August 25, 2009

The Girl Who Was Selfishly Sorry (CONTEST) (edited)

YAY the blog is back. ALL the parts of the website SHOULD be working now. I actually posted this Friday, but it did not show up, and now BOTH times I posted have showed up. With comments and everything. HEH. SO! I removed the old one, and now I am putting the 5 comments up from there onto here and...oh my. I am glad the BORK part is over.

Edit: I fixed the date. This SHOULD have ended on Tuesday, but since it just now went up, that seems...ridiculous, to end before it ever posted. Only time travelers and advanced mathematicians would be able to enter. SO.

Edit 2: Betterness will happen THURSDAY, as Tuesday was about making my computer better.

I am so, so sorry that Stieg Larsson died. SO Sorry. Most importantly because he left behind a woman who loved him and lived with him for thirty years and a some family as well. Also because he was an idealist and a rampant feminist and into Social Justice and because he was very young, only 50, when a massive surprise heart attack took him out. I am sorry for all these reasons.

I am also sorry for ME, and for readers like me, because he died with only 3 of his planned 10 Lisbeth Salander novels finished. Larsson said that Salander was based, in his head, on a grown up version of Pippi Longstocking, and I LOVE that. I can COMPLETELY see that.

This is a Pippi who grew up in a harsh world indeed, and she is the most interesting character to come along in series fiction in forever, joining Jack Reacher, Tess Monaghan and Harry Bosch as one of the few made-up people I will follow from book to book to book. I almost always prefer Stand Alone books to series, but Lisbeth Salander is just as unendingly fascinating as Jack, Tess and Harry, and I would follow her ten books and beyond.

(Hm! I just realized that in a few key ways, Salandar is LIKE Reacher. If Reacher was a teeny little Swedish girl, I mean. They both step INTO a punch instead of away and move forward, unflinchingly, toward approaching trouble, instead of away. Away is where *I* like to go in relation to trouble, so maybe that’s one reason I find both characters so compelling.)

Lisbeth’s freakin’ crazy. She has a rigorous ethical compass and NO morals. And Lord help the misogynist who blips even faintly on her radar. OH! STIEG! Combine this fresh and fascinating mess of a character with intricate plots and a moral foil of a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist, and I am yours yours yours yours yours.

Knopf offered me a give-away copy of the second book, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and some very cool THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO temporary tattoos. I think the publicist found me because I had mentioned Larsson’s book in glowing terms on my blog before. I just finished the second one, and I think I liked it even more than the first. Maybe. Hard to tell yet. Too fresh.

I usually do not do this kind of promo. I like to do author interviews here and give away books that way, but I generally delete e-mails that say, HERE IS A PRODUCT, PLS SAY A NICE THING AND HURL A FREE ONE!

I agreed to this for two reasons. 1) I LOVE these books and I unselfishly wish to share the pleasure. And then – not so selflessly---2) the first ten people to agree would get ARCs of the third book. AND I NEED THE THIRD BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. NOW I SAY. Alas, I was not one of the first ten to sign up. No GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST for me til next year, when it comes out. *curses and fumes*

If I wasn;t so diffident and ridiculous, I’d be hunting down whatever editor has the book and asking if they would find an early blurb from me even slightly useful. Or, what about a kidney? If anyone at the pub house needs a kidney I seem to have an extra and I am not doing much with it....

SO! The contest: you leave a comment, I will enter you for a drawing to win a hardback copy of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and a couple of these snazzy temporary Dragon Tattoos so you can pretend to be a lone psychotic 4 foot 11 inch ball of rage against injustice. I will send a couple of runner ups the other temporary tattoos and a magnet and one will get a snazzy BETTER U pin. I steal the rules from my bargain hunting friend-site, Want Not, as per usual. Contest closes Thursday, August 27th, at midnight EST, so comment early, but only ONCE pls.

Meanwhile, just in case you DO win, go get a copy of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO because these books should not be read out of order. You need to read the first one. First. Really.

(I listened to it, unabridged, and I highly recommend the audio version. The reader was very very good, except he had a funny way of saying “condom” that drove me mad. “Con-DOM,” he would say. And there are, cough, several condoms and a heaping scoop rampant violence in both these books, so do not enter if you are a kid. If you are a kid, go read Pippi Longstocking instead. It’s awesome, too.)

