I have seven new releases that I'll be giving away here shortly (giveaway ends August 4). That means you have seven chances to win if you leave a comment and tell me what your favorite road trip is. And tell me which book you want, with maybe an alternative or two.
Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater. Do you love stories with unforgettable characters? There's four of them in this, the last in a trilogy but a beautiful stand-alone story, too, about love that endures, whether human or wolf.
Falling Under, by Gwen Hayes. Breathless romantic tension, delightfully free of cliches. Think proper British girl meets California anything-goes, then throw in dancing skeletons, forbidden love, and "I can't believe she just said that!" dialogue.
Timeless, by Alexandra Monir. A classic falling-in-love-in-a-different time story that includes gilded-age mansions and forbidden speakeasies. Delectable settings and exploration of music that will have you downloading new songs when you are done.
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis. This is so hard to sum up in one sentence because it's so much good stuff but this is a spooky mind-bender of a mystery, set on a spaceship you'll both love and hate.
Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, by Nathan Bransford. I'm not quite done reading this one yet, but so far let me say it reminds me of a cross between Diary of Wimpy Kid funny and Percy Jackson in space!
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif. Do you love Judy Blume books? This one is written with the same spirit, strength and self-deprecating humor, and I loved learning more about Muslim traditions.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (okay, this one's not a new release, but it is a best seller!) The front of the book says "probably the most important book since To
Kill a Mockingbird - if you read one book, let it be this one". All I can say is - agree, agree, AGREE!
The contest ends on August 4, because August 5th is my daughter's 10th birthday and she's going to pick the 7 winners. Randomly. From horseback. I'll explain more coming up -- but we are a family that is united in our love of three things: road trips, ice cream, and horses.
I recommend all these books, I even debated keeping some of them, because I'd like to read them again. But right now there are too many books on my TBR for read-overs; by the time I start craving a read-over I bet these will readily available in libraries. And besides, I've won so many awesome books (or Amazon gift certificates) in the past year, I just wanted to give some good reading back!
This is open to my international friends, too (if you are outside the US, you have to tell me what road trip you'd like to take if you ever visited the US. I'll explain more later... it's complicated!) (grin) (the road trip/boat trip across the UK is on my list for later in the year... then Greece... no, wait, don't get me started).
I have the itch to get out on the road - where should I go?
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