Book Giveaway: Get in Shape and Talk to Your Teen

I haven’t been blogging for a while and I promise you’ll hear more about why in the next week or two.

In the meantime, it is that time of year again, the Bloggy Giveaways (click for even more contests)! I have two new books (these are clean copies I did not read) to give away.

The first is Dancing with the Stars: Jive, Samba, and Tango Your Way into the Best Shape of Your Life.

If you are wondering how to get in shape while enjoying hot dances, this book will give you the moves.

Plus, I have The Teen Whisperer: How to Break Through the Silence and Secrecy of Teenage Life. Teenagers can be incredibly difficult to understand and help. This book brings insight from a successful, but unorthodox therapist who works with the most troubled teens. If you or know someone who needs help with communicating with a teen, you’ll find this book to be a great resource.

To win: Just leave me a comment, telling me (briefly) why you would be interested in winning these books, by February 1, 8PM EST. I’ll choose one winner at random for both books. Remember to leave an e-mail or URL where I can reach you if you win. I will ship to any US (including US military addresses that count as US shipping) or Canadian address. Good luck and enjoy!

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  1. Ellen says:

    I would LOVE the dancing with the stars video. I don’t have a teen, but my SIL has two of them. I bet she would love the book.

  2. S.B. says:

    I would love the get in shape book. I’m a momma of a 5 month old.

  3. Geri says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Please count me in please!

    DWTS is one of my favs and if it could help with weight loss, all the better!

  4. Definitely need to get in shape…why not do it the fun way.

  5. Paige says:

    This looks like a fun way to get in shape. And I have a teen, and another one on the way to teendom. I could use all the help I can get in talking to them.

  6. ktjrdn says:

    I’ve seen this book as a giveaway at other blogs recently. It’s interested me, but I haven’t won it yet. maybe this time…

  7. Qtpies7 says:

    I would like the teen whisperer book, I have 3 and getting them to talk is hard work! I have 4 kids that will be teens soon enough, so you can see I need all the help I can get!

  8. Marcia says:

    I would love the Teen Whisperer book. My aunt’s step son is almost a teen and he’s already a troubled child.

  9. Ginny says:

    Looks interesting

  10. ZudaGay says:

    I love Dancing With The Stars!!! It is my favorite show! And I have two teenage grandkids, and help dealing with teens is always a good thing. Please enter me….thank you so much!!!

  11. Romie says:

    Would love the dance book – been trying out several different work out things and this sounds like a great one to try!

  12. Carissa says:

    I love dancing and Dancing With The Stars! I want to learn how to do the dances.

  13. windycindy says:

    What a great giveaway. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks,Cindi

  14. Reeva says:

    Dancing with the Stars get in shape book for sure – our entire family could benefit from this and have a good time doing it

    great contest! count me in :) ..and keep up the great work on the blog! :)

  15. Shannon says:

    These sound great.

  16. susan1215 says:

    I would love the Get in Shape book.

  17. KnittinChick says:

    I would love the Get in Shape book.

  18. Maja says:

    dancing with the stars

    i love dancing

  19. Angel says:

    I would like to win the the Dancing with the stars book for my wife.

  20. Ana says:
    I need to lose the weight. :)
    Dancing book

  21. Oh, I’d love to win! I’m interested in winning these books because 1)I’d love to learn some dance moves, 2)I have a friend who has a teenager. Please count me in! Thank you!

    I’m doing a giveaway on both of my blogs:

    I’ll be doing a new giveaway everyday until Friday. Thought you might want to know.


  22. Christopher says:

    I Love Dancing with the Stars

  23. Caroline says:

    I love dancing and can definitely use some motivation to stick to an exercise routine. I find gyms and the like so very boring.

    As a sociology and criminology student, I’m interested in dealing with young offenders. A book that would help me communicate with teenagers would definitely be put to good use.


  24. Bree says:

    I mentor teens on Saturdays, so I think I could really use that book!

  25. Karen says:

    Please count me in, I would love either book, thanks!

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  26. Darwin says:

    part of my new year rez is to get in shape.

  27. I have a 10 year old girl, need I say more? OK, I also have an 8 year old boy … a 5 year old girl … and a 2 year old girl – I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!

  28. LaughNLove says:

    would make such a great gift, please enter me.

