December 16, 2012

3rd HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA GIVEAWAY!!!! Giveaways 17-25



Welcome to the BIG GIVEAWAY as part of my Holiday Extravaganza!  I know you all have been anxiously awaiting this day.  We have over 25 books to give away!  Crazy!  I am so excited!  I love it!   It is thanks to the graciousness of the authors, publishers, and other bloggers that this giveaway was possible, so be sure to thank them all!  

I hope you have been good commenters this past month, because as a bonus, everyone who enters a giveaway and has also commented on Holiday Extravaganza posts since its start on Nov. 28th (so up to this point) get AUTOMATIC ENTRIES FOR EACH COMMENT!!!  Boo-Yah!   Just my way of saying thank you to my awesome loyal readers and commenters!  

I have created a separate Rafflecopter for each giveaway you want to enter.  This was the easiest way to keep them organized since there are so many going at once!  In fact, I broke the giveaways up into 3 posts because I was afraid it would take too long to load if all of them were in the same post.  So please visit the other giveaways here and here.  The Holiday Extravaganza Giveaways last through Saturday, the 22nd, and the winners will be announced the next day.    Now, on to the fun festivities!!!


Good Luck to Everyone and Happy Holidays!!!



GIVEAWAY #17:
Enter to win a signed copy of The Gathering by Shannon L. Dearing


Goodreads Synopsis: Thirteen years after the last world war, the village of Lia Fail sits peacefully above the Hollywood Reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains. The village is making ready for the fall Gathering, where the other colonies from various parts of what was once Southern California visit for ten days of fun and reminiscence. What begins as a normal Gathering, soon changes as the people of Lia Fail begin to see magic around them. Then they receive news of a horrific massacre and face a nightmare as a dark evil descends on the tranquil village. Alia Stark, the queen of Lia Fail, must face this evil along side her oldest and dearest friends as well as an incredible new ally as the fate of her people and the lives of her children rest in her hands. Will her new magic be strong enough to save those she loves the most?


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GIVEAWAY #18:
Win an e-copy of Emily Goodwin's Unbound (Guardian Legacies #1) or Contagious (Contagium Trilogy #1) books


Goodreads Synopsis for Unbound: The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to eighteen year old Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium. 

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own. Then she meets Ethan, a mysterious boy who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and her legacy Coven. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?


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Goodreads Synopsis for Contagious: "I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead."

In the midst of the Second Great Depression, twenty-five year old Orissa Penwell doesn't think things can get any worse. She couldn't be more wrong. A virus breaks out across the country, leaving the infected crazed, aggressive and very hungry.

Orissa will do anything-no matter if it's right or wrong- to save the ones she loves. But when she discovers that most of the world is infected or dead, she must decided if those lives are worth saving at all.



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GIVEAWAY #19:
Win an e-copy of Travis Luedke's The Nightlife: New York


Goodreads Synopsis: Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.

Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron's life she shares the benefits of her blood (after getting him shot accidentally). He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.

Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, Aaron is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).

And then she puts him to work-a male escort in the sex trade-same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It's do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. The real kicker-amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he's falling in love.

Can he maintain and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle's wrath.


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The following giveaways have been made possible by the generous donations of Jill from Rhapsody in Books.  Visit her blog, leave a comment, show her some love!

GIVEAWAY #20:
Win The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal: The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore by John Yow


Goodreads Synopsis:With his distinctively witty, anecdotal, and disarming voice, John Yow now journeys to the shore and shares his encounters with some of the most familiar and beloved coastal birds. Out of his travels--from North Carolina's Outer Banks, down the Atlantic coast, and westward along the Gulf of Mexico--come colorful accounts of twenty-eight species, from ubiquitous beach birds like sanderlings and laughing gulls to wonders of nature like roseate spoonbills and the American avocets. 

Along the way, Yow delves deeply into the birds' habits and behaviors, experiencing and relating the fascination that leads many an amateur naturalist to become the most unusual of species--a birder.
Seasonally organized chapters explore the improbable, the wonderful, and the amusing aspects of these birds' lives. Yow embellishes his observations with field notes, anecdotes, and stories from some of America's finest naturalists--including John James Audubon, Arthur Cleveland Bent, Rachel Carson, and Peter Matthiessen. Combining the endless fascination of bird life with the pleasure of good reading, "The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal" is the perfect companion for any nature lover's next trip to the beach.


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GIVEAWAY #21:
Enter to win The Uncommon Thread by R. Scott Anderson, M.D.


