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UPDATED with WINNERS STC: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey &...


You tweeted, you emailed, you tweeted some more, and some of you won copies of the book – and you helped us spread the word.

Really, that’s what this campaign is about: helping us promote a contemporary romance we thought was truly, truly awesome. Thank you for helping us out with that goal.

And now, we have a winner! One person who tweeted, emailed, or helped us promote the Save the Contemporary webpage will win her choice of a nook Touch, a Kobo Touch, or a Kindle with Special Offers (I call it the “Friends with benefits Kindle”) – and that winner is: Brenda Leon!!

Congratulations, Brenda, and thank you for helping us spread the word about excellent contemporary romance!

FOR THE BOOKS (and you have all been emailed)

1) LisaCharlotte
2) brendaC
3) TrishJ
4) ruth
5) kathybaug


It’s been awhile, but our multi-blog campaign to Save the Contemporary is back. If you’re not familiar with it, don’t worry – it has been a very long time since we’ve run one. If a contemporary romance that both Sarah and I enjoy enough to recommend or as Sarah says “to pimp the ever lovin’ holy moses out of a book.” This time it’s Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey. We ask for help spreading the word about a contemporary romance that rocked our worlds, and we award prizes during a week of pimping mayhem.

YourstoKeep_stcAs I wrote over at the Save the Contemporary website (conveniently enabled for contest-entry-worthy pimpage) that To say that our tastes don’t exactly align is an understatement so it is a rare and wondrous thing when we both like a book and we both loved Shannon Stacey’s Yours to Keep. It’s funny, heartwarming, sexy and moving. A straight up contemp that focuses just on the characters. And there’s a how to element in it too. How to use Scrabble to defeat and embarrass others. You’ll want to read that section a few times so that you can employ it against your own fake fiance.

Sarah points out that In addition, you will think of new and creative ways to use sticky notes, too. Better than flowers, let me tell you.

So here’s how you enter: email, blog or tweet the Save the Contemporary page or enter the #StC campaign on Twitter, and we will enter you to win an eReader of your choice (options include Nook touch, Kobo Touch, or a Kindle 3G with special offers). If you blog about the book, email us the URL at sbjcontestsATgmailDOTcom so we make double-sure we’ve got your entry. That’s it.

You can also visit the Save the Contemporary Facebook page if you are so inclined for more information about the campaign this week, though the Facebook Police would like me to tell you that doing so does not constitute an entry in the contest nor does it guarantee minty-fresh breath.

Contest ends Friday at 12 noon Central Daylight Time. We are not being compensated for this contest. Void where prohibited. Your mileage may vary. Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear. Step up to the bar, put the girl down. Drink brass monkey then pass it around.

But wait, there’s more. We’ll also be giving away copies of the book on Twitter all this week, so follow the #stc hashtag, where Jane (@jane_L) and I (@Smartbitches) will be creating additional mayhem and shenanigans.

Why are we doing this? Because we loved this book. Plain and simple. We both read advanced copies and were filled with Good Book Feeling when we were doing. The Good Book Noise was made. Noise and funk were brought in. Seriously, we loved this book, and we hope you love it, too. Game on!

I’ll have a review later today or you can just buy the book and just for yourself. OR leave a comment and you can be entered to win one of five copies gifted from Kindle, Kobo, or AllRomanceEbooks sponsored by Dear Author. I view this as putting our money where our mouth is. We are willing to give out copies of this book because we really believe you will enjoy it.

Book Link | Kindle | All Romance eBooks | nook | Sony| KoboBooks | Carina Press

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. library addict
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:31:02

    I debating if I should buy this today or wait until the 10th to support Smart Bitch Sarah’s Sizzling BookClub over at ARe.

    Do you guys have an affiliate link for them?

  2. Jane
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:38:07

    @library addict – for Sarah or Are? Yes, we just started doing ARE affiliate links on Saturday. (or maybe Friday?)

  3. library addict
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:44:20

    Well, I’ll just buy it now then. Do I click on the ad or what? Sorry, I have the Amazon link from the other thread bookmarked, but I’m not sure how to access the ARe site so you get the benefit from the purchase.

