Saturday, May 31, 2008


Over at Walking on Sunshine...

Jezebelsk over at Walking on Sunshine has a contest going on that she asked me to spread the word about.

The book is called Leonardo's Swans, and it's written by Karen Essex. It's historical fiction, too. Always a favorite of mine.

Best of all, since this is a book I hadn't heard of yet, she's included a review. Please read it; she sells the book nicely. I'll be adding it to my wishlist.

You've got until June 6 to enter, so go on over and check it out!

Friday, May 30, 2008


Loaded Questions with Kelly Hewitt

This has become one of my favorite sites because Kelly Hewitt gives some of the best interviews I've read in a long time. As someone who's been on both ends of interviews, herself, I really can appreciate these.

However, not only does Kelly give great interviews, right now, she's giving great books.

Emily Griffin's Love the One You're With. And copies of her other two books, as well.

Pretty good, right? Wait. They are autographed. You collectors are in for a great read and then something really special to keep on your shelves.

You can either enter by commenting on the post, or else by signing up for her newsletter. Or both.

Good luck and I hope you'll join me in lurking at Kelly's blog. Like I said, some of the best interviews out there are at Kelly's.


Angry Housewives Eating BonBons

Sassy Momma Bear dropped by to let us know she's giving away a copy of the much-lauded Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

Leave her a comment between now and June 10. And don't forget to wish her a happy birthday, too! (it's the 10th)

Thursday, May 29, 2008



Another one to add to your reader, folks. And yes, I know fully well how your reader bulges. It probably looks like mine, only without the six feeds of music news that spit out 200 posts a day.

It's BookRoomReviews, and Tracy gives away at least one book a month, sometimes two. Keep an eye here and there for news of the latest, but if you're quick, you can get in on the current one, for Mrs. Perfect and Broken Angel.


Goodies at Front Street Reviews!

Barb at Front Street Reviews has some t-shirts for you!

Size Large (sorry all you others!)

They feature the book Generation Dead, the review for which you can read at Front Street.

Go save me from them, will you? My t-shirts out grew my drawer a long time ago.


Toni McGee Causey

I had the pleasure of meeting Toni McGee Causey at the Romantic Times Conference. She's currently celebrating the release of her second book, Bobbie Faye's (Kinda, Sorta, not Exactly) Family Jewels.

Keep an eye on her blog and her website. Contests? Yep. But definitely a writer to watch. And one heck of a great lady!


Cool site for gives

Have you been to This Book For Free?

Definitely one to add to your reader.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


A Fatal Waltz -- Tasha Alexander

Man, people are talking about this book... if you don't win it, you might want to buy it and see if it lives up to its hype.

Who: This time, it's my friend Abookworm who's giving a copy away.

She's got two copies of A Fatal Waltz, by Tasha Alexander.

And she's got some fun and games going along with the contest, so be prepared! (she's also taking multiple entries if you're desperate for this book.)

US and Canada only (sorry folks!) and entries close June 15.


Fiction Scribe 100 Comments Contest

My friend JM, who is one of the coolest people out there, is holding a contest at her place, Fiction Scribe.

She wants 100 comments on certain posts on her blog between May 5 and June 5. Time's running short, but the prizes are sweet. Go on over and help the cause.


Win One of Three Books

Who: Amberkatze
What: One of these three, Dead to Me by Anton Strout, The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur, or Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Amberkatze's Book Blog
When: contest will close next Monday 2nd of June
How: Just post a comment and tell her which book you would like to be entered for and why.

There will be 3 winners!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Freebie! Hal Spacejock!

Hal Spacejock fans worldwide have just been served a big helping of science fiction
- for nothing! Fremantle Press and Western Australian author, Simon Haynes, are
giving away complete online copies of the novel Hal Spacejock 1.

The first novel in the popular series is available to download right now, and serves
as the perfect entree to the release of book four - Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch -
on June the 2nd.

Get your copy of Hal Spacejock here.

The download is available to all, so please grab a book and share this news.


The Accidental Demon Slayer

Who: Angie Fox
What: An Advance Reader's Copy of The Accidental Demon Slayer
When: Every Friday

You have to sign up for her quarterly newsletter for an automatic entry. And keep an eye on her blog, as there are other giveaways going on, as well, as she gears up for her book's release.


Susan's Got Excerpts!

I'm giving away a collection of excerpts and a second excerpt over at the Meet and Greet.

