Sway: A Novel
by Zachary Lazar

List Price: $13.99
Published in 2009
ISBN-10: 0-316-11311-5

Thanks to Valerie and Hachette Books for this giveaway. Time for another giveaway. Come and play. Bring your friends along, too.

Description from Hachette Book site:

Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar’s extraordinary new novel, SWAY–the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers. Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson “family.”

For full description of this book, read it here.

Contest Rules:

There will be 5 winners.
Contest is open March 2- March 25, 2009
Contest open to US and Canada. No PO Box addresses allowed.
Prize mailed from the publisher.
Winners will be contacted via e-mail. Address is expected within 4 calendar days. I reserved the right to pick alternate winner if I don’t hear from you in 4 calendar days.

For chances to win:

Leave a comment on story form for this entry. Make it at least 3 sentences minimum. (1 entry)

Follow this blog on Twitter: (1 entry)

Follow any one of these Hachette books on twitter: (1 entry each)

Blog about this giveaway on your site or your bulletin board. Leave the link in the comments. (3 entries)

Do the ’share’ button thing at the bottom of this page, leave links in comment for 2 entries.

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I found this meme today on my bloghop. Yeah, I got so much free time I got time to bloghop (not true, but still I like clicking links between scrubbing my floors.) Anyways, Three on Thursday goes like this. I list three things, and that’s all I need to play. So, I’m taking this oppurtunity to pick three sentences from a book called ANGELS AND DEMONS. It’s a movie with Tom Hanks coming out in the summer. I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s going to be enjoyable. This book is great too. If you haven’t read this, it’s your chance now. Contest open worldwide.

1.Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own. {prologue}
2. Langdon read the plaque twice and still he was not convinced. {p354}
3. Now she was racing headlong down a precipitous grade where any misplaced step could mean a deadly fall. {p604}

To win this copy of used paperback I’ve read from before, leave a comment of your Three on Thursday of anything. It can be three things about a book, or movie, or anything that is three. You can post it in your blog and leave your link in the comment, or you can just leave your three things on the comment. I’m playing Three on Thursday today.

If you can’t think of anything, tell me which three author’s book you would like to see given away here.

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Blood of the Wicked
by Leighton Gage

Sarah Reidy of Soho Press sent me a copy of this book. It’s part of this Soho Crime selection. It’s one of the greatest book I have read. It reminds me of the time I started reading Hostage by Robert Crais. Remember the movie with Bruce Willis? Well, this is another book I’d love to see in a movie.

Leighton Gage is very compelling. I love the setting: Brazil. I know nothing of Brazil, and this book brings me there. To the bad parts, the good parts and the intriguing parts. Did you know that you have to be a lawyer to progress in rank in the police department? I thought that’s very interesting.

This book is 324 pages long, but when you get to the end, it feels like you’ve just reach the end of a wonderful epical journey. Leighton Gage manage to pack so much into this book, it’s one great satisfying read.

Synopsis from Soho Press site:

In the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal, where landless peasants are confronting the owners of vast estates, the the bishop arrives by helicopter to consecrate a new church and is assassinated.

Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters of the Federal Police of Brazil, is dispatched to the interior to find the killer. The Pope himself has called Brazil’s president; the pressure is on Silva to perform. Assisted by his nephew, Hector Costa, also a federal policeman, Silva must battle the state police and a corrupt judiciary as well as criminals who prey on street kids, the warring factions of the Landless League, the big landowners and the Church itself, in order to solve the initial murder and several brutal killings that follow. Justice is hard to come by. An old priest, a secret liberation theologist, finally metes it out. Here is a Brazil that tourists never encounter.

Isn’t it great that I have two copies to giveaway, plus one of the newest release: Burried Strangers!

The Contest:

There will be 3 winners: 2 for Blood of the Wicked and 1 Burried Strangers.

Contest is open worldwide.

Contest open: January 26 - February 14.

Leave a comment for one entry.

Blog about this contest for another.

Follow on any of the following (link at the bottom of this post) there’s this “+” right about the tags. When you have followed me anywhere, leave a link on another comment for another entry.

Winners will be randomly drawn on February 14.

I’m currious. What are your memorable read? What book just made you want to tell every one to try and read it because it’s so good? I’m making this part of Bloggy giveaways.

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Rock Bottom: A Novel
by , Michael Shilling

Thanks to Miriam Parker and the Hachette Book Group for this giveaway.

Product Description

Once, the Blood Orphans had it all: a million-dollar recording contract from Warner Brothers, killer hooks, and cheekbones that could cut glass. Four pretty boys from Los Angeles, they were supposed to be the next big thing, future kings of rock and roll.

But something happened on the way to glory, and now, two years later, along with their coke-fueled, mohawked female manager, they have washed up in Amsterdam for the final show of their doomed and dismal European tour. The singer has become a born-again Buddhist who preaches from the stage, the bass player’s raging eczema has turned his hands into a pulpy mess, the drummer is a sex-fiend tormented by the misdeeds of his porn-king father, and the guitar player–the only talented one–is thoroughly cowed by the constant abuse of his bandmates.

As they stumble through their final day together, the Blood Orphans find themselves on a comic tour of frustration, danger, excitement, and just possibly, redemption.

The contest:

Date: Jan 26 to February 16.
Open to residents of US and Canada, no PO box addresses please.

There will be five copies of this title available and it will be mailed directly from the publisher.

How this works:

Start with a story (FIRST commenter gets the honor of starting one - make this PG-13 since my kids reads my blog), and each succeeding commenters will add to it with at least 3 sentences long. You can do more, but that’s the minimum.

You can leave as many comments as you can, but make sure a different commenter is between your comments.
Each comment is worth one entry.

Blog about this contest and leave the link in a separate comment.

I’m starting to read this book now, and it’s great! The opening description of eczema on the fingertips were dead on I can feel the pain. I used to suffer through this, but lately, it has gone away. I have no idea why it went, but I’m glad it did. It reminds me of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. I saw the movie first, so I’m always thinking of John Cussack when I think about this book. IF you like High Fidelity, you’re going to enjoy this book too.

This is also linked to Bloggy giveaways.

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