Posted by joshilyn at August 25, 2009 5:15 PM
Comments

...and first comment to make sure this is synced correctly with the database.

Posted by: Mr. Husband at August 25, 2009 9:55 PM

wow. I almost bought that book in london, but I ended up buying Marilyn Robinson's _Home_. Which was fantastic. Maybe I can own both!

Posted by: elizabeth at August 25, 2009 10:40 PM

Loved Dragon Tatoo and just got audio of Played with Fire. Lisbeth kinda reminds me of Mallory, fantastic character in Carol O'Connell books, which you should read if you haven't already.

Posted by: laird at August 25, 2009 10:51 PM

Me! Me! Pick me!

:)

Posted by: Jabberwocky at August 25, 2009 11:34 PM

Everyone, with one exception, has just raved about this series. I am womanfully holding out until all three are available because I'm afraid that as I age, my patience gene is deteriorating. Rapidly.

Speaking of which, isn't it time for "Backseat Saints" to be out? It has to be. Why yes, yes it does! And right now too!

But that's just me. Being impatient. So I will hold off on this fabulous series until I can have them all in my greedy little hands.

Posted by: Fran at August 26, 2009 12:10 AM

Normally I am a big library user but when it comes to a book like this it seems I have a better shot of getting it here than I do requesting it and being the 549th person in line to get it. :)

Posted by: Jessica S. at August 26, 2009 12:29 AM

So glad to see you again. I was getting worried about the homicidal alcholic wondering around on the loose when she should have been blogging her way to a better heart.

Posted by: Linda J at August 26, 2009 12:30 AM

Sounds like a great series. I want to read them (!) and will start with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Thanks for letting me know about some great books and great authors in your blog!

Posted by: Theresa at August 26, 2009 12:41 AM

I'm so confused. It must be all that sugar I took in today (see my BetterU post). Today is Tuesday, and it's after 9 pm, Pacific Daylight Time, but it's only the 25th, so I'm going to hope that I'm on time, because I am SO into reading THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and having a cool tattoo.

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at August 26, 2009 12:59 AM

I put a hold on the first book at the library :) I love getting recs for new authors!

Posted by: Heather at August 26, 2009 1:28 AM

MOVED FROM THE DUAL POST!

I have a broken foot - stuck at home and need a new book to read. I've always loved reading your recommendations, so sign me up for this one, please.

Posted by cheryl at August 21, 2009 9:39 AM

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 26, 2009 5:33 AM

Moved from the Dual post:
Um, your post says this contest ended five days ago, but I'm shooting for the Tuesday part being the relevant criterion here. :)

Posted by Reé at August 25, 2009 11:35 PM

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 26, 2009 5:34 AM

Moved from the Dual post:

I loved, loved, loved "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I listened to the unabridged recording. I didn't even notice the weird pronunciation of condom. Now when I reread (relisten?) to it, it'll probably drive me nuts.
I hated hearing that the author had died. I felt the same way when Virginia Lanier died. And John D. McDonald. I feel badly for their families. But, to be honest, I also selfishly feel badly for myself. I am very greedy about wanting more from my favorite authors.

Posted by Leslie Noon at August 25, 2009 11:37 PM

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 26, 2009 5:35 AM

Moved from the Dual post:

I loved, loved, loved "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I listened to the unabridged recording. I didn't even notice the weird pronunciation of condom. Now when I reread (relisten?) to it, it'll probably drive me nuts.
I hated hearing that the author had died. I felt the same way when Virginia Lanier died. And John D. McDonald. I feel badly for their families. But, to be honest, I also selfishly feel badly for myself. I am very greedy about wanting more from my favorite authors.

Posted by Leslie Noon at August 25, 2009 11:37 PM

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 26, 2009 5:36 AM

Moved from the Dual post:
Um, having just received this on Tuesday at 10:52 p.m. Central I will just cover my ears and sing "LALALALALALALA" to pretend I didn't hear you when you said it was due last Thursday. Or Tuesday.
BTW, what is the mental health number up to today? :)
Posted by Chris of the Woodwork at August 25, 2009 11:54 PM

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 26, 2009 5:37 AM

Sounds good!

Posted by: Gretchen at August 26, 2009 6:16 AM

I've heard glowing reviews of his
books and would love to win a copy!

Posted by: Lynn in Texas at August 26, 2009 6:40 AM

How have I never heard of these books? Please enter me so I can be enlightened!

