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The review website Dear Author is doing book giveaways all this month, and I’m one of the giver-awayers today. You can enter to win one of 5 copies of A Woman Entangled, or one set of audiobooks (one copy of A Lady Awakened and one of A Gentleman Undone) – as well as romantic suspense by Rachel Kall, and Scottish romance by Tarah Scott.

The Woman Entangled giveaway is open to international entries; the audiobook giveaway is US only. I’m not sure for how long the giveaway runs, but it’s not for very long. “A few days” is what the page says.

Go win some books!

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Somewhere or other I saw the author Courtney Milan say that she goes through a period of hating every book she writes before she’s done with it. I didn’t have that experience with A Lady Awakened or A Gentleman Undone, but boy, did I make up for lost time with A Woman Entangled. There were days – many of them in a row – when I doubted the book was ever going to come together in a shape suitable for publication, let alone suitable for following up what I thought were a pretty good debut and sophomore effort.

So good reviews and emails from readers maybe mean a little bit more with this book, and maybe still come as something of a surprise. And I’m surprised, and utterly delighted, to learn that RT Book Reviews awarded AWE its Seal of Excellence for July!

Yay, Romantic Times! Are any of you readers & writers planning on going to the convention next year? I’ve never been to an RT convention, but I’m thinking this next one – in New Orleans – might be a good first.

Oh, also, if you haven’t read A Woman Entangled yet, be sure to enter the giveaway on Goodreads.

 

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Goodreads giveaway

The Summer of Cecilia Grant Giveaways continues, this time on Goodreads! I have 15 copies of A Woman Entangled to give away there.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant

A Woman Entangled

by Cecilia Grant

Giveaway ends July 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Note that you have to go to Goodreads (and I believe you need a Goodreads account) to win this one. Leaving comments on my blog won’t work. In fact I think I’ll disable the comments on this post, just to avoid mix-ups.

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7/14/2013: The giveaway has ended. My winners are Christiana M, Ellen Gwyn, and Ada. Christiana, Ellen, and Ada, check your email and tell me where to mail the books! Everyone else, thanks for entering. I’m hoping my Goodreads giveaway will go live any minute now, and I’ll let you know when it does.


I’ve got my author copies of A Woman Entangled!

I’ve earmarked a bunch of them for a Goodreads giveaway, the link to which I’ll post as soon as it goes live.  And in the meantime, I’ve got three copies to give away right here.


Cover of A Woman Entangled

Kate Westbrook has dreams far bigger than romance. Love won’t get her into London’s most consequential parties, nor prevent her sisters from being snubbed and looked down upon—all because their besotted father unadvisedly married an actress. But a noble husband for Kate would deliver a future most suited to the granddaughter of an earl. Armed with ingenuity, breathtaking beauty, and the help of an idle aunt with connections, Kate is poised to make her dreams come true. Unfortunately, a familiar face—albeit a maddeningly handsome one—appears bent on upsetting her scheme.

Implored by Kate’s worried father to fend off the rogues eager to exploit his daughter’s charms, Nick Blackshear has set aside the torch he’s carried for Kate in order to do right by his friend. Anyway, she made quite clear that his feelings were not returned—though policing her won’t abate Nick’s desire. Reckless passion leads to love’s awakening, but time is running out. Kate must see for herself that the charms of high society are nothing compared to the infinite sweet pleasures demanded by the heart.


Leave a comment below by 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time on Saturday, July 13 for a chance to win. This giveaway, unlike the one at Goodreads, is open to international entries.

As with all my recent giveaways, no elaborate comment required. “I want to win” will do the job.

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Here’s what happened.

Two days after my father died, and six days before the release of A Woman Entangled, I had an email from author Anna Cowan. She’d been thinking about me, she said, and thinking about the fact that I had a book coming out and probably no time, energy, or heart to promote it.

Actually she’d been doing more than thinking. She’d reached out to some other authors, and, if it was okay with me, they wanted to shoulder the promo of this book for me. They’d already coordinated, among themselves, a schedule of blog posts and giveaways. But they wouldn’t go ahead with the plan unless I was comfortable with it.

