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Book Giveaway: A Box of Previously Read Books

… and one that is currently red.

These are not just books I happened to have lying around. On the contrary, I picked them up while browsing the Used Book Superstore (all except for the red one), specifically because I enjoyed them. They aren’t necessarily my favorite of favorites. (For that, see the Talyn giveaway, which is at least one of the favorites of my favorites.) But I rated each one at least 4 stars strong. And each one has vibrant and memorable characters, which is the most important element in a story.

These four books come from a range of genres: romantic comedy, sci-fi comedy, autobiography, and classic mystery.

Here they are:

The Grand Finale, by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is a guilty pleasure of mine. This is not fine literature, nor great romance. It’s more akin to the Love Boat in print. It’s about a woman who starts up a pizza place, which apparently is part of her life plan, then peeks in a hunk’s second-story bedroom window while he’s getting changed–honest, she had climbed that tree originally to rescue a kitten–and falls out of the tree right on top of the hunk’s pizza, which she was supposed to have been delivering. So begins a life-long romance. Uh huh, uh huh.  Click to continue »

Teaser Tuesdays: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Here’s another from my archives, a book I’m giving away as part of a small box of previously read books, the famed Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

If you’ve never heard of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, give up now: you have no hope of avoiding the destruction of the world. If you’ve just never read it, don’t panic, not yet anyhow. If you’ve only ever seen the movie, you’re missing most of the jokes.

Don’t forget to check out the book giveaways currently happening.

Today’s teaser, from page 103 (randomly selected by of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (also randomly selected by–no joke):

“Do we go through?” mimicked Marvin… “I was told to take you to the bridge. Probably the highest demand that will be made on my intellectual capacities today, I shouldn’t wonder.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just follow the directions at the “Teaser Tuesdays” post.

-TimK  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway Video Promo

A video promo for the giveaways I’ve been doing (and plan to continue into February):

-TimK  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: In the Eye of the Beholder, by Sharon E Cathcart

When French equestrian Claire Delacroix loses her fiancé in a tragic accident, she comes to live at the Paris Opera during its 1890s heyday. Life is not easy for a woman in fin de siècle France, where her rights are determined by a male guardian. Claire, both intelligent and independent, chafes under the strictures of her time. Whilst working at the opera, she meets a mysterious, masked stranger: Erik. Is it possible that the two of them will heal the pain of each other’s past?

I’m giving away a paperback copy of this book by Sharon E. Cathcart, In The Eye Of The Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera, which I enjoyed immensely. Sharon has also sent me an autographed card to include with the giveaway.

What They Say

Jen Knox (whose compelling true story Musical Chairs we’re giving away in another blog post): “I loved Phantom when I was younger, and although the story stuck with me, I had forgotten how much resonated for me about the tale. Sharon Cathcart resurrected this… I was genuinely impressed by this book!”

Historical Romance author Jaimey Grant: “Claire is different than your average romance heroine. She is over thirty, never married, and under the control of a man who does not have her best interests at heart. She rebels against the ‘proper’ behavior expected of her.”  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: Truffles by the Sea, by Julie Carobini

Determined to turn her life around, Gaby Flores moves to a beachfront loft, takes on a new motto–Be gullible no more–and begins to rebuild her flower store while searching for Mr. So Right. But when a lawsuit, an eviction notice, a near-empty bank account, and quirky neighbors invade her beachy world, not even chocolate can solve her worries as her fledgling faith is put to the test.

I’m giving away a new, autographed copy of this Christian beach read, Truffles by the Sea, Julie Carobini’s debut novel, which arrived a couple weeks ago, direct from Julie’s online beach shop. This is the sequel to Julie’s debut novel Chocolate Beach, which I’m also giving away, in another post.

What They Say

Says Cara Putman of, “While keeping the light chick lit tone, this book satisfied while avoiding the tired old formulas.”  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: Hawkspar, by Holly Lisle

