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Another Contest!

People are so generous. As you will find when you visit, where they are giving away dvds. All you have to do is comment to be entered to win.

Here are the details : We are giving away 5 copies of Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure DVD. All you need to do is leave your comment and you will be entered in the draw. We will announce the winners next week. (This contest is open only to US shipping addresses.)

More Contests

First up is Angela's contest wherein she's giving away books and a dvd. Check it out here.

And Adventures in Babywearing is giving away a cd that's sure to enthrall and inspire kids. Hurry up though. Today's the last day to enter.

Enter to win Katie Brazelton's Praying for Purpose for Women (Zondervan, 2005) from Laura at her blog, My Quotidian Mysteries

The Wonder Mom wants to give one of her lucky readers a copy of The Rest of Us.

Over at A Hamburger a Day they want to give you a book called, "Hamburgers & Fries".

Interesting Books

I found these interesting reads while browsing the Penguin website at the Flights of Fiction section which is devoted to their Viking line of books.

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowthers
January 2007

On a blustery day in London, Maryam Mazar's long–hidden past emerges—with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara. Unable to bear the guilt, Maryam runs away to the remote village in Iran where she was raised and disowned by her father. When Sara decides to follow, she discovers the price that her mother paid for her freedom and of the love she left behind. In this stunning debut novel, Yasmin Crowther paints a magnificent portrayal of betrayal and retribution set against the backdrop of Iran's tumultuous history and wild, physical beauty.

Petropolis by Anya Ulinich
February 2007

Sasha Goldberg has always been an outsider. A chubby, biracial Jewish girl growing up in the Siberian town of Asbestos 2, whose father abandoned the family for America, leaving her to navigate adolescence under the shadow of her overbearing mother. When following her heart gets her into trouble at home, Sasha becomes a mail–order bride and emigrates to suburban Arizona, finds herself trapped as a millionaires' pet Soviet Jew in Chicago, and eventually lands in Brooklyn where she confronts her past and finally discovers herself. Petropolis is a hilarious and poignant debut that takes on motherhood, immigration, and American culture, signaling the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
March 2007

In her second English language novel, Turkish author Elif Shafak confronts her country's genocidal past in a colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center are the four sisters of the Kazanci family, who live together in Istanbul, and Armanoush, the Armenian-American stepdaughter of their brother, Mustapha. Events are set in motion when Armanoush secretly travels to Turkey and unwittingly uncovers a secret that links the two families together and ties them to the 1915 Armenian massacre. Full of vigorous, unforgettable women characters, The Bastard of Istanbul is a bold, powerful tale that will confirm Shafak as a rising star of international fiction.

No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
April 2007

Don't harass her about para-sailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads towards the big 6–0, but she's fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving–to–Florida–bicycling–across–Mongolia–for–the–hell–of–it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She's already led an exciting life: she came of age in the 1960s, after all. Now, with a new grandchild on the horizon, all she wants to do is enjoy what she considers the most interesting stage of her life. No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club is an unexpected delight of a novel about letting go of youth and embracing your inner curmudgeon!

Five Skies by Ron Carlson
May 2007

Beloved story writer Ron Carlson's first novel in thirty years, Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project that is to last the summer. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los Angeles, the giant, silent Arthur Key drifts into work as a carpenter in southern Idaho. Here he is hired, along with the shiftless and charming Ronnie Panelli, to build a stunt ramp beside a cavernous void. The two will be led by Darwin Gallegos, the foreman of the local ranch who is filled with a primeval rage at God, at man, at life.

As they endeavor upon this simple, grand project, the three reveal themselves in cautiously resonant, profound ways. And in a voice of striking intimacy and grace, Carlson's novel reveals itself as a story of biblical, almost spiritual force. A bellwether return from one of our greatest craftsmen, Five Skies is sure to be one of the most praised and cherished novels of the year.

Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek
June 2007

When figurative painter Jeffrey Finelli is run over by a cab in front of the Simon Pryce Gallery on the night of his first opening, the art world falls all over itself for a piece of the instantly in-demand work by the late "emerging artist." At the center of the show is an enormous painting called Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him that becomes the object of most desire. As the artist philosophically muses before meeting his untimely end, "It represents the creative endeavor."

After Finelli's death, the gallery receptionist, aspiring artist and protagonist Mia McMurray, finds herself at the center of the art world's most sensational story. For suddenly everyone wants Lulu. Mia, in her clever, clear-headed voice tells the ensuing tale, the details of which she finds endlessly amusing and unavoidably alluring. While she watches a Birkin-toting wannabe collector, a well-muscled Irish artist, a real estate baron, and niece/muse of the artist, Lulu Finelli, duke it out over the oversized piece, Mia, à la Holly Golightly, finds her own creative outlet and artistic identity, not to mention love.

