Thursday, September 24, 2009

THE LAST SONG : PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY OVER
THE LAST SONG

BY NICHOLAS SPARKS

ABOUT THE BOOK:


#1 bestselling author Nicholas Sparks's new novel is at once a compelling family drama and a heartrending tale of young love.

Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.

The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn't published. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005), At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), and The Choice (2007). All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 40 languages. His newest book, THE LUCKY ONE -- about a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life -- will be released in September 2008.

The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million -- with another $100 million in DVD sales—making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood. The film version of Nights in Rodanthe will be released in the fall of 2008 and will star Diane Lane and Richard Gere.

Nichols Sparks is an avid athlete who runs daily, lifts weights regularly, and competes in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads approximately 125 books a year. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually.

He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

GIVEAWAY:

THANKS TO MIRIAM AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
5 COPIES OF THIS LOVELY BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!


RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ABOUT SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING IN READING ABOUT NICHOLAS SPARKS ABOVE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT HERE ONLY IF YOU ARE A GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG OR BECOME ONE IN MY LEFT HAND COLUMN (WORKING TO GET TO 500 SO ONLY LOOKING FOR GCF FOLLOWERS THIS TIME, SORRY)

+1 MORE ENTRY: IF YOU BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY, LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: WATCH FOR MY REVIEW IN A FEW DAYS AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS TO GAIN ONE MORE ENTRY

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY
6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 17

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


141 comments:

Marjorie said...

Please count me in for this giveaway.
I am a email subscriber.

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Marjorie said...

I am a google reader follower.
Please count me in.

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Commchick said...

How does he find the time to read 125 books a year????

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Virginia said...

I was not surprised that Mr. Sparks is an avid athlete and weightlifter. That is one buff romantic-fiction writing dude!

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Virginia said...

I am a Google Connect Follower.

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Virginia said...

I am a Google Reader and email subscriber. gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Pam said...

I think it's interesting that he graduated as valedictorian and recieved a full scholarship for athletics.

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Pam said...

Google friend!

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DCMetroreader said...

I think its interesting that he majored in Business Finance & started writing books in college.

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DCMetroreader said...

I'm a google follower

DCMetroreader said...

Posted on my blog under current giveaways http://metroreader.blogspot.com/

Tea said...

Nicholas Sparks is a great writer. Love his books. I know he has a large family. I was surprised to learn that with family and his writing he can 125 books a year. That's a lot for a busy, busy guy.

I would love to win, read and review
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.

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Tea said...

+1 I'm a Google friend follower.

tea said...

I have blogged about The Last Song on my sidebar.

Amy M said...

I love Nicholas Sparks! I knew that he went to Notre Dame, but I did not know that he was a record holder there. I am from South Bend, so maybe that is something I should know known.

Amy M said...

I am a follower too.

crap, I didn't put my e-mail on my first entry.

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Amy M

fredamans said...

Thank you for the entries.

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I didn't know he wrote The Notebook. I loved that movie!!!!

fredamans said...

I am a follower via Google connect.

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edmontonjb said...

I learned that he is younger than I thought. I imagined him to be on his sixties.
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Beth (BBRB) said...

I love that he met his wife on Spring Break!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

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tetewa said...

I enjoy his reads, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Renee said...

Didn't know he went to Notre Dame. Enter me please :)

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Renee said...

I'm now a GCF follower

Amanda said...

I found it interesting that he reads 125 books a year. That's a lot!

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Amanda said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.
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Amanda said...

I'm a google friend connect follower.

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Natalie W said...

OH i'd love to enter!
I subscribe by email
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Natalie W said...

Its all interesting but most interesting thing are the charities he gives to, thats awesome!
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Natalie W said...

I follow on google friends
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elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway

An interesting fact is he broke a record in a relay race as a freshman and it still stands today.
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elaing8 said...

I am a google friend connect follower

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JMom said...

I assumed the the author is a native of NC since so many of his novels were set in NC. It was interesting to read the background information you provided.

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Natalie W said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/nataliew2/status/4347133104
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JMom said...

I follow on Google friend connect (JMom)


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JMom said...

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Sarah Osborne said...

I find it interesting that he was a runner. It's not very common for athletes to right fiction, is it? It shows his well-rounded nature :)

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Cindy said...

I think it's interesting and cool that he sold 50,000 copies of books in his 1st year!

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Cindy said...

I follow your blog!

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Cindy said...

Tweet!
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Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged!

http://myfavoritegiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/09/book-last-song.html

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The Book Vixen said...

Please enter me! I love Nicholas Sparks and his books! I cry reading every single one.

+1 The interesting thing about him is that he has a relay record from 1985 that has yet to be broken.

The Book Vixen said...

+1 I'm a GCF follower

The Book Vixen said...

+1 I tweeted
http://twitter.com/thebookvixen/status/4348236975

dag888888 said...

Nicholas Sparks competes in tae kwon do tournaments -- WOW!

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Silvia said...

He reads 125 books a year!! I would love to be able to do that!

Silvia said...

I'm a google Friend follower

Anonymous said...

He's a graduate of Notre Dame. Love his books...Please count me in. thanks.


karen k
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holdenj said...

I didn't know Sparks went to Notre Dame. (and he lived in my homestate of MN for a while!)
Please count me in for this one! Thanks.
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holdenj said...

I'm a Google Friend Follower!
Thanks.
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Neas Nuttiness said...

I found it interesting that he was a drug rep. And that he wrote his first book in such a short amount of time.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm a loyal Google Friend Connect follower - you can't get rid of me!

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Shalonda said...

I was amazed that he and his wife met during spring break! You hardly ever hear of those relationships becoming serious. No wonder his books are so romantic!

