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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

My "Blog-o'versary" is coming up on June 23 and I'll be a whole year old! Wow...time's just flyin' by! In honor of my "momentous occasion", I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to some lucky reader. I'm gonna put a little twist on it though.

Have you ever read a book and loved it, only to learn that it doesn't find the great success you'd expect? Maybe because its from a small publishing house, or maybe because its badly marketed? It's not only frustrating for us, the readers, but imagine how it must feel to be the author. To put heart and soul into a book, to know its really good, and yet....phhhhtttt....tepid sales.

I'm a huge advocate for a book I read this year, and first I want to encourage all of you to get out there and buy this book. The publishers have completely blown it, they've marketed this book as a niche book in a narrow, restrictive genre, and its just soooo much more!

Big Sid's Vincati is simply the best book I've read this year. My review is HERE. But don't take my word for it, you can read other reviews on AMAZON as well. And yet another review is HERE. Even Stanley Fish at the NY Times likes it! (It just takes him a while to get to it in his posting.) Everyone I've given this book to has loved it. Young, old, male, female, motorcycle guy and housewife. I can't find a negative review out there and believe me, I've looked! So, I'm asking the blogging community to get behind this book and send it flying off the shelves!

So--here's what you do to enter this giveaway.

First..leave me a comment with your favorite under-appreciated and under-loved book. That'll get you one entry.

Second--Blog or tweet about this giveaway, that's entry #2!

Third--Blog or tweet about Big Sid's Vincati. Help me get the word out there and let's see if we can generate some buzz. That'll get you another entry.

Fourth..Read Big Sid's and review it! Leave me a link to the review and that'll get you three more entries!

All total, you can get 6 entries for the giveaway and you'll read a great book while you're at it.

I'll be sending the gift card electronically, so the contest is open worldwide. I want to give you all time to get the book and read it for those last three entries, so I'm going to run it for one month. I'll randomize the entries and draw a winner on JULY 18!!

C'mon world...let's get together and help a deserving book find great success!! You can buy the book at your local store or here's a link to the Amazon page. (And to prove to y'all that my intentions are pure, I'm not putting up the Amazon associates link that might make me a few pennies on the sale!)


jenine (jenson_aka_DL) said...

I'll check out "Big Sid's Vincati" and see if my library has it. If not and I win the $25.00 gift card I'll have to think about picking up a copy. Here's to hoping!


jenine (jenson_aka_DL) said...

Um, and it might be nice if I abidded by the rules and said who my favorite underappreciated writer is too (I got carried away). I really love fantasy writer, Lynn Flewelling's work, particularly her Nightrunner books. Her books topped my 2008 list of faves and I'm waiting very anxiously for her newest Nightrunner book!

Anonymous said...

My favorite underappreciated books tend to be nonfiction, since nonfiction gets kind of underappreciated generally! But for fiction, I guess I'll go with "This is the Way the World Ends" by James Morrow, and another science fiction book "Doomsday" by Connie Willis. The first is a post-apocalyptic satire, and the second is more accessible and fun, and will teach you about the bubonic plague.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Mandie said...

My favorite under appreciated book is a kids book series: The Boxcar Children. I loved these books as a kid and read them over and over.

My e-mail is on my blog. :)

beachsugar2 said...

A really great underrated read is "Beach Roses" by Jean Stone. It is a tear jerker, be warned.
I am a follower of your blog. Thank you:)

Stephanie Reed said...

I really feel for authors of sleepers--I have personal experience! I have read First Boy by Gary Schmidt three times. It's a wonderful book for children *and* adults--something for everyone to enjoy. A beautiful, suspenseful, funny book, and you'll never guess the ending.

Anonymous said...

+1 My favorite all time book is The Eight by Katherine Neville. Maybe because it's old but I hardly ever meet anyone who has read it. It's a wonderful book! Also I know Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series gets some buzz but I don't see why it's not as big as say Twilight. I thought it was just as good if not better.

+1 I also blogged about the giveaway here: http://debbiesworld.wordpress.com/other-book-giveaways/

+1 am about to go tweet about your review

Pissenlit said...

Entry #1
Oddly enough, they all happen to be YA novels(I'm not even close to being a YA anymore). Sorry, it's more like 2 favourite series than books.

Patricia C. Wrede's Mairelon the Magician duology.
1.Mairelon the Magician
2.Magician's Ward
Gosh, I LOVE that duology! But they don't seem to be in print anymore. :(

Also, L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series. It's got a good number of ratings on goodreads but I don't ever seem to hear about it and no one I know's ever heard about it.
1.Bloody Jack
2.Curse of the Blue Tattoo
3.Under the Jolly Roger
4.In the Belly of the Bloodhound
5.Mississippi Jack
6.My Bonny Light Horseman
7.Rapture of the Deep(Aug.'09)

Rabid Fox said...