  29. Lady_MSnow says:

    Dancing with the stars would be awesome. :D

  30. Heather says:

    Thanks very much for these books, they look to be aweosme! Enter me please! :)

  31. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Stop by my place to win a bath set & candles or one of two copies of a book I’m giving away.

    Laura @ Laura Williams’ Musings

  32. Anonymous says:

    I would love getting into summer shape this way!

  33. Rebecca says:

    I need to exercise and this looks like a really fun way. I’ve also got 2 teenagers and one on the way!!

  34. LINDALSHOT says:

    Need to lose the GUT! lolwzfo

  35. agordon10 says:

    this would be great for exercising!

  36. Teri says:

    This would be great to get my butt (literally) in shape!

  37. Erica says:

    who doesn’t need help getting in shape and who doesn’t need help talking to teenagers!
    great pairing!

  38. SpicyOne says:

    Breaking through the veil of secrecy in today’s teenage world would be enlightening indeed.

  39. Liz says:

    I love to dance and need to lose weight! Also, the idea of being able to talk to a teen is always important! What a great giveaway! Please sign me up! Thanks!

  40. Julie D says:

    I’ve never watched “Dancing with the stars”, but anything that might make working out fun, sounds great to me. I don’t have a teen yet, but I do have a “tweener” (He’s 10.)

  41. Aisling says:

    I’ve always loved to dance and this would be a fun way to work out. As a tie-in to the “Talk to Your Teen” book, we have a quiet 15-year-old in the family who loved DWTS. We all watched it to have a special subject of conversation with her. (This year it’s Dance War.)

  42. Meg says:

    I’d love to learn how to dance again…used to love ballet. And I have a friend who’d appreciate reading the other book. ( )

  43. Anonymous says:

    Having lost 50 lbs by giving up sugar and flour I would love to lose 30 more using this!!

  44. majellamom says:

    The dancing book sounds like great fun. As for the teen one…my 3 year old girl likes to ACT like a teenager sometimes!

  45. ky2here says:

    Sequins and hausfraus were born to be together – it’s destiny.

  46. Kierra says:

    My niece is turning into a teen soon, so the book would help with our communication.


  47. Id love to win either book.. but the teen book would suit us most as my goddaughter is 17 and driving me insaine :)

  48. Jenny says:

    I need to lose this baby weight! Bring on DWTS!!!

  49. Maggie says:

    I need to get in shape and my teenage son does too.

  50. redfantum says:

    Excellent prize, thanks!

  51. patti31556 says:

    thanks, I am just starting a lifestyle change to lose weight and need something to add to my activity level.

  52. T'aowyn says:

    I am amazed by the routines on dancing with the stars and I can see why people drop the weight. Very intense workout.

    taowyn (at) gmail (dot) com

  53. I would love to win this. Maybe it’ll help me to understand my students better.

  54. Megan says:

    I have a teenager. Need I say more?

  55. Missy says:

    i have a teen and a tween :)


  56. Linda says:

    Ooh! Please enter me in the drawing!
    I am trying to lose weight and the first book sounds like oh so much fun!!!!

  57. vmkids says:

    teen whisperer sounds good to read

  58. nor_lou says:

    I would love the dancing with the stars for me and the teen book so I can understand and talk to my sil

  59. Karen says:

    I have a ton of weight to lose and I like to dance. That’s why I’d like to win the first book.

    I’d like to win the second book because I have a tween that will be a teenager soon and I can already see the lines of communication changing.

  60. teechbiz says:

    Dancing with the stars has inspired me at age 48 to take dancing lessons. Talk about exercise It’s a challenge but wow are the results worth it.

  61. pcbdolphins says:

    I really deserve this. Whwn my daughter was 5 my parents took her from me because I was an alcholic. I moved to florida 4/4/2007, the day my daughter turned 19, with 10 1/2 years sobriety, my care payed off and money saved for the move after working 2 and 3 jobs for years

  62. I love to dance and need to get in shape.

  63. PrisstPi says:

    Love to win Dancing with the stars

    God Bless
    Good Luck

  64. Melissa says:

    I’d love the teen book… cuz I’m starting to prep now! LOL!

  65. Piseco says:

    I have enjoyed dancing with the stars and I’d love to see what they have to say about fitness. I don’t have a teenager yet but in just about 7 years I will… :) Never too early to prepare.

  66. fangirl says:

    Dancing may be the way I can finally motivate myself into getting back in shape.

