Winner!

51svuaqeq5l_sl500_aa240_The winner of One True Theory of Love by

Laura Fitzgerald is …

Natalie of Book, Line, and Sinker!

Congratulations!  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Just a reminder- today is the last day to enter the contest for Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge!

Winner of Things I Want My Daughters to Know

9780061122194We’ve come to the end.. this is the LAST winner announcement from my 100K Celebration and I must say, this was fun.  I’ll have to do it again at the next 100K mark.  It IS better to give than to receive! The winners are all “Yay!” and “Woo Hoo!” and “Yippee, packages!”  

The final giveaway is from HarperCollins for the book Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble.  I asked entrants to tell me something they’d like their own daughter to know, and the answers were so good!  And deep!  I thought I’d try to pick the best, but no, no, no.  I just can’t pick a best.  So I put the names in a bowl (actually an old tupperware thingy with a lid), shook ’em up, and pulled out:

Erika Lynn of Kiss My Book!

And, thankfully, she wrote something really cool, which I’ll share with you here:

“I would want them to know that getting your heart broken is ok. it shows you are capable of strong emotions and it means you will begin to heal and be ready for the next great love.”

Great advice for daughters, or anyone!  

Thanks to everyone who entered all my contests and helped me celebrate my blogging milestone of 100,000 hits.  I’m so grateful to everyone who reads my blog, and I’ve really enjoyed showing my appreciation in this way.  You guys rock!!


Winner of The Rose of Sebastopol

roseofsebastopol_finalThe winner of the Penguin giveaway for the book with the lovely cover,  The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon, is…..

 

Carrie K. from Books and Movies!

Congratulations, Carrie!  And thanks to all who entered the contest!

Winner of Sarah’s Key and Bookcharming.com Bookmarks!

9780312370848Yikes, I’m getting behind with picking winners for my 100K Giveaway.   Darn kids are keeping me busy!

The winner of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, my book club’s March selection, and the gorgeous Bookcharming.com bookmarks from Sheri of A Novel Menagerie, is

Raych at Books I Done Read!

 

Raych, I have your address and will get the goodies out to you this week!

And just for fun, here’s a picture of one of my wild girls (left) and one of Sheri’s twins (right).  A mini Lisa and a mini Sheri!  They had a sleepover last weekend so I snapped them waiting for their OJ and cinnamon rolls in matching robes and bed head!  Aren’t they cute?  They stayed up giggling until about 2 am.

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Winners of the Random House Giveaway!

This giveaway was tricky to pick winners for because I gave extra chances for blogging about it and then some people wanted certain books and others didn’t care what they got and others were greeeeedy and wanted everything!!  I hope the winners all won what they were hoping to win!  So here we go:


51luakxjkrl_sl500_aa240_Winners of Welcome to the Departure Lounge:

1.  Julie from Booking Mama

2.  Ladytink534 from The Movieholic and Bibliophile Blog

3.  Gentle Reader at Shelf Life 

 

41mgmxucf6l_sl500_aa240_Winners of American Wife:

1.  Christina from  Jackets and Covers 

2.   Kristi from Books and Needlepoint 

3.   Valorie at Morbid Romantic 

 

3Winners of Gardens of Water:

1.  Drey  from Drey’s Library 

2.  Sweet Diva 

3.  Melissa at Shhh I’m Reading 

 

And the Grand Prize Winners of all 3 Random House titles are:

1.   Melanie from The Scrapping Librarian 

2.  Care from Care’s Online Book Club 

CONGRATULATIONS!!  

And thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Winner- Monique and the Mango Rains!

51p771be0cl_sl500_aa240_For this giveaway, I offered to donate a dollar for every comment (up to $50.) to Clinique Monique for a set of medical instruments- THANK YOU to all the commenters! We reached our goal of 50+ comments and I’ve got my $50 donation all ready to go!

The winner of a copy of Monique and the Mango Rains is…

Shelley from Chainreading!

And Shelley, here is a special note from the author, Kris Holloway:

“Hi! Kris Holloway here. Thanks so much for donating money to Clinique Monique. In honor of what you’re doing, I offer to the winner a one-hour book club reading/appearance via speaker phone, if said winner is interested. Just have her email me: kris (at) moniquemangorains.com.”

