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The Great Big THE VIOLETS OF MARCH/Jodi Picoult Contest!

I love summer reading, which is why I’m giving away a signed copy of my novel, The Violets of March to one lucky winner—along with a box of goodies (some of my favorite gourmet chocolate from Theo in Seattle and a Starbucks gift card!).

To enter, all you have to do is two things:

a.) Leave a comment below telling me what you’re reading this summer, or excited to read this summer, and

b.) Head on over to Jodi Picoult’s brand new official Facebook page and click “like” (she’s new to Facebook so let’s welcome her! She also happens to be one of my very favorite authors whose lovely quote is on the cover of my novel!)

You get an extra entry for tweeting about this contest, posting on your Facebook page with the link and “liking” my Facebook page (just let me know in your comment that you did this!). All entries will be tallied and a winner chosen at random next week. (Can’t wait to be picked as a winner? You can also order the book here, or find it at your favorite independent bookstore!)

And, be sure to watch the book trailer!

Thank you for playing—and for reading! Happy summer to all!

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  • Shellie Taylor >> July 20, 2011, 5:19 pm

    I’m excited to read Naked by David Sedaris. I got a great deal on the book so that always makes it better! I’ve left a link to Jodi Picoult’s facebook on my page too!

  • nicole finsley >> July 20, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I read The Help, Saving CeCe Honeycutt, Beautiful Children, Heaven is for real, The Devil Bones, Sing you Home and Nujood I am 10 and divorced. I can’t forget my daily reading of the bible. Can’t wait to read Violets of March

  • Michelle >> July 20, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I’ve just finished reading In the Shadow of the Ark by Amy Provoost – wouldn’t normally have been a book I would have read – but really enjoyed it, love Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Marian Keyes

  • Dianna Walker-Williams >> July 20, 2011, 6:30 pm

    I love Jodi Picoult, I have Sing you Home on my list of must reads for this summer. As usual my to read stack is a challenge, as I always have more books than time to read. Favorite Sunday activity is quiet time outside in the sun with a great book. I look forward to your book also.

  • Deana Senzio >> July 20, 2011, 6:38 pm

    I am just finishing “Water For Elephants” and waiting for the next Jodi Picoult book! I absoultely love her and cannot put down her books once I start!!! The principal at the school I was working at mentioned that he read “19 Minutes” over the summer and what an amazing book it was. I got it and read it and was hooked instantly!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE JODI!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary M. Pearson >> July 20, 2011, 11:25 pm

    I am reading SING YOU HOME and enjoying Jodi Picoult as always. This one is particularly intriguing because of the subject matter which is handled beautifully. I am reading other titles as well; I finished THE BOOK THIEF, several books about autism, and have started WIDOW OF THE SOUTH. I have a long list which increases weekly. Happy reading, everyone. This new one above is now on my list and sounds terrific!

  • Melanie >> July 21, 2011, 4:34 am

    I recently started The Memory of Water by Karen White. I also plan to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Heart of the Matter by Emilie Giffin. I love summer reading! I’m a teacher so I have summers off and try to read as much as possible. Your book trailer really has me intrigued. I wish you much success. Thanks for this contest! I am going to “like” your Faceboom page (I found this through Jodi Picoult’s!).

  • Ashley Reddig >> July 21, 2011, 6:01 am

    I am excited to read Linger and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I also am going to read Jodi Picoults new book Sing you home.

  • Michelle >> July 21, 2011, 10:57 am

    The hunger games trilogy!

  • Deb DiMauro >> July 21, 2011, 11:21 am

    I am currently reading the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin. Just received the last book yesterday. I read Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home the first day that it came out (as always!). I am on my way to “like” your Facebook page. I am always looking for new authors to read.

  • Kathie Shorter >> July 21, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I am reading “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult, and it is such a great book, as are all of Jodi’s

  • Devon McMinn >> July 21, 2011, 5:38 pm

    This summer I’m reading a lot of Dean Koontz because my fiancee is a huge fan. I’m about to start the Frankenstein series. I’m also going to try to catch up on some Jodi Picoult. My little sister and I are also going to try to read some books together and I told her she could choose so we’ll see where that leads πŸ™‚ I’m also already a fan of Jodi Picoult, I just liked your page, and posted your contest to my wall πŸ˜€ Good luck to all who enter!!

  • Ardell Simon >> July 21, 2011, 7:38 pm

    “Sing you Home” is next on my list, already have the book! Also on the list is Mary HIggins Clark’s book ” No Place Like Home”. I just finished Anita Shreve ‘s “The Last Time They Met” and “Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her ” by Torey Hayden. I have read all of your books, all of Torey Hayden’s and most of Anita Shreve’s. Can’t wait to read your newest book!

