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Spring 2010 Giveaway for Putnam and Riverhead

When I was in New York, I got an invitation to the Penguin offices and one of the great people I met was Lydia Hirt, publicist for Putnam and Riverhead.   I stopped by her office   to pick up an advanced copy of PJ Tracy’s Shoot to Thrill, a police procedure series based out of Minneapolis.   Lydia and I got to talking about books and blogs and she noticed that we had done some giveaways in the past and wondered if the Dear Author readership would be interested in hearing about some of the Putnam and Riverhead titles.

I thought, why not?   Romance readers read across genres and love to read good books.   So without further ado, here is the following from Ms. Hirt:

Welcome to the forthcoming books giveaway from G.P. Putnam's Sons and Riverhead Books!

We're thrilled to be joining the Dear Author community and have the opportunity to connect with a new group of readers.   Putnam and Riverhead publish a number of books across all genres, and have highlighted several titles that we believe you'll find compelling.   We invite you to visit us on Facebook (Putnam and  Riverhead) to keep track of other upcoming books and to let us know what you think – we'd love to hear your thoughts!

March 2010:

CREATION OF EVE by Lynn CullenCREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen (Putnam 3/23/10):

Embark on a trip back to the Golden Age in Spain thanks to the talented hand of Lynn Cullen in THE CREATION OF EVE.   This story deftly combines mystery, romance and history as one young painter becomes  embroiled in a love triangle involving the Queen, the King, and the King's illegitimate half-brother, Don Juan.    This novel asks the question: How well do you really know those closest to you?   And can you ever truly know another person's heart?

"Intrigue, jealousy, misplaced love, escape and escapade–what could be more tantalizing?" -‘Susan Vreeland, author ofLuncheon of the Boating Party and  Girl in Hyacinth Blue

April 2010:

THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT  by Kelly O'Connor McNeesTHE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Kelly O'Connor McNees (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 4/1/10):

As a personal fan of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel LITTLE WOMEN, this is the book for which I have been waiting.   Louisa taught us how to love through LITTLE WOMEN, but who taught her?   Debut author Kelly O'Connor McNees deftly mixes  fact and fiction as she imagines a love affair that would influence Louisa's writing career for the rest of her life – a wonderful story that explores how she so deftly portrayed young love and heartbreak, but did so at a cost none of us ever knew.

"A wonderfully imagined, lively novel of first love…" -‘Meg Waite Clayton, author of  The Wednesday Sisters

RNING LAMP  by Amanda Quick BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick (Putnam 4/20/10):

Don't miss this second novel in the Dreamlight Trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick.   The Arcane Society was born in turmoil, and now psychic power and passion collide as a legendary curse comes to a burn…

"Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, the tale perfectly balances lively adventure, passionate romance, and the paranormal against an elaborate and refreshingly original background. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled, and new readers will find this stand-alone story very accessible." – Publishers Weekly

MY WIFE'S AFFAIR  by Nancy Woodruff MY WIFE'S AFFAIR by Nancy Woodruff (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 4/15/10):

Have you ever gotten something you wanted, but somehow, still wanted more? Georgie Connolly has. Narrated by her husband Peter, a failed-writer-turned-businessman, My Wife’s Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more.   Don't miss this smart, sexy novel about a woman's search for her former self on the London stage.

"-leaves not a dry eye in the house in this gripping ode to theater and the love it can command-‘and crush." Publishers Weekly

GIRL IN TRANSLATION  by Jean Kwok GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok (Riverhead Books 4/29/10):

An unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant – a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.   When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl by day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings.   Between the two lives Kimberly leads are different boys and experiences, and she must make a decision.

"A moving coming of age story, reminiscent of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Kwok perfectly captures the voice and perspective of a young immigrant, and the result is a powerful work about love, sacrifice and faith." -‘Min Jin Lee, author of the bestselling Free Food for Millionaires

(Jane’s insertion:   I’ve started reading this book. I love the cover).

May 2010

Blood Oath cover imageBLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth (Putnam, 5/18/10)

I was late hopping on the vampire bandwagon, and BLOOD OATH was my first paranormal read. It definitely set the standard high for the entire genre! Action-packed and exciting, featuring Nathaniel Cade, a vampire with feelings, this was a book I couldn't put down. A cross between the hit show "24' and the "Bourne" movies, this book features: The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire.

"Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favorite of both skeptics and true blood believers, Blood Oath may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years. " -‘John Connolly, author of The Lovers

Jane’s insertion: Have heard from a romance reader who has read this that she thinks romance readers would like it. Kind of campy and has slight romance in it.

June 2010

MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann BrasharesMY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares (Riverhead Books 6/1/10):

Sometimes love lasts more than a lifetime- Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl.   Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia have been drawn together-‘and he remembers it all.   Daniel has "the memory," the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he's previously known.   For all the times that he and Sophia have been together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.   Don't miss this magical new novel from the New York Times– bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me).

"Brashares's writing is natural, insightful, and affecting."-‘Entertainment Weekly

We have two ARCs or finished books available for each of the titles listed, as prizes for the giveaways.     I'm always happy to talk books! If you need additional information or have any questions, please drop a note in the comment section and I will try to reply.



There you have it, our first Putnam and Riverhead giveaway.   If you are interested in a copy of one of the above books, leave a comment indicating the first two choices and tell us your favorite childhood book. Just for kicks.   This giveaway will end on March 13th at 12 pm CST (that’s noon).   The winners will be announced on Sunday.

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. Katharina
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:11:15

    Well, my choice would be the Cullen and Quick book. And my favourite childhood book? Anything by Enid Blyton. I read her complete Famous Five series about five or six times by the age of 12 :-)

  2. katiebabs
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:13:17

    My Wife’s Affair caught my eye a few weeks ago. I think the cover is lovely.

    Favorite childhood book will always be Alice in Wonderland.

  3. becca
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:17:29

    Jayne Ann Krentz is a weakness of mine, and I’d love an ARC of The Burning Lamp. And My Name is Memory sounds fascinating.

    How far back in childhood do you want as favorites? I remember reading anything I could get my hands on. Let’s say the Black Stallion books were at least some of my favorites. And in jr. high school (when they still called it that) I remember reading Night of Masks by Andre Norton over and over again.

  4. Mary M
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:18:22

    I don’t know much about Putnam and Riverhead but they sure have interesting titles! Thanks for giving us the opportunity of discovering them. I especially like the blurbs of Creation of Eve and My Name is Memory – just my type of stories :).

    And my favorite childhood book would probably be Heidi. It stuck in my impressionable mind and made me yearn to visit Swtzerland and see those beautiful mountains for myself :). I still re-read the series on a regular basis :).

  5. Samantha
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:20:35

    1 – My Name is Memory
    2 – The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

    Favorite Childhood Book – From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  6. Laura Wilson
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:23:12

    My choice would be the Amanda Quick book. My childhood favorites were Nancy Drew for a long time, then Anne of Green Gables.

  7. Sabrina
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:25:02

    My two picks would have to be Amanda Quick(I do read her books) and Ann Brashares(looks promising).

    Favorite childhood book..anything with princesses in them, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella..I have passed the obsession onto my daughter now:)

    Thank you DA and Putman/Riverhead!

  8. Dawn
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:26:10

    The Creation of Eve and My Wife’s Affair sound good to me.

    My favorite books as a child were by Judy Blume.

  9. Angela James
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:27:04

    I don’t want to enter, but I do want to ask nicely (beg) for PJ Tracy backlist in digital, so I can start reading them. Pretty please.

  10. SandyH
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:48:24

    I have read every Amanda Quick book and looking forward to this one. I also find THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Kelly O'Connor McNees interesting. Little Women was one of my favorite stories growing up.

  11. blodeuedd
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:50:51

    MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares
    CREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen

    Those two sounds lovely :)

    My fav book as a kid, well I was a weird kid and when I found this huge books on mythology I fell in love. So my fav book would then be a book about Greek mythology I knew by heart

  12. Diane V
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:51:03

    Lost Summer of Louisa Mae Alcott and Burning Lamp.

    My favorite book was also “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” — can’t tell you how much I wanted to run away from home and live in that museum.

  13. Joanne
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:53:23

    Wow those are some gorgeous covers.

    Amanda Quick’s Burning Lamp because I’m in it for the long haul with the Arcane Society and The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott because it’s NOT about Mr Darcy.

    I had to look up the author of my favorite girlhood book; Daddy Long Legs, it was Jean Webster. I’m still a sucker for stories about orphans who end up with rich men… sad to say but it still works for me.

