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Save the Contemporary, Part 3: Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

UPDATE: The comments are closed but the good news is that Kensington is upping its copies for giveaway to 20! SB Sarah and I each have 10 books, instead of the original 5. We’ll announce the winners later today. Thank you so much commenters and thank you so much Kensington.

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Here’s the deal: we dig this book. We dig this book like damn and whoa, and we think you will too. And yet, so many people say the contemporary romance is a dying breed. So, in order to spread the word and the opportunity to read it we’re doing a multi-level giveaway in tandem with our reviews of Instant Attraction.

Part the First: free books! Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered to win a copy. We each have 5 paper copies of the book give away, so drop a word here and at Dear Author and double your chances. Comments will be open for 24 hours starting now.

Second: Spread the Word! Below is a Sprout widget about our campaign, and a simpler animated graphic. Right-click-and-save the graphic, or grab the Sprout for yourself, and put it on your site. Let us know that you’ve done so via email ([email protected]), and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book, plus a Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder.

Spread the word, let us know, and you’re entered to win. That’s it.


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The Spread the Word winner will be announced in 1 week, so tune in on Monday 26 January to see who wins a book and a really kickass video camera in our quest to Save the Contemporary.

Why? Because if there’s one thing that makes us sad, it’s the idea of contemporary romance dying out. So spread the word, buy a contemporary, and save the world.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

148 Comments

  1. Jerri
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:07:53

    The books sounds great. I’d love to win a copy.

  2. Danielle
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:08:40

    Thanks, I can’t wait to read this book!!!!

  3. Sally
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:24:40

    Put my name in the hat. This book sounds great.

  4. Lori S.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:25:22

    Sounds great. Sign me up!

  5. Julia
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:35:16

    I’m always up for winning stuff.

    Is the contemporary romance really dying? While I mostly read regency, my second favorite author, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (behind Julia Quinn) is contemporary. So I hope it doesn’t just disappear.

  6. KarenT
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:46:30

    I would love to win!

  7. Chris
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:51:59

    I’ve been reading so much about this book – I would love to win a copy!

  8. bookfiend
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:55:20

    Looks like an interesting read. Would love to win a copy!

  9. Michelle B
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:57:31

    Sounds like a great book. I’d love to win a copy!

  10. Susan G
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:59:06

    I love Jill Shalvis – what a great storyteller! I’d love to win a copy of her latest.

  11. Sandy
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:04:40

    I don’t really read much contemporary romance. Yikes, I guess that makes me part of the problem. Maybe this book can get me hooked!

  12. Sayuri
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:11:39

    I’m in. I love the Shalvis.

  13. Kathy
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:21:05

    I love reading – period. I love contemporary and am always open to suggestions. I have never read this author and would love to try her – based upon your review, i probably will even if there is no freebee in my future! And I have to admit that sports-themed books don’t generally excite my interest but you did a good job here!

  14. Lori Ann
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:27:11

    I really want to read this book. Count me in.

  15. Marcy Arbitman
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:36:34

    I LOVE Jill Shalvis’ books and hope that I can win this one!

    marcy

  16. Cassie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:40:20

    I don’t have a website to put the widget up on :(

    …but I can certainly try to read more contemporaries. I tend to read m/m contemporary, and those are considered to be a different category.

    I hate to see the contemporary die. The breadth of genres is part of what makes romance so great.

  17. December
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 08:55:33

    it sounds like a great book. If I win, fantastic! if I don’t win, I’ll still be sure to pick it up!

  18. Margay
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:04:13

    I think this is a great contest. Anything to promote reading!
    Margay

  19. Keri M
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:04:43

    Count me in! I would love to have a copy. :-)

  20. Elizabeth
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:09:06

    Wow, that is an unfortunate cover that book has. If I saw that book in the store I’d pass it up immediately for having such a stupid cover but it sounds interesting and if you guys like it then I’ll give it a chance as I like a good contemporary.

  21. Frannie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:11:03

    I love any story that’s good. Would love to win a copy.

  22. Val
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:17:49

    Why do you people keep torturing us with books that aren’t out yet? Have you no idea that some of us want instant gratification?! I have to wait for everything else in life, waiting for good books is just adding far too much stress.

    A free copy would make up for everything though. (Blinks with wide-eyed innocence.)

  23. ms bookjunkie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:21:11

    *waving to get noticed*

  24. Cheryl McInnis
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:23:54

    I love Jill Shalvis, and I love contemporaries. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Jessica
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:24:13

    sounds like a great book and a great treat to win.
    thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Jeannine
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:42:20

    The book sounds fun…sign me up! :)

  27. Christina T.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:42:55

    I can not wait for this book to come out!! se is one of my fav. Authors!