  • Tara >> July 21, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I’ve read The Help, Into Thin Air, Every Last One, Gang Leader for a Day, and am just starting Rebecca. I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan and when she recommended you, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

  • Cecilia Hanson >> July 21, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Sing You Home, by: Jodi Piccoult & The Help, by: Kathryn Stockett. I recommend Jodi’s book, “Plain Truth” to everyone!! : )

  • Cindy >> July 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Oh boy, I am truly looking forward to your book! Violets were a banner flower throughout my childhood, and though I pull them like weeds now, I am sad to have to do it. I’ve read the reviews / summaries of your book on Amazon (can’t watch the trailer right now – I’d wake up hubby) but I can’t wait to get it! It sounds like it’s going to remind me of a book I read last summer by Kate Morton: The Forgotten Garden. It’s one of those books that jumps back and forth in time, and covers a long span of time, and of course a garden is involved, so I had to pick it up, and I am so glad I did. It was wonderful, and I expect yours will be, too.

    This summer I just finished Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin. It’s about a Little Person who begins her junior year at a performing arts high school and has something really awful happen to her. The story is told as flashbacks from her point of view, as she is holed up in hiding in a flea-bitten hotel, trying to figure out if she will have to live there forever. The front flap of this book points out that the author “… remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (weird but compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated, and she lays it all out with an unparalleled wit and wistfulness.” Except for the tragic part, the book was a hoot in many places, and though I’m far removed from high school personally, I could identify and understand it all.

    I also have to mention the book I finished right before that one: The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond. I unearthed this from a stash I’d gotten last year via a chain letter sort of book exchange. On the front cover it says “Highly recommended (for fans of) authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchart” (from a Library Journal review) so since I love Jodi’s work, I thought it would be worth my time. And of course, it says right across the top “New York Times Bestseller,” so that should have been a clue that it would be good. But good? Oh my goodness! When I describe it to women who are mothers, they often refuse to even get started on it. Heck, I lost a lot of sleep once I got close to the end because I just had to keep reading as long as humanly possible to try to find out if things were going to be okay. The premise is that the main character is engaged to a lovely young man who has custody of his six year old daughter. Well, she is walking on the beach with the daughter one day and —– boom —– she’s gone. Just like that. And I do mean the six year old. So the rest of the book deals with the main character’s search for the girl, her relationship with the girl’s father, her relationship with herself, her photography ….. I’m not going to spoil anything about the rest of it, but I have to say that there was so much wonderful philosophy (without being overt about it) and such eloquent language that I am trying to get as many other people to read it as possible so we can talk about it. Almost every chapter ends with what I’d call a ‘nugget’ that makes you think – again, without hitting you over the head. Example: “As the years progress and we experience more and more, the mini-narratives that make up our lives are distorted, corrupted, so that every one of us is left with a false history, a self-created fiction about the lives we have led.” Here’s another one: “When we view a snapshot — out of context, out of time — we automatically create a story to go with it, a way to make sense of the subject. We are voyeurs, entering into a one-sided relationship with the person in the photo. We see: they are seen. Viewers, as a rule, have the upper hand.” Yikes! See what I mean? She makes you THINK. In a good way.

    I know this is way too long, but I am a freak about reading and writing, and I get excited about books! I just spent the last year and a half reading books written by the authors who were speakers at the 2011 Illinois Reading Council Conference and blogging about them, which was harder and yet more rewarding than I’d expected. Sarah, I’m really looking forward to your book, whether I’m you big winner or not – and without sounding like I’m pandering (if that’s the right word), I think it’s a great idea you have, that of giving away a signed copy with the goodies – what a great accompaniment to a great read! Happy summer reading to all!

  • Cindy >> July 21, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Oh, and I’m doing the facebook and tweeting thing, too πŸ™‚

  • Angela N deAraujo VanNostrand >> July 22, 2011, 6:51 am

    I am reading Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower, the last two (so far) in the Stephen King Dark Tower series.
    I would love a chance to read a new kind of novel, I’ve never read one by you before, but saw this on your Love you Body Image article. Thanks!

  • Tammy >> July 22, 2011, 8:29 am

    This summer I am reading “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Wells and “Saving Grace” by Jodi Piccoult.

  • Peggi Carlstedt >> July 22, 2011, 8:33 am

    I have such a wide range of books that I read, from Jodi Picoult and Danielle Steel to James Patterson and Michael Connelly and beyond. I am always looking for a new author to add to my list. I have read “The Help”, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”, “Now You See Her”, “Family Ties”, “Salam Falls” and “Knock Out” just since mid-May. I just picked up another Jodi Picoult book that I haven’t yet read, “The Tenth Circle” at a used book store and am looking forward to starting it. I am not a “Kindle” person, I love the feel of a book in my hands.

