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Cold morningsFor the past few days, we've been waking up feeling very cold. I've tried my best to ignore the season shift, but this morning, comfort took precedence and the heater has finally been turned on, if only for an hour. So while the afternoons are significantly warmer, the rest of the day and night is not. Personally, I love sweater weather, and with this year being a dud so far and not having been friendly to my wardrobe, I'm looking forward to some retail therapy.
Fall is about sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, wagon rides, corn mazes, so much good ole fun, and did I already say sweaters?
But, oh wait, we are still in a pandemic. Right, we'll find out what this year's Fall is going to be about. Even if some of these places are open, I know we won't be visiting any this year, so we are all going to be very sad. Maybe I'd try the corn maze - last time I went, it was not crowded at all, but we will have to …

Giveaway - Faking It & Ordinary World (Elisa Lorello)


Faking It Ordinary World

(Updated: Thanks to all who entered. The contest has ended.)

I have an ARC each of Faking It and its sequel, Ordinary World, by Elisa Lorello to give away, in celebration of today's paperback release of Faking It. The paperback of Ordinary World releases on June 14th. (To read the descriptions of either book, scroll down below the entry form.) To enter, simply fill the form below. I'll be closing this giveaway on Monday 11.59 p.m. US Eastern time, and will announce the winner using the always-dependable services of random.org. To enter,
  1. You don't have to be a follower of my blog.
  2. You must be over 13 years of age.
  3. Only US and Canada please.
  4. Enter by Mar 21, 2011, Monday, 11.59 p.m. US Eastern time.
  5. Fill the form.


Faking It (description from Goodreads): After breaking off her engagement, thirty-something Andi Cutrone yields New England to her ex and flees home to Long Island. There, she devotes her time to teaching in the writing program at Brooklyn University and making a fresh start. Then she meets Devin, a male escort whose client list seems to include at least half of the accomplished women she knows. He is handsome, charismatic, and absolutely out of her league, but she can’t deny he has a certain…something. And so Andi makes him a proposition: if he will teach her to be a better lover, she will teach him to be a writer. He agrees, and together they embark upon an intense partnership that proves to be every bit as instructive as it is arousing. For in the midst of lessons in rhetorical theory and foreplay, Andi and Devin delve into deeper questions about truth, beauty, and self, stripping away the emotional walls each has built up. Smart, witty, and introspective, Faking It is an engrossing novel about two people discovering their authentic selves.

Ordinary World (description from Goodreads): Readers who fell in love with Andi Cutrone in Elisa Lorello’s first novel, Faking It, can now join Andi on a new journey in which she faces a challenge unlike any she has ever known. Ordinary World begins six years after Lorello’s first installment left off: Andi is blissfully married, works as a recently tenured professor at Northampton University, and is a published author. Life is ideal—until her husband’s death in a senseless accident shatters Andi’s world, plunging her into a gulf of depression and grief. Her family and friends do what that they can to ease her anguish, but no one seems to have the right words to heal Andi’s pain. On the advice of a friend, she travels to Italy to escape and unexpectedly runs into the man who once helped her discover her authentic self. As their friendship is renewed, Andi finally begins to heal, daring to hope that someday she will be happy again. Both wrenching and uplifting, Ordinary World is a moving tale of love and loss, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and hope.

Comments

Misha said…
I am not entering the giveaway (I am International), but now I have a new author to add to my TBR list. Thank you! :D
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
Not an entry, but way cool contest!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad I increased the size of your TBR! :D
Patti Smith said…
These sound incredible...have added them to my amazon wishlist even if I don't win them :) Found your blog through the Indie Lit Awards 2011 blog :)
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you for visiting me!! :)