Literary Illusions is also giving away a first edition copy of John Twelve Hawks new novel The Dark River. This book is the sequel to his highly acclaimed best selling novel, The Traveler.
Just by leaving a comment on this post, you can enter to win this week's book of choice, The Coral Island by R.M.Ballantyne.
However, the weekly drawing isn't the best part. It gets better: blog about Ballantyne Books (be sure to link back to Vision Forum) and mention this giveaway, and you will be entered in a drawing for a full set of all 10 books! The winner of that drawing will be announced after all 10 individual titles have been given away.
Oh lord, it's been so long since I last read Ballantyne. I must have all of 10 years old when I first read Coral Island and was swept away into a world of adventure and danger. Strangely, I've forgotten the details of the story but I still remember the intense feeling of excitement I had while reading this book. I'd love nothing more than to have a copy of this book and share the adventure anew with my child. Thanks for this awesome giveaway, Life in a Shoe and Vision Forum!
Not to forget other Ballantyne faves such as The Gorilla Hunters, in which the young protagonists of The Coral Island are all grown up and having more perilous adventures, in Africa if memory serves, trying to get proof of existence of a creature called the Gorilla. The Young Fur Traders which is about one lad’s heroic adventures through the Canadian outback. Or fight your way through polar bears and trek through some of the most perilous terrain known to man in search of the very top of the world in The Giant of the North.
Mr. McGroovy's has agreed to give away three boxes of their wonderful box rivets, along with a rivet removal tool for each winner, in a quick contest on ZRecs, with entries accepted through Saturday evening.
Post a comment at Design on Post between now and noon (Eastern time) on Friday, June 29 to be entered to win a collection of books.
with your choice of up to six charms
Compliments of Beading Hearts Co. at www.beadinghearts.net
SUMMARY OF RULES:
* One entry per person
* Entries must be received by August 15, 2007 (by 11:59 p.m.)
* One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received within the deadline.
* Winner will be selected on or about August 22, 2007 and notified by August 30, 2007. (Due to volume of submissions, only the winner will be notified.)
* Must be 18 years of age or older to enter and win. Certain other restrictions and eligibility requirements apply. See full official sweepstakes rules for details.
This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins.
His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome.
Details are here. Hurry up as this great giveaway ends June 29th.
The item in question a Solarveil ring sling, which blocks the UVA and UVB rays while keeping you cool and comfortable. There is no other fabric available with the same unique features. Kim from KimzKreations is giving away a Solarveil ring sling of your choice! You pick the color and the rings you want- a $40 value!
Sounds ideal for the summer, doesn't it Moms (and Pops too!)? Well, here is your chance to get one for your own. Just go here and enter.
Can you make it home in time to prepare a healthy dinner with your family? Cameron Stracher did it for a year. Do it for ONE week and tell us about it.
One lucky winner will get a $500 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market, and two runners-up will get gift baskets valued at $250.
To enter, send your story in 500 words or less to: RHPG@randomhouse.com by September 10th, 2007.
Official rules here.
Meet Cameron Stracher at a bookstore near you!
Click here to see a video of Cameron cooking with his family.
To enter it , I've first gotta complete this meme (my very first! I'm so excited!).
Five Reasons the Best Writers Come from Texas :
1 - It's the land of hot, hunky cowboys! 'Nuf inspiration for romances.
2 - This is the land of "Bush". Comedy for all ages.
3 - Guns mean murders means inspiration abounds for mysteries.
4 - Texas Rangers = action galore.
5 - Texas chainsaw massacre - fodder for horror.
All in all, no dearth of material for writers - all genres welcome.
To get in on the contest, check out Rosina's post as to what to do and how to do it. Her example memes are also fun!
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth movie in the series, our three leads have grown into their more mature roles beautifully and the movie is full of action, suspense, magic and humor. IESB has your chance to win some really fantastic prizes from the film!
One Grand Prize Winner Will Receive A Fantastic Package Including: Tattoo Sheets, Engraved Dog Tags, a “Dumbledore’s Army” Hat, a Kids’ “Dumbledore’s Army” Tee, an American Apparel “Death Eaters” Tee, a Women’s “Dumbledore’s Army” Tank Tee, a “4-pack” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix button set, a Wooden Notebook with Quill Pen & Ink, a Custom Leather Bag debossed with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, plus, yes there's more, one Scene It? ® Harry Potter ™ 2nd Edition DVD Game, one LEGO Hogwarts Castle, a set of five NECA Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Series 1 assorted figures; Harry, Ron, Hermione, Sirius Black and the Training Dummy and one Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ™ The Videogame for PS2 from EA!!
