Save the Date Ghoulish Giveaway

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Happy Halloween weekend! If you're into that sort of thing, Piknik, a free photo editing site, has some FUN seasonal editing tools right now. I could have totally fanged out Lucy on the cover of Save the Date. Or given hot stuff Alex there zombie eyes. But I thought it might be a bit much. But it was soooo fun. You should definitely check it out, but warning–it's as addictive as candy corn.

Save the Date doesn't hit the shelves until Feb. 1, two-thousand and eleven, in the year of our Lord, but the good folks of Thomas Nelson have given me a few Advanced Reader Copies (translation: not totally edited yet cobweb/black cat-free) and I thought I'd share one with you. Following the new Save the Date chapter peek are instructions for getting in the running for the ARC.

Save the Date
Randomly Chosen Chapter, page 49

Lucy clutched her heart, her eyes wide, then mutinous. “What in the world do you think you're doing? You scared me to death.”

“You look good with dust on your nose.” Like an angry pixie.

A fury stared back at him. “I repeat, what are you doing here?”

“You invited me, remember?”

“Yes, as in a scheduled visit. Not when everyone is gone. Who let you in?”

“A young woman.  Nice girl, though not much of a conversationalist.” Alex smiled.

“I have a phone, you know. You could've called–instead of sneaking up on me like some sort of creep.”She twisted the dust rag in her hands. “A musically critical creep.”

“Actually I went to your apartment, but Mr. Jenkins said you'd be here. Pleasant guy.” Alex dropped his voice a notch. “Though the wife's a little bit of a nag.”

She had a giant dust bunny occupying a prominent place on her blouse, but he decided to be a gentleman and not tell her.

“If you were as good at politics as you are at stalking, I think you could make it all the way to the White House.”

The words sliced, but he'd belt out some blues himself before he'd reveal that to her. “Funny you should mention politics–and thank you for the vote of support, by the way. I like a girl with vision.”

“And I like a guy who knows when to leave when he's not wanted.”

“You really should lock your doors.” He shook his head as he counted the chairs at the table. It could seat half of Congress. “Anyone could walk in here.”

“True.” She didn't let her gaze waver. “There are pervs all over this town.”

“Speaking of that, according to the papers and gossip rags, you and I are dating.” His lips stretched into an easy smile. “I'm a little hurt you don't make me dinner more often, but other than that, you've been an exemplary girlfriend.”

If she were a tiger, she'd be snarling and baring her claws. “Look, unless you have news about Sinclair's donation, we really don't have anything to say to one another.”

“Oh, but I think we do.” He advanced another step. “I have a proposition for you.” He continued as she opened her mouth. “Hear me out before you decide to get offended.”

“Talk quick. I have a lunch date.”

“Cancel it.”

“Go away.”

“I said cancel it.”

Lucy blinked. “Why?”

That look in her eyes. That uncertainty. Alex found he liked her unbalanced. “I'll make it worth your while.”

“I realize after that People story, half the female population is mad at your right now, but I'm not interested.” She pursed her lips as if in thought. “I do have a fourth cousin in Savannah who'd probably be up for a date.” She turned back to her cabinet. “She's eighty-five.”

Alex inhaled deeply. Did everything in his life have to be so unbelievably complicated? “Normally when I ask a woman out I get a different reaction. Like tears of gratefulness.”

“Is this before or after you hand them a free autographed football?”

Lucy was not a woman to be swayed by pretty words, so he got right to it. “I want to talk about a donation for your home. Now…break your date.”

She lifted one brow. “So Sinclair Hotels is going to help us after all?”


“But you just said–“

“Sinclair won't be helping you any more this year. But I will.” That look on her face was making this all worth it. This idea could be half-way enjoyable. A boon to his campaign and a cure for the boredom that had plagued him for months. “I don't like to talk business on an empty stomach, and I'm a man in need of pie. Plus I don't really want to discuss it here.”

“I don't think so.”

“I'm talking a large amount of money.”

She watched him with guarded eyes. “And what do I have to do in return?”

“All you have to do”–his cheek dimpled with a wolf's grin–“is marry me.”


