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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

A Winner And Other Post-Halloween Treats

Even though Halloween's over, I still have a few treats up my sleeve. Mostly they're treats for me, but still, I thought I'd share. I'm just generous that way :)

-- First off, I have a winner to announce. Pam, you won copies of all three books in the Iron Elves series by Chris Evans. Congratulations! If you'll shoot me an email (blogginboutbooks AT gmail DOT COM) with your mailing address, I'll pass it onto the author's publicist so she can get your books to you.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I'll be having more giveaways, including a big one to celebrate my 1000th post - when I reach that milestone, of course (this post is #951). So, definitely stay tuned.

-- Secondly, I thought you might like to see my new license plate. I totally love it, especially the Q's, which look like little googly eyes. Anybody else have a bookish plate? They're so fun!

-- Thirdly, I wanted to give a big shout-out to my (kinda) local indie bookstore, Changing Hands. Since it's about a 30-minute drive from my house, I don't go there that often, but when I do, I'm always impressed by the place. They have a HUGE selection of new and used books and the booksellers there are so helpful and friendly. Case in point: CH has a promotion going on where you get a $10 gift card to their store when you purchase a one-year subscription to the Arizona Republic. Since I'm big into coupons, I wanted another copy of the paper anyway, and this seemed like the perfect time to order it. So, I did. My extra paper came right away, but I didn't hear anything about the gift card. When I still hadn't heard anything after a week, I emailed the folks over at CH. Soon, I got an email back apologizing for the mix-up and offering me a $15 gift card for my trouble. Nice, right? CH also has a rewards program and they give you a discount during your birthday month. Plus, the Wildflower Bread Company store/restaurant is right next door, so the bookstore smells amazing! There are so many reasons to check Changing Hands out - if you're in the Tempe area, stop in. You'll love it.

I took my 9-year-old daughter with me on this excursion. Neither of us can resist a bookstore. She was super excited to find some old American Girl books and at bargain prices, too. Since she was making such frugal choices, I wandered over to the new releases section and found these two titles:

I've been really excited about When She Woke by Hillary Jordan ever since I first read about it. A dystopian Scarlet Letter-ish story? Yes, please! Cannot wait to read this one. And the book's signed by the author to boot. Insert happy dance here.

I'd never heard of Those Across the River by Christopher Beuhlman until I saw it in the store, but it looks really good, too. Creepy. I probably should have read it before Halloween. Oh well.

-- Speaking of things I should have done before Halloween, I have a Cooking the Books post for you that I'm going to publish today (with an earlier date on it, though, so it looks like I did it when I was supposed to). It's for Whoopie Pies and it'll go up right before my review of Pumpkin Roll by Josi Kilpack, since that's the book it came out of ('kay, the recipe is now up. Click here). Even if you're not interested in Whoopie Pies (which you should be because they're rich and chocolatey and just yummy), you might want to check out the post about Pumpkin Roll. Josi's running a giveaway for an iPad 2 that ends today. You can get extra entries by commenting on my review of Pumpkin Roll. So, if that interests you (and why wouldn't it?), click here for all the details.

-- Okay, that's it. I'm going to be working on catching up on everything today - reviews, reading, laundry, ironing, coupons, dusting, mopping, etc. Gah! I can't believe it's November already. Where did 2011 go?


  1. Oh, Changing Hands. I've only been like twice, but I consider it my indie store too (and it's closer to 50 minutes from my house :)

    Are you planning to go to the Paolini signing in December?

  2. I wish I had a another book store in my area. All I have is B&N and I am so furious with them I REFUSE to shop there. I'm ordering all my books online. Still, I miss the ambiance of a book store so I'm a tad jealous of you. ;)

    I'm going to have to give in and make a pumpkin roll. I've been craving one since last year!

  3. Melissa - It's fun, isn't it? I just wish it was closer.

    I haven't read anything by Paolini yet, so I hadn't planned on going. I do NEED to go to Ch in December (it's my birthday month), so maybe I'll come for the signing and we can meet up ...

    Jenny - I don't know where you are in Utah, but do you ever go to The King's English? I love that place. I wish there were more indies around - B&N doesn't have the same ambiance, not at all.

    Yum, pumpkin roll. I make some every year.

  4. Changing Hands is like my personal demon. LOL! Every time I go I spend WAY too much money. The people there are SO nice!I'm in North Scottsdale, so I don't venture too often because in all reality Amazon is cheaper. But, I love how many authors they host. I wish more YA authors came to the valley though. But, the Wildflower Bread Co is YUM!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  5. The signing is actually at one of the public libraries, so maybe you wouldn't want to come. But, let me know if you do want to go. And you should totally try Eragon sometime - pretty good fantasy.


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