Armchair BEA is the experience for book bloggers to participate in Book Expo America (BEA) from the comfort of their homes. This experience is created lovingly by book bloggers specifically for our peers who for whatever reason are not able to participate in the main conference in Chicago. We bring publishers, authors, and bloggers together in celebrating our love for all things literary by hosting celebrations such as sneak peeks, daily discussion topics, and sponsored giveaways.
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Today as part of Day 4 #ArmchairBEA Participating Bloggers are throwing their own batch of giveaways – I am doing 2 General Fiction and Christian Fiction. Each giveaway will be a separate post I will link to the other post at the end of this one.
There will be 3 winners for each giveaway and you will have your choice of four books. You may enter both giveaways but may only win one. Due to costs of Postage these giveaways are open to US mailing addresses only. However, in order to allow for International Participants, I will offer the option of a $15 Book Depository “Mystery Book” from your choice of fiction genres based on the Giveaway you win. Caveat is Book Depository must ship to your country for you to be eligible.
So for International Entrants ONLY instead of specifying your book choices specify the Genre you prefer and 3-5 titles within that Genre for me to pick from at Book Depository.
The Rafflecopter went live a few hours early somehow the kinks with adjusting the start date got fixed this afternoon/evening so you’ve still got until it closes Midnight the 22nd to enter.
US Mailing Address for the listed books.
INTL Entrants must designate their Fiction Genre of Choice and live in a country that Book Depository ships to.
Must be 18 years or over or have legal guardian’s permission to enter due to required information to receive prize.
There will be 3 winners including up to 1 INTL Winner. Winners are chosen Randomly by Rafflecopter/Random.org so just because there may be INTL entrants and is an INTL prize option doesn’t guarantee an INTL winner will be chosen.
You must reply to the notification email within 48hours or a new winner will be chosen.
Here are your choices for General Fiction for US Entrants:Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 9th 2009ISBN: 0446579009
Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.
In the author's colorful and eclectic life, she has written and directed award-winning documentaries on Irish subjects, as well as the dramatic feature Proud. She's been an associate producer on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, written books on Martin Scorsese, World War II, and Bosnia, and a novel based on her experiences as a former nun - Special Intentions. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has a PhD in English and Irish literature.
A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle
Published by Laurel Leaf on January 1st 1970ISBN: 0440998050
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is a such thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.
Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene
Published by Bantam Books on April 1st 1984ISBN: 0553259016
When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, 12-year-old Patty Bergen learns what it means to open her heart. Although she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi--but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own, who understands and appreciates her in a way her parents never will. And Patty is willing to risk losing family, friends--even her freedom--for what has quickly become the most important part of her life. Thoughtful, moving, and hard-hitting, Summer of My German Soldier has become a modern classic.
"Courageous and compelling!" --Publishers Weekly
"An exceptionally fine novel." --The New York Times
* A Puffin Novel * 208 pages* Ages 10-14
* A 1973 National Book Award Finalist* An ALA Notable Book* A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Technically this choice is non-fiction but it’s a memoir.
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 2nd 2008ISBN: 0743266242
Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of two Liberian dynasties—traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.” For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage.
But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'État, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind.
A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell.
In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.
For the Christian Fiction Giveaway go HERE
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