Friday, November 30, 2007

Book Giveaway - Style A to Zoe

"Style A to Zoe" is written by Hollywood's most powerful stylist, Rachel Zoe. She is the one personally responsible for dressing some of the hottest A list celebrities such as, Lindsay Lohan, Salma Hayek, and Mischa Barton. In Style A to Zoe she explains how to develop your own personal style (on a regular person's budget!)

If you want a chance to win, simply leave a comment on that post describing the worst fashion mistake you ever made. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 3rd.

Solve the Mystery Contest

At DaBookLady, Contest # 3 "Between the Bushes", is currently running.

It is a story of a murder mystery. Read the story and look for the clues and answer the questions and email her the answers. Every one who answers right will go into the drawing and one winner will be picked! Be sure to comment there if you are playing. Link to that site on your blog.

Prize is a copy of A Treasury of Deception by Michael Farquhar. The winner will be announced after Jan 30th, 2008.

Author Virginia Smith's BIG Contest

Yesterday I posted about how you can enter to win "Bluegrass Peril" by author Virginia Smith at author Lena Nelson Dooley's blog (see that post). And today Virginia emailed me about a contest (a SUPERB one, btw) that she herself is running on her website. And this is something you do NOT want to miss. So read on.

Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

No, I'm not kidding and neither is Virginia.

One lucky person will receive a $500 Visa gift card to celebrate the launch of 'Stuck in the Middle', the first book in her new Sister-to-Sister Series.

In, Stuck in the Middle, Joan Sanderson wants to impress the good-looking doctor who lives next door. The problem is that her little sister, perky pretty Tori, is also taken with the guy. Before she knows it Joan is engaged in an all-out war to snag the guy's attention. Big sister Allie takes sides and drags Joan on a shopping spree to dress her in designer clothes.

Then in one of my favorite scenes, Allie gives Joan a lesson in "How to Flirt" using tips she learns on the Internet. Trust me, that scene is sure to bring a smile to your face!

But that's not all! Five additional winners will receive all three books in the Sister-to-Sister Series as soon as they are released, a prize valued at more than $40.

The contest runs from February 1, 2008 through 8:00 p.m. Eastern on March 31, 2008. But according to Virginia, people can actually enter now.

All I ask is that you tell her that "abookblogger @ gmail . com" (without the spaces) referred you to her contest. Please, pretty please!

Without further ado, go there and enter.

Book Giveaways for Friday

@ Camy's Loft - enter to win a copy of Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet. International readers are welcome to enter! Winner will be chosen Dec 6th.

@ The Midnight Hour - one lucky person will receive a signed copy of REDEEMED IN DARKNESS by Alexis Morgan. No mention of an end date or geographical limits.

@ Amber Miller - enter to win a FREE copy of A Matter of Trust By Lisa Harris. Open worldwide, for a week.

@ San Francisco Apartment Therapy - they've teamed up with Chronicle Books to give away a trio of Rex Ray items (consisting of a book, notecards and a notebook) this week. And they'll even tell you how you can meet the artist. Ends sometime tomorrow.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cookbook Giveaway

Marye of Baking Delights is giving away a copy of 'I’m Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas by Marcel Desaulniers and Ron Manville'. This is an incredible cookbook filled with chocolate and everything yummy for Christmas and throughout the year. It is brand new with a publishing date of October 2007.

Contest will end on December 18th at midnight! If the book is not available at the end of the contest Marye reserves the right to substitute an Amazon gift certificate in a similar value, or another book with similar value.

And this won’t be the last give-away this month…so do keep a close watch.

Book Giveaway - Tracking Trash

“When you throw something away, where does it go?”

“Away” is the topic of Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Motion by Loree Griffin Burns. Based on the research program of oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Tracking Trash chronicles the journey of trash in our oceans.

To win a copy of Tracking Trash, ask your children the very question Kelli asked her class: “When you throw something away, where does it go?” Leave a comment to that post at Eco Child's Play with your children’s answers. The winner will be selected randomly from the comments and announced next Wednesday.

Book Giveaway - Scraptastic

If the title, “Scraptastic! 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touchy-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages” doesn’t make you want to run to your craft space and dive head first into a project, then a quick peek inside this awesome book is sure to put you over the edge.

To win a copy, just leave a comment at that Memory Makers Magazine's blog post.

One winner will be randomly selected on Dec 3rd.

Book Giveaways at Lesa's

At Lesa's Book Critiques, you will always find fun and new books to add to your to-read list. And not just that. You can also enter to win some of them!

If holdiay thrillers are your cup of tea, then this giveaway's made for you. This week Lesa has two ARCs of "Hell for the Holidays by Chris Grabenstein" to giveaway, one of which is autographed. The contest will end Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 pm MT.