If that isn't an amazing prize package, I don't know what is!!
Four Second Prize Winners Will Receive: Tattoo Sheets, Engraved Dog Tags, a “Dumbledore’s Army” Hat, a Kids’ “Dumbledore’s Army” Tee, an American Apparel “Death Eaters” Tee, a Women’s “Dumbledore’s Army” Tank Tee and a “4-pack” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix button set!
Check out the pictures of the prizes here!
Well, here are some more for your consideration.
Ally at Firmly Fixed on the Father is having a First Day of Summer Giveaway. She has crocheted a really cute orange sherbert pocketbook.
Contest will end Friday, June 29th, 2007 at midnight.
This Week for Dinner is giving away a complete set of Onera Spices - Original, Mesquite, Southwest and Cajun. The big bottles to boot! There will be 2 lucky winners. To enter the contest: Simply add a comment, any comment, to this post by 8 AM PT Thursday, 6/28.
Janet Rallison is giving away a copy of her new book HOW TO TAKE THE EX OUT OF EX-BOYFRIEND by having a little writing contest. Check it out here.
Hijas Americanas is giving away three books to 3 lucky winners. Find out the details here.
So, what are you waiting for? Go put those memory caps on!
Enter for a chance to win a phone call from Sena Jeter Naslund to your reading group plus L'Occitane Gifts and signed books for your entire book group (limit of 12 gifts and books).
E-mail your entry to: Abundance@harpercollins.com
Note the following in the subject line: Abundance Reading Group Contest
Include the following in the body of your e-mail:
Must be 21 or older to enter. No purchase necessary
One Grand Prize winning Reading Group will receive a phone call from author Sena Jeter Naslund to their reading group plus L'Occitane Gift boxes and signed paperback copies of Abundance. (*maximum of 12 gift boxes and 12 books).
Five First Prize winning Reading Groups will receive L'Occitane gifts and signed paperback copies of Abundance (maximum of 12 books per winning group).
Ten Second Prize winning Reading Groups will receive signed paperback copies of Abundance. (maximum of 12 books per winning group).
Why do you have to fit this criteria?
Well, in order to be entered in the contest you must join The Mommy Outlet. The Mommy Outlet is a community site where moms can network with other moms who sell and shop online. There’s tons of resources on this website. There’s a forum, a link directory, featured stores, and even a free marketplace where moms can sell their products.
So if you are interested in joining and winning a Shea Body Butter, register today and spread the word! The contest is effective now through June 29th.
Sheena at Sophistishe.Org is having a contest for a $50 Gift Certificate to Kangaroodle! Kangaroodle is all about “fun, functional and fabulous” for babies and mommies!
I had a hard time peeling myself away from browsing the Kangaroodle site to come write this post. They have such beautiful stuff that are useful as well, just what this newbie parent needs. Here are some of my fave picks :
NoThrow Bottle & Sippy Cup Holder was an instant winner with me.
The name says it all and anyone who's a parent will appreciate this.
I especially NEED it, as my baby's just learnt to throw!
The Thirsty Tote is made of a machine washable material (the same stuff as wetsuits!) that insulates and protects drinks as well as soaks up spills. It stretches to fit baby bottles, juice boxes and sippy cups. What makes this product even more teriffic is the handle that will snap to strollers, car seats and diaper bags!!
They also have a great collection of Diaper bags, some of which are multipurpose, such as :
Rylan Brooke Harvest Messenger Diaper Bag - A hardworking messenger bag that is both hip and functional which can be used as a diaper bag, school bag, laptop bag, mommy bag and dance bag!
Some others are just too beautiful for words -
Other items which caught my eye are these chic wristlets for the Mom on the go who doesn't want to carry a bulky diaper bag, although any of the above wouldn't be a burden at all!
And look at these cute Diaper clutches! Aren't they groovy?!
There's lots of other stuff too. Their baby shower gifts make the ones I got pale in comparison. And mind, these are just what I found in the first fifteen minutes of browsing. So go to Kangaroodle and have fun shopping!
Cora Phillips has witchcraft in her blood, but she’s convinced she inherited the recessive rather than the dominant trait. Imagine her shock when she summons a pair of ancient dragons!
