Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In Lieu of a Post

I had a lousy day yesterday, and I'm not happy with the post I had written to appear today, so to bail me out (again) I've summoned the Publishing Fairy, who has taken pity on me and agreed to give someone who stops in here today a book that they want (she's such a pushover.)

If you'd like to be that someone, in comments to this post name a book or author that makes you happy (or if you can't think of one, just toss your name in the magic hat) by midnight EST tonight, September 12, 2012. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates and grant the winner a BookWish*. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

Also, a note on that last bit -- I am blessed with an amazingly supportive readership, not only here in the U.S. but around the globe.  Keeping my giveaways open to everyone no matter what country they reside is my own little Books Without Borders project -- and a chance to say thanks for that support.  So if you do live outside the U.S. and worry about this, please don't hesitate -- enter the giveaway, and if you win, I will get it to you, no problem whatsoever.

*A BookWish is any book of the winner's choice available for order online and that costs up to a maximum of $30.00 U.S. dollars (I'll cover any additional shipping costs involved.)

57 comments:

  1. I hope you're having a better day. One book that always makes me happy and provides laughs is Jon Stewart's "Naked Pictures of Famous People."

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  2. When I"m in a bad mood Lynsay Sands and Kim Harrison seem to always lift my spirits.

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  3. Nancy Athertons's Aunt Dimity mysteries always make me happy. I reread them whenever I'm blue.

    I hope things pick up for you soon!

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  4. Sarah Addison Allen is one author that makes me happy when I open her books.

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  5. Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms books make me laugh and are good for raising my spirits. Doesn't matter whether the characters are working with Tradition or pawns of it, I find both equally amusing. The most recent, Beauty and the Werewolf, was just the perfect blend of familiar and twisted.

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  6. I've just received Iain Banks's 'Stonemouth' and am very happy with it.

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  7. Fran K4:48 AM

    What a lovely thought. I had an disappointment yesterday when I got an email from Amazon to say that Nightbred's release date had been moved to February 2013. I can bear the wait because I know it'll be worth it, but still ...

    I am a big fan of re-reading and there are some books I come back to time after time. Topping the list are 2 books by Georgette Heyer that never fail to make me smile and think the world's not so bad after all. They are The Grand Sophy and Frederica. These are closely followed by Christine Warren's Walk on the Wild Side, Katie Macalister's Corset Diaries, Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, Annette Blair's Naked Dragon and your own Evermore.

    I am thankful for your blog and the wonderful authors you and your "posters" have opened up to me, such as Sofie Kelly, Sarah Addison Allen & Rob Thurman.

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    1. I just started re-reading the Grand Sophy yesterday, for about the fifth time. Sophy is my favourite Georgette Heyer heroine, though Charles is not the top guy (have not yet completely decided the winning hero because it depends what mood I'm in). And I love Frederica as well.

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  8. When I'm having a bad day, I like reread my favorite book moments from Ilona Andrews, Seanan McGuire, and Jim Butcher. Thank you so much for the BookWish :)

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  9. Julia7:54 AM

    Thank you for this! I love Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series and Sharon Shinn's Seven Houses series. Both have been reread endlessly.

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  10. I usually go for a Jill Shalvis book. Something light and funny.

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  11. bluebamboo8:13 AM

    Shanna Swendson, Sofie Kelly, and Shel Silverstein always give me a smile.

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  12. Lynn,
    Well, although I have many favorite authors and books (yours included), I can lift my spirits just by reading any book whether it is a favorite or not. Reading a book for me is my getaway from reality. Whether I "ride" a dragon on Pern thanks to the late Anne McCaffrey or go "hunting" as a werewolf, reading is my escape. Reading recharges my batteries and lets me forget for a few hours whatever was troubling me. And I often get the best solutions to my problems after I have forgotten about them for a while. I hope whatever was troubling you yesterday is soon forgotten or forgiven. Take care!
    Tami
    Jacksonville

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  13. It has to be a pretty bad book to not make me happy to be reading it. I get extra gleeful when reading Jim Butcher, Rob Thurman and Jasper Fforde.

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  14. Shizuka8:57 AM

    Wendy Wunder's The Probability of Miracles is making me laugh pretty hard right now.

    Books that I dip into when I need a happiness fix -- the first and last Harry Potters, A Secret History (I don't know why because that's seriously sad), A Secret Garden, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Hit List.

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  15. Molly Harper is my go to when I want to laugh (paranormal humor at its finest)! Seanan McGuire, Kelly Gay and the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop are my go to when I want to escape the real world!

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  16. I tend to reread old favourites like Mercedes Lackey, Anne Mcaffrey, Meg Cabot and similar.

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  17. Right now, Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series is making me very happy. I just ordered the two most recent books in the series and they arrived yesterday. :)

    Diane

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  18. Rob Thurman's All Seeing Eye (which I won in your giveaway) made me very happy.


    Cheers,
    Erin

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  19. Briana N9:23 AM

    I hope you have a better day today!
    Harlequin novels and your Jessica Hall novels always manage to pick up my spirits.

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  20. I hope that your day is improving and wish you well. thanks for this giveaway. A book that was memorable and one that I think of is The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.

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  21. I'm drawing a big blank, but I hope you have a better day today!

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  22. The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson brightens my day. His humor and writing always lifts my spirits.

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  23. JD Robb.. I always feel better reading about Roarke.

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  24. There's a new book out by Barbara Samuel I'd like to read. "The Sleeping Night"--hope your day is better today!!!