Okay, now it's your turn. To get your name in the hat for an Advanced Reader Copy of Save the Date (or as we call it, STD), pick up the book you're reading. (Or magazine. Or text book. Or steal a book someone else is reading.) Flip to page 49 and select the best line on the page. Leave it in the comments section, along with the title of the book/magazine/DVR manual by Thursday, November 4th. Winner announced next Friday.

Believe it or not, I'm reading a health book. (Weird fact, I read a ton of these. The people who know me by name at McDonalds would probably not believe this.)


I'm reading Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger. Actually, I just finished it. Read it in one day; it was that good. It's about how we know our standard American diet is killing us, but it's even worse than we thought. (SUCH a happy book!) It lays out a 3 week eating cleanse that is supposed to change your life, turn you rich, and make all your dreams come true. (Yes! I might FINALLY get that pony.) Actually it's about how all the preservatives in our foods are killing the bacteria that we need to fight off disease and germs, and this is why the majority of Americans are either overweight, feel like crap, or have some sort of terrible diagnosis. I really do recommend it. Anyway, here's my line from page 49. (…picks up book. Prays it's not the chapter on number twosies…)

A recent study showed that 41 million Americans drink water contaminated with antidepressants, hormones, heart medications, and other prescription and over-the-counter medications that have made it through the water-treatment system.

Okay, I'm hoping your line selection is a little bit juicier than that. And drug free.

Let's hear what you're reading!

Have a good weekend, guys.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 75 comments
Jenny - October 31, 2010

I already posted my answer, but I just read all the comments. JBJ, I have to further recommend you read Lynn Austin. I keep telling people I don’t really care for historical fiction, but then I devour Lynn Austin & Francine Rivers books. Kind of like when I say I don’t like country music, but then dance around my house with my 10 year old to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

Oh, and STD, that is funny…and icky…

Jenny B Jones - October 31, 2010

I’m LOVING seeing what you guys are reading. Keep em coming!

And Jenny, people SAY they don’t like country music. But then they listen to a little Taylor. And a little Carrie. And then a little Keith. And a little Lady A. And then we’ve got you right where we want you.

Margaret - October 31, 2010

“I don’t know. His name is Officer After.”
“After, as in before?”
“Yeah. In fact, I asked him if Barry B. Four was his maternal grandfather, and he didn’t laugh. Then I asked him what he was after. He said he could tell me but he’d have to kill me.”
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols 🙂

Hannah - October 31, 2010

@Erin McFarland. 😀 haha, i just read that today!! and no strange dreams…yet. :/ now you make me worried. haha.

Mattie - October 31, 2010

Hi! I’m reading Ready Or Not by Meg Cabot.
Okay… Pg. 49
“My parents will NEVER let me go away with you.”
yup. That’s the best I could come up with 🙂

Mikayla - November 1, 2010

I just finished reading “The Last Song” By Nicholas Sparks, which was amazing! 🙂 Read this section with voices-imagine 2 guys talking back and forth and the first one has no pitty for the 2nd one! Super funny
Pg. 49

“Now you sound desperate.”
“I am desperate. Unless you agree to go out with ashley tonight, Cassie wont go with me. And we are talking about a girl who’s ready to ‘romance stone’ she wants to ‘Free Willy’.”
“I’m sorry I can’t help you.”
Fine. Ruin my life. Who Cares, Right?
“You’ll survive,” He paused. “You hungry?”
…”a little” scott grumbled.
“C’mon lets go get some cheeseburgers…”

Bethany Ellis - November 1, 2010

Ah, SAVE THE DATE sounds so AMAZING! I can’t wait to read it!!! Here’s my excerpt:

Five seconds pass.
“Are you gonna go?” she barks.
“Well now I can’t.”
“Why not?”
“I can’t go under this kind of pressure.” I flush and exit the stall.

Sound familiar?! 🙂

Debbie F - November 1, 2010

Sense of Evil by Hay Hooper

“Mallory sat down on the bed to put her socks and shoes on, eyeing her lover. “we both known him a long time. Pride is never going to be his downfall.”

Sarah - November 1, 2010

Mine is from Anna and the French Kiss-

“I wouldn’t get anyideas if I were you,” she continues. Not even you’re pretty enough to steal him from his girlfriend. They’ve been together forever.”

And I think you would totally love this book!!

Joanna - November 1, 2010

I am being very boring these days and am reading The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth:

“It works best when least needed, and often fails when needed most.”

