Category Archives: Contests

Monday Madness! Free Book: The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg

So with Labor Day yesterday, I didn’t get time to post my Monday give away…but better late than never!

The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg written by Lonnie D. Story is this week’s free book. This is actually an inscribed copy that Lonnie sent me back in 2007. From the back cover:

Born November 11, 1926, Anni Adams grew up traveling throughout central Europe with her professional gymnast father. By the age of fourteen she had been throughout Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, and France. Then came Nazi invasion.

Everything Anni had known came unraveling at the seams. Evacuated from Luxembourg, she survived the poverty, humiliation, and uncertainty of refugee camps following the German occupation of her homeland. She eventually returned to her home and the submissive lifestyle of the Nazi rule, which she quietly resisted for more than four years.

Author Lonnie D. Story skillfully interweaves a riveting account of Anni’s life story and the history-in-the-making events that surrounded her. Throughout her long and successful life, Anni has had great tragedy and suffering. The Meeting of Anni Adams is a true story of survival and the American dream come true.

All you have to do to get it is one of the following. I will say that the more of the following you do, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing!

1. Like this post on my Facebook page, Melissa’s Idea Garden.

2. Like my Facebook page, Melissa’s Idea Garden.

3. Share this post on your Facebook page.

4. Like my Facebook page, Police News Blotter – a website  full of good police news!

5. Leave a comment on this post.

6. Leave a comment on a post on Police News Blotter.

Just in case you aren’t the lucky winner, but you are interested in reading the book!

 

Monday Madness! Free Book! Bethlehem Baptist Church Cookbook

Some of the best cooks in the world are church members…they have to be because of the potlucks and dinners they make for people who are home due to illness, pregnancy, etc.  Today I am offering this cookbook to one lucky person!

All you have to do to get it is one of the following. I will say that the more of the following you do, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing!

1. Like this post on my Facebook page, Melissa’s Idea Garden.

2. Like my Facebook page, Melissa’s Idea Garden.

3. Share this post on your Facebook page.

4. Like my Facebook page, Police News Blotter – a website  full of good police news!

5. Leave a comment on this post.

6. Leave a comment on a post on Police News Blotter.

I will draw one lucky name on Friday! Good luck!

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Monday Madness: Book Giveaway! Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back by Ray Buckley

Welcome to Monday Madness. The place to be for your chance to win this week. You can get entries into the giveaway by doing one or all of the following. The more you do, the more entries you receive!

1. Receive one entry for liking my Facebook post.

2. Receive one entry for sharing the Facebook post.

3. Receive one entry for commenting on my blog (Melissa’s Idea Garden)

4. Receive five entries for liking and leaving a comment on my new Facebook page Police News Blotter (three entries if you just leave a comment).

5. Receive five entries for liking and leaving a comment on my other new Facebook page Melissa’s Idea Garden. (three entries if you just leave a comment)

The contest is open until Thursday midnight, Eastern Time. On Friday, I will draw a name and I will mail (or hand deliver) the book to the winner.

This week’s give-away is for “Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back” by Ray Buckley. This is a Lenten Study for adults. It had been in my stack for a while and it floated to the top, so it was time to read it (Lent season or no). Ray Buckley is a professional Native American storyteller who uses his storytelling gift and his Christian beliefs to bring alive the Word. I found this study to be chock full of enlightenment, stories, and a reminder that God is always inviting us to dance – no matter what the circumstances are.

If you’d like to own this book for free, just follow the guidelines above for a chance! If you don’t win, you can always purchase the book for yourself.

Book Review and Giveaway!!!!! By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer

After reading Randy Singer’s book, Directed Verdict, I was eager to have the opportunity to read more of his work.
By Reason of Insanity is excellent! Mr. Singer catches court room drama at its most intense. When a person was accused of horrific crimes, I just knew it had to be a set up, but when I found out the rest of the story, I was blown away! I didn’t even see it coming! This is a story of justice, sacrifice and a gift from God. It is fast paced, extremely well written and will keep you turning pages until you reach the satisfying ending!
So if you would like to read this awesome book and you live in the U.S., go ahead and leave a comment below and I will have a drawing bright and early Monday, March 2, 2009.
You can just say something like…hey, I’d love to win, or you can leave a more in depth comment to make me laugh or ponder (those are always appreciated)! I will choose the name using a random number generator!

