Guest Post and Hachette Giveaway: Live a Little by Kim Green

Live a Little by Kim Green is a new book coming out on August 15th. Hachette Book Group is offering 3 copies to my readers at Books on the Brain!  

It’s about an under-appreciated woman, with two bratty kids and a distracted husband, who is diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.  Suddenly she’s treated like a queen by her family and friends.  But just as suddenly she finds out that there’s been a mistake and she is, in fact, perfectly healthy.  However, she’s not ready to relinquish the spotlight.  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  I haven’t read the book but you can read an excerpt HERE.  

I asked Kim to tell us a little bit about how she came up with the idea for Live a Little, and here’s what she wrote:

Live a Little, or rather, Raquel Rose, the book’s fortysomething, frustrated heroine, emerged out of my own experience as a harried mom of two. Sometime around the thousand-odd days of parenthood mark, I started to realize that not only is parenting not about your (the grown-up’s) fulfillment, it’s actually about the complete abnegation of self. Kid needs a toy while you’re in the first shower you’ve had in six days? No problem; hygiene is overrated. Sleep deprivation got you feeling paranoid or homicidal? Read an attachment parenting book; it’ll explain that you’re just being selfish.

What, I thought one day as I stuffed my writhing offspring into my raisin-littered sedan while yet another writing deadline came and went unmet, would a terminally unappreciated mother do to feel good again? How far would she go?

That’s where Live a Little came from. Now, maybe I’m a cynic, but I tend to think most of us are liars in one way or another. Maybe we just string together small fibs, or perhaps we’re more inclined toward the occasional whopper or self-aggrandizing feint. I think it is very possible for an otherwise ethical, normal person to spin a web of lies she can’t extricate herself from easily. This precept was the baseline for Raquel’s misadventure, and I demanded a lot from it (and, probably, my readers). I wanted to see how far I could take this idea and still make Raquel relatable (according to Publisher’s Weekly, not as far as I thought). What? Demanding a lot from a mom?  Good thing I’m writing fiction, no one would ever believe that….

Kim Green is the author of several romantic comic novels, including Is That a Moose in Your Pocket?,  Paging Aphrodite and Live a Little. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, Mother Jones, and the San Francisco Business Times, among other publications. Her requisite stint in dotcom included editing and managing projects for and other Silicon Valley companies. Kim earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, which qualifies her to create exotic settings for her books and little else. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Leave a comment here by August 22nd for a chance to win a copy of Live a Little by Kim Green!

61 Responses

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Sign me up!

  2. This book looks great. I’ve added it to my goodreads list, but I’d love to win it. Thanks!

  3. Woohoo! This books sounds great AND I love the cover. Sign me up please 🙂

  4. Sounds like a fun read!

  5. Toss my name into the hat please!

  6. That sounds like a great premise. I often think of shaving my head bald because I am not fond of my hair, but then worry that people will think I am sick. Maybe this book will show me if I should just go ahead and do it! LOL

  7. I am definitely an underappreciated mother of two! But, no husband! I, too, love the cover. Sign me up!


  8. Sounds interesting. Please enter my name. Thanks!

  9. This sounds good – sign me up, please!

  10. Sounds like a good book. Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks. =)

  11. I would love to win this book!

  12. This one sounds very interesting and refreshingly against the norm. Bring it on!

  13. No need to enter me (but it sounds great). I’m just letting you know I’ve got this listed over at Win a Book.

  14. I like this! It has a great premise.

    Count me in!

  15. This books sounds like it could be very entertaining!

  16. I’d love to win this. I’ve definitely been in the harried mother of two category for awhile now!

  17. I’d love to win this! Please enter me!

  18. wow this book seems really good i hadn’t heard of it before, glad i found this site : )

  19. This book sounds great – please enter me in your contest!

  20. Throw my name in please!

  21. What an interesting premise; I would love to be entered into the contest.

  22. I’d love to read this! Thanks!!

  23. I am very interested in seeing where the author goes with such a premise. Enter me please 🙂

  24. Sounds like a hilarious read! Am absolutely interested.

  25. Sounds like an interesting book. I’m going to buy a copy for the library, but I wouldn’t mind a copy for my own. 🙂

  26. Wow! This sounds intriguing! Please enter me! Thanks!

  27. Sounds like a great book! I’d love to enter!!!

  28. Put me on the list too!

  29. This book sounds fantastic. I would love to be entered into the contest!

  30. Loved the comments by Kim Green, it made me laugh. Please enter me too, I would love to read this book.

  31. The author insight is great! Harried mother of four asks, “how far would I go?!” I just bury my head in a book and escape that way. Please enter me in the drawing … I’ll post a blog entry about this.

  32. […] read a little Q&A with Kim Green, and to enter to win a copy of the book, click this link over to Books on the Brain where you can find all the details.  Good […]

  33. gosh! this book sounds really good!! i hope i win otherwise i’ll have to wait to by myself a copy when it comes out 🙂

  34. Sounds interesting. Please enter me 🙂

  35. Kim, I enjoyed your post. Sounds like a great book that most moms could identify with.

  36. Oh, I would love to win this book!! Thanks for entering me!

  37. i would like to participate in your contest.


    “It’s about an under-appreciated woman, with two bratty kids and a distracted husband, who is diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. ”

    At first glance i thought this meant the husband had breast cancer, then it all clicked int place.. oh the images that floated through my brain.

  38. This does sound like a great book. Here’s to all the underappreciated mother’s!!

  39. Sounds like a great read, I read a sortof similar book about a man who pretends to have cancer after he finds out he was mistakenly diagnosed (okay, that’s very different).

  40. This reminds me of a local mom who went and lived in her children’s tree house and wouldn’t come down until her family would stop taking her for granted! I have forgotten how long she stayed up there. I would like to see if and when the mother in this book finally tells her family the truth. Please enter me in your delightful book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  41. Sounds like an excellent novel, please add me to your great giveaway,

  42. Sounds like a good one. Enter me please.

  43. Sounds fantastic and a dream come true for a working mom. Would love to be entered!

  44. pretty nice book

  45. Sounds like a great book. Would love to read this one.

  46. Definitely sounds like a great read! Would love to win!

  47. great plot! thanks for the chance to win

  48. It sounds interesting, I would like to have a go at it!

  49. Sounds like a great book!

  50. I’d love to read this, and what a “novel” idea for the main storyline.

  51. Sounds like an interesting book!

  52. What a fantastic idea for a book. Enter me to win.

  53. Sounds like a great read!

  54. Oh, this sounds cool. Great book idea. Maybe some men and kids should read it, too. haha.

  55. WOW…do I ever want to read this!!!!!!
    THANKS for entry!

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  57. sounds very interesting, and not like anything i’ve ever read before.

  58. This sounds good – sign me up, please!

    Thank you.

  59. I’ve wanted to read this. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!


  61. what a great giveaway. A unique and appealing novel that sounds amazing. Thanks for this chance.

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