Take My Books, Please.

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BookexpocanAnyone who has heard me talk about BookExpo knows that one of the perks of this trade show is the books.  Stacks of books. So many books that your arms and back hurt from carrying around the books.  And that’s if you’re not trying to get books.  If you are working it, well, you’d better have eaten your Wheaties.

The primary purpose of the BookExpo trade show is for publishers to promote their authors and titles to the Book Selling community. In actuality, it turns into maze of lineups and a feeding frenzy of free books.

However, you don’t have to be a bookseller to end up with books. Lots of books.

This year, I got a number of titles which I probably won’t read. So, since the purpose of the free books is to get some Word of Mouth going… I have decided to set up

miniBookExpo for Bloggers -
Claim it – Read it – Blog it.

Ed Greenwood: The Dragon's Doom (Band of Four, Book 4)

Ed Greenwood:
The Dragon’s Doom
(Band of Four, Book 4)


 

 various:
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Rich Shapero: Wild Animus: A Novel

Rich Shapero:
Wild Animus: A Novel

Heather Waldorf: Fighting the CurrentHeather Waldorf:
Fighting the Current


  

   
Claim It.
  • check out the list of books below
  • if you want one, leave a comment below including which book you want.

Get it.

  • Canada Post will bring you your book.
  • we’ll cover the postage in Canada, but I’ll happily send anywhere if you cover postage.

Read it.

  • can you really say anything if you haven’t read it?

Blog it.

  • Post something about the book within a month of getting it
  • include a link to the author and/or the publisher if possible
  • if you don’t have a blog, send me your review & I’ll post it here for you
Already Claimed:

Chris Elliott: The Shroud of the ThwackerChris Elliott:
The Shroud of the Thwacker

Taken by Kate

Carol Bruneau: Purple for skyCarol Bruneau:
Purple for sky
Taken by Chris
Julia Steele: The TakerJulia Steele:
The Taker
Taken by Kate
Elinor Lipman: Isabel's BedElinor Lipman:
Isabel’s Bed
Taken by Kate
Sharon Osbourne: Sharon Osbourne Extreme : My AutobiographySharon Osbourne:
Sharon Osbourne Extreme : My Autobiography

Taken by Allan
Rabindranath Maharaj: A Perfect PledgeRabindranath Maharaj:
A Perfect Pledge

Taken by Lucy
Whitley Strieber: The GraysWhitley Strieber:
The Grays

Whitley Strieber’s site
Taken by Dead Robot
Laurie Stolarz:
Bleed

site: Laurie Stolarz
Taken by roro

Rosie Childs: Catch Me Before I FallRosie Childs:
Catch Me Before I Fall

Taken by Ciric

David Baldacci: Freddy and the French Fries #1: : Fries Alive!David Baldacci: Freddy and the French Fries #1: : Fries Alive! (Freddy and the French Fries
site: Freddy and the French Fries
Taken by Kate‘s Boss’ Kid
Sara Susannah Katz: Wife Living DangerouslySara Susannah Katz:
Wife Living Dangerously

Warner Books
Taken by andrea
Portia Da Costa: Entertaining Mr. Stone (Black Lace)Portia Da Costa:
Entertaining Mr. Stone
(a Black Lace Title)

Taken by angel
Linwood Barclay: Bad GuysLinwood Barclay:
Bad Guys

Taken by PRCS
Paul Kropp: Home RunPaul Kropp:
Home Run

Taken by PRCS
Jim Fergus: The Wild Girl : A NovelJim Fergus:
The Wild Girl : A Novel

Taken by PRCS
Michael Winter: The Big WhyMichael Winter:
The Big Why

Taken by ers
Sara Pennypacker:
Clementine

Taken by ers

Christopher Bram:
Exiles in America : A Novel

site: Christopher Bram on Harper Collins

Taken by Daejin 

Julie Anne Peters: Between Mom and JoJulie Anne Peters:
Between Mom and Jo

Taken by Celine 

Raywat Deonandan:
Divine Elemental

site:
Taken by Tambrae
Shani Mootoo: Cereus Blooms at Night: A Novel

Shani Mootoo:
Cereus Blooms at Night: A Novel

by melanie

R.J. Harlick: Death'S Golden Whisper : A Meg Harris Mystery (Meg Harris Mysteries)R.J. Harlick:
Death’S Golden Whisper :
A Meg Harris Mystery

by Cathy
Greg Iles: Blood Memory : A NovelGreg Iles:
Blood Memory : A Novel

by Dimc
John Connolly: The Black Angel : A Thriller

John Connolly:
The Black Angel : A Thriller

by Jackson
 

Louise Candlish:
The Double Life of Anna Day

site: Book Site
by Canary
Amy Timberlake:
That Girl Lucy Moon

by Canary
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61 thoughts on “Take My Books, Please.