And the winner is….

I would like to apologize for the delayed drawing. When I went to do this on Friday night, I couldn’t get to my website. It wasn’t until late Saturday morning, that I discovered the problem was being caused by Site Meter. And then it was time for me to leave. I didn’t get home until after 10, so the drawing still didn’t take place….
But, better late than never, right! So, drumroll please…the Random Number Generator says:




Congratulations, Noreen who was commenter 92 and who shows that even if you stop by near the end, you can still win the prize!
Wish I had more sets of Kathy’s books to give away! Be sure to look for them on Amazon or at your library or at your local bookstore! You won’t be disappointed in them!

Signed Book Giveaway: Seaport Suspense Series by Kathy Herman

Guess what, it is time again for bloggers to unite and participate in a week of Bloggy Giveaway! This is a great time for all (except maybe our clicking fingers and our families that we ignore while surfing through great contests) and I am happy to be part of it.
This month, I have read and reviewed Kathy Herman’s Seaport Suspense Series.
I have reviewed each book and if you are so inclined, you can find those reviews by following the links below:


A Shred of Evidence
Eye of the Beholder
All Things Hidden
Not By Chance

These four books are amazing stories. All of them tackle tough issues that we face everyday and wrap those up in suspenseful stories with a large dose of inspiration. Through these books, you get to watch a family deal with tough issues and how their relationship with God helps them do it. I can’t say enough about how much I have enjoyed reading these four books and how I have been inspired by them.
To win, all you have to do is comment below. Sorry, but this contest is only open to U.S. residents. I will pick a winner at random using the random generator on Friday evening, August 1st at 6 pm EST. Good luck! And remember, if you don’t win or can’t wait, click on my Shelfari book shelf and order your copies today.
Now, that you have signed up here, head over to Bloggy Giveaways for tons and tons more contests to enter! Get your mouse finger ready!

Book Review and Giveaway! Guardian of the Veil by Gregory Spencer

Sinus infections are glorious things. They make me fell like moving and I tend to get lots of reading done while I am laying on the sofa trying to breathe! So even though I just finished The Welkening and reviewed it two days ago, now I have finished the second in the Three Dimensional Tales series and want to share my thoughts on Guardian of the Veil.
I enjoyed this second book. The first book ended in such a way that that could have ended it. But endings are often merely beginnings and as we find in Guardian of the Veil, the teen misfits really only began to find themselves in The Welkening. The Guardian of the Veil introduces new surprises, new characters and new relationships. The teens begin to grow in their new found strength, much as a Christian grows after taking the first step in committment to Christ. We like to think that by making that acceptance, everything becomes right immediately, but it does not. It takes time, we have to grow. We have to learn and in reality will spend the rest of our lives growing to be better people. The Guardian of the Veil is all about that growth. About how we often take a step forward and a step backward. But, I don’t want you to think it is a preachy tale. I didn’t find it to be so. I found it to be an intruiguing fantasy story that pulled me in and made me think. It had me rooting for the characters and empathisizing with them.
I have greatly enjoyed these two books. I am not sure if there will be a third in the series, but I hope so. In the meantime, I would like to share these two books with one lucky reader:) Yep, I did mention giveaway and I know it has been awhile.
So, here’s what you do…I don’t care where you live…you are eligible for this giveaway. That’s right, if you live on a remote island in the South Pacific, as long as you can get mail delivery, I will mail these two books to you if you win. So, just leave a comment below, and I would love to know why you would like to win (are you a fantasy buff? Have my reviews intrigues you? Do you want to give these books as a gift to someone?) I will hold a random drawing next Wednesday evening (July 16), sometime after 6 pm EST.
BTW, these books are in good condition. The first in the series is an advance uncorrected proof that I received in a giveaway and was not available for sale. The cover got bent a little on it…just today. Sorry abou that. The other book is in great condition. Both are paperback.
So, what are you waiting for? COMMENT!!!! And tell your friends too! If you do blog about it, come by and leave me another comment so I will know you blogged about it and I will give you a second chance in the random drawing!