Thursday, December 04, 2008

BTT: Favorites and Fun Contests!

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend,
a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. ~ Barrow

1. Do you have a favorite author?

It would probably be a toss up between Nora Roberts and Jennifer Crusie.

2. Have you read everything he or she has written?

Yes on Jenny Crusie and *mostly* on Nora Roberts -- I haven't read all of her early category romance releases.

3. Did you LIKE everything?


Of Nora's category romances, I enjoyed the "MacGregor" series, mostly, but I didn't like much else, so I stopped trying. I've mostly enjoyed her later work (wasn't a huge fan of "Blue Smoke" or the first book in her Vampire series, but can't think of anything else she's written in the last 5 -8 years that I didn't like).

I've liked everything Jenny Crusie has done except "Manhunting" and I can't really put my finger on why I dislike that book so much. It's part of my Crusie collection, just so I have them all (she's nowhere near as prolific as Nora -- which is a blessing and a curse), but I will never reread that particular book, whereas every other one of hers I've read and reread until the pages fell out.

4. How about a least favorite author?

TIE: John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. Is it possible to be ANY more depressing than they were?? I'm not one for depth and symbolism, so being force fed both during my English lit class was pure torture, and instilled a deep and abiding hatred for both authors that I have yet to overcome. Not that I'm really trying. Ha.

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?

Diana Gabaldon. I have picked up and tried to read "Outlander" fifty times. I do NOT like the book, and I know I'm in the minority. I keep thinking that maybe I wasn't in the mood the last time, or I'm missing something important because this book is cited over and over as the epitome of the perfect romance, but I can never get past the first few chapters before I stop. Blech.


Now for the fun contest!

Win it before you can buy it!

Win an autographed copy of "One Love For Liv" - available in print December 29th

How can you enter?

It's EASY! Simply tell the world about "One Love For Liv".

Post about the book on your blog or website (all the necessary info may be found here): the picture, blurb, excerpt, buy link and your choice of a review snippet AND a link to this contest page so other folks can have the same chance as you to win!

Then... email me with the link. Poof... you're DONE!

Contest runs from December 4, 2008 - December 15, 2008

United States and Canada only, please - If you're from outside those areas, and still wish to play, I'll substitute an eBook copy of "One Love for Liv" in place of the print book


I'm also taking part in some holiday book celebrations.

Look here to find a new holiday book every day in the 2008 Holiday Book Celebration (my own "The Christmas Curse" is featured ON Christmas!). You can also comment to win one of three different prize packages from some awesome authors.

And, starting Monday, December 8th, Cindy Green is hosting the White Christmas Book Jubilee!!

14 Authors ~ 14 Holiday Book Giveaways
December 8th to December 14th
Free Books, Holiday Recipes, and Excerpts to warm you to the tips of your toes!!

My book is up on Friday the 12th -- but there are some pretty amazing authors being featured, so stop by on Monday for your chance to win



Smilingsal said...

Our answers are different, but I enjoyed reading yours. Happy BTT.

Kathy said...

I never cared for Diana Gabalon either. I like a few of Nora Robers books but have never cared for her long series she writes under JD Robb.

Beth F said...

I absolutely love Gabaldon. I like Roberts as JD Robb and the Eve Dallas series.

Dru said...

I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts.

I'm with you on Gabaldon, I tried to read her book, but couldn't.

Have a good Thursday.

Melissa said...

Wow! You're going to be busy!

Am I supposed to do anything for Jan. Nano. I was in the midst of deadline dementia when it was being discussed so any action on my part has not happened. Thanks!

Amy(the Sleepy Reader) said...

I tried to read Outlander but it wasn't for me either.

Tori Lennox said...

I enjoyed Outlander well enough but I could never get through any of the sequels.

I've never read Nora Roberts as Nora Roberts, but I love love love her as J.D. Robb.

And I hear you on Steinbeck & Hemingway! Ugh!

Brandy said...

Jennifer Crusie is also one of my favorites! I have most of her early works, except for the ones out 20 years ago! Like you I reread them so often I'll have to replace my copies soon. Nora Roberts used to be one of my fav's, but lost interest around the last Key book. J.D. Robb however, I adore. *g*
Add F.Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby to most hated. Read it in HS and my teacher nitpicked it to death AND it was SO depressing!

I hope you're having a pleasant day!

Ceri Hebert said...

I'm with Tori, I liked Outlander but not the others. I've never read Jenny Crusie. Guess I'll have to give her a try. I started reading books by Barbara Delinsky and really liked her style.

I'll get your contest info posted on my blog soon.