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

I have to say, I’m pretty sad to see the Hootenanny end. Y’all have been awesome participants and if the elves had their way, each and every one of you would get a whole truck full of books. Alas, that’s not the way this works. For each book, we have one lucky winner. And that winner is listed below next to her new book. Congratulations!

Yeah. Second that. We’ve had a blast for the past 12 days. Thanks to everybody for participating with us and if we could, you’d all be up to your eyeballs in books. 🙂

Friends, welcome to the final day of the Women and Words Holiday Hootenanny! And thank you. From the bottoms of our pointy-toed elf slippers to the tops of our goofy-looking Santa hats.

(The elves request that you sing along, to the tune of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas”)

Have yourself A groovy little Christmas
turn your music loud
For a little while
the reindeer will serve eggnog

Have yourself some mellow holidays now
Keep your Yuletide TOTALLY GAY!
and for tonight take your eggnog
along in the sleigh

Here we are in the party days
Happy Hootenanny days of yore
Awesome readers who are dear to us
Hang out with us once more.

Through the year
you and books will be together, if the mail allows
Hang some tinsel (not an elf) upon the highest bough.
And have yourself. . . A merry little Christmas now.

Thank you for joining us at Women and Words the past 11 days (and today) to share some luv and holiday cheer. It’s readers like you that make writers like us do what we do. We are so grateful to all of the authors who donated books and to Bold Strokes Publishing and Radclyffe for the amazing generosity during this here Hootenanny. And we’re so grateful to all of the people who have signed up to participate in our drawings. No matter what you celebrate (or even if you don’t), may the season bring you good cheer and may the new year bring you more of the same.

Today’s offerings are listed below, in the order they’ll be given away. So the first name we draw will win Lee Lynch’s book, the second will win Sally Bellerose’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. FOR REALZ). To avoid spam-bots, don’t include your email in the body of your comment. You have until 10 PM EST UK (here’s the world clock link) to enter. At that point, we’re doing the drawing and we’ll post the winners here, on the Day 12 entry.

And here are the authors who will finish out our bookfest and send you on your way to the new year. Good luck, and have fun!

Lee Lynch, That Old Studebaker WINNER – NORA

(Bold Strokes)

Know your lesfic herstory, friends. No bookshelf is complete without the trailblazing Lee Lynch, who has been writing lesbian lives for four decades. Here, Andy Blaine has two great loves. Her car, and the woman who left her. She embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the one that got away. This is the classic and original Naiad Press edition.

Sally Bellerose, The Girls Club (Bywater) WINNER – JO BROWER

An excerpt from this book scored Bellerose a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, in case you were wondering. The buzzword of the seventies was “sisterhood,” the key to women’s liberation. But for Catholic working-class girls like Marie, Renee, and Cora Rose LaBarre, sisterhood is a word with a multitude of meanings and attitudes. They’re best friends, worst enemies, greatest supporters, and biggest detractors. The Girls Club follows the three sisters as they love and struggle their way to womanhood, through religion, illness, parenting, sexuality, drugs, and rock ‘n roll.

Renée Bess, Butterfly Moments (Regal Crest) WINNER – BROOKE

Alana Blue is about to retire from her job as a parole officer in Philadelphia. But before she does, she has to supervise Rafaela Ortiz, a parole officer with a history of sexual misconduct. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, Alana’s homophobic daughter continues to push her mother’s buttons. A university student is found murdered, and detective Johnetta Jones gets the case. Her suspect list includes a name in Alana’s caseload. They’ve met before, but will they be able to go further? Or will the murder reveal truths that will keep them apart?

Katherine V. Forrest, Emergence of Green (Bella Books) WINNER – COLE ARMOCIDA

Another classic from Forrest. Here, Paul and Carolyn Blake are the picture of American perfection: self-made man and perfect wife. Until Val Hunter and her 10-year-old son move in next door. Val’s an artist coming into her own, and a woman of strong independence and stronger passions — one of which will be Carolyn. Paul sees the threat to his perfect world, but he’s not losing Carolyn without a fight. [Another book for your lesfic classics shelves, friends.]

Marianne K. Martin, Legacy of Love (Bywater) WINNER – STEPHNILEE

This is Marianne’s first novel, which was originally published by legendary Naiad Press. This is the 15-year anniversary edition (with Bywater!) of the story of tall, sexy Sage Bristo whose reputation as a player precedes her. Deanne Demore knows about Sage’s rep, and the last thing she wants is to waste her time on someone like that, especially after the years of wisdom she’s accumulated in past relationships. Sage, therefore, is out of the question. Or is she? [add this one to your classics shelves, friends!]

