Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Coincidences: An Anniversary and a Giveaway!

(***Giveaway Closed***)
Happy 7th Anniversary Diggin' Around!

Seven years ago today, I started this blog.  I can't believe this ended up sneaking up on me again! I remembered last week (or was it the week before) and then promptly forgot about the anniversary again due to distraction.

On one hand, I can't believe it's been seven years already and on the other, it seems like so very long ago.  This blog has evolved over the years, much like I have.  I can't tell you all how much Diggin' Around has meant to me over the years and continues to mean to me.  And what you all mean to me! There are no words!

Usually, my blog-aversary comes and goes without much fanfare.

Not this year!

This year some exciting things have been happening which coincidentally coincide with my anniversary.  (Say that ten times fast!)  This year, I am prepared to celebrate and spread my love of reading at the same time!

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Twitter friend, author and SheReads guru, Kimberly Brock, about my teaming up with my Goodreads Southern Lit Lovers group and SheReads for a joint group read in March of Rita Leganski's debut novel, The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow, which was just released on Tuesday, 2/26/13.

Since then, many wonderful things have happened including chatting with Rita online, (she's wonderful!) her sending me an autographed copy of her novel and arranging with Harper Collins to giveaway a total of 5 copies of The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow!

Harper Paperback (c)2012 released 2/26/13 synopsis (spoilers possible):

"Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance - a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house oh Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed. "

In honor of Rita's debut and Diggin' Around's 7th anniversary, I am giving away 2 copies of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow here!  

Please Note: *If you are a member of my Southern Lit Lovers group on Goodreads prior to 2/28/13, you are not eligible for my giveaway here and you must enter the giveaway posted in SLL by clicking here for details & rules on how to enter - If you joined SLL as of 2/28/13 or after, you may enter my giveaway here - see below for rules).*


 - Open to members with US mailing addresses only. (Harper is unable to mail them outside of the US).

- You must leave a comment that includes your email address and why you love reading fiction on this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, 3/3/13 to be eligible for the giveawayOn Monday, 3/4/13, I will use to generate the winners of the 2 copies. I will announce those winners here as well as in private emails to the winners that day - you must reply to me by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday 3/6/13 with your mailing address so I can then email all of the names/addresses to Harper on Thursday so your copies can be mailed asap.

To find out more about our March festivities for The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow, which is likely to be one of the largest online book chats to date stretching from blogs, to Goodreads, to Twitter to SheReads, please click here or follow Kimberly, Tamara Welchmyself and SheReads on Twitter.  More will also be posted here on Diggin' Around as well as on SheReads throughout March. I am so excited to be involved in all of this and can't wait to get started!  

Thank you for joining me on the journey that is Diggin' Around.  Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway!

(*If no one enters the giveaway here, all copies will be given away via Southern Lit Lovers on Goodreads*)

Due to lack of entries here for The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, I've decided to close down the giveaway here.  Thanks for understanding! ~Jo Sun 3/3/13, 2:51pm est


Susan Coster said...

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this local author. She's right up the shoot from me here in already on my TBR list.

Susan Coster said...

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book and the author is right up the shoot from me here in Chi Town. Is already on my TBR list...thank you!

Jo said...

Susan, if you're entering the giveaway, you must include your email address and why you love reading fiction in your comment to be entered into the giveaway (as stated in the rules for the giveaway in my post). Thanks for understanding!!! If you're not entering the giveaway, thanks so much for stopping by - I've just started The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow and already love it!

Louise Bradford said...

Hi Jo. Wow, 7 years of maintaining your blog...that's fantastic. I hope you will continue to brighten our days with it! After you posted on twitter about the novel you are reading, I spotted it at the bookstore. Think I will have to give it a try. Sounds intriguing! Happy blogging and reading :).

Jo said...

Thank you Louise! Your kind words mean so much. Let me know whatyou think of Bonaventure! Perhaps you'll join us for the discussions? :-)