Saturday, May 22, 2010

Signed Book Giveaway

When I reached 150 followers, I couldn't believe it. I originally started this blog for my professional development hours at work and it has evolved into so much more.  I have met some really awesome bloggers from around the world, received some incredible book recommendations, and have won some fantastic contests.  To thank all of my followers and pay it forward a bit, I am hosting a Signed Book Giveaway!  Lately, I have had the opportunity to go to a lot of book signings and I always picked up an extra book.  At first, I was going to give these books to friends and family, but then I realized my followers would probably appreciate it more as I know we all LOVE books.  So, with that said, I am sharing them with all of you as a big thank you.

So, what am I giving away?  

First, a signed copy of Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (illustrator).  The book just came out May 1, 2010.  I went to their book signing last night and I got a copy of their book for my classroom library and one for you guys!  They were very friendly and Adele grew up not far from where I grew up, which is pretty cool.  The illustrations in this book are amazing and I can't wait to read this one.  Goodreads says, "Jennie’s connection with her twin brother, Toby, grew stronger after he died in 1864. Now Jennie must rely on her ability to communicate with the dead to find out what has happened to her beloved fiance, Will, while he was off at war. The army says he died honorably in battle. His brother confides that he became a violent criminal and died in a prison camp. Jennie begins to doubt that anyone is telling her the truth.  This intriguing combination of historical romance, paranormal thriller, and clever mystery is illustrated by bestselling artist Lisa Brown. The unique visuals originated from real Civil War daguerreotypes that were transformed into eerie mementos for Jennie’s scrapbook.  With the help of a spiritualist photographer, the spirit of her dead fiance, and the clues she discovers and keeps in her scrapbook, Jennie must put together the pieces of this mystery before she loses her home, her fortune, and possibly her life."

Next, I had the opportunity to go to Emily Giffin's book signing. If you didn't read my blog post about it, please check it out here. It was a blast!  Her book, Heart of the Matter,  just came out May 11th.  Goodreads says, "Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon.  Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.  Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father.  After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.  Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children.  But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. "

Lastly, I went to Melissa Marr's book signing.  She's the author of the Wicked Lovely series. I haven't started this series yet, but so many people tell me how great it is. I hope to start it this summer.  I picked up a signed copy of Radiant Shadows, which is the latest book in the series.  It came out April 20, 2010.   For the winner of this book, I also have a signed bookmark that I will include.  She gave me a whole bunch of bookmarks to give out to my students as well. She's so nice!  Here's what Goodreads says, "Hunger for nourishment. Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong. Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers. Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death. Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?"

In order to give away as many prizes as possible, I am going to ask that you only pick one book that you would like to win, so that way I will have THREE winners!  This giveaway will go till June 18, 2010 (midnight EST) and if I hit 200 followers before June 18, 2010, I'm going to throw in another signed young adult book for a fourth winner.  I'm sorry that I cannot make this an international contest due to issues with shipping and cost. I did an international contest in early spring and I wish I could do more.  So, with that said, this is a US contest only.  I'll email winners on June 19, 2010.  Please fill in the entry form below and GOOD LUCK! Thanks again for following my blog. I truly appreciate it.

Thanks again,


  1. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  2. Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Congrats on 150 followers! Be sure to enter my followers contest too. :)


  4. No problem, guys! Thanks for following my blog. I appreciate it. SKKorman- make sure you fill in my Googledoc/form above!

  5. I signed up a while ago but I was just stopping back by :) Can't wait to see who wins!! Love your blog!

  6. I really want to read Radiant Shadows! Thanks for the giveaway!


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