  • June 18, 2006 at 11:45 am
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    Chris Elliot – The Shroud of the Thwacker. Great idea and so generous. Thanks, Lex!!

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  • June 19, 2006 at 11:58 am
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    Kate, no problemo. However, since I’ve attempted to read Shroud of the Thwacker, I must insist that you select a second book as well.
    Oh, and please spread the word – free books at unsweetened.ca. I really do want these books to go to good homes!

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  • June 19, 2006 at 12:51 pm
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    It’s like you’re a book pusher.
    I’ll do The Taker or Isabel’s Bed.
    Or both.
    Because I have NO other books to read. Right, Roro?

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  • June 19, 2006 at 1:23 pm
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    Kate – I am a total book pusher and proud of it.
    Now, Roro, what’s your pleasure?

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  • June 19, 2006 at 2:44 pm
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    Hi Alexia. I work with Kate and I’d be interested in reading and reviewing Rabindranath Maharaj’s A Perfect Pledge. Thanks for spreading the wealth.

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  • June 19, 2006 at 4:25 pm
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    I’m a sucker for trashy autobiographies – especially of celebs or so-called celebs- the Sharon Osbourne book sounds like a good summer read on the deck – thanks, if it’s still available (I know the demand for this one will be huge)….al.

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  • June 19, 2006 at 7:09 pm
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    Need some summer reading? Get a free book!

    Our favourite indie publisher, Lex of Cheap Eats Toronto, recently attended Book Expo Canada and brought home the bacon. Er, uh, brought home some books in need of a home. So she has set up a Mini Book Expo for

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  • June 19, 2006 at 11:04 pm
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    Ooo! So many books! And it’s true; we don’t have NEARLY enough here to keep Kate occupied. I’ll take Bleed, by Laurie Stolarz. Yes, that’s right.

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  • June 21, 2006 at 9:28 am
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    Also, my boss said he daughter would read and review Freddy & the French Fries.

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  • June 21, 2006 at 9:54 am
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    it’d be great if i could my hands on Michael Cunningham’s Specimen Days ( i LOVED his first booK!) or Rosie Childs’ Catch me before I fall. Thanks! 🙂

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  • June 21, 2006 at 11:37 am
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    Your wishes are my pick & pack list.
    Now, to collect your mailing addresses.

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  • June 21, 2006 at 12:38 pm
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    The beach-readin’ side of me has a niggling interest in Wife Living Dangerously. HOWEVER, it doesn’t make me less annoyed at publisher’s overuse of shoe imagry on so-called “chick lit.”
    Whassup with that? I mean hey, I like shoes. But do they belong on cover art? I think not.

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  • June 21, 2006 at 3:17 pm
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    Beach-Readin’ on it’s way.
    Feel free to share your cover comments with Warner Books.
    Cover art, an intersting topic. Are there overused images or design themes in other genres? hummmm. makes you think.

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  • June 22, 2006 at 12:56 am
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    heyy…this is a crazy good idea! I would like to try it out too….Portia Da Costa: Entertaining Mr. Stone
    (a Black Lace Title). If you could just fill me in on more of the details…length of review, etc.etc.

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  • June 22, 2006 at 6:39 am
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    angel, it’s on its way.
    re: more details – I’m not sure there are any.

    • Get the book.
    • Read the book (or some of the book).
    • Write something, anything any length, on your blog about the book
    • if possible include a link to the author and/or publisher.
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  • June 23, 2006 at 12:18 pm
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    Addresses people, I need ADDRESSES!!!!
    I’ve attempted to mail everyone I need an address for but if you didn’t get it, or ignored me… please send your address to lex at cheapeatstoronto dot com.

