Sunday, July 22, 2007

It's a Giveaway!

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Welcome to my very first giveaway! I'm crazy excited to be participating in The Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway, organized by Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer.

Last month, Big Daddy and I undertook an extremely long road trip, and those events usually go much smoother if I'm looking down at a book rather than up at the traffic. So, off to Mardel for reading material, and here's what I found.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that yes, I have read this book. So, technically, it's used. But it still works, I promise. And it's very cute, and well traveled.

Here's what Amazon.com has to say about Flabbergasted: A Novel:

"Stockbroker Jay Jarvis just moved east. His dating life's gone south. What else is a guy to do but go fishing?... ''Blackston's light and breezy style makes Flabbergasted an ideal reading choice for a lazy summer night.''--Bookpage. ''Blackston's first novel is refreshingly honest . . . Good writing and an ample dose of humor make this as charming as Bridget Jones' Diary from the male point of view...''--Library Journal. ''A fun, lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable 'relational gumbo' of a novel . . . quirky and very satisfying, this novel is an excellent debut.''--CCM Magazine."

and also

"Jay Jarvis, a successful stock broker, decides that the best way to meet eligible woman is to join a church singles group. The ensuing misadventures are delightful as Jay meets quirky people, including a Caddie-driving speed demon, an insightful African-American janitor, and. . .the perfect woman. The only problem is that she's a missionary in Ecuador. As Jay becomes a much wiser man, Peterson generously introduces us to a lively menagerie as he recites poetry, delivers chat-up lines, and reads Bible quotes from a surfboard. Old-fashioned charm is still to be found in contemporary America."

All you have to do to win this fun, fun, funny book is leave a comment, and tell me what state you're in. Then on Friday, July 27th, at or around 12:00 noon CST, one of you lovely, sweet and pretty readers will be chosen as THE WINNAH!

And for you overachievers, here's a chance to earn extra credit (and a little extra goody!). I'm entering a homemade ice cream contest at church in a couple of weeks, so I would love to know if any of you have a fabulous recipe. The more unique, the better. Share your recipe in my comments, or just e-mail it to me, and if you win, I'll throw in a little something extra.

Sound good? Great. So leave me a comment, and an ice cream recipe if you have one, and then go on over to Shannon's to check out all the other giveaways.

And if you think my prize is lame, please be kind. I'm new at this giving away of the things.

Hugs and Kisses!

EDITED TO ADD: Don't forget that I need to be able to contact the winner! So if you don't have a blog, please leave an e-mail address. If you're not comfortable doing that, then it will be up to you check back here on Friday and see if you won, since I won't be able to contact you. GOOD LUCK!




123 comments:

julie said...

For a book lover like me this is a great giveawy.

I hope I win. I live in California.

dcrmom said...

Fun giveaway! And I'm always looking for summer reading material. I'm in. And I'll try to come up with a recipe to email you later. :-)

Kristen said...

I don't think it's lame. I have that book, and I think it's a cute book. He's a good writer.

Family O'Foxes said...

I've heard it is a good book.
I live in Oregon. :)

Jenny said...

Oh I think this is a great giveaway!! I had to laugh when I saw that you got rated PG for saying "crap" a lot! lol!! Too funny!

Tracy said...

Oh I love to read! Count me in. Oh.. and I live in Nashville.

Lisa M said...

I love books! Please sign me up. Thanks!

Roses Are Red, Violets are Violet said...

Cumming, Georgia
is signing in...
I love to read
So I hope I win!

SingForHim 94 @ Real Life said...

Looks like a fun read! Count me in from NC.

Diana said...

Count me in!

Angela Stone said...

Heck I love a good read!

April said...

Looks good to me!

Nichole said...

Sign me up! Sounds like a great book!

Debi said...

Hello from upstate New York! Looks like a good read (the title alone sold me!). Count me in.

Afraid I don't have any ice cream recipes...but good luck.

crafty carolinagirl said...

Sounds like a fun read. Count me in here in the Carolinas.

kel said...

enter me thanks

Amy said...

Always up for a fun read. My email is amyjohnallen@bellsouth.net. THanks!

Chrissy said...

Fabulous idea. Please count me in.

Amber said...

I would love this! Please count me in! Blogging from Oklahoma!

Heidi @ GGIP said...

Please enter me!

Penn Family said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Heather said...

Not lame...very cool! I'm in Wisconsin, but have no good homemade ice cream to help you with! We have too many great frozen custard places to bother making it ourself ;)

Thanks,
Heather
heather@pagesbyheather.com

Melissa said...

How fun! I'm always game for a new book!

Where the Boys Are said...

