Sunday, October 26, 2008

let the winning continue

I held a Pay It Forward Share the Love giveaway last summer and had a fabulously fun (and huge!) response. Unfortunately the winner of that lovely prize (I won't mention any names... **cough cough**) dropped the ball on that one and never held a contest of her own....!
So I've been meaning to hold another contest to try it again and hopefully get someone a little more willing to share the bloggy love!

And it just so happens that I have another book waiting for a a new reader as well.

And it just so happens that a fun little blog over here is having a Blog Giveaway carnival this week.
So what better time to share the love??

So here's the deal;
I'm going to do my next book giveaway.... AND a fun, bonus, surprise bundle to go with it (part of which may or may not have anything to do with Starbucks...)! All you have to do is leave me a comment. Just for kicks, tell me who you are, where you live, and what's the best thing you've ever won! Or don't. Whatever.
Leave a comment this week, before Friday, October 31st (otherwise known as Halloween), and on Friday I'll pick a random winner to mail this fun package to. Please be sure I have a link back to your blog, email or some other way to get your mailing info in case you win.

The only catch is that I ask if you win my giveaway, you then host your own Pay It Forward type giveaway (it doesn't have to be a big deal... just something cheap, a gift card, something homemade, just something you can send to someone to brighten their day).

Oh, and the book? The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. I really liked this book. I picked it up this past summer (actually while staying at the cottage on the river with the above mentioned non-named loser winner of my original giveaway... ironic!) and couldn't put it down. I had only just started it when we left the cottage, and was bummed because I had picked it up from a bookshelf there. So I on our way out of town I made my husband stop at Walmart and I bought myself a copy!
From Publishers Weekly
A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their fraternal twins himself; a healthy boy and a girl with Down Syndrome, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. But instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well.

Great book, very thought provoking story, satisfying read!!

Alright. Now comment away!!

More Giveaways at the Bloggy Giveaway Quarterly Carnival!

110 comments:

Nancy said...

This is a book I have been wanting to read for a while. I have also been wanting to do a pay it forward giveaway, so I could do both. Thanks for the chance to win.

Ricki said...

I have heard good review of this book.

koopermom said...

Oh I have been wanting to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kimberly said...

Sounds like a nice book.

My name is Kimberly. I love in the 'burbs of NYC with my husband, two kids, four cats, dog and a hamster. I am a stay at home mom with a home business.

The best thing I have ever won was a Mother's bracelet. It is so pretty and sparkly!!!!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Croasla0 said...

I have been wanting to read this for some time! thanks for the chance.

Lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

Jenna said...

Hmm...I once won a vacation to South Carolina...that was great.

Mommie Daze said...

I've been wanting to read that book, and I love a surprise. The best thing I even won? A gift card.

paula h said...

I'm Paula, I live in Virginia and the best thing I have won is an Ipod from a radio contest.

Bebemiqui said...

Best thing I won was an Ipod.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com
Golden, Colorado

Jill said...

Sounds like an intriguing book! The best thing I've won so far is the Big Cupcake Pan + Wilton's Cake Decorating Book :)

ShaunJoy said...

Joy from Ohio... I usually don't win anything, but I was thrilled to get $50 to Good For the Kids last year. (good site, go check it out)

I like your 'pay it forward' idea. I promise to do so if I win. :)

shaunjoy(at)juno(dot)com

AmandaSue said...

I'm AmandaSue and I live in WI which means its almost snowy and cold here yuck! One of my favorite things that I won was a book called "the dandelion dust" by karen kingsbury it was a fantastic book to read!

Sarah Rose said...

I've heard this book is great...I'd love to win!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

please enter me!!
I'm lauren from KY.
The best thing I ever won? an ipod shuffle for entering a writing contest (not winning) and filling out the survey after it (for not winning) and winning that! LOL


-lauren
lauren51990 at aol dot com

Stacy said...

I have never won during the carnival but I did wina great stamped necklace a few months ago.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

altermyworld said...

