Thursday, October 7, 2010

October Book Giveaway

Everybody today travels -- even kids, right? Well, twelve-year-old Isabel, star of It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder, feels like a misfit in this department. She's never left the state of Oregon, and she spends a lot of time in the library, reading and dreaming about eating at restaurants in Athens or visiting the Swiss Alps. So what do her parents do? Buy an old laundromat, move the family into the upstairs apartment, and begin renovating the downstairs into Mom's new bakeshop venture, It's Raining Cupcakes. How can anyone expect to go on a real vacation when they're tied to a cupcake shop?

However, Isabel does like baking; it's the only thing she and her mom enjoy together. Mom has anxiety and pessimism issues -- a possible underlying reason why in this day and age Isabel has never been anywhere. When a baking contest comes up that will send the winner to New York City, Isabel is ecstatic to enter. The trouble is, her best friend Sophie is entering too, and lovable though Sophie is, she's a natural winner at everything. Plus, Mom expects Isabel to enter a cupcake recipe to promote the shop, and she'd rather bake chocolate jam tarts.

The writing flows effortlessly, the cover is hugely attractive to girls, the story capitalizes on the current popularity of cupcakes, and there are recipes in the back. A fun book! 

To be entered in the drawing:
  • Comment on this post anytime from now through Sunday, October 17.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower of this blog and mention that in the comment. Ditto if you already are a follower.
  • For additional entries, post links to this contest and give the URLs.
Winner will be announced Monday, October 18.

So, come one, come all--and meanwhile have a great day in the world of books.

49 comments:

Jeninthehills said...

I'm in it for the cupcakes! Thanks for the contest.

Vijaya said...

Please put my name in for my daughter. She'd love this.

Bish Denham said...

Sounds like a "sweet" book. If I win it, after I've read it I'll give it to my local library.

I'm also putting your book giveaway in my sidebar.

Kelly said...

Reading and cupcakes. I'm in! I've wanted to read that book with my daughter, it looks so cute!
I'm a follower :)

jpetroroy said...

Great contest! I'm also a follower

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Marcia! Cupcakes rule! So does Lisa Schroeder!

Paula Lesso said...

Thanks, Marcia! Cupcakes rule! So does Lisa Schroeder! (That was me above- my finger hit the wrong button- I do not wish to be anonymous, lol.)

Inspired Kathy said...

Great giveaway!
Please enter me
bkhabel at gmail dot com

+1 I'm a follower

+1 Tweet http://twitter.com/toobusyreading/status/26670513999

+1 Link http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2010/10/got-great-giveaways-107.html

T said...

oooh fun, had to run over thanks to Inspired Kathy's tweet :)

Anaiz said...

The book sounds great! I'm a new follower!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It sounds like a delightful book! I'm a follower, so please count me in...I can't help myself...it's about cupcakes....

Julie said...

Great premise for a story! My daughter would love reading this book.

sablelexi said...

This sounds like a very cute book.

I'm a follower.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This sounds really heart warming. Thank you for the chance to win.

+1 I'm a follower

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

+1 follower

Marcia said...

Hello and welcome, everybody! Thanks for all your entries. :)

Laura Pauling said...

I already have this book but just wanted to say it's a totally cute read.

Anna said...

This books looks great! Thanks for having the contest. And I'm already a follower. :-)

Rachel said...

I'd love to win! Am now following you, too :-)

Gwendolyn B. said...

Sound like fun -- and yummy!! I'd love to read this - thanks for the chance to win a copy.

I'm a Follower.

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/26768053643

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I've posted this giveaway on my blog, A Sea of Books at http://pjhoover.blogspot.com/2010/09/superhot-austin-authors-part-1-brains.html

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a great book...please enter me.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

PoCoKat said...

New follower on GFC.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Marcia said...

My word, this is a popular book! :) You are all duly entered -- except Laura, who already has the book. Thanks, everyone.

Charleydog said...

The word "cupcakes" is synonomous with "oh-so-tasty."

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

traveler said...

What a delightful book. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen said...

This looks like a fun book to read, please count me in.
sonflower277 at gmail dot com

Marcia said...

Thank you, Charleydog, traveler, and Karen! :)

librarypat said...

I am a GFC Follower.
I can so relate to this little girl. I spent my childhood reading of far off places and things, while never getting out of my home town. I have certainly made up for it since : )
It is so important for children to have dreams and to strive for them. Even if they don't succeed the first try, just trying and trying again is important. It may take effort and many tries, but it is worth it in the end when you reach that goal.
I need to get this book to share with some special people, big and little.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Marcia said...

Glad you've gotten a chance to travel, librarypat! Thanks for coming and entering.

My word veri -- houss. Most of my life is spent in the houss. :D

Brooke said...

Thanks so much! I'm a new GFC follower.

texas_gal45(at)hotmail(dot)com

Benita said...

I'd love to read this. Please count me in.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Benita said...

GFC Follower.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marcia said...

Hi, Brooke and Benita, and thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks so much, Marcia!

Amy

Anne Spollen said...

This sounds adorable! I'll enter for Emma.

Marcia said...

Hi Anne and Amy -- you're in. :)

rubynreba said...

Very striking cover. Makes me want to read it!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I am a new follower
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please. Already following your blog.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marcia said...

Thanks, rubynreba and Llehn. Yes, don't covers make a difference!

Mary Witzl said...

Love that cover! My daughters would absolutely go for this book -- they collect cookbooks, and sometimes I can even get them to bake with me.

Rena said...

Looks like such a great book!

Marcia said...

Hi Mary and Rena -- you're entered! :)

MaDonna Maurer said...

I want to enter. I'm a follower. And I've blogged about it
http://umdmaurer.blogspot.com/2010/10/wip-qbr-and-ntuh.html

I love this book and want a copy of my own. =)

Marcia said...

Hi, MaDonna. You're in. :)

mbev@pobox.com said...

Cupcakes and reading! A great combo. Would love to receive your book and read it soon.

Marcia said...

Thanks for entering, mbev! :)