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"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings--..." -- Lewis Carroll

Welcome to the Got Books? official sponsor page.
What's a sponsor?
Glad you asked!  In this case, a sponsor is someone that had donated a bookish prize to the Kick-Off Contest that will start the whole Got Books? event off with a bang!
This page is where we thank our gracious sponsors for their generous donations and spread the word about their sites!
Already jumped on board?  GREAT!  If not....we'd be happy to have you.
If you are a publisher, publicist, or author interested in joining the fun and a little more promotion in the book blogging community, feel free to drop us line and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We'd like to thank our current sponsors.....

She has seen eight of her own novels published, along with numerous articles and short stories. As a former bookstore owner, she garnered a nomination from Publishers Weekly for their Bookseller of the Year award. She is committed to helping and encouraging everyone she comes in contact with to seek a healthier and more positive quality of life by reaching for their dreams.

Thanks to this generous author we have one paperback copy of Dark Shines My Love to add to the Kick-Off Contest!  For more information, check out the website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Anne Carter
While romantic mystery and suspense are her favorites, Anne has written middle grade mysteries, literary shorts, poetry and non-fiction. Long a lighthouse fanatic, it was only a matter of time before her obsessions intersected and a series of lighthouse novels emerged. Paranormal elements abound in both POINT SURRENDER and CAPE SEDUCTION, where mystery, romance and troubled ghosts provide hauntingly entertaining tales set in California lighthouses.

Thanks to this author's generosity we have one paperback copy of Point Surrender to add to the Kick-Off contest!  To learn more about her books and everyday writing life, visit her website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Author of several titles perfectly fit for the Children's Fiction genre, Barbara Dee offers readers young and young at heart the chance to see the world through a young girls' eyes...complete with the pitfalls along the way.  Thanks to this sponsor's generosity, we have three copies of her latest title, This Is Me From Now, to add to the Kick-Off Contest!  For more information on her comings and goings, visit her website or follow along on Twitter!


Like the main character in my Sadie Witt mystery series, I was born with a healthy imagination and a hankering to solve a puzzle. I learned my reverence for reading from my mother, who was never without a book in her hand. My lifelong interest in figuring out how things worked was a natural transition into weaving a tale. By day, I work in Human Resources at a hospital. By night I morph into a writer who frequents lake resorts and mortuaries and hosts a ghost or two in my humorous paranormal mysteries. In my writing life I've been a sheriff’s deputy, a funeral director, a child, a death coach, an embezzler, a ghost and a chef who’s been banned from cooking at the Witt’s End resort. With those characters traipsing through my mind, there are still numerous stories yet untold.
Thanks to a generous donation by this author, we have one paperback copy of her book At Witt's End for a lucky winner in the Kick-Off Contest!  For more information about her writing life and published works, she offers quite a variety of ways to find her online!  Visit her website, blog (one or two), Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter.

Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, a Public Television program director and producer, a Cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews also appear on his own web site, and on Internet review sites, including Books 'n' Bytes and Mystery Morgue...

Brookins writes three series: a sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney, the Sean Sean private investigator series and has introduced a new protagonist, Jack Marston, a mid-level administrator at an urban college. His short work appears in anthologies Silence of the Loons, Resort to Murder, and Heat of the Moment.

Thanks to this generous author we have one paperback copy of Bloody Halls to add to our Kick-Off contest treasure.  To find out more about this author and his work, visit him online at his website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter.


Charlene Ann Baumbich
This fabulous author is providing one copy of her book Stray Affections to one lucky winner!  For more information on this title and her many others, check out her site, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!  She always has a word or two to help you "twinkle" by or some warm thoughts to share from Kornflake, her lovable pup.
(Thanks for being our FIRST official sponsor!)


Mission Statement:
"Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs our business relationships and endeavors, be they with customers, authors, vendors, or colleagues."

On behalf of this great publisher, Lara Starr has generously donated several prize packs sure to please readers of all ages!  The first three come with a Chronicle Books tote bag (not pictured) and the last comes with an Ivy & Bean T-shirt!  For more information on these titles and many other fine choices, check out their website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!

The Space Between Trees by Kate Williams
Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback
Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes



I am a writer of young adult fiction. My first novel, Killer Cows, [was] published in 2010 by Quake, an imprint of Echelon Press. When I am not writing, I teach 7th grade Language Arts at Parkrose Middle School in Portland, OR. I have a lovely wife, two beautiful daughters, a neurotic dog and two cats.