  4. Jane
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:45:29

    @library addict – that is really kind. Let me change the post because I once had the buy links in there and then I changed it and basically I am inept.

  5. jayhjay
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:48:09

    Please enter me! I loved the first one and am looking forward to reading this!

  6. Kristin
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:49:00

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Have a friend who read and ARC and LOVED it! Thanks for the chance :)

  7. Nadia Lee
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:52:31

    Enter me! :-)

    Whether I win or not, I plan to buy it later this week. Am looking forward to this book!

  8. StacieDM
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:53:19

    I love when an awesome author gets the support they deserve. I love contemporary romance.

    I would love to win a Kindle copy of Yours To Keep! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. library addict
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:53:44

    Done. So no need to enter me in the contest.

  10. Limecello
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:55:50

    When the early reviews started rolling out I knew I wanted this book. I’m so glad it’s finally available!

    Also – yay for it making StC status! Looking forward to more this summer as well.

  11. Sarah
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:59:25

    I haven’t read the rest of the series but it sounds like that won’t hinder my enjoyment of this book. If it’s made it to your Save the contemporary campaign I want to read it!

  12. Julia Broadbooks
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:05:17

    I’ve been looking forward to this release since Jane tweeted about how much she loved it.

    And a double yay for StC status.

  13. katysmum
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:11:14

    I’m a dearauthor virgin. So much to look forward to . This sounds a good read. And i back STCR campaign… If I could just find out how to …..

  14. Danielle D
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:12:08

    I love the Kowalski family! I just download this ebook this moring from Carina Press!

  15. Julie
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:13:14

    I haven’t yet heard of this series, but the fact that both SB and DA are both lovin’ this latest release makes me want to read it. Thanks for bringing it to my notice! I’d love a chance to win a copy. :)

  16. Lori
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:22:44

    I’ve been hearing lots of buzz about this book. Can’t wait to check it out!

  17. Julie
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:53:20

    I would love to enter the contest. After all, I’m always up for more hours of wonderful reading! Save the Contemporary rocks hard, and so does Shannon Stacey!

  18. Lynnd
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 13:05:17

    I have been hearing a lot of good things about this one. Looking forward to reading it (whether I win the contest or not).

  19. Brandy
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 13:27:43

    Any book that SB’s and Dear Author love must be a good read. I would love to read this book.

  20. kathybaug
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 13:39:36

    I am intrigued by all the good reviews I’ve read. A good contemporary makes a nice change from the paranormal/urban fantasy I usually read. Please enter me.

  21. TrishJ
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 13:40:12

    I love contemporary!! Haven’t read any of her books yet, but based on your recommendation it must be a winner! Please enter me!

  22. Jenn B
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 13:58:03

    I’m excited about this book. Please enter me. :-)

  23. Amy Kathryn
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 14:20:25

    I’m a little shy of contemporaries because they rely so much on the characters and I don’t think a lot of authors get it right to my satisfaction. I have been guided by your reviews in the past so will take the plunge on this one (and the previous ones since I have to read a series in order and completely…so many issues!).

  24. Lindsey
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 14:37:57

    I am interested! STC recommendations in the past have led me to some excellent authors, so I’d definitely love to try this book from Shannon Stacey.

  25. Joyce Zahariades
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 14:41:02

    Love Shannon Stacey and the Kowalski boys. Looking forward to reading Yours To Keep.

  26. Julie M.
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 14:43:40

    I’ve been lucky enough to win a book already this year so don’t enter me in the contest. Best of luck to the rest of you! I will be adding this book to my tbr list it sounds wonderful.

    Lori – I love your avatar (that’s what its called right?) – Is that your dog? He/she is gorgeous!

  27. Julie
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:02:22

    Please enter me to win a copy. :)

  28. JoannaV
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:20:19

    Thought the first book in this series was a lot of fun and would love to win a kindle copy of this latest!

  29. Patti (Book Addict)
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:21:00

    I read the first two books in this series last week and loved them (the 1st more than the 2nd – I was like “Eat the darned chocolate cake already!”) Can’t wait to read this one!

  30. Chris W
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:35:10

    Please enter me – sounds like a good one to try te author on :)

  31. URay
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:40:02

    Enter me! Am so looking forward to reading this soon!

