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Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

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!! :)