  • Judy >> July 22, 2011, 9:26 am

    I just finished “The Dressmaker” by Posie Graeme-Evans and before that I read “Grim Reaper End of Days” by Steve Alten. Two very different books, but both good in their subject matter.

  • Jen Erickson >> July 22, 2011, 11:43 am

    “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Currently I am reading “Dreamsongs Volume 1” by George RR Martin. Would love to read his “Game of Thrones” book. I also have “The Red Garden” on my table by Alice Hoffman.

    I am now following you on Twitter, per a #FF Team Weed from Rae Meadows.

    Your book cover makes me what to pick it up and hold it in my hands. Lovely.

  • Bonnie >> July 23, 2011, 8:31 am

    This summer I have read Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank, ( I love the Low Country), and The Help. I have read most of Jodi Picolt, and I can never put her books down! Can’t wait to read The Violets of March!

  • Stephanie Smith >> July 23, 2011, 11:14 am

    This summer I’ve read The Help and Skeletons at the Feast. I love stepping into other people’s lives and situations – it makes me understand how much we are alike despite our different backgrounds and situations. I found you because I had already liked Jodi on Facebook – now I’ve liked you as well! I’m always happy to discover another author who will keep me turning the pages lat into the night. Thanks!

  • Lisa >> July 23, 2011, 12:24 pm

    My summer read right now is: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. I love her novel right now and find it difficult to put down. Its very refreshing and great to be able to read her books over the summer. Am looking forward to another great author to add to my great reads over the summer. Also sending link to my facebook page as well….

  • Barbara >> July 23, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I just finished Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Elder Robison. His previous book was called Look Me in the Eye. Both are fantastic books! SO enjoyed Jodi’s House Rules!!I have read every one of her books and seen her a couple of times in person. I am currently reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. My next book that I am excited to read is The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean Auel. I have waited a long time to read the next one in her Earth’s Children series! As a teacher, I have the summer off and reading is absolutely my favorite thing to do – oh ya, and going to the beach too!
    I have clicked on both Jodi’s and your FB pages and posted your link on my wall! Looking forward to reading your book! Thanks for this contest ~

  • Sheila McAdams >> July 24, 2011, 8:54 am

    Hi, I “liked” both yours and Jodi P’s facebook pages! πŸ™‚
    I read “Little Princes (One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal)” by Conor Grennan which was excellent! I read the “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III but the further I got into the book the less I liked the characters, so in the end I didn’t like the book… disturbing. I’m currently reading “The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton and although it’s okay it’s easy to put down so I’m having trouble getting through it.
    Jodi Picoult is one of my all time favorite writers. If she praises your book, that’s good enough for me! It’s now next on my reading list.

  • Janis >> July 24, 2011, 11:51 am

    I am currently reading Caught by Harlan Coben. One of his better books. I’ve recently read The Help (excellent well written book), A Dog’s Purpose (has gone into my top 5) and One Good Dog (also excellent).

  • Brianna Burgess >> July 24, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I currently finished “Harvesting the Heart” by Jodi Picoult and I getting ready to pick up another one of her books, I only have 3 left to read this summer!

    I am currently following on twitter and facebook! I am really excited and hope to read your new book “The Violets of March” before the end of summer!

  • Robin Joslyn >> July 24, 2011, 1:47 pm

    I recently saw a Dr. Phil show and this young woman who just wrote her first book about the sudden death of her husband happened to be on the show. Her book is called Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor. She told of her feelings and reactions after the death of her husband.

    My brother in law passed away last August at the young age of 44. Even though I knew my brother in law was going to die, it did not make it any easier. My feelings were torn for my sister and how her life would drastically change. It has not been quite a year since his death, and yes, I was right, my sister’s life has drastically changed. I bought this book because I needed to know the signs that I was seeing with my sister and to see if those signs were similar to this young woman. I love my sister so much that I needed to see for myself if there was anything that I can do that would help her much more than she was already helping herself. Thank you Natalie Taylor for writing this book.

  • Debbie >> July 25, 2011, 5:30 am

    an’t wait to read it. Just finished JOdi’s House Rules! an “oldie” but a goodie

  • Donya Brown >> July 25, 2011, 5:40 am

    Patiently waiting for Jodi’s next book. I have read every single one so far!! I am currently reading Girl who kicked the Hornet’s nest by Stieg Larsson, it’s a great read but going a bit slow.

