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www.sheIsTooFondOfBooks.com

Thanks for your patience!

… to a self-hosted domain.  My blog will look essentially the same once the change is complete, but I may be “unavailable” for a few days.  Think of it like I’m busy unpacking and hanging pictures in my new place, and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can!

Right now your shortcuts or links point to www.sheIsTooFondOfBooks.wordpress.com (even though you might not type wordpress into the address bar).  After the move you’ll find me at simply www.sheIsTooFondOfBooks.com.

I’m hoping the process will be fairly painless (crossing fingers!), and that I can get my links straightened out in short order.  Soon I’ll be back posting and commenting … pop over anytime, I’ll roll out the Welcome Mat, and no housewarming gift is expected 🙂

The entries in this contest were so fun to read!  Here’s a sampling of the answers to “Home is ….”

  • wherever you’re happiest
  • where my kids are
  • where my fiance is
  • where you can always feel like you and where memories are made
  • full of cats
  • where my family is

There are 44 other submissions, find them here.   And if you haven’t yet had a chance to, check out author Kathleen McCleary’s guest post.

 

I used random.org to choose the winner…

Here are your random numbers:

48	

Timestamp: 2008-09-20 13:32:00 UTC

melanie!  Her answer was “Home is where my husband and I are, together.”  Congratulations, Melanie!  Please use the “contact me” tab to send me your mailing address and I’ll get your package in the mail.

Each day this week, Amy has asked us to write about a specific topic; I’ve been in bed since Tuesday afternoon (one of those crazy New England sinus infections stemming from weather in the 80s one day and the 60s the next.  TMI, I know, sorry about that … It beats “the dog ate my homework” for an excuse of why I’ve been MIA this week!).  This is today’s assigment from My Friend Amy: today take whatever direction you want. Share some of the new blogs you’ve discovered, things you’ve learned, what you got out of the week, or what you plan to do on your blogcation (I have one coming up…:)

The blogs, oh my!  I had 120 blogs in my Reader last weekend, I’ve added about another 40 since the week began.  What a great group of people – sharing ideas, book recommendations (of course!), interesting conversations about world events and how they affect us, author sites, even blogs that focus on genres I’m “not into” got added!  Thru the daily postings I was introduced to other readers and writers with similar general interests, but diverse enough to not be the “same old, same old.”

I loved the interviews that Amy arranged!  I haven’t worked my way through all of them yet, but I so enjoy reading them.  I always like to read/listen to author interviews, and hey, bloggers are just as interesting!  It’s fun to find out the back story as to why/how they started, challenges they’ve overcome, fun they’ve had, and the niche they cover.

The giveaways have been spectacular!  My TBR pile is so tall that I entered a limited few, but, boy were there a lot of books and other goodies to be had.  Amy made great connections with publishers, publicists, authors and other bloggers who spread the word and arranged many giveaways of their own.  What a generous group!

The awardswere well-deserved!  Many of these blogs were new to me, so they were dutifully added to my “must read” list as well.  The categories ran the spectrum and covered every nook and cranny of the book blogging world!  I think everyone who was nominated was worthy – maybe we need a “BBAW Nominee” button as well as the “winner” button, so the runners-up can show that off, too.

Since I’ve been under the weather this week I have been posting only minimally (and still have “homework” to catch up on, the “thank you” assignment and blogging tips will come over the weekend).  On Monday I had a review and giveaway of Kathleen McCleary’s House & Home (enter by midnight tonight!).  Tuesday was my interview with Amy and a wonderful guest post by Kathleen McCleary.  If you haven’t read Kathleen’s post, please take a minute to click over – she talks about the inspirations for one of the settings in her novel, combining IRL bookstores and her creative talents to form the Hole in the Wall Bookstore; it’s neat to read about the writer’s process.

Many thanks to Amy for being the creative force behind this eventful week, and to all the others who stepped up to lend such a huge helping hand!  From where I sit (and lay, and nap this week!), it’s been a phenomenal success.  I have a lot of reading and writing to catch up on over the weekend … Amy, enjoy your well-deserved blogcation!

Winner of *Matrimony* giveaway

As usual, I used random.org to select one winner from the 35 comments that were left on the post.

Here are your random numbers:

28	

Timestamp: 2008-09-16 11:24:51 UTC

Shonda is the lucky winner of the paperback of Matrimony, personally inscribed by the author, book-group-friendly Joshua Henkin.  Joshua, thanks for your generosity!  Shonda, please send me your mailing address so I can pass it along.

