2011 Cyber Monday Double Giveaway with Angela Sage Larsen!

November 28th is Cyber Monday (a big online shopping day), and my friend and fellow author Angela Sage Larsen and I have cooked up a double giveaway event in its honor.  We thought that with the holiday season upon us and the release of our books, it would be the perfect time to think about good reads that you can curl up with … with family and friends.

We’ve teamed up to interview each other on our blogs, and offer two randomly selected winners copies of BOTH of our new books:  Angela’s TRAVEL TO TOMORROW and my HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  (Angela will pick one winner and I’ll pick one — U.S. and Canada only, please.)  How double fun is that?!

All you have to do is answer the question that follows my interview with Angela below, then hop on over to the Fifties Chix page and answer the question following Angela’s interview with me.  Easy as pie (which as you all know is my favorite dessert)!  YOU MUST ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IN BOTH SPOTS TO BE ELIGIBLE!!!  (some folks forgot)

If you’re on Facebook, be sure and “like” the Fifties Chix.
(Breaking news:  a mother-daughter book club fan club page is coming soon to Facebook — stay tuned!)

Angela Sage Larsen

Where did the idea for the Fifties Chix come from?

I’ve always loved to tell stories, whether it’s through words or through painting and drawing. I was inspired to write the Fifties Chix series after I was playing around doodling for fun five different 1950s characters–one girl obsessed with Hollywood and the movies; one girl who is a tomboy who loves sports; another who is a homemaker who enjoys sewing and cooking; one girl who is a writer concerned about social issues; and a girl who is very artistic and loves to paint. I imagined how they would act and what they would think–and even how others would perceive them–if they were to be plopped right in present day straight from the 1950s (clothes and attitudes and slang and all). I thought it would be fun and funny, but the more I thought about, the more overwhelming I realized it would seem.

What drew you to write about the ’50s specifically?

I love stuff from the 1950s and many consider it to be a “golden era” in America that will never be seen again. America had come out of World War II and The Great Depression and people were starting to find success and prosperity. It was a time of hope and dreams. In many ways, there was a picture perfect image of the American Dream being lived out. At the same time, there were many issues like women’s rights and racial equality that were coming to a head just below surface. I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the 50s with present day because we all want to fit in–and the 1950s was so much about conformity; and we also all value individuality and uniqueness–which is such a focus today. I thought it would be fascinating to see how these characters in the Fifties Chix went on a quest to find their place within themselves, with each other as friends, and in society.

How about the time travel element?  Where did that come from?

I love movies, books and stories about time travel, but I didn’t really ever expect to write a book (or a series) about it myself! Sometimes I think that there are periods in history that would be much harder to live through day by day, while other times I’m convinced that those same periods were a “simpler” time. I’m intrigued by the questions, If someone lives in a different era, does that make them a different person? Do their circumstances change their values and priorities, for example? Is there really such thing as a “simpler” time? I don’t think so, but I’ll know better by the fifth or subsequent Fifties Chix book!

I know you’re planning to do more books in the series — can you give us a hint about what’s to come?  Do the girls travel to other time periods?

I’m planning *at least* five books in the Fifties Chix series… And I’m currently working on the third book (“Third Time’s a Charm,” clever, right??) and without giving too much away, I’ll just say that three characters time travel to the 1860s era from 1945. So there are at least two more time periods I’m getting to learn about, World War II and the Civil War. The second Fifties Chix book, “Keeping Secrets” is due out at the beginning of 2012.

What were some of your favorite books when you were a tween and teen?

I loved the books you write about in your Mother Daughter Book Club series, like “Little Women,”  and the “Anne of Green Gables” series. I also adored “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” anything by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary (when I was a bit younger) and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books; “A Wrinkle in Time,” was another favorite and “Where the Red Fern Grows” made me bawl like a baby, but I kept rereading it anyway!

Did you have a group of friends like your “chix” when you were growing up?  Are any of your characters based on or inspired by them?

I did and do have friends like the Fifties Chix; many of my friendships growing up (and even as an adult) started with me thinking they weren’t “my type.” Which is really funny; how do you have a “type” of friend?? My friends are very much like the Fifties Chix (and I definitely draw on the varied characteristics of my friends for inspiration), and my friends are just as “mis-matched” as the Fifties Chix. The things that bond us go much deeper than how we look, of course. I have different things in common with different friends. I look at my amazing friends and feel like the richest, most blessed person on the planet! I love exploring and writing about those deep bonds and, to me, that’s the most interesting part of the story (and spoiler alert: what the series is really all about!).

Do you read a lot every day?  If so, is it for work or for fun?

I guess because I love reading so much, I only ever think of it as fun! I wasn’t too much of a history buff when I was in school, but now I’m doing a lot of research for the Fifties Chix series and I love it! So technically, it’s for “work” because it’s part of my job, but it is really fun. I’m always reading at least 3 or 4 books at a time, as well as writing 2 or 3 books at a time.

Thanks, Angela!  It’s been fun visiting with you!  Now for the giveaway question.  To be eligible to win, you’ll need to answer this one in the comment section below, then hop on over to the Fifties Chix page to answer the second one.

If you could travel to any other time period,
where would you travel to and why?


Two entries (U.S. and Canada only, please) will be randomly selected by midnight PST on Monday November 28th.  Check back here on Tuesday the 29th for the names of the winners!


40 thoughts on “2011 Cyber Monday Double Giveaway with Angela Sage Larsen!”

  1. I think that it would be great to travel to the 1970’s. My parents grew up in that period, and even though they tell me storys of when they was growing up, it would be cool to see all that happened through my own eyes!

  2. If i could travel to any time period it would be the stone age because it sounds like a time that would be intristing to study more and we just finished reading about it in History.