  14. Misfit
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:57:20

    Awesome give away, I’d love to win THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Kelly O'Connor McNees or CREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen. My favorite childhood book is definitely The Wizard of Oz.

  15. Teri
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:10:18

    My 2 choices would be THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and MY WIFE'S AFFAIR by Nancy Woodruff. My favorite book from childhood would have to be These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingles Wilder. I loved and read the whole series of stories. I couldn't get my daughter interested in the books, she said she didn't like the reruns on TV why read the books.

  16. Linda B
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:16:19

    I would love The Creation of Eve, or The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott.

    My favorite childhood book was Little Women.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  17. Faye
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:16:33

    I’d choose The Lost Summer or My Name is Memory.
    My favorite books growing up were Little Women, Little Men, all the Little House books, and everything by L.M. Montgomery.

  18. Val
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:17:07

    My choices are The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott or Creation of Eve. My favorite childhood book is Charlotte’s Web.

    Thanks for your fabulous offer.

  19. rebecca b
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:20:14

    1. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
    2. The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen

    Growing up, I think my favorite book was “The Witch of Blackbird Pond.” I must have read that book until the spine wore out. Followed closely by “Isle of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell (I think?) Those are the books I still remember *blank* years later, so that says something.

  20. Faye
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:22:29

    @rebecca b: God, I loved Blackbird Pond! And The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle… those two are still on my bookshelf.

  21. Ivy
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:32:56

    My 2 choices would be
    The Creation of Eve and My Wife’s Affair…they both sound really good.

    Faves as a child: The Louisa May Alcott books, Freckles, Heidi & Pippi Longstocking…I wanted to be Pippi, she was so independent..

    Thanks for this chance!

  22. lorenet
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:35:20

    First choice – Amanda Quick’s The Burning Lamp.

    Second choice – MY NAME IS MEMORY sounds interesting.

    I didn’t read as a child. But I remember the summer I was 16, there was a Library By Mail program. Great for someone living in Rural Texas at the time. I started with The Flame and The Flower. Good thing my parents had no idea what I was reading.

  23. Mary S.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:38:57

    Oh, I’d love to get my hands on “My Name is Memory” or “Burning Lamp.” Thanks so much for the generous offer!

    As for favorite childhood book, I’ll go back pretty far and say “The Monster at the End of This Book.” Grover is awesome.

  24. Luna
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:52:54

    Would love the Quick and the Kwok books.

    Little Women was a book I loved to read again and again. And Little Lord Fontleroy, not to mention Boxcar Children (Am I showing my age?) In junior high I fell in love with Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine.

  25. LauraB
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:03:24

    The Creation of Eve and The Burning Lamp.

    My favorite book from childhood? Geez… Burnett’s The Little Princess or The Black Cauldron.

  26. Bonnie G.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:05:30

    I’d love either The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott or My Name is Memory.

    My favorite childhood books were probably the Little House series. I still reread them today.

  27. Susan Reader
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:08:21

    From this list, I’d like “The Creation of Eve” or “My Wife’s Affair.” But what I’d REALLY like is the ARC of “Shoot To Thrill” (please?)

    I was reading “grown-up” books by the time I was eight, but as for favorite childrens’ book… how can I decide? I liked Elizabeth George Speare and Marguerite Henry and E. B. White and Robert Heinlein juveniles and…

  28. Janet P.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:13:21

    1.The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
    2.My Name is Memory

    Favorite childhood book – Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp which embarrassingly I still pull out and read AND I can still recite the first two pages from memory.

  29. Jane
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:14:29

    I added a new book so if you want to change your mind about your first two choices, email me jane at and I’ll change your comment.

  30. Sheryl Nantus
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:16:39

    1) The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
    2) The Creation of Eve

    seriously, my faboo book growing up *was* Little Women. And Little Men, and Jo’s Boys.

    guess that’s why I grew up to be a tomboy and a writer…

  31. kathybaug
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:20:32

    1. The Burning Lamp
    2. My Name is Memory

    The first childhood book that came to mind was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I read it several times as a child.

  32. CupK8
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:27:23

    Well, My Wife’s Affair is definitely my top choice. Next would be The Lost Summer of Louise May Alcott, because Little Women was one of my absolute favorite books as a child. That and The Secret Garden. I don’t even remember how many times I read them. The Creation of Eve also looks fascinating. Thank you, Lydia, for introducing some new titles and expanding my TBR list even further! It’s going to explode one of these days..

