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One Year at The Written Word (and a giveaway)!

September 13, 2007

It’s been a year since starting this book blog, which I did on a total whim. At the time, I was happily blogging about my experiences while in the process of adopting my daughter at my adoptoin blog. I loved the creative outlet that blogging provided and in addition to my regular visits to other adoption blogs, I stumbled on some really wonderful book blogs. It has been a great year blogging about books and it is wonderful to look back at this on-line journal at all the books that I have read, enjoyed and shared will all of you.

author Laura Fitzgerald, veil of roses, american author, women in Iran, women's fiction, Iran news, women's rights, middle east women, contemporary american fiction, book club romance, Wisconsin writers, Arizona writersTo celebrate the one year anniversary of my book blog, the very gracious Laura Fitzgerald, author of Veil of Roses, has offered a signed copy of her book to one lucky person!

If you haven’t heard of Veil of Roses, let me give you a bit of insight. The book is the story of  Tamila Soroush, a 27 year old women who has been sent by her parents to America to visit her sister. While here, Tamila’s sister and brother-in-law actively search the local Iranian community in hopes to find a nice Persian man for Tamila to marry before her visa expires and she has to go back to Iran. In the meantime, “Tami” becomes friends with a whole hodge-podge group of ESL students and feels the stirrings of her first love. She struggles with learning about a new culture, trying to handle her over-bearing but well meaning sister and begins to dream of a new life here in America.

I read this book only a few weeks ago and really enjoyed this sweet, endearing story. I’ve already handed it off to a friend (which of course is always the true sign of a good book).

If you would like to win a personalized, signed copy of Veil of Roses, please leave a comment here by midnight EST time September 22nd to be automaticaly entered into the drawing. For an even better chance to win, post about this contest on your own blog (linking back to this post) and your name will be entered twice! The winner will be announced on Monday the 24th. I will also be posting a Q&A session, where Laura shares some insight into the life of a writer, her next book and her own personal book club.

56 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2007 9:45 pm

    sounds like an interesting book to read! hope i win. :mrgreen:

  2. September 13, 2007 9:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’m so glad I found your blog, it’s beautiful. I will link your blog to The Book’s Den. Hope you make some time and visit.

    Clary Lopez

  3. Donna permalink
    September 13, 2007 10:06 pm

    Happy anniversary!!! I’d love to win the book!

    On another note, I’m so glad you started the blog. Because of the book recommendations I started reading regularly again!

  4. September 13, 2007 10:56 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I too would love to win the book!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and have added your link onto my blogroll! 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. September 13, 2007 11:13 pm

    Hey! I would love to win this book. I feel special because I have been reading it since it started. 🙂

  6. September 14, 2007 12:01 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! This books sounds really good. If you don’t mind shipping overseas, I’d love to be included in the draw. If not, no worries.
    Here’s wishing you another year of blogging fun!

  7. Kristina permalink
    September 14, 2007 12:04 am

    Wow! I would love a chance to win this book. …and happy blogiversary!

  8. September 14, 2007 12:15 am

    Sounds like a good book. I’ll post about the giveaway. Sounds like fun!

  9. Nicole permalink
    September 14, 2007 1:46 am

    Congratulations on a year of blogging!

    That sounds like an interesting book.

  10. September 14, 2007 7:25 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I always enjoy stopping by to read your book reviews, after which I pop over to see what’s new with the kiddos. Look forward to many more years of book recommendations!

  11. September 14, 2007 9:13 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary. Sign me up for the contest! Sounds like a great book.

  12. September 14, 2007 10:44 am

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

    This sounds like an absolutely beautiful book, so I simply must enter the drawing. 😉

  13. September 14, 2007 10:46 am

    Congratulations on the one year anniversary!

  14. September 14, 2007 11:33 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve really enjoyed your site…I only wish I found it sooner 🙂

    I’ve been meaning to read this book; it sounds very interesting.

  15. September 14, 2007 1:36 pm

    Congrats on the blogiversary! I would absolutely love to win this book. It sounds wonderful! Love the site!

  16. christina permalink
    September 14, 2007 5:04 pm

    Oooh, a book blog, I came by way of your other blog. We adopted our little girl back in Feb 2006. I have yet to find the time to read through a whole book without having to put it down for weeks on end, and admire that you can do it so well. Maybe if I win this book I’ll be more inspired to find the time to read through relatively uninterrupted.

  17. September 14, 2007 10:10 pm

    That book sounds really good- and I love a good read (if I’m without a book in hand, something in my world is just not right)! Count me in!

  18. September 14, 2007 10:39 pm

    ooh ooh pick me pick me!!

  19. September 15, 2007 12:19 am

    Happy anniversary! That book sounds so good. 🙂 I’ll post about your giveaway later today!

  20. September 15, 2007 9:23 am

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

  21. September 15, 2007 10:58 am

    Happy Anniversary! This is the first time I’ve seen your blog (I linked over from A Striped Armchair) and I love it. The book sounds great – I’d love to win!

