Pay it Forward Giveaway!

The Pay It Forward Giveaway Hop, which will take place during the last week of June (June 23rd – June 30th) is inspired by the author Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of Pay it Forward) and is hosted by Roof Beam Reader and Shooting Star Mag.

I love the whole Pay it Forward thing so I wanted to participate in this hop.  This is the chance for people to really help get recognition for some books (or things) they really love and don’t feel it has gotten the recognition it deserves. 

So for this giveaway I’m giving away a book from a list of books that I think deserve more recognition.  One winner can pick one of the following books.  It can be an ebook or a finished copy but it has to be available to you (and $15 or less).  If you live outside the US it’s possible that some of these books aren’t available to you.  If you’re the winner we can figure that out.  If you are an international winner your prize can be an ebook or a book from The Book Depository.  If you’re in the US it may come from various sources.  Note: At the time of typing this up ALL books are available at The Book Depository in paperback.

Once again Cornerstone is on my list.  Seriously, you really need to read this book!  

Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

Waterfall or any of the books in the River of Time series.  This is my most recommended series, I tell everyone to read it!

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

Fated is one urban fantasy that just hasn’t quite gotten all the attention it deserves.  If you’ve already read Fated you may pick Cursed (book 2) instead.  This is an adult series and you must be 16 or older to win.

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…

Kushiel’s Dart or any of the books in the series.  This is my all time most favorite series EVER.  There are 3 trilogies and if you’ve started them already you can pick whichever book you want.  But this is the first one.  Just be warned, this is very adult, and you must be 18 to win this one.  It’s also not for those who are squeamish as there’s quite a bit of everything.  Fighting, gore, sex- the whole lot.  But this is EPIC.  This series has gone far and beyond any other fantasy series I’ve read.  Whether you win or not, read it!  (This first book is a bit hard to get into, but stick with it because it gets good.  But the second and third are when things REALLY get EPIC!)

The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good…and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission…and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair…and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.

Giveaway:
One person will win one of the above books of their choice (depending on if they are old enough for those that have age restrictions) of the format of their choice as long as it’s available in their country.
Open internationally
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This giveaway ends June 30th.
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Comments

  1. Can I say Jellicoe Road?! I LOVE that book hardcore. And, I know that it won the Printz and all, but I honestly don’t think the Printz gets the recognition it deserves in general, but I feel like Melina Marchetta has DIE HARD FANS or people who don’t know anything about her, and I think that EVERYONE needs to read her…

    But, I also think that Stephanie Kuehnert and Lisa Schroeder are too amazing not to have more people in love with their writing.

  2. i will say both that hasn’t gotten the attention they deserve in the french world ( because not sure how they are know in us and canada and uk etc) but in france they want to stop the publication when nearly nobody ahs heard of Jaz parks by jennifer rardin and the series kates daniels by ilona andrews

  3. This is a GREAT giveaway, and I feel frustrated that there are books that are SO GOOD, but others get the recognition for it. For me, some of them are:

    - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    - Symphony by Jude Morgan
    - I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (sure, they all know The Book Thief, but not his other books!)

  4. There are so many great titles out there that haven’t gotten the attention they deserve! But if I had to narrow it down…I’d say Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon would be the ones I’d pick off the top of my head. :)

  5. I would say either Unwind or Bruiser by Neal Shusterman. The books are very different in tone, but are both POWERFUL reads. Thanks for the giveaway Candace:))

  6. Shepherd’s Moon by Stacy Mantle..It is awesome. I can’t wait to read the second one!

    From Amazon
    Fate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals. It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals… The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do. Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation – an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon. Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.

  7. I am sure many books, mainly books by little known authors. Someone listed The Thirteenth Tale, I read it and really enjoyed it, but I never saw much written about it.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! A book I really love is “Talking It Over” by Julian Barnes. I can recommend any of his books, really. He’s an amazing writer.

  9. Mmmm. I think I’d say Jellicoe Road too. I’d never heard about it until recently, but the people who recommend it RAVE about it.

  10. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – it’s an amazing fantasy epic, but it’s so well written that it reads like a historical novel. The other books by this author are great too. I just love how he writes.

  11. I would say the Worst Hard Times. Now, I know you are talking about fiction, and this is non-fiction (I don’t even usually read non-fiction) but, this is a book I think everyone should read. It is about the dust bowl and great depression. It is so well written, I actually thought I was reading fiction- except that it happened and was a terrible time.

  12. Most underrated book I can think of… I think I’ll go with Deception by Lee Nichols because it was a lot of fun to read but barely anybody seems to have heard about it!

  13. The Reapers are the Angels was not only an excellent zombie novel, but incredibly poignant as well. One of the best reads ever!! :)

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  14. I would have to say Anna Sheehan’s A Long, Long Sleep. It was released last year, and I think it got totally overlooked. It’s easily one of my favorite YA reads, it’s thought-provoking and the writing is GORGEOUS…not to mention its lovely cover.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  15. I’m so glad you recommended Cornerstone to me, but now I have to wait for Keystone and it’s been agony! What have you done?! LOL

    I strongly believe in Paying it Forward to. It’s such a powerful gesture every time. :)

  16. First I want to say: yay for the Kushiel series. I am a few books behind on them but love love LOVE them!

    So, books with not enough recognition? Tate Hallaway’s Vampire Princess of St. Paul.

  17. I agree with you that Waterfall is underrated. I also think The Healing by Jonathan Odell needs more attention. There are so many good books out there. Great hop idea. Love it.

  18. Thanks for the chance to win. Good to know that people don’t always believe what other’s say about books and movie reviews. People should decide for themselves what is good.

  19. I honestly can’t think of any because lately all of my book choices have come from blogs or from Amazon recommendations or from my newsletters. I’m reading Bloom and I haven’t seen much about that, maybe because it is nonfiction.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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