Archive of ‘Giveaway’ category

Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!

lust+loathing+and+a+little+lip+gloss Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!When I’m not writing, I’m reading – and one of my favorite literary genres is chick lit, particularly mysteries. Give me a candy colored book, with a headstrong heroine embroiled in a harebrained whodunit, and I’m a happy gal.

Writing an engaging chick-lit mystery is, undeniably, an art…but author Kyra Davis also has the formula down to a science. In 2005, she released her first book, Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. That summer, while browsing the fiction section of my local Barnes & Noble, the colorful title and cover caught my attention; so I decided to take a chance on an unknown author.

The exploits of protagonist Sophie Katz had me laughing out loud and turning pages at a feverish pace. The story was so entertaining that I bought a book light, to read into the wee hours without disturbing Mr. Spoiled Pretty’s beauty sleep. When the series’ second and third installments (Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights and Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate) hit shelves in 2006 and 2007, I was first in line to snag me some more Sophie.

Next month, the long-awaited fourth book, Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, makes its debut – and I’m so excited, I almost can’t stand it. How did I make it through last summer without Sophie shenanigans?

I’m so keyed up that I needed something to tide me over until the novel’s June 1st release. So I contacted Kyra Davis and proposed a Q&A; and despite her busy schedule, she happily agreed to talk literature and lip gloss.

Enjoy the interview!

Kyra+Davis+photo Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!SP: Give us a teaser about your new book, “Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss.”
KD: Sophie has finally decided that she is ready to make a lifetime commitment to the one she loves…a three bedroom Victorian with a yard. She wants the house so badly she’s willing to deal with the fact that her obnoxious ex-husband is the realtor representing it and she’ll meet all of the seller’s crazy conditions. She’s not dissuaded by the house’s possible dark history or even the accounts by some that it’s haunted. It’s not until people associated with the house start dying that she becomes concerned particularly when she begins to suspect that she herself is a target.

SP: Are you anything like the series’ protagonist, Sophie Katz?
KD:
People always assume that Sophie and I are one of the same but that’s only true in the most superficial way. That is to say that we share the same ethnicity, she lives in San Francisco and I have lived in San Francisco and we’re both authors. But her approach to life is incredibly different than mine. We have different issues and different ways of expressing ourselves and our relationships to our families and partners are about as dissimilar as you can get. And yet I can’t completely disassociate myself. Sophie came from my mind, which means she’s a part of me just as her friends are a part of me. I guess you could say that they are individuals and I’m the composite character.

SP: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
KD:
When I started writing the first Sophie book (Sex, Murder And A Double Latte). I was just messing around at the time I started penning that story. It didn’t occur to me that I might want to publish it until I was about fifty pages into it.

SP: Where do you like to write your books (in bed, a coffee shop, an office)?
KD:
Starbucks. Starbucks is my office and my energy source. It completes me.

SP: Of all the books you’ve published thus far, what was the most difficult one for you to write? Do you have a favorite of them all?
KD:
This last book, Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, is my favorite book so far. Before I wrote that I would have said that Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights was my favorite Sophie book and that So Much For My Happy Ending was my favorite book overall.

On an emotional level So Much For My Happy Ending was the most difficult to write because it was basically a fictionalized memoir. But So Much For My Happy Ending has also been my most rewarding work thanks to the dozens of emails of I’ve gotten from women fresh out of destructive relationships who were inspired by that novel. I’ve even heard from a few women who found the strength to leave abusive relationships that they were currently in after reading So Much For My Happy Ending so that book will always have a special place in my heart.

SP: Is there a genre you haven’t written in yet that you would really like to try?
KD:
FANTASY! I love all those books about witches and vampires. I was able to play with some fantasy elements in Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss by having Sophie buy a house that is believed to be haunted but I had to be very cautious about how I crafted the story so as not to stray too far from the story’s genre. In the end the reader will be able to decide if they think there was ever anything supernatural going on or not.

Kyra+Davis+pic Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!SP: What comes first: the title or the idea?
KD:
Always the idea. If I had my way I’d come up with a title after the whole book was completed but unfortunately the art department at my publishing house needs the title before my editor needs the finished book. Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate is an irritating example of that issue. I had to give the art department a title about six months before my manuscript was due and the result was that the title didn’t fit the novel as much as I would have liked it to.

SP: Do you put friends or relatives in your books? Have any of them recognized themselves?
KD:
I’ve often used friends as a jumping off point for characters. People don’t recognize themselves because by the time the characters are developed they really are their own people. What amuses me is how people who I NEVER thought of while writing the book think a character is based on them. If they like the character I rarely tell them they’re wrong.

SP: How do you come up with the names for your characters?
KD: I’m not good with names. I didn’t even name my own son. I just accepted the first name his dad suggested. So with the exception of Sophie (who is named after my grandmother) my characters get their names from whatever newspaper or magazine happens to be near by. I’ll take the first name of one journalist and the last name of another. If that doesn’t work I drag out the baby name book.

