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Book Giveaways from Zero to Sixty (babies to Harry Potter fans) or Win Some Presents Here

What am I even talking about? Well, thanks for asking! I am giving away books from age 0 to 60 (well, any age, really but this reads better). Why am I doing this? Because it is the holiday season and I can. What can you win? Over $75 of books…go ahead, check them out then comment below for a chance to win. Happy Holidays!

Lianne's Quick Guide to Babies 0-6 months Lianne’s Quick Guide – Babies 0 to 6 months  Retail value – $7.95

A great gift for a new mom – Lianne is an experienced mother of 4 with a bicycle built for 6!Calm, considered answers to your most basic but pressing questions in a lovely pocket sized booklet.  Read this great review from Real Mom Reviews.



Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It

By JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. and Illustrated by Sarah Ackerley  Retail value – $18.95

This innovative and timely picture book is a fun and engaging way to teach children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. By Little Pickle Press

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

By J.K. Rowling, Random House Audio Book, Performance by Jim Dale  – Retail Value $50
It all comes down to this – a final faceoff between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do you listen to your instincts, or your friends?

Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he’s trying to hunt down Voldemort’s Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn, and find a way to defeat evil once and for all. How does it all end? Find out in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

How do you win? Comment below and follow me on Twitter – it’s pretty easy, go ahead. One winner gets the whole book package valued at over $75 – Winner will be chosen at random from And The Winner Is…plugin and names posted here. Open to continental U.S. – Capability : Mom will post winners here and contact winner by email. Capability : Mom will ship to the winner within the continental U.S.

Contest ends December 17 at midnight.

And The Winner is…Alexa! Alexa, you will be contacted by email and  the books will be sent to you. Congratulations!

Just another Mom…but one who writes great YA and visits book groups

I have written about Karen Day twice and met her twice as of yesterday. She is as warm, lovely and as down-to-earth as you would imagine from her books. She can also hold a room of 10 year old girls in thrall as she talks about writing, character development and rejection letters (which she put together on a long laminated scroll that was a striking visual aid).

How did I get this invite? Why, Pragmatic Mom, of course. Her daughter’s book group read No Cream Puffs and Pragmatic Mom knows the author (from other Mom activities). They got to talking about books (no surprise) and Karen graciously offered to join them for the book group. How cool is that? You read a great book with group of friends and then the author comes to your house to talk about it – very cool.

Karen put the group at ease right away and they worked away on fun (sparkles, beads, stickers!) craft projects that also helped with keep hands busy and awkwardness at bay. She was gracious and engaging and answered all sorts of great questions about her book: how she writes, what happened when she finally got published and the critical “did that really happen” questions. Check out a full report here from Pragmatic Mom. Thanks for letting me sit in!

Karen’s new book due out in the Spring is A Million Miles from Boston. We are looking forward to this next book from a favorite author.

A MILLION MILES FROM BOSTON tells the story of 12-year-old Lucy Gallagher, who lives in Boston with her Dad, brother and beloved dog, Superior. It’s been a rough school year, with an annoying boy and Dad’s new girlfriend in the picture. Lucy can’t wait to get to Maine, where she spends summers at her family’s cottage. Where she feels most like herself. But on her first day, Lucy’s summer is turned upside down with the arrival of a new family. Could the summer get worse? It does. But Lucy learns a valuable lesson. That people aren’t often what they seem.

Coming Spring 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books/Random House.

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