Monday, July 18, 2011

Pretty Little Liars

Hm. I'm a bit behind on things. I know. I make promises, and yadda yadda, what has Carol done, that tramp. (Or not done, as the case may be).

Seriously, I've been uber sick. Sleeping a lot, and then I take meds to feel better, and I sleep a lot more. So basically I'm feeling icky, but also I'm well rested. That's my excuse for not posting winners before now or the additional ARCs giveaway.

But I am posting winners today, FYI. I've got something else going on today, too, which is super cool and important (see below), so come back tomorrow for another ARCs giveaway, okay? I know, you're afraid you'll come back and be all like, "What? Carol that tramp, why didn't she post what she promised?" Well, I'll try not to do that. But there's just no accounting for real life, you know? Try to make some allowances for that. I don't live inside my computer, yeah? Not really.

Stupid real life.


Okay, so before I announce winners, first I want you to know that

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A. Denise Gover Swank has published a book called TWENTY EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES , which is awesome. I would highly recommend you check it out (links to do so will be posted below)


DSC_3211 B. Denise Grover Swank may be keeping secrets. Like, okay. I suspected that something was up. Because one, she's got five kids. And yet she works her tail off. Every time I turn around she's just written a new book. And now she's gone and published one and it's awesome (see A.) And two, hello--she's got five kids. I'm still trying to figure out how she sleeps.

SO. I point blank asked her. I said, "Denise, there's no way you can write as much as you do and publish and still keep a clean house and feed the children and stay generally sane. Seriously, I think you're hiding something." Except I was really polite and euphemistic and stuff.

And she says, "Oh ho ho, I just work really hard. It's not magic--it's math. For every hour spent working, I must lose one hour of sleep. Simple. I get no sleep."*

Uh huh. Sure. I was dubious. So I did the only rational thing. I turned to her children. And they were rather forthcoming with the secrets.

Watch as they expose their mother... It's frigging hilarious.

Okay, so that was pretty brilliant. Leave it to your children to expose all your dirty, little secrets. And look so dang cute while doing it.

And guess what? Denise is just as humorous in her writing as she is in real life. That same lightness and sense of frivolity, that charm you saw in her video is captured so beautifully in her book. There's also a sexy, sweet romance and a great mystery, too. Be sure to check it out. Here's some info:

by Denise Grover Swank

twenty-eight cover Summary:  “It all started when I saw myself dead.”

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

Winner of The Beacon – 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category.

TWENTY EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES is available in print and e-book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

HUGE thanks to Denise for sharing her video! And an even BIGGER THANKS to Julia and the children for roasting their mom publicly. Now that's LOVE. <3 <3 <3

Oh, and want a chance to win a copy of Denise Swank's TWENTY EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES? Critique Sisters Corner is hosting a giveaway. Be sure to check it out!

*I may be lying about her saying this. And possibly about me even asking the question.

**This had nothing to do with anything. I was just wondering what Julia was cooking and thought perhaps you might be wondering too. I'm hungry. Please send cake.


Annnnnnnnd now. Winners!


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                         Lisa P.

2.Personal Demons



Original Sin
ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers

   Elizabeth (Swords for Fighting)

Congratulations to both winners! Please email me with an address so I can send you your books. Thank you to everyone who entered! I very much appreciate your support of these authors and of my blog. More giveaways coming right up. Stay tuned!


Oh, and don't forget! If you haven't entered to win ARCs of  Victoria Schwab's THE NEAR WITCH and Jessica Warman's BETWEEN yet, maybe consider it, yeah? HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN ENTER. Giveaway ends tonight at midnight, EST.


  1. You are not a tramp! You are lovely and not well! Seriously! :-) Take care x

  2. This post seems like a week's worth of posts rolled into one, so I wouldn't worry too much about it! Most of us are struggling to keep up with the demands we place on ourselves--and being sick makes it that much harder. Thanks for featuring Denise here. Her book sounds awesome! Feel better soon, Carol.

  3. Life happens. Doesn't mean you're a tramp! Or it does... I guess I'm one, too :)

  4. Dang! That's a lot of wishes. Congrats to all winners!

  5. Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself as you weren't feeling good awhile ago.

    Congrats to the winners!

  6. I've seen this book. It looks good! I'll check it out. :)

  7. CONGRATS to the winners. :)

    And Denise's video is so cute. (love the tiara prop) The kids are darling. (Julia is a ham....I think she may have a future in acting :)

    And, most importantly, I hope you feel better soon. *healing hugs*


  8. Hope you feel better soon, Carol.

    My copy of Original Sin is hitting my mailbox today. Yay! Now to find time to read it. :P

  9. ROTFL... I love the vlog. Those kids are hilarious!

  10. As always when I stop by I end up smiling if not laughing out loud. LoVE the video.

  11. Hope you're feeling better soon! :(

  12. Dude, you're totes a lady, not a tramp <3. I am baffled as to how you juggle everything that you do. Denise is another woman who baffles me as well. It's amazing how much you both juggle.

    And Denise, your kids are awesome. So cute and hilarious! I might want to borrow your accountant, your laundry and cleaning ladies ... and once she's old enough your chaffeur... actually all of them. LOL!

    I have this book, only just started since I'm drowning in homework but so far it's really good and I have had to pry it out my hands!

  13. And Carol, feel better! Rest up even more!!!! <3

  14. ROTFL! That was awesome! I've had a sneak peak at Denise's book and it is awesome! You're right, her sense of humor definitely comes through in her writing. Thanks for the shout out about her giveaway on the CSC!

  15. HA HA! Too cute. Her book looks great. :) Now get some rest, girlie!

  16. Thanks for the book recommendation and the very funny video! Get well!

  17. Oh, dear! Didn't know you were sick. Feel better soon:) Denise is way cool. Great person to spotlight!

  18. I hope you're feeling better very soon. Congrats to those winners! :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  19. That is such great news for Denise and I'm so sorry you've been sick...

    Cheers to her and feel better to you!


  20. I'm sorry you've been sick -- really hope you'll feel better soon. And don't worry. I'm sure all of us understand. :)

  21. Congratulations winners... and I hope you feel better!!!

  22. Thanks for cluing me in to another great-looking book, and congrats to all the giveaway winners. Hope you're feeling back to 100% soon, Carol!

  23. Cool book! Cool blog! Nice to visit via Denise!


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