Susan’s Book Talk: Reviews and a contest or two


Bunches of little things and one big one…

1. Check out Front Street Reviews for two (not one! Two!) of my latest book reviews — one for Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin. (the link’s to buy the book. Use the Front Street Reviews link to read what I had to say about it.)

The other review is for a new rave of mine: Karma Girl, by Jennifer Estep. (Oh, just check out both links, then the Front Street one for the review!) This is a writer worth watching; her vision is incredible. She creates a totally believable world that you’ll want to live in. I promise.

2. Have you been to Dewey’s place lately? She’s running this really cool contest and yours truly has offered to throw in for the prizes. Come jump on the fun.

3. And finally, speaking of contests and Jennifer Estep, I’m looking for more authors who’ve published fiction by royalty-paying publishers. Yes, gang, it’s time for our summer reading contest, and I am hoping some of you authors, or friends of authors, will stop by and offer up not only prizes, but up to five books or authors who fit the theme of Hidden Treasures.

I’ve noticed that this is a hot theme this year; I picked it way back in February, so I may be late to the bandwagon, but that’s cause I was busy hitching the horses up to it.

Drop me an e-mail for more details. Authors only right now, though! The rest of you can wait a scant two weeks. (Go hunt down Karma Girl in the meantime, okay?)



  1. Dewey

    June 2, 2007 7:44 pm

    Karma Girl really looks pretty good!

  2. Paul

    June 3, 2007 8:46 am

    Good morning, Susan. Hope you have a really good new week. BR/BR/Here from Michele’s.

  3. karen!

    June 3, 2007 3:39 pm

    I’m so looking forward to the summer contest.

  4. karen!

    June 3, 2007 4:21 pm

    I’m not doing so well with Dewey’s game… for some reason the comment spam blockers associated with non-blogger blogs think that I am a spammer. Neither of my comments to Dewey’s blog has shown up and only one blog that I’ve visited for the game so far has posted my comment. sigh.

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    June 3, 2007 7:18 pm

    That is really weird, K. I’ll mention it to Dewey.

  6. OldOldLady Of The Hills

    June 3, 2007 7:32 pm

    Many Many Moons ago, when Brian Wilson was still married to the mother of his children…She bought three color drawings of mine–All ‘heart image’ related…She loved that image…BR/I was never a fan of The Beach Boys Music…but certainly find Wilson to be a fascinating character…It sounds like this book is not the one to really learn a great deal about his inner workings, from what you say…BR/BR/Michele sent me over this afternoon…! Always good to come by and see what you are up to…!

  7. julia

    June 3, 2007 7:47 pm

    I’ll check out the game tomorrow on my lunch break when I can use the quicker computer. And I’ll see if I can think of anyone who might have a hidden treasure for your contest.

  8. Amy Ruttan

    June 3, 2007 8:46 pm

    What have I been missing since I went AWOL, I’m totally lost, but I’ll check it out.

  9. Suey

    June 4, 2007 9:50 pm

    Coming to say hi! to you from the Blog Roll game! I love the look of your blog, you have LOTS going on!

  10. littlebirdblue

    June 5, 2007 6:50 pm

    Hey Susan!BR/I just read both your reviews; hot! Thanks for the thoughtful evaluations, and keep up the good work.

  11. Lauren

    June 5, 2007 10:41 pm

    (Im)patiently waiting for the contest to be officially announced!

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried

    June 5, 2007 10:43 pm

    I was going to wait until the fifteenth, but we’re going to bump it up sooner, babe. My life is conspiring against me, so better to get this rolling and that way, I can focus on the others.

  13. cheesygiraffe

    June 12, 2007 7:20 pm

    Okay there’s Dewey’s name again. I guess I’ll really have to go check out her contest. LOL

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