Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wonderful Wins


I don't just like to host giveaways . . . I like to win them, too!  Thank you to my fellow bloggers for hosting and to Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster for sponsoring these giveaways. These books all arrived at my house within the last couple of days.


THE BIBLE SALESMAN
by Clyde Edgerton

A contest win from ninthfactor.org   Thanks, Kelly!

Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing two chain saws and 1,600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the army during the Second World War. Back on the road in postwar North Carolina, now a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitchhiking Henry Dampier, an innocent twenty-year-old Bible salesman. Clearwater immediately recognizes Henry as smart but gullible, just the associate he needs--one who will believe Clearwater is working undercover for the F.B.I.; one who will drive the cars Clearwater steals as Clearwater follows along in his own car at a safe distance. Henry joyfully sees a chance to lead a dual life as a Bible salesman and a G-man.

During his hilarious and scary adventures, Henry grapples with doubts about the Bible's accuracy, and we learn of his fundamentalist upbringing, an upbringing that doesn't prepared him for his new life. As he falls in love with the captivating Marleen Green and questions his religious training, Henry begins to see he's being used--that he is on his own in a way he never imagined.


ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS
by Kristin Harmel

A contest win from Bless Their Hearts Mom.  Thank you, Nicole!

Thirty-four-year-old Manhattan accountant Cat Connelly has always lived life on the safe side. But after her little sister gets married, Cat wonders if she has condemned herself to a life of boredom by playing by the rules. She decides to take a chance for once, accepting an invitation to spend a month with an old flame in Italy. But her reunion with the slick and gorgeous Francesco is short-lived, and she finds herself suddenly alone in Rome. Now, she must see if she has the courage to live outside the lines for the first time - and to face a past she never understood.


BREAKING THE BANK
by Yona Zeldis McDonough

A contest win from Crazy-for-Books.com   Thanks, Jennifer!

MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING

Mia Saul is down on her luck. Dumped by her husband, jettisoned from her job, and estranged from her adored older brother, she and her young daughter, Eden, have had to make a downscale move to a crummy apartment, where their neighbors include a tough young drug dealer and a widower who lets his dogs use the hallways as their own personal litter box. Juggling a series of temporary jobs, wrangling with her ex-husband over child support, and trying to keep pace with Eden's increasingly erratic behavior have left Mia weary and worn out.

EXCEPT WHEN IT IS

So when a seemingly functional ATM starts handing Mia thousands and thousands of dollars -- and not deducting the money from her account, because it sure isn't in there -- she isn't about to give it back. Her newfound cash stash opens up a world of opportunity, and a whole lot of trouble. Worried friends, family, and in-laws start questioning her judgment about everything, and the cops really, really want to know where all that cash is coming from. And then there's Patrick, a man Mia most definitely would never have met if things hadn't spun out of control. Mia is beginning to think that maybe somebody, somewhere, is trying to teach her a lesson about what matters in life, and what doesn't....

11 comments:

bookbirddog said...

Nice wins!

fredamans said...

Good job, congrats!!

Alyce said...

Congrats on your wins and your numbered comments! :) Looks great!

bermudaonion said...

You had some great wins! I hope you enjoy them.

Diane said...

Lucky you!!! I won the Bible Salesman as well but have not received mine yet.

Jo-Jo said...

It is just so much fun to win books isn't it? I also won The Bible Salesman from ninthfactor.org. Can't wait to read that one.

Lady_Graeye said...

WOW! What Great Thing To Win!!!

Zibilee said...

The Bible Salesman looks like a great book, as do the others. Congrats on your wins!

Vicki said...

I received The Bible Salesman and Breaking The Bank.

I have an award for you HERE

Toni said...

GEREAT wins.. I want Italian for Beginner too! Congrats.

Rebecca Graham said...

Congratulations!! Books are a necessity of life for me. Enjoy your new reads.