Cora swears it’s a mistake. Her family swears it’s the correct course of events. Eventually, every Dragonkeeper issues the call to mate. Problem is nobody expected Cora to summon even a single dragon, let alone two.
The moment Salim loses control, however, the dragons demonstrate just how meaningless human distance really is, and return to remind Cora that dragon ties are not so easily broken.
Now available for download!
MATING CALL and DRAGON DANCE receive 5 Champagne Flutes from Cocktail Reviews
"I LOVE these two books." - Wilga Hill Boomerang of Cocktail Reviews
Click Here to find out how you can win a $15 Gift Card!
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.
Author Yann Martel of the "Life of Pi" fame and winner of the prestigious Booker prize has a new mission in life, viz to educate the Prime Minister of Canada in "stillness". Martel was upset that Harper had paid no attention during a recent parliamentary ceremony to honor Canadian artists. Apparently Harper was busy shuffling papers and not paying attention despite Martel's futile attempts to "to bring him close to me with my eyes."
Check out this crazy story on CNN - apparently a mom near Chicago has been receiving a live video feed from inside the space shuttle Atlantis — on her baby monitor. She has a Summer Infant brand video monitor that has two channels, and one is broadcasting her baby, as expected. The other, for some bizarre reason, is broadcasting a space mission. The mom, a school teacher, has been totally enthralled. Meanwhile, NASA is scratching their heads and trying to figure out exactly why this is happening.
Why is the best things in science are always by accident ;-)
The short list for the Miles Franklin award for 2007 have just been announced. The Miles Franklin award is the most prestigious prize awarded for Australian Fiction.
The finalists are:
Careless by Deborah Robertson
In the midst of her life with her small brother and unpredictable mother, Pearl is a child who strives to get things right. But the events of one summer's day are about to change her life, and nothing may ever be right again. In ways connected but unforeseen, this child's tragedy will also enter the lives of two strangers. Sonia lives in a cooler, greener part of the city, where she is learning to live alone after the death of her famous husband. And at the edge of the city, close to the beaches, in a run-down building, the young sculptor Adam Logan contemplates the celebrity that his artwork has brought to him. Through a seductively woven plot that reflects the interlacing nature of our lives, Careless explores the ties of caring and responsibility, for the living and the dead, that are formed, and broken, in our society.
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
A portrait of life in the newly established coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, whose members are are the leaders of the Pricklebush people.
Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
'She wished to study the unremarked beauty of modern things, of telephones, aeroplanes, computer screens and electric lights, of television, cars and underground transportation. There had to be in the world of mechanical efficiency some mystery of transaction, the summoning of remote meanings, an extra dimension - supernatural, sure. There had to be a lost sublimity, of something once strange, now familiar, tame. We must talk, Alice Black, about this world of modern things. This buzzing world.' Alice is entranced by the aesthetics of technology and, in every aeroplane flight, every Xerox machine, every neon sign, sees the poetry of modernity. Mr Sakamoto, a survivor of the atomic bomb, is an expert on Alexander Graham Bell. Like Alice, he is culturally and geographically displaced. The pair forge an unlikely friendship as Mr Sakamoto regales Alice with stories of twentieth-century invention. His own knowledge begins to inform her writing, and these two solitary beings become a mutual support for each other a long way from home. This novel from prize-winning author Gail Jones is distinguished in its honesty and intelligence. From the boundlessness of space walking to the frustrating constrictions of one person's daily existence, DREAMS OF SPEAKING paints with grace and skill the experience of needing to belong despite wanting to be alone.
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey
From Australia to Manhattan via Tokyo, Peter Carey’s new novel is a strange sort of love story. Once famous artist Butcher Bones is reduced to being a caretaker for his biggest collector and nurse to his erratic brother, Hugh. When the mysterious Marlene turns up, events take a very peculiar turn.
* Father's day is coming up and Anne-Marie is giving away a Rolling Stones DVD!
* She's also giving away Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work, a book offering strategy and advice to women resuming careers after extended time at home with children by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin.
* Anne-Marie's also started a new diet. Read all about it.
Author Mary Carter is having a great contest.
She's got a link to her book trailer and wants your opinion on it.
Go to her blog and follow the link and just let her know in the comment section of the blog post.
Contest will end July 15th and the winner will receive a $100 gift card/certificate to Amazon.com and up to 5 signed copies of Accidentally Engaged.
The book sounds utterly hilarious and just the thing to while away a lazy summer afternoon.
Check out the excerpt here.
Oh, and please let her know aBookworm sent you!