Monday, December 31, 2007

Children's Review : Little Choo Choo

Little Choo Choo Box Set

· Reading level : 4-8 years
· Book: Boxed set
· Hardcover: 20 pages
· Publisher : DK Publishing
· Price : $19.99
· Language : English


Book Description
For children who love trains, this is the perfect gift. Follow Little Choo Choo and his adventures as he travels through the countryside and struggles to make it up the mountainside. Children can experience their own steam ... read the rest of this review over at 'A Bookworm Reads'.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Goals to Win

Brad's Reader wants to know - What are your writing/literary goals for 2008?

It can be anything from finishing that novel to reading a certain book you've been putting off for a while. Leave a comment at that post with five (5) writing/literary goals you have for the upcoming new year, and you could win!

You have until 3pm (US central time) on Monday December 31 to leave a comment.

One lucky commenter will win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up

Over at Bookbuds, you have a chance to win a copy of The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up, illustrated by the incomparable Robert Sabuda. To enter and for more details on how to enter, go to that post. It has something to do with Cybils, the online literary awards.

The contest'll run from Jan. 1 until midnight, Jan. 5.

Decipher the Photo

Trudy Morgan-Cole has a fun contest up on her blog, Compulsive Overreader. Along with her list of the top ten books she's read this year, she also wants you to guess the title and author of the books in the header photo of her blog.
Five people who can send me a list of FIFTEEN of the books on the shelf behind my head (excluding the ones I wrote), will win any book they choose from this year’s Top Ten list. Don’t put your list in the comments below; email it to me at trudyj65@hotmail.com .
For more details, including a look at that header image, go there.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen


In this novel, written as a memoir, Jane Austen meets Frederick Ashford, the love of her life. As described by Syrie James, Mr. Ashford is a worthy suitor indeed. He is a gentleman with the intellectual heft and monetary means to keep Jane in as many stimulating conversations, quill pens, and bonnets as she desires.

The Jane Austen Today blog is having a contest to giveaway 2 copies of this book. To enter :
Pretend you are one of Jane Austen's parents. Describe in two or three sentences the kind of gentleman that would be worthy to win Jane's hand in marriage. What sort of man would you accept as a suitable husband for our favorite author?

Then place your description in the comment section. If you feel uncomfortable writing a description, simply list the suitor's attributes. Oh, and you may place an icon of this paragon of husbandhood alongside your description.

The contest is open until January 1. I will then choose the five best answers. Starting January 2, the readers of this blog will have one week to vote for the best suitor!

Let the contest begin!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Laced With Grace


Laced with Grace is having a New Year giveaway.

The package will include a Women of Faith study Bible (NIV/Hardcover); Lisa Whelchel’s Bible study tool for busy moms; a coffee mug from “Mugs of Truth“; the DVD “The Nativity Story“; the book “Love and Respect“; and a music CD by Becky Knight, who just released her first CD.

You can sign up to win this package through Jan 1st. Just link from your blog to that post and sign Mr. Linky there. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate. Just share the giveaway with your friends and encourage them to stop by. They will announce the winner on Jan 2nd, 2008.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Rio San Pedro Giveaway

Over at the carp(e) libris blog (I love the name! wish I'd thought of it first :-)), readers can enter to win :
"Rio San Pedro" by Henry Hollenbaugh.

Published by Alondra Press, this is the adventurous memoir of an American alligator hunter living in the Guatemalan rain forests during the 1950's. Henry Hollenbaugh finds himself illegally hunting the "alligator" (Central American crocodile) to support himself while living in the remote jungles surrounding the San Pedro River.

The book takes you along on dangerous hunting excursions down the treacherous river and shows the difficulties of living as the only foreigner among villagers who have never left their surroundings.
Simply subscribe to this blog's newsletter in the upper left-hand corner of this blog. As long as you remain subscribed, you're entered to win every book giveaway featured on this blog.

Once you're subscribed, if you want to have your name entered into the drawing twice, leave a comment on that post telling me what interests you most about this book.

The drawing for this book will be held on December 31st, 2007, by noon EST.

Book Review : The Amen Sisters

As part of her virtual book tour courtesy of "Pump Up Your Book Promotion", today is Author Angela Benson book review day here.

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The Amen Sisters by Angela Benson

· Paperback: 376 pages

· Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

· Language: English

· Genre: Christian Fiction


Summary

When Francine Amen joined the Temple Church, she renounced her family, friends and church because she felt they didn’t believe “enough”. She left town with Bishop Payne’s traveling ministry and her best friend ,Toni, followed her example. Later on, when Toni accuses the Bishop of getting her pregnant, Francine refuses to believe her. Subsequently Toni commits suicide and a devastated Francine has a breakdown that lands her in a mental health clinic.

The story begins with Francine getting out of the clinic and returning home with her sister Dawn, who together with her husband Sylvester Ray operates the Amen-Ray Funeral Home business that was started by both their grandparents. Despite their ongoing sibling rivalry, Dawn has stuck by her sister. Yet she has reservations about Francine coming back. This is largely because her husband Sly used to date Francine first and only turned to her when Francine left him. And partly because she doesn’t want anyone to know Sly cheated on her with another woman and as a result their marriage is on the verge of breaking down.

Francine returns to her home town with a saddened heart and a conscience heavily laden with guilt. She’s determined to make amends and begins repairing old relationships even as she starts up a budding romance with a Judge who is on his way to a stellar future. But Toni’s brother is determined to make Francine pay for his sister’s death, no matter who else gets destroyed along with her. How it all ends makes for enjoyable and surprising reading.


Review

Angela Benson's thoughtful Christian novel deals with a lot of serious issues, some of which include religious leaders sexually abusing members of their congregation, Church leaders committing adultery, teen pregnancy, bereavement, infidelity etc. With simple prose, the author portrays a realistic picture of women who dare to come out against injustice and the way society/church treats them with skepticism.

