Friday, January 15, 2010

Social Climbers interview and giveaway


Today I have such a special treat for you! Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Beth Dunn, author of Social Climbers. You can read more about this fascinating and elegant lady on her webpage.


Why did you decide to write a novel?
This could be entire blog post! LOL. I was working in my dream job as a publicist in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. BUT, I was pregnant with baby #2, making the same salary as I made when I was 24. So, I asked my Father, "What should I do to make more money? It's embarrassing that Husband makes so much more money than I." To that, my Father replied, "Why don't you write a book, you have some of the most interesting friends and stories I've ever heard." From there it gets more technical but, let's just say....I took my Father's advice. I've always been a Daddy's little girl. When Wyn turned 1, I quit my job, went to Alaska and wrote Social Climbers full time.

In a crazy world of back-stabbing and social climbing, hilarious things are bound to happen. Tell us about what you think is the funniest anecdote in your novel.
When Elizabeth, my heroine, digs through Kitty's gym bag at The Philadelphia Raquet club-because she wants to know what label her dress is.

What is the best book that you have recently read that we should go out and buy right now?
Besides mine? The Overnight Socialite-it is adorable!

What tips can you give to people who are going on a job interview? Write Thank you notes, hand written! Right away. I would not even call someone back for a 2nd interview that did not write me a note. Get excellent references, look your absolute best and be punctual.

Describe your most rewarding philanthropic experience.
I have SO many. Everything from seeing an event packed to the gills and all the decor come together, to seeing the smiles on my sons faces when they raced on the boardwalk in Ocean City to raise money for CHOP. I live for charity work. And I donate books all the time! I just donated to The Junior League of Philadelphia.

How can anyone become a socialite?
This is very simple...read my book. But I also offer 12 tips on my website for free, as well as a free chapter download. You can also look inside on Amazon.com to read more chapters etc.
1.Chose a charity and volunteer your time (even if it is 1 hour a year)
2.Try (I know its hard sometimes) to be gracious, glamorous and give, give, give
3.Call me! I'm the socialite expert on NBC40, I've been on hundreds of radio shows and have been interviewed for several news papers. I also teach etiquette at the Ocean City Yacht Club.


Beth has generously made a copy of her book available to one lucky reader! Get a chance to enter this giveaway by leaving a comment under this entry. Be or become a follower of my blog for a 2nd entry.

Promote this wonderful giveaway on twitter with a reply to @ilovelillymd or facebook for additional entries. It's as easy as using the "Share It" button on the blog. Be sure to let me know what you have done so that I can give you the correct number of giveaways. The giveaway will end on Friday, January 22, 2010. I'll announce the preppy winner on Saturday, January, 23.

If you'd like to buy a copy of Beth's book for a friend, click here. It would make a great gift! Her blog is also among my daily reads. Her posts are always so interesting.

A million thanks to Beth for being such a sweet friend!

xoxo

42 comments:

  1. You are a class act Bethany! And I heart that we have a similar name. Thank you for including me and saying such kind things. That is what I LOVE about the Blob world and what we need in such a time of disaster. xoxo

    SC

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  2. You BOTH are so cute!!!
    (Do not enter me... already have my autographed copy!)

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  3. I now follow you (lovely blog) and have not yet read Beth's book. I'm looking forward to getting to read it soon ;)

    Have a great day!

    Karen B. http://karenbcookingmadeeasy.blogspot.com/

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  4. Do not enter me, I already have a copy, but I adore Beth! I wrote a guest post for her a while back and got to know her better and just adore her! Love the book and it's a hard copy keeper (to go back to for refrence as well! :-) Great interview!

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  5. Me me!!! I am dying to read it and she is quickly becoming my favorite person! I am following too. xx

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  6. Please enter me, as I am embarassed to say that I do not yet have a copy of Beth's book! I will promote the giveaway on twitter!

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  7. Great interview! I adore you both! Please don't enter me! SC was the first item in my shop!! LOVE IT!

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  8. AFter all of this time, I have yet to read Social Climbers!! Naughty, naughty T!!!!

    Please enter me to win, so that I can resolve this problem :) I'm a follower as well, of course!

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  9. I'm a follower now! Would love to win Beth's book! xoxox

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  10. Hi! I'm following your blog and would love to win Social Climbers! Really enjoyed this post too!
    Thanks! :)

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  11. I am a follower, I am commenting, and I am tweeting!
    You are too sweet, and thank Beth for us as well!

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  12. I've wanted to read Beth's book for awhile now!

    xo,
    E

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  13. Just a couple of preppy chick cluckin' away! Great interview. I love Beth!

    Have a great day from the hills and hollers of the Ozarks!!!

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  14. One more thing Bethany- check my blog for a sweet surprise!
    http://thelittlestarcollector.blogspot.com/
    Have a great day!

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  15. Ahhh so you're a Mainliner (said w/proper lockjaw). Where the blood runs pink and green, not blue. No wonder I liked ya right off the bat. Can not wait for my copy to arrive. Luuuv the mink..XXOO

    ps...As soon as you mentioned Rittenhouse Square my mind instantly went to the Rouge burger. I think my appetite may have just returned. Adios piggy flu!

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  16. Definitely want to read, have been following Beth's blog for some time now, Hope I win!!!

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  17. became a follower of your blog as welL!

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  18. ooh I am a follower of your blog and Beth's. I had a roommate once who was forever sneaking peeks at others clothing labels!

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  19. What a fun thing to read this morning. Thank you Bethany and Beth. xoxo

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  20. Love you Bethany and Beth! I also have my own lovely autographed copy :) Just wanted to say hi!

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  21. You all make a great team! I would love a copy of the book! xx

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  22. You two are so sweet! I am following too.

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  23. this sounds great thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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  24. Sounds like a great read, and what a fun interview. :)

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

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  25. What a fabulous interview, Bethany! I absolutely adore the questions you asked - especially "How can anyone become a socialite?" Tres fabulous! I need to pick up this book ASAP!! :)

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  26. this book sounds like so much fun.
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. It sounds like a fun read!

    mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  28. I'd love to read this one!
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  29. So much fun! Loved reading the interview, Love BETH and Love BETHANY! Please enter me! :-) XOXO

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  30. This has been on my amazon wish list for weeks! Please enter me! :)

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  31. Everyone loves a giveaway! And you are the absolute queen... with the absolutely fabulous signature on the bottom. Wasn't that fun to create? I love mine!

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  32. Bethany,
    I would love to win a copy of Beth's book! I'm already a follower and I will tweet about it, too! :)

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  33. I would love to read this book!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I've been meaning to pick up Beth's book; would love to win!

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  35. This sounds like a great book, thanks!

    mattandjen[at]gmail.com

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  36. Sounds like a cute book.

    Nycole
    knycks1@aol.com

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  37. I would love to enter and I'm a follower!

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  38. I would love to become a socialite. Count me in for the book and thank you so much for the interview and hosting of the giveaway.

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  39. Am dying to read this! I'm also a follower of your blog!

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