  28. JJ
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:43:19

    Thanks for continuing to bring good straight up contemporaries to our attention.

  29. Bonnie Ferguson
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:46:31

    Count me in! :)

  30. Jinni Black
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:46:32

    Put me in the hat.

  31. Laura K Curtis
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:57:19

    Ooooh, I love Shalvis! Sign me up!

  32. cary's girl friday
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:58:22

    I’d love a copy!

  33. rebyj
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 09:58:47

    After the awesome Victorial Dahl rec , I’ll buy “Instant Attraction” on your word alone…if I don’t win a copy that is lol.

    I don’t see the “share” url on the sprout widget above .

  34. Heather
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:00:03

    Oooh, her books are always fun. Sign me up. :)

  35. Rachel
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:02:18

    Yay books! Please sign me up.

  36. Kristie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:04:12

    Please put my name in the drawing.

  37. fshk
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:08:30

    I read mostly contemporaries and am a big supporter of this campaign. I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  38. Bonnie L
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:18:01

    I love me a good contemporary, so count me in.

  39. AAJ
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:22:29

    Sign me up!

  40. Leeann Burke
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:28:35

    I love to read contemporary books. So I don’t understand why this would be a dying genre at all. So many of my favorite authors write in the genre.

    I’ll be picking up a copy of this book at my next trip to the bookstore. So if my name is picked for a free copy please pick someone else.

  41. Robin Bayne
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:31:04

    Throwing my name in the hat!

  42. hanne
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:34:32

    Count me in as well :)

  43. Brandy W
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:40:41

    *sigh* another book to add to my growing list.

    Totally support the Spread the Word campaign.

  44. LoriK
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:45:29

    Count me in too.

  45. liz...
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:48:44

    I would love to read a good book!

  46. Maya M.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:54:30

    not a particularly attractive cover, but the premise sounds good

  47. Heather
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:07:59

    If you say it’s good, then I am putting it on my list. But I have to agree with the previous commenters, the cover sucks.

  48. rigmarole
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:16:25

    I’m sold. Sign me up, plz!

  49. Collette
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:17:07

    You and SB Sarah both like it? I’m in. ;-)

  50. TerryS
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:20:00

    I’ve been a Jill Shalvis fan from back in her “Loveswept” days. Thanks for the review her newest stand alone book. Here I was thinking the other day there were no new books to look forward to this month and then I read this. Yay!

  51. jessica
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:20:05

    I want to be entered! And it’s times like this that I wish I had a non-food blog (I don’t think the widget would make much sense on my cooking blog!).

  52. Monday ‘Net News | avidbookreader.com
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:27:36

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  53. Greta
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:45:51

    I am so reading for this book! I want it now.

  54. shuzluva
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:46:40

    Either buying or winning, I support the contemporary and will definitely read this book!

  55. Diana Hong
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:54:35

    Love it! Tossing my hat in the ring.

  56. Rachel D
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:02:32

    As I was just saying over at Smart Bitches, I am intrigued to read a contemporary that is not about cops, millionaires or secret babies. Count me in.

  57. cheryl c.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:08:57

    I love contemporaries, and this book sounds great! Please throw my name in the hat.

  58. Jody F.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:09:26

    I’m surprised to hear the contemporary book is dying. I read so many of them and considering how many books I buy, I should be able to keep the genre afloat all on my own.

  59. Jan
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:14:37

    I haven’t been reading too many contemporaries lately, but this sounds like a good one.

  60. Maered
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:24:47

    Count me in, please! I love these “save the contemporaries” contests!

  61. SamG
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:27:41

    OH, OH, pick me, pick me…

    Sam…channeling Horshack…

  62. Jennie M.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:34:03

    I love these “Save the contemporaries” contests. I’m a big fan of contemporary romances so count me in. :)

  63. Julie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:35:52

    Echoing SamG

    “Oh, Oh, pick me, pick me!” – but I didn’t know that this was from “Welcome Back Kotter” and I’m old enough to have watched that show as a teen. Yikes!

    Please pick me so that I can escape into a great book and then resurface proud of my looonnngg history of reading contemporary romance!

  64. Tili
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:44:04

    Ooh, put me on the list to win a copy!

  65. willaful
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:15:40

    I keep hearing about this author and haven’t had a chance to try her, so put me in the hat.

  66. Cheryl S.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:17:32

    Oh, I love Jill’s books! Count me in, please.

