*** MOTHER’S DAY NOTECARD GIVEAWAY *** MOTHER’S DAY NOTECARD GIVEAWAY ***

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We have a special giveaway for you this upcoming Mother’s Day. We have carefully curated note-cards with beautiful floral images on the front by photographer, Wendi Blair. We’re giving away two gift packets to one lucky winner.

The inside of the cards are blank, so you can write your very own special message. Wendi’s photographs are not digitally altered. They will fit into a 4×6 frame after you finish writing or reading the message.

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Wendi’s beautiful cards are available on-line at her website:

http://www.wendiwithaneye.com

To win one of our two gift packets, just tell us what Mother’s Day means to you.

We’ll announce a winner Sunday, Mother’s Day. Good luck.

 

GIVEAWAY: USA ONLY, PLEASE.

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THE RUNAWAYS by Sonya Terjanian & GIVEAWAY

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Have you ever seen FARGO? Do you remember those freezing cold remote locations? Places you couldn’t imagine people living in. I do. I also lived in Minnesota and remember having my car stocked with a survival kit, in case I broke down in the middle of winter. All through Sonya Terjanian’s new novel, THE RUNAWAYS I was gripped by the remote and cold wilderness. The landscape is a character of its own, in addition to the people.

Ivy runs away from a life of boredom and poverty in New Hope, NY with dreams of becoming a smoke jumper in Montana. She meets Mary Ellen a middle aged mother who has escaped domesticity to discover her artistic side.

They find themselves getting along well enough in a trapped house in the Poconos, but that doesn’t last for too long. Written in alternating voices, THE RUNAWAYS is very dramatic for a chilling-psycho-thriller. In no other place than a novel, would these two women be brought together, but that’s what I loved about this novel. I was in the mood to read something that didn’t actually end all nicely packaged. The characters stories weren’t fully resolved, but that created some hope for me.

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Sonya Terjanian lives and writes in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Her first novel, The Objects of Her Affection, was selected as a Top Ten Crime Fiction Debut by Booklist. Her second novel, The Runaways, was described by Publishers Weekly as an “entertaining and atmospheric exploration of class, choice…and hope.”

Thanks to Sourcebooks, we have one copy of THE RUNAWAYS to giveaway.

We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck!

 

DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd & GIVEAWAY

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I have three confessions to make:
1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams…and that’s half a lie.

Christina Dodd grabs readers at page one and doesn’t let go until the final words are read. Her unique edgy, intense and emotional style take us on a wild ride, flipping pages in her new novel, DEAD GIRL RUNNING. It kicks off on the first in the “Cape Charade” series, which is a spinoff of the “Virtue Falls” series.

Girl running…from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.

There’s a cliffhanger for the second installment in the series.

If you’re not already a Dodd fan, you will be after reading DEAD GIRL RUNNING. The characters are complex, the plot multi-layered and she even makes room for some humor. I look forward to her next novel.

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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best.

A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. So when Christina’s first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

http://www.christinadodd.com

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Thanks to Harlequin, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which one of Christina Dodd’s more than two dozen novels is your favorite.

We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

LOVE and RUIN by Paula McLain & GIVEAWAY

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Bestselling author, Paul McClain returns to the subject of Hemingway in LOVE AND RUIN (BallantineBooks) a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn – a fierercly independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century.

LOVE AND RUIN includes several things I’m absolutely in love with. First Ernest Hemingway. I remember reading his short story, HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS in junior high-school. It was the first time, I fully recognized the power of the written word. Second, it includes a female war correspondent. I never traveled to worn-torn countries, but I was a journalist for nearly thirty-years. One might argue, once a journalist, always. And third, much of the novel takes place in Cuba, a country I visited two years ago. I was able to visit Hemingway’s home. It was exotic, beautiful, and somehow I felt I was “kind of breaking the rules,” even though I was there legally.

 

 

 

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In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend.

“Do you want me to stay?”

“Oh.” He’d caught me off guard. Somehow I hadn’t let myself think this could happen, though he was very much a man, and I was a woman. I had kept him high above all that in my mind, where he was my hero and also my teacher, my friend. I tried to think of what else to say, but it was all too thin.

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

It’s a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.