Hello from Georgia!

Amy Grant said...

I would love to win! Please count me in on your great giveaway! Thanks! :o)

Lisa said...

If you're shipping to Canada, count me in!!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Me! Me! Me! and if you go to my giveaway, you could get a new headband for the dog! LOL
Tonni

aahcoffee said...

Oooh, I love books!!
I'm in PA
julie_ruhlman@hotmail.com
www.xanga.com/aahcoffee

Anonymous said...

I hope I win. I live in Oklahoma.
Farley80@sbcglobal.net
Diana

Karen C. said...

I am in California! Yay!!!!!!

kcecilio at ureach dotcom

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

My dh will not let me drive, so I am more than happy to read book after book as he takes us on road trips.

As far as ice cream, I say add Peanut Butter and you'll be golden.

Happy Momma said...

i like chocolate ice cream!

Nikki said...

please enter me.

Nikki

Monkey Giggles said...

I love book...please put my name in the hat.

I am Mr. Linky #226 over at Rocks in my dryer.

Lynnae (From Under the Clutter) said...

I love books, and this sounds like a great one! Count me in, please!

LisaCate said...

SWEET prize - Count me in!

And don't forget to pop in and see my giveaway :)

Angela said...

count me in -

Kyra said...

Great prize idea! Count me in please!

Jenny said...

That sounds like a great book! Please enter me:)

Me said...

I'm in Florida. Please count me in.

Hippolyta said...

Please enter me. Sounds like a fun read.

Janne said...

I'm in Florida too. :)

Sorry, I have no ice cream recipes. Mine comes in a little carton.

Qtpies7 said...

I think the book sounds fun and its a great give-away!
I don't have any ice cream recipes, sorry!

Grace said...

I've already read this book, so don't enter me in the contest, but you should DEFINITELY make Dr. Pepper Ice Cream! Soooo good. My mom has a recipe, but she's on a cruise right now... I bet you could find one on the internet!

Terry and John said...

Thank you for the chance to win and have a great day:)

Brea said...

I'm a major bookworm, so please count me in! :)

Christie said...

Please include me! Thank you!

jessica said...

Hoosiers Rock!
I have a great Blueberry Frozen Yogurt if you are interested. We live in the middle of blueberry country.
Count me in for the contest.
jesslunger25@hotmail.com

Stacey said...

Hi neighbor! No doubt, we live in the vicinity to each other! Thanks for visiting!

Ginny said...

Enter me, I'm in Michigan :)

Org Junkie said...

Hello, I live in Canada so not sure if I qualify.
I make dairy free ice cream for my son all the time made with rice milk and marshmellows!!

Laura

Jen said...

please enter me :)

liz said...

I'd love to win

Kim said...

Here in Texas, I never turn down a good book.

Laura Williams said...

Please enter me into the drawing! Thank you!

lace said...

I have seen this book and was interested in reading it. count me in

Linda said...

Anyone who minds that it's used must not grace the library often! Oh please sign me up.

Lizardbreath said...

Ooh...that sounds like a fun summer read!

My roommate and I make mint choc. chip ice cream with crushed up andes mints and use an ice cream maker.

Thea said...

Nothing beats a free "beach read"! Please include me!

Photojenic said...

Fabulous! Please count me in. And don't forget to stop by my blog for my giveaway too! Thanks, and have a great week!

Karen said...

I really want to read this book, please count me in!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

I've got this book on my amazon wishlist- it looks great!

lifeasamama said...

sounds like so much fun!

aBookworm said...

Ha, sounds like a fun fun read! Count me in. I'd like to read this.

Lucy said...

Looks like a funny book!

lucycontest at gmail dot com

Stitchblade Etsy said...

We made ice cream yesterday. Well not actually ice "cream" but followed the vanilla iced milk recipe and then added 3 bananas, Hershey's dark chocolate, and walnuts. It was just like Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey. :)

Once Upon a Dream... said...
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Once Upon a Dream... said...

Please count me in! I'm in CA.

Annabelle said...

Count me in! I don't actually have any good recipes for homemade ice cream, but good luck!

Kyleen said...

Looks like a fun book. Count me in. Thanks!

traci b said...

Great giveaway idea! Who doesn't love a good read?!
Thanks for participating, and I have my fingers crossed to win! :)
Traci from CT
tracibosco@yahoo.com

shoeaddict said...

I'd love to win! I'm in Louisiana- right next door ;) I don't have the recipe but, peanut butter and jelly ice cream is a great idea! My best friend made it.

salli said...

Sounds like a great book!
(salliann.ran@verizon.net)

Becky said...

Great giveaway! I'd like enter!!

bethany said...