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  25. Anne V.9:58 AM

    I have a go-to book case of favorites. Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Gail Carriger, Rob Thurman all top the list but authors like Stephenie Bond's Body Movers series and other books with a quirky sense of humor work well.

    The other reading that lifts my spirits is that of my local writing and critique group's work. Those folks always make me feel better with simple acts of community and creativity. We all feel the love when one of us forgets to state that a character is wearing clothing beneath that open jacket!

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  26. May you find yourself filled with inner light in the face of any shadow that would threaten your peace.

    I'm definitely looking forward to reading, The Bone House, by Stephen Lawhead.

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  27. Jennifer Crusie's books are at the top of my comfort read list when I'm looking for happy; Bet Me in particular never fails.

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  28. Elizabeth Hoyt's books make me happy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  29. Any book in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. Gentle, poignant, intelligent, always funny stories.

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  30. Reading Walter the Farting Dog to my 4 year old is the absolute best way to lift my spirits! I'm lucky enough to have read all the Walter books to my preschool classes for the last few years and there is nothing better than listening to 20 little ones giggle hysterically during Walter's exploits.

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  31. Anonymous11:50 AM

    Jim Butcher, Seanan Maguire, Neil Gaiman make me happy. Books make me happy.
    --LIV

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  32. When I'm feeling blue, I turn to Louisa May Alcott books. She has been my comfort book author since I was a preteen, and they still work!

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  33. Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold -- make me happy. Lots of writers do, but those are some of my autobuys.

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  34. Let's see - I still need some of your books, Jim Butcher has a new one coming out in November, Shannon Butcher should have another one soon, or there's Dean Koontz' new Odd Thomas book, or Jasper Fforde's new Thursday Next, or, or,...

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  35. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Raymond Chandler's similes always give me a good chuckle.

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  36. clairecherven1:46 PM

    I'm having a not-so-good week so can't think right now of something I want....but will soon: I need an escape! So here's my name into your hat. Thanks!

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  37. helen2:44 PM

    Urban fantasy makes me happy! But then so do YA paranormal....and mysteries...and science fiction...and um ok so I am a book whore. They ALL make me happy!

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  38. {{{Lynn}}} So sorry you had a miserable day yesterday. Here's hoping to better ones to come.

    Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie MacAlister is one of the few first person books I still have. And the only reason I have it is because there are places that make me laugh out loud.

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  39. Anything in the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey.

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  40. Anonymous4:46 PM

    Whenever I have a crappy day, I read one of the In Death books. Always makes me feel better to read about someone kicking butt and taking names. Hope you have a better day, Jules

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  41. Tossing my name in the hat.

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  42. Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress books always made me chuckle. Same with Larissa Ione books.
    I hope your day (and week) perks up for you.
    Chinyere Eziwanyi

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  43. Meghan Helmich5:54 PM

    I'm especially tickled by zombie fiction - Rhiannon Frater has me hooked like a fiend these days!

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  44. KLetts6:02 PM

    I like Christine Feehan- both her Dark & Ghostwalker series

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  45. Jennifer Crusie's 'Faking It' is my number one comfort read. It doesn't necessarily make me happy, but it never fails to at least distract me from whatever funk I'm in.
    Hope you feel better!

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  46. You and J.D. Robb... Ilona Andrews, Stacia kane...*G* A bunch of people make me happy.

    I'm sorry you had a lousy day. I've had a few of those myself lately. Hope it turns around for ya.

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  47. Sorry about the lousy day! Almost any book can make me feel better, though I tend to veer towards historicals for the 'safety' angle. You pretty much know what you're gonna get, in terms of HEA. When my world is uncertain, knowing the guy and girl will figure it out by the end of the book is a comfort.

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  48. Anonymous8:34 PM

    It must be contagious as I had a contract writer turn in plagiarized work today, so turning to my favorite blogs (yours and Scalzi's) make me happy. Then I find a bit of light HEA in my never diminishing stack and leave this reality for another.

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  49. I love reading. Some days, it is a wonder to escape this life into one in which every page is exciting and the story ends cleanly. Thanks for being one of the people who sends me otherwhere!

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  50. The deeply disturbing works of Chuck Wendig-Blackbirds is a go to when I'm down. And the Kate Holly series by Charlotte Hughes for the wild and crazy.

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  51. Sorry you have had a lousy day :( When I need a pick up, I turn to authors that can make me laugh such as Lynsay Sands, Kerrelyn Sparks, Eve Langlais, or another of my faves like Larissa Ione, Kallypso Masters, Cherise Sinclair. Basically any that can either make me laugh &/or get lost in another world

    Hope your week gets better :)
    June

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  52. Your books make me happy. I can't wait for the next one. And Seanan McGuire's books make me happy. Ashes of Honor arrived in the mail yesterday! Squee! Oh, and Larry Correia's books make me happy, too. I'm in the middle of Spellbound (his second in the Grimnoir Chronicles) right now. =o)

    Sorry you didn't have an awesome day yesterday. I hope today was better. =o)

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  53. So many authors make me happy & books in general! :)

    You're an author who makes me happy, and I'll also name Rob Thurman.

    Hope things were better today.

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  54. For the sheer beauty of the language, I love Loren Eiseley's "The Immense Journey". Eiseley was an anthropologist, and the book is a series of essays about man and nature. Thought-provoking and wonderfully written.

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  55. Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files. For some reason, I usually end up reading him in the bathroom, and I've done a lot of happy cackling while sitting on the throne.

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  56. TaKiesha Smith11:53 PM

    I am really enjoying Thea Harrison right now.

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