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Save the Contemporary: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

We’re starting a new pile of awesome. We’ve created a new site just for the Save the Contemporary campaign. We’ll be announcing future contests both at SmartBitches and here and steering interested folks who like free books and awesome prizes over to the new site.

This month? Smooth Talking Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas. Sarah and I both really enjoyed this book. Sarah finished reading it and literally had to go lie down and sniffle. Her eyes were stinging, her smile was wobbly, and she had Good Book Sniffles. I wrote about it earlier today in my ode to the comfort read. It’s Snoopy. The book, that is.

As usual, we want to spread the word about this book, and about contemporary romance. Head on over to the Save the Contemporary site, and forward the announcement of the Lisa Kleypas book using the “Email this Page” link at the top, or spread the word via Twitter using the hashtag #stc – making sure to alert either jane (@jane_l) or me (@smartbitches). Or, you can write about the campaign, link to the site, and email us a link at [email protected].

Every time you forward, email, tweet or blog about it and notify us that you’ve done so, you’re entered for a chance to win one of 20 copies of the book, courtesy of St. Martin’s. We’ll announce the winners in 24 hours of those 20 copies.

But don’t stop emailing, tweeting or blogging about it because, a week from now, we’ll pick one random entry and give away a grand prize package of 20 books from St. Martin’s backlist.

We’ve also set up a recommendation page, so if you’ve read a contemporary romance you adored, please let us know.

And, last but not least, from now until the book’s release on 31 March, Borders is offering30% off all pre-orders, so if you’re thinking of buying it, you’ve got 30% more (or less) incentive to do so.

Happy reading, and spread the word: Save the Contemporary!

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Danielle
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 05:44:06

    Thanks for a chance to win Lisa’s book..

  2. Danielle
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 05:47:44

    It wouldn’t let me edit my original post. I meant to say thanks for the opportunity to win 20 books from St. Martin’s Press.

  3. Lou
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 06:42:15

    I would like to twitter about the contest, but I’m afraid I’m not sure what you mean by using the hashtag?

    Does that automatically send it to all your followers? Sorry, I’m still new to Twitter.

    Also, when we email and forward the announcement, do we give you the list of people we sent it to, or just notify you that we sent it to ‘this’ amount of people?

    Thanks for these amazing contests! :)

  4. Shannon Stacey
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 06:58:00

    If at the end of your tweet you put “#stc” (without the quotes), people following that hashtag (like DA & the SB) will see it.

  5. Lou
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 07:04:41

    Thanks for explaining! :)

  6. rebyj
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 08:25:21

    I made a simple sprout widget. you can view it at and snag it and post anywhere.

  7. cheryl c.
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 12:08:41

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. I have emailed links to the blogs I have posted on.

  8. SonomaLass
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 12:19:50

    I think I’ll just pre-order it at 30% off. Great deal! Thanks for letting us know.

    I love that you’ve started a Save the Contemporary site. Bookmarking now.

  9. Bev Stephans
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 12:28:22

    Books-A-Million has it for 34% off!

  10. Pat Lieberman
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:06:09

    I have been wanting to read this book. I read 99% contemps so yes, we must save them. LOL.

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  12. Gail Dayton
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 13:12:07

    Nyah-ha-ha! I snitched the review copy they sent the paper where my pt dayjob is, and got to read it. It is loverly. I think I kinda liked Blue-Eyed Devil better, but I liked it a lot. Enough to stay up late reading to finish it. :) Now I suppose I ought to write a review about it for the paper….

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