Spread the Awesome Day: Reviews and Giveaway!

Yes, today is “Spread the Awesome” day out in the blogosphere and here at Benedictions I’m celebrating with my first book giveaway!
What is “Spread the Awesome” day, you ask? It’s an ingeniously little event thought up by blogger-extraordinaire, Elana Johnson. We all know books are sold by word of mouth, so today we’re using our blogs to spread the word about our favorite authors and books.
I’m shinning the spotlight on a new favorite author of mine, Deeanne Gist. I stumbled upon her first novel, A Bride Most Begrudging, last summer by chance. Honestly, I hesitated, because I’m not usually a fan of American historical fiction, but the backmatter was interesting so I gave it a shot.
I read the entire book in two days and it instantly found a home on my list of favorite books. It was both witty and moving. The type of book that sticks to you…kind of like soul food. (Okay, so I’m from California and don’t know a thing about soul food. You get the point. :)

Want a teaser?
Drew O’Connor just wanted someone to help clean his house and care for his younger sister, but when a ship of “tobacco brides” reaches the shores he finds himself stuck with a feisty young woman who claims to be a English countess, kidnapped and forced to the New World against her will. Read more

After enjoying Bride so much, imagine my delight when I found out for Deeanne’s newest book, Beguiled, she joined with mystery writer J. Mark Bertrand to create one of my favorite genres: Contemporary Romantic Suspense. Let’s just say Beguiled kept me up long past my bedtime. :D

Want another teaser?
Professional dog walker, Rylee Monroe, never feared the streets of Charleston’s wealthiest neighborhoods, until a thief started targeting the residents. Though harmless at first, the crimes are becoming increasingly violent and it’s starting to look like Rylee might be the next target. Read more

Sound good? Marvelous, because I’m giving my followers a chance to win a copy of Beguiled with a signed bookplate. Yes, signed by Deeanne!
How do you win?
1 point for being a follower of this blog.
1 point each for following me on Face Book and/or Twitter.
2 points for each mention of this contest on your blog, Face Book page, and/or Twitter home.

You MUST leave a comment telling me want you’ve done, even if you’re already a follower of this blog. And include your e-mail address in the spam proof form. (i.e: emilyannbenedict(at)gmail(dot)com)
Contest ends at noon on Thursday. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

So, would you like to know how Spread the Awesome day get’s even better? Lots of bloggers out there in the sphere are taking part in this celebration by featuring their favorite authors and giving away books and we’re all linked together. Visit the next link this chain by jumping over to Jen Wilks’ blog where she is featuring author Mary E. Pearson. You can also check out a long list of recommendations at Elana’s official recommendations page.
And don’t forget to spread the word about your favorite authors! :)

68 thoughts on “Spread the Awesome Day: Reviews and Giveaway!

  1. Ooh! This book sounds fascinating! Thanks for the recommendation :)I'm a follower, and I have created a list on my sidebar for all our Spread the Awesome contests. I'm adding yours now!

  2. Ooo sounds like an awesome read!I'm a follower, I'm following you on FB and Twitter, and I tweeted and facebooked about your contest. And like Nicole, I have a Spread the Awesome Contest sidebar on my blog. So, 9 entries, I believe. authormichellemclean(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Ooohh… those books sound great! I am going to have to look her up!I am a follower and when I go to facebook, I will get back to you! alicias(dot)journey(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Emily, this sounds wonderful! I loved A Bride Most Begrudging. Beguiled looks wonderful too. Thanks for sharing the info. If I have a chance, I may join in this favorite author thing too.I am a follower and I am your friend on FB (if that's what you meant). I'd love to be entered.Thanks and blessings,Karenklangeg61(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Your first contest! How fun! These books sound so good! I'm heading over to goodreads to add them! I'm following you everywhere so that's +3 for me.

  6. Sounds like a good book! I did it all! I'm following your blog, Twitter, and Facebook. And I have updated about it on Twitter and Facebook! Email: cdmccurdy1990(at)hotmail(dot)comThis is fun!

