Summer’s Hidden Treasures Contest Incentives!


Hi, there. Susan’s back in control; Trevor’s off chasing a few English teachers around. All I’ve got to say about that is I’m glad I taught creative writing…

Now, onto the business of the day.

First of all, let me say that I had a busy day yesterday and didn’t make all the rounds I usually do. Apologies, especially to those of you kind enough to comment on Trevor’s poem. Please give me a few days; one thing I’ve noticed so far this summer is how busy I’ve been with the kids. And my new road bike, which desperately needs more miles put on it. Desperately. Good thing I live somewhere hilly.

(No, I will NOT tell the story for a loooooong time yet. Don’t ask.)

Before we get to the business at hand, let me make sure I give the biggest kudos of the day to Marcia over at MeeAugraphie. Trevor’s poem inspired her to write a bunch of very good haikus, so please check them out and leave her comments.

Yesterday, too, when I stopped at the post office to check my box, I had a package waiting for me. Seems that Hachette Book Group USA sent me some prizes for the Summer’s Hidden Treasures contest. I have two copies each of:

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand,

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani,

Seven Loves by Valerie Trueblood,

Lost & Found by Carolyn Parkhurst, and

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell for ten of you lucky winners.

HUGE thanks to the folks at Hatchette Book Group! Support their authors, everyone; maybe one day, I’ll be one of them.

How can you resist their generosity? If I have bookmarks left over from any of our blogging author friends, I’ll throw some in, as well. That also means that any of you who have promotional material you’d like to get out to a wider audience had better be in touch already…

If you’re not sure what a Hidden Treasure book is, head over to West of Mars for a list of suggested readings, compiled by a list of cool authors. While you’re there, check out the rest of the prizes already offered and, as well, the list of places who’ve been talking this cool contest up. Why aren’t you? I’ll make sure everyone knows about it.

Happy Tuesday, all.



  1. Bob-kat

    July 3, 2007 8:11 am

    Sounds like you have a lot going on, good for you as long as you’re enjoying it! BR/BR/I’ve just read back to Trevor’s poem – I loved it. Made me smile. A lot. Cool!

  2. McIrish Annie

    July 3, 2007 9:04 am

    Hello, Michelle sent me. good luck with your book!

  3. Tempest Knight

    July 3, 2007 9:14 am

    Oooh… neat prizes! Heh!

  4. cheesygiraffe

    July 3, 2007 10:27 am

    Good incentives to do this contest. *drool*

  5. gautami tripathy

    July 3, 2007 1:56 pm

    Lucky you!BR/BR/Thanks for the visit.BR/BR/The book that inspired the terza rima is a historical romance Defy the Eagle by Lynn Bartlett. I will write a review on it son. Meanwhile why you don’t you check my book reviews?BR/BR/Just click on my name. It will lead you there!

  6. Nikki-ann

    July 3, 2007 5:08 pm

    Great incentives! :)BR/BR/I really need to get back into my reading. Work has been stressful so I guess emersing myself into the world of a book would be good for me.

  7. Red Garnier

    July 3, 2007 6:11 pm

    Sounds like you’re a busy bee, Susan dear!!! And guess what? I’m on a roll with all my prize gettin’, and now I sent one to you honey. BECAUSE YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!=)

  8. littlebirdblue

    July 3, 2007 7:32 pm

    That is VERY cool of Hatchette Book Group!

  9. she

    July 3, 2007 7:59 pm

    Since you’re twisting my rubber arm, you know I’m going to sign up.BR/BR/As for your upcoming trip to the falls. I’m apologizing in advance, just in case you run into my in-laws 😉

  10. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    July 4, 2007 1:20 am

    Hatchette Book Group was quite generous! BR/BR/Susan, the link was not necessary, but it and the kudos are appreciated very much. Thank you.

  11. Seeley deBorn

    July 4, 2007 2:20 am

    What a lovely thing to get in the mail!BR/BR/Oh, and finally made it down your blog to the tunes…have you heard Saliva lately??

  12. Leanne

    July 4, 2007 1:46 pm

    “Someday you’ll be one of them”.BR/BR/Girl, you already ARE one of them. You just need binding, that’s all. And I need the Amazon link when that happens. :)BR/BR/Happy 4th! Michele sent me. (Not that I don’t already have you bloglined.)BR/BR/xox

  13. Lauren Dane

    July 4, 2007 2:29 pm

    Who can resist books? Free books are even better.

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