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.

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Deborah - October 29, 2010

Well my book is a non fiction one as well (which is extremely rare for me)’s for a blog tour I have to do next week. And seeing the title, I’m guessing it won’t be juicy either but here goes nothing..

From America’s Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America by Bruce Feiler

(Regarding the Liberty Bell, in 1852) As Mayor Robert Conrad said at the dedication, “We acknowledge even a profounder feeling of exultation over the contacts and deeds that have made this the holiest spot – save one – of all the earth, the Sinai of the world, upon which the Art of Liberty rested.”

oh geez what a boring passage. i do apologize for all the non history buffs out there.

Sharon A. Lavy - October 29, 2010

Love Me Tender by Janice Hannah. I thought you would like this line best, Jenny:

Johnny’s mouth watered the moment he saw all the food on the table. Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes,Green beans. Homemade rolls. He could almost hear the heavenly choir now. A good home-cooked meal could go a long way in making a guy feel welcome.

Diana - October 29, 2010

I’m reading Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer. Just started last night and only 60 pages into it…

“She stood alone in the silent kitchen, with all the dirty dishes for a meal she hadn’t eaten.”

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect - October 29, 2010

“They continued on their drive in silence. Campbell switched off the ’80s music for his mom’s sake. While he might have enjoyed driving for three hours with Van Halen and Journey blasting out the songs of his youth, his mom would not feel the same.”

The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen

Sarah Varland - October 29, 2010

“Spring is here, and although the weather can be fickle, I know that soon it will be summer, my favorite season.”

It’s from Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler. I’m loving it so far. Very fun, relaxing read. =)

Ruth - October 29, 2010

“Penny didn’t have the good sense that God gave a green bean.” From While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin – loving it!

Catrina - October 29, 2010

“Man,” Todd said playfully, “you sound like my mother. Are you sure you don’t want to ask if I put on clean socks this morning?”

From Volume 2 of the Christy Miller collection by Robin Jones Gunn.

Em - October 29, 2010

“It was the beginning of the end-both for my client and me. I backed the wrong horse and wound up getting stiffed.”

From Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White

Ann Lee Miller - October 29, 2010

Oooh, I love this contest! Pick me. Pick me.

I’m reading Elin Hilderbrand’s The Island. I’m on page 250, and I haven’t yet fallen in love any one character. The jury is still out.

From page 49: “Tate wasn’t known for her emotional depth. If Chess told her about the seaweed jungle or the stones in her pockets, Tate wouldn’t get it.”

CarolM - October 29, 2010

Well, I’m between books at the moment but the closest one to me is called ‘Shetland Ponies’. Since it was brought home by my Kindergartener I didn’t think it has a page 49 and sure enough. It doesn’t. It does have cute pictures of ponies though. I thought I’d pic pages 4 and 9 but 4 is a picture of two kids being jockeys and riding ponies so page 9 it is. “Shetland ponies have strong legs and hooves.” The only other sentence is “It’s easy for them to walk on rocky ground.”

The only other book within grabbing distance is “Emotional Structure Creating the Story Beneath the Plot A Guide for Screenwriters” [won from Seekerville recently and when I cracked it for this I found a lovely card and bookmark ;)]. It says “It may all be a pack of lies, but it is a family truth nonetheless.” I also liked this one: Sniping, that all-American expression of jealousy and ignorance wrapped in ridicule, is the epitome of a graceless mind.”

I picked up Just Between You and Me at the library the other day and am looking forward to it :).

Colene - October 29, 2010

exciting! Loved the chapter.

From: Trance- Linda Gerber
49 is a pretty uneventful page but: “Aren’t you the least bit intrigued that the music guy was watching you?”


Rhonda - October 29, 2010

From The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

A good driver will try to catch the spin by turning wheels in the direction the car is moving; he may succeed. However, at a critical point, the skid has completed its mission, which was to scrub speed from a car going too fast. (not the best page I’ve read so far–it’s a excellent book told from a dog’s perspective)

Kristin - October 29, 2010

I can’t wait for “Save the Date” to release! Sounds like it’s going to be amazing. 🙂

I’m reading “Stars in the Night,” by Cara Putman (thank you so much, by the way!), and I am loving it! I had to force myself to put it down last night because I had homework to do. Here’s something from page 49:

“Robert, please. Don’t come.”
Lana begging? He paused but then stiffened his resolve. Her cajoling had no power over him anymore. “If I do, I’ll do something for a cause a lot bigger than you and me. Good-bye, Lana. See you on the train.” He hung up as she screeched in his ear.


