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Friday, October 10, 2008

Extreme October Giveaways!!!

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Due to the fact that I like you (my readers) and that I trust you to tell people about Creative Madness I have talked to a few people, begged a little, raised my hand when needed, and have for you a very large set of giveaways!

First, do not forget about the two coming straight from me: I have two copies of The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner and one copy of Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd. Click here to go back, find out, and enter for Bon Appetit. Contest ends on October 21st. Please click here to go read a review of The Shape of Mercy, this is a story that I loved and it will go on my keeper shelf permanently Click here to enter for a chance to win one of two copies. The two winners for this one will be picked on October 14th, 2008.

Then also a former giveaway, still going on, One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling, click here to enter into that giveaway that ends on October 17th. A review of this book is still to come.

Now, for the new giveaways... The way this will work is that to get an entry on the former giveaways you can go back to the original posts and follow the directions. It is usually to tell me why you want the book, and to leave at least three relevant comments on other posts. The more I can tell between now and the final date, the more likely you are to win a book on my blog. I have to admit that I do not choose by random counters or anything like that. I pick who I think really needs/wants the book, so it does pay to be active in my comment boxes or at least by emailing me (cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com). Also, you may get an entry by commenting on this post (still for the above giveaways). Again, relevant comments count. Now, something new... Tell someone about the post and cc: that you told them. Blog about this giveaway and link back, or comment the link to your post. Twitter about the giveaway, and comment and [@]cherryblossommj the twit.

Each time you do something to promote this giveaway and tell me about it. The higher your chances are of winning for the former giveaways and the new. Now for the new: On this post tell me why you want it. Leave at least three comments elsewhere that are relevant to the subject matter. And get as many additional entries as you wish by what I just mentioned above.

This huge giveaway contest will end on October 31st, so you have several days to enter, and tell others about it to enter. Winners will be chosen and notified by November 3rd.

Also, you can grab the html on the top right for a button to my blog as well. *grin* (Any problems, let me know.)



Now you what to hear about the books to giveaway???

*Please Note* Some, but not all of these are Christian, some are general market. Please realize this while making your choices. I know that is important to some, and I do not want to mislead you. This is a Christian blog, with mostly Christian giveaways. I have not read all of these books, nor do I necessarily recommend them all. If you are curious on my thoughts of a book, please ask me directly, and I will let you know. Again, email me if need be: cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com.

The Shape of Mercy: A Novel

“We understand what we want to understand.”

Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074563

Bon Appetit: A Novel

Pastries, Paris and romance–Lexi’s adventure has just begun!

Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef.

As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.

As Lexi lives her dream, the only thing she has to do is choose from the array in life’s patisserie display window: her familiar home, friends, and family in Seattle or her new life in France. Lexi discovers that as she leans more on God the choices become a little clearer– and making them, well, c’est la vie!

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073283
One Perfect Day

This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582100


Finding Father Christmas: A Novella

Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446526290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446526296
Engaging Father Christmas (Father Christmas Series #2)

Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.
But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.
And yet . . . maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446179469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446179461
100 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Many want a simple life, but find it difficult to actually live that way. They fight a constant battle to balance work, family, friends, and other demands on schedules stretched too thin. Joyce Meyer breaks it down to the simple principle of exercising faith rather than doubt and confidence rather than people-pleasing. She reminds readers that the Bible is full of examples of God's provision and His instruction to focus on one day at a time. She encourages readers to set themselves free by realizing they don't have to do, fix, or manage everything. By embracing the fact that God is on their side they will be encouraged that He will help find a way to live a simple life.

In Charge: Finding the Leader Within You

International motivational speaker and sought-after business consultant Reverend Myles Munroe proves that true leaders empower others to discover their own leadership gifts.

Knowing Right from Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience

Father Williams explains how the conscience is formed through our training and experiences and informed by the Holy Spirit, making it an essential tool for daily living. He uses familiar and surprising characters to illustrate the positive choices conscience can direct--and the disaster that results when a conscience is undeveloped or ignored. Questions he tackles include "Is it more important to be smart or good?""Is there a morally right thing to do in every situation?" and "Is the Christian moral life an exciting adventure, or a necessary burden?" Rich, provocative, and practical for everyday decision making, KNOWING RIGHT FROM WRONG is a must-read for all who hunger for personal holiness.