Not a winner?  Go out and buy the book; you’ll enjoy it!

I’m so pleased to be matched with My Friend Amy for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week interview swap!  Amy is the powerhouse creative force behind BBAW, the one who brainstormed, e-mailed, posted, designed, contacted, organized, networked, etc. this amazing week of swapping stories, awards, giveaways, interviews, acknowledgements and camaraderie!

Amy managed to sneak away from the laptop for a little chat, here she is now …

She Is Too Fond of Books:  Sit down, make yourself comfortable, enjoy some green tea or fresh-squeezed lemonade, or whatever you’d like to go with these yummy ginger snaps I made for us to enjoy while we chat. 

I’ve had your blog on my reader for a few months now, and I’ve explored a bit more since we had this interview scheduled … I see that you’ve been blogging for about 3 years, and that My Friend Amy is not your only blog.  Can you tell us a bit about how you got started, what you blog about, and your other online ventures?

Amy:  I started blogging because I’ve moved around a lot and it seemed like it would be an ideal way to keep in touch with friends…unfortunately, it seems like someone gets the concept of  blogging or they don’t.  Many of my friends would rather stay in touch via facebook.  I’ve been blogging for three years and have met some wonderful people while blogging.  I enjoy it so much, that I agreed to help with the site Inspired to Action, which is a collaborative social justice blog.  The Friendly Book Nook came to be because books were taking over my personal blog.  Actually, I had a short lived book blog a couple of years ago, but I found that it was just easier to keep posting things on my main blog.  Other online ventures?  Um, I really enjoy LibraryThing and Twitter.

Your blog is not just about books.  You also share insight about God and your faith, popular culture items such as television shows and movies, as well as personal travel experiences and the random thought that grabs you.  With such great diverse subjects, do you consider your blog primarily a book blog, or is it more “Amy’s World”?

I consider my blog to be a personal blog with a healthy dose of books. 😉  I do find that I enjoy reviewing books, talking about book related subjects and TV and movies, because they are common experiences for us all.  I am a person of faith, so everything in my life is filtered through that lens. 

Tell us a little more about the blog you co-author with your mom and sister

The Friendly Book Nook!  I wanted to have a blog that was primarily books, and really make it something special!  So I asked my mom and sister to help out with it.  We are all at different life stages and I thought we’d bring a unique perspective to what we read.  One of the things I love that we’re doing right now is a series called Saturdays in the Nook (I’m not terribly creative with names!)  where authors and other book bloggers come and share pivotal early reading memories.  We are passionate about reading, and want to celebrate the culture of reading.  I’d love to get celebrities and other people of recognition involved one day.. ha.  So if anyone is reading this, email me!

Where do you blog? Any special desk or place you take a laptop to write?  What about your favorite place(s) to read?

I have a laptop and I sit on my bed and blog!  I actually really enjoy reading out in public…at a coffee shop or restaurant as well.  But truthfully, I can read anywhere but in the car (if I’m not driving)

How long have you worked in adult literacy (and English language acquisition … is that the same as ESL?)  Do you work in a classroom setting or one-on-one?  can you share one “life lesson” you’ve learned from your work?

I’ve been working in adult literacy for three years.  Prior to that, I taught English in Japan for a short while.  I work one on one..and yes ESL is the same as language acquisition!  The most important thing I’ve learned for myself is that there is no shame in failing.  In fact, failing is an important part of the learning process.

Now, what everyone wants to know … how did you come up with your great idea for BBAW?!   When did you start planning it?  What has been the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of BBAW?

You know, I spend a lot of time on blogging and reading, and work really hard to try to do my best for both the authors whose books I review and the people who read my blogs.  I even feel stressed out about it sometimes, trying to get things done in a timely manner and still giving it all a good effort, while also learning about the technical aspects of blogging.  I know that other book bloggers feel the same way!  I stumbled across an online discussion that was criticizing the rise of blog tours that charge authors to organize the tour.  The discussion was a bit condescending towards blogs and wow did I ever want to speak up!  I was mulling over that conversation when the idea for BBAW came to me.  I don’t want to argue with the people who don’t see the value of blogs, but I do think book bloggers deserve to be recognized and celebrated.  For the most part, book bloggers do this on their free time and it takes significant time.  Yet, in a culture where reading is on the decline, book bloggers are taking things into their own hands…sustaining a culture of reading, developing community around our love for the written word…investing our hours and dollars into this hobby, I don’t understand the fear. 

