Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Giveaway: Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington

OK, the vacation is over now and it is time to get back to work. Did I say vacation? Well, it was not really a vacation in the sense of how we normally think when we hear the word vacation. I have been on an entirely unwelcome but compulsory leave from posting on my blog for several weeks now.

What a year this has been thus far. First, there were the two severe sinus infections that kept me physically drained for weeks. Immediately following the recovery from the sinus infections came the whooping cough - that was no fun either and served to further deplete my physical reserves. It seemed that I had no sooner recovered from the whooping cough than I developed a chronic illness with some exceptionally unusual and debilitating symptoms. This time the doctors thought it was cancer. Several tests and many dollars later it was determined that, praise God, I didn't have cancer but instead had an acute bacterial infection that had completely invaded my body.

I was still on the mend from that particular bout of illness when my mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away, necessitating yet more time away from the computer.

I had determined that, just as soon as school was dismissed for summer break, my days would be spent seated at the computer in an effort to get caught up on the book reviews that I have committed to and am so very far behind on posting. (I apologize to the writers who are patiently waiting for me to post the reviews of their new releases). Fortunately, as one long-suffering individual put it, there is no firm deadline and it is never too late for a review to be posted. Perhaps there will be an added bonus for my not being able to post the reviews when I had intended to by prolonging the time frame in which the books are  highlighted in the public's eyes.

The first few days after school was dismissed were occupied with traveling out of state to family graduation ceremonies and also the annual birthday gathering for the birthdays of both of my sons and myself, all of which take place within less than a week.  Graduations were over, birthdays were in the past and, finally, I was ready to devote my time to writing book reviews.

What I didn't anticipate was waking up in the middle of the night in agony, suffering from a phantom pain that was indescribable in its ferocity. A trip to the podiatrist confirmed what I had suspected; I had developed my first, and I hope my last, case of gout. According to my doctor, it was not your ordinary gout either but, instead, a "classic" case that was unique enough to warrant taking pictures to share at a podiatrists' convention. Just what I always wanted - to have pictures of my foot shown on the screen at a medical convention.  Had I but known, I could have at least gotten a pedicure beforehand. This case was so brutal that I spent nearly five days flat on my back in bed, foot elevated, fighting the pain, and unable to do anything but fret about the book reviews.
Now, at long last, I am physically on the mend and ready to tackle the stack of books awaiting my attention.  I am fervently praying for no further maladies to attack me, my mind to be quick, and for my fingers to fly on the keyboard.

To begin what I hope will be a steady stream of book reviews and/or giveaways, I am offering a giveaway for a book for which I have already posted both a blog tour book review and an author interview. In order to be eligible for this giveaway, you must meet two requirements. First, you MUST be a follower of this blog and must say so in your comment. Second, you must refer to either the blog book tour or the author interview and comment on something that you read in one of the posts. Hint: both the author interview and the TitleTrakk blog tour post can be found in the sidebar at the right under the March posts in the Blog Archive.

The book that I am offering for giveaway is Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington. This is an excellent book that you are sure to enjoy. Please leave a comment which includes your email address in spam-proof format (username[at]provider[dot]com). If there is no email address, your entry will be discarded since I must have some way to contact you in the event that you are the winner. If you do not follow the directions for the contest, your entry will be invalid. The contest will be open to United States entries only and will conclude on July 16th.


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  2. Thanks for the chance to win C.J.'s book!

  3. Whooping cough is no fun!!! I am glad to see you are on the mend! I have read CJ's first book and really enjoyed it, especially the fact that she was a homeschooled student.
    I could not find the original author interview, but I hope that qualifies!!
    I am a follower of your blog as well.

  4. I would love to win this.

  5. I follow your blog with GFC and an e-mail subscription.

    I would love to read this book. When growing up, I knew a boy who was shuffled from foster home to foster home just like the main character. Unfortunately the couple who adopted him just wanted someone to pass on the family name. He was constantly over at our house. I think he wanted to be with my family more than with his adoptive mother and father.


  6. From the Blog Tour. "C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood."
    I watched the trailer and the scene of the Dumpster was so sad. To feel like she was just dumped by everyone and had no one that cared for her. Spending her 33rd birthday by herself reading and sipping wine was sad also. Then to not have anyone to call for help was even worse. I can't wait to read Bound by Guilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    So glad you are feeling better and look forward to more posts.

    I am a GFC follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post of this type comment so posting as Anon.

  7. Okay, I'm going to follow directions this time. :)

    I am a follower.

    Like C.J., plotting is my challenge. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.


  8. Hi! I enjoyed reading the interview with C. J. and thought it was interesting that she rewards herself for finishing a project by reading a book. Reading Christian fiction is one of my favorite things to do! I would love to read Bound by Guilt as I thoroughly enjoyed Thicker Than Blood.

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!


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  9. Hi. I really liked the interview with C.J. and was so impressed that she wrote her first book at age 15 but I was also shocked that it took 15 years to get published. I've heard getting published is a huge time project and can take years but that still amazed me!! I've been dying to read this book ever since my friend Patty posted about it on her blog!

    I also became a follower via facebook.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  10. OK, folks, I am going to try one more time to leave a comment here. I have tried numerous times using Internet Explorer, upgraded to Internet Explorer 9, and was still unable to leave a comment on MY OWN BLOG! I hope all of you loyal followers don't think I have completely deserted you. I am now using Firefox and we'll see what happens when I click to post my comment.

    Martha, congratulations on being the first person to leave a valid entry for this contest. I have added your name in the drawing.

    Carol, your story about the young boy is very sad and, unfortunately, happens far too often. When I was younger, I knew of two families who took in foster children solely for the purpose of collecting the money that they received from the state for doing so - I always felt so sorry for those children.

    Ann, I'm so glad you came back and resubmitted your entry. However, I am having some difficulty confirming that you are a follower because your name is not showing up on the list. Do you remember which method you used to become a follower? I really want to be able to add your name to the drawing. Good luck!

    Sheri and Rebecca and gardnerad, thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. However, neither of your entries meet the requirements to enter. If you could amend your entries to comply with the guidelines, I would love to enter your names too.

    MissKallie, thanks for persevering and finding an alternate way to enter your name in the drawing. I am happy to tell you that you have been entered. I remember when you became one of my earliest followers - thanks for your loyalty!

    Courtney, welcome to my blog. I am thrilled that you have become a follower and hope you will come back often. I have entered your name in the drawing also. I have heard many stories about writers having difficulty finding a publisher and often wondered how many good books never made it to the readers because no publisher was willing or able to take a chance on the writer.

    Good luck to all of you. There is still one more week remaining and then we will learn who the lucky winner will be.

    Jan Marie