DAY 8 of the 12-Day Holiday Hootenanny, 2012!

Winners below in bold next to the appropriate (or inappropriate if you’re lucky) book. Keep reading!

Uh-uh. Don’t you be lying down! The elves just got their second wind, and we’ve cranked up for DAY 8 here at the Women and Words Hootenanny! We’ve got books freakin’ galore to give away — oh, lordie. The elves are now doing their own version of “Macarena.” It is truly a sight to behold, elves doing a line dance. But it’s only because the Hootenanny is book party central! And we can thank all the authors (indie and traditional) and BSB for donating a book a day for this fabulous-ness.

The elves’ version of “Macarena”:

Gimme all the candy, dance the Macarena
I want more eggnog cuando bailo don’t eat the mistletoe-a
Hand me all that candy, dance the Macarena

Truly a sight. I’ll leave you to envision what that looks like.

Today’s offerings, like all the other days, will be given away in the order they’re listed below. So the first name we draw will win Mari SanGiovanni’s book, the second will win Joan Opyr’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 (clickie for the handy world clock link) to enter. At that point, we’re doing the drawing and we’ll post the winners here, on the Day 8 entry.

And authors, if you’re up today, please refrain from signing up for the drawing. Cuz it would be way too weird if you won your own book. 🙂

Good luck, and have fun!

Mari SanGiovanni, Camptown Ladies (Bywater Books) WINNER – LAURA YAROS

If you haven’t read the madcap life and adventures of Marie Santora, WHY NOT? Here’s your chance. The Santora family decides to fix up a campground and put in a 5-star Italian restaurant. Problem is, the contractor is the woman who broke Marie’s brother’s heart. The other problem is, the Santoras just can’t mind their own business, and havoc ensues, from the backwoods of Rhode Island to the streets of P-Town.

Joan Opyr, Shaken and Stirred (Bywater Books) WINNER – ERIN SALUTA

Joan’s back with a tale both bittersweet but filled with the quirky humor and vignettes that only she can write. Poppy Koslowski is trying to recover from a hysterectomy. But her NC-based family needs her there to pull the plug on her alcoholic grandfather, the man who both terrorized the family but also made Poppy feel worthwhile during the collapse of her parents’ marriage. Caught in a whirlwind of consulting doctors, the usual family drama and hijinks, and the rekindling of an old flame, what’s a woman to do? Why, fall in love, of course, with her best friend. Join Poppy for a journey through family, friendship, and all the things that tie us together.

Fay Jacobs, winner’s choice of As I Lay Frying, For Frying Out Loud, or Fried and True (A&M Books) WINNER – CAROLINE HISLOP

If you haven’t indulged in Fay’s laugh-out-loud tales of Rehoboth Beach, here’s your chance. Warm, funny, sometimes poignant but always right on, Fay’s got her fingers on the pulse of Rehoboth, and her observations will make you laugh, cry, and think.

J. Robin Whitley, In a Southern Closet (Regal Crest) WINNER – YVONNE HEIDT

This is Robin’s very personal journey as a Christian lesbian in the American South. Written as a collection of brief essays, poems,
and reflections, Robin takes us with her into and out of ministry in the Lutheran Church as she tries to live openly and honestly. It’s at times painful but also hopeful, and ultimately it’s an expression of the deepest self.

Jill Malone, A Field Guide to Deception (Bywater Books) – SHERI CAMPBELL

This Lambda-winning book is the story of Claire, who struggles to move on after her beloved aunt’s death. They’d worked for years on brilliant field guides, and now Claire isn’t sure how to proceed. And then she sees Liv, the carpenter, through new eyes and thus begins their tentative, perhaps dangerous negotiations for love.

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


  1. Heyyyyy Macarena, Aaaayyyyy! Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena, que tu cuerpo es ‘pa’ darle alegría y cosa buena…Great books for today! Good luck to everyone!!


  2. In this round if you by chance pick my name for any other than the last choice, throw it away and pick another winner. Thanks.


  3. Tiens, une distribution de livres ! Chouette ! 😀
    J’en voudrais bien un. 😉
    Salut, les joyeuses elfes. 😀
    Bonne chance à toutes (surtout à moi, d’aileurs… :p ).


  4. Good Morning to all…. I’m here throwing my name in the hat yet another day. Christmas is fast appproaching… hope everyone has a safe and blessed holiday. Cheers and good luck! T.


  5. 8 is my LUCKY NUMBER and I already know what book I want! Glad to see Fay Jacobs – that book is hilarious!


  6. It’s freezing outside. Sounds like a perfect day to win a book so i can curl up by the fireplace to read.


  7. How are all the little elves (I mean party animals) feeling this morning? Lovin’ your holiday spirit. Now send some of it my way with a new book! (LOL)


  8. Day 8 of Hootenanny!!!! Another day of great books!!!! Would love to win one!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!!


  9. You definitely seem bound and determined to give me earworms, so, once again, you asked for it –more doggerel, this time for the 8th day, Macarena style :):

    Don’t care about the candy, I just wanna do some readin’,
    If I win on Day 8 then it’s my brain I will be feedin’
    I wanna beat those winter blues ’cause I’m so tired of shovellin’
    Heeeey, Hootenany!
    Yee haw!


  10. All these books look fantastic! Even if I don’t win a single book (enter me please!!) in the Hootenanny, you’re still giving us all a great list of awesome books to read!

    Btw the MACARENA?! SRSLY?!?


  11. I wanna win! I wanna win! BTW, is there any eggnog left in your neck of the woods? Happy Holidays to all of you!


  12. My days are running together and I had to double check whether or not I had entered today. And entering is the easy part. Appreciation to the elves for keeping this hootenanny in order!


  13. Still just truly amazed at the generosity of the authors, the publishers and the women and words elves! Thanks and please count me in!


  14. Okay, it’s 7pm here, which means it 10pm EST and that officially concludes Day 8 of the Holiday Hootenanny. I’ll be back shortly to post the winners. Hold onto your hats.


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