SP: Who is your favorite literary heroine and why?
KD:
At the moment I think it’s Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchett’s YA series. Most men don’t write women well but Pratchett’s the major exception. Tiffany is smart, she takes care of people without ever getting sentimental or in anyway syrupy about it and she’s seriously tough without losing her femininity.

SP: What’s the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
KD:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I had it with me everywhere just so I could sneak in a few pages between errands. I left it at my boyfriend’s apartment one day and as soon as I realized what I’d done I ran to the bookstore and bought myself another copy because I simply couldn’t wait for him to return it to me.

SP: If Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss was made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead role?
KD:
I would LOVE to see Rashida Jones in the role. She does comedy and she projects certain strength. She ethnically ambiguous and…. well, I could go on and on. Rashida if you’re reading this give me a call.

SP: Okay, you know I have to throw in a beauty-related question. Speaking of lip gloss, which ones are your favorites?
KD:
I’m a MAC girl. They have every color you could ever want and an awesome applicator.

SP: Is this the last of the series, or is Sophie just getting warmed up?
KD:
Vows, Vengeance And A Little Black Dress is the Sophie book I’m writing now. Look for it in June 2010.

Kyra and I are so excited about Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss that we’re teaming up to give away five autographed copies!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 31st. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 1st, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

Good luck…and may the lip gloss be with you!

AmorePacific Skincare Giveaway Winners!

amorepacific+kit AmorePacific Skincare Giveaway Winners!

Happy Memorial Day, ladies. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and that you’re taking advantage of the extra day off before we all head back work.

Congrats to the following winners of the AmorePacific giveaway: Kylie Chen, Carol Dziuba, Rozetta Harvey, Leah Juarez, Taj Kattapuram, Colleen Leader, Jill Myrick, Alissa Plaisance, Tiffany Salvia, Justine Wang.

These lucky ladies have won AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials, a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These products are all you need to make your skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant.

If you didn’t win, visit Sephora.com for a free sample of AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel – free with any online purchase. Enter code AMORE at checkout.

And be sure to enter Spoiled Pretty’s giveaway, sponsored by Ms. Pedicure. Click here for your chance to win Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh, the ultimate luxury for reviving and refreshing tired legs and feet!

Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh Giveaway

oh+deer+heels Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh Giveaway

What do these shoes have in common (besides their fabulosity)? They’re bound to do some serious damage on your delicate tootsies.

Everyone knows that fashion can often equal pain, but the hot sandals this season are truly killers. Upon wearing strappy, 6-inch heels, your feet are bound to need some intense TLC. But alas, you spent all your savings on the fab shoes, and have no cash left over for a pedicure – how will your feet ever recover? Enter Ms. Pedicure, the do-it-yourself nail care products that were designed with uncomfortable shoe lovers in mind!

Ms.+Pedicure+Foot+Spahh+Kit Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh GiveawayCut your feet some slack and show them some salon-worthy love at home with the Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh, the ultimate luxury for reviving and refreshing those tired legs and feet. Housed in a reusable tote, this all-inclusive kit packs a punch with everything that a girls needs to repair her damaged and over-worked feet without breaking the bank!

The Foot Spahh kit retails for $12.99, and products include the Smooth Steppin’ Exfoliating Foot Scrub, the Rock n’ Sole Foot Pumice, and the Invigorating Leg Rub.

1. In shower or bath, use my Pumice Stone to rub away rough skin.
2. Next, work my Exfoliating Foot Scrub into feet to smooth and polish.
3. Pat feet dry and massage in the Moisture-Rich Foot Lotion for soft feet.
4. Massage my Invigorating Leg Rub into feet and legs with my Massager to stimulate circulation.
5. Store everything in my reusable Zipper Tote Bag for on-the-go!

This week, Spoiled Pretty is taking pity on your tore-up tootsies and partnering with Ms. Pedicure for a giveaway. Three winners will get pedi-ready for summer with Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Ms. Pedicure Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, May 26th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, May 27th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.

Good luck…and may the most jacked-up feet win!

AmorePacific Skincare Giveaway

amorepacific AmorePacific Skincare GiveawayFor six decades, global skincare brand AmorePacific has been utilizing a holistic approach to health and beauty. Incorporating Asian wisdom that spans centuries, AmorePacific is the first beauty company to harness the power of pure, age-defying Asian botanicals and merge them with cutting-edge skincare technology.

AmorePacific founder Sung-Hwan Suh believed that indigenous Asian botanicals, such as bamboo sap, green tea, and Korean red ginseng hold the secret to overall wellness and healthy skin. His pioneering vision led to the creation of a comprehensive line of skincare products that blend beauty and health with science and nature.

AmorePacific’s devotion to harvesting the best from nature has made this luxury brand a cult favorite among those who want the best care for their skin. Celebrities and makeup artists flock to the AmorePacific’s flagship Beauty Gallery and Spa in SoHo, where their professionals unite time-honored treatments with indigenous Asian botanicals.

