Lauren Graham

Flash giveaway: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

somedaycoverGiveaway: 3 copies of Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham The Scoop: From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

Our thoughts:  Pop this one in your beach bag for sure!

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DISCLAIMER: I'm going through an inexplicable "emotional phase" and the robot in me (and the hubs) is hoping to Hell that it will soon pass. Because it's affecting all areas of my life. Like how I interact on Facebook. (I've become a sappy, "I love you" spewing cyber-stalking mess!) And as you're about to read, it's severely affecting my television watching choices. As I've sat in front of the boob tube lately, there's been majuh tears and I'm not sure any of them were justified. And I'm not sure that non-emotional Lisa would at all approve of the television endorsements in this blog post anymore than you will. But here goes...(And PS: I don't have any "Don't Watch's" this week. Because, as you'll read, my judgment could be severely off. And what I think is a watcher, could be just the opposite. Feel free to let me know if my Kleenexes were not warranted. But I must warn you, if you're too hard on me I might cry!) Watch This

Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty Uh, huh. That's no typo. In fact, it's so bad that I just became a fan on Facebook.  Who knew the girl who didn't know Chicken of the Sea was tuna could produce such a compelling show? On the first episode I saw Jessica, her best friend CeCe, and her hairstylist, Ken met an anorexic former model who brought the mom jeans wearing singer to tears. And Jessica Simpson's not the only one who cried. Then Jessica walked her first ever catwalk and was ordered around by a woman so intimidating that I even slouched down in my couch. Jessica was so nervous and insecure before she walked that suddenly I felt for her- and was compelled to go find John Mayer and kick him where the sun don't shine. So if you're overdue for a Hallmark card moment, tune in to this VH1 show. But I have to warn you, after I take my emotional colored glasses off (please God, let it be soon!) , I could be moving this to the Don't Watch column right next to Cougar Town. Stay tuned.

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Undercover Boss Even as I type the words, I know you're probably shaking your head in confusion. And in truth, I kind of am too. And before I tuned in, I would've laughed if you'd suggested I even watch it. But after watching a recent episode (A CEO of a family fun park disguised himself and spent the day with several different employees) I was hooked. There was the sidewalk washer who'd lost his home in a flood and also adopted two kids even though he already had three; the formerly homeless single mom who barely made ends meet but said it's about helping people, the pay comes later and the college student who was going to school full-time and working nights. At the end, the CEO reveals himself and then gives the employees raises, etc.. Right around the time he said he'd pay for the college kid's tuition, I was bawling my eyes out. Matt was so confused he didn't know what to do- I hadn't even cried that hard at our wedding. Again, this might be the time to revisit the disclaimer.

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Parenthood. Two words. Peter. Krause. Need I say more? On the season finale of Six Feet Under was anyone else crying not only because such a fabulous show was over, but because they wouldn't be seeing his hotness for a while? OMG, how I've missed him!  When I heard the positive buzz about Parenthood, I can't believe I didn't realize he was on it. And admittedly, when I tuned into the first episode, I'm not even sure I paid much attention to the storyline or watched anyone other than him. Oh, and Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls (love her!) But I can say that the show did make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or, maybe that had more to do with Peter, I don't know... But I say watch it and let me know what you think- of Peter and of the show.