Saturday, June 23, 2012

Giveaway: The Favorites You've Never Heard Of

This giveaway ended on June 30, 2012. Thank you to all who participated. I am locking the comments and hiding entries.

As part of the Pay It Forward giveaway hop, I'll be giving away three of my favorite books you've never heard of. Which three? That will depend on you. Below I'm going to list six of my favorites you probably haven't stumbled across, along with a brief summary of why I like them and a link to my reviews. In the comments, post which book you'd like if my random number generator picks you, as well as a method for contacting you on June 30, when the giveaway ends.

Any winners who don't claim their prizes by July 5 will forfeit their books, and I'll draw another winner.

Make sure to visit the other blogs in the giveaway hop for other chances to win.

And now, the list:

Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb—a murder mystery set at a science fiction convention. Hilariously funny with some social commentary about geekdom and misbehaving authors. (Also available on Kindle.)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley—also a murder mystery, this one set in post-WWII England. Flavia is precocious and wonderfully evil. (Also available in ebook.)

Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble—chick lit about finding love when you're not looking. Natalie and Tom started their random project of working their way through the alphabet one weekend at a time to ease their heartache, and of course it becomes so much more. Delightful. (Also available in ebook.)

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin—urban fantasy where the setting is practically another character, with an intriguing magic system. It's a long book, which only looks intimidating until you're 50 pages to the end and lamenting it'll be over soon. (Also available in ebook.)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon—gothic novel set in Barcelona, Spain, with some of the most intriguing settings I've ever read. This book is textured and beautifully written, and somewhat overlooked despite its international bestseller status. (Also available in ebook.)

Lambrusco by Ellen Cooney—historical fiction set in Italy during WWII. A retired opera singer is helping the rebels overthrow the fascist government when her son becomes a fugitive. Told in an operatic style that moves the pace along nicely. (Also available in ebook.)

Post which of the above books you most want to read in a comment, as well as how to contact you when the giveaway is over. I can contact you through email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Livejournal.

I'll be having your book shipped to you from your local independent bookstore through Indiebound. If you would prefer an ebook and it's available in ebook format, let me know when I contact you.

EDIT: The giveaway has ended, and the winners are posted. If you won, I've sent you an email by the time this edit went through. Thank you to all who entered.