Radclyffe, winner’s choice (PRINT or EBOOK) WINNER – CHRIS QUESADA

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My friends, you know as well as I that it would be ridiculous to try to sum up Radclyffe with just ONE of her book covers here, just as it’s ridiculous to try to sum her up with just one of her titles, some of which are going to grace your lesfic classics shelves. Author of over 40 books (not including the myriad anthologies she’s edited and contributed to), one cover posted here is just not going to do that justice (we’re putting the BSB logo instead, because that’s where you’ll find her and her work). So do yourselves a favor and hit the link we’ve offered above to see every single one of her covers, along with a description of each. Okay, here’s the link again. Yes, we know. Picking one is going to be a monumental task. But this is Radclyffe, and you know you won’t go wrong, no matter your choice.

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136 comments

  1. So day 12 here we are, so sad to see you go, it was great fun and thanks to all for their contributions and efforts, Happy Holidays!!!

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  2. Guys, thanks so much for putting this together again this year! It’s great exposure to stuff I might not have seen and will be sure to go back and get when I can. Of course, winning doesn’t hurt either 😉 Have a great Holiday! (Btw, I cannot recommend that pirate anthology from the other day highly enough – it’s awesome 🙂

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  3. A big thanks to all the authors that participated and to BSB! Merry Christmas, everyone! Don’t eat too many tamales, Andi!

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  4. Gonna miss this daily blog. Its been uplifting on a daily basis. Here’s to the last chance to win a free trip (cause every book read is like taking a journey). Thanks a million. Hope you do it again next year.

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    • You know, Joanna (yes, I totally sang your name like I’m El Debarge right then), we do fun stuff all year round. You can stay and hang out. I won’t sing any more. Promise. However, I’m not at all sure I can hold Andi back.

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      • Jove’s right. We do giveaways quite a bit, so sign up for our blog and hopefully, you’ll get introduced to authors you might not have known about, and you’ll get even more chances to win! Everybody should sing more. I think it would help the general mood everywhere.

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  5. Hope Day 12 is my lucky day. Thanks to all the authors who contributed in these giveaways. Happy Holidays everyone!

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  6. May you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever you celebrate. And may the 12th day be the charm for me.

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  7. Last day of the Hootenanny! What fun its been to wake up, play, and see all those who’ve won….lol!
    Thanks to Bold Strokes Books and all the wonderful authors for adding some spice to our holidays. Congrats to all who won!
    Here’s wishing everyone a safe and joyous Christmas, and all things good for the New Year to come!
    Cheers!! T.

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  8. This is great fun and a wonderful holiday event, thanks for taking the enormous time to administer this event. Count me in.

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  9. Thanks for an awesome 12 days. I feel like I’ve made new friends! Hope EVERYONE has a safe, healthy, and extremely happy holiday!

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  10. Merry Holidays to all and thanks to Andi and the other elves for spreading good cheer. Last year I won Residual Moon by Kate Sweeney which I enjoyed a great deal. This giveaway is fun even if you dont’ win though. If the elves do the Hootenanny again next year, let me know ahead of time. I’d be very happy to donate my book and join in giving back some holiday cheer. Wishing everyone a whole lot of happy and a whole lot of peace.

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  11. Count me in. This has been GREAT. I never would have known about Women and Words if it wasn’t for this contest. Thanks to all and Merry Christmas.

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  12. Thanks to all the authors and Bold Strokes for their generosity, and to Jove and Andi for organizing the Hootenanny. It’s been fun! 🙂 Happy holidays!

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  13. Thanks for such a wonderful event and the generosity of the authors (and Bold Strokes). This was my second year participating and I’ve really loved it.

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  14. Et voici un quatrain tout en alexandrins…

    I’d love to win a book, of course, but anyway
    I got a lot of fun out of this giveaway. 😉
    Publishers and authors, the elves, Jove and Andi,
    A most heartfelt thank you for this hootenanny!

    Merry Christmas to you all!
    Joyeux Noël à vous toutes ! 😀

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      • De rien, Jove, ce fut un plaisir ! 🙂 Merci à toi d’aimer le Français. 😉
        You’re welcome, Jove. It was my pleasure. 🙂 Thank you for enjoying French talk. 🙂
        I’m not exactly a teacher but I can give your wife a few tips… and some interesting vocabulary…. 😉

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  15. This was very fun. Even if one doesn’t luck a book, the titles shared and the appreciative notes left by all were well worth the Hootenanny gift. Thank you, merry elves. Buon Natale! Enjoy your holiday time. SL

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  16. A Merry Christmas to all at the Hootenanny. Thank you Jove, Andi and all the elves for all your hard work and all the authors and Bold Strokes for contributing.

