Saturday, September 10, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A DANIELLE STEEL BEST SELLER GIVEAWAY

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
BY DANIELLE STEEL

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this beguiling new novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom, on the same day, reaches a crucial turning point in life—a rite both bittersweet and full of hope, a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.
 
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

Valerie’s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids.

Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twenty something women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age.

A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration—and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.
   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. To read more about this legendary author, visit her website bio HERE. 

EXCERPT FROM HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
Chapter 1

November first was a day Valerie Wyatt dreaded every year, or at least for the last two decades, since she turned forty. She had successfully staved off the potential ravages of time, and no one who saw her would have guessed that she had turned sixty when she woke up that morning. She had been discreetly shedding years for a while and it was easy to believe her creativity about her age. People magazine had recently said she was fifty-one years old, which was bad enough. Sixty was beyond thinking and she was grateful that everyone seemed to have forgotten the right number. Valerie did everything she could to confuse them. She had had her eyes done for the first time when she turned forty and then again fifteen years later. The results were excellent. She looked rested and fresh, as though she had been on a terrific vacation. She had had the surgery done in L.A. during a summer hiatus. She had also had her neck done when she was fifty, giving her a smooth, youthful neckline with no sag anywhere, and her plastic surgeon agreed that she didn't need a full face-lift. She had great bones, good skin, and the eye and neck work had given her the effect she wanted. Botox shots four times a year added to her youthful looks. Daily exercise and a trainer three times a week kept her long, lean body toned and unmarked by age. If she had wanted to, she could have claimed to be in her forties, but she didn't want to seem ridiculous, and was content to knock nine years off her age. People also knew that she had a thirty-year-old daughter, so she couldn't stretch the truth too far. Fifty-one worked.

It took time, effort, maintenance, and money to maintain her appearance. It served her vanity, but it was also important for her career. Valerie had been the number-one guru of style and gracious living during a thirty-five-year career. She had started as a writer for a decorating magazine when she got out of college, and she had turned it into an intense dedication. She was the high priestess of how to entertain and for everything that went on in the home. She had licensing arrangements for fine linens, furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, exquisite chocolates, and a line of mustards. She had written six books on weddings, decorating, and entertaining and had a show that had among the highest ratings on TV. She had planned three White House weddings when presidential daughters and nieces got married, and her book on weddings had been number one on the New York Times nonfiction list for fifty-seven weeks. Her arch-competitor was Martha Stewart, but Valerie was in a class unto herself, although she'd always had deep respect for her rival. They were the two most important women in their field.

Valerie lived exactly the way she preached. Her Fifth Avenue penthouse, with a sweeping view of Central Park, and an important collection of contemporary art, looked camera ready at all times and so did she. She was obsessed with beauty.
...To finish reading this excerpt, visit the Random House website HERE. 
GIVEAWAY

I HAVE ONE BRAND NEW COPY OF
THIS DANIELLE STEEL CURRENT BEST
SELLER TO GIVE AWAY LATER THIS 
MONTH ON MY  BIRTHDAY 
SO ENTER TODAY TO WIN!
 
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146 comments:

Tea said...

An event changes each person's life. How one event can change and/or reshape a person's life is never boring.

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Didn't know 21 of D. Steel's novels had been adapted to movie/tv. I've seen a couple on t.v.

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Steve Capell said...

There is only so much one can do to look ageless from the outside appearance, but it's the inside soul that never ages and is the true beauty of makes us who we are. I know plastic surgeons would not agree with me? LOL! This book sounds intersting. Thanks for the opportunity.

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holdenj said...

I haven't read a Steel book in a long time. This seems to have more meat in the story as these characters make life altering decisions.
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Her 81st novel came out this year! I actually went searching for that number, I knew it had to be pretty high.
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debbie said...

I would like to see how all three of them come together.
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An intriguing novel. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Amazed at her ability to write so many books. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

mamabunny13 said...

I agree with Tea, it's amazing how one thing can change your whole life! Thanks for the giveaway.
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Something I found interesting on her website is the section with all of her movies. I had no idea there were that many!
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Tore said...

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Sue Farrell said...

I didn't handle turning 60 very well so I'd like to see how Valerie handles it.
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I learned on the author's website that she has also written a series of books for children--the Max and Martha series.
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Pat L. said...

I have been seeing this book around different blogs and have been wanting to read it; want to find out what the surprises are.

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I did know several of her books have been made into t.v. movies, but not as many as 21.

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Pamela Keener said...

I have been a fan of Danielle Steel for forever it seems. What an awesome book to giveaway to celbrate your birthday. I'd love to read how these characters change when they hit their new eras.
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I love everything that Danielle Steel does. This one looks like a good one.

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ann said...

stages of ages and how life changes in each of them. I must admit I have never read one of her books as of yet so I would like to get the chance to

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Teressa Oliver said...

The whole aging process and trying to hide it. Plus Danielle has never written anything that wasnt just great
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Linda Kish said...

I've never understood one's fear of aging. I like knowing that I am still here and experiencing life. And your birthday is just after mine. So, if I win, this would be a late gift for me.

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Linda Kish said...

This is amazing to me...Often, she works on five books at a time — researching one storyline, writing another, and editing the third. Still, she often spends two to three years researching and developing a single project. In the heat of a first draft, it is not uncommon for her to spend eighteen to twenty hours a day glued to her 1946 Olympia manual typewriter. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

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lag123 said...

Danielle's books can be very thought provoking regarding the twists and turns along life's journey. I would love to see how this story unfolds.

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I enjoyed reading how she tries to stop her aging clock
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Carole Spring said...

I have read & enjoyed many books written by Danielle Steel and I would like to read this one.
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Tatiana L. said...

I love Danielle Steel's books!!! I've read many of them and have seen some of the TV films based on her books.
I wold be very excited to read this book. Thank you for the chance!

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love Danielle Steele! I haven't read a book from her in over a decade, I would love too!

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Haven't read Danielle Steele in years! Interested to see how she's changed as a writer
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Jolee said...

I love that Valerie turned 40 and that the title is Happy Birthday because I JUST turned 40 this past week. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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I like how the characters are all at a turning point in their lives.

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All of these milestone birthdays will make an awesome read.
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I always loved how Steele could make you care so much about her characters. This sounds like a good one.
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