Thursday, July 5, 2012

~Summer Reads Giveaway Hop~

Hosted by I'm A Reader, Not A Writer and co-hosted by Rex Robot Reviews

Well, Summer is here, and I thought I really need to host a giveaway, and participate in a blog hop - I mean, I love sharing books that I enjoy with others, and I really wanted to be a part of a hop, since I've benefited so greatly from so many of them. Today I'm giving away a book that I absolutely LOVE and ADORE named "Coming Up For Air" by Patti Callahan Henry! Read my REVIEW of THE PERFECT SUMMER READ, with great depictions of lush greenery and nature playing a really important role in the narrative. It is a GREAT novel, and I hope whoever wins enjoys it as much as I did! 


Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband, she doesn’t quite seem to fit into her own life. But everything changes when her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at the funeral, and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death – and he wants answers to questions that Ellie’s not sure she can face.

As Ellie and Hutch start digging into Lillian’s history, and speaking for the first time in years, Ellie’s closed heart slowly begins to open. Using both a hidden diary that Ellie found in her mother’s things, and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts…

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But before I go further into the giveaway, I wanted to tell you about a NEAT, NEW and SUPER AWESOME fact about the book - it has an app that was just recently launched that goes hand in hand with the book, "Coming Up For Air" by Patti Callahan Henry. Yes, you read correct...and APP, that co-relates to the book! How COOL is that, right!?!?!? It's a wonderful book, and I wanted to be able to remember which parts influenced the app, so here I am reading it again!

Just a little info on the app: it is called "Wildflowers" by Patti Callahan Henry, and is created by Wildflower Wishes LLC. The app is inspired by a gorgeous garden scene in the book, and was commissioned especially for this Patti Callahan Henry's novel "Coming Up For Air", as it was released on paperback on May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. Here's a FUN FACT: If you buy a paperback copy of "Coming Up For Air" by Patti Callahan Henry, (click on the book cover below) it features the QR code to the app on the cover of the book!!!!

The FREE app comes with five special wildflower icons, each with a designated meaning (I'm sorry; I love you; Good luck, etc) which can be send to friends or loved ones via email, to fellow Wildflower Wishes users or to Facebook friends, along with a personalized heartfelt message - with ONE click, you could make someone's day. Additional wildflowers (icons) can be purchased for a mere $0.99. You can use it for birthdays, anniversaries, or (my favorite reason), just because! It's FREE, what have you got to lose? Just click on the shot of the app below, and it will take you straight to the app store on iTunes. 

 A screenshot of the cover of the main screen or cover of the app - isn't it beautiful?

A screenshot of the actual app - with a wildflower icon. Again, isn't it absolutely ADORABLE? 

Also, here is a list of flowers available to you through the app, and more will be added along the way, for special occasions, and such.

Infinite Love -- Bellflower
I Am Grateful -- Bluebells
Sending Encouragement -- Black Eyed Susan
Thinking of You -- Zinnia
A Mother's Love – Impatiens
Pure Loyal Love -- Daisy
Bond of Love -- Honeysuckle
I am sorry; Please forgive me -- Purple Hyacinth
Don't forget me -- Forget Me Not
I will never forget you -- Everlasting
Sending Protection -- White Heather
Sending Cheer -- Crocus
Sending Courage and Daring -- Edelweiss
Sending Good Luck -- Clover
Sending Perserverance -- Chicory
Farewell -- Sweet Pea
Secret Love -- Acacia
Love at First Sight – Gloxinia


Thanks to the immense generosity of the author Patti Callahan Henry, and the Emily LaBeaume of Wunderkind PR - I have a copy of "Coming Up For Air" up for grabs. 

Unfortunately, this contest is limited to US readers. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and then check out the other blogs on the giveaway hop!

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  1. I'd love to win this book, because I need something new to add to my summer reading list, and this one sounds like a great read.

    1. I hope you got a chance to check out my review, if not it is here:

      I assure you, it is one of the best summer reads I've ever had the pleasure of spending my summer with! Good luck to you! :D

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like such a good read :) I would love to win it!

    1. Dear Linda, I assure you, this book was an absolute pleasure to read! I clung to it like my life depended on it. I thank you for visiting the blog, and wish you the best of luck! :D

  3. sounds like a good book and i know i will love it even the cover is beautiful!

    1. The cover is gorgeous...both covers were super soothing, the blues of the hardback, and the lovely flowers on the paperback. Both make me want to get out in the open, and do some gardening! I'm sure you'll LOVE this book, Joana. Wishing you the best of luck! :D

  4. The book sounds like a nice summer romance. I hope I get lucky.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. It is both a romance, and a journey to self-discovery - just MY kind of summer read! I think you'll absolutely love it, Linda! Wish you the best of luck, and hope you visit the blog, again, soon :D

  5. Looks like a nice light read. I'm in the mood for one. Thanks.

    1. Dear Nancy,

      That's the beauty of this book, it is both light and refreshing in it's simplicity, yet profound in it's own way! Wish you the best of luck... :D

  6. It sounds like a great read to me!

    1. Dear Cheryl,

      I wish you the best of luck, and I'm sure you'd love this book, it is an absolutely fantastic read! :D

  7. I'd love to win this, because I have all of Patti Callahan Henry's books except for this one. I just love her style of writing and the topics in her novels are always interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Dear Susan,

      *Gasp* another Patti Callahan Henry fan!?!? *high five* :D
      I know precisely what you mean, this author has real command over her narrative, and her beautiful prose. I wish you the best of luck, and I wanted you to know, that if I get more than a 100 entries in this contest, I'm going to host another giveaway for the same title, offering FOUR copies of this book to FOUR winners! :D So tell all your friends...and let's get this contest over a 100 entries...!!! :D

  8. I am trying to find me and amazing authors to read. Wildflowers looks good with mystery and romance! Thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Hi,

      I know what you mean - I am SO glad I came across author Patti Callahan Henry, she is one of the sweetest, most amazing people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with! I wish you the best of luck, and if I get more than a 100 entries in this contest I think I'm going to hold another one, for the same title - THAT'S how much I love this book! :D Like I said, good luck! :D

  9. Fantastic review! Love the self discovery, romance & gardening. The app. sounds terrific. Who wouldn't want to win?
    Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway!

  10. Would be great to win this book because it sounds like a great read! I enjoy stories where the girl/guy have a history together and then years later they run into each other and fall in love :-) and it involves a little mystery too! Great review and giveaway!
    Kaci Verdun

  11. I always love a good mystery book that involves digging into an unknown part of your life. Keeps it interesting and keeps it in my hands. It might even keep me from getting sleep. :-)
    Heather c - heatherpooh [hotmail]

  12. This is a new author to me, and I enjoy mysteries, and the book covers are nice. I don't judge everything that way, but often when I like the cover, it means I will also like the book.