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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!

Copy Alexis Bledel’s Bold Lip Look

alexis+bledel Copy Alexis Bledels Bold Lip LookI envy the way Alexis Bledel pulls off a bold lip. So using some of my new favorite products from mark, I set out to replicate the look.

The video is a little on the long side (did you know that long-winded is my middle name?) but there’s a surprise at the end.

Hang in there for a sneak peek at an amazing 3-in-1 lip product from Avon (to be released later this summer.

Products featured in video:

* mark Get In Line Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Hook Up (available June 2009)

* mark Lip Exotics Lip Lacquer Hook Up ( in Fever)

* Kaia 3-In-1 Sustainable Bamboo Cleansing Cloths (I remove the lipgloss with one)

* Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand (available July 2009)



For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

Welcome Back, Stila…We’ve Missed You!

stila+appreciate+lip+gloss Welcome Back, Stila...Weve Missed You!

Drumroll, please…Stila is back in business, y’all!

To thank loyal Stila girls everywhere for their dedication and support, Stila’s new owner, Lynn Tilton, is spreading the love around…in the form of the Stila Appreciation 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss, free with a purchase of $25 or more. Enter APPRECIATE at checkout.

Welcome back, Stila family!!! And thanks for the gratis gloss!

Stila Family Welcome Back, Stila...Weve Missed You!

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Avon SpectraColor Lipstick

avon+spectracolor+lipstick Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Avon SpectraColor LipstickAvon‘s soon to be released (June 2009) SpectraColor Lipstick is everything I was hoping L’Oreal HIP Color Presso would be.

SpectraColor Lipstick is seven shades of lip color packed into one sleek, innovative package. Created for the woman who loves to change her look from demure to dramatic, this is the first lipstick that lets you click to seven shades of perfection.

SpectraColor Liptick holds a light and dark version of your favorite shade in side-by-side chambers with a full spectrum of hues in between. The seven shade range allows you to create just the right look for any mood – just twist the dial and slide on the shine!

Formulated with Vitamins A, C, and E, this lightweight, high-shine formula delivers beautiful color that lasts for hours, is never sticky and won’t bleed.

Available in 10 shades, the possibilities are endless with SpectraColor Lipstick.

Shades: The Berries, The Browns, The Caramels, The Lilacs, The Nudes, The Peaches, The Pinks, The Raisins, The Roses, and The Wines.


For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

If You Are What You Eat…

josie+maran+plumping+lip+gloss If You Are What You Eat...
If you are what you eat, then I guess you can call me Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss. Instead of irritants or stimulants which cause lips to temporarily swell, this gloss relies on gentle but effective marine collagen to pump-up pouts for lasting results. Available in six shimmery shades (if you buy one, make it Freedom – a sheer golden rose), Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss has a dulce de leche flavor that’s lip smacking delicious!

Every time I put it on, I get the urge to just lick it all off. And when I do (which is quite often), I don’t have to worry about what I‘m ingesting – because the gloss is formulated with organic and natural ingredients (including Josie’s signature ingredient, 100% pure organic Argan oil) and doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, or phthalates.

Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss is available at select Sephora stores, sephora.com and josiemarancosmetics.com.

Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PURE

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PURELancôme invents its first true lip gloss from nature, Juicy Tubes PURE, Premium Unique Raw Elements.

The formula has 95% natural origin ingredients and 100% natural origin flavors. Formulated with naturally-derived oils and shea butter (it’s also paraben free!), Juicy Tubes PURE provide high shine color and great comfort on the lips. Fans of the original Juicy Tubes will find this formula less sticky.

Limited edition Juicy Tubes PURE are inspired by images in nature and the environmentally friendly carton is 100% recyclable material – a Lancôme first!

lancome+juicy+tubes+pure Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PUREFour shades (Strawberry Patch, Red Peppermint, Wild Berry and Lavender Zen) are exclusive to Sephora. The other six (Rose Water, Ginger Root, Sweet Soy, Rose Nectar, Bare Honey and Cherry Tree) can be found at all Lancôme counters, boutiques and lancome-usa.com.

Lancôme’s new blog is giving away a full set of all ten PURE glosses in honor of Earth Day. Click here to enter the giveaway. Contest ends Friday, April 24, 2009.

Check out Amber’s natural product pick of the day over at Beauty Blogging Junkie!

Bobbi Brown Summer 2009: Nautical Collection

bobbi+brown+nautical+collection Bobbi Brown Summer 2009: Nautical Collection“I love sheer colors for summer- they’re wearable, easy and look goodon everyone.”- Bobbi Brown

This May, Bobbi Brown introduces her Nautical Collection.

Featuring two new products, Sheer Color Lip Gloss and Sheer Color Cheek Tint, the collection is inspired by easy, natural summer beauty.

Available in six shades (Sheer Raspberry, Sheer Mauve, Sheer Lilac, Sheer Coral, Sheer Pink, Sheer Blackberry), Bobbi’s new Sheer Color Cheek Tint gives cheeks a sheer tint of natural-looking color. The translucent, lightweight formula glides on smooth and blends evenly onto skin and comes in a swivel stick for convenient and easy application.

Sheer Color Lip Gloss is the newest addition to Bobbi’s Lip Gloss collection. Super sheer, this gloss has a see-through finish that makes it easy for any woman to wear. Available in four punchy shades (Marina Pink, Cabana Coral, Sailor, Popsicle), this is a limited-edition item for summer.

In May, both products will be available at Bobbi Brown counters and bobbibrown.com. The Sheer Color Cheek Tint retails for $22 and the Sheer Color Lip Gloss for $20.

bobbi+brown+sheer+color+cheek+tint Bobbi Brown Summer 2009: Nautical Collection

bobbi+brown+sheer+color+lip+gloss Bobbi Brown Summer 2009: Nautical Collection

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss: Like Hot Butter On Your Breakfast Toast

Chanel+Aqualumiere+Gloss Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss: Like Hot Butter On Your Breakfast ToastI’ve been on a bit of a lipgloss bender, lately. Just yesterday, I applied Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss seven times. No, I didn’t have somewhere speical to go. And no, I wasn’t attempting to seduce Mr. Spoiled Pretty (who, btw, wouldn’t notice my lipgloss unless it was smeared across my face).

I’m all OCD about Aqualumiere because it looks luxurious, fells sublime (no stickiness!), and applies like hot butter on breakfast toast. Despite being a lipgloss, it packs quite a punch in the pigment department…and its brush has got to be the softest lipgloss applicator ever.

Check out my Aqualumiere swatches from Chanel’s new Côte d’Azur collection. They’ve all been placed in heavy rotation, because I can’t decide which one is my favorite.

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