Amanda Goldberg & Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over

We don’t know about you, but it’s been a crazy month over here at CLIND!  SO many new books and authors that we can hardly find the time to post about all of them.  And today is no exception-we have lovely NYT bestselling authors Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper.  They burst onto the scene with Celebutantes and their latest, Beneath A Starlet Sky, is another fantabulous good time!

In BENEATH A STARLET SKY, Lola Santisi—CEO of a struggling fashion line and daughter of Hollywood royalty—is swinging between the fashion world in New York and the real world with her doctor-boyfriend in Los Angeles. Lola is trying to launch designer Julian Tennant’s new dress line, and it looks like they’re about to get their next big break: his wedding dresses have been chosen to feature in the top film at the Cannes Film Festival. They better make a big splash in the sunny Cannes crowds, or else…

For Kate Woods, Lola’s BFF and CAA’s rising star agent, Cannes is all work and no play. Having recently endured a disastrous break-up with Lola’s brother Christopher, Kate is newly single, and focused solely on her clients.

The only thing worse than thinking it was a good idea for Kate to date Lola’s brother, is thinking it was a good idea for Kate to put one of her most loose-cannon clients, Nic Knight, in Lola’s father’s movie. Among Kate’s other mega star clients is Saffron Sykes whose appearance on the cover of Vogue in Julian Tennant could be the difference between Julian Tennant, Inc. weathering the economy or going bust. But when someone throws a wrench in their plans, everyone stands to lose, especially Lola. With her father and brother vying for the same prize, her mother starring in hew new reality show, and one heartbroken girlfriend about to declare motherhood, it’s all on Lola to come up with the answers.

Sound good?  Then leave a comment to be entered to win one of FIVE copies!  We’ll choose the winners on Sunday night after 6pm EST. Good luck!




1. Do cherish and protect friendships with the girlfriends who knew you when you wore that really bad prom dress, had the bad perm and wore the bad blue eye shadow.  These are the women who will feed you when you’re busy feeding the newborn you just brought home from the hospital, when you’ve forgotten to eat because you’ve been at the hospital tending to an ailing parent, and when you’ve lost your appetite because your husband (or boyfriend) decides they’re “going through something”.  These are the women who are the mirrors that make any accomplishment worth celebrating with a good glass of wine, a hug or a good cry.  These are the women who make it worth it.

2. Do find your own voice: it’s been incredibly meaningful for us to find our own mode of expression; a place where we can go that allows us to feel creatively fulfilled.  We come from families of strong personalities.  And it’s been significant for us to be able to stand on our own two feet as women.  Ruthanna: My hope for my daughter, who’s now a toddler, is that she feels the song of her own soul and doesn’t feel the need to impersonate anyone, or get swept away by some of the alienating and superficial images presented by the media.  As Tina Fey said in her “Prayer for a Daughter”: “May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.” Which leads us to…

3. Do get your heartbroken: let it get shattered, busted, tossed to and fro, so that you learn how to expand, put the pieces back together and stretch, so that you figure out who you are, what’s important to you and that ultimately, the love you have for yourself is the one worth fighting for. Which leads us to….

4. Do have a commitment ceremony for yourself! We throw one in our new novel when one of the characters loses her way and loses her truth.  She vows to cherish, honor and love herself, until death do you part!  Which leads us to…

5. Do forgive easily and often. Because life is precious and short and holding onto resentment, as the great Pema Chodron says, is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to die.  Far too much energy is wasted on war, on anger, on waiting for the other person to change or apologize.  Look deep, ask yourself who’s suffering and how in your own way can you help to alleviate pain in the world.  Often this means starting with our own, often this means starting with forgiveness.  Which brings us to…


Don’t live with regret. We tend to be pretty hard on ourselves.  And what woman’s not?! The beauty of life is that each moment gives us the opportunity to begin again, which means we can go through each of the above Do’s and in each moment treat ourselves to them, make our lives simpler because of them, and become stronger, more fulfilled women through them.  And when we forget, we can begin again, and again, and again.

Thanks ladies! xoxo, L&L

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37 Responses to “Amanda Goldberg & Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over”

  1. Alison Fees

    Great advice ladies! Looking forward to reading the book :)

  2. Lisa

    Sounds like a great read! Hoping to win a copy to get started on it! ;-)

  3. Jenn B

    I already heard of the book and it is already on my wishlist! Hope I win!

  4. Mary Ward

    I enjoyed Celebutantes very much and would love to get my hands on this book. But like number 5 says, I will forgive you if I don’t.

  5. Rene

    I definitely agree with your “do” about cherishing friendships. Your book looks like a great read :)

  6. Susan S

    Sounds like a great read! And I agree completely with #1.

  7. nina priddy

    love the list but the do over is sure hard to do !!

  8. Margaret

    This one sounds like a good one! Thanks!


  9. Belinda

    Super advise! Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  10. Mary

    GREAT list ! I’ve never read a fiction book written by 2 people. I would love to check it out.

  11. Kimmi

    Great advice about forgiveness. And a great quote re: poison.

  12. faith

    This book is on my tbr list. Would love to win Woo Hoo

    kyfaithw at aol dot com

  13. Teresa

    I love the idea of a commitment ceremony for yourself. I am so bad about being kind to myself. I would love to read this!

  14. Heidi M

    I marvel that you girls keep finding fresh new (to me) authors! Fantastic list of “do’s” from this duo, too– thanks, L & L!

  15. Lauri

    Sounds like a great read… Summer reading is going to be fun this year!

  16. Shannon J

    Sounds like a fun read!! Great do’s and do-over!

  17. Nicole T.

    Nos. 1 and 5 are sooo very true! Great list.
    Thank you for all these fantastic giveaways, CLIND!!!

  18. Chloe

    This book sounds like a great one to bring to the beach to kick off the summer!
    Thank you for having such frequent opportunities to win such wonderful books!

  19. Nerissa

    Thanks for the great giveaway! This books sound awesome and definitely a book I am going to read :)

  20. Kelly

    This sounds like such a good book. I can certainly relate to #3 with getting your heart broken. I always felt that I had to have a boyfriend but it so happened that I was abused verbally by my boyfriend at the time. Then I didn’t end up having a boyfriend (or a date for that matter) for 2 years. However they were the best 2 years of my life alone….I finally liked me (without someone putting me down constantly or watching every move I made…it was like the movie sleeping with the enemy) . I hope I win!!!!!!

  21. Elisa Abner-Taschwer

    I LOVE Chicklitisnotdead. You give me so many books that are on my “must read” list. This is another. Can’t wait to read this one! thanks Lisa and Liz

  22. Paula @

    I love your description of the character swinging between NYC and the “real world” in another city — I feel like that’s what I’m doing; visiting NYC but living, a little stuck, in the real world of my city.

    Great blog; this is giving me tons of “must reads”. I’m excited about this giveaway!

  23. KLM

    She’s absolutely right about keeping your old friends….they’re the best

  24. Shalanna Collins

    Why is it that agents reject my work with the snide comment, “Don’t call this chick lit. Chick lit is dead.” The publishing industry put out a bunch of stuff that wasn’t really chick lit and that stuff bombed, so they smear chick lit forever . . . logical? How can we get our chick lit to readers, even for free? My novel is a paranormal (no vampires! Luck/magic) chick lit, a picaresque journey made by a child-woman who finally learns how to grow up. Agents say they laughed out loud but can’t imagine how to sell it. (sigh)

    Do you know of markets for chick lit or any agents who want to read it?

  25. Linda Kish

    Sounds great. Count me in please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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