September 2023
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More BBAW – Giveaways!!

bookbloggerbutton2.jpgStraight from Amy herself, here is the awesome round-up of giveaways and raffles that will be going on next week:

A HUGE  thank you to Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USA, Harlequin, The B&B Media Group, Shera of SNS Blog Design, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Catherine Delors, Pamela Binnings Ewen, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Ceceilia Dowdy, Sormag, Book Club Girl, Savvy Verse and Wit, Cafe of Dreams, Fashionista Piranha, and Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?.

Daily Raffles:
Monday–Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha’ Readin?
Tuesday–Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
Wednesday–Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
Thursday–Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
Friday–Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy

Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!
Do you find it’s your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don’t know what books to offer up for the next month’s selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.

One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

* A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
* 5 great book group books to vote on for your group’s next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
* 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
* 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone’s favorite passages
* 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!

A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!
From Avon Foot Works
~ Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub
~ 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets
~ An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz
~ A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes

A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign!

A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit!

Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
John’s Quest by Cecelia Dowdy
Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts
Dewey by Vicki Myron
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
Keep the Faith by Faith Evans
The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg
A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker
After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
Mike’s Election Guide by Michael Moore
War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg
Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James
Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer
Border Lass by Amanda Scott
Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron
Hungry for More by Diana Holquist
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin
Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross
Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla
Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin
Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward
How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer
Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams
Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi
Pure by Rebecca St. James
He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman
Move On, Move Up by Paula White
The Rosary by Gary Jansen
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody
by George by Wesley Stace
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
Dead Boys by Richard Lange
The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky
With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman
Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced

Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.

*crosses fingers*


Vote for BBAW!

bookbloggerbutton2.jpgToday is the LAST DAY to vote for Book Blogger Appreciation Week!  Don’t forget that I’m up in the history/historical fiction category!

You can vote here and see the list of awesome nominees here.  Amy also has a list of giveaways in conjunction with the event that you can see here.


BBAW nominations!

bookbloggerbutton2.jpgThank you so much to all who nominated me for best history/historical fiction blog!  I know that I don’t exclusively read history or historical fiction, but they are where my heart is and where I try to focus most of my reading.  I’m just thrilled to be nominated.  I never expected it!

Of course, many of my favorite book blogs have also been nominated, including many of the ones that I submitted myself!  You can check out the list here, and don’t forget to vote! You can do that here. Please consider me when you’re voting! I’m just happy to be there, but I’m not going to deny that I’d love to win. ;)

Finally, huge thanks go out to Amy for putting together this whole event. I bet she hasn’t had any time to sleep, let alone read, thanks to this amazing event, and we all know just how hard that is. Thank you, Amy!


Book Blogger Appreciation Week Nominations!

Nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week have opened over on My Friend Amy‘s blog! Here are the categories:

Best General Book Blog
Best Kidlit Blog
Best Christian/Inspirational Fiction Blog
Best Literary Fiction Blog
Best Book Club Blog
Best Romance Blog
Best Thrillers/Mystery/Suspense Blog
Best Non-fiction Blog
Best Young Adult Lit Blog
Best Book/Publishing Industry Blog
Best Challenge Host
Best Community Builder
Best Cookbook Blog
Best History/Historical Fiction Blog
Best Design
Most Chatty
Most Concise
Most Eclectic Taste
Best Name for a Blog
Best Published Author Blog
Best Book published in 2008
Best Meme/Carnival/Event
Most Extravagant Giveaways
Best Book Community site

All nominations can be send to BbawawardsATgmailDOTcom.  Don’t forget me (or any of the other great book bloggers on my blog roll) when composing your email – you don’t have to be a blogger to nominate!  You have until August 31st.


An Award and A Giveaway

 Jen at Devourer of Books has very kindly selected me for the Excellence in Blogging Award! Here’s what she says about my blog:

“Originally I was a bit intimidated by Meghan’s blog – the name at least, I was envisioning exclusively medieval-period book reviews, or at least medieval period historical fiction reviews. However, I have grown to love her style and the books she chooses. It always makes me happy to see a post from her in my google reader.”

Thank you so much, Jen!

And the giveaway – The Literate Housewife is holding a contest to herald the new opening of her online book club. You can enter here for a chance to win her first selection, Immortal by Traci Slatton. I’m excited to read this and to participate in her book club, whether I win or not!


I’ve been nominated!

S. Krishna at S. Krishna’s Books has very kindly nominated me for my first blog award. Yay! She’s nominated me because I have “Similar reading tastes to mine, and the reviews are great!”. Thanks!


Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

My nominees:

Kathleen’s Book Reviews – I always enjoy reading Kathleen’s reviews and I’m very grateful to her for commenting frequently when I was just trying to get my blog “out there”.

Devourer of Books – Jen writes great reviews on a frequent basis and she’s often reading historical fiction, which I love.

Creative Writing, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Medieval History – Talk about the same interests as me! Steven always comes up with fascinating posts.

Passages to the Past – Amy is a new blogger, but I can already tell her blog is where I’m going to go for my future historical fiction recommendations.

Joy’s Blog – Another blog that I really enjoy reading! Joy’s posts are always interesting.

The Boston Bibliophile – Marie’s reading tastes are different enough from mine that I can get really new and different recommendations from her wonderful reviews.

Discere – My friend Josh doesn’t post very often, but when he does, I particularly enjoy reading his historical rants. Definitely a blog to check out for those of us who love history.