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Who knew my column about the first time I ever won anything (a pair of pantyhose at a local grocery store in Cuba City, where I grew up), would bring so many, "I remember when I won," stories from book club readers.
Enjoy reading their stories and then be sure to enter today's Surprise Giveaway. Everyone should enter, especially if you've never won anything before. Three book club reader's names will be chosen at random. To enter the Surprise Giveaway, go to: http://www.emailbookclub.com/photo/giveaway.html
"Dear Suzanne, from the age of about 10, I entered every contest I could find. I was just sure I was going to win some fantastic prizes that would make my family rich. Alas, that never happened, but I did win a couple contests in my early teens. One involved writing a poem about my mother for Mother's Day and I won the main prize--a wig for my mother! (They were all the rage in the 60's). It looked sort of funny, but she wore it with pride--and she loved the poem. The other prize I won was two tickets to a movie about the Dave Clark Five and two copies of their new record. I took my little sister and she was thrilled. I still think of that night whenever I hear the Dave Clark Five on oldies radio. So I never won big prizes, but I have great memories of the ones I did win. And memories are the best prize of all!"--Carol C.
"Suzanne, I have been fortunate to win a copy of a free book in one of your drawings. When I got the email from you telling me I was winner, it felt like I had won the lottery. I love books so much and to me winning a book is almost as good as winning the Mega Millions. I hope you will continue to have these book drawings. Happy Reading!"--Melvia C.
"In 1973 my elderly, widowed grandmother, who lived alone in a small town in Indiana, entered a raffle and won a set of silverware for eight, which she passed on to newly-married me. We still use and enjoy that set every day. Now that I am 80, I love the memory connected with the set, but often wish I could love and enjoy a set of stainless steelware which I would never have to polish again."--Judy H.
"I was in the 4th grade when Cincinnati's 'Big Red Machine' won the World Series and IHOP had a drawing to win a signed team baseball. It was the very first thing I ever won. I was thrilled when I received the letter informing me I had won. We drove down to IHOP to claim my prize and they all made a big fuss that I was the WINNER! Fast forward 40 years when 'Antiques Roadshow' was in Orlando last month. Of course, I took my prize possession...only to find out that it was a stamped souvenir baseball worth maybe $25-$30! To me, it's priceless...but it won't be funding my retirement!"--Debbie W
"Umpty-ump years ago in my youth I was something of a doodle-artist, drawing all kinds of sketches of almost anything, with colored pens and pencils. A local radio station had a contest in which people were invited to illustrate one of their popular songs, so I took on the challenge and won a recording of 'One-eyed One-horned Flying Purple People Eater.' This is the sole reason I still remember that song to this day. And it is fun to read with you."--Judie
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* Congratulations to the winner of The Secret Language of Stones by Guest Author M.J. Rose: Lisa M.
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AUTHORBUZZ: SWEPT AWAY (Fiction) by Kristina Mathews
Carson and Cody Swift are twin brothers who could not be more different. Carson is desperate to break free of his brother's shadow, and a mysterious woman the two save from Hidden Creek, may just be his shot at doing so. While Carson helps Lily overcome her fear of the river, she helps him revitalize his failing rafting business, and keeping him focused on his true goals. As the two fall in love, they begin to find themselves.
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