  22. September 15, 2007 2:46 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I would like to enter my name for the book. It sounds really good.

  23. September 15, 2007 8:42 pm

    Congratulations and good luck =]
    happy blogging

  24. September 15, 2007 9:19 pm

    Isn’t blogging fun?
    Please enter me in the contest, I’ve been wanting to read this book.

  25. Jessica permalink
    September 15, 2007 10:06 pm

    Congrats! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and reaching one year in the blogging world is a big accomplishment.

  26. September 16, 2007 1:22 am

    Great idea! A year of blogging is definitely an accomplishment! I hope to get better and more regular as I get more used to the idea of sending my thoughts into cyberspace. 🙂 I’ve heard great things about this book, so I can’t wait to read it and would, of course, love a signed copy, so please enter me in your contest. 🙂

    Happy Anniversary!

  27. September 16, 2007 7:44 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! The book sounds interesting!

  28. September 17, 2007 4:54 pm

    Congratulations Stehanie. Sounds a good read. This is the first time I have visited your book blog.

  29. September 17, 2007 9:12 pm

    Happy 1 year blogiversary! Isn’t blogging neat? Please add my name to the drawing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  30. September 17, 2007 9:33 pm

    I just added a post to my blog, a href=””>A Reader’s Journal. Hope you’ll stop by for a visit.

  31. September 17, 2007 9:35 pm

    Whoops! I goofed on that last comment. Let me try this again. My blog is here.

  32. September 17, 2007 10:56 pm

    How has this blog been up a year and I haven’t taken the time to get my ignorant arse over for a look-see?

    Thanks for the email about the book… sounds wonderful and if I don’t win I am going to order it from Amazon. :0)

  33. September 18, 2007 7:06 am

    Just here to say “howdy” Happy first blogiversary! No need to enter me in the draw, it does look like a great book however and I love the cover!

  34. Swapna Krishna permalink
    September 18, 2007 8:40 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary!!

  35. September 18, 2007 10:46 am

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I’d love to be entered into the drawing – what a sweet and wonderful thing to do for your readers 🙂

  36. September 18, 2007 1:26 pm

    Congratulations – and thank you for your generossity!

  37. September 18, 2007 3:46 pm

    Just dropping by to wish you a happy first year blogiversary. May this next year be even better for you.

  38. September 18, 2007 5:15 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Sounds like a fantastic book…I hope I win 🙂

  39. September 18, 2007 7:56 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I love your new header. And, the book sounds fantastic, so please throw my name in the hat.

    I’ve loved reading both your book reviews and following Maya’s adoption. I’m so glad the adoption lit the path to book blogging, as well. 🙂

  40. September 18, 2007 10:18 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this book so please count me in. And thanks for celebrating your blogiversary with all of us.

  41. September 19, 2007 9:07 am

    Ok Steph, I think I want in on the book club. I’ve been doing a lot of audio books and have been stalled since accidentally reading the entire plot and storyline of Peony In Love in a Washington Post review, whilst still in the first few chapters. Knowing what was coming next – before I even got there – ticked me off so much, I never went back to it. I’ve looked at a few of the titles here on your blog and many are books that I had already added to my Amazon wish list a while back because they looked interesting…. 🙂

    So I want to start reading again. Where do I begin???

    Hugs, Heather

  42. September 19, 2007 11:56 am

    I would love to enter! Thanks!

  43. September 19, 2007 4:50 pm

    I’d like to be entered! Thank you.

  44. September 19, 2007 8:04 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so please count me in. And thanks for celebrating your blogiversary with everyone.

  45. Karen Gordy-Panhorst permalink
    September 20, 2007 11:36 am

    This book sounds great. Can’t wait to read it–whether I win or not! 🙂
    Love your blog. Thanks for the insights on some great new books.

  46. September 20, 2007 4:36 pm

    Ooh Please enter me! I’ll go post about this right now.

  47. September 20, 2007 6:19 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I would love to be entered.

  48. Becca permalink
    September 20, 2007 11:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    The book sounds great! Please count me in, I would love to win it.

  49. livnfrgsus permalink
    September 21, 2007 12:18 pm

    COUNT me in!!!! I would love to read it!

  50. September 21, 2007 5:54 pm

    Happy 1 year anniversary. Great blog!!

  51. Wendy permalink
    September 21, 2007 6:30 pm

    Oh how cool! Please, count me in!

  52. September 21, 2007 10:32 pm

    Wish me luck!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Have a nice weekend!

  53. margaret46 permalink
    September 22, 2007 8:14 am

    love your blog.

    pleasecount me in

  54. September 22, 2007 11:47 am

    I’ve put a blurb on my blog – this looks like an interesting read!

  55. December 5, 2007 12:49 pm

    Well, I’m sure I’m probably to late to win the book, but just wanted to comment on the great blog you have here. Very nice, and informative. Thanx



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