Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop brought to you by JKS Communicatons

As part of the Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop the Indie Book Blog will be giving away a prize package of 5 books to one lucky winner.  Here are the books you can win:

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Website: http://www.brucecameron.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/w.bruce.cameron

Cottonwood Summer '45, the latest novel in the Cottonwood series, continues the tradition of delivering an entertaining, richly-detailed reminiscence of home front America during the summer of 1945, as well as details of the closing events of World War II. The last days of the war have a profound effect on America, as witnessed by the citizens of Riverton, Michigan, and Nashville, Tennessee, the settings of this fast-paced story in which Jase and his best friend Danny, the heroes of the Cottonwood novels, are plagued by yet another passel of bad guys.

When the story opens, Danny has disappeared, along with a desperate German POW bent on making his way back to the Fatherland. With Danny as his hostage, he too falls victim to the wit and valor of the villain-vanquishing team from Riverton.

On their train trip to Nashville, our heroes are robbed but quickly identify the crook. Next, by capturing a nasty Nazi POW, they are awarded the Key to the City by Nashville’s mayor. This action opens the doors to the exciting sights and sounds of Nashville in 1945.

You’ll weep as Danny causes the accidental death of a dear friend. And you’ll marvel at how the duo deals with their first experience with racial segregation. And you’ll laugh aloud at the antics of Danny as his clairvoyance and intelligence bewilder pompous politicians and unfortunate criminals alike.

Gary Slaughter’s previous novels – Cottonwood Spring, Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story, Cottonwood Fall, and Cottonwood Summer – were named finalist in six prestigious book awards for fiction writing in the categories of adult fiction and young-adult fiction. Based on early reviews, Cottonwood Summer '45 is his best work ever. Readers are in for a special treat!

website: www.garyslaughter.com

“For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories,” says author Jesse Lee Kercheval, “becoming a parent—as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’” The collection Into the Wilderness explores the theme of parenthood from many angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewishthemed baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and redemptive baby-naming ceremony. Says author Joan Leegant, “Ebenbach takes us deep into the heart of the messy confusion and terror and unfathomable love that make up that shaky state we call parenthood. These stories are fearless, honest and true.”

Website: http://davidebenbach.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.ebenbach
Twitter: @DavidEbenbach

Meet Almigal, a spunky little girl with a BIG personality who’s determined to hear “every single sound in the whole entire universe!”

That includes... her friend Isabella’s baby brother’s funny giggle, the robins singing outside her bedroom window, the soft Swan Song Madam plays during ballet class, and especially her friend Chloe’s teeny-tiny voice.

But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her Mommy and Daddy whisper, “We love you, Almigal!” when they tuck her into bed at night.

Almigal’s spirit and her cotton-candy pink cochlear implants will have everyone shouting, “Let’s hear it for Almigal!”

5% of sales supports children with hearing loss

Website: http://www.almigal.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-Hear-it-for-Almigal/319794034773186
Twitter: @WendyKupfer

On the brink of her 40th birthday, Katie Olmstead is in no mood to celebrate. Still tending bar to support a stalled art career, she continues to struggle with her temperamental teenage son, C.J., who wants less to do with her every day. When Katie gets word that C.J.’s estranged father has died and willed C.J. his Harley-Davidson, the gift quickly becomes a wedge driving C.J. and Katie even further apart.

With the past parked in the driveway of their New England home, C.J.’s increasing outbursts and Katie’s self-sabotage resurrect memories of Katie’s own troubled childhood, one plagued by a mentally ill mother and a neglectful father. As Katie’s notion of motherhood is tested, her artistic ambitions dwindle and she begins to feel like an imposter amongst her seemingly refined neighbors.

Suddenly faced with a bullying, overachieving sister she hasn’t spoken to in years, an on-again, off-again boyfriend she just can’t love, and a drinking habit that’s spiraling out of control, Katie finds support in an unlikely place—her eccentric and ailing great uncle, Walter. From his room on the third floor, Walter watches over them, encouraging both Katie and C.J. to do the work they fear in order to redeem their family.

A beautifully written family drama, Call Me When You Land offers an astutely observed portrait of a broken family striving toward repair. Out of the his protagonist’s despair, debut novelist Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage, and offers insight into the deeply human determination to survive.

website: http://www.michaelschiavone.com/

Winner of the contest will receive one copy of each of these books from JKS.  Open only to residents of the continental US.  Good luck everyone!!

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  1. I don't think the rafflecopter is working. It just shows an html link.

    I'd love to enter. These sound like fabulous books!

    1. Sorry about that. Rafflecopter recently switched over to having pay per month options and none of my giveaways have been working right since. Apparently if you don't want the premium options your giveaways aren't important anymore.

  2. It now seems to be working for my computer. Please comment if anyone else has any difficulties.

  3. No more problems than usual! But since I choose to NOT join twitter or facebook, my entry options are fairly limited.

  4. Rafflecopter is working now. :) Thanks!

    I love giving and getting books for Christmas. :)

  5. I love giving (and receiving!) books for Christmas. I think it is a great way to let someone go on an adventure!

  6. I am using my kindle fire and it won't let me enter. It just says that it is loading.


    1. Rafflecopter is still undergoing changes so I'm not sure what is going on. I don't think there is anything I can do about device compatibility with the widget. I'd suggest trying with a different device or possibly try again in a day or two. Sorry I can't be more helpful with that.

  7. i LOVED the book Let's Hear it for Almigal!

  8. Those are all great books! I'm not eligible to join but I'm going to look around for A Dog's Purpose. Seems like a good read.

  9. i give gift cards unless there is a book i know the person wants