Literary Blog Hop Giveaway – February 2013

I’m please to announce that The Book Diva’s Read is once again participating in The Literary Blog Hop. This hop, organized by Judith at Leeswammes Blog, runs from 12:01 AM ET on February 9, 2013 through 11:59 PM ET on February 13, 2013. The winner will be announced by 9:00 AM ET on Thursday, February 14, 2013. This giveaway is open to international residents. All entrants must ensure that the Book Depository will ship to their country (click here to check).

In honor of African-American History Month here in the US, the prize for this giveaway will be a paperback copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot via the Book Depository. Although a non-fiction read, this book was chosen as a best book of 2010 by over 60 different media outlets including: National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Reports, the New York Times, USA Today.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons–as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia–a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo–to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family–past and present–is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family–especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance? Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

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Literary Giveaway Blog Hop – Second Chance!

Mea culpa, mea culpa… My apologies to everyone that is following the Literary Blog Hop. This hop is not supposed to end until midnight Eastern time on 10/31/2012, but due to an oversight on my part (sorry), it has ended early. 

As a result of my oversight, you now have a second chance to win a copy of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. One winner will be chosen from the initial Rafflecopter and a second winner will be chosen from the abbreviated Rafflecopter shown below. Both winners will be announced on November 1, 2012.

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Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

The Literary Blog Hop is once again being sponsored by Judith at Leeswammes Blog (thank you Judith), and runs from Saturday, October 27th through Wednesday, October 31st. The giveaway is a paperback copy of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan via The Book Depository

Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed–their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes–and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.

This giveaway is open to international residents over the age of 18; the only limitation is ensuring The Book Depository ships to your country (check here). 

To enter, please go here and use the official Rafflecopter form (comments do not count as an entry). The winner will be announced on Thursday, November 1st.

Psst…You don’t want to miss the giveaways at Judith’s blog, check it out: Leeswammes Blog.

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, graciously sponsored by Judith at Leeswammes’ Blog, has started. Thank you Judith! This blog hop will end at midnight (US Eastern time) on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. I’m giving away a paperback copy of  Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante from The Book Depository:

To enter this giveaway, please visit my giveaway page and use the official entry form. Please note that comments are not considered an entry into this contest. Entries are limited to one per email address (duplicate entries will result in disqualification). All entrants should check to ensure The Book Depository offers shipping to their country. Winner will be chosen using and announced by 9 AM (US Eastern Time) on 06/28/2012.

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, sponsored by Leeswammes’ Blog, will run from Saturday, February 18, 2012 through Wednesday, February 22, 2012. (Many thanks to Judith at Leeswammes’ Blog for organizing another great blog hop!)

In recognition of Black History Month here in the US, I’m giving away one paperback copy of The Color Purple by Alice Walker through the Book Depository

This giveaway is open to all international residents (please ensure that Book Depository ships to your country BEFORE entering). The winner will be chosen from all qualified entries using and announced on Thursday, February 23, 2012 by 9:00 AM ET. 


  1. To be considered for this giveaway, you must complete the official giveaway entry form (PLEASE NOTE: comments are not accepted as a valid  entry).
  2. All requested information must be provided on the official giveaway entry form.
  3. Only one entry per person and/or email address. Duplicate entries will result in immediate disqualification.
  4. Following is appreciated but not mandatory.

Best wishes to all and happy reading!

Giveaway Offer

Please pardon the delay in posting this link, but I’ve been indisposed over the past few days with a series of severe migraine headaches. 

I am pleased to announce a giveaway for The Bronte Collection through The Book Depository

To enter, please visit my giveaways page and complete the entry form: This giveaway is part of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop being hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog. The winner of this giveaway will be announced on October 20th.

Book 145: DEVIOUS Review

I pulled another book from my personal TBR pile and read Devious by Lisa Jackson. Let me tell you this was a really good, if not great, example of romantic suspense. The action takes place in New Orleans with some familiar detectives at the helm, Montoya and Bentz. As with previous stories involving these members of New Orleans finest, there is some personal interest.

Montoya dated the first murder victim, Camille Renard, back in high school. If that’s not personal enough, his younger brother Cruz dated the lady that found that body. What makes this all the more interesting is that both ladies are now nuns. Camille’s sister, Valerie, is shocked over the murder especially since she knew that Camille was planning on leaving the church due to a pregnancy. What is even more surprising, is that Sister Camille was evidently having a relationship with one of the priests? Is it possible that Father Frank is the murderer? Both the Catholic Church and New Orleans have been hit hard in recent years, but can the Church survive a murder spree of nuns and novitiates that all appear to have had relations with one of its priests? There’s a lot more going on that meets the eye with this story. The heat gets turned up a notch when Cruz Montoya returns to New Orleans and tries to restart a relationship with Sister Lucia. The heat gets even hotter when Valerie’s estranged husband, Slade Houston, shows up on the very night that Camille is murdered. Slade’s presence forces Valerie to re-evaluate her belief in her sister’s word, namely that Slade attempted to seduce her rather than vice versa. (Hard to believe that someone so focused on sex that she’s willing to attempt seducing her brother-in-law wanted to be a nun? Oh yeah, that probably explains her pregnancy and affair with the priest!) Thankfully there’s a diary that reveals almost as much as it hides.

The twists and turns in this story are just as devious as the actions of the murderer. Just when you think you know who the culprit is or where the story is going there’s another unexpected twist to shake things up and keep you guessing. It is for these reasons that I enjoyed reading Devious. If you’re into romantic suspense or just suspense then this is probably a good book for you.

You still have time to enter the Literary Giveaway Blog HopClick here for the entry form and your chance to win a paperback copy of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Coming soon:
I’m reading and will be posting reviews of The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji and The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen as well as another book from my personal TBR pile – Blood Ties by Sharon Sala. Happy reading until then…

Book 144: PHANTOM EVIL Review

Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe you believe that evil, pure evil can transcend human life. Both beliefs are at the core of Phantom Evil by Heather Graham. 

A new team of paranormal investigators, lead by a profiler from the FBI, is sent to New Orleans to investigate the suspicious death of the wife of a state senator. In addition to confronting ghosts and the evil that is inhabiting a local house, these investigators stumble upon corrupt politicians (say it isn’t so), a cult masquerading as a church (oh no), and a racist hate group. I forgot to mention that a local voodoo priestess provides probable insight into the beliefs of the deceased. I also forgot to mention that two of the investigators fall head-over-heels in lust after only 2 days, but I digress. I know it sounds like I didn’t like this book but it was a decent read even with all of the cliches. I personally think it would have been just as good without the lust fest (I couldn’t really call it a romance) between two of the investigators, but that’s just my opinion. All things considered Phantom Evil makes for a pretty good weekend or vacation read.

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop starts now... This giveaway is being hosted by Leeswames Blog and will end at midnight Eastern Time on June 29, 2011. I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Both books will be shipped by and is open internationally. The only restrictions and requirements are these: shipping is strictly limited to those countries ships to, one entry per person/email address AND following is required. The winner will be chosen using and posted on June 30, 2011.
To enter, please click here to visit my giveaways page and complete the entry form

Coming Soon…Blog Hops!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be participating in two upcoming blog hop giveaways: Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop and the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. I’ll be offering an gift card valued at $15 during the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop, scheduled for May 25 – May 31. This hop is being hosted by I’m A Reader, Not A Writer and Page Turners Blog.
I’ll be offering paperback copies of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett during the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, scheduled for June 25 – June 29 (books to be shipped from The Book Depository). This particular hop is being hosted by Leeswamme’s Blog.