Through the Amen sisters and other strong supporting characters such as Mother Harris, Delores, Monika, Toni etc, Benson portrays women facing challenges in every aspect of their life, whether it’s their belief in themselves, their faith or their relationships. When Francine comes back, it triggers a wave of emotion that causes not just Francine herself to face the brutal truth, but others as well. Supporting characters are very strong and their side stories are of equal interest and weave smoothly into and become an inherent part of the main story. While women characters dominate the story, the male characters are also varied and contribute a lot towards the story. The characters all have flaws and this makes them easier to relate to.

While the novel has a strong religious flavor, the story is something everybody can relate to; after all, abuse of power and position is not just limited to the Church. And the story’s overall message of forgiveness and belief in God’s benevolence transcends race, religion and nationality.

The Reading Group Guide at the end of the book also raises some very interesting questions.


Cons

One thing that struck a jarring note for me was the ending. The great initial build-up was sustained by a strong middle. However when it ends, the events feel rushed and all the loose ends are tied up hurriedly. And without revealing secrets, suffice to say that the epilogue held a surprise that, while ending relationships happily in a new and different way, had me a tad bit disappointed as I was rooting the other way. Just read the book to see what I mean.


In Short

That apart, “The Amen Sisters” made for some thoughtful and enjoyable reading.


Online

You can buy this book online at : Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, etc.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Em's Sensational Seven Book Contest

Em of Em's Bookshelf has got the cure for the winter blues -- a giveaway, and not just any ordinary one at that.
One lucky winner will receive the following books, plus a snazzy tote bag from Harper Teen.

1. The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
2. Princess Mia, The Princess Diaries vol IX by Meg Cabot (*ARC)
3. The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble
4. Queen Geeks in Love by Laura Preble
5. The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi (*ARC)
6. Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway (*ARC)
7. a mystery book
Just leave a comment at that post and tell her :

1) your favorite teen book that you read this year
2) a teen book that you want to read but don't own.

She'll select a winner on December 31st, so make sure that the comment has your blog address or a way to contact you. And if you want your name to go in the hat twice, then just spread the news on your blog and leave her a comment or send me an email with the link to : emsbookshelf (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Passion Most Pure

Book Giveaway : A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

Read a review and enter to win a very gently read copy of this book over at Melissa's Idea Garden.

And according to Melissa, this book giveaway is open to United States Readers only unless you would like to pay the postage to have this book shipped overseas.

All you have to do is comment at that post and tell Melissa where Julie Lessman lives with her family and beloved golden retriever.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Gastroanomalies Giveaway

Book Giveaway : Gastroanomalies

Crown Books is having a book giveaway. The prize is a copy of "Gastroanomalies".
In Gastroanomalies, James Lileks gathers another remarkable assortment of dishes that once inspired cooks to brave new heights but now inspire sour stomachs and thoughts of “how did I survive?” Highlighted with excerpts from bizarre cookbooks (like Joan Crawford shilling for Bisquick), dubious images (is it meat or chocolate ice cream?), ads heralding the latest in kitchen technology (how about a bacon-egger?), and Lileks’s acerbic, off-the-wall commentary (“Put your ear close, and you can actually hear the meat screaming in terror”), Gastroanomalies is an irresistible retro documentation of a bygone era when artisanal cheese and vegetables lightly steamed (not boiled to mush) were still light-years away. Gastroanomalies will have foodies, baby boomers, and lovers of kitsch in stitches.
Just e-mail crownmarketing@randomhouse.com with “Gastroanomalies” in the subject line.

Note : The best way to keep up to date with the latest books and contests from Random House (of which Crown is an imprint), is to subscribe to their feeds or newsletters.

Skylar's Christmas contest

Author Skylar Sinclair is having a Christmas contest to win a gorgeous 2 1/2 carat cherry red trillion cut garnet pendant with solid sterling silver mounting and 18" chain.

To enter the contest, just send an email by clicking here. If by chance your email program is not working, send an email to : skylar.sinclair@yahoo.com and in the subject line put - Christmas contest.

Contest ends at 9:00 am (EST) on December 24th, 2007.

Kate Hill's Winter Contest

Note : To enter the Winter Contest you must be 18 or over.

To enter for the chance to win a mini promo pack (includes various promotional items, such as bookmarks, postcards, cover flats) and a download of one of the set-in-winter books (listed there), send an email to katehill@sprintmail.com with Winter Contest in the subject line.

On December 23, 2007 at 11pm EST, a winner will be chosen at random from the entries.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Marly Mathews Contest

Today over at Jennifer's Random Musings, read an interview with author Marly Mathews and enter to win a couple of her e-books as well. One winner will receive a download of Doorway to the Stars, and another lucky winner will win a download of the Christmas romance, The Promise.

To enter all you have to do is comment on any of the blog posts with Marly. The two winners will be randomly drawn from all who comment and announced on December 26 at the blog, so you have until then to comment.

Go there to get more details.

Win Microscosmos

Book Giveaway : Microscosmos

SciGuy is giving away books every day from now until the day after Christmas - his Christmas present to his blog's valued and faithful readers.

The first offering is a shrink-wrapped, hard-cover book titled Microscosmos that contains 203 pictures from a scanning electron microscope. We're talking about magnifications from 20X to 22 millionX. It's been described variously as visually stunning and visually arresting.

To enter, just post a comment there. You may comment multiple times, but only one comment will be counted for contest purposes. Winner will be randomly chosen on Dec 31st, but the prize will be mailed only on or after Jan 2nd.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

IESB has ten (10) copies of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem - Inside the Monster Shop from Titan Books to give away.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Inside the Monster Shop from TITAN BOOKS is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the film, as special effects supervisors Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, veterans of the first AVP and the Alien sequels, open the doors of special effects studio ADI to reveal the secrets of the movie’s stunning effects. A ‘making of’ book from the people in charge of the Creature Effects on the movie, Inside the Monster Shop allows readers to follow the talented crew in-studio and on location through conception to fabrication and finishing, in a visual feast that no monster movie fan will want to be without.

