Book Give Away


Katherine Center has been incredibly kind and not only did she send me an autographed book for the giveaway, but she also sent a personalized autographed edition for me to keep! Because of her generosity, I will also be giving away my review copy of her book … SO, one person will win an autographed copy, and one will win an un-signed version. So far there have been only a few people signing up! Please pass along the word to other bloggers!! Thank you!


As part of the Thinking of Nat Challenge (see my post about this challenge), readers have been asked to give away a book in Nattie’s memory.

Katherine Center has graciously offered a signed edition of her latest novel – The Bright Side of Disaster – for me to give to one lucky winner here at Caribousmom. This book has been getting great reviews.

A brief synopsis from the publisher:

Jenny Harris always expected that she’d fall in love, get married, and have a baby–in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she’s happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean–whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band–is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.

And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby’s), there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. And things start looking up. She learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even manages to give dating tips to her sweet, clueless father–who’s trying to court her sassy mother again, fifteen years after their divorce. She also gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor–with a knack for soothing babies–who invites her out dancing. But Dean is never far from Jenny’s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end Jenny must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she’s been lucky to find.

I think this is the perfect book for a give-away in Nattie’s memory – a story about a single mother with humor and heart.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, please leave me a comment on this post by May 22nd. I will be drawing a name on May 23rd…so keep an eye on my blog!


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  1. Wendy- This book sounds like something I would love. Please enter me in your drawing!

  2. Thanks for doing this. Katherine is amazing to offer this book. You both rock. My heart feels all big and full with missing Nat.

  3. Please enter me – I’m doing the challenge, too, is this definitely sounds like a book Nattie would have liked. 🙂

  4. I joined the blogging world after Nattie had passed away but she certainly must have been a special soul to have touched so many people in such a lasting way. I love that you’re reading and/or giving away a book that reminds you of her. And the book sounds great too! count me in.

    • Terri on May 8, 2008 at 12:42

    Wendy: What a wonderful way to honor your friend. Add me to the pile too please!

    • Dawn on May 8, 2008 at 13:04

    Please add me! I love this new challenge to honor our Natalie Rose.

  5. I would love to be entered! Thanks. 🙂

    • Cathy on May 8, 2008 at 17:55

    What a beautiful way to honor Nattie’s memory. Please add me too!

  6. I’m not sure if you want to send overseas – but please put my name down for the draw. I ‘knew’ Nattie before she died and was shocked when it happened. She remained bright and positive to the end. My husband is being tested for cancer and it will be a few weeks before we know – and while we are both pretty upbeat about it – a nice fluffy read is just what I need 🙂

    • Wendy on May 9, 2008 at 07:25

    Sally, I’m happy to add your name to the giveaway…I’m not restricting this to the US…anyone can enter (I think Nattie would have wanted it that way). I’m sorry to hear about your husband and will keep him in my prayers for GOOD NEWS.

    • Linda Sheehan on May 9, 2008 at 10:03

    Wendy, what a lovely gesture! I think I remember you mentioning Nattie. Sally, sending prayers for your husband. Good luck!!! Linda/CT from BookCrazy.

    • Kara on May 12, 2008 at 10:50

    What a wonderful gesture. I never knew Nattie but I have stopped by her blog and read the entries that are posted – she sounded like a wonder ful person.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    • Lenore on May 13, 2008 at 13:43

    I think this is a great tribute. Please enter me too!

  7. Well I’d love to win the book but I won’t be participating in the challenge since I didn’t know Nattie. I did do the Baby Steps one though. So I’ll leave it up to you if I’m eligible.

  8. Didn’t I see this in the book store just the other day, when I was cruising around looking for books to add to my list? (as if I needed more books on my list!)

    Anyway, it sounds delightful – just my favorite kind of read. So please do enter me in the giveaway!

  9. You can put my name in the hat, Wendy. I think this is a wonderful way to remember your friend.

    • Wendy on May 13, 2008 at 19:25

    Callista and All: You do NOT have to be doing the challenge to be eligible to win. ANYONE may enter…the more the merrier!

    Good luck to all of you 🙂

    • Susan on May 13, 2008 at 22:34

    This book sounds really good. I would love to win it. Thanks!!

