Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's Christmas In July II

Christmas is five months from today, and since Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 11, 2009, it's even less than five months away. I can barely believe it, but I bought my first Christmas gift this week! Truthfully, I wasn't intentionally holiday shopping, but I came across a great deal on a great gift for my husband so I pounced on it. I remembered that I did a little Christmas in July book giveaway last year, so I thought it would be fun to do it again this year. 

There are a lot of generous giveaways out there for new releases and brand new books, but well, times are tough and I'm trying to stick to a reasonable book budget, so I'm only going to be giving away books from my own bookshelf this time. These are books that I may or may not have read and are either gently used, accidental doubles, or ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) for books that were published in 2008 or earlier. Some of them are hand me downs from my friend Kate who gets lots of books from authors and publishers and she occasionally, and very generously, passes them on to me. A couple of the books that are ARCs have plain card stock covers, not the glossy colored cover art. I thought I'd mention that just in case you're a cover art junkie. ;)

I'm going to give three winners up to two books each, because I'm fairly certain two paperbacks fit into a medium padded envelope and can be mailed first class for about three bucks. All you have to do is leave a comment here in this post by Saturday, August 1, 2009 12 pm EST and I'll use the to select the winners. 

Open to US and Canada addresses only and obviously you don't have to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or any other holiday to participate. 

The books on my giveaway shelf can be found on my Shelfari prize shelf. Just click on the link. 


  1. Wow what a generous offer, greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks for the awesome contest!

  2. Hey, I'm just stopping by to say hi! Hope you all are enjoying your summer!!

  3. Yay! Your back!

    I would love a copy of Hostage to Pleasure.

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  4. You're sooo sweet, Christine!! :) I'm fine though :P

  5. cool contest. you're very generous.

  6. What a cool idea to have a prize shelf at shelfari! So cool.

    I have already started Christmas in January. I haven't this year but I will really soon. Actually, one of the things I'm giving my sister-in-law is a plant and I started that several months ago. It's getting huge.

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  7. that is very nice giveaway
    please count me in

  8. Love your Shelfari bookshelf! Cool idea! Christmas is my favorite holiday, why not have it in July? :)

  9. Christine,

    I thought I was the only one.....I usually start my Christmas shopping in August - as soon as the kids go back to school, that way I can bring them home, wrap them and hide them before they get home. LOL

    Please enter my name in the contest. :)


  10. Oh what a generous giveaway. Please enter me into your contest. Thank you so much.

  11. You're very efficient. I'm still juggling birthdays - I have two family members with birthdays in August and I have to arrange their presents from two other family members! *deep breath*

    And I think you're being marvellously generous! I love the Shelfari layout :) Oh, please don't include me in the giveaway :)

  12. I forgot to ask - I saw some Lucy Monroe books in your list. Have you ever read Blackmailed Into Marriage?

  13. (((Christine)))!

    Sorry, I missed your post until today.

    So great to see you back online. Please don't enter me in your giveaway, I have so many books to read right now. lol

    I hope summer is going well and you are settling in after the renovation.

    Wow - Christmas shopping already? **shiver** lol

    Hope to chat soon.

  14. I'm definitely thinking Christmas already. I want to be able to get everyone some nice, thoughtful gifts and therefore I need to have my thinking cap on early...and it's true, some gifts WILL be cheaper now if you find them.

    Please enter me.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  15. Hey this is cool! Thanks for the great contest.

    How's the house coming...

  16. Hey, Christine! Wonderful giveaway! Please don't enter me, only because I just got back from RWA and have more books than I'll be able to read as it is. But good luck to all who enter!

  17. What a great idea! You can count me in. :)

  18. Thanks for the opportunity, I see many books I'd like to get ahold of!

  19. What a great idea, Christine. I see a couple of books here that I still have on my wish list.

  20. As a lover of books (and admitted reading junkie), I just had to throw my name in for this contest!


  21. What a great contest. There are some books on your shelf I would love to read. Thanks for the chance.


  22. great contest,please count me in

    I too have started shopping,usually I'm a last minute shopper,but I saw something perfect for my sisters and picked them up.But the way that I am they'll probably get them sooner,I can't wait that long for them to see it :)


  23. So glad there are readers interested in used books! Thanks for all the entries.

    One important thing to keep in mind when you start holiday shopping early is to not forget where you hide them between now and December! LOL!

    orannia:: I don't think I've read any Lucy Monroe book before. I won the Harlequin ones on my giveaway shelf a while ago and unfortunately, they just don't appeal to me anymore.

  24. What a great, generous contest! I cannot believe Christmas is that close! I feel like I just got done with last years!]

    Amy M

  25. *nods* I understand :) The reason why I asked is that Blackmailed into Marriage was one of those 'speak to me' books, like Blue-Eyed Devil. And one of these days I will get my A into G and write about the books like I promised :)

    *makes note and highlights*

  26. Hey Christine. Lea turned me onto your blog. Thanks so much for a generous giveaway. I see a book from Jenna Peterson and Ms. Singh's books I've never read. Have a good week.

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  27. Thank you for holding this giveaway, please enter me.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  28. Nice giveaway, I see a few I don't have and would like to try.

    My mother starts her holiday shopping early most years, and hides them so no one can spot them when they drop by. One year she hid one gift so well she couldn't find it, until a few years later moving she finally came across it. LOL

  29. I have started shopping for Christmas already too... well part of this stems from the way birthday's fall.. My dad's is the end of Oct and my son's the end of Nov so it's easier for me just to strart grabbing and then I can givem them a few for bday and the rest at xmas. Only problem is remembering everything I bought and where it got stashed. I have to say no matter how early i start shopping I always shop to the end, finding stuff I just can't resist picking up for someone lol.

    Your contest looks great - loved the books over at Shelfari; please enter me.

    Pam S

  30. What I would give for a little snow right now! Thank you and please enter me as well.


  31. I would love to be entered in your contest.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Loved your shelf. Your tastes are so varied. Good that you keep an open mind on genres.

  33. Great contest! Please count me in.

  34. Such a generous contest! :)
    And great titles, would love to get any!

    Have a great weekend


  35. Hello everyone!

    I just posted the three lucky winners! Stop by and see if it's YOU!

    Thank you all for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway.


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