Friday, August 12, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Stay: A Novel

Stay: A Novel
by Allie Larkin
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Plume, reprint edition (July 26, 2011)

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"There are many ways to get over heartbreak - Ben & Jerry's and marathon episodes of reality TV are common survival tools - but buying a hundred-pound dog over the Internet surely isn't one of them.  In her debut novel Stay, Allie Larkin proves that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better."

Stay: A Novel is a feel-good, fun read with humor, heart and endless sloppy, wet doggy kisses.  Allie writes about love, loss and the perils of being a doggy Mom.  Stay is warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny.  

The following is a short excerpt, printed with permission from Plume:

“I clicked from one site to another and then, I saw him.
He was a shaggy ball of fur. Jet black, except for a small pink tongue hanging out of his mouth. His head was tipped to one side like he was listening to something intently.
I took another long slurp of my Kool-Aid and vodka. I couldn’t just decide I wanted a dog and order one off the Internet. It was crazy. Crazy! But I couldn’t stop staring at the puppy. It was like one of those paintings where the eyes follow you everywhere. From every angle, I felt like that dog was looking at me.”

Whether you're a dog Mom or not, you'll find Stay to be one of those fun reads that you just can't put down.  Grab a copy now and spend part of your end-of-summer vacation reading about Van and her new companion Joe as they begin to mend the pieces of her shattered heart.  Just keep a towel handy to wipe the slobber away...

GIVEAWAY! How would you like to win your very own copy of Stay: A Novel? Thanks to Plume, we have one copy to give away to a lucky reader! To enter:

1) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar).
2) Leave a comment here telling me why you want to win this book.

You must complete both steps to enter and you must be a US resident to win.
You can get extra entries by sending your friends here to enter (be sure to have them mention your name).... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!
Winner will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Friday, August 19th at midnight.

15 comments:

Dawn said...

awww what a sweet face on the cover! Love to read and this looks like a good one!

Started a videocast too: http://wolfefarms.blogspot.com....it's also on itunes too

SissySees said...

Okay. I'd like to be gracious and point out we won the last book give-away, but... I think you know the Knight fell in love with Gg via Petfinder, and the whole Penn thing...

Yeah. We'll be ordering this one if we don't win.

Kathy R said...

Hi! I'd love to win the book just because it seems like something fun to read!

Laura Kay said...

I think this looks like a great book, I'd love to read it!

Laura kay
anovelreview(at)yahoo(dot)com

Beth said...

I would love to win this book because I am an animal/dog lover and I think it would be a wonderful read.

Sue said...

As a person who has gotten two dogs via the internet, I'd love to read about someone else's experiences. By the way, I'd do it again.
Sue

Leslie said...

I would love to read this book because i love dog-related books and keep hearing great things about it, and have been wanting to read it for a long time. :)

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh a book giveaway ... read good reviews about this book. We love to read pet related books and do a review on our blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Kylie and Jimmy said...

I am a follower and I would love to win. I've been out of work all year and am constantly looking for new good books to keep me busy!
Ali
(kylie & Jimmy's Mom)

Chelsea L. said...

I am a follower and would love a copy of Stay for my cousin, Savannah. I recently read Stay, and had the pleasure of meeting Allie during a book club meeting. Allie is a wonderful author and person, and I would just love to win a copy to pass on to my cousin, a dog lover named Savannah.

Tracy said...

Hi. I adopted my 3 year old, Minnie Mae, beagle mix, off the Internet from a family that allowed her roam freely on a very busy street.She came to me sight unseen. I fell in love with her at first sight. She's the best. Very loving, sweet.

I would love to win this book. I love reading about dogs and their parents. Very special relationship. I'll buy this book if I don't win. Thank you & Good luck with your book!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book. I love to read and what a great cover! I really love pups and dogs.
Thanks.

Bonnie said...

Love dogs.
Want to win this book.
Pick me, pick me!
I hope I win!
:)

Bonnie said...

I love dogs.
I want to read this book.
Pick me, pick me!
I am a follower.
I hope I win!
:)

doctorwhy said...

I added this blog to Google Reader. Please enter me into the giveaway, thanks!