He Loves Me!  Learning to Live In the Father's Affection

Do you find yourself picking through circumstances like children plucking daisy petals attempting to figure out whether or not God loves you? If you find yourself least certain of his love in those critical moments when you most need to trust him, there is hope for you. Where? At the one event in human history that forever secured your place in the Father s hear--the cross where Jesus allowed sin and shame to be consumed in his own body so that you could freely embrace a relationship with his Father. There you will discover that what he always wanted was not the fearful subservience of slaves, but the loving affection of sons and daughters. If your spiritual life feels more like performance than freedom, like an empty ritual rather than a joyful journey, let Wayne help you discover a Father who loves you more than anyone on this planet ever has or ever will and how you can rest in the confidence of his affection for you through whatever circumstances you face.

The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved (Faithwords)

THE ROSARY is a beautifully illustrated practical and reverential primer to a centuries old prayer that has touched millions of lives. In the introduction, author Gary Jansen appeals to the universality of one of the original Christian prayers, "Though traditionally considered a Catholic act of devotion, the rosary with its primary focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, is ultimately a . . . universal prayer--one that can appeal to Christians of all denominations."

Written for both Catholic and Protestant Christians, candid explanations on why and how to pray the rosary along with useful instructions on how to get the most out of the meditative and spiritual exercise of repeating prayers are in the first of two sections. Prayers including a visual and spiritual journey that illuminates the teachings of the New Testament follow in the second section.

Move On, Move Up: Turn Yesterday's Trials into Today's Triumphs

A woman who has experienced both tragedy and triumph, Paula White shares hope with those facing life's trials. Paula opens her heart to offer personal testimonies and key passages of Scripture that will equip readers to discover purpose in their pain and to overcome any challenge that crosses their path. It's not about what happens to us, it's about what happens in us. Failure is not final. We have the power to:
- Renew our minds
- Transition from trial to testimony
- Discover God's pattern for our lives
Most important, Paula teaches readers to never quit. Tough times don't last-tough people do! What are you waiting for? Grab hold of the victory God promises. It's time to MOVE ON, MOVE UP.

Click here, to listen to an excerpt.

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft.- He was known not only for his gargantuan homeruns, his speed on the bases and his fielding talent but also for his caring and humble character.-He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character " superstars.- But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors,-all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness.- What followed was a 4-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.BEYOND BELIEF details the events that led up to the derailment. Josh explains how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. He will chronicle the details of the depths of his addiction.But Josh's story is one of redemption and triumph. It is inspirational, life-affirming and, since Josh credits his finding faith in Christ for saving his life, it is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the rebirth of his major-league career. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. "I have been given a platform to tell my story" he says. "I pray every night I am a good messenger."

Click here, to read an excerpt. Click here to see his stats.

How to Hear from God: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions

In the hustle and bustle of today's busy world, sometimes it's hard enough to hear yourself think, much less take a minute to stop and listen for the voice of God. But learning to recognize God's voice and the many ways in which He speaks is vital for following His plan. In How to Hear from God, Joyce Meyer shows readers that God reaches out to people every day, seeking a partnership with them to offer guidance and love. She reveals the ways in which God delivers His word and the benefits of asking God for the sensitivity to hear His voice. Joyce asks the question, "Are you listening?" and shares how to do just that.

Click here, to read an excerpt.



Hollywood Crows: A Novel

Seduction, black-market booze, burglary, and murder-not your ordinary fare for a division of peacekeeping officers, but Hollywood isn't your ordinary town. When a couple of LAPD cops find themselves caught up with a certain femme fatale, they're in for trouble. Meet Margot Aziz, the beautiful, soon-to-be-ex wife of Ali Aziz, proprietor of a Sunset Boulevard strip club. Ali has his diamond-studded fingers in multiple shady business deals-and he wants his lovely wife dead. Enter Hollywood Nate Weiss, a cop hungry for stardom and looking for love. Nate works alongside a squad of L.A.'s finest, including a duo of suntanned surfer cops, two tenacious women officers, and a wily veteran. As they all discover, Hollywood always deceives you, and love always comes packing heat.