I think I got the idea in May or June and started planting the seeds for it to other bloggers in July.  When the infamous Huffington Post article was published and being discussed everywhere,  I outright asked on my blog if other book bloggers would support the idea.  The response was really positive, so I went forward.  I’ve been blown away by the response.  It really has enforced how positive this community is.  Apart from a few minor things, everyone has been really supportive, helpful, and kind.  And publishers, publicists, and authors have come out in support of the idea as well, which is such a blessing.  I’m amazed at how many excellent book blogs are out there with so many different specialties.

I think the most challenging thing has been to keep up with email and my other blogs during the process.  I have to admit I was relieved once the nomination process was over so I could have time to read books and blogs again!

The most rewarding has been meeting so many fantastic new bloggers and seeing everyone really come together around this idea.  What a wonderful community it really is.

OK, grab another cookie while we finish off the rest of these quick questions:

  • How much time do you read each week?  Great question.  3-4 hours a day, so um, at least 20?
  • How much time blogging?  Writing my posts, responding to comments, and doing technical stuff…maybe 10 hours a week.
  • How much time reading blogs?  Too many!  1 hour a day at least.
  • How many subscriptions in your Google Reader // how many different blogs do you visit regularly?  This is mortifying.  I don’t read all of the blogs in my reader carefully, some I just like to keep up with now and then.  I also read blogs across a wide spectrum of interests.  Ok, having said that…368. 
  • What are you reading now?  I’m about to start The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen.  She is hands down one of my favorite authors.  And she’s a blogger, so she’s tops!
  • Your favorite book – so far – that you read in 2008–Ugh, I’ve read a lot of really good ones.  Can I pick two?  The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson and A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman.  Two totally different books!

Let’s close with the most rewarding experience you’ve had in regard to your blogging 

I think the most rewarding experience has been to meet so many other people who love reading as passionately as I do, from many different walks of life, and areas of the world.  I think the most surprising thing has been how accessible authors are and how down to earth (usually) and very nice and gracious.  I’ve met some wonderful authors via e-mail like Julie Lessman and Pamela Binnings Ewen who have absolutely made my days with their kindness and the fact that they answer email!  Let me be clear…I’m not surprised that they are nice, just that they take the time to really know you.

Amy, thank you so much for taking the time to sit with me, I know how busy you’ve been with planning all the BBAW events.  Please let me extend my thanks, on behalf of the hundreds of bloggers whose lives you’ve touched!

In an interview on the Voice website, Kathleen McCleary indicates that Coffee@home, Ellen Flanagan’s coffee-and-home-funishings shop in the novel House & Home, is based on a local independent coffee shop in Virginia.  I wondered if “Hole in the Wall Books”, a setting in the novel,  had roots in a real bookstore.  Kathleen offered to write a guest post for She Is Too Fond of Books, sharing how real-life observations and her creative imagination combined to form this inviting bookstore (that I’d love to visit, if only it existed outside the novel!).  Read what she has to say about creating this fictional shop:

Several readers have mentioned that one of their favorite scenes in my novel is the scene that takes place in a little independent bookstore in Manning, Oregon, somewhere between Portland and Cannon Beach. While many of the places mentioned in the book are real (the Lazy Susan Restaurant, Paley’s Place, etc.), Hole in the Wall Books is completely a figment of my imagination. But as a lifelong bookstore aficionado, I used many bits and pieces of real bookstores in creating it.

I got the name “Hole in the Wall Books” from a used bookstore right here in Falls Church. I’ve never actually been inside Hole in the Wall, but I love the name. The exterior of the bookstore in my novel looks exactly like an antique store I used to visit in the Adirondacks, in upstate New York. The interior of the store, with comfy chairs for reading and little nooks of books, was taken from my memories of Annie Bloom’s, a lovely independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, where I used to live. My kids and I used to spend hours in Annie Bloom’s sitting on the floor and looking at books.

Another inspiration was Crawford Doyle bookstore on Madison Avenue in New York City, from which I took the old wooden floors, mix of new and used books, and friendly, knowledgeable sales people. Dottie, the bookseller in my novel, is based on my aunt, Dorothy McCleary, who has worked at Crawford Doyle for many years. (I gave Dottie some peculiarly northwest touches, though, like the nickname “Dottie” and wearing clogs!)

