DAY 3 of the 12-Day Holiday Hootenanny, 2012!

Check it out! We have some winners! The names are listed next to the appropriate book. Congratulations y’all!


Hark! The merry elves do sing!
Glory to these awesome things!
We’ve got books to give away
So leave a comment here today!

Day 3, people. Surely you’re with us for the long haul, yes? Because the merry elves are some long-winded, resilient little things, and they’re in this even as the party spills outside and involves the reindeer. At that point, you know your hootenanny may have evolved into a throwdown, but that’s a whole other situation. Right now, BOOKS, baby! Thanks to the authors who donated books, from both traditional and indie publishing, and thanks to BSB for their generosity this year at the Women and Words Hootenanny.

Today’s offerings are listed below, in the order they’ll be given away. So the first name we draw will win one of Ashley Bartlett’s books, the second will win Anne Laughlin’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). To avoid spam-bots, don’t include your email in the body of your comment. You have until 10 PM EST US (world clock link) to enter. At that point, we’re doing the drawing and we’ll post the winners here. NOTE: Tonight, the merry elves have a meeting to attend, so the drawing will be later. Probably closer to 11.30 EST US. So if you can get in under that wire, go for it! Sorry about that, but hey, some extra time to post a comment!

Have fun and good luck!

Ashley Bartlett, Dirty Sex (Bold Strokes) WINNER – DEHELEN

Vivian Cooper and Reese DiGiovanni cannot stand each other. Which gets kind of complicated because Vivian’s best friend is Reese’s twin brother Ryan. He and Vivian get into all kinds of trouble, so it’s not out of character, when they find a bunch of gold bars, to head for Vegas, with Reese in tow. However, somebody is missing those gold bars, and they come looking for them. In the midst of running for their lives, Vivian and Reese will either kill each other or hook up, and what happens in Vegas may not stay there.

Anne Laughlin, Runaway (Bold Strokes) WINNER – KIMBERLY

PI Jan Roberts is based in Chicago, and it helps her forget her origins: a survivalist camp in Idaho run by her authoritarian father. Which makes it doubly hard to understand the runaway teen she’s charged to find, who appears to be headed to Idaho, and back to what Jan left behind. Adding to the mix is the head of the security firm Jan works for, a former British agent with her own secrets. She wants to find the teen, too, but she also wants something more from Jan. But can Jan afford to go there with Catherine, when she’s hot on the heels of her own dark past?

Roselle Graskey, October Echoes (PD Publishing) WINNER – ANDI JOYCE

Sara Pierson and her partner are assigned to the task force to find a British diplomat’s kidnapped son. The search takes them to an Irish community where the past still defines the present, and Nora de Burgh, a former IRA member now serving time in an American prison. De Burgh doesn’t want to help in the search, but Sara knows she’s the only one who can do it, so Nora reluctantly agrees, under her own terms. As they work together to find the child, Sara realizes that the diplomat has his own secrets to hide and suddenly, the so-called good guys aren’t really that.

C.P. Rowlands, Jacob’s War (Bold Strokes) KAREN MCCLEAN

ATF agent Allison Jacob battles drugs and crime on the streets of Milwaukee. Her investigation hits a wall, and then one of the victims shows up at Allison’s office, small business owner Katie Blackburn. During the interview, she provides some information that will help Allison immensely. But Allison is developing feelings for Katie, and that could get in the way of her war against crime.

Kate McLachlan, Rip Van Dyke (Regal Crest) WINNER – TAMMY ABRAHAM

Who knew Jill’s crazy time machine thing would work? Well, it did, and Van is suddenly 20 years in the future with no home, job, or money trying to deal with Patsy, the woman she left behind who never fully recovered from Van’s disappearance in the past. Plus, Bennie’s still around — the young hottie from 20 years ago is no longer young, but she’s still a hottie. Van struggles with trying to make it work with Patsy after 20 years, but Bennie presents challenges to that. And then things get really crazy when secret agents find out about the time machine. Will Van ever get back to when she needs to be? Or is she stuck in a time warp, at the mercy of the agents?

Val McDermid, The Retribution (Grove Press) WINNER – LAURIE JOHNSON

Val McDermid is an internationally acclaimed thriller writer. Consequently, we’re THRILLED to have her represented at the Hootenanny! Thanks, Val! Here, Clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan are faced with the serial killer who has eluded them for years, whose evil has shaped their careers in their quest to find him. Jacko Vance is safely behind bars. Until he escapes. And he’s determined to exact revenge on Tony and Carol for the years he spent in prison. [Note: this is a paperback that has a slightly damaged corner from its journey from New York. It will not interfere with your reading pleasure.]

Barrett, Damaged in Service (Bedazzled Ink) WINNER – DONNA LANDERS

Special agent Zeke Cabot is battling PTSD following a car accident, the death of a close friend, and the stress of the job she has to do. She heads for the Southwest and whatever peace the mountains might provide. While there, she meets nurse Anne Reynolds, dealing with the aftermath of a divorce from a man. Anne finds herself drawn to Zeke, but will Zeke’s past and current issues prevent her from opening herself to new possibilities?

Bold Strokes Books – winner’s choice (PRINT or EBOOK)  WINNER – JOANBFLOOD19
ANY book on the BSB list, friends, is yours. Hit the link and start browsing the catalogue!


  1. Day 3!!!! Love this hootenanny! After it’s over however I am limiting myself to using this word only once next year until the 2013 hootenanny. 🙂


  2. Wow…I missed the first 2 days. Maybe today will be my lucky day. Getting better AND getting a book? we will see! Thanks for all the offerings!!


  3. Please count me in again. 10 more chances to win so I’m hoping I’ll get lucky once. Svelta: maybe we can trade for something I have.


    • Peggy, as I am in Europe, it would be impractical to trade. For the price of a postage you can nearly buy the book. That is why if I win the book I own, I let it be won by somebody else.


  4. Okay….day three and looks like there’s lots of thrillers in this group. Love good lesbian action stories. Good luck to all!


  5. Getting ready for Day Three
    Hoping that one winner is me!
    It’s fun to give this rhyme a whirl
    Not bad for a Jewish girl!

    Couldn’t resist! 🙂 [dodging pillows now…]


    • Congrats girlfriend….you were lucky! You got me and won a book too….lol! I wanna read it when your done. Please!
      😉 T.


      • Yes I am lucky!! 1 to have you and 2 I won Barrett’s Damaged in Service, can’t wait to read it!! Thanks so much!!


  6. I haven’t read any of these books yet although I’ve read others by several of the authors listed. So, winning any of them would be fantastic!


  7. Loving these 12 Days giveaways! Finding lots of faves on the list and seeing lots of authors I want to sample….here’s hoping for a lucky day!


  8. A lighted candle of compassion can easily illuminate the world more than the blinding light of anger, intolerance, and violence combined. (Dodinsky)


  9. The readers are nestled all snug in the beds,
    While visions of free books dance in their heads.

    First days of Hootenanny are all in the past,
    And days four through twelve are approaching us fast.

    But this is Day Three and comment I will,
    In hopes my name drawn for a book. What a thrill!!

    Alas if I don’t, it still stands to reason-
    What a wonderful event for this holiday season.


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