  33. GSM
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:38:06

    1) Blood Oath
    2) Burning Lamp
    My favorite childhood book was The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader. I checked it out of the library over and over again. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Louise Delamore
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:49:55

    1) Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
    2) MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares

    Favourite childhood book: All the ‘wizard of Oz’ books.

  35. ms bookjunkie
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:53:26

    Amanda Quick’s BURNING LAMP is the book I really want… I can’t decide about the others, I’ll take whatever you want to send me.

    I loved Astrid Lindgren’s books as a child. Still do, as a matter of fact.

  36. Sasha
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:01:41

    Awesome giveaway! My top choice would be MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares, and then MY WIFE'S AFFAIR by Nancy Woodruff. :)

    I read Jane Eyre when I was nine (which means I have been in love with Rochester since forever), and since it remains to this day one of my favorite reads — I reread it at least once a year, haha — that’ll have to be top childhood read for me. :) So timeless!

    And it taught a young me a lot about angst, lol.

  37. Sally
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:02:32

    1. Amanda Quick’s Burning Lamp
    2. Blood Oath

    I was a Nancy Drew girl.

  38. INCiDeNT
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:08:32

    1) Burning Lamp
    2) Blood Oath

    I can’t recall a favourite childhood book so I’ll go with the first one that I remember from my early teens: The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.

  39. Jennifer
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:10:35

    Top Two Choices:
    1) The Creation of Eve
    2) My Wife’s Affair

    Ah Trixie Beldon was my first introduction to the love of the mystery genre.

  40. Heather
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:10:42

    First choice would be Burning Lamp, second would be Blood Oath. I’m trying to imagine a cross between thrillers and vampires.

    The other comments reminded me of childhood books I loved (my complete collection of Nancy Drew, Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Island of the Blue Dolphins) but my favorite childhood book of all time would be Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Back when librarian’s checked books out by hand, the slip had my library card number, my number, my number, someone else’s number, my number, my number…ad infinitum. :) Close second would be A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle. Made me want to be a marine biologist.

  41. Carin
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:11:42

    1.) Girl in Translation
    2.) Blood Oath

    My childhood faves – My first thought was Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon. Then,as I read through the comments I kept thinking, “oh! I like that one, too” So I need to add The Monster at the End of This Book, and Little Women/Little Men/Jo’s Boys. I also LOVED Trixie Belden mysteries. Even when I was little I used to daydream what it would be like when Trixie and Jim got married and had kids…

    By the way, those are some beautiful covers. I love romance, but I want them to have covers like these!

  42. HeatherK
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:17:59

    BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth
    BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick

    My favorite book when younger was Wait Till Helen Comes, and I still have my copy stashed somewhere.

  43. Sarah
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:22:25

    My Name is Memory and My Wife’s Affair.

    Favorite childhood book is Matilda by Roald Dahl. I still re-read it every year.

  44. EmilyW
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:23:27

    My Wife’s Affair and Blood Oath sound excellent to me. And my favorite childhood books were Anne of Green Gables and all the Chronicles of Narnia.

  45. J
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:25:20

    I’d like BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick or BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth. They all look like fun reads.

    My favorite childhood book was The Farthest Away Mountian by Lynne Reid Banks, great adventure where the young woman has to be clever to work out how to save not just herself but the whole kingdom.

  46. Gina Bernal
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:26:05

    I 99.8% loved GIRL IN TRANSLATION and would highly recommend the winner to choose that one. (I can’t tell you about the 0.2% that disappointed me, because it would be a spoiler). It’s a wonderful coming of age story.

    The Creation of Eve looks pretty interesting, too.

  47. Mitzi H.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:27:59

    My Name Is Memory and Creation of Eve, but they all look good.

    My favorite book as a child was the original novel of Bambi. I read it in 3rd grade twice and will never forget it. My favorite 1st romance was Jane Eyre.

  48. MeganS
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:33:24

    Girl in Translation and Blood Oath would be my picks.

    My favorite childhood books were Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. I borrowed them all from the library, and eventually persuaded my parents to buy me a set of my own.

  49. serpentj
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:39:04

    Blood Oath by Farnsworth
    Burning Lamp by Quick

    I’ll have to go for a sentimental favorite and name Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.

  50. Meagan Grote
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:39:51

    I’d love to read The Creation of Eve or Blood Oath!

    My favorite book as a young’un was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Running away and living in a museum sounded like the most fun ever!