Published on the same day as the movie’s release, this fascinating look inside the visual effects of the film is an unmissable addition to the legacies of Alien and Predator.
Contest ends January 10th! Go there to enter.

Wayne Jordan's Contest

Author Wayne Jordan wants you to "describe, in about 50 - 75 words, the most special Christmas you have ever had." Three winners will be chosen from the entries.

First Prize : A signed copy of each of the two Knight books & A very special gift from Barbados.
Second Prize : A signed copy of ALWAYS A KNIGHT and TO LOVE A KNIGHT
Third Prize : A signed copy of TO LOVE A KNIGHT

Send your entry to author@waynejordan.com. Make sure you put CONTEST to the subject line.
Contest entry must be in by 31st December 2007.

Divination Contest

What does the future hold for you in 2008? Will you get that promotion you've always wanted? Or perhaps a child will make his or her presence known in your life? Maybe you'll complete a life long goal? Or travel to your dream destination? Perhaps a new man will enter your life.

From now until December 31, Author Cassandra Curtis will be holding a contest and 8 lucky winners will receive a Future Reading by using tarot, scrying and other means of divination.

Please send an email to cass@cassandracurtis.com with the subject line: 2008 Reading the Future contest. The eight winners will be announced on January 1 at Cassandra's blog.

Readings can be scheduled and done via email, or in the Midnight Moon Cafe chat room.

Magical Jewel Contest


From Publisher's Weekly :

"Little-noticed Felicity Seymour is a woman with a problem: she can't take control of her parents' lands until she can prove her magical abilities, of which she's never had the slightest hint. When she meets a handsome were-lion baronet, Terence Blackwell, she's surprised at his interest; what she doesn't know is that Terence smells the taint of relic-magic on her, the same magic that killed his brother. Resolving to learn her secrets, Terence courts the worried wallflower and is as surprised as anyone when he falls head over heels. Soon after they marry in secret, Felicity discovers that people she's trusted all her life are conspiring to steal her magic, her title and her land. Now she's got to stop them with the help of her new husband-but how much does she really know about her mysterious mate? The latest from Kennedy (Beneath the Thirteen Moons) is simply delightful, set in a fantasy-touched Victorian England that's imaginative, historically vigorous and ripe for further adventures. Felicity is a pleasantly unassuming heroine and is well matched in Terence, while the identity of the villain will keep readers guessing until the very end."

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Author Kathryne Kennedy is having a contest that's all about spreading the word about this book. To enter, post the following blurb anywhere on the Internet.

BLURB:

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ENCHANTING THE LADY
"The imagination of J.K. Rowling and the romance of Julie Garwood
all rolled up into one fabulous novel." Erin Grady, author of Whispers
Please visit: http://www.KathryneKennedy.com

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The Contest :
E-mail the URL link where you've posted about this contest to Kathryne with CONTEST in the subject line. A winner will be randomly chosen from those with a verifiable link. Only one entry per person. Entering the contest automatically signs you up for the author's newsletter. Your information will be kept confidential.

The Prize : a double strand Akoya cultured pearl bracelet.


Contest ends December 31, 2007. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years or older to enter. No prize substitution permitted. This contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Dashing Through the Mall

To celebrate the release of the first book in her new trilogy, Everything But a Groom, author Holly Jacobs is giving away a copy of last year's anthology, Dashing Through the Mall.

To enter : through December 31st, send Holly an email at Holly@Hollysbooks.com, put Holiday Contest in the header.

By entering the contest, you are agreeing to be added to her mailing list.

Speed Bump Giveaway

Author Carin Rafferty is a big believer in laughter being the best medicine, and always starts the day by reading Dave Coverly's latest Speed Bump cartoon. To spread the laughter around, Carin's having a contest.

Submit your funniest holiday memory to Carin and the top three winners will be given their choice of one of Dave Coverly's Speed Bump cartoon books: Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People; Just One %$#@ Speed Bump After Another . . .: More Cartoons; or Speed Bump.

For details on submitting entries, visit Carin's blog and click on December 2 on the calendar. The winners will be announced on New Year's Day.

Only one entry per person. Due to shipping restrictions, entries are limited to persons from the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada.

Gift of Reading Holiday Contest

Author Beverly Rae is having a Holiday Contest. Contest runs from October 31, 2007 to January 5, 2008. Winners will be notified by email on January 7, 2008.

3 Ways to enter for 3 Chances to Win. Enter one way for one chance, two ways for two chances, or enter all three ways for three chances to win.

How to enter :

First Chance - Join Beverly Rae’s Fantasies newsletter. Current members are already entered! (See link below to join.)

Second Chance - Write a short paragraph about which Beverly Rae book you enjoyed reading. If you’re a new reader of Beverly’s, write a paragraph telling which book you’re dying to read. Email your paragraph in the body of the email to info@beverlyrae.com with “Gift of Reading Holiday Contest” in the subject of the email.

Third Chance - Answer this 2-part question. “Which of Beverly’s books is going to print and where can a reader pre-order it? Email your answer to info@beverlyrae.com with “Gift of Reading Holiday Contest” in the subject line of your email.

The Prizes :

Third Prize is a $10 Gift Certificate to eXtasy Books.com.

Second Prize is a Goodie Package of autographed copies of Dancin’ in the Moonlight and Sex on the Beach, a stationary set and a lovely beaded necklace!

First Prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to Borders bookstore!

Be sure to include both your snail mail address as well as your email address along with your entries. All winners must be members of Beverly Rae’s Fantasies at the time of the drawing and at least 18 yrs old. By entering, you give permission to list your first name and the first initial of your last name on all promotional venues in announcing the winners including, but not limited to her website and the newsletter.

