Sunday, April 24, 2011

Anniversary Giveaway!

May 11 marks a year since I've been writing on this blog. I've done a lot more reading than the reviews reflected here, but anyway, I thought I'd do something special to mark my upcoming anniversary.

I'm giving away some books I've read during the past year or so. I have a couple in there that I haven't read in that time and I keep adding to the unread pile each time there's a past-their-use-before-date (aka slightly shopworn) sale at the bookshop. Rather than letting them gather dust, I'm throwing them in too.

What do you need to do to win one of these books?

  • Add yourself as a follower of The Readers' Suite.
  • Ensure you comment on this post so I know you're in the competition. Please let me know if you're interested in any particular book.
  • Help me spread the word by tweeting this post for an additional entry. (Not a requirement) 
  • Or you can grab the badge in the sidebar for your blog, which gives you another entry.  Just let me know if you do. (Again, not a requirement, simply a goodwill gesture.)

Without further ado, here are the prizes.

If you need help making up your mind as to which book you'd like, I've added a little information on each.

Undercover is about a drag queen who turns his life around and leaves his past behind. Enter financial troubles and he's forced to return to his former life with devastating consequences for himself and his family.

In The Bookwoman's Last Fling, Cliff Janeway, is hired to conduct an inventory on a rare collection of children's books.  The books were owned by deceased horse trainer H.R. Geiger who inhereted them from his wife, now dead for twenty years.  Janeway finds that some of the books are cheap imitiations. His investigation take him into the world of horseracing where he finds out that Mrs. Geiger had less than impeccable morals and that her death, seemingly an allergic reaction, might have been planned.

Marrying Up was adapted as a musical stage play and is the story of Paris Montague, whose family believes in marrying the right kind of man, that is upwardly mobile. But Paris has other ideas.  She has a delightful 'relationship' with her secret lover and is not gung-ho about JaBari Nolan, the kind of man her family approves. To complicate things, Paris senses there's something bad lurking behind the perface facade JaBari presents and must choose between him and the other man in her life.

If you enjoy tales of Colonial Africa, then Cloth Girl
is for you. Matilda's childhood ends when a lawyer decides that he will make her his second wife, even though she is a teenager.  She suffers much at the hand of Robert Bannerman's first wife as a result of her jealously. However, Matilda has no choice but to make the best of a horrible situation.  See my review of this book here.
In Bare Bones (written by Kathy Reichs, from whom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation takes its inspiration) Dr. Tempe Brennan goes on vacation. However, her job as a forensic anthropologist follows her.  She investigates two crimes, which may be connected and also prove dangerous to Brennan and her child.
Suspense fanatics, this one's for you. Nate Rodriguez is a NYPD sketch artist who is drawn into an investigation where the killer draws pictures of his crime and  victims before killing them.  Rodiguez uses his skills to produce an image of an unidentified murderer.  The killer is highly intelligent and pits himself against Rodriquez in a terrifying game with dire consequences. One unique aspect of Anatomy of Fear is the fact that there are pictures and sketches within its pages.

  High Profile is a book I enjoyed thoroughly.   Someone murders a talk show host and hangs him in a park for all to see. His female assistant is also killed and left in a dumpster. Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise, has to sieve through the almost non-existent clues to find the murderer. In the middle of all that, he works through his own unresolved relationship issues. My review of this novel is posted here.       

I've discovered a nifty website that I'll be using to spread the word on this contest. If you like giveaways, Giveaway Scout might just be what you need. Click the widget in my sidebar to see what I'm talking about.
Stay tuned for my next giveaway, which will run concurrently with this one as at May 1, 2011.  My second book Dissolution will be released on May 20, 2011. I'll be giving away copies @ The Character Depot.
Good luck to all!


  1. Congrats on the upcoming year mark!!

  2. Congrats on reaching or shall I say moving closer to your first anniversary. All the books look great.

  3. Thanks, Rachna. I noticed a couple of days ago that I have an anniversary to come. :)

  4. Happy blogiversary! :)

  5. Thanks, Medeia,

    Appreciate your good wishes!

  6. Congratulations on a year of writing your blog!

  7. Congrads girlfriend. I'm in. I'd like Anatomy of Fear if I win. Will tweet this today. You want a link? I'd sing Happy anniversary, but all your readers would run away screaming, "What is that awful noise?"

  8. Thanks, Robyn,

    No problem and thanks. I'd love a link. Robyn, it's the thought that counts and we have a saying, 'If you can't beat them, then you might as well join them.' The others might help you sing. :D

  9. Here you go, girlfriend. Happy Sunday. I'll retweet it this week too.



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  11. What a great contest idea! I'm going to be posting an entry about this on my blog site. These all look like great summer reads; I can narrow it down to my Top 4 of Anatomy of Fear, High Profile, Cloth Girl and Bare Bones. Thank you for hosting this contest.


  12. Michelle,

    Thanks for the follow. I've making a note of your choices, as well as the plug. Many thanks!

  13. Thanks to the new followers for coming on board.

    Making note here that Rosemarieb emailed to state her preference for Cloth Girl.

  14. I can't wait for Dissilution, this book sounds so intriguing.
    Have I ever told you how much I love the look and feel of the this blog.

  15. Thanks for spreading the word, Wendy! Really appreciate your help.

  16. Only 2 days more to the anniversary.

    Hope you have many more pleasanr years of blogging.

    I have joined as a follower.

    I would be onterested in Cloth Girl and in Bare Bones so please enter me if the giveaway is open worldwide.

    arol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  17. I can't believe I never entered. well here I am for: Marrying Up and Anatomy of Fear.

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  19. No problems, Carol. Entering you for the contest.

    Wendy, no problem!

  20. I came over from Wendy's. This is a marvelous giveaway. I have followed and would like to enter for Cloth Girl and Marrying up!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway, and happy blogoversary! I'd like to win Cloth Girl.

    susanna dot pyatt at student dot rcsnc dot org

  22. Came from Wendy's!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'd read anything fun and happy. Nothing too heavy right now! (=

    Will tweet this too!

  23. So noted, Susie,

    Jo, thanks a mil!

  24. Congratulations! Such a great idea for a giveaway.
    Who can resist books? :-)

  25. Happy happy happy blogaversary madam. Very well done indeed......

  26. Thanks, Wendy. It's been a blast.


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