Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Booked for the Holidays Finale - Part 2

Here is the Final Finale, aka Part 2, of Booked for the Holidays 2009!

I may have mentioned a time or 30 that I love Angela Hunt's books. She's another of my "must-have" authors. I am sustained between book releases by her daily postings on her blog, which is one of my first stops every morning.

(BTW, be sure to go see her today; she and some other authors have a video Christmas Tour of their homes going on! You can get a peek at her Christmas decor as well as that of Tamera Alexander, Deborah Raney, Robin Lee Hatcher, and more!)

Anyyway, Angie's latest book, Let Darkness Come was just released on November 30. Way back when she was writing it, she gave those of us who read her blog a peek into the first chapter, and that was like coming home from school and seeing Christmas presents under the tree only to discover the next day they were all put back into the closet for the following year!

Here is the review I posted on Amazon after inhaling reading this book:

I always eagerly anticipate a new Angela Hunt book, and this one does not disappoint. Riveting from the opening sentence, the story only becomes more gripping as it progresses. Rich and masterfully developed characters stirred animosity, sympathy, and a variety of other emotions as I read. The novel's multiple layers and angles reflect Angela Hunt's extensive research process without becoming heavy and academic. I could not put this book down and my lamp burned late until I finished reading. As Hunt's website tagline warns, I've learned to "Expect the Unexpected" with her books, and once again, the surprising twist made me think & ponder its impact long after I turned the last page.

Here is the book summary:
The murder trial promises to be the most sensational to hit Chicago in years. And attorney Briley Lester knows it could make—or break— her career. The tabloid headlines are screaming that a long-mistreated society wife has killed her abusive husband—the scion of one of the city's wealthiest, most powerful, most dangerous families. . . .

It seems like a hopeless, open-and-shut case, but Briley is becoming more and more convinced that her client truly is innocent. A tragic secret, almost too shocking to be believed, could be the key to proving it. But before she can bring the truth into the light, she'll have to face this woman's shadow-haunted past—and her own— and let darkness come. . . .

Christy Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected from this versatile author. With over three-million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than one-hundred works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, unexplained phenomena and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life—in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.

Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel.

When she’s not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Readers may visit her Web site and write her at Angie@angelaelwellhunt.com.

I am giving away TWO copies of Let Darkness Come. Details are below but first, check out this BONUS!

* * * * *BONUS GIVEAWAY!* * * * *

I was one of the bloggers who won a drawing at Baker House Publishers and received a boxful of books on my front porch yesterday. A few of them are duplicates of ones I have recently reviewed, so I am adding them to this final giveaway! I have included a brief reminder below of what the book is about, or you can click on the title to view my recent post for that book.

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson - Heartwarming story about a an easily exasperated old lady, her runaway granddaughter, a mysterious and annoying neighbor, and the scrappy stray that wandered into their lives.

Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap - Seven stories of Christmas miracles and grace in an ordinary and messy world.

The Unfinished Gift
by Dan Walsh - This is the precious book about Patrick, sent after his mother dies to stay with his crotchety and bitter grandfather. The only thing he wants for Christmas is that wooden soldier in his grandfather's attic. . . and for his WWII fighter pilot daddy to hurry home.

  • Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday night (12/16) at 8:00 pm. In your comment indicate if you want to be entered in all the drawings or which books you are interested in:
    1. Let Darkness Come by Angela Hunt (2 copies to be given away)
    2. The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson
    3. Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap
    4. The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh
  • Winners must email me by 6:00 p.m. Thursday or new winners will be drawn.
  • US Residents only, please.
  • As always, additional chances for those who have posted the Booked for the Holidays button on their blogs.

Whew! Ten books are being given away in this last week of Booked for the Holidays (five from Monday, five from today)! I can't wait to see who wins!

Thanks for being a part of the 2nd annual Booked for the Holidays!


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Jan said...

Wow, you had me drooling over this one. I also love anything written by Angela Hunt, and have most of her books. I can't wait to read Let Darkness Come. Then I read the small print ... US residents only. Oh well, some lucky winner will enjoy this book immensely, just not me, this time. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, and congrats to the future winner.

Merry said...

I'd love to be entered for Let Darkness Come and The Unfinished Gift.
Thanks so much, Linda!


quilly said...

I am so greedy I want them all, I want them all, I want them all!

I really do want The Christmas Dog. I have it on my list, but you know I have been forbidden to buy anything until after the move!

adge said...

I would love to be entered for Finding Christmas. Thanks. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

sara said...

I almost bought Angela Hunt's book yesterday and then decided to wait!! Maybe that means I am going to win it!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, enter me for Let Darkness Come! I LOOOVVEE Angela Hunt books! :)

Skoots1moM said...

I've never read angela hunt...you've intrigued me...
and all your extra giveaways look great too!

Barbara H. said...

I'd like to enter for any of the last three. Thanks again!

Barbara H. said...

Your giveaway button is on my blog's sidebar.

collettakay said...

Enter me for number 1, please.

Your button is on my sidebar.


Thena said...

All of these sound wonderful.

Thena said...

I have your button on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,

Merry Christmas.

I, too, am a 'groupie' of Angela Hunt. I read her blog often. Love her writing!!!

Please enter me for her latest masterpiece...

You may enter me for your other giveaways, too.

Thank you for the opportunity to read these fabulous books.


Kim said...

I love, love, love Angela Hunt. Enter me in all five please.


Anonymous said...

Please enter me for all of the books except #4, (Unfinished Gift) which I already have! Thanks.

Unknown said...

I really enjoy your blog. My list of books to read just keeps getting longer! Please enter me in the drawing for the first two books, Angela Hunt and Melody Carlson. Thank you.

Virginia C said...

Wow! What a great holiday contest! Please enter my name in all the drawings. Happy Holidays!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Mary Lou said...

I am greedy too...I love to read. Please enter me in all of the drawings...thanks for doing this.

mary lou dlowran1(at)comcast(dot)net

Melissa in Mel's World said...

Seriously Linda, these are some GREAT books and an incredible Give Away! Thanks for your generosity...I would love the Angela Hunt book for sure, but would also enjoy any or all the others.

Thanks so much!
Melissa in Mel's World

CeeCee said...

Oooh, Oooh, *hand wildly waving* put me in for Angela Hunt's and Melody Carlson's books. Thanks.

Emma said...

Happy Holidays!

Please enter my name in all the drawings. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Winning Readings said...

Wow! I'm interested in all of them...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Nise' said...

I love, love Angela Hunt.


Mocha with Linda said...

The entry deadline was 8:00 PM CST 12/16. So sorry!

Mocha with Linda said...

Winning entries have been drawn. Thanks to everyone for entering!