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GFY Giveaway: French Coast and Rome in Love by Anita Hughes


This week’s giveaway feels perfect for this part of the summer. I want to go to both of these places:

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We’re delighted to have two books to give away from Anita Hughes. What are they about, you ask? Let’s examine the book descriptions and answer that question:

ROME IN LOVE, which comes out this upcoming week:

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful, Italian city of Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

FRENCH COAST, which came out this spring:

Serena has the job she’s always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign.

Everything feels unbelievably perfect…until it doesn’t. The hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she’ll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette’s who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate’s generosity, but it seems that there’s more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents’ marriage, and it isn’t long before she begins to question her own relationship.With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track.

These sound like excellent options for your beach bag, and I wish you good luck in winning them! Speaking of:

THE TASK: One winner will get both books, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us where you’d go on vacation if price were no object.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US and Canadian residents only.

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GFY Giveaway: The GiGi New York Hayden Satchel


We are VERY excited for today’s giveaway. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, or who have come to any of our recent book signings, have probably seen my own Hayden satchel, which I splashed out for, Treat Yo Self-style, some time last year when GiGi was running a sale. I get tons of compliments on it — I actually wrote down the info about the brand, GiGi New York, on a scrap of paper for one of you at our Chicago book event — so when GiGi asked Heather and me if we’d like to give one away to Fug Nation, we were delighted and we jumped at the chance. The winner will be able to choose the color from the options in the slideshow above (black, navy, cobalt, stone, ivory, white, or saddle [which is the camel color], some of which are embossed to resemble python), and can also have it personalized. We just want to give you nice things!

You can find all the stats on the Hayden satchel at GiGi’s website, and because I have one, I will very likely be able answer any questions you might have about them, too.  (In a couple of weeks, we’re also going to be able to bring Fug Nation a special discount code for GiGi’s site, so you can go crazy and buy yourself a whole pile of bags if you want.)

THE TASK: We will have BUT ONE winner, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us the one thing that you always have rattling around the bottom of your bag. (Mine is lip gloss.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday night, July 26th.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only.

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GFY Giveaway: Pierogi Love by Casey Barber


Are you ready for some pierogies? I can help you with that, thanks to this week’s GFY Giveaway! Behold:

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Via Amazon:

This tasty tribute to the pierogi takes a familiar wrapping and stuffs it with a host of unconventional, innovative, and decidedly non-traditional fillings. With 60 sweet and savory recipes that include everything from the classic Polish cheddar and potato offerings to American-inspired Reuben pierogies and fried apple pie-rogies to worldly fillings like falafel and Nutella, there’s a pierogi for every party and every palate! Each recipe comes with a charming story from Barber’s extensive explorations in pierogi flavors.

Heather made several of these over the weekend — HELLO NUTELLA PIEROGI ["With Bananas Foster sauce! Also, the falafel ones, and the regular kind. And they were fab. I want to make the ones on the cover, Pickled Strawberry Jam, next." - H] – and I have to admit that they looked totally delicious. The cookbook itself is just lovely, and I can’t wait to dig into it; Casey Barber’s blog, Good. Food. Stories., is one of my favorites.

THE TASK: We have FIVE copies to give away today! FIVE. I will be picking the winners at random, but to keep things fun, please comment and tell us what your favorite comfort food is.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to US and Canada only this time.

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GFY Giveaway: THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


Will a book giveaway ease your way back into a full work-week after a long weekend? I hope so.

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This week, I am delighted to inform you that we have two signed copies of the new book from Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, The Status of All ThingsHooray for writing duos!

What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate’s two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

THE TASK: I will be picking the winner at random, but to keep things fun, please comment and tell us to where you would most like to time-travel.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to US and Canada only this time.

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GFY Giveaway: Ana of California by Andi Teran and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


You guys! I feel like you’re going to be really excited about this week’s giveaway. It’s two fabulous books, one of which you may already love. Voila:

THE BOOK:

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Per Amazon:

A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

All that, and Flavorwire recently called it one of the best books of the year to date!

Appropriately — and awesomely — the winner will also get this gorgeous copy of Anne of Green Gables:

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I assume you know what this one is about? A sassy red-headed orphan, a doomed writing slate, one very intriguing bottle of cordial, etc. Don’t worry, you’ll love it.

THE TASK: I will be picking the winner at random, but to keep things fun, please comment and tell us your very favorite childhood read. (Anne of Green Gables might just be mine. Although I love Emily of New Moon. And Harriet the Spy. And Anastasia Krupnik. How can I choose? [Also, apparently I really like books with names in the title.])

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

 

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GFY Giveaway: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma


Very excited to bring you this giveaway today! And not just because the cover is so pretty:

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THE BOOK:

Per Algonquin Young Readers:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

THE TASK: We have three signed copies to give away! I will be picking the winner at random, but in order to enter please comment and tell us your favorite ghost story. (I mean, you don’t have to tell the entire story. You can just tell us what it’s about. Or you CAN tell us the entire story if you want. I don’t know your life.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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