#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt + Interview

Other than my grand prize giveaway which will happen tomorrow this is my final book giveaway and author interview for BIR2010.

Welcome to Author Lindsey Leavitt!

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Could I go Back to the Future? Because I already have all three movies memorized, and I think I would make a nice addition to the cast.

If not, past because I’m a know-it-all and I would love to drop things. Electricity? Oh, it’s really rather simple, Thomas. Flight? Here, allow me, Orville.

Not that I understand how these marvels work, but I could bring the E-F encyclopedia to help.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
1. My husband. I would say my whole family, but I have little girls, and I wouldn’t want them to get hurt. Plus, I’ve bathed them after beach trips, and it isn’t fun. My husband could take care of himself/fan me with a palm frond.
2. A fridge that doesn’t need to be plugged in and fills with whatever goodies I want
3. An airplane? With a pilot who doubles as a butler? And if I can’t have that, then radio coconuts.
Oh, and fourth. A eternal-battery computer. Because island survival with cute husband and magical fridge makes for a great memoir.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Mind reading, hands down. Mind reading that I can turn off though, so I don’t cheat on tests and don’t know what the other driver is really thinking when I accidentally cut them off. But I DID always want to know what boys were thinking… er, particularly about me. And if I were in combat with Mr. Super Jump Man or something, I could always know what his next move was. Actually, it’s probably safe to guess Mr. Super Jump Man’s next move would involve, you know, jumping, so never mind on that one.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cake. Pie. Cookies. Breakfast is the only meal you can justify eating sugar (Because, seriously, donuts? Not much different, folks)

Is there anything you need in order to write?
I need a writing tool, preferably a computer. And rewards. I usually eat a piece of chocolate with diet pepsi whenever I meet a chapter or revision goal. I can go into sugar shock during a tight deadline, but having that little piece of candy on my desk motivates me, even when nothing else does.

Night owl, or early bird?
NIGHT OWL. I get my best writing done late at night, and I’m always a zombie in the morning. Oh. Those two things may be correlated.

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt:

When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you

a) run

b) faint

c) say Yes!

For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C–that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off–and you know she would want you to change his mind?

In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.


THE ROYAL TREATMENT, sequel to PRINCESS FOR HIRE, will be out May 3, 2011

Coming March 1, 2011 from Bloomsbury

Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas, it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really noticed him before.

Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.
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Book Giveaway:
1 Copy of Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Open to US & Canada
Last day to enter is 12/31/10
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