  51. Emma
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:43:35

    I’d love to win Blood Oath or Burning Lamp. And I think my favourite childhood books were the Little House books, though I read so many others that it’s hard to choose just one.

  52. DS
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:46:25

    Blood Oath or The Creation of Eve (what a great cover!)

    If you had asked me as a child it probably would have been something with Trixie Belden in it, but I can’t tell one of the series from the other now, but looking back– The Zero Stone by Andre Norton.

  53. raíña
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:59:19

    Well, my two choices would be “The Creation of Eve” by Lynn Cullen and “Blood Oath” by Christopher Farnsworth.

    One of my favourite childhood books are those from “Puck” series, by Danish writer Lisbeth Werner. I used to read these books hundreds of times throughout the summer holidays. They were around thirty-something books I think. I still keep the collection with utmost care.

  54. Kristal
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 16:02:54

    Burning Lamp or Blood Oath.

    The Little House series was my most read and re-read.

  55. Pat
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 16:35:57

    1. My Name is Memory
    2. Blood Oath
    Favorite childhood story: The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

  56. Heather
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 16:38:51

    “Girl in Translation” and “My Name is Memory” both sound amazing.

    My favorite book as a child was “Johnny Tremaine.” The incredible bravery (foolhardy though it might have been at times) had touched some part of 10-year-old me. It also started my nearly lifelong love affair with Colonial American history.

    … *might have to go find a copy of that book again* <..>

  57. Sotheara
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 16:50:30

    1. Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
    2. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

    My favorite books from childhood are those by Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Roald Dahl.

  58. Kimberly B.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 17:40:38

    What a great selection! My first choice would be My Name is Memory, followed by Girl in Translation. As for favorite childhood books, I’m sure it was something by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, although it’s hard to pick one. Maybe Season of Ponies?
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  59. Lori
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 17:43:43

    My Name is Memory and My Wife’s Affair look amazing.

    My favorite childhood read was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson urnett. I loved the story of Mary who was so unlovely and unsweet and her slow blossoming.

    Wow, now I’m feeling completely nostalgic.

  60. Allie
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 17:57:46

    1)Blood Oath
    2)The Creation of Eve

    Childhood Book: Green Eggs and Ham. :)

  61. ritu
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 18:18:48

    1) Girl in Translation (i’m shallow – I’m in love with the cover!)

    2) Blood Oath

    Favorite childhood book(s)? Anything by Enid Blyton, Little Women, Robinson Crusoe, Three Musketeers!

  62. van p.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 18:25:15

    1. Blood Oath
    2. Burning Lamp

    My favorite childhood novel is Amelia Bedelia series by peggy parish

  63. May
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 18:31:45

    Blood Oath and Burning Lamp are my choices.
    Can’t remember which book was my favourite, but do remember reading Heidi, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children over and over.

  64. Amy Kathryn
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 18:56:42

    1) The lost summer of louis may alcott
    2) The burning lamp

    My childhood favorites were The Secret Garden and The Boxcar Children books.

  65. willaful
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:01:40

    Oh my, those all sounds so interesting. But I have to pick the Louisa May Alcott book, and My Wife’s Affair sounds intriguing.

    One favorite children’s book? ONE? Okay. The Genie of Sutton Place by George Selden. I loved reading about someone else who had an unconventional childhood. Much easier to find books like that nowadays.

  66. Julie
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:03:14

    Jean Kwok – Girl in Translation
    Amanda Quick – Burning Lamp

    I loved most of Roald Dahl’s books! :D

  67. Margay
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:13:23

    My choices would be:

    1. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
    2. Girl in Translation

    My favorite books as a child were Through the Looking Glass and Little Women.


  68. Tae
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:25:00

    the Ann Brasheres book sounds interesting, reminds me a little of the Time Traveler’s wife.

    The book I’d really be interested in is the PJ Tracy book, I love their books! Also, I lived in Minneapolis for 7 years and I love books about places I’ve lived.

  69. Ellie
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:58:17

    1. Blood Oath; and
    2. The Creation of Eve

    They both look really interesting.

    Favorite childhood book was “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume. Also, I was a little older, but “The President’s Daughter” by Ellen Emerson White.

  70. Carol
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 20:18:39

    I’d like:
    1. Creation of Eve
    2. Girl in Translation

    I think they’re both interesting.