Posted by: Katie B at August 26, 2009 7:00 AM

Since Tuesday's not actually the 27th, I'm hoping the deadline is actually Thursday the 27th. I love a good character, so I hope the Random Generator picks me.

Posted by: Rita at August 26, 2009 7:22 AM

Oog, my apologies for getting the "books in June" thing wrong. Since I am apparently illiterate, I thought it was all summer. ;-)
And glad you let me know you hadn't gone over the edge while Mr. Husband was out of town!

Sad for the author's family . .
Sure would like the book, though, as I am a lone psychotic 5 foot 0 inch ball of rage against injustice, at least in my head.

Posted by: Brigitte at August 26, 2009 7:34 AM

I could have sworn i commented on this post, or maybe the other post, but maybe i'm crazypants.

Regardless, here i am, commenting. (Coveting books, really.) And, putting some condolences out there into the ether for Larsson's family and friends on his passing.

Posted by: Rachel at August 26, 2009 7:38 AM

I have been utterly absolutely pulling my hair out and DYING to read these books, but couldn't justify buying them when I have well over 50 other books to read next to my bed. But pick me and I pinky-swear I'll go out and buy Dragon Tattoo immediately and read them both back to back! And maybe give my niece the temporary tattoos. Maybe. If I don't keep them for myself.

Posted by: Jen A at August 26, 2009 7:53 AM

Oo. Books and temporary tattoos? What fun. Sign me up.

Posted by: Purrmah at August 26, 2009 8:09 AM

Okay, I read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo already, and loved it, so I am all ready for this one! Pick me!

Posted by: Becky at August 26, 2009 8:12 AM

You can never read enough books.
This one sounds great!

Posted by: desi at August 26, 2009 8:19 AM

I have eyed both books often. Sign me up!

Posted by: Cristin at August 26, 2009 8:29 AM

I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd never heard of these books. I love the Jack Reacher novels (and Pippi Longstocking!), so I'm pretty sure these are a shoe-in. Thanks for the opportunity - I'm checking my library for the first book now...

Posted by: Sandi at August 26, 2009 8:58 AM

I think this will be a terrific read. Misogynists watch out!

Posted by: Caty at August 26, 2009 9:06 AM

I can always use a new book. And if you choose me, I will love it and take care of it and not let my children spill things on it. Promise!

Posted by: Lori B. at August 26, 2009 9:11 AM

nooooooooooooo.... I am half way through the first one and have been so excited about future reading escapades. I agree with your statements entirely. I am so, so sorry he died for many reasons.

Posted by: ailo at August 26, 2009 9:19 AM

I'm reading your blog to cheer myself up as I've just watched my five-year-old shake hands with the eighth graders, then march to his first day of kindergarten. Is there a support group for mom's who don't want their babes to go to school? Or is that how home-schooling began?

Anyway, as usual you make me LAUGH AND LAUGH! Thanks so much for that!

I went to a wedding rehearsal dressed as Pippi Longstockings once because the bride was trying to transform us into Robert-Palmer-video-clones. We redheads have to take a stand sometimes.

I am now ready to graduate to The Girl Who Played With Fire and vow to read the previous books first, in order (though I will forever love Pippi).

Please ... I need something to take my mind off kindergarten!

Posted by: Lablues at August 26, 2009 9:25 AM

I just read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo on vacation and would love to read the next book!

Posted by: Chris at August 26, 2009 9:40 AM

Cool. I haven't read any of those books.

Posted by: Jill W. at August 26, 2009 9:42 AM

I have these on my library list, but as was mentioned above, I'm about number 540 on the waiting list, so winning here would mean I could read this within the next 5 years...

Posted by: Jen at August 26, 2009 9:44 AM

Am adding these books to my MUST READ list! One of the many many reasons I love your blog is the plethora of book suggestions you make! I got Tana French's In the Woods for my b-day and can't wait to devour it (after I finish South of Broad by Pat Conroy, of course).

Posted by: Chandler at August 26, 2009 9:48 AM

Ooh! I must read these books.

Posted by: Tuli at August 26, 2009 9:48 AM

I'm glad you were able to fix the blog--I've missed your entries!

Posted by: CariAnne B at August 26, 2009 9:53 AM

Nothing like winning a great book!