Count me in!

scfranson said...

Great blog, count me in, I'm in WI

Stacey said...

I'm totally in!

Anastasia said...

I'm in too :) I'm in Iowa :)

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

cre82learn said...

I'd love a good book here in FL

Chris Reeder said...

Count me in... Would be a great gift for my wife!

Check out my giveaway here

Terri Sue said...

I love new books and ones read!

jodene said...

Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful prize. I just love your blog name
jodenemuri@hotmail.com

deputyswife said...

Thank you for hosting a giveaway!

Amanda said...

Sounds great! I'm in Mississippi.
blazershockeyfan@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

I wish I had an ice cream recipe, but I've never made my own!

please enter me though -I love to read new books!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Please include me! I'm in TN.

thediaperdiaries said...

I have heard good things about this book.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Sounds fun!

I am south of Austin now, but I so miss my life in the Fort Worth area. Glad I got to stop through here tonight! :D

Kim said...

Im in SC, no ice cream recipes, atleast homemade...good luck in your church contest!! kim_mills@yahoo.com

Fiddle D. Dee said...

Please enter me! Lynnomartin@hotmail.com

Lura said...

Sounds like a fun book!

Spam said...

This looks great! Please add me to your list. My e-mail address is myspamfoil@gmail.com.

Ladybug said...

www.ladybugsandlilypads.com

Count me in. Go take a look and enter our give a way too!

Kendra said...

I'd love to win! Please enter my name in your drawing.
kblaidlaw at yahoo dot com

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Looks like a fun book!

Thanks...

hianded@earthlink.net

Scrappy Mom said...

I'm always looking for good reads! Please enter my Michigan-self into your drawing. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love books in SC!monk5@charter.net

Lookin' Up said...

I am in Tennessee and I love to read... thanks for adding me to your drawing.

Thankfulheart said...

Wow! It's like Christmas in July! Thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers that are participating in this great give-away!!!
Another California girl!

HomeSchool Mommy said...

Oooh! Fun!

Thanks for including me in your drawing!

homeschool_mommy@cox.net

Myrna said...

Books! Nothing better! Please include me!

Linda said...

I'm a book lover from Kansas.

Linda SS said...

I'd be thrilled to win this - thanks for offering the chance:)

April said...

I would love to be counted in! Thanks.If you like custard, Emeril has an amazing ice cream recipe on food network that tastes like custard. It is a lot of work though. good luck

PastorMac's Ann said...

Sorry I'm no help in the recipe department. I'd probably try www.allrecipes.com

But I would like a chance to win the book.

Loni said...

I live in TX, but I don't have any ice cream recipes. My father-in-law always makes the homemade ice cream. Sorry!
The book looks like a great summer read.
Please count me in and thank you for sharing!

http://lonic.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

I live in Indiana, but I'm sorry I have never made my own ice cream! I'd love to win this book, looks good!

jen at Conversations said...

A free book is perfect for my budget!

Doodle Bug said...

I LOVE to read...please enter me!

Anonymous said...

Enter me please!
jazlynnesmomma@yahoo.com

LoveMyStarr said...

The book does sound fun!! Please include this girl from TN!

dru@arilion.com said...

please count me in.

dru

Kim said...

Count me in! What a fablous giveaway!

Great blog...I'm bookmarking it so that I can come back later. ;)

Come on over to check out my giveaway.

VAIL said...

Like your blog, added it to my favorites. Please enter me for the drawing! Thanks for entering at my blog!

Doreen said...

Please enter me to win this contest! :) Cute doggie all curled up!! :)

Dawn said...

I would love the book.

Laane said...

Sounds like a great book!

Feel welcome to enter my give-away at: http://laaneworld.blogspot.com/2007/07/give-away.html

heather said...

can't say no to a good book. i'd love to win it>


here's hoping

heathair@hotmail.com

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

hey there! I'm a fellow Texan and not too far from Ft. Worth either. I live near Oklahoma :)

I would love to win that book. I am going to bookmark your blog and come back when I have more time.

Thanks for entering me in your contest. ;)

Dana
sunshinedaily4me@cableone.net

ablondeblogger said...

Ha! My husband is an investment advisor and is obsessed with the stock market! This would be perfect for both of us. Count me in...thanks! :)

javamama said...

Sounds like a fun book! Count me in! Oh, and I love Mardel, my husband worked for awhile at the one in Mesquite Tx and so we got an xtra % off!!

thanks for the great give-away!

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

Jason and Caryn said...

Probably too late but oh well!

jasonncaryn@yahoo.com

Myrna said...

Count me in

myrnariv@yahoo.com