Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A SURREY STATE OF AFFAIRS


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A Surrey State of Affairs
By Ceri Radford
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OK, I’ll admit I don’t know much about the British and how they live but when this book arrived, I read through the first few pages and started laughing out loud at the completely loveable Constance Harding. She’s this 50-something mother who starts blogging about her life – how she can’t understand why her housekeeper is so messy that she can’t even keep her underwear from drying in her husband’s office. And how she deserves to live life to its fullest by relaxing with a magazine and a cup of tea. Ooh la la. And author Ceri Radford writes this so sincerely, that you actually feel sorry for the cluelessly, adorably daft woman. Wait, did I just use the word daft? I have to go look it up!


Anyway, Constance goes about her pretty plush life clueless to the shenanigans going on around her as her family is falling apart right before her eyes. She’ll finally take the bull by the horn and do something for herself! Here’s the blurb for A Surrey State of Affairs:


Constance Harding's comfortable corner of Surrey is her own little piece of heaven. She lives in a chocolate box house complete with an Aga and a parrot, her bell-ringing club is set to dominate the intercounty tournament, and she is sure she can get her son, Rupert, to settle down if she just writes the perfect personal ad for him. Naturally, things turn disastrous rather quickly. And she's about to learn that her perfect home conceals a scandal that would make the vicar blush.


Her Lithuanian housekeeper's undergarments keep appearing in her husband's study and her daughter is turning into a Lycra-clad gap-year strumpet. As her family falls apart, Constance embarks on an extraordinary journey. From partying in Ibiza to riding bareback with a handsome Argentinean gaucho whose only English words are "Britney" and "Spears," Constance is about to discover a wider world she thought it was too late to find.


Read a hilarious excerpt here.


To enter to win A Surrey State of Affairs, since Constance is pretty clueless about many things happening right under her nose, share something that you are clueless about. Me – totally clueless when it comes to directions. In fact, my husband wants to kill me most times. I got lost going to a high school for a basketball game on Friday that I HAD BEEN TO BEFORE. It drives him CRAZY! I’m telling you, something is missing from my brain that tells a person how to figure out directions. So, what are you clueless about. Oh, also math. I am clueless about math. Oh, and applying makeup … I guess I could start a major list here…

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92 comments:

Betsy said...

With kids on the verge of the teenage years, I'm afraid I may be clueless about what teens do!

ncsuloges said...

Totally clueless about statistics even after getting a master's degree.

Crystal said...

Pretty much anything that involves common sense. LOL I'm wayyy too trusting and naive. I'm the "book smart" to my FI's "street smart". We balance each other quite nicely. :)

crystal717

Mary Jo Burke said...

Since you stole mine about directions, I'll add assembling toys.

jdstec said...

golf

Margie said...

I'm totally clueless about what goes on under the hood of the car.
(I'm also terrible with directions.)
Margie T

Ally said...

I"m pretty clueless about what my husband actually does at his job (he's an engineer).

Juliet Farmer said...

i'm clueless about money investment stuff. not only clueless, but it bores me to tears!

Emma S. said...

Totally clueless when it comes to geography.

Carly said...

I am also clueless about directions. I can ride in the car to a location many times but once I get behind the wheel, I can't find it. But I am worse about directionality. I can't figure out North, South, East, and West. I always assume that when I am looking on a map on my phone that I am traveling North no matter where I am going. I will go the wrong way all of the time. It drives my husband nuts.

Carly H

accidentalgypsy said...

I am completely clueless about fashion for myself. I have opinions about what other people design or wear, but when it comes to picking up a hangar and saying "that would look so good on me", I'm clueless. If I ever won the lottery, I think my first purchase would be a personal shopper and a brand new wardrobe! :)

Lindsay said...

Anything to do with electronics and how they work.

Amy said...

I am totally clueless about "code" My husband is design a game for the App store and I get lost in his descriptions

Melissa said...

News stories. My husband will make fun of me for not hearing about certain things that have happened in the news. Same goes for politics. I have no idea about any of it and I live a short distance from DC!

Melissa A from CLC

Bridget said...

Computers. Not the use of one, but the internal things. Ram, memory, processing speed, that kind of stuff.

iambtinrb

Kristin from Louisville said...

I am clueless about anything that involves cables going into electronics and walls. Completely confounded with cords.

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I'm clueless about cars.

buttah said...

