Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Simon Van Booy Super Duper Giveaway!!!

This post is now closed to further entries. Results coming, soon!

No, Simon doesn't come with the books. Sorry. :)

HarperPerennial has graciously agreed to let me host a giveaway of Simon Van Booy's fabulous books of short stories to promote the re-release of The Secret Lives of People in Love. I'm a serious Van Booy Fangirl, you see, so I asked what I could do to help promote him. This is not something you'll see me doing often at Bookfoolery as I'm limiting my drawings to only authors or books I already know I love. And I absolutely think Simon's writing is the bees' knees. You undoubtedly know that if you've hung around my blog.

So, what can you win? I'm offering up 4 copies of each of Simon's books, but you can only choose one:

The Secret Lives of People in Love


Love Begins in Winter

Who, What, When, Where, Why, How (aka, "The Rules") - Warning: You must follow all the rules or you will be struck by lightning, shoved into the mud and tossed out of the drawing!!! Okay, I'm kidding. You'll just be kicked in the shins and tossed out.

1. Choose. Which book would you like to win? You can only win one!! Tell me your choice and leave me your email. If you don't leave your email, I will reject your entry -- it won't even show up in the comment section. I moderate, so I have the power. Mwah-ha.

2. Think like a North American and be one. HarperPerennial will send the books directly and they prefer to ship within the U.S. or Canada. No P.O. Boxes. You must have a street address.

3. One person, one entry. There are no opportunities for extra entries in this drawing and you may only sign up once.

3 1/2. The drawing will be held on Sunday, March 7 unless I change my mind. It's a woman's prerogative, you know. This is not technically a rule. I just wanted #4 to stay fresh in your mind.

4. Swear on a stack of tomatoes that you will read this book - not sell it, not swap it until you've *read it*. A promise will do, if you're not into swearing.

I may be away from the computer for a few days, so don't fret if your comment doesn't show up. We've got some things to attend to and since I moderate, comments don't show up until I've approved them.

Congratulations, again, to Simon!!


  1. I already have Love Begins in Winter (LOVED IT!) and would absolutely do somersaults if I won The Secret Lives of People in Love. And yes, yes, I promise (cross my heart) to read it AND review it :)

    caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Does bouncing in my chair get me extra entries? No? Phooey.

    1. The Secret Lives of People in Love

    2. fizzybeverage at gmail dot com

    3. I swear I live in the US. I'd rather live in London, but for now, I'm here in the US. On a street, not in a PO Box.

    4. I swear on my bookshelves (and tomatoes) I will read this book.

  3. Haha! You guys are good! :)

  4. why don't you have a followers thingy again? with he followers thing, would people actually get new posts send to their e-mails?

  5. Hey Andrea,

    You *are* Andrea, right? I didn't like the followers thing in the sidebar because it seemed to me it smacked of the "who is the most popular" thing of junior high days. You can get to it through my "About" page and it's just like a reader but the posts of people you follow appear on . . . I think it's the Dashboard of your Blogger blog, if you've got one. I probably ought to figure out how to set up a link so people can subscribe to my blog by email. Do you know how to do that? I just haven't bothered.

  6. I'm Simon's editor for Pobble's Way (Flashlight Press, fall 2010) and I would love copies of Love Begins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love. Even if I don't win, I want to send you our April release, That Cat Can't Stay, pursuant to your request: "Meanwhile, Bookfool is willing to review any and all books that have to do with cats or kittens."
    editor (at) FlashlightPress (dot) com

  7. Ok because you rave about Simon so much I'm curious. How about Love Begins in Winter? I swear to read it before I donate it, trade it, keep it, hug it etc :-)

  8. Would LOVE to read Love Begins in Winter:-)
    ( perhaps because I feel like Winter will never end at this point?? who knows)
    dsalanitro1967 at yahoo dot com

  9. I can sort of do somersaults, not that it's in the rules, but I am just as excited as Wendy so thought I would add this. And like Jill, I intend to follow the rules:
    1.The Secret Lives of People in Love
    2.bkclubcare AT gmail DOT com
    3. I live in the Commonwealth of Mass which is in New England which is within the USA.
    4. I promise to read this even though I have yet to read Love Begins in Winter which I own and now am wondering how I got it exactly but I am very excited about reading it. I loaned it to a friend first and she LOVED it very much so it's on my March list. Hope you forgive me for that.