Savor Me Slowly

Book Giveaway - Savor Me Slowly

Author Gena Showalter
's giving away a signed copy of her book "Savor Me Slowly" on her blog today. Just leave a comment to be entered.

Here's a little about the book:
Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative . . . literally. Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength -- strength she’s going to need. Her latest mission sends her to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death. With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other. A passion she was forbidden to know. . .

From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch. But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do. Even betray him . . . and ultimately destroy him. Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace and even Le’Ace herself to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.
If you don't win, but still want to read it, you can order your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Relax in the New Year Contest

Author Selena Illyria knows the holidays can be stressful. Which is why she's giving away two stress relief kits and some books.

One lucky winner will receive the following:

1 Aromafloria Stress Less Lavender and Chamomile, Sage Kit

1 Armoafloria Workout Relief Lemongrass, Peppermint and Eucalyptus Kit

1 We Are Hot CD

1 Author Promo Pack

1 Copy of Bare Necessities by Marie Donovan

1 Copy of The Tao of Sex by Jade Lee

More prizes to be added later. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment at that blog post telling where you would go to get away from it all in the New Year? The deadline for the contest is January 30th, 2008 Midnight EST.

Bonnie's Contest

Author Bonnie Rose Leigh is holding another membership drive contest. On New Year's day, she will be drawing a name from all of her newsletter recipients. The lucky winner drawn will receive a copy of every new release she has in 2008, both e-book and print.

She will also pick two lesser prize winners, each receiving their choice of either the entire Triad series, on disc, or the entire Children of The Triad series on disc (once all the stories are released).

So, sign up for her newsletter today at: http://www.mybonnie rose.net/ lists/?p= subscribe& id=1 for your chance to win one of the three prizes listed above.

Kickoff Promotion


How do you inspire middle school students who love throwing footballs and playing online games to read? Give them access to two famous football players and a compelling book about hard work and hope, and then add some terrific prizes and great games.

Bonus.com has done just this with a new promotion around the critically-acclaimed new book Kickoff! by Tiki and Ronde Barber.

Based on Kickoff!, a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion, from professional football playing twins Tiki and Ronde Barber, the contest invites visitors to submit questions to Tiki and Ronde, read book excerpts, view video of Tiki talking about the book and play Bonus.com’s online hit, The Best Football Game.

Authors of the three winning questions will receive autographed copies of Kickoff!, along with a $100 Simon & Schuster library of kids books (all for middle readers). And of course the best prize of all, Tiki and Ronde will answer their questions.

Click here to visit the Kickoff! promotion at Bonus.com to submit a question to the Barbers, watch their video, read an excerpt, and play an online football game!

New Year Scavenger Hunt

Book Giveaway - A Red Hot New Year

Feel like a bit of a challenge? (But not too much.) Here's the perfect way to while away a few minutes in between the bouts of festive cheer.

Author Denise Rossetti is having a Scavenger hunt and the prize is a signed copy of "A Red Hot New Year". If you already have the book, then you can choose between a print or ebook of GIFT OF THE GODDESS or an ebook of TAILSPIN or SEASONS OF SEDUCTION 1 (COME HOWLING).

You have until Midnight 31st December to find the answers to 10 questions by searching thru Denise's website, or her MySpace, including her MySpace blog.

Winner will be announced on New Year's Day.

Go there for more info.

Rafe Giveaway

Book Giveaway - Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren

Author Susan May Warren is giving away 25 preview copies of "Taming Rafe" on January 1 -- be one of the first to read about this bullrider and the woman who "tames" his heart.

To enter, go there and fill out the Contest Entry Form and put the words, "I want Rafe!" in the contest question answer box and hit submit. You will be entered in the contest and subscribed to Susan’s private newsletter mailing list.

She'll be announcing the winners in her January newsletter.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Distant Heart

Book Giveaway - Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman.

Continuing the 12 Authors of Christmas over at Camy's Loft, today's author is Tracey Bateman.
And Camy is giving away a copy of Tracey’s latest novel, Distant Heart!

Toni Rodden has escaped a life of prostitution and vows she'll never let a man controlher again. After months on the wagon train, she's finally earned her place, albeit grudgingly from some, and has found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time she can taste freedom and the possibilities of a new life. But as Fannie prepares to marry wagon master Blake Tanner, Toni realizes how alone she is and questions whether she'll ever find acceptance, or true love.

Despite Toni's conviction that no man will be able to see beyond her marred past, Sam Two-Feathers, the half-Indian wagon scout and acting preacher for the train, seems to know of a love that forgives sins and values much more than outward appearances. Will Sam have the confidence to declare his love? Will Toni be able to trust in a love that can forgive even the darkest past?
To enter to win today’s book, leave a comment on that blog post, giving your name, email address and saying you want to enter. Winner will be chosen January 2nd. Remember to check back to see if you've won.

BTW, you can post a comment and NOT enter, too—just say so when you comment.

International readers are welcome to enter!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Book Giveaway - Why A Manger

Head on over to Oh Amanda and read her rave about Brock & Bodie Thoene's series of mini-books (try 83 pages) that answer the big…well, little questions about Jesus. Little questions that have big answers. There are three so far: Why A Manger?, Why A Shepherd? and Why A Crown?

Amanda loved the one she read so much that she's giving away a copy of "Why a Manger?" to two lucky winners. All you need to do is leave a comment at that post.

Book Giveaway - The Family ...

Slurping Life loves all things that are Vintage Christmas. And she's decided to spread the holiday obsession... I mean, holiday cheer by giving away a copy of "The Family Christmas Book".

It's a beautiful 25 year old Christmas album, revised edition copyright 1982 Nancy Taylor, published by Traditions Press. The book contains two-page spreads to record each family Christmas so that when completed, you have a twenty-five year record of family Christmases.

To enter, simply leave a comment on that post by midnight EST Friday, December 21.