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Shalonda said...

I am also a follower!

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Jaime said...

He lived in Sacramento, me too
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Jaime said...

I'm a follower
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bekki1820cb said...

I found it interesting that he majored in Business Finance, rather than something like English.

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bekki1820cb said...

I am already a google friend connect follower! I signed up last yesterday! Good luck getting to 500! You area already at 477!!!! Yea!!!

rubynreba said...

At the age of 28 he wrote The Notebook over a period of 6 months.
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rubynreba said...

I am a google follower
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JMarie said...

Subscribed to myyahoo

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Linda K said...

I am a google reader follower

I found his background interesting. He should publish his first books.

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Linna said...

Please enter me. :D

I'm a follower.

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Glenn said...

His school background - valedictorian. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Buukluvr81 said...

I find it way cool that he lives in my state of North Carolina!


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Buukluvr81 said...

I follow via GFC!

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MJ said...

He was a drug salesman...neat!

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MJ said...

I follow on Goggle Reader.


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Shelly said...

I never knew he sold pharmaceuticals. donnyandshelly@yahoo.com

Shelly said...

I follow your blog through GFC.

Shelly said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/atticgirl76/status/4401149958

katie said...

I would love to be entered. I follow your blog. =]

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Buukluvr81 said...

I posted about your giveaway on my sidebar on Blogger www.buuklvr81.blogspot.com



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Bev said...

I'm a follower : D Count me in please.

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Bev said...

I was surprised to read that Nicholas Spark's sold pharmaceuticals - don't know why, someone has to LOL.

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andrea said...

I'm surprised that he reads that he finds the time to read that many books...

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andrea said...

I'm a follower via google friend connect

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Jolynn said...

+1 all Nicholas Spark books are Great, and i"m sure this one is too.
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Jolynn said...

+1 already a google connect follower
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etirv said...

NS attends church daily!

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etirv said...

Already follow you on google friend connect!

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Bethie said...

I found it interesting that Nicholas Sparks was so athletic. Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in.

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Debbie F said...

I'm glad that he is a church goer!

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Debbie F said...

I'm a follower!
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Nicole said...

I just read his memoir. I can't believe he can write with noise all around him. I do like that he's a family man.

Jolynn said...

+1 In the Review I read that Nicholas runs daily and wieght lifts too.
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Jolynn said...

+1 I entered a few days ago and followed blog for Bonus- I voted!
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bekki1820cb said...

I found it interesting that he graduated with a degree in Business Finance but ended up writing for a living. bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

I am a follower via google friend connect! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

Boo Bear's Place said...

never knew he sold pharmaceuticals so I learned a lot from this blog post.

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Boo Bear's Place said...

i follow you on google connect

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g.g. said...

Wow, he has read so many books..125? I can barely get thro one.

Lee P said...

I love that he graduated as Valedictorian of Notre Dame and that he broke the relay record and that it still stands to this day. Wow, huge accomplishments. Thank you for this giveaway and please count me in.

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Lee P said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter:

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I follow your blog via Google Friends.

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Chelsea said...

I never new Nicholas Sparks was into sports. I forget sometimes that authors have outside lives from their books.

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--Chelsea

Chelsea said...

Im a google follower.

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Sarah said...

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah said...

I am a follower on Google Connect.

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Sarah said...

I found it interesting that Nicholas Sparks reads about 125 books a year!

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Sarah Emmerson

Anonymous said...

I am interested in the Nicholas Sparks book.
I've read his prior books and enjoy his writing style.
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Guilford, CT 06437

Amy said...

I had no idea that Nicholas Sparks went to Notre Dame on a track scholarship and wrote his first novel while recovering from an injury while racing! amazing!

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Amy said...

I am a google friend connect follower!

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Amy said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

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CherylS22 said...

I didn't know Nicholas Sparks has written so many books that have been made into movies - "The Notebook", "Message in a Bottle" & "Nights in Rodanthe"

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Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I was surprised that he competes in Tae Kwon Do. Cool!

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bekki1820cb said...

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Rebecca N. said...

I find it interesting that his first 2 novels have never been published! I would love to read those!! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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Rebecca N. said...

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photoquest said...

Something i found interesting is that him and his wife met on Spring Break. Nicolas Sparks is one of my favorite authors !!!
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photoquest said...

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Nancye said...

I thought it wasm interesting and neat to learn that he wrote his first novel the summer after hid freshman year in college. Not many people can say that!! :)

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Nancye said...

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~ Noelle said...

I love how he donates!
He has something to do with the track and field thing in North Carolina to..
(Sorry, I do not remember exactly what it is!)
I really want to win this!
I have EVERY BOOK he has written!


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~ Noelle said...

I am a follower!

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Sherry Salach said...

That's awesome that he was valedictorian, good for him!! I am a google friend.

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JoanneR said...

Please allow me a chance to win!
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Sandee61 said...

Please add my name to your giveaway for The Last Song. I love Nicholas Sparks books. Thank you!

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The Demille's said...

I found it interesting that he reads 125 books a year...maybe I should count how many books I read (I bet it's not that many though)!

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janetfaye said...

I found it interesting that it only took him six months to write The Notebook.

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~The Book Pixie said...

I thought it interesting that he was athletic.

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MUM said...

How can he read all those books and keep writing them too?!

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MUM said...

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Tynga said...

Please count me in =)
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Tynga said...

I tweeted !
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Tynga said...

I didn,t know he wrote A walk to remember I loved that movie!

Tynga said...

Well I couldn't find your review in time to earn the last entry =(
a link would have been nice =)

Justine said...

I've always wanted to read this :)

+1 I'm a follower

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