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Friday, October 9, 2009

Guest Post with Lisa Mantchev & Contest

Eyes Like Stars (The Theatre Illuminata: Act 1 ) by Lisa Mantchev

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Lisa Mantchev, author of Eyes Like Stars. Lisa graciously agreed to write a guest post about my favorite characters from the book - Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Moth and Cobwebb. If you've read Eyes Like Stars, you know how much fun these little guys are and you're sure to get a kick out of them here too! So without further ado...take it away Lisa!

(Lights up. The stage is bare, save a wooden stool, upon which sits a glass of water, half-full. Dust motes dance like ballerinas in the glare from the spotlight. From the flies comes a distant cry.)

MOTH: Cannonball!

(Hands about his tucked knees, he lands on the stage just adjacent to both chair and glass with a splat. The other fairies enter, shaking their heads.)

PEASEBLOSSOM: I told you you'd miss.

MUSTARDSEED: (Nudging the lump that is MOTH with his boot) How's your spleen?

MOTH: Urrrrrrrgh.

COBWEB: Good thing you didn't jump head-first. Your noggin has way less padding that your backside.

MOTH: (Standing up and shaking like a dog) You could jump head-first... all we'd hear on impact is the slow hiss of all that air leaking out.

(Before they can get into a fight, BEATRICE SHAKESPEARE SMITH, better known as BERTIE, peers onstage.)

BERTIE: What on earth are you four doing?

PEASEBLOSSOM: Lisa's been busy with Other Stuff, so we're practicing our new act. We thought it would be timely, in case we go on the road.

BERTIE: Is that so? Why are you wearing those ridiculous spandex unitards?

MUSTARDSEED: (Doing deep knee-bends) Range of movement. Plus they are incredibly slimming.

BERTIE: Sure. So slimming I don't notice your little cupcake paunch in the front.

MUSTARDSEED: This isn't a paunch! It's a maraschino cherry! I swallowed it whole.

COBWEB: He did. It was on top of the pineapple upside-down cake.

BERTIE: I had some of that as well. But then it became chocolate ganache with raspberry filling. And THEN it was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

PEASEBLOSSOM: (Peering up) Is Lisa revising again?

BERTIE: Yes. Very disconcerting to have a mouthful change as I'm eating it, I'll tell ya.

(The fairies unitards are replaced by miniature tutus in assorted candy colors.)

MOTH: (Fluffing lime green tulle) She's having a hard time of it, no?

COBWEB: There was a lot of hair-pulling yesterday. And banging her head against the desk. (Experimentally twirling about on his tippytoes)

MUSTARDSEED: (Glowering from under the wreathe of roses that matches his dandelion-yellow skirts) This is a bit much, isn't it?

(The tutus disappear, replaced by tiny silver space suits, and the fairies begin to drift across the stage. Their shouts are muffled by the helmets, and BERTIE grins.)

BERTIE: Peace and quiet at last. (Her hair slowly changes from Cobalt Flame to Raven's Wing Black to Wicked Green.) And that's a good trick... keeps the stage clean! What about the dessert?

(It begins to rain scoops of raspberry sherbet and meringue cookies. The fairies pry off their helmets, not about to miss out on the confectionary storm.)

MOTH: Keep it coming! These are a few of our favorite things!

LISA: (A booming voice over the loudspeaker) In THAT case...

(The dessert is followed by a hail of glitter, a parade of big hairy dogs with wagging tails, a rolling cappuccino cart, vintage shiny bits on nearly invisible wire, Players in elaborate costuming apparently Trick or Treating, and a rowboat on wheels that is brimming over with pirates)

BERTIE: Get a load of that mess! I am not sticking around to hear the Stage Manager's opinions on melted ice cream full of glitter and dog hair.

FAIRIES: Wait for us! (Loaded up with meringues, they fly after BERTIE as she exits, Stage Right.)

Lisa Mantchev wrote her first play in the fourth grade and has been involved in the theater ever since. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, daughter, and four hairy dogs. Before writing EYES LIKE STARS, she penned and published more than thirty short stories.


You will also receive a signed bookplate
and bracelet from Lisa

Easy- Just leave a comment!

