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Mother’s Day Giveaway!


Using, a winner has been selected!
Congratulations to … KAREN!

Thanks to all who participated and to stay up to say in-the-know on future giveaways, feel free to follow me on Twitter. (Link in the sidebar to the right.) … That is the first place I announce newly posted giveaways!

Happy Mother’s Day!


I’m pleased to be able to host another wonderful giveaway from Hachette Book Group. One lucky winner will receive a copy of each book below:

Just Let Me Lie Down By Kristin van Ogtrop
God Never Blinks By Regina Brett
The Cradle By Patrick Somerville
Heart of My Heart By Kristin Armstrong
Roses By Leila Meacham


1. Leave a comment telling me about a favorite memory you have of your mother, (or your favorite memory being a mother yourself!)

2. Make sure that you leave a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field. Comments are moderated. Please be patient. Your comment will appear when I approve it!

3. One comment/entry per person. One winner will be chosen at random. Contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on May 8th, 2010. Winner will be announced here and contacted via E-mail on Mother’s Day, May 9th, 2010.

4. If you are the winner you must be able to respond with your address for the prize to be shipped. No PO Boxes will be accepted. Address must be in the US or Canada.

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!



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Hispanic Heritage Month Book Giveaway!


Forgive me for forgetting to close this giveaway on time!

The winners, selected at random, are:

1. Andrea

2. Iva

3. Beth

4. Ruth (and)

5. Humincat


I can’t believe it’s Hispanic Heritage Month again, and time for another generous Hachette giveaway.

There will be 5 winners who will each receive a gift pack containing all 5 books shown below!


1. Zumba® By Beto Perez , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
2. Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante
3. Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta
4. Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo
5. Amigoland By Oscar Casares


US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes, please.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (with a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so you can be contacted should you win.)

For a second chance to win, blog about this giveaway on your blog and link to this post. (I’ll see the trackback and enter you twice.)

Giveaway will close on October 1st, 2009. Winners will be announced here and contacted via E-mail. Buena suerte! (Good luck!)


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America Libre Giveaway Winner Chosen

Using, a winner in the America Libre giveaway has been chosen. The winner is…


Congratulations to Jane.

For the rest of you, the fun isn’t over. Mr. Ramos y Sanchez has generously agreed to a blog interview of sorts here on Curious Villager.

I will be compiling a few questions for him to answer. If you have a question for him, please submit it via the comments on this post and then watch for the interview post in the next few days!



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Year of the Cock Giveaway


Thanks to all who entered. The 5 winners for the Year of the Cock Giveaway are:


Congratulations to each of you!


yearofYear of the Cock by Alan Wieder is the 87% true memoir (according to the author) of how he left his wife of more than 10 years to fulfill a mid-life crisis induced bachelor fantasy.

This book is not for the easily offended.

I have 5 copies to give away. Simply leave a comment with a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so I can contact you if you’re a winner.

U.S. and Canada entries only please.

Contest ends August 20th. Winners will be announced here and contacted via E-mail.


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Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction (Giveaway!)


The winner of the book, 90 Days to a New Life Direction by Laura Berman Fortgang was chosen by And the winner is…


Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.



In Now What? pioneering life coach Laura Berman Fortgang shares the process that she has used so successfully with hundreds of clients to help them make major changes in their lives. Whether it’s moving on from a dead-end job, discovering an entirely new creative outlet, or answering the age-old question “What am I meant to do with my life?” this book provides a clear and infinitely practical ninety-day program to discover a new direction for your life.

Readers will learn from the success stories of Berman Fortgang’s clients, including:

  • A woman who left her unfulfilling job to discover the rewards of doing motivational work with professional athletes.
  • A high-fashion shoe executive who found more gratifying work helping adoption agencies around the world place children in permanent homes.
  • A highly paid corporate consultant who became a minister.

Full of inspiring and empowering exercises and tools, Now What? guides readers — day by day and step by step — through a process that will lead to true life satisfaction and fulfillment.

Win a copy of this book by simply leaving a comment with a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field. (So you can be contacted if you’re the winner.)

If you are the winner you will need to provide a shipping address within the US or Canada. (P.O. Boxes are not accepted.)

One winner will be announced here, (and contacted via E-mail), on August 15th, 2009.

Good luck!


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America Libre (Giveaway!)



Winner announced HERE.


Want to win a copy of Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s new book, America Libre?

Here are the rules!

#1. Only US and Canada residents, please.

#2. If you win, you must provide a shipping address. No P.O. Boxes.

#3. Leave a comment and a valid E-mail address in the E-mail field so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

#4. Your comment should be answering the following question, (excerpted from America Libre’s Reading Group Guide): “The events in America Libre are similar to some real-life events in U.S. history, such as the race riots of the 1960’s and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Do you think that today’s society has changed to prevent events such as these from happening again?” Why or why not?

One winner will be chosen and announced here on August 10th, 2009. Good luck!


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The Divorce Party (Giveaway!)


Alright everyone, thanks for entering. I inputted all the names into the List Randomizer at, and the name that came out on top was…



Congrats, Anita and thanks to all who entered. Check back often for future giveaways!


divorceparty I am giving away a copy of The Divorce Party by Laura Dave! … I’m in the middle of my own copy right now and it’s really good. (And not to judge a book by its cover, but how adorable is the cover art? Love it!)

Book description:

Gwyn Huntington knows how to throw a party. And Hunt Hall, her postcard-perfect Victorian home in Montauk at the easternmost tip of Long Island, is no stranger to celebrations. But on the morning of her thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, she’s putting finishing touches on the last party she’ll host there. The last time she’ll see Hunt Hall abuzz with caterers and bartenders. The last time she’ll preside over a gathering of beautiful friends chatting in candlelight. The last time she’ll fully play the role of Mrs. Thomas Huntington. Divorce parties have become commonplace, if not fashionable, in Montauk. But Gwyn is determined that hers will be different.

Just over one hundred miles away on the same morning, Maggie Mackenzie sits on the floor of her Brooklyn apartment attempting to organize her new life. A former travel writer, she’s fallen in love with a wonderful man, gotten engaged, and is planning to start a business with him. Today is also the day she’ll meet her fiancé’s parents for the first time. She’s feeling particularly uneasy about the occasion surrounding her first meeting with Nate’s family.

The Divorce Party takes us into the lives of these two women at opposite ends of marriage. For all the differences between them — distance, privilege, age — Gwyn and Maggie have one thing in common: Each has found herself at a crossroads. Gwyn has been preparing for this day, the last predictable day before an uncertain future. Even though she’s had time to come to terms with her divorce, she still can’t quite believe her marriage is over. How can she move on when her marriage has defined who she is for the last thirty-five years? And for Maggie, the emotionally charged trip to Montauk shakes the foundation of her relationship with Nate and dredges up feelings she has spent her life trying to avoid.

In the end, Gwyn and Maggie face the same questions: How hard should you work to stay with the person you love? And when is it time to let go?

For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog post and make sure you provide a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so you can be contacted if you win.

A winner will be chosen at random and announced here on August 1st, 2009.

Good luck!


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