I'm clueless on directions too!! Especially if Hubs is in the car with me...I can forget how to get across town "the best way"!! It drives him bonkers! I get very turned around almost all the time.

absolutahnie said...

electronics of any sort, they make zero sense to me! i have no idea how i ever loaded my ipod with music...!

Melissa said...

I'm clueless about gardening. Mel Rem

Melissa said...

I tend to be clueless about history. I wish I would have paid more attention in school!

-tmd636

CAnative said...

I am totally clueless about facebook, which is why I don't bother having one.

Nicole

Lizett34 said...

I am clueless when it comes to stocks, bonds, investing things like that.

Megan said...

I'm clueless when it comes to putting a/c window units in! I always need help!
Eloisepeaches

Sherry said...

I'm pretty good about figuring out most things--except direction I get lost in my own neighborhood--it is so bad tat my son is scared when I take a different rout than normal.

your invisible pixie said...

most things involving money...and real estate...and most things grown ups are supposed to know about!

Luvschocolate said...

Im pretty clueless on anything regarding computers or cell phones,

Alice said...

I'm increasingly clueless about time, and I've always hated late people. But really, it just flies by!

Emily said...

I am completely clueless about car maintenance and repair...I mean, completely.

Emily116

Margaret said...

Computers! I'm really lost most of the time! This book sounds excellent!!!

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Jeffie T said...

Tech stuff and politics.

Kimmi said...

Geography - which affects my ability to take directions (which is at level 0).

Nanette said...

I would have to say computers. My husband is a network administrator, too, so it drives him nuts when I can't figure things out. I don't think he realizes that his abilities are not just going to "rub off" on me because we are married! LOL!!

Nan

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Clueless regarding construction & tools!

lucy872 said...

Totally clueless about financial stuff...when finance people start talking, I just glaze over.

Leslie said...

I am clueless about the dating world...I was married right out of college, now suddenly, I'm not. I have no idea how people meet and date in the 21st century! LeslieGC

Denise said...

I'm clueless when it comes to cooking (but I can bake like a pro - go figure?)

-Denise F.

Joelle said...

I might get laughed at for what I really want to put so I'll say soccer...I just don't get all the positions. Why have positions if all you do is run around kicking the ball?!? lol

- jobella

EBrowning said...

Anything having to do with the stock market, investing or finance. I know I should pay more attention but it's just so boring to me!

Tiffany Drew said...

I also have to say directions. I've lived in the same town my entire life and have traveled the same roads hundreds of times but I just can't seem to remember their routes. The husband is always saying to me "You know where that is, it's on route 4!" like I know what he is talking about lol. I don't!

Lisamarie said...

Clueless about Cars...I have a car that tells me when my tires are low in air...I made sure my car has all the "stupid" person indicators for just about anything that needs somesort of attention.

Krystal said...

I'm totally clueless about politics and finance things like stocks and bonds, etc.
kndyer

Jonita said...

I am clueless about so many things, LOL! I am very clueless about directions (ie North, South, etc.). Tell me to go South and I'm lost!!

Jonita

Bev V said...

I'm clueless about half the things my kids are talking about.

Bev (shaggy552@gmail.com)

Marla W. said...

I am clueless about directions also - I like to refer to it as being "directionally illiterate". I simply did not get those wires in my brain when I was built. North, South, East and West mean nothing to me and I use GPS to get to some locations that I've been to several times. Plus, if there is construction or some other issue, I usually do not know an alternate route to where I'm going :o)

Carol5814 said...

I am clueless about many, many things, such as anything financial or how to keep my hair from frizzing on a 90 degree humid day in Chicago.

Corgi Lover said...

I'm clueless about math. My boyfriend just laughs at me when I try to figure out a tip on my bill!!

Mom'sLove said...

I'm going to say.... men...
don't know what to do with them....
Amanda
byacourt at gmail dot com

EKB said...

clueless about balancing a budget. or even sticking to one. its the impossible feat for me. just look at my credit card statement to confirm that. ugh

TaraUB said...

Plants. I have a black thumb. I have no desire to deal with landscaping.

Anonymous said...

Maps! For the life of me I can't seem to figure them out or how to get where I need to go based on reading them.

RebeccaE

Nancye said...

I am clueless of complicating aspects of my computer-- like what to do if it starts acting weird! I know-- I just ask my 2 kids (17 & 8), or my hubby.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Books & Reviews said...

I am also clueless about directions and get lost going to places I've gone to before. It also drives my husband insane!

