Giving You… State of the Onion


I love giving books away, especially when they are companions to a new review I wrote for Front Street Reviews. But I especially love doing it when it’s a book I want to keep, but that I want to spread the word about even more.

This time, it’s Julie Hyzy‘s State of the Onion, a great entry into a new mystery series. Come on into the secure world of the White House Kitchen. Just be prepared for mayhem, chaos, backstabbing and a murder or two — thankfully not inside the kitchen. Join White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras as she tries really hard not to meddle in an affair she finds herself smack in the middle of.

Go on and read my review over at Front Street Reviews. See why I liked this book so much. Then come on back and enter your name to win my reviewer’s copy. Please note; this is an advance reader copy. If you don’t know what that means, Google it. Decide if this is the sort of book you want in your collection; some people are totally opposed to ARCs. I hope you’re not one of them.

Here’s the fine print:
1. Contest is open to anyone in the universe. Hey, when you live West of Mars, you gotta think this way. Anyone includes past winners. However, it does not include meanies or spammers. Or Trevor, but I’m not so sure he reads, anyway.

2. In the comments on this post, leave your name and some form of contact — either an e-mail or a web address that’ll take me to a way to reach you. If you don’t do this, I can’t give you the book.

3. On Saturday morning, February 16, I’ll let my kids pick a winner and I’ll contact that lucky soul by e-mail. So make sure you leave me contact information!!!

Gotta thank the Blue Ribbon Bloggers, Laura Williams, my Thirteener friend QTPies, The Parenting Diaries, A Book Blogger’s Diary, and Prizey for helping spread the word!



  1. ndpthepoetress - Jeane Michelle Culp

    February 9, 2008 10:32 pm

    Susan, after reading your most stunning and tantalizing review at A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Front Street Reviews/A; I certainly want to enter for a chance to own this must read book! Cause win or not, I’m buying the book! BR/BR/nomdeplumethepoetress at gmail dot com

  2. Paula

    February 9, 2008 11:29 pm

    YAY! Here via BRB. The book sounds awesome. Throw my name into the hat. BR/BR/Paula –

  3. windycindy

    February 10, 2008 12:37 am

    Hi, I read your review and you make it sound like a really fun mystery!BR/Please enter me in your book drawing! I don’t mind ARC copies one bit.BR/Thanks for your generosity! CindiBR/jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  4. Dawn

    February 10, 2008 12:39 am

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting.

  5. Tidy Bowl

    February 10, 2008 12:50 am

    Are you sure it’s a mystery? ‘Cuz it sounds like a humor book…BR/Guess I better read it and find out!BR/BR/melinda(at)melindamusil(dot)com

  6. Mary512

    February 10, 2008 12:52 am

    hellomary018ATyahooDOTcomBR/BR/Thanks for the entry!

  7. Robin

    February 10, 2008 2:38 am

    A mystery and a kitchen? Count me in!

  8. carolsue

    February 10, 2008 3:36 am

    I read Deadly Interest by Julie Hyzy and loved it. So I gotta read this one!

  9. ~Leigh

    February 10, 2008 3:56 am

    This books sounds right up my alley, and I’m always looking for another good, free read.BR/BR/Many of my favorite books came to me in ARC form, so that’s no big deal to me anymore.

  10. carica

    February 10, 2008 10:12 am

    Sounds so interesting!BR/BR/sanna1999(at)verizon(dot)net

  11. Chantelle

    February 10, 2008 10:45 am

    this sounds interesting. Please count me in

  12. Bree

    February 10, 2008 11:15 am

    This book sounds great!

  13. Leigh in Atlanta

    February 10, 2008 11:44 am

    Oh, I haven’t read any sort of mystery in sucha long time. I hope I get the chance to read this one.BR/BR/My name is officially in for the draw.BR/BR/BTW, michele sent me.

  14. Becky

    February 10, 2008 12:11 pm

    I love a good mystery!

  15. 2migirlsmom

    February 10, 2008 12:12 pm

    This sounds very interesting. I’ve not had a new book in a long time.BR/BR/

  16. teri

    February 10, 2008 12:15 pm

    I would love to read that book. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  17. Mama Zen

    February 10, 2008 12:36 pm

    This sounds fun!BR/BR/kelli (at) pfrog (dot) net

  18. cheesygiraffe

    February 10, 2008 1:18 pm

    Great review Susan. I would love to read it. I love foodie cozy mysteries. :)BR/BR/p.s. I’m trying to read blogs more again. I miss reading your blogs the most. *hugs*

  19. Danielle

    February 10, 2008 3:28 pm

    Id love to give it a read!BR/dansan826 at

  20. ash

    February 10, 2008 3:40 pm

    Please sign me up! This book looks really great!

