Saturday, June 4, 2011

Romance And A Giveaway

Are you ever in the mood for a story of love and romance that will sweep you away and remind you of what true love is all about?

Sometimes I think we all need a story like this. Okay, so maybe the guys reading this blog don’t (or won’t admit it), but we all want to believe in love. Thanks to Anna and the good folks at Little, Brown and Company, I have 2 copies of an epic love story - TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER by Tom McNeal - to giveaway. Please see the end of the post the giveaway guidelines.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:
Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

For a bit of background on author Tom McNeal. He was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his first novel, GOODNIGHT, NEBRASKA. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized. For more on Tom, check out his website at

To read an excerpt of the book, click on this link.

Here’s a book trailer for TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER.

Now the giveaway guidelines. To enter this giveaway, send me an e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Hachette advises winners that they will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title in the mail. (Winners here have always be great about letting me know if they have already won the book somewhere else so another winner can be selected. However, this announcement is something that has to be passed along from Hachette). Just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, June 18.

Share your thoughts on romance-related books. Do you enjoy reading a story every once and a while that highlights more love than mystery and murder?


  1. Hi Mason .. that's certainly an enticing trailer and the premise of the book .. looks like an excellent read for the summer .. and if it lingers as Ann Packer suggests .. offers much - thanks for introducing Tom McNeal to us .. "To be Sung Underwater" .. interesting title ..

    Have a good weekend .. Hilary

  2. Of course we're in the mood for romance. Great review!

  3. Mason - Oh....a long-ago romance that might or might not still be there. A "What would have happened it...?" kind of story. What an interesting premise for a romance novel! Thanks for sharing this one.

  4. Beautiful cover. Interesting title. I enjoyed the book trailer. Sounds like a wonderful romance.

  5. THIS is right up my alley. Frankly, my husband's too!! He is a real softie for romances. He loved "The Notebook" etc.

    I am one that really doesn't care for mysteries AT ALL. I have no desire whatsoever to figure out "who dunnit?"

    I love getting lost in a good romance novel. I also tend to sit and reminisce as we all do, about past loves and "what ifs?"

    This trailer had me completely captivated!

  6. I do believe I'm always in the mood for a little love and romance! This book sounds wonderful - thanks for the tip!

    PS - hope things are going well for you!

  7. I don't like the really mushy romance stories but I do like the subtle ones.


  8. Sounds a good read, thanks for sharing.


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