  32. Lisa J
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 16:14:38

    I have this one on my list to buy at ARe on Friday when it is 1/2 price. I know I won;t read it before then, so I might as well get it through Sarah’s book club offer.

  33. Ann E
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 16:21:23

    I would love to give this one a try!

  34. Dana
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 16:28:32

    I would love to get this book (especially after the review). Crossing my fingers…

  35. alicet
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 16:31:21

    I read the first two books. I really liked the first one because of the family dynamics in the hero’s family. Like Jane I got very annoyed with the heroine in the second book and felt that the hero would have been justified to move on except for the baby. But I am hopeful for this third book so I hope you could enter me in the contest.

  36. De
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 17:17:00

    I’ve really enjoyed the other StC books so I’m totally willing to give this a try. And looking forward to it. Free would be a lovely bonus. :)

  37. Connie
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 18:14:07

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m always excited to hear about the release of a good contemporary romance novel, especially from authors that are new to me. Please enter me!

  38. Diane
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 18:59:36

    I’ve never heard about this book or the author so it sounds very interesting to me.

  39. vita
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 20:14:03

    The fake fiance plotline of Yours to Keep is a great trope! And the examples of dialogue you shared are very appealing. So…you have intrigued me with yet another contemporary, when I tend to read Urban fantasy or historical.

    The fact that you’re also holding a contest is icing on the cake!!!

  40. LisaCharlotte
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 20:33:02

    I mostly read historicals, paranormal/UF, and HP Presents so I always appreciate a good straight contemp. Unfortunately, most beloved contemps mentioned in blogs leave me cold. I’ll have to give this one a shot.

  41. Jessica C
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 21:23:22

    I love Shannon’s Staceys books about the Kowalski family. I’d love to win this book.

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  42. Chelsea B.
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 23:40:09

    Ohh! This book sounds fabulicious!

  43. ruth
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 00:47:22

    I would read this book! Thanks for the tip.

  44. Kaetrin
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 01:19:00

    I’ve been looking forward to this one too! Please count me in. :)

  45. brendaC
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 02:12:10

    It sounds really good! I’ll be sure to check it out even if I don’t win a copy :)

  46. Elise
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 05:24:22

    I’d love a chance to win a copy. STC is the reason I first picked up a contemporary so thank you for sharing the book love once again!

  47. Renda
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 05:26:15

    Ohh, I haven’t heard of this series. I need a good series right now. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Victoria Zumbrum
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 06:30:18

  49. Jan
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 06:51:39

    I love the principle behind StC, and last time I actually won something I believe, and I was having a rough time, and it totally made my day (and later when I recieved the books it totally made my week) I won something.

    Yours to Keep looks really cool, but I’m debating if I should check out the others in the series first… Though I have to admit, the second one doesn’t look like something I’d like.

    Anyway, yay for giveaways, yay for contemporaries, and yay for all participants!

  50. mary Ann Langan
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 09:31:51

    Pls enter me to win, thx.

  51. Karen
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 09:45:36

    Please enter me! I would really like to read this book–I have been missing the “plain” contemporary lately! The new Julia Quinn helped (read it yesterday), but I need more!

  52. shadow
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 17:33:34

    id love to read this. please add me into the contest.

  53. AllisonH
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 17:36:07

    Sounds really good, I’m always looking for a “purely” romantic read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  54. Lorraine from CA
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 00:11:53

    I love the Kowalskis. Please enter me in the contest.

  55. heather
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 11:36:18

    I have really liked this series so far, please enter me! thanks

  56. SarahM
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 14:33:05

    What a great way to get the word out about an awesome book :-) If I don’t win it here, I’ll definitely be buying it! Thanks for the giveaway.

    smaccall AT

  57. JenM
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 15:58:26

    Please enter me. I read the first book in this series as well as one of Shannon’s other stories and really enjoyed both of them.

  58. JenM
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 16:04:51

    Please enter me. I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it as well as another of Shannon’s stories. I’ve been meaning to read more.

  59. JenM
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 16:07:57

    Please enter me. I really enjoyed the first book in the series.

  60. ClaudiaGC
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 14:09:19

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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