Stacy's Books

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Free Books for November – closed

In my ongoing quest to keep books moving out and not just in I give away a few books each month.  Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins. Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want.  These have all been read a time or two.

1. The Invitation by Jude Deveraux. mass market romance. published 1994. 376 pages. My review here.  B&N review here. for Carol M

2. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. non-fiction mass market. copyright 1972. 499 pages.  B&N review here. for Kim

3. Summerhills by D.E. Stevenson. mass market fiction. copyright 1956. 316 pages. B&N review here. for Sam

4. Threee Junes by Julia Glass.  trade paperback fiction.  copyright 2002. 353 pages. My review here. B&N review here for Margie

Happy Reading!

November 2, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 7 Comments

Current Giveaways – closed

Well, the big day has come and gone but the giveaways are still open until October 19.  Thanks for letting me share some of my memories and lists with you as I reached a milestone birthday.  Here’s a list of the  stuff you can still enter to win.  My giveaways are always open internationally.  Most of them you just need to leave a comment.

$20 Barnes&Noble giftcard

Journal & chocolate

Emma by Jane Austen, Skinny Legs & All by Tom Robbins, Emerald Dreams by Caroline Bourne

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt bu Beth Hoffman, How to Read Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Stacy’s pita chips & Jason soap

October 12, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 7 Comments

Challenges *with giveaway

When I join a challenge I plan to finish it.  Last week I mentioned that my dad had a stubborn streak and I think that plays a part for me.  I have 5 books left over from a 2010 challenge, plus a few other challenges to finish this year and I’m determined to do it.  I need your help with two challenges.

I signed up to read, review and give away 12 books this year and I’m offering up the 3 books I have left to finish the challenge.  Skinny Legs & All by Tom Robbins (trade paperback), Emma by Jane Austen (trade paperback), Emerald Dreams by Carolyn Bourne (hardcover)and they have all been read one time by me.

I also need your help to finish the States challenge.  This is the 3rd year I’ve tried this one and I’d like to check it off this year.

Please recommend a book from the blank states for me and the shorter the better :)  Here’s the challenge page for the 21 states I have left.


Tell me which book or books you’d like to win.  I’ll give you an extra entry for every book you recommend in the States challenge above. 

I’ll choose winners on October 19th.




Birthday Photo

I grew up surrounded by family and we spent a lot of time together.  My cousin Amy and I put on lots of “shows” that I’m sure everyone just loved ;)  That’s me on the left and my cousin Sarah between us.  Amy was actually a good dancer.  I took two years of something called acro and remained terrible. 

Amy and I did not go to the same school but we were roommates at Ohio State and maid/matron of honor at each other’s weddings

Maybe I was in 5th grade or so here?  I really don’t know.





Win a B&N gift card here.

Win a journal and chocolate here.



October 3, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 19 Comments

Sundays with Gage- Motherhood *with giveaway

Motherhood has not been what I thought it would be.  I didn’t even have that many expectations, so that’s surprising.  In honor of my 40 years here are the 40 Best & Worst things about being a mom.

The Best

1. That first smile greeting me in the morning is my favorite one.

2. But the rest of them are pretty good too.

3. Baby toes are the best.

4. Little fingers gripping mine.

5. Seeing myself and Jason in him.

6. Grandparent visits.

7. Naps!

8. Watching Gage chase Max.  Poor Max.

9. Bedtime kisses.

10. Clean bill of health doctor visits.

11. Knowing that after 28+ hours of labor I can pretty much do anything.

12. Hearing Gage say mama (even though he has yet to actually say it to me).

13. Watching Gage learn new things.

14. Dancing with my little man.

15. Hearing Gage laugh with Jason.

16. When he falls asleep in the car seat.

17. Watching Gage brighten people’s day when he chats them up as we’re out running errands.

18. Seeing that Gage loves books and reading to him when he takes the book out of his mouth long enough.

19. Having a closer relationship with my mom.

20. I’m not nearly so concerned with my own crap anymore.

21. Sleeping all night with no interruptions.  This does happen sometimes.

22. Saturday mornings when Jason takes over and I get to sleep in.

23. As a genealogy nut it’s nice to see another branch added to the family tree.

24. The pressure of having a perfect body has melted away (as the pounds have packed on).

25. Being able to stay at home with Gage is a blessing (but I still need mom mental health days)

26. Gage hugs.

27. Showing him new things.

28. Listening to his nonsense babble.

29. Having the best baby-rearing partner in Jason.  He’s an awesome dad.

30. Knowing that the 1st year is hardest and it will get easier (if I am wrong on this, please don’t tell me!)

31. Buying baby clothes, even for boys, is more fun that I thought it would be.

32. Taking Gage to My Gym and library storytimes are fun for both of us.

33. Finally!  Someone who likes my singing.

34. The love.

The Worst

35. A baby really cuts into reading time, LOL!

36. The constant need to change my clothes and his.

37. The knowledge that most of what’s happening is really out of your control.

38.  There are no sick days for mom.

39. Those cute teeth are sharp and he’s not afraid to use them! (He’s up to 8 teeth :))

40. Feeling like a big failure at least once a day.

The Giveaway

Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win this beautiful journal and Godiva truffle bar.  It really is a beautful lined journal-I have one myself.

I’ll draw a winner on October 19th.

Birthday Photo

I’m 5 1/2 here and have the 1970′s hair flip (think Charlie’s Angels) and denim outfit going on. 

October 2, 2011 Posted by | FREE, Gage | | 31 Comments

A Winner & Free Books for September – closed

The winner of a copy of All For Love: A Romantic Anthology ( number chosen randomly by my husband) is… #12 Maya!  Congratulations :)  An email is on the way.

