The dining room is a theater … the table is a stage.
What a perfect quote to announce the official release of TABLE MANNERS, my third novel published by Berkley Books/Penguin USA! Today is the day, and I’m thrilled to be in sunny northern California for its release.
I have a contest going on in celebration: I am giving away a signed copy of each of my books (that’s THREE books, signed to you or a friend), a special edition ceramic GOOD THINGS wall/desk plaque that says “Live Simple,” something delectable to eat and/or drink (TBD—I am going shopping next week!), plus other author goodies. The contest runs today until August 31 11:59 pm HST. No purchase is necessary to win—you just need to leave a comment on this post!
And because is a special day, I’m offering bonus entries: if you leave a review for TABLE MANNERS on amazon.com and/or bn.com during the contest period (leave a comment with your review in the body of the comment and where you posted it so I’ll know to give you the extra entries), you will receive not one but ten entries (twenty if you post at both sites), dramatically increasing your chances to win. Yes, I know this contest favors those who leave reviews (after all, it is my book’s release date!) but it is a random drawing using random.org so it is possible for anyone to win. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere (must be 18 years or older). And to make it more fun, for every increment of ten people who post, I’ll add more great stuff to the winning bounty (iTunes/Starbucks gift cards, foodie gifts, home and bath items, and more). I’ll tuck everything into a lovely book bag and promise it will be a prize worth winning!
I really hope you’ll have a chance to read TABLE MANNERS, which I loved writing and think (of course!) that it’s an all-around wonderful book. It is the follow-up to my debut novel and national bestseller, GOOD THINGS, but you don’t need to have read GOOD THINGS to enjoy this book—in fact, most of the wonderful reviews it’s received have been from brand new readers and reviewers. I am also very proud that TABLE MANNERS is a selection of the Doubleday, Literary Guild, Rhapsody, and Book of the Month Club book clubs.
TABLE MANNERS is a book with generous servings of food and friendship, with wonderful recipes from prominent chefs and foodies from Seattle to Paris (this image is the Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade which Shannalee T’Koy at Food Loves Writing prepared and photographed! She also snapped a shot of the book above). You’ll meet the ever-resourceful lifestyle maven Deidre McIntosh, who has a knack for getting back up when life knocks her down. You’ll see how tenacious and creative Deidre can be while making room for the things—and people—that matter most. I know you’ll be cheering for her as much as I do!
I hope you enjoy my latest novel, and if so, please let me know—I’d love to hear from you!
- Read an excerpt from TABLE MANNERS by clicking here.
- Read my August newsletter by clicking here.
- Buy your copy now from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
PS UPDATE (8/13/09): Wow, we’ve had a great response so I am off to pick up ten MORE items to add to the giveaway!
PPS UPDATE (8/29/09): Off to get three MORE items to add! Contest ends Monday!
PPS UDPATE (9/2/09): And the winner is .. .#13, L Nichols! She’s going to get a box full of books and goodies, a “Live Simple” plaque, and lots of sweet treats! And, because I love to throw in a last minute surprise, I pulled two bonus names: #120 Theresa Dell and #105 Kathryn Wilkie. They’ll receive a copy of the book along with a $10 gift certificate from amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com. Winners need to email their mailing address to me. Thank you to everyone who entered. And the winner of the See’s Candies gift card (a subscriber-only contest) will be announced in the next newsletter!