I've decided to give away several of the books on my shelf--all in new or like-new condition. A few are books I liked very much but am unlikely to read obsessively over and over (like I do with Harry Potter), one I received for free so I could review it, and a couple are duplicates of books I have and want to keep.
Here's the details on them all (click on the titles to go the Amazon pages):
Mistmantle Chronicles, books one and two: Urchin of the Riding Stars and Urchin and the Heartstone, by M.I. McAllister. These are juvenile readers, as in 4th-6th grade. I LOVE these books, but I have the hardcover editions of the entire set. I did buy these two specifically to give away because I think so much of the stories and writing. These are brand new and will go together to whoever wins them. If not for you--for your kids, niece/nephew, grandkids, younger sibling...
Firestorm of Dragons. This is an anthology of, you guessed it, dragon stories. I bought because it has a short story by Karina Fabian. The rest of the stories are pretty good, but Karina's is by far my favorite. I wanted to share--maybe, like me, you'll get hooked on her writing and add her new book (Magic, Mensa, and Mayhem) to your wish list (I'd have bought it myself, but my birthday is coming up---hint, hint, hubby)! Karina writes faith-filled speculative fiction, but Firestorm is a secular book. However, it's pretty clean--not squeaky, but nothing truly offensive either.
Until the Last Dog Dies, by John Lawrence Robinson. Harboiled detective novel--Christian. Not normally my kind of read, but I really did enjoy this book. It's out of print right now, and this copy is like new.
Summa Elvetica, by Theodore Beale. This is one of the first run books from Marcher Lord Press. It's classic fantasy, even written in a very classic style. I enjoyed it, but it's not totally my cup of tea. I really wanted to read something put out by Marcher Lord on its maiden voyage, but the other titles were sci-fi and I lean strongly toward fantasy. The concept of this one appealed to me, and it's well-written, but I just didn't fall in love.
Face of Betrayal, by Lis Wiehl. OK, I must be honest. I got this for free as part of the Thomas Nelson blog-review program. It's supposed to be a suspense/thriller. This book did not impress me at all. But, if you read other reviews, there are people who absolutely loved it. Go here to see reviews of the book on the Thomas Nelson site and decide for yourself.
--You can enter for more than one book, but if you win one, your name will be taken out of the drawing for the others. This will be a totally random drawing, and I will announce the winners on my blog, and of course email them directly to get their mailing address so I can send the books out. The contest will end definitely by July 31st, before that if I'm not getting any more entries for a while.
***And now for the directions. Leave a comment on my blog with your name and email address, and please indicate which book/books you are entering for. If you do not want your information published on my blog in the comment, you can do one of two things--either tell me so in the comment, and I'll write your info down but "reject" the comment. Or, you can go to my site and leave me a comment there, which will go straight to my email and not be published at all. These last two options will give you no guarantee that the comment went through (as in seeing it for yourself right there on my blog), but it will keep your email address private if that is important to you.
Good luck to you all! And thanks for helping me clear off my shelf for more books :).