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Buy a Book, Save the World! CONTEST!!!

Alison Kent has a great contest going on on her blog right now. It was triggered by this post about the dire conditions in publishing today and how everyone should go out and buy a book to help things stay above water. I think it’s a great idea. I admit, even my book buying, which in the past was up to addictive levels, has dropped off significantly.

I, for one, plan to buy a lot of books as Christmas gifts this year. The book will be geared toward the recipient, of course. And I know of one immediate family member who doesn’t like to read books. Any books. Even when a book is actually dedicated to them. Over two years ago. :-/ So, in this case, I would pick a different book. Possibly a picture book of some kind. Or one about shoes.

So, here’s my contest this weekend. Tell me a book that you want to read and why you want to read it. It has to be a new or recent release and it has to cost under $10 — so you’re looking at mass market paperbacks here. Be sure to say why you want the book — buzz it here (by chatting about it a bit in comments), and maybe it’ll trigger somebody else to want to pick it up!

I’ll pick 2 winners from the comments next Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. EST and send off their book choices. And I welcome anyone to do a similar contest on their blog. Books rock!!

Good luck!


31 comments to “Buy a Book, Save the World! CONTEST!!!”

  1. Stephanie Bakker
     · November 15th, 2008 at 11:12 am · Link

    First let me say this is a great contest! Thank you!

    The book I would love is A.J Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5. Why this book? Mainly because A.J. is a newly published author with a lot of talent. All new author’s need support and the best way to support them is to buy their books!

    Plus the book has gotten rave reviews from ParaNormalRomance.org and Romantic Times Magazine. I can’t wait to read it!

  2. mikaela
     · November 15th, 2008 at 11:25 am · Link

    Not upcoming releases? It just got much harder ;). I would really like to read Personal Demon by Stacia Kane, since it sounds really good :)

  3. Michelle Rowen
     · November 15th, 2008 at 11:38 am · Link

    Okay, I’ll allow upcoming releases, but that means the winner will have to wait a bit!! :)

  4. Michelle Greathouse
     · November 15th, 2008 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Free books – rocks out loud!! I love to read and my genre of choice is paranormal romance. I also like fantasy and urban fantasy. The book I would choose is The Demon King and I by Candance Havens. Why? Because I have never read one of her books and I’m always on the lookout for new authors. I have heard good things about Ms. Havens work. :)

  5. Rhyan
     · November 15th, 2008 at 12:35 pm · Link

    Well one book would be Deja Demon By Julie Kenner but that one is slightly over 10.00 dollars I think. The cost of books is going up so fast these days. I love her work and over the holidays its always fun to read something with humor in it.

    And then there is of Magic to the Bone By Devon Monk I have heard such good things about this book. She is a new author and I hope I get to read this one soon. I usually get a gift card to chapters books for christmas. everyone seems to give them in my family.

    There are others but I cant find my list right now. I always have a list. I think its my number one rule

  6. Rhyan
     · November 15th, 2008 at 12:43 pm · Link

    You said buzz it and I went to the new yahoo service buzz it and well you don’t have a button up so we can buzz it. I figure I am missing something. I have been putting buzz buttons on my blogs well one blog so far but more to come. I have a lot of writing to do and well this time of year I don’t seem to get as much as I would like done. Anyway do you have a buzz button so we can buzz this blog or did you mean something else.

  7. Michelle Rowen
     · November 15th, 2008 at 2:10 pm · Link

    When I say buzz it I just meet chat it up here in your comment so other people who read the comment will get excited about the book. :-)

  8. Barbara Elness
     · November 15th, 2008 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Where to start, there are always so many! One book I have on my list is Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands. Somehow I missed picking that one up when it was first out and it is just being released again. I really enjoy Lynsay Sands’ vampire books, her take on vampires is a bit different, and there is a lot of humor in her stories – just like your vampire stories Michelle (which I love, by the way).