Book Giveaway - The Vaccine Book

Concerned about Vaccination and it's effects? So is Metropolitan Mama. Go to that blog post of hers and check out the interview she has with Dr.Bob Sears about this issue and also enter to win a copy of "The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child".

To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address prior to Saturday, December 1st, at midnight. US only.

Book Review : Lullaby and Goodnight

Lullaby and Goodnight

· Reading level : Ages 3-8
· Hardcover : 12 pages
· Publisher : DK Publishing
. Price : US $12.99
· Language : English

Book Description
Brahms’ lullaby is the inspiration for this exquisite fiber-optic bedtime book. The die-cut board pages show the twinkling start on every spread. The evocative art work creates a wonderfully soothing atmosphere, creating the perfect build-up to baby’s sleep.
. Fiber-optic lights appear on every spread
. Die-cut pages throughout
. Well-loved lullaby, perfect for bedtime

When I first received this book for review, I had no idea of the delights that awaited Kiddo and I. It looked an ordinary board book except for the die-cut pages. I took it my child at bedtime and started to open it. Then I saw the small round cut that was surrounded by the words “To see ... (read the rest of the review over at A Bookworm Reads)

Chronicle Books - Kids Contest

Send Chronicle Books your worst-case survival tip and be entered to win a board game.

It can be a 100-word story, a photo, a drawing or a video clip that explains or shows your BEST Worst-Case Scenario survival tip for kids. If judged good enough, they'll put it up on their blog. And you'll be entered to win a free copy of The Worst Case Scenario Game of Surviving Life.
For more details, contest rules and where to send in your entry, go here. Five Grand Prize Winners will be selected by David Borgenicht / Chronicle Books by about December 20, 2007.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Book Giveaway - Deceptively Delicious

Girl on a Mission raves about "Deceptively Delicious", a cookbook written by Jessica Seinfeld that has great recipes that will enable you to "sneak those veggies" into the food you prepare for your family.

Just leave a comment on the relevant blog post to be entered to win. (I'm unable to link to it directly as her posts don't seem to have a link for some reason.)

Winner will be chosen Dec 13th.

Book Contest - The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

Author Marta Acosta is giving away a copy of her pal, author Mario Acevedo's book, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats. This book is the first of a funny series featuring Felix Gomez, a vet who was made a vamp on a tour of Iraq, and now he uses his intelligence, courage, and smartass humor in his job as a private investigator. The first in the series was The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (2006), and the second was X-Rated Blood Suckers.

If you'd like to win a copy of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, just leave a comment there. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday afternoon.

Also, Mario will be stopping by throughout the week at Marta's Blog to answer your questions and your comments.

Book Contest - Offbeat Bride

Over at The Art of Wedding, they've 3 copies of the book "Offbeat Bride" to give away. This book, written by Ariel Meadow Stallings, is filled with ideas on how to make your wedding your own and totally unique. Lots of fun little ideas, etc.

To take part in this contest, just add to the comments on how you plan to make Your own wedding unique - a paragraph or two is just fine and the 3 couples with the most unique ideas as judged by them, will be sent a copy of the book via mail.
Deadline is December 15th.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Book Giveaway - The Misadventures of Ori Tang

At Breeni Books, enter to win a copy of 'The Misadventures of Ori Tang' by Sandra E. Stern'. It's the story of a young orangutan that wanders off to prove his bravery after being teased by classmates.

Post a comment to that blog entry by midnight EST on Sunday, December 2, 2007. Be sure to include an email address where you can be reached if you win. And if you blog about this giveaway, linking to Breeni Books, post a link to your blog entry with your comment for a second entry. Good luck!


Sabrina is also giving away the following : Do Not Open (a wonderful encyclopedia for kids that I've also reviewed) and Jump Start World 2008 1st Grade CD-ROM.

Book Giveaway - For Parents Only

I'm seeing "For Parents Only" being given away on a lot of blogs. I think I've already posted a couple of sites giving it away and today I found many more!

Book Description - Shaunti Feldhahn is known for unlocking the mysteries of relationships for men and women. Now she turns to a parent’s relationship with a child, particularly a child of the opposite sex ... For Parents Only offers a unique look into a child’s mind and frees readers to communicate in healthier ways as they discover that understanding their kids may not be as complicated as they think.

If you're interested, then check out these blogs for a chance to win it - Artistic Blogger, Boo Mama, Gods Light Upon Me, Camy's Loft, Deena's Books, Book Splurge, **** edited to add ****
Ramblin Roads. ***found another one*** Portrait of a Writer. ****and another**** Mommy of Three.

