Thursday, January 31, 2008

Valentine Books Giveaway

Tree Swing Reading is holding a Valentine's Day Book Giveaway and giving away Christian "ChickLit" that's gaining such popularity these days.

The prize books include (but are not limited to) - These Boots Weren't Made for Walking by Melody Carlson, Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker, Catch a Rising Star by Tracey Bateman, Happily Even After by Marilynn Griffith, etc.

Drawing will be on Valentine's Day. For details, follow this link.

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Two Book Giveaways

Currently you can visit author Lena Nelson Dooley's blog and enter to win the following books along with reading interviews with their authors.

1) Distant Heart (Westward Hearts Series #2) by Tracey Bateman
Toni Rodden has escaped a life of prostitution and vows she'll never let a man control her 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?

Follow this link to leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of this book.

2) Lethal Deception by Lynette Eason
Having rescued Cassidy McKnight from kidnappers in South America, Gabe Sinclair thought his job was done. Not that the former Navy SEAL could ever forget the brave, beautiful single mother. But when the danger followed her home, Gabe promised to protect her. Why anyone would want to kill Cassidy was a mystery. Was the motive related to the orphaned toddler Cassidy was raising, a sweet little girl who brought out the father fi gure in maverick Gabe? Or did a newly revealed family secret have killer consequences?

Follow this link to leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of this book.

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Camy's Book Giveaways

Over at Camy's Loft, read an interview with historical romance author Julie Lessman. You can also enter to win a copy of her debut novel, A Passion Most Pure.

Follow this link to leave a comment, giving your name and saying you want to enter. International readers are welcome to enter.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Surrender Bay Book Giveaway

Edgy Inspirational Author is giving away a copy of Surrender Bay (Nantucket Love Story Series #1) by Denise Hunter.
When Sam's estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket--not because he kindly bequeathed it to her, but because he neglected to ever create a will. Sam returns to the island she left 11 years ago with her daughter Caden to fix up the house and sell it, but she isn't counting on is the fact that Landon Reed still lives two doors down from her childhood home.

As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she really left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart? Or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?
All you have to do to win is follow this link and enter a comment. US only.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Singh Book Giveaway

Over at Novel Thoughts, author Nalini Singh is guest-blogging. She wants to know your opinion of Alpha heroes.
What about alpha heroes in general – what do you love most about these men? Any that you adore more than others?
Follow this link to leave a comment and be entered to win a signed copy of a book from her backlist, (not including Mine to Possess).

Another Kelley Book Giveaway


At the DCL blog, you can read a short but interesting Q&A session with author Karen Kelley and get to know her as well as her new book Cosmic Sex (Planet Nerak, Book 2).

Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, the first book in the Planet Nerak series has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. The third book in the series The Bad Boys Guide To The Galaxy will be released later this year.

Follow this link to answer a question in the comments and be entered to win a copy of '
Cosmic Sex'.

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In her email to me, Danette also mentioned that throughout next month she’ll be having at least a guest blog a week to celebrate her upcoming birthday. So mark your calendars!

Here wishing her an advance Happy Birthday!

Patrin Book Giveaway

Today is Day Two of Inside The Character's Studio week at Teen Fiction Cafe. They're talking to gypsy ski jumper Leevi Patrin of The Finnish Line fame.
When Nordic ski jumper Maureen “Mo” Clark set foot in Finland, she breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, escape from her famous skier father’s shadow and a chance to jump in the renowned Lahti Ski Games. But Mo quickly realizes that balancing practice and classes is more challenging than she expected.

So when a gorgeous bad boy teammate offers coaching assistance—for a little publicity in return—how can she refuse? Surely she can work in a few extra practices somewhere between studying for calculus and sightseeing in Finland?

Amid snowmobiling and dog-sledding, ice hotels and Northern lights, Mo begins to discover what strength and perseverance—the Finnish sisu—is all about. Now it’s up to her to take that final jump and cross the finish line in style.
Follow this link to reply to the post and you could be randomly selected to win a copy of The Finnish Line along with a box of Finnish chocolate to enjoy it with.

