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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blog Tour & Giveaway with Author Phillipa Ashley

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Phillipa Ashley.  Her new book, Dating Mr. December, is released by Sourcebooks this months and it is a great read! Look for my review of it tomorrow! 

Here is the authors guest post featuring her picks for Calendar Studs!

First, I want to thank Amy for inviting me to blog at My Overstuffed Bookshelf. When I saw her blog topic, I did a happy dance. After all what author – what woman, in fact, wouldn’t love to choose her own Calendar Boys?

Actually, it was quite hard to whittle it down to just 12 men….


A montage of the members of the real Lake District Mountain Rescue Team who inspired Dating Mr. December. The book isn’t based on any real people but the team’s courage and good humour infused the story. These volunteers risk their lives to save walkers and climbers and are also brave enough to answer weird questions from novelists!

This is the birthday month of my husband. He’s six feet two and hunky and has put up with me for almost 30 years (we were childhood sweethearts.) He also put up with my jaw (and my daughter’s) dropping to the floor when we visited the set of “The 12 Men of Christmas,” the Lifetime TV movie based on my book. 

Gorgeous Stephen Moyer who plays Vampire Bill in True Blood – but without the fangs and pale make-up.

Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen. Darcy’s the archetypal Alpha hero who’s influenced my writing – and thousands of others. 

Mr. Mike Fosbrook, my English teacher, who sadly passed away a few years ago, well before his time. He inspired and fostered my love of literature. I’d love to know what he’d think of me writing romantic novels. He’d tease me, for sure, but I hope he’d be proud.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. He’s prepared to sacrifice himself to save Rogue at the end of X Men. I’ve replayed that scene dozens of times.

Heath Ledger. Another man who left this world too soon. ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ must be my favourite feel good movie ever.

Ashton Kutcher in the Coastguard rescue movie, ‘The Guardian’ would be Mr. August - and not just because he spends the film in a tight uniform or swim shorts. I love the dynamic between him and Kevin Costner and the choices the characters are forced to make at the end.

Has to be Richard Armitage, star of the BBC miniseries ‘North & South.’ Richard’s mesmerising performance as brooding cotton mill master, John Thornton, had me rushing to my keyboard to write my first ever piece of romantic writing in 2005. Look him up on Google... he’s starring in the new Hobbit movie.

Ben Barnes from ‘Dorian Gray’.  That hair, the cut-glass English accent, that blend of menace and sensuality in one so young. I went to see him in the West End play, Birdsong, recently and had three hours of being almost within touching distance.

Open to offers!

Will Tennant, of course, the hero of Dating Mr. December! As the heroine, Emma, puts it, Will is ‘six feet three, dark-haired and disgustingly handsome in a rugged, rough-edged kind of way.” Will was played by the gorgeous Josh Hopkins in the movie but I know readers will have their own ideas.

You’ll notice I’ve left November open and I’d love to hear readers of the blog suggest their own Calendar Boys...

Praise for Phillipa Ashley:
"Ashley’s writing is deft, sexy, and full of humor."

"Lovely books filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!"
—internationally bestselling author Jill Mansell

"Sharp, sexy, and exuberant."

She doesn’t need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery...

After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne both her boyfriend and her high-profile PR job in London, she moves to the Lake District to recover her confidence and live a simpler life. She loves her new job with the tourist board, and she’s settling into small town life just fine—until she ends up responsible for a fundraising effort that calls for twelve naked mountain rescuers...
Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders

Phillipa Ashley studied English Language and Literature at Oxford before becoming a freelance copywriter and journalist. Dating Mr. December (called Decent Exposure in the UK) was the basis of last year’s Lifetime TV Movie “The 12 Men of Christmas.” A frequent guest on BBC national, local and independent radio on all matters romantic, she lives with her husband and daughter in Staffordshire, UK. For more information, please visit http://phillipa-ashley.com/, follower her on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have 2 Copies of Dating Mr. December to giveaway! Trust me, this a fun and wonderful book to read! You won't want to miss it!

1. Contest is open to USA and CANADA only.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would be!
3.  Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win.
4. Answer the author's question located above in red.
5.  EXTRA ENTRY: Tweet the giveaway and leave the direct link in a SEPARATE comment.
Contest will end on 11/9/2010



Blogger Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

WHat a fun post! STeamy looking book :)

November 4, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

Well, my suggestion for Mr November would be http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3974595328/nm0710542
On the grounds that he is as talented and intelligent as he is gorgeous, and an all-round good guy too.

