I’ve been remiss in congratulating some winners, here’s the latest batch:


Lisa Gardner Beach Back Winner was Carolyn, who said, “I like to read suspense novels and thrillers.”






The winner of Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust by Leanne Lieberman was Anita Yancey, who said, “It sounds like a great story, and I’m glad there is some humor in it. I would love to read the book and find out what decision Lauren makes.”




And to the winner of Beth Kephart’s Handling the Truth, Ellie!  She said, “Goodness, this is fascinating. I would write about my family so that further generations could benefit from the knowledge.”

Winner of Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman


Congrats to Amy F who won a copy of Beth Hoffman’s Looking for Me.

She said, “These reviews sound great. I have read a few duds and am looking for a book that will emotionally pull me in. This sounds like the book.”

From GoodReads:

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop.  Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky.  It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last.  But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Winners of The Realm of The Lost

The 2 winners of the ecopies of The Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos are:

Anna of Diary of an Eccentric


Julie of Booking Mama

Congrats to you both!  I hope you enjoy meeting Mikey and all the rest.

New Year’s Winners

These commenters won Ruby Urlocker’s collection:

Beth Hoffman

Anna of Diary of an Eccentric

Rebecca of Lost in Books



The winner of Erica Bauermeister’s book:

Janel Gradowski





The winner of The Jane Austen Handbook:

Tina from Novel Meals




The winner of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies:



Here’s another few reasons to be thankful, at least for these winners:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree won the latest U.S. release from Jill Mansell, A Walk in the Park.




Lori of She Treads Softly won Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You.




Kathy of Bermudaonion won Thirty Days With Father by Christal Presley.




Congrats to all of you!

Winners and September Event Announcement


Some very special winners of Enchantment by Thaisa Frank are:

Audra of Unabridged Chick

Beth Hoffman


Jessie of Ageless Pages Reviews

These winners, myself, Anna from Diary of an Eccentric, and Janel of Janel’s Jumble welcome you to join us in a special September 18th event!

We’ll be gathering here all day to discuss the short story “The Mapmaker” from Enchantment, and our special guest will be Thaisa Frank herself!

We hope that you’ll grab a copy of the book and come join us!

Winner of The Color of Tea

Out of 19 entrants or so, Random.org selected #7, who was Margaret who said, “Pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard pastry) Yum!  I remember eating them in Macau,” when leaving a comment about her favorite pastry or tea for The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe.

There is still time to enter the giveaway for Enchantment by Thaisa Frank.

Some Winners…

Congrats to my recent winners:

The Healer of Fox Hollow by Joann Rose Leonard goes to Nan.

As Always, Jack by Emma Sweeney goes to Laura Hile of Jane Started It!

I hope everyone enjoys their books.  If you like short stories go on over and enter the Enchantment by Thaisa Frank giveaway before it ends on Aug. 1, 2012.

Winner of Blogiversary Giveaway

Congrats to Anna from Diary of an Eccentric, comment #11 selected by Random.org.

She said, “Happy 5th! You know I was with you when Savvy was born, and you know I enjoy the poetry circle and the National Poetry Month tour. If it wasn’t for you, I probably wouldn’t read any poetry. Sad I know, but it should make you happy that you’ve had an impact on my reading.”

As the winner, she gets free access to 2012′s Best of List, 1 book of poetry from those I reviewed this year, and 1 book up to $25 from my local bookstore, Novel Places.  Congrats!

More Winners…

Congrats to Linda B

Congrats to Martha Lawson














Congrats to Kristin of Kritters' Ramblings



Congrats to Kristin; I hope you enjoy the book.  It looks to be a good summer read.

If you’re looking for some good reads, check out the giveaways for Guardians of the Gate and The Last Romanov.  Plus there is the steller 5 year blogiversary giveaway.

Stay tuned for the 3rd part of the Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms read-a-long dicussion.

Some Winners and Graham Parke Announcement

Winner Melissa of Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Winners Ti of Book Chatter and Anita Yancey

Winner Anna of Diary of an Eccentric












And now an announcement from Graham Parke:

“I’m very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.” Graham Parke, Unspent Time

I’d originally planned to have a monkey draw two random numbers out of a hat (then use the inverse hexadecimal value – because you cannot trust monkeys, not at the prices I’m willing to pay) but apparently there are laws against monkey labor. There are permits involved. It’s a whole thing. So instead I asked a friend to think of two random numbers while dressed in a monkey suit, without telling him what the numbers were for. This seemed sufficiently random to me, although it later occurred to me how worrying it was that my friend would actually do this without ever asking why. There might be a thinly veiled cry for help in there somewhere…

Kindle Fire Winner:Cecilia HuddlestonKindle Touch Winner:
Kathy Habel 



A big thank you to all the bloggers and readers who supported the Unspent Time launch event (especially those who bought multiple versions of the weird little novels that wrecked a thousand reasonably useful minds.)

Anyway, here’s the results, thank you all for joining in, winners will be contacted and forced to accept prizes, let me know if you ever come across bits in the novels you like, stay healthy and sane,

Graham Parke

“We played for about half an hour before I realized we were actually playing two different games. What I’d thought of as ludo was actually a game called gin rummy, and what Warren was playing seemed to be a mixture of craps and table tennis. Once we started playing by one consistent set of rules, though, the fun was really over.” Graham Parke, No Hope for Gomez!