  67. redron says:

    What a fun way to get into a better shape

  68. bison61 says:

    I’d like the dancing with the stars-best shape of your life-I can try!

  69. Brittany says:

    I would love the Teen Whisperer book – Any help a mom can get is much appreciated! Thank you!

  70. Corina says:

    I soooo need the teen whisperer book! I have two “tweens” and life is getting interesting already. AND there are two more girls behind them! help! lol

  71. Mom2cwj2 says:

    My oldest DD is about to turn 13 this fall … I need all the help I can get with 4 more coming up behind her! : :)

  72. Christina says:

    I love the show and my friend’s daughter would love these books as well!

  73. char says:

    After 4 kids, I could use a little getting into shape, in a fun way!! Lol! And my husband works with the local Youth Group, the book would be a great asset!! God Bless!!

  74. Rebecca says:

    some getting in shape help!!

  75. jennem says:

    I would love the teen book. I work with a large group of teens every month and I need the help!

  76. Gloria says:

    I would love the Teen Whisperers book, I am currently going to school and I want to work with teens when I get my bachelors degree. Please sign me up, thanks :)

  77. Anastasia says:

    What a great giveaway! :D

    I’d love to win because:
    A: I could always use a fun way to get and stay in shape
    B: I’m about to have two teenage daughters, so I need to get prepared :D

  78. paryjeja says:

    I would love these books, first I want to know how to tango and secondly I do have a teenager.

  79. Tina12312 says:

    I would love the Dancing With The Stars book. I want to learn some new steps and get the hubby dancing. Thank you!

  80. Mike says:

    I want to win

  81. Melissa says:

    Please enter me! I’d love to learn how to dance – and I have 4 kids – and it won’t be long before they become teenagers! Thansk!

  82. carolsue says:

    Both would be great! I have a 13 year old girl (need I say more?) and I can’t dance worth a darn, so maybe I could learn something from the Dancing book!

  83. Talitha says:

    I love dancing with the stars and one day my two will be teenagers. I would love to win these books so that I can put them to good use

  84. Sarah says:

    I need the get in shape book as a mom of three and prayerfully more with diabetes I need to get in shape. The teen books looks good as my three will eventually be teens.

    SeekingHim@gmail dot com

  85. neneelynn says:

    I like the tten book as have a child that is one year from the magic age

    Nora Scott-Platt

  86. I’d like the teen book because I rarely understand one of my sisters and want to!

  87. Kari says:

    Pick me please :)

  88. lilballr02 says:

    Love Dancing with the Stars

  89. Catalyst says:

    I am such a big fan of that show, would love to learn some of their moves!!!

  90. We love this show! Please enter me. Thanks!

  91. dwarzel says:

    lEither would be of great use to my family

  92. Angela says:

    Too, too cool! I loved looking around your blog. Thank you for your great offer!

  93. Stephanie says:

    I would love the Dancing With The Stars, because I definately need to get in shape, but its hard to try to get it done. So I’d like the book and I love to dance so I think it’d be a good match.

    Please enter me. Thank you so much.

  94. kelly says:

    I need to get in shape and I have a 12 year old that is shutting herself off from me.

  95. Crystaladw says:

    Dancing with the Stars is my FAVORITE show. AND I have a 16 year old son, that I cannot figure out sometimes. What a great giveaway!

  96. byrumnews says:

    What a great give-away. Love the DWTS.

  97. Ellen says:

    I don’t have teens yet, but you know how fast kids grow! I love to dance, so learning new moves would be awesome!

  98. Anonymous says:

    I’d like the Dancing with the Stars book to help get myself motivated to stay in shape.
    I’d like to give the other book to my 13 yoa daughter.


  99. Please count me in, I would love either book, thanks!

  100. paula h says:

    I’d love to win these books. I have 2 teens. I also need to get in shape since I had a baby recently.

  101. C. Gwynn says:

    I would love to win the book Dancing with Stars.

  102. lauramich68 says:

    Wow, I love, love, love dancing with the stars! It looks like a fun way to get in shape. I have 2 teenagers and could really use the other book too.

  103. Tara says:

    well… I could definitely use a fun way to get in shape and the book sounds like a great read!

  104. Amanda says:

    I’d love the dancing with the stars.

  105. sachidewey says:

    These both sound interesting and USEFUL!

  106. Deb K says:

    Please enter me~I would love to win this!!

