Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Books News, Giveaways and More!

Hi all! Sorry for not posting as frequently this last week. But I had a very good excuse. I was busy coming to the awful realization that my little one needs to go to school even though I want to keep him to myself. That, combined with searching for a school, schools that were still accepting admissions etc etc etc, kept my nose to a grindstone. But now, things have finally settled down a bit. School's been picked. We've registered. All I now need to do is actually drop him off when school starts next week. I hope I can do that - gulp!

In the meantime, like an ostrich, I've decided to bury my head in the sand (aka books) and not think about it for a while. So, here are some book news and giveaways that have been piling up in my inbox.


Some Giveaways

Author Tara S Nichols invites you participate in the Forbidden Hunt scavenger hunt. She's giving away a silver Byzantine bracelet. For more details, go Play the Game!

Why is Eternal Press giving away gifts on their birthday? Because they love their readers and reviewers! Mark your calendar now to visit their blog at: http://eternalpressauthors.blogspot.com/ every day between September 1st and the 6th for fun stuff and freebies. Then the real party begins on the 7th for combination Birthday and New Releases party. That’s held on their reader’s group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/

Author Emily Bryan is having a PIRATE Name Contest! The winner will receive her entire backlist, a box of books she picked up in San Francisco (many of them signed!) and a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! To enter, go to www.emilybryan.com/Pirate%20NameContest.htm . Entries close on September 19th, International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway is coming up from September 1 - 30. More books to give away and more thought-provoking career questions for you to answer to qualify to win. Participants last year commented on how much they learned both from answering the questions as well as from each other. Don’t miss it!

Author Cynthia Eden is giving away ARCs of her latest release, MIDNIGHT SINS to some lucky members of her newsletter list. Go, subscribe now!


Some Book Recommendations

1602640432 Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed
by Lance Carbuncle

Idjit Galoot has a problem. He escaped from his master's house for a brief romp around town, seeking out easy targets such as bitches in heat, fresh roadkill and unguarded garbage cans. When he returns to his house, the aged basset hound discovers that his master has packed up their belongings and moved to Florida without him. "Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed" is the story of Idjit Galoot's ne'er do well owner and his efforts to work his way back to the dog that he loves. Along the way, Idjit's owner encounters Christian terrorists, swamp-dwelling taxidermists, carnies, a b-list poopie-groupie, bluesmen on the run from a trickster deity, and the Florida Skunk Ape.

0553807137 Your Heart Belongs to Me 
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: Bantam (November 25, 2008)

At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket—until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend, Samantha, and his life.

One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and there’s even a chance of getting Samantha back in his life. Then the unmarked gifts begin to arrive in the mail—a heart pendant, a box of Valentine candy hearts. And, most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video accompanied by a chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.

0345497627 The Keepsake
Author: Tess Gerritsen 
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 9, 2008)

When medical examiner Isles studies an X-ray scan of Madame X, which everyone assumes is a newly discovered Egyptian mummy, at Boston's Crispin Museum, she realizes the mummy isn't a priceless artifact but a recent murder victim, gruesomely preserved. Rizzoli focuses the police investigation on Dr. Josephine Pulcillo, a young archeologist recently hired by the museum who may have something to hide. More victims soon turn up, including a tsantsa (shrunken head) in a hidden museum chamber and a corpse resembling a well-preserved bog body in Pulcillo's car. After Pulcillo disappears, Rizzoli and Isles must scramble to find her before she becomes another trophy in the killer's growing collection. As usual, Gerritsen delivers an intricate plot that will keep readers guessing.

0375844260 The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies
Author: Jane Werner, Garth Williams
Publisher: Golden Books (September 9, 2008)

THIS WHIMSICAL AND charming collection of stories and poems was first published in 1951. Now a new generation of fairy fans can search for lost merbabies, bargain with pixies, and frolic under the moon with Jane Werner’s fantastic selection of “wee folk” tales, masterfully illustrated by Garth Williams.

1401301614 One Fifth Avenue
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publisher: Voice (September 22, 2008)

When a Queen of Society dies, a vicious scramble for her penthouse apartment ensues, and it's attorney Annalisa and her hedge-funder husband, Paul Rice, who land the palatial pad, roiling the building's rivalries. There's Billy Litchfield, an art dealer who slobbers over the wealthy; strivers Mindy and James Gooch, and their tech-savvy 13-year-old Sam, the most hilariously bitter (and strangely successful) family in the building; gossip columnist Enid Merle and her screenwriter nephew, Philip Oakland, who struggle to uphold traditions and their souls; actress Schiffer Diamond, who lands a hit TV series, and her old love; and Lola Fabrikant, a cunning Atlanta gold digger whose greatest ambition is to become Carrie Bradshaw. Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga.

Current Giveaway(s)
Book Review and Giveaway - Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Book Review and Giveaway - The Night Villa by Carol Goodman

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  1. I hear you about wanting to keep him to yourself. My daughter started third grade yesterday, and it was hard for me. The time is flying by so fast! Hope it all works out for you!

  2. Thanks, Anna - sure hope so. Good luck to you too!