BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + Interview

Welcome to Author Elizabeth Eulberg!

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work. She did, however, learn how to play Rachmaninoff’s Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the piano while writing Prom and Prejudice, so she’s not a total slacker.

Interview:

You have a new book Prom & Prejudice coming out – What can you tell us about it?
Prom and Prejudice is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Instead of the English countryside and searching for husbands, my book takes place at a prestigious Connecticut boarding school where the characters are obsessed with prom. It definitely has nods to the original, but has its own twists. If you’re going to retell something (especially a classic like Pride and Prejudice – no pressure!) you have to make it your own.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
iPod – I need to have music around me at all times, I can’t even walk three blocks without listening to my iPod.
Guitar – I’m guessing this desert island doesn’t have an electrical outlet, so I’d have to create my own music once the batteries run out!
Notebook – So I could write.

What is one book everyone should read?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of my favorite novels. It is such a powerful book, and while it is narrated by death, the message you take away from it is hope. If you haven’t read it yet – do it, NOW.

What is the last book you read?
I’m really behind on my to-read pile, but it would be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It was for book group and I can’t believe I never read it before.

What is the last movie you saw?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – I got my Imax tickets weeks ahead of time. Amazing!

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Oddly enough, a friend and I created alter egos for one another years ago. I’m Bionic Betty! (Although I don’t go by Betty!)

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flying – it would make everything so much easier, especially with all the new TSA rules.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
Musician – I still want to be a rock star!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
John Lennon

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Mr. Darcy

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Music!

Night owl, or early bird?
I have my late nights, but usually I’m an early bird.

One food you would never eat?
I’m allergic to melon (I know, random!) so I never eat that.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’d buy a condo and send my parents on a trip.

What do you do in your free time?
What’s this “free time” you are referring to? 😉 I do like to go out with my friends to either dinner or karaoke.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Massages – I get at least one a month.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Okay, this is embarrassing. I’m somewhat obsessed with this show Baggage on the Game Show Network. It is hosted by Jerry Springer (do I need to go on?) and single people reveal their “baggage” to a prospective date. The baggage ranges from small (“I hate dogs”) to big (“I cheat on every girlfriend”). It is insane what people will admit to on television. In watching it I’ve realized that a) there are a lot of messed up people out there and b) my biggest “baggage” is that I watch Baggage! It is so wrong, but yet I can’t turn away.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I always said that I was going to buy myself something from Tiffany’s when I sold my first book and I never did. I’m on my third book, so maybe it is time to correct that!

The Lonely Hearts Club
By Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by Point
Released December 29, 2009
http://www.elizabetheulberg.com/

Love is all you need… or is it? Penny’s about to find out in this wonderful debut.
 
Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It’s a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there’s this certain boy she can’t help but like. . . .

Giveaway Details:
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
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