Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Giveaway - Legacy by Cayla Kluver & Book of Choice

In celebration of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I'm hosting a special giveaway. The book blogger's life isn't always easy. You see, lots of times we write posts and reviews and then, well, people may read them but they sure don't always comment. (Unless the review involves a giveaway). Oftentimes it appears that our hard work is all for naught, when actually that's not the case at all.

This past weekend I wrote a review for a book called Legacy by 16-year-old author Cayla Kluver. No one commented. Now it's possible you have an aversion to princesses or maybe you were all off pursuing your own knight in shining armor/lady in waiting. Or maybe not. Most likely, many of you read the review or at least glanced at it and went on to the next post, the next blog. And there's nothing wrong with that. I'm guilty of lurking as well. But, I'll share a little secret with you. I tend to pay more attention to the comments on my non-giveaway posts because the volume isn't as high.

So, as a reminder to myself and others to take the time to comment more often and to encourage a little book blog comment love, here's a giveaway and a challenge.

Two Brimful Curiosities readers will each receive:

(1) copy of Legacy courtesy of AmazonEncore.

(1) Book of your choice under $20 (I'm offering this in celebration my blog's one year anniversary this month. Hooray!)

To enter, read my review of Legacy and leave a comment on this post relevant to my review.

BONUS BBAW challenge entry: Visit any book blog and leave a comment on one of their non-giveaway book reviews. Then leave a comment here with the blog name and title of the book. (Example comment: I visited Book Nut and left a comment on "The Beef Princess of Practical County")

• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US and Canada
• Contest ends on Monday, September 28th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
Three ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries are 5 - leave a separate comment for each entry):
1st extra entry: Follow Me! or subscribe by email or RSS reader
2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
3rd extra entry: Follow me on twitter (iambrimful) and tweet about the contest.


Anonymous said...

My preteen daughter also loves to write. I would be thrilled to have her read Kayla's book. It sounds very creative and would be a wonderful inspiration for my daughter!

ccqdesigns said...

Oh my, a cliff hanger! Now I will have to read it. What a great review, a book that was written by a 14 year old, a romantic historical fantasy with a cliff hanger ending. Do you have any idea when the next book is coming? how long do we expect to be held on that cliff?

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

ccqdesigns said...

Here's a tweet, oh and I was a little busy yesterday, it was my birthday!!!

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

Lynn said...

Cute idea for a give-away. I read your review. I agree that it would be great to read a book about teens actually written by a teen. And how humbling that she wrote it when she was 16! Amazing.

Sue said...

I'm so impressed with the ability to write at all, let alone complete a novel by 16. Amazing. I'd love this. Thanks for sharing it.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

ibeeeg said...

I left a comment on your review.
The story sounds wonderful and coupled with the fact that the author herself is a teen makes this book one that I want to have in my home.
As I said in the review comment, if I do not win this book, I will go and purchase.

I already follow you via GoogleReader

I posted a link about this giveaway on my blog's sidebar.

Became a Twitter follower and tweeted about the giveaway.


Lynn said...

I admit I find it hard to comment on review posts sometimes, unless I've read the book. I had to hunt through a few blogs to find a post to comment on! I commented at LiterateHousewife.com about "Time of My Life."

Colette S said...

I rarely hear about teen writers and this is very good that amazon has somewhere to promote writers in this category.

I love that in the book women are held in high regard. You don't always see this.

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! Please enter me.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

mrsshukra said...

I liked your concise review and so impressed that this was written by a 16-year-old! I'm also fine with the story being more of a YA historical romance, it's something I would recommend to the teen!


Alyce said...

I read and commented on the review post. What an impressive accomplishment for anyone, let alone someone of her age! That sort of fantasy story really appeals to me.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

Normally I would have just commented on the next review in my reader queue, but the title "Beef Princess of Practical County" made me wonder if there really was such book or if you were joking. :)

So I went over to Book Nut and left a comment on the Beef Princess review.


akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

Heh - guilty! I read your review and I was thinking, oooh, we need that and I started poking my order lists to see if I could fit it in and forgot to tell you anything about it. Sadly, I still haven't managed to fit it in. Sigh. Maybe I'll win it for the library! Maybe I'll have to put it on the list for next March (that's how far ahead I am in my planned orders for the library)

Unknown said...