Nelson Book Giveaway

Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf is giving away two copies of "Reluctant Smuggler (To Catch a Thief Series #3)". Here's a quote from her book review :
With artistic passion and a flare for telling, not showing, Jill has crafted a series that is not only enjoyable, but a series that is unique and stands out in the Christian fiction marketplace.

Characters we've come to know and love (or get extremely frustrated by!) are finally fully fleshed out and the storyline twists and turns at the perfect rate. The plot is unpredictable, yet plausible, and by the time you turn the final page, you find yourself nodding your head and saying, "Now, THAT was good!"

I'm giving "Reluctant Smuggler" five out of five bookmarks, with a tiny gold and emerald medallion as a charm...and don't you even TRY to steal it...or I'll send Agent Tony and P.I. Steve-o after you!
To win one of 2 copies, follow this link to leave a comment. Winners will be drawn in the week of February 5th.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Downriver Book Giveaway


This week Carp(e) Libris is giving away a copy of 'Downriver' by Jeanne M. Leiby (Author), Andrea Selch (Editor).
Downriver by Jeanne Leiby is a collection of hard-edged stories placed in the setting of downriver Detroit, Michigan. Each of the 15 stories gives a glimpse into industrial-gray neighborhoods filled with hardworking people struggling to survive. The true-to-life characters all hold onto a hope of something better in their future while striving to make sense of their imperfect present.
If you'd like to win a free copy of Downriver, follow this link to leave a comment telling what intrigues you about the book. Subscribers to carp(e) libris are automatically entered to win this and every book given away at this site. Leaving a comment gives subscribers a second entry.

A winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, February 1, 2008, at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Camy's Giveaways



Right now at Camy's Loft, you can enter to win :

Reluctant Smuggler (To Catch a Thief Series #3) - follow this link to enter.
For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment was simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent Tony Lucano.

Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions: Who’s looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts?

Even with Tony on her side, Desi will need way more than luck to survive against the odds. She’ll need the truth–not just to set her free, but to liberate many innocents caught in the snare of calculating evil.
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The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist - follow this link to enter to win an autographed copy!
Rachel van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with two wishes: to protect her younger siblings and to return east as soon as possible. Both goals prove more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom and a missionary-turned-gambler stakes a claim on her heart. Rachel won't give up without a fight though, and soon all will learn an eloquent but humorous lesson about what truly makes a lady.

Baby Books Giveaway



Anjali over at Life in the Hundred Acre Wood has a trio of lovely baby books to give away.

These include :

Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal - this journal provides fun, fast, and casual birthday activities for ages 1-18 as well as space to stick birthday photos and a random picture from each year, amusing and thought-provoking questions to ask your kid, and a time-capsule envelope for stashing away odds and ends (artwork, school papers, hand tracings, birthday cards, invitations, and other memorabilia).

Time to Feed Baby: A journal for recording your baby's feeding schedule - The Time to Feed Baby journal is designed for jotting down the details of each feeding, and for making note of new foods as they are introduced to the baby's diet. Beautifully designed with colors fit for the mother of a baby girl or boy, Time to Feed Baby also makes a great baby shower gift.

Happy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal -Created by leading pregnancy expert Dr. Robert A. Greene, this unique journal offers you a week-to-week plan for staying healthy and symptom-free during pregnancy and the postpartum months following the birth of your child. Unlike any other pregnancy planner, this journal also provides prompts and writing space for capturing the joy, excitement, and intimate thoughts of anticipating the new arrival.

Follow this link to leave a comment. Please say if you've won at her blog before. All 3 books will go to one lucky reader. And a winner will be drawn in a week's time.

Karen Kelley Giveaway



Read in her own words, author Karen Kelley's journey to becoming a successful writer. You can find this at her post at Novel Thoughts.

Just leave a comment on that post and you'll be entered to win a copy of Cosmic Sex (Planet Nerak, Book 2). (Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, the first book in the Planet Nerak series has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.)

Follow this link to comment.

Kick Butt Contest





KICK-BUTT CONTEST! Answer five questions, earn chances to win fabulous prizes.

The official GRIMSPACE quiz*




Ever wondered what job you'd hold down on a star ship?
Yes!
Uhm, no... *shifty look*
Banana Hammock!