With the successful publication of his first novel, this author has jumped on board the event and donated three eBook copies of his book Killer Cows to the Kick-Off contest!  For more information on this book and works in progress, visit his website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter.


eTreasures Publishing was originally founded in 2004 on the principle of helping serious writers become published.  In late 2009, it was sold and new management is seeking to revitalize and grow the business.  We strive to provide our readers with quality books written by the best authors. 

This publisher has generously donated two print books as well as two eBooks both of your choosing to our Kick-Off Contest!  To learn more about this publisher and their growing list of publications, visit their website, bookstore, or blog!

Gayle Carline is a typical Californian, meaning that she was born somewhere else. She moved to Orange County from Illinois in 1978, and landed in Placentia a few years later.  Her husband, Dale, bought her a laptop for Christmas in 1999 because she wanted to write. A year after that, he gave her horseback riding lessons. When she bought her first horse, she finally started writing. ... In her spare time, Gayle likes to sit down with friends and laugh over a glass of wine.  And maybe plan a little murder and mayhem. 

This author has generously donated one paperback copy of her book Freezer Burn as a prize in our Kick-Off Contest!  To find out more about her comings and goings in the world of literature, visit her website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


An imprint of the HarperCollins publishing house, Harper One publish books that have changed people's lives, influenced culture, built bridges between faiths, and withstood the test of time. Our authors represent a diverse range of scholars, experts, theologians, and bestselling authors on a wide variety of topics. Search by keyword, category, or author name to find the expert that best fits your needs.
HarperOne is the source for the leading books and authors on religion, spirituality, and personal growth. Check out the website, their blog Good Books in Bad Times, or follow along on Twitter!

Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected By Soren Gordhamer
Relationship Obits:
The Final Resting Place for Love Gone Wrong By Kathleen Horan
The Screwtape Letters - Special Illustrated Edition
By Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power By


Harper Perennial
An imprint of the HarperCollins publishing house, Harper Perennial seeks to harbor fiction and non-fiction efforts from both new and young authors.  On behalf of this fabulous publisher, Erica Barmash has granted us ten prize packs including two of their current titles!  For more information on these titles and the many others in their repertoire, check out their website, The Olive blog, or follow along on Twitter!

Commuters by Emily Gray Tedrowe
Based Upon Availability by Alix Strauss


{indie}pendent books was formed in 2009 to not only help discover new authors, but to give them a more focused platform for selling their work to readers who are hungry for something new. All books featured on the site have been pre-selected so only the best of the indie community is showcased. At {indie}pendent books, the focus is not on filling our shelves with as many books as possible, but about making it easy for readers to find great books from authors they may not have experienced before. We are also constantly on the lookout for new authors and books to keep the selection fresh, so please check back often.

Thanks to this generous sponsor we have two titles to add to the Kick-Off Contest!  For more information, check out their site, blog, or follow along on Twitter!

Did Not Survive by Ann Littlewood
The Grim Reaper's Dance by Judy Clemens


Born blonde and Polish, J.R. Turner writes action adventure thrillers and romances. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband Eddie, a red-headed Texan, and her three children, Dustin, Molly and Matthew. Raised by an eclectic assortment of artists and musicians, her upbringing helped shape and hone her imagination and dedication to the romantic arts. Between her commitments to family and writing, she actively pursues three things–white chocolate, dark chocolate, and more chocolate.

This author has generously donated three eBook copies of her book D.F.F.:  Dead Friends Forever to our Kick-Off contest...affording you that many more chances to win!  For more information on this and her other works, visit her online at her site, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Kieryn Nicolas resides in central Pennsylvania with her parents. younger sister, their lovable yellow lab, black cat, and ten hens. Kieryn was a competitive figure skater for nine years and is currently working hard to advance in taekwondo. She loves school and spending time with her close friend. She also loves to read, write, eat chocolate and travel with hopes of someday seeing Brisbane, Australia for herself.

This author has generously donated three eBook copies of her book entitled, Rain.  For more information on her work and goings-on, visit her interactive website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Lisa Railsback is an award-winning playwright and a bright new talent in the children's book world. She worked in a refugee camp abroad, and then went on to work with refugees in the U.S. Betti on the High Wire is a book she wanted to write about the brave kids she met along the way. Lisa lives in Austin, TX.

