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Giveaway: A Ticket to The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat

Giveaway: A Ticket to The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat

Here’s your chance to spend a blissful weekend writing in the desert — getting inspired by the natural habitat around you while communing with and learning from fellow writers and artists. That’s the goal behind The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat, happening November 17 to 19 at Mojave… read more

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

I’m one of those people who don’t function well when there’s a lot of drama going on in life, yet I often find myself pulled towards it, and to people who go out of their way to seek it out. I think many people are this way — which explains… read more

August Giveaway: Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

August Giveaway: Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

“My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.” How can you read that first sentence and not read on? This tiny tidbit of Gina Sorell’s debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers gripped… read more

July giveaway: Dana Johnson's Break Any Woman Down

July giveaway: Dana Johnson’s Break Any Woman Down

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Calin in Los Angeles! *** The first time saw Dana Johnson was on a panel at Skylight Books. I can’t remember what the panel was actually about, but I remember clearly what Dana said about her MFA experience — that she didn’t go right out of… read more

June giveaway: Samantha Dunn's Faith in Carlos Gomez

June giveaway: Samantha Dunn’s Faith in Carlos Gomez

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Andrea in Los Angeles! *** I’ve been blogging about salsa dancing the last few weeks — so fittingly, this month’s giveaway is a salsa memoir! Samantha Dunn’s book Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation starts with the newly divorced, thirty-something… read more

May giveaway: Rob Roberge's The Cost of Living

May giveaway: Rob Roberge’s The Cost of Living

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Gil in Berkeley, Calif.! *** I was first introduced to The Cost of Living when I heard Rob Roberge read at Roar Shack. The excerpt — about an addict called Bud Barrett whose friend talks him into digging up a relative’s grave to steal jewelry… read more