Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Armchair BEA - Giveaway & Best of 2011 ... so far

Tuesday is Armchair BEA’s big Giveaway Day! We’ll be doing giveaways all week here, but if you’re hosting a giveaway for Armchair BEA-goers on your own site, this is the day to post about it there and link it up here! And if you’re not hosting a giveaway, today’s suggested posting topic is “Best of 2011”: share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the the books being promoted at BEA that you hope will end up among your favorites for the year!

The delightful Christine Nolfi has offered 2 eBook copies of TREASURE ME especially for participants in Armchair BEA

Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.

The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.

If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

Please click on the link below and make sure you mention in your comment that you are an Armchair BEA participant :)

"In Praise Of Book Bloggers" - Guest Post & Giveaway with Christine Nolfi, author of Treasure Me.

BEST OF 2011 ... so far

Even though I'm doing a giveaway I couldnt resist posting my favourite reads of 2011 ... so far. Books that make me so glad I'm a reader, books that transport me to another time or place, stories that have made me laugh, cry, sigh, swoon and scream!
Stay by Deb Caletti - Breathtaking, hopeful, real. Beautiful, heartfelt writing, absolutely mesmerising!

Mercy by Aussie author Rebecca Lim is a "page-turning" YA fantasy. Lim's writing is gorgeous; dark, despairing and very very 'moreish'.

Aussie author Katherine Howell, writes the most thrilling paramedic themed crime novels. Violent Exposure is a must for lovers of "edge of your seat" suspense/thrillers.

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf - brilliantly crafted with mesmerising clarity, sensitivity and intensity. This one tugs at the heartstrings.  

Exit The Actress by Priya Parmar - captivating, vivid, eloquent & intimate story of Nell Gwyn

Die for Me by Amy Plum is another YA with a completely captivating Parisian setting so vivid you can almost picture yourself there, experiencing all the charm, mystery, flavour and history. A magnifique debut!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was all I could wish for and more. My favourite angel book of the year so far; refreshing, intriguing, delightful, effortless!


  1. I am in Melbourne right now so thought I'd check out Violent Exposure. The book is available at a sister library so hopefully it will come tomorrow! Yippeee!!! am getting through so many newer books now.

  2. Excellent list of fav reads. One of them would be in my list as well.

  3. Sound like some great reads- I will have to look into the Katherine Howell and the Heather Gudenkauf books - thanks for the suggestions & the visit!

  4. Great choices! I loved Die for Me and really want to read Stay.

  5. I agree that Unearthly and Mercy fit the best of 2011 so far, and I need to read Stay as I think it will be awesome too.

  6. Exit the Actress looks so good! I must look for it.

  7. Hi TeddyRee, nice selection of books for your list. I have heard of some of them. I am definitely going to read Die for Me, it's on so many best book lists. So I have to add to my must read list.

    Nice to have a new blog to follow, hope to stay in touch.

  8. In 2009 I decided to step away reviewing for publishers and publicists. I felt like I was losing my focus and drifting from my mission statement of sharing the joys of reading. Call it taking a librarian's approach to blogging. Come see what I mean.

  9. Such a great list. I'm especially drawn to Die for Me and Unearthly. I will add both to my "to be read" list. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I really want to read Die For Me, I love the cover! I have These Things Hidden on my wish list. Mercy sounds good too.

    My Best of 2011 Post

  11. Thanks for stopping in to Book Strings! You have a great list as well. Some of yours are on my TBR list. Happy ABEA and reading!

  12. I am intrigued by Stay, great list.

    My post is here with giveaway.


  13. Unearthly surprised me this year, it's also in one of my favorites. :D

  14. How on earth did I forget to add Unearthly to my list of favorite current 2011 releases!? It was amazing and I'm happy to see that it made your list--and Die for Me as well as Stay. ;) I hope that you like Across the Universe when you get around to reading it! :D

  15. I just picked up These Things Hidden at the bookstore. Looks excellent.

  16. No need to enter me.
    Love the list, and think I'll try the paramedic thriller by Howell. Not a combo I would think of. Thanks Teddy :)


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