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Monday, June 7, 2010

a house without books is like a room without windows (Heinrich Mann)

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house."
~Henry Ward Beecher
It's been so BLASTED HOT here that I don't want to even open my blinds, much less step outside.
So instead, I lose myself in books when I get a spare minute.
What do you do when it's too rainy, too hot, too blustery?
To celebrate 100 followers (THANK YOU!) we're having a GIVEAWAY ...
my blogging friend and author, Alyssa Goodnight is offering an autographed copy of her book
I've just ordered my own copy of Alyssa's book and am anxious to read it ... so to whet your appetite I'll have to leave you with words from those who have already indulged:
"first rate historical romance" "fast moving plot" "feel good ending"
Sound good to you? Me too! Thanks for your donation to celebrate our 100 followers Alyssa!
Here's how to enter:
* leave a comment
Additional entries:
* be a follower
* blog about this giveaway
* follow Alyssa's blog
* email friends & family about this giveaway and include me in the email
* facebook about this giveaway
* tweet about this giveaway


  1. what a lovely giveaway!!

    and thank you so much for voting
    for sunday lane! you're a doll!!!

  2. What a great giveaway; love it! And love that I'm contributing to making your life easier with one pot recipes ;) Andddd I wish it was hot here... I need to move where you love! It poured with rain today. Whenever the sun shines you'll find me on a patio basking in the warmth ;)

    Delightful Bitefuls

  3. Hello! I would love to be a part of your give-away! I love historical, romantic fiction. FUN!
    I am also a follower.
    Thanks, Joyce

  4. I so agree!!! I can't wait for our renovations to be complete - so the next phase of our home expansion starts (as it includes a library room)- and I can pull the books out of storage. In te meantime I have kept some out and set up a temporary reading area - but of course I'm always picking up books... its almost like shoes. I find it very difficult to walk-in into Chapters and not come out with a book or two or three :)....

    Congrats on reaching the 100 follower mark! I'm looking forward to that day on my end. What a wonderful give-away!!!

    You know I am a follower.

  5. Great giveaway! I am follower, of course :)

  6. Oh what a wonderful giveaway!!! I treasure books....I have so many...and I love to read!!!

    Hubby suggested we get the IPAD..but I still adore the sound of turning pages and the feel and smell of paper...

    Reading is always a perfect way to escape...the heat, the cold, stress and of course scrapbooking helps me out to!!!

    Love ya girlie and thanks for the get well wishes!!!

  7. Oh I love love love books. In fact I can no longer borrow them from the library becaus it is too hard for me to give them back. When my husband and I first moved into our house, the first room we completed was the library.

    What a great giveaway!

  8. Ohhh Congrats my lovely...What a beautiful giveaway....and what a true statement!!! Books are a must in any home :)
    Kisses sweetie

  9. Thanks so much for following!! This book sounds great!! I just became a follower and I've got my fingers crossed to win!! :)

  10. Woo hoo! I love to read and am always looking for great summer books! I'm definitely a follower, am LOVING your blog! XO!

  11. totally agree with your title!! thanks for a great giveaway, i really need to get back into reading! i am a blog follower! also, just wanted to thank you so much for being such a diligent blog reader and commenter of my blog! =)

  12. Well anyone who knows me knows I love a good book - and I love being introduced to new authors! I'd love to win!

    Off to check out Alyssa's blog!

  13. Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing. :)I also love books. :)

  14. When I was a little girl, to encourage my reading, my father made a deal with me, any book I wanted to read, he'd buy for me. It was a very expensive deal, he got me a library card quickly after that!

    I'm currently reading 'A Trail of Crumbs'. It's such a great book, I just wanted to share :-)

    Great giveaway!

  15. Oh how exciting! I love the book quotes. Absolutely adorable. A signed copy would be so neat! Enter me please :)


  16. I am follower now! And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I adore Debbie! Wonderful person.


  17. I love Historical Romance! I am now a follower! Thank you for your oh so sweet comment :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  18. Oh sounds like great Summer reading for me! 2 more weeks of school left and then I am as "free as a bird" could use this!!!! Hugs and thanks.... oh and congratulations on the 100th! xox

  19. I bury my nose in books as often as I have time for, and I like to read them in 1-2 sittings if possible (i find them very hard to put down!).