  3. I would travel to the ’80s and live where I live now, because I would want to see the change from then until now, I think it would be very fun and interesting! 🙂

  4. Ooh that’s a hard question! I’d probably go to Jane Austen’s time- early ish 1700’s. I am in love with her books (Ive only read P&P but my mom and I are going to read Sense and Senseibilty very soon together!) and the movies… Their dresses are so pretty and… sigh… I just love it all!
    Thanks so much for doing this! I am in love with your books!

  5. I would travel to the Civil War age because I would love to help out in something like the Underground Railroad! I think it would have been a great learning experience to be part of that!

    • Alexandra, I love this time period, too…and actually 3 Fifties Chix characters travel to the Civil War and help some slaves escape in the 3rd Fifties Chix book! 😉 Be sure to hop over to my blog and read Heather’s interview there and answer the question at the end so that you’ll be eligible for our DOUBLE FUN giveaway 🙂

  6. I would want to travel back to 1880s because that is when “Little Town on the Prairie” and “Those Happy Golden Years” by Laura Ingalls Wilder are set. I reread those books about once a year and am continually astounded by the tough life led by the Ingalls family and the courageous things Laura did. I’d love to experience that first-hand — the snowstorms, teaching school at age 15, etc. It’d be hard, but so exciting!

  7. I would love to travel to the time of Pride & Prejudice, Little Women, or Anne of Green Gabels. Everything seems so cozie and traditional and I would love to find a kindred spirit like any of the characters in these books.

  8. I would love to travel back to the Victorian area, around the turn of the century. I think it would be sooo cool to really see how peoplw lived back then and what life was like.

  9. I would travel to either the 1910s or the 1940s. I don’t think I’d actually want to live through those time periods because there was a lot of tough stuff going on (two world wars, to say the least) but I would love to visit as I am really intrigued by the people and customs of those respective eras. The 1950s would be good, too. Hmm, I guess it’s hard to choose!

  10. I would travel to ancient Rome, so I could use my really rusty Latin. I’d have to hang out with a wealthy family, though, so I could have some rudimentary sanitation. Of course, my “time travel uniform” (long black skirt, boots, white blouse and shawl) wouldn’t quite work back then. Maybe they would think I was a Hun.

  11. I would probably to the 1900-1950 period because that is when my grandparents were growing up, getting married and having my parents and I’d love to know more about the history during their youth – how it is different or the same to what I had in the 70’s.

  12. I would go into the 1500s and be on Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world. Though it would be dangerous, I would love being on his ship and being one of his crew. Plus, it would be interesting to see the world as it would’ve been before humans tore down the trees, built cities, and polluted the Earth. I would learn a lot from being on the Trinidad.

  13. I would go to the turn of the 19th century (1900-1910) because a lot of my favorite books have been placed there (including Betsy~Tacy) and it seems like a fun time period and I would fit right in.

  14. I would probably want to go to three different places. First I would like to go to ancient Egypt because my parents were born there l. 2nd when heather was my age to be her BFF. Third the future to see myself grown up I always wonder how I will turn out.

  15. 1900ish turn of the century or the Renessance timeperiod in Italy or when Shakespeare was writing in England, I’d see the Queen and Shakespeare!

  16. I would travel to the 1900-1950’s. why, i have all ways loved the fashion back then and it would be interesting to see technology back then.Or I would be like Doctor Who and travel all time and space.
    -emma jean

  17. With no hesitation, I’d travel to 1906 to attend high school with Betsy Ray and the Crowd! Since reading this series in junior high/high school, I’m fascinated with anything from the time period covered by Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series: 1897-1917.

  18. I would want to travel back to the 60s because life was simple and pure. It sounds like a good time to grow up and just experience life at it’s simplest. Now, the world is just push forward and don’t look back. A hectic world. The 60s sounds simple and more carefree. All about family and friends. I want to try and make my life more like that. 🙂

  19. If i were to travel back in time I would go back to Jane Austen time and I would go there because,I really liked how in the Mother Daughter Bookclub they got to go to England and went to her house. I would like to because, i would like to see how different things are in the United States compares to England back in Jane Austens time that would be so cool!

  20. If I could travel to any time period I would travel to the 1980’s because I hear about all the fashion and hair-do’s and now some of them are coming back. I would want to go see where the fashion started.

  21. oooh hard question! I would love to travel to many time periods but I think I would mostly want to go to the 1930’s. For a research project I had to research the dust bowl(not world war 2) and I was amazed at how many people survived and felt horrible for the people that didn’t. It must have been hard to always have you mouth dry and full of dust!

  22. I would travel to the late 1500s. I would travel there because I would want to meet Queen Elizabeth, the virgin red head. She is my favorite english queen and a good role model to all women and girls. I hope that you like my answer! 🙂

  23. I’d like to go back to the Anne of Green Gables time period becuase the book makes the place sound interesting, but I really would want to live in America during 1945, when America and Japan were at World War II, becuase I’m Japanese-American, and though they were treated TERRIBLY, I wanna go back to that time. Maybe as an American, not a Japanese-American. I’ve read books on this time, how life was and stuff…

  24. hi, i amm a mother with a teenage daughter living in france! if i win the books could be send top an american library friend! i work for the ameriocan library in paris, so i would love to show these books to the children’s librarian here!
    oh,i would love to go back to the twenties and meet the “lost generatioon” here in paris!

  25. If I could travel back in time anywhere, I think I’d choose the American west in the middle to late 1800s. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and all my favorite romances are set in this time period. I’d want to see if I could really make it or not 🙂

    Also, great interview! I hadn’t heard of this new series and I’ve put it on my TBR list 🙂

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