Refreshing+Set+Image AmorePacific Skincare GiveawayLucky for you, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with AmorePacific for a giveaway – so you don’t need to live in NYC or be a celeb to experience the luxurious formulas.

Ten readers will win Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials, a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These products are all you need to make your skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant. Winners will receive a kit based on skin type: Normal to Dry Skin ($118 value) or Combination and Oily Skin ($105 value).

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and skin type (normal/dry or combination/oily). The subject line should read “AmorePacific Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 24th. Ten winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 25th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.

Bath & Body Works Giveaway Winners

Winners of The Makeup Show NYC Tickets

the+makeup+show+nyc Winners of The Makeup Show NYC TicketsCongratulations to Paulina Fernandez and Juliana Petitt, winners of Spoiled Pretty’s Makeup Show NYC giveaway!

Paulina and Juliana will each receive two tickets to attend The Makeup Show NYC on May 17 & 18, 2009.

For the fourth time the Makeup Show New York brings the industry together like no other trade event has before. The biggest brands. Top industry exhibitors. Speakers from every area of makeup artistry. New product introductions. Special Pro-only offers. Seminars, forums and hands-on workshops. The best networking opportunity in the business. It’s a must-attend event for anyone involved in the makeup industry. Two days of inspiration, education and community building in the global epicenter of the beauty and entertainment industries – New York City.

If you’re dying to go, but your name isn’t Paulina or Juliana – don’t worry. There’s still time to snag a ticket.

Advance Tickets (advanced ticket sales close at 5pm on Thursday, May 14th)
One Day Ticket: $45
Two Day Ticket: $70

At the Door – If Available
One Day Ticket: $65 (tax is not included)
Two Day Ticket: $85: (tax is not included)

Student Rate tickets are also available online.

Visit The Makeup Show NYC website for additional event information.

Ojon Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner Giveaway!

ojon+Tawaka+Ancient+Tribal+Rejuvenating+Cleanser+and+Conditioner Ojon Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner Giveaway!As trees are budding and tulips are blooming, Ojon thinks it’s the perfect time to tell you a little bit about their favorite flower.

A key ingredient in Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner, Passion Flower oil is rich in vitamin C and calcium and has a high concentration of essential fatty acids, known for their ability to help hydrate and nourish dry hair. When combined with Ojon oil and the antioxidant-rich properties of rare Tawaka cacao, this unique duo cleanses and conditions hair, leaving it soft, silky and manageable.

Formulated without sulfates, colors or parabens, Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner work to combat springtime frizz and flyaways by restoring precious oils hair loses over time.

As April showers give way to beautiful May flowers, I’m teaming up with Ojon to spoil a few of you pretty. Three lucky winners will receive Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner (a $64 value)!

Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser is a a 98% natural, intensively moisturizing, antioxidant-rich and sulfate-free cleansing treatment for the face, body and hair. Formulated for all hair and skin types (particularly dry, damaged, aging skin and hair), this cleanser quickly and thoroughly absorbs into the skin and hair – helping to increase firmness, elasticity and vital hydration, leaving skin and hair feeling velvety-smooth with no oily residue.

Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Conditioner is a unique, in-shower hair, scalp and body conditioning treatment that quickly and thoroughly absorbs into the skin and hair. It helps increase firmness, elasticity and vital hydration, leaving skin and hair feeling velvety-smooth with no oily residue.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Ojon Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 17th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 18th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

Mission Skincare Giveaway Winners

MISSION+Skincare Mission Skincare Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to Hil’Lesha Anderson, Samantha Dycus, Tatjana Koraksic, Sherry Rimbey, and Jacalyn Shou – winners of the MISSION Skincare giveaway!

MISSION Skincare is designed, and has been proven, to meet the specific needs of athletes across all sports. With vital nutrients and antioxidants, MISSION Skincare is the best equipment for your skin, allowing athletes to focus on their sport and maximize their performance.

Many thanks to MISSION Skincare for sponsoring this contest!

Don’t miss out on these other amazing giveaways…and be sure to check back this evening for your next chance to get spoiled pretty.

Free Tickets to The Makeup Show NYC: May 17 & 18

the+makeup+show+nyc Free Tickets to The Makeup Show NYC: May 17 & 18Love makeup and live near NYC? Then this giveaway is for you!

Spoiled Pretty is giving away two tickets to The Makeup Show NYC on May 17 & 18, 2009.

For the fourth time the Makeup Show New York brings the industry together like no other trade event has before. The biggest brands. Top industry exhibitors. Speakers from every area of makeup artistry. New product introductions. Special Pro-only offers. Seminars, forums and hands-on workshops. The best networking opportunity in the business. It’s a must-attend event for anyone involved in the makeup industry. Two days of inspiration, education and community building in the global epicenter of the beauty and entertainment industries – New York City.

Two winners will receive two tickets (for winner plus one guest). Winners may also choose their preferred day to attend (either Sunday or Monday).

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “The Makeup Show NYC Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, May 11th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, May 12th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.

1 17 18 19 20 21 42