Posted by: Kathy at August 26, 2009 9:55 AM

Nuts. Your blog is in my feed reader, and I just read and commented on the dual post without noticing that the next post was titled the same. And then the Internet ate my comment. Let's see.... funny stuff, blah blah blah, pick me! I think that covers it.

Posted by: ellbee at August 26, 2009 10:00 AM

Sweet. These books are on my too read list.

Posted by: Heather at August 26, 2009 10:07 AM

Some friends of mine were just recommending this series this weekend. May the roll be with me!

Posted by: Tequila Cookie Chris at August 26, 2009 10:08 AM

Sigh... To Read. Not Too Read.

Posted by: Heather at August 26, 2009 10:15 AM

I listened to both books, as I can knit and listen. A friend said she had a bit of trouble reading them because of the Swedish words and names in the story. The reader, Simon Vance, does an excellent job sorting through the pronunciations for you. Anxiously waiting for the third book now!

Posted by: Tracy at August 26, 2009 10:18 AM

A new book. Yay.

Posted by: pam at August 26, 2009 10:21 AM

Will be waiting with bated breath, and if I do not win, I'll go straight to the Costco and buy it.

Posted by: Beth at August 26, 2009 10:32 AM

Oh, wow. I *loved* The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo SO much. Seriously wonderful stuff. And it's funny that you mention Jack Reacher, because I love those books too but wouldn't have made that connection between him and Lisbeth. But you're right, of course.

I have The Girl Who Played With Fire on my "Save for Later" list on the Kindle, but a hardcover copy would be even better, especially with the nifty temporary tattoos. Pick me!

Posted by: Aimee at August 26, 2009 10:37 AM

Ooh, this sounds far more interesting than the cover looked... pick me?

Posted by: Beth R at August 26, 2009 10:55 AM

I love, love, love them both. I realy want the tatoos!

Posted by: Heather at August 26, 2009 10:56 AM

OMG! I just discovered Reacher this summer, and I love, love, love him. I have been fiercely reading the series - all the while fighting the intense guilt that tells me I should be working on . . . the numerous things I should be working on, plus you should see how dusty my house is. I am also a long time fan of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee - quite similar characters. And now I must add Larsson's boks because hello?!? a grown up pippi longstocking who is like Reacher?!? How does it get better than that?

Posted by: Mary Ann at August 26, 2009 10:57 AM

I have the first book waiting in my stack, I'd love the second one too.

Posted by: Lynn at August 26, 2009 11:06 AM

I am sooooooo in need of something new to read. I am newly pregnant and hard to please (its from the projectile vomitting) so a book with a ton o' violence would be great!

Posted by: Les at August 26, 2009 11:08 AM

I would like to win but I am grateful that the DT's have stopped, my hands aren't shaking and I now have had my "FIX" of my favorite writer so the world has now realigned itself on it's axis and all is good and sweet in it.

In other words, I'm glad you are back. You have been missed!

Posted by: Leigh at August 26, 2009 11:12 AM

Hey, I don't think Mr. Husband should be entered in the drawing! :) Just because he fixed the blog and all...

Posted by: Jennifer Morgan at August 26, 2009 11:14 AM

Love, love, love THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO! And I want the tattoo, temporary of course because I'll change my mind in a minute anyway.

And now I'm intrigued ... conDOM ... must find the audio so I too can be driven mad. As if I need any help.

Posted by: PattiH at August 26, 2009 11:19 AM

Pick me! Pick me!

Posted by: Katie at August 26, 2009 11:32 AM

Oh, girl, the things you do to my book-buying budget...

Posted by: JMyersbook at August 26, 2009 11:34 AM

So, I have to admit something. I have been reading your blog for probably about a year now (courtesy of Mir's Observation page because I shamelessly read all of the blogs that she recommends). I just read your books within the last few months though. This is due to a friend of mine who recently dragged me into the world of fiction (and even non-fiction) books. I have been a strictly romance/para-romance reader for 15+ years.

So, seeing as I LOVED your books, I know I will like this book.

Pick Me!!

Posted by: Billie at August 26, 2009 11:44 AM

I want a real tattoo, too.

Posted by: emily jane at August 26, 2009 11:44 AM

Ooh - I've got the audio of book 1 up next on my to listen queue. I'd love to win the book and a temporary tattoo. :)

Posted by: jenifer at August 26, 2009 11:45 AM

OH! I almost bought that book on my last trip to the book store, but held off. Mayhaps this time the gods of Random shall smile upon me.