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  • June 24, 2006 at 8:46 am
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    would like the following books if have not been taken
    Bad guys 1st choice
    Home Run 2nd choice
    wild Girl
    your unsweetned.ca page was most interesting
    glad you had fun at the book expo
    are you a book reviewer? sometimes I get books from HarperCollins.ca
    to review first look programme 2 so far take care and happy reading

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  • June 24, 2006 at 10:32 am
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    hey lex! how do i send you my mailing address??

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  • June 24, 2006 at 12:55 pm
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    email: lex (at) cheapeatstoronto (dot) com

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  • June 24, 2006 at 8:18 pm
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    Howdy! I’m a friend of Kate’s, and would LOVE to participate – my #1 is ‘The Big Why’. #2 is Sarah Pennypacker’s book…because her name rules. Thanks so much for this excellent idea – can’t wait to get readin’!

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  • June 25, 2006 at 10:38 am
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    ooOOooo, I’m interesed to read Michael Winter’s ‘The Big Why’ actually. It is still available?

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  • June 25, 2006 at 5:35 pm
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    Rajio, OH NO!
    ers just grabbed it (see comment directly before yours) and I only have 1 copy. Anything else you’d like?

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  • June 25, 2006 at 11:07 pm
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    How about Revenge? (the book not the act, don’t worry ers!) …serves me right for only checking the unclaimed list and not the comments.

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  • June 26, 2006 at 12:55 pm
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    Write a review and Win

    For those of you who haven’t been reading the CheapEats blogs – Toronto Ottawa, I thought you might be interested to know that you can   Review any item on chapters.indigo.ca — say, for example, CheapEats Toronto or CheapEats Ottawa

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  • June 26, 2006 at 4:18 pm
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    Exiles in America : A Novel or The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. Either way GREAT IDEA! I’ve sent you the address via email. Thanks!

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  • June 26, 2006 at 5:36 pm
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    Yup, found a couple more in a bag in the corner.

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  • June 26, 2006 at 11:37 pm
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    hey if BETWEEN MOM AND JO by Julie Anne Peters is still available, i would like that please! Thanks!!

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  • June 27, 2006 at 12:36 pm
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    Hey, Lex .. you’re the best! And a very good packer and labeler. I love the Mini Book Expo stickers!

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  • June 27, 2006 at 3:12 pm
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    Dude, I pack books for a living. Just call me Head CheapEater & Book Packer. Hey, I’d should get a card.

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  • June 27, 2006 at 3:48 pm
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    Wicked! I was going to suggest saving you the postage and picking it up somewhere, but didn’t want you to think I was…you know…weird. As it is, I’m flying to BC on Thursday, so – perfect timing!

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  • June 28, 2006 at 12:53 pm
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    I would love to try this – just send me any one you happen to pick up.
    Tambrae Knapp
    2336 Whitehaven Cres,
    Ottawa ON K2B 5H4
    thanks!

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  • June 29, 2006 at 10:03 pm
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    Hello,
    I have a reverse offer. I am a self-published author and I exhibited at Book Expo Canada. Lex either got a free copy of my book and thought it was so good he kept it for himself 🙂 or he never passed by my booth 🙁 Therefore I am offering a free copy of my book, You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter, to Lex for his mini Book Expo.
    I look forward to hearing from you Lex,
    Carolyn

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  • June 30, 2006 at 6:32 am
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    Carolyn,
    what a wonderful offer. I did go by your booth (and got banded with a good luck bracelet) but sadly missed your signing event.
    I will add your offering to the list.
    thanks!

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  • July 2, 2006 at 12:59 pm
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    I would be very interested in reading The Black Angel book by John Connelly. I love the psycho-killer q’est que ce genre.

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  • July 2, 2006 at 11:08 pm
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    Lex, I’d love to read/blog R.J.Harlick’s ‘Death’s Golden Whisper’ Will email info in the hopes it hasn’t gone already.

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  • July 2, 2006 at 11:10 pm
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    Lex, I’d love to read/blog R.J.Harlick’s ‘Death’s Golden Whisper’ Will email info in the hopes it hasn’t gone already.