Anniversary Book Giveaway

The 29th of November will mark the 4th anniversary of Just Hungry. To commemorate this anniversary, they’re giving away a copy of - Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio.
Leave a comment to that post with your favorite food-related memory. If you have a blog and would rather write it there, please post the link to the blog post in the comments. Winner will be announced Dec 5th.

Shelley Munro Contests

Author Shelley Munro's having a Birthday Bash Contest on her website. And you can enter to win a print copy of Romancing the Alien and Summer in the City of Sails. Two consolation prizes will be for a copy of The Second Seduction. All you have to do is guess the correct date of her birthday.

Contest closes on 1 January 2008. The winner will be announced shortly after this date.

And after you’ve entered the contest, hop along to check out her blog. From December 1st to 21st, she'll be hosting a Birthday Bash celebration. More chances for you to win prizes and find some new writers to add to your to-read list. So mark your calendars!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sherry James' Elvis Contest

Author Sherry James is having a fun "Elvis" contest on her website.

You could be the winner of not only an autographed copy of 'Woman in Charge', but also Christmas Chocolates AND an Elvis Guitar ornament that is an Elvis Presley signature Product!

All you have to do is read the excerpt and answer a question. To get a second entry into the drawing, just join her Yahoo group.

More details there. Ends Dec 23rd.

Promotion Giveaway

Author Christina Berry and her mom, also a writer, want to have at least 500 subscribers to the Ashberry Lane Newsletter by the first of the year.

And to help promote, they're giving their supporters a chance to win EIGHT autographed books which include : Roxanne Henke's After Anne, Lauraine Snelling's Ruby (Dakotah Treasures #1), Tosca Lee's Demon: A Memoir and more.

Book Contest - When the Morning Comes

Rich with authentic details of Amish community and powerful in its theme of hope beyond measure, When the Morning Comes succeeds as a compelling follow-up to Cindy Woodsmall’s best-selling debut novel, When the Heart the Cries.

And author Tamera Alexander is giving away a copy of this book at her blog. Ends Nov 30th. Only US addresses.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Character Contest

Tony Eldridge, author of 'The Samson Effect' is having a fun "I Want To Be In Your Next Book" contest. You can have your name preserved throughout history by having a character in his next book named after you. The winner will also have a signed copy of that book mailed to them as soon as it comes out.

For more details, click this link.

Note - By entering the contest, you will also be subscribing to his newsletter.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Book Review : Do Not Open

DO NOT OPEN : An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets
By John Farndon

Book Details : Hardcover | 9.25 x 6.25in | 192 pages | 8 - 12 years |
Price : $24.99
Publisher : DK CHILDREN
Language- English

Book Description
In the groundbreaking tradition of DK's New York Times bestseller Pick Me Up, this book uses the same irreverent style to explore all the things THEY don't want you know about. From the Mona Lisa's hidden past to the history of Area 51, Do Not Open explores lost worlds, unravels secret codes, and lets readers step through the looking glass to see if they can handle the truth!

A slightly heavy outside shell that resembles a chrome vault contains the hardback book and this is the first thing that will appeal to any young person! And inside the tome are secrets galore to appeal to a wide range of readers. From the architecture of Air Force One to the mystery of the pyramids, Houdini to ghost stories, Mona Lisa to Atlantis, this book has something for everyone.

It’s called an encyclopedia and that’s about the only thing that might be off-putting to active young kids. However, one look at the index page with its long list of the spine-chilling, spooky, classified, freaky facts and other sub-divisions ..... Read the rest of the review at A Bookworm Reads.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Book Contest - The Christmas Clue

At Deadline Hellions, author Delores Fossen has posted about some fresh and unique gifts for the holiday season - gifts ranging from worms to Nascar.

Add your own ideas to the list and you'll automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of her Intrigue, "The Christmas Clue". She'll draw three winners the week after Christmas so keep posting when you see a Fresh Gift Ideas blog.

Book Giveaway: In Jesse's Shoes

At Callapidder Days, enter to win "In Jesse's Shoes : Appreciating Kids with Special Needs" By Beverly Lewis. Beautifully illustrated and lovingly written, In Jesse’s Shoes will encourage families everywhere to appreciate and befriend children with special needs.

This book giveaway is open until next Wednesday around noon. Open to US and Canada.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Two Holiday Books

At Lesa's Book Critiques, there's a chance to win a holiday-themed book.

"Christmas Jars" is Jason F. Wright's warm story about a journalist who discovers that Christmas is more than a newspaper story. "The Tree Nobody Wanted" is a Christmas reminder by Tom McCann, set in Brooklyn after the end of World War II.

The contest will end next Thursday morning, November 29, at 6 am.

