Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Giveaway

Have you read Laura Moriarty? I picked up her first book when it came out, The Center of Everything and shut off the rest of the world until I turned the last page.

A couple of years ago I was at a convention and passed a booth where Moriarty was scheduled to do a signing of her second book The Rest of Her Life. I ran back to the booth shortly after the appointed time (slowing before I got too close so I would look like a regular convention attendee and not a freaky fan) and sure enough there she was and there wasn't a line. I calmly walked over to her and blurted out, "I loved your book" and then froze. (I'm always so original and demure...remember how cool I was when I met Springsteen? Sigh...) Once again, silently, (who knew I had a mute button?) I was reliving scenes from the book...the pain I felt for Evelyn as she was walking during the "shoe" scene or my uncomfortableness during the family dinner wishing I were at the table and could spill something to divert attention away from Tina.

I somehow regained my composure and we chatted. She was lovely. I gushed about her book and I stopped short of reciting the first sentence because I didn't want her to call security she might think that was weird. She was gracious and probably a bit flustered with this stalker fan babbling on. She thanked me then laughed a little when she realized she signed my book twice. I skipped off--clutching a signed book to my chest.

While I'm Falling, Moriarty's newest book was released earlier this month. Do you see where this is going...

Thanks to Rachel at Hyperion, I have two copies of While I'm Falling to give away! I'll announce the winners (2 copies = 2 winners) on August 31.

Leave a comment for one entry. If you're a follower you'll get two entries (but you have to leave a second comment...last time I had to add extra entries for followers and it required me to pull out math skills that were hibernating in my brain that proved to be a bit taxing). You can get another chance if you post about the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment letting me know. Oh, and the winner must be in the US/Canada. So, there you go. Interested? I hope so. Here's a bit about the book:



In While I’m Falling, Laura Moriarty presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman’s life changes when her family breaks up for good.
Ever since her parents announced that they’re getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. A junior in college, she has fallen in love. She has fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job as counselor at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help—only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all.

But Veronica only gets to feel hurt for so long. Her mother shows up at the dorm with a surprising request—and with the elderly family dog in tow. Boyfriend complications ensue, along with her father’s sudden interest in dating. Veronica soon finds herself with a new set of problems, and new questions about love and independence.

Darkly humorous, beautifully written, and filled with crystalline observations about how families fall apart, While I’m Falling takes a deep look at the relationship between a daughter and a mother when one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat.


Reviews
“While I’m Falling deftly captures the moment a child realizes that growing up means being responsible for your parents’ mistakes—and preventing yourself from making the same ones. Laura Moriarty keeps getting better and better.”
—Jodi Picoult, author of Handle with Care

38 comments:

  1. And I follow! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I love to read and would love the chance to win!!!

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  3. OH and yes I am a follower!!!

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  4. Hey!! Slow down, me and Jess gotta get ours up, you are too quick! :)
    This sounds like a great book, and I swear, what you did when you met the author is what I would have done too. Once I met these DJ's of a popular station here in Oregon and I went up and just said, "I love you guys. You're so funny...."
    Crickets. It was bad.
    Anyway....

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  5. I'm a follower too, but I don't know if I can even win this since we'll be linking up on our site huh?? Oh well.

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  6. I've not heard of this author. thanks so much for the recommendations! I'll try and pick up all three.

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  7. here's my second comment. you rock. nice book review. :)

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  8. you always have the best giveaways.
    i want this book.

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  9. Okay, I just linked you up on RWG... :)

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  10. Oh, a new author to fall in love with!!

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  11. I love to read a recommended book!

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  12. Hrumph ... US and Canada only!
    Needless to say- giveaway or not, it is on my MUST read list now! xxx

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  13. If you loved it that much, it has to be great!

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  14. I blogged about it here

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Oooh. This looks good. I SO need an adult book to read (not that I'm sick of Good Night Moon or anything...)

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  16. Oh. And I'm a stalker, er, follower. :)

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  17. The book sounds excellent. I follow :-)

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  18. New follower here! Found you through onegirliegirl. The book sounds great. I hadn't heard of the first one but I'll definitely pick it up. Great blog!

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  19. Hi, I just read about your giveaway on LuxuryReading. Please enter me. Thank you.
    Sheila

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  20. Thanks for leaving a comment at my blog so I could discover yours. I'm entereing the contest.

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  21. I love to read!
    Thanks for the contest!

    www.jumpin-beans.blogspot.com

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  22. Having gone through the parents' divorce as a teen, it would be nice to see another's take on it. I don't think it matters how old you are, we all 'fall' when something like that happens.

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  23. Please enter me in the drawing! I love to read, and new authors are always nice! :)

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  24. I love to read and this book sounds great!

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  25. This sounds like a lovely book! How fun it must be to have met her. That is so generous of to share one!
    I am a follower too :)

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  26. Book sounds interesting! I just started a book club with a few friends and I'll have to suggest it as a potential upcoming read.

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