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09 September 2007 @ 10:23 am
sudden random book giveaway  
I was just sorting through boxes of books and realized/discovered I have about a zillion copies of THE PHOENIX LAW and a number of copies of FIREBIRD DECEPTION sitting around, and thought perhaps I'd have a sudden random book give-away.

Leave a comment with some kind of story or reason as to why I should send you a copy of one, or even *both*, of the books, and I'll send out copies to the top three or five or so that strike me as funniest or cleverest or something-else-est. :) I'll decide on Tuesday, probably.

(I do not, I'm sorry, have any give-away copies of CARDINAL RULE left, so you may have to hunt one down if you want the whole series.)
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booniecat: bookstorebooniecat on September 9th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
A Story
Once upon a time there was a beautiful young princess...

Except that, well, she wasn't really a princess and I guess if we are going to be honest about that, might as well throw in that 'beautiful' may be a bit of an exaggeration. But, "Some average American gal" just doesn't capture the same feeling as "Once Upon a Time." Really, tho, does anything? Anyhow, so the not-really-a-princess girl had a horrid, terrible problem.

She was addicted to reading.

Oh, it started innocuously enough...her mother would read to her at night to get her to fall asleep, grandparents bought her books. But, by the time she was three, she had taught herself to read, and by the second grade the Librarian both at school and at the Public Library knew her by name. Every week she would leave the library with her arms piled high with books. Nothing made her happier than curling up with a good book, and she never understood why her friends and family would sit around the television for hours when a thousand distant lands, and a countless number of journey's were waiting for them along the book shelf. She loved books, loved reading, and was always excited to start a new story and fall into the wonderful worlds between the pages.

But she was not satisfied with just reading a few hours a day. No, not her. She had books to read at school, books carried in her bag, books to read at lunch, at bedtime, in the bath and by the light of her night light (kept long after her fear of the dark had faded). Slowly, the addiction of Reading A Good Book was taking hold.

This trend of reading her way thru the library continued until she joined the military and learned that in some places in the world there was no public library.

As shocking as it is to read here, imagine how it was for our heroine! Going from a solid diet of books available at any notice, then suddenly being re-planted in Guam, so vastly different than what she had known, what was a girl to do?!
booniecat: Cleverbooniecat on September 9th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: A Story
Then the girl discovered the Wonderful World of Owning Books. And she was pleased. However, although the selection can be better in this magical world, it is also a bit harsher on both bank accounts and living room space. But a horrid thing happened to the girl.

She ran out of books to buy.

Oh, no, certainly the bookstore did not suddenly stop stocking books! And fortunately, her addiction had not led her to the poor house. But, one day while wondering around the bookstore, deciding on a books to read, the girl realized that she had read or purchased every book by every author that she knew or had been recommended to her. All that was left was the Daunting number of books that Might Not Be All That Great.

This was it. What would she choose to do? Would she abandon reading forever, or would she travel the unknown path in search of New and Unknown Authors, books which she had never heard of and which could be very, very good...or horridly, horridly painful to muddle thru.

After only brief hesitation, our heroine choice to find New and Exciting authors, and her quest continued even after she returned to the States and settled in an area complete with not one but several public libraries. Oh, but buying books is such a heady practice, how could she stop?

It was on one of these book buying quests to find New and Exciting Authors that the girl stumbled upon a book called Urban Shaman and decided that, well, it sounds interesting enough....I suppose I will give it a shot.

And no sooner did she curl up with the first chapter, she fell head first into a wonderful world, and was completely spell bound. Enough so that she rushed out to buy more of the same. High on the intoxicating emotional trip that comes with finding an Author You Love Reading, she found the author on livejournal and dropped her onto her friends page to keep up with what was going on in the Life Of An Author.

Possibly even more importantly, by keeping her friends page populated with entertaining entries and insights to the world of writing, our heroine took note of the author seeking clever-and-whatnot comments that may result in the receipt of one (or two!) books.

So, our still tragically addicted (but still strong) heroine sat down at her computer after a long 12 hours at work, and tried to think of reasons why she should be considered for the books.

She came up with three reasons:

1. I love to read, and would love to read these stories
2. I would give the books a good home
3. I would share them with my friend, who has a similar 'addiction'

She reflected for a bit on these reasons. The first reason was valid, but what person would be reading this blog/LJ if they too did not share in the love of books? So, reason 1 is far too pedestrian to really count for much. Reason 2 seemed just a little silly, and reason 3 seemed to skirt the truth a bit, since the full story to that would be only after significant "Nee-ner-nee-ner-nee-ner, look what I got!" type comments had occurred.

So, failing to come up with unique and reasonable explanations as to why she, out of everyone, should be chosen, our heroine realized that it was far past her bed time, she was remarkably tired and decided to share the tragic story of her life and addiction, in the hopes that perhaps this would be enough to win her a coveted selection as a recipient of a book (or two) from the author herself.

The End.
Brian: fredburger Yes!logrusboy on September 9th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: A Story
You win. I'm not even going to try now. :(
Brian: Kitty: cut youlogrusboy on September 9th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: A Story
P.S.:

1) I friended you on the strength of your comment alone. Okay, I did scan your blog and also your icons, but you were just too funny.
2) I stole your icon.
3) Yes, I know there are more copies to have and I'm not on the selection committee so I can't actually say that you've won. But you've totally got my vote anyway. :)
booniecat: sissorsbooniecat on September 9th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: A Story
Heh, thanks! I am kinda an icon-addict, although not quite enough of one to justify the extra dollar or two a year to add 10 more or whatever...but I try to rotate them out ever so often. Thanks for the kind comment tho (you should still try, thats the fun part of things like this!) and I have gone ahead and friend-ed you back. :)