Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Year of Mysterious Giveaways: July 2012

Before I go into July's pick, I would like to make an announcement. I will be discontinuing The Year of Mysterious Giveaways after August of this year. 

This is happening for a few different reasons.  

1. I can't afford it. I know it sounds lame. I do try to partner with publishers as much as I can but it doesn't always work out that way. 
2. I love all of you who keep coming back to enter but overall, the response is low. I know Marce from Tea Time with Marce(another huge mystery fan) and I have struggled to find the mystery/thriller audience out there. I think I have found a lot of you!! But I was hoping to get more response from my contests. (insert sad face here)
3. I am strapped for time. I have a hard time staying on deadline as it is with so many other things in my life. I am getting tired of saying "Oops, Sorry it's late" over and over.

August will be the last giveaway and I'm really excited about that one! It's a good one to go out with a bang! The new Sandra Brannan will be given away!!!!! Hooray!

THANK you all for entering each month. Seriously, I appreciate it so much!! And I hope I have opened your eyes to some fabulous new mysteries. Please don't go away!

I will continue to read and review one of my favorite genres, no worries there. And who knows, maybe next year I will pick it up again. 

There were no entries for June's Year of Mysterious Giveaway (insert another sad face here) so the first person to comment who resides in the U.S will be the winner!

On to July's pick!

Thank you to the publisher for offering a copy of Fireproof to give away.

Here are the thrilling details from Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell,who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home.

When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists they're looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression. But when special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal.

Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is also at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, digging up aspects of her past that she would rather forget. Maggie's brother Patrick is also back in DC where he is working for a private firefighting company and is frequently called in as these fires continue to light up around the city.

As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously. The killer may be closer than she imagines.

Contest Rules:
* Runs from July 6-August 3
* Please leave an email address
* Please reside in the United States

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


How Jess Reads said...

I love mysteries! But I generally stick to international, less gory things. (Elizabeth George, Henning Mankell, Donna Leon...)

Not sure about Kava, I've never tried any!

Anonymous said...

I'll enter! My e-mail is

Tales of Whimsy said...

You and Marce do share a love. Have you gals tried making a group for it on Goodreads? It could be a good way to find folks with your shared love.

Tales of Whimsy said...

(not an entry btw) ;)

carol said...

It does seem like mysteries are just not as popular right now as some of the other genres.

Teresa said...

I can relate. I feel like I'm constantly posting late these days. Perfect example, I just posted the July link up for the Audio Book Challenge which should have been up a week ago. Oh well.

Yay for the new Sandra Brannan!

Ryan said...

Sorry about not entering the last few ones, but I've been on a more of a vintage mystery kick.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thank you all for stopping by!

Lisa said...

I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers (not that I don't like them!) but I do read Kava because she's from Omaha and the first book I read of hers was based on a crime spree in Nebraska. Even when her books aren't set here, she always holds a place in my heart!

Marce said...

Big Sigh, but of course I understand. We mystery lovers have got to stick together :-)

I am so happy we have similar styles because I definitely have added to my TBR list. I have Sandra B's books on Kindle, need to get to them and here you are announcing her new one, gracious me.

Theresa N. said...

Sounds like a good story to me.
Theresa N