A Couple more Book Giveaways

Here are a couple of contests I found over at The Book's Den :

Novelist D. H. Schleicher is offering free autographed copies of hisaward-winning, critically acclaimed thriller THE THIEF MAKER in monthly drawings starting in January of 2008. Follow this link to enter : http://davethenovelist.wordpress.com/win-a-free-book/

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Poet Arthur Henn is offering a free e-book verison of his newly release book, Reflections of My Soul. In order to be participate all you need to do is send the publisher an email to have your name and email added to the drawing: angelpublishing@verizon.netVisit Book Homestead to read Arthur’s interview and a link to his book and excerpt, you will fall in love with poetry all over again. Don’t miss it!

Sketch Book Giveaway

Maggie Stiefvater, an award winning Virginia based equestrian artist with a long list of credits to her name, promised to give away her sketch book when she'd filled it to the last page. And now that time has come.

She'll be giving it away to a subscriber of her blog, drawn randomly on Wednesday, December 19th, at 8:00 p.m. EST. So if you're not signed up yet and you want it, sign up. Go there to do that.

Book Giveaway - Olle Eksell

Almost in time for the holidays, it's the first Reference Library book giveaway.

Up first is Olle Eksell : Swedish Graphic Designer published by PIE Books, Japan. This book has been blogged to death and is kind of old news. But if you missed out on it the first time around, now is your chance.
To enter, e-mail Andy with "Olle" in the subject line.
Entries will be accepted until Midnight Friday, December 21.

Squiggles and Doodles Contest

To celebrate two new books by Taro Gomi, Squiggles and Doodle All Year, Chronicle Books is having a contest.

The contest, open to doodlers and scribblers of all ages,* runs through May 15, 2008 (entry cards must be post-marked by that date). Finalists will appear on the Chronicle Books Blog. Grand Prize winners will be selected by Taro Gomi.

Five Grand Prize Winners will be awarded a deluxe set of art materials, a limited edition print autographed by Taro Gomi, the Taro Gomi creativity collection of books from Chronicle Books, including Squiggles, Doodle All Year, and the phenomenally best-selling Doodles and Scribbles (more than 155,000 copies sold!).

* While the contest is open to all ages, children under 13 years of age must have their parent or guardian submit their entry. See official contest rules.

Ivy and Bean Friendship Contest

Chronicle Books is currently running a contest for their "Ivy and Bean" series of books to WIN a school visit from author Annie Barrows.

It's Easy:

1. Read one (or more!) of the Ivy & Bean books (Ivy and Bean, Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go, Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record) with your classroom.

2. Have your students write about a special friend of their own: what did they think of their friend before actually meeting him/her? How are each of them different and what makes their friendship so special now? What do they think of Ivy and Bean's friendship? (Want more ideas? Download a friendship-focused Ivy and Bean teacher's guide below.)

3. Submit entries along with a self-addressed mailing label to Ivy and Bean Friendship Contest, Chronicle Books, 680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (by submitting an entry you are granting us permission to use content for promotional use). Deadline to receive entries: February 15, 2008.

All entries will receive 40 magnetic bookmarks (while supplies last), the Runner-Up will receive a classroom set of autographed books, and the Grand Prize will win an expenses-paid event at your school with the author! Order the books any way you'd like or right here!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Book Giveaway - The Path

For each of the next twelve days, Author Marilynn Griffith will be giving away copies of the twelve books that affected her the most this year. Today's book is "The Path : CREATING YOUR MISSION STATEMENT FOR WORK AND FOR LIFE by Laurie Beth Jones".

Go there for more details on how to enter.

The winner will be announced before midnight tomorrow, December 14, 2007.

Book Giveaway - The Blood-Red Crescent

Head on over to Maureen Whitman's blog and see if you were one of the lucky winners of yesterday's draw. And also enter to win today's prize which is - The Blood-Red Crescent: A Novel by Henry Garnett.

This piece of historical fiction was originally published in 1960 and is all about the Battle of Lepanto. It would be good for a middle school or high school student. The author begins the book by giving the reader the facts so you can pick out the fiction from the real history. The Blood-Red Crescent is part of Sophia Institute Press' new imprint for Catholic Fiction: Imagio.

Now, here are the rules to enter the contest and win a copy of The Blood-Red Crescent. Send an email HERE (RWitt1776 at aol dot com) before 5:00 AM Eastern Time. Make sure to include your name and address in the body of the email.

A couple of clarifications. You do need to enter the contest each day. One entry per person per day. However, if you have a friend who doesn't have email, feel free to send an entry for her.

Good luck everyone!
For more details, go to that post.

Book Giveaway - Devil's Orchestra

At The Writer's Life, read an interview with Christian Fiction Author Sydney Molare whose novels include - Somewhere In America; Small Packages; Changing Faces, Changing Places; Grandmama’s Mojo Still Working; and Devil’s Orchestra.

Just leave a comment at that interview post to enter to win a copy of "DEVIL'S ORCHESTRA".

There's no mention of an end date or any other restrictions.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Book Giveaway - Great Style

Earlier My Fashion Life had raved about the style guide from Harpers Bazaar: Great Style (The Best Ways to Update Your Look) and how it would make a perfect gift. Well now they have two copies to giveaway as their gift to you.

To win a copy, just leave a comment at that post and tell them "who is your style icon of 2007?".

This is a quick contest and ends Dec 14th. Winners will be chosen at random.

Intriguing Giveaway

Have you ever heard of The Feast of Seven Fishes comic? I hadn't either until now. It's a comic book that is part comic and part cookbook. Intriguing combination.

The Beantown Bloggery is giving away a copy. For more details, go there.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, 12/14 at noon EST.

Book Giveaway - Piper Reed, Navy Brat

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith is having a book giveaway at her blog, Cynsations.

