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"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Birthday Contest!

This is my birthday week so I'm giving presents! I hope there are a lot of mystery fans out there because this is for two James Patterson books, Run For Your Life and The 8th Confession. I can't wait to read these! Patterson books are always a quick read with lots of twists and turns. The perfect book to take to my hammock!

Run For Your Life also by Michael Ledwidge
A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful, the arrogant, the don't-give-a-darnst-about-anyone rich. For some New Yorkers it seems that the rich were getting what they deserve at last. For New York's social elite, it is a call to chaos and terror. The Teacher's message to the wealthy is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! Detective Mike Bennett is assigned the case. Managing the pressure from his Commissioner, the Mayor, and the New York media would be enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-who are all under 12 and who all have the flu! Detective Bennett discovers a secret pattern in the Teacher's lessons-and realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author who introduced readers to Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club-comes the continuation of his newest, electrifying series. Run for Your Life is his most heart-stopping thriller yet. (from Hatchette Books)

The 8th Confession (The Women's Murder Club)
also by Maxine Paetro
When a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless is found brutally executed, reporter Cindy Thomas knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been as saintly as everyone thought... Rich, beautiful, and powerful, Isa and Ethan Bailey were living in the spotlight as San Francisco's perfect couple--until they are found dead in their luxurious home. As the hunt for two criminals tests the skills of the entire Women's Murder Club, sparks begin to fly between Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, making it difficult to stay focused on the case. The electrifying new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, THE 8TH CONFESSION serves up the mile-a-minute twists that only James Patterson can deliver. (from Hatchette Books)

There will be three (3) winners.
*The first lucky winner will get both books.
*The second winner will get one copy of Run For Your Life.
*The third winner will get one copy of The 8th Confession.
If you aren't interested in one of the books please say so in your comments.

+1 entry - You MUST leave a comment about your favorite birthday gift (given or received) or tradition. It can be for your own birthday or for someone else, but you have to leave a birthday comment to be included in the contest!***
+1 entry - If you are, or become, a follower or subscriber. Leave a comment to let me know.

This will be for one week and will end 11:59 p.m. EST May 1st.

Thank you to Hatchette Books for providing these prizes. I'm sorry that they can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada.


  1. Happy Birthday!

    I love James Patterson's books and have been wanted to read Run for Your Life since it came out.

    I am a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  2. Happy Birthday! What a fun way to celebrate! I love James Patterson!

    Birthdays in my house have to have a round two-layered birthday cake that is homemade by me. No store bought, no ice cream cakes, no cupcakes, no square or rectangle shapes...I know it's funny but it's true.

    I subscribe to your feed through google reader.


  3. Happy Birthday

    Have a great day.

  4. Happy Birthday to you. Wishing you all the very best.

    I love James Patterson. The book that I am interested in is 8th Confession. I have already read Run For your life.

    I am a follower

  5. Happy Birthday!

    The best birthday present I ever bought was a 4-wheeler for my nephew.

    I'm interested in 8th Confession, I already have Run For Your Life.

    I'm a follower.

  6. Oops forgot to leave my email


  7. Happy Birthday!! And Many More!!!

    When I turned 50, I bought 2 sheet cakes and celebrated my birthday at work. I work at a hospital and invited anyone who wanted to come down for a piece of cake.

  8. I am also a subscriber.




    The Greastest birthday present I have ever received in my entire life was three years ago. My Godson Moises presented me with my German Shepherd puppy, named Rico der Hunter III. He just turned three in March (my birthday is September, so he was six months old when I got him. He now weighs 98 pounds and still growing.)


    Michael Phelps

  10. Happy Birthday!

    I think my favorite birthday gift ever was the puppy I got for my 5th birthday. I REALLY wanted that puppy!


    I'm a follower!

    I already have Run for Your Life, so would prefer the other book.

  11. Big big birthday wishes going your way! Please enter me in the drawing too as hubby and I both love to read Patterson.

    You know I am a follower and a fan.

    I put up a post about your contest.

  12. First off, Happy Birthday!!

    I'm a big fan of James Patterson (esp. the Women's Murder Club) so I'd love to win these!

    My favorite birthday tradition is having my mom make one of my favorite dinners for my birthday. (I'm lucky that still happens--my parents live a mile away!) One of my most memorable gifts was when I got my first bike :-)

    Oh, and I'm a follower :-)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Happy Birthday!!
    I'd love to win!

    Birthdays -We always celebrate on the closest Sunday at Grandma's house. You have only 1 choices for your cake...pound cake with white icing or chocolate pound cake with chocolate icing. Guess who always chooses the chocolate!!

    New follower!


  14. No need to enter my name. I just want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

    Love your blog design. Very similar to mine :)

  15. No need to enter me. Just saying Happy Birthday to YOU!! A little Birdie (penguin) told me. :)

  16. Favorite Birthday gift? I once wrote a post highlighting my life in a few paragraphs titled, "The Tree In the Middle of Nowhere".

    I had forgotten all about it until a friend of mine sent a copy of my words to me and a pendent with an Oak tree with the moon in silhouette. It was perfect and so thoughtful, I had tears running down my face. The fact she remembered that story was gift enough.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo


  17. My favorite birthday present was my Chihuahua - Daisy. Please include me in your giveaway.

  18. I am a follower.

  19. Happy birthday!

    One of my favorite birthday gifts was the tailless cat my daughter gave me. She looks like a raked car without her tail but she is the most endearing cat ever.

