DAY 11 of the 12 Day Holiday Hootenanny

Awesome. I love it when people win free books! We, the merry elves at Women and Words, got ourselves one of those ol’ skool wire bingo ball cage thingies. You know the one. Where you turn it with the hand crank? So one of the elves got way giddy with it and it flew open and the names went everywhere so we blindfolded her and made her pick 5. Here they are! WOOOOO!

1. JM Redmann, “Water Mark”–Sue

2. Ellen Hart, “The Cruel Ever After”–Rose

3. Bett Norris, “Miss McGhee”–Sherry Mills

4. Nann Dunne, “Dunne with Editing”–wordsofbarrett

5. Patty Henderson, So Dead, My Love”–bookgeek

And tomorrow is the grand finale, friends! It’s going to be RADical. πŸ™‚

No. NO NO NO, we’re not done!

Jingle Books, Jingle Books,
Reading all the way!
Oh what fun it is to give
These books away all day!


Dateline: DAY 11 at the Women and Words Holiday Hootenanny. We continue to spread holiday luuuuuv, and we hope everyone has totally gotten into the spirit and is doin’ a little dance. We’re so excited to do this and many, many thanks to all the authors who donated books to get in on the fun.

Today’s offerings are listed below, in the order they’ll be given away. So the first name we draw will win JM Redmann’s book, the second will win Ellen Hart’s book, and so on.

To enter today’s drawing, leave a comment on this blog entry. Include your email address at the comment prompt (it won’t be seen publicly. SWEAR.). To avoid spam-bots, don’t include your email in the body of your comment. You have until 10 PM EST to enter. At that point, we’re doing the drawing and we’ll post the winners here, on the Day 11 entry.

And as always, have fun and good luck!

1. JM Redmann, Water Mark

source: Bold Strokes Books
Would you look at this? Lambda- and Goldie-winning author, the amazing JM Redmann, offers this book, the latest in the near-legendary Micky Knight series. It’s just another body in another destroyed house, like so many others in post-Katrina New Orleans. Micky Knight wants to find the woman’s identity and her killer, but is she also trying to confront all the ties Katrina destroyed? Ohhh! Hope you win so you can find out!

2. Ellen Hart, The Cruel Ever After

source: MacMillan Books
Another Trail Blazer. I mean, where do you EVEN start with Ellen’s long and storied rΓ©sumΓ©? I can’t. Go see at her website. She’s an astonishing and award-winning author. She’s written over 20 books, two series. Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenway. Here, Minneapolis restaurauteur Jane Lawless has to deal with a wayward ex-husband who ends up in a murder that he might have committed. But he doesn’t remember. Join Jane to find out what happens!

3. Bett Norris, Miss McGhee

source: Bywater Books
Bett Norris won the Bywater Books manuscript competition, and landed a publishing contract as a result. This is her second book, set in the shadow of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Mary McGhee is a woman who struggles with forbidden desires and a male-dominated world. She courageously provided jobs to black workers at the lumber company she took over, and did her very best to live the life she wanted in a tumultuous time.

4. Nann Dunne, Dunne with Editing: A Last Look at Your Manuscript (a proof)

source: Amazon
Nann Dunne is an author, editor, and publisher who coordinates the fabulous Just About Write, a great resource for writers and readers alike. Here is a proof of her latest work, an essential tool for writers who are serious about getting their manuscripts in top shape for submission. Nann’s years of editing experience and approachable style make this a guide you won’t want to be without.

5. Patty G. Henderson, So Dead, My Love

source: Patty G. Henderson
Patty’s back with more luuuuuuv! Do NOT let your holidays suck! In fact, they SHOULD suck, with some vampire lit! Unhappy artist Samantha Barnes goes to Bayton Isle off the coast of Maine, reputedly the stomping grounds of the Karnov family, many of whom were vampires. Samantha’s obsession with Lara Karnov just might be enough to bring the vampire back to life, and suck Samantha into a dark, murderous world in the fulfillment of a prophesy.


  1. I am in!

    Today is surgery day. I should be coherent by the tme results come out.

    Happy holidays!



  2. The invitations to enter this contest have me laugh right out loud. They have been bright spots in my days. Thanks for the smiles.

    I hope you and all your little elves have a SWEEEEET Christmas and a wonderful New Year. WOOO-HOOO!!!



  3. My last Christmas gift came in the mail this afternoon; I’m finished shopping FINALLY! Time to wrap and relax before running all over town tomorrow!


  4. This was a really fantastic way to introduce us to some works we might not otherwise have discovered. I feel like a winner either way πŸ™‚


  5. I will have to agree with one of the previous posters, the variety of the books given away is phenomenal, with a great mixed of style and authors.

    Ellen Hart is one of the first Lebian authors I read.

    Maybe I get twice lucky…:-)


    • A cross-section of authors/publishers/styles was one of the main talking points when we formed this blog. This book giveaway event is, in my opinion, the epitome of what we were striving to do.


  6. I missed out on yesterday as I traveled across the pond to celebrate Christmas and New Years in grand English style. Please. Count me in all the way from over here. Thank you.

    Merry Christmas,



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