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In Michael Malone’s brand new novel The Four Corners of the Sky, Annie’s father gave her a lot more than an old broken-down airplane when he took off.  After leaving her to be raised by her aunt and uncle, he also gave her a mystery to solve years later; a mystery that would change everything.  Annie’s father Jack is a con artist who, after abandoning his daughter for years without any word, has resurfaced and suddenly needs her help.  Now a successful Navy pilot, Anne isn’t so willing to take the bait – but perhaps if he agrees to finally tell her who her mother is…

The Four Corners of the Sky is suspenseful, humorous, and filled with mystery.  New York Times Best-Selling Author Michael Malone gives us a host of unforgettable characters, both dramatic and humorous, and a plot that will keep you guessing right up to the end.  This his tenth novel, Malone offers an entertaining read to a large audience base.  Whether you’re a mystery, romance, thriller, or comedy reader, you’ll find it in aces in The Four Corners of the Sky.

Want to win your own hardcover copy?  The book debuted this week, so enter to win while you’re still the first in your book club to hear about it! ($24.99 retail)

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just give me a con!  Try and sell me a watch, snow me, or tell me about a con you experienced or heard about.  Ever buy some land in Florida?  Get creative!  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

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4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, to enter.

Are you ready for the next blockbuster novel to hit the bookshelves? I do believe I’ve got it sitting right here. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo snagged my attention immediately. Not only is it an intense mystery with a depth of plot being compared to War and Peace (don’t worry – you won’t get lost in anything but fascination), this amazing book was originally written in Swedish. If you’ve spent much time at all on this blog, then you know I’m a sucker for foreign works. If you’re not one to pick up a translated book, Stieg Larsson is about to make a convert out of you.

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you’ve got a work that will rival any powerful thriller or mystery seen in recent years, if not longer. In fact, Larsson’s first novel has outsold The DaVinci Code and Harry Potter in France, and the entire trilogy (Millennium Trilogy) has been selling fast and furious throughout Europe. Its complex plot will have the most die-hard mystery fans scratching their heads, unable to outwit the author.

In the book, protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who’s recently been to jail for slander, finds himself with an offer to solve a wealthy family’s mystery – one of their own went missing over 30 years ago, and one family member is bound and determined to figure it out if it takes the last of his days. The biggest problem? Most of the suspects are members of his own twisted family. Blomkvist, with the help of social outcast Lisbeth Salander, take on the challenge in the hope of finding his own revenge in the process. What proceeds on the upcoming pages is a series of plot twists, turns, and unexpected stomach-droppers that will certainly see this book straight to the top of the Bestseller lists.

Just as fascinating is author Stieg Larsson himself. His own life sounds more like another thriller novel. Having worked for over 30 years fighting fascism and racial and religious intolerance through his journalistic work. He’s been quite a hero in his native Sweden, and across Europe as well. But shortly after presenting his trilogy of novels to his editor at the age of 50, Larsson unexpectedly died. Some call his death its own mystery due to the nature of his journalistic work. After all, he’d built up quite a list of dangerous enemies over the years. But close friends insist that Larsson’s 60-cigarette-a-day habit, along with his obsessively long work hours, certainly didn’t do anything positive for his health. Either way, a great crime writer was lost before his readers got a chance to discover him. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t even published in time for him to see it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (published in Sweden under the name “Män Som Hatar Kvinnor”) will be out in hardcover in America for the first time, debuting on September 16th, 2008, but I have an extra copy here for one very lucky carp(e) libris reviews reader. Enter to win by midnight, September 12, 2008, and the winner will receive the book on the big release date. How to win? Read on…

3 Ways to Win

1.) Leave a comment telling me about your mystery reading habits. Do you like mysteries and thrillers? What’s the best you’ve read lately? Have fun with your comment! Winners are randomly chosen, but if the name drawn doesn’t respond, I choose the next winner by comment.

2.) Email subscribers are entered into this and all future giveaways, for as long as their subscription is active. Simply place your email address in the little white box at the top of my sidebar on the right. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you don’t receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post.

Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Friday, September 12, 2008, to enter.

What is a Goldfish Award?

How often have you been in a public place and found yourself eavesdropping on the table next to yours? Heaven help the unsuspecting couple that dines next to me. I don’t mean to, I really don’t, But if someone nearby speaks loudly, I’m suddenly engrossed in their conversation, nodding my head or frowning as a good listener should. I think we’re probably all that way to some extent, and that’s what makes this comic strip collection of All Over Coffee such a huge success.

Unbelievably detailed pen and ink sketches of San Francisco skylines, architectural details, occasional interior scenes with no people, and a few lines of text make up these uncommon comic strips. Posted in the San Francisco Chronicle and on since 2004, All Over Coffee has gotten a mixed response ranging in “I love it” to “What the heck?!” Initially I was in the “What the heck?!” camp trying to make heads or tales of the comic. But as the book progressed, I enjoyed it more and more, feeling like I was gazing down over the city where all these conversing people live, eat, and work. It’s an amazing effect and completely original, something you’ll want to go back to and look over again and again. I definitely will.

So are Madonna’s comic strips taken from real life or does he make all that stuff up? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. He explains everything at the end of the book.

If you really want to see this for yourself, or if you’re already a fan, I’ve got a special treat. Not only do I have one beautiful hardcover copy of All Over Coffee to give away, it’s autographed by Paul Madonna. As always, all you subscribers are already entered into this and every future giveaway. You can also leave a comment here telling me what grabs you about this book (something more than “sounds good” is kindly requested), or leave a link to this contest on your blog. Do all three and you’ve got three entries. A winner will be chosen on April 17th, 2008, at 12 midnight EST.

To see more of his artwork, check out Paul Madonna’s website.