Sunday, July 19, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Black Garden

Thanks to the generosity of the author, Joe Bright, I have an autogrpahed copy of his new novel The Black Garden (read my review) to give to one of my lucky readers. I recently read this delightful mystery, and will be posting a review and author interview within the next couple of days. For now just let me assure you that you do not want to miss out on your chance to win this book.

Book Description:
A young university student from Boston takes on the summer job, in a small rural town, of clearing the accumulated rubbish from the house and garden of an elderly man, George O'Brien, and his granddaughter, Candice. The task is not as straightforward as he at first thought and Mitchell finds himself drawn into the mystery surrounding the Black Garden and the lives of his employers. Can he solve the secret behind the animosity of the townspeople? Can he do so without endangering George's freedom and leaving Candice even more isolated?

To Enter:
For one entry: leave a comment telling me that you would like to win this book.(Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)
For five extra entries:
Visit the author's website: http://www.joebrightbooks.com/pages/excerpt_black_garden.html, read the excerpt from The Black Garden, then come back and answer the five questions Joe has devised:

1. How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home?

2. What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?

3. In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven?

4. What was the granddaughter's name?

5. What was Mitchell studying at Boston University?

Winners will be randomly chosen from all comments and correctly answered questions. (Email entries will also be accepted. Send them to: bookloverlisa@gmail.com)

For an extra entry: become a follower of my blog; blog about this giveaway on your own blog; subscribe to my blog; or follow me on twitter. (If you already do any of these let me know.)

Contest ends July 31, 2009. Make sure your entry is in by midnight mountain time.



149 comments:

Bridget July 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

I think that's great that to enter you have to answer all those questions. Just posted this on Win A Book, no need to enter me.

dpripps July 19, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

Please enter me for a chance to win the book-thanks!

WilowRaven July 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

Sounds like a great book - enter me please :)

WilowRaven[at]yahoo[dot]come

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

Sounds great - count me in!

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

1. It was a 40-minute walk.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

2. The gun was an Enfield revolver.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM  

3. Boston Globe

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM  

4. Candice

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

DarcyO July 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

5. He was studying literature.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

wheresmyrain July 19, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

sounds like a good book, i definitly love finding out about new authors to explore like this one, love to read it for a chance to broaden my current author love list

wheresmyrain July 19, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

1. it was a fourty min walk

Cody Endres,  July 19, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Sounds interesting. Please enter me! Thanks!
cody_endres@hotmail.com

Renee G July 19, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

I would love to read this book.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Dawn M. July 19, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

This sounds like a really interesting book. I'd love the chance to read it. Please count me in. :0)

1. 40 mins.
2. Enfield
3. Boston Globe
4. Candice
5. Literature

Thanks!
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:16 AM  

I'm always looking for another good mystery to read.

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:20 AM  

How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home?

From Carolyn's home to Grant Baxter's was a forty-minute walk.

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:25 AM  

What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?

She brushed the tears from her cheeks, straightened a stray strand of hair, and then pressed the barrel of her father's Enfield revolver against her temple

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:26 AM  

In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven?

My only contact with the family came through a telephone conversation I'd had with George two weeks earlier while replying to an ad in the Boston Globe

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:28 AM  

What was the granddaughter's name?

"What do you think, Candice?" George ignored me and looked at his granddaughter.

Kat Bryan July 20, 2009 at 1:30 AM  

What was Mitchell studying at Boston University?

"I'm studying literature"

Rose Red,  July 20, 2009 at 3:06 AM  

After reading the excerpt, this is a book I want to read and I'm eagerly awaiting your review!

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:16 AM  

Enter me to win the book giveaway. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:17 AM  

Google reader subscriber. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:17 AM  

Blog follower. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:18 AM  

1. It was a 40-minute walk. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

2. The gun was an Enfield revolver. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

3. Boston Globe jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:20 AM  

4. Candice jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL July 20, 2009 at 5:21 AM  

5. He was studying literature. jelly15301@gmail.com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:35 AM  

Sounds like a good read! I'd like te be included.

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Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

1. 40 minutes

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:38 AM  

2. Enfield revolver

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:39 AM  

3. Boston Globe

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:40 AM  

4. Candice

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

5. literature

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam July 20, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

follower

melacan at hotmail dot com

Mash1195 July 20, 2009 at 7:16 AM  

According to the review it sounds like a great, page turner. Have become a follower so I won't miss and reviews to be put on my TBR list.

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

Sounds like my type of mystery--would like to put it on my TBR pile.

