Thursday, December 9, 2010

#BIR2010 - Guest post with Jennnifer Donnelly & Revolution Giveaway

We are pleased to bring you our guest post with author Jennifer Donnelly. Her book Revolution is an incredible read and we are more than excited to offer you a chance to win Revolution below. Good luck! 
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Released: October 12, 2010
Book Summary (from Random House): BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

Our Guest Post with Jennifer Donnelly: 

How come there aren’t any Christmas carols about the very best thing to do at Christmas? No, not build a snowman and name him Parson Brown – read.

How come Frank, Dean, Elvis never sang about sitting by a warm fire and opening a good book? Probably because they were too busy shooting craps at the Mirage, but that’s another story.

I’ve just finished writing two books, touring for one of them, and copyediting the other, and frankly, I don’t want to ride in a one-horse open sleigh. I don’t want to roast chestnuts, and I really don’t want to rock around my Christmas tree.

All I want to do this Christmas is sit down in a squooshy chair with a pot of tea and read some of the fifty-odd novels in my Must Read pile. (All early presents to myself, bought while I was on my book tour. I have no restraint in book stores, none at all.) Stealing the time to do that is tough, though. There’s always so much going at the holidays.

I’ve got Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. Stuff by David Levithan, John Green, Lauren Kate, and A.S. King. I’ve got the new one by Nicole Krauss, Freedom by JF, and Keith Richards’ bio. I’ve got the most gorgeous coffee table book on Julie Taymor’s new film version of The Tempest. Plus The Doll People, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, Parrot and Olivier by Peter Carey, Still Life by Louise Penny, and a signed collection of essays by David Sedaris. And of course, I’m already eyeing more. So many amazing writers. So many amazing stories. All just waiting for me. Talk about comfort and joy!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Grinch – I love Christmas. I love the lights, the ribbons, the music, snow, presents under the tree – but this year, I’m taking a step back. This year, I won’t bake ten dozen cookies, fashion Santa’s reindeer out of pine cones, or make my own wrapping paper. This year, I’m not going to ask for a lot of loot, either. In fact, I intend to ask Santa for just one thing – the one present I’d most like to have – good books, and all the time in the world to read them.

Thank you so much for the guest post, Jennifer! We know you're super busy right now and we hope you get nothing but fantastic books this year!  
Giveaway Rules:
  • U.S. Mailing Addresses Only.
  • You are not required to follow BCM to enter this giveaway BUT if you are a BCM blog follower we would like to thank you by automatically entering you into our Grand Prize Giveaway that will be posted later this week. That prize pack will include 10 of this years most sought after books. If you are a follower you will be entered once for each giveaway you enter on our blog during the BIR2010 event.
  • Last day to enter is December 15th.


  1. I have this book. I have not yet read it yet but I know it will be FABULOUS! Good luck to the winner of this book!

  2. I totally agree. I'm just not in the Christmas spirit either. It took everything I had to just put the tree up and decorate it.

  3. Thank you for the chance to win!

  4. Thank you! This book sounds really good :)

  5. I was kind of excited about this book but then I saw a video with the author talking about it & I'm getting it as soon as I read some of the 20ish library books I seem to have out.

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