Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Big Summer Book Giveaway starts now


Today, I'm launching my first Big Summer Book Giveaway.

Each week, from now through August, I'll give my blog readers a chance to win a great summer read. I'm starting this week with Dorothea Benton Frank's new "Folly Beach."

This is the consummate beach read. Also, Frank will be doing a book signing at 6 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Books-A-Million, 14151 Steele Creek Road.

It's easy to enter to win a copy. When I post a new book giveaway contest, leave a comment with your name or some way to identify you -- not just "anonymous."

In past contests, I've chosen winners at random. For these contests, I'll pick my favorite answer. Length doesn't count. Cleverness does.

And if you hate beach books, don't worry. I'll choose different genres for each giveaway.

So leave a comment -- one per person, please. I've got two copies. I'll post the names of two winners on Monday, June 20.

31 comments:

suburban prep said...

I have a read other book by this author and have enjoyed them.
I would love to read this.
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mommyreads said...

Love Dotty Frank. Have read all her books, including The Christmas Pearl. We lived in Charleston for three years and she does a wonderful job depicting her lowcountry beginnings -- except for maybe Mango Sunsets :)

Anonymous said...

I love the saltiness of her writing tmcb44

traveler said...

This novel appeals to me greatly. A beach is my ultimate place to spend the summer. If I could. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

VickiH said...

This may be the only way I get to the beach this summer! Please choose me!!

Lacey said...

I've never heard of this author, nor do I know where Folly Beach is, but the cover is nice and you can always tell a good book by it's cover, right?! Plus, I like to read and maybe I'll learn where Folly Beach is in the process so there's an educational aspect to this too! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I just have to win this one! I work right down the street from the Books-A-Million and I get off work at 6pm! I could be at the book signing with no problem and I would love to have this, I mean, my copy signed! Thanks so much and Frank...see ya on the 20th! Dani

Ray said...

Ahhhh, I can hear the waves crashing on the shore and children playing in the surf. Summers are special at the Carolina beaches. Now all I need is a good book to read and a cold beverage!!

Twila said...

Folly Beach is the best!! Dotty always does it justice also. I'm read to do some reading . . . .

bookworm0214 said...

This is the only book by Dorothea Benton Frank that I haven't read. I can't wait to read it!

Grandmasuzyq said...

My sailor hubby was stationed in Charleston SC during the mid 60's, saw the ocean for the first time at the Isle of Palms on Easter Sunday morning - what a lovely memory "Folly Beach" brings back, especially for the farm girl from Illinois who hadn't been out of the state let alone see the ocean!
Can't afford beach trips nowadays but a quiet getaway on the back deck with a good book sounds heavenly...

Shauna said...

I love books! Especially those about the beach + NC. What a great combo!

bluang3lbby said...

I have never read any of Dorothea Frank's book but Folly Beach is where I spent my very first spring break in college over 6 years ago. It was not your typical spring break but it was a magical one. I would love to relive the magic of that spring break again through this book. It would also add to the excitement of a potential upcoming trip with friends to Charleston/Folly Beach to be able to walk on the pier again. The wonderful memories.

Regina said...

I love the beach.

I love to read.

I would love to win Folly Beach!

Becky D. said...

What better read is there than a beach story? None, so far.

Isbyme said...

1 free book + 1 avid reader = 2 good to be true

Paisley said...

I just returned from taking my two daughters to Folly Beach last week. They both are voracious readers. I would love them to read this and be able to see the character's world through visualizations of places they visited, while there, to make their reading experience come alive for them.

Carol N Wong said...

Dorothy Frank is a great writer and today 100 temperature in the Dallas area, I need to go to the beach. But no, there is no sign of beach here! Well, reading about being at a beach would help.


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pinkbend said...

I grew up going to Folly Beach from my home in Charleston. I would love to read about this wonderful beach.

Anonymous said...

Love Dorothy Frank! Love the beach! Love to read! Enough said!

silenceisgolden said...

Looks like a great read for this beach bum!!!

petite said...

A beach, a book and my life is perfect. Thanks for this ideal givveaway.

Crystal said...

This looks like a great read-perfect for my upcoming vacation! Would love to win! Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

I grew up playing in the sand at Folly Beach! When I read Dotty Frank's works I can smell the sea breezes and see the houses and people she describes. It is like spending time with an old friend!

Tom R. said...

I'll be Frank. My life's no Beach, so even if it's Folly, I'm Benton getting this book. And there's no pun for Dorothea.

Carol Hinson said...

Folly Beach...anticipating that special stretch of sand, the dunes, the lighthouse just out of reach in the surf, the dolphins at play around the surfers...an amazing, one of a kind place. A Dorothy Frank book with this title will be almost as good as a vacation there.

Anonymous said...

This takes me back to my college days in Charleston when we used to skip class and go lay out at Folly Beach. We'd get to the washout and bake in the sun for hours!!
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Leslie said...

As an English teacher, I have to read lots of academic "stuff" throughout the school year, but summer is time for brain candy. My best friend just recommended this author to me, so I would love to begin my summer with a North Carolina beach read.

Imareader said...

Dorothea Benton Frank,
It is you I now must thank
For your many good reads,
My Southern roots did feed.
Lying on sandy beaches,
Reclining in quiet niches,
Pages turning, satisfies my yearning
For more of your low country tales.
And now, Folly Beach,
I want to discover
And feel its ocean breezes.

nancy fitts said...

Moving south from Jersey almost 20 years ago I was way out of my zone. I discovered Ms Benton Frank's novel about 10 years ago. Between Ms. Benton Frank showing me the gentle loveliness of the south with it's strong grounded women and Ms. Evanovich showing me Jersey girls in their strong and independent ways I have found the best of both worlds. The only problem is waiting for each new novel. There is a glass of red and my seat on the deck waiting for this book to keep them company.

part-time teacher said...

Back when I had my pool cleaning business, we went to Folly Beach for a week every year. Then several years ago, I had a mid-life crisis and decided I didn't want to clean pools the rest of my life, so I decided to pursue a career as a community college English instructor.

I knew that I'd have to get some experience as a part-time instructor before I'd be considered for a full-time position; what I didn't know was that college writing courses are overwhelmingly taught by part-time instructors, and it is difficult (apparently impossible for me)to obtain a full-time position.

A case in point, and related to the story on MFA programs: A friend of mine, with an MFA (considered a terminal degree like a PhD), taught for eleven years at a variety of colleges and universities before getting a full-time position. He is well-published, with three full-length books, and hundreds of essays and poems.

What does it say about our society that the teaching of writing is a part-time job? And what does it say about our colleges and universities that it really isn't a part-time job, but simply an exploitative managerial practice? For example, I'm teaching four summer session courses right now. Yes, I'm only in the classroom 24 hours a week (plus driving to three different campuses), but as I ready to grade a stack of 100 essays this weekend, I can assure you I'm working a full-time schedule.

I find that I have far less time for my own reading and writing than I did as a pool cleaner,and I certainly have far less income. So I'm thinking maybe I need to read this book set in Folly Beach. The mid-life crisis is over, and I'm thinking now that I can live with the possibility of having pool cleaner on my tombstone, if I can return to a normal life, with a normal beach vacation. As my spell-check ruined students might write, "I would defiantly rather go to the beach."