Secret Santa

Laurell K. Hamilton is having a secret Santa contest. You need only to sign up. From her website:

The winners will receive two signed LKH books. Don't know which two I will send you, just that it will be two. Your assignment as a Secret Santa is to give one away to someone. Preferably someone who is not yet a fan. Okay, I told you what to do with one, but what about the second? That one is a gift for you, the Santa. Hey even Santa gets goodies!


Please fill in all the space provided. Four winners will be chosen randomly from all entries received. All info will be kept for the duration of the contest. Once the winners have recieved the books, it will be deleted. Should a package be returned as undeliverable, then an alternate winner will be chosen.

One entry per person. International entries are accepted. Duplicates will be eliminated. Contest ends 12/08/07, winners will drawn 12/10/07.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Michelle Styles

At Unusual Historicals, read an interview with author Michelle Styles and learn about her new release, A CHRISTMAS WEDDING WAGER, as part of the single title duo CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT. And although the official publication date for the US edition isn't until 1 December, it is already in stock at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Michelle is giving away a copy of A CHRISTMAS WEDDING WAGER. All you need to do is post a comment--maybe about your favourite Christmas tradition or Christmas carol. The winner will be chosen at random. Be sure to check back next week to find out who has won.

On a sidenote - Michelle also runs contests that are open only to her newsletter subscribers. So go on to her site and sign up.

Jaunty Quills

At The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, share thoughts about your fantasy Christmas list and enter to win a signed cover flat of Kimberly Logan's upcoming release, Seduced By Sin, along with your choice of a signed copy of one of her first four books. (You can mull over your choices at her website.) The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 24th.

Contest finds for Today

@ Coquette - enter to win a copy of The DIY Wedding. Ends midnight, Nov 22nd.

@ Breeni Books - read a review and enter to win a brand new Word World DVD. Ends midnight, Nov 25th.

@ The Stone Soup Blog - enter to win two books of historical fiction : Nectar From a Stone by Jane Guill and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Enter before Nov 26th.

@ Books, Movies and Chinese Food - enter to win a copy of "When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall". Winner chosen Nov 26th.

@ Graeme's Fantasy Book Review - enter to win a "mystery book". Ends Nov 27th.

@ Author Debbie Macomber - enter to win autographed copies of her two October releases, WHERE ANGELS GO, a gift-sized hardcover featuring those irresistible angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, and CHRISTMAS WISHES, which contains two previously released stories, “Christmas Letters” and “Rainy Day Kisses.” Ends Nov 29th.

@ The Well Read Child - two paperback copies of Cynthia Rylant's When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) will be available to two readers who would like to participate in their December 17-21 review of this fabulous book. Comment by Nov 30th to be included. The 2 winners will be chosen randomly on Dec 1st. The lucky winners must comment on the book at least once during the week they review it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Library Giveaway

Kevin's gone insane. Why else would anyone be giving away a giant library of books, videos, and music?! Go here and see for yourself.

Current value of the library to be given away - $482.29.

He's adding new items to the collection about once each week right up until December 25th when he'll draw a name and present the winner (and yes, he'll pay for shipping within the US). One huge bundle, and one lucky winner will take home the loot. Everything!

And how do you enter? You enter by spreading the word. Simple as that.

You have until midnight, CST, on Dec 24th to enter.

Winter Blues 2008 Reading Challenge

I love it when people drop me an email and let me know about book contests, giveaways etc. What I love even more is discovering fellow bookworms and visiting their wonderful sites/blogs.

Today, I received an email from Crystal who runs a book related blog called Beyond The Cover. Not only does she have reviews galore which will certainly help either trim or add to your book wish-list this holiday season, but she's also hosting a "Winter Blues 2008 Reading Challenge" in the New Year.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2008 through March 15, 2008, so you have plenty of time to make your choices. The challenge officially ends March 15th. $10 gift cards will be awarded to 2 random participants on March 22nd.

For more details and the rules, head on over to Beyond the Cover. And help spread the word as well.

I wish I could participate - this SO my cup of tea, but what with Kiddo growing up, it's just not going to happen. I'm lucky to squeeze in a book here and there, forget a reading challenge. But I wish all the participants happy reading and good luck. And kudos to Crystal for organizing this wonderful book event!

Just Kidz Books

Capturing Today is having their third Holiday Giveaway and this time the prize is a $20.00 gift certificate towards Just Kidz Books - which is a children's book store that sells new and gently used Children's Books ranging from Preschool to 8th Grade and High School Required Reading.

To enter this great contest (one can never have enough books, right?) and for more details, head on over to Capturing Today. Winner to be chosen Nov 24th.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Between Sundays

At Tree Swing Reading, enter to win a copy of "Between Sundays" by Karen Kingsbury.