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

1. How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home? 40 minutes

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

2. What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?
an Enfield

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

3. In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven? the Boston Globe

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

4. What was the granddaughter's name?

Candice

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:47 AM  

5. What was Mitchell studying at Boston University? literature

clynsg at yahoo.com

clynsg July 20, 2009 at 7:48 AM  

Blog follower

clynsg at yahoo.com

Deborah Wellenstein July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

I would like to win this book. Thank you!

Barbara July 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

I would like to win this book. Many thanks.

Karen B July 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

Love mysteries and this one looks like a winner! I'd like to win.

Karen B July 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

1. 40 minutes
2. Enfield revolver
3. Boston Globe
4. Candice
5. Studying Literature

js22 July 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

I'd love to win this book!

Thanks for the giveaway!
email in blogger profile.

Sharon July 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

I'd love to read this book.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Sheila DeChantal July 20, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

This book looks great! I would love to win!

1. How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home?
40 minutes.

2. What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?
Enfield

3. In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven?
Boston Globe

4. What was the granddaughter's name?
Candice

5. What was Mitchell studying at Boston University?
Literature

Marie July 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM  

I would love to read this!

marielay@gmail.com

Marie July 20, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

1. How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home?

40 minutes

2. What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?

An Enfield Revolver

3. In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven?

The Boston Globe

4. What was the granddaughter's name?

Candice

5. What was Mitchell studying at Boston University?

Literature

marielay@gmail.com

Marie July 20, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

Amber July 21, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

I would just love to win!
Thank you so much for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber July 21, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

I follow your blog!
Thank you so much for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

tarahsfoodreviews July 21, 2009 at 11:08 AM  

I would like to enter!

Tarah
tarah716[at]ymail.com

Janel July 21, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

There are a few houses in my neighborhood that sound like the setting in this book!

jgbeads at gmail dot com

Shelly July 21, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

this sounds like a good book!
andrus.shelly@gmail.com

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

I would like to win this because mystery novels are my favorite. I have been reading a few books before I have to go back to school.

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

The walk took Carolyn O'Brien 40 minutes.

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

The gun was her father's Enfield revolver

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

The newspaper read was the Boston Globe.

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

The Granddaughter's name is Candice.

cstironkat July 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

Mitchell was studying Literature at Boston University.

danosor July 22, 2009 at 7:30 AM  

Answers:
# 1 40 minutes
# 2 Enfield rifle
# 3 Boston Globe
# 4 Candice
# 5 literature

linmoe@sympatico.ca

Tiffany -n- Albert July 22, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

I would love to win this book :D

Kristi July 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

Wow- after reading this excerpt I would really love to win this book!

Answers are:
1. 40 min
2. Enfield revolver
3. Boston Globe
4. Candace
5. literature

I also subscribe to your blog through feed demon and now follow you on twitter (kherbrand)

Thanks!
kherbrand at comcast dot net

Smooshy July 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

i'd like to win this book!

AmandaK July 23, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

This sounds like a fantastic read!!

orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

Alicia July 23, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

I'd like to win this.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

cindymoss64 July 25, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

I would love to win a copy of this book!

Aisling July 25, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

I liked the excerpt, it made me want to read more.

Marjorie July 26, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

I am a new follower, count me in.

Lady Roxi July 26, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

Love to have this.

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

PopinFresh July 26, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

The cover attracted me to the book. It seems like I'm shallow when it comes to book covers. :p The blurb is interesting too.

- Answers to the questions:
40 minutes
Enfield
Boston Globe
Candice
Literature

- I've also left a link of your giveaway on my sidebar.

Thanks again!

~ Popin
proudbookworm[@]gmail[dot]com

cherio1 July 26, 2009 at 3:45 PM  

This book sounds TERRIFIC! Please enter me. Thank you.

throuthehaze July 26, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

count me in please!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  July 27, 2009 at 2:00 AM  

I would love to win this book, thanks!

luckymegs1981 AT yahoo DOT com

Nickolay July 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

Looks like a great read, thanks for the chance

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Nickolay July 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

I am a blog follower

nickolay

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Sue July 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Misusedinnocence July 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

I would love to read this book. :)

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Shawna July 27, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Shawna Lewis
weloveourdogs@juno.com

This book is right up my ally thanks for the chance to win ;o)

ANSWERS
40 minutes
Enfield
Boston Globe
Candice
Literature

I follow

I subscribe through RSS

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

please include me

fsarah09@gmail.com

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

1. How long did it take Carolyn to walk to Grant Baxter's home?

40 minutes

fsarah09@gmail.com

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM  

2. What make of revolver did George O'Brien buy to protect his family?

Enfield

fsarah09@gmail.com

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

3. In which newspaper did Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven?

Boston Globe

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

4. What was the granddaughter's name?

Candice

fsarah09@gmail.com

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:14 AM  

5. What was Mitchell studying at Boston University?

Literature

fsarah09@gmail.com

f.sarah,  July 28, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

i have subscribed to RSS

fsarah09@gmail.com

Stephanie July 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

I would like to read this book.

jwx4 July 29, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

I'd like to read this.
jwx4 at yahoo.com

Gabriel J. July 29, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Answers:

1 40 minutes
2 Enfield rifle
3 Boston Globe
4 Candice
5 literature

Make me a winner!