In my ongoing quest to keep books moving out and not just in I give away a few books each month.  Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins. Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want.  These have all been read a time or two.

Since this is Thrill Week I thought I’d offer up some thrillers.

1. Open Season by CJ Box. First Book in the Joe Pickett mystery series. 278 pages. published 2001. for Margie

2. Easy Prey by John Sandford. Eleventh book in the Lucas Davenport series.  387 pages. published 2000.  for Mystica

3. Carrie by Stephen King. This is the 1975 edition with pictures from the movie.  245 pages. for Gautami

4. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. Published 1992. 436 pages. for Kim

Happy reading!

September 3, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 7 Comments

Giveaway- All for Love: A Romantic Anthology by Laura Stoddart

All for LoveYesterday I told you all how charming I found this book (review here) and when I was out and about today I stopped in Border’s to see of they had any copies left. And they did!  So, I picked one up for a lucky blog reader.

I fell in love with the illustrations and think you will too.  Visit Laura’s website to see her talent.

To be entered to win just leave a comment with your email address.  That’s it.

Giveaway open til August 31.  Open worldwide.

August 12, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 14 Comments

Free Books for August – closed

In my ongoing quest to keep books moving out and not just in I give away a few books each month.  Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins. Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want.  These have all been read a time or two.

1. No Way Out by Kenneth Fearing (originally published in 1946 under the title The Big Clock).  Basis for the movies The Big Clock (1948) and No Way Out (1987). fiction paperback. paperback. 173 pages. B&N review herefor Carol M

2. Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown. paperback romance. originally published 1990. 360 pages. B&N review here.  for Melissa

3. The Hope by Herman Wouk. hardcover historical fiction. published 1993.  687 pages. B&N review here. for Esther

Happy Reading :)

Take a guess at this week’s Who’s Older Quiz.  For every participant the winner will receive $1 B&N gift card.

August 3, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 6 Comments

Les Roberts Giveaway Winner

So, I just got home from stopping by the Les Roberts book signing and thought I should not keep you in suspense any longer.  I wrote down everyone who was interested in winning on a list and handed it to Les, telling him he could sign it to any one of these ladies.  He chose his favorite name…who also happens to be a new mama…

Amanda from A Library of My Own

Les, signed his newest book (it was the only one left by the time I got there!)Congratulations, Amanda- on your win and new baby boy :)

June 11, 2011 Posted by | FREE | | 6 Comments

Les Roberts Giveaway

In my most recent Sundays with Gage post I mentioned that I had been able to go to a meet & greet with mystery writer Les Roberts.  Here’s the post I wrote about a book signing I attending in 2008 (Les Roberts Books Signing)

I have since read the first 5 in the series and love them.  I am hoping that you will fall in love with Milan (and Cleveland) too, so I’m giving away one signed Les Roberts book – you choose.  If you are new to the series I say start with the first one, Pepper Pike (a suburb 10 minutes from my house).

A few fun facts about Les…he’s from Chicago, lived and wrote in Los Angeles before coming to Cleveland for a 4 month job and deciding this was the place he felt at home, so he packed up and moved here!  For all the flack Cleveland gets it’s nice to see some love :)  Also, when a local group askes him for a donation he sells a character name for charity.  The next silent auction I attend you can be sure I’ll be looking for that!  In his most recent book four people bought their way in.  He makes very clear that all of his characters are corrupt and there’s no way to know what will happen to your character.

I’ll be drawing a winner at noon on Friday.  You can leave your name andd email on this post OR my Sundays with Gage post to enter.  Good luck~

Les Roberts wesite here.

June 9, 2011 Posted by | FREE | , | 4 Comments

Sundays with Gage (and Les Roberts) and my 1,000th post with giveaway

This is a super-sized Sunday with Gage.  Who knew when I started blogging on January 7, 2008, that I’d still be around three and half years later?  These were my first two posts that day.  So, here we are 1,000 posts later and still having fun and loving all of the friendships I’ve made.

Yesterday was a busy day for Gage and here’s why…

His first trip in the pool.  Jason and I weren’t sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised when he seemed to really like it.  He lasted as long as Daddy, who spent 20 minutes swimming him around.  I was at the side of the pool and getting ready to start snapping pics when a very nice lifeguard informed me that I couldn’t take any.  Huh.  Shows you how often we’ve been to the pool in the last few years.  Apparently, people like to take pictures of kids not their own and do who knows what with them.  I am sure that not all of these people are perverts, but really, way to ruin it for the rest of us.  So, I begged the lifeguard to let me take one photo and that’s the one I got.

Then in the evening local mystery author, Les Roberts, invited all bloggers to join him for a meet and greet at Visible Voice Books in the Tremont area of Cleveland.  This is an area I’m not all that familiar with but have always wanted to explore.  Jason and Gage came with me and while I got to listen to Les talk about his books, writing and life, Jason and Gage toured  the area.

This was the bookstore, which also has a wine bar and live music on the patio in the evenings and also a photo taken with a few of the bloggers that attended. There were around a dozen of us and we each enjoyed a glass of wine and the hour of  listening and asking questions.  I’ll probably include more details in a later post.

Since this is a super-sized 1,000th post I am going to be giving away a signed Les Roberts mystery and you get to pick which one.  On Saturday Les will be signing books 5 minutes from my house, so on Saturday at noon I’ll draw a winner and go and pick up your book.  Since this is also a Sundays with Gage post, you’ll also receive a signed head shot of Gage (LOL).

To enter to win a Les Roberts mystery (a series that is a great representation of Cleveland) just leave your email address with a comment.  You have until Saturday, June 11th, to enter.

June 5, 2011 Posted by | FREE, Gage | , | 55 Comments


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