What a fun quiz! My result was -

The Pilot
" You'll be guiding the ship through the stars, whether you work on a slow old freight, a flashy passenger vessel, or a quick little cutter that can outrun any pirates in the sky. Maybe you don't want to admit it, but you also have a touch of control freak in your nature. You feel responsible for other people, even when it doesn't make sense. That comes from having the crew depend on you when your hands are on the ship's controls. "

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Taking this quiz also entitles you an entry into author Ann Aguirre's Grimspace contest. The prizes are really fabulous!

Prize packages

  • Grand Prize: $100 gift card from Barnes and Noble
  • First runner up: $50 gift certificate from Amazon
  • Second runner up: a handcrafted Mexican necklace
  • Third runner up: $25 gift card (or egift card) from Bath & Body Works
  • Fourth runner up: Signed copy of Grimspace
Follow this link to get more info. Deadline is Feb 26th.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Book Giveaways for Sunday

A Peek at My Bookshelf is celebrating it's first Bloggoversary (congrats, Deena!) and giving away goodies in the form of books and more.

Titles will include: Around the World in 80 Dates: Confessions of a Christian Serial Dater by Christa Bannister, A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman, Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson, Savannah Comes Undone by Denise Hildreth, Presumed Guilty by James Scott Bell And maybe one or two more...you just never know!

Just leave a comment before February 5th to be entered.

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If your New Years resolutions involved eating healthier, losing weight, or purchasing more organic products, then you're sure to be interested in Mom-a-licious, a new "more photos, less text" cookbook out by Chef Domenica Catelli.

To enter, follow this link and leave a comment over at Metropolitan Mama and your e-mail address prior to Wednesday, Jan. 30, at midnight. The winner will be contacted and announced on Thursday, Jan. 31. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

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The Book Swede has a copy of Debatable Space, the début science-fiction novel of Philip Palmer, to give away.

To see normal rules click "Contests" at right. No multiple entries, and the contest will close ... sometime!

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Author Ericka Scott is conducting a 'Less than a Latte' contest. A random winner will be drawn on 31 January '08 to receive a free copy of 'Opportunity Knocks'. Follow this link for more details.

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Enter author Eliza Knight's crossword puzzle contest to win a copy of the 'A New Journey' cd by Celtic Woman. Send in your answers before Feb 1st.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Saturday's Searches

Lena Nelson Dooley <- read an interview and leave a comment to win a copy of Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith.



Romance Reviews Today <- Post away and one lucky winner will get a copy of Heat of the Night (Dream Guardians, Book 2) by Sylvia Day.

Winner will be chosen this coming Sunday night. One entry per household please and you must be at least age 18.


Mommy Poppins <- Get your very own custom book The First Adventures of Incredible You for someone special. Leave a comment with your favorite special thing to do with kids in New York. Ends midnight on Jan 27th.





Musings on This, That .... <- read an interview with Julie Lessman and enter to win a copy of her book A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, Book 1).



Bibliophile's Retreat <-

Book Giveaway - Fatal Kidnapping



Author Tracy B. Evans says at her blog :

The first contest is to win a free signed copy of Fatal Kidnapping when 100 members join. We are currently at 50 members.

The second contest is to be a character in one of my upcoming books. The way to do this is to submit your work, whether it is poetry, writing, art, etc. Anything you want to submit is fine. My officer’s and I will determine the winner once the contest is final.

Join today. Everyone is welcome!!

Follow this link for more details.

Book Giveaway - The Blood King



At Pat's Fantasy Hotlist you can currently enter to win an autographed copy of Gail Z. Martin's The Blood King: Book two in the Chronicles of the Necromancer.

You need to send an email at reviews@gryphonwood.net with the header "BLOOD." Second, your email must contain your full mailing address (that's snail mail), otherwise your message will be deleted. Lastly, multiple entries will disqualify whoever sends them.

There's no mention of an end date.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Best-selling Author pirates his own books!

I read this over at P2P and had to share!

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The best-selling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho told the audience of the Digital Life Design conference last week in Munich that he has been secretly helping online book pirates - and in turn has gotten thousands and thousands of new readers.