Football season becomes a time of realization that life’s most important victories are won off the field. A star running back with much to learn, a younger player with much to give, and a woman with a heart for underprivileged kids - thrown together into a time of self-discovery and a new awareness of the things that matter most.

US only. Ends Nov 26th.

The Price of Redemption

At Keep Me In Suspense Contests - you can enter to win a copy of "The Price of Redemption" by Pamela Tracy.

Barely twenty-four hours after arriving in Broken Bones, Arizona, Eric Santellis discovered a body in his shed. Luckily, he had an alibi: he'd been in prison when the lady had taken her last breath.Then a second corpse turned up and, surprise, surprise, it was a cop. Instead of being blamed for a murder, or two, Eric began helping the lovely Ruth Atkins investigate her husband's death. But the killer could be closer than they realized. And finding him might be their biggest test of faith yet.
Ends Nov 26th.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Contests for Sunday

@ Extravagant Grace - two copies of "For Parents Only" are being given away. One winner will be chosen Nov 19th and the other copy will be given away later on.

@ My Money Blog - enter to win a free copy of Your Money and Your Brain. Ends midnight, Nov 23rd.

@ Tree Hugging Family - being given away is a copy of Downsizing Your Home with Style : Living Well In a Smaller Space by Lauri Ward. Ends Dec 1st.

@ Charlotte's Tips - enter the Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest to win a cookbook entitled “Best of the Best from the Mid-Atlantic Cookbook (a $16.95 value). Ends Dec 1st.

@ E Moms at Home - enter to win a BusyBodyBook. Ends midnight PST, Dec 4th.

@ Jim Hansen Books - Bangkok Laws is coming out on March 15, 2008! To celebrate the release of this 5th Laws thiller featuing Denver homicide detective Bryson Coventy, 25 free autographed ARCs will be given away on February 15, 2008 (a month before the public gets the book).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Children's Book Review - The Little Prince

The Little Prince and His Magic Wand
by Jillian M. Curtis (Author),
Janet Mattison-Prise (Illustrator)

Book Description
This is the story of a Little Prince whose kingdom was near the Forest of Magic, Mystery. Although he was going to be the King of a land, all the Little Prince wants is to be a great wizard. He’s told by the magicians in his court to go into the Forest of Magic, Mystery, and Miracles and seek the Great Wizard.

Off goes the Little Prince on his quest during which he comes across the Spirit of the Forest who, during her own quest for the Knight of Serenity, has become entangled in some thorns. He helps out the poor, exhausted creature and listens with the utmost compassion to her tale of woe. His sincere longing to help her helps him perform magic - the very same magic that has eluded him for so long and which was inside of him all this while.

The best of fairy tales always have a quest in them, whether it is for treasure, a beautiful princess or in this case, for magic. The Little Prince in this story is just like the rest of mankind – he’s not contented with what he has (and what he has is the future ruling of an entire kingdom which is pretty awesome) and seeks that which is out of his reach. He wants magic so he can perform miracles. So far it looks like he’s just out to get some glory.

He goes to the Forest to seek out the Great Wizard’s help to fulfill his ambition. On the way he helps out a suffering creature and he does this without the least bit of selfishness. In fact he uses his royal scepter to cut away the thorns trapping the angel and uses his starry cloak to light their way. This is where things begin to change. The Little Prince not only helps release the Spirit, but in doing so, helps release the magic that was inside of him all along. All he needed was to realize that magic is there to help people and he was able to perform it.

This is a beautiful story which encourages children (and adults as well!) to be good, to be unselfish, to have compassion and help out those in need. It also encourages them to never give up and work towards their goals. And that it all lies within them. They just have to work to find it. And the story of the Little Prince does all this without being the least preachy. In fact, it’s real fun to read! This is the true magic of this charming tale.

The lovely illustrations in the book make the story come alive and also help personalize the characters.

The way the story ends leaves me hoping there will be sequel out soon.

(As always, check out "A Bookworm Reads" for my book reviews and only book reviews)

For today ...

@ Yes, They are all Mine - enter to win a prize package consisting of 'Pursuing a Deeper Faith by Dr. Charles Stanley' and 'Heaven by Randy Alcorn'. Ends Nov 21st. Open to US and Canada.

@ Mom Reviews - enter to win a HP Photo Book. Ends Nov 26th.

@ Mama Divas - enter to win a set of 4 Cleo books. Ends midnight, Nov 30th. Open to US and Canada.

@ The Mommy Spot -two chances to win a copy of "Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah?". Winner announced afternoon of Nov 23rd.

@ Casual Keystrokes - a chance to win a signed copy of "WordPress For Dummies". Ends midnight, Nov 21st.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Fridays Finds

@ Mary's Writing Nook - win a copy of The Shoe Box - a tender and moving Christmas story from author Francine Rivers. Open this week only.