Shellybelly43066 said...

Can not DVR... Completely clueless!

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

I am clueless about how to mow the lawn.

Kristi said...

I'm clueless with directions. I once got lost going to a town I had lived in for 3 years.

Kristi Marie W.

Carie Casey said...

i'm clueless about the computer. as long as i can connect to the internet i'm good.

Carie

Anonymous said...

I am clueless about most social media. Twitter? Tumblr? No clue. Not interested.

Colbey J

ludy2288 said...

I have no sense of direction!

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I'm completely clueless when it comes to dating. Sad fact for a 28 year old, newly single gal!
qweska8402

Kelleyc said...

Geez, I could go on and on .... Directions ( just had major meltdown on Friday getting lost ... Hubby actually stayed on the phone with me til I got to where I knew how to get home. And I had been on that road before! It's so sad!), history, fixing anything (again, refer all non-working items to hubby!!), politics, investing, ....

Kristen said...

I'm clueless about putting on makeup and fashion!

Kristen27

slm8803 said...

I go to EVERY game that I can of my children...softball, baseball, soccer, football, etc. I cheer for them too...most of the time though I am clueless as to what the rules are and whats going on!

Amelia said...

i'm a go phone lady - i never sent a text and have no clue what a smart phone can do for me

Lilian said...

I'm clueless about a lot of things...such as how to effectively hammer a nail, or use a handsaw to saw wood...and knitting...*sighs*

lilianxchengATgmail.com

Jen said...

Clueless about the scary science of make-up...I either avoid it altogether, or try to bribe a friend to help me out so I don't end up looking like a clown!

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

TinaB said...

I'm clueless about lots of things....math, plants, anything "techy",..the list goes on and on! Ha!!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

BrendaL71 said...

Hmmm, I'm clueless how to handles my 11 year old that acts like a spoiled 16 year old teenager. I am lost when it comes to her attitude and back talk.

A.C. said...

I'm completely clueless when it comes to technology. I can turn on my laptop, check email, and play on the internet, but that's it. If something goes wrong, I'm screwed.

Sslinsky said...

I am completely clueless about depth perception. I run into things often. I also cannot guesstimate sizes or amounts.

Sarah

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Totally clueless about financial investments and retirement planning. I suppose I should start thinking about that, but my mind pretty much shuts down when I go there.

Leah B said...

Clueless about fashion - I wish someone could dress me every day!

robynn78 said...

clueless on directions most definitely

equinn726 said...

I am pretty clueless about investments (stocks, bonds, etc.). I try to understand but I start reading and my eyes just seem to glaze over...

Jessica said...

I'm also clueless about directions! I know there are other things too but I can't think of them.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Mumma23qts said...

The game of tennis. Why can't they just keep a normal score like volleyball?

Erin G said...

I'm clueless about cars.

Anonymous said...

I am clueless when it comes to politics.

-Donna W.

Kristin said...

I'm clueless about how some days my kids are angels and the next day they have been replaced by maniacs.

Bridget O'Neill said...

My husband's work. Whenever he talks about it, it goes completely over my head. I have no idea what he's talking about! He's an operations manager-that's about all I know. :)

CherylB said...

I am clueless when it comes to helping my daughter with 8th grade math----my brain just won't go there anymore!

cabest@yahoo.com

Read Baby Read said...

I hate to say this, but I am clueless about how to deal with my daughter in her teenage years. This was NOT what I planned!

daisy said...

I am totally clueless why people are so interested in reality shows, the kardashians, the hiltons, etc. I don't get the attraction.

Terri said...

Politics. I know that's terrible, but I'm just not interested!


Terri M.

Katie said...

I am pretty clueless on things that are not common sense sometimes. It honestly depends on the subject.

LaVonne said...

I am clueless about what the engineers here at work really do.

betsy_blixt said...

I'm clueless of guys hitting on me. Guess that's why I'm still single. I think they are just being nice people then I find out from friends later it was more then that. Lose my chance a lot cause I don't pick up on it.

Kim W. said...

Where do I begin? Politics is a big one. Not a big interest for me. Directions is another one. My husband laughs at me because I'll point in a certain direction while talking to him and he'll literally take my arm and move it to the proper direction.

Christina said...

Finances! Investing, 401K's and all of that stuff. Luckily, I'm marrying a guy who works in the finance world so I should be ok :)

ChristinaL

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