02 August 2012

One for the Money {Giveaway} CLOSED

Winners: Kate Ryan and Lisa Warren
A few years ago, I read my first Janet Evanovich book.

It was called “One for the Money” and was about Stephanie Plum – a sassy lass from New Jersey with tonnes of attitude and a serious lack of money. As a last resort, Stephanie turns to her cousin for help and lands a job working at Vinnie’s bail bonding company.

Stephanie has no experience, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Her first assignment is to track down Joe Morelli, an ex-boyfriend who also happens to be a local vice cop.

I could go on and tell you more about the story, but I don’t want to spoil it for you…

I absolutely loved the book. Actually, I loved it so much, that I logged into and bought the whole Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (I think it was about 12 books – but there are more now).

One of the Money has now been made into a film, starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum and Jason O’Mara as Joe Morelli.

One for the money

It’s a thrill packed, action comedy and a great film for one of those times you want to watch something - which doesn’t require much thought.

When I read the books, I imagined someone different as Stephanie Plum, but I think Heigl is well suited to this character.

Sherri Shepherd (from The View) is absolutely fabulous as Lula and Daniel Sunjata is a wayyyyyy better Ranger than I imagined.

With thanks to Roadshow, I have 2 copies of One for the Money to giveaway.
There are 2 chances to enter as it’s a 2 part question. To enter, please answer in the comment section below:

Which book have you read recently that you would love to see made into a film? 

Which actors do you see starring in this film?

Terms & Conditions
  1. Open to Australian residents only.
  2. Giveaway will close on 21 August 2012.
  3. This is a game of skill and the judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered upon.
  4. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.
  5. Winner/s will be contacted by email.
Disclaimer: No payment was received for this post. I did however, receive a copy of this DVD to review. All opinions are my own or of my family.


  1. Kristy @ Quiet PlayAugust 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Oh this looks like a good one! I love Katherine Heigl!

    I'd love to see the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon turned into a movie - but I would be so stuck on which actors should play Jamie and Claire! Maybe Kevin McKidd from Grey's Anatomy for Jamie? Maybe? I don't know - that's a tough question!

  2. Fifty shades of grey!!! Sext Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling as Mr Grey and To play the girl...Emma Stone. She is gorgeous!

  3. 'Between the Lines' by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. I'd cast Elle Fanning as loner Delilah who loves books - one in particular. And I'd cast Liam Hemsworth as Oliver the storybook Prince Charming trying to escape the book and make it into Delilah's world.

  4. I love Janet Evanovich books in particular the Stef Plum series which I started reading over ten years ago, there are now 18 books in the series, I have only read up to 14 as my time is limited these days for reading. I do own all 18 of them, I am going to start from book 1 again when I retire from work in approx 12 months time :-) Sandra Bulloch is who I imagine when reading the books, Estelle Getty for Grandma, Vin Diesel for Ranger. I was quite disappointed when hearing that they cast Katherine Heigl for the part of Stef as she doesn't fit the profile when reading the books BUT I have watched the movie twice and really enjoyed it, waiting for "Two for The Dough"...... Years and years ago when reading the books I always said "these books would be great movies" LOL I am so pleased someone heard my thoughts.............

  5. I have just finished reading The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts, it is novel 2 in a trilogy. Unfortunately the 3rd one won't be released until November!

  6. The Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally. It's an Australian story dating back prior to WWI. The descriptions of those times, the country towns, fashions etc were most informative. Travelling to Columbo & the Middle East by ship, with young officers and nurses in social situations is eye-opening. As it's an Australian story, Australian's should be cast in the main roles

  7. Katherine Heigl. Hot to trot she'd be any directors dream

  8. I LOVE Janet Evanovich and all her books, I've read them all. She doesn't write fast enough for me! I'm currently reading the Dr Siri series by Colin Cotterell and love it. The first in the series is The Coroner's Lunch and is set in Laos in the late 70's. Its quirky, funny, and a mystery with a bit of the spirit world involved as well. Seriously, how many books have you read set in Laos?

  9. i dearly love her books they are so funny

  10. War And Grace - Don Stephens. Would make a great series of vignettes as it encompasses differing situations of people caught up in war. Unsure about who to play the roles but I bet Clint Eastwood would do a brilliant job directing it

  11. I am a massive fan of Janet Evanovich and I missed this one when it was at the movies!!
    I'm re-reading Patricia Cornwell's "Scarpetta" series, and I would love to see them made into a series! I could totally see Julianne Moore in the Kay Scarpetta role.

  12. Not long ago I read FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE by Ian Fleming. I would have to cast the ultimate Bond girl in a re-make. Queen Elizabeth II is THE best Bond girl - EVER!!

  13. I read a book called Skullduggery Pleasant, I think Nick Nolte would be fantastic in the lead roll of Skullduggery, a walking, talking, private investigator who is a skeleton wrapped up in a trench coat, sounds weird I know, but it was written for teenage boys and my son wanted me to read it, it was pretty good actually!

  14. I can't enter the contest because I live in Florida but I just finished reading One for the Money. My daughter harrassed me until I read it. I finished it in 2 days. That is a record for me. I am originally from NJ and have to say that the attitude was spot on. I have driven in 90 % of the areas mentioned. Felt like I was hearing a story about a neighbor. About 10 minute later I started Two for the Dough. Lots of fun!.

    Followed the trail of the Name Game Swap...and there you were. Love your site!

  15. I've been re-reading many of Philippa Gregory's books lately and I'd LOVE to see more of them made into movies. I was a bit disappointed they stopped at The Other Boleyn Girl, I think there's some fantastic movies lurking in the books. I'd like to see unknown actors in the parts to be honest, ones that really suit the role, rather than just taking a famous person and making them sort-of like the part.

    kate1485 at hotmail dot com

  16. The last book I read was "The Help" and I'm too late to cast that! The book previous to that was "The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton. I could easily see Judy Dench and Maggie Smith as the two older sisters. Laura Charmichael (Lady Edith in "Downton Abbey") would be great as the lead character, Eddie Burchill.

  17. Fifty shades of grey, now wouldn't that make a "steamy" film!!!!!

    No idea who should play the characters of Christian and Ana, I think it would be a very hard movie to cast.

  18. "A Wild History"-Darrell Lewis. A perfect story for Hugh Jackman and Ernie Dingo to play the major roles in as it depicts the Victorian River Frontier and has many Larger than Life characters

  19. Would love an updated movie based on an Agatha Christie novel..full of current movie stars!

  20. Albert of Adelaide- an quirky funny tale about a platypus and his adventures through Australia. I thought it would be a gentle story of mateship, which it was but with fighting and two-up in the pub! I see Hugh Jackman playing Albert as it would be funny to see the big man play this character as he finds his fighting spirit. Its a great fun read and would make a fun movie with plenty of action for the boys!

  21. Thank you so much Anorina!! I'm so looking forward to watching this one!


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