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Jan 10, 2010

The Sunday Salon~~ BRRRR!

The Sunday

Are you cold? Here I am in Texas, and it is icy cold outside!! What is going on?? Don't answer that.

Somewhere out there in Blog Land someone is working on Blog Improvements. I did that during their last event, and spent the entire weekend on it!!

So I managed to block out all the pressure that other bloggers were unknowingly putting on me..and I didn't attend the Bloggiesta this time around. But I did lots of stuff last time.. see here..!

I still didn't walk away scot-free. I am an addict. I just can't stay away from the laptop on Saturdays. So... on Facebook I created a "business page" for The Burton Review. I guess I will use it for Events like giveaways. And more shameless promotion.

Therefore, I am going to say that's how I participated in this Bloggiesta although I won't be signing up anywhere that says I did. That's where my laziness draws the line.

In an effort to not have created my Facebook Fan page in vain, here I am asking you to become a Fan of The Burton Review officially on Facebook. Here's the silly little page.

Become a Fan, and you guessed it.. you'll get a sneak peek at events = giveaways and I am foreseeing one of my favorite type of Exclusive Giveaways!

Speaking of giveaways... I've got three going on RIGHT NOW!!!!

See my left sidebar at the top to follow the links to all the giveaways.. and the fantastic author interview with Leslie Carroll goes along with a giveaway to her newest release, Notorious Royal Marriages. There are some fantastic creative posts on Royalty and book reviews courtesy of my fellow Historical Fiction Round Table members. Lucy at Enchanted by Josephine is my biggest fan, and she has a great post on Napoleon and Josephine (go figure!) here, and you can see the rest of the list on the main HFRT site. Leslie Carrol even wrote some guest posts for the event such as one on Mary, Queen of Scots, which can be found at Lizzy's blog, Historically Obsessed. So many things going and too many to list, so you really need to visit the main site for many chances to win your copy of Notorious Royal Marriages.

Onwards..The Blogoversary Giveaway has been pretty stagnant so I may end that one early.. so that's your warning to get in there and enter. And don't forget the newest Darcy variation by Abigail Reynolds.. two winners for that one! Please be advised, that the ONLY requirements for the giveaways are that you leave me an email address. If there is no email address, you will not be eligible. I think that is a simple enough request and I mentioned for every giveaway, so please pay attention. Of course you are advised to leave it in a spam-blocker format such as replacing the @ with the word 'at'.

I've got quite a large mailbox coming your way for Monday, although only a couple came to the mailbox.. (I bought them and drove the books home myself!) And on Monday, a book review of the new debut novel by Matthew Flaming called The Kingdom of Ohio. This is a fantastic tie-in to the book I just reviewed by Samantha Hunt, The Invention of Everything Else.

A rare author event somewhat close to me is going to occur!! About 40 miles away the author Leila Meacham will be at Legacy Books in Plano on February 10, 2010 at 7:30. Leila is the proud writer of ROSES.. which focuses on a family in my humble state of Texas.

Have you heard of this book yet? I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to hear about it. It was unfortunate that many of my fellow bloggers who were buzzing about it were overlooked by me because of the holidays and work pressures. It is a shame I missed out on the buzz... so here I am buzzing along with you, albeit quite belatedly!

On BlogTalkRadio you can hear the fabulous accent of this new author, and she is a doll!!! I cannot wait to meet her, and if anyone else in the DFW area is going, let me know! I would love to meet you too! No, I haven't read the book, but I hope to really soon, and I am going to have to push some other reads to the side in order to read this one around the event date. But a girl has gotta do what a girl has gotta do!!

Just check out this brief description: "Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love."

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!! I am hearing my Dallas theme streaming through! Somewhere around #76 on my playlist on the right!

Happy Sunday.. Happy Reading!! (*opening up Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware right now..)

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