Oh, wow. I haven’t made it to page 49 yet, but doesn’t that just inspire you to go out and have a baby?! 😛

Cannot wait to read your newest!

Lindsay - November 1, 2010

From House Rules by Jodi Picoult

“He hated to bowl because he disliked the thought of putting his feet in soes that had housed someone else’s feet moments before.”

Maha - November 2, 2010

From When God goes to Starbucks

A book that discusses the general misconceptions about God and how to answer them if someone is at a coffee place…like Starbucks… hence the title. 🙂

It is in the chapter “Why is God so Arrogant and Egotistical?”

“Furthermore, God’s interactions with human beings reflect continuous acts of humility…God is characteristically humble. The “high and exalted God” dwells “with the contrite and lowly of spirit” (Isa. 57:15).

Liz Johnson - November 2, 2010

Oh, I want to win! 🙂 And luckily enough I’ve been toting around my copy of Anne of Green Gables as I’m rereading it.

“‘I never say any prayers,’ announced Anne.
Marilla looked horrified astonishment.”

Jae - November 2, 2010

Line from page 49 of Henry VIII Reformer and Tyrant (I’m doing a history essay, btw):)

“Henry always had to win, whatever he was doing.”

Allie Smith - November 2, 2010

hey!!!its me not sure if we’re allowed to enter this contest twice or not,but i’m reading another book (i finished the other one & it was amazing).soooo im just gonna put this quote up in the air.
* “A Cornishman is a Cornishman is a Cornishman,” Sheena said. “Take one of them out of Cornwall and put him in the middle of the desert-and he’ll try to cheat you out of the very sand you’re standing on.” *
And,Miss.Jones,answer me this…can you be bought with flattery?Because you know…you ARE my favorite author.Your words are the wings on which my imagination flies!!!was that a bit over-the-top? *sigh* i do that alot…lol
Seriously though,you’re a great author & i cant wait to read Save the Date.

Sarah - November 2, 2010

The book I am reading for fun right now is “The Frog Princess Tales: A Prince Among Frogs” by E.D. Baker.

p. 49
“If anyone is going to steal your medallion, Hubert,” he said, turning to the first ghost, “it would be the hamsters.”

Oh how I love books 🙂

Lynn - November 2, 2010

Out of Darkness by E. Hodgson

The last few miles saw the engine resting whilst the missionary party pulled and paddled to get across what looked like a huge celery garden.

Macy - November 3, 2010

Hey there Jenny I hope I am not to late but I really need you to hear this! I am having a major back surgery a week from today! I will be in the hospital for a week and need lots of prayers! The recovery will be 6 months to a year and I will miss an extreme amount of school. I will be buried in make up work! You are my only joy in reading and I would love your book to keep me not bored while I lay around in my bed for months. A point to show you how terrible my reading life is my mom is making me read “7 highly effective habits for teens” it is so boring I thnk I will die! Page 49 is a paradigm about how to treat old people. Anyway I would love your prayers and support during the surgery! I would also love that book! Thank you!!!!!!! 😀

Lauren - November 3, 2010

Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum

P. 49 “I nod like I know what she’s talking about.”

It’s a short one haha, but I know I do that on a regular basis! 🙂

shabbygeek - November 3, 2010

Wow, you’ve got a TON of awesome lines to dig through!

My excerpt is from Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

“An all-Chinese meal we did was so overloaded with dried Szechuan peppers that we could hear the muffled wails of pain in the next room.”

Estheria - November 3, 2010

I am reading ‘Christy’ by Catherine Marshall

“Life and Death is in the hands of the Lord. We’ve no call to tamper with it.”

Lauren - November 4, 2010

I am reading Ravi Zacharias’ “The Real Face of Atheism” and the best line on pg 49 is…
“Positing a mindless first cause, the atheist has lost the essence of life.”
(I hope I’m not too late!)

Hannah - November 4, 2010

I’m reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan

“In one day, Brooke led more people to the Lord than most ever will.”


Abbigail - February 10, 2011

OK, I think I’m to late for the give away, and I’m not posting a sentence, but I have a question…
ARE YOU SURE THAT THAT WAS RANDOMLY CHOSEN??? OMG! OMG! AHH!!! I WANT THAT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! (wow; I’m a diva when it comes to books…your books, that is! :P)


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