Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop - March 17-20

This contest is for US residents only and it's for a copy of Summer by the Sea by author Susan Wiggs.  To win  a copy, tell me who your favorite author is and why!  Don't forget to leave your email address so that you can be contacted. 

Book Description:

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted "best place to propose" three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who's just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

About the author, Susan Wiggs

Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids [I still have this-CL] was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.
Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.

Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare—She was wide awake, and there wasn't a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe's way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned—by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.

Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the literary institution Fields End and the legendary Maui Writers Conference. Her novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress, and is often a finalist for the prestigious award. Her books appear regularly on numerous "Best Of" lists.

Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Source:  Susan's website


debbie said...

My favorite author is Stephen King. His stories have really inspired me, I really enjoy reading them.

BJ said...

Wow...I would have to say I lean towards Lynsay Sands....I have to go buy her books when they first come out...even if it means stalking the book guy at Wal-mart...LOL.
Her books were their to make me laugh when I needed it the most and I haven't forgot that. although I must say being a reviewer I have found a bunch of new Authors that I may have to Stalk....LOL

Debbie said...

Hi, I’m a new follower from Edge of Escape . Please stop by, I’d love to have your book-savvy opinion of my site and you can enter my Lucky Leprechaun giveaway, too. My favorite author is (was) Michael Crichton because I could always count on a great read - miss him.
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Bonnie R. Paulson said...

I love Susan Wiggs. Haven't read this one yet, though. Great post. Love the site.

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Kimmie, Nola said...

Right favorite author is Kim Harrison! I love the characters in her Hollows series. I not so patiently await each book!

Blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

Stacie said...

Very tough question as I have so many favorites. I guess I would have to say Laura Childs since she has three different series that I enjoy following :)

Nightly Cafe said...

JD Robb - I love her writing style and humor. She leaves nothing out for the In Death Series.



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Lexie said...

My favorite author is Katie MacAlister. Her novels all have really sassy heroines with the perfect mix of paranormal and international flare. My favorite book of hers is Improper English but all her dragon based books are amazing too. :)

Anonymous said...

My fav author is Dean Koontz. Just the right mix of mystery, thriller, supernatural, animals, and a good inspirational moral!

mk261274 at gmail dot com

Katy said...

My fav author is L.A.Meyer...his books are simply amazing...I love reading every word

angie said...

My favorite author is James Patterson because his books are so exciting and quick reads. I can't put them down once I start reading.
Thanks for the giveaway!

scottsgal said...

My fave author is James Patterson - I love his Alex Cross series - quick reads but page turners
thanks for the chance

msboatgal at

Janelle said...

I love Rosamund Pilcher's descriptive prose!
Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
Best wishes,

geschumann said...

Debbie Macomber's heroine's are strong, yet sweet. They are clean romances.
geschumann at live dot com

Thanks, Gloria

donnas said...

I dont know that I can pick just one true favorite. But one of them would be Nora Roberts. She has quite the number of stories and all make me feel good reading them. They are my pickme ups for reading.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

windycindy said...

Your book giveaway is fantastic@
My favorite all-time author is
Agatha Christie...
Many thanks to you!

M said...

My favorite author is Debbie Macomber! I love the way she weaves a story!

Madeline J.

Michele L said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Right now, I love Lauren Oliver...Her book Delirium moved me so much!!

jmluker (at)

Mona said...

My favorite author is Jodie Picoult. She always writes about an issue and I enjoy her signature style of writing chapters from alternating perspectives of her characters.

Juana said...

I have many favorites, but if I have to pick 1 it's Lori Foster because she always makes me laugh/smile with her wonderful characters.

Estella said...

My favorite author is Bertrice Small, because she wrote the Skye O'Malley Saga.

kissinoak at frontier dot com

Amosette said...

My fav author is j.r. ward her books are so yummy!

Wolf Bear said...

I have a truckload of favorite authors, but if I have to pick just one, I'll go with Linda Howard because she wrote my all-time favorite book, Mackenzie's Mountain.
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Mary said...

When I was in High School I FLUNKED at English and Spelling you name it...One of my teacher's said to me one day...(after seeing how bad my English grade was) You have to teach yourself to read. Find a book and start somewhere. I didn't listen. Till the next semester she said the same thing and handed me a book. It was Watchers by Dean Koontz. Till this day he is my FAVORITE author. Most likely he always will be. There were some nights I wouldn't go to bed till I read his whole book. Thanks for the memories and the giveaway!

mary_reiss @

Linda Kish said...

My favorite author is James Patterson. His books are always captivating. I love the short chapters so I don't have to stop in the middle. My only problem is putting them down once I pick one up.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

jenniferlynnadams at gmail dot com

My favorite author is currently Karen Moning...she created a world (Fever) that was so intricate and well done, it made me want to live in it.

Judy said...

There are so many authors I love and read without fail. I started reading Anne Rice and loved her writing for many years. Dean Koontz is another, I love his books, so many of them to me could really happen, odd but could happen:) Of course, Jane Austen!!

Thanks for great giveaway!!


Karen said...

I am a new follower (Karen) :)

This is tough. For years my most favorite author has been John Grisham because we are from the same area. During college, I worked in a major metro area where some of his books are set, and I could guess at which Firms some of his books were hinting at. It was also amazing to see the filming of some of the movies and see the books come to life. BUT, most recently Rachel Hauck has become a very close second. Her books are also set in the general area where I grew up and I just feel a connection to her characters, it's like they are based on some of my real life friends. Thanks!

kpuleski at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

My favorite author, I have a few!

They change over time.....

I can't really tell you wuay, they jjust have to keep me intereested from book to book.

Right now it is Catherine Anderson, TRacey Jane Jackson, Lindal Lael Miller!

dancealert at aol dot com

Jennifer said...

Wow tough question! I think I would say Jayne Ann Krentz and all her various pen names.


Carrie's Rambles said...

I could never pin down one favorite author, I have too many. They are all favorites for different reasons, some write amazing mysteries, some make me laugh til I cry, some make me cry.

I guess if I had to pick one for the sake of the contest I would say Jude Devereaux. The Black Lyon is the first romance I read and I just kept coming back!

carriesramlbes at

PiinkPoodle said...

My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. I have read a lot of his books and have really enjoyed it! The reason why hes my favorite author is because hes one of the first authors that I have enjoyed reading in my early teens.

swttie at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson said...

My favorite author is Nora Roberts because she always writes stories that I can really get into and enjoy to the fullest.

GFC follower as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

Aanchal @ Book Flame said...

I have favorites based on genre right now i'm addicted to historical fiction-johanna lindsey

thanks for the giveaway!

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

WolfBear is the winner. I've just emailed you for your details.

Thanks so much to all of your for your participation and for the follow. I greatly appreciate it.

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