The idea of grouping books by place was entirely my own. As someone who has always been profoundly influenced by place – be it my house, the view out my window, my town, or my state – I loved the idea of categorizing authors by geography. The work of many writers is absolutely inseparable from the places those writers loved, in my mind. There are many authors who are so profoundly tied to places that I can’t think of them without their settings: Willa Cather (Nebraska), Isak Dinesen (Africa), James Joyce (Ireland), Mark Twain (Mississippi) – you could go on for forever. More recently, Stephanie Meyer and Washington’s Olympic peninsula seem forever intertwined now that I’ve read Twilight.

I’d love to hear about your favorite bookstores. And, I’d love to hear about the authors you associate strongly with particular places. Maybe they’ll provide fodder for my next novel!

  • House & Home by Kathleen McCleary
  • Publisher: Voice (July 1, 2008 )
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340735
  • In creating Ellen Flanagan, the protagonist in House & Home, author Kathleen McCleary introduces readers to a woman that you’ll want to sit down and read more about.  Ellen is a creative hard-working woman who puts a bit (sometimes more than a bit!) of herself into everything she does – she loves her children fiercely, is a loyal friend, adorns her successful coffee-shop-turned-home-accessories-shop, Coffee@home, with personal touches, shows her sense of style in the casual yet chic clothes she wears, and until their mounting financial problems came to a head, loved her fun-loving happy-go-lucky husband, Sam, with all her heart.  Above all else, Ellen immerses her personality, and her very soul, into her house.

    The first paragraph of this gripping emotional novel sets the scene:

    The house was yellow, a clapboard Cape Cod with a white picket fence and a big bay window on one side, and Ellen loved it with all her heart.  She loved the way the wind from the Gorge stirred the trees to constant motion outside the windows, the cozy arc of the dormers in the girls’ bedrooms, the cherry mantel with the cleanly carved dentil molding over the fireplace in the living room.  She had conceived children in that house, suffered a miscarriage in that house, brought her babies home there, argued with her husband there, made love, rejoiced, despaired, sipped tea, and gossiped and sobbed and counseled and blessed her friends there, walked the halls with sick children there, and scrubbed the worn brick of the kitchen floor there at least a thousand times on her hands and knees.  And it was because of all this history with the house, all the parts of her life unfolding there day after day for so many years, that Ellen decided to burn it down.

    Having reached the end of her patience with her husband Sam and his hare-brained unsuccessful inventions, and their subsequent spiral into financial straits, Ellen decides that she and Sam would be better off living separately.  Unable to afford the mortgage on their home of ten years, Ellen and Sam put the house on the market and it soon sold to a young couple who have big plans for renovating and updating the little yellow Cape.

    What follows is an emotional journey for Ellen as she sorts out what is really important to her.  She learns the importance of friends, the strength of family, and the important distinction between “house” and “home.”

    McCleary’s writing style is inviting – she draws the reader in with details that give authenticity to the characters and settings.  Describing Ellen’s days at the coffee shop, McCleary notes “the grateful way peopled cradled their cups against their palms.”  The Flanagan’s basement is decorated with drawings of turtles created by daughters Sara and a friend for their “turtle club.”  Mentions of the local stores, parks and sports teams will connect with those familiar with Portland and its suburbs; she talks of the home buyers’ desire to “trade up” from Beaverton to Portland.  The characters are three-dimensional; although Ellen is the one we know the deepest, we also learn what motivates her husband Sam, the buyers Jordan and Jeffrey, and more peripheral characters such as neighbor Joanna and co-worker Cloud.

    I enjoyed House & Home, and felt the depth and breadth of Ellen’s emotions as she struggled to let go of her connection to the physical house while sorting out the personal history attached to it.  I highly recommend this engaging and well-executed debut novel.

    Kathleen McCleary is a reporter and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Health.  Visit her official website for more information about the author and her writing.  The site has a spot where readers are invited to submit their story about a home they’ve loved (I think this is a great exercise; I’m still recovering from an out-of-state move over a year ago!) This video features the opening paragraph (above), as well as a short conversation with Kathleen, in which she says “… it is the emotional truth in the book that people respond to … the sense of wanting to make a home that feels like home … a universal feeling.”  I agree; that is what makes House & Home universally appealing, as well.

    Many thanks to TLC Book Tours for asking my to review this book, and to Voice publishers for providing the review copy.

    In conjunction with this review and Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I’m offering a House & Home prize package to one lucky reader.  The gift pack includes:

    • A hardcover of House & Home
    • Yankee Candle “Home Sweet Home” votive candle
    • Lead crystal candle holder
    • “What makes a house a home” gift plaque
    • Magnetic memo pad to list your “things to do around the house”
    • “Home Sweet Home” embellishment set for scrapbookers and card-makers
    • Home card (includes envelope for mailing, or suitable for framing)

    To enter, simply leave a comment below, completing this sentence:

    Home is …

    Entries will be accepted through midnight on September 19, the last day of BBAW.  Winning name (random drawing) will be announced on Saturday.