Click here, to read an excerpt.

Dead Boys: Stories

These hard-hitting, deeply felt stories follow straight arrows and outlaws, have-it-alls and outcasts, as they take stock of their lives and missteps and struggle to rise above their turbulent pasts. A salesman re-examines his tenuous relationship with his sister after she is brutally attacked. A house painter plans a new life for his family as he plots his last bank robbery. A drifter gets a chance at love when he delivers news of a barfly's death to the man's estranged daughter. A dissatisfied yuppie is oddly envious of his ex-con brother as they celebrate their first Christmas together. Set in a Los Angeles depicted with aching clarity, Lange's stories are gritty, and his characters often less than perfect. Beneath their macho bravado, however, they are full of heart and heartbreak.


Cobain Unseen

An unparalleled look inside the brilliant mind of one of America's most revered rock legends, Cobain Unseen collects previously unseen artifacts and photographs from the estate's archives to form a fascinating portrait of the creativity, madness, and genius of Kurt Cobain.
Personal items and photographs take readers deeper inside Cobain's life than they've ever been before, and interactive features, such as Kurt's handwritten sticker-sheet of Nirvana name tags, facsimiles of unseen journal pages, and gatefolds of his graffiti-embellished guitars make this an essential keepsake. An audio CD showcasing spoken-word material by Cobain, some of it never before released, will be included. Accompanying the previously unpublished images and memorabilia is a compelling biographical narrative by New York Times-bestselling author Charles R. Cross.

Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence

Sooner or later, we are all called to lead in some capacity. Leadership skills are vital in corporate settings, small businesses, church or community organizations, and even within the home. Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have recognized this need and have jointly created an in-depth, step-by-step guide for developing leadership skills.

Utilizing an abundance of historical examples, the authors have developed a unique 5-step plan that charts a course for creating and maintaining strong leadership in any organization. The plan guides the reader through the "Five Levels of Influence":

- Learning: a leader must be able to learn from anyone
- Performing: perservere through failure to find success
- Leading: extend your ability by expanding your team
- Developing Leaders: learn to trust your people
- Develop Leaders who Develop Leaders: create a legacy

This book is full of prescriptive advice, quotes and anecdotes that illustrate their principles.


Click here, to read an excerpt.

The Brass Verdict

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Bringing together Michael Connelly's two most popular characters, The Brass Verdictis sure to be his biggest book yet.




Life After Genius

Theodore Mead Fegley has always been the smartest person he knows. By age 12, he was in high school, and by 15 he was attending a top-ranking university. And now, at the tender age of 18, he's on the verge of proving the Riemann Hypothesis, a mathematical equation that has mystified academics for almost 150 years. But only days before graduation, Mead suddenly packs his bags and flees home to rural Illinois. What has caused him to flee remains a mystery to all but Mead and a classmate whose quest for success has turned into a dangerous obession.

At home, Mead finds little solace. His past ghosts haunt him; his parents don't understand the agony his genius has caused him, nor his desire to be a normal kid, and his dreams seem crushed forever. He embarks on a new life's journey -- learning the family business of selling furniture and embalming the dead--that disappoints and surprises all who knew him as "the young Fegley genius."

Equal parts academic thriller and poignant coming-of-age story, LIFE AFTER GENIUS follows the remarkable journey of a young man who must discover that the heart may know what the head hasn't yet learned.

The Paper Bag Christmas

Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.


Click here, to read an excerpt.

Your Roots Are Showing

Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of - a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they're not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she's had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.


Unfortunately, her husband James doesn't understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word "divorce" ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life - working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children's books.


But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can't get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters

Having lost their mother in early childhood, the Gabaldón sisters consider Fermina, their elderly Pueblo housekeeper, their surrogate Grandmother. The mysterious Fermina love the girls as if they are her own, and promises to endow each with a "special gift" to be received upon her death.