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  17. Happy holidays to all!! Thank you to the authors and publishers for participating in the hootenanny. And thanks especially to The Women and Words crew for putting this on.

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  18. WOW I cannot believe Day 12 is already here. This has been an absolute blast. I can’t thank everyone enough. This time of year can be so stressful and between the shopping, cooking, cleaning and getting ready for both families to descend upon us their is little time to breathe. This joyous Hootenanny gave me the entertainment I needed. A HUGE thank you to everyone from the fantastic authors, to the special elves running the show, and everyone who has entered. Merry Christmas to all and may 2013 bring you happiness and joy.

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    • The Hootenanny has proven to be a stress reliever for lots of folks. Honestly, Jove had to kind of talk me into it this year, because I had kind of a crappy holiday season last year and really didn’t want to be reminded about the holidays. But I remembered that in 2010, it was a lot of fun so I decided, “oh, hell, let’s just do it” and you know what? It ended up making me feel a whole lot better. So thanks, Jove, for talking me into it this year! And thanks to all of you for joining in!

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      • This has been such fun–not just winning, but reading all the comments and just being part of such a wonderful group. I’m really glad this turned out to be positive for you as well! Wishing you both a wonderful holiday, good times with your dear ones, and a terrific new year of GOOD HEALTH, GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD HEALTH.

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  19. My brain damage continued into yesterday & I totally forgot to comment so here’s one last shot for my early birthday present! I will add my thanks to all those above — this has been such fun, and I think y’all have a good shot at a second career as songwriters!!

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  20. The best 12 days yet! thanks to all the elves at Women and Words, the authors and the publishers for making this season so fun!!

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  21. Well I haven’t won any books the last 11 days but did win $200 in the football pool today. Woot Wooot! Thanks Pats!!! Now there is no reason to open my laptop tomorrow. (I’ll check the winners tonight) What am I to do? Oh yeah, take the $200 and refill my wife’s stocking. Books will definately be part of that. Thanks for everything! Happy Holidays to all of you!

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  22. Wow.. 12 days of Hootenanny and no hangover. I guess I’m not as old as I thought This was my first trip in for the party and I look forward to another one. I can’t wait to read the book I won and can’t belieave how many I have purchased the past few days. It’s a good thing it’s xmas time so my wife won’t see the bill!! Thank you for introducing me to so many new authors. It’s been a blast.

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  23. And this marks the official end of our Holiday Hootenanny! We’ll be back shortly with the winners for day twelve. Thank you to everyone for playing along and good luck in today’s drawing.

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    • Thank you and Andi so much for everything you do, know that it is very much appreciated. Made new friends this year and was introduced to so many new authors. All in all a big success

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  24. I wish you a Happy Yule. I wish you a Merry Christmas. I wish you a Blessed New Year. Does the book give away have to end ? Do the authors have to go home? Why can’t we keep this going in the New Year?

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  25. Not to worry. We here at Women and Words plan to have plenty of authors stopping by throughout the year, and many do offer copies of their books for giveaways. But there’s also always something going on ’round here, so we hope to see you stop by during the new year!

    Happy holidays, everyone, and thanks!

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  26. Thanks Jove and Andi this last 12 days has been lots of fun. Maybe next year I’ll be lucky and win but really it’s just plain fun playing the game. Merry Christmas!! And a very Happy New Year!!

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  27. I want to thank Andi and Jove once again, and also every author, as well as Radclyffe and Bold Strokes for their generosity. This was so much fun, and also helped me realize that lesbian literature is even more alive and well than I already knew! You have no idea how very, very happy that makes me!! Just knowing there are so many more writers and books to discover gives me so much to look forward to, and that really lifts my spirits (it’s been a hard year).

    To all of you–blogmeisters, authors, publishers, and participants: happy holidays, and the very best wishes for this upcoming new year.

    And this wouldn’t be complete without a final piece of doggerel (turning on fake snowfall):

    Have yourselves a merry little new year
    Wishing you good health
    May your days be sunshine-filled and free from fear
    Have yourselves a merry little new year
    May your days be gay
    Read those books, enjoying all their full deliiiiights (insert dramatic pause)
    So have yourselves a meeerrry little new year now!!
    [insert sleigh bells and fade out …]

    Ducking and covering…

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