The second excerpt is from Angie Fox's forthcoming The Accidental Demon Slayer.

The first is a collection from some really cool writers: Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley, Charlene Teglia, Cathryn Fox, Mackenzie McKade, Syliva Day, SJ Day, and Sasha White.

Because of the adult nature of the collection, over 18 only, please.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Great American Book Giveaway

Since it's Monday, there are new books to be given away at the Great American Book Giveaway. Don't forget to stop by and enter! Gotta do it by Friday, so what are you waiting for?

Sorry, gang, but this is a US-only contest.


Katrina's Monday Give!

This week, Katrina at Stone Soup is giving away any book she's already mentioned. There are a number of places she could have mentioned these books, so go find them and read a great blogger while you're at it.


Our Friend Ann Aguirre

Novelist and cool chick Ann Aguirre has a huge celebration going on over at her blog. ARCs (that's Advanced Readers Copies) of Wanderlust are due to arrive at Chez Ann and she's busy celebrating.

Go on over. Read her short story. Comment. Join the fun. Join the group of us who are fans of Ann.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Fables from the Mud

Who: Pussreboots
What: Fables from the Mud by Erik Quisling
Where: Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day
When: Contest ends June 26th at 11 PM Pacific Time
How: Leave a comment about your favorite fable. Get an extra entry by blogging about the contest.

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Friday, May 23, 2008


Haunted Richmond

What: Haunted Richmond by Pamela K. Kinney
Where: Terra's Book Blog
Deadline: May 31st


Sale at Aspen Mountain Press!

Aspen Mountain Press is having a Memorial Day blowout!

There is a 15% discount on selected titles, including, in the spirit of the holiday, Some Gave All, a selection of stories dedicated to the memory of those who gave all in service to our country.

Happy Shopping and Happy Memorial Day to our US friends.


eBooks from Tor!

Yes, it's true. Tor books is giving away a free e-book every week!

It's DRM free and available in .pdf, mobi, or html versions.

The catch? You've got to sign up for their newsletter. But it's Tor Books, people! They publish good stuff!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Do you read Cult novels?

Check out Ready When You are CB.

The prize is one book of your choice, but they'd like to hear what book you wore like your boyfriend's track jacket. Go visit. Leave a comment. What book did you relate to so much that you couldn't leave the house without it?


Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter

What: Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter

Where: A Book Blogger's Diary

US and Canada only (sorry, guys!).

Two copies of the book will be given out, and a third winner will get a cool book thong.


Gone by Michael Grant

What: Gone by Michael Grant

Where: Books and Movies Today

Be warned! This contest is for two ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies). The cover art will be different from what's pictured on the site. And technically, you're not allowed to resell ARCs. Once you're done reading.

US and Canada only, and to get an extra entry, blog about it and link back from your own site.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Bite Me Magazine!

Gotta love that title.

Who: AmberKatze

What: Bite Me Magazine (3 copies!)

Be sure to tell Amber who your favorite vampire appearing in a book (or series) is!


ABCs of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond

Who: PussReboots

What: The ABCs of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck.

Where:Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day

When:Today through June 22nd at 11 PM Pacific Time.

How: Leave a comment about your favorite fruit or vegetable or how you get your children to either their fruits and vegetables.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Who: Shaunie

What: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Where: Shaunie's Happy Place

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center

Who: Caribou's Mom

What: The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center

She's got two copies -- one autographed and one not.

Be sure to tell her we sent you... she's upset that she doesn't have more entries.


A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander

Who: Dani Torres/A Work in Progress

What: Tasha Alexander's A Fatal Waltz

Enter by 23 May! And the best part? She's got FIVE copies to give.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Another Chance for An Embarrassment of Riches

What: An Embarrassment of Riches by Gerald Hansen
Where: Ashley's Booktopia


A Bagful of Books!

Yowie. Bagfuls of books are hot this summer.

Who: Fresh Fiction

What: Win Hollywood Girls Club and Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club by Maggie Marr, The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner, I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, Earthly Pleasures by Karen Neches, Lost And Found by Ann Warren and many many many more!

Your sponsor: Maggie Marr

Be warned: entering puts you on a couple of newsletter lists. You can opt out when you receive the first letter (but why? You might get cool news about cool new authors and books). But with a Karen Neches book in the bag, it's worth it.


Rattled by Trish Berg

Who: A Book Lover Forever

What: Rattled, by Trish Berg.