Posted by: Kim at August 26, 2009 11:49 AM

OH! Something new for me to read! Pick me! Pick me!!

Posted by: Kim at August 26, 2009 12:11 PM

I hadn't heard of these books before, so thank you for bringing them to my attention! (And I hope I win one!!!)

Posted by: Julie G at August 26, 2009 12:20 PM

Please enter me!

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplz!

Signed,

JMixx-the-somewhat-paranoid-and-rather-insecure-but-not-at-all-in-a-stalkery-way-person-who-had-to-email-to-ask-if-the-server-was-down-or-if-she-had-been-blocked!banished!exiled!aag!

P.S. very glad you are virtually back.

Posted by: JMixx at August 26, 2009 12:31 PM

*Twilight music here* I am right this minute reading "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", I mean I just set it down to see if possibly, maybe, I could get my fix of Kudzu with a new post today and... YAY ME...I also got a nod from Steig himself it seems.

Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Posted by: GLory Words at August 26, 2009 12:31 PM

I am crossing all my fingers and toes and maybe my eyes a little bit. Not that it ever helps; I never win anything...

(and now the gods of HA! That's what you think! will bless me with a win, I'm sure).

Posted by: megan at August 26, 2009 12:33 PM

I need some awesome fiction for my bus ride to New York. I will pick up Girl With a dragon Tattoo just in case this post like wins me something.

Posted by: Julie at August 26, 2009 12:46 PM

So glad you are back!! I would like to be in the contest please.

Posted by: JenniferG at August 26, 2009 12:59 PM

Sounds Awesome!! I have Wish Listed the books and will be very greatful if I win one. Thanks for the chance!!

Posted by: Pamela L at August 26, 2009 1:00 PM

Oh, so sad to hear the author has died. These were already on my list to read, so I will cross my fingers and hope the random number generator chooses me.

Posted by: Corrie at August 26, 2009 1:27 PM

Oh, so sad to hear the author has died. These were already on my list to read, so I will cross my fingers and hope the random number generator chooses me.

Posted by: Corrie at August 26, 2009 1:28 PM

I'm so sad to hear he died! I just finished Dragon Tattoo - picked it up after you raved about it - and I was just about to head over to Amazon to see about getting the next one. *sigh*

I would LOVE to win the next one - so fingers are crossed!

Posted by: Anna Marie at August 26, 2009 1:37 PM

Please gods of Random, pick me!!

Posted by: Kathy at August 26, 2009 1:40 PM

Well, after all that I'll have to read them, so pls give me free one!

Posted by: ccr in MA at August 26, 2009 2:13 PM

Commenting in hopes of a book! Off to get THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, just in case!

Posted by: Karen at August 26, 2009 2:45 PM

Ooh, hurl one this way! I liked Dragon Tattoo a lot but I like it even better thinking of her has an adult, somewhat jaded Pippi Longstocking.

Imagine what Dora the Explorer will be like someday...

Posted by: Diane at August 26, 2009 2:46 PM

I hoe I am not too late! Enter me please.

Posted by: nikki at August 26, 2009 2:47 PM

Oh, dear... that was supposed to be HOPE not hoe. Hehe.

Posted by: nikki at August 26, 2009 2:48 PM

There are too many reasons to list why I should win this. I'll trust that you understand. So, ya know, pick me and all.

Jack Reacher is my literary boyfriend and of course, he's no good for me. 'Cause I know I'm not the only one with real-life crushes on fictional characters, right?

Oh. Okay, then.

Posted by: Becca at August 26, 2009 4:13 PM

Oh, please let me win! These sound like great books.

Posted by: Gina at August 26, 2009 4:38 PM

i want a booooook! Soon to have small baby attached to me 24-7. I need something to do while feeding him (or hiding).

Posted by: Melissa D at August 26, 2009 4:52 PM

This that you are currently reading is my entree into the contest. Yay!

Posted by: Emily at August 26, 2009 6:16 PM

Uh, Becca? You are not the only one. I would list all the fictional characters I have had crushes on, but it would take too long and be, frankly, embarrassing. I will tell you, though, that Jack Reacher is one of 'em.

Posted by: Aimee at August 26, 2009 6:20 PM

I've had his book on my wishlist at Amazon forever. It sounds wonderful, and fabulous, and all things good!