Bill Jessome wrote a little book called "Maritime Mysteries", which was a collection of ghost stories in the Atlantic Canada region. It may have reached some regional success, but I haven't heard it mentioned beyond the Maritimes. I'm a bit of a fan of these types of stories, so I thought it could have gotten a better reception on a broader map. Oh well.

e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

Rabid Fox said...

Oh yeah, I also posted a link to this contest on my own blog in the CONTESTS section at the top-right


Lori L said...

I've been racking my brain trying to come up with books I love but other's don't seem to appreciate as much.
I'm going with two nonfiction books:
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin and Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson. In fact, Isaac's Storm is an all time favorite nonfiction book for both me and my college aged son.

sphinx63 said...

I loved Watership Down, it is an older book (1972) by Richard Adams. It is still one of my favorite books, but when I tell people about it, no one has ever heard of it.

sphinxcw at aol dot com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Hm...an underappreciated book huh? there really are a lot these days. I've been trying to plug Willow by Julia Hoban and I think we're finally getting people to realize they should stock the book in their stores.

I also really really loved this book, that most people don't know about it, and it's called The Never Enders. Look it up. Love it.


Stacia said...

All these great books that I'll have to check out. My favorite underappreciated book is The Red Storm by Zinnia Hope. I bought it as an e-book first but loved it so much that I had to buy the print copy to have on my shelf as well.

staciahelpman @ hotmail .com

Gabby-Lily Raines said...

To me, one of the more underappreciated authors is Jim Kjelgaard.

A couple of his books are still reprinted and reissued (and I have them), but finding the rest is sort of like scouring through multiple flea markets to find the "one thing" that winds up being a great treasure.

He's a wonderful YA/older "kids" author that is a little like an easier to read Jack London.

shadowlord28 at gmail dot com

rscottnorman said...

Favorite under-appreciated book? “Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime.” But I see that you're doing your best to take care of that. Good work!

DesLily said...

I have found that my favorite books/ authors are as old as I am and because of this, young people never heard of my favorite books.. those of Anne McCaffrey (Pern) and David Eddings (Belgarian) and Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance).. they were wildly popular once but seem to have fallen from grace.. I still reread these books every few years!

holdenj said...

One of my favorite unappreciated books of late has been The Moneypenny Diaries by Kate Westbrook. Yes, it's about that Ms. Moneypenny, and her as yet unknown escapades in assisting Bond. It was great and I'm waiting patiently for the other two stories to be released in the US. (already published in the UK)

Congrats on the anniversary!

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

Bunny B said...

Happy Anniversary!

I love Amanda Ashby's "You Had Me At Halo", but not many people know about me.

bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Tweeted you giveaway: http://twitter.com/bunnyb/status/2238470123
bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Tweeted about Big Sid's Vicanti book: http://twitter.com/bunnyb/status/2238561662
bunnybx at gmail . com

bermudaonion said...

This showed up in my Reader a day late. I don't keep up with bestseller list, but I loved The Side-Yard Superhero and I don't think it's sold well. Thanks for the great giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

This question has thrown me for a loop. I don't think Ahab's Wife was that successful but I really enjoyed it.

Bookfool said...

Happy 1 year blogoversary!

I think my favorite book that appears wholly unknown would have to be The Hawaiian Reader, Volume 1. I know, doesn't it sound dull? But, it's absolutely chock full of incredible writing -- mostly by well-known writers like Mark Twain (his entries are hilarious).

Big Sid's Vincati is a very strange title. I would certainly never have noticed it.

bookfoolery at yahoo dot com

Gaby317 said...

i love Sharon Shinn and feel that she could be better appreciated. her first Twelve Houses series is so fun - romance,adventure, magic and fantasy.

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

MonieG said...

My favorite under appreciated book is Saints in Limbo by River Jordon. It was an awesome book that's under the radar.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Congratulations on your upcoming blogiversary. My favorite under appreciated book is Between Two Rivers, by Nicholas Rinaldi.
( dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com)

(BTW...My 1 year Blogiversary is June 28th LOL - feel free to enter my giveaway as well)


Unknown said...

I think that everyone should read Jesse's Girl. It isn't getting the love it deserves.

Unknown said...



Sheila DeChantal said...

Wow... what a great question.... so many books.... let me think....

The Wednesday Sisters that I recently read comes to mind.... but maybe it is too early to tell on that one. I guess I would go with Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King. This was a read for my book club and we loved it - in fact it changed the way we do book club (if you have time check my blog out for the July 2008 post of the Bookies Queen event... that is directly out of Same Sweet Girls.

