Cocktails For Book Lovers: Recipe & Giveaway

Cocktails For Book Lovers

Cocktails For Book Lovers

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

Why not start happy hour early with Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tess Smith-McGovern. This little book is full of mouthwatering recipes inspired by a diverse selection of books. The book features a great mix of authors: Jane Austen, Dan Zevin, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, Gail Tsukiyama and much more.

Today I’m sharing with you Papi’s Rum Punch, inspired by Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her (which I loved!). Be careful, this recipe is for an entire pitcher of rum punch!

Cocktails for Book Lovers Junot Diaz

Accompanying each recipe is an author biography and an excerpt from the book that inspired the cocktail. Serve these cocktails at your next book club gathering or your in home happy hour.  You’ll get bonus points for literary references and for serving great drinks.

Cocktails for Book Lovers Junot Diaz

Who wants to win a copy of Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tess Smith-McGovern? 

Just leave a comment below telling me what beverage you enjoy drinking while you read. I’ll draw a winner on Wed, July 30. Giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. Winner must respond to email with 24 hours to claim prize.


If you can’t wait for me to choose a giveaway winner, grab your own copy of Cocktails for Book Lovers  and email your receipt to to receive a free cocktail recipe card and be entered to win a gift basket! (See details in image above.)

I received a copy of the book for review. Images courtesy of Source Books.

Summer Reading Challenge Week #1 Check-In

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From Left to Write Summer Reading Challenge

Wow! We’ve completed the first week of the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults! Make sure you check-in today to be eligible for prizes!

I’m thrilled that 55 of you joined the challenge to read 15 minutes a day. I’d love it if we could get 75 participates before the challenge is over.  It’s never too late join, so head over to the main challenge page to sign-up. Those who sign-up via the form are eligible for prizes you can only win via our challenge newsletter. (Make sure you read today’s newsletter!)

I love seeing the updates and Twitter and Instagram. I love that Jennifer at mamawolfe is reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker with her dog. Want your photo featured? Tag your post with #FL2WSummer!

So far, I’m doing pretty well with the challenge. I managed to finish two books this week:  The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller and Faking It by Elisa Lorello. I’m on a semi-vacation (visiting my parents in Louisiana) so both were perfect escape reads.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson audiobook

I also began the audiobook version of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, narrated by the chef himself. Only 2 minutes, I was hooked! I’m curious if he had a ghost writer. The writing is surprisingly good. Not to knock Chef Marcus, since I’ve met him in person. But you never know with celebrity memoirs.

I’m still undecided for my next print/ebook read. I’m in the mood for a historical fiction or thriller. Any suggestions?

I know this challenge is for us grown-ups but if your kids feel left out, you can get free 3-month subscription to Epic! a book app for kids.

Ok, it’s your turn! I’d love to hear how you’re doing with the challenge. Have you been able to read for 15 minutes a day? What did you read? Leave a comment and let me know. If you wrote a review about a book you read for the #FL2WSummer Challenge, leave a link!

This week’s prizes are: an autographed copy of The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson and a copy of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.  Author Maddie Dawson generously donated a copy of her book for the challenge! Make sure you check out what books are currently on her night stand. We’ll have two winners, one for each book. Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter. (International winners may receive a comparable prize due to shipping costs.)
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Giveaway: The Bookman’s Tale

The Bookman's Tale

The Bookman's Tale

It’s going to be slightly quiet on the site this week since I leave for Book Expo America tomorrow. (Squee!) I’ll try to keep you updated.

In celebration of the paperback release of The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett, the publisher has offered a copy for me to give to one lucky winner! This book was so much fun to read. Check out my review of the hardcover version and read below on how to enter to win a copy:

I was first interested in reading The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett because it was about Peter, a rare book dealer. What sucked me in was when Peter discovered what might be the book that will prove once and for all that William Shakespeare really wrote all his plays. The Holy Grail of William Shakespeare’s work, as Peter put it. It felt like the Da Vinci Code of English literature as Peter tried to prove if this slim book was authentic.

The novel weaves three different stories together with a satisfying conclusion. The main story is about this Holy Grail of books that Peter finds. The novel also goes back to Peter’s youth: how Peter met his wife Amanda and how he became a rare books dealer. Then we’re given a peek on how this book came to be and its different owners throughout the years, until Peter’s discovery.

I was thoroughly sucked into this novel. As someone who likes sniffing new print copies of books, I enjoyed reading how Peter cared for and conserved old books. I enjoyed my romp through literary history as Lovett imagined how this rare book came to be.

The Bookman’s Tale would make a great beach read or a traveling companion on your next flight or road trip.

If you want to win a copy, just leave a comment telling your favorite Shakespeare play.  I’ll draw a winner when I return, on June 1st. U.S. address only, please. (Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.)

Have you entered my HUGE book purge giveaway? Ends May 31st!

Book Purge Giveaway!

Book Stack #2

In anticipation for Book Expo America next week, I cleansed my bookshelves earlier this week. I’m sad to say that there were a few galleys from last year’s BEA that I barely touched. Usually I give my purged books to my local librarians, but so many of my Facebook fans expressed interest that I decided to host a giveaway!

So who wants new to you books? If you agree to the following caveats, please enter:

  • Some books may be galleys or advanced reader copies. Meaning that they are not the finished copies you buy from the bookstores. They will have typos and errors.
  • Books will be shipped Media Mail via U.S. Postal Service. That means it might take a couple of weeks to reach you. Because books are heavy and cost a lot to ship.
  • Your shipping address must be in the U.S. I’m sorry I won’t be able to cover international shipping.

If you’re cool with those caveats, here’s what you can win. I’m giving away 3 stacks of books. We’ll have 3 winners (one for each stack).

 Stack #1

Book Stack #1

Stack #2

Book Stack #2

Stack #3

Book Stack #3

Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Who knows, I might find some extra books to throw in for the winners. (If you’re reading this via a reader or email, just click through to enter.)

Please share the giveaway with your book loving friends!

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Book Club Day: Those We Love Most + Win Video Chat with Lee Woodruff!

Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

We’re starting off our first summer book club read with Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. The books’ family members whose lives are forever intertwined not just by blood and marriage but by a tragic accident. You’ll be able to relate to at least one, if not many of the characters in the book.

I’m also very excited to announce that you can win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!

First, take a look at how our From Left to Write members were inspired by our book club selection this month:

Wow, right? Make sure you pick up a copy of Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the book.  Make sure you keep up with Lee Woodruff and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Ready to enter the giveaway? One lucky winner will win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff, author extraordinaire, so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. (If you’re using a feed reader, you’ll have to click through to the site to enter.)

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Giveaway: Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet by Susan Cain

Last January, our book club members read Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Cain’s argument that the qualities of an introvert can help them succeed in a world where being outgoing is most desired was eye opening. Many of our book club members realized they were introverts, including me. For all the gory details check out our discussion Quiet.

Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, there’s no doubt that a balance of both types of personalities is ideal for any group environment.  Here’s the publisher’s description of Quiet:

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak– that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Today Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking comes out in paperback and we have 2 copies to give to two lovely readers! US and Canadian address only. No P.O. Boxes.

Susan Cain is on a book tour so check to see if she’s coming near you.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below.

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