Posted by: Pam at August 26, 2009 6:23 PM

Oh me me me! You really know how to talk a book up and now I need to read them both.

Posted by: Lisa at August 26, 2009 6:47 PM

OH! I love new authors!

Posted by: Rikki at August 26, 2009 8:03 PM

me please

Posted by: jean at August 26, 2009 9:30 PM

Oh, please pick me. I could use a great read or two!

Posted by: Marla at August 26, 2009 10:33 PM

As I stand almost 4ft 11in, I'd enjoy this read I'm sure.

Posted by: Debbie H at August 26, 2009 10:50 PM

Me! Me! I loved Dragon Tattoo, and now I'm on an interminably long library waiting list for Played with Fire!

Posted by: Stacey at August 26, 2009 11:24 PM

I am glad your site is up again, I was missing reading your posts! The books sound interesting...

Posted by: Jen at August 26, 2009 11:48 PM

I was JUST looking at The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at a friend's house last week!

Posted by: MissMonky at August 27, 2009 12:12 AM

I was JUST looking at The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at a friend's house last week!

Posted by: MissMonky at August 27, 2009 12:12 AM

I was JUST looking at The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at a friend's house last week!

Posted by: MissMonky at August 27, 2009 12:12 AM

Wait - it's not Tuesday??

I almost picked up a copy of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a couple of weeks ago - now I'm wishing I did...

Posted by: Tina at August 27, 2009 12:21 AM

LOVED Dragon Tattoo, and like you was devastated to learn that the author died before completing the series.

Enter me, please? I realllly want to read this book. :D

Posted by: Kim at August 27, 2009 2:37 AM

I have heard great things...pick me, please!

Posted by: Andrea at August 27, 2009 8:06 AM

Me, me, me. Pretty please?

Posted by: heidi at August 27, 2009 9:58 AM

Always a pleasure reading your posts, Joshilyn! And, if you ever want to interview Harry Bosch on Kudzu(I mean, Michael Connelly...or do I?)&/or do a giveaway, or whatnot, drop me a line on Facebook. Speaking of Stieg Larsson,the cover of MC's next one, Nine Dragons, is similarly, um, incendiary (flaming "9" pops right out at you...and even has the word "dragon" in the title, too). Pure coincidence.

Posted by: Shannon at August 27, 2009 10:00 AM

I hadn't heard of this author before, but violence, sex and combating misogynists - that should be (audio)book heaven.

Posted by: Saskia at August 27, 2009 2:47 PM

Just started reading your blog today after seeing it on Go Red. I'm in week 5 and figure at the pace I'm going, I'll have to repeat a couple of times before I really get all that knowledge ingrained.

Sign me up for anything free! :) Love to read

Posted by: Ginger at August 27, 2009 3:17 PM

I didn't win the HGTV dream house, so I really believe my name should be drawn for a super cool book like this. =)

Posted by: Lori at August 27, 2009 6:08 PM

Ooh.... I am so excited about your drawing! So here's my official entry. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one - I love being introduced to new books, and this series sounds fantastic! Thanks :)

Posted by: thisgirlremembers at August 27, 2009 7:49 PM

Awesome - hope it's me!

Posted by: Carol at August 27, 2009 9:45 PM

I don't know why I even bother, since I NEVER win, but here goes nothing. :)

Posted by: Terri at August 27, 2009 9:52 PM

Ok just in time I so hope I win. I want to read these bad. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

Posted by: Jessica at August 27, 2009 9:57 PM

Ok just in time I so hope I win. I want to read these bad.
jessica(at)fan(dot)com

Posted by: Jessica at August 27, 2009 9:57 PM

Arrrgh!!! WHY, OH, WHY did I not check in earlier? Oh, well, at the very least I have another book to put on my "to read" list!

Posted by: Rebecca Hermsen at August 28, 2009 1:52 AM

AUGH! WHY WHY WHY do you always have contests when I am traveling????? WHY? WHY? I have been SOOOO wanting to read these books very very badly! Well I guess I'm too late although this hasn't been in my feed reader for all that long...sigh... But I am wondering if you could, in future, give ADVANCE warnings before giving away books I've been dying to read so that if I'm going to be away from my computer I could make arrangements? What do you mean it doesn't revolve around me?

Posted by: edj at August 29, 2009 2:22 PM