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Cutest Accessories for Book Lovers

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Are you a die-hard book lover? Do you or someone you know absolutely love curling up with a good book? With winter now in full swing and the cold weather upon us, there has never been a better time to grab a book and cozy up for a few hours (or days!) to enjoy some quality alone time. For all my fellow literature fans, here are some cute accessories for book lovers.cute accessories for book lovers

Floating Shelves

For anyone wanting something a little different from that classic bookshelf look, try these floating shelves! These shelves come as a set of three and are a perfect addition to the home of any book lover. They are not only incredibly cool and unique, they also save a ton of floor space where an ordinary bookshelf would go. Give them a try!

Nessie Bookmark

This is quite possible the cutest bookmark around (and I’ve seen my faircute accessories for book lovers share of cute bookmarks). At only $10 from Amazon, this is the perfect accessory for anyone who loves reading. These are ideal gifts for friends, family, and even yourself! Treat yourself to something that will brighten your day every time you look at it.

Literary Postcards

These literary postcards show 100 depictions/graphics of some of the most famous literary quotes ever. From Jane Austen to Edgar Allan Poe, these postcards are a super cool token that can be used for way more than just their intended purpose as a postcard; they can be used as bookmarks, décor, or even wall art.

Library Socks

Not only are these socks completely adorable and ridiculously comfy, they also support a great cause. For every pair that is purchased, some of the profit goes to funding literacy programs and book donations around the world. These socks will feel fantastic, and you’ll feel great knowing you’ve helped spread the love of reading.

Once Upon A Time Necklace

This necklace is a great accessory for anyone who loves books and wants the world to know it. This dainty little charm is adorable and inexpensive (at only $10 on Amazon), making it an ideal gift for the reader in your life (or yourself). Check it out now!

cute accessories for book lovers

Go Away I’m Reading Pillow

Combining both comfort and humor, this pillow is a bookworm’s dream. It is the perfect addition to your book nook! At only $10 from Amazon, there’s no excuse not to have this cute and comfy pillow for your home.

We hope you got some inspiration and ideas for your home with these cute accessories for book lovers.

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“Scream Queen” Brooke Lewis Talks About Her Life in “1/2 New Year” and Tackling Health Challenges In Her Life

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If one thing’s for certain, Brooke Lewis has made a name for herself in the entertainment world. Not only is she known in film as a “Scream Queen”, but she is also a board-certified life coach, a celebrity dating coach, and an entrepreneur. Add to that, she is the Celebrity Ambassador of The Breaking The Chains Foundation. She will be seen in the film, ½ New Year, which is slated for release next year. We chatted with Brooke about her character in the film, her affinity for the horror genre, and the ways in which she has been a voice for female empowerment.

 

Cliché: What attracted you or inspired you to want to become involved in the acting industry?

Brooke Lewis: I was a very emotional child. I would literally sit underneath the television watching TV for hours on end. When I was a little girl I would put myself into the television series and I would talk to the characters as if I was one of them. So I was kooky and I still am. In addition, I loved to emote and be artistically creative with dancing and music.

Were you always interested in the horror genre? How does it feel to be known as a “Scream Queen”?

Yes. I always say, “Nobody wakes up one day and has a goal of being a famous Scream Queen.” Since I was a little girl I was obsessed with vampires and for Halloween, I would be looking for vampires because I thought that they were so sexy. On top of that, I was a girl in the 80s so I grew up watching all of the hot 70s and 80s movies. Some of those movies were Prom Night, the original Halloween, and Friday the 13th. I never dreamed that I would one day become known as “Scream Queen” in that genre.

At first, it was confusing since I grew up acting as a music theater gal in Philadelphia and then when I moved to New York, I had my first little big break when I filmed for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, which was a mobster comedy. After that, I was doing a lot of Indie films in New York as well as mobster movies. But once the film Polycarp got released, Showtime picked it up and the movie was aired three nights a week for two years straight. All of a sudden, many horror fans were sending me fanmail and said to me, “Wow, you are the new Scream Queen.” I just embraced every minute of it and felt very blessed.

How much work and motivation did it take for you to prepare for a big role in ½ New Year?