Coelho said that he had some great experiences with free promotional book downloads, but oftentimes foreign publishers wouldn't support the idea of giving away his books. So he got creative and mingled with the pirates.

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Coelho went to Torent sites and downloaded copies of his books in all kinds of different languages. He then started a Wordpress blog called Pirate Coelho and uploaded all those pirated copies there, free to download for everyone. Of course, he had to make some publicity for this site, so he decided to "find" it himself. From his keynote speech:

"We put up a link on the blog, like I was very surprised. (...) The link is on the main page of my blog. I have to play a little bit naive, that I don't know. But people go there, they download the book, and, believe it or not: The sales of the book increased a lot."


Paulo Coelho has sold over 100 million books worldwide, and his works have been translated into 66 languages. He told his audience in Munich that he believes authors can benefit from following his example and giving away their works:

"At the end of the day people are going to buy it because it stimulates people to read and it simulates people to buy."

You can watch his complete keynote speech here.

Lesa's ARC Book Giveaways



This week, Lesa of Lesa's Book Critiques is offering two ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of crime novels set in foreign countries :

Unspoken (An Inspector Anders Knutas Mystery) by Mari Junstedt
From Publishers Weekly :

At the start of Jungstedt's somber, subtle second mystery set on the Swedish island of Gotland (after 2006's Unseen), Det. Supt. Anders Knutas and his team look into the murder of the alcoholic former news photographer Henry Dahlström. In the course of their investigation, they discover evidence not only that the man maintained a good income doing illegal repair work for most of Gotland's leading citizens but that his death may somehow be linked to missing 14-year-old Fanny Jansson.

Meanwhile, Johan Berg, a Stockholm news reporter, tries to keep his bosses interested in Dahlström's murder so he can take trips to Gotland to visit his married lover, Emma Winarve. With solid characters and powerful descriptions of the dark Swedish winter, this newest entry in the great tradition of Scandinavian police procedurals provides an engaging and twisty narrative that will fool even the most attentive reader.
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Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel by James Church
From Booklist

Following up his exciting A Corpse in the Koryo (2006), which introduced the likable North Korean police officer Inspector O, Church (a former intelligence officer writing under a pseudonym) offers up a mystery involving a rarity in Korean society: a bank robbery.

Men in silk stockings (also very rare) have held up the Gold Star Bank in broad daylight, and, frankly, the authorities have no idea how to handle it. So they give the case to Inspector O, hoping that his expertise with offbeat cases will help. Little do they or he expect the treachery that lies down the road. Like its predecessor, the novel relies heavily on its setting, which the author brings vividly to life, and on its characters, the witty, wily Inspector O and the various colleagues, witnesses, and suspects he encounters. While the first novel invited comparisons to Martin Cruz Smith and Robert Janes, this second in the series makes it clear no comparisons are necessary: this series stands on its own.
The contest will end Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. MT. Follow this link for entry details.

Book Giveaway - A Passion Most Pure

Refusing to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God, Faith O'Connor steels her heart against her desire for the roguish Collin McGuire. But when Collin tries to win her sister Charity's hand, Faith isn't sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. To further complicate matters, Faith finds herself the object of Collin's affections, even as he is courting her sister. The Great War is raging overseas, and a smaller war is brewing in the O'Connor household. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page.
This time around, Edgy Inspirational Author is giving away a copy of A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, Book 1) by Julie Lessman.

To enter to win, all you have to do is click this link and post a comment. Just make sure to leave a way to contact you if you win.

Oh, and this is the featured book for the ACFW book club in February so if you belong to the club this is a great way to get a free copy!

Author's Basket Giveaway

Josey Anderson will be the perfect wife. She and Chase did have the perfect wedding—if you don't count the matron of honor going into labor. Now all she has to do is find a cute Cape-style house, report for the Gull Lake, Minnesota, paper, bake cookies and learn to sew—is that so difficult?

But when Chase lands a new job—in Moscow—Josey's dreams disintegrate. After all, she's been there, done that as a missionary, and a city without year-round hot water, decent takeout or…maternity clothes—that's not perfection! But what's the perfect wife to do?

