Friday, October 31, 2014

What's in the mail...plus a giveaway

Melissa A:

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren from St. Martin's Press

Say Never by/from Janis Thomas

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah from St. Martin's Press

Ginger Krinkles by/from Dee DeTarsio (e-book)

After by Anna Todd from Gallery Books

Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl by/from Steve Lookner (e-book, won through LibraryThing)

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren from Gallery Books


Amy:

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand from Hachette

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio from Penguin Random House (Melissa A got this too)

Sara:

Part-time Princess by/from Pamela Dumond (e-book)


Jami:

Expecting by Ann Hamilton from Julia Drake PR (e-book)

Just Destiny by/from Theresa Rizzo (e-book)

Becky:

The Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate from Little, Brown

A Proper Family Christmas by Chrissie Manby from Hodder and Stoughton

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan from Sphere



What could be in YOUR (e)mail:

DIY Chick Lit AND DIY Writing Retreat by Alicia de los Reyes

Alicia has TWO sets of e-books for some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

DIY Chick Lit is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. Designed for the aspiring novelist, it’s full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper.

Originally published in 2013 as The Chick Lit Cookbook, this fun, cupcake-themed writer’s road map has been updated as part of acclaimed writing teacher Alicia de los Reyes’ DIY writing series. DIY Chick Lit will take you from start to finish of your first draft in just 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now.

DIY Chick Lit will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy — it’s just like baking cupcakes!


DIY Writing Retreat is a guide to making time and space for you to do exactly one thing: write. With step-by-step instructions to planning and running your own escape, DIY Writing Retreat will show you how to schedule time for your retreat, find a cabin or cabin-equivalent to stay in, and separate yourself from the rest of the world. Then, it will guide you through the entire retreat, from writing prompts to relaxing activities.

Written by the acclaimed author of DIY Chick Lit, this fun guide is sure to motivate writers at every stage, from aspiring authors to experienced novelists. Time to write alternates with fun activities that will energize you and keep you going. A worksheet guides you to reflect on your writing process and set goals for when you return home. There are even (super easy) recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

(Both synopses courtesy of Amazon.)

Visit Alicia at her website and Twitter.

How to win:
Since today is HALLOWEEN and we kick off "Celebrity Month" next week, tell us which celebrity you would want to dress as for Halloween (or who you have dressed as in the past).

One entry per person.

Entries without contact information (e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc.) will NOT be counted (and we do NOT count "Google +" as contact information).

Worldwide. Giveaway ends November 5th at midnight EST.

15 comments:

Rhonda J G said...

Rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

I would be Elvira mistress of the darkness!

Janine said...

I would love to dress as Marilyn Monroe

kinini01@hotmail.com

Catherine de Paris said...

I would love to dress as Bagheera of the Jungle Book!

cyrano123(at)live(dot)fr

Mary Preston said...

Audrey Hepburn was so stylish. That would be fun.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Hailey Fish said...

I would dress up as Audrey Hepburn because she is so beautiful, she has a great sense of style and she is just an elegant, sophisticated and genteel woman.

fishiegirl22@yahoo.com

MAS Bookworm said...

Hilary Duff for sure! Masbookworm@aol.com

Kayla Gothier said...

Since I've been told I look like Uma Thurman, I have been Poison Ivy :-)

Kaylagothier@yahoo.com

Vivian Vereeke said...

One year I went as Gumby (if you don't know who that was, you're too young!!)

vjvereeke@hotmail.com

bn100 said...

maybe dress as Lady Gaga

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Melanie Backus said...

I would dress as Melanie Wilkes fromGone With The Wind.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Melissa Seng said...

I'd want to dress at Elvis, just for giggles, to say that I've done it at least once in my lifetime. I would rock that jumpsuit!

Librarian Lavender said...

I would dress up as Charlie Chaplin as I would love to wear the suit and the hat.

@LavenderLibrary

Karen E. Martin said...

I'm a sucker for Xena, so that'd be my pick for a great costume.

Karen E. Martin said...

Sorry, forgot my email addy: info@karenemartin.com

Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and telling us about your celebrity Halloween costumes. I dressed like Britney Spears one year. :)

Thanks to Alicia de los Reyes for sharing the books with our winners.

Random.org chose TWO winners from all entries with contact info (one entry per person).

Congrats to MAS Bookworm and Vivian Vereeke!