A fun Fifties Chix giveaway!

Happy “book birthday” to my friend Angela Sage Larsen!  Here she is with her new baby:

Big #3 announcement

Can you tell she’s thrilled?  She’s glowing!  (Even more than usual, that is — Angela is a glowy kind of person, which is just one of the many things I love about her.)

I’m a big fan of Angela and her books.  Not only is she a talented artist, but she also has a clear sense of purpose about her art and her writing, which I admire.  “Strong Girls x Good Books” is her motto.  What’s not to love about that?!

Book 3 FC-3rd Times a charm

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM is the third (duh) in her “Fifties Chix” time travel series.  I’ll let her tell you more about the book (and don’t miss the giveaway at the end!):

Heather:  Imagine you find yourself in an elevator with a movie producer.  You have thirty seconds to pitch the FIFTIES CHIX.  How would you describe the series?

Angela:  I would tell her, first of all, what a big fan I am (of course) and then I would describe FIFTIES CHIX as Back to the Future meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: it’s about 5 girls who time travel from 1955 to present day.

Heather:  Tell me about how you came to write the books.

Angela:  My books and stories always start with characters and then asking “what if…?” I was inspired to write the Fifties Chix series after first drawing and painting five different characters just for fun (although at that point, I wasn’t thinking about writing a story about it, just enjoying drawing). I imagined what typical 1950s “teeny boppers” might be like — one girl obsessed with Hollywood and the movies (who became Judy), one girl who is a talented athlete who loves sports (Beverly), another who is a homemaker who enjoys sewing and cooking (Mary), one girl who is concerned about social issues (Maxine), and a girl who is very artistic and loves to paint (Ann). I imagined how they would act and what they would think–and even how others would perceive them–if they were to be dropped right in present day straight from the 1950s. The question that I’ve been trying to answer for myself by writing the series is ultimately, “What’s ‘better’–the 1950s, which everyone says was a ‘simpler time’, or present day?” I’m just starting to write the fifth and last book and I’m still not sure there’s a clear cut answer!

Heather:  What’s been the biggest surprise along the way?

Angela:  There have been so many; one of the biggest surprises is when I hear about which characters readers identify with. For example, I have readers who are soccer players that identify more with Mary–who likes to be organized and in charge–than with Beverly, who is a star athlete. It’s a happy surprise for me, because it means the characters have more than just one dimension.

 Heather:  You’re in a ’50s malt shop.  What one must-have item would you order?

Angela:  I have a question for you: why do I only get to pick one? 😉 I’d have to choose between a rootbeer float, hot fudge sundae (no nuts), and/or a chocolate shake.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  To enter the giveaway for a copy of THIRD TIME’S A CHARM, leave a comment below telling us what one favorite treat YOU would order at a ’50s malt shop, then sign up for the Fifties Chix fan club by clicking here!  (Make sure and ask your parents’ permission first.)  Giveaway ends at midnight January 23rd; one winner will be chosen at random and announced here on this blog on January 24th.  (US/Canada only, please.)


40 thoughts on “A fun Fifties Chix giveaway!”

  1. I would probably order a root beer float like Angela! I love the fizzy soda and creamy ice cream combination! 🙂

  2. Thanks, Heather! It’s so fun to stop by your blog. You are such a nice hostess (thanks for not even making me take my shoes off, even though they are a little muddy and caked with snow. Did someone say cake? I might like to order that at the malt shop, too…) Just wanted to remind every body (because I really want you to win my new book!!) to join the fan club at http://www.thefiftieschix.com/fan-club/ to be eligible to be in the contest. Loving your comments, just be sure to do the fan club, too. BIG HUGS everybody, including HVF, and happy reading!!

  3. Hmmmm… how about a vanilla milkshake instead of chocolate?? but.. chocolate would also definitely work too!!!

  4. I think I would order an old fashioned chocolate shake extra thick, with lots of whipped cream, but sorry, no cherry. Yum! Now I want one! lol!

  5. I love love love CHOCOLATE. I would have a very chocolates milkshake topped with a lot of whipped cream and a big juicy cherry on top. Sounds good huh?

  6. I love italian soda type things- fruity syrup with soda and cream- it’s *amazing*! These books sound super cool!

  7. I love root beer floats! My favorite desert and it’s so creamy and delicious. Cold too which is the perfect combination. It would be cool to live in the 50s just so I could order that. Old-fashioned deserts are an awesome way to go. 🙂 Not that there’s anything wrong with a choclate chip cookie with potato chips instead of choclate chips. It’s the crunchiest cookie on earth! 🙂

  8. I would order a HUGE brownie sundae! 🙂 By the way, I am sick with the flu, so guess whose 6 books came out! 😉

  9. Definitely vanilla ice cream with cherry soda pop. I’ve always been fascinated with those syrup pumps and other vintage kitchen objects! I was thinking- I let my friends borrow some books lately- specifically wish you were eyre- and at the time when I’m giving them away, I feel really happy. But then I think, “oh I really want to re-read that chapter when Megan arrives in Paris!” And I don’t have the book. I feel selfish, but it’s like losing an old friend!

  10. Lol Anna-I let my friend Cassandra borrow my book Claudia And The Phantom Phone Call and couldn’t wait till I got it back!

  11. I would love to order a extra rich chocolaty malt milkshake with super extra fluffy whipped cream !!!!!!!! You can’t go wrong there with the chocolate. NO cherry though. Those glacier cherries look good but don’t always taste the best : ) I have enjoyed a lovely creamy chocolate milkshake. I think I would have been craving one if I had’t. I can just imagine Emma, Jess, Becca, Megan and Cassidy enjoying themselves at a cafe in the 1950’s sucking through the straws and sitting on red and metal rotating stools. I love this activity, we all have to be so creative. It is so great having an author that has competitions!! I also now have a reading chair in my room !!!! It is so comfy and relaxing, just like reading. Better get back to my book! Bye xxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. Chocolate malt!!!! It would totally have to have a red and white striped straw and a huge dollop of creamy white whipped cream with a plump red cherry on top. I would eat with a piece of cherry pie, flaky crust in all. I can see it now!

  13. I don’t intend on doing the contest but I have to put my two cents in(I love all food) so I would have to say a banana split, I have sady never had one and try sound so good, so banana split with just vanilla ice cream, drenched in homemade hot fudge( my mom makes some and it is to die for), and a huge mountain of homemade whip cream( my dads, ironically enough some of the only homemade things they make). Sounds fun but I don’t know if I would have time to read much( with soccer, musical rehearsals, homework, and history day(I’m a huge history buff))

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