Sunday, June 27, 2010

APRIL & OLIVER: READING GROUP GUIDE AND GIVEAWAY

APRIL & OLIVER
BY TESS CALLAHAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Best friends since childhood, the sexual tension between April and Oliver has always been palpable. Years after being completely inseparable, they become strangers, but the wildly different paths of their lives cross once again with the sudden death of April's brother. Oliver, the responsible, newly engaged law student finds himself drawn more than ever to the reckless, mystifying April - and cracks begin to appear in his carefully constructed life. Even as Oliver attempts to "save" his childhood friend from her grief, her menacing boyfriend and herself, it soon becomes apparent that Oliver has some secrets of his own--secrets he hasn't shared with anyone, even his fiancé.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


A painter, teacher and mother of twins, Tess Callahan has written for Cottonwood, The Stylus Anthology: 1950-2000, The Boston College Magazine, New York Newsday and elsewhere through syndication. When not exploring the complex motivations of intriguing characters (in her personal life and in her work), she finds nourishment and sustenance in periodic travels to wild, austere landscapes around the world. Tess has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College. April & Oliver is her first novel.

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READING GROUP GUIDE:

Here is a wonderful READING GROUP GUIDE and more from Tess Callahan. Just click on the LINK. There is also a link to an excerpt and here it is ...LINK TO EXCERPT.

GIVEAWAY


THANKS TO VALERIE AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
WONDERFUL BOOK TO GIVEAWAY!


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HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO THE EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK BY FOLLOWING THE LINK AS IT SAYS ABOVE AND LOOK OVER ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE PRAISES FOR THIS BOOK. (THEY ARE WRITE INSIDE WHEN YOU FIRST OPEN THE BOOK) NAME ONE PERSON WHO WROTE ABOUT APRIL AND OLIVER IN THE BOOK.

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, JULY 15

GOOD LUCK!

99 comments:

Shannon said...

It sounds like a good read. =)
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Shannon said...

Bob Shacochis
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elaing8 said...

I read about this book a few months ago and read a few excerpts,sounds really good and a story I think I would enjoy reading.
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elaing8 said...

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elaing8 said...

praise for April & Oliver - Jim McCorkle author of Tending to Virginia and Ferris Beach

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Bethie said...

+1 Bob Shacochis wrote a nice blurb for April and Oliver.

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Bethie said...

Please enter me to win this! I want to read this because I love a book about relationships and secrets.

Book Whisperer said...

Book has been an addition to my TBR pile for awhile. Can't wait to read.
+1 comment on post of why I want to win..

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traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. This story sounds compelling and unique. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Jim McCorkle wrote about this book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Renee said...

the cover intrigues me and the description sounds like a story I would enjoy.

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Renee said...

The Boston Globed likened it to the style of Jane Austen

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Kim said...

I think this looks like a great summer read!

Debs Desk said...

I think the cover is so pretty, and I have been wanting to read it for sometime. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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Debs Desk said...

Sven Birkerts author of Reading Life: Books for the Ages had some nice things to say about April & Oliver. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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Cindy W. said...

I would love to read April & Oliver. The cover art is beautiful and the reviews have been great.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Cindy W. said...

Jill McCorkle wrote praises for April & Oliver.

Smiles,
Cindy W

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Marilu said...

I want to read April and Oliver because I have read many positive reviews, and enjoyed an excerpt I read.
I would love to win a copy. Please enter me. Thanks

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Marilu said...

Daily Candy referred it it as " A brilliant novel."

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gcpeach17 said...

Sounds like an interesting book that I would enjoy reading. Please, enter me in the giveaway and thanks!!

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gcpeach17 said...

Sven Birkerts wrote some intense words for this book.

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Benita said...

I'd like to read this book because it has strong characterization. Well-developed characters make a book easy to read.

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Benita said...

Jim McCorkle wrote about April and Oliver.

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Sandra K321 said...

I enjoy stories that do a good job with characterizations and this one sounds like it does.
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Jenna said...

This sounds like a good book- something relatable. Id love to read this!

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Jenna said...

Sven Birkerts (author of Reading Life: Books for the Ages) wrote a reveiw

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story to read this summer.

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Linda Kish said...

Jill McCorkle Author of Creatures of HabitFive time NY Times Notable Book author

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Erika Lynn said...

Bob Shacochis

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Erika Lynn said...

I tweeted
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Erika Lynn said...

THis book sounds like the perfect summer read

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Tore said...

It sounds like a very good book that I would like to read very much. I love romance novels, suspense and mystery. I read a variety of books and this one really interests me. Please enter me in contest. Thank you. Tore923@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to read this book because I love books about relationships and hidden secrets.

Sven Birkerts wrote about APRIL & OLIVER in his review.

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PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a good book to read...would love to win!

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grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book. I read varied intresting books on a lot of different subjects and this sounds kinda unique. That intrest me. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

The Boston Globe and also Jim McCorkle along with a lot of other posted commented on the book. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

Anonymous said...

I love to read books that are tied to secrets. It makes a great difference it they are revealed before it is too late.
+1 for above


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Anonymous said...

+ 1
Steve Birketts said that the characters in this book are either
"destined or doomed".


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Melanie said...

I'd like to read this because it sounds like a good love story with some mystery too.
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Melanie said...

Sven Birkerts praised the book. I liked the way he said "the characters feel either destined or doomed to be together."
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Colleen Turner said...

Very good reviews. My favorite was by Bookpage.
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Colleen Turner said...

I have had my eye on this book for quite some time! Love stories about people who grew up as friend but when they come back together the relationship has changed and has to become something new!
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nfmgirl said...

Blogged:
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nfmgirl said...

I've wanted this book since the first time I saw it, and I've had it on my "Wish List" ever since.

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Charleydog said...

This story makes one wonder what would have happened if we had married the cute guy in class. What ever happened to all our classmates?

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Debbie said...

I already have this on my TBR list so I'd love to win it!
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Pamela Keener said...

There is a quote from the Boston Globe.
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Pamela Keener said...

What an interesting and original premise! I would love to win this giveaway.
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Debbie F said...

Jim McCorkle wrote a good review

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Debbie F said...

Please count me in! I have this on my wish list too! Thanks

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rubynreba said...

I've read a lot of good things about this book and would love to enter. It sounds so good!
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rubynreba said...

Sven Birkerts had nice comments.
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Sarah E said...

I would like to win April & Oliver because I have read several great reviews about this book.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I tweeted:

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Sarah E said...

Jim McCorkle praised this book.

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Margie said...

The Library Journal calls the story gripping, and the storytelling sharp.
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Margie said...

Sounds like an interesting storyline...to see how their personalities have changed after many years apart.
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bison61 said...

Oliver has some secrets --secrets he hasn't shared with anyone, even his fiancé. that sounds interesting!

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Carol W. said...

I'd like to read this book to discover what the "secrets" are.

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Carol W. said...

The reviewer for the Boston Globe wrote about April and Oliver.

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Sue said...

I need a great new book for summer. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jeff said...

I love a book with secrets!


I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jolee said...

Sounds familiar to my life...meeting a right person, wrong time....eventually, became right person, right time....12 years later. ;-) joleehamlin at comcast dot net

Jolee said...

Author Jill McCorkle wrote about this book. joleehamlin at comcast dot net

Team JC said...

The cover and all of the good reviews I have heard about this book make me want to read this one!! Thanks!
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Marianna said...

I have already read this book and I loved it! I need a copy of my own, since I read a library copy.

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