MMMMMMMMMMM love surprises.
ANg

Krista said...

That sounds like a fantastic read and I love books... :)
I have won a lot of things recently, but I think the best thing I ever won was back in college I won some tickets to a local country show and got to meet the performers!!!
teacherkrista at gmail dot com

PisecoMom said...

Can't get enough books!

Three Carnivals ago I won a purse made out of a shiny blue bra. Pretty cool!

chappyandalexa [at] earthlink [dot] net

Becca said...

My name is Becca from Santa Barbara, California. The best thing I've ever won was a trip to New Orleans. Thanks!

409cope said...

Shari from Ontario,Canada and I once won a trip to Vegas.

Emilie said...

Hi, Im game! Currently I live in Rochester, Mi...for school. I won a lava lamp in 5th grade at the school carnival and thats the only thing I've every won! Thanks for the giveaway!

AudreyO said...

I'm Audrey and I live in Santa Barbara. The best thing I've won was actually won by my daughter, it was a trip to New Orleans.

piece of me said...

I'm Jessica, I live in the south. And the best thing I have ever done is have my daughter.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

Katie Stacey said...

I read this book and loved it. It would be great to own a copy.

sito50 said...

I would love to win this book. I live in Wisconsin in Green Lake County. Gearing up for the winter, when the reading is good! I won a picture frame at a raffle a dozen years ago and it's one of my favorite things still.

frugallm said...

I'm Lindsie from Avoca, NY and the best think I've ever one was a potty chair!

elkmeese at yahoo dot com

Becky said...

I'm Becky, live in South Carolina and the best thing I've ever *won* was my children...they are my heart.

Lisa said...

I've had several friends talk about how good The Memory Keeper's Daughter is, but I've never read it myself. I'd love to win and get the chance to read it!

As for the best thing I've ever won, I usually don't win much in the way of contests. But I did win a movie basket (microwave popcorn, soda, DVDs) at a silent auction held by my son's school. He was thrilled, and that made me happy!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Paige said...

I'm Paige from Utah. The best thing I've won is a trip to Cancun. Heaven on earth, it was. I'm hosting a giveaway, too, so come on over and check it out.

Ginny said...

I love doing giveaways, count me in!

LivingforGod said...

I am a homeschool mom living in Oregon. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

Sharla said...

This is Sharla from Utah. That book sounds great and I'd love to pay it forward too! sharlacarbine at gmail dot com

miss bliss said...

I'm hosting a giveaway right now for my new etsy shop (check it out), but I'd be happy to host another if I win! Plus, I'm a sucker for a good read.

michelleharrod at hotmail dot com

Tanya Moyer said...

I really have been wanting to read this book! It sounds like such a good read! I am a SAHM living in the high desert about Los Angeles! I have 2 girls and I married my best friend! Great giveaway - thanks for offering!
~Tanya
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

Sarah Z said...

I love finding a great new book to read!

Thanks!
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Staci said...

My name is Staci, I live in the middle of nowhere, and I won an amazing stroller in a giveaway!

The book sounds wonderful, I've heard such good things about it. Thanks for the giveaway!
princess3sah(at)cs(dot)com

the schros said...

Katelyn - midwest- helzberg diamonds necklace

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

My name is Heidi, I live in Asia (but have a stateside address!) and the best thing I have won is a Mary Kay gift set. But I LOVE books and this is one I have been wanting to read. Thanks for the giveaway! stonefox@pobox.com

Emily said...

I would gladly Share the Love :-) My name is Emily and live in the NW. I have a 20 month old son and am due with my baby girl in March.

Thanks for offering it!

princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

Cherie J said...

I am Cherie from Florida and a favorite win was a package filled with a variety of cool stuff including a Starbucks card that I won in the last Bloggy Giveaway.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Molly C. said...

This book is awesome! If I win, I will pass it along to a friend who hasn't read it yet. My name is Molly, I reside in northern California with my dh & 5 sons. The best thing I have ever won is a tie, between $2500 in Amex Gift Cheques & trip to Los Angeles to see the finale of So You Think You Can Dance.

