Double Time by Jane Roper – Giveaway

Hey, remember about this time last year when I was loving on Jane Roper’s Double Time: How I Survived – and Mostly Thrived – Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins? Being pregnant with twin girls of my own at the time, I found it reassuring to read someone else’s account of motherhood of twins. Roper’s story is more than that, though, it is about the stresses and joys of parenthood, as well as a very personal account of mothering through depression.

I ended up choosing Double Time as one of my picks of the year for 2012, and given that I still find myself thinking about it and Roper’s experiences from time to time, I think it was a particularly good choice.

Well guess what? Double Time is out in paperback TODAY and I just happen to have a copy to give away to one reader with a US mailing address. Just fill out the form below by 11:59 pm Central on  Monday, May 6th.

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Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton – Giveaway

So, for YEARS now I have been hearing about the Aunt Dimity mysteries, but I haven’t known anything about them. I’m always loathe to start a book in the middle of a series, but the Aunt Dimity mysteries are paranormal cozies that the publicist compared to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. She also assured me that Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince was her first dip into the series and she didn’t feel that she was lost starting at number 18. Between all that and the Russian Revolution connection, I’m sold. Check out the synopsis:

It’s a cold, dreary February in the sleepy village of Finch and Lori Shepherd has two stir-crazy seven-year-old boys on her hands. So when her good friend Bree Pym suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor, the bizarre Jacobean-house-turned-museum, Lori leaps at the chance. There she meets Daisy Pickering, a sweet (if a little odd) nine-year-old dressed in a shabby pink parka who regales Lori with a wild tale about the Russian aristocrats who once owned the priceless silver pieces on display.

A few days later, when a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in the pocket of a shabby pink parka at her thrift shop Lori recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized Daisy at Skeaping Manor. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori tracks down Daisy’s mother, only to find that the Pickering family has disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems that one of Daisy’s imagined Russian princes may be very real—and in desperate need of help.

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori’s search for the sleigh’s true owner and the fate of the Pickering family begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from England’s finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.

If you’ve been reading Aunt Dimity all along – or if you want to start with Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince with me – I have one copy to give away to a reader with a US mailing address. Just fill in the form below by 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, May 1.

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Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick – Giveaway

Nathaniel Philbrick is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner who writes nonfiction accounts of moments in American history. His newest book is Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. Here’s the publisher’s description:

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.

I have one copy of Bunker Hill to give away to a lucky reader with a US mailing address. Just enter on the form below by 11:59 pm Central on Sunday, April 21.

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The Smart One by Jennifer Close – Giveaway

Hey, so, remember how much I loved Jennifer Close’s debut novel, Girls in White Dresses? I even made it one of my picks of 2011. Well, Close’s new novel, The Smart One is out today and it is also awesome. My formal review here won’t be up for awhile, but The Smart One was my editor’s pick for the April edition of Bloggers Recommend (to get the Bloggers Recommend email monthly, subscribe here).

Thanks to Close’s publisher Knopf I have three copies to give away to readers with US mailing addresses. To enter, just fill out the form at the bottom of this post by 11:59 pm Central on Sunday, April 7th.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Weezy Coffey’s parents had always told her she was the smart one, while her sister was the pretty one. “Maureen will marry well,” their mother said, but instead it was Weezy who married well, to a kind man and good father. Weezy often wonders if she did this on purpose—thwarting expectations just to prove her parents wrong.

But now that Weezy’s own children are adults, they haven’t exactly been meeting her expectations either. Her oldest child, Martha, is thirty and living in her childhood bedroom after a spectacular career flameout. Martha now works at J.Crew, folding pants with whales embroidered on them and complaining bitterly about it. Weezy’s middle child, Claire, has broken up with her fiancé, canceled her wedding, and locked herself in her New York apartment—leaving Weezy to deal with the caterer and florist. And her youngest, Max, is dating a college classmate named Cleo, a girl so beautiful and confident she wears her swimsuit to family dinner, leaving other members of the Coffey household blushing and stammering into their plates.

As the Coffey children’s various missteps drive them back to their childhood home, Weezy suddenly finds her empty nest crowded and her children in full-scale regression. Martha is moping like a teenager, Claire is stumbling home drunk in the wee hours, and Max and Cleo are skulking around the basement, guarding a secret of their own. With radiant style and a generous spirit, The Smart One is a story about the ways in which we never really grow up, and the place where we return when things go drastically awry: home.

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – Giveaway

In a world in which blurbs on books don’t always mean a lot, there is one author whose blurbs I take very seriously, those of Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters. She rarely, if ever, steers me wrong; our tastes are so similar we jokingly call ourselves “book twins.” The latest Eleanor-blurbed book I’ve discovered is Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, which will be released in the US on December 31. Even better, I’ve already seen rave reviews from blogging friends on Twitter. Here’s the publisher’s description:

 Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Thanks to the publisher, I have five copies to give away to lucky readers with US mailing addresses. Simply enter on the form below by noon Eastern on Friday, November 30. Also make sure to check out the Me Before You playlist and the Me Before You Twitter chat hosted by Publisher’s Weekly from 1-2 pm Eastern on December 6th, hashtag #JoJoPW whether you win a copy or not.

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