Brittanie includes a short excerpt, a link to the author's website, and a short review of her own. Entry is easy, just a comment, but don't skimp on reading the post.


Skunk, a Love Story

Who: Carp(e) Libris reviews

What: A copy of Skunk: A Love Story by Justin Courter

There are three ways to enter this contest. Check them out!

I don't know about you guys, but after reading that fun review, this is one book I'll be on the lookout for.


Win some Georgette Heyer

The gang over at Historical Tapestry has declared the time between May 17 and June 10 to be Georgette Heyer Month.

They'll have some neat giveaways, and opportunities for you to guest blog with your own thoughts about Heyer.

Check out the celebrations, and add this very cool themed blog to your reader.


A Sale, not a Contest

Nope, you can't win anything, but a sale's always a pleasant thing to hear about.

Who: Nightshade Books.

What: 50% off all in-stock and forthcoming titles.

Some things to know about. There's a coupon code here and a four-book minimum. Shouldn't be hard to do.


An Embarrassment of Riches

What: An Embarrassment of Riches by Gerald Hansen
Where: Front Street Reviews

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Since it's Sunday...

It's a good time to check out J. Kaye's Book Blog. Every Saturday, she raffles off some of the books she's reviewed during the week. Raffle winners are people who subscribe to her feed, so why not add her to your reader?

Check her out. Even if you don't win something, you'll get some darn good book reviews.


The Rabbi's Cat 2

What: A copy of The Rabbi's Cat 2

Where: Susan's main home: West of Mars -- The Meet and Greet

Susan's review at Front Street Reviews.
The Velveteen Rabbi.


Spellbinder Press and The Sex Club

What: The Sex Club by L.J. Sellers

Where: Spellbinder Press

When: Every week Spellbinder sends out a winning copy!

How: Just send an e-mail with the word WIN. (And if you love the novel, tell

Read some reviews:
Susan Helene Gottfried at Front Street Reviews

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Bookreporter's Beach Bag of Books!

Do you subscribe to's weekly newsletter? Stop by the site routinely? Why not? You're missing out on lots of great contests. Like this one.

Every week, from 16 May to 29 August, will be giving away a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s), plus summertime essentials that tie in to the weekly theme. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

This week, it's Emily Griffin's Love the One You're With. AND her entire backlist. Plus the bag.

A synopsis is provided here. You can go here to enter -- but be warned! There is an excerpt to read and a question to answer. But what better way to sample a writer's skill than by reading an excerpt?

Don't forget the weekly contests for newsletter subscribers, too!


The Road from La Cueva

What: The Road from La Cueva by Sheila Ortego (2 copies)
Where: Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day.
When: Contest ends at 11 PM Pacific time on May 26th
How: Leave a two (2) sentence comment explaining why you want to read this book.

Friday, May 16, 2008


Still Hot by Sue Mittenthal and Linda Reing

What: Still Hot: The Uncensored Guide to Divorce, Dating, Sex, Spite, and Happily Ever After by Sue Mittenthal and Linda Reing.
Where: Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day
When: Contest ends June 16th at 11 PM Pacific Time
How: On the comment page tell a brief divorce story.


Violet By Design

What: Violet by Design, by Melissa Walker

Where: Cynthia Leitich Smith's author blog

Here's the direct contest link.

She's got three copies -- and one is to go to a YA librarian. Please read the directions carefully on her site.


Celebrate the release of Law of Averages

What: win a beach bag, a gorgeous picturesque calendar and a "Discover the Wylie side of romance" t-shirt

Where: Wylie Kinson's author blog

Just answer one question (answer can be found in one of three places) and you'll be eligible. And check out Wylie's new e-book, Law of Averages.

Note from Susan: I was lucky enough to read this already. It's a don't-miss and a great way to check out e-books if you haven't done so yet.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


1001 Books for Every Mood

What: 1001 Books for Every Mood, by Hallie Ephron

How: Win a signed copy of 1001 Books for Every Mood -- Write a Readers Guide for your personal favorite among the 1001 books in this guide to reaers' favorites. If your guide is accepted for the Readers Guides resource area, you'll win a copy of the "1001 Boks for Every Mood." Sample Readers Guides and submission guildelines are on the web site.

Where: Right here.


The Polka Dot Banner

What: Author-signed, brand-new books!

For a limited time only! One lucky visitor to The Polka Dot Banner each month will win one of these great books.

