Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I will be giving books away to entrants in my trivia contests. To win, you must answer all trivia questions correctly. If multiple contestants answer all questions correctly, then the winners name will be drawn out of my well worn 2006 World Junior Championships hat.
I'm going to start this off by giving away a copy of Jeff Rud's Canucks Heroes: Vancouver's Hockey Legends. You can read the review here.
More details at this post.
Contests closes November 10th, 2007.
To enter, leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 4, 2007, expressing your interest. Please include an email address where you can be reached if you do not have a Blogger profile or if your Blogger profile is not public. One winner will be randomly chosen from all entrants.
I've had the pleasure of reading Ms.Castillo before and I wasn't disappointed. Hopefully you won't be either. So head on over.
Also from RomRevToday's post dated, well ... today -
Chat tonight at RWA Online with Linnea Sinclair! She's giving away prizes, as is the other author, Cara Carnes. And you never know which author might stop in and give away prizes of their own.
Chat begins at 9pm est.
Access the chat room here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/chat.htm
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
But Brio editors Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler are here to help bridge that gap. In a question-and-answer format, Susie and Kathy combine their wealth of experience and knowledge to answer real-life questions from not only teen girls but also mothers of teen girls. With a refreshing and honest style, Susie and Kathy help moms connect and communicate with their daughters through the turbulent teen years.
Topics covered include:
- communication and trust
- self-destructive behaviors
- relating to stepdaughters and adopted daughters
My Life Unscripted by Tricia Goyer
Gone With the Groom by Janice Thompson
Wasabi Wednesday: Just Jane by Nancy Moser and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers is giving away 10 autographed copies of Solomon's book to readers who write about or show (in a photograph) their personal key to courage, strength, faith and hope.
To enter, submit a 500-word essay or short story, a poem or photograph which describes courage, strength, or faith in your battle with cancer.
One top entry will also receive theater tickets and have his/her work published in the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. The names of all winners will published.
Deadline to submit a story, poem or photograph is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Winners will be announced in the Nov. 15 edition of the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.
Only one entry per person will be accepted for judging. E-mail all entries to Choya Jordan, marketing manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details here.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Author Diane Gaston will be giving away two copies of The Wagering Widow, one to the winner, and one to the winner's chosen friend. The Countdown continues, one contest a month, counting down to the January 2008 release of The Vanishing Viscountess.
RRT blog is giving away many books and the winners will chosen Sunday.
- a copy of "THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY by Donna MacMeans" at this post
- a copy of "BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Cathie Linz" at this post
- a copy of "HOT FOR IT by Melissa MacNeal" at this post
- a copy of " SEALED WITH A KISS by Carly Phillips" at this post
It's time to laugh at these memories now!
Parents and Kids, a Boston area publication, needs help compiling a list of holiday horror stories.
Submit your holiday horror stories to Parents and Kids (email@example.com) by November 1 or submit your entry online. Entries will be published in their December issue.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So Many Books... So Little Time blog has an interview with Ms. Rivers and a giveaway of this book.
Just leave a comment on this post with your email address.
There's also a possibility that Janna may add her new copy of "Pirate's Prize" to the giveaway. And if she finishes "Gerda's Lawman" before Monday, this book too shall be given away.
Winner will be chosen October 29th. Good luck!
Just send me a copy of your favorite icon of a Jane Austen movie hero or heroine. I will choose the top five, from which you will get to vote for your favorite. Tell me the name of the actor or actress, and the movie. If you did not create the icon, please include the attribution. My email address sits on the side bar. Or, you may include the icon in a comment. You may also enter as many times as you like.
You have until Sunday, November 4th to send in your icons.
Update: The first two entries are sitting on my other blog, Jane Austen Today
Prize will be a copy of Lori Smith's A Walk With Jane Austen: A Journey Into Adventure, Love, and Faith.
To win, just tell what your favorite offal dish is. Serious Eats will be giving away ten (10) copies, choosing the winners at random from among the comments at this post. Contest closes October 27th. Rules and more details here.
Both books are directed at kids to help make them more aware of what's happening to the planet.