  9. Breia Brickey
     · November 15th, 2008 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I want
    Mercury’s War by Lora Leigh. Her Breed series is very intense( sex, action..etc) Each book just hooks me more.
    Dark Magic by Cheyenne McCray (really want this one) Last book in the series and she’s going out with a bang. The book has more pages than the rest(big plus) and it has action galore. Cassia is the most powerful witch in the coven and we get her story with Jake now( can’t wait)
    And last but not least( sorry for long post but books are my addiction) Fish out of Water- book 3 in MaryJanice Davidson’s Fred the Mermaid series. This doesn’t come out until Nov. 25 but it is worth the wait. If you like MJD’s Betsy series, you’ll love Fred as well. In this book she decides to date Artur the merman instand of her human interest,Thomas. We also get to meet her father for the first time ( good or bad we don’t know yet)

    BTW this is only the tip of my iceberg of a list.


  10. Jane
     · November 15th, 2008 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I would love a copy of Cindy Gerard’s “Take No Prisoners.” Cindy is one of my favorite authors. I love her Bodyguard series and her Black Ops series. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense you should give her books a try.

  11. Patricia
     · November 15th, 2008 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Great contest idea!

    I would pick Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I have read book 2 Magic Burns and was completely captivated by the world Andrews created. Now I would like to read the first book.

  12. Natasha A.
     · November 15th, 2008 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Hmm what do I want? Well….
    Is July recent?
    If so…
    Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
    If not….
    Any given doomsday b Lori Handeland
    Although, I am hitting Chapters tomorrow (I am dragging the husband) because it is Irewards members appreaciation day, 25% off! Woohoo!

  13. Carrie - the book girl
     · November 15th, 2008 at 7:11 pm · Link

    I really want Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. I love the vampire academy books. They are YA, but as someone who isn’t in the age group, they are great even for older folks. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

    I am also looking forward to the next Fred the Mermaid book by Mary Janice Davidson. Fred is such a smart-ass, and I love her. The books are similar to the Betsy series, but different enough to be fresh and new.

    Stephanie – I have read Phenomenal Girl 5 and it was super. (ha, ha) I’m really not that into the superhero thing, but I loved the book. It kept me up late into the night to finish it. And as a mother of three little ones, I never stay up late.

  14. Michelle Rowen
     · November 15th, 2008 at 7:56 pm · Link

    Recent just means still readily available on the shelves…. :)

  15. Virginia Hendricks
     · November 15th, 2008 at 10:25 pm · Link

    If you allow upcoming releases, I’d love At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost.

    I love her writing style and am looking forward to the next installment in her series! :)

  16. Stargazer
     · November 16th, 2008 at 12:40 am · Link

    This contest is the Coolest!

    I am a HUGE Richard Laymond fan. I have read lots of his books including, The Midnight Tour, The Beast House, Darkness Tell Us, The Travling Vampire Show ect….
    He is the Master of twisting supence, romance, and horror into a tale you will never forget…or be able to get out of you dreams late at night.
    I would love to read his book Allhallow’s Eve. Its about a haunted house where a murder took place, and now someone is holding a party there on Halloween Night (of course…hehehehehe)
    If you like a good scare you will Love Laymond.

  17. Stargazer
     · November 16th, 2008 at 12:52 am · Link

    Sorry I Just realized my book cost more than 10bucks…so let me pick another one of his stories.
    One Rainy Night…Its about people going crazy after a rain storm sets in and last a little too Long.
    I simply love his stories…but then I always love a good Horror movie too. Fun Stuff.

  18. Kimmie
     · November 16th, 2008 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Wow! What an amazing contest!! If I had to choose one, I would say I’d like to read Up in Smoke by Katie Macalister. I own all her previous releases from the Aisling Grey series and this is number two in the Silver Dragons series. They are the only books in the paranormal vein that I’ve read with dragons in them. Her characters are just laugh-out-loud funny and they totally crack me up!! My favourite is Aisling’s wise-crackin’ demon-dog. Thanks Michelle, for the chance to win such a generous prize!!