Robin - October 29, 2010

From “A Murderous Glaze” by Melissa Glazer.

“It was a fake batch of courage I was trying to sell”

Madison Kennemur - October 29, 2010

I have a Kindle with no page numbers, so I took my sister’s book, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
“It’s been proved that every business depends upon every other business,” said Orren. “So everybody ought to share the burdens of everybody else.”

Jenny B Jones - October 29, 2010

Now that is a good line, Robin!

Kristin, I KNEW you’d love Stars in the Night. Cara’s book is great.

Rhonda, I have GOT to read that book. But if a dog dies, I’m not gonna make it.

Colene, not familiar with that author. Suspense?

Carol, I love story books. Even ones about Shetlands. : )

Em, I’ve heard that is a great book. Yet another one I need to read.

Ruth, I keep hearing how amazing Lynn Austin’s writing is. I’ve got to check her out soon.

Sarah, I could totally use some summer right now.

Diana, I like that a lot. Makes me curious as to what’s going on. Good pick.

Sharon, those lines are sheer poetry. Totally speaks to my soul. : )

Deborah, I kinda need a translation. : ) I’m not smart enough for that book I think.

Allie - October 29, 2010

I’m not going to lie…I’m reading through Harry Potter again. HP & The Goblet of Fire!

“But far from being reassured, the Dursleys became more panic-stricken; Aunt Petunia was sobbing hysterically, tugging Dudley’s tongue as though determined to rip it out; Dudley appeared to be suffocating under the combined pressure of his mother and his tongue; and Uncle Vernon, who had lost control completely, seized a china figure from on top of the sideboard and threw it very hard at Mr. Weasley, who ducked, causing the ornament to shatter in the blasted fireplace.

….Long sentence. Good book.

Hannah - October 29, 2010

I’m reading two books. so here they are. Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker.

Lucine removed her arms from the crook of my elbow and clasped her hands behind her back. “You enjoyed that, did you? Killing the man?”

And then, this is quite funny, your book. Just Between You and Me. 😀

She tosses me a fierce look over her shoulder. “I know when Zac Efron’s birthday is, but that doesn’t mean jack diddly.”

Erin McFarland - October 29, 2010


ok, pg 49 from Dekker’s Immanuel’s Veins:
“My, I must have had too much to drink. I don’t remember showing you anything.”

Really starting to dig his stuff… and having reeeeallly bizarre dreams at night. hm. shrug. next page. 🙂

Erin McFarland - October 29, 2010

hahaha- just saw Hannah and I are reading the same book. any strange dreams Hannah??

Kim - October 29, 2010

This book sounds so good! 🙂

pg 49 from “Why Not Women” by Loren Cunningham and David Joel Hamilton with Janice Rogers:

“When you stand before God, He’s not going to ask you, ‘What did your family tell you to do? Did you do what your father or your mother said? What did your culture say was appropriate? Was everyone happy with your career choice?’ No. He’ll ask you what you did with what He gave you. He’ll ask whether you obeyed His call.”

I know that was more than a line, but I just couldn’t help myself! 🙂


Paris - October 29, 2010

I grabbed a history book in front of me.

Page 49 of The Human Odyssey: Our Modern World, 1400 to 1914 (Volume 2): The unfortunate printer made little money from his invention.

That sentence is sorta depressing…

Suzanne Schaffer - October 29, 2010

My book is non-fiction as well. From It’s No Secret by Rachel Olsen, “We’re certainly not good enough to earn eternal life no matter which rules we manage to keep.”

tammy c. - October 29, 2010

I’m reading perfectly dateless by Kristin billerbeck
“You can blame your mother all you like, but there’s no excuse for that kind of wi.mpiness . Your parents need to grow up. You need to train them! ”
Its a really good book!

