Friends Like These Giveaway Winners

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to announce the lucky winners of the Friends Like These Giveaway! Using, five lucky winners have been selected to win a copy of Friends Like These: My Worldwide Quest to Find my Best Childhood Friends, Knock on Their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play by Danny Wallace in hardback. Without further ado, I am pleased to announce that the lucky winners are…

1. Becki
2. Jennifer
3. Amanda
4. Danika
5. Charity

Congratulations to the winners! I will be emailing you shortly with details on how to claim your prize.

I’d like to thank everyone who entered and helped to promote this giveaway as well as Hachette Book Group for sponsoring this giveaway. If you didn’t win this time don’t despair, you can still purchase a copy of Friends Like These at stores like 🙂 There are also still a handful of giveaways going on in the blog tour so be sure to check those out as well. I also have a few more giveaways coming up, so be sure to check back regularly!

A Disturbance in the Force

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I’ve been absent these past couple of weeks without explanation to my readers and I would like to apologize for that. From dealing with multiple family crisis, personal problems, and a number of other issues I simply have not had the time to really sit down and work on my blogs. Not to mention I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to do so either.

Now that some things have gotten squared away I hope to be able to dedicate the time and love to my blogs again that they deserve. I hope to wrap up the Friends Like These giveaway today and hopefully get some of the reviews I had to put on hold out as well.

I thank you all for your patience and understanding and once again I do apologize for my unexpected leave of absence.

Giveaway: Friends Like These by Danny Wallace


September has drawn to a close and October is just right around the corner. To celebrate the close of this month and the dawning of my favorite season I have 5 copies of Friends Like These by Danny Wallace to give away to 5 lucky winners courtesy of the Hachette Book Group.

Friends Like These: My Worldwide Quest to Find my Best Childhood Friends, Knock on Their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play by Danny WallaceDanny Wallace has friends. He has a wife and goes to brunch, and his new house has a couch with throw pillows on it.

But as he nears thirty, he can’t help wondering about his childhood friends. His first friends. Where are they now – and where, really, is he?

When Danny finds an address book in which he’d inscribed the names and numbers of the twelve best friends he has as a kid, he comes to a stunning realization. They were probably all turning thirty, too! Were they also trying to cope with the confusing new fog of adulthood? Did they have a couch with throw pillows on it?

Journeying from London to Berlin, Tokyo, Australia, and California, he risks rejection and ridicule to show up on his old pals’ doorsteps. Memories of his 1980s childhood – from Michael Jackson and Michael J. Fox to Ghostbusters and Goonies – reappear as he meets former buddies who have blossomed into rappers and ninjas, time-traveling pioneers, chain-restaurant managers, and even Fijian royalty.

Proving that as things change they also remain the same, Danny re-befriends them all, giving remarkable new resonance to the age-old mantra “friends forever!”


  • To Enter just leave a comment on this post with a valid email address. There is no need to include your email in the comment itself as you must enter a valid email in the form and I can see that. 🙂
  • This giveaway is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only. At the publisher’s request no P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
  • If, by chance, you have entered a giveaway for this same book at another blog and have won please excuse yourself from this giveaway. Let‘s let others have a chance.

The giveaway begins today September 30 and runs until October 15, 2009. The winner will be drawn and announced on the 16th of October. As always, there are a few ways that you can gain additional entries to increase your odds.

Extra Entries:

  • Twitter – Tweet about this giveaway for an additional entry. Be sure to include @joanana in your tweet and mention it in a comment on this post.
  • Follow me on Twitter for an additional entry. Be sure to mention it in a comment. If you are already following me be sure to mention that as well as that will gain you 2 entries instead.
  • Subscribe to The Symposium’s RSS feed or email subscriptions for an additional entry. Again, if you are already subscribed either one (or both) be sure to mention it double the entries.
  • You may also comment on my review of this book for an additional entry as well.

Best of luck to all the entrants, and don’t forget, this giveaway is only running from September 30 through October 15, 2009. So hurry and enter today!

In My Mailbox #5

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In My Mailbox is a weekly feature that is hosted by The Story Siren. Every Sunday (maybe Monday if I’m feeling off) I will post a list of all of the books I received or bought over the past week. I don’t expect this to be a weekly feature at TS – but hey – it’d be great if it was! 😀

This week’s IMM is very short because, sadly, there was only one new book that arrived this past week. This is probably a good thing though, as it will give me a chance to get caught up on my reviews. Here’s what arrived during the week of September 20 through September 26, 2009.

Received for Review:

Kill Me Twice by Jerry BayneKill Me Twice by Jerry Bayne

“He hovered over the Senator for just a second; then, with surgical precision, placed an ice pick at the base of Franklin’s head, then pushed it through his cerebellum. The body twitched once; death was instantaneous. Showing no emotion, Cardiff sat in a winged back chair and looked at his handy work. He had three or so hours to relax before snaking his way back into his coiled cage. He closed his eyes, not to sleep, but to breathe in the smell of death oozing from Franklin’s inebriated corpse. The sensation fired up the smoldering embers of his memories of why he was there.” – an excerpt from Kill Me Twice

From the author of The Gatherer, which received four and five star reviews from the top 500 reviewers, acclaimed suspense novelist Jerry Bayne slays his readers with knock-down-drag-out action and nail-biting tension. In this, his latest thriller, there is but one short directive: You better watch your back. The fact is, it has never been more difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad, but that’s the way life goes in the political cesspools of our nation’s capital. Prepare to be shocked, appalled, and entertained.

It sounds terribly interesting and I can’t wait to get to it. Must get caught up first though! 🙂

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