The Sunday Salon

Sunday has arrived!! Here’s hoping that you all have a relaxing day.

My week has been crazy and I haven’t been able to do much reading.  Oh, I have tried to wind down with a book at bedtime, but I find myself nodding off after 10 pages or so.  I did get a solid hour of reading in at my daughter’s gymnastics practice this week, but beyond that I haven’t had a good chunk of time to sit with a book and get lost in it.  Maybe today.

 I’m posting a couple pics from our vacation to Pennsylvania.  My kids have been bored and grumpy this week since we got back to our routine because they haven’t had a gaggle of kids around to traipse through the woods with, a thunderstorm to get caught in, or a lake to jump in.  My youngest daughter’s sad comment this week was, “There’s too much cement in California, Mom.”  She has a point.  

The books keep arriving at the door even if I haven’t had much time to read them.  This was my haul this week from UPS, FedEx, and the mailman:  

The Heartbreak Diet: A Story of Family, Fidelity, and Starting Over by Thorina Rose from Chronicle Books.  It’s a hardcover graphic novel (my first) that I requested from an ad in Shelf Awareness back in May.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with graphic novels.  I’ll let you know.

Netochka Nezvanova by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Penguin Classic that I requested months ago. This is a slim volume and apparently I have 6 weeks to read it or the Book Police will be after me.

Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna from Picador and LibraryThing’s early reviewers program.  This one came out a year ago but was just recently released in paperback.

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer from Harper Perennial and Every Day I Write the Book Blog.  This is the July online book club selection over at EDIWTB.

Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion- two copies- one from the author and one from the publisher, Broadway Books- so I will be giving one away!  This book is everywhere right now-and since one of my favorite people loved it, I am really excited to read it!  Watch for the giveaway post later today or tomorrow.

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner from Ballantine Books and Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion.  I will be doing a virtual book tour stop for this one in August.

The Safety of Secrets by DeLaune Michel from Over the River Publications- the 2nd copy I’ve received from them, so I’ll be giving it away!  Look for the giveaway post Tuesday.  We also may have a Q & A from the author if I could just finish the book and get a few questions to her!  That is my goal for today.

And finally- an unbound galley of The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal from the author (coming out in August) that arrived in a ripped and bent thin white envelope.  Apparently they ran out of ARCs but even though the envelope was a mess, the galley is in good shape (one munched corner, but beyond that it’s ok).  I don’t recall requesting this, but I guess I did.  I’ve never received a book this way and it will be a challenge to read it like this, but hopefully it will be worth it!

I just noticed that the two covers I added to this post show only half of the woman’s face.  Huh.  Weird.  I thought I was being all random with the covers but they are oddly one-eyed and similar.  Maybe the other eye is on the spine.  I’ll have to check.

Well, I guess I better go read now!!  The kids are still sleeping so I might be able to string two sentences together before being interrupted.

If you’re like me and need to find more time for reading, check out these tips from Books on the Nightstand.  Have a great week!  ~Lisa

Huge Hatchette Giveaway at Hey, Lady!

The adorable Trish from Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’? is having an amazing giveaway courtesy of Hatchette Book Group USA — 5 winners will win 14 books! Go check it out!  There are some great titles and several ways to win. Visit her post to read how to get an entry (or lots of entries.) The contest closes July 12th, so hurry over there and leave a comment.  Good luck!  And tell her Lisa at Books on the Brain sent you!

Calling all Book Bloggers

Being somewhat new to the world of book blogs, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how easy it is to snag free books.  There are so many contests and giveaways all over the web, and who doesn’t want more reading material, especially if it’s free?  In the past few months I’ve signed up for dozens of contests and giveaways, and won many of them.  Must be the luck o’ the Irish (Happy St. Patty’s Day, by the way!)

Well, I’ve discovered that publicists, publishers, distributors and authors are just as eager (if not more so) to give me their books as I am to receive them.  Why me? Because I am an enthusiastic reader who loves to share what I read on my blog. Free books+Free promotion= win/win situation!

Lisa Roe is an online publicist who loves her job.  She spends a portion of each day checking out book blogs (wait, I do that, too.. and she’s getting paid.. I want her job!)  She loves to read and is dedicated to getting books into the hands of bloggers.  The internet has changed the way publicists publicize.  Online promotion is the cutting edge of getting the word out about new books.

Lisa is taking a creative approach by actively seeking out book bloggers to read and review the books she is promoting. She’s inviting book bloggers to take a look at her brand new website.  If you see a title there that fits the content of your blog, she will send it to you to read and review.  She is also open to the possibility of book giveaways, contest, author interviews and guest posts on your blog (whatever it takes to promote those books!)

She has a mix of fiction and non fiction titles to choose from.  Even though I normally read fiction, one title that caught my eye is:  STAY HEALTHY, LIVE LONGER, SPEND WISELY by Davis, M.D. Liu : Written by a practicing family physician employed by one of the nation’s top healthcare organizations, this book provides critical information readers need to make intelligent medical and financial decisions to not only increase their chances for good health but also to get the most value out of their healthcare dollars. It is the only book that simultaneously tackles both the medical and financial perspective of staying healthy. Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely 

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Go check out Lisa’s site and send her an email if you’re interested in reading and reviewing one of the titles she’s promoting.  She’ll send you the book.  For free.  Yes, I do so love a free book!