    I’ve been reading since I was a kid and I love Enid Blyton’s books and the Nancy Drew mysteries.

  71. Sue A.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 20:22:05

    My picks:
    BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick

    The Little House on the Prairie series.

  72. Mariska H
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 20:39:55

    My top picks will be :
    – BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick
    – BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth

    My favorite Childhood book, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators”.

  73. ninefly
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 20:56:49

    if this is open to Canada, I would like:
    1) BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth
    2) GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok
    my fave childhood book: Matilda by Roald Dahl


  74. D.L.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 21:03:33

    My Wife’s Affair
    Girl in Translation

    Hard question because there were a lot of books I loved as a child. One of the ones that had the biggest impact on me was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which is probably why I’m drawn to Girl in Translation.

  75. TeeBee
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 22:23:42

    My Wife’s Affair & Girl in Translation please.

    I was definitely a Little House on the Prarie girl for my favorite childhood book.

  76. Shiloh Walker
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 22:54:11

    (don’t enter me)

    just wanted to mention that I was talking to an indie bookseller here locally-he’d read blood oath, had nothing but awesome stuff to say-sounds amazing. I’m dying to get my hands on it. I’ve already pre-ordered.

  77. SaraC
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 23:03:55

    Blood Oath and or My name is memory. My fave fave fave childhood book is the Westing Game.

  78. madscientistnz
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 23:14:10

    Blood Oath and Girl In Translation both sound interesting.

    One of my favourite childhood books was The Ordinary Princess by M M Kaye.

  79. Karen W.
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 23:26:42

    My first choice would be MY NAME IS MEMORY

    My second choice would be THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

    I had two favorite childhood books – LITTLE WOMEN and CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

  80. Kim A.
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 00:51:33

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1st choice: The Burning Lamp.
    2nd choice: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott.

    My favorite books were the Nancy Drew mysteries!

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  82. Pam P
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 02:04:09

    Thanks for the giveaway. My choices, The Burning Lamp, Blood Oath.

    One of my childhood favorite series was The Bobbsey Twins.

  83. Ann
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 02:13:45

    1st choice: THE BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick
    2nd choice: MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares
    A book from my childhood that I would like to read again is THE GREEN POODLES by Charlotte Baker

  84. Biki
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 02:27:06

    1. MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares
    2. BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick

    The books I loved from my childhood is actually the Boxcar Children series. It was one of the first books I read and worked hard to complete it as a series. I actually still have a few I think, lol.

  85. Megs
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 02:29:49

    Blood Oath
    Girl In Translation

    My favorite childhood book was a specific Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch. Horses and plucky girl detectives? I couldn’t resist.

  86. Diana
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 07:19:58

    My choices would be Girl in Translation and My Name is Memory, although boo! hiss! I’ve been waiting for the latest PJ Tracy for years! and you get to read the arc? I hope you know how much that pains me, knowing it’s out there and I cannot have.

    Anyway. Childhood favorites: Chronicles of Narnia, any fairy tale, Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Trixie Belden, and Half-Magic.

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  88. Christine
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 08:09:23

    Burning Lamp and the Creation of Eve

    I’ve read a few of the Arcane Society books and enjoy them.

    Oy- favorite childhood book. So many to choose from. I’d have to say The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

  89. Robyn B.
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 08:54:44

    1) My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares
    2) My Wife’s Affair – Nancy Woodruff

    My favorite two books which I loved as a child are: The Little Princess & The Secret Garden both by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

  90. Nicolle
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:08:23

    My choices are Girl In Translation and Blood Oath.

    And how far back in childhood do you want? Well I’ll just say two of my most favorite books that I still re-read to this day are Dragon’s Bait and The Conjurer Princess by Vivian Vande Velde.

  91. ikkinlala
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:08:43

    I’d be interested in Girl in Translation or My Wife’s Affair. I don’t really have a favourite childhood book – I loved too many – but if we restrict it to early childhood (before I knew how to read) my favourite book was Where is the Bear by Betty Hubka.

  92. Jennifer M
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:42:40

    My first choice would be Blood Oath and my second would be Girl in Translation.

    Favorite childhood book – there were so many, but my all time favorite was Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield. I was so excited to see this book (and all the other “Shoes” books) back in print a few years ago that I promptly bought one for my 13 yo niece. My other all time favorite was the horse book, Man-O-War, by Walter Farley (loved all the Black Stallion books too of course).

