Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's Giveaway


What better day then today to post my new giveaway?T  here will be no practical jokes here, just a great giveaway!

Hachette has sent me some great books to review and giveaway.  5 lucky readers will each win these books.  Here's what's up for grabs...

On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.
Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it.
THE TURNAROUND takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the '70s to the changing neighborhoods of D.C. today, from the diners and auto garages of the city to the inside of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, where wounded men and women have returned to the world in a time of war. A novel of fathers and sons, wives and husbands, loss, victory and violent redemption.

Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.
But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.
When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

I tried to get to 100 comments on my 100th post, and although we got close, we didn't make it.  So, I'm going to try something else to get the comments up there!  When we go OVER 100 comments, 1 random person will win the following books + 2 surprise books from my personal stash!
How do you enter?  Just leave me a comment telling me why you like or don't like April Fool's Day.  You can earn extra entries by doing any of the following:
  • Follow my blog either in Blogger or a reader +1 entry
  • Tweet about this contest and leave me the link to your tweet +2 entries
  • Blog about this contest +3 entries
  • Send someone new to my blog to enter the contest and have them tell me you sent them +3 entries
That's a total of 10 possible entries that you can get.  You may put it all in one comment or individual ones.  I'll count up your entries, so don't worry.  This contest is open to US and Canadian addresses ONLY; no PO boxes.  Please leave your email, in code, in your comment so that I can reach you if you win.  Since this is an April Fool's contest, I'll run it for 3 weeks and announce the winners in the last week of April.  Last day to enter will be, Wednesday, April 22nd.  I will post the winners on this blog on Wednesday, April 29th.


Bingo said...

I KNOW getting 100 is forever...I finally, when not watching the old kettle boil got on and was over 100 followers today and am posting my 100 post tomorrow as in Friday so going to have a big giveaway then. Meanwhile I'd like a chance at your 2 books. I teach middle school so surely you don't want to know why I hate April Fool's day, do you? I do follow and am posting about your giveaway on my newly designed site under my giveaways tab....if I can get it to be right :D...good luck on the 100...maybe I can blog about that in a day or so for you!

Becky said...

I like the April Fool's Day jokes that only "surprise" someone for a few minutes then the person confesses and everyone has a good laugh. I don't like the jokes that make someone believe that something is true and it worries that person all day. I read one where the husband "faked" being laid off. His wife found a note in his pocket. So all day she worried, called family, etc. only to find out later that night it was a joke. Ummm my husband would be sleeping on the sofa for a very long time begging my forgiveness. So not cool to me but to each their own.

Ok that was way too long LOL. Please enter me into your giveaway!


Oh I subscribe via google.

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Marie said...

I don't really like April Fool's Day. Mainly because I really don't like surprises all that much.

I'd love to win these books, though. That would be one surprise I'd like. ;) I follow your blog via Blogger's follow function.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


Irene said...

I don't have a problem with April Fool's Day. Actually, I like the first of April. To me, it announces the true arrival of spring.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Irene said...

I have signed on to follow your blog!!!

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Sage Ravenwood said...

April Fool's Day is a fun way to let your hair down for a day. Seldom do I take anyone serious on that day.

I would love to enter this drawing!

I'm a follower in every way possible, I just added myself on the sidebar to help boost you toward that 100 mark. As well as following you on Twitter and Google Reader.

Thanks for this opportunity! Indigo


Libby's Library said...

I HATE April Fools Day. Some pranks border on being cruel.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Libby's Library said...

I subscribe.

Hope you get to your 100 comments!


BurtonReview said...

April Fool's Day is okay as long as it is in good FUN and doesn't cause too much drama.

I have tweeted this on BurtonReview
also :)

Great Contest, I hope you hit 100 comments!

Marie Burton at The Burton Review

BurtonReview said...

ps that was marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

KR said...

I follow.


KR said...

I love April Fool's day but I'm usually the one gotten. I need to be more creative!

KR said...

I tweeted!


Bridget said...