    Congrats on the 100!

  20. Hi Denalee
    Thanks for coming over to say hello. Isn't Debby Lee just the best? I'm glad you found me so I could find you. What a great cause you have. I hope things are going well for you. I will be back to visit again soon.
    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!

  21. can find me reading, writing, drawing, sketching, painting, name it.....

    oh and don't forget munching!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  22. oh and i too love a house full of books...they have a wonderful smell about them...that paper and ink scent sends me floating to some creative place in the clouds!

    ciao again!


  23. I think my daughter feels the only purpose of a house is to store books. I KNOW she thinks this of my garage. Am your newest follower! Don't know about this Oprah business but am off to investigate right now!

  24. I agree, a house needs books to help it be a home. =)
    And thank you for the kind message you left for me.

  25. What a great giveaway! I love alyssa's blog.

    On days when it's too hot outside I eat popsicles and play scrabble, on days when it's rainy I... drink hot chocolate and play scrabble :)

  26. This is SO weird! You know what I just did? I just photographed some of the books in our house because I'm gonna make a post about books. And then I surf unto your blog and voilà! Books! :) So stay tuned for some books in my little cyber place! I love reading, this is a cool giveaway!

  27. A house without books is not a house I'd like to be in!!! :)
    I really hope you win on the Oprah Network, I voted :)

  28. Girl, I support anything you do. You are amazing!

  29. Hi doll, thanks for your comment! I am following you now and am loving your blog! xoxo

  30. Thanks so much, Denalee! What sweet followers you have--more of them everyday!! ;)

  31. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I just read your profile and I'm blown away by the beautiful gesture you made for your Mom. That has to be the most generous and selfless act I've ever heard. It brought tears to my eyes. I had the privilege of working with cancer patients at my last job. We can never do enough for people living with cancer. All the best to your Mom.

  32. Oohhh so fun! I love to read... love it love it! For a while I growing up I had a really large bedroom with enough room for my own little seating area... I had a couch and some bookshelves and this fabulous antique desk (wish my mom still had that desk). Some of my greatest childhood memories are sitting in my seating area and reading or writing and seeing the top of the trees glowing green from my second story window... it just felt so grown up and enchanted at the time! Wish I had more moments to just sit and read... perhaps I out to turn off the TV more :)

    Thanks for the giveaway... I just realized, I've never become a follower! So here I am your very newest follower :)

  33. I definitely read too! My nose is always in a book :)

  34. I think I do pretty much the same as you on rainy days {like today}. Just curl up and read! I love a good mystery.

    I love your video. It is SO full of fun and energy. And your heart is awfully big!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  35. This is a lovely giveaway! And thank you for your comment. It's wonderful. I'm in inspired for what you did. Such a beautiful gesture ;) I loved the video too!

  36. Okay Denalee!
    I am just now seeing your audition tape for the Oprah network- how FABULOUS are you!! I voted for you & left a comment, and hands down, you just HAVE to win!!! You have what it takes and so much more! You would be perfect!!!!!No one shines like you do!
    Lots of good luck to you!!!! xoxo

  37. I do just the same thing! I love to sit at home on gray, rainy days and just read for hours. Right now I'm reading Girl of the Limberlost, my roommate suggested it and I'm totally engrossed. I recommend it for those days in. :)

  38. What an artistic picture! love you!

  39. Much like you it seems, I read. It is my love. lol. Are you a member of If not, you should be! It is wonderful.

  40. It's always the way: too hot in one place and too cold in another. Like now we're having a cold spell and I'd love some heat from where you live!!

  41. I need an idea of a book to send your mom.
    i have wanted to send one for sometime but don't know what she already has. email me if you have some great ideas.
    i need to go order this book now!

  42. You look great!! I love your new look always changing!! I am loving your giveaway and of course am a follower! xoxo

    Art by Karena

  43. i like this quote bc i LOVE to read!

    i've never heard of "lie to me" is it still on?