As The Devil Wears Prada demystified the world of high fashion, Danielle Ganek's delightfully funny and insightful first novel paints the oddly captivating New York City art scene as it exists today.

God Is Dead by Ron Currie, Jr
July 2007

When God descends to Earth as a Dinka woman from Sudan and subsequently dies in the Darfur desert, the result is a world both bizarrely new yet eerily familiar. In Ron Currie's provocative, wise, and emotionally resonant novel we meet God himself; the Dinka woman whose mortality He must suffer when He inhabits her body; people all over the world coping with the devastating news of God's demise; a group of young men who, fearing the end of the world, take fate into their own hands; mental patients who insist that a god still exists; armies taking up the eternal war between fate and free will; and parents who, in the absence of a deity and the "lack of anything to do on Sundays," worship their children.

On the surface, this is a world utterly transformed—yet certain things remain unchanged: protective parents clash with willful, idealistic teenagers; idols are exalted; small-town rumor mills run unabated; and children often don't realize how to forgive their parents until it's too late.

Red Rover by Deirdre McNamer

Deirdre McNamer has won praise for the intelligence, beauty, precision, and sweep of her fiction. Her first novel in seven years, Red Rover tells the story of three Montana men who get swept up in the machinations of World War II and its fateful aftermath. As boys, Aidan and Neil Tierney ride horseback for miles across unfenced prairie, picturing themselves as gauchos, horsemen of the Argentine pampas. A hundred miles away, Roland Taliaferro wants only to escape the violence and poverty of his family. As war approaches, Aidan and Roland join the FBI. Roland serves Stateside while Aidan—in a gesture as exuberant as a child in a game of red rover—requests hazardous duty and is sent as an undercover agent to Nazi-ridden Argentina. Neil becomes a B-29 bomber pilot.

Aidan returns to Montana ill, shaken, and divided from Roland over the FBI's role in the war. On a cold December day in 1946, he is found fatally shot, an apparent suicide. The FBI stays silent. Only when Neil and Roland are very old men, meeting by chance in a rehabilitation facility, does Aidan's death become illuminated, atoned for, and fully put to rest. This beautifully crafted, far-ranging novel will catch readers up in the grace and hard truths of the lives it unfolds.

Simon & Schuster Contractual Changes

Snagged from Deborah Grabien.

Simon & Schuster has changed its standard contract language in an attempt to retain exclusive control of books even after they have gone out of print. Until now, Simon & Schuster, like all other major trade publishers, has followed the traditional practice in which rights to a work revert to the author if the book falls out of print or if its sales are low.

The publisher is signaling that it will no longer include minimum sales requirements for a work to be considered in print. Simon & Schuster is apparently seeking nothing less than an exclusive grant of rights in perpetuity. Effectively, the publisher would co-own your copyright.

The new contract would allow Simon & Schuster to consider a book in print, and under its exclusive control, so long as it’s available in any form, including through its own in-house database — even if no copies are available to be ordered by traditional bookstores.Other major trade publishers are not seeking a similar perpetual grant of rights.

We urge you to consider your options carefully:
1. Remember that if you sign a contract with Simon & Schuster that includes this clause, they’ll say you’re wed to them. Your book will live and die with this particular conglomerate.

2. Ask your agent to explore other options. Other publishers are not seeking an irrevocable grant of rights.

3. If you have a manuscript that may be auctioned, consider asking your agent to exclude Simon & Schuster imprints unless they agree before the auction to use industry standard terms.

4. Let us know if other major publishers follow suit. Any coordination among publishers on this matter has serious legal implications.

Feel free to forward and post this message in its entirety.

From Author’s Guild.

Personalized Publishing from Harper Collins

Saw this interesting news bit over at the Knight Agency blog.

After almost 100 years in publishing Harper Collins is introducing a change to their Children’s division which will alter the future of the way our nation’s youth reads. Do you remember reading about your favorite character and wishing you could be right there beside him/her? Well, the day has finally arrived, and for parents and children alike, the wait is over.

HarperCollins Children’s division has recently announced their partnership with Penwizard in an effort to make personalized children’s books available to the masses. This opportunity will allow children to see themselves in an interactive role, right beside the action with their favorite characters.

HarperCollins is very proud to be the first major publisher entering into this new venture which will change the face of “personalized publishing”. Amanda Ridout from HarperCollins said: "As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding the boundaries of traditional publishing we are proud to be first to market with a leap forward in personalized publishing."

In my opinion this is a brilliant marketing move. What better way to not only encourage children to read, but also offer huge marketing potential to a variety of debut and established authors? HC’s research and marketing teams seem to really be putting themselves in the shoes of their intended audience. I know that if I had found my name in a book with a favorite character when I was younger, it would surely encourage me to fly through pages to see what happens at the end to “me” and my new friends!

