A Quick Giveaway – The Secret of Everything

The Secret of Everything: A Novel

I’m giving away my copy of
The Secret of Everything
by Barbara O’Neal

It’s an uncorrected proof so the cover doesn’t look like the one shown above.
I don’t recall seeing errors but there could be some. Nothing glaring.
You can read my review here.

So, if you’re interested in winning my copy,
and live in the US,
leave your email in a comment
and I’ll have random.org choose a winner.

Giveaway ends Monday, Jan. 18 at 8pm (eastern)
Contest is closed

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See – Review and a giveaway

Cover Image

Lisa See tells the story of Chinese sisters Pearl and May Chin. The story begins in Shanghai where they live a carefree life of affluence. This fun and easy life soon changes for the 19 and 22 year old sisters. Their father has gambled away all the family’s money and his daughters are part of the deal to cancel his debts. This sets in motion a series of events that find Pearl and May on their way to the United States.

Once again, Ms. See shows her wonderful gift of story-telling. Pearl, the older and more educated sister, tells the story. I was swept up in the saga of the Shanghai Girls – twenty years of their hopes, dreams, disappointments, joys and sorrows. I could see the colors and smell the aromas of L.A.’s Chinatown. See’s descriptions are quite vivid and detailed.

I was shocked when I turned the last page (not realizing it was the last page). It seems to me there’s a lot more story to tell. And I look forward to reading it.

Shanghai Girls will be published May 26, 2009
You can read more about Lisa See at her website.

Thanks to Random House and LibraryThing Early Reviewers

And now, the giveaway of my gently read ARC!

1. I can offer it to residents of the U.S. and Canada only, no P.O. boxes

2. Giveaway ends Friday, April 17th at noon, EDT

3. For 1 entry, comment here and leave your email address
Giveaway Ended

Mailbox Monday – April 6

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Last week I received The Agency by Ally O’Brien (from St. Martin Press).
Giveaway closed.
The Agency by O'Brien O'Brien: Book Cover
Ally O’Brien is the pseudonym for a writing duo that includes an international bestselling author of suspense novels and a successful media agent based in London.
BN synopsis: Meet Tess Drake. She’s earned everything she has. Now it’s time to get what she deserves…
Sexy super-agent Tess Drake has worked hard to make a name for herself in the glamorous yet cut-throat entertainment industry. Tess works at an international agency, where she skillfully manages some fo the world’s biggest egos – her company, Bardwell International operates in the thrilling, fast-paced worlds of Rights, wrongs and revenge. Tess has been an agent there for longer than she cares to remember and now she’s in trouble. Real trouble. After the mysterious death of the agency’s senior partner, Lowell Bardwright, Tess’s sworn enemy, Cosima Tate, has taken over and would do anything to send Tess’s career down in flames. And Cosima is only one of the rogue’s gallery of agents in London and New York who want Tess to take a fall.
I was about twenty pages in when I knew this was not a book for me. Just couldn’t finish it. I know it happens to every reader, but it doesn’t happen often to me. At any rate, I’m going to offer this copy to the first person (US residents only) who leaves a comment requesting the book. I only ask that you also review it once you finish reading. It’s an arc from the publisher.
Giveaway Closed.

A Give-away

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee: Book Cover

I’m hosting a give-away of my copy (ARC) of The Piano Teacher.

You can read my review here as well as Kaye’s review here.

1. For one entry leave a comment.

2. For a second entry post about this give-away on your blog and leave a link for me.

This is limited to readers in the US and Canada. I will accept entries until 11pm(EST) Friday, Jan.9th. I’ll use random.org and post the winner’s name on Saturday, Jan. 10. Good luck!