Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane & Giveaway

2 02 2010

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to host a Kristin Hannah’s Celebrate Our Stories House Party for some of my mom friends. It was very exciting to open the party pack they sent out, with copies of Kristin’s book Firefly Lane for everyone. The book is a great story of friendship and all the bumps and bruises along the way. I loved the way Kristin developed the relationship between the heroines, Tully and Kate, by shifting from one character’s viewpoint to tell a tidbit, then back to the other to fill in another facet. It’s a beautiful story that really hit home for myself and a lot of my guests. We read the book before the party and it was fun to see different people’s interpretations of some of the events in the book and to hear how they related to the story.  Most of us did relate a lot more to Kate as a mom (I personally am an “over-thinker” like her too) than to Tully, who is single, rich, and not the most compassionate person (much of the time anyway). We had a great time, which is probably most evident by the lack of pictures, since after a few glasses of wine and delving into deep conversations, no one was thinking about cameras. It was amazing to be completely absorbed in the fascinating stories of each others lives, but I’m really kicking myself for that one. Sorry! I will share a pic of our yummy pink cheesecakes and two of the “school lunch” raffle surprises that were taken before the party started though. A lot of us really admire Kristin Hannah as an author. She’s a mom too and really discovered her passion and talent for writing in a unique way. Her newest book, Winter Garden, has just come out. I’m only halfway through it and I’m enjoying it immensely. You can read a sneak peek here.

Okay, here’s where you can win something: I do have an extra copy of Firefly Lane that I’d love to share with one of you. Just leave a comment below to be entered.

And some people really like having extra entries: I love how involved Kristin is with her readers, so you can visit her blog or Face Book page and leave another comment back here on something new you learned about her that I haven’t already said (and isn’t said in the comment directly above you). (1 extra entry per site, that’s a total of 2 extra entries)

A side note to disclose everything I can think of regarding this review & giveaway: I received this copy of Firefly Lane as part of my House Party Pack and had the idea all by myself to share a copy with someone reading this blog. I am a member of House Party. I am not related to Kristin Hannah, nor have I ever met her in person, but someday would like to. Neither House Party nor Kristin Hannah have influenced my opinions of the book or this giveaway. I just think she’s a neat author and hopefully, by sharing, at least one of you reading this will enjoy reading her book(s) too.
Giveaway ends the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 10th. NOW CLOSED The winner will be picked at random and will be notified via email. Winner will have 3 days to get back to me, or I reserve the right to pick a new winner. I also reserve the right to delete any comments that are rude or inappropriate. I will be paying to ship the book to the winner myself, so US addresses only, please. Also be aware that I’ll be sending it out via media mail since it’s a heavy hard back book! Thanks!

Update 2/10 Giveaway is closed. Winner has confirmed. Thanks for participating!

New Mama Prize Pack at Baby Loving Mama

2 02 2010

This is a nice collection that any new momma would love. It would also make a great shower gift! Most every breastfeeding mom has at least one Bravado bra. And the Swaddle Designs blanket and peek-a-boo clip from Bebe Dulce are very neat too! Visit Baby Loving Mama here to enter by 2/16. Here’s the description of the prize pack with links to see the sponsors:

Win a New Mama Prize Pack valued at over $100 consisting of your choice of nursing bra from Bravado Designs, your choice of pink, blue or green Mod Circles Ultimate Receiving Blanket with matching Lovie from Swaddle Designs and a Peek-a-Boo Clip from Bebe Dulce.