Goodreads Synopsis:For the past three years The Uncommon Thread has been one of the most popular regular features of the JOURNAL: of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

Only a state with a literary tradition as rich as Mississippi’s would dedicate a regular column to literary exploration as part of its monthly scientific medical journal. A strong literary commitment is not something new for the JOURNAL; The Uncommon Thread sprang fully formed from its progenitor Una Voce, which now continues under the pen of its founder Dr. Dwalia South.

But, for two years a madman held Una Voce captive while its true author was serving as the president of the Association and then engaged in both her own and her husband’s battles with cancer. By the time she recovered and returned to restore sanity to her own column, the editors were stuck trying to find someplace to put a stream of consciousness gadfly that somehow continued to charm at least as many readers as he antagonized.

Thus The Uncommon Thread was born. So, try a story or two, if you don’t like them, read a few more. Because, in here, you never know what’s going to show up next.


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GIVEAWAY #22:
Win The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid by Craig Pittman


Goodreads Synopsis: “A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of The Maltese Falcon. This rare flower is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of.”—Ace Atkins, author of Devil's Garden and Infamous

After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby’s vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world.

     The collision between Selby’s scientists and the smugglers of Phrag. kovachii, a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. It made headlines around the country, cost the gardens hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, and led to tremendous internal turmoil.

     Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife—which may protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild.

     The Scent of Scandal unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed—with beauty, with profit, with fame—that they will ignore everything, even the law.


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GIVEAWAY #23:
Enter to win The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel


Goodreads Synopsis:  Gavin Sasaki is a promising young journalist in New York City, until he’s fired in disgrace following a series of unforgivable lapses in his work. It’s early 2009, and the world has gone dark very quickly; the economic collapse has turned an era that magazine headlines once heralded as the second gilded age into something that more closely resembles the Great Depression. The last thing Gavin wants to do is return to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida, but he’s drifting toward bankruptcy and is in no position to refuse when he’s offered a job by his sister, Eilo, a real estate broker who deals in foreclosed homes.

Eilo recently paid a visit to a home that had a ten-year-old child in it, a child who looks very much like Gavin and who has the same last name as Gavin’s high school girlfriend Anna, whom Gavin last saw a decade ago. Gavin—a former jazz musician, a reluctant broker of foreclosed properties, obsessed with film noir and private detectives—begins his own private investigation in an effort to track down Anna and their apparent daughter who have been on the run all these years from a drug dealer from whom Anna stole $121,000.

In her most ambitious novel yet, Emily Mandel combines her most fully realized characters with perhaps her most fully developed story that examines the difficulty of being the person you'd like to be, loss, the way a small and innocent action (e.g., taking a picture of a girl in a foreclosed house) can have disastrous consequences. The Lola Quartet is a work that pays homage to literary noir, is concerned with jazz, Django Reinhardt, economic collapse, love, Florida’s exotic wildlife problem, crushing tropical heat, the leavening of the contemporary world, compulsive gambling, and the unreliability of memory.



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GIVEAWAY #24:
Enter to win Origin by Jessica Khoury


Goodreads Synopsis: Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.


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The final giveaway is straight from my bookshelf to yours.


GIVEAWAY #25:
Enter to win an audiobook of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman 


Goodreads Synopsis: They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them.

Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. 
In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes.

Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.

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19 comments:

  1. So many giveaways! You're amazing <3

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  2. Make sure you see all 3 posts of giveaways, too! :D

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  3. Man, that's a lot of books!!!

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  4. "Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven" looks like it'd be a fascinating listen. Even if I don't win, I think I'm getting that one.

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of giveaways. You should organize the prizes for the Readathon. :)

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  6. Entered for some interesting/good books in all 3 posts. Thank you very much. This is an amazing opportunity to discover some new writers! ;)
    Have a great holiday season!

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  7. Yay! Good luck to you! Have a great holiday season, too, Dita! :)

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  8. lol It was a lot of hard work, but totally worth it. :)

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  9. It is a great audiobook. I do recommend it! Good luck!

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  10. You're telling me! The best part is that there are so many winners! Yippee! lol

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  11. Wow, I love giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  12. These are amazing giveaways!

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  13. I am glad you like! Thank you for stopping in! I hope you will come back, too. :)

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  14. It's my way of spreading holiday cheer. :)

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  15. Incredible giveaways! Thank you so much!

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  16. Thanks for 25 awesome giveaways! Cheers.

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  17. Hope I win one of these books. Thx so much!

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