Monday, July 26, 2010

3 Questions and a Contest

Today’s guest has come a long way since she stopped practicing law. (Yeah, I realize there’s a certain theme in most of my interview subjects. Smiley) Please welcome New York Times bestselling author, Carly Phillips!

Hi Carly! You’ve come up with some unique promotional ideas for your books, such as the cookie lips you sent to Kelly Ripa. What other two personal qualities do you attribute to your wild success?

Perseverance and a desire to succeed!

Your latest book, Kiss Me If You Can, comes out today. Do you still get nervous on release days? And please tell us a little about Kiss Me If You Can.

Always. I always get nervous on release day. Smiley KISS ME IF YOU CAN is the first in the Bachelor Blog/Most Eligible Bachelor series. When an online blog teams with a New York City newspaper - with the sole purpose of helping the bachelor in question find the woman of his dreams. The stories are fun, sassy and of course sexy! First up is KISS ME IF YOU CAN:

When jaded crime beat reporter and aspiring mystery writer Sam Cooper ("Coop") stops a jewelry store robbery and is given a ring as a reward, he is labeled a hero and becomes the newest Bachelor in the infamous Bachelor Blog. Lexie Davis is a free spirited web designer with no roots and a love of travel who wants to purchase the ring for her beloved grandmother’s 80th birthday. But as Coop discovers, the ring is stolen property, and when his apartment is vandalized, it becomes obvious someone wants the ring back. As Lexie and Coop team up to uncover the ring’s past, sparks between them fly. Add a cast of secondary characters working to derail the duo’s efforts and drama when Lexie’s unorthodox family history is revealed. When all is said and done, can Lexie overcome her fear of settling down, especially when she discovers Coop wants to write her grandmother’s story as the big break in his burgeoning novelist career?

I really loved writing this story and I hope readers feel the same when they read it!

Next up is LOVE ME IF YOU DARE on August 31, 2010 and it’s a direct sequel to KISS ME.

For those who love bookclubs, please check out the Bookclub I’ll be doing at my
Plotmonkeys blog for KISS ME IF YOU CAN.

On your website, you mention eating lots of jelly beans during the road to publication. I have to know, what is your favorite flavor of jellybean?

I haven’t treated myself to these in years, especially since the candy store in our local mall closed! But that’s easy. I LOVE to mix Strawberry Shortcake and Coconut. YUM!


Okay, Dear Readers, Carly’s latest, Kiss Me If You Can is in bookstores now. Like right this minute. For more info on Carly’s books, check out her website.

Today, we are giving away a copy of Kiss Me, along with her entire Lucky series: Lucky Charm, Lucky Streak and Lucky Break, to one lucky blog reader.

To enter the drawing, please leave a comment stating your favorite flavor of jellybeans. And yeah, it’s okay if you don’t appreciate the bean, but I need an alternate candy suggestion. I have to take my sugar vicariously through y’all. And please, PLEASE, if you comment anonymously, leave a contact e-mail!

Per usual, comments will be closed on Thursday, July 29, at 11AM CDT, and GK will draw a name from his Capt. Rex helmet. The winner will be posted at noon.

Legal Felgercarb:

The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada due to U.S. postal regulations. To the FTC Nazis, Carly has not paid me in lip-shaped cookies or in any other form of legal tender or trade.


  1. Can't help you with the jelly beans because as far as I'm concerned it isn't candy unless it's chocolate! So give me a Dove or Hershey's miniature, dark chocolate preferred but milk chocolate will do, and I'm in heaven. :)

  2. I love the popcorn (so good!!)and watermelon flavored jelly bellies. I have to be careful though or I will eat them until I get sick. :-)

    Congrats on your new release!

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  3. My favourite jelly beans are the red ones. Any red ones, I love them all :-)


  4. The popcorn is great but my favorite jelly bean is 'black licorice'.
    I love Carly's books and look forward to reading this new release.