  7. Okay, so without this review I may not have ever picked this book up. The genre is not what I normally read, but since you say it's so awesome, I might have to give it a try.thanks for the review!!

  8. oh this sounds DELIGHTFUL!! but you are so bad for adding to my TBR pile! it's already so high it's going to topple over and bury me!!hehegreat recommendation! can't wait to dive in :D :D

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog and telling me about the book giveaway! I think Elana is doing great things, and this teaser was awesome! I'd love to get my hands on a copy!I'm of course a follower! I will be adding you on facebook momentarily and as long as you have a link for twitter I'll add you there. Also a sidebar will have your name on it!!! Great selection!

  10. I had not heard of these books, so thank you so much for pointing them out. I'll definitely be adding them to my TBR list.Oh, and *waves* I'm your 100th follower! (I love when I get to be a round number) Can't wait to read your other posts and get to know you better. packratx (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. These books sound very interesting! I'd love to have another book to read:)I'm a follower on blog, facebook and twitter. I will go tweet about this right now!

  12. Great! Another awesome book to add to the list!I now follow, twit and FB you :)I did twit about the contest but I can't find the url for it. My twit name is taffylovell.taffy(dot)lovell @ gmail(dot)com

  13. These sound great! And I'm with you, I generally don't get intersted in period mysteries. Now I have some to check out. Thanks for sharing. I'm loving the Spread the Awesome Day! (And now I'm a follower of your awesome blog!)

  14. Hi Emily -I've heard a lot of buzz about this book. I've never read anything by either author. Please enter me. I'm already a Follower and we're friends on Facebook. :)susanjreinhardt at gmail dot comBlessings,Susan

  15. Learning about all these favorite books from folks in the blogosphere is a little like Christmas. There are soooooo many great books out there.I'm a new follower.

  16. Isn't Elana just brilliant? What a fun event. I'm discovering all sorts of great books.And this one sounds fabulous. I don't read alot of books like this anymore. It seems so much of my time is spent focusing on YA, but this one definitely sounds like a great read. I love a bit of history mixed in with my fiction. Beguiled sounds fun as well. What can be better than a little Southern romance mixed in with a little suspense?Fabulous contest, by the way. I'm now a follower (got here from LiLa's blog), I found you on FB (except all I got was a like button–is that right?), I followed you on Twitter, and I added you to my sidebar (http://carol-in-print.blogspot.com).cvaldezmiller(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  17. Both books sound wonderful–I'm going to have to check them out regardless.I am a follower and I'm going to go friend you on Facebook :)wilsoncindyr(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Thanks for the awesome post! I will definitely have to check this author out! I am a new follower of your blog, I friended you on Facebook, and I followed you on twitter. I also tweeted about your contest.My email is kristenyard (at) gmail (dot) comThanks!

  19. Ooh, sounds very much up my alley. Boy, my TBR pile has sure grown enormous today. Sign me up! I'm a new follower and will look for you on FB and Twitter. Nichole

  20. These books sound good! Thanks for the teasers, they've definitely piqued my interest.I'm a follower and am following you on twitter now (@windyaphayrath)windy(dot)aphayrath(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Such a wonderful post, Emily! I can't wait to read this book. Your writing is phenomenal, and I just know something is in the works for you soon. Remember, persistence and patience are two traits you must possess if you want to achieve your goals. I believe you have both! I hope you have a wonderful week! Tory

  22. Hi, Emily Ann!I love Deeanne Gist, so I'm excited about your contest.I'm am now a follower of your blog, your FB page, and your Twitter page. (I'd appreciate follow-backs, especially on my blog)Also, I mentioned your contest on Twitter, here: http://twitter.com/Acushla712 and on my FB page, here: http://www.facebook.com/acushla712?ref=profileFurthermore, I'll be mentioning your contest in a post on my blog, Cynde's Got The Write Stuff", by tomorrow.Here is my email addy:cyndelouwho22(at)gmail(dot)comI sure hope I didn't forget anything!Nice meeting you,CyndeCynde's Got The Write Stuff

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