Susan May Warren, the author of Chill Out, Josey!, is in a giving mood.

To enter to win a MA SPA gift basket, click this link and fill out the contest entry form with your funniest/craziest/most embarrassing PREGNANCY STORY and hit submit. Winners will be announced in her February newsletter.

Note - doing so will get you subscribed to Susan’s private newsletter mailing list as well.

Book Giveaway - Writer's Market



From Metropolitan Mama - One aspiring writer mama will receive a Writer's Market 2008 book (it comes with a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com).

To enter, simply leave your e-mail address and a comment about what genre of writing you're interested in on that post (click this link) prior to Sunday, Jan. 27, at midnight.

The winner be announced and contacted on Monday, Jan. 28. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

Book Giveaway - The Lost Men



A Variety of Words
is giving away a copy of The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party by Kelly Tyler-Lewis, in hardcover. It is the true story of a group of men who traveled to Antarctica in 1914 to lay depots of supplies for Ernest Shackleton’s trek across the entire continent.

Follow this link and enter. The deadline is Friday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. PST.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dooley's Book Giveaways

At her blog Author Lena Nelson Dooley keeps interviewing other authors and also gives away copies of their books.

Currently you can enter to win a copy of A Sister's Test by Wanda Brunstetter.
A Sister’s Test is Book 2 in the Sisters of Holmes County series, and it focuses on Ruth Hostettler.

Ruth is the second oldest sister in the Hostettler family, and she has one burning desire—to marry and fill her Amish household with children. Life seems to be falling into place when Martin Gingerich starts to court Ruth and she befriends a motherless child. But Ruth’s dreams are suddenly shattered in one horrific moment, putting her faith to the test.
You also have a chance to win a copy of September Dawn by Carole Schutter.
On September 11, 1857, the first act of religious terrorism in the United States took place in Utah when a group of fanatical Mormons massacred a prosperous wagon train of 120 settlers from Arkansas and Missouri on their way to California. Driven by a despotic Brigham Young who thundered chilling messages of Blood Atonement from the pulpit, the faithful committed polygamy, murder and castration in the name of God.

Based on one of America's most horrific historical events, this is the story of the improbable romance between two nineteen-year-olds from starkly different worlds, the son of a Mormon Bishop, and the daughter of a Christian pastor.
And at that post, Lena's giving away a copy of A Hideous Beauty (Kingdom Wars Series #1) by Jack Cavanaugh.
On what should have been the best day of his life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Grant Austin learns of a plan to assassinate the president of the United States. Every attempt to sound the alarm is thwarted, and Grant soon finds himself at the center of an even greater battle that predates time as he stands alone against ancient powers and unspeakable evil -- evil that can only be described as a hideous beauty.

Lesa's Book Giveaways

These are the current giveaways at Lesa's Book Critiques.

One lucky winner will receive Natalie M. Roberts' first two books in the Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mysteries. The first book, Tutu Deadly introduces Partridge, a dance instructor and studio owner. The second fun book, Tapped Out, takes her to a dance competition. These two paperbacks will both go to the same reader.

Lesa is also offering the ARC of a thriller. The Snow Empress by Laura Joh Rowland features her inspector, Sano Ichiro, in a story set in 17th century Japan.

Just email her (lholstine@yahoo.com) with the subject line Win...Roberts or Rowland, whichever author you want. Your message should include your mailing address. Entrants only in the U.S., please. The contest will end Thursday, January 24 at 6 a.m. MT. Thursday night.

No-Cry Book Giveaway

Metropolitan Mama has reviewed and is giving away a signed copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley.
A follow-up to Elizabeth Pantley's megahit The No-Cry Sleep Solution, this breakthrough guide is written in Pantley's trademark gentle, child-centered style.

Parents will discover a wellspring of positive approaches to help their children get to bed, stay in bed, and sleep all night, without having to resort to punishments or other negative and ineffective measures. The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers tackles many common nighttime obstacles ...
To enter, click this link to go to the relevant post at Metropolitan Mama. Just leave a comment and your e-mail address prior to midnight Jan 23 (that's today!). The winner will be announced and contacted on Jan 24. US only.

