Monday, April 21, 2008

Joshilyn Jackson Book Giveaway!

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It's time to celebrate!

A Book Blogger's Diary is giving away 2 copies of acclaimed author Joshilyn Jackson's latest book, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.

I was privileged enough to read and review this novel some days previously and I was embarrassingly enthusiastic about it! Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I now have 2 copies of this truly amazing novel to give away!

Book Description

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties.

While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool.

Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.

Here are the rules -

Open to Bloggers and non-bloggers.
US only please. (I'm really sorry, international readers!).
This giveaway has a deadline of : 5 am, CST, April 22nd.

Bloggers :

a) Blog about this giveaway and include the direct link to the contest post in your comment. You MUST include your contact email address in the comment as well. Put it in the format : abc at xyz dot com, to elude spammers.

After you've done the above, get Extra Entries by -

b) Put my blog button (you'll find it on my sidebar with the code for you to copy and paste underneath) on your blog. And say that you've done so in your comment. Upon verification, you'll get a second entry into the giveaway.

c) Subscribe to my blog via email (you'll find the form(s) on my sidebars) and include that in your comment mentioning the email address you used to subscribe.

d) Put me on your blogroll and mention that in your comment.

Use your own text or you can use this :
A Book Blogger's Diary!!

Yesterday, a GIVEAWAY began for 5 ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of "Volk's Shadow" by Brent Ghelfi, which ends
5 am CST, April 21st.

And now a new
GIVEAWAY has begun!

Enter for a chance to win acclaimed author Joshilyn Jackson's latest powerhouse of a novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming! There will be TWO lucky winners. Ends
5 am CST, April 22nd.

And after you enter this giveaway, check out the rest of the blog to enter giveaways galore which this book blogger has gathered from around the web! Not to mention the giveaways this blog is now holding regularly.

Have fun entering and Good luck!

Non-bloggers :

a) Subscribe to receive my blog posts via email (you'll find the form(s) on my sidebars). Then send me an email (at the special contest email "winabook at gmail dot com" with "SWIM" in the subject line) from the same address you used to subscribe, saying you've done so. With daily listings of book giveaways, you won't regret it!

After you've done the above, get Extra Entries by -

b) Telling me what is Thalia's profession (you will find it in my review)
c) Telling me the age of the "girl who stopped swimming" (in the blurb above).

Please make sure to use the correct email address and subject line.


The lucky winners will receive an email from me requesting your Full Name and Address which I will then pass on to the publisher who'll be sending you your copies directly. (Neither I nor the publisher is responsible for lost or damaged mail/copies)

I'll wait 5 days for your responses. Prizes unclaimed after that will be awarded to alternate winners.

Don't forget to enter the VOLK BOOK GIVEAWAY as well. Ends April 21st.

Good luck!

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  1. Awesome contest. I added your button and blogged about the contest:D

    Hugs, Danette

    danetteb at dot com

  2. Enter me please. :)
    treewaterduchess at yahoo dot com

  3. Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Hi! Just entered! You can find my blog posting at:

    my email address: carol at myweddingbug dot com

    I have done the following:
    1. added your cute button to my blog
    2. subscribed to your feed via email address given above
    3. added you to my blogroll

    Great Website! I love to read and it is alway good to get a real recommendation on a book! Thanks! :D

  5. Sounds great!

    LilacButterfly [at]

  6. Great giveaway, please count me in. Email address is amateurdelivre at gmail dot com
    Will also be posting a link to this on my blog located at Thanks!

  7. Ok, I also added your button, added you to my blogroll (both at and also subscribed via feedburner using amateurdelivre at gmail dot com

    Thanks again!

  8. I love Joshilyn Jackson's books. Please enter me. I added myself to your feedroll, linked to your contest from my blog and added your site to my blogroll (favorite links). Thanks. icedream(at)iwon(dot)com

  9. I've just blogged about your contest and included the link. I also added you to my blogroll and subscribed via e-mail. I'm new at this blogging business and haven't figured out how to add buttons yet. I would really like to win this giveaway. Your review was really good and I'm ready to read this book.
    njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

  10. Gosh, I'd feel bad if I won again, and I already have this book.

    On the other hand, I keep loaning it out, and one of these days, I'm not going to get it back. :-(

    So I'm throwing my name in and hoping somebody else wins. LOL.

  11. cool contest! Please enter me!

    blogged about it here:

    put your blog button on my blog and linked you to my blog.

    I subscribed to your blog using temppatt at gmail dot com/

    My e-mail is: temppatt at gmail dot com

  12. it's on my list here:

    and my email is:

    great contest btw :D

  13. I forgot to add that I did add your button to my blog for a second entry. Thanks Cheryl

  14. Don't know what happened to my first post but I did blog about this contest at

    email is clbstitch at yahoo dot com

  15. Your contest will be linked to within todays blog update of our one time entry sweeps list a little later today, and the link

    also subscribed to email for second entry