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Giveaway! The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

You know, I told someone recently that I haven’t done a giveaway in ages and this is my second in 2 weeks! This sounds like a fantastic read and since I can’t fit it into my schedule, I want some of my readers to put it on their TBR list, then come back and tell me all about it. To help you along, I’ve got some free copies straight from the publisher. Now, a little about the book to whet your appetite:

half-brother_3D“When Harvard graduate Charlie Garrett starts teaching at Abbott, an Episcopal boarding school in Massachusetts, the chair of the English department tells the young teacher that his students ‘all still believe in truth.’ LeCraw’s gorgeous sentences dramatize a campus where literature stirs young hearts and minds . . . LeCraw never eases the emotional tension. . . One of the finest school-set novels in recent memory.” 

The Millions


“With profound insights and through elegant, understated prose, LeCraw tells an intricate tale of loyalty and betrayal, secrets and truths, taking readers on a dreamlike journey into the heart of passion and the soul of family. In this exotic, emotive, and evocatively delicate novel, LeCraw brings southern gothic to staid New England in a tale reminiscent of books by Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Anne Tyler, and Donna Tartt.

–Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred)


“Fresh out of Harvard, Charlie Garrett becomes an English teacher at the Abbott School in Abbottsford, Massachusetts . . . But Charlie isn’t a typical blue blood . . . Charlie is drawn to chaplain Preston Bankhead, a fellow Southerner, and falls in love with Preston’s daughter, May, nine years his junior. He doesn’t act on his feelings while she’s an Abbott student, but they correspond when she goes to college and begin an ardent affair when she comes home to take care of her father while he’s dying of melanoma . . . a complicated, engrossing study of characters and relationships. 


For more on Holly, check out her website, Holly LeCraw , and follow her on Twitter @HollyLeCraw.

I’ll be giving away one free copy for every five entries, up to a total of 5 copies. US only, please. Just use the form at the bottom and give me your name, email and shipping address. Don’t worry – no one sees the form but me; if you’d rather not leave your address, just say so in the comments, but be ready to reply quickly if you’re a winner! If you share this on Twitter or Facebook, leave me a link for a bonus entry. Entries close at midnight on Friday, February 20th and I will announce the winner(s) Saturday morning. Good luck!

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Guest Post: Erica Lucke Dean, author of To Katie with Love

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It’s Friday, so I’ve got company here on the Shelves. Today, I’ve got a guest post from Erica Lucke Dean, author of To Katie with Love, about Chick Lit. I don’t read a lot of Chick Lit, but I am a big fan of people reading what they like and I am not one to put down a genre just because I don’t read it. I too often hear people put down chick lit and I like to ask chick lit authors if they get the respect they deserve…Even better, we’ve got a giveaway and other goodies, so be sure to read through to the end!



My name is Erica, and I write chick lit.

My name is Erica, and I write chick lit.

It sounds like I’m introducing myself at a secret group meeting of similar genre writers, sequestered away in dark basements where we sip on full-caf vanilla lattes and chain-scarf chocolate bonbons while we trade stories about our cats, and console each other about our sad, unfulfilled lives, doesn’t it?

Okay, so maybe the part about the chocolate is true. I do dig the chocolate. But the rest? Pffft! Are you kidding me?

I don’t skulk around in dark hoodies, hiding my face like some sort of fugitive of fiction. Not me! I’m dressed in pink from head to toe, dancing around with a bouquet of fresh daisies clutched to my chest, ready for the “he loves me, he loves me not,” moment to present itself. And let’s face it… of course, he loves me.

And why wouldn’t he? My life has a soundtrack. It’s not unusual to find me skipping from room to room to the perky beat, as bubble hearts float up from my head. I’m not kidding! Even as I type, I’m salivating at the perfect man, cooking me breakfast—to be served in bed—while flashing his impossibly perfect abs for me to gaze at while I eat.