(Bonus entry if you link/post about this contest)

November 6th 2009 (Open to all!)


Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Great post 1st thing in the moring, that was a fun read!

please count me in

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DarcyO said...

Inventive post! Please include me in this one!

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Anonymous said...

Yay, another great contest! Let's see if the Open ID thing works this time. :)

Tweeted and facebooked.

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Jessy said...

Fabulous book. Thanks for such a great contest

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Janicu said...

Ohh, I've been wanting to read this book. Those little fairies sound cute.


Ellz said...

What an interesting post. This book is on my list, thanks for the chance to win it!
+1 I posted on my contest sidebar

Rich Mom, Rich Dad. Poor Mom, Poor Dad. said...

I have been wanting to read this one!

Count me in!

Tweet Tweet http://twitter.com/Historyslover/status/4734315276

Sab H. said...

Great Post!! I just finished this book and LOVED it!! She is amazing! I'd love to own a copy, thanks!

+1 Link on sidebar: http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/

+1 Twittered: @SabriHorande


cait045 said...

I loved this book. The fairies were my favorite part of the whole book. Can't wait for the sequel

Tweeted @cait045


Emily said...

This book looks fantastic- count me in for the contest!

whatbookisthat AT gmail DOT com

Also, +1 for tweeting the contest here- http://twitter.com/heynocupcake/status/4734973427

I'll add to to my sidebar at What Book is That? soon!

Lexie said...

Thanks for the pick-me-up first thing! (don't tell the boys i said that though!)


Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

This was a fun post! Thanks for the contest!

Linked here: http://twitter.com/JYTBB/status/4735259364


Chloe said...

Hilarious, as always, Lis! Can't wait for Perchance to Dream :D


holdenj said...

How great to get such a unique and fun post from an author! I love the cover of this book and I bet a few of the stars of today's post are flitting around Bertie's head!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Anonymous said...

I keep meaning to get this book--just because the cover is that gorgeous.

Tynga said...

Please count me in =) I'd love to win this book!
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Tynga/status/4736784318

Thank you!

Wicked Walker said...

great post and contest! I RT'd you too :)

Wicked Walker said...

oh..helps if i tell you my twitter name LOL (Raycee3)

brizmus said...

Ooh! I've been wanting to read this book!
This was a great post. :-)
Enter me!

Jessica B said...

Please enter me! I've only heard amazing things about Eyes Like Stars!

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me. I'm dropping to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Natalie said...

+1 I'm excited to read this one!
+1 Link on Contest Sidebar


Sheere said...

I really like this book! Please enter me!


Anonymous said...

I've read great reviews for this book,please enter me in the giveaway

Van Pham said...

Fun post and another great giveaway, please enter me :)



Sara said...

I just read Eyes Like Stars this week, so it was awesome to be able to have another fun peek at the characters, since I miss them already!

Thanks for the contest and guest post! :)

+1 linked to sidebar @ http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com


Anonymous said...

pls enter me into this contest! thanks

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lingeorge said...

Great fun! Loved the post. Coun me in.

Cecelia said...

I so want my own copy of this book! It looks fantastic...

+1 I'm posting this to my blog sidebar



Kate said...

Superb contest. I really want this! Please enter me :)


Pam said...

Fun post! I've been hearing great things about this book. Count me in please!

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Miss Haley said...

yay! enter me plz!

i tweeted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

Reading said...

Great Post! Please count me in. Thanks for the chance.

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Kelsey said...

Awesome post! I really want to read this(:

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Lilixtreme said...

Nice post!

+1 sidebar: http://lilibethramos.blogspot.com


Dani. said...

Eyes Like Stars looks sooo good. I have heard nothing about good things.

Cool guest post by the way, I enjoyed it, :)


Kimberly B. said...

I love fairies, and I love Shakespeare, and I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Kimberly B. said...

I also tweeted this contest @KimBea.

Orchid said...

Love the cover for Eyes Like Stars, plus this sounds like an awesome book. Please enter me. :)

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Jo said...

I've read reviews of this book, but none of them come close to making it sound as amazing as that guest post did! I LOVE IT! That was hilarious, and those characters are just awesome! I so need this book already! Please enter me.

Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

Blogged on both my blogs:
Once Upon a Bookcase
Ink and Paper

Alicia0385 said...

I've been wanting to read this. Please count me in!!


Unknown said...

I can't wait to read this, it sounds sooo good. I love the whole idea of the story taking place within the theater setting.

Please enter me.

Dottie :)

jpetroroy said...

This book sounds fascinating!

jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

+1 I tweeted at https://twitter.com/jpetroroy/status/4745549252

Megan said...

This sounds like a great book. Count me in. Thanks for the chance to win it!


Marian Perera said...

LOL @ the fairies; they gave me a Shakespeare flashback but had so much character of their own. Especially the maraschino cherry comment. Please enter me into the giveaway as well!

Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

Brenda S. said...

I's awesome! I can't wait to read it! I love the cover! Please count me in!

+1 Link on sidebar: http://eternamente-en-tiniebla.blogspot.com/

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/BrendiizSotelo/status/4746139388

+1 Post in blog: http://eternamente-en-tiniebla.blogspot.com/2009/10/win-copy-of-eyes-like-stars-by-lisa.html


thanks! ;)

Mariana S said...

I really want to read this one, please count me in ^^

+1 tweeted: http://twitter.com/Libelula89/status/4745839970
+1 Link on sidebar: http://entrelibelulas.blogspot.com/


Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Me thinks this is an excellent giveaway. Count me in please : )


michelle said...

Please enter me in the contest!

+1 for sharing on stumbleupon

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Kiara said...

Thank you for this international giveaway! :D
+1 Sidebar: HERE

Ella Preuss said...


YAY Int'l!
+1 added to my sidebar.

Thank you and Lisa!

Jess. said...

Lisa never fails to make me grin :) Not entering but I am throwing your contest link up on my sidebar :)

Good luck to all the hopeful winners!

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

and i just tweeted:@hefollowedme

hefollowedme AT gmail DOT com

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

I really want to read Eyes Like Stars.


Extra Entry: Link at:http://thebookshopaholic.blogspot.com/2009/09/contests.html

Scott Romanski said...

Ohhh...sounds like a good book. Count me in.

Blogging it @ truedeadman.blogspot.com

lastrideusa [AT] yahoo [DOT] com

lalalalalalala said...

Fun interview!

Please enter me.

kimi kaio @yahoo.com (no spaces)

Unknown said...

Yeah!! Great interview and contest!


www.randomchalktalk.com (linked here)

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

I love it! Eyes Like Stars is great!

donnas said...

Great post. Please include me. I really really want to read this.

Linked on sidebar: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please!


dancealertreads.blogspot.com said...

Count me in!

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Anonymous said...

wow, i havent read anythng in play format since high school & romeo & juliet! this seems very interesting; count me in :)


Mozi Esme said...

Looks interesting!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

I think I will literally jump and scream for joy if I win this giveaway. I've entered so many contests for this book..to no avail. I would have bought it already if not for my lack of funds :(


Sheere said...

+1 tweeted


Margay Leah Justice said...

This book is at the top of my must read list!

Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

Margay Leah Justice said...

I posted about the contest here:



Cailin said...

I love the cover of this book =D

Thanks for the Contest~


Unknown said...

Count me in. I've been wanting to read this.


avalonne83 said...

Sounds great!
Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

throuthehaze said...

count me in please
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Giuly said...

Hi! awesome contest! please enter me!


thanks for the giveaway!

danielle said...

awesome giveaway!


Nonie said...

Please enter me!


Misty said...

I have had my eye on this book for months. I absolutely adore the cover, and it sounds like it would be right up my alley. Someone in my book club recently put it up for vote as a selection for next year, so I'm hoping it will get a slot...


Misty said...
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Unknown said...

Enter me please :)

+1 on sidebar http://owlforya.blogspot.com

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

Jenny N. said...

Thnaks for the giveaway. I would like to enter.


Kristi said...

I have been wanting to read this book since I first saw it traveling around the blogosphere. Please enter me in the contest.

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Kristi said...

I twittered - http://twitter.com/kherbrand/statuses/4778986931

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Borostyán said...

After so many good reviews about this book, would be great to read it. :)


Alessandra said...

Please enter me, too! Great giveaway!