One of my dearest friends from Philadelphia, Drew McAnany, who is the star of ½ New Year, told me after struggling in Hollywood for his lead role break for years that he is going to write himself a piece to get starred. He wrote this piece about six years ago. He wrote Pam DeLuca and I am one of the lead characters in the film. It was the most incredible gift and honor that an actress can ever get for that role.

Drew went through various directors, cast members and producers but it never got off the ground. However, one day the talented Georgia Menides came to Drew and she did a rewrite. In the summer of 2017, Drew called to tell me that the film was happening and to start getting ready for rehearsal in November. I was like, ‘OMG, it’s happening.’ I had years to prepare creatively but I had to prepare real quickly mentally. Last but least, this role was very special for me to play.

Can you describe your character, Pam? Do you relate to her at all?

She is a caricature of my badass girls who I grew up with back in Philadelphia and in New Jersey. Pam has great success in her business and great success in her friendship. However, she is not having great success in her love life. Let’s just say, she is a bit of a cougar and may be similar character wise to Stifler’s mom in the American Pie franchise.

Yes. Pam is a career gal like me. She is in Hollywood. I have dedicated a lot of my adult life to being an actress, being a board-certified life coach and a celebrity dating coach. I chose to not have children and I chose to not get married young so that’s totally Pam. Now, I am blessed to be engaged to a wonderful guy who supports my career. The huge difference between Pam and I is that Pam is focused on her career and not her love life.

What’s the message of the film? What should viewers pay attention to when watching the film?

The message of the film is actually the tagline, which is, the friends are the family that we choose. I feel like when you move to a big city like Los Angeles or New York to pursue your dreams and your career, you often times leave your family. So you end up choosing your friends to be around and they end up being your dysfunctional family. I would say ½ New Year has created an additional family for me, Drew, Georgia and Tom Morash.

Typically, when you hear of a coming of age film, you think it tends to be a film language for young, but it’s more of a coming of age film for people in their 20’s and 30’s. As a dating expert and a board-certified life coach, I always say, “You can have it all, but you can’t have it all at the same time.” The characters in this film are exemplified where one person is having success in his career but not in his love life. There are so many topics that this film covers. I think ½ New Year is going to be an Indie film sleeper hit at the Film Festival next year.

How has it felt winning over 70 awards for your work? Were there any specific awards that meant a lot to you to win?

Every day I am thanking God for the gratitude and for these beautiful statues, trophies, and certificates that I have on my wall in my office. I want more for my career. I want another television series which I am fighting to get. I have had my ups and downs being in this industry for 20 years professionally, and I have learned to stay humble and grateful.

Yes. There were two actor awards that I was honored with that touched my soul. The first award was Best Actress in a drama for a short film called Sprinkles. Then this year I was honored for the Best Actress in an Independent Film for Psycho Therapy, which is a thriller. So when I am honored with these awards, it touches me on a deep level and it makes me like I am doing something right.

What have been some of your favorite experiences in your career?

There were so many. It’s always the people who have supported my career and those who I supported their career. I cherish all the projects that I’ve done including the charity events and the red carpet events. All of my fans have been so loyal to me over the years. I wouldn’t be at this point in my career without all of that support.

Not only are you a successful actress, but you are also an expert as a celebrity dating coach. How did you develop an interest to want to be a TV dating expert?

I dated a lot and wrote a book about it. I was one of those women who loved dating. Once I became a successful board certified life coach, people would ask me for my advice. When my acting clients came in, they would start crying about their auditions because they didn’t get the film they wanted. So I would then break it down and say to them, “What are you really crying about?” “What’s the rejection that you really feel?” As it turns out, nine times out of ten, they are actually upset that the guy that they went on a date with the other night didn’t call them back.  

I find it interesting how I was able to merge my personal experiences with my professional experiences.

As a board certified life coach, how do you feel your book, Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess, sets itself apart from other motivational books? What do you hope readers take away when reading the book?

In my book, Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess, I share some of my own personal experiences with dating and offer dating advice. In addition, I talk about having body image issues and struggling with weight as a woman. So my book is tended to make readers laugh and cry at times and to support men, women, teens, and LGBTQ communities. You can find this book on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble. I think the way my book sets itself apart from other motivational books is that they are structured through a therapy standpoint or a self-help standpoint. On the other hand, my book is simply from the heart. Also, I feel that my book demonstrates that we are all imperfect and a hot mess.