  67. MarilynS
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:23:12

    The book sounds wonderful, please add me to the contest. Thanks.

  68. Has
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:25:53

    This has definitely perked my interest!!!

  69. Brie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:27:41

    This is the second site I’ve come across promoting this book. I’m definitely in.

  70. Maureen
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:31:50

    The book sounds great so please enter me to win!

  71. Tabitha C
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:42:28

    Count me in please. I’m a big fan of contemporaries and since Jill Shalvis introduced this book at Book Binge a few days ago, I’ve added this book to my list…but a free copy is even better. Thanks!

  72. Lori
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:43:31

    Such a fangirl :) Can’t wait to read it!

  73. Kerry Blaisdell
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:48:58

    Who can resist free books? Besides, I write contemporaries. Please save them, for future generations!

  74. Chani
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:55:06

    Please enter me in the draw. I haven’t read Jill Shalvis before but from the raving would love to check her out.

  75. L
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 13:55:23

    I would love to read this book! Thanks.

  76. aliquis
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:03:04

    I’ve had this book on my “want” list for a while. I really love Jill Shalvis – so this is a terrific pick. :) And the “save the contemporary” is a great campaign.

  77. Ana
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:09:06

    Would love this book.
    Ana

  78. Willow
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:25:29

    This book sounds amazing, please enter me in the contest as I’d love to read it.

    Thanks!

    ~Willow

  79. Michelle (MG) Braden
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:31:09

    Yay for saving the contemporaries! :-D And Jill Shalvis is funny, so this should be a good read.

  80. NancyB
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:31:25

    Putting my name in the hat for a copy….

    Nancy

  81. Orli
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:37:06

    I will be spreading the word about this all down my mom’s office–they work so many hours the only reading they can stomach is romances, and I like steering them towards the good ones.

  82. Stephanie Clark
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:40:20

    I would love a copy of Jill Shavis’ new book!

  83. Darby Lohrding
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:42:18

    Dang look at all the comments..wow!!!
    Yes, by all means enter me, this bok sounds fantastic and I love your excitement over it!!!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  84. Lam
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:47:07

    I would love to be entered! Thanks!

  85. Catherine
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:51:38

    This sounds great. Please enter me.

  86. Stacey P.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 14:55:01

    Sounds like a pretty good read — count me in, I’d love a copy, :)

  87. El
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:12:31

    Given both your reviews, I’m in!

  88. Dru
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:12:48

    Count me in.

  89. Lisa N.
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:21:33

    I can’t wait to read this book and would love to win a copy!

  90. Tina L
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:24:13

    I’d love to win this book.

  91. Phyllis
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:28:52

    Oh I’d looooove a copy!

  92. cyclops8
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:29:50

    I would love to win a copy of “Instant Attraction.”

  93. kerry
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:44:32

    Please enter me in the contest.

  94. Stacy S
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:48:08

    I would love to win this book.

  95. Tracy
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:51:28

    This book looks great!

  96. Edith
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 15:56:10

    Please Count me in.

  97. Kaetrin
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:07:13

    I’m in baby!!

  98. Bev Stephans
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:12:02

    98% of my romance reading is contemporary. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  99. Crystin
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:13:45

    Me, too, please!

  100. Pat Lieberman
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:21:19

    I love Jill’s books – she is so funny and a great author. Please count me in for this book and I cannot believe the nonsense that contemps are dying. That is all I read.

  101. trish
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:21:44

    Love the Shalvis! I’ve been waiting for this one to come out ecer since I read an excerpt.

  102. rd2129
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:30:41

    I’m in! Here’s hoping for some new, awesome reading.

  103. orannia
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:31:35

    Just finished reading the review – thank you Jane. I have to be honest, I love watching character grow and develop and Instant Attraction sounds like it will be such a book :)

    Oh, and Talk Me Down sounded so good that I suggested it to my library…and they have ordered it!

  104. Lori
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:37:14

    Count me in!

  105. Anne
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:37:53

    Sounds like a fun book!

  106. joykenn
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:38:07

    ME ME I want to win!

  107. Peggy P
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 16:59:13

    Please count me in for a win!

  108. Moth
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 17:11:28

    Book sounds cute! Put me in to win one, please! :D

  109. Victoria W
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 17:18:14

    I would love to win this book. I think Jill Shalvis is one of the first romance books I read. She’s probably the funniest author out there that I’ve read. Maybe cuz her sense of humor is so like mine. So please enter me to win!