  19. Lori P.
     · November 16th, 2008 at 8:32 pm · Link

    This is a great contest. The book I want to try is Nalini Singh’s Hostage To Pleasure. I have never read a book by Nalini Singh before, but it seems like every place I go on the internet is buzzing about her books. Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth book in her Psy-Changelings series. I understand that not only are Nalini’s books packed with romance but also action, plot twists, and great world building.

  20. Brooke
     · November 16th, 2008 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Stephanie, Phenomenal Girl 5 is AWESOME! It is by far one of the best books I’ve read this year. Very enjoyable.

    A book I’m really looking forward to reading is Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. It’s the 3rd book in her Vampire Academy series, and I LOVE the main character Rose. I really enjoy the YA vampire books because they are more innocent and sometimes I think the plots are more intricate. :)

  21. RachaelfromNJ
     · November 17th, 2008 at 12:11 am · Link

    I want to read Blood Bargain and Matters of the Blood both by Maria Lima. I’ve heard alot of great things about both books and they just sound like something I’d really enjoy. They’re both $7.99 each.

  22. Carol B
     · November 17th, 2008 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I would love to read Enchanting the Lady, by Kathryne Kennedy. I don’t know if it is still on shelves as I live 40 miles from the nearest bookstore, but it is still on Amazon for less than $10.

    It’s set in a Victorian England full of magical beings, with a romance between a shape-shifter and a girl unaware of her own powers. The fact that her magic is related to the relics of Merlin, my most awesomely favorite magician, makes this a must-have book. It’s the first in a new series, so I’d like to get in at the beginning for once, instead of hunting for the earlier books like I do with most series.

    Plus, the cover doesn’t have naked people on it, so I can read it without shocking my children.

  23. Erin
     · November 17th, 2008 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I’d love to read Witch Fire by Anya Bast. I like elemental paranormals, and this sounds like a very steamy series! (Witch Fire is the first; the second is Witch Blood.)

  24. Donna
     · November 17th, 2008 at 6:29 pm · Link

    For books that have come out fairly recently, I cant wait to read Tombs of Endearment by Casey Daniels. It is the thrid book in the Pepper Martin Mysteries which is about an unlucky cemetary tour guide who after a accident can now see and hear ghosts who insist on her help. They are lighthearted and amusing stories.

  25. Carmen R
     · November 17th, 2008 at 9:17 pm · Link

    I want to read The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black. It’s about an exorcist that has a demon inside her. It’s the third book in the series and I have to say I loved the first two books. I want to read it not only because I liked the first to book but also to just escape from my life. Reading a good book does wonders for my mental state and I sure could use a mental vacation about now.

  26. Jeana
     · November 18th, 2008 at 3:40 pm · Link

    This is a great contest idea.

    The next book I want to read it The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. I just love her books. I want to read it because it’s the next in a series and I’ve read all the others in the series. Her books make me laugh, and when under stress Laughter is great medicine.

  27. Jeana
     · November 18th, 2008 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Ok since I can’t seem to read a price list please ignore my other book choice as it’s over $10(even though I still really want to get it)

    My other choice is Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice DAvidson. Again it’s a book I choose because it’s the next in the series and MJ’s books make me laugh. And with the holiday season coming up and work related stress a good laugh is what i need.

  28. Natasha A.
     · November 18th, 2008 at 4:12 pm · Link

    …Can I change my choice?? LOL I didn’t get to Chapters on the weekend, so I didn’t pick up the one that I REALLY wanted! lol
    Red by Jordan Summers. :D
    Natasha A.

  29. Heather Harper
     · November 18th, 2008 at 5:37 pm · Link

    I’d like to have Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra. I loved her YA debut Graffiti Girl. (That one was RITA nominated AND optioned for a movie.)

  30. TruBlu
     · November 18th, 2008 at 6:47 pm · Link

    With today being the last day with two and a half hours remaining, I barely made it. This is really cool by the way. I would love Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. After reading Perfect You, she’s become like a favorite of mine, making it my goal to read as many of her book as I can.


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