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Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane (Not Very Original, But At Least There's A Giveaway!)

So, I'm leaving for Utah in the morning and my suitcase is still lying on my bed, half-packed. As I was trying to stuff everything in it this afternoon, my 11-year-old was curled up under the covers moaning about his headache while my 8- and 5-year-old were trashing the family room in an attempt to keep the baby entertained. Said baby? Yeah, she was happily splashing her hands in the toilet. And her diaper was so rank I could smell it from upstairs. As I groaned in frustration, my daughter said, "I bet you're going to be really happy to get on that plane tomorrow." She's absolutely right - my kids are making it very, very easy for me to want to leave.

One thing I had planned to do before taking off was finishing The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs. It didn't happen. I will be reading it on the plane, though, and as soon as my computer and I are reunited, I will post a review.

In the meantime, enjoy these fun extras from a fellow Susan. To read the first chapter of the book, plus a special message from the author, click below:

Also, I am thrilled to announce that Big Honcho Media is offering one of my readers a $50 VISA check card. Yes, you read that right - one of you lucky ducks will receive $50 to buy your own copy of The Ocean Between Us. The deadline is going to be short on this one - you have until May 5. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. Good luck!

P.S. The card can only be mailed to addresses in the U.S. If you live elsewhere, you may enter the giveaway as long as you have someone in the U.S. who is willing to accept your prize by mail.


  1. Oooh good one. I hope you have a good trip.

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

  2. This is exciting! I'm looking forward to summer vacation to read tons of books! -Kathleen
    akprinz at msn dot com

  3. This book sounds really good. I’d love to enter.

    TheFictionEnthusiast AT Live DOT Com

  4. Sign me up! I too am hoping to get more reading done in the summer. We'll see...Hope you have a wonderful and safe trip! :)

    stephaniedekeyser AT

  5. Great book. Great contest.

  6. Sounds great, Susan. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  7. Love contests, especially when they involve one of my fav writers and friends Susan Wiggs !

    Janesville, CA

  8. Have a marvelous trip! You'll miss them sooner than you think you will. I remember the joys of reading on a plane, ALONE, when my children were small! Can't beat it.

  9. Enjoy! Hope you have fun.
    Enjoy reading.
    weheartreading (AT) gmail Dot com

  10. Have a nice quiet trip! lol!! I'm afraid I'm so far behind on my reading, I'm moving backwards. Sigh.

    kelly at accioyarn dot com

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  12. Thanks for a sneak peak at the first chapter! Have a safe trip, 4/27, good date... ;) ~Lisa/NC

  13. I've got to say, when I read the beginning of this post I thought the tale about the kids was from the book. I immediately thought--oh no somethings going to happen to this mom once she gets on that plane. LOL
    imagine my chagrin when I realized that the kids were your life not a book. Sounds to me like there is the makings of a good story here--hint-hint.

  14. Giveaway, yay!! I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip. Thanks for the sneak peak at ch. 1; look forward to 4/27 - good date btw;=)

  15. It looks like a wonderful read. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Linda Cacaci

  16. Wow, sounds like you can use a trip right about now!! I would love to read Susan's new book, please enter me. Thanks, Sue


  17. I cannot wait to read this book. I am an avid reader and enjoy her books. Please enter me as well.

  18. i hope your trip is inspiring, cant wait to hear about it!

  19. I can't wait for this book!

    kids are great,but sometimes a break is nice. :) have fun.

  20. Barbara Forgash23 April, 2010 20:24

    No offensive words here ! Being retired now gives me great pleasure in reading as late at night or as early in the morning as I want each day. I buy books, get them from the library, borrow them or share with my daughter. So many books by great authors, and not nearly enough time to get to all of them. Have a great trip!
    Hugs to all, Barbara

  21. Hats off to you, Susan. I have four children, too, and know only too well your exhaustion. The fact you're coherent enough to blog is testament to your strength. *g*

    Have fun in Utah. Or at least catch a nap.


    debaanderson at gmail dot com

  22. I'm excited to read Susan's prequel!

  23. safe travels - enjoy your quiet time with a good book! - the contest sounds almost as good as the book!

  24. wow..this is cool..please sign me up.

  25. Have a great trip! Please enter me in the drawing.

  26. Wow, what a neat giveaway. Thanks. I have heard good things about Susan Wiggs, but have not yet read any of her books.

  27. What a fantastic giveaway!!!

    Have fun and a safe trip...enjoy your hours alone!!!!

    ktulanko AT aol DOT com

  28. Have a fun trip, sounds like fun.

  29. So excited to get my summer reading on!

    apzmarshl at hotmail dot com

  30. Thanks for the giveaway op. Have a good trip.

    Beline at sbcglobal dot net

  31. Have a great trip!

    *fingers crossed* :)

  32. great giveaway! i'm limiting giveaway entries lately, but i can't pass this one up!

    i hope you have a safe and happy trip.

  33. Oh how I love a giveaway! Have a fabulous trip and I hope the weather holds out for you. It should be a beautiful weekend here :)

  34. Holy Cow! What an awesome giveaway!:)

  35. Great giveaway! Chellebcool at hotmail dot com

  36. Ooooh. I love to win books!

  37. I miss you already! Why do trips have to end? I've been looking forward to the conference for so long, it's a bit of a shock to realize it's already over!

    Next year, baby!

  38. Sounds great and I'd love to win!

  39. Hope you had a great trip. Enter me in!

  40. Have you read very much Terry Pratchett. I just started reading him and can't stop. He's really out there sometimes but it is just so funny!

  41. How exciting Susan!!! Thanks for offering this!!

    shamish at comcast dot net

  42. Have a safe trip! The last friend who said her children were making it easy to leave was stuck in Washington, D.C. in that nasty snow storm. She did make it home safely. You must be a speed reader to get through all those books!

  43. Wow awesome contest! I've read a historical by this author and really liked it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    inthehammockblog (at) gmail (d0t) com

  44. I've never read anything by Susan Wiggs, I hope I win and this will be my first!

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

  45. Wow! $50~! Count me in!!!!


    dcf_beth at verizon dot net


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