Friday, November 21, 2008

Freebie Friday -

Today's forecast for St. Peters: Sunny, high 35. This morning it was downright cold, but it's supposed to warm up later today.

A few years ago I signed up for the newsletter, and, boy, was that a fortunate decision. When I signed up I mostly wanted to find out about new books and authors, but then I discovered the site has contests and give away free books. After winning several books, I volunteered to be a reviewer, but a post about my positive experiences being a book reviewer will wait for another day.

On this Freebie Friday I want to introduce my blog readers to the site to tell you about some of the great free stuff you can win through their newsletter. And, no I don't get anything for referring people to their site, except the joy of sharing information with other writers and folks who love to read.

My Bookreporter newsletter arrives each Friday. Around some major holidays Carol Fitzgerald, the co-founder and President of The Book Report Network, puts together some amazing gift baskets to give away. Although I've never won one of those baskets, I keep on trying. In each weekly issue I love reading Carol's column because it's always so informative and upbeat.

Anyway, here's a blurb about the latest holiday gift basket promotion from the Bookreporter website : "From November 7th through January 5th we spotlight a different title or collection of titles, and readers will have the chance to win one of five holiday baskets filled with winter-themed items as well as two copies of the featured book(s). Why two? One is to keep, of course, and one is for someone on your holiday gift list. We will also include festive wrapping paper to make the gift-giving hassle-free."

The first prize cut-off has already passed, but if you sign up soon you can make the next one. You might have to answer a question about one of the featured books, which you can do by clicking on the excerpt link, and there's no guarantee of winning, but it's worth a shot.
While you're there you can read an interview with St. Louis-based author John Lutz and read a review of NIGHT KILLS, his latest book.

Oh, almost forgot. Another new feature on is a review of graphic novels, if you are a fan of those. One feature I frequently visit, and which which other parents (or grandparents in my case) might also want to check out, are the Kidsreads and Teenread sections, where you can read reviews of age-appropriate books for the young readers in your life.

Hope you a great weekend; I'll be back on Monday. In case you missed the link above, here it is again:


  1. Ooooh, Donna, I love freebies! And I love books! So I'll definitely be checking this site out (and winning, I hope :-) And thanks, too, for the lovely comment over at Sasee. You made my day.

  2. Always love to check out a contest opportunity. Thanks, Donna!

  3. Hi Cathy,
    Good luck. Love the way you wrapped humor and warmth with wisdom in your essay on Sasee.

    Hi Pat,
    They have some cool gift baskets for giveaways on Bookreporter. When I popped over to their blog the other day there was an interview with Mary Higging Clark.


  4. Writer Chick,
    Love your handle--and you do too.


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