Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Giveaway: Girls in Trucks

I'm authorized to give away 3 copies. Rules for entry in the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

Girls in Trucks
By Katie Crouch
(c) 2009
Pub. Back Bay Books

Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

As a writer of fiction myself I'm very intrigued by what Kate Crouch has to say about character creation in this essay.


  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • 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. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me 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 April 4, 2009. I will select the winners with a random number generator using
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes.

27 tell me a story:

Jamie 3/26/2009 4:51 AM  

Please enter me. jjhbeautiful at hotmail dot com. Thank you

Bridget 3/26/2009 7:56 AM  

I posted this on Win A Book. Don't enter me though.

Vanessa 3/26/2009 8:44 AM  

Please include me in this giveaway. Thank you!


Margay Leah Justice 3/26/2009 8:54 AM  

This is a book that even my eighteen year old daughter expressed interest in, so I'd love to win it for her.

Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

Heather Wardell 3/26/2009 10:08 AM  

This book sounds interesting. Please enter me.

sapphireninja at gmail dot com

Irene 3/26/2009 11:00 AM  

Please enter my name. Thank you!

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Marie 3/26/2009 11:06 AM  

This sounds like a wonderful read!

Indigo 3/26/2009 11:21 AM  

I would love to be entered for this drawing. Thanks! Indigo


nfmgirl 3/26/2009 11:50 AM  

Please count me in. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Kaye 3/26/2009 12:42 PM  

This one sounds so good.
Please enter me in the contest .


Anonymous,  3/26/2009 3:25 PM  

This sounds worth reading. Please enter me. Thanks!


Unknown 3/26/2009 4:14 PM  

Aww this sounds like a sad book. I'm interested in reading it mainly for that reason.

lc_intocable [a]yahoo[d] com

Unknown 3/26/2009 4:17 PM  

I'd love a chance to read this book, thanks!

Debs Desk 3/26/2009 5:29 PM  

Please include me in your giveaway.

darbyscloset 3/26/2009 6:04 PM  

Seems like a great writer, I would love to read her work!
Thanks so much,
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Teddy Rose 3/26/2009 9:40 PM  

I would love to win!

teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

The Giveaway Diva 3/26/2009 11:52 PM  

please enter me!!


CherylS22 3/27/2009 11:03 AM  

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


Kristi 3/27/2009 9:06 PM  

Please enter me in this drawing!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Gwendolyn B. 3/28/2009 11:45 AM  

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

Anonymous,  3/28/2009 1:24 PM  

I'd love to read this!
Thanks for setting up a give away


Dawn M. 3/29/2009 12:37 AM  

Ooo, please enter me! I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Would love to win a copy.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  3/29/2009 8:27 AM  

Would love to win.
But has no blog.

Kristi 3/29/2009 12:33 PM  

I posted about this here:

KR 3/29/2009 4:05 PM  

I'd love this.


scottsgal 3/31/2009 10:36 AM  

this is on my tbr list - count me in
msboatgal at

Sheri S. 3/31/2009 4:11 PM  

I'd love to be entered to win. Thanks :)

bookopolis AT live DOT com

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