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  • July 3, 2006 at 3:34 pm
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    Book Review: The Taker by J.M. Steele

    As part of Lex’s Mini Book Expo for Bloggers, I picked up The Taker by J.M. Steele. It will be published in September 2006 by Hyperion New York. The Taker is, in fact, a teen book. Which is fine because

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  • July 3, 2006 at 4:34 pm
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    Jackson, Cathy & melanie, your books are on their way.
    quick note: while searching Hyperion‘s site, I found their book club.

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  • July 4, 2006 at 4:17 pm
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    Hey Lex – my first review is up! Thanks again for sharing, this book was lots of fun.

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  • July 6, 2006 at 9:23 pm
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    What Readers Are Saying.

    You guys really have done your homework and reviews are starting to come in. Full reviews. I was expecting short summaries.  This rocks!  Hey, I’ve even had an author, Carolyn Wilman, offer a copy of her book for the miniBookExpo

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  • July 13, 2006 at 6:13 am
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    Hi Lex,
    My book arrived today *woohoo!*
    I’ll start reading soon.
    I was very impressed with the book itself – first edition, signed by the author, and a special little cd in the back. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a first edition-signed-cd-in-back book.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

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  • July 13, 2006 at 7:54 am
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    Yay! I’m so glad you like it. Can’t wait for the review. Keep me posted.

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  • July 13, 2006 at 11:29 am
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    I’ll take Death’s Golden Whisper and Cereus Blooms at Night, please.
    Great offer!

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  • July 13, 2006 at 11:42 am
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    Canary, I’m so sorry – I hadn’t updated the “claimed” list in this posting.
    Both the books you would like have already been claimed and sent out.
    I’ve updated the list… I hope you’ll like one of the other titles.

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  • July 13, 2006 at 6:32 pm
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    Sorry I didn’t find you sooner. I’ll take That girl Lucy Moon and The double life of Anna Day. Not really into young adult but I do have a daughter!

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  • July 13, 2006 at 6:33 pm
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    Heather is taking Greg Iles – Blood Memory: A Novel.
    (posted in the comments for expediency’s sake as I pack)

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  • July 15, 2006 at 2:21 am
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    hey got the books, lex. finished catch me before i fall and reading the specimen days right now. where exactly do i post up my review? thanks.

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  • July 24, 2006 at 10:03 am
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    ciric,
    You can post your reviews on your blog (if you have one), or email them to me – lex [at] cheapeatstoronto [dot] com, and I’ll post them on unsweetened.ca as soon as I can.
    Looking forward to reading what you thought!

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  • August 8, 2006 at 12:01 pm
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    I am interested in reading/bloging The Double Life of Anna Day by Louise Candlish. Looking forward to it…

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  • August 8, 2006 at 6:32 pm
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    More MiniBook Expo Reviews

    Check out the books reviewed so far Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo  — the story unfolds from the ending with lots of overlapping back story, revealing just enough at every juicy turning point to keep us page turning.– Melanie’s full review on…

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  • August 8, 2006 at 10:11 pm
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    Yasmina, I’m sorry but Canary has already claimed The Double Life of Anna Day.
    Would you consdier one of the others?

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  • August 16, 2006 at 4:57 pm
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    Yasmina, I also look forward to reading The Double life of Anna, alot of people have told me its a great book to read.
    Do let me know how you find it!!!

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  • November 18, 2006 at 8:25 am
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    Been trying to get my hands on ‘Rock Black 0-10: A Gibraltar Fiction’ by the UK writer M.G. Sanchez? Any chance that you’ve heard anything about it in bookexpo?

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  • November 18, 2006 at 9:55 am
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    er…um… do what?
    re: Rock Black – sadly I didn’t hear a thing. Based on the link you gave either you are the publisher or linked back to them, which means my suggest of contacting the publisher seems kind of moot.
    BTW – if you are the publisher, it’s kind of frowned upon in blogging circles to seed your title by pretending to be looking for it. Other authors & publishers have actually offered to provide books to add to this list as a way to get their books blogged and linked to.

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  • March 15, 2007 at 2:48 pm
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    I’d really like to read this book as I’ve heard a lot of hype about it but haven’t had the chance to read it.
    Carolyn Wilman: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter
    Thanks for doing such a nice thing!

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  • June 13, 2007 at 8:46 pm
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    More MiniBook Expo Reviews

    Check out the books reviewed so far Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo — the story unfolds from the ending with lots of overlapping back story, revealing just enough at every juicy turning point to keep us page turning.–

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