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Oct 8, 2012
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Jan 7, 2010
Lesa Holstine added a discussion to the group About the Author - Author Interviews

Interview with Beth Hoffman

Today, I interview Beth Hoffman, author of the wonderful debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. And, Thursday night I'll be giving away 2 autographed first editions of the book. It's all on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com
Jan 4, 2010
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Jan 3, 2010

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Favorite Book
Too many to name, including The Hobbit, Little Women, Snow Treasure
About Me:
I began my Library career as Director of a Public Library on the shores of Lake Erie at the age of 22. My husband & I lived in Florida for 18 years, where I was a Librarian/Administrator, before moving to beautiful Glendale, AZ. I am presently a Library Manager and a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Blogcritics Magazine, and various websites. Lesa's Book Critiques is syndicated through Blogburst, and reviews have been picked up by Reuters, USA Today and other news distributors.
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December Holiday Book Giveaway

Even though it's not December, my giveaway is called the December Holiday giveaway. I'm giving away either five books about Christmas, five about Hanukkah, or five for Kwanzaa. Five winners get to pick their choice of books, thanks to Hatchette Book Groups. My blog is at www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Check Sunday Salon, Nov. 30, for details.

Posted on November 30, 2008 at 8:57am

Morgan Mandel's Girl of My Dreams

Today I review Morgan Mandel's romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams. Check out my blog at www.lesasbookcriitques.blogspot.com.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 8:29am

Spooktacular Hatchette Book Giveway - Check out this contest!

What better way to celebrate October than with a "Spooktacular" Book Giveaway? Hatchette Book Group is offering five readers of my blog a special treat, a book package with ten of their books.

So, you could win ALL ten of these books!

THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER By Kathleen Kent $24.99, 0316024481

ISOLATION By Travis Thrasher $13.99, 0446505544


Posted on October 19, 2008 at 10:01am

Interview with J. Scott Savage

I interviewed J. Scott Savage, author of the YA fantasy, Farworld: Water Keep, on my blog this morning. He's also giving an autographed copy of the book for a contest on the blog. Check out my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com for the interview and… Continue

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 10:27am

Reading Questionnaire

I borrowed a reading questiionnaire from a friend, who adapted it from Shelf Awareness. You can find both links to those sites, along with the questionnaire itself on my blog at http://tinyurl.com/5udzrp

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 9:51am

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At 9:09pm on March 18, 2013,
Jay Siva
Hi, I came across your blog, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.

My name is Jay Siva, the founder of EZBuyButton.com, an easy 'buy book' widget for authors. I'm contacting you today because I think you and your readers would love to know about the EZBuyButton widget I've created.

It is the most advanced 'buy now' widget for selling books. I make it free for authors and publishers, worldwide, to quickly and easily create and use our EZBuyButton widget to place on their website or blog to immediately increase the sales of their books, especially if their books are listed for sale in more than one retail store. I made it super easy, with just a few clicks they just copy & paste a piece of code onto their website/blog, and they're done.

The widget allows website visitors to select which device they'd like to use to read the author's book, and then select their preferred retail store that they'd like to purchase the book from. It also geolocates the visitor's location and will send the visitor to the correct country specific retail store so that they can buy the author's book. The widget is also fully customizable, and the author will have access to detailed real-time statistics of the use of their widget.

I would like to invite you to visit my website, and try out the EZBuyButton widget. I hope you find that my widget will be useful to you and your readers, including all the authors, literary agents, and publishers you're in contact with.

My website is http://www.ezbuybutton.com.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you. Thank you for your time.

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Jay Siva
At 3:26am on October 8, 2012,

Hey Lesa, I'm new follower of your blog and bumped the blog +1 on google+. When you get a chance visit http://iron2112fist.blogspot.com/ and if you like it follow me and + back.

At 9:14pm on February 26, 2011, Kate Evangelista said…
Hi Lesa,

I wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I'm Kate Evangelista, the author of Taste. When you have the time, please come and visit me at Reads, Reviews, Recommends by clicking on my blog button below:

Or you can Follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook by clicking on these buttons:

Thank you very much for your time.

At 5:41pm on July 16, 2010, Ashley Barnett Smith said…
Just to let you know I just released my new book 'THE COLUMNIST'S BLOG." Check it out on Lulu.com and be the first one to review it. Here's the link:


Thank you and good luck to you on your life's journey.

(Ashley Barnett Smith)
At 10:41pm on January 14, 2010, Samantha Schaffer said…
Followed your blog please follow mine thankyou!
At 6:32pm on November 28, 2009, Bernice McFadden said…

Dear Book Lover:

On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.

“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And if you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
At 10:34am on March 6, 2009, Chris Tusa said…

My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. I am writing because my debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or review it). If you're interested, I'd be glad to send you an e-book version of the book. Just let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:


Thanks so much,

Christopher Tusa
At 5:19pm on November 5, 2008, Wendi Barker said…
Have an author interview on your blog? Want to read your favorite author's interview? Join me in the new group About the Author!
:) Wendi
At 8:39am on August 27, 2008, Miriam Parker said…
Hi Lesa, Just drop me a line with what you'd like to review and I'll get it out to you ASAP.
At 12:52pm on August 24, 2008, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Lesa, how nice to see you here!

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