That is amazing that it is writen by a 16 yearold. I think it sounds like a really good story and I would love to see how a 16 year old writes about teens.

Also I tweeted this:

Unknown said...

16 years old? That just blows me away! I love these types of stories!

Unknown said...

I posted a comment on J.Kaye's book blog here

Unknown said...

Following you on Twitter and tweeted here

Mariah said...

That is such a cool thing that she wrote it at such a young age.

I commented on your legacy post
I commented here at La femme Readers http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/2009/09/book-review-man-who-loved-books-too.html

and i am a follower

Anonymous said...

I am amazed when a young person is able to write well and complete a novel.


Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

Wow, that' s a LONG book for a teenager to write, 464 pages! It's one of those novels with "funny" names, LOL - okay, I'll admit that I can have a hard time with those.

Sounds interesting though, great contest!

Bingo said...

I like the way you described the girl's emotional confused state so well. I would LOVE to win your giveaway. I am a follower and doing BBAW.
What a great giveaway...thanks!

kdhaney (AT) gmail ((DOT)) com

Marie said...

I would love to share this with my daughter who also wants to be an author when she's older :-)


Angiegirl said...

Wow, good for her! A progressive kingdom and romantic scenes as well? Sign me up.

I visited Today's Adventure and left a comment on her review of Beastly.

+1 I'm a follower!

angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

Dolphin Girl said...

I love that the author is so young and now published through this new Amazon Encore program! What a great program to encourage writing!

Alice H said...

Its amazing that the author is still in their teens! I love that fairy tale plot as well - thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

ikkinlala said...

I'm not such a princess fan most of the time (although I have enjoyed a few princess stories in the past few years), but I'm impressed that she's so young. It reminds me of Gordon Korman, and makes me want to read some of his books again.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Melanie said...

Legacy sounds like a very interesting book. I saw it in the bookstore a couple days ago, but I had no idea that it was written by a 16-year-old. That's amazing! The plot sounds pretty cool as well.


Emma said...

Cong on one year anniversary this month. Great review.This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Beatrice said...

I am so impressed by a 14-year-old that had the wherewithal to actually finish a book! I'm 30 and can't do that. I didn't read your review when it was posted--I really was off pursuing my knight in shining armor! : )

I'd love to read this book!

Erica said...

I think that's awesome that she's a teen author.

:) Erica

Sarah said...

I always feel so guilty when I enter a contest, because I rarely have time to acutally visit a person's blog. :/ But you're so awesome for writing that review for her, I bet she really appreciated it.
And she is so cool that she's a teen who already has a book published. That encouges me that I can do something like that to, if I truly wanted to. She's my new hero. :)

Sarah said...

And I also follow you. :)

Thanks for posting this up. And thanks for the contest! I definitely want a chance to read Cayla's book.

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

GabbyLowe said...




Unknown said...

Writing a novel (that gets published) at 14 really is kind of amazing...shows, though, that those junior high teachers I had that had us writing stories were smart :D

book.splot AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

Both of my teenage daughters love to write and draw. My sixteen is very talented with writing stories. I know she would do well as an author. She has a great imagination too. (both of them) lol


ossmcalc said...

It is hard for me to believe that she was 14 when she wrote this book after teaching high school students for 23 years, but then I taught math. The brutal ending really has my curiosity up and makes me really want to read this book.

thank you,


ossmcalc said...

Follow on Twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/4166692198

Thank you,


andrea b said...

I haven't read many historical romances but I've really enjoyed some of them and that makes me interested in this book... The author's age draws attention but I'd love to read it just to see what it's like (even though I get stressed when there are big cliffhangers!)

thanks for the giveaway
brigneti (at)gmail[dot]com

Fionen said...