I’ve loved all of Paula’s novels, and LOVE AND RUIN has become my new favorite. I also suggest readers check out her memoir, LIKE FAMILY: Growing Up In Other People’s Houses. Its a stark difference from what you may picture Paula’s upbringing to be, or at least it was for me. She’s a survivor and her strength radiates from every word she writes.

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Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She now introduces her latest title, Love and Ruin.

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

She is the author of The Paris Wife, a New York Times and international bestseller, which has been published in thirty-four languages. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland.

We have one copy of LOVE AND RUIN to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about Ernest Hemingway and/or Cuba.

We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

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SORORITY by Genevieve Sly Crane

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“It’s absurd. It’s obnoxious. It’s impossible to leave.”

Were you in a sorority? If you answer yes, Genevieve Sly Crane’s novel, SORORITY (Scout) is the book for you. SORORITY is a deliciously addictive, compulsively readable exploration of female friendship and coming of age. And let’s face it, those of us, who answer no, are really curious about what goes on in a sorority house.

Shannon is a bulimic. Kyra is considered a slut. Ruby worships at the altar of weight watchers. Marcia is failing all her classes, while popping Ecstasy. Ruby is a rich bitch. Jennifer is good at everything, except commitment. Lisa is a pot smoking Barre addict. And Margot is dead.

There’s a rumor she died because she couldn’t take the pressure of being a pledge. You may not ask what happened to her. It’s not your business. But it wasn’t a suicide, if you’re wondering.

Spring Fling will not be cancelled. The deposit is non-refundable. And Margot would have wanted the sisterhood to continue in her absence, if only to protect her sisters’ secrets.

With a sharp sense of character and prose, Crane exposes the undercurrents of tension in a world where twin-sets, pearls, secret handshakes and perfection come at a cost. Where love bombing, used in cults, keeps the girls in line.

The best things in life are painful and nearly impossible to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship, or at least the appearance of it.

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Genevieve Sly Crane was the Pledge Mistress of her own sorority. She graduated from Stony Brook University with her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature in 2013. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review and American Short Fiction. Her story “Endings, Bright and Ugly” was a finalist in the 2017 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. She teaches in the Department of English at Monroe College.

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HERE WE GROW: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond by Paige Davis & GIVEAWAY

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HERE WE GROW (SheWritesPress) by author, Paige Davis, is not only for people who have experienced cancer, but it’s for anyone who wants tangible guidelines to live a fuller life. Davis shares hope and encouragement while facing an unexpected diagnosis.

After a lifetime of seeking all things spiritual, wellness, and at times woo-woo, Paige Davis finds herself facing a breast cancer diagnosis at thirty-eight years old. But she quickly realizes that cancer isn’t her crisis point; rather, it is a landing pad of experiences inviting her to integrate her mind, body, and spirit, find peace in the present moment, and heal from the inside out. She embraces cancer through a lens of love rather than as a battle to be fought.

In Here We Grow, Davis provides a refreshing new paradigm of integrative living that doesn’t deny the hardship of a situation, but instead encourages meeting difficulty through embodied heart-centered presence. Utilizing mindfulness, meditation, and mind-body disciplines, she shares a tool kit for transformation as she learns to befriend her body, cope through compassion, face survivor’s guilt, create a “new normal” post treatment, and discover the unexpected awakening of intuition and open-heartedness in the healing journey. Filled with honesty, humor, and present-moment awareness that reveals our true capacity for joy, connection, grace, and resilience, Here We Grow is Davis’s story of meeting fear and uncertainty with mindfulness, meaning, and the unconditional love inherent in us all.

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Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, writer, cancer survivor, mindfulness facilitator, and meditation teacher. She is the founder of Soul Sparks, where she leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness programming for companies, teams, and individuals seeking more patience, productivity, and present-moment awareness. Paige is also co-founder of social impact brand, BlueAvocado. The company’s thoughtful designs and creative solutions invite people to live a greener, simpler, and more mindful life.

Paige received a BA in Journalism and Environmental Science from the University of Indiana and holds certifications from the Mclean Meditation Institute, Western School of Feng Shui and Pilates Center of Austin. She is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.

http://www.hellopaigedavis.com

http://www.soulsparks.com

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Thanks to SheWritesPress we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which mroir you’ve read lately, that you really enjoyed it.

We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck!