Monday, September 19, 2011

Book giveaway: "One Flight Up"

Stack o' books balanced precariously on my desk
The stack of books on my desk (received from publishers kind enough to send review copies ... see at left) is looking like it's going to topple over at any moment, which means it's time to give away some books!!

First up, I have "One Flight Up" (Washington Square Press Trade Paperback, July 2011, $13, 355 pp.) is the first novel by Susan Fales-Hill, an award-winning television writer, among other roles.

The Harvard educated Fales-Hill started her writing career as an apprentice on "The Cosby Show," and for its spin-off, "A Different World," and other TV sitcoms.

"One Flight Up" has been touted as chick-lit by"The New York Post," "sassy" beach reading by "Vogue," and "Essence" calls the book "frank and funny." While "One Flight Up" is her first novel, she published a memoir about her mom called "Always Wear Joy" in 2003.

Synopsis (as provided by Washington Square Press):

After years of searching for and finally landing that one perfect man, four Manhattan friends find themselves simultaneously questioning their romantic choices. Smart, strong, but jaded divorce lawyer India Chumley leads this pack of feisty thirty-somethings, all friends since grade school at Sibley Academy, an Upper East Side institution for sophisticated ladies-in-training. 
There’s Abby Rosenfeld Adams, a Jewish gallery owner married to her Wasp college sweetheart, Monique Dawkins-Dubois, gynecologist and card carrying member of Harlem’s thriving Buppie-ocracy, and Esme Santiago Talbot, a Columbian heiress married to the All-American boy next door.

When India, the most straight-laced of them all, learns that her friends are considering straying from their partners, she is dismayed. That is, until India’s ex-fiance, the love of her life, the destroyer of her heart, and the best sex ever, comes back into her life – and she finds herself caught between the dependable man she thought was her future and the man she never quite let go of. 

Click here to read an excerpt.

This book looks like fun. If you'd like to see for yourself, e-mail me your name and mailing address at or simply post that information in a comment on this blog. One person who enters (to be picked at random) will receive my brand new copy of "One Flight Up" via U.S. Mail. If it's not your cup of tea, don't despair: More book giveaways are to come on this blog.
About the author:

Author SUSAN FALES-HILL in an image from her website
Fales-Hill, 49, was born in Rome, Italy, and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Lycee Francais de New York in 1980. She graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1985 with a degree in history and literature. She began her writing career as an apprentice on the original "Cosby Show." After two years, she was transferred to the show’s spin-off, "A Different World" as a story editor. Three years later, in 1990, she became co-executive producer/head writer. In subsequent years, Fales-Hill served as executive producer for sitcoms including "Can't Hurry Love" and "Kirk" and then as a consulting producer for "Suddenly Susan.” In 1998 she co-created with Tim Reid the Showtime original series "Linc's” and served for two seasons as executive producer/head writer. 

Fales-Hill serves on the boards of the Studio Museum of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre, where she was recently elected vice chair. She lives in New York with her husband and their daughter. Visit her website here.


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