Wanda,  July 30, 2009 at 12:04 AM  

I would so much love to win this book. Please enter my name. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

erma July 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

I would really love to have this book.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Denise July 30, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

I grew up with Joe, would love a copy.

1)40 Min walk
2)Enfield revolver
3)Boston Globe
4)Candice
5)Studying Literature

jeezjaze66@gmail.com

Thanks!

Hotsnotty2 July 30, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

I would love to read this, hope I win! Thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Anonymous,  July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM  

Isn't this strange no flower, or vegetable garden; so let it be black; thanks/swraymondw345@AOl.com

Anonymous,  July 31, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

I would like to win this book.
Thanks for having the drawing.


jeanereads{at}sbcglobal[dot]net

Francine July 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

I would like to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

fmd518@inbox.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

I would like to win this book please!

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

From Carolyn's home to Grant Baxter's was a forty-minute walk.


kngmckellar@hotmail.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

Enfield revolver

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

Anonymous,  July 31, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

I would like to win this book!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

The Boston Globe

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

Candice

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

kngmckellar July 31, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

He was studying literature

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

chromiumman July 31, 2009 at 4:56 PM  

i'd like to win this book

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

The hub loves mystery novels and discovering new authors so I want to win this for him -- he's the best!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Follower!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

1. Answer: It was a 40 mins. walk.


delilah180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

Answer:

2. It was an Enfield revolver.

deliah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:05 PM  

Answer:
3. Boston Globe is the newspaper.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

Answer:
4. Candice is the granddaughter's name.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv July 31, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

Answer:
5. Literature is what he was studying at Boston U.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

MJ July 31, 2009 at 5:31 PM  

1. 40 minutes
2. Enfield revolver
3. Boston Globe
4. Candice
5. Literature


I follow.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Gwendolyn B. July 31, 2009 at 8:19 PM  

I would like to win this book -- thanks for the chance!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

Ohh...sounds like a great mystery. I'd love to win this.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

It took Caroline 40 mins to walk to his house.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

It was an Enfield Revolver.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

She read about it in the Boston Globe newspaper.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

The granddaughter's name was Candice.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pam July 31, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

Mitchell was studying literature at Boston University.

Thanks!
pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Gwendolyn B. July 31, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

1. 40 minutes

2. Enfield

3. Boston Globe

4. Candice

5. Literature

I'm totally hooked now -- I MUST win! ;)

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Julia July 31, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

just over half an hour
revolver
BG
Candy
Literature

Julia Sonia Medina

jsmedina@gmail.com/jsmedina@hotmail.com

kathy pease July 31, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

masonsgranny59 July 31, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

1. 40 mins.
2. Enfield
3. Boston Globe
4. Candice
5. Literature

Heather July 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

Sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the chance to win it.

liliesrnice July 31, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

I'd like to win this book!

memetu July 31, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

OMG the black garden looks like my garden.

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

I would like to win this book. Thanks for the great contest!

lilyk@mail2world.com

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

1. It was a 40-minute walk.

lilyk@mail2world.com

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

2. The gun was an Enfield revolver.

lilyk@mail2world.com

Kathy July 31, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

I would like to win "The Black Garden"

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:54 PM  

3. Mitchell Sanders read about the job in Winter Haven in the Boston Globe.

lilyk@mail2world.com

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:55 PM  

The granddaughter's name was Candice.

lilyk@mail2world.com

Kathy July 31, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

The answers to the questions are:

1)a 40 min. walk
2)Enfield revolver
3)The Boston Globe
4)Candice
5)He was studying literature

lilyk July 31, 2009 at 11:57 PM  

Mitchell was studying literature.

lilyk@mail2world.com

*Heather* July 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

I would love to read this book!

Mash1195 September 23, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

Am a new subscriber. My favorite genre of books is suspense and this sounds like it would be a good read. Also, I am in the process of cleaning out my mom's house, which has been a slow process as I am finding articles that are very new to me, bringing back memories and the history of her life. She is 88 years old and my grandmother, her mom, lived to be 101. This book is definitely going on my TBR list.

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