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
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
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.