Saturday, October 30, 2010

Where has the time gone

I can’t believe that this month is almost over. Halloween is tomorrow and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, time has a way of getting faster and faster.

With so much going on in our busy lives and about to be busier with the holidays, reading can sometimes take a backseat to all that you have to do. Everyone knows I love the feel of a book in my hand when I’m reading, but I'm also a big fan of audio books.

Audio books just make life easier to ‘read’ a book while you’re busy doing your day-to-day activities, as well as in the car. With that in mind I’ve got a number of audio books (and one hardcover book) to giveaway.

Thanks to Anna and the folks at Hachette Audio, I have 2 copies of each of the following audio books to giveaway. Even though this is group post of the giveaways, each book has a different deadline date and each giveaway must be entered separately. However, the overall guidelines are the same for each entry.

Here are the guidelines: To enter each giveaway, send me a separate e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win and the book title.” 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 is advising 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 (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) 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). And, just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. Here are the books.

THE REVERSAL (ISBN: 9781600247255) by Michael Connelly
and read by Peter Giles is unabridged.

#1 bestselling author Michael Connelly, "one of the masters of contemporary crime fiction" (Los Angeles Times), delivers a hard-hitting legal thriller in the vein of the award-winning THE BRASS VERDICT.

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Nov. 13 

THE BRAVE (ISBN: 9781607886297) by Nicholas Evans and read by Michael Emerson (of the hit TV series Lost) and is unabridged.

From the celebrated author of The Horse Whisperer: an epic story of one man's struggle to save his son—and himself—from the mistakes of the past.

Tom Bedford is living alone in the isolated wilds of Montana. Having distanced himself from his own troubled past, he rarely sees his ex-wife, and his son, Danny, is away in Iraq and hasn't spoken to him for years. Tom hasn't always been so removed from society. As a boy, his mother was a meteoric rising star in the glitzy, enchanted world of 1960s Hollywood. There, she fell in love with the suave Ray Montane, who played young Tom's courageous onscreen hero, Red McGraw, the fastest draw around. Tommy and his mother lived in a glamorous, Hollywood version of the Wild West. Everything was perfect, until the gold flaking on their magical life began to chip away, revealing an uglier truth beneath. Ray was not who he seemed. Tommy and his mother fell into a deadly confrontation with him, and they fled Hollywood forever, into the wilderness of the real West.

As a man, Tom has put all of that behind him--or so he thinks. Unexpectedly, his ex-wife calls, frantic: Danny has been charged with murder. In the chaos of war, his son has been caught in a violent skirmish gone bloodily awry. The Army needs someone to pay for the mistake. Tom, forced into action, is now suddenly alive again and fighting to save the son he'd let slip away. To succeed, he must confront the violence in his own past, and he finds that these two selves--the past and the present--which he'd fought so long to keep separate, are inextricably connected. As father and son struggle to understand one another, both are compelled to learn the true meaning of bravery.

Beautifully interlacing the past and present, the author of The Horse Whisperer reminds us that we are tied to the glories and mistakes of our own history. The Brave lives up to its name, as one the most courageous and full-hearted novels of our time.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Nov. 14.

OOGY (ISBN: 9781607886617) by Larry Levin and read by the author and Joe Barrett. This is also unabridged.

In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes a heartwarming story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.

Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Monday, Nov. 15.

WHAT GOOD IS GOD? In Search of a Faith That Matters (ISBN: 9781607886334) by Philip Yancey and read by the author. This is unabridged.

Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMADGEDDON (ISBN: 9781607886518) by Dr. David Jeremiah and read by the author and Bob Walter. This is also unabridged.

Never before have we read such jarring headlines, distressing news analyses, or dire predictions concerning the world's financial future.  The American housing market -- or, more sentimentally, the American dream -- began to collapse in 2006, taking with it large chunks of the global financial system. Millions of jobs worldwide have vanished forever. Did Bible prophecy predict this catastrophe? Are there biblical clues to how soon,  if ever, a viable, long-term recovery can be sustained? Is the financial collapse just one of several signs that we are living in the final days of Earth's history? In SURVIVING THE FINANCIAL FUTURE, David Jeremiah says we can know the meaning behind what we see in the daily news -- and understand and prepare for living in the New Global Economy.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Now for the only hardcover book I have to offer during this giveaway, thanks to Brad and the folks at Hachette. I only have 1 copy of this book to giveaway. The guidelines (above) apply to this as well.
CHRISTMAS MOURNING (ISBN: 978044655580) by Margaret Maron is a 304-page suspense/thriller.
Multiple award-winner of the most prestigious prizes for mystery fiction, Margaret Maron is back with a new mystery featuring her critically acclaimed sleuth Judge Deborah Knott.

