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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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GFY Giveaway: The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


We are delighted to have a giveaway of one of the summer’s most fun (and most popular) beach reads today! And not only because, as a writing duo, Heather and I have a special affinity for other female writing duos. This book is perfect for your poolside-reading (even if your pool is, like mine, imaginary):

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What’s is The Knockoff about? From Goodreads:

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

THE TASK: We have one copy to give away, and this contest is open to EVERYONE. I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us about the worst co-worker you’ve ever had. (I had one that used to change my grammar TO BE INCORRECT and who left randomly to go to a silent retreat in the middle of a huge project she and I were working on. That was actually a blessing.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.  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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GFY Giveaway: How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz


Happy summer to the Northern Hemisphere of Fug Nation! Our book giveaways are BACK!

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We are lucky enough to have FIVE copies of the news Lisa Lutz book to give away here today. What’s it about, you ask? I can help you. Via Goodreads:

From a bestselling writer, a story of unexpected friendship—three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them

When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.

Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman (“If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth”). And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.

Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us your favorite campfire snack. (I’m hungry.)  Good luck!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) 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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