So, maybe that’s not true either. I’m just a regular chick who likes to write about stuff that will make people laugh, maybe make a few hearts go pitter patter along the way, and then leave you with an all-around good feeling at the end. And really, what’s wrong with that? I’m no Stephen King, no Jackie Collins, no JK Rowling, but I’m perfectly happy to be me… a chick lit writer.

When did people get so judgmental about genres anyway? Why does chick lit deserve less respect than say, drama or mystery? It’s that whole “commercial” aspect isn’t it? The minute you tack on commercial before the word fiction, you run into the whole, “You’re not a serious writer. You just wrote that because people will buy it,” crap.

And to my detractors, yes, I wrote it because people will buy it. Isn’t that the point? What good does it do to write a book if no one wants to buy it? But that’s certainly not the only reason. I have characters in my head screaming at me to get their stories out, and they could care less if anyone buys it. They just want someone to read it.

And sure, I could have easily written a sweeping epic of family drama that critics would hail as the next Gatsby, but where’s the fun in that? Not to knock Fitzgerald, he totally rocked, but sweeping epics are not my thing. I’m writing for the women of the world who simply want a fun romp to bring a smile to their lips. Life is meant to be laughed at—enjoyed—and chick lit does that. So as long as someone still wants to read it, I’ll keep writing. With… um…my little stash of  chocolate bonbons at my side. Because, yeah…

I’m still a chick who digs chocolate.

Pssst! Check out my new widget – and win a book!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

If you look down the right hand side of my website, you’ll see a new widget from Shelf Awareness. Use the widget to sign up for Shelf Awareness for Readers, the newsletter with the best news and reviews on the hottest new books, and you could win a signed, first edition copy of Thick as Thieves by Peter Spiegelman! Check out the widget for more details on how to win.

More Rubber Balls, More Liquor

Friday, April 29th, 2011

As promised, more Gilbert Gottfried! His new book, Rubber Balls and Liquor, was released this week and if the trailers are any indication, it is very funny indeed. Check back for trailer #3 and a chance to win a free copy.

STEPHEN KING ON GILBERT GOTTFRIED -“More than a national treasure, he’s a secret weapon. If we had had Gilbert Gottfried in World War II, Hitler would have given up in 1942.”

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New: Gilbert Gottfried – Rubber Balls and Liquor

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Tuesday seems like a nice day for a dirty joke, doesn’t it? And what else would you expect from Gilbert Gottfried? According to publisher:

Part memoir, part twisted social commentary, part scratches on the bathroom wall, Rubber Balls and Liquor is Gilbert Gottfried’s hilarious first-ever book.

In the early 1970’s, as our nation’s youth railed against every conceivable societal norm, a funny-looking teenage Jew started turning up at open mike nights in various New York City comedy clubs. Surprisingly, he didn’t suck. That funny-looking teenage Jew is now the even funnier-looking middle-aged comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who despite his transparent shortcomings has managed to carve out a hardly- respectable career-and a reputation for shock and awe unrivaled outside the Bush administration. With this scathingly funny book of rants and musings, Gottfried sullies an entirely new medium with his dysfunctional worldview.

Now, be careful — I warned you that this was a dirty joke. No minors, please.

Hopefully, I will soon have a copy of Rubber Balls and Liquor to give away. Check back on Friday for the next video!

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Online Book Party and Giveaway!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

There is a party next week and you’re on the guest list!

Make plans to attend the Thread of Sky release party over at These nice folks are throwing a party on Tuesday, April 26th,  to celebrate the paperback release of A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei. There will be a live chat with Deanna and 10 luck party guests will receive special gift bags filled with handmade goodies!

To help you get psyched for the party, I have a copy of A Thread of Sky to give away. To register, just use the form below – don’t worry, the form is hidden so none of your information will appear in the comments. If you follow me on Twitter, or add this on Facebook or your blog, I’ll be sure you get extra entries. This book is getting great reviews and I look forward to reading it!