  107. Niki says:

    My daughter works with troubled teens

  108. aa says:

    count me in and THANK YOU!! i’d love the teen book for friends of mine with a preteen daughter. :)

    surrogacyrocks at yahoo dot com

  109. Lydia says:

    Great!! Count me in!!
    Check out my giveaway – Mary Kay Product!!

    Thank you!!

  110. jackie says:

    I have a preteen daughter who loves DWTS. We are always looking for fun ways to get exercise, and this book would be a great way. And the 2nd book would definitely be helpful as my dd heads for her teen years.

    Thanks for the contest! jlazztoo at yahoo dot com

  111. David Smith says:

    My wonderful wife Cathy would love the dancing video, she wants to use dancing or something like it to finish getting in shape. A couple of years ago she had her right knee replaced, before that (since she was 10, anyway) she was unable to do things like run or dance – she has just realized that she CAN do those things! ONE of us needs to be able to run, dance, etc, and my legs no longer work due to a car accident. As for the book, our oldest daughter Marissa is 13, and that book could really help Cathy relate to her, understand what she is saying when she talks txt.

    David Smith

  112. blueviolet says:

    I’d love to learn how to dance and call it exercise at the same time and I’d love to understand my teenage son.

  113. yellowlabs says:

    This looks like a really cool way to get in shape!

  114. borogirl says:

    Would love either or maybe both! Then I could understand my son whilst dancing with him!

  115. Erica G says:

    I have preteen step daughter and getting her to open up already is tough. The teen book would really help me. As for the dancing with the stars, I am about to have my first baby and my body is gonna need all the help it can get to try to get back to my old form. Thanks!

  116. danandmarsh says:

    I would like to win these because they sound to be fun!

  117. Lori says:

    Please enter my name in the drawing. I’d love to win the book or video.

  118. Rockin' Mama says:

    I love dancing and the show by that name so I would love to win!

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

  119. Tisa says:

    I would love to win the Get in Shape book as I love to read anything about getting/staying in shape. Please count me in! ~ :)

  120. Butchbarbee66 says:

    I need the teen book I got one driving me nuts

  121. cdrury says:

    I am a therapist and would love to add these to my library for parents!

  122. both exciting! i’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

  123. Anonymous says:

    Love to win both one with the physical and the other life’s commitments of the teen years

  124. Stephen A says:

    My wife can use this in may!

  125. Brandy says:

    Great giveaway! Please enter me! Thanks!

  126. Chrysa says:

    I love dancing and would be interested in what this book says about using dancing to get in shape.

  127. jaydonco1 says:

    I need motivation to lose weight and I have a teenager!

  128. jmahurin40 says:


  129. Betty C says:

    I took belly dancing lessons several years ago and it was quite a workout. This should be equally challenging.

  130. Anonymous says:



  131. Atreau says:

    Dancing is a fun way of incorporating exercise in life!

  132. garrettsambo says:

    I would love to get in better shape, having fund while doing it would motivate me to do it. I have a teenage daughter the book would help me talk to her better

  133. I would love to teen book..My oldest just turned yi yi

  134. you da mom! says:

    well, first of all, i love all the dancing shows. and secondly, my stepson is entering his “preteen” years. scary! i think i could benefit from both your prizes! thanks!

  135. Mariann says:

    Talk to your teen would be a good one for me, soon – my oldest is going to be 11 this year. I am not sure about the get in shape book- my shape is an apple!!! LOL

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!!

  136. toyota says:

    These books would be great for me to read and share because they both relate to kids, teens and parents. That is exercise and getting in touch with your teen and communications together. Love to win these or one of them. thanks so much.

  137. Samantha says:

    I’d like to win this because it seems like a great way to get in shape!

  138. Sylvia P says:

    I’d like to win this book so i can finally figure out how to talk to my teenager!

    anniehall4000 at aol dot com

  139. cpom says:

    I would love the DWTS book to see their hints/tips on getting in shape. As for the Talk to Your Teen book, I still have a few years before my oldest hits her teens, but it’s never to early to read up on how to keep the lines of communication open.

  140. says:

    I heart anything DWTS!

  141. Heather says:

    DWTS would give my daughter some possible stage moves for her singing. That’d be great.

    Also, the teen book will come in handy when dealing with said daughter. She’s starting young with teen mood swings.

  142. lilyk says:

    I would love to win these books because they sound very interesting.

  143. rosannepm says:

    My 54 year old husbandrecently said he’dwished he could dance.