Win an autographed copy of Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt (Henry Holt, 2007)! To enter, simply email me with your name, snail/street mail address, and to whom you would like the book personalized. Type "Piper Reed, Navy Brat" in the subject line. Deadline: 5 PM CST Dec. 14. Good luck!

Book Giveaway - Paper Folding Made Easy

Serious Mumbo Jumbo is having the final giveaway of 2007. The prize is a book called "Paper Folding Made Easy by Kris Mason". It shows you how to easily make beautiful embellishments with little folded squares of paper. There's also is a tablet that SMM made just for this giveaway.

Just leave a comment to be entered into drawing on Wednesday the 12th.

Book Giveaway - Signed, Mata Hari


Head on over to Loaded Questions who not only raves about Yannick Murphy's "Signed, Mata Hari", but is also giving away ... not one, but five brand new hardback copies of this book.

Signed, Mata Hari is a fictional novel by Yannick Murphy that follows the life of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, the woman who reinvented herself to become Mata Hari.

Margaretha, born in the Netherlands in 1876, went on to marry a Dutch naval officer named Rudolf MacLeod and moved to Java. Later, Margaretha moved to Paris, France where she worked as a circus horse rider named Lady MacLeod. In 1905, however, she changed her name to Mata Hari, which translated to "Eye of the Day".

Mata Hari quickly became a famed exotic dancer and began to work as a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men from Russia, France, and German. In other words, this is a fascinating woman whose life was full of intrigue, secrets and transformation.

There are two ways to enter. The final day to enter in the contest is December 30th, 2007. The contest winner will be announced on January 1st, 2008!

Christmas Meme Contest

Book Binge is having a Christmas Contest.

The Christmas Season is upon us and we have one burning question: Have you been naughty or nice this year? Regardless of your answer, we are inviting our lovely readers a chance to win an eBookwise eReader!

All you have to do is answer a few simple (okay, 10) questions on your blog/journal and leave the link to your Meme in this post. If you don't have a blog or journal, you can email us your answers. The winner will be chosen on January 5th, so you can enter up until 11:59pm on January 4th.

US and Canada only.

Ok, I'm going to give it a try. Here goes ...

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Christmas Meme :

1. What is your favorite Christmas romance to re-read each year?
A Christmas Carol

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie/show?
Sleepless in Seattle

3. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
Any kind

4. When do you start Christmas shopping?
Never stop, keep buying all year round.

5. Do you re-gift?
Yes, if they're books that I already have copies of them. Other stuff, rarely.

6. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Santa Baby

7. When do you get your Christmas tree?
After Thanksgiving

8. Wrapping presents: Love it or hate it?
Both. Love the anticipation of the presents being opened, but hate getting it all neat and tight.

9. Who is the hardest person to buy for?
Anyone of the male gender

10. Christmas tree: Real or artificial?
I love real, but allergies make it impossible for us to co-exist. So, artificial.

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Easy enough, right? So, give it a try yourself.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Book Reporter's Holiday Contest

The Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest continues and this week's prize package includes -

This week we are featuring THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DOGS: A Parody by Rex & Sparky by Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls and Anita Serwakli, a laugh-out-loud illustrated guide for --- and by --- dogs, unlocking the mysteries of doghood and teaching them how to do the very activities that human society says are wrong.

Our Holiday Basket of Cheer is a woven basket stocked with holiday-themed items. Along with two copies of THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DOGS: A Parody by Rex & Sparky and green-and-tan checkered wrapping paper, winners will receive a cranberry orange-scented Illuminations candle, Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix, gourmet hand-cut vanilla marshmallows, sweet-smelling cinnamon sticks, delicious Chewy Peps peppermint candies, a festive serving tray depicting a winter scene and a large snowman cookie. (Approximate retail value: $100)

To enter to win, answer the question below:

What is the correct posture while waiting by the dinner table?

You can find the answer by reading an excerpt here.

Naughty-Sexy Holiday Contest

Have a Naughty-Sexy Holiday from the ladies of Six Degrees of Sexy and Deliciously Naughty! Enter at DN Writers.com.

It's open till Dec. 24th. With three prize packages, including prizes from : Amy Ruttan, Anna J. Evans, Christine d'Abo, December Quinn, Kelly Maher, Red Garnier, Renee Field, Robin L. Rotham, Sherrill Quinn, Sierra Dafoe and Wylie Kinson.

"GREAT-FUL" Contest

Author Teryl Cartwright's 'A Sensible Match' is coming out soon and to celebrate, there's a contest going on.

I am grateful for my many blessings and want to focus on them this upcoming holiday season.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to share some of the great things that fill your life and fulfill your pursuit of happiness. What makes you grateful even when times are tough? Can you express it in 365 words or less?

THE PRIZE? A hot off the presses personalized signed copy of A Sensible Match along with a few gifts/surprises that "go" with the new book. You will get one of the first copies to come out and the first that has not been promised to family.

To e-mail your entry, please use the contact page link and the winner will be announced by New Year's Day!

Love Romances Holiday Contest

Love Romance and More want to celebrate the holidays with you with a big month of presents (prizes). Click on the presents on the Contest page at Love Romances and More site and enter today! They are giving away books, jewlery, t-shirt plus other goodies. Enter and see if you win as names are drawn daily.

To check if you are a winner, go to the Love romances and More My Space page.

4 authors & 22 prizes

Put a little ho-ho-ho into your holidays by playing WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT CHRISTMAS CAROL?

This scavenger hunt is certain to bring back fond memories, is something that might bring you and your loved ones together in the grand game of carol identification, and just might land you one of 21 prizes.

That's right, 14 authors and 21 prizes!

You don't have to be perfect in guessing, but getting them all right will get your name entered into the final grand prize drawing, making it a chance at 22 prizes. Just visit Skhye Moncrief, check out the contest page, and get started naming Christmas carols.

Contest ends midnight CST on Christmas Eve.