Sheila DeChantal said...

Ok... I blogged about your contest and have a link coming back in to you. If you click on my name here it will take you directly to the post.

I am adding the book to my wish list so i can pick it up and review it but I am unsure if I would get it done by contest end with my TBR pile staring at me..... ha ha

Julie said...

My favorite underappreciated book would have to be The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson. It is the most beautiful little book I have read in a long time.

Thanks for the great contest,

Jaydit said...

oh wow...another BIG SID'S VINCATI fan...great minds think alike! but i had to stop my hearty recommendations. folks were getting annoyed..
my favorite unappreciated is THE DOLLMAKER by Harriette Arnow....folks from Appallachia who migrated to Detroit post WW2 to work in the auto plants...their trials and tribulations. a heartbreaker this

thanks for the contest


Katherine said...

My favorite under-appreciated book is Winnifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day (it was made into a movie recently). Charming little 1930s Cinderella story that was probably one of the most enjoyable books I read last year!

katherineshuff (at) gmail (dot) com.

donnas said...

My favorite is Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men by Gregory MacGuire. The first book in the series, Wicked, got a lot of press because they turned it into the musical. But the books are about so much more and when you read them they are not really about The Wizard of Oz at all, they are a commentary on current times, just set in the backdrop of Oz.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Aik said...

I've read your review. Big Sid's Vincati really sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.


aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

Tweeted about your review for BSV.


aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Aw, I really enjoyed reading your review of Big Sid's Vincanti! Sounds like such a moving read. My favorite underappreciated book is probably Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead by Saralee Rosenberg -- it has absolutely everything I love in a novel! Family dynamics, romance, love, loss, humor, friendship, etc. It was poignant and hilarious!

I'd love to be entered for the gift card, and I'll definitely look for the book soon! Books on the relationship between parent and child get me every time! :)

writing.meg [at] gmail.com

Llehn said...

When you mention the name Patricia McKillip, most people would think of the Riddle Master trilogy. I was thus surprised when most of my friends have not heard of The Changeling Sea. It is a charming story, with romance and angst, royalty and a sea dragon. I love, love, love it to bits.


Ella Preuss said...

I've yet to read such under-loved book...

I tweeted (EllaPress)!
And I'm posting a blog about Big Sid's Vincati , come over to my blog later today.

Unfortunately, I'm from Argentina, and I doubt that the book's got here.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I'm now following you!

xo, Ella

Sara said...

I recently read The Idea of Love (Louise Dean) and loved it. It is one of those books that everyone seems to have missed. It is mostly about a middle age man having a breakdown.

Sararush at hotmail dot com

Mary Kontrary said...

I KNOW there are books I've loved that no one else seems to have ever heard about. All of a sudden, tho, my mind just went blank.

Okay, I remembered one that I read 40 years ago but don't know anyone else who's ever heard of it, much less read it. It's called "The Story of San Michele" by Axel Munthe.

I'll have to check out "Big Sid's Vincante."

Belinda M said...

Not sure if it is under-appreciated book but I had not heard of the author of the novel before I read it. Princess of Park Avenue by Daniella Brodsky. I thought it was witty, funny and charming. Because of this novel I went out and found the rest of her novels and loved them just as much

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Amanda said...

One of my favorite reads is Skallagrigg by William Horwood. He might be better know for his series of books about Moles (Dunton Chronicles), but this a human story. Few people seem to have read it, but most that have love it. It is a tearjerker.

throuthehaze said...

my fave under-appreciated books are the magic the gathering novels. They are amazing fantasy books but its hard to find more than one book in any bookstore and most people arent aware they even exist

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

wheresmyrain said...

There's a lot of under appreciated books it seems like. One that I love and hardly anyone seems to notice is "The pinball theory of the apocolypse" its from a really small printing but its fantastic


Anonymous said...

I tend to read a lot of under-appreciated books, but one of my favorites is the Moosepath League series by Van Reid. The books came out in the 90s and got rave reviews (many compared them to Dickens), but they are all out of print now.

I'm going to blog about this giveaway on my site as well. Such a great topic!

Anonymous said...

LOL... I'm a big pimp.. er, madame? Oh, I mean advocate :-D for The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It blew me away and I loved the weirdness and grit of it, but apparently persons without taste didn't get it and it panned in sales.


I apologize, btw, to anyone who didn't like The Gargoyle "I'm sorry you have no taste." :-D

Beth said...