Ivana said...

That's such a cute post! Thank you and Lisa for hosting this giveaway!
I' d like to be entered! I am putting your contest in my sidebar!
ivanaquick at gmail.com

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

How creative and fun =) I'd love a chance to win!

-I also put a link to this contest on my sidebar (http://creativitygone.blogspot.com)

Thanks so much,

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Hazra said...

Thanks a lot for the giveaway! I love the cover of this book.
I blogged about it at http://linktoink.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-salon-short-story-focus.html


Briana said...

great contest!
i've been wanting this one :)


Chelsea S said...

Please enter me. Thank you.

-- Chelsea

Ruth (Book Focus) said...

Ooh how cool! Also, that's got to be one of the prettiest covers on any book published this year. :) Before I knew anything about the book, I wanted it based on that cover!

...and the title is also awesome. :) (Oh, and the book sounds good as well. ;)

Could I enter to win this?

Email: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

Bunny B said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to read this!! Count me in please :)
Thank you!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Krista said...

Very cool! Please enter me:)


RayRay said...

I've been wanting this book so bad! Please enter me.

Melissa (Books R Us) said...

Please enter me in the contest


Andrea said...

I would love to read this...please enter me!

And I blogged about the contest here.


Sang Hwa said...

Thanks for such a great contest!

my post http://doramamania.blogspot.com/2009/10/cuncursos.html



Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Amazing book! Would love to share with a friend or family member!

I Twittered and put this on my sidebar!

Jonnie (JB) said...

I love this cover.
Please enter me

naty said...

Please enter me

Becca said...

Please enter me!

I blogged about it here:


Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

this book is so different from what i usually read. sounds awsome


Unknown said...

Please enter me. I have been dying to read this.

+1 added to sidebar


Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Oh no, now I really want some cake!

Please enter me. I've read so many great things about Lisa's book :)


andrea b said...

Thanks for the contest!

I tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/andreadbc/status/4866719756

adbcoz ATgmailDOTcom

Hechicera7 said...

Please enter me!



Rebecca said...

Great post.

Count me in for the contest.

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Please count me in.

+ Blogged.

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I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Please count me in.

+ Blogged.

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heatherzilla said...

Cute post! I have heard great things about this book and would love to be included in the giveaway. Awesome cover art, btw. :)


+1 Tweet

Unknown said...

This is the most entries I have ever seen on a contest. Please count me in.

thebookette at googlemail.com

Sandy said...

This made me smile! :D I can't wait to read Eyes like Stars...

I linked the contest in my sidebar! ;D


Sandy said...

This made me smile! :D I can't wait to read Eyes like Stars...

I linked the contest in my sidebar! ;D


Sylvia said...

I've been wanting to read this for a long long time (this and many more books, actually, which I've been waiting to read, that is) and I hope I win so that I can finally read it:D
Thanks for this contest!


estereta said...

Great contest! Count me in.


Sarah said...

This post was so cute! :) I love character interviews.

+1 I've linked this contest to my sidebar!

Thanks for the contest ansd guest post, Kim!

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Karla said...

i really want to read this book :)


chocowafer said...

I really want to read this book. Thanks for the contest!

linked this on my sidebar:


babygirlG said...

Please enter me!


Milka said...

Please count me in!

emvuu said...

thanks for the contest!

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Sara said...

Nice interview! (ANd contest) Please enter me!


Nina said...

Thank you for this great contest.
Please count me in!


Adelaide said...

+ I POSTED! (Duh!) =)
+ Linked you at my website: www.twistsandtwirls.com
(For one week only!)

Thanks! =)


Rebecca N. said...

This sounds like a really good read! I would love to be entered to win! Thanks for the great giveaway!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

Rebecca N. said...

I Tweeted!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com


kaitlin said...

Pretty please enter me in this awesome competition! i would LOVE to win this book.


Froggy said...

Please enter me

+1 link - http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com/2009/08/contest.html

A Blog with Bite!

brizmus said...

Hey, I already entered, but I just wanted to let you know that I added the post to my sidebar


Cherry said...

Please count me in!

Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/10/eyes-like-stars-giveaway-at-book.html


Diana Dang said...

linked: www.orientaldesires.blogspot.com

faked_sugartone at hotmail

Diana said...