Novel Sisterhood's Holiday Contest

Do you like doing the Crossword puzzle? Then you'll surely like this novel contest!

There will be FOUR winners! PRIZES Are:

- $25 Gift Certificate for Janet's Gift Web site
- Copy of Sacred Ground by Rita Karnopp
- Download of Blue by Maddie James
- Signed copy of Peek A Boo by Mary Martinez

All answers can be found on Novel Sisterhood and/or our individual web sites, blogs or my space. If the Author name isn't in the question, it's in italics at the end of the question to give a hint where to look.

Have a look around and email the answers to Mary.

Check out our contest page: http://www.novelsisterhood.com/Contest.htm


12 Books of Christmas

To celebrate the holiday season, author Lisa Schroeder is giving away one young adult book every day for 12 days, starting on Monday, December 10th and going through Friday, December 22nd.

All books will be mailed AFTER Christmas, but before January 1st. Once you win a book, you cannot enter to win another one until the last day, when anyone can enter. US only.

Here is the list of books with the dates you can enter to win :

Mon., Dec. 10th - HARD LOVE, by Ellen Wittlinger
Tues., Dec. 11th - CRANK, by Ellen Hopkins
Wed., Dec. 12th - STARGIRL, by Jerry Spinelli
Thurs., Dec. 13th - STORY OF A GIRL, by Sara Zarr
Fri., Dec. 14th - LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green
Sat., Dec. 15th - TWILIGHT, by Stephenie Meyer
Sun., Dec. 16th - 30 GUYS IN 30 DAYS, by Micol Ostow
Mon., Dec. 17th - TRIPPING TO SOMEWHERE, by Kristopher Reisz
Tues., Dec. 18th - THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Alexie Sherman
Wed., Dec. 19th - DRAMA! THE FOUR DOROTHYS, by Paul Ruditis
Thurs., Dec. 20th - STUCK IN THE 70's, by D.L. Garfinkle
Fri., Dec. 21st - I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, by Lisa Schroeder

Another Giveaway at Dooley's

Bookmark Author Lena Nelson's blog as she constantly has riveting interviews with other authors and usually gives away a copy of their book as well.

This week, read an interview with author Tosca Lee and enter to win a copy of her much-hyped novel, Demon.
Go there and enter.

Author's Contest - Carole Bellacera

This month Author Carole Bellacera is giving away a signed copy of UNDERSTUDY (and a bracelet from Beautiful Evening Beads.
Go there and enter.
And remember to bookmark this as well, as Carole runs monthly contests. Best way to be notified is to sign up for her newsletter and you can do this while entering her contest. Good luck!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Book Giveaway - Dangerous Admissions

Mom of 3 Girls is giving away her copy of Dangerous Admissions by Jane O'Connor, author of the Fancy Nancy books whose her first foray into the world of adult literature is Dangerous Adimissions.

Miranda "Rannie" Bookman—43, divorced mother of two, with a recent love life consisting of a long string of embarrassingly brief encounters—is beginning to feel like a dangling participle: connected to nothing. Her career as a copyeditor is down the toilet (she makes one little slip—a missing "l" from the last word in the title of the Nancy Drew classic The Secret of the Old Clock—and suddenly she's Publishing Enemy #1!), so she's been forced to take any gig she can get. And that means giving tours at the Chapel School, the ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive, private academy that her children attend.

Certainly not the most interesting of employments . . . at least until someone stumbles across the dead body of the Director of College Admissions. Investigating a murder was never in her job description, but with her soon-to-be-college-bound boy Nate a prime suspect, Rannie has little choice. Besides, who better to dot all the "i"s and cross all the "t"s than a self-proclaimed "language cop"? Her diligence might even lead her to a brand-new love. Or to a killer. Or to another corpse—hopefully not her own.

If you're interested, just leave a comment at that post and let Deb know the title of the book you're currently reading or the last book that you read (not including kids books). And if you want an extra entry, just link up or help spread the word, but that isn't required.

The contest will end at midnight Eastern time, next Friday (December 14th) and the winner will be notified the next day.

Only those with US shipping addresses.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Children's Book Review : Noisy Little Dump Truck

Noisy Little Dump Truck

· Reading level : 1 - 5 years
· Board book : 10 pages
· Publisher : DK Publishing
· Price : $9.99
· Language : English

Book Description
Join big yellow dump truck Sam, on his busy day at the construction site. With a plush dump truck that can be squeezed to make ... .... read the rest of this review at A Bookworm Reads.

Children's Book Review - How Many Kisses...

How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

Reading level : Baby-Preschool
Board Book : 28 pages
Publisher : Little, Brown Young Readers
Language : English

Book Description
As the day comes to an end, each precious little animal nestles into its cozy place and waits to be tucked in by its parent. Bears, horses, bunnies, ducks, and even snakes .... read the rest of this review at A Bookworm Reads.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Over the Weekend - Saturday Edition

@ Callapidder Days - Mad About Us By Gary & Carrie Oliver
With over twenty years of counseling experience, Carrie and Gary Oliver have written a practical book to help couples focus their passion in ways that lead to trust, understanding, and intimacy. Just leave a comment to be entered. Ends Dec 12th at noon. Open to US and Canada.

@ Symphony for a Devil - there's a PYR BOOK GIVEAWAY going on. You have through Dec 12th to enter. Limited to North America.

@ Intrigue Authors Blog - just comment over what you think makes a person an "anti-hero" to get an entry to win one of two autographed copies of "UNDERCOVER DADDY" by Delores Flossen.

@ A Readable Feast - enter to win a basket of children's books from Little, Brown and Company including Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell, Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney, The Cranium Ultimate Book etc. The winner will be announced at A Readable Feast by Thursday, December 13. Open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Continental US only.

Book Giveaway - Fab Girls

Christmas has come early here at The Bean Blog. One lucky person has a chance to win the Fab Girls Book Series. That special tween girl in your life will love these books. She will find the answers to all her pressing questions about boys, friends, school, family and more.

