June 17, 2012

birthday month giveaway: week three

It's the third week of my birthday month, and because I appreciate you readers so much, I'm giving away some of the swag (aka books) I received in the past year.

How to win?

Step One: Post a comment. This week, tell me your favorite recent read and why you liked it. (I'm always looking for great new reads, and you'll help me build up my list). Make sure you include your first name and at least your last initial or something to distinguish yourself from other entrees.

Step Two: Live in the U.S. or Canada. Maybe next year I'll be a big baller who can afford international overseas shipping, but not yet.

Step Three: Check back Friday at 6 p.m. CDT to find out who wins. You will then have 72 hours to email me with your full name and address so I can send you the winnings.

People will only be entered in the drawing once a week, but feel free to come back next week and try again.

This week's winners will receive an advanced reader copy of Beth Gutcheon's Gossip or a copy of Carol Tibaldi's Willow Pond.

About the Books

Loviah "Lovie" French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need "just the thing" for major life events—baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals—or when they just want to dish in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie's confidence are her two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.
Outspoken and brimming with confidence, Dinah made a name for herself as a columnist covering the doings of New York's wealthiest and most fabulous. Shy, proper Avis, in many ways Dinah's opposite, rose to prominence in the art world with her quiet manners, hard work, and precise judgment. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Lovie, they have been more or less allergic to each other since a minor incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented with what will prove to be unimaginable consequences.
These uneasy acquaintances become unwillingly bound to each other when Dinah's favorite son and Avis's only daughter fall in love and marry. On the surface, Nick and Grace are the perfect match—a playful, romantic, buoyant, and beautiful pair. But their commitment will be strained by time and change: career setbacks, reckless choices, the birth of a child, jealousies, and rumor. At the center of their orbit is Lovie, who knows everyone's secrets and manages them as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out—a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.

Willow Pond
The Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression. Bootlegging is flourishing. Virginia Kingsley, New York's most successful speakeasy owner, is queen of that castle. Rudy Strauss wants to help with her business. Virginia, wisely suspicious, refuses. He shifts his trademark toothpicks to the other side of his mouth and asks about her niece, Laura, and Laura’s nineteen-month-old son, Todd. Virginia warns him off, but Rudy is intrigued. Laura is movie star beautiful but it is her ex-husband, Phillip, who is an actor. Laura, a writer, is devastated when Todd’s nanny calls, hysterical, saying Laura’s son has been kidnapped.
Happy Birthday Month Giveaway. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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