    • bunny on May 14, 2008 at 02:32

    Hi caribousmom,
    Nattie sounds like a great person! What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to read this book. Thank you so much for the chance 🙂

    • Ti on May 14, 2008 at 09:30


    I would love an opportunity to win this book! Count me in please!


    • Erin on May 14, 2008 at 14:55

    What a great way to honor your friend. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

    • Alisia on May 14, 2008 at 18:21

    What a wonderful tribute. You don’t have to enter me, as I already have a review copy. I read it a month or so ago – it’s a good book!

  10. This book sounds great. Enter me in!

    • Melody on May 15, 2008 at 01:31

    This book sounds good! Please add my name to the draw. Thanks. 🙂

    • Julie on May 15, 2008 at 18:57

    The book sounds very appealing. Count me in! 🙂

    • Donna on May 15, 2008 at 19:33

    I was just about to write down the title to this book when I seen your give-away! I would love to win, but either way this is a book I want to read! Thanks!! ~ Donna

  11. I would love to be entered in your contest. It really does sound like a book Nattie would love!

  12. I just read your review and this book sounds beautiful – I’d love to be entered into the draw

  13. I would love to be entered for this giveaway.

  14. Wow – the US cover is much more appealing than the UK one – I would never have picked this up with a cover like that!

    • Wendy on May 17, 2008 at 07:55

    Mrs. S: I agree – thanks for the link to that! I always wonder how the publishers chose the cover art for a book – the US cover is so much more appealing to me…and I often pick up books based on the cover art!

  15. It sounds wonderful, so please add me to the drawing list. I didn’t know Nattie, but she obviously touched a lot of bloggers.

  16. I’ve never read this author before, but I like your review and that made me like this book. So count me in. I’ll also blog this tomorrow at my book review/giveaway blog, A Bookblogger’s Diary

    I’m giving away some books as well, 4 of them, all AUTOGRAPHED!! And it’s open WORLDWIDE. Hope you’ll kindly stop by and/or mention this to your readers.


    • Wendy on May 20, 2008 at 08:13

    Thanks for stopping by aBookworm! I checked out your site (but your link is wrong in the comment above! It should be this one). Looks like you are giving away a ton of books over there! And thanks for mentioning this giveaway on your blog!

    • Swapna on May 20, 2008 at 08:15

    This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Hey, awesome-sounding book. Please don’t enter me, though. I just dropped by to tell you that since you said you were looking for more entries, I’ve added you to the listing at my new contest blog — Win a Book. Hope that gets you some attention.

    It’s very cool that you’re doing this giveaway with a purpose.

  18. I saw this over at Win a Book. How neat of the author to do something like this! 🙂

    • Eizabeth M. on May 20, 2008 at 17:24

    This looks like a book I wouldn’t be able to put down! Great pick for a giveaway!

    • Susan on May 20, 2008 at 18:57

    This looks like an engrossing read!

    • Cindi on May 20, 2008 at 21:40

    Natalie sounds like some women that I know. They deserve much better, but won’t let themselves have it! I would love to read this book and see life through her eyes. Please enter me in this delightful book drawing. I appreciate it…..Thanks,Cindi

  19. This sure is a good read! Do consider me in. I live in India. Is that ok?

    • tracy on May 21, 2008 at 15:11

    sounds like a wonderful book. god bless

    • danica on May 21, 2008 at 15:14

    That is a freaking adorable cover, and what a great challenge!
    and I love how generous the book world is… since I started getting involved with the bookblogosphere I’ve seen and participated in so many giveaways, and I’d never seen any before I don’t think! Or none I liked maybe 😀 I’d love to be entered here!

  20. Sounds like a fun book.
    Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Ooh! I hope I’m not too late to enter. This sounds like a great read!


    • anne on May 21, 2008 at 18:39

    A novel that is fascinating and interests me greatly. Thanks for this giveaway.

    • Lindsie on May 22, 2008 at 06:35

    This sounds like an amazing book!! I would love to win!

    • Wendy on May 22, 2008 at 08:27

    Wow, what a great response these last few days!

    Gautami – this one is open to anyone, anywhere 🙂 I’ve entered your name.

    Danica – I couldn’t agree more – the generosity of readers and authors is astounding!

    • Kat Bryan on May 22, 2008 at 20:34

    The review sounds great. Nice way to honor your friend.

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