It's Christmas in rural North Carolina's Colleton County and Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a family celebration when a tragedy clouds the holiday season. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in a car crash and the community is devastated by her death. Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant soon learns that her death was not a simple accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can discover why she died.

This giveaway will deadline at 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing weekend as the cool fall weather arrives in the southeastern region of the US just in time for Halloween. Join me tomorrow as I have several lose ends to tie up and…..well just check back and see.


  1. I miss reading too! I have a lot of audio books, I'll listen to them on the way to work or while I am just driving around. I can't wait to get my hands on John Grisham's new book. I pre-ordered it from Amazon, I got the hard copy for $15! Yay!

    P.S. Love the music on your page. :)

  2. Time flies like nobody's business this fall! I do not know where October went, in fact, I'm not sure what happened to September either!

    Oh well - the sooner Christmas is upon us, the better in my book. Happy holiday season! :)

  3. I like audio books when I am cross stitching. I am going to buy my mother some for her birthday. Dad is not at home now, so she is lonely. I think they will bring a bit of life into the room for her, while she is knitting.

    Good luck for all those who can enter!

  4. I find that I read more as the fall/winter season approaches.

    You have a nice selection of book giveaways.

    Have a good weekend.

  5. Mason - You're right; audio books can really make a huge difference in terms of time. Why not use one's commute to catch up with one's favourite novels?? The traffic never seems quite so bad if there's a good novel in the CD player :-).

  6. I can't believe we're going into the holidays either! Once Halloween is over, it'll be all Christmas, all the time. I enjoy having a good book during this time, to curl up with for a little downtime in this busy time of year. It's like my little recess.

  7. Thanksgiving in less than a month!!! argh.

    I love audio books for the car. When I'm driving alone they become my friend. These sound like great books.

    You're like a...Santa Claus. Oh no that makes me think Christmas is less than two months a way. Panic.

  8. What a terrific piece this is - and you're giving away a wealth of wonderful goodies!

    I just started Margaret Maron's newest last night, and it's a winner (as usual).

    This month truly has just flown by, hasn't it?

  9. Hi all, thanks for stopping by today. I think audio books are really handy for us with all that we have going on.

    Glynis, I hope you Mom enjoys the audios. My Mom was a big reader and later when she got sick and couldn't read I got audio books from the library for her to enjoy. This was before they were on CDs.

    Kaye, I love Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott character. She would fit into the town I grew up in.

  10. So many books! I am very tempted to email in, but I have so many on my to-be-read stack already! I still love the Oogy cover. I used to listen to audio books in the car to and from work. Now that I work from home, I haven't listened to one in a long time. I sort of miss that.

  11. Thats a lot of audio books to give away- What a wonderful thing to do for people- specially busy ones. This weekend I'm going out for Halloween- dressed up :) I love dressing up.
    Have a wonderful day!

  12. I didn't think October would ever get here - and now I can't believe it's over!

  13. Mason, I really could have done without the year has flown reminder. Now all those things I didn't get done have surfaced. *sigh*
    Really great contest you've got going.

  14. I love listening to audiobooks, however, don't enter me into the contest because my TBR is sooooooo long already. Thanks for being such a faithful fan of my blog!


  15. Hi Mason! Lots of great audiobook titles. Happy Halloween!

  16. Yay! I registered for one of the audiobooks. This is a great selection...

    and then I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and saw "The Desert Hedge Murders" on your Wish List.

    Have I ever got a deal for you...

    Harlequin gave me quite a few free paperbacks to use for promotion, so if you would like a set of the Sylvia and Willie mysteries in paperback, just let me know by e-mail.

  17. Love to listen to audiobooks while commuting. I find a good mystery story line great to focus on as it gives a zen like quality to even the worst traffic days.


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