Becky said...

Becky from Utah, I have never won anything big but one of my favorite things was a big basket of scrapbook supplies.

Kristan said...

i'm from st louis, mo now, but cleveland, oh originally. i was pretty happy to win $10 to panera. i'm easy to please.
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Suzie G. said...

I'm Suzie from San Diego. The best thing I ever won was a movie screening for my and my friends from Revlon in 2004. My sister and I got makeovers before the screening and they provided a limo.

CanCan said...

I'm from the deep south. My best thing I ever won was probably a breast pump. Boring but true!

I host giveaways all of the time, so could I just CALL one a pay it forward giveaway?? :)

I would love a chance to win!

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Scribacchina said...

Your book sounds good, and I'd love a chance to win, if you are open to international entries -- I'm in Italy if you ask... (I'm Francesca, by the way, check out my bilingual blog here.)

toohotforturtle said...

I'm Trish from VA. Best thing I ever won was a XBOX 360 for my son.

Sandy said...

would love to read...maybe they held a pay it forward somehow else- you never know- or had one on a chat sight please enter me- very nice- thanks mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Megret said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for the chance...
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

momofmhasr said...

I have so wanted to read this.

Tyna said...

I'm Tyna, live in Northern CA. Best thing I ever won was $1000 from Visa!!

Julie said...

I live in Houston, Tx. Yes, we survived Ike.

I have won several things over he years. Nothing too big. But every time it is so exciting. Like out of everyone in the world, I was chosen!

Jenna said...

Hello! I'm Jenna. I live in Colorado and I won a Dairy Queen gift certificate through a bloggy give-away once... Ooh and a really pretty pair of handmade earrings once as well!

Terra Jones said...

thanks for the giveaway!!

the best thing i won was a custom diaper bag!!!

i would love to do a pay it forward sometime!

Aimee said...

I'm Aimee. I live in Illinois. Believe it or not I don't think I have ever won anything.

The Van Nuland Family said...

My name is Jen and I live in Green Bay WI. I won a Ipod Nano at my husbands xmas party one year.

mom2boys said...

I'm Belinda And I live in Florida. The best thing I ever won was some Clorox green works cleaners. I would love to read this book. Thanks!

Alaina said...

I'm Alaina - mom to 3 boys - live in Indiana. My favorite thing I've won is a sleepy wrap!

Kirby McCauley said...

hi! I'm Kirby from Memphis, TN. A graduate student in history. The best thing I've ever won was $100 gift certificate to Photoworks.com!

semtaylor said...

My name is Susan and I am a Mom, wife, secretary, book reader, blog reader,cook and errand person...On the go a lot. Thanks for the giveaway. semtaylor(at)yahoo.com

jayedee said...

i've never won anything! wahhhhhhh! lol. i take that back, i won a set of pocket placemats once.
please toss my name in the hat for this awesome giveaway! good luck everyone and be sure to check in at the lost world for my giveaway too!

Wendy said...

I am Wendy and live in Connecticut. The best thing I have ever won was a $25,000 trip to France online from Forbes.com, but that was way back in 2001 so I need to win something now and your book sounds fabulous!

Wendy at Shopping Gems

noreen said...

Noreen from WA,
the best thing I ever won was a trip to new york from a recipe contest

jsc123 said...

Hi,
My name is Jill and I live in Hendersonville, NC. A mostly quite little town.
The most wonderful thing that I have won to date is an Elliptical Trainer from Reader's Digest (yes you really can win those lol).
I could definitely use something new to read as I have just finished my last new book !
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
I would LOVE to win !!

Kim said...

Wow!! Look at all your comments. My name is Kim and I live in MN. The best thing I ever won was the heart of my beau Brent.

Angie said...

Hi! Greetings from oHIo! I watched Memory Keeper's Daughter on Lifetime and loved it..I would love to read the book! My 100th post is almost here so it would be a perfect time to do a giveaway, too! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Lalycairn said...