  93. sprite
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:50:03

    My favorite book as a kid was Little Women, so it will not surprise you that The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott tops my list. And the second title that particularly interests me is My Name Is Memory.

  94. Jeethu Rose
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:11:53

    BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick

    As a kid I loves the famous five and the secret seven series! I still love them!

  95. Oyce
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:46:09

    I’d love to try either the Kwok or the Brashares!

    Favorite childhood book, hrm. Too many, though I think LM Montgomery held a place in my heart for a long time.

  96. Virginie Menzildjian
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 14:18:41

    What a great give away !!!! let us try to win the following :
    The Lost Summer by Louisa May Alcott
    and Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

    My favorite childhood book is “A Little Princess” by Frances Hogdson Burnett, I re-read it last week and I still love it.

  97. Cherie J
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 14:34:53

    My choices would be:

    1)Burning Lamp
    2)Girl in Translation

    Favorite childhood book would have to be The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  98. Iris
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 14:44:36

    Would love to read:

    Girl In Translation
    The Lost Summer

    And I loved loved Nancy Drew series!

  99. Shannon
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 14:57:55

    Wife’s Affair and Girl in Translation please!

    My favorite book is The Giving Tree. =)

  100. Patti
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 18:02:32

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a book! I would love either My Name is Memory or The Lost Summer.

    My very favorite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web.

  101. Nastassia D.
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 18:25:37

    My choices are BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth and GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok. My favourite childhood book was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

  102. Bev Stephans
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 21:54:28

    My Name is Memory
    The Creation of Eve

    My favorite childhood books are Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I used to memorize all the poems in both books. I still remember snippets of them.

  103. Diana
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 23:51:03

    1st choice: My Name is Memory
    2nd choice: Girl in Translation

    Growing up, I read a lot of Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins books.

  104. Lorraine from CA
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 02:24:00

    1. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
    2. Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick

    As a child I loved The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, both written by Frances Hogson Burnett.

  105. CrystalGB
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 08:50:03

    My choices would be Burning Lamp and My Name is Memory.
    My favorite childhood books were the Berenstein Bears series.

  106. Lydia
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 09:32:19

    All of your comments are bringing back wonderful childhood memories, of sneakily staying up past my bedtime, reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and the Sweet Valley High books by the meager glow of my nightlight!

    I’m happy to also see such excitement for the Putnam and Riverhead upcoming titles. I’ve read them all, and each novel is unique and wonderful, and I hope many of you discover new authors to love.

    Thanks again, Jane, for including this feature!

  107. Sandy Kay
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 12:41:07

    1. Burning Lamp (I love this series!)
    2. My Name is Memory

    Favorite childhood book: The Black Stallion

  108. Sandy Kay
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 13:19:10

    I also meant to say how jealous I am that you have an ARC for the latest PJ Tracy book.

    For anyone who hasn’t read the Monkeewrench series, I strongly recommend you go out and get “Monkeewrench” (the first in the series) and read it RIGHT NOW so you can read the new book when it comes out. And if you can squeeze in the time, read the other 3 in the series as well (though “Dead Run” is my next favorite to “Monkeewrench”).

  109. Lisa
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 21:43:13

    LOVE IN TRANSLATION sounds absolutely amazing, and BLOOD OATH is interesting as well. You should consider doing more of these upcoming-books blurb collections, even sans giveaway.

  110. Spav
    Mar 13, 2010 @ 02:56:00

    My favourite childhood book was the Harry Potter series.

    1. Blood Oath
    2. My Name is Memory

  111. chelleyreads
    Mar 13, 2010 @ 04:27:49

    one of my favorite childhood book was ella enchanted by gail carson levine

    the lost summer
    girl in translation
    my name is memory

  112. AB
    Mar 13, 2010 @ 10:58:12


    2) GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok

    Gosh, my fav childhood book…that’s hard. Probably something by Enid Blyton.

  113. Terry
    Mar 13, 2010 @ 14:12:10

    I would love to read the Creation of Eve and/or The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. My favorite book that I read as a child was Little House in the Big Woods. That book got me started on my love of historical fiction!

  114. Kalps
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 10:50:32

    I would love to read My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares and The Girl in Translation by Jean Kwowk. My favourite book was the Famous Five Series.

  115. Jane
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 13:18:08

    @Kalps I’m sorry but this giveaway is closed now.

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