I hope that the readers can walk away with one relevant piece of information and that it supports each one of them individually. I always say if I can take away one nugget of powerful information that could better my life then it was a great experience.

Can you talk about the ways in which you have been a voice on female empowerment? Why did you feel it was important to take a stand on helping young girls and young women be their truest selves and to help motivate them?

As a woman in Hollywood and having to be living far away from my family, I have had to navigate as an independent woman and have had to pay the bills. Nothing has come easy for me. I had to work super hard for everything I got. So I write to empower other women who are going through the same challenges as me and to let them know that if you choose powerfully in your life, whatever the consequences are, you will come out shining in some way. You just need to keep going and not let the challenges that you face in society break you down. As I’ve mentioned before, you can have it all, but you can’t have it all at the same time.

I enjoy working with female empowerment charities. For example, I am a Celebrity Ambassador for The Breaking The Chains Foundation (BCTF), which is for men and women. This foundation empowers women who deal with eating disorders, body imaging issues, and body shaming. We can find the strength within, especially women, to get through the challenges in life. In addition, women always have to be willing to walk. That’s where the power lies.

I felt it was important for me to take a stand because I was a young girl once and I was a teen girl once who faced a lot of challenges. My parents got divorced when I was 2 years old and I struggled with body and emotional issues. Nowadays, young girls have shared with me their stories on my talk show publicly or personally about what they are going through. It is pretty amazing how we as adults have to give young girls more credit because they are wiser and more in touch with their feelings than we care to admit. When I have 12 or 14-year-old girls coming to me with their issues, and I ask them, “What is the biggest challenge that you are faced with at this moment?” They say to me, “I am so worried about making the right choices in life.” It’s actually amazing how they actually think about adult issues and they think forward about their future and what it will be like.

Aside from acting and being a celebrity dating coach, you are involved in giving back to many charity foundations. Why was it important for you to get involved in so many charitable causes?

I am a firm believer in giving back. I think that whatever little gift that I have been given as a celebrity in some way, it is my duty to help others and put a smile on someone’s face who is facing a challenge. On a selfish note, I faced a lot of challenges. For instance, I would get depressed if I gained five pounds last week or if I didn’t book the television series that I was up for.

At this point in your life, who was the person who helped guide you to get you to where you are now?

I have been blessed with wonderful people in my life and I am so grateful for that. My two favorite Hollywood icons are Elizabeth Taylor and Mae West. They are my forever icons because they are two powerhouse women who beat the Boys Club of Hollywood. They have inspired me and I hope one day I will have the opportunity to make a memorable mark as they have.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not acting or working?

It’s very rare that I am doing something else besides from acting or working. I am a Broadway girl and I love musical theater. I also love wine and tequila tasting. I enjoy going to the movies and watching Netflix on the couch with my fiancé. We would watch The Real Housewives.

Are there any future projects that you are working on or will be working on?

I am still running the Film Festival with a couple of short films. I want to shout to Markus Redmond who wrote and directed Allen + Mille, which is a short romance film that I produced and got to star in with one of my amazing talented besties Courtney Gains. We have been extremely grateful to be part of this piece that we are running around. In addition, another short film that I got to act in was Rotting Love. Lastly, I also got to act in Evolution War which is a feature film. Evolution War was directed by one of my favorite Sci-Fi directors Neil Johnson.

 

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Loey Lane Talks About Her New Book and the Supernatural

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YouTuber and author Loey Lane thrills her subscribers with tales of the paranormal. Her spooky experiences are channeled in her new book, Haunted in Hollywood. Fresh off her book release, Lane dishes on her growing up in a haunted house, her ideal ghost hunting gang, and her superstar pets.

 

Cliché: Tell us about your new book, Haunted in Hollywood!
Loey Lane: Well, my new book Haunted in Hollywood is about a girl named Loey Lane who with the help of her Haunted Lit Squad goes on a ghost hunt in Los Angeles.