This book is on my TBR list. I'm Heather, in SW Missouri. It's cold here today, and last night's frost nipped all my tomato and eggplants. ;)

Kristy said...

I am Kristy from Western MO. The best thing I have ever won was a $20 Target gift card.
ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reva Skie said...

I love tucking into a new book, any win is a good win, IMO.

Reva Skie said...

I love tucking into a new book, any win is a good win, IMO.

She Became A Butterfly said...

i'm kind of already paying it forward. i raise $ for kids with pediatric cancer & i'm having people visit the websites of a sick child to be eligible for my giveaway.

my name is she -- i'm in ohio!

she
pookielocks [at] ymail [dot] com
http://www.shebecameabutterfly.net

Krista said...

I can't remember having ever won anything. I'm sure I must have won something when I was a kid, but nothing recently. I have heard about this book and wanted to read it, but I didn't know the title. Even if I don't win at least I will be able to buy it.

clay_walker_fan at yahoo dot com

crystal said...

I've been wanting to read this book! I hope I win! Thanks!

Jenn said...

Wow...a lot of comments-Fun idea Heather! We like peeking in on your blog to keep up with you guys, though a visit is overdue...Greg needs to see STL still and we missed you and Savannah here in August, hopefully soon we can make it out! Oh, I don't need to enter the contest, just wanted to say hi, but I agree, it is a fabulous book!! Definitely resides on my favorites list :)

Jodi said...

This sounds like a great book. I live in Michigan, just south of the big D. I love to win, just doen't happen often enough lol

purehrt555(at)yahoo(dot)com

Chi said...

I'm in Iowa :) The best contest I've won was a private screening of Rob Zombie's "Halloween" and a fifty pack of the psp game "Dead Head Fred"

anastasia[at]medaimafia.org

robin_titan said...

Hmm the best contest I have ever won is winning this hachette book giveaway it came with ten books! I got soo happy! I would love to try and win your contest thank you for the opportunity if I win I already know what to giveaway to pay it forward--have you read that book btw? I haven't but I've seen the movie and it got me all teary eyed :( great movie

lc_intocable [at]yahoo [dot]com

Jenn said...

Hi there! Love your blog. My name is Jenn. I live in the "OC." Born and raised... But please don't hold it against me. I love books!

Thank you for the opportunity to win. I'm having giveaways all week on my blog, too! Feel free to stop by and drop your name in the hat. :)

Nicole R.J. said...

What a great idea to have a Share the Love giveaway!

I live in Toronto with the Mr., and we're both big readers! Always a book (or two) on the go, and at least one waiting in the wings!

The best things I ever won was back in University - I won 6 boxes of hair colouring. *lol* I gave a couple away and kept some for me. It was pretty sweet!

Daintry said...

^^^^ That's me! I live in Texas Hill Country, and am a SAHM. The coolest thing I ever won was a contest in my mommy group that resulted in a FG to Hobby Lobby!

Mama Zen said...

I love doing Pay It Forwards!

Pam's Pride said...

I would love to read this book!! A PIF would be so much fun!

Amy said...

I love the idea of the pay it forward and would definitely do it if I won!

I actually just recently won a $50 Kroegor GC! (Unfortunately I don't have one of those around me here in MD)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I've been wanting to read that one.

The Heller Family said...

I have two favorite things ever won. 1. A Columbia parka the winter I moved from Southern California to the UP of Michigan (talk about culture and temperature shock...)2. Tickets to the Star Wars Character Breakfast at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair last year. My son is a HUGE Star Wars fan and had the best time!

Charlotte said...

My name is Charlotte, and I live in Indiana. The best thing I ever won was a huge pack of computer games for our family.

charlotte(dot)evard(at)comcast(dot)net

Becky N. said...

I've heard some good things about this book. And, seeing as how I'm on a total reading binge lately, I'd just love to win this giveaway! (And no worries about a Pay-it-Forward sort of thing on my part...I'm a little addicted to giving things away for fun!)