  21. Reeva

    February 10, 2008 3:46 pm

    count me in! sounds good 🙂

  22. Anonymous

    February 10, 2008 6:31 pm

    I’m anxious to read this book after all the comments I have seen on your site. Good Luck in the futureBR/BR/

  23. Jenny

    February 10, 2008 7:05 pm

    I love to read and love a good mystery. This book looks like a fun way to wind down an evening.

  24. Heather

    February 10, 2008 9:02 pm

    I would love to read your book!

  25. ChristiS

    February 10, 2008 10:46 pm

    Looks like a great read! You write a compelling review, too! Thanks for sharing, and I can be contacted at christis at gmail dot com.

  26. CPA Mom

    February 10, 2008 10:59 pm

    I’d love to read a new mystery…thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Tisa

    February 11, 2008 12:52 am

    I love a good mystery! Please count me in! ~ 🙂 Thanks!

  28. grace

    February 11, 2008 2:52 am

    Susan, reading the review makes me want to read the book more! and I know my mom will also love this must read book! Please count me in because even though I am not from the US, I still live within the universe.BR/BR/grace at sandierpastures dot com

  29. BrineS

    February 11, 2008 6:07 am

    Ooooooh! A mystery! Fabulous! I love mysteries! Please! Please! Please, enter my name in the drawing!BR/BR/dbstout(at)juno(dot)com

  30. msatch

    February 11, 2008 10:09 am

    This books def sounds interesting. I’m in need of a good new read!

  31. gautami tripathy

    February 11, 2008 11:23 am

    Susan, do consider me in! Your review sounds good. BR/BR/gautami dot tripathy at gmail dot com

  32. aBookworm

    February 11, 2008 7:53 pm

    Wow, your review makes me crave to read this book! Count me in. I’ve also blogged about this! (am including link below)

  33. buddyt

    February 12, 2008 8:23 am

    Please enter me in the giveaway.BR/Thank you.BR/BR/Carol

  34. Deborah

    February 12, 2008 12:20 pm

    Books and kitchens – two of my favorite things. So please, yes, count me in for the giveaway. BR/BR/dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  35. gjgille

    February 12, 2008 1:58 pm

    I wouldn’t mind having it in my book collection.

  36. Speedcat Hollydale

    February 12, 2008 4:32 pm

    How does your post headline start with the date “Friday, February 15, 2008” ??? Am I in the future?? That’s the mark of a great blog – time travel. Can you send me to Oakmont CC as well? (J/K) :-)BR/BR/speedcathollydale@yahoo.comBR/BR/ps … I love ARC’s

  37. tetewa

    February 13, 2008 1:49 pm

    I love a good mystery, count me in !

  38. Thomma Lyn

    February 13, 2008 7:27 pm

    I’m in! 🙂 A little late, but I’m in. BR/BR/thommalyn (at) gmail (dot) comBR/BR/Sounds like a way-nifty book! 🙂

  39. spyscribbler

    February 14, 2008 11:13 am

    Wow, what a great title Iand/I hook! I have to get this book, whether I win it or not. I’ve been wanting a new mystery series.

  40. Janet

    February 14, 2008 2:31 pm

    oooh put me in for this please!

  41. Shelly

    February 14, 2008 7:34 pm

    You have me wanting to read it!

  42. Merry

    February 15, 2008 12:44 am

    41 comments ahead of mine? Ah, I’m doomed, doomed I tell you.BR/BR/Still, I have to say thank you! It’s always good to be given a heads-up about a good new book. That’s a wonderful gift in itself!

  43. vixensden

    February 15, 2008 1:12 pm

    Your review definitely hooked, so I would love a chance to win this book.BR/BR/Have a great dayBR/vixensden1 at gmail dot com

  44. infinitygoods

    February 15, 2008 2:40 pm

    “It’s been awhile since I read a book that was almost impossible to put down, a book that would randomly pop into my thoughts and taunt me with its unread pages. Coming from me, who reads on average 120 books a year, that’s high praise, indeed.”BR/Who could possibly resist after this kind of endorsement?BR/Thanks for the chance to win it.

  45. Heather

    February 15, 2008 10:30 pm

    I do ARC’s every once in a blue moon. 🙂 This one sounds interesting. Thankee.

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