Leave a comment on this post to enter. Winner will be chosen this Thursday.
Is the earth many millions or only thousands of years old?
If you're interested in looking for reliable answers on creation versus evolution you might want to win a copy of The Creation Answers Book.
Contest is open to all and winner will be chosen November 1st.
More details here.
This contest began yesterday and continues till Sunday.
More details here.
Here is your chance to enter and win two romance books - "Dead on the Money" by Venita Louise (mystery romance) and "Pretend I'm yours by Phyllis Campbell" (historical romance).
Go to The Author's Lounge and click on Contest to learn more. Email addresses collected will strictly be use to send out their newsletter and to contact the contest winners.
Contest ends November 11, 2007.
Monday, October 22, 2007
My Life, Unscripted empowers teen girls to write their own script and direct their own life by using God's Script as a guide.
Tricia would LOVE to have you write a sample script from your teen years and post it on your blog along with information about this book! It could be where you make a good choice ... or a not so good one. Then share briefly how God's Word helps you as you script YOUR life!
The person with most creative blog post during the tour will win a $100 gift certificate to Amazon or a gift basket which includes starbucks coffee, amazon gift card, an itunes gift card and more.
There will also be 5 runner up small gift baskets.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
From Romantic Times -
|Win copies of ELECTRIC BLUE and ULTRAVIOLET by Nancy Bush.|
|Win autographed copies of YA series books THE UPPER CLASS and MISS EDUCATED by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne and Caroline Says.|
|Win a British Virgin Islands getaway in Love in Paradise Sweepstakes sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers.|
|Win a hand-carved Italian cameo broach in Kathryne Kennedy's ENCHANTING THE LADY contest.|
|Win a copy of THE BOOK OF FATE by Brad Meltzer.|
|Win a subscription to Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine!|
Saturday, October 20, 2007
How to enter the contest
Submit a comment on any Living Orlando post each month. The comment needs to be related to the post, but there are no requirements for length or identifying yourself as a contest entry. Winners will be picked at random. Comment as often as you like for more chances to win.
You can check out there Blog Contest post here.Taken from - BloggingContest.com
Friday, October 19, 2007
The Teen contest is open to teen girls. Three winners will win a $25 iPod gift certificate. The contest will end November 30, 2007.
Here are the details:
To enter the contest, read My Life, Unscripted by Tricia Goyer, write a review on the book, and post it on your blog, myspace, shoutlife, or amazon.com (or other review site).
My Life, Unscripted is available at your local Christian Book store, amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or christianbook.com. My Life, Unscripted explores relationships in every teenage girl's life--with herself, her friends and enemies, her parents, guys, and with God. Real-life scripts, screenwriting terms, and timely topics, make this an interesting read for teen girls as they delve into their own inner struggles and outward relationships.They'll also learn the importance of "scripting" their own responses BEFORE challenging life-situations arise and are able to think about, pray about, and consider how to face these situations before the scene begins. By contrasting real-life with TV or movies, teens will understand they don't have to get caught up in the drama. In addition to the review, you may also include how you, too, have overcome temptation.
--a Waterford vase
--a one-year subscription to Romantic Times magazine
--winner’s choice of one of Shirley’s print books – ONE MORE TOMORROW
(vampire romance), or DREAM WEAVER (time travel romance)
To be entered, visit Shirley’s website HERE, then click on the contest link, where you will find a list of ten questions that you must email Shirley the answers to (the answers can be located on her website).
Contest ends Oct 31st.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Romance Reviews Today blog is giving away a signed copy of "Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James". Details here.
Tree Swing Reading is giving away 2 books - Rekindled by Tamera Alexander and Demon, a Memoir by Tosca Lee. Contest ends Oct 21 and open only to US residents. More details here.
To win your own copy, simply leave a comment here and link back to this contest on your own blog. Don't have a blog? You can still enter! Giveaway ends October 21st.
