4 October 2011

Have a Little Fun and Win a Book!

A few days ago I reviewed 'Black Purse' by Stephanie Sellers. While it wasn't one of my favorite books, (you can check out my review here) it was a well written, good book and I'm sure many of you would very much enjoy. Well, here's your chance. Stephanie has very graciously offered one paperback and two e-book copies of 'Black Purse' for giveaway! So great, right? Here's how it is going to go: read the rest of this post for a synopsis of the book and a little info about the author and then check at the end of the post for the giveaway rules. You bet we're going to make it fun!

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: 
As one woman's story of overcoming unfolds, so do the pages of the Underground Railroad. North Carolina's Lumbee Indian heritage is explored and finally examined when a written document is handed to the rightful heir. But not before Exilee Sheffield learns through real life experiences that fate sometimes rides a hot horse.
 If you'd like to check out another review:
At JeanzBookReadNReview
Or check Goodreads or Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Purse-Ms-Stephanie-Sellers/product-reviews/1466250895/ref=sr_1_4_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1)

A Taste:
    Exilee wipes away the hot tear that crept out of her angry eye. Sniffs up snot and strains to stay between the lines.  Her face twists as she guns Tiponi’s engine and rage rolls off her tongue out the rolled down windows, “I’m gonna explode all over the next fool’s face that messes with me. I just know it.”

     Alone, she pants open mouthed against the whipping wind. “I’m sick of being nice. Sick of it.” Long black loosened locks writhe and whip as her eyebrows dig down and nostrils spread. Her palm raises up to slap the steel door’s beveled edge and the slap stings. “I rose above those nasty boys for years and still got fired. Where was your freaking Holy Spirit today, Miss Ginger?  Out planting tender things for rough times?  Out digging some idiot out of a ditch?  Oh, you’d be something to see.”
About the Author:
From her website: https://sites.google.com/site/fictiononfact/home
I remember ponies calling me over to feed them handfuls of grass from the time I was four.  Growing up, ponies and horses dumped me on manure piles then ran to their barns.  I’ve tackled their heads to get bits in, only to be scraped off.  A pony picked me up once between my shoulder blades in its defiance of being led from the pasture.  Its friends the cows chased me.  Most of the time I ended up having a great ride getting my teeth jarred loose. 
A product of the late sixties, my childhood gave me the freedom to ride a bicycle to school.  I tied string to the handlebars as reins and named it Lightening.  It was my first horse.  I rode every mutt pony, horse no one else would, any neglected nag in the back field and made friends with any girl who had two. 
When I was in my late twenties, after some college, including Language Arts, then the USAF, marriage and babies, I managed to conquer my dream and became a horse owner.
One of them died two years ago.  Sugarbabe was a Tennessee Walking Horse.  She won first place in confirmation in North Carolina.  She won my heart the first time I yelled, “Do you want a bath?”  And she answered.  Sugarbabe blew, tossed her long neck and ran to the barn.  Her sister, Class is still with me.  She is twenty.  I am forty-nine.  Both of us, at heart are only thirteen when we are out on the trail.
 Now the fun stuff!!

Leave a comment with your e-mail address, preference of e-book (international including Canada and US) or paperback (Canada and US only) and a question for Stephanie M Sellers. Any question at all - from favorite colour to what the M stands for to writing questions, publishing questions, questions about the book, your imagination is the limit. Giveaway is open until Oct 15, 2011. Winner will be announced along with the author interview created using your questions. Entries without a question will not be considered for the giveaway. (PS - I know some of you have been having trouble posting here. If that's the case and you want to enter, e-mail me at the addy on my review policy page and I'll add you - IF you include a question.)


  1. I would love to win this book in a paperback please

    My question is where did you come up with the idea for the story line for this book?

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  2. I would love to win the paperback! Sounds like an interesting story...and fun that you get to give it away Dana :)

    I was thinking of the same question as Ann, but I will choose another question. What is your favorite thing to make for supper? (feel free to share the recipe ;)).


  3. Do you know the ending of the book before you write it.
    I would love to read this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  4. Hey there Dana! It's not a comment to enter, but I figured this was a great spot to post nonetheless because lots of people will see it when they enter...

    I have chosen you as one of my five picks for the next round of the Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by the website to investigate everyone - congrats Dana, and consider it recognition of the work you put into doing what you do!

  5. betty van - when you began writing for fun and then when did it turn into an occupation?

  6. My question for Stephanie is - what breed of horse is your favorite?

    I would like to win the book for my Kobo eReader or in paperback.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!


  7. Not an entry But I can ask a question :D

    Ok I suck at titles and such. It took forever to write my thesis. So any advice on how to do it?

  8. Really loved the short bio of Stephanie. I seem to remember her wearing cowboy boots in high school. Didn't know about the horse friends. My question is: do you read one book at a time or do you, like me, read several at the same time.

    Chip Watts

  9. Please enter me in the draw for the paperback, and thanks for the giveaway!

    My question: Is your story factually correct and, if so, how did you conduct your research?

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  10. singingndreamin@yahoo.com
    Paperback or ebook is fine!

    I love to write but whenever I start, I get bombarded with so many ideas. Is it the same for you? And if so, how do you choose which idea to use?

  11. I would love to win a paper back copy of Black Purse by Stephanie Sellers....sounds like a very interesting book...and I was wondering if Stephanie has written other books also....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com


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