Books with Buzz: Nalini Singh Interview and Five-Book Giveaway (Contest Closed)

tangleThe minute I read Nalini Singh’s Slave of Sensation, I knew we had something special in our hands.  In the intervening six, short years, Nalini has published fifteen stories in her thought-provoking Psy/Changeling series, each of them gritty, passionate, and loads of fun.

With this month’s release of Tangle of Need, we took the opportunity to ask Nalini a few questions, and she’s coming along with some free books in tow.  Five lucky readers will have their pick of any one book from the previous 10 books in the Psy/Changeling series (not including Tangle of Need – sorry), and all you have to do to enter is comment on this post by Friday, June 8, 11:59 p.m. EST.  We will notify winners by email on Saturday morning, and they will have 24 hours to respond.  If we don’t hear from a winner within that time, a new winner will be selected.  If you review for another Web site or blog, please don’t enter.  Unfortunately, only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.

Now, on to Nalini!

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

eblWith the relentless bad news lately, what better time for a little pick me up in the form of the Edward Bulwer-Lytton contest winners announced just this week?

For the last 29 years, San Jose State University has held the annual contest that asks contestants to submit opening lines for imaginary novels with the goal that they be as bad as possible. The contest was inspired by the great Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who penned the immortal “It was a dark and stormy night.”

So, without further ado, let’s enjoy the grand prize winner:

Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.

Sue Fondrie

And the runner-up:

As I stood among the ransacked ruin that had been my home, surveying the aftermath of the senseless horrors and atrocities that had been perpetrated on my family and everything I hold dear, I swore to myself that no matter where I had to go, no matter what I had to do or endure, I would find the man who did this . . . and when I did, when I did, oh, there would be words.

Rodney Reed

The Bulwer-Lytton contests also chooses winners in genre categories.

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Enter to Win One of Five $50 RedEnvelope Gift Cards (Contest Closed)

redenvelopeBelieve it or not, the holidays really are right around the corner.  And to help with your gift giving (or maybe you’re giving a little gift to yourself), we’ve got a terrific giveaway to kick off your week.

Just comment to this post by 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 28th to enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift cards for RedEnvelope, a site for unique and personalized gifts.

RedEnvelope is all about indulging yourself or someone you love in a little bit of luxury and they offer everything from spa packages to silk pajamas to help you do just that. And, since presentation is part of the experience when you’re giving a gift (or an indulgence for yourself), everything comes packaged in the signature red gift box with ivory ribbon pictured on the left.  As someone who received a gift from RedEnvelope,  I can personally report that it’s lovely.

To make the giveaway even more fun, we’d love it if you’d tell us who is the toughest person on your gift list.  No need to name names, of course, but who leaves you scratching your head until the very last minute each and every year?  If you’d just prefer to comment, that’s okay, too.

Remember, this contest closes on 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 28th.  And a further note:  Each gift card is good for $50 at the RedEnvelope site and  expires on 12/31/2010. The cards were given to AAR for reader giveaways by RedEnvelope.

So, fess up:  Who stumps you every year?

- Sandy AAR

Sherry Thomas Winners

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Congratulations to Barb in Maryland, msaggie, ensbit5, Karenmc, and JeriR.  They are the lucky winners of an early copy of His at Night by Sherry Thomas.

Thanks to everyone who entered.  And be sure to stay tuned for exciting giveaways yet to come.

- Sandy AAR

Books with Buzz: Deanna Raybourn Interview and 10-Book Giveaway (Contest Closed)

47683349In 2009 I made one of those discoveries that we readers live for:  A new author whose books I loved.  The author was Deanna Raybourn and the books were the first three in her series featuring Lady Julia Grey, a Victorian aristocrat who finds herself in circumstances she could never have imagined and discovers talents she never knew she had.  And, of course, there is Nicholas, the most enigmatic —and intriguing — man she’s ever meant.  I recommend the books — Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, and Silent on the Moor — to everyone who enjoys romantic historical mysteries.