Annie Miller - October 29, 2010

So I am reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (I read HP 6 and 7 to get ready for the movie on the 19th but then I just couldn’t stop so I am now making full circle ;))

Page 49 Harry’s first time traveling via Floo Powder

“He seemed to be spinning very fast-the roaring in his ears was deafening-he tried to keep his eyes open but the whirl of green flames made him feel sick-something hard knocked his elbow and he tucked it in tightly, still spinning and spinning-now it felt as though cold hands were slapping his face-squinting through his glassed he saw a blurred stream of fire places and snatched glimpses of rooms beyond-his bacon sandwiches were churning inside of him-he closed his eyes wishing it would stop and then-
He fell face forward, onto cold stone and felt the bridge of his glasses snap.”

The reason I picked this sentence was two part, first that it was the longest (someone should really talk to J. K. Rowling about run-on sentences)and the part where his bacon sandwiches churned inside of him, which just sounds positively silly and quite unpleasant. 🙂

Annie Miller - October 29, 2010

I forgot to add that bacon churning inside of someone is incredibly juicy

Hannah Lane - October 29, 2010

Ahh so good! Okay here’s page 49 in Susan May Warren’s Double Trouble…
“I don’t know, Boris, what do you think?”

You gotta know Boris grew up despising that name, which is the only reason why I chose that sentence. 🙂

Laura - October 29, 2010

“The sun has burst into millions of pieces, which have landed all over Main Street.”

-The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I’m really enjoying this YA book. Beautiful writing and vivid word pictures.

Susan Pruitt - October 29, 2010

This is from Megan Pruitt. She would love a copy of your book. Don’t worry, if she wins you could just mail it to my mom.

Pg. 49
“The whole time I’d known him, which was about 3 weeks now, he’d seemed mopey and directionless, like an old sheep dog who had been taken away from his heard.”

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Katie - October 29, 2010

My book is my textbook for my Christian Studies class at my private school. On page 49 it says…

“By now it should be very clear to you that when we look into the Bible, we see what God is doing. In the previous chapters, we’ve established that the Bible is a story about God. As the main character, God is working to bring about His purpose—a pure, unblemished relationship with humankind, the pinnacle of His creation.”

I love this because it shows so clearly how God loves us relationally not religiously. His main goal ultimately, is to love us, and in return He desperately wants our love back! How AWESOME is our God?!?

Leah - October 29, 2010

Well the only books closest to me right now are the phone book and the Bible, so I’ll run go grab the one I’m reading….O.K. This is from Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer. pg 49: “I identify with (Martian)Luther more than any other historical figure. Reformers live in turmoil. They because marginalized by those they love. Their ideas terrorize the powers that be.”
Its a really great book, i’m
almost halfway through. I am also going to start Fit To Be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher tonight so I thought I would get something out of it too.
pg 49: Maybe if she wore a dress and did something with that mop of hair-and kept her mouth shut-she might be halfway attractive.

oh i cant wait to start it!

Thanks for this giveaway Jenny! I hope you pick me!!
I cant wait to read it! It looks and sounds sooo good!
I LLLOOOVVVEEDD the chapter!!

Leah - October 29, 2010

oops! its They become marginalized by those they love.
sorry about that!typing to fast!:)
I love the picture on the top..spiders and all!

Trudi - October 29, 2010

I am currently reading Rematch by Erynn Mangum (for at least the fourth time!)

Here is a line from page 49:

“Shawn wasn’t hot about coming to church, but when the ultimatum included death to coffee makers and not seeing me every day, he decided to come. Happily, of course.”

Brittaney - October 29, 2010

I’m right in the middle of reading Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth. Unfortunately page 49 is the beginning of a new chapter and only a 1/2 page long, so there aren’t any snappy lines. But here is a line anyway.

“Tamyra’s hand twirled the straw inside her glass of Perrier, and Riley knew she was completely unaware that anyone was around.”

Sharon - October 29, 2010

i just finished Jerry B. Jenkin’s book, Riven. Here’s the line:
“Birdie was, of course, more of an Elvis figure with a hip shake Brady would have to learn.”