And all you have to do is read its review and leave a comment at that post.

You have until Wednesday, December 12th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave a comment. Winner will be notified by Dec 14th.

Book Giveaway - The Geography of Bliss

Go and read the review of "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner at Gadling and enter to win a copy as well. To enter, simply leave a comment at that post.

The comment must be left before Friday, December 7, 2007 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
You may enter once. 5 winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Hot Giveaways

Earlier I'd posted about how you can win a Cynthia Eden book at The Bradford Bunch (more details at this post of mine). Over at Simply Ali, you can enter to win more of Eden's sizzling reads!

Ali will pick two winners from those who leave a comment or a question for Cynthia this week and they will get a copy of either Secrets Volume 15 or Secrets Volume 18, featuring werewolf novellas The Wolf's Mate and Bite of the Wolf.

She's also holding a Scavenger Hunt for a signed copy of A Red Hot New Year. Remember, this anthology not only features Cynthia's story, New Year's Bites, but stories from Diana Mercury, Denise Rossetti, and Virgina Reede.

Entries will be accepted until Saturday night and winners will be posted on Sunday evening.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Book Giveaway - Informed Consent

Edgy Inspirational Author is giving away a copy of "Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn".
Jeremy Cramer, M.D. is the next Einstein of infectious disease research. While working on a way to revive water submersion victims, he makes a breakthrough discovery in AIDS research that thrusts him into the center of a media frenzy. But the publicity turns negative and his marriage reaches the breaking point when he accidentally infects a colleague and his negligence allows his son to contract a life threatening disease. The viruses test the limits of his new formula and his ethics. In his frantic efforts to save his son and his marriage, he must decide whether to allow his child to die or violate the rights of a young transplant donor. The choice forces him to stand face-to-face with the unfathomable love required to sacrifice an only son.
To win a copy of this book, just leave a comment there telling what intrigues you about the book (assuming you read the description and/or review that follows) and please leave a way to contact you if you win.

There's no mention of an end date.

12 Days of Romance

Do you want to win some fantastic holiday reading?

If so come celebrate the Twelve days of Romance with 12 authors from Ellora's Cave, Wild Rose Press, Total-E-Bound and Cerridwen Press.

Each day beginning December 8th and running through December 19th, one of the twelve authors will tell what their "True love gave to them" on either their blog or website. Collect all twelve answers and e-mail them to anny@annycook.com with 12 days of Romance in the subject line to win some great books. There will be three lucky winners.

The prizes :
1st prize--6 books
2nd prize--4 books
3rd prize--2 books

For more details, go there.

Breeni Books Giveaway

Sabrina of Breeni Books, keeps having these great giveaways and while I want to keep them to myself, I think it's better to share - holiday spirit and all that, you know :-)

This week, she's reviewed and is giving away a copy of the inspirational book "How Big Is Your God? The Freedom to Experience the DivineBy Paul Coutinho, SJ".

In How Big Is Your God? Ignatian scholar and Jesuit priest Paul Coutinho emphasizes the vastness of divinity and the ability to transcend the rites and rituals of organized religion. Coutinho questions the general disconnect with the Divine due to a preoccupation with rigid doctrine.

If you'd like to read it for yourself, comment on that blog post by 11:59 EST Sunday, December 16, 2007. If you blog about this contest, add a link to your blog post in your comment for a second entry.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Book Reporter's Holiday Contest

Bookreporter.com is celebrating the Holiday Season with their Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest. This week we are featuring A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING by Anne Perry, a murder mystery that has themes of passion and redemption.

This week their featured title is WHERE ANGELS GO by Debbie Macomber.

Their Holiday Basket of Cheer is a woven basket stocked with holiday-themed items. Along with two copies of A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING and green-and-tan checkered wrapping paper, winners will receive a cranberry orange-scented Illuminations candle, Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix, gourmet hand-cut vanilla marshmallows, sweet-smelling cinnamon sticks, delicious Chewy Peps peppermint candies, a festive serving tray depicting a winter scene and a large snowman cookie. (Approximate retail value: $100)

To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 11:59PM. You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

(thanks to Tami for letting me know about this gem of a contest!)

Kimberly Logan's Contest

Have you read the first two books in the Daventry Sisters series? Think you can solve the clues that have been unveiled with each book and guess whodunit?

Then you're all set to enter Kimberly's new contest! All you have to do is check out the excerpt from Seduced By Sin on the Coming Soon page and weigh in there with your guess as to which character in the series was responsible for the death of the Marchioness of Albright, the mother of the Daventry Sisters. (Hint: A list of possible culprits follows the excerpt!)

All entrants will be eligible for a random drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon along with a signed early copy of Seduced By Sin, the last book in the series (due to hit shelves in April 2008).

Not only that, but the first person drawn with the CORRECT answer will receive a $50 gift certificate from Amazon!

Contest begins on December 3rd and ends on March 1, 2008. The winner or winners will be notifed by e-mail on March 2nd.

Special Hanukkah Giveaway!

To keep the celebration of Hanukkah going and to point your attention towards her review of Jeffrey Overstreet's ground-breaking debut novel, Auralia's Colors, over at Front Street Reviews, Susan is reluctantly giving away her copy of this book.

Just leave a comment at the West of Mars blog. A winner will be chosen on Dec. 11th, the last night of Hanukkah. The only thing Susan asks is that you read the book and tell her what you thought of it.

Open worldwide.

Get yourself A Red Hot New Year

Noooo, I'm not Santa - I can't get you that in reality! :-)

I'm talking about author Cynthia Eden's latest book, "A RED HOT NEW YEAR.". Over at The Bradford Bunch, she's giving away a copy. I've already entered and you can too. All you have to do is answer this question in the comments - what do you want for Christmas this year?

Winner to be chosen next Tuesday.