1. The Legal Sea Foods Cookbook
2. The Young Man & the Sea: Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales from Esca
3. Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors
4. Black Forest Cuisine: The Classic Blending of European Flavors
5. All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House
6. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee & Tea
Only catch is, you have to register at the site. But since the magazine has periodic giveaways, this might not be that big a hindrance.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Amy Grant bares her heart and soul in her first autobiographical book "Mosaic", giving readers an intimate glimpse into her everyday life and the lessons she's learning along the way.
Enter to win one of the three copies being given away - here.
Deena's also giving away "Never Look By Kathy Herman", a fast-paced suspense novel that continues the Phantom Hollow series with a rich exploration of the risks and possibilities of starting over.
All these giveaways end October 31st. More will be posted in the days ahead, so keeping checking this blog.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Enter the WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK SWEEPSTAKES by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number for your chance to win a phone consultation with ghostbuster Mary Ann Winkowski, paranormal consultant to the CBS hit show Ghost Whisperer. One random winner will be chosen on or about Halloween (October 31, 2007). Contest ends on October 26.
All the details are here.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
In Stony Creek, “a granite town at a time when granite was going out of fashion”, the class lines are sharply drawn. There are the Cottagers, vacationing rich families and the quarrymen, a rough-tough set of poor local families composed mainly of immigrants. Adele Pietra, daughter of a quarryman who married a Cottager’s daughter, belongs to neither world. Yet her mother, who keeps aloof from other quarrymen’s families and still acts like a Cottager despite her fallen status, declares Adele’s future to be a quarryman’s wife like her own.
Coming from a woman who deeply resents her daughter for not just looking, thinking and acting like her immigrant Italian father but also for usurping her place in his affections, this pronouncement almost feels like a curse. But Adele with her sharp mind, photographic memory and a penchant for dreaminess just like her dad, doesn’t like this future so much, even as her father’s deteriorating health brings this dreaded future ever so closer. Meanwhile her brother, Charles, their mother’s favorite, has always been destined and prepared for bigger and better things, the launching pad for which is gaining an admission into Yale University.
A sudden twist in the story comes when, in a sudden mining accident, both Charles and Adele’s father are killed. Adele’s dreaded future, that of being a quarryman’s wife, is almost at the door when, in a sudden show of strength, she overrules her mother and shows a steely determination to better her lot by proposing to take on her brother Charles’ identity and study at Yale. Coming at a time when Yale didn’t take female students, this was a bold move indeed, almost foolhardy.
With her slim figure, bound breasts and tomboyish ways, Adele finds it surprisingly easy to become Charlie, just “one of the boys”. She’s soon gamboling around town, playing pranks, getting good grades and finding her feet in a new environment – all as part of a cheerful foursome of friends and fellow undergraduates. But complications soon arise in the form of compulsory physical examinations, a growing attraction towards one of her new friends, an ongoing shaky financial situation and having to date girls in order to fit in.
Before long, Adele finds herself bogged down with the burden of her pretense and frustrated with its cause. Further adding to her dissatisfaction is the work she’s doing for a twisted and bigoted eugenics professor who’s determined to twist facts to prove that class and brains go hand-in-hand. Partly to disprove him and partly as a tribute to her roots, Adele/Charlie finds solace in teaching a local Italian family and through their passion for learning, recovers her own.
But how long can Adele continue this precarious charade before it overwhelms her?
Author Chandra Prasad has written a story at once simple and powerful. Through Adele and her life, readers are made aware of a variety of socio-economic, racial, emotional and physical disparities that existed in that era (and which sadly persist to date). It’s slow going at first, but once the pace picks up readers can’t help but get immersed headfirst in this quicksand of a historical tale.
The town of Stony Creek sets the tone and in it we find a microscopic version of the larger picture. With heavy words and dreamy (almost poetic) descriptions, Prasad not only manages to bring life to the glittering but danger-filled rock quarry and indeed the mesmerizing stone itself, but also in the same vein, manages to paint an evocative and accurate picture of a small town that’s at once racially and economically segregated. Similarly, life in Yale and New Haven with its mix of old-world elegance and sleaziness is captured with deft words.