November 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Athena said...

Dominic from Mistresses!

November 4, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Rosy T said...

Having been lucky enough to read 'Dating Mr December' already under its UK title of 'Decent Exposure', I can tell you it's a great read - witty, fast-paced, poignant and sexy.

For Mr November, I'd like to suggest the gorgeous Michael C Hall.


November 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger CHRISTIE said...

I have to say how excited I was to see Josh Hopkins. I have the biggest crush on him :)

How about a little Dermot Mulroney for November. I think he is super hot.


November 4, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Phillipa said...


Great to see you all here and thanks to Amy for inviting me to do such a fun post.

I'm loving the suggestions for Mr November. Keep them coming!


November 4, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Alejandra De la Fuente said...

Sounds like a great book!
my sugestion for mr. november is:
Johnny Deep
Not a particular character of him but just plain himself its so hot!! (Though i loved his Sweeney tod and his role in "secret window" xD... yes i have something for movie-psicopaths, is that so wrong?)

November 4, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger cheryl c said...

I would suggest Nathan Fillion for Mr. November. As Rick Castle on TV, he is handsome, smart, and funny.
castings at mindspring dot com

November 4, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Ammy Belle said...

My Mr. November? Hm ... my Boyfriend I guess, since I won't see him until December (stupid school!) and I miss him :(

Thanks for the contest! It looks like a great book to read!

apereiraorama @ gmail.com

November 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger runner10 said...

This book sounds fun!!
I think George Clooney would be great.

November 4, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

I'd choose Nathan Fillian as Mal Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity for Mr. November.
Dating Mr. December sounds like a delightful story and I'm looking forward to reading it.


November 4, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger - Melissa - said...


November 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

For Mr. Nov I would have to pick Matthew McConaughey.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

November 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger JessieR said...

Mr. November for me would be a cowboy.... don't care what his name is as long as he's dressed up and hot! : ).... actually that would be my Mr. for every month!

jrust28 AT gmail DOT com

November 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger JenM said...

Viggo Mortenson - preferably dressed as Aragorn in LOTR. Honestly, I never thought that part could have been so well cast.


November 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I'm entering!

My suggestion for Mr November would be Tyler Hilton, because I love him and I met him and he's sooo sweet and adorable!


November 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I also tweeted!!!



November 4, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

It looks like a fun book. My suggestion would be George Clooney.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

November 5, 2010 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would suggest Robert Patterson from Twilight for November. I think he is very hot. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

November 5, 2010 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

This is such a fabulous book.

I love the list, especially September and December. Off now to think who I would choose as my Mr November.

November 5, 2010 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Phillipa said...

Hi - I now have my home broadband back so can read all the suggestions. Some of the guys are new to me which is a great ecuse to check them out.

I do like Nathan Fillion - he was gorgeous in Firefly.

Debs - hello!

Athena mentioned Mistresses which is a Uk show with lots of very sexy sophisticated men

November 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.


My selection for November would be Vin Diesel, who knew bald could look sooooo good! LOL

November 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger samantha35 said...

great giveaway

November 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my, this is cool!!

Okay so I have to say Gerard Butler should be for November! He looks good in any month!!

leilani @ leilanilovesbooks.com

November 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

I'd go with Pierce Brosnar. He's such a handsome Irish Devil. :) I love the sound of your book Phillipa
Carol L.

I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47.

November 7, 2010 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

I would suggest Aidan Turner who played Aidan on All My Children, what a hunk. I am a follower! Please enter me. Thanks!


November 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Phillipa said...

Hi there again and thanks for all the entries and Calendar Suggestions.

Re Gerard Butler: he was pretty close to how I imagined Will before they cast Josh Hopkins. I should have included him - need extra months. :)

Carol - Pirece Brosnan - if you check out my blog archive or google my name and Pierce's you should find a photo of him on my blog. My daughter and her friends spotted him in a punt on the river at Oxford.

Aidan Turner - another to check out.Maybe I should have a New To Me weekly feature on my blog!

November 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm a follower and I think JAMES FRANCO would be a great choice! Super hottie!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

November 8, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Tara said...



TaraTagli at gmail dot com

November 8, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Phillipa said...

Tara - James Franco - was he in the Spiderman movies? If so, you're right, he's very handsome and a fine actor.

November 10, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

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