Stone Soup Weekly Giveaway

For next week, Katrina over at Stone Soup blog is giving three winners their choice of books from her Recently Read shelf. Scan the shelf (see the photo - I crave them all, surely you will find something you like!) and see if there’s anything that calls your name.

Click this link and comment on that post with your choice and on coming Monday, Katrina will choose three readers who will get the books they choose.

I've been a lucky winner once (and became bookworm friends with Katrina in the process!). This time it's your turn! Good luck.

PS - next week, Katrina promises to give away two copies of her fave author's first novel. Just for fun, guess who this writer might be.

Harlequin's Celebration Contest

At the Harlequin Romance Authors blog, enter to win a signed copy of Melissa James's A Mother In A Million in their monthly giveaway.
Book Description : Jennifer's heart went out to new neighbor Noah and his three little kids. Their mother had gone missing a few years before, and the single dad was struggling. All Jennifer could do was be there for them and bring love and laughter to their troubled lives. And, when the truth finally emerged, help them get over their loss. For so long the attraction that simmered between Jennifer and Noah had been denied. Now, out of the blue, came a proposal of marriage. But was it because he loved her--or because he needed a stand-in mother for his children?
Just drop an e-mail to hrablog@hotmail.com with the word CONTEST in the subject line, to win this month's prize. You have until January 31 to get your entry in.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gemma's Bachelor Auction

In conjunction with the release of the Dreams and Desires: A Collection of Romance and Erotic Talesanthology (available February 1st!!), author Gemma Halliday is sponsoring an online Bachelor Auction, where she's auctioning off a virtual date with five uber hot cover models.

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to benefit victims of domestic violence, so please help support an amazing cause while winning yourself a handsome hunk!

The prize:
Each bachelor has put together a prize pack of personalized items to send to the winner, plus, if you win the auction, you will be invited to an exclusive online Valentine’s chat party, February 16th (Sat) at 1pm PST/3pm EST, where your bachelor will accompany you as your virtual date.

Here’s how the bidding works:
1. Go to www.gemmahalliday.com and pick out the perfect bachelor for you
2. Send an email to gemmahalliday@gmail.com with the word “Bachelor Auction Bid” in the subject line
2. In the body of the email say a) which bachelor you’re bidding on and b) how much your bid is
3. check back to make sure you haven’t been outbid!

Bidding will run from Jan.15th – Jan.31st.

Acosta's Giveaways

Over at her blog, Author Marta Acosta is in a giving mood.

Over at this link is an interview and contest with author Nancy Levine, author of the highly popular Wilson the Pug novels which includes The Tao of Pug, Homer for the Holidays, Letters to a Young Pug, and the latest, The Ugly Pugling: Wilson the Pug in Love. These books are just as much fun for kids as for adults. Nancy will be giving away a copy of The Ugly Pugling. To enter, just leave a comment or a question for Nancy.

She's also running a second contest for Cindy Bokma's A Thousand Dollars For A Kiss.

Remember, you can't win if you don't enter. For both contests, a winner will be chosen at random on the evening of Friday, January 25.

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Marta's also giving away a mass market paperback copy of her own book "Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula Series, Book 1)".

If you'd like to win a copy of this fabulous and funny novel, click this link to leave a comment naming your favorite supernatural or paranormal character, book, or show. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, January 25.

A Soldier's Promise

Books, Movies and Chinese Food blog has reviewed and is giving away a brand new copy of "A Soldier's Promise by Cheryl Wyatt".
Great Debut by a New Author!

Joel is a parachute jumper who hates coming back to his hometown. Amber is the teacher who writes to him to come visit her school. Bradley is the little boy with cancer that connects the two. Joel is reluctant to give into a relationship due to past events while Amber's first concerns are for the well being of Bradley. Together the two find out that their love for the boy will bring them to a romance that the two of them cannot deny.
Just leave a comment at that post (click this link) with your email address. Winner will be announced Jan 29th.