So holler out everyone, what are your thoughts? Do you see this as a good move for HarperCollins? Would it be something you’d be interested in giving to a child?

Fall Line : CBS

Fall 2007 season's already gearing up and here are some from CBS that really appealed/intrigued me!

Watch the promo videos - you'll get the idea what they're all about.


Another promising one from CBS is MOONLIGHT, about a vampire PI (sound familiar?). I admit, I just want to see it just because I'm curious and Alex O'Loughlin's kinda cute.

Contests Galore!!!

There are so many great contests out there and I'm only sorry I don't have time enough to list them all (even if I could find them all!). But here are some of them that I found courtesy of Home Mom.

The Life of a Jersey Girl Blog is giving away a copy of Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot. Meg also wrote, "The Princess Diaries."

Camy's Loft is giving away another book. This time it's Fiesta Moon.

Callapidder Days is giving away another book as well, this time it's In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller.

And last but certainly not least, Bob over at BobMeetsWorld is giving away a Nintendo DS Lite! Bob thought this would be a great way to celebrate his 30th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB! Isn't that sweet, him wanting to give us a prize on his special day? Oh, the best part, he's also giving away a few games to go with this. Woo hoo! I hope I'm lucky enough to get this, I'd have the hubby a NICE father's day gift. Okay, everyone go enter that contest. Don't forget to read some of his articles on how to generate traffic to your blog or how to get more RSS subscribers. And don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday :D

Cool Header or Amazon Gift Certificate?

Those are the choice of prizes you've got in the Kickoff contest that started only yesterday at Mama's Coffee Corner. Mama's got a really cool header made for her by Revka of RS Designs and she's giving readers who blog about this contest a chance to win a personalized header of their own. OR a 20$ Amazon Gift certificate. This second prize is the one that got this bookworm hooked onto this contest as my teetering TBB pile is threatening to topple over and crush me any second now!

And you get 2, repeat 2 chances to win.
Here are the details as Mama puts it :

It's really easy, you write a post about the contest, link to both RSDesign and Mama's Coffee Corner, sign Mr. Linky at the blog offering the prize you want to win. If you would like to win both prizes, sign up at both blogs.

We will be holding the contest for one week, beginning today. (May 17-24) Winners will be announced on May 25.

Why are u still here?
Go ahead, blog this and win a great prize yourself.

Another Great Contest

There are so many wonderful people out there who are generously giving away fantastic stuff! And I really want to get my paws on some of it ;-)

So here goes ...

Kat Cooper is running a contest on her blog, "My Single Mom Life". Participants can win either a book or a DVD, both brand new.

---> The book is The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer.

---> The DVD is Casino Royale (2-Disc Full Screen Edition).

Here is what Kat says on her blog post :

"This is how this is going to work.

If you want to be entered in the contest, simply write a quick post about the contest on your blog. Link to this contest entry, and 1 link to my main page. (

Then send me the link to your post in an email, ( subject line = contest) along with your first name.

Totally easy.

Your name and url will be written on a piece of paper, folded up, tossed into a hat or bucket, or whatever we can find laying around, and on Saturday morning, yes, this Saturday morning, Sebastian will pull out two names."


Sounds great, doesn't it?! Well, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and post it on ur blog or site and get in on this great contest.

Besides the great contest, this single mom raises questions that will surely strike at the heart of most of us, and not just parents. So read the other interesting blog posts as well.

Have fun!

A Few Good Books

On a January morning in 1913, G. H. Hardy—eccentric, charismatic and, at thirty-seven, already considered the greatest British mathematician of his age—receives in the mail a mysterious envelope covered with Indian stamps. Inside he finds a rambling letter from a self-professed mathematical genius who claims to be on the brink of solving the most important unsolved mathematical problem of all time. Some of his Cambridge colleagues dismiss the letter as a hoax, but Hardy becomes convinced that the Indian clerk who has written it—Srinivasa Ramanujan—deserves to be taken seriously. Aided by his collaborator, Littlewood, and a young don named Neville who is about to depart for Madras with his wife, Alice, he determines to learn more about the mysterious Ramanujan and, if possible, persuade him to come to Cambridge. It is a decision that will profoundly affect not only his own life, and that of his friends, but the entire history of mathematics.

Based on the remarkable true story of the strange and ultimately tragic relationship between an esteemed British mathematician and an unknown—and unschooled—mathematical genius, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spell-binding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world.

A film director asks Binod, who is a journalist in Bombay, to produce a portrait of a murdered girl, a poet killed by a politician by whom she is pregnant. The director wants a script about small towns, desire, compromise and intrigue. Probably he wants masala. Subtle and articulate, his sensibility shaped by the classic films of a high-minded and austere boyhood, Binod undertakes to draught a Bollywood story. Unlike Binod is his cousin Rabinder, in Hajipur jail and full of plans. Arrested for turning his cybercafe into a porn parlour, Rabinder is a doer, with dreams of entering films.

