Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elaine Cantrell and Gift a Book for the Holidays

The CONTEST is closed. Sue is the winner! Congratulations!!
KAREN: We have the talented Elaine Cantrell in the house today. She's a multi-published author. Her tales mix romance with real life choices to give the readers a tale they won't soon forget. Let's give her a warm welcome!

***CONTEST: Elaine is offering to one lucky commenter a PDF copy of The Table in the Window to one lucky commenter. Read on to see how you may add this book to your Christmas Stocking. (Offer is for all ages and for International readers, too.)  Good Luck!!
A Gift of Books by Elaine Cantrell

Besides being an author, I’m a social studies teacher at our local high school. A few years ago, I noticed something very unusual going on in my first period class. I was standing in front of the class discussing feudalism with the kids, but three of the girls weren’t listening to me. Not that they always listen to me, mind you, but these girls weren’t talking. They weren’t passing notes, sleeping, or trying to do their homework before it was due. So, what were they doing? They were reading.

Yes, reading, and yes, it’s a very big deal. The majority of my students say they don’t care for reading. They say it’s boring. Almost, I don’t blame them. If I never read anything but textbooks, I’d think reading was boring too.

Okay, they don’t read. Is that a problem? You bet it is! Many literacy skills don’t get developed including reading comprehension, and let’s face it; people who read understand a whole lot more about what’s going on in the world. They score better on standardized tests too, and of course all of you readers know how reading can enrich your life.

The girls were reading Twilight. I asked them if it was good, and you should have heard them carrying on. One of them told me she’d never read an entire book in her life until she started Twilight. She was almost finished with it and already had New Moon ready to read. I was so intrigued I bought a copy of Twilight that very day.

I did like the book, but more importantly it impressed on me the need to provide young people with books they can enjoy, books that’ll make readers of them. So, this Christmas please consider a gift of books for any young adult or child on your list. In the long run it’ll be of more use to them than another sweater or video game.
Purchase a copy at: Astraea Press
Being dumped by your gorgeous fianc√© is bad enough no matter when it happens, but he did it at Christmas time! Marley thinks she’ll never get over it, but Rob Travers disagrees. He sets out to win Marley’s heart, well aware that when she finds out about his past, she may turn her back on him forever.

***Contest Question: What is the last book you bought as a gift for someone else?  (The is international.) Don't forget to leave your email so I may contact you if you should win. Good Luck!!


Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

I give a lot of books, but the last one I bought was as a stocking present for my eldest daughter and titled WHAT YOUR DOG DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. My daughter has three dogs and no kids, so dogs are her family. This book is humorous and supposedly written by various breeds of dogs.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

I love books even as a child. So a book for a gift was pure heaven. I always gave my children books along with other gifts. However my daughter Kat was like I was and would rather be reading than doing anything else. lol

My daughters read Twilight and insisted I read it, too. I really enjoyed the first book.

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

The last book I gave was Run The Risk by Lori Foster. I won it and after I read it I passed it to a friend. I didn't think I would like the Twilight books or movies. Waited till I saw the movie and was hooked. Went and got the books and read back to back. I have always loved getting books. Your book cover is very pretty. Sounds like a great book.
Sue B

Elaine Cantrell said... Best Blogger Tips

My mother taught my sister and me to love books by taking us to the public library every Friday. It was the highlight of our week.

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I bought the healing powers of archangels for a friend who is battling breast cancer. I will be giving the book to her this week.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice post. I think books are always a good gift.


Elaine Cantrell said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd like to thank everyone who left a comment for me. I let my grandson draw from the hat, and he picked katsrus as the winner. You'll have your book by the end of the day.

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Wohoo! Thank you so much. Merry Christmas.
Sue b