Just Cause

Want to win a copy of Just Cause by Susan Page Davis?
No one believed Laurel Hatcher. On trial for the murder of her husband, she prayed for a miracle. And she got one, sort of: a deadlocked jury. A mistrial meant going through the ordeal all over again, but at least she’d have more time to prove her innocence. And now handsome police officer Dan Ryan was on her side, determined to find evidence that would clear her name. But Laurel didn’t even know what to look for—or who would want her husband dead. Until Dan took her back to the scene of the crime...where a killer was waiting.
Leave a comment over at that post at Keep Me In Suspense blog, with a way for them to contact you, to be eligible to win this book.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Day and the Hour

To celebrate the arrival of his 4th child. Rhett wants to give away a book called The Day and the Hour by Francis X. Gumerlock.
This book contains hundreds of false predictions of dates for the Rapture and Christ's 2nd Coming, myriad speculations of the identity of the Antichrist etc.
He will mail a brand new copy of The Day and the Hour to whoever guesses the exact weight of his new son, or comes the closest to the correct weight. It's simple as that!

For more details, go there.

The contest ends when the baby is born, so get your guesses in soon!

The Ritual Bath

The Bipolar Diaries gives a stellar 4.5 stars to Faye Kellerman's 'The Ritual Bath: The First Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel.

This is what Danielle had to say about the book :

It was slow to start, yet it picked up it’s pace at just the right time to get me to finish it. I was intrigued by the Jewish faith while reading this book. The detail and the commitment to keeping Rina within the boundaries of her beliefs was very well done.

As with all good mysteries, it has a surprise ending.
For those of you in Canada and the United States who are interested in reading this book, be sure to leave a note in the comment section of that post of hers that you would like to be entered in the book giveaway drawing.

Drawing to be held tomorrow morning (Jan 22nd).

Cottage Care Package

At Love 2 Learn blog, currently you can enter to win the Cottage Care Package in which one winner will receive the following four titles :

- The Cottage at Bantry Bay ("Bantry Bay" Series) by Hilda Van Stockum
1938, Bethlehem Books, 239 pages, sewn softcover, Catholic

- Francie on the Run ("Bantry Bay" Series) by Hilda Van Stockum
1939, Bethlehem Books, 293 pages, sewn softcover, Catholic

- Pegeen ("Bantry Bay" Series) by Hilda Van Stockum
1941, Bethlehem Books, 266 pages, sewn softcover, Catholic

2001, Ignatius Press, 211 pages, sewn softcover, Catholic

If you'd like to be entered in the drawing for this set of books, please click this link and leave a comment at that post before Tuesday night (January 22nd) at midnight (Pacific time) and check back on Wednesday morning to see if you've won.

Talk of the Town

Currently, you can go to that post at Edgy Inspirational Author, to enter to win a copy of "Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate".
About the book:

Between Hollywood glamour and small-town secrets, what is the truth? The show American Superstars is the hottest thing on television but its associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is worried. She has just arrived in the tiny town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise reunion concert for hometown finalist Amber Amberson. Only it turns out everyone in town seems to know the secret. And paparazzi are arriving. Word from Hollywood is that Amber has disappeared with a "bad boy" actor. Can anything go right in this tumbleweed town?
Just leave a comment and a way to contact you if you're the lucky winner. Ends Wednesday.

101 Cups of Water

101 Cups of Water: Relief and Refreshment for the Tired, Thirsty Soul by C.D. Baker
Summary : C.D. Baker dips into the flowing stream of God’s love and draws out relief, refreshment, mercy, hope and sustenance for a new generation of Christ-followers. Baker’s clean, simple prose is paired with evocative, black and white photographs that will etch each truth into the reader’s memory.
You can enter to win a copy at that post over at Apples of Gold Ministries blog.

US only. Ends Jan 22nd.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Breeni's Book Giveaways

At Breeni Books you can always expect to read quality reviews and enter some great giveaways as well.

Go there to read a review of Dark Maiden by Norma Lehr and enter to win a copy as well. Ends midnight, Jan 26th.

And over there is a review of The Thin Wall by Cheryl Anne Gardner and this giveaway ends Midnight, TONIGHT, Jan 20th!

