A Very Merry Giveaway!

Merry Christmas, Readers!

I know you are all probably making preparations for the week ahead – getting that guest bathroom cleaned, tackling the mountain of laundry that looks like it’s thinking about eating you for dinner, cleaning out the cat’s litter box because she has started flinging her poo against the wall in protest… What? Oh! Sorry! That’s not you. It’s ME.

Ha… ahem.

Anyway, I’m sure you are all busy with various activities/preparations, but I want to take just a couple of minutes to do one last giveaway for 2009! Just think of it as a very small token of my appreciation for you, my dear bloggy friends and faithful readers. I have said this so many times in the past weeks, but I mean it more every day: Y’all are wonderful. The encouragement I have been blessed with from all of you – the compliments you’ve given my work, the boosts you’ve given me as I edit this monster of a manuscript – well, frankly, I don’t know what I would have done without you.

So I’ma give you a little prize. And you know what it is? Do you know what you can win this week? Something so OUT OF THE BLUE, something so UNEXPECTED, you won’t believe your eyes when you read it!

You can win…

A BOOK!!!!!!!

(Yes, I know. It’s actually very expected, isn’t it? I was just trying to hype you up a little bit.)

(Please don’t stop reading my blog.)

So, not only can you win a book; you can win your choice of book. I’m going to give you four (4) choices of books that I have read and absolutely LOVED. Then, you get to pick one, and if you win the giveaway, I’ll send it to you!

I’ll tell you how to enter in a second, but for now, let me go ahead and present to you the FABULOUS options you get to choose from. They are, in no particular order:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history. Vlad Tepes, also known as Dracula (yes, he was real!) is the central mystery of this book. It’s a vampire story – but people, this ain’t no Twilight.

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

In 1891, Parisian teenager Léonie Vernier and her brother visit their young aunt at an estate in southern France. After finding a startling account of her late uncle’s pursuit of the occult, Léonie scours the property for the tarot cards and Visigoth tomb he describes, unaware that more tangible peril in the form of a murderous stalker is seeking to destroy her loved ones. Present-day biographer Meredith Martin is in France finishing a book and tracing her ancestry when she sees a reproduction of the same tarot, which bears her likeness. She investigates the connection when she, too, arrives at the estate, now a hotel in which a new battle between good and evil rages.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The story is set during the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. She collects the stories of the black women in Jackson who work for the wealthy white families, enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
On the eve of the first World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her – but the Authoress has disappeared without a trace.
On the night of her 21st birthday, Nell O’Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. She embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.
Upon Nell’s death, her granddaughter Cassandra comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward, Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
So – there you have it! Four absolutely stunning novels to choose from. You really can’t go wrong here – each one is extraordinary in its own way.
Now for the rules! Here’s how you enter:
1) Start off by leaving a comment on this post. Include your first name and at least the first initial of your last name. Then, tell me which book you would like to win!

le=”text-align: left;”>2) If you want to take it a step further, you can earn a second entry by becoming a member of this blog. To do this, simply click the “follow” button over on the right and make your pretty little picture appear in the grid. (Current members won’t be entered unless they have left a comment on this post.)

3) Another way to earn an additional entry is to follow me on Twitter. My tweets might not change your life, but they will alert you to some other great writers, giveaways, blog posts, etc. At the very least, I might entertain you a tiny bit. (Current followers won’t be entered unless they have left a comment on this post.)
4) Yet another way to earn an additional entry is to blog, tweet, post a Facebook status, or advertise in some other way about this giveaway. If you do this, please give me a link to the blog post / tweet / status, either by leaving a comment or DMing me on Twitter.
The giveaway starts right now (10:00 AM CST) and ends Monday, December 28, at 12:00 noon. 

Best of luck!
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24 thoughts on “A Very Merry Giveaway!

  1. RKCharron says:

    Hi Anne 🙂
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    I already Follow you on Twitter.
    I now Follow your Blog.
    🙂
    I'd choose The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
    It has intrigued me.
    Merry Christmas,
    RKCharron

  2. natz says:

    Hello, on the off chance you'll mail it all the way to me 😀
    I love giveaways!

    Anna Tan
    The Forgotten Garden (sounds so tantalising) :p

  3. jameystegmaier says:

    Sounds like a great contest! I'm in. I read The Historian and loved it. I think I'll choose The Help for this contest given all the hype and praise it's been getting.

    I just followed your blog and I'm going to follow you on Twitter in a sec.

  4. Jess says:

    Ohh The Forgotten Garden – I'd like to read that! The others (sans Kostova) sound good too – I WANT to read Kostova, but since she started it with that dumb line about "this was a story I never meant to tell" or whatever I haven't been able to take is seriously. (Was it taken out for the pb release? I might be tempted to try it again if it was. . . )

    Jess
    http://www.jessicatudor.com

  5. Liana Brooks says:

    The Historian sounds fascinating. I'd love to read it. :o)

    I'm a new follower, leaving a comment, and you get a RT on Twitter (which is how I heard about the contest from LKGG)

  6. Kristen says:

    Merry Christmas Anne! Hope things are giong well with you & Rob! I somehow found your blog & now I've been following it for the past few days! The Forgotten Garden sounds very interesting & like a great read 🙂

    Kristen Brand

  7. harleymay says:

    Ahem, former roomie, I understand you can't be impartial in your choosing a winner, but, you know, you should pick me.

    This is a great contest and I would like to read The Forgotten Garden, should I win.

    Great idea! Harley

  8. Aik says:

    Actually, I'd love to read both The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. So, if I win, please surprise me! Merry Christmas!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  9. Lorel Clayton says:

    So wonderful of you to do! Don't put my name on the entry list though–great as all those books look, I wouldn't want to make you ship one to Australia. Good luck to everyone!

  10. Ansley says:

    Hmmm…I just finished The Historian (yesterday actually) and twas wonderful. For the record, I should win this prize because good books are SO hard to come by in Korea!

    I already follow you…I will post a link on Facebook (I'll tag you).

    ALSO, I need your address so my dad can send you a check for the scarves. I'm really excited and loved the email with the pictures 🙂 Beautiful!

    Have you read Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier? That one is next on my list, or maybe Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol…

  11. Ansley says:

    And I meant to say that I would want the Kate Morton book…they don't have it here as far as I can see, and I've visited almost every major bookstore in Seoul since you recommended it!

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