Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Salon: Book Giveaways

We’ve seen another week go by and it’s time once again for Sunday Salon where we951615_antic_coffee 2 share our thoughts on the wonderful books we’ve read or received.

Pour another cup of coffee (or tea), settle back and relax. Today instead of sharing reviews of books I’ve read (I have finished 2 great cozy mysteries), I have a couple of book giveaways to share.

I’m always happy to pass along free books whenever I can. Thanks to Anna and the great folks at Little, Brown and Company, I can offer 2 new book that will be published in July. The deadlines on the giveaways are different, as well as the number of books available to give. Now for the books:

FLASHBACK by Dan Simmons is scheduled to be released July 1.

9780316006965_388X586Here’s a brief synopsis of the book: The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.

To hear an excerpt of FLASHBACK, click here and then click on the excerpt link on the page.

I have 2 copies of FLASHBACK (ISBN:9780316006965), a hardcover 560-page science fiction and fantasy book, to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office boxes can be accepted. In addition, winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.  

To enter this contest, please send me an email (mcbookshelf@gmail.com) with “Win Flashback” in the subject line. In the body of the email please include your name and mailing address. Just so you know, I don’t share this information or use it for anything else. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at one of 2 copies of FLASHBACK is 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday, July 8.

The other book I have to offer for a giveaway is THE NIGHT TRAIN by Clyde Edgerton,9780316117593_388X586 which is scheduled to be published on July 25.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book: In 1963 at the age of 17, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. His band, the Amazing Rumblers, studies and rehearses Brown's Live at the Apollo album in the storage room of his father's shop in their small North Carolina town. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. His mother hopes music will allow him to escape the South.

A dancing chicken and a mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams and maintain their friendship, even while their world says both are impossible. In THE NIGHT TRAIN, Edgerton's trademark humor reminds us of our divided national history and the way music has helped bring us together.

Clyde Edgerton is the author of nine previous novels. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he lives with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

I have 3 copies of THE NIGHT TRAIN (ISBN:9780316117593), a hardcover 224-page fiction book, to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office boxes can be accepted. In addition, winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.  

To enter this contest, please send me an email (mcbookshelf@gmail.com) with “Win The Night Train” in the subject line. In the body of the email please include your name and mailing address. Just so you know, I don’t share this information or use it for anything else. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at one of 3 copies of THE NIGHT TRAIN is 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, July 28.

I’d like to say a special thanks to everyone who stopped by today and especially this past week. Even though I’m not around blogdom much again, I do appreciate each and everyone of y’all. My mother-in-law continues to heal and her bones are becoming stronger each day. However, this past week has been a rather difficult one with her Alzheimer’s. Yesterday was the best day in 9 days.

I hope to have several reviews to share this coming week and thanks again for the great support you have shown the wonderful authors guest blogging here.

So what have you read this past week or what or you reading now? Have you heard about these 2 books? What are your thoughts on them? Happy reading this week.


 

13 comments:

  1. I've never heard of the two books above.

    This past week I've read "Missing Person" by Clare O'Donohue, "Murder Half Baked" by Kathleen Delaney, "The Scent of Rain and Lightning" by Nancy Pickard, "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich and "The Sixth Man" by David Baldacci.

    I'm reading "In the Belly of Jonah" by Sandra Brannan.

    I'm glad to hear that your MIL continues to get stronger.

    Have a good week!

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  2. I had heard about the Simmons book and think it sounds good. Hadn't heard of the other one. I read FALLEN by Karin Slaughter recently and it was really, really good. Just saying...

    On another topic, I've been thinking about your family and your mom-in-law's struggles. I'm so sorry and I do know how hard this can be. Take care of yourself and I'll keep all of you in my prayers. A day at a time...in the present...joy in unexpected places. My philosophy on caring for Alzheimer's loved ones. Hugs.

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  3. I am half way through Hunger Games. I usually don't go for this genre, but someone gave me a copy. Very well written and filled with tension. Wonderful imagination of a different world.
    Ann

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  4. Mason - Thanks for the recommendation! I always love stopping in here for your reviews. Am wishing you and your family the best and keeping you in my thoughts...

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  5. Hi Mason .. it must be a tricky time for you all and particularly your mother-in-law .. look after yourselves.

    Flashback sounds very interesting and particularly stimulating in this day and age ..

    While Night Train I'm sure tells a good tale of culture and music mixed together ..

    Hope the winners enjoy their books - thinking of you .. Hilary

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  6. Mason,

    of course we miss you, but always understand how life must come before the cyber.

    I am trying to finish John Steinbeck's The Winter of Discontent of which I started last year. But reading John sometimes takes patience and persistence.

    T

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  7. Glad to hear your mother-in-law is improving. Hope things go well the rest of the summer.

    Have a great reading week!
    Book Dilettante

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  8. I'm glad your mother-in-law is improving...I read some books about family this week. Not the kind you're in, though...LOL

    When you click over to visit my blog today, you may notice that the blog title has changed (with the old title in the tagline). Just needed to change things up!

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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  9. Hi there,
    I haven't heard of these two books. I'm reading some Henry James short stories - I'd read his novels, but not short ones. I used to love Henry James, but now I'm struggling a big - it seems more long-winded. But oh, the long-windedness is beautifully written.
    Karen

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  10. As a french canadian, I read half and half in both languages. This week,it was a very good author:Mylene Gilbert-Dumas. She used to write historical novels but this new one "L'Escapade sans retour de Sophie Parent" is more contemporary but as good as ever.

    Your two giveaways look very interesting, each in his own way.

    I don't forget you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Have a good week Mason.

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  11. Ooo! My husband has a couple Dan Simmons books.

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  12. I hadn't heard of either of these books, but they both sound interesting. Thanks for sharing about them. Your family is in my prayers.

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  13. I'm glad your mother-in-law's bones are improving. Alzheimer's is a challenge for everyone. You and your family are in my prayers.

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