Books include:
Marketing From the Trenches, by Rudolph Waldner
Sisterhood of Faith, by Shirley Brosius
Lymeria, by Kristina Coia
Coinage of Commitment, by R. Costeloe
Jake's Return, by Liana Laverentz
Thin Ice, by Liana Laverentz
Falcon's Prey, by Kristina Coia
Unholy Grail, by D. L. Wilson

Registration is required. But you want to.


A Sack of Books!

HarperCollins and Saks have teamed up to give away a gorgeous bag with three books inside! Go here to sign up for their newsletter and enter.

This month's books are:
The Space Between Before and After, by Jean Reynolds Page
The Best Day of Someone Else's Life, by Kerry Reichs
Things I Want My Daughter to Know, by Elizabeth Noble

Check out the preview for next month, too!

Monday, May 12, 2008


An Auction for a good cause

Yes, this is supposed to be about contests. However, author Shiloh Walker has organized a bonanza of goodies and is auctioning them off on eBay, with the proceeds to benefit Save the Children: Emergency Response in Myanmar.

Who: Shiloh Walker and friends
Where: eBay

You can view a list of what's up for grabs at Shiloh's blog. Bidding ends 19 May.


Monday Book Giveaway!

Who: Katrina at Stone Soup

What: Any readily-available book of your choice under $25 (excluding shipping!)

Where: Stone Soup.

Good luck! Check back with Katrina every Monday for a new giveaway.


Go Green by Nancy H. Taylor

Who: Sarah at Puss Reboots

What: Go Green by Nancy H. Taylor

Where: Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day

How: Leave a comment on how you are going green.

When: Contest ends at 11 PM Pacific Time on June 12, 2008.


Black Magic Woman

Who: Amberkatze at Amberkatze's Book Blog
What: Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis
Where: Amberkatze's Book Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008


7th Heaven

Who: cheesygiraffe at What Cheesy Reads
What: 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Where: What Cheesy Reads

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Win The Road from La Cueva

I'm giving away the book at my blog, Puss Reboots. The contest ends at 11PM on May 26th.

Today I received a comment from the author and thought I'd share it here.

Anyone who acquires this book (either through purchase or this sweepstakes) is welcome to discuss with me, the author, via my blog.
There's also a discussion on GoodReads.

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July FSF

This isn't a book, but a magazine of short stories. You can get a free copy of the July 2008 issue if you're willing to write a blog review of the issue. I'm already a subscriber and I'll be reviewing the stories in the issue as I read them but I'd love to see what others think of the book.

Here are the details for getting your copy:

We’re going to do a promotional giveaway with this issue. There’s a box of copies of this issue on its way to me and I’d like to give away the copies people who will blog about the issue. So here’s the deal:

  1. Go to our "Contact Us" page:

  2. Tell us where to mail your copy of the issue.

  3. Receive the issue and blog about it. Naturally, we prefer if you read the issue before blogging about it, but I’m just insisting that you blog about it. (The first time we tried this promotion, people mistakenly thought they should blog about the magazine before receiving the issue. No. Get the issue first, then blog about it.)

  4. Send us a link to your blog.

That’s all there is to it. I’ll post here when we run out of the giveaway copies.

Spread the word!

I love this magazine. The stories are a nice mix of science fiction, fantasy and paranormal. They have their own blog and a forum. Go get yourself a copy!

Update: May 13
Apparently all the free July copies have been claimed. Here's the lastest from the blog:

All those copies have gone out to bloggers, so please don’t email us looking for one of the free issues.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the various bloggers make of the issue.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Cyclone Nargis Contest

Who: Ann Aguirre
What: $150 worth of free books (the winner choses the store- Amazon, B&N, Powells)
Does require a donation to a charity working for cyclone relief. COntest ends midnight on May 14th.
Where: Ann Aguirre's Blog

Monday, May 5, 2008


Baby Shark and A Thousand Veils

Who: Barb at Front Street Reviews
What: Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption by Robert Fate and A Thousand Veils by D.J. Murphy
Where: Front Street Reviews


The Truth and Killrod

Who: Sabrina at Breeni Books
What: The Truth (I'm a Girl and I Know Everything) by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein and Killrod by Bill Ison
Where: Breeni Books

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Giving you Lisa Jackson

Who: Susan at West of Mars
What: A Lisa Jackson t-shirt and copy of The Morning After.
Where: West of Mars of course!

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