I'm Becky, and I live in Maryland with my husband and three crazy, off-the-wall kids. I don't have a good record for winning anything, unfortunately! Maybe I'll get lucky, this time. ;)

rlgrady said...

Great giveaway! I love a surprise, and a new book is always a treat. My name is Becky, I live in PA, and the best thing I ever won was a personalized photo book. I love that you want the winner to pay it forward. I promise to, if I win.

redpolkadotsgirl said...

I'm Angie and I'm from Texas. The best thing I have ever won was recently and tickets to a magic show for my boys. They had a fantastic time.

Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

Sounds great. Last bloggy giveaway I won the cutest birdhouse. It is in the backyard awaiting adoption.

Thanks for having the giveaway!

Angie(quillysilly) said...

I have so been wanting to read this! Course, I'm a busy mom, and lately the only thing I've been reading is Junie B. Jones to my 1st grader!

I'm Angie, and live in Red Oak, Tx.

Thanks!
Angie
quillysilly(at)yahoo(dot)com

itsahumanzoo said...

I’m giving away a subscription to Parents Magazine on my blog, for the bloggy giveaway carnival, but I would love to do a pay it forward giveaway too. That sounds like fun2 Thanks for the giveaway!
Angela
itsahumanzoo at gmail dot com

Alexandra said...

The only thing I have ever won is a Dremel Drill at my company picnic... :(

dani said...

The best thing I have ever won is my husbands heart. Cheese in a can, I know, but hey... what is better than your husbands love?

I would love to win this! I want to do a giveaway at my blog and that would just inspire me even more!

daniwilliams30 AT gmail DOT com

Becky said...

Oh this sounds like a fantastic book! Ok an introduction:

My name is Becky and I live in Texas (and have all of my life). The biggest win I have ever won is a trip to the Outer Banks in NC which the hubby and I will be taking next October. I won it from the Bonnie Hunt show and was stunned when they called me. I also hosted a giveaway just shortly after I won the trip on a website that I belong to so if I win this I will pay it forward and host another giveaway.

Thanks so much!

kara said...

Welll, let's see. I am a working mom of 3 great kids. My hubby and I have been married 5 years. I am from Central Illinois....and about that what have you won thing...NADA!!! (Unless you count my hubby's heart...) I don;t have the greatest of luck when it comes to winning things....maybe YOU can change that?? ;)

Thanks,

kara.lawyer@yahoo.com

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I would love to win. I live in Ohio and am a mom to 3 wonderful children and married to a wonderful man. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

royaldixie said...

I, Maggie, promise, that if I win, I will have my own contest!!

I would love to win because I have been drooling over this book! THANKS

newmommyin08@yahoo.com

Sweetpeas said...

I'm always looking for new books to read, count me in!

Jamie Noel said...

This book sounds really good! I would love to win and "pay it forward." I live in Oklahoma, and I don't recall winning anything recently.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Well I am Rebecca C, I live in Oklahoma, have 5 children all girls and the biggest thing I have ever won is 2 - $100 GCs from Sprite, and then 2 more for my husband :D

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Michelle B. said...

Well I am Michelle. A sahm homeschooling mom of 7 that lives in south central Texas.
My favorite thing I have ever won is gift certificate to get bows for my girls.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I've heard a lot about this book, and I'm looking for a new title. Thanks for the chance to win!

buzzd said...

I love books and this one sounds great. Thansk!

Charmed said...

I've heard of this one, but never read it, this would be a great way to start!

Amity said...

Sounds like a great package!!!

amitymatthia[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kerri said...

Sounds awesome. Never really won anything.

1stopmom said...

I need a really good book to read and this sounds interesting.

bacon74(at)1stopmom.com

Lia said...

Would find a surprise most welcome and thanks.
skyskyaa11[at]gmail[dot]com

donna444444 said...

Count me in please.
donna444444@yahoo.com

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