Initially, the central character of Adele feels pale, almost washed-out in comparison to the beauty and larger-than-life-figure of her elegant mother. As the story progresses, we begin to see surprising hints of the lively and bold creature underneath that quiet, dreamy and mostly-subdued self, until it comes into full-blown life when Adele begins her charade. And in this subtle way, Prasad manages to covey Adele’s growth of character from a naïve, dreamy young girl to a confident, wise young woman.
While many others would taken the safe way out and married a quarryman, Prasad’s protagonist takes the path ‘less trodden’ and resorts to a desperate but courageous camouflage in order to take her life in the direction she wants. This is not only admirable, but also makes for enjoyable reading as Prasad presents in lively terms the college life of a young male student seen through the eyes of young woman pretending to be one.
But it’s not all fun and games. This densely layered novel is a testament of that era, integrating the growing tension from the slowing of the economy with the twisted eugenics movement that placed the blame on the shoulders of the immigrant community while labeling them as inferior. Sitting on the cusp of this divide, Adele’s dilemma remains whether in Stony Creek or New Haven.
All in all, this is a story that begins slowly but ends in such a way to leave readers desperate to know what happens next in Adele/Charlie’s life. Hopefully author Chandra Prasad will continue this insightful saga. Entertaining and educating, this well-researched historical is full of surprises and stealthily worms its way into a reader’s heart before the reader even knows it. A five star read, in short.
Miss Sandy does such a good job of describing it here on her post that I'm going to borrow it :
The first item I have chosen for the goodie box is a tiny vintage wooden hand painted trinket box. This trinket box represents the book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book is generally viewed as one of the most influential books in children's literature..Have fun entering this really interesting and inspiring giveaway
... In this book the main character, Mary, has been orphaned and sent to live with her Uncle, Lord Craven. At one point in the story Mary approaches Lord Craven and petitions, "Can I have a bit of earth?", to which Lord Craven replies, "A bit of earth? ". Mary explains, "To plant seeds in. To make things grow.".
... Inside this tiny trinket box I have placed a few pink silk and organza rose petals upon which rest some strange round black seeds....The enclosed seeds are from a flowering plant that is four generations old in my family.... They are called 4 O'clocks because that is the time of day they bloom.
Gathers.com, Simon & Schuster and Borders collaborated to run a writing contest that resulted in two well received mystery novels published in September 2007. Currently, the same three companies are running a writing competition for romance novels.
Amazon must have seen the benefit of this and joined with Penguin and Hewlett-Packard to host “Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel” award. The winner will be awarded with a Penguin contract and an advance, $25,000, and a 50″ plasma TV and Digital camera from Hewlett-Packard. Gather.com’s prize money was only $5,000.00.
Only the first 5000 manuscripts will be considered for this contest and submissions are accepted from October 1 through January 14th. Like the Gathers contest, Amazon readers can rate the semi-finalists with the customers choosing the winning novel in March 2008.
Link for submission here.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The grand prize will be a copy of Alice Sebold's new novel,The Almost Moon, for the person who can write the best line to complete this jingle of Lady T :
"Alice Sebold made her Lovely Bones,
with readers both near and far.
Now,with The Almost Moon approaching...."
Contest ends October 30th. More details here.
1. $10 gift card (not an e-card) to this website.
2. Reader’s Digest Select Editions (Large print) featuring the novels Distant Shores by Kirstin Hannah and The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans.
3. Package of pink tulip bulbs (Percentage of the sale of those benefits breast cancer research!)
Ends October 15th. More details here.
Also check out posts on her other blogs, The Wedding Blog and The Recipe Box (some interesting recipes here, btw).
From the back cover: "Breastfeeding may be natural, but it isn't always easy. Mama Knows Breast is the essential new mom's guide to nursing-full of friendly, frank and reassuring advice. Here is all the information you need to get through breast feeding's ups and downs...."
More details here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
ABCs for Expectant DADS is a no-nonsense resource guide for guys who are about to become a baby daddy in the near future, as well as newbie baby daddies who are sleep deprived and there is nowhere else to turn. This guide is not frighteningly long like the very detailed pregnancy resource books that are geared toward women. Show your woman that you "care" about what she's going through.
Giveaway ends on Sunday, October 14th at 10 PM CST.
