Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo giveaway


Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican Independence. It's actually a regional celebration celebrating the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Who knew? Certainly not me with all of my Mexican heritage (um, yeah, the amount I can claim is a whopping cero). You've gotta love translation sites that allow the language challenged to sprinkle other languages throughout their posts, don't you? Without the internet, my Spanish is restricted to fading Dora the Explorer phrases (my kids are too old to watch anymore), the rather questionable/risque sentence I learned in high school as a joke and have never managed to shake out of my brain (it starts with "mis pezones" and just gets worse from there but I'm not going to try and spell the rest so you can use your own dirty imagination), and the bare minimum to help me navigate a Mexican restaurant's menu (taco, anyone?). What can I say, I took French and Russian, not Spanish!

Anyway, not one to let a language barrier stop me from celebrating (any excuse for a party), I am hosting a giveaway for the book Do-Over: In which a forty-eight-year-old father of three returns to kindergarten, summer camp, the prom, and other embarrassments by Robin Hemley. I started reading my review copy last night and let me tell you, I've already actually laughed out loud several times and read relevant passages to my long-suffering husband, who sometimes wonders about my reading selections but might actually be willing to read this one himself (if I refrain from reading him all the good parts like when all the funny bits of a movie are shown in the commercials).

The generous folks at Hatchette are allowing me to offer 5 copies of this entertaining non-fiction book to my readers. Rules are as follows:

US and Canada only.
No PO Boxes.
Earn one entry for commenting on this post.
Earn one entry for following me.
Earn one entry for posting about this giveaway and leaving a link to your post.
Each of the entries must be left in a seperate comment. (Yes, I know, this rule could require you to leave three different comments but it makes my life much easier when plugging the numbers into a random number generator to choose the winners. And since I am the giver and you are the givees, easing my life takes priority over easing yours. After all, I've had to be the one to clean her house in preparation for this giveaway party. ::grin::)
I'll draw the five winners on the only other day in May that has any significance for me: May 27th. (And before anyone mentions Mother's Day, consider that every day is Mother's Day so that doesn't count--you know, mother does the laundry, mother washes the dishes, mother feeds the famished, etc.).

Happy entering. Olé!

42 comments:

  1. This looks like a fun book. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  2. Ah, another chance! I love book giveaways. And it would give you a chance to send me my bookmark, I mean random homemade object! :-)

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  3. Also, I'm now following you via google (as well as the rss feed I already had set up....) :-)

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  4. You laughed??? I'm in the mood for a book that will make me laugh. This is my first comment for the giveaway.

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  5. Comment#2

    I'm following you. I have you in my Google Reader.

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  6. Comment#3

    I have linked to you from my blog.

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  7. This looks like fun!

    I've done some translating with those sites,and it turns out, well, interesting.....

    Daphne

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  8. It looks like just my kind of book....But since I never win anything, I'm defying the book gods and adding it to my wishlist!

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  9. Laughter would be great on yet another drizzly and gray day!

    (You're on my google reader and I've Tweeted you. You know, I've always wondered: If you're in love with someone who Twitters, are you Twitterpated?)

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  10. Hi, I'm following you!

    birdhousebooks@bellsouth.net

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  11. This sounds like a fun book ... I liked your review of it.

    birdhousebooks@bellsouth.net

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  12. I'm always looking for humorous reads and this sounds like it fits the bill. Thanks for the giveaway.

    glenn_pessano@yahoo.com

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  13. Sounds like a good read to me!! I could use a laugh!

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  14. Please enter me. I'd love to read this.
    thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  15. I blogged about it here:

    http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/05/do-over.html

    thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  16. I have seen this one popping up on a few sites and it looks good!

    bookingmama(at)comcast(dot)net

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  17. I also follow you on Google Reader if that counts!

    bookingmama(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. Me! me! me! I want to win something!! ;-)

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  19. Hey, I really want to win this book, so sign me up for it! I just got the book today that I won from your last contest (Jantsen's Gift) so I'm pumped to read and review that. Thanks for hooking me up with that giveaway!

    Hava

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  20. Second comment: I am signed up for your emails already - I get them every day in my inbox and love reading them!! I don't normally have time to come here to comment but I do have to say how hilarious I think your stories are (the latest DMV post was outrageous - I almost peed my pants laughing!!!!!)

    Havs

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  21. Nice to meet you, Kristen! Thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book (so no need to enter me).

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  22. I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

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  23. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  24. I could use a book that makes me laugh out loud...

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  25. Follower

    melacan at hotmail dto com

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  26. This looks great! Please enter me!

    BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

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  27. I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!

    BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. looks like a good one, please enter me into this giveaway contest.

    thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  29. I would really love to read this book. Please accept my entry into this contest.

    navybrat76@yahoo.com

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  30. Publically following you

    navybrat76@yahoo.com

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  31. This looks like a great book :)

    lavery328@yahoo.com

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  32. I blogged it:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-05-23-09.html

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  33. I love reading books that make you laugh out loud. Count me in.

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  34. I would love to read this one.

    thanks

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  35. Please enter me - thank you.

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  36. I became a follower. - thanks.

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  39. Umm, looks like I could use a do-over, doesn't it? (Sorry; I didn't leave my email address in the first post and now I've thoroughly made a mess of things.)

    Anyway, I'm a great fan of Robin Hemley's; his memoir Nola is EXCELLENT.

    My email address:
    pagesturned (at) carolina (dot) rr (dot) com

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  40. Enter me please!

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. I'm a follower.

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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