Kitty Norville Giveaway Winner

Posted in Giveaway at 9:41 pm by Amber

Congratulations to Kelly B for winning the first four Kitty Norville books by Carrie Vaughn!!

I noticed the entries were fewer for this giveaway and I think it’s because (1) a lot of people were giving away books as part of Carrie’s blog tour and (2) I wanted to make it fun by having everyone do a little bit more than just leave a comment so an entry required a little more thought than usual.

The questions left were really great.  For some of them I could hear Kitty provide an answer.  One of those answers would probably be, “Buy my book!”

Kitty does get started on writing a memoir during Kitty Takes a Holiday.  Surprisingly, it does get finished and published.  The events in the Kitty Norville books take place fairly close together so doing a book tour would definitely give Kitty a reason to do some traveling.  And she could ask answer some of those questions in person.

Rhonda’s question of “How do you feel about the way werewolves are portrayed in recent urban fantasy novels such as NEED or the Mercy Thompson novels?” would definitely appeal to the former English major in Kitty.  In fact, she’d probably devote an entire show to it.

Cheryl S. brought up a good point with “I would ask her what are her favorite foods.  Do werewolves eat differently than humans when in human form?”  In the novels Kitty eats a lot of rare steaks.  But she also drinks wine.  Where is the junk food and chocolate?

Lisa Damian said, “I would ask her opinion about this frustrating ability I have to make everything technological around me go wonky.”  You are not alone.  I know someone who has this ability… computers, speakers, watches and lights are the main things that behave abnormally in his presence.

These questions are so good I’m going to pass them along to the Hachette Book Group to pass along to Carrie.


Kitty Norville Book Giveaway!

Posted in Event, Giveaway at 12:30 am by Amber

By this afternoon I’ll have reviews up for the two most recent books in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series – Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand and Kitty Raises Hell.  Each book in the series stands on its own.  However, if you want to get started at the beginning I have a prize package to give away of the first four books in the Kitty Norville series.  That’s right – Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty Takes a Holiday and Kitty and the Silver Bullet can be yours!  (Links go to my reviews.)  These books have generously been provided by Miriam with Hachette Book Group. 

Kitty is a DJ who just happens to be a werewolf.  She gets outed on her talk show and becomes the first celebrity werewolf.  Here is a sample of the types of calls that come in during The Midnight Hour.  Kitty approaches her callers with a little bit of skepticism and knows she doesn’t have all of the answers.  If you called The Midnight Hour what would you ask Kitty?

Just leave your answer as a comment and that will be your entry into the giveaway.  One comment per person, please!  This giveaway is open to US and international mailing addresses and will end at 7:59pm Eastern on Monday, March 30th, 2009.  The winner will be chosen using the randomizer on random.org. (This is a sticky post until March 30th – please scroll down to read more of the blog.)


Book Giveaway Carnival – Going Local!

Posted in Giveaway at 11:25 pm by Amber



This time I’m participating in Tracy’s Book Giveaway Carnival.  My theme for this giveaway is local. 

I’m giving away a book and a bookmark created by Ohioans.  Donald Ray Pollock grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio.  He worked in a meatpacking plant and a paper mill before pursuing his MFA at Ohio State University.  Knockemstiff will be released in paperback on March 10th.  The bookmark should arrive this week and is made from pretty green and silvertone beads.  I bought it from PrinkerWink on Etsy.  She’s located in Ashland, Ohio.

Knockemstiff Paperback

In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.

Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved—but irresistibly, undeniably real. Rendered in the American vernacular with vivid imagery and a wry, dark sense of humor, these thwarted and sometimes violent lives jump off the page at the reader with inexorable force. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor.

With an artistic instinct honed on the works of Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews, Pollock offers a powerful work of fiction in the classic American vein. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place.

The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.  Just leave a comment on this post between now and 11:58pm Eastern March 8th and you’ll be entered into the drawing.  The winner will be picked using Random.org the morning of March 9th.

Good luck!


Time For Another Book Giveaway Carnival!

Posted in Giveaway at 12:22 am by Amber



It’s time for another Bookroom Reviews Book Giveaway Carnival.  Tracy will be hosting it from March 2nd through March 8th.  You’ll want to stop by Bookroom Reviews to see what giveaways Mr. Linky has available for you.  This time I’ll be participating so come back here on March 2nd to see what book related item I’ll be giving away.


Holiday Love Affair This Week!

Posted in Giveaway at 10:28 am by Amber

This week the Bragging Rites blog is holding a Holiday Love Affair all week! 

Stop by each day to receive an entry for some of the ebooks that are available.  Leave a comment on a post or leave a question for one of the Bragging Rites guests.  Good luck!


Happy One Year Anniversary!

Posted in Event, Giveaway at 10:56 am by Amber

A year ago today was my first post welcoming all my visitors.  In order to thank all my readers for stopping by this year I’d like to offer a present. 

Between now and 11pm Eastern on January 5th, 2009 just leave a comment on this post letting me know what you like best about my blog or mention a favorite post.  Random.org will help me pick the winner of a $15 Borders Gift Card.

Note: This is a sticky post and will appear at the top of the blog until the winner is chosen.