Mindful of the old woman's mystical ways, the sisters believe Fermina's gifts, bestowed based on their natural talents, magically enhance their lives. The oldest sister, Bette Davis Gabaldón, always teased for telling tales, believes her gift is the power to persuade anyone, no matter how outlandish her story. Loretta Young, who often prefers pets to people, assumes her gift is the ability to heal animals. Tough-talking tomboy, Rita Hayworth believes her gift is the ability to curse her enemies. And finally, Sophia Loren, the baby of the family, is sure her ability to make people laugh is her legacy.


As the four girls grow into women they discover that Fermina's gifts come with complicated strings, and what once seemed simple can confuse over time. Together they learn the truth about their mysterious caretaker, her legacy, and the family secret that was nearly lost forever in the New Mexican desert.

Click here, to read an excerpt.
Best of luck to you all!! Remember entries can be made until October 31st. Oh, and if you so desire, you can come back more than once. But realize only relevant comments will count. :)


32 comments and creative thoughts:

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Please note: I forgot to mention US & Canada ONLY, and no PO Boxes. SORRY!!

Nora said...

Wow!! You have so much on this site. I LOVE the quilt patterns and how beautiful it looks. I'll have to come back when I have more time to read everything and how I'ms supposed to enter etc.

Blessings you way Margaret!!

Nora St. Laurent

ForstRose said...

Cool giveaways. I've already got the ones I want out of that list except for One Perfect Day which I'm not sure about and Your Roots are Showing sounds great too.

Melissa
forest_rose[at]yahoo[dot]com

Deena said...

Not commenting to enter:-)

Just to tell you I adore you, and you need to listen to this amazing woman of God and ENTER!!

ForstRose said...

MJ your links are up on my blog in the sidebar for the contest and a notice about the contest above my posts and last but not least in my blogroll where you've always been.

Melissa

remnant reminscences said...

Hi,

I'd like to be entered for the two Robin Jones Gunn books. The last books I read by her are those Christy Miller series. Boy, did I soak those in like a sponge!

That "Your Roots are Showing" looks very interesing. Have you read it? Is there a Christian message in there?

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Your Roots are Showing is general market. I have not read it, although it does look interesting and I would like to. In the blurb it does say something about getting her libido back thanks to a local landscape gardener, so I'm hesitant to think that there is a Christian method. But then, who knows when such things are "hidden".

I can only tell you what I know.

Kimberly said...

WOW!!!! Thank you for an amazing giveaway. As a huge book lover I am practically drooling looking at the wonderful books you have (LOL).

My favorite would be the Paperbag Christmas. I'm wondering if a child could read it too? Maybe my 11 year old?

We have a friend, Kasey, who is 10 and has brain cancer which has now moved to his spine. As soon as I read the description of the book I just knew I wanted to read it and perhaps it would be good for my daughter to read too so that she understands a little bit more about what is truly important at Christmas time and how it's not all about the glitz and the gifts and what the TRUE spirit of Christmas is.

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!!!!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

cpullum said...

Your rootas are showing looks good! Reminds me of my life!

ladystorm said...

The Shape of Mercy was a great book and I absolutely love Sandra Byrd's French Twist Series, I devovered Bon Appetit in a couple of days..loved it.

On this giveaway I would love to read the Christmas book by Robin Jones Gunn, she is a great author and Christmas book just make me happy. And at Christmas time I need that extra be happy boost.

This is a great giveaway!

Thanks for doing it,
Stormi
ladystorm282001[at]yahoo[dot]com

Baba said...

Oh my gosh. There is something for everyone here. I would love to win.

windycindy said...

What a fantastic choice of books and a wonderful giveaway drawing! I would be honored to be added in your drawing. Many thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Doreen said...

You have a great blog here! I would love to be entered for your huge giveaway please. You have a nice selection of books here to giveaway! Please count me in. Thanks! purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot) com

Doreen said...

I posted your button on my bloggy's sidebar!

Doreen said...

Following your blog!

Doreen said...

Following you on Twitter as 'luvcontests'

Doreen said...

Twittered on Twitter about your giveaway as 'luvcontests'!

Doreen said...

Subscribed to your e-mails!

Doreen said...

I also blogged this great giveaway here: http://treasuredgiveaways.blogspot.com/2008/10/huge-book-giveaway.html . :)Whew! LOL

Storeetllr said...