Thanks to this generous sponsor, we have one SIGNED copy of her latest novel, Betti On the High Wire, to add to the Kick-Off Contest!  To find out more about this author and her latest work, visit her site.


I’m an award-winning journalist, editor, novelist, and occasional standup comic based in Eugene, Oregon. I write the highly praised Detective Wade Jackson series. Two are in print: The Sex Club and Secrets to Die For.  My third Jackson story, Thrilled to Death, is coming out this August. Passions of the Dead and The Baby Thief, will be released in next year.  When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, gardening, reading crime stories, social networking, attending writers/readers conferences, hanging out with my family, and editing fiction manuscripts.

This author has generously donated a copy of her book, The Sex Club, to our Kick-Off Contest!  To find out more about the author or the Detective Wade Jackson series, visit her site, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


An avid reader herself, author LM Preston struck out to make her mark in the Young Adult genre with a Sci-Fi twist.  With her family by her side, her first book reached publication and a second is on the way later this year.  One lucky winner will get the chance to own a copy of that first work which took her from aspiring author to that coveted published copy of Explorer X-Alpha will be in the prize bucket for the Kick-Off contest!  For more information on this title and her forth coming work, take a stop by her website, check out the blog, or say hello on Twitter!


Lois Carroll works full-time as a writer who creates stories about people with conflicts in their lives that lead to important and often difficult choices that they must make. Her heroines frequently find themselves in jeopardy and must overcome challenges to prove themselves women of substance.

With a passion for writing since she received a daily diary as a child, Ms. Carroll had to wait until she was well past the age of fifty to live her dream of filling her days with writing. In addition to two paperbacks and three hard cover novels, many of her short stories and non-fiction articles have been printed in national magazines. She also has published over a dozen ebooks. She has two paperbacks and a hard cover coming in 2010.

From this author, we have the generous donation of one paperback copy of Just A Memory to add to our Kick-Off contest.  For more information on her works, visit her site, Facebook page, or follow on Twitter!


Known for her many works in the Young Adult genre spanning from those related to popular television series and self created literary worlds, author Nancy Holder is as generous with her creativity as she is with her time.  On any given day, you can find her online, reaching out to readers everywhere...and better still?  She holds a special place for book bloggers in her heart, giving credit to them for their efforts on her behalf.  With that being said, she has created a special prize package for one lucky winner that is sure to delight!  For more information on the titles listed as well as current happenings, visit her website or follow along on Twitter!

Possessions 2:  The Evil Within
Pretty Little Devils
Wicked 1:  Witch & Curse
Wicked 2:  Legacy & Spellbound
Wicked 3:  Resurrection
...and some nifty Disneyland 'Wicked' green apple mints!


This author likes to remain an enigma regarding details on himself, but his work is there to speak on his behalf.  This author has generously donated one paperback copy of Thomas Riley to our Kick-Off Contest and will find a home with a lucky winner!  For more information on his work and this book, check out his website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Roy Pickering was born on the idyllic island of St. Thomas and currently resides in a quaint New Jersey town with his wife and daughter. Feeding the Squirrels is his first published novella and Patches of Grey is his debut novel. He is currently hard at work on a second novel (Matters of Convenience) as well as a series of children’s books being illustrated by his wife, the artist Erin Rogers Pickering. Archived articles from his Sports Issues column appear at His prose about sports, politics, the writing life, and whatever else comes to mind can be found on an ongoing basis at the blog "A Line A Day".

Thanks to the generosity of this sponsor, we have two copies of his debut novel, Patches of Grey, to be added to the Kick-Off Contest!  For more information on this author, visit his website, or follow along on Twitter!


Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster. As a major force in today's consumer publishing industry, they are dedicated to bringing and extensive cross section of first class information and entertainment in all printed, digital, and audio formats, to a worldwide audience of readers, publishing approimately 2000 titles annually. Bestsellers from Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Division in 2008 included The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare, Night World by L.J. Smith, The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington, Cat by Matthew Van Fleet, The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Barack Obama Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes. In all, Simon & Schuster titles have received 54 Pulitzer Prizes, 12 National Book Awards, 14 Caldecott and 19 Newbury Medals.