    I am follower.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot com

  20. Happy Birthday! I would love to win either one of these books - my favorite birthday gift was probably a set of The Bobsey Twin books that I received when I was young. We didn't have a lot of money and my mom was able to find about 15 of the books at a sale! I was so excited!

    I also subscribe to your blog in a feeder!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  21. ~Happy Birthday~
    My favorite present was the first year my husband and children made my Birthday cake together!!!

    Thanks for offering the giveaway=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  22. Happy Happy Birthday!!!
    No need to enter me, just wanted to send you birthday wishes....

  23. No need to enter me, but I wanted to wish you a happy birthday!

  24. Happy Birthday! I've presented this award to you as a gift

    I'd love to be entered in the drawing. When I turned 30 my husband threw a surprise party for me and gave me diamond earrings and matching necklace. Best birthday ever :)

  25. I'm so glad I found you blog and this giveaway. My mother loves Patterson so I'd love to win this for her. Since I'd like this for her the gift she would get aside from presents is giant cards the bigger the better. So big they were as tall as me when I was little. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great giveaway.

  26. Happy Birthday! No need to enter me as I have the books. Just wanted to say "happy bday."


  27. Happy Birthday! My best birthday gives was getting engaged - 22 years later and we're still married!

    I'm also a follower.

    I'd love to be entered in this contest.


  28. No need to enter me - I just want to say Happy Birthday!!

  29. No need to enter me. I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday!!

  30. Happy birthday!

    Our favorite bday tradition is still getting all my siblings together for everyone's bday. We are a little scattered, but we always make a point to have all 4 of us meet at moms for food and cake!

    I also follow.

  31. Oops, forgot to say, I'd just like to be entered for 8th Confession. I've already read the other one.


  32. No need to enter me. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  33. No need to enter me, either - Happy Birthday. Just posted this on Win A Book.

  34. Love James Patterson!! I am a follower :)

    Favorite Birthday gift -- hmm, probably have to say the birth of my daughter. She was born the day after my birthday - best gift a gal can get :)

    Happy Birthday!!

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

  35. Happy Birthday!

    We don't really make a big deal out of birthdays in my family, but the best TWO gifts I've gotten were both necklaces. One was a gold cross, and the other is a silver heart that says "My Daughter, My Joy" on the back. Both from my mother.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  36. I'm a follower

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  37. My favorite birthday gift is simply dinner with my family. I LOVE to make a big deal out of my daughters however.

    I'm a follower.
    Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com

  38. First of all, Happy Birthday! I hope it's a wonderful one!

    As far as birthday traditions -- when I was a kid my grandmother (who raised me) also made sure that on my birthday day I would wake up to a small present waiting on my bed. So that the first thing I saw when I woke up was a gift :-) I do that with my kids now also!

  39. I am a follower!

  40. The best b-day gift I ever got was from my fiance. She gave me this amazing book called Maps of War (I think that's the title). It's this enormous book with all these detail images of maps of, well, war. It's gorgeous and I love it.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway.

    arconna @ yahoo dot com

  41. my fav birthday gift came last year when my friends surprised me with dinner and flowers. it was simple but amazing.

    I subscribe in google reader.


    sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com

  42. These look great! Please enter me!


    My favorite birthday tradition is always spending the day on an outing with my family to my choice of destination (within driving distance).

  43. Happy Birthday!
    The best gift I ever got was a locket that my daughter gave me. I keep a photo of my deceased son in it.
    I love Patterson's books.
    liveleisurely at

  44. Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    My favorite birthday gift was a plane ticket to visit some good friends!!! Thanks mom!


  45. Happy Birthday! A favorite tradition at our house is that the birthday person gets to pick out the dinner meal and dessert for their special day along with wearing a special "It's my Birthday!" necklace for the day! ~ :) Thanks!

  46. Awesome, both books are on 'buy' list. My favorite tradition is make my family's birthday cakes. They get whatever kind they want. My son has been known to challenge me. One year he wanted a Tomato Soup Cake and another year he wanted a Turtle cake (with chocolate, nuts, caramel etc.)But I always find a recipe and make it.

  47. Happy Birthday!

    The favorite present I ever gave someone was the 2 dozen sweetheart roses I had sent to my hubby at work. He thought it was really neat for a guy to get flowers.

  48. Happy Birthday Wrighty, enjoy your special day : D
    The one birthday gift I like to give is a small gift bag filled with retro candy, the wax lips, ice cream cone candies, etc, with groucho glasses, a hawaiian lai, party blowers and hat. It's a party in a bag :D

  49. Happy Birthday dear!!!

    I'm just starting to get into James Patterson so I'd totally love a chance to win these.

    And I think the best birthday present I received was a $200 gift card for B&N last year from my now ex. It was a total surprise and I literally squeed when I got it. He knew how much of a book addict I am.

    && I'm already a follower =D

    Thanks so much and I hope you have a great birthday week!!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  50. I would like to enter!

    +1 I am a follower.

    My favorite birthday present was a gigantic card that all of my friends made me last year. It was really thoughtful.



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