Congratulations, Shelley. You’re so lucky!! If your book club does have a meeting with Ms. Holloway, I hope you will come back and tell us all about it!

Winners! Lots ‘o Winners!

It’s time to announce more winners!! The fabulous people at HCI Books graciously donated 7 books to be given away, so I get the fun job of picking a winner for each one!

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel goes to:

Heather from A High and Hidden Place!

Staging Your Comeback by Christopher Hopkins goes to:

Kristi at Books and Needlepoint!

Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-Formation by Richard Bandler goes to:

Patsy from Adventures Of..

The Vigorous Mind by Ingrid E. Cummings goes to:

Sherry Gibbs!

You Lost Him at Hello by Jess McCann goes to:

Steph at I’m Doing What?

Zig-zagging by Tom Wilson goes to:

MJ!


Thanks to all who entered the contest! And please see my left sidebar.. there is still time to enter my other contests!

First 100K Celebration Winner Announced!

Ok, the first winner from my 100K Celebration extravaganza is for the Hachette‘s Favorites- a box of 7 new titles including The Little Giant of Aberdeen County (reviewed HERE), One Perfect Day (reviewed HERE), The Bishop’s Daughter (reviewed HERE), Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly, The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, Run for Your Life by James Patterson and The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari!

So without further ado (adoo? adeaux?  adu?) here we go!!  (reaching into the hat with all the names–  who’s it gonna be??  Oooo I can barely contain my excitement!)  Ok!  Ok!  We have a winner and it is:

Janel from Janel’s Jumble!

Janel has a cool blog, so go say hi!  Congrats to Janel (you scored some great titles, girlfriend!) and thank you to everyone who entered the contest and helped me celebrate.

<——————  All the other contests and giveaways are still open, so check my left sidebar for links!  I’ll be announcing winners every day this week!

And the winner is…

Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony, chose the winner for the giveaway of a signed paperback edition of his book. I had asked people to make a comment about marriage for a chance to win, and boy, did I get comments! Some were thoughtful, some were funny, some insightful and some snarky. But the winning entry was from Yasmin, who said the following (she practically wrote a book herself!):

“I’ve been married for 17 years. I was previously engaged to someone who was killed by a drunk driver. My fiancee then was my soul mate and I honestly didn’t think I would ever find another good man who could love me the way that he did. Especially since we had known each other for 12 years…had been through breakups and split-ups from others…before we ever thought that just maybe we as two really good BFF should be dating. My world came crashing down when he was killed!


At that time, my husband was just a male friend…but a friend in deed…who knew that I was working 60-80 hour weeks to kill the pain. He would stop by ever so often to check on me and make sure that I was taking care of myself. He also started to ask me out…he knew that I enjoyed going to the movies so we had a movie date every Friday and Saturday…I can’t believe that we found that many good movies to see…lol.


One day I looked up and realized that he had a lot of good traits and he was someone that I could fall in love with it if I allowed myself to do so. But it was a little scary and I realized that I hesitated and was a little afraid because he reminded me so much of my dead fiancee.

Hubby/ We started dating and 9 months later we were married. We will celebrate our 17th anniversary on October 5th. Together we’ve had two kids, purchased two homes, gone through I don’t know how many job changes…including me leaving a very good job after 13 years because…sigh…the death of parents and grandparents…a bout with breast cancer I’m an 8 year survivor and even tho’ my husband is a breast man…if it was the breast or me…well he chose Me…I could have reconstructive surgery but he could never get another me…and with a name like Yasmin…you must know that I’m very unique and no one even comes close to being me.

Marriage is accepting each other as you are…in sickness and in health…for richer for poorer…for better for worst.

Marriage …when it’s good…it’s real good…and it’s like hanging out with your BFF!

I hope to spend the rest of my life with my husband…because honestly I can be a diva to live with and no one else understands me the way he does.”

Congratulations, Yasmin! I will email you to get your address.

Do you have a book group that is interested in reading Matrimony? Would you like to enhance your meeting with a phone chat with the author? Here is an open letter to book groups, from Joshua Henkin:

I also wanted to let you know about a special time-bound offer that my publisher, Vintage, is making to book groups. Sign up by midnight September 30 and Vintage will set up a phone chat for your book group with me to discuss MATRIMONY. Normally, only five book groups are chosen among the entrants, but I have agreed to talk to all book groups that sign up. Here’s the link to learn more, and to sign up. I would be delighted to talk to your book group.

