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

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.

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Dear Author

Save the Contemporary, One Book at a Time

Did you know that straight contemps are still a hard sell? It’s true.   And while contemporary sales are up, we aren’t backing down from our support.   Sarah and I are back to celebrate the contemporary romance with a recommendation and a contest for you readers.  We don’t pick a book every month so that when we launch the STC you know that you are getting a recommendation for a book that we both really loved.

Erin McCarthy is one of our favorite contemporary authors. She brings the funny, the great dialogue, the steamy sex, and, of course, the great romance. In Hot Finish, readers are treated to the reunited lovers story about a woman who never believed she was good enough and a man determined to show her that she has always been the best thing that happened to him.

Share your love for the contemporary by spreading the good word about this book either by writing about this campaign on your blog*, Facebook*, Twitter (use #stc hashtag), or by going to and emailing the Hot Finish post  to a friend.

You can steal the code for this graphic here:

Spread the good word, save the contemporary, and you’ll be entered to win an iPod Touch, 8 GB.

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