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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Book Giveaways
There has been much discussion on the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) loop this past week about the legalities of giving away books that an author or book company has sent to you for purposes of reviewing the book. The consensus seems to be that it is still okay to do so, but you need to put the facts of how you got the book on your blog, so that is what I will be doing concerning my monthly book giveaway from now on. And just to clarify, most of the books I give away have been given to me by a friend or a publisher for review purposes, although I have purchased some of the books.

The discussion led me to my topic for today's post. I check out a couple of posts almost daily and others weekly. If I read all the blogs that interest me, I would never get any reading or writing done! LOL I thought I would compile a list of the blogs that often do book giveaways, and I hope that several of you will add other book giveaway sites in your posts. That way we can all be winners!

And anyone who leaves a post this month with their email info will be entered into a drawing for the book The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry to be held on Nov. 1st. (see post on Oct. 1st to read a review of this wonderful book. And yes, Christina is a friend of mine, but I bought this book myself. She is giving 10 books away this month to 10 lucky people who post on her book blog tour, so if you leave a comment on Oct. 31st on my blog, you will have 2 chances to win!

Below are a list of sites I have checked out and/or won books or other items from. It is great fun to win books, but even more fun to read about all the wonderful Christian books out there, so check out one or more of these sites:

http://www.lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/ Lena usually reviews at least 3 books a week and draws for the winners each Saturday. Her author interviews, like Lena herself, are very fun and eclectic.

http://www.inkwellinspirations.blogspot.com/ This new site is written by 15 writers. To celebrate their grand opening, they are giving away an item each day this month and 2 grand prizes at the end of the month, so this is a site you will definitely want to check out soon! I enjoy reading it because it ranges from devotions to book reviews to info about the authors--all great stuff!

http://www.on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/ This is another new site, written by Lynda Schab. Her giveaway each Monday for the next 11 weeks is called The Twelve Books of Christmas! Guess who won the first Christmas book--moi! If I were a Grinch and wanted to keep the chance of winning all of those wonderful Christmas books just to myself, I wouldn't be telling you all about it, so pass the word and share some Christmas cheer!

http://www.favoritepastimes.blogspot.com/ This site is wo-manned by 8 contributors and gives away one book each week. In keeping with the name of this blog, the books are usually historicals, so all of you fans of that genre need to mosey on over.

http://www.dimensionsartandeternity.blogspot.com/ This is one of my favorite sites, co-written by Robin Johns Grant and her niece, Kristi Israel. Written from the different points of view, you never know what the topic will be, but I think you will love it! Their giveaways have ranged from an Amazon gift card to books to hand made crafts, so head on over and find out what is in store for you there.

I know there are scads of other sites that do giveaways, so please add your favorite in the comments section. Thanks, and may the best reader win!

14 comments:

Karen Lange said...

Hi Rose,
Thanks so much for sharing this information. I'll have to check these out. Here is a giveaway from my blog if you are interested:

http://karenelange.blogspot.com/2009/10/book-giveaway.html

Blessings to you and your readers!
Karen

Cecelia Dowdy said...

I give away a box of books each month on my blog. Here's the link to my most recent giveaway. Leave a comment, and your email address if you'd like to enter:
http://ceceliadowdy.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-book-giveaway.html

Gina Welborn said...

Thanks, Rose, for naming Inkwell Inspirations to your list of favorite blogs to visit!

Susanne Dietze said...

Rose, thank you so much for passing along this information! I am going to have to visit some of them asap.

I appreciate you giving Inkwell a shout out, too. I always love to see that you've visited.

Oh, please enter me in the drawing!
srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

Connie Marquise said...

Hi, Rose:

Jen told us Inkies you mentioned us on your blog. This is so exciting. And you're a new one for me to read. Great to meet ya!

nvgrams (at) yahoo (dot) com

Patty Wysong said...

Hi Rose,
Each week on my blog I do a two day author spotlight (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and 99% of them are also book giveaways, courtesy of the authors not me. Some weeks there are two book drawings, both fiction and nonfiction. =]

Patterings (my blog): http://pattywysong.blogspot.com/

and my email addy: patterly at gmail dot com

Edwina said...

I would love to read Familiar Stranger!

edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com

Aggie Villanueva said...

Rose, I am glad to hear we can still give copies of our books away. In fact, I'd like to offer you a copy of mine, Rightfully Mine: God's Equal Rights Amendment, originally published by Thomas Nelson.

myaggie2@gmail.com

Robin Johns Grant said...

Rose, thanks for the shout-out! I'm thinking of starting a new give-away soon, as a matter of fact. I'll put a link to your post on my site. Thanks again.

Kristi Israel said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Rose, and the great recommendations!

Kristi Israel
www.dimensionsartandeternity.blogspot.com

Cindy Thomson said...

Thanks for the mention, Rose!
FAVORITE PASTIMES

Jo Huddleston said...

Rose,
Thanks for the info on book giveaways. I don't have a blog but I do give away a book each month in my newsletter (I draw the winner from current subscribers on 25th of each month and announce winner in the next month's issue). Folks can sign up for my newsletter at my site www.johuddleston.com. In each issue I have either an interview with or an article by an author. Thanks again,
Jo
johudd@bellsouth.net

buddyt said...

Hi Rose,

It is a great idea to let readers know where they can go to enter giveaways for good books but often these books are limited to the US and perhaps Canada only.

Most authors have many overseas readers who also visit their webpages or blogs, so please try and show restrictions as well, if any or state if open worldwide.

Thanks

Carol

Charity said...

I like the Edgy Inspirational Blog which has giveaways. http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the info on the others:)
Charity
esterried@yahoo.com