The fictional Loey luckily has a hot guy on hand to help her take down the murderous ghost. If you had the opportunity to go ghost hunting with any of your celebrity crushes, who would you go with and why?
Okay, I’ll keep my crush a secret and say: I want all of the kids from Stranger Things to go ghost hunting with me. They can definitely join the Lit Squad.

Obviously, if your channel is any indication, you have a strong affinity towards paranormal activity and ghosts. What sparked this interest? What’s the scariest or most bizarre paranormal encounter that you’ve ever experienced?
I grew up in a haunted house and would talk to people that weren’t there—not imaginary friends. I talked to this man and called him the Colonel and I was 2. My parents never said a word like Colonel and I would keep talking about him. That freaked them out!

The scariest paranormal encounter was going to Marilyn Monroe’s suite at the Roosevelt Hotel (which is a setting in Haunted in Hollywood) and I experienced banging on the walls and a woman crying in the bathroom and that’s just the beginning!

In addition to being a YouTuber, you’ve always had a passion for writing. Does your writing ever inspire your vlogging or vice versa?
My vlogging influenced my writing for sure! But I’m inspired by everything and pull inspiration from everywhere. I’m a storyteller and love to tell stories in any medium!

Would you say that your writing gives you a creative outlet to explore the more fantastic side of the supernatural?
Yes! You can take a real story but also build on top of them in the writing to add fun moments, twists, and turns that didn’t happen in real life but really enhance my stories and character development.

You’re also a plus size model and many of your videos are plus size lookbooks! Do you find that the plus community is underrepresented on YouTube and in the fashion industry at large?
It’s because of women brave enough to get in front of camera and be candid about their bodies and style that body positivity is more accepted each year and we are seeing the mainstream embrace diversity. So there are a lot more opportunities.

You’ve stated that you’ve taken a step back from the body positivity movement before. What does body positivity mean for you personally at the current moment? Do you ever feel pressure to embrace body positivity because of your platform?
I had taken a step back when I gained weight and struggled with my own body image. I wanted to take a step back to relearn body positivity and understand it better. What I’ve learned is it’s something that will always be a struggle. It’s a daily struggle, not a state of enlightenment you reach.

On a lighter note, your pets are the breakout stars of your Instagram! Give us details on all of them. Your horse definitely deserves his own side account.
If I gave you all details on all of my animals, this would be a new novel, but they are all healthy, happy, and ready to steal the spotlight from me. Check out all my extra family by following @LoeysLittleZoo on Instagram and keep up with the fun. You’ll definitely see Disney, my cute horse!

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‘According to a Source’ by Abby Stern is a Glimpse Into Hollywood

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Even before you start Chapter 1 of According to a Source by Abby Stern, you get a sense of what’s to come with the opening quotes. One of the quotes, in particular, is by the late Carrie Fisher: “You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood because everybody does the fake closeness so well.” I had these words in mind while reading the pages that followed and it really cemented the theme for the rest of the book.

 

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The narrator, Ella Warren, is an undercover freelance reporter for the popular celebrity news magazine The Life and spends her nights scouring nightclubs and exclusive restaurants looking for the next big viral story. At first, this secret double life of hers is perfect: she has a handsome boyfriend, celebrity best friends (including a beautiful British rising star and elite blogger/social media influencer), and a job she loves. But when a new Miranda Priestly-esque boss takes over and implements a competitive points system where writers must remain on top in order to keep their jobs, all that comes crumbling down.

Regardless of all the glamorous champagne toasts, hot actors coming and going, and exclusive parties, Ella begins to spend most of her time stressing about getting busted for her alias and getting fired. In a way, she is almost like Cinderella—except the party doesn’t start until after midnight—and you, as a reader, are waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it does, it’s not pretty.

What the author does well is mask the story’s big-name celebrities by giving them descriptive monikers, as opposed to coming up with made-up names. Though the book is obviously a work of fiction, half the fun is trying to figure out which real-life celebrities Stern is referring to when they are introduced as “Sexy Indie Film Actor” and “Triple Threat Pop Music Diva” (to be fair, a lot of celebrities fit those descriptions). Not only is it fun to do some detective work of your own, but it also paints a much more realistic picture in your head, one where you feel completely attached to the story’s L.A. setting.