As always, please leave her a contact email address in case you're the lucky winner. And note that, blogging about her giveaways gets you a second entry. (Of course, you must let her know that you've done so to get that second entry -- perhaps, just make a note of it in your comment.)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Path of Fate

If you want to get your hands on "Path of Fate" by Diana Pharaoh Francis, you can leave a comment over at that post at The Fantasy & Sci Fi ... blog or email her at SQT1969@gmail.com.
Synopsis: Once an orphan, taunted by the other children in her village, Reisil is now a newly minted healer, hoping to find a secure place in a world that has known sporadic fighting for years. But the lady she serves chooses her to be ahalad-kaaslane, or a wandering judge-warrior-explorer bound through a companion animal to no one but the lady. Afraid of losing her newly won security to go adventuring, Reisil refuses the honor and the companion goshawk. She picks a bad time, however. The leaders of the warring lands have agreed to a truce as a preliminary to ending the war, but many who have suffered on both sides regard the truce as a betrayal. Moreover, Reisil's decision threatens the truce. Plausible, engrossing characters, a well-designed world, and a well-realized plot distinguish Francis' debut.
Note- if SQT, the blog owner, is unable to get shipping info from the contest winner within 48 hours, the book will be awarded to someone else.

Contest ends Wednesday January 23.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday's Finds

Adorn Magazine has a copy of Plush You!, a book of a dozen “loveable misfit toys to sew and stuff” by Kristen Rask, plush designer and owner of Schmancy Toys in Seattle.

For your chance to win a copy of Plush You!, go to that post (click this link) and leave a comment. Remember to include your email address. 3 winners will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, January 23, at 12 noon EST.

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Over at DIY Bride, a chance to win one of two copies of the book, The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects For Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding. Just go there and post a comment by Sunday, Jan. 20.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tween Book Giveaways

aPARENTly Speaking have got some hot-off-the-press tween books to give away, including the unauthorized “Fan’s Guide to the Spiderwick Chronicles” and the newest Mia (American Girl Today) by Laurence Yep about a young ice skater torn between playing ice hockey with her brothers and figure skating for herself.

Want to win those books? Click “comments” and tell them, what’s your favorite kid lit in the post-Potter age?

Winner will be chosen Friday night (that's tomorrow!).

Monday, January 14, 2008

Trillionth's Giveaway

The Trillionth Page is in a generous artistic mood and giving away stuff - namely, books! Hurry on over and take advantage before she comes to her senses :)

For her pay it forward contest, you get to choose your prize! Leave a comment at that post and you’ll be entered. The drawing will be on January 15th. THREE people will win a prize.

Sharpe Contest

Bettie Sharpe has a contest going on over at her blog, Sharp Words.

For the Hard Boiled Contest, just email her (bettiesharpe at gmail dot com) identifying Like a Thief in the Night's references to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet titles by February 1, 2008 and you'll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Rothwell Contest

Author Kate Rothwell has challenged readers to a fun contest - create a new bio for her to-be-announced new pseudonym. If your suggestion gets picked, then you'll get every single one of the books she writes under that pseudonym free, autographed etc. You’ll also get her alter-ego Summer Devon’s latest release, too. And some chocolate.

There's another contest as well for those who may not want to attempt this feat. Just leave a comment at that post and you'll be entered to win the latest Summer enovella, which is part of an anthology with stories by Lyn Cash and Alexis Fleming.

Go to that post for more (funny) details.

Techniques of Healthy Cooking

Over at Serious Eats, this week's Cook the Book continues in a healthy vein for the month of January with The Culinary Institute of America's Techniques of Healthy Cooking.

Though almost textbook-like in format and heft, it's anything but dull—what with its beautiful full-page photos and handsomely laid-out recipes, complete with nutritional information (of course) and additional metric measurements.

T0 win one of 5 copies available for giveaway, just say in the comments of that post - What's your go-to healthy meal?

Writer Mama Giveaway

At Metropolitan Mama, one aspiring writer mama will receive a copy of Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz.

Stay tuned to all the latest news in Katz's world (including what her new book is about and how to get a scholarship for her upcoming writing class

To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on that post @ MM prior to Wednesday, Jan. 16, at midnight. US only.