  10. I'd actually take either book since you've raved so enthusiastically about Simon, but I'll throw my hat in the ring for Secret Lives of People in Love. Can I bribe you in some fashion? Oh, well, it was worth a shot.

    jjmmccann (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Shari,

    I'll take you up on that generous offer. :)

    Everyone else,

    Most of you are pretty good at following all the rules. Fortunately, I know I don't have to worry about you because all of you know I can find you and kick your shins if you don't read Simon's book. Oh, dear. I feel another "Mwah-ha" coming on.

  12. Love Begins In Winter, because that title is just so true.

    I too, softdrink, wish I lived in London, but am stuck here stateside, for now.

    meaghanwalsh81 (at) gmail dot com

    I will read this book. I love books so much that when I bought my house, I made the "formal dining room" a library instead.

  13. Count me in for Love Begins in Winter please. Thanks so much!


  14. Sarah9:01 AM

    I would love to read Love Begins in Winter -- it's been on my reading list for quite some time!

  15. I'd absolutely love a copy of Love Begins in Winter - though I've read the reviews of both books, and either one's a great prize.

  16. Dare I admit I have never read any of Simon's books? Please, please, please don't hold that against me. Instead think of it as an opportunity to enlighten me by awarding me Love Begins in Winter!
    I promise, cross my heart and hope to die, that I will read this book before passing it along!I can be reached at:

  17. The Secret Lives of People in Love has been on my wish list for quite some time...I'm a big HarperPerennial fan. I promise to r&r. Please put me in the draw for this one!


  18. I'll throw my hat in for Love Begins in Winter.

    I am so excited that you are doing this. Oh somehow i got a copy of Veracity? Do you think I'll like it? thanks!

  19. I would welcome a copy of Love Begins in Winter. Never read it; but I think I would enjoy it.

    kevverh (at) gmail dot com

    I am in the US, and, while I do not have an actual stack of tomatoes at hand, I will read the book!

  20. I would like to humbly choose "Love Begins In Winter".

    My email is:

    I super-swear I will read the book. It has been on my reading list for a while, so definitely looking forward to digging into it if I win.


  21. 1)The Secret Lives of People in Love. I won't lie I've never read any of Simon's books but the description of the book and some of the quotes I read like, "It is the afternoon of my birthday, but still the morning of my life. I am walking on the Pont des Arts." have me intrigued.

    My email is

    2) I do live in North America, Georgia in fact.

    3)Yep one person.
    4)I will put this book on my "to be read" bookshelf and it will go no where until I have read it cover to cover.

  22. Can I throw my hat into the ring for The Secret Lives of People in Love? I already own Love Begins in Winter and love it! Like Care, I too live in Massachusetts, which as she said is in the U.S. of A. My e-mail addy is:

    Thanks for giving us this great opportunity! :)

  23. After reading your interview, I'm definitely in on this one. I'd love to read "The Secret Lives of People in Love."

    And, even though I live in nowheresville, it's still the US of A and it's not in a PO Box, although I may end up living in a box one day if I keep buying books!


  24. How about Secret Lives of People in Love for a person who's secretly in love? (He knows, but the rest of the world doesn't, and he suggested Simon Van Booy to me, which led me to your blog)

    It may not be posh, but last time I checked, Oklahoma was in North America.

    I would swear on a stack of the produce of your choice to read this book, and probably will anyway, because he's never steered me wrong yet.

    ryukochan81 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. Love Begins in Winter was one of my favourite reads of 2009! And I made quite a few of my friends buy/borrow the book so that they could fall in love with Van Booy's words too.

