Monday, February 02, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Italian Lover

I've been authorized to give away up to five copies. Please read the rules below carefully.

The Italian Lover

by Robert Hellenga
Publisher: Back Bay Books

Margot Harrington's memoir about her discovery in Florence of a priceless masterwork of Renaissance erotica--and the misguided love affair it inspired--is now, 25 years later, being made into a movie. Margot, with the help of her lover, Woody, writes a script that she thinks will validate her life. Of course their script is not used, but never mind--happy endings are the best endings for movies, as Margot eventually comes to see. At the former convent in Florence where "The Sixteen Pleasures"--now called "The Italian Lover,"--is being filmed, Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art, and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the unknowability of other cultures and other people.

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  • Read this carefully. I am sad when I have to disqualify an entry but I do it anyway. Each rule (except for the last one which is Hachette's requirement) is there to assure that the day of the drawing does not consume ten plus hours of my day in chasing down contact info as my first one last summer did.
  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing. This is the entry.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry comment. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me to link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST Saturday February 14, 2009. (Valentine's Day seems appropriate for a title with the word 'lover' in it, right? That's also the same day my contest for the romance Sundays at Tiffany's ends btw go check it out if you haven't already.) I will select the winners with a random number generator using
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. No PO Boxes.

16 tell me a story:

Jamie 2/03/2009 1:05 AM  

Looks like a great book. Enter me, please. my email is jjhbeautiful at hotmail dot com. Thank you.

Bridget 2/03/2009 6:13 AM  

I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter.

tetewa 2/03/2009 7:52 AM  

I'd like to be included, count me in!

avisannschild 2/03/2009 8:10 AM  

Count me in too please!



Unknown 2/03/2009 8:47 AM  

I'd love to be entered, thanks!
unforgetable_dreamer_always AT hotmail DOT com

Tarasview 2/03/2009 4:27 PM  

I'd like to win!

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

techyone 2/03/2009 6:14 PM  

I'd like to enter.

Cricket 2/03/2009 6:39 PM  

I would love an entry into this giveaway! Thank you!

Jodimof3 at hotmail dot com

Marina 2/04/2009 10:05 AM  

LOoks like a great read! Please count me in! ~ :) Thanks!

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CherylS22 2/05/2009 1:30 PM  

Would love to read this book -please count me in.


The Giveaway Diva 2/06/2009 12:07 AM  

wow this one sounds so interesting! i would love to be entered!!

traveler 2/07/2009 2:12 PM  

Thanks for this great giveaway. Looks fascinating and interesting.

anne 2/07/2009 2:38 PM  

What an intriguing book to feature. Thanks for this chance.

ellie 2/07/2009 2:56 PM  

It would be great to read this amazing novel. Thanks.

Gwendolyn B. 2/08/2009 6:12 AM  

I'd love to read this -- thank you for the chance to win a copy!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Sara 2/12/2009 9:28 AM  

I want to win! Please enter me. Thanks. Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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