Day Four BBAW Giveaway: Memoir and Historical/Mystery Fiction

Today’s giveaways are celebrating the memoir, as well as a mystery-historical fiction based on a real celebrity. Both books are brand new. The giveaways are open world-wide.

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
Trade Paperback: 257 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 7, 2011)

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the Publisher:

At the age of sixteen, Ian Morgan Cron was told by his mother that his father, a motion picture executive, also worked for the CIA in Europe. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s dark struggles with alcoholism, upended the world of a boy struggling to become a man. Decades later, as he faces his own personal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage back through a childhood marked by extremes–privilege and hardship, violence and tenderness, truth and deceit–that he’s spent years trying to forget. In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter how different the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth, stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian Morgan Cron is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and retreat guide. To introduce others to St. Francis of Assisi, he authored Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale. His literary debut received accolades from The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Fr Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, and artist Makoto Fujimura. In addition to writing, facilitating retreats, and speaking around the country, Cron is an adjunct priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut where he curates the Conversations in Courage and Faith series (www.courageandfaith.org). He is also a student at Fordham University (The Jesuit University in New York) where he is completing his doctoral work in Christian spirituality. He divides his time between living in Tennessee and Vermont with his wife, and three children. Read more about Cron and his work by visiting the author’s website.

ENTER TO WIN JESUS, MY FATHER, THE CIA, AND ME

  • Contest is open through September 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM PST
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  • I will randomly draw ONE winner on September 19 and announce their name here on my blog.

Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor/Forge (August 16, 2011)

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the Publisher:

It’s 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, private eye to the stars, to tap her phone so she will have a record of their calls in case they take her to court. When Heller starts listening, he uncovers far more than nasty conversations. The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are involved in actions focused on Marilyn. She’s the quintessential American cultural icon, idolized by women, desired by men, but her private life is… complicated…and her connection to the Kennedys makes her an object of interest to some parties with sinister intentions.

Not long after Heller signs on, Marilyn winds up dead of a convenient overdose. The detective feels he owes her, and the Kennedys, with whom he busted up corrupt unions in the 1950s. But now, as Heller investigates all possible people—famous, infamous, or deeply cloaked—who might be responsible for Marilyn’s death, he realizes that what has become his most challenging assignment may also be the end of him.

PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to life a vivid star-studded cast, from JFK and RFK to Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, from Jimmy Hoffa and Joe DiMaggio to Hugh Hefner and Sam Giancana. Bye Bye, Baby is a Hollywood tale you never thought could happen…but probably did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max Allan Collins was hailed in 2004 by Publisher’s Weekly as “a new breed of writer.” A frequent Mystery Writers of America “Edgar” nominee, he has earned fifteen Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” nominations for his historical thrillers, winning for his Nathan Heller novels, True Detective (1983) and Stolen Away (1991). His graphic novel Road to Perdition is the basis of the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks, directed by Sam Mendes. His many comics credits include the syndicated strip “Dick Tracy”; his own “Ms. Tree”; “Batman”; and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, based on the hit TV series. He has also produced films as an independent filmmaker in the midwest. Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins; they have collaborated on three novels and numerous short stories.  Read more about Collins and his work by visiting the author’s website.

ENTER TO WIN BYE BYE, BABY

  • Contest is open through September 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM PST
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  • Contest is open WORLD-WIDE.
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  • I will randomly draw ONE winner on September 19 and announce their name here on my blog.

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1 comment

    • Tara on September 16, 2011 at 19:17

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!! “Bye Bye, Baby” looks SOOOOO good!

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