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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Post with Author Claire Baxter and Giveaway

Meet Claire Baxter, author of Flirting with Disaster.

Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women's magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages and have been nominated in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Awards (Winner, Best Harlequin Romance).

Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide's beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

Places to find Claire:
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I love romantic comedies – both books and movies. However, when I’m asked which movies I would recommend, my mind often goes completely blank and so I decided to make a list of my favorite romantic comedies. How does it compare with yours?

12. The African Queen
Straight-laced missionary Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) persuades crass riverboat captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

11. Notting Hill
A world-famous American actress (Julia Roberts) and an adorable, British independent bookstore owner (Hugh Grant) with a group of quirky friends.

10. Serendipity
A couple (John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.

9. Four Weddings and a Funeral
A bumbling Englishman (Hugh Grant) repeatedly runs into the love of his life (Angie MacDowell) at—you guessed it—four weddings and a funeral.

8. While You Were Sleeping
Ticket collecting romantic (Sandra Bullock) pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother (Bill Pullman).

7. One Fine day
Melanie Parker (Michelle Pfeiffer), an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor (George Clooney), a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie.

6. The Proposal
A pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
A young Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) falls in love with a non-Greek (Michael Constantine) and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her.

4. Love Actually
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.

3. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is the British singleton who falls for Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and eventually, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).

2. Lars and the Real Girl
Socially-inept Lars (Ryan Gosling) dates a life-size sex doll, and the entire town goes to great lengths to accept her. His relationship with ‘Bianca’ allows him to talk to co-worker Margo (Kelli Garner).

1. Amélie
A quirky waitress (Audrey Tatou) sends her secret crush (Matthieu Kassovitz) photos and riddles masking her identity in order to make their first encounter the most romantic moment of her life.

Nearly made it:
The following movies could easily have been in my Top 12, but they were just edged out by those above.

When Harry Met Sally
Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Return to me
A man (David Duchovny) who falls in love with the woman (Minnie Driver) who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Must Love Dogs
Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane), a forty-something preschool teacher, looks to the personals for a relationship where she meets Jake Anderson (John Cusack) who makes handcrafted boats.

About a Boy
Cynical, immature Will Lightman (Hugh Grant) is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy, the son of a depressed single mother (Toni Collette).

Now, these four romantic comedies below have been recommended to me, but I haven’t seen them yet.
(500) days of summer
Silver Linings Playbook
Truly Madly Deeply
Roman Holiday

Will any of them bump off one of my Top 12, do you think? And are there any others that would make your Top 12?

To be together is dangerous. To stay apart is impossible.

Firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always just been one of the guys. So no one’s more shocked than she is to find herself kissing fellow firefighter and all-around sinfully handsome playboy Aaron Parkes after a friend’s wedding. Jasmine knows she can’t risk an emotional connection with a colleague—a potentially dangerous entanglement when fighting fires together—and nothing's more important to her than her job.

Aaron never noticed how beautiful Jasmine was until he saw her out of her firefighter duds, but there’s something about the fiery woman that tempts him. Though he knows pursuing a real relationship is out of the question for a serial dater like him, when their casual flirtation builds into something more serious, it's not just their jobs or their safety on the line. It's their hearts.

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 $25 Amazon Gift Card

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  • Please answer Claire's question: Will any of them bump off one of my Top 12, do you think? And are there any others that would make your Top 12?
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  1. Congrats on the book!

    I love Princess Bride and it's my all time favorite. Amelie is great fun too. :)

    Haven't watched Silver Lining Playbook although I have heard good things about it!

  2. Roman Holiday is my #1 so it should bump something off your list. I have not heard of Lars and the Red Girl, otherwise our lists are pretty close.

  3. I must admit that I have not watched many in the past, but I do think that "27 Dresses" would be my favorite. I don't know why, but I really loved it. I've heard great things about "Silver Linings Playbook", but I haven't seen it yet.

  4. I agree with May: The Princess Bride should definitely be on the list. As for if any on your last list would bump off your favorites, I don't know. I've not seen any of those except for Silver Linings Playbook, which I was personally not a fan of.

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love Amazon, so fingers crossed. :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  5. Silver Linings Playbook was excellent. We watched it twice one week-end. I would also add You've Got Mail (Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks), Sleepless in Seattle and Sweet Home Alabama.

  6. I haven't seen any of the ones recommended to you, so I don't know if they'll knock anyone off. But, I would definitely have included When Harry Met Sally. It is probably in my top 3, for sure. Love all the others on your list too. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  7. Congratulations on the book. I would have added Say Anything and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Lars and the Real Girl is one of my absolute favorites. Thanks for giveaway!!

  8. I love The American President with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.

  9. You've Got Email, like it a lot.

  10. You have a great Top 12 list. I definitely wound add Roman Holiday, Just Like Mink (Doris Day), Father's Little Dividend (Spencer Tracy), and Just Like Heaven.

  11. I don't watch a lot of romance on tv but one that I did like was Ever After: A cinderella Story.

  12. I don't watch a lot of TV however I like "It's Complicated."
    At least I think that's what it was called ;) I also like the older movies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
    Thanks :)

  13. 500 Days of Summer would not move the meter for me.
    I would pick up Must Love Dogs and When Harry Met Sally.

  14. I believe Silver Linings Playbook is definitely a contender to knock out one of the movies above. Restless in Seattle and You Got Mail are also two of the top romance movies out there. <3

  15. I'd have to add a few oldies like "A Touch of Mink" (Cary Grant), "Grease" (John Travolta), & "Fools Rush In" (Matthew Perry)