Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Book Tour Plus A Giveaway!


Congratulations to Xandra, winner of the drawing!

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Summertime and the living reading is easy! Are you heading to the pool with your kids and want to take along a book containing a combination of suspense and laughter? High prices got you staying home this summer and you'd rather fly the friendly skies vicariously? Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this week's blog tour book, Skid!

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.

On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.

But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.

Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

As a rather down-to-earth, non-creative type, I am always fascinated by the variety of storylines and characters that authors create -- as well as their experiences as they research their stories. (The author got to "fly" one of Delta Airlines' 767 simulators!) This book is full of unusual moments. At the point in the flight that they needed a doctor, I thought surely Leslie Nielsen would show up! (I know, don't call him Shirley!) But in the midst of the laughter, when some tense moments arise, the importance of faith emerges and suddenly the odd man out doesn't seem so odd after all.

The publisher has graciously provided a copy of this book for me to give away here. To enter, just leave a comment below by 12:00 noon Friday CDT and tell me your dream vacation location. I'll randomly pick a winner Friday afternoon. (Continental US addresses only)

You can also buy a copy of the book here.

Happy Reading!


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Linda said...

My dream vacation is Anna Maria Island, FL. I'd love to read this book!

Xandra said...

"...exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage." ROTFL!

My dream vacation would be to go to England and visit all of the historical sites where Elizabeth I lived, etc. I am completely facinated with this woman who was way before her time.

Lisa a.k.a. The Preacher's Wife said...

Now I have to out myself on being a total nerd.

I want to go to Egypt and visit all the temples as well as the site believed to be Goshen. It'd be really awesome if Kara Cooney would go with me. (She's a cool Egyptologist)

And I also want to go to Israel and follow sites of Jesus' ministry. And retrace Paul's missionary journeys. OH, and I want to go to Patmos.

Kind of a long, expensive vacation, ya think?

Mel's World said...

GREAT question...thanks for the opportunity for the book and to think about it.

I have always wanted to go to Venice, Greece, and Paris. We are planning a couple of "business trips" to those very places within the next couple of years. I love what I do! Ha! ;)

PS - I would also like an Alaskan cruise, England, Ireland (the homeland for me hubby), Hawaii, New Zealand to visit Karen (Karen's Ramblings), and Austrailia to visit Bonnie (Simple Beauty).

The list could go on forever...

boutcrazy said...

I would love to go to Ireland and see the old castles. I would also love to go to Isreal and walk where Jesus walked.