Just posted about this on Win A Book. No joke! Don't enter me though.

janeh said...

I've never been too crazy about April Fool's Day because I am always the victim of the jokes...and I fall for them all!

Jake L said...

I've never like april fools' day because I never seem to get the jokes... =\

I'm following you via rss reader, and I twittered your contest (

thanks for entering me,
jakewoodworth AT

Teddy Rose said...

I'm not too crazy apout April Fool's Day. I had some mean pranks done to me as a child.

I now follow.

I blogged about your giveaway here:

I hope you hit your goal of 100 comments.

teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I don't care one way or the other about April Fool's Day. I don't like jokes that harm or hurt someone, but can appreciate a harmless prank once in a while!


sharon54220 said...

I agree with Cheryl. But it was funny seeing the pranks on TV last night that they pulled on cast members of different shows on FOX.

Please enter me.

sharon54220 said...

I am also a subscriber.

Unknown said...

I'm pretty neutral about April Fool's Day, but I noticed my kids paying a lot of attention to the jokes that one of the kid's tv channels were broadcasting. Uh oh!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

I am already a subscriber in Google reader :)

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Max Brown said...

My blog:

My Tweet:

And I'm now following your blog.

nfmgirl said...

I like April 1st, because it is the anniversary of when I quit smoking!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I don't really like or dislike April Fool's Day. As long as no particularly mean, messy, or problematic pranks are pulled, I'm fine with it. Please enter me for your giveaway. Thanks!

I'm also subscribed to your blog via e-mail.


Unknown said...

I'm not to fond of april fools day probably because I always get jokes played on me and I'm horrible at trying to get people back :)

Brimful Curiosities said...

April Fools Day does not bother me so long as the trick is not on me. Will be interesting to see as the kids get older what kind of trickery they come up with.

Debs Desk said...

April fools does not bother me as long as the jokes are not on me. Please include me in your giveaway.

donnas said...

I like the jokes that people post or tell on April Fools but I hate the pranks.

donnas said...

Im a follower.

Debs Desk said...

I am a a follower.

traveler said...

The jokes that are funny on April Fools Day are what I appreciate. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Gwendolyn B. said...

I like April Fool's Day because I like plain silliness. Mean pranks - no. Silly pranks - bring 'em on!

Thanks for the chance to win these great books.

I'm a Follower.

Here's my Tweet:

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Beth F said...

What a great giveaway! You're in my reader and you're in my weekly link-up post!

Carrie K. said...

I have three boys, so I spend April Fool's Day being vigilant and on guard. They did try the old salt in my coffee trick, but I didn't fall for it. :)

I blogged about your giveaway here:

nnjmom at yahoo dot com

Molly said...

Thank you Beth F for posting about this contest. I don't know how I missed it this week since I am a subscriber and (I thought) loyal reader of your blog.

I am not a fan of April Fools mostly because I don't like to feel foolish in front of others (it is very hard for me to laugh at myself - I take myself way too seriously).

I would love to be entered in the contest --- Girls in Trucks has intrigued me for quite a while.

Good luck reaching your goal of 100 comments!!

My email is: Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

Bcteagirl said...

I both like and dislike april fools day :P I don't mind light hearted pranks, but always fear someone will try to pull something big over my eyes lol. Thanks for the contest!

Wendi said...

I enjoy HEARING about cute April Fools jokes, but don't generally like to bear the brunt of them. I take things too personally. :) This year, I didn't even really notice the day until it was over. (My son and I were sick, so I guess we weren't in the spirit of things).

Take care!!


Wendi said...

I'm a follower!

Wendi said...

I've added a link to your giveaway in my This Week in Books post that will be up in a few minutes. . . . let's get you 100+ comments!!

~ Wendi

Wendi said...

Yikes Shelley!! I apologize, I forgot to leave my email.

~ Wendi
wbarker at

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

I don't like joke, they can be cruel. I guess I don't like April Fool's Day.

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

I have also linked to you on my blog:

LissaL said...