On behalf this publisher and the efforts of both Lucille Rettino and Ellen Chan, we have three copies of five different titles up for grabs in the Kick-Off of which is a boxed set with a poster of the author's soon to be released title! To learn more about this publisher and their varied catalogue, visit their website, or follow along on Twitter (1 or 2)!

White Cat by Holly Black
Mortal Instruments boxed set by Cassandra Clare + Clockwork Angel poster
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Glimpse by Carol Lynch William


Tilbury House is an independent publishing company that started out about thirty years ago as the Harpswell Press, publishing Maine books. We grew slowly, adding some children's books, and in 1990 merged with another small publisher, the Dog Ear Press, to become Tilbury House, Publishers.  Our children's book division took off with the publication of Talking Walls, and it has continued to publish award-winning children's picture books about cultural diversity, social justice, nature, and the environment.  Tilbury's adult books are primarily regional non-fiction, mostly history, some maritime history, and some environmental work.

Publishing a little something for readers of any age, Tilbury House publications always seem to have a greater meaning at heart making their catalog of books that much more unique.  On behalf of this publisher, Sarah McGinnis was very generous in donating five different titles to our Kick-Off Contest!  Each one is a review copy, SIGNED by the author!  To learn more about this publishing house and their innovative titles, feel free to visit them at their website, or follow along via Twitter.

The Goat Lady by Jane Bregoli
The Very Best Bed by Rebekah Raye
Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin, Passamaquoddy Storyteller
Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World by Pete Salmansohn and Stephen W. Kress
Playing War by Kathy Beckwith


Tom Schreck
Tom Schreck has written on topics as broad as boxing, business, pets, fitness, psychology, relationships, golf, diners, drive-ins and prison ... A former director of an inner city drug clinic and now a world championship boxing official, Schreck has combined his varied experience and created his first novel [Off the Ropes].  Tom Schreck graduated from The University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in Psychology.

Thanks to this author's generousity, we have one copy of Out Cold, the latest in his Duffy Dombrowski series.  To find out more about this author and his current happenings, visit his website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter!


Tracy is a New England native who has been writing fiction since she could hold her first crayon. She writes horror stories, thriller novels, and most recently two screenplays. She also dabbles in children's/young adult fiction and just sold her first children's mystery novel The Man of Mystery Hill.
Thanks to this author's generousity, we are fortunate to have three eBook copies of that first children's mystery, The Man of Mystery Hill, up for grabs in out Kick-Off contest!  For more information on this title and her current works in progress, visit her website, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter.


Tribute Books celebrates its 6th year in 2010 as an independent publisher for independent writers.

I am proud to provide graphic design, quality printing, national distribution and book promotion for writers with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Publishing a book takes guts. An author needs to possess the courage to share his or her voice with the world. It is an investment of time, money and energy to transform a rough manuscript into a polished work. I applaud risk takers and strive to provide them with an outlet for their creations.

Celebrating the spirit of the independent publisher with truly flying colors, Nicole Langan is generous with both her time and her resources.  For our celebration, she has graciously donated several titles in a variety of genres.  For more information on these titles and several others, please visit their website or follow along on Twitter!  Being a reader as well, she has a separate book blog for your reading pleasure...feel free to stop by and say hello. 
Call Me Sonya Grey by Sonya Tupone Lloyd
A Kinder Bright by Jerry Fagnani
In Mind by Diya Das


FOUNDED MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS AGO in Atlanta, we're one of the original independent Southern book publishers. We publish many types of books, but our focus is on titles for children and teenagers, self-help topics, parenting issues, health-related works, and books about the South. Our books are thoughtfully and lovingly designed and illustrated, and tell stories that are powerful, moving, and affecting.

If you haven't been in touch with this wonderful publisher, fear not...they are blogger friendly!  More often than not, you can find Associate Publicist Erin Deedy out and about in the blogosphere, tweeting the latest book news on Twitter, and making it easier to find out more on their most recent releases.  Thanks to her efforts, we have three of their titles to add to our Kick-Off Contest...all of which are family friendly reads.  For more information on these titles and their many other publications, check out their blog, visit their website, or follow one of their Twitter feeds (one and two).

Flying! by Kevin Luthardt
A Tree for Emmy by Mary Ann Rodman
A Place for Birds by Melissa Stewart


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Anonymous said...

Thank you to all sponsors for contributing to the giveaways!

Pam S

Honey on July 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM said...

Thank you sponsors!


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