Saturday, December 8, 2012

Book Give Away!

Random House
has graciously given me 4 books to give away to my readers.
I was supposed to read and 'review' them for you, but I've found
that I don't have that much time what with the
holiday season and building a new house and
keeping 3 active Boxer Dogs happy.

So here's what I'm prepared to do.  I will give a synopsis out of each book to you now.  (I have 2 copies each of 2 books)  For the first 4 people who become a member of this blog and who put me in their circles on G+(If you are ON G+) and who use the contact page to leave me their name, full address including zip and book preference, I will send you a book.  I do not guarantee you will get the book for Christmas, although I'll try.  I also do not guarantee which book you'll get even though you leave me a preference.  (Also, I will use a major carrier to ship it, but if they lose or damage it;  I'm sorry.  There will be nothing I can do at that point)

 Book 1 (2 copies) Buddy   How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man
by Brian McGrory

A Heartwarming and Hilarious Journey toward Love and Family from an Award-Winning Journalist caught in a Battle Royale for his Rightful Place in the Home

At least on the surface, Brian McGrory has it all figured out--a plum gig at the Boston Globe, season tickets to Fenway, and a classic town-house condo in Back Bay.  Best of all, he has the finest companion to enjoy it with, his wise and wonderful golden retriever, Harry.  But a dog's life can only go so long, and when Harry dies, things change.   Brian begins to realize what's missing, and it's someone he's known all along:  Pam, Harry's veterinarian.  With Pam, though, come accessories exotic to the city-loving bachelor:  a home in suburbia, a yard with grass, two young daughters, and a sprawling cast of animals headlined by a vocal, portly, snow white rooster named Buddy.  Buddy loves the women of the house and, with full run of the yard, fiercely delights in protecting them.  Brian, on the other hand, quickly becomes public enemy number one.

It all proves deeply unsettling--the long commutes, the absence of is treasured morning walks along the Charles River, and, of course, the lurking, diabolical rooster.  But just as Brian reaches wit's end with his new, loud life, he begins to see things in his archenemy that he knows he needs for himself.  Strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing.  Buddy has it all figured out.  Will Brian learn the secret of family harmony or find himself packing?  With luminous writing and expert comic timing, McGrory brings to life a classic story of love, acceptance, and change as one man's nemesis becomes his madcap mentor.                                  

Book 2 (2 copies)                 A Christmas Home      by Greg Kincaid

"In A Christmas Home, Greg Kincaid again treats us to a story rich in the courage of people who, in overcoming their own limitations, teach us a lesson in how to prevail, no matter the odds, no matter the trials." --Steve Dune, author of Last Dog on the Hill

Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer.  Laura, like Todd, has disabilities, but her struggles are more physical than developmental.  Their friendship is sealed when Todd--with the help of his trusted companion, the tenacious Labrador Retriever named Christmas--trains a beautiful dog named Gracie to help Laura with the day-to-day life tasks that are difficult for her.

Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown.  Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs, and the shelter is swelling to capacity.  The local government is struggling to meet its obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd's boss delivers the bad news.  Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year.

But what will happen to all the animals?

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Todd has limited time to find homes for all the dogs.  Not to mention that he needs to secure a new job and figure out what to do when his friendship with Laura takes an unexpected romantic turn.  All of this seems overwhelming unless you've go a loving family, dedicated friends, and a couple of very special dogs behind you.  In which case, nothing is impossible.

Remember:   1) Sign up to be a member of this blog by clicking on 'Join this site' under Followers near the bottom of this page 
                       2) If you are on G+, add me (+Brenda Haggai) or (+House of                         Hagg Kool K9 Stuff) to your circles.  
                      3) Use the 'Contact Us' page of this blog and email me your name and full address including country along with your book preference (nothing is guaranteed)     

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