Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BLACKBERRY SUMMER: A GIVEAWAY

 GIVEAWAY ENDED
BLACKBERRY SUMMER
BY RaeAnne Thayne

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.

What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that's what she tells herself, especially when her best friend's sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police.

But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others—especially Riley McKnight—she realizes that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident—and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it—is a wake-up call to the people of Hope's Crossing. The sense of community and togetherness had been lost during those tough years. But with a mysterious "Angel of Hope" working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities by the end of an extraordinary summer....

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RaeAnne Thayne loves words. It started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on (cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it!). She loves the way they sound, the way they look on the page, and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to journalism, and she worked for fifteen years as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She started writing romance fiction in 1990 and sold her first book five years later. Since then, she's published more than two-dozen novels and that same number of short stories.

RaeAnne finds inspiration from the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her husband and three children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her web site at http://www.raeannethayne.com

READ AN EXCERPT:
Lousy, stupid horoscope.

Claire Bradford stood with one hand on the doorway and the other clutching her coffee go-cup as she stared at the chaotic mess inside her store.

According to the stars—at least according to the horoscope in the Hope Gazette she'd scanned while standing in line at her friend Maura's coffee shop for her morning buzz after dropping the kids off at school—she was supposed to prepare herself for something fun and exciting headed her way today. She had been thinking more along the lines of a few dozen new customers at her bead store or maybe a big commission on one of her more intricate custom pieces.

Discovering that String Fever had been burglarized during the night didn't exactly fit her personal definition of either fun or exciting. TO FINISH READING THIS EXCERPT, GO HERE!

GIVEAWAY
I HAVE ONE NEW, HARDBACK COPY OF
THIS WONDERFUL RAEANNE THAYNE
BOOK, BLACKBERRY SUMMER, TO GIVE
AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER
--U.S. 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 ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOVE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN BLACKBERRY SUMMER

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: VISIT RAEANNE THAYNE'S WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU ENJOYED OR FOUND INTERESTING AT HER SITE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY THAT YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY,  YOU MAY ENTER EACH WAY BUT YOU MUST COMMENT ON EACH SEPARATELY
+2 MORE ENTRIES: COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ENTERED MY BEATEN, SEARED AND SAUCED GIVEAWAY HERE AND TAKE +2 ENTRIES BY COMMENT TO SAY SO TWICE 
 
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, JUNE 18
GOOD LUCK!

121 comments:

lag123 said...

This sounds like a good read for the beach. Since the author loves words, I would like to see how she writes this story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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debbie said...

I would like to see how the characters help each other, and also improve the community. I would like to read this book.
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Steve Capell said...

I love the cover of this book! I wish publishers would give credit to the artists and graphic designers that give the reading public the first thing they view about a book -- the cover. I know -- don't judge a book by its cover. The bottom line is that the cover is the first thing that can draw the reader into the book ... kind of like the door into the story.

I also found it interesting that this author like many others had their start with journalism. I like the name of the town and overall premise that sometimes we find our-self in position that we have to slow down. Sounds as if the protagonist in this novel had to slow down and afterwards found something rewarding by doing so. Blackberry Summer has really intrigued me so I am dropping my name into your hat. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Tore said...

This book sounds really good. I like that it is a small town and there are alot of characters. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Pat L. said...

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Sounds like a great read - lot going on - am sure it is a story I would enjoy.

Margie said...

Sounds interesting! I like books that take place in small towns. You can watch the characters grow, and see the togetherness of the townspeople. The romance sounds intriguing too!
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Connie said...

Hi! The words "Angel of Hope" caught my eye while reading the review. I would love to read this book. :)

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Connie said...

I am a GFC follower as well. :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Tea said...

The unexpected car crash shocked me. Life can change so quickly.

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Tea said...

I tweeted about the giveaway on Twitter. http://twitter.com/topazshell5

Tea said...

I had the chance to read about one of the author's favorite quotations.

One of those, by Italian writer and director Luciano de Crescenzo, touched my heart: “We are each of us angels with one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other.”

This quote touched my heart too. I've never heard or read it. Thank you.

Tea said...

I follow you in my Googlereader.
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Have not entered the contest mentioned.

Carol N Wong said...

I love the cover. It reminds me of picking blackberries at grandma's house.

Also, I identify with the author about reading everything, including phone books, cereal boxes and encylopedias. Remember pulling one off the shelf to browse?

The story has a great story, makes me want to read more.

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Carol N Wong said...

In her Bio, Raeanne Thayne says that she loved to read romances and that's what she writes. I think is a great idea for authors to write in the genre that they love.

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love that this takes place in a small town
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holdenj said...

Sounds like a great read. Claire's wake up call seems pretty extreme, but I'd love to read it.
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Linda Kish said...

Sounds like a good story. I have had times like that in my life, too. I'd like to read how hers turns out.

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She sold her first book in 1995 and has written 30 more since.

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Bethie said...

I would love to read this. I think it sounds interesting that her love interest is her best friends brother.

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rubynreba said...

I like romance stories and this sounds like a perfect summer read.
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bloggingmom said...

Rayanne Thayne says on her website that she was not "born" to be a writer. She discovered her gift a bit later in life. I find that interesting.

Anonymous said...

I have never read this author before but this story sounds like a v.g. read and intro to her.

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bloomerbear said...

This sounds good and the happy ending is what the teenagers get out of it (but I haven't read it)

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mbreakfield said...

This book sounds really good. It sounds like a charming love story in a close-knit community and I love those types of books.
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I found it interesting that RaeAnne is three-time RITA® nominee.
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Pamela Keener said...

This sounds like a feel good read with The Angel of Hope inspiring a town.
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There is a quote on RaeAnn's site that I love "We are each of us angels with one wing, And we can only fly embracing each other"
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Anita Yancey said...

What makes me want to read the book is the fact that Claire's love interest is a chief of police. I just love guys in uniform. Please enter me. Thanks!

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I find it interesting that RaeAnne wanted to be an actress, or a teacher, or a lawyer when she was yound. She has also sold more than 30 books.

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holdenj said...

Finally got back to Raeanne's website. I think it's great that her award winning Dancing in the Moonlight is a free ebook at many ebook retailers this year. I appreciate that authors give us a taste of their work as I'm new to ebooks myself and have been hesitant to try anything that's not tried and true.
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