  110. Nichole
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 17:24:57

    The contemporary is dying? That’s mostly all I read. Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, Lucy Monroe, SEP, Diana Palmer, and more. I only read Historicals if they are by Nicole Jordan or one of my favs writes one. Instant Attraction is on my must get list so winning one would be great!

  111. Mary T
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 17:29:52

    Count me in! I’d love to win a copy of Jill’s book!

  112. Leslee
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 17:45:06

    This sounds really good! Please enter me, I love contemporary.

  113. Emma
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 18:02:33

    Count me in as well please, the book sounds great.

  114. Sarah
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 18:27:06

    I loved the last book, I even bought it after losing, so… Count me in!

  115. Kat
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 18:28:23

    Just finished reading Jane’s review and realised that I’ve never read a full-length Shalvis book either–just her categories. I’ve looked for them at local bookstores, but they’ve never been in stock.

  116. Pam P
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 18:41:59

    First the cover got my attention, then all the great reviews, so it’s on my wishl.ist now.

  117. Sage Burnett
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 19:07:15

    I love contemporaries. I don’t want them to be a dying breed. And the book sounds great.

  118. Tarra
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 19:17:25

    I am always on the lookout for a good contemporary. Throw my name in the hat, please!

  119. Kimbelina
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 19:32:56

    I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds great. Please count me in!

  120. Liza
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 19:38:27

    Please count me in! I can’t wait to read Jill’s latest book.

  121. Zara
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 19:42:57

    Please count me in. Jill’s books are always amazing. I love her sense of humor, and it always shines through in her writing. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  122. Marie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 20:15:14

    Me me me, pick me!

  123. GrowlyCub
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 20:18:51

    I recently read Shalvis’ Blaze novels about firefighters and had a blast with them. I’d love to read this.

  124. Laura
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 20:37:45

    Sounds great – I’d love to read it!

  125. Renee
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 20:38:02

    Sign me up, please!

  126. Bzangl
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 21:03:42

    I’m so excited — please pick me ;-)

  127. Josie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 21:04:01

    Enter me please! I haven’t read anything by Jill Shalvis before… The book sounds fab!

  128. Crystal-Rain Love
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 21:06:05

    If this is even half as good as the books she’s been doing for Harlequin Blaze lately, it’s guaranteed to be awesome.

  129. SonomaLass
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 21:42:25

    Me, me, meeeeeee!

  130. Lisa Antaya
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 21:46:53

    Sounds great!! I’m in!!

  131. Leslie
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:10:58

    Throwing my name in. I would love to read something by Jill Shalvis.

  132. CC
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:11:09

    Want! wonder if I can get a blog started in 12 hours?

  133. hypatia
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:17:19

    Count me in!

  134. Elizabeth
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:40:45

    Recently discovered Jill Shalvis and now I’m hooked!

  135. Patti Fischer
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:49:52

    I LOVE Jill Shalvis! She became an auto buy from back when she wrote Harlequin’s Temptation and Duets lines.
    This one is on my definite TBB list!!!!

  136. Helen Macdougal
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 22:53:01

    Book sounds like FUN!! Count me in the mix for a freebie! Thank you!

  137. Jenyfer Matthews
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 23:15:14

    Pick me, pick me, pick me, pick me, pick me

    Please :)

  138. Sweet
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 00:09:30

    I’d love to win a copy :)

  139. Allison
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 00:12:34

    Can’t help myself… have to try my luck and maybe win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!

  140. kim h
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 00:46:47

    love jill books. count me in.

  141. Monica J
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 01:41:02

    Sounds like a good read…might have to check it out even if I don’t win.

  142. Jennifer Y.
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 03:22:55

    This book sounds great! I hope I am not too late to enter! I *heart* contemporaries!

  143. Laurie G
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 05:03:13

    I started reading contemps way back in the 80′s. They remain my favorites!

    So many of the authors switched to romantic suspense…Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Heather Graham, Julie Garwood. I’m not saying that they aren’t good reading. ..just not my favorite subgenre.

    Jill’s book sounds wonderful! Her books always have lots of humor and sparkling chemistry!! I’d love to win “Instant Attraction”!!

  144. Julia B.
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 05:47:27

    Sounds great! Please enter me too. I love contemps.

  145. Wendy
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 07:01:07

    I love Jill’s books, count me in!

  146. Randi
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 07:32:44

    Count me in, too! I love anything Jill Shalvis writes!

  147. Sarah Grimm
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 08:02:49

    Jill is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I look forward to this one!

  148. CrystalGB
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 09:01:06

    I would love to read Jill’s book. Count me in please.

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