According to a Source is stylish and fun, exciting and suspenseful, and would be enjoyed by fans of The Devil Wears Prada and Freeform’s The Bold Type. Available on Amazon.com.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

‘According to a Source’ by Abby Stern is a Glimpse Into Hollywood: Published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

‘Feminist Baby’ by Loryn Brantz Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Disney-Hyperion for a Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz giveaway you won’t want to miss! In this adorable new board book, readers are introduced to a sweet baby girl who’s “not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way.” Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Feminist Baby, in stores April 11, as well as a $50 Visa gift card, branded tote bag, and a matching pin!

 
One (1) winner will receive:
– A copy of Feminist Baby
– A branded tote bag and pin
– A $50 Visa gift card for whatever your little feminist picks
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion

How to Enter:
– Complete the required action(s) below for entry to the giveaway
– Earn extra entries by adding us on various social media

Selection:
The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.com and will be contacted within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be given 72 hours to claim his or her prize before he or she must forfeit it to another winner.

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Synopsis

Feminist Baby likes pink and blue.
Sometimes she’ll throw up on you! 
Feminist Baby chooses what to wear
and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care! 

Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby in this refreshing, clever board book about a girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way!

About the Author

Loryn Brantz is a two-time Emmy Award-winning author, illustrator, and design professional. Her picture book Harvey the Child Mime was the recipient of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best First Picture Book. Loryn lives in New York City, where she is on staff at BuzzFeed writing and illustrating about feminism and body image. Find her online at www.lorynbrantz.com or www.facebook.com/LorynBrantzBooks.

Official Site + Social Media
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Follow @DisneyHyperion on Twitter
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‘Humans, Bow Down’ by James Patterson Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Little, Brown & Co. for a Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson giveaway you won’t want to miss! In Patterson’s newest book, readers will join Six, “a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war,” in her rebellion against the Robots and her quest to save humanity. Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Humans, Bow Down, in stores now, as well as a $100 Visa gift card (to stock up on survival supplies, of course)!
 
One (1) winner receives:
– 1 copy of Humans, Bow Down
– A $100 Visa gift card
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

How to Enter:
– Complete the required action(s) below for entry to the giveaway
– Earn extra entries by adding us on various social media

Selection:
The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.com and will be contacted within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be given 72 hours to claim his or her prize before he or she must forfeit it to another winner.

Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.

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Synopsis

In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.

The Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices—they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it’s a crime to be human. And the robots aren’t content—following the orders of their soulless leader, they’re planning to conquer humanity’s last refuge. With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a rebel with a cause. On the run for her life after an attempted massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.

About the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.

A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing his proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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‘Frostblood’ by Elly Blake Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Little, Brown & Co. for a Frostblood by Elly Blake giveaway you won’t want to miss! Frostblood is the first book in the Frostblood Saga and is about a world “where flame and ice are mortal enemies, but together create a power that could change everything.” Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Frostblood by Elly Blake, in stores now, as well as a branded nail polish duo and a $50 Visa gift card!

 
One (1) winner receives:
– A copy of Frostblood
– branded nail polish duo in shades of fire and frost
– $50 Visa gift card
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

How to Enter:
– Complete the required action below for entry to the giveaway
– Earn extra entries by adding us on various social media

Selection:
The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.com and will be contacted within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be given 72 hours to claim his or her prize before he or she must forfeit it to another winner.

Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.

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Synopsis

The Frost King will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

About the Author

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

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‘Yeah Baby!’ by Jillian Michaels Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Rodale Books for a ‘Yeah Baby!‘ by Jillian Michaels giveaway you won’t want to miss! You may know Jillian Michaels as one of the world’s leading fitness experts, but did you know she’s also a proud mother of two? In her new book, Michaels shares her tips on how you can have a happy, healthy, and nutrition-packed pregnancy. Enter below for your chance to win a copy of ‘Yeah Baby!’ by Jillian Michaels and more!

 
One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– A copy of Yeah Baby!
– 
Jillian Michaels Body Shred workout tank
– Takeya classic water bottle
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Selection:
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9781623368036_fcABOUT THE BOOK
YEAH, BABY! By Jillian Michaels
Release: November 15, 2016

The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better than Ever.