@ Southern Sunshine - Shiela Stewart is visiting and giving away a copy of her first book "Kidnapped". Ends Nov 18th.

@ Callapidder Days - enter to win a copy of "Every Secret Thing By Ann Tatlock". Ends Nov 21st. Open to US and Canada.

@ Camy's Loft - up for grabs is a copy of "Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn". Winner chosen Nov 22nd.

@ Laura William's Musings - two winners will get "When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall". Ends midnight, Nov 22nd. Open to US, Canada and UK.

@ Faith Webbin - enter to win a copy of "For Parents Only". Ends Nov 23rd.

@ One Baby, Seven Dogs, and a Mommie - enter to win a Preschool Picture book. Ends midnight, Nov 23rd.

@ Sci Fi Chick - a chance to win "Helix by Eric Brown". Ends?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Children's Book Review - Goodnight Sleep Tight

Goodnight Sleep Tight (Kids Play)
by DK Publishing

Book Details - Slipcased | 7.24 x 7.24in | 8 pages | ISBN 9780756630935 | 17 Sep 2007 | Kids Play | 0 - 2 years
Price - $11.99
Language- English

“Goodnight Sleep Tight” is a beautiful soft cloth book containing high-quality appliqués on almost all pages (which are resistant to a curious child’s fingers - I can tell you that from personal experience). A farm animal is depicted on contrasting pastel yellow and blue pages and on each animal, appliqués have been skillfully used to give textures to parts of the animals – a snout in one, ears in another etc. They also encourage a child to touch and explore.

On the front and back covers, golden glittering threads make up a Moon and small stars that show up brightly on the contrasting lavender/purple-colored covers. They’re just bright enough to catch even a toddler’s wandering attention. And once again, these don’t come off, not even when you pluck at them with your fingernail (and believe me, I tried J).

There’s also a simple story contained therein, easy for any child to follow and parent to recite, with simple rhymes to go with each page/animal. It begins when a little barking puppy is advised to “bark no more” as “little goat sleeps on the floor” and so on. The soft and easy rhymes also make it easy to sing the book to your little one. The overall effect is very soothing and pleasant and will, hopefully, encourage the protesting little one to emulate the example of the little animals and fall asleep.

The soft cloth, the gentle rhyme and attractive appliqués make this an enduring and cherished addition to any nursery. This cushiony book also makes for an excellent gift seeing as it comes in its own protective poly-bag along with a header card.

On a side note
It's a cloth book, as such endures quite a bit of chewing, throwing, etc. Not sure if it's washable - at least I haven't tried it yet. Probably not. However, the stitching is good enough to withstand a toddler who's learned to tear paper pages and attempted the same with this one. But, no luck!

In Short
Kiddo and I both enjoyed it thoroughly.

(To read just book reviews, head on over to "A Bookworm Reads".)

Thursday's Treats

@ The Ultimate Cheapskate – there’s a ‘Thanksgiving Waste Not Contest’ going on. To be entered to win the book “The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches”, send your best tips for using it up or making it last this holiday season. Ends Dec 10th. @ Lesa's Book Critiques - giveaway for one galley, and one autographed ARC of Cries and Whiskers by Clea Simon. US residents only. Ends Nov 22nd.

@ Bonnie's Blog - she's giving away a copy of "Knowing God Better than Ever". Winner will be announced Nov 22nd. Open to Bloggers worldwide.

@ The Hipster Book Club - enter to win a book at their great book giveaway of 2007 that's going on. Ends Dec 16th.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Today's Finds

@ Fantasy and Sci-fi lovin' Book Reviews - there's a giveaway going on courtesy Orbit Books for the first TWO books in Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Park series, Once Bitten Twice Shy and Another One Bites the Dust! Either comment or send an email to be entered to win. Ends Nov 21.

@ Crunchy Domestic Goddess - there's a review and giveaway of “I Love You More,” written by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler. Leave a comment to be entered to win. Ends Nov 20.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Haunted Homeland

@ BOOKGASM : a newly released paperback of Michael Norman’s HAUNTED HOMELAND, a non-fiction collection of ghost stories from every state in the union – plus Canada! – through anecdotes of people who witnessed them.

For a chance to win, simply identify the four haunted-house movies depicted at this Bookgasm blog post, and send your answers along with your name and mailing address to

Winner will be announced on the morning of Friday, Nov. 16.

Dog Days

Share a story about your pet and win a hardbound copy of "Dog Days," a book by photographer Gandee Vasan. The book is "...a collection of pooch portraits showcasing a spectrum of emotions that every dog lover will recognize and enjoy."

