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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Very First Giveaway! "Off Season" by Anne River Siddons

One of my favorite Southern writers is Anne River Siddons. Her "Low Country" novels are some of the best descriptive writing around, and her characters are always interesting and full of charms and quirks that make them memorable. (The Low Country are the coastal counties of South Carolina, and includes the Charleston area.)

Siddon's latest book is "Off Season," released in July by Grand Central Publishing. Here is a little about the book.

For as long as she can remember, they were Cam and Lilly—happily married, totally in love with each other, parents of a beautiful family, and partners in life. Then, after decades of marriage, it ended as every great love story does...in loss.

After Cam's death, Lilly takes a lone road trip to her and Cam's favorite spot on the remote coast of Maine, the place where they fell in love over and over again, where their ghosts still dance. There, she looks hard to her past—to a first love that ended in tragedy; to falling in love with Cam; to a marriage filled with exuberance, sheer life, and safety— to try to figure out her future.

It is a journey begun with tender memories and culminating in a revelation that will make Lilly re-evaluate everything she thought was true about her husband and her marriage.

About the Author:

A lady of the South, Anne River Siddons has produced a string of well-written, imaginative, and emotionally resonant stories of love and loss -- all firmly rooted in the culture of the modern South. Her books are consistent bestsellers, with 1988's Peachtree Road (1988) arguably her biggest commercial success. Described by her friend and peer, Pat Conroy, as "the Southern novel for our generation," the book sheds illuminating light on the changing landscape of mid-20th-century Atlanta society.

Although her status as a "regional" writer accounts partially for Siddons' appeal, ultimately fans love her books because they portray with compassion and truth the real lives of women who transcend the difficulties of love and marriage, family, friendship, and growing up.

Rules of the Giveaway:
I am thrilled to be offered the chance to host a giveaway for this marvelous book. Valerie Russo of Hachette Book Group has graciously offered five (5) copies of "Off Season." (Thank you, Miss Valerie!)

As this is my first giveaway, I'm going to make it simple to enter and win! Leave me a comment on who your favorite Southern author is, along with your email address (so I can find ya!).

For an extra entry, become a follower of my blog, and let me know in your comment!

Offer good for those in the U.S. or in Canada. (sorry, other folks!)

No. P.O. Boxes, please!

The entrys for this giveaway will be taken until October 15th. The winners will be posted on October 16th!

A review of this fine book will be posted here soon. Keep an eye out for it!

Let's have fun, ya'll!


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh, I love her, too!

I have a lot of faves. Pat Conroy, William Faulkner, Siddons, Cathy Pickens...let's see. I'll say Anne George.

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Liz said...

This looks like a great book :D
Its an awesome first contest!!

hmmm I don't really know any southern authors... Well I don't think I do!
I also love the cover :P


Debb said...

I would love to read this book... My favorite southern author at present is Pat Conroy... check out my blog for a review of South of Broad and a giveaway... thanks

debbebennett at yahoo dot com

Colleen said...
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Joanne said...

I'm a N.O. girl, so I like some of Anne Rice's writings, as well as Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Mark Twain, Tennesee Williams...oh, many! I would love to be entered to win an Anne Siddons novel. I am already a follower. Thanks!


Sheila Deeth said...

Oh dear. I'd leave you a comment on who my favorite southern author is, if I knew who was southern. Growing up in England, southern to me meant from London. But I do like trekking around the US in books.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Ingrid King said...

That's easy! Anne River Siddons is my favorite Southern author, hands down. Followed closely by Dorothea Benton Frank.

And I'm now officially following your blog (I've been visiting for a while :-)

edmontonjb said...

Mark Twain would have to be my favorite.

Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

My new favorite southern author is Cathryn Stockett, author of The Help.

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adge said...

My favorite southern author is Margaret Mitchell. Who else would a southern from GA who likes her farm say?
Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you.

Booklogged said...

My favorite southern author - Carolyn Haines.

booklogged at gmail dot com

Also, I am a follower.

Book Bird Dog said...

Would love to win this one. I'm a follower. I have always liked William Faulkner, my favorite Southern author.

harvee44 at yahoo dot com

ShannaBell said...

Must we only say one? I love Fannie Flag, but my new favorite is Nancy Bell in her Biggie Weatherford mysteries. Hysterical.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Okeedokee - The Winners for this giveaway are:

Shelia Deeth
Ingrid King
Elizabeth Spann Craig

You ladies please contact me with your mailing addresses and your book will soon be there!

Thank you everyone for enterting. The names were picked by Random.org.