Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Giveaway Hop: Click and Interview with Lisa Becker

Click by Lisa Becker

Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds entirely through emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical “B” celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee wades into the shallow end of the dating (cess)pool and endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.
You can follow Lisa on Facebook here
View the Click: An Online Love Story video trailer here
Purchase Click at Amazon here
Purchase Double Click at Amazon here

interview with Blkosiner's Book Blog

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

Renee Greenereluctantly joins her pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles with the story unfolding entirely through emails. 

--How did you get the idea for the story?
My husband and I met online on a popular dating website.  After we married, I was recalling some of the hilarious experiences that I had with both traditional and online dating.  I decided to capture some of them in writing and from there, a novel emerged.   The ultimate goal was to create a fun read for anyone who has ever had a bad date, been in love, been dumped, or is searching for "the one." But, the happy ending is real.  Steve and I have been happily married for 10 years and have two amazing daughters - ages 8 and 6. 

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I most readily identify with Renee.  She and I share a lot of qualities including a self-depreciating sense of humor, fear of flying, motivation in our PR careers and love of baking.  Mark is loosely based on a friend who encouraged me to try online dating.  He’s a terrific guy who is still himself searching for “the one.”   So if you know any nice single girls, let me know.  ;)  But, my favorite character – and the one I would most want to spend time with –  is Shelley.  She’s confident, brash, outrageous and wholly unapologetic for her choices.  She was so fun to write.  Her hilarious habit of giving nicknames to her “man du jour” was inspired by a childhood friend of mine who had a nickname for a guy in college that she admired from across the dorm cafeteria.  She called him Maverick because he looked like Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Much like Shelley, she is a self-confident, gorgeous, lovely gal and it wasn't long before they met and dated for a spell. 

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?

A friend, after seeing the Double Click cover, said, “Can’t wait for part three, Right Click; the story of how Renee becomes a conservative and falls madly in love with a one percenter!"  While I don’t think Renee will become a member of the Tea Party anytime soon, I love the title.  Right Clickis a slow-moving work in progress. 

--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar kind of read, set-up or style)
Many years ago, I read a book called e by Matthew Beaumont which tells the story of a fictitious ad agency vying for a big account, with the story all told in emails.  I thought that narrative style would work really well for the story I wanted to tell about the online dating world.  It was a modern way of storytelling that fit the topic and the times. 

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?

I like to write with the television on in the background.  When I first started writing, I was obsessed with Law & Order reruns.  Now, I can’t seem to get enough of NCIS.  I guess there’s a part of me that likes to see justice served. 

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I’m fortunate to have had a series of wonderful careers outside of writing including being a wife, mom, PR professional, college professor, volunteer and Girl Scout troop leader. 

You can follow Lisa on Facebookhere
View the Click: An Online Love Story video trailerhere
Purchase Click at Amazon here
Purchase Double Click at Amazon here

Lightning round: this or that?

Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate!  I worked at a candy store one summer, a true story of which is detailed in Double Click.  I thought for sure I would tire of chocolate after being encouraged by my boss to try them all.  No such luck!  Again, judging by my figure, I would have been better off in the long run of growing tired of the tasty treats. 

Edward or Jacob?
Neither!  I’m sadly old enough to be their mothers. 

Ebook or paper?
Both!  I resisted a Kindle for a long time but find it surprisingly easy to use.  And you can’t be the convenience.  But I still love the feel of a paper book in my hands. 

Salty or sweet?
Oooh…put them together and you’ve hit gold!

Beach or mountains?
I live in a part of Los Angeles County called Manhattan Beach, less than two miles from the ocean.  I love walking along the strand, looking out over the ocean, searching for dolphins and playing in the sand with my girls. 

Phone call or email?
Phone call.  As much as I enjoy the convenience of email, there’s nothing that beats having a real conversation with someone you love. 

Early bird or night owl?
Neither!  I’m sort of in the middle.  I’d love to wake up at nine and stay up until midnight. 

Messy or neat?
I want to say neat, but I know my husband would say a resounding “Messy!” with that exclamation point at the end. 

Ninjas or pirates?

Ninjas.  I admire their stealth nature.  
Blkosiner's Book Blog Giveaway
Ebook (Kindle, Nook or PDF) of Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click to one winner open internationally
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  1. This sounds super cute! I love that she got the idea from her own online dating experience! How unique! And YAY NINJAS!! ;p Great interview, Brandi! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  2. I love the idea of a book told entirely throgh emails. That sounds like so much fun. I'm in!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the hop & your giveaway and the Book. Sounds great, but not my kind of book so I will leave it for someone else. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the superb giveaway chance.. ;)) Book sounds awesome..and I'm stoked with this hop!

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  6. A book told through emails sounds like so much fun! I love that cover too, thanks for putting this on my radar!


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