Here are the rules:

  1. Contest runs through Friday, April 29th at 5:00 pm EST.
  2. One entry per person. Additional entries are available if you:
    – Follow me on Twitter
    – Announce this giveaway on your blog or on Facebook
    Please provide links/info on the form below, so I know how many extra entries you’ve earned!
  3. US residents only, please.
  4. Winners will be announced on Friday and have 48 hours to email their address to claim their prize.

This event should be a lot of fun and you don’t even have to dress up or wear uncomfortable shoes! (You can always supply your own cocktails and snacks.) You are just a click away from a good time and – if you’re lucky – a free book.

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Waiting for my winner!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If you entered my giveaway for The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, check your email.  One lucky winner has about 48 hours to respond and claim their copy.  Otherwise, I pick a new name.


Win A Free Book!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Okay, you know I love contests and this is one to get you in the holiday spirit!  The nice folks at St. Martin’s Press are offering you the chance to win a signed of Augusten Burroughs’ new book, You Better Not Cry. It’s a story about Christmases past and present, and if the trailer is any indication, it’s going to be very funny:

Now, to enter, just click on the link below and fill out the information. I know that I’m hoping there’s a copy in my Christmas stocking – how about you?

You Better Not Cry Sweepstakes

Good Luck!

And the winners are….

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

First, I want to thank everyone who entered my Maximum Ride promotion. This is a great set of books and I wish I could pass them on to everyone who posted and commented. I am a big fan of anything that encourages young people to read, and giving them big sets of cool books certainly qualifies. I hope you’ll check out other sites that are hosting this promo — or at least check them out of your local library.

Okay – the two lucky winners in my special Maximum Ride promo are:

Adam C. Lipscomb & mckeesexton!
I will be sending out emails to our lucky winners tonight. If for any reason they cannot perform the duties required of them as winners, I will draw another name.
Again, thanks for stopping by the blog. There are more great giveaways (and some pretty darned good reviews) coming up, so be sure to stop back often.

Special Promotion! James Patterson’s MAXIMUM RIDE

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I haven’t had any free books here for a while, but I’m going to make up for that today! Today, I’ve got a special promotion – not just one book, but a prize pack of EIGHT books! And not just one winner – TWO winners will receive this bounty of books. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (you MUST include an email address, so I can contact you). You can read the details below – this promo even has fine print! – and be sure to comment for a chance to win. Add a link to this post on your blog and I will give you a second chance to win (be sure to give me the link in your comment). I am a huge fan of quality books for young readers and I can’t wait to get these into the hands of some future book bloggers!


Read “MAX” – the newest book in the bestselling Maximum Ride series. On sale in paperback 09/01/09!

Still reeling from their most recent adventure, Maximum Ride and the rest of the flock must head out to sea to uncover the secret behind a brand new series of disasters—fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii, hundreds of ships are being destroyed. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also being tracked by a criminal mastermind with, oh yeah, an army of mercenaries. Can the flock save themselves and the ocean, and the world, from utter destruction?
It’s been brought to my attention that I didn’t list the books you could win! How could I forget that?!? Here’s the list of goodies:

Two (2) winners will receive a James Patterson Prize Pack:
Maximum Ride: Max (paperback)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback)
Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback)
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback)
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback)
Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback)
Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover)

The Fine Print:
The Maximum Ride: Max Promotion is open to legal US residents who are at least 13 years of age as of August 24, 2009. There will be two prizes for each Promotion. Each prize consists of the following eight (8) books: Maximum Ride: Max (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback); Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback); Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback); Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback); The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback); and Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover). The approximate retail value of each prize is $72.00. Winners will be confirmed on or about September 28, 2009 by email. Prizes will only be shipped to confirmed winners with addresses in the US. Prizes will be shipped within 30 days after a selected entrant is confirmed as a winner.

What are you waiting for! Click over to the comments and throw your hat in the ring!