I referenced the contest on my blog, The Anything Blog, here: http://storeetllrsanythingblog.blogspot.com/

I really want to read Michael Connelly's "The Brass Verdict," which is the sequel to "The Lincoln Lawyer," the only novel about lawyers that I have ever enjoyed (besides, of course, "To Kill a Mockingbird," but the two are completely different).

Wrighty - said...

Wow!! First of all, I want to tell you how much I love your blog. The colors, the quilting, the books and teacups...all of it is beautiful! I was wandering around looking at different sites because I just started my own blog and am clueless on how to do it. I'm not sure how to link to mine yet so I'll have to come back when I can figure it out. I would like to be entered and I will return to do additional posts. Thanks for the offer!

5wrights1@verizon.net

Wrighty - said...

I just posted here and lost it. Sorry if it repeats. I'm so impressed with your blog. The colors, quilting, books, teacup...it's really beautiful! I just started my own blog and I found yours looking for ideas. I was lucky enough to find these great contests here. When I figure out how to do it I'll come back and link it to my blog. Please enter me in your contest and thanks for the offer!

5wrights1@verizon.net

SJ said...

Oh wow! So many books!!

Ok...The Shape of Mercy - like I said on it's separate post - I am just dying to read it! Sounds so fascinating!

Bon Appetit looks interesting because I love stories set in Europe.

One Perfect Day sounds good with the mixing of two families lives and (I assume it's Christian since it's from FaithWords) I love Christian fiction.

The Robin Jones Gunn books...love the covers! After the weather cooled off enough to build a fire in the wood stove, I've been ready to decorate for Christmas! LOL! I love Christmas and Christmas stories!

How To Hear From God sounds like something I need right now! Been in a bit of a spiritual slump and am needing to hear him!

Life After Genius sounds interesting. Having kids I can see how easy it is to want to push them (for their best interest) but what we think is best for them may not be right.

The Paper Bag Christmas...again, I love Christmas stories! Two people needing something completely different and finding it in each other...sounds good!

Your Roots Are Showing...I can relate to wanting a break from the wife/mom thing. I think most of us can relate to that! I like stories where one little mistake (i.e. sending the email to the wrong person) creates a huge fiasco. Seems to happen to me all the time!

Wow! Thanks for offering these! I'm enjoying cruising your site!

Sunny
sj3girls(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bebemiqui said...

So many great books...Life after Genius interests me, as does Your Roots are Showing and the Rosary!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

sjfreed said...

lovely blog site

April said...

What a great blog! Also, a wonderful list of books! I am especially thrilled to see the Christmas titles. It is getting to that time of year when I am getting ready to delve into some great holiday reading!
Thanks so much for popping by my blog and enabling me to find yours!

Frugal Mommy said...

Love your site!
Great Giveaways!

Carol said...

I would love to win the The Brass Verdic! I used to be a legal secretary and I like books about the legal system. I like court room drama and I like seeing the bad guys lose. I like seeing smart lawyers help the innocent. John Grisham writes this type of book and he is also one of my favorite authors.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

ChristyJan said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! The only book I already have is KNOWING RIGHT FROM WRONG ~ I'd be thrilled to win any of the books you listed.

hawkes(at)citlink.net

Carol said...

Hollywood Crows is another book that I would love to read. I always enjoy reading about cops and detectives and how they solve the murders and other crimes. I like mysteries and I try to figure out who did it before the answer is given at the end of the book.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Giveaway reopened until Monday the 17th...

Life After Genius
Gifted Gabaldon Sisters
Launching a Leadership Revolution
Cobain Unseen
Dead Boys
Hollywood Crows
In Charge
100 Ways to Simplify your Life
Knowing Right from Wrong
So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore
He Loves Me
Move On, Move Up
Beyond Belief

Nise' said...

I am sorry that you have been internet challenge, but yeah! for me that I can still enter your great giveaway!
Visited Salem, MA in Sept and would love to read The Shape of Mercy. Your Roots Are Showing 'cause I can so relate! The Gifted Gabaldo Siters because I love stores about relationships between women.

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