Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hardcover Giveaway!

First, welcome to the new followers since my last post.  Glad you're here.

Yes, I'm having a Giveaway!  In fact, since I love promoting local (and sometimes not-quite-local) authors, I'm calling it the



One prize will be awarded, consisting of two hardcover books (I will use if I can figure it out). 

The prize:

1) A SIGNED hardcover copy of Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King, 
which received a Printz Honor Award on Monday.
Did I mention it's SIGNED by the author?


2)  A hardcover copy of After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick, 
which was the Schneider Family Book Award Middle School winner.

I'm thrilled for both Amy King and Jordan Sonnenblick (click on their names to visit their websites).  I reviewed Amy's book here.  And I did a quick pick review of Jordan's book here.  Rest assured that both of these prizes are hardcover books I purchased.  Not ARCs or review copies.

How do you enter?  It's simple:

1) Be a follower
2) Post a comment

Extra points:

+2 if you were a follower before today

+2 if you tweet about this giveaway (Twitter and I have a love/hate relationship, but please include @booksnbrains so I can track it, or else come back here and post the link)

+2 if you blog about it (again, post the link here)

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday January 23, 2011 to enter this giveaway. I may kick myself later, but this giveaway is open internationally (hey, I've gotta do my part to promote my local authors).  Any questions, you know where to find me.

I'll post the winner's name no later than Wed Jan 26, 2011.  I will email the winner to ask for your mailing address, but if I don't get a response within three days I may be forced to award the prize to someone else.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now officially closed.


  1. Two books I've heard great things about but haven't read yet! Thanks for the great giveaways lately!

    +2 I'm an old follower

    bookwormoakes AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Both books sound wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of them.

  3. Hi again Stephanie! Your book from the last contest is on its way to you via media mail, so it'll take a week.

    Welcome Susan! Glad you're here. Maybe I didn't make it clear enough, but there's only ONE prize and it consists of BOTH books! Maybe next time I'll have more than one winner. Right now I'm too lazy to deal with two packages, two addresses, etc.

  4. Cool! I love book contests. Even if I don't win, I'll add these two books to my list. Thanks Joanne!

  5. King's novel looks like my cup of tea. I'll put you on my sidebar. Nice to meet you and your blog!

  6. Nice to meet you too, Lydia.

    And thanks for entering. You too, Mike and Karen.

  7. Joanne, thanks for letting me know about the contest. I tweeted it!

  8. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much!

  9. You don't know how much I want to read Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Can't have myself a copy since it isn't available here in the Philippines. Thank you so much for holding this awesome contest.


    sauvadeavelle at yahoo dot com

  10. I'm a follower and I've tweeted about the contest! Been wanting to read Vera Deitz for some time!

  11. Hi Martha and thanks! Tweet duly noted.

    Welcome, Kelly, and thanks for following/entering.

    Welcome also to Sauva (IvaliceAlliance). Saw your tweet. Thanks. Wow! The Phillipines!

    Noted your tweet too, Lisa. Thanks. And welcome.

    I think I've been on Twitter more in the last couple days than the last couple months!

    (Also, Mike and Karen, I know you're old followers so you'll get those extra points just like Stephanie. And Lydia K gets extra points for adding the giveaway to her sidebar!)

  12. I've heard great things about both of these books. Obviously deserved praise!


    GFC: Elizabeth OR Elisquared



  13. Yay awesome contest! :) thanks for making it international, you rock!

    +2 new follower!

    +2 tweeted:

    kate.readthisbook [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. I have seen those two books in some blogs, But I have not found any chance to search what the story inside. I am looking forward to see it

    I am GFC Follower

    +2 tweet

    +2 Blog post at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the chance

  15. Thanks for this giveaway! I am a new follower. I also tweeted about the giveaway:!/elliottreview/status/26649928272977920

    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

  16. OMGosh great giveaway!

    +2 follower
    +2 tweeted

    themgowl at

  17. Thanks for following, Eli Squared, Kate at Read This Book, Jessi E and Jill of the O.W.L. Tweets duly noted.

    And Jill, you're an old follower (thanks!) so you get those extra 2 points.

  18. I already have A.S. King's book, and Sonnenblick's novel looks interesting.

  19. thank you so much for this Joanne!! Ive been trying to get a hold of Please Ignore Vera Dietz and you've provided the perfect opportunity.


  20. Welcome, Natasha. Thanks for following and entering.

    Hi Medeia! Does that mean you don't want both books if you win?? (The prize is both books; you could always give away the copy of Vera Dietz). You get 2 extra points for being an old follower. Let me know if you're in or not. Thanks!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a new GFC follower.


  22. Welcome Susie, and thanks for entering!

  23. Awesome giveaway !! Thank you so much for making it international ! :)

    I tweeted :!/Emllie/status/27808243799560192

    GFC follower : Emilie E.


  24. You're welcome Emilie. Thanks for following and thanks for the tweet!

  25. Alright, Joanne, I'm in.

    Old follower and tweeted!/sharifwrites/status/26918945491525632


  26. I haven't read either of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Great, Medeia. Extra points duly noted.

    And thanks for entering, Myrna.

  28. Great contest! Thanks!!!

    I'm an old follower (+2)

    It's on my sidebar! (+2)

  29. Thanks, Katharine! Extra points noted.

  30. Hi Joanne! I'm a new follower, and I like your blog. Thanks for the giveaway! Both books look really good.

  31. Hi Ishta and thanks! Welcome to the blog. And you got here on time to enter the giveaway. Great!

  32. These books look great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a new follower.

  33. Awesome giveaway! Both of these books sound great! I am a follower.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  34. Tweet! Tweet!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  36. Welcome, Melissa and Nancye. Tweet duly noted, Nancye.

  37. Well, I'm ready to call it a night!

    Thanks for entering, everyone, and I'll post the winner no later than Tuesday, January 25.



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