Friday, July 13, 2012

Protecting Paper Books... CONTEST!

This post is not at all about what you probably think it might be about, so let's get this out of the way right off the bat:  I love e-books. I love my Kindle. This post is not some diatribe against the evolving world of book publishing or an essay of angst on the dying beauty of holding a physical book in your hands. I am a certifiable e-book convert, so this is a plea, on behalf of my burgeoning bookshelves, to save the lives of the paperback tomes that litter the floor around them.

You see, I receive 1-4 books weekly (yes, WEEKLY!) from enthusiastic authors, publishers, and publicists looking to build internet momentum and sales. It's awesome really. I mean, FREE BOOKS?! I smile every time I approach my mailbox or see the UPS man or FedEx lady at my door. I can't tell you how much I love my job!
age 11-1/2 weeks

But... I have a puppy.

And he loves to devour literature, too.  Just a bit more literally than I.

Let me introduce you.

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian, the Second, came to live with us one cold Saturday in April when he was 11-1/2 weeks old. Albus is an F1B Goldendoodle (at least I think that is the right combo of letters and numbers) which means, in short, his mama was a Goldendoodle (1/2 Golden Retriever & 1/2 Standard Poodle) and his daddy was a Standard Poodle. It also means that he doesn't shed. At all. I mean, seriously, you can run a wet hand over his fluffy white coat and it will come away clean. The most frequent comment we get from guests (following the gasp) is, "He looks like a teddy bear! He doesn't even look real!" So, aside from the obvious benefits of having a dog with whom even the allergic dog lovers in my house can snuggle with utter abandon, he is undeniably adorable.
It's a rough life,
devouring all that literature.
Big surprise (not) to you Harry Potter fans out there, Albus was named after the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Professor Albus Dumbledore. Yes, we're fans. And it fits him... sort of. I mean, just look at that face. Doesn't he look just a little bit like a wise old man? Ah, yes. But looks can be deceiving, can't they? If only my Albus had a bit of the calm reserve of his venerable, yet playful namesake. My Albus, however, has not yet mastered the virtue of self-control. Instead, anything within my Albus's ever-expanding reach, especially if it's made of paper, is the most delightful substance to tear, chew, and, apparently, try to digest.
his halo, also,
is often a little askew

Alas, I'm reminded (sometimes hourly) that even Albus the First went through a period of wildness in his youth (with even more drastic consequences) before he became the beloved Headmaster whose desire to protect the good outweighed his greed nature (for more on that, read  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But don't bother if you haven't read the other 6 books yet. Seriously. You'll be lost.)**Yes, I would love to post a picture of the original Professor Dumbledore to compare next to my version, but since you know who -- no, not that You Know Who! -- owns all rights to all things HP, I must decline.**

For now, however, Albus the Second is a greedy little (well, big now!) puppy who destroys a lot of stuff. I've lost books, notebooks, entire boxes of Kleenexes, a bath mat, and at least three pair of shoes to Albus's destructive glee. Therefore, I've devised a contest to help me keep some of these books, at least, out of his reach; and to give you, dear reader, some new reading material, in paper form. I am proud to announce the:

Protect Paper Books From My Puppy Contest!!!
For those of you who kept reading this post even after my dog-naming, fan-love endorsement of Potter, I have A BRAND NEW giveaway of EPIC proportions. I have many books that need a new home, from every conceivable sub-category of Inspirational Romance. I have Suspense, YA, Historical, Contemporary, Chick-lit, Rom-com, Amish, speculative fiction... you name it, I probably have it. But I'm out of room and Albus has a sensitive stomach. (Gee, I wonder why!) Some of these novels are titles I've reviewed here (or over at USA Today's Happy Ever After. Or both), some I've declined, and some I just didn't have time to read and they've passed their expiration dates for review. I'll freely admit that one or two might have bite marks on the covers... or tape putting the cover back together after having been ripped of by McFluffy (one of Albus's nicknames) but they are still quite readable. Most are still in like-new or nearly-new condition, just forced to live in fear on the floor space around my bookshelves!!
Your participation can help ensure their survival.
Heh, heh. That sounded dramatic, didn't it???
Read the directions below and ENTER TO WIN! I will keep your preferences in mind and, if you are a winner, I will include in your box at least one book that comes from from a sub-cat you adore... if not more.

But you can't have my puppy. I mean, he's snuggletacular, right?
ALBUS: just shy of 5 months old
Leave a comment below stating the following 4, (well, 5 really--so read directions carefully!) things:

1. A non-review topic you'd like to see me address on this blog (it can be anything,  but if relates to reading, writing, blogging, or the like it would be more relevant for me to pursue!)

2. Your top two (in order) fave sub-categories of Inspy romance (feel free to use the numbers from the list above if your fingers are tired from typing or something. I'm all about looking out for your health, you know.)

3. The fictional hero or heroine whose name YOU might consider using for a pet someday AND what sort of pet you would grace with that name. For example, (true story!) I once had a cat named Mr. Knightley (in honor of the hero from Jane Austen's Emma.)

4. Your email addy in spam-free terminology. For example:  jane dot doe at jmail dot com. This is important.

I will send the winner(s) no less than 2 , but up to 4 paperback books (yes, 4!) that fit within their preferred reading parameters. Woot, right? 
The contest is open until July 31, 2012 which happens to be not only my eldest daughter's birthday, but a birthday she shares not only with her grandmother, but with Harry Potter and author, J.K. Rowling, who inspired my destructive puppy's name. Entries will be chosen using the generator at and winner(s) will be contacted via email. Happy reading!


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