Edit: As of 11pm EST on 1/5/09 no one left a comment about their favorite post or what they like best about the blog.  Maybe I picked a bad weekend to offer a present.  Happy New Year!  🙂


Issue #6 of Niteblade is Available!

Posted in Giveaway, Published, Review, Writing at 12:35 am by Amber

It is December 1st and that means Issue #6 of Niteblade is available!  Inside is one of my book reviews.  Rhonda is so full of awesome.  She completed NaNoWriMo 2008 and got the latest issue out on time. 

Rhonda has a special offer for five bloggers right now.  The ad free .pdf version of Niteblade is $2.  The first five bloggers to leave a comment with the address of their blog in the Niteblade News post titled “Issue #6: Oh, Christmas Tree” get a free issue.  The only catch is that the blogger must promise to blog about it and send Rhonda the link.  Hurry!  No one has left a comment yet.  🙂


November Giveaway

Posted in Giveaway at 9:06 am by Amber

Now that the US election is over, many people will have freetime on their hands.  They don’t have all the election stuff to follow like they did over the last few months.  How better to utilize that time than to go searching for some free books?

Some of your favorite or soon-to-be favorite authors may be visiting The Writer’s Chatroom.  They keep their schedule up to date and host chats with authors.  I haven’t been able to stop by The Writer’s Chatroom in a while but author chats I’ve attended on other sites do often have giveaways.

Bookroomreviews is hosting a Book Giveaway carnival through November 9th.  The link to see all of the giveaways in one spot is here.  Over 100 books are being given away so there should be something to suit the taste of nearly everyone.  Some are open to international addresses too!


NaNoWriMo – Inspiring Others To Give!

Posted in Event, Giveaway, Writing at 12:13 am by Amber

One of the good things to come out of NaNoWriMo is the donation program and how it inspires others to give. 

Donations can be made directly to The Office of Letters and Light or through the purchase of NaNoWriMo related items in their shop.  The first year I participated in NaNoWriMo the donations (after operating expenses were paid for) went towards Room to Read and libraries were built.  Now the money (after operating expenses) goes towards NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program

Jamie Grove of “How Not To Write” is giving away 30 halos to NaNoWriMo particpants who would like to donate but find themselves unable to do so.  If you feel you qualify, you have until noon EST on Friday, October 31st, to fill out the form on his site.  (You have less than 12 hours.)  Jamie has some great posts on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo.  November 1st is almost here!

Author Lisa Logan is sponsoring a Best NaNoWriMo Line Contest.  You may post your favorite line from your NaNoWriMo novel daily and each week she’ll pick her favorite one to feature.  At the end of NaNoWriMo she’ll pick the best from the weekly favorites for a Starbucks gift certificate.

The Urban Fantasy Fans community at LiveJournal is giving away prizes to its first (and possibly up to three) member(s) who finish NaNoWriMo.

Red Room is offering their own contest for registered users with complete profiles who write a blog entry about NaNoWriMo, tag it with NaNoWriMo 2008 and obtain winner status on the NaNoWriMo web site.  The winner will receive a personal coaching session with Ivory Madison.  The session will consist of a three-hour manuscript review and a one-hour book coaching call.

I’m sure NaNoWriMo has inspired others to do giveaways but these were the only ones I could find.  The satisfaction of writing words (whether or not you reach 50,000) that wouldn’t have been written otherwise is reward enough but these links may give you some extra incentive to finish.


Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

Posted in Giveaway, Review at 2:56 pm by Amber

In September I received a copy of Any Given Doomsday as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.  Its release date is set for November 4th, 2008. In Any Given Doomsday, the reader meets Elizabeth Phoenix, a former cop with psychometric powers.  Ruthie, her foster mother and the only person who ever truly loved her, is attacked.  Liz finds Ruthie and receives a gift from her before Ruthie passes away.  One of Ruthie’s other foster children, Jimmy Sanducci, is implicated in the attack.  Liz hasn’t seen Jimmy, her first love, since she found out he cheated on her.  She must find out why Ruthie was attacked and if Jimmy was involved.  Doomsday Can Wait, the next book in the Phoenix Chronicles, will be released in May 2009.

This is one of those books I’d define as a guilty pleasure.  I read it in one weekend because it was difficult to put down.  The pacing is well done as is the supernatural creature mythology.  I thought this was an interesting take on the battle between good and evil presented in most apocalyptic scenarios.  Some of the sex moved the plot along but little of it revealed anything of the characters.  The three main characters are cliches but I’m willing to forgive this; the book is obviously setting up the series.  Sawyer, the Native American skinwalker that provided psychic guidance to Liz when she was fifteen and features strongly in Any Given Doomsday is sure to make an appearance in the next book.  While he is part of the Federation fighting against evil his motives are not always for the good of the team or the world. 

You can win your own autographed copy of Any Given Doomsday by answering a question on Handeland’s web site prior to Noon EST on Halloween.    The answer can be found in my review.  Here is Handeland’s contest page.  (It appears she regularly runs contests for her readers.)  Handeland wrote a short story prequel to Any Given Doomsday that can be downloaded here.

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