April Fool's Day wasn't fun this year because my computer was down and I was worried about the big computer virus. (it wasn't the problem) Otherwise it tends to be just another day-my kids are pranksters all year round.

leapnlissa at yahoo dot com

LissaL said...

I love reading, reviews and winning a book or two. So of course I will follow you:)
PS I hopped over here from Wendi's place

Anita Yancey said...

I don't really like April Fool's Day. Some of the jokes and tricks people play on you can be hurtful and cruel. Not to mention embrassing. Looks like some good books. Please enter me.


Blodeuedd said...

Since I can't enter I put it up on my sidebar for others to see

Anonymous said...

I like April Fools Day because I have never had pranks pulled on me lol I'm sure I would have a different take on it, if I had been fooled or tricked in some mean way.
I would love to win these books, please enter me!



Book Reviews By Bobbie

Shelley said...

I don't know how I missed this giveaway. I'm very neutral about April Fool's Day. I always mean to do something fun to trick the kids and then don't!

Shelley said...

I'm a follower, and I realized I forgot to add my email:

saz AT chainreader DOT com

Shelley said...

I blogged about it here:

Shelley said...

I tweeted, but I don't know how to a link to it, which is probably mega retarded. I'll figure it out soon.

Reyna Meinhardt said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks!

I like April Fools day! It is fun to be able to play a trick on someone without getting in trouble and actually having a reason to! Yay for April!

I follow!

Tempest52 said...

April Fool's Day has just never clicked with me! It seems like an opportunity for not so nice folks to tell lies and have a good laugh at someone else's expense!

Tempest52 said...

Tweeted the contest here:

Dawn M. said...

I'm not fond of April Fool's Day. I don't like all the jokes that are played on people - especially the not so nice ones. For some, it just seems like an excuse to be mean to others.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Kat Bryan said...

I don't mind April Fool's jokes that are funny but I don't like the ones that are cruel. I came via Bingo's blog and this is my first visit.

bookslove said...

I like April fools day, there are some funny episodes of shows.

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

Angela Lovell said...

I remember one April Fool's day one of the kids rang Dad on his cell phone once everyone had gone to bed and kept hanging up. Then we all pretended to be getting really annoyed with Dad and this stupid cell phone that was keeping us all awake.
It could have gone on for hours if we could all have kept a straight face.


Anonymous said...

I think April Fool's Day jokes can be funny but sometimes pranks can be hurtful or dangerous. Then I don't think they're so funny.

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of on the fence about April Fools. I never get to trick someone because I can never seem to be convincing enough. But I don't try to do anything mean spirited, just stupid little things like 'Your shoe is untied.'

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Llehn said...
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VioletReads said...

I'm not a big fan of April Fools' Day. So many jokes seem mean-spirited rather than just clever, and it doesn't seem nice to point fingers and call someone a fool for being tricked. I'd love it if it were reframed in a way that celebrated clever, non-threatening tricksterism

-violetreads at gmail

JJ said...

April Fool's can be fun, I guess but it can be dangerous. My grandmother got married on April Fool's Day. (deceased now) I don't know if that helped or hurt her marriage. lol

JJ said...

Win Books @writereader


JJ said...

2 Win Books @writereader


JJ said...

Follow on Blogger :)

Unknown said...

I don't have an opinion on April Fools Day. I think some people take things a little to far though.


Unknown said...

I'm a blog follower.


Sara said...

I hate April Fools because I'm never clever enough to come up with a truly great prank. One day, I'd really like to get my husband good. I'll settle for some books if I'm selected however. Thanks for the contest!


Anonymous said...

I came for the giveaway, and stayed for the blog! I added your blog to my Google Reader list, and I'm now following you on Twitter.

Thanks for adding to my world of books.

Gloria said...

I don't like April Fools Day because most pranks people pull aren't funny.

bloggytreasures said...

I don't like surprises and since April Fool's Day is pretty much about surprises, I'm not a huge fan.

I follow through google reader +1

I tweeted +2


brokenteepee said...

I am following you in blogger.

brokenteepee said...

I tweeted

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