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Win Pinch Me: A Novel

On July 20th, we posted what we called Another Summer Reading List.   One of the 11 books on this list was Pinch Me: A Novel by Adena Halpern, which had just been released the previous day.   Here’s what we said about this unique fantasy novel:  “A young woman whose family has always warned her to stay away from perfectly handsome men receives a proposal of marriage from a man who is sadly ‘perfect’.”

Thanks to Touchstone Books, we have three (3) copies of Pinch Me to give away.   This trade paperback release has a value of $14.95.   Here is the official synopsis:

Pinch Me: A Novel, from the author of 29 (2010) and The Ten Best Days of My Life (2008), is about a woman who has the perfect life – until she discovers it has all been a dream.   Or has it?

“Never marry a man unless he’s short, bald, fat, stupid and treats you badly.”   That is the romantic advice that twenty-nine-year-old Lily Burns has heard her entire life from her grandmother, Dolly, and mother Selena.   Despite this, when she meets Gogo, the handsome, successful pediatrician who treats her like a queen, she has no choice but to let her heart take over.   When she agrees to marry him, Dolly and Selma are inconsolable.   They decide it’s time to tell her the truth: the women in her family are cursed.   If she marries for love, there will be unimaginable consequences.

Thinking she can somehow evade the curse that has plagued their lineage for generations, Lily elopes with Gogo.   Unable to believe her good fortune, she asks Gogo to pinch her to make sure this isn’t a dream.   The moment he does, Lily finds herself transported back to the house she lived in when she was single.   Gogo is gone.   It’s as if they never met.   When Lily tracks him down she finds that he’s married to someone else and has no memory of her.   In this reality, Gogo has none of his boyish charm, and instead of being a doctor, he sells drainpipes for a living.   Lily knows it’s up to her to save Gogo and return them both to the wedded bliss they were meant to have – but the only way to do that is to break the curse.

This sounds like a good one,doesn’t it?  

In order to enter this book giveaway, simply post your name and e-mail address below or send an e-mail with this information to Josephsreviews@gmail.com (e-mail addressses will only be used to contact the winners).   This will count as a first entry.   For a second entry, tell us what advice you received from your parents or family members while growing up…   Did it turn out to be good advice?

In order to be eligible for this particular contest, you must live in the continental United States, and be able to supply a residential mailing address if and when you are contacted.   Books will not be shipped to a P. O. box or to a business-related address.

You have until Midnight on Friday, August 26, 2011 to submit your entry or entries.   Be forewarned that we may decide to pull the winner’s names at random, or simply provide the books to the earliest entrants.   So much for the complex contest rules.   Good luck and good reading!  



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A new book giveaway!

My name is Will 2To celebrate the upcoming Wordstock book festival in Portland, Oregon – about which we’re more than a bit excited – we’re announcing our fourth book giveaway.   This time we’re giving two books away to one lucky reader.   The first is a new trade paperback copy of My Name is Will by Jess Winfield.   This book has received a 4.5 average star rating at Amazon and a 4 star average rating at Powells, so you know it has to be good!   “What a piece of work!” said the New York Times Book Review.   It’s a unique story about a University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) student, Willie Shakespeare Greenberg, whose life in 1986 shares some interesting parallels with an 18-year-old William Shakespeare circa 1582.   How’s that for a set-up?

The second book is an advance review copy (ARC) of Sara Paretsky’s mystery Hardball, which we just looked at.   Yes, this ARC is a bit used, but it is still in B+ condition.   Also, keep in mind that this 13th entry in the Detective V.I. Warshawski series will cost you $26.95 to purchase new.   This ARC is basically a trade paperback version that’s for your personal use only – it is clearly marked NOT FOR SALE.   

So, we’re offering a brand new book and a collector’s item ARC…   What do you need to do to enter?   Simple, just send your name and e-mail address to josephsreviews@gmail.com to enter this contest once.   To enter a second time, fill in the blank in this sentence, “Chicago is known as a ______ city.”   Anyone living in the continental U.S. is eligible to enter this contest, prior winners are eligible and in this instance we can and will mail to a P.O. box.     

This contest closes at midnight PDT on Wednesday, October 13, 2009.   Munchy the cat will pick the winner of the two books on October 14th and the winner will be announced here on the 15th.   That’s it, good luck and good reading!  

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We have a winner!

Art of racing 4Joanne Long’s entry was the one picked out by Munchy using his sharp claws.   Congratulations to Joanne who has won a new trade paperback copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain!   Go, Enzo!

Now we just need to wait for Joanne to send us a mailing address so that Munchy can ship it to her.

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Coming Up Next…

Our second book giveaway!   If you love animals, you might like to win a copy of our featured book.   Stay tuned…Art of racing 2

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I Just Want to Celebrate: Enter Our Book Giveaway!

off season 2We’re hosting our first book giveaway!   Thanks to Valerie at Hatchette Book Group, we have 5 copies of Off Season by the best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons (seventeen best sellers) to distribute for free.

“Acclaimed novelist Siddons’ new novel is a stunning tale of true love and loss as one woman looks hard to her past to try to figure out her future.   A journey that begins with tender memories culminates in a revelation that will make her re-evaluate everything she thinks she knows.”   Powell’s Books

Siddons always populates her pages with strong women, be they Steel Magnolias of the south, or Maine Yankee survivors.   The strong woman in Off Season is Lily, a woman who journeys back to her Maine coastal roots after the death of her beloved husband…   What Lily discovers upon her return changes her whole way of looking at life.

“All my books are about women taking journeys they might not want to take,” says Siddon.    divinecaroline

Contest Rules

All you need to do is answer the following question:

Next to Maine, my favorite place to return to is…

Please answer in one or two paragraphs.   Points will be awarded for originality and creativity.

Send your response to josephsreviews@gmail.com .   This contest closes on Friday, July 31st.   The names of the winners (please indicate in your reply which name you wish to use – real or screen name) will be posted here in early August.  

Winners will be asked, via e-mail, to supply their mailing address in the U.S. or Canada; these must be street addresses and not a P.O. box.   That’s it!   Remember that you can’t win if you don’t enter, so have fun.

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