Hey! I'm Diana, please count me in!! =P
- email: librosdevida1@hotmail.com
- link to your contest on sidebar of my blog!!! (http://librosdevida.blogspot.com/)
thnx!! =D

Beleth said...

I would love to read this, count me in!

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Katie said...

I'd love to enter! I've also added this to my sidebar: http://www.sophistikatied.blogspot.com


in which a girl reads said...

Count me in!

+1 linked to my sidebar at http://inwhichagirl.blogspot.com/


InfinitePlaylist said...

I want a copy :)

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Misty said...

Excellent interview so much info... Book sounds geat would love to have a copy.


Carolina said...

Such a funny guest post! I love Lisa and her characters! Please enter me in the giveaway! :)


Lost in the shadow... Book reviews said...

great post. This book sounds so good.

+1 posted on my sidebar


ninefly said...

the cover art is gorgeous, and the shakespearian aspect has got me intrigued

posted about this contest at my blog: http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2009/10/book-giveaways.html

email: ninefly(at)gmail.com


vvb32 reads said...

love the shakespeare tie-in with this one. i'm in.
vvb32 at yahoo.com

Michelle said...

I'd really like to read this one!! Thanks.

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Anita Yancey said...

This sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks!


Aline said...

i liked it

Holly said...

hey, i'm holly you can contact me via hollyy.heart.attack(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

i linked your contest at http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/

Izabela Souto said...

I love this cover! It's so beautiful. And I think the book sounds amazing

dor said...

Now, this is what I'm talking about. Great interview too.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

I blogged and left a link here but go enter there too.


dorcontest at gmail dot com

Emily Boyd said...

It looks amazing :)
I'd love the chance to win, so please count me in!

And I tweeted:


Emily Boyd said...

It looks amazing :)
I'd love the chance to win, so please count me in!

And I tweeted:


Noella said...

Please enter me!


cait045 said...

I loved the four fairies the most in this book. I was very original and can't wait for the sequel.

Renee G said...

Would love to read this.

Kidzbooks said...

I can't wait to read more. The cover is also super kewl. I would love to win this! iluvsugrray@aol.com

Nancye said...

Looks like a very good book! I hope I win!

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Liam said...

Count me in, please! Blogged about here (I can't figure out the hyperlink thing): http://liamsscribbles.blogspot.com/2009/11/pretty-eyes.html

liamofireland at aol dot com

Robyn said...

Ooh I would love to read this book. Please count me in! Thanks.


aprilnichole said...

Count me in. ;)


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hiya, please enter me, i'd love to read this book :)

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Anonymous said...



ABCD Diaries said...

What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance:)

gabriela said...

i really want to read this book :)


Anonymous said...

This book sounds AMAZING. I've heard so many good things about it!

+1: Link: http://bookbutterflyangel.wordpress.com/contests/
+1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/bookbutterfly/status/5446360667

Thanks for the contest!

~Jacqueline (bookbutterfly)

KIKA said...

Great Contest!

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Strangelove said...

Seems like a great book!
Count me in, please!

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Augusto Carvalho said...

I just love winning books. I'll be lucky.

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~The Book Pixie said...

I have head SO much about this book and would love to be able to read it. Count me in.

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/thebookpixie/status/5470427179


Enchanted by Books said...

This book sounds so good and I'd love to win it!

Please enter me!

I tweeted about your contest at this link ( http://bit.ly/2tSXHa )

Marie (MUM) said...

OMG! I wold just love to win this book!

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/utah91960/status/5471162822


Nancye said...

This looks like a great book!! Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Anonymous said...

please enter me! this looks great! you also have a great blog

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twitter: @yogina20

A Passion For Books said...

great interview and contest. I've been wanting to read this but haven't had a chance to yet.


CherylS22 said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book - please count me in!


Edu Chico said...

Oh, I hope I get lucky!

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Book Sp(l)ot said...

Oh, I hope this is still open because I would really love to win!


Lynz Pickles said...

The book sounds great, and the cover is simply stunning! Please enter me.


Anonymous said...

What a gas to read! lol Please enter me in your contest.