    I’m posting my Week Ahead a day earlier than usual this week – it’s going to be a busy week!  There’s a lot happening here and on other book blogs in conjunction with Book Blogger Appreciation Week … check out this partial listing of what’s going on in my little corner of the world:

    Monday 9/15 – I’m starting the week out as a tour host for Kathleen McCleary’ novel House & Home, working with TLC Book Tours.  I’ll have a book review and themed giveaway posted today!

    Tuesday 9/16 – A bonus guest post by Kathleen McCleary, which will also serve as an early Spotlight on Bookstores this week.  If you’ve read the novel, you may be curious about the origins of “The Hole in the Wall” bookstore …

    Also, I’ll be announcing the winner of Joshua Henkin’s Matrimony today (enter by midnight on Monday 9/15 for your chance to win an inscribed copy of the paperback!)

    And, if that’s not enough … today is the day that BBAW intereviews with bloggers will be online.  She Is Too Fond of Books will have a VIP guest that I’m thrilled to interview; now it’s your turn to get to know her better …

    Wednesday 9/17 – BBAW award presentations begin today!  Click over to My Friend Amy’s blog for the complete schedule (her blog should be on your “Favorites” or in your Google Reader … read early, read often!).  I can’t wait to watch all the award-winners walk the red carpet … will Joan Rivers be there critiquing what everyone’s wearing?

    Thursday 9/18 – I have a few reviews to post this week, look for The Madonnas of Leningrad and Guernica.  Interesting connection between these two novels, each has a story line that involves removing art from museums in order to protect the masterpieces during a war.  Read the Comments below to find out which museum and which war in each case.

    Friday 9/19 – I’ll have my weekly Friday Finds post, sharing the books that have come into my life over the week.

    And, ahoy, matey!  September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! (I’m not kidding!)  Practice your “yo ho ho”s and “arrr”s while reading one of our favorite children’s books, How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and illustrated by the ever-amusing David Shannon.  You can translate any phrase into pirate-speak at the official site of Talk Like a Pirate Day; try it, it’s fun!

    OK, time for me to put my feet up and relax for a bit before the week begins 🙂  I’m going to just sit back and crack open a book …  What are you most looking forward to this week?!

    The final countdown is on!  In just two days, Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) will start!  That’s right – Monday thru Friday will find all kinds of extra fun stuff all over the book blogging world … you thought it was great before, just wait until you see what My Friend Amy, the brain behind this big event, has in store for you, here’s the official BBAW Giveaway List:

    Daily Raffles:
    Monday–Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha’ Readin?
    Tuesday–Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
    Wednesday–Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
    Thursday–Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
    Friday–Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy

    Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!
    Do you find it’s your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don’t know what books to offer up for the next month’s selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.

    One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

    * A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
    * 5 great book group books to vote on for your group’s next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
    * 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
    * 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone’s favorite passages
    * 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

    TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!

    A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!
    From Avon Foot Works
    ~ Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub
    ~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion
    ~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub
    ~ 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets
    ~ An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz
    ~ A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes

    A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign!

    A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit!

    BOOKS
    Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
    The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
    The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
    John’s Quest by Cecelia Dowdy
    Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
    Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
    The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
    The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
    The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
    Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
    A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
    The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
    When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
    An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
    Exit Music by Ian Rankin
    The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
    Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
    Isolation by Travis Thrasher
    The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
    Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts
    Dewey by Vicki Myron
    The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
    Keep the Faith by Faith Evans
    The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg
    A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker
    After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
    Mike’s Election Guide by Michael Moore
    War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg
    Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James
    Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
    The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer
    Border Lass by Amanda Scott
    Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron
    Hungry for More by Diana Holquist
    Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
    Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
    Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin
    Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
    Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
    Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross
    Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla
    Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin
    Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward
    How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer
    Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams
    Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi
    Pure by Rebecca St. James
    He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson
    So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman
    Move On, Move Up by Paula White
    The Rosary by Gary Jansen
    Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
    The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
    Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody
    by George by Wesley Stace
    The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
    Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
    Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
    Dead Boys by Richard Lange
    The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
    Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
    Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky
    With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman
    Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced

    Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.

    So, set your alarms for Monday morning, brew a big pot of coffee, fire up that laptop, and let the games begin!