Legacy sounds like a really good read. I can't believe she wrote it at age 14. O_O I think its wonderful when teenage characters have the authenticity of being written by an actual teenager. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Fionen said...

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throuthehaze said...

Great review! I am shocked at how young the author is...kudos to her for her dedication and creativity.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Carol EL said...

I agree that it would be great to read a book about teens actually written by a teen. I have a couple grandkids that this book would be perfect for. jelly15301@gmail.com

Tracey said...

Wow!!! A published author at age 16! Who better to write YA books than a young adult?

mverno said...

must be a great talent to be published at 16 my teenage niece should love this

ky2here said...

It's nice to imagine a world where women rule and command respect (I guess I'm mainly referring to the kingdom - queendom - in her novel).

ky2here said...

Following on twitter as ky2here and here is my tweet: http://twitter.com/ky2here/status/4415675422

Carol M said...

I would enjoy reading a book where women rule and are highly regarded and treated with respect. I would also love to pass this book along to my teenage grandchildren. I would like them to see what a fourteen year old has written and had published!
Carol M
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Carol M said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted this giveaway - CarolAnnM
Carol M
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I love to read, eventhough I am a "grown up" there are some great YA books out there and I *do* read them. THis book sounds lovely, and I liked your review of it, made me wanna check it out!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog also.

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Starla said...

I am obsessed with YA literature and a hopeful high school English teacher. It is definitely nice to see something break away from the norm; while it's still a romantic book it is historical and not based in todays modern, "at-face-value" kind of romanticism. I also feel that something like this can give hope to young kids wanting to write or those who may have not thought of writing as something valuable or something interesting.

Thanks for the giveaway!

its.a.hit at gmail dot com

Starla said...

I follow you on Twitter and you can find me via @JennSweepsAlot. Thanks again!

its.a.hit at gmail dot com

Lee P said...

It's amazing that a girl so young can accomplish so much! Your review was interesting and I would love to read this book and love to have my daughter read it too. What an inspiration this teenager is. Thank you for this giveaway and please count me in.


Lee P said...

I follow you on Twitter as chinook92 and Tweeted:



cherdon said...

I read your review and left a comment. I still cant believe such work was written by a 14 year old. I guess one should never underestimate the creativity and determination of our youth.


cherdon said...

BONUS BBAW challenge entry

I visited Sparrow review and left a comment on Enna Burning by Shannon Hale Review.


cherdon said...

I follow you

I subscribe by email

I subscribe via google reader


cherdon said...

I follow you on twitter

username - iamcherdon


Sheila Hickmon said...

That is simply amazing, to be able to complete a book by 16! Wow, that is impressive!
I liked your review!
Thanks for the chance!

Pamela S said...

I'm already a follower. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Tammy said...

Everyone could use a fairy tale of thier own.Also the fact that a 14 year-old wrote this book is wonderful. Keep writting Cayla.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I'm not personally a fan of books that are planned as trilogies (or sequels in general) since I believe that each book should stand on its own with no further reading to get full enjoyment from the time you've already spent. I do admire that a teen wrote this book. I've dreamt of publishing my own novel since grade school and it hasn't come to fruition (yet). Congrats to her, and thanks to you for this great giveaway. I would be interested to give this novel a read.


susan1215 said...

This book loos sounds like it would be a great read for teenagers like my daughter.

Kimberly said...

It's really remarkable that this was written by a 16 year old. It provides lots of inspiration for shiftless kids.

Unknown said...

How great that she wrote this when she was 14!!!! Amazing! I know people that go their whole lives trying to find just the right niche in life. Nice to see a teenager with her head on straight! Thanks!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

dvice12 said...

Great review, this sound really interesting. I'd like to read it.

Jayfr said...

Agree with other posters that a 14 yr old author is an amazing thing. I'd be interested in hearing how she felt being edited.

Nancye said...

Sounds like an interesting book

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted


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