Post a comment at The Happy Wag by Friday and tell what your dog or cat does to make you laugh, cry, smile or even scream. They're not always angels, but sometimes the "arrggggghhh" moments turn into treasured memories. And you can't stay mad at someone that sweet, now can you?

Best story wins this beautiful book.

Humphrey Drawing Contest

Submit your favorite scene from a Humphrey series book, and you could win:

# A visit to your school from series author Betty G. Birney
# A gift certificate for your own class pet
# A signed set of books for your classroom

For details and official rules, click here.

Scholarship Essay Contest

Signet Classics is proud to host its twelfth annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education, plus a Signet Classics library for their school!

Enter to win by writing an essay on one of four topics posed for this year's competition book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

For details and official rules, click here.

Season of Gene

In honor of Dallas week at 5 Chapters, The Happy Booker is giving away a signed copy of Dallas Hudgens' novel, Season of Gene. Booklist raved over Season of Gene - "Hudgens has scored again. He's given readers an engaging, knowing glimpse of an odd, but no doubt real, world of arrested development. And he knows his baseball." Kirkus gave it a starred review and PW says: "Those ready for a rowdy ride won't be disappointed."

Entry details : drop The Happy Booker an email (click this link, look at the top left hand corner, under 'ABOUT' for the email address), subject line "Book Giveaway," and be sure to include your complete mailing address. Entries will be taken until Friday morning, 10AM and then the names go into the sorting hat for selection.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Children's Book Review : Furry Friends

Reading level : Baby-Preschool
Board book : 20 pages
Price : $6.99 U.S/$8.50 CAN
Size : 6 x 6

Book Description
In this Paw Pals board book, little ones will read along as adorable kittens and pups frolic, sleep, and explore the world around them. The heartwarming photographs are presented alongside sweet rhyming text that captures the strong bond of friendship between cuddly animals, big and small. Acclaimed photographer Rachael Hale uses her lens, her love of animals, and a great deal of patience, to create an enchanting perspective on friendship between kitties and puppies.

About the Author
Rachael Hale has won numerous awards for her animal portraiture. Since 1995 her images have been published on calendars, posters, greeting cards, and stationery in more than 20 countries worldwide. She lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand, with her three cats, Edmund, Gianni, and Versace.

Kiddo and I fell in love with this adorable board book the instant we first sat down to read it. The cover photo is that of two very cute little puppies and from the instant Kiddo first set his eyes on them, he wouldn't stop cooing and stroking them. The smooth surface of the cover and the glossy feel of the inside pages, all appealed to my little one's fingers. The soft pastel colors are ideally suited for the accompanying photos, which are all of little cats and dogs, captured at their adorable best by the skilled hands and lens of photographer, Rachael Hale. The photos are accompanied by silly rhymes that come out sounding so sweet when sung/murmured to a little kid.

Speaking as the adult who actually read this board book, I have to say I was equally if not more beguiled than Kiddo by the puppies and kittens dressed up as bunnies or lying fast asleep on their teddy bears (this was over-the-top adorable, BTW), snoozing on a hammock or appearing out of shopping bags/tea cups.

We've read this board book many times since I got it for review, but Kiddo continues to be fascinated with it and every time I bring it out, a huge smile lights up his toothless face and he reaches out with eager hands for it.

On a side note
The thick pages of this board book make for ideal chewing and Kiddo can testify to that :) Good thing is, the board book hasn't yet been destroyed and the glossy finish of the pages means I can easily wipe the drool right off.

In Short
A hit! with both parent and child.

Book-Cover Tag

No one tagged me with this, but when I read about it on Pea's Corner, I thought this was a fun thing to begin the new week with!

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.

(And if you participate in this Book-Tag, then do leave a link in the comments of this post, so we all can visit you!)

What's this about? Go to the advanced book search on Amazon, type your first name (or your pseudonym) into the Title field, and post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up.

Here are some amusing books that popped up when I typed in "Bookworm". I couldn't choose, so I posted the ones I liked.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Loaded Questions Giveaway

Loaded Questions is having its first ever Free Giveaway.

Are you a fan of Lauren Willig's historical spy series that began with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation? Here's your chance to score a free Advanced Proof of the lastest book in the series, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, due in stores on January 31st, 2008.

There are two ways to enter. Get more details on the relevant post at LQ. Ends Nov 30th.

Cool Zebras Giveaway

Cool Zebras is giving away "at least a book" every week in November. The books will be listed on Monday of the week and "entries" will taken until Sunday, noon, central time. Details are over at Cool Zebras and I've also posted them below for your convenience.
All you have to do is post my "Celebrate at the Zebras" button on your blog sidebar for whatever week you want to enter, or write a post telling your readers about the contest. Then, go back to the contest post (whatever week it is!) and leave me a comment saying you want to enter...and tell me which (or both) book you want to win.

