Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mailbox Monday and GIVEAWAY

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! I also have a new GIVEAWAY this week and three winners of last week's giveaway.  Keep reading through the post to find all the goodies.

It has been a lot of fun to host MM in January.  Next week, MM moves to the Library of Clean Reads for February.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Please leave the link to your Mailbox Monday post with Mr. Linky. If you do not have a blog, leave your mailbox list in a comment.


I had three copies of JOYRIDE: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet By Mia Birk with Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie (published by Cadence Press). These are finished books, not ARCS.

THE BOOK: This is the inspiring story of pioneering transportation leader Mia Birk's 20-year crusade to integrate bicycling into daily life. With a table scrap of funding, Mia led a revolution that grew Portland, Oregon into the #1 American cycling city. Mia then hit the road, helping make communities across the nation -- even her hometown of Dallas, Texas -- more human, healthy, safe, and livable. While many books today extol the pain of our world's problems, Mia's funny, touching Joyride is the antidote, offering hope to any and everyone interested in changing our world, one pedal stroke at a time.

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winners!  I will contact you shortly.


This week, I am giving away an ARC of Bering Sea Blues: A Crabber's Tale of Fear in the Icy North by Joe Upton.  Thanks again go to Mary Bisbee-Beek, an incredibly diligent book publicist, for providing the bounty.

THE BOOK:  This is a white knuckle memoir of a winter season of king crab fishing in the Bering Sea, with relentless 12 to 14 hour days of setting and hauling the pots to catch the crab and searching for elusive pockets on the ocean floor that can yield as much as 70 tons of crab. For the lucky ones there were financial rewards; for others, surviving was the reward. And in the quiet moments, there is reflection on the rich history of the North Pacific, the spectacular empitness of Alaska's remote southwest coast, and nature's maelstrom on the meanest sea on earth.

Joe Upton is a fisherman, journalist, and the author of five books on Alaska. The book is published by Epicenter Press.

THE RULES: The contest is open until Sunday, February 6, 2011. To enter, do any or all of the following, but you must leave a comment for each one:

1. Leave a comment on this post. You must include a way to contact you (email or website address in your comment or available in your profile). If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway. (Posting the giveaway on your sidebar is also acceptable.) Leave a separate comment with a link to your post. (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to my rss feed, follow me on blogger, or subscribe via email (or tell me if you already are a subscriber or follower). Leave a separate comment for this. (1 entry)

4. Tweet this post on Twitter. Leave me a separate comment with your twitter user name. (1 entry)

5. Stumble this blog, digg it, technorati fave it, or link it on facebook. Leave a separate comment. (1 entry)

There are a lot of ways to enter (maximum of five entries), but you must LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one or they will not count. I will use to pick the winners from the comments.

This contest is open to entries from the U.S. and Canada only. The deadline for entry is 9:00 PM, Pacific Time, on Sunday, February 6, 2011. I will draw and post the winner's name in my Mailbox Monday post for February 7, 2011.


I got two book last week, both in my mailbox. Mary Bisbee-Beek sent me this one, also distributed by Epicenter Press:

Sunken Klondike Gold: How a Lost Fortune Inspired an Ambitious Effort to Raise the S.S. Islander by Leonard H. Delano.

Even though this is adding to my Guilt List and therefore violating my New Year's reading resolution, I am happy to get it.  For one thing, it looks pretty good and is full of cool pictures and drawings.  But better yet, my husband's face lit up like a kid at Christmas when he saw it.  It is so up his alley.

Oregon State University Press sent me an ARC of the soon-to-be-released Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Strycker.

As fascinating as this looks -- and it really does -- and as much as I liked that penguin movie with the little baby penguins, I'm going to stick with my resolution on this one and will be passing it on to someone who will get to it sooner than I will.


  1. I'm so excited about winning that book!! :) Thanks so much - I'm really interested in reading!!

    I'll bet that Sunken Klondike Gold book will be a good one. Lots of history.

    ~ Wendi

  2. Thanks for hosting this month. It has been fun for me to get back into blogging after a rough summer. By the way, I would love the book about penguins--Among Penguins, if you don't have somebody else already in mind for it. I find Antarctica fascinating!

  3. Thanks for hosting MM this month. You did a great job.

    No need to enter me for the giveaway, but I wanted to say congrats to the winners.

    I know a certain niece who would love that penguin book.

  4. Looks like you received some interesting books. I'm curious about the penguin one. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Among Penguins caught my eye. Thanks so much for being a great host in January, and enjoy your new books.

  6. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful host. You did a fantastic job!!

  7. Thanks for hosting MM. I'm looking forward to doing it next. Both your books look really interesting, especially the one about the penguins. But it's good to stick with your resolution.

  8. I love getting a book I think my husband or daughter will enjoy, too.

    Thanks for being a great host this month.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  9. my mailbox is stuffed and posted


  10. Oh thank you Rose! For visiting my blog--(and yes it was a great mailbox week for me) and for the book offer. Are you just going to email me for my address?
    Have a great day!

  11. I would love to enter the giveaway!

    Your books all look interesting and hope you enjoy them.
    Have a great week and thanks for entering me in the giveaway

  12. Oops! Mary just pointed out that I put the wrong book up -- I'm giving away Bering Sea Blues, not Alaska Blues. Same author. The description was correct, I just put in the wrong title.

  13. Bering Sea Blues sounds very interesting and I'd love to win a copy! (My daughter has a thing for penguins, so I'm passing along to her the title of the book Among Penguins.)

  14. I'm a follower too.

  15. Cool Giveaways you host here - and some good reads in your mailbox, too! Here's mine:

  16. I love the cover of Among Penguins.

    Thanks so much for hosting MM in January :)

  17. Thanks for being such a great host! :)

  18. Thanks for hosting for January. My only regret was that all the giveaways were with restrictions!

  19. Thanks for being a wonderful Hostess! I think Bering Sea Blues does sound like a book I might enjoy. I love watching Deadliest Catch. It is fascinating. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  20. I am a follower also


  21. Thank you for hosting MM this month.

    ~ Marcia


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