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Monday, April 6, 2009

***Giveaway The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson

First a big thank you to Valerie from Hachette Book Group for the opportunity to host this giveaway. Read on, my friends, I think you will be pretty happy! :)


Category: FICTION
Publish Date: 5/26/2009
US/Can Price: $13.99/$15.50
ISBN: 9780446697828
Pages: 336
Size: 5-1/4" x 8"

Description from the publisher's website:

Lauren Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother keep family skeletons in the closet or sewing her acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister, Thalia, is her opposite, an impoverished actress who prides herself on exposing the lurid truths lurking behind middle class niceties.

While Laurel's life seems neatly on track-- a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, a lovely suburban home-- everything she holds dear is threatened the night she is visited by the ghost of her 13-year-old neighbor Molly. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly, floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is an unseemly mystery that no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Laurel enlists Thalia's help, even though she knows it comes with a high price tag.

Together, they set out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about their family's haunted past, the true state of Laurel's marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

What do you think? Want to know more?

And really, we just have to hear a little from the author. :)

So are you ready to win?
I hope so!


-----Giveaway open to US and Canada. No PO Boxes.

-----Giveaway starts today April 6 to Saturday, May 9 at 11:59pm. Winners will be notified by email on Sunday May 10 and will also be posted on this blog.

-----Winners will have 3 days to email me their addresses or new winners will be drawn.

-----I need a way to contact you if you win so PLEASE include your email address with your comment unless your email is attached to your blog and accessible. Feel free to write your email out spelling such things as AT and DOT to make the spiders stay away. :)

Main Entry: Simple...comment with why you would like to win this book. Not just enter me please. Don't forget to include your email address.

Additional Entries:
---Blog about this giveaway and comment with the link. One Entry
---Tweet about this giveaway and comment with the link. One Entry
---Send a friend and have them comment that YOU sent them. Two entries for both of you.
---If you are a follower of this blog or a new follower leave a comment. One Entry.

That is it. If you haven't read the reviews on this book go check them out. This is going to be an awesome read!


KR said...

I'd love this.

KR said...

I follow

Becca said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like something that will make me thing and touch my heart.

My email is

Marie Cloutier said...

I want to know more! :-) sounds like fun.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for the giveaway. I like the ghost story idea, and the whole plot sounds really good. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I'm also subscribed to your blog, if that counts for anything. :-)


valerie2350 said...

oooh a haunted past - sounds fun!

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silverhartgirl said...

this looks like a touching story with moving charcters. that is why i would like to read this book
silverhartgirl at

Pam said...

I love reading. I love mysteries.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Erika Powell said...

this one sounds so good, count me in and I follow in google reader

sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com

Bridget said...

Hi! I posted about this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

Amanda said...

I don't read a lot of new fiction, but this one has caught my eye around the blogosphere and I'm interested in reading it. Please enter me. My address is amandagignac [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

Kaye said...

Ooh, this one sounds so good. I love books with "haunted pasts" revelations and life altering journeys. Gives me goose bumps just to read about it. I am also one of your "bestest peeps".

Have a great week, Kelly!


Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I love Ghost Whisperer type books!


Simply Stacie said...

I like to explore new authors and like the sound of this book.

Simply Stacie said...

I follow you.

Vanessa said...

This sounds like a really great story. Please count me in.


Vanessa said...

I'm a follower!


Amber said...

I want to win this book because it seems to approach the skeletons in the closet issue with thoughtfulness and humanity as opposed to gossip and snark.
Thanks for the giveaway :)

traveler said...

Thanks for featuring this lovely book. I am interesting greatly.

Marie said...

I love ghost stories!

His d said...

The mention of 'art quilts' is what caught my eye, so i'd read it just because a quilter is in it. ;)

Kim said...

This looks interesting - and honestly, I like the cover. Is that wrong?

Kim said...


allisonmariecat said...

Ooh, I love a good ghost story. Please enter me.


kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Love this twist on the traditional ghost story -- would love to win!

CherylS22 said...

I'd love to read this book because I like the idea of two sisters who are totally opposite finding common ground.

Please count me in - Thanks!

CherylS22 said...

I just signed up to be an e-mail subscriber.


Anita Yancey said...

I would like to win this book because it sounds so interesting to me. I love reading stories that have a ghost in them. Definitely want to read this one. Please enter me, and thanks!


Anita Yancey said...

I am a subscriber!


Unknown said...

A life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations? No need to say more to convince me!

Vanessa said...

I blogged about this here:


Book Sp(l)ot said...

I would love to win tihs book :)

Becky said...

Ahh hiding the family skeltons and the sister sounds like my kind of girl! Sounds like a really good read.

Thanks for the chance!

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I just became a follower.

Book Sp(l)ot said...

Can I amend my previous comment with the 'why'? My internet was making the blog jumpy and I didn't see it (my computer gets weird)...

I'd love to read it because I've read Between, Georgia and really enjoyed it and listened to Gods in Alabama and really enjoyed both of them so I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while now. :)

windycindy said...

I like the story line that a woman who seems to have a wonderful life helps a young girl solve her death.
Very introspective!
Thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

I am a fan/follower of your blog!
Again, many thanks.....Cindi

windycindy said...

Thanks, Cindi

auntrene said...

I would like to win this book simply because I love to read and this sounds like a great book.
Thanks for the giveaway.
itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

nfmgirl said...

Hey, I'm totally out of touch with my own emotions! So anytime I can read an emotionally charged book, it can help me get in tune with what's going on inside of me.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT

nfmgirl said...

I'm a follower

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be entered.

I follow.

I will subscribe via email.

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Lindsay said...

I'd love to read this book. I'm enticed by 'family skeleton's and love anything with ghosts! :)

Would love to win this!
Frugalfab at gmail dot com !

Anonymous said...

Sounds like my family...well, aside from the ghost hanging around. Sounds like an exciting summer read! Please enter me!



Anonymous said...

Just the picture on the cover of this book intrigues me enough to want me to read the book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

Stephanie said...

I'd love to win this book because it looks really good!! (and I'm too poor to buy it!!)

stoland at ameritech dot net

Jo-Jo said...

I've read really great reviews of this book and that is why I want to read it...please enter me!

Jo-Jo said...

I'm also a follower.

Bingo said...

This looks like a great read.

Sammie said...

I am a new follower

Sammie said...

This book sounds very interesting, from the ghosts to the reason of marriage. I would love to have the chance to read this book.

SamantharaeM at gmail dot com

Jo-Jo said...

I came back to let you know that I blogged about your contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I'd love to read this.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Luvdaylilies said...

I would enjoy this book I have always enjoyed ghost stories and the review sounds enticing=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Pamela S said...

I love a good mystery and this one with ghosts seems especially interesting. Thanks.