Deanna Raybourn has a new historical mystery coming out on March 1.  The Dead Travel Fast is not a Lady Julia Grey story, but instead is a stand-alone that represents a return to the classic Gothics so many of us remember with much fondness — it even takes place in a crumbling and mysterious castle in Transylvania.  I loved it.

To celebrate the release, Deanna Raybourn took the time to answer a few of my questions.  And, even better for 10 lucky readers, we’ve got 10 copies of The Dead Travel Fast to give away, thanks to the generosity of Mira. To enter for your chance to win a copy, all you need to do is comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 4th. The usual caveats apply: Due to high shipping costs, this contest is open only to U.S. and Canadian readers.  And, since the giveaway is designed to get advance copies of books into the hands of readers who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them, if you review for another Web site or blog, please don’t enter.  Winners will be announced here on Friday morning.

Ready to hear from Deanna?

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Books with Buzz: Laura Kinsale Interview and Giveaway – Ten Copies of Lessons in French!(Contest closed)

rsz_kinsale I like lots of books, but the list of books I absolutely love is a much shorter one. Laura Kinsale’s work figures prominently on it, however. Whether deeply dark or somewhat lighter, her prose captures the mood of her stories vividly, and I am in awe of the versatility of her voice. Her writing runs the gamut from the lighter tone and Regency world of her upcoming Lessons in French to the deep moodiness and medieval voice of the magnificent For My Lady’s Heart.

There’s something about anticipation. The longer we have to wait for something, the more it gets built up in the mind. As one of the many who adore Laura Kinsale’s writing, I have been waiting years for Lessons in French, and am excited that the release date is just around the corner. On January 26, 2010, Lessons in French should be hitting store shelves, and it lived up to those vast expectations I had built up in my mind. Both hilariously funny and quite poignant, I suspect this book will have readers laughing and crying – and probably both at the same time!

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am beyond thrilled to have Laura Kinsale here with us today as she begins counting down to release day for Lessons in French! And after you finish reading her interview, keep going for information on how you can win one of ten copies of the book!
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Books with Buzz: Mary Balogh Interview and Giveaway (Contest Closed)

45021247It’s always a treat to feature Mary Balogh here at AAR and today we have a double one:  A short interview with the author about A Matter of Class, her upcoming release and a chance for a lucky reader to win a signed copy of the book direct from the author.  To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is comment to this post by 11:59 pm eastern time on December 17th.  The winner will be announced here on Friday morning.

The usual caveats apply.  This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and, since the goal is to get a book into the hands of a reader who wouldn’t otherwise have early access, if you review for another site or blog, please don’t enter.

But, first, let’s hear from Mary!

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20% Off Avon Books and a Cool Advanced Read Giveway (Contest Closed)

Avon20.150.2We’re very excited to announce a special new benefit exclusively for AAR readers, thanks to the generosity of Avon Books.

From now until December 12th,  when you shop at Harper Collins online, you’ll save 20% from your total order when you enter the code AARAvon20 at checkout.

And, to keep the good news coming, we’re also excited to announce a giveaway of an exciting package of Avon advanced reading copies for one lucky winner packed in a cute (really, really cute) handmade tote bag. To enter for your chance to win, just post in the comments section of this post by Thursday,  November 19th at 12 midnight, eastern time. A winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday.

The prize consists of three e-galleys and six print galleys.  The actual release date of all upcoming books is included in parentheses, but the prize will be shipped shortly after the contest concludes. Here’s what the winner will receive:

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The Great Gabaldon Giveaway!

gabaldon2 In addition to attending the booksigning with Diana Gabaldon, Blythe has brought back a signed copy of Echo in the Bone for one lucky reader. To enter, simply answer the following, “What medical condition prompts Briana and Roger to journey back to the 20th century with their children?” NOTE: If you haven’t read all the books, be warned that reading the comments will probably spoil at least part of one book for you.

The contest will be open from 8:30 a.m. EST until 7:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

– Blythe Barnhill and Lynn Spencer