U.S. or Canadian shipping addresses only please.

Here is the code for the button if you want to get a head-start!
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This contest is already in Week 2 and this week's offerings are :
  • It Could Happen To You: Diary of a Pregnancy and Beyond by Martha Brockenbrough.
  • Riding in Cars With Boys by Beverly Donofrio.

Syrie James Contest

At Riding With The Top Down blog, readers have twp opportunities to win a copy of Syrie James' much hyped book, "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen".

Syrie is giving away free books to two lucky commenters; one book in a random drawing, the other to a blogger who agrees to review "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen" on her website with a link back to her site.

More details on this post at RWTTD.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Some more to tide the weekend

@ RomRevToday : check out an interview with author Lisa Plumley who is generously giving away copies of her book Once Upon A Christmas to three lucky commenters.

@ Sheila's Place : tell author Sheila Roberts in twenty-five words or less what you liked about her book On Strike for Christmas and why you deserve to go on strike this holiday season. Deadline is December 5th! Winner will receive Godiva chocolates, so be sure and include your email address. And while you’re there, feel free to sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter.

@ Frugal For Life : there's an opportunity to win a copy of "Get Satisfied". Just leave a comment on the "Get Satisfied" blog post.

@ An Island Review : enter to win a 9" x 11" 2008 Weekly/Monthly Family Planner. To enter, just leave a comment at this post before November 13th saying how you keep organized.

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Cassandra Clare, author of City of Bones (first in a young adult urban fantasy trilogy called The Mortal Instruments), is giving away an arc (advance reading copy) of the second book, City of Ashes (due out in '08).

There are multiple was to enter, but they're mostly oriented towards fans of this series. Get the details here. Ends Dec 8th.

Some regulars

A reader of this blog, Tami, has kindly directed my attention to the following blogs/sites which regularly run contests. Remember to bookmark them all. And like Tami, feel free to drop me an email or use the contact form on this blog, and update me with all those book/author related contests/giveaways that I may have missed.

And now for the good stuff :
  • Author Donna Grant gives away stuff on her website as well as her blog.
  • At Love is an Exploding Cigar you can expect contests, guests, giveaways, news, goodies and nuggets of wisdom. Just one condition - you have to register at their blog. But it's well worth it!
  • At Stifled Squeal, there are giveaways on certain blog posts. Currently you can enter to win "Lost Treasure by Midnyte Dupree".
  • Check Plot Monkeys every Friday for giveaway goodies.
  • At the Soapbox Queens, you can read and win from authors Jennifer LaBrecque, Rhonda Nelson and Vicki Lewis Thompson.
  • E Books Releases and Contest - the name says it all.

Harper Collins Sweepstakes

Subscribe to the Collins Wellness newsletter and you will be simultaneously entered for a chance to win a copy of Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld. Twenty five (25) lucky readers will win. If you're already subscribed to the Collins Wellness newsletter, simply complete the form and subm it to enter the sweepstakes. Ends Nov 28, 2007.

Subscribe to the Collins Reference newsletter and you simultaneously will be entered for a chance to win a copy of The President’s Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining and Diplomacy by Barry H. Landau. Twenty five (25) lucky readers will win. If you're already subscribed to Collins Reference newsletter, simply complete the form and submit to enter the sweepstakes. Ends Jan 31, 2008.

Enter to Win FREE BOOKS for Your Reading Group for a Year! Write to Harper Collins about your experience reading The Golden Notebook and you'll be entered for a chance to win free reading group books from Harper Perennial for an entire year! Total estimated retail value of prize: $1,794. Send an e-mail to: with your submission and the subject line: The Golden Notebook. Official Rules. Ends Jan 15, 2008.

But that's not the end of it. You also have the opportunity to enter and win a :
- Kitchenaid refrigerator
- BVI Carribean vacation
- HarperLuxe edition of The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross

Book Raffles

Between now and the end of December, there will be 20 book raffles at J.Kaye's Book Blog. To get notices about the new raffles and a list of winners, be sure to sign up for the Feed Blitz to the right of the page.

As always, comments posted on her blog during the month will be put into a bucket for a raffle. This month will be Play Dirty by Sandra Brown. Be sure to post contact info!

What's in the Bible for Mothers

Today Callpidder Days is giving away a copy of "What's in the Bible for Mothers By Judy Bodmer & Larry Richards, PhD". Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen next Wednesday.

Remember to bookmark this blog where there're always wonderful books to discover, read about and win.

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Upon further browsing, I found this blog is also giving away : "As I Have Loved You by Nikki Arana". Details on this post. Winner will be chosen next Wednesday.