You know Jillian Michaels as the world’s leading fitness expert and a renowned nutritionist; but she’s also a proud mother of two. In Yeah Baby!, Jillian, along with her team of top-notch experts, will change everything you think you know about pregnancy, arming you with the most cutting-edge information available, so you can make the right choices for you and your little one. They will help you navigate the hidden dangers in your immediate environment; understand the check-ups, tests, and treatments your doctor recommends; and provide powerful solutions for all your issues, from heartburn and swollen feet to more serious medical concerns. Also learn how to optimize every facet of your child’s development, from IQ and long-term earning potential to future level of physical fitness and even taste preferences! Yeah Baby! also features a complete meal plan with delicious, nutrition-packed recipes, and a one-of-a-kind, trimester-specific fitness program, to ensure you bounce back stronger and better than ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JILLIAN MICHAELS is a celebrity fitness trainer, author, and television personality known for her appearances on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian, and as the host of Sweat, Inc. on Spike. Her New York Times bestselling books include Unlimited, Master Your Metabolism, The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, and Making the Cut. She has two children with her partner Heidi Rhoades, a son, Phoenix, and daughter, Lukensia. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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‘The Wangs vs. The World’ Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang giveaway you won’t want to miss! One of Entertainment Weekly’s most anticipated titles of 2016, this hilarious debut novel is about “a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.” Enter below for your chance to win a copy of The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang, as well as a beauty prize pack!
 
One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– A copy of The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid lipstick
– Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing eyebrow gel
– Tarte “The Sculptor” contouring face slenderizer
Prizing and samples provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Selection:
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chang_the-wangs-vs-the-world_hresTHE WANGS VS THE WORLD
By Jade Chang
Release: October 4, 2016 

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

chang_jadeABOUT THE AUTHOR

JADE CHANG has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

OFFICIAL LINKS

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‘The Protector’ by Jodi Ellen Malpas Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Forever, the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing, for a The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas giveaway you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out the new novel from the #1 Bestselling author of the This Man trilogy and One Night trilogy, in stores September 6! Enter below for your chance to win a copy of The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas, as well as bath salts and a luxury candle for a romantic night in.

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One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– A copy of The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
– Bath salts and a luxury candle for a romantic night in
Prizing provided by Forever/Grand Central Publishing

How to Enter:
– Fill out the form below for entry to the giveaway, then follow us on Twitter!
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Selection:
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TheProtectorCoverTHE PROTECTOR
By Jodi Ellen Malpas
In stores September 6, 2016

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY AND ONE NIGHT TRILOGY!

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

©Kerry Ann Duff

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit theNew York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

RETAIL LINKS
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LEARN MORE
Learn more at JodiEllenMalpas.co.uk
Follow @JodiEllenMalpas on Twitter and Facebook
Follow @ForeverRomance on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram
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Comedian Jen Kirkman Gets Personal About Her Newest Book

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Comedian Jen Kirkman tells it like it is. If you’ve ever watched her Netflix special or actually witnessed her perform live, she’s not one to sugarcoat things. With her new book out in April, I Know What I’m Doingand Other Lies I Tell Myself, she continues to give us a reality check that life doesn’t have to be figured out right away. Don’t believe me? Grab a copy this spring and read about her experiences with marriage, divorce, turning 40, and more.

Cliché: With your two books, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I’m Doingand Other Lies I Tell Myself, there seems to be a reoccurring theme. Even with all the bumps here and there or a bunch of faking it ‘til you make it, what’s been your favorite part about being an adult so far?
Jen Kirkman: My favorite part of being an adult is just being an adult. It’s so much better than being a kid. You get to live where you want, make more than fifty cents a day, drive… It’s a never-ending amount of fun. Even just sitting at home on my couch, I can have fun just thinking, “I don’t have homework tonight and I never have to use a locker ever again.”

When you’re writing a book, how do you go about deciding what you’ll use for your live act or what you’ll save for the book? Or, does that even matter?
It doesn’t matter. I may explore similar stories in my book, but it’s like dressing, I think. Not Ranch Dressing—I mean clothing dressing.  Sometimes you wear jeans and sometimes it’s not appropriate and you have to wear a nice outfit, like a dress or a suit. It wouldn’t be appropriate in stand-up to tell a long story that might not have many punchlines, but I may use a joke that I’ve done on stage as a little button on the end of a chapter in my book. Since both mediums are autobiographical to me, there is crossover in themes.

