Friday, February 15, 2008


Giving You... State of the Onion

I love giving books away, especially when they are companions to a new review I wrote for Front Street Reviews. But I especially love doing it when it's a book I want to keep, but that I want to spread the word about even more.

This time, it's Julie Hyzy's State of the Onion, a great entry into a new mystery series. Come on into the secure world of the White House Kitchen. Just be prepared for mayhem, chaos, backstabbing and a murder or two -- thankfully not inside the kitchen. Join White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras as she tries really hard not to meddle in an affair she finds herself smack in the middle of.

Go on and read my review over at Front Street Reviews. See why I liked this book so much. Then come on back and enter your name to win my reviewer's copy. Please note; this is an advance reader copy. If you don't know what that means, Google it. Decide if this is the sort of book you want in your collection; some people are totally opposed to ARCs. I hope you're not one of them.

Here's the fine print:
1. Contest is open to anyone in the universe. Hey, when you live West of Mars, you gotta think this way. Anyone includes past winners. However, it does not include meanies or spammers. Or Trevor, but I'm not so sure he reads, anyway.

2. In the comments on this post, leave your name and some form of contact -- either an e-mail or a web address that'll take me to a way to reach you. If you don't do this, I can't give you the book.

3. On Saturday morning, February 16, I'll let my kids pick a winner and I'll contact that lucky soul by e-mail. So make sure you leave me contact information!!!

Gotta thank the Blue Ribbon Bloggers, Laura Williams, my Thirteener friend QTPies, The Parenting Diaries, A Book Blogger's Diary, and Prizey for helping spread the word!

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Susan, after reading your most stunning and tantalizing review at Front Street Reviews; I certainly want to enter for a chance to own this must read book! Cause win or not, I’m buying the book!

nomdeplumethepoetress at gmail dot com
YAY! Here via BRB. The book sounds awesome. Throw my name into the hat.

Paula -
Hi, I read your review and you make it sound like a really fun mystery!
Please enter me in your book drawing! I don't mind ARC copies one bit.
Thanks for your generosity! Cindi
I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting.
Are you sure it's a mystery? 'Cuz it sounds like a humor book...
Guess I better read it and find out!


Thanks for the entry!
A mystery and a kitchen? Count me in!
I read Deadly Interest by Julie Hyzy and loved it. So I gotta read this one!
This books sounds right up my alley, and I'm always looking for another good, free read.

Many of my favorite books came to me in ARC form, so that's no big deal to me anymore.
Sounds so interesting!

this sounds interesting. Please count me in
This book sounds great!
Oh, I haven't read any sort of mystery in sucha long time. I hope I get the chance to read this one.

My name is officially in for the draw.

BTW, michele sent me.
I love a good mystery!
This sounds very interesting. I've not had a new book in a long time.
I would love to read that book. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
This sounds fun!

kelli (at) pfrog (dot) net
Great review Susan. I would love to read it. I love foodie cozy mysteries. :)

p.s. I'm trying to read blogs more again. I miss reading your blogs the most. *hugs*
Id love to give it a read!
dansan826 at
Please sign me up! This book looks really great!
count me in! sounds good :)
I'm anxious to read this book after all the comments I have seen on your site. Good Luck in the future
I love to read and love a good mystery. This book looks like a fun way to wind down an evening.
I would love to read your book!
Looks like a great read! You write a compelling review, too! Thanks for sharing, and I can be contacted at christis at gmail dot com.
I'd love to read a new mystery...thanks for the chance to win!
I love a good mystery! Please count me in! ~ :) Thanks!
Susan, reading the review makes me want to read the book more! and I know my mom will also love this must read book! Please count me in because even though I am not from the US, I still live within the universe.

grace at sandierpastures dot com
Ooooooh! A mystery! Fabulous! I love mysteries! Please! Please! Please, enter my name in the drawing!

This books def sounds interesting. I'm in need of a good new read!
Susan, do consider me in! Your review sounds good.

gautami dot tripathy at gmail dot com
Wow, your review makes me crave to read this book! Count me in. I've also blogged about this! (am including link below)
Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

Books and kitchens - two of my favorite things. So please, yes, count me in for the giveaway.

I wouldn't mind having it in my book collection.
How does your post headline start with the date "Friday, February 15, 2008" ??? Am I in the future?? That's the mark of a great blog - time travel. Can you send me to Oakmont CC as well? (J/K) :-)

ps ... I love ARC's
I love a good mystery, count me in !
I'm in! :) A little late, but I'm in.

thommalyn (at) gmail (dot) com

Sounds like a way-nifty book! :)
Wow, what a great title and hook! I have to get this book, whether I win it or not. I've been wanting a new mystery series.
oooh put me in for this please!
You have me wanting to read it!
41 comments ahead of mine? Ah, I'm doomed, doomed I tell you.

Still, I have to say thank you! It's always good to be given a heads-up about a good new book. That's a wonderful gift in itself!
Your review definitely hooked, so I would love a chance to win this book.

Have a great day
vixensden1 at gmail dot com
"It's been awhile since I read a book that was almost impossible to put down, a book that would randomly pop into my thoughts and taunt me with its unread pages. Coming from me, who reads on average 120 books a year, that's high praise, indeed."
Who could possibly resist after this kind of endorsement?
Thanks for the chance to win it.
I do ARC's every once in a blue moon. :-) This one sounds interesting. Thankee.

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