OK, I have been wanting to do a give away for quite awhile (you know, ’cause I’ve been blogging so long). I recently won my first give away..I believe my first drawing of any kind..via Corey at Watching the Waters, and it totally made my day. I’ve been wanting to pass on the give away love. And then, today, she announces she’s doing another give away! It’s for the first half of the first season of Glee on DVD, people, you don’t want to miss this one.
And that was just the final inspiring push to get me to do my own.
What to give-away was confounding me for awhile…’cause I’m not sure what is generally appealing to people and small enough to be give-away-able.
Then I figured, screw it. I’m giving away stuff I like. Hopefully there are some others out there who like it, too!
So this give-away is for the first book in each of my three favorite series. Mmmm…books…. I know a lot of people don’t have a lot of time to read, and certainly not for fun..but…if you love it, make time for it! Reading is a lot of my self-care, it’s how I stay sane, so I find chunks of my day to read, even if it’s just 10 mintues before bed. And I’m way more motivated to read if they’re books that have been recommended to me.
Now, to assuage your fears, these books are nothing like Twilight. They all have great plots, great characterization, and truly great love stories. They are not brain candy. They are not aimed at 13-year-old girls.
But like all books, to enjoy them you have to enjoy them for what they are, not what you want them to be. Go to these for fluff, you’ll be disappointed. Go to them for a gripping story that will pull you in and keep you up til 2AM, pulse racing, you’ll be happy :-)
Here’s what’s up for grabs (click the pictures to go to the Amazon page):
This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is set in a world where there are multiple gods, the ones of the main culture somewhat descended from the Christian god. Possible offense one. The main character is a courtesan who does what she does in order to worship a goddess. Possible offense two. She also is marked by another god and thus is destined to find pleasure in pain. Possible offense three. BUT if you can get past all of that you will find a rich fantasy world with incredibly deep characters it is impossible not to feel for. This series is often on lists of the best fantasy series and staff picks in bookstores, and is loved by men and women alike (despite possible initial doubts). And the romance story is AMAZING. The male lead is absolutely 1,000% the perfect man. You will fall in love with him. *sighs dreamily* And it is very, very sexy. This is the first book in a trilogy. Then there is a follow-up trilogy, which is also amazing. Then there is another follow-up trilogy which I am pretending doesn’t exist.
Again, this is a book for the open-minded. As I’ve mentioned, I believe, Satan is a character in this book, and a really nice guy! But this is a totally different world. It is not a heaven-and-hell type of Satan. It is a guardian-of-the-only-afterworld type of Satan. This trilogy follows a young girl as she grows up in a world where those of The Blood can perform magic with varying strengths. She is the most powerful person born…ever. Again, in-cred-i-ble characterization, and a great, great love story. Very interesting world, which definitely has sex as an important part, but this book does not go into details of actual sex..really…at all. It’s just alluded to a lot, and used in ways we don’t typically. Really, really good book, this is one that, no matter how many times I’ve read, I still get sucked into like it’s my first time through because I care so much about those in it. This is the first book in a trilogy, then there’s a book of short-stories related to the characters that’s also great and some other random books in the world.
An innocent read! This book is so innocent I recommended the series to my very-sheltered 14-year-old sister-in-law (though that’s not the intended audience by any stretch). This is the first book of about a dozen in the series. It, of course, has a great love story and some really good characterization, and the development of the world is interesting. This series goes through a lot of different issues in addition to the main plot and will make you think (even if it is a bit obvious about it sometimes), and exposes you to many different cultures. I find them a nice comfort-read; a very well-written comfort-read. This is another series that often makes best-of lists.
So there you have them!
Also, since seeing more blogs I’ve realized that most give-aways are full of about a bajillion rules (become a follower, put my button on your blog, leave me a comment, do 3 hours of research, right a 500 word essay…OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit). That’s no fun. One of my main love languages is “giving gifts,” so I’m doing this for the joy of giving stuff away. And it’s no fun for me if it’s no fun for you. So here are my simple rules:
1) Post a comment telling me your favorite book (Hey, I am always looking for good books!)
2) In that comment, also tell me which of the books above you’d like. I don’t want to send just anyone Kushiel… If you’re up for more than one, I’ll put you in more than one drawing!
3) That’s it.
Do it by 5PM Friday (pacific time). At that point I’ll be drawing names in some clever and unbiased way (I’m trying to find a way to get my dog involved, but that may not happen..).
::UPDATE:: Deadline extended to 7PM pacific time (around 11PM eastern), because that’s the earliest I’ll be home. Poo. :P
And hey, look at it this way – I don’t even know that I have 3 people who read this blog regularly! So you may be a guaranteed winner, just for commenting! :-)
Thanks for playing along and letting me give you stuff!
::Added:: I forgot to add, none of the authors, publishers, book-sellers, or other official-book-people know I exist. Nor care. Except that I give them lots ‘o’ money for all their books. *cough* But, as I said, this is purely for my own fun, so letting me give you stuff counts as your good deed for the day!