Vacation Wrap Up and Winners

I love summer.  I love traveling east every year to the same lakefront location.  I love seeing the same cousins, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, the same lifelong friends and family (my husband’s) year after year.  Really, I do.  (Just ignore all those travel brochures to Hawaii gathering dust in the magazine basket-I don’t know WHO put them there).   

Northeast Pennsylvania is beautiful.  I love the gorgeous green rolling hills and the brilliant blue sky.  I love the honeymoon phase when we first get there- when the kids are getting along and everyone is happy to see each other.  This doesn’t last very long, but it sure is nice.  I love the mist on the glassy lake in the morning, the orange daylilies, the screened in porch, the mosquitoes, the kids making a fort in the woods, ice cream at the local dairy.  I love the smell of sunscreen and bug spray and hot dogs on the grill, love the excitement the kids get over catching frogs and lightning bugs and caterpillars or spotting a deer, the thrill we all get over a big thunderstorm, the board games, the chilly nights (“good sleeping weather”), the 4th of July fireworks, the lemonade and cold beer and friendly neighbors.  I had time to read 4 books and 3 magazines while occasionally glancing up to watch my kids jump off the dock, play in the sand, catch fish in a bucket.  I love the slower pace, the low tech fun. Love it, love it all.   

It’s like stepping back in time.  The biggest story on the news during our trip was about a bear cub recovering after being hit by a truck and the latest score of the Yankees game (no, not THOSE Yankees- I’m talking about the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees!).  I’m sure there must have been other things going on in the news- in fact I remember hearing from someone at the beach that Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins and that John McCain made a stupid remark that got lots of press. Good to know that the rest of the world goes on without us while we’re on vacation.  

I picked up a new reader while I was in PA- no, not a Kindle!  A blog reader with eyeballs-my husband’s cousin (Hi, Kim!)  She’s an attorney and single mom of three gorgeous, whip-smart girls.  She mentioned at a family gathering that she’d gotten her older 2 into golfing, because each year many college scholarships for women golfers go unclaimed (after doing a tiny bit of Google research, I’ve learned that’s not exactly true-sorry, Kim!).  Anyway, my youngest overheard this conversation and also admired her cousin Maddie’s pretty pink golf clubs, so now she’s hounding me to call and find out about golf lessons.  At 9 she’s a little young to be gunning for college scholarships, I think, but pink is her color, so it’s on my to-do list for today. 

I missed my July book club meeting for The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big Ass 1st Novel (and now that I’ve written that sentence, I’m sure to get more hits from people googling “big ass”.  If that’s how you got here, sorry to disappoint you, because I don’t have what you’re looking for on this blog!!)  Anyway, everybody had fun without me- book clubber Karen made brisket on rolls and asked everyone else to bring “comfort food” which, of course, meant different things to different people-pies and sweets and many other calorie-laden goodies.  Although most thought the book was funny, the food was the highlight of the meeting. Our pick for August is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, which I had time to read at the lake, so I’m ahead of myself! 

Coming home from vacation is the sucky part.  After having my 5’10” body folded into a teeny airline seat for 8 hours or so (including all the time just sitting around on the runway), I was all crampy and sore waking up yesterday, my first day home.  I was happy to be in my own bed, but then had to face all the unpacking and laundry, 2 weeks of mail, bills to pay, groceries to buy, email and phone calls to return (sorry if I haven’t responded to you yet; I’m working on it!), an overgrown yard, a dusty van, grumpy bored children, a dog who missed us and has been really spoiled by her dogsitter (my mom), all while exhausted and jet-lagged.  Today (day 2) has got to be better, right? 

I’ll post a few vacation pictures once I get around to unpacking the camera.  I’ve also got several reviews to write, and winners to announce!  The reviews will have to wait until everyone in my home has clean underwear, but I can announce the winners right now, so here goes— 

The winners of Janeology by Karen Harrington are: 

Fightingwindmills and Jenefur!

 The winner of A Summer Affair and Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand is:

 Patti from Displaced Beachbums

 Congrats to the winners!  I’ll email you to get your contact info.

What is your least favorite part of going on vacation?  The packing?  The unpacking?  Squabbling kids? Navigating the airport?  Leave a comment and let me know!

It’s good to be home!