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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm Baaaack (With A Giveaway)

Whew - my big trip is over, and I'm back home. We spent A LOT of time in the car, but we had a great time. Even the whole "go where the wind takes us" thing didn't turn out too badly. Now, it's on to our next adventure - moving. We're only going across town, but packing up a house is serious work.

Anyway, one of my favorite things to come home to after vacation (besides my super-comfy bed) is a nice, big stack of mail. Of course, I'm always excited when it includes books. Imagine my glee when I found not 1, but 6 books! One of them came in this fun package from Heather over at The Library Ladder:

Thanks so much, Heather!

I love getting fun stuff for myself, but I also love it when I receive goodies I can pass on to you. When Tipti Monga, publicist for Traci L. Slatton, asked if I wanted copies of Immortal to give away on my blog, I jumped at the chance. Obviously, I haven't had an opportunity to read it yet, but it looks really good. Here's the blurb from the back cover:

In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift - one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing and to become a trusted confidant to the powerful Medicis ... even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves.

But as the Black Death and the Inquisition wreak havoc on his beloved city, Luca's survival lies in the quest to solve two riddles. One is the enigma of his parents and his ageless beauty. The other is a choice between immortality and the only chance to find his one true love. As Luca journeys through the heights of the Renaissance, befriends Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci - 140 years apart - and pursues the most closely guarded secrets of religious faith and science for the answers to his own burning questions, his remarkable search will not only change him ... but will change the course of history.

So, I have 2 copies of the book to give away. I'll make it really simple - all you have to do is comment on this post to be entered. I will draw the names of the 2 winners on August 9. Coincidentally, I will be announcing another giveaway tomorrow. The giveaways will run concurrently, and you may enter both. Good luck!


  1. Welcome back. Glad you had a good time. I've been wanting to read this for a while so please put my name in the pot. Thanks!

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and it sounds like a great book. So add my name to the pile.

  3. I entered over at Literate Housewife as well, but this one looks good enough that I'd like multiple shots at it, so please enter me as well. :)

  4. Sounds like you had a great time. I'd love enter the drawing.

  5. Welcome back.
    Sounds like an interesting book. Count me in. :)

  6. Glad to see you back. Sounds like a good book, I'd love to enter the giveaway!

  7. ugh that was me above...i don't have a url but meant to leave my name and email.


  8. Love your reviews! I don't usually try to win books, but this one sounds really good. So sign me up! Thanks.

  9. I'd love to be entered for this, thanks!!

  10. Wow in the car for a long time enough to make one crazy! I would love to win the book I love adventure!!

  11. I was sad we didn't get to see you guys this trip. Hopefully next time!

    Would love to win a free book!

    Hey, have you read The Suicide Index? I'm reviewing it in a couple days. Pretty good.

  12. Count me in. =)

  13. This book sounds really fascinating! Thanks for the giveaways (I entered both). Hope I win one, but especially this one.

  14. I'm a relatively new reader to your blog and just wanted to say hello and that I really enjoy your posts! I'm always on the look out for a new book so this is right up my alley!
    Thanks so much!

  15. Glad you had a good vacation. Enter me in the drawing, please!

  16. sounds interesting!

    lc_intocable at

  17. Hi..saw your site listed at The Written Word and came across this giveaway. Please enter me in the drawing.

  18. What a beautiful blog you have here. I'm Karen from Planet Books.
    I cam across your site via Maw Books Blog and I'm so glad I did. I hope you'll come by Planet Books and check it out too.

    Please throw my name in the hat for you drawing!

  19. Thanks for a chance to win - it sounds like an interesting book!

  20. The book sounds quite interesting. The few reviews I've read make it sound like an amazing first novel. I'd love a chance to read it.


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