. Thanks!

    castings[at]mindspring[dot]com

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  48. sarahw8:59 PM

    sounds like a great set of books. please enter my name in the draw.
    thanks,
    sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

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  49. Carmen12:33 PM

    Her books looks great. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you.

    carmenalexistsang[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. Lacy K3:31 PM

    I would like to enter! It's lacyckelly at gmail dot com

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  51. Sounds great! Enter me:
    1kimberly@MaryKay.com

    Warmly, K

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  52. Anonymous4:57 PM

    Very nice blog - look forward to reading more of the older entries later tonight.

    Please enter me in the contest. You can contact me on PBS username: keadamna

    Thanks again

    Suzanne

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  53. I watched the movie, "Flirting with Forty" and enjoyed it. Would love to read all her books too...they look like fun reads!
    Please enter me in your giveaway too. Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandy

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  54. Michelle8:20 PM

    watched the movie and it was awesome!! hope i win!!

    papalum(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  55. wow what a great giveaway that you are having! please enter me to win!!

    glittergurl04(at)hotmail(dot)com

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