    So please enter me for The Secret Lives of People in Love!

    olduvaireads AT gmail DOT com

  26. I also loved Love Begins in Winter, so hope to win the drawing for the latest and greatest, The Secret Lives of People in Love.

    Email =

  27. Yes woman, I am Andrea. Going to try my hand at this blogging stuff again. Oh, I have followed a few people by now. I love the option of Next Blog to take me to a random blog. You find some good blogs that way. Ok, so when you "follow" someone the new posts actually do come up on Dashboard. I want to know how to have the new posts sent to my e-mail though.

  28. Because of your awesome review I would like to be entered to win a copy of Love Begins in Winter. I promise to read it and review it. My email is treewaterduchess (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. I want! I want! I want! Because I have to pick only ONE book, I choose Love Begins in Winter. I pinkie swear I will read this! Pick me!

    piper oliver avram AT yahoo DOT com

  30. Ok, after reading your interview with Simon I can't pass up the chance to read either one of his books. He sounds like a wonderful human being and anybody that would want to live in Little Rock or Mobile is my kind of guy.

  31. Love Begins in Winter

    bookishchatter AT gmail DOT com

    I live in the US and live sort of a sheltered life so haven't been outside of the country either. Extra entries for that? No? K.

    I promise with a capital P to read this book should I win.

  32. Please put me down for a chance at Love Begins in Winter. My email is (Sandie from the group!)

    I solemnly swear I'll read and review and that I won't sell the copy. Man, that ticks me off that people would do that.



  33. no Simon eh? well I'll choose love begins in winter instead

  34. I would love another copy of Secret Lives, as mine was (happily) passed along to a friend a few months back.

    Please use mrm42790[at]

  35. I would be thrilled to win a copy of Love Begins in winter.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

    I will definitely read it. I promise.

  36. As an editor, you'd think I wouldn't mis-read the instructions. Thanks, Bookfool, for giving me another chance. If I win, I'd like a copy of Love Begins in Winter. I promise to read it.

  37. I have heard nothing but good things about "Love Begins in Winter" . I would love to have a copy for myself


  38. jemscout,

    No Simon. Darn.


    We'll just say it was an off day. I'm glad you came back because I'm serious about that last rule.

    Reminder to everyone:

    Come back and make your promise or swear on produce if you haven't. I am totally not kidding. I want a commitment that you'll read the book!!!

  39. Since I'm a Simon-virgin, I think I'll try "Love Begins in Winter". (that's sounds all kinds of wrong...meh)

    You know my email, but I'd hate to be disqualified on a technicality, so..kookiejar at gmail dot com

    I am a loyal North American.

    And tomatoes are not in season yet, so can I swear on a stack of asparagus?

  40. Kookie,

    Yes, you certainly may. I love asparagus. You're one of those rare few that I would track down without an email, just 'cause I know where to find you, but I'm a happy clam because you followed directions. :)

  41. Hello,
    Wonderful giveaway! I would LOVE my own copy of Love Begins in Winter to put on my shelf of favorites and read again and again. I live in Massachusetts, and have a civilized street address. I promise on produce and all other things SVB-worthy to read and refer to this book many times! Thanks!


  42. I swear i'll read it and review it. i am intrigued!

  43. I'd like Love Begins in Winter and I will read it!

    tiramisu392 (at)

  44. Hi Nancy,

    Okay I just had a beer so I hope I remember *all* the rules:

    1. Love Begins in Winte
    2. Yes, I live in the US
    4. I'll definitely read the book!
    5. I celebrate a women's option to change her mind. Thought I'd throw that in for good karma.
    6. Toes crossed...
    7. You're the best! I'm so proud of you. That's not to entice you in any way. Simply the truth as I see it and I see fine, thanks.

  45. Hey Cindi!!!!

    I'm so glad you signed up for my Simon drawing. His writing is awesome. But, you knew that because I never shut up. LOL on the good karma. Thanks for #7. You're too sweet. Love ya bunches!!!

  46. 1. The Secret Lives of People in Love

    2. saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    3. I live in the US and have a street address

    4. I swear on a stack of tomatoes that I will read this book!