I wasn’t, at first. I couldn’t help feeling like I’d be taking advantage of my father’s death, or at least profiting from it, by accepting this promotion that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. It felt unclean.

Besides, at that time none of the authors in question had read A Woman Entangled. And I was uneasy with the idea of them plugging a book that, once they’d read it, they might not even like. I’m a book-buying reader as well as a writer, and when a writer plugs someone else’s book to me, I want it to be because they read and loved that book. Not because they’re friendly with the author, or feel for her on account of the difficult life chapter she’s currently going through, or even because they liked her previous books and think there’s a good chance they’ll like this one too. I want my word to mean something, when I recommend a book, and I want other writers’ words to mean something too.

So I wrote back to Anna, thanked her for her kindness, explained some of my reservations, and said I needed to think about it.

And I thought about it. And one of the things I couldn’t help thinking was that I’m not the only person with a stake in A Woman Entangled‘s launch. A whole team at Random House, from editor to copyeditor to cover designer to marketers to the person who put together the book trailer, had invested time, creativity, and money in making this book a success. Surely they, and their investment, needed to go into the balance scale along with my nice thoughts about principle and integrity.

Maybe more to the point, after I sent the email to Anna, I didn’t feel like a person of principle and integrity. I felt like an ungracious jerk. Here were these authors, all with careers and deadlines and promo of their own to manage, carving out time to help me, stepping up to lessen my burden in what way they could, as humans have done for one another since at least the invention of the funerary casserole. Shouldn’t my answer be, “Yes, thank you so much?” Shouldn’t I trust these people to decide for themselves whether they wanted to plug my book (and to be capable of staging a giveaway that doesn’t come with an outright recommendation, in the event they don’t like the book)?

So I wrote back to Anna and said Yes, thank you very much; you’re absolutely right that I’m in no shape to promote a romance novel right now and I’d welcome your help.

This explains the links in the box at the top right of my blog. These are the authors whose kindness I decided to accept. Thanks to them, I’ve been able to spend time being sad with my family these past couple weeks, without feeling like I’m leaving my publisher altogether in the lurch.

Principle and integrity or no principle and integrity, I’m deeply grateful.

 

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Congrats to commenter #32, Karin Anderson, whom Random.org picked as the winner of my giveaway. Karin, send a mailing address to cecilia@ceciliagrant.com and I’ll get the book out to you!


I have one very early, pre-official-giveaway copy of my June book, A Woman Entangled, and nothing would make me happier than to give it to one of you.

A Woman Entangled is my third book, and third in the series featuring the Blackshear family: hero Nick is the elder brother of A Lady Awakened‘s Martha and A Gentleman Undone‘s Will. Booklist gave the book a starred review and had this to say:

Wielding a deliciously sharp wit, Grant delivers yet another cleverly conceived and deftly choreographed Regency historical that is both lushly sensual and thoroughly romantic. Readers who have yet to discover Grant’s impeccably written romances are in for a rare treat.

So if you’re one of the readers who has yet to discover my books, or if you’ve read one or both and are curious about the next one, this giveaway is for you!

Leave a comment below (as before, some variation on “please enter me in the drawing” is all I require) by 11:59:59 pm Pacific time Wednesday, June 5 for a chance to win. This giveaway is open internationally.

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Random.org has picked commenter Anna M (@helgagrace) as the winner! Anna, please email me at cecilia@ceciliagrant.com with a mailing address, and I’ll get the books out to you.

Everyone else, stay tuned for more giveaways.


Edited 6/1 to add: Sorry about being ambiguous with the ending time/date of the giveaway period! To clarify, you have until 11:59:59 Pacific time on Saturday, June 1 to leave a comment. Not the midnight with which Saturday June 1 begins, the one with which it ends.

With the release of A Woman Entangled less than a month away, I figured it would be a good time to do some giveaways. First up, a complete set of the extant works of Cecilia Grant: one copy of A Lady Awakened and one copy of A Gentleman Undone. Win them, read them over the next few weeks, and by the time A Woman Entangled comes out, you’ll know all about the hero’s two younger siblings.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. Leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time Saturday, June 1 to be entered to win.

No substance required in the comments. “Please enter me in the giveaway” will do just fine.

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