Nothing too interesting going on at this part, but I thought the comparison was interesting 🙂

Madi A. - October 29, 2010

“An Old-Fashioned Girl” by Louisa May Alcott
“Lots of things, but I like to be lazy sometimes as much as you do, just lie on the sofa, and read fairy stories, or think about nothing.” -Polly

sheree - October 29, 2010

i am reading Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart…

“He leaned forward as if to give a good-bye kiss, but he stopped and took a side step toward the elevator.”

i haven’t gotten to page 49 yet in the book, so this sentence has me wondering who this scene is about and what exactly is going on….hmmm…might have to stay up later than planned and read some more. 🙂

neednspace at aol dot com

Katy - October 30, 2010

I’m reading A Suitor for Jenny by Margaret Brownley.

“Elbows on the desk, he pressed his hands together and regarded Jenny with narrowed eyes, his carefully trimmed mustache twitching up and down like a seasaw.”

Katelyn - October 30, 2010

From Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel:
“Damn–” Will reached for the hilt of another blade wedged through the belt at his waist. “I thought we’d put that thing down.”

Lynette Eason - October 30, 2010

Page 49 Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. HAD to see what was on page 49 IN EVERY STINKING BOOK I WROTE! Thank you so much, Jenny. {Grin}

Patting him on the arm, she said lightly, “Don’t worry about it. I have a sister who’s ten years younger than I am. I’m used to embarrassment.”

Allie Smith - October 30, 2010

I completely agree with Lynette…I went through pretty much EVERY BOOK I OWN and looked on pg.49 of every one.You should’ve seen the look on my mom’s face when she walked in on me,surrounded by books in the middle of my room.Wow.That was a hard one to explain.However,I hafta be honest and take a line (or paragraph…) from the book I’m currently reading which is “Bamboo and Lace” by Lori Wick.I started it yesterday and am currently on pg.299. Its amazing!!!
Pg.49 is actually a very critical point in the story.But i’ll leave some things to the imagination and just give you the line.
* “I’d better be going,”Jeff said just before all the family came forward to hug him.Lily had known her brother was affectionate,but she hadn’t expected it from everyone.Letting her mind stray to this caused her to forget how quickly he was leaving.Before she was ready, they were alone on the front porch. *
So,there’s my contender.

Megan - October 30, 2010

Leprechauns by Craig Shaw Gardener

“With that, a great black crow, whose feathers held every color under the sun,flew in the window and landed on the thrown.”

i love this line. i think it so discriptive and i can totally picture this happening in my minds eye. so there you go…..

Nicole O'Dell - October 30, 2010

“Neighbors reveal that several of the teenagers in this polygamist brood are acting out–and so is one wife.”

(Ya caught me with an InTouch magazine! And by InTouch, I’m not talkin’ Charles Stanley!)

Katie - October 30, 2010

Don’t remember the exact quote, but it just happened to be the page that Davy kills both boys in Peace Like a River.

Amanda W - October 31, 2010

I am reading I’m so sure by (you) Jenny B. Jones

“Hung out with my ex-boyfriend this weekend.” Did not mean to say that. Bella, thy name is maturity.

jess - October 31, 2010

So I just started “The Husband Tree” by Mary Connealy, this line cracked me up!

They were seated at the table, and Belle said grace quickly but from the heart, because she considered being spared a husband’s company the act of a loving God.”

Nikki - October 31, 2010

“Don’t stand there dawdling, child. Are you waiting for the cow to come calling on you? Get the bucket and go.”

Apparently I needed to milk a cow. It would have been helpful to know certain things, like how to milk a cow and where the bucket was. You’d think that Chrissy might have helped me out with a few of those details before she sent me off to the Middle Ages. But no.

–My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

molly - October 31, 2010

“you were always such a bright boy, i wondered what happened to you.” the death and life of charlie st. cloud by Ben Sherwood 🙂

Melena - October 31, 2010

“The Sweetheart of Prosper County” by Jill Alexander:

“Wrapping houses was Dean Ottmer’s signature stunt. He even left a calling card-a giant, toilet paper O centered in the front yard.” : )

Jenny - October 31, 2010

I am reading “Her Mother’s Hope” by the gifted Francine Rivers.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you.”

Okaaaay, technically it is 2 lines, but they are like b-day cake and ice cream – a package & better together. It is an excerpt from a letter in that book from a mother to her daughter. While Mrs. Rivers wasn’t the original writer of those words, they are pretty good ones given the author. Don’t you think??

Fun contest 🙂


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