An underappreciated book that I enjoyed was The Kommndant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. No one I know read it but I loved it!
bthgordon at yahoo dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

An under-appreciated book? Hmm. I know lots of them. Until recently L J Smith's books were favorites of mine that feel into that catagory but they have recently made a major comeback. I guess my next pick would by Villians By Nessessity by Eve Forward. A favorite of mine that is hard to find now-a-days.
On another note, I have blogged both about this giveaway and mentioned about Big Sid's Vincati also.

Emma said...

Congrats on the anniversary!
An underappreciated book that I enjoyed was the Turn, My Beloved by Helene Lewis Coffer.A Silhouette Inspiration book year 1984.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com Thanks for the giveaway.

Valorie said...

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. I look around fantasy blogs these days and see nothing of Xanth mentioned when it's such a great series and the first book is amazing.

Tweet: http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/status/2426622993


amanda said...

My favorite underappreciated book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I'd love to spend the gift card on this book!

Thanks for a great giveaway:)

oheeyore at hotmail dot com

Lisanne624 said...

My favorite under appreciated book is "The Wimbledon Poisoner" by Nigel Williamson. I originally listened to the audio book from the library, and thought it was hilarious. I decided to order it from Amazon, and discovered, horror of horrors, that it was out of print! How could such a thing happen??? Luckily, I was able to get a used copy!

lahlstedt at gmail dot com

Kaye said...

My favorite under appreciated book is No Angel by Penny Vincenzi. I don't know if it's because she is a British author and just hasn't caught on here but I love her books.

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budletsmom said...

I really love the Riley Jenson Guardian series by Keri Arthur but most have never heard of them.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

The best book ever and I am sure is underappreciated is In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall. it is a very old book but if you love apes, this is it.

WordVore Prod said...

Ahh..I loved the book Big Sid's Vincati!
My favourite underappreciated book is Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan. It was...awesome! +1
I tweeted about this giveaway (http://twitter.com/ProdElektra) +1
I tweeted about Big Sid. +1
I wrote a review too! +3!:


Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

My current favorite under appreciated book is "Virtually His" by Gennita Low. This book had me from beginning to end, suspense and danger and spice. WOW - and now I find myself holding my breath waiting for a publisher to pick up the sequel!!!!

Thanks for this contest - Miranda

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Elena said...

My favorite (and I'm guessing it's now underappreciated as it's no longer in the bookstores) is Elizabeth Moon's The Deed Of Paksenarrion. The only book (besides the LOTR) that I've had to replace three times because I wore out my copy.

my email is elenagwynne @ gmail.com

Alyce said...

My favorite under-appreciated book is Starman's Quest by Robert Silverberg. It about twin boys who along with their father are spacemen. This book deals with the issue of the passage of time with fast space travel - how time would pass differently for those traveling at near speed of light travel in space than it would on Earth. The story is about how the twins get separated, one on earth - the other in space and they age at different paces. I'm totally not doing it justice, but it was one of my first and favorite sci-fi reads.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Laney said...

How to Kill A Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo!


Laney said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/fashionablegal/status/2545499456


Storm Etin said...

My favourite under appreciated author is Tom Lloyd, his debut book "The Stormcaller" is well up there with the greats of fantasy writing in my opinion.

I'm just about to start his second book, hopefully its just as good, if not better...somehow

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, I enjoyed it, not so for my friends, please count me in for this gc and then I can more great books. Thank you soooooo much.

Nelsby said...

I just love Replay by Ken Grimwood. It was written in 1980 or 1981...but I just discovered it a few months ago. Everyone that I have shared this book with has loved it! I can't imagine why it was not more popular. It would make an incredible movie!
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelsby said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/2590885494
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Nelsby said...

Tweet about Big Sid's Vincati: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/2591039109
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-.- said...

Out by Natsuo Kirino. It needs more love as it's a fantastic, shocking book.

~ Popin

heatherzilla said...

R my name is Rosie by Barbara Cohen has been one of my favorite books since I was 11. I cherish the copy the librarian gave my for being a library helper and I still read it every year or so.

dag888888 said...

Nancy Willard's Paradise Lost!


Anonymous said...

i think the fearless series by francine pascal is underloved


babygirlG said...

I love the Enchanted Woods series by Enid Blyton but the author is seriously underloved in the U.S.


amanaceer said...

i really love helie lee's 'still life with rice' but no one else seems to have heard of it.

Anonymous said...

i liked the book- a dog named christmas by greg kincaid.

it was very touching


Cheryl Vanatti said...

I adore a somewhat unknown & unappreciated book called The True Story of Hansel and Gretel. It's by Louise Murphy. I love how she took a fairy tale and turned it into a WWII novel. Speculative fiction at its very best!!! Everyone should try it.

Cheryl Vanatti said...

and here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/Tasses/status/2696229314