Stolen away from their families, they are slaves, women with no names and no futures. Every moment of their days controlled by the avatars of the stone Eyes–Obsidian, Emerald, Raxinan, Ruby, Windcrystal, Sapphire, Sunspar, Tigereye. And the most powerful of them all, Hawkspar, the eyes of time. Kings and despots come to her to know their futures, and she wades in the river of time, pulls apart its sticky threads, to arrange the world to her satisfaction. But she too was once a slave, plucked from her home, chosen by the Eyes to live in service to them, as much a slave now as she ever was. And with her sight into past and future, she can see the secrets of the Eyes–and the evil of the Eyes. Before the death of Hawkspar, another must be chosen by the Eyes–but the avatar has her own plans, and chooses a slave for her courage and rebelliousness, rather than her dedication to the goals of the Eyes. This slave is put to trial, but time after time, she is protected by forces unseen. Once she has swallowed the bitter liquid and has her eyes pulled from her head and replaced with the Eyes of Hawkspar stone, she can slip into the streams of time… and use time to her own ends — to free the slaves once and for all, and destroy the Eyes, even if it means destroying herself in the process.  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: Talyn, by Holly Lisle

A conscripted warrior-mage, lover of the outlander who ended her country’s 300-year war, rescues her nation’s worst enemy from death to battle her lover and end imposed peace.

Yeah… I guess that sums it up, if a book like Talyn can be summed up. But that short description really does the story no justice.

The cover blurb is a little better, which begins: “In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier, one of thousands trained from childhood to protect her country from the monarchist Eastil, who would take away the personal freedoms of the Tonk.”

This is a story about the love of freedom, the abuse of power, the illogic of war, civility enforced at the muzzle of a gun, self-defense and defenselessness, and the forces that bring down mighty nations, and form and destroy cultures.  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: EyeLeash, by Jess C Scott

“His back was amazing. You could see all these lines, sinews, muscles or whatever… I felt like licking them.”

Okay. That’s still a wild quote.

Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about “fitting in” a world where superficiality reigns supreme. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan, the former geek, who’s morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. They decide to be so-called friends-with-benefits. But it’s Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own, public blog, who backs out.

Jess C Scott’s EyeLeash: A Blog Novel captures self-discovery in the twenty-first century, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves, and what’s really in their hearts.

I’m giving away a paperback copy of EyeLeash, and Jess has said she’ll send a free autographed postcard to the winner.

This novel is written in an alternative format, as a personal online journal, and it’s risqué for a YA novel, because of all the talk about sex. Surprisingly, the format did not distract me, and the story captivated me. And as an alternative read, I enjoyed it immensely.  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: Musical Chairs, by Jen Knox

True story: A teenage runaway. Alcoholism. Life as a strip-dancer. A child of divorce. And the ultimate search for reconciliation, inspired by the same family that she had left behind.

When I emailed Jen Knox and told her that I was giving away a copy of her memoir Musical Chairs, she replied: “I’ll donate a signed copy. If you’d like, two; just send me the winner’s info & I’ll mail it out.” (And of course, I hope to do the same deal with Love through the Eyes of an Idiot on on her blog.)

So we’re giving away two copies of Musical Chairs. I’ll get to how to enter the giveaway in a moment. First, a couple comments about the book.

Says Randall Radic in his review:

Jen and most of her family are gloriously dysfunctional – just like most families. And they have a tendency toward mental illness. And – shockingly – she talks about it. Which is what makes her story and her book so wonderful. It’s downright refreshing to read a book that acknowledges what most people know is true, but are afraid to confess: Most people are one brick short of a load. Which is what makes them and life so interesting.

I feel like an amateur writer, next to that paragraph. All I could come up with was:  Click to continue »

Book Giveaway: Chocolate Beach, by Julie Carobini

Meet Bri Stone, a laid-back beach chick from Ventura, California. Bri has it all: the man of her dreams and their surf-ridin’ teenage son, a chocolate-loving best pal, an adorable beach bungalow, and a kicky job as a Southern California tour bus host. She also has a few things she didn’t ask for: a know-it-all friend, a snobby mother-in-law, and a Fabio-meets-Dilbert boss. Ack! All three of them seem eager to share their strong opinions and suspicions about Bri’s relationship with her husband, Douglas. When Bri’s rose-colored sunglasses crack after she finds evidence that Douglas has grown tired of her carefree ways, she resolves to win him back. Can she reinvent herself—and recapture her husband’s heart?

I’m giving away a new, autographed copy of this Christian beach read, Chocolate Beach, Julie Carobini’s debut novel, which arrived at my home office this past weekend direct from Julie’s online beach shop. See the bottom of this post for instructions on how to enter the giveaway.

According to Narelle Mollet of, “Julie Carobini’s first novel is a delight! It is chock full of eclectic and entertaining characters, laugh out loud humor and a message not to be missed.”

Says Cindy Mealer (, “Chocolate Beach is a fun, quirky read that is perfect for a sunny day—whether on the beach or off.”  Click to continue »

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