    I liked your page on facebook, along with Jodi Picoult’s and have also shared links to this contest and Jodi Picoult’s page. Thanks and hope to win!!

  • Chelsea >> July 25, 2011, 11:35 am

    this summer i am reading the harry potter series again and then after that i am going to be reading jodi’s amazing book house rules whhich i hear might become a tv series which is amazing.

  • Susan K >> July 25, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I have read Sing Me Home and loved it, and The Paris Wife, also very good. Getting ready to read An Inconvenient Wife and The Beach House πŸ™‚

  • Marie Donaldson >> July 25, 2011, 11:23 pm

    I am reading “The Lieutenant” by Katherine Grenville and have just finished Jodi Picault’s “House Rules”. What a marvellous insight into living with someone on the autism spectrum. I have “liked” her page and have a link to her site on my page.

  • Trista >> July 26, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I just finished Jodi Picoult’s Perfect match and loved it! Now i just started The Island by Elin Hilderbrand. I just watched the trailer for your lastest book and It looks great. I am going to buy a copy next time im at the bookstore!

  • Trista >> July 26, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I liked your page on facebook and I was already a fan of Jodi Picoults page

  • Tiffany >> July 26, 2011, 3:52 pm

    I am currently reading House Rules written by Jodi Picoult.

  • Marlene >> July 26, 2011, 8:57 pm

    Just finished House Rules and starting Mercy! I Love Jodi’s books. So hard to put down.

  • Danielle >> July 27, 2011, 6:19 am

    I am studying for a certification and have two kids so time to read for the joy of it is limited these day. However, I plan to catch up on Jodi’s newer books I have yrt to be able to read along with a few Nicholas Sparks books.

  • Susan >> July 27, 2011, 7:02 am

    I’m excited to finish reading Jodi’s newest book Sing You Home…I’m a graduate student in an accelerated program and my workload is pretty intense! I have a week off this summer of no school and no work and all I want to do is read this book! I am a fan of Jodi’s on Facebook (your’s too!) and have been receiving lots of updates from her (this one included) and I am so excited to read this book! πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading a book that I can enjoy without having to do a paper or a project after :).

  • carolyn macisaac >> July 27, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I have read every one of Jodi Picoult’s books. Each one I read is my all time favorite book at the time. I love the way she looks at controvicial issues and makes you see things from many different angles. At the moment I am reading “Coat Road” by Barbara Delinsky.

  • jody morton >> July 28, 2011, 10:20 am

    Read House Calls and just finished Nineteen Minutes

  • Rachel Green >> July 28, 2011, 10:38 am

    Have just read Sister and Afterwards by Rosamun Lupton , her first two books which are amazing!! I called them ‘take downstairs books’ as you just can’t put them down and shouldn’t banish them to bedside/bath reading only. Having read your page am going to go and check out your books now . Have already ‘liked’ Jodi Picoult as have been a fan for years and read all her books.

  • Barb >> July 28, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Jodi Picoult’s books are just amazing! They always leave you thinking about different situations. I just finished “Save Me” by Lisa Scottoline and it was also very good. It’s time to go get The Violets of March!

  • Claire Barfell >> July 30, 2011, 11:24 am

    I am looking forward to reading Janet Evanovich’s latest novel “Sizzling Seventeen” and I have the last two novels of Jodi Picoult, but have not read them yet. I am a true “book addict.”

  • Zoe >> July 31, 2011, 9:48 am

    I am officially “liking” Picoult, anyone who is a fan of your writing must have good taste! πŸ™‚

    This summer I’m excited to dig into some mermaid books, I have Ripple by Mandy Hubbard and The Lost Voices by Sarah Porter, and I think I’ll be checking out Fins are Forever as well

  • Christine Kwasniewski >> August 3, 2011, 7:42 pm

    I’m reading, The Help,Sing your way home, and This side of heaven.

  • Sam >> August 7, 2011, 7:40 pm

    Jodi Picoult is my all time favorite author! I’ve been reading her books for four years. This summer I read Sing You Home, Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah and I’m reading The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks. I’m excited to read violets of march!

  • Dolores Keeling >> August 10, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I just finished Nineteen Minutes (it was awesome) and just started Vanishing Acts. I love her books and have 4 more on my list to read. We now have a book club in my local library and started with Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson. She takes us back to old New York at the turn of the century. I have learned so much that we take for granted today. I have since read 12 of her Gaslight Series novels. I guess I get obsessed with writers and their books. I also read Tick Tock by James Patterson and his latest 10th Anniversary, a Women’s Murder Club book. I loved them. I’m also going to put your book on my ‘to be read’ list.

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