Jan 31, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Giveaways

The Sunday Salon.com Welcome to the Sunday Salon!

Here's a wrap-up for the past week.

1. I reviewed three books this past week:
- Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks
- Dino Vicelli, Private Eye
- The Trudeau Vector: A Novel
2. I also had lengthy negotiations with an author and her publicists re a book giveaway of the cookbook, Simply Quince by Barbara Gazarian. The cookbook is the first of its kind to focus on the fruit, quince, and its many uses in jams, jellies, desserts, and meat recipes.

Look for the giveaway which will be posted along with an interview with the author early this week
. The author wanted to include a jar of her artisan quince jam along with the giveaway, but we decided on two books only. The interview will have details on where to buy her quince products.

3. Getting over a cold, but still had time for a quick visit to the library, where I borrowed Christopher G. Moore's Paying Back Jack, a thriller set in Bangkok.

4. Also speed read yesterday another library loan, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway, a book I would recommend for its writing and its moving story of people under the strain of the war in Bosnia.

5. I was disappointed that my review post of Denise's Daily Dozen: Lose up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks didn't get viewers! It's an excellent and easy book to follow - exercises, eating tips, and recipes. Hope you check it out!

6. The Japanese Literature Challenge 3 ended yesterday. It has 241 book reviews posted by many, many different reviewers! I have 2 more books I started and will enter as a carry over to the next challenge, which will begin early summer.

7. Last day to enter a giveaway of a signed copy of The Last Surgeon, a medical thriller by Michael Palmer. Click on the book title to enter. Good luck!

What did you do last week?


  1. Looks like you've had a busy week. I also enjoyed the Cellist of Sarajevo. Enjoy the coming week !

  2. That cookbook sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to the author interview :)

    Sounds like you had a great reading week.

  3. I loved The Cellist of Sarajevo. I thought it was fabulous.

  4. What a great week you have had!

    I have debated about reading the Cellist of Sarajevo for quite a while. I hope I find the time to read it soon.

  5. What a stack of books! I've been hearing about Denise's Daily Dozen...sounds great!

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  6. I shall be adding The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway to my TBR list. I also reviewed Denise's Daily Dozen, wit the exception of the drastically low calories, I the rest of the book to be helpful, common sense ideas. Happy Sunday!

  7. Thanks for the comment on my site, I have been so busy that I can hardly find time on my laptop these days.... This week I hope to visit my blogging friends and comment like crazy! :)

    Off to the gym, then picking our son up at the airport at 4:30, family dinner and relaxation tonight... (I hope).

    Have a great week!

  8. Lots of stuff going on for you it looks like. I didn't even get a Sunday Salon post up today because my reading was kind of a bust last week. I'm really enjoying the one book I'm still reading but I just didn't have nearly the time to read that I usually do. I'm hoping I finally finish a book this week but things are looking busy again so I'm not counting on it!

  9. Quince is one of those foods that I know nothing about and haven't ever eaten. I'll have to keep an eye out for your post.

  10. I can't wait to see your review (and can't wait to enter!) Simply Quince! It sounds so interesting! I'm beginning to have a lot of fun reviewing some cookbooks!

    Congrats on completing The Japanese Literature Challenge 3! I thought it was so much fun and it introduced me to a wonderful collection of books! I also have a large pile to carry over to next years challenge! I'm so glad Bellezza is hosting it again!

    Have a great week!

  11. Now I'm all curious as to which two Japanese works you started...I have a huge pile I didn't get to this time around, so I hope to do better for the JLC4. Thanks for joining in this time!

  12. Oh, I forgot about the Japanese Literature Challenge. :(


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