Home Products is the story of Binod and Rabinder, brought up as brothers, one a man of hope, the other of appetite, whose ambitions unexpectedly intertwine. As it unfolds, a complex world comes to throbbing life, moving from Motihari where Binod was born, and George Orwell before him; to the Bombay of film, imitation and enterprise; via Delhi, its calm shattered by an assassination and riots.

In the broad sweep of this stunning first novel, acclaimed non-fiction writer Amitava Kumar charts a tale of sexual anxiety and anarchic impulses in a society steeped in crime. Detailing the search among its members for order and artistic brilliance, written with extraordinary inventiveness, Home Products brings aglow the struggle against small-town beginnings. It reminds us gently, and incisively, of our anxieties as middle-class individuals in a middle-class nation.

[NO listing on Amazon for this promising debut, but check out this author's blog]

The thirteen interrelated stories of Shakespeare’s Kitchen concern the universal longing for friendship, how we achieve new intimacies for ourselves, and how slowly, inexplicably, we lose them. Featuring six never-before-published pieces, Lore Segal’s stunning new book evolved from seven short stories that originally appeared in the New Yorker (including the O. Henry Prize–winning “The Reverse Bug”).

Ilka Weisz has accepted a teaching position at the Concordance Institute, a think tank in Connecticut, reluctantly leaving her New York circle of friends. After the comedy of her struggle to meet new people, Ilka comes to embrace, and be embraced by, a new set of acquaintances, including the institute’s director, Leslie Shakespeare, and his wife, Eliza.

Through a series of memorable dinner parties, picnics, and Sunday brunches, Segal evokes the subtle drama and humor of the outsider’s loneliness, the comfort and charm of familiar companionship, the bliss of being in love, and the strangeness of our behavior in the face of other people’s deaths.

Looking for Loot

Warning - this is a blatant blog post to get an entry into a contest. But oh, what a contest it is!!

The prize is a 30$ Amazon GC that has this bookworm salivating at the thought of all those luscious, wonderful books (that I missed reading during the past year and the countless years before) can be bought with this dough! Keep reading and get a chance of your own to win.

(Actually there are 2 contests, and I would have loved to enter both but alas time constraints (and to a certain extent pregnancy brain!) prevents me from doing so. But all of you out there, jump in for both!)

Here, verbatim, is the contest that wonderful author Kate Rothwell is sponsoring :


Friday, May 04, 2007
Have I got a Deal for You

So now I'm sort of stymied about how to Flog my Books.
How about you help me?

I'll send you any one of my books. Even the out-of-print one by Kate (Somebody Wonderful)--You then write a review and put it in your blog or somewhere online. You hate the book, well, I'll survive. And you'll be put in a pool to win a gift certificate ($30) at Barnes and Noble or Amazon (updated to add Amazon because I'm thinking I might put this in my blog there. Heh) or Samhain, your choice.

The only book not included in this offer is Taming Him.

If you put this offer on someone's site or your own, show me and I'll put you in a drawing for everyone's favorite, a THIRTY DOLLARS! gift certificate for Barnes and Noble, Amazon, OR Samhain, your choice.

That's not so complex, right?

Here's the deal (repetition is good)

1. Get a free book by Kate and or Summer and write and post something about it ("I loved/hated this book by Kate and/or Summer. You should/shouldn't buy it and read it because_____. Don't ask me to send my copy because this one happens to be an ebook and we don't share our ebooks.") be put in a drawing pool for a THIRTY DOLLAR GIFT CERTICATE.


2. Post this offer on your site or maybe on another site (as long as it's not spammish because I don't want to get in trouble. This is not a chain letter.) Send me a link to your post and be put into yet another drawing pool for another THIRTY DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Do both and be put in both pools.

There. That's sixty dollars I was going to spend elsewhere.

UPDATED: Forgot the end date. Contest ends be JUNE 19. That's the day Revealing Skills comes out in print. Updates will be added as I realize mistakes were made.

Here're the books you can review
by Kate Rothwell (both are print books)

Somebody Wonderful
Somebody to Love

by Summer Devon-- only ebooks, although I do have one meh paper copy of Learning Charity. Revealing Skills will be out in print--but the day the book is released is the day the contest ends, no, only ebooks unless you pick up a copy of Taming Him or, maybe, if you beg me prettily, I'll send you Taming Him. But you must be eloquent.

at Ellora's Cave:
Invisible Touch

at Samhain:
Learning Charity
Revealing Skills why did I think I had more Summer books out? This is interesting. Am I missing something? Grey cells. Just yesterday I swore to someone I had seven Summer books. A dragon one just got accepted at Samhain.

I did forget a Kate book. It's a peculiar ebook. That's here.

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