A Book Club is a brilliant way to discover new authors and genres, discuss the big issues in life and, usually, quaff some lovely wine too! However, the hardest question faced by every Book Club is: what will we read next? The Book Club Bible is the answer! With 100 suggested reads – from the obvious to the obscure – including a synopsis (no spoilers!), background information, discussion points, complementary reads and either a critical opinion or a real reader’s opinion for each. What could be better?
Get all the details here.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Contest is open to everyone. Simply leave a comment on this post, or send an email to angela (at) scifichick.com with “Bitten Giveaway” in the subject line and you’ll be entered to win. Contest ends Friday, October 19th. Winners will be notified via email and this website.Lots of nice posts on this blog, so be sure to check them out as well!
Steve doesn’t get out to do signings as much as other authors, so this is a pretty rare treat that fans of his surely won’t want to pass up!
The lucky winners will be announced around the same time as the three-way interview between Steven Erikson, Ian Cameron Esslemont and Aidan! (Don’t forget that you can send in questions if you have them! Check this post for details!)
Unfortunately this contest is only open to those living in North America. Get all the details here.
From October 1 through November 11, aspiring mystery/crime writers can submit a full-length fiction manuscript for consideration. Throughout the contest, authors will post their 1st chapters of their manuscript in the Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest group. These chapters will be rated by the Gather community and the Gather Editorial Team, and five finalists will be selected through two rounds of rating. (See the rating guidelines.) One Grand Prize Winner will then be chosen for publication by a panel of judges, some of which are bestselling authors in the genre!
So if you’re dying to get your mystery/crime novel into bookstores, enter The Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest. Don’t have the perfect murder mystery ready to go? Readers are needed, too! In the weeks to come, you can join other readers and writers to help rate each chilling entry. Help hunt down the next bestseller.
Need some inspiration? Tune in to “Murder by the Book” premiering November 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Court TV.
Get the details here.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
This book - The Amateur Gourmet: How To Shop, Chop, and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost) - is about all of the above, with more than a little bit of useful information thrown in for good measure. So for your weekend amusement, they’re giving away five copies of Adam’s book. To enter, comment about your worst culinary disaster here.
Winners will be chosen at random, and the contest will close Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.
And to celebrate, they're giving away Harry Lorayne’s classic on the subject, The Memory Book. All you have to do to be entered in the contest is comment on this post. Winner will be chosen on Halloween.
Be sure to include your email address in the comment form.
Unless you are Supermom or Superdad, we all need help getting organized. Even more, when you factor in kids and their myriad activities.
Help is here - in the form of the THE BUSY BODY BOOK. It is the easy and efficient solution to every Mom's scheduling chaos! Each family member, with their own personal column, can plan and track their activities while they organize and coordinate with one another "side by side". It comes in two different cover choices Zig Zag and Brown. This 2008 Calendar Organizer's gretest feature is the Weekly Grid Format.
Get all the details here. Winner will be chosen October 10th.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Have you heard of the Pay It Forward Book Exchange? A simple, brilliant concept: if you win a book, you give one away. This month, I'm playing along by giving away a gently used (some underlined passages) copy of The Balanced Mom: Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Self.
Just leave me a comment that indicates that you'd like to win the book. I'll draw a winner on Monday morning. U.S. resident only, please.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Indie Crime Blog - a blog dedicated to reviews of crime fiction published by independent presses - is giving away Reasonable Doubts by Gianrico Carofiglio. This book, put out by Bitter Lemon Press, is a legal thriller, and the author is a former organized crime prosecutor in Italy.
If you want to win one, send an email at IndieCrime-at-Gmail-dot-com. Put contest in the subject line and your address in the body. Deadline is this Sunday. Details here.
Penned by CSI Associate Producer Corinne Marrinan and science expert Steve Parker, the book is an in-depth look at the characters, the science and the cases of CSI. In addition to the text, the book boasts over four hundred images from the show. The comprehensive guide features spreads on the characters, some of the various cases they've tackled as well as the science they use to solve those cases, as seen here in this exclusive two-page image from the book
More Details here.