Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Relationship Advice from Eileen Cook & Giveaway

Today I'm excited to welcome Eileen Cook. To win a copy of her new book, The Education of Hailey Kendrick, please leave a comment.

What is the dumbest or smartest thing you've done after a breakup?

Hands down the calling (usually late at night, possibly slightly intoxicated, almost certainly crying) to ask what happened? Whhhhhhhhy? (be sure to draw this out as long as possible. Whining that "we should give it one more chance,"  is an optional stupid activity to add on top of already calling and asking why.

It's your turn to play Miss Swoon--give us your best relationship advice.

The best relationships are when the other person makes you want to be a better person. If the relationship is them trying to make you over into someone else (better or not) then it’s not the right fit.

If you could go on a date with any fictional character, who would it be?

I would not say no to going out on a date with Nathan Fillion who plays Castle on TV, but I don’t think that’s what you had in mind. Mr. Darcy is a tried and true favorite.

About the Book

Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.

They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

"Hailey may be an A student headed to the Ivy League, but when it comes to taking a chance on life, she’s clueless. She’s also enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read. Yes, it’s chick lit, but of the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” --Kirkus starred review

"Cook effectively builds both Hailey's (justified) feelings of rebellion and the social dynamics of her ostracism, especially in her growing friendship with a challenging townie, Drew, who supervises her punishment working with the janitorial staff....Cook coaxes considerable empathy for the otherwise privileged Hailey as she abandons the achievement treadmill to explore her independence." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anyone else.

To win your own copy of The Education of Hailey Kendrick, please leave a comment. 
Contest ends at midnight, Tuesday, January 11, 2011.


  1. Interesting interview. I love Eileen books. I'd love to win this book :)

  2. This book sounds really good!

  3. I had not heard of this book, but I liked the description. The interview is very good, I loved that call and "we should give it one more chance," I think more than one person has done this in life, a good thing that my parents did not have phone when I was a teenager, no doubt would have done something like this lol.

  4. Give me Rick Castle any day :D

    Also, Hailey Kendrick totally sounds like my twin. Hmm.

  5. I'm still on winter vacation and school is about the last thing I want to think about, but The Education of Hailey Kendrick sounds great. Interested to know what the deep secret was :)

  6. I'm sure you're not the only one who has done the wining and begging phone call!

    The Education of Hailey Kendrick sounds like a great read! I'd love to be entered if this contest is open internationally!

  7. Oooo, Mr. Darcy, good choice! This book is on my wishlist and I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks for the great interview and contest! :D


  8. Great interview. I can't wait to read the book!