Friday’s Favorite: Jen Calonita PLUS chance to win SIGNED book!

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 in Uncategorized | 14 Comments

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook or just see my events page, you’ve seen a familiar name keep popping up time and again: Jen Calonita. Jen and I have done a bunch of events together and besides being one of my favorite people, she’s also one of my favorite authors.

With my tour buddy Jen!

I first met Jen back in 2006 when I was Director of Publicity at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. LBYR was getting ready to publish Jen’s debut novel, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. Right away I knew that I was going to love Jen from reading her book. Secrets follows 16-year-old Kaitlin Burke, an actress on one of TV’s hottest shows. But the pressures of fame were getting to Kaitlin so she decides to enroll (undercover) at a normal high school. I don’t want to give anything away to those who haven’t read it, but surprisingly enough, sometimes the pressures of high school can rival those of being a teen starlet. Reading the books makes you feel like your best friend is telling you a story. Plus, every chapter reveals a Hollywood secret (Jen spent years as an entertainment journalist and has interviewed tons of celebrities) so you feel like a total Hollywood insider.

Over the past five years, I’ve gotten to see Kaitlin grow up and tackle the paparazzi, problem co-stars, crushes, Broadway, her Momager, among many others through her six books. This past month, the last Secrets of My Hollywood Life book, There’s No Place Life Home was released (it’s my favorite of the series!). It was bittersweet to say good-bye to Kaitlin, but luckily for readers, Jen is working on a new series, Belles, which is coming out next spring (and if you can’t wait until then, check our her other novels: Reality Check and Sleepaway Girls).

It probably won’t be hard to guess that Jen and I are already talking about what we’ll be doing together for the release of our next books. We are tour buds for life!

I also want to say that Jen is one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. When I finally revealed to her my deep dark secret that I was working on a novel, she was so supportive. She was the first author to give me a blurb for The Lonely Hearts Club and I really feel honored to do events with her.

So in honor of Jen and the Secrets series, I wanted to do something special for my readers. So I have a SIGNED copy of Secrets of My Hollywood Life for one lucky reader!

All you have to do is answer this question in the comments section below: Who is YOUR secret (or not-so-secret) Hollywood crush? I’ll choose one person from random on Sunday evening (EST). (And sorry – for US residents only!) Please note, my comments section has been recently re-opened so I do have to approve all comments, so it may take a few hours for your comment to show up, but don’t worry, I’ll approve them all (even if I think your crush is icky – kidding!).

Good luck!

UPDATE: Thank you all for participating, I really loved reading your entries (you all have FABULOUS taste in boys!). Drumroll please! The winner (chosen by the lovely folks at is Kristen Shealy! Congrats Kristen – I just sent you an e-mail!

XO, Elizabeth

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  1. Skye Hamburg
    April 1, 2011

    I actually have two hollywood crushes: Matt Lanter (90210) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). I have had a crush on Daniel Radcliffe since the 4th grade when the first Harry Potter film came out and ever since have been absolutely captivated by his acting. He is not only a great british actor, but also broadway star (which reminds me of Secrets because Kaitlin also stars on broadway). Matt Lanter is my second hollywood crush in that his personality completely wins my heart (as well as looks, HE IS COMPLETELY GORGEOUS!) I’ve watched him in interviews and he is so funny, sweet, down to earth. He plays his character Liam in the tv show 90210 so well & I would completely love to meet him one day :]

  2. Sami Thomson
    April 1, 2011

    My new hollywood crush is Alex Pettyfer – he’s adorable and i soooo hope he either goes for Hunger Games or Mortal Instruments!

  3. Connie
    April 1, 2011

    I have a lot of crushes and I am not very secretive about it I have a blog post about my Hollywood crushes. But it is kind of a secret how much I actually do crush on him, John Krasinski. I was really in love with Jim Halpert & stopped watching the office because it was not fun anymore after he got married. So although my crush was no secret, my confession of how deep the crush went is.

  4. Amy
    April 1, 2011

    I have multiple Hollywood crushes and I’m not secretive about them at all. My top 5 are James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth. (Can you tell I have a thing for accents?)

  5. Kayla
    April 1, 2011

    I have oh so many crushes, that my friends constantly tease me about! I love Colin Morgan, Scotty McCreery [I’m addicted to American Idol xD], Nick Jonas, Logan Lerman…

  6. Amanda
    April 1, 2011

    Haha. My Hollywood crush is so secretive that I don’t even know who this person is yet. I know for a fact that I will have a GiNORMOUS (I realize this isn’t a word, but it should be) on whoever plays Peeta Mellark in the upcoming film “The Hunger Games.” I love, love, love, love, love Peeta Mellark and know the actor playing him will do FANTASTiC!

  7. Sundul Ahmed
    April 1, 2011

    My current Hollywood crush is: James Caviezel (The Count of Monte Cristo). By the way, that movie is AWESOME. I really recommend you watching Elizabeth, if you haven’t already.

  8. Tracy Hill
    April 2, 2011

    My Hollywood crush is Leonardo DiCaprio. It doesn’t matter what movie he is in because I’ll love them all. I realize he is a bit older for me but hey it’s only a crush!

  9. Ally Nolan
    April 2, 2011

    My Hollywood crush is Ian Somerhalder, from The Vampire Diaries and Lost. He’s a bit old for me, but still he’s just adorable <3

  10. Kristina
    April 2, 2011

    I would have to say my Hollywood crushes would have to be Taylor Lautner and Alex Pettyfer. They are adorable!

  11. Karena
    April 3, 2011

    It would be difficult to choose from the pool of beautiful men in Hollywood. *sighs* So I’m going to have to admit this fact…I have a bit of a girl crush on Helen Mirren! Amazing doesn’t begin to describe her talent. If I can have that skin, body and fabulous sassy way when I’m her age, I’ll die a happy woman.

  12. Kristen Shealy
    April 3, 2011

    I have numerous celebrity crushes, but as of right now, my three biggest crushes are Taylor Lautner, Matthew Gray Grubler (Criminal Minds) and Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-O) Alex and Matthew are a bit too old for me, but there’s only a year and ten months age difference with Taylor. So I see this as a win.

  13. Diana
    April 3, 2011

    Hands down, my Hollywood crush (it’s no secret) is actor Ryan Gosling! Not only is he super easy on the eyes, he’s also extremely talented.

  14. Jen Calonita
    April 4, 2011

    I had to weigh in myself! So my not-so-secret Hollywood crush is Zac Efron/Ben Affleck/James Marsden — I can’t pick just one! Zac I’ve met and think is the nicest guy ever. Ben and I have been in the same room together on numerous occasions, but me, being me, has always been too afraid to say hello, and James, well, his character in 27 Dresses — you know the sarcastic charmer? Well, he’s the stuff dreams are made of. At least in mine!

    xoxo Elizabeth Eulberg – I’m so lucky to know you.