  5. LOVE Butter popcorn and almost anything jelly belly. totally prefer those over the normal ones. Can't wait to read the new book! - Melissa

  6. i am a fan of most of the fruity jelly bean flavors. buttered popcorn is probably my least favorite flavor.

    if i am going for a candy fix though there is nothing like twizzlers!

    meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Don't really have a favorite, but I can't tolerate the black ones. Stephanie

  8. I prefer Jelly Bellys and I like Strawberry Daiquari. Also want to add I finished reading Kiss Me If You Can the other night and it was great the charters are fun. I don't want to say to much but I enjoyed the book and loved all the charcters

  9. If I have to select a favorite jelly bean, it would be lemon since it's one of the flavors that's truest to taste.

  10. not to take anything away from the bean :) I have to say my weakness is chocolate covered caramels. I will drive through the Canadian snow storms for 'em!

  11. I love the red jelly beans and the green ones these are my favorite! When my kids were little ,they are teens now, I made a plain sugar cookie with a few jelly beans on top they were good.
    Congratulations on your new book it sounds great.
    luvhistoricalromance at gmail dot com

  12. Congrat on the new release, Carly. It's hard to believe a veteran like yourself would get nervous! Your books are so fun to read!

    I like Dr. Pepper jelly beans.


  13. I don't care for jelly beans. But I love hersheys carmel kisses.
    Looking forward to the new book.

  14. Chocolate...jelly beans, cookies, ice cream, other candy, whatever. If it's chocolate, I'm probably a fan.
    (Email in profile.)

  15. Red and pink are my favorites, but they have to be the little ones. Don't like the large size beans. After a bad experience as a child, I can no longer eat the black beans. (Ugh! Don't ask).

  16. I like mixing the chocolate pudding and coconut Jelly Belly's it taste like a Mounds candy bar flavor. I also love to eat the cotton candy jelly beans and they are also the prettiest shad of pink.

  17. Congrats to Carly on the upcoming release.

    I'm not a jelly bean fan, but I love Swedish Fish. I also like other gummy candy and my favorites are the green ones.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  18. Now I need to see if I have any lip-shaped cookie cutters in my vast collection...

    No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  19. I haven't met a jelly bean I didn't like! Thanks for the chance to win!!!


  20. Hmm. Thats a tough one. I guess my favourite flavour would be coconut jellybeans. They taste mm, mm, GOOD! ;D

    Good luck to all the other competitors.

    azngal_123 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. My favorite jelly is by far cinnamon. One year for my birthday my mom bought me a 3 pound bag of them! All cinnamon!

  22. Can't wait to read this. I like lemon and cherry jelly beans
    msboatgal at

  23. I'm now officially hungry for a jelly belly! Thanks, all! And thanks for having me here!

  24. Have to say Watermelon is my favorite. It looks like I am not the only one though. Thanks Carly for all your great books, going to run out and buy the new one as soon as I can!

  25. My favorite is Root Beer and Cotton Candy. Looking forward to reading KISS ME IF YOU CAN.


  26. I live about 45 min. away from the Jelly Belly factory, but I haven't been on the tour (my kids have, though). Interestingly, I like the pina colada flavor. But I'd rather have an Abba Zabba bar any day of the week.


    jhsmail at comcast dot net

  27. I am not a jellybean fan, but since I love chcolate, will choose chocolate as my flavor. LOL.

    Pat L.
    patoct @ yahoo dot com

  28. I love all kinds of candy but especially love JB's - my favorite flavor is licorice.

    Keeping my fingers crossed as I would love to win the Carly prize package.

    Helen L.
    gmapeony @ yahoo dot com

    MICKEY 3214 @ AOL. COM

  30. I haven't eaten jelly beans in many years, but I think my favorite one was cinammon. Give me almost anything chocolate and I'm happy.

    Congrats on your release, and thanks for the chance to win. Good luck to everyone!

  31. I think jelly beans are my favorite candy because--let's hear a boo, hiss, sob--I'm allergic to chocolate!

    Coconut is my favorite.

    Congrats on the release

  32. Congrats on your new release! I guess I will have to be different then any one else because I love the jelly bean every one hates and that is the black jelly beans and the spice ones. Yep I will pick all the black ones out of the bag first! As far as other candy, it would have to be anything chocolate!

  33. Sorry forgot my e-mail


  34. I love jelly beans - especially pina colada, cherry and licorice.

    auntrg at
    Rosie G.

  35. I love my jelly bellys. I love the coffee flavored beans. Yummy. Thanks for making me smile thinking about them.

    bsyb100 at gmail dot com