Did you run into any difficulties putting this book together compared to your last book?
No! Except for the usual difficulties like procrastination; knowing what I want to say, but when it shows up on the page, it doesn’t look like I pictured the words to look in my head; and wanting to just move back in with my parents, get my old job at Baskin Robbins back, and never bother trying to write again. Other than that, this book was a book I had in mind while writing the first one, and I was brimming with stories I wanted to tell. Knowing what I would write about was not tough. I even took some time to live a little so that I could finish the book after I did some traveling and had turned 40. I was hoping I would get some stories out of those experiences, and I did.

As a performer, it takes a lot of confidence to get up on stage every night and tell awkward or embarrassing stories about yourself. Was confidence something that was instilled in you or did it take you a while to open up to an audience?
It doesn’t take confidence for me because it’s what I want to do. I think people think it does, but those are people who don’t have the calling to perform. Comics are wonderful people, but the other side of that can be narcissism, an odd lack of self-consciousness, or just a masochism or a delusion that they make sense and deserve to be up there. Nobody is a nice person backstage, all nervous waiting to go on, and then musters up confidence. We’re insane. We want to be up there. We are the closest thing to those people who chase tornadoes. It seems courageous, but anyone who wants to do that is probably born without something in their brain that tells them to just relax and stay home. I only lose my confidence on stage if I am bombing and can’t figure out why or if something is going terribly wrong and someone of importance is watching. This doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, I’m already fine with it as it’s happening and I can’t wait to go tell my horrible bombing story to my friends.

With so many shows a year, how do you go about figuring out what you’ll be talking about during the night of the show?
I have a set act. I do my act every night—which is why every year when I go to a city I was in the year before, I need a new hour—but I do an act, like anyone else really.

There are so many pros and cons to social media, which you are very vocal on. What have you learned most about social media and what’s something you wish would change?
Isn’t everyone who is on social media vocal on it? Otherwise, the other option would be someone who doesn’t have an account. What else are people on social media if not vocal? I’m not different. I’ve learned that—especially with Twitter—things move REALLY FAST and people miss things, so if you think you can just advertise a show with one tweet, maybe 2% of your followers will see it. And don’t ever answer direct messages from dudes you don’t know. In fact, never read them. It’s never not going to be something creepy and gross.

Some people tend to shy away from certain topics, but you don’t seem to mind speaking about relevant topics. Why is that?
I think you’re beating around the bush and asking me about feminism? I am not sure what other relevant topics I am known for—except maybe how I think being a vegan or vegetarian is important for the environment, but no one ever asks me about that. So, I’m not shy about women’s equality worldwide because lives are at stake and anyone who doesn’t care is probably insane. Sorry. I don’t have a funny answer for that one. People can read the vegan sentence again if they want to laugh.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who’s accepting his or her life as an adult, what would it be?
I’d give them the advice my one-time surf instructor gave me (the story is in the book): “You can’t stop the ocean, but you can learn to surf it.” What does that mean? I don’t know either. Basically, don’t obsess over what you can’t control, but don’t make that your excuse to be lazy either.

With two books and a comedy special on Netflix, what can we expect in the near future?
I’ll probably start my own plumbing business OR hopefully write more books over the years. I have another comedy special I’ll be doing later this year and touring, touring, touring, and writing, writing, writing.

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EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is teaming up with St. Martin’s Press for a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– 1 copy of “Everybody Rise” by Stephanie Clifford, out August 18, 2015
– A Dior makeup addict set!
*Prizing courtesy of St. Martin’s Press

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Giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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ABOUT THE BOOK
everybodyrisecoverIt’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEPHANIE CLIFFORD is a Loeb-award winning New York Times reporter who has covered business, media and courts for the paper. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Exeter and Harvard. As she covered the financial crisis’s impact on consumers, she observed that large-scale new wealth hasn’t done away with class hierarchy in the U.S.-it’s increased anxiety over it. Clifford is also a regular guest on NPR and has appeared on Today, CBS This Morning and Dr. Oz.

LEARN MORE
Learn more at StephanieClifford.net
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#EverybodyRise

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