Calling all book clubs!

To celebrate the release of A Sound Among the Trees,  (still under $10 bucks at!) I am giving away a set of EIGHT copies of the book to one lucky book club! I will also Skype or phone in to the club the night (or day) they discuss the book. And because my own book club’s mantra is No Meeting Without Eating, I will even make and send Pearl’s Caramel Cake (when you read the book, you will know who Pearl is!) as a yummy edible gift to the winning club. Here’s what you need to know to enter the drawing:
  • Post a comment to this blog and tell me 1. How long your book club has been together AND 2. What your favorite book club book has been to date.
  • You don’t have to be the leader of your club to enter and your other club members can post a comment, too, to increase your club’s chances of winning. (Just one comment per person, though, and I must limit this giveaway to US dwellers. My profound apologies, international friends…)
  • The contest will run from now until Friday, Nov 11 at 9 AM Pacific, which is the day my fabulous book club will meet. Your comment will be given a number (based on when you enter your comment) and At 9 AM on November 11, I will let choose the winner by number!
  • Make sure that you check back on November 11 to see who the winner is, because it could be you!
  • I will pack up the eight books and send them to the winner, and I will sign them based on the names the winner gives me. It will be the winner’s joy to pass out the books to their other club members.
  • After you’ve read the book and are ready to discuss it, I will send you Pearl’s Caramel Cake to arrive in time for your meeting. And we can decide then if you would like a phone call or a Skype session with your group!

If you aren’t in a book club, this would be a great way to start one. All you need are six or seven people who live near enough to meet, and who enjoy books and talking about them. Start a club! You have ten days to gather some reading friends together before the November 11 deadline. And I bet you will want to stay together after you’ve read this book and found out how wonderful it is to read a book with friends and then talk about it. And eat something fun.

I love my book club gals. I’ve been in this club for four years and our favorite book to date is probably Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Other faves have been The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Thirteenth Tale and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We call ourselves the Zip It Book Club because when we get together we have a very hard time NOT  talking to each other and our leader is forever having to tell pairs of us to “zip it” so that we can all participate in the same conversation! No joke. If she didn’t tell us to zip it we would never actually get to the book. . . We are discussing A Sound Among the Trees on November 11. Guess what I am bringing to the food table? Hint: There’s caramel in it . . .

Let the giveaway begin!! Start posting to this post!!

Author: Susan

This post has 23 Comments

  1. mylikesuperdeepthoughts on October 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks, Susan! I just recently moved and joined a new (to me) book club. I haven't met with them yet (but how much would they love me if I came with a set of 8 books, Pearl's caramel cake, and a phone/skype call with you!?).

    Before we moved, I loved my last book club and my favorite book we read was Half the Sky by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. So hard to read, but so important!

  2. Susan Meissner on October 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hey, when the Newbie brings the books and the dessert, she's automatically vaulted to superstardom! Thanks for entering!

  3. Debs Desk on October 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What a great sounding book. The bookclub I am in would love to read your book and talk about it with you, we also would not mind the cake. I have only been in the bookclub about 5 months, the bookclub called DFW bookclub has been around for a little over two years and they are a great bunch of girls.

    We do all kinds of fun thing. One month we read The Lincoln Lawyer and then all meet and watched the movie. It was so much fun. My favorite book would be Good Man Hunting by Lisa Landolt. She lives in Dallas and was kind enough to come to our meeting and talk about her book.

    Please include me in your giveaway.
    Debbie & The DFW Bookclub

  4. Clair on October 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    It would be great to win something like that! Our first book club meeting was February 2007. My two favorites from our book club reading are The End of the Spear by Steve Saint and Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark.

  5. Janr on November 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

    What a great opportunity for a reading club! I hope we are picked! We have 6 members and have been meeting for about 4 years. We have a great time talking about what we read. We have liked a diverse selection. Here are a few of our favorites:Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke, The Shack by William Young and probably our all time favorite has been Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark. The cake sounds great too!

  6. Sharon on November 1, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway, Susan! Our book club has been meeting since June 2010. We meet in the local ice cream/coffee shop – got to have those good things to eat!
    Our favorite book so far has been “Candle in the Darkness” by Lynn Austin, followed by “Searching for Eden” by Linda Nichols and “Tending Roses” by Lisa Wingate. So glad I ask the group to rate the books when we are done, otherwise every book would be a favorite!
    Would love the chance to win your book and introduce you as a “new author” to the ladies!

  7. Bonro on November 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Sounds like a Great giveaway. Our book club has been meeting since 2007. My favorite book club books are Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks and The Shack by William Young.

  8. Rev. Kim Justice on November 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How Awesome.. I am not exactly a book club, I am a Book Blogger, and would welcome the chance to enter this great giveaway to use on my blog. We could diffidently discuss on the blog and even have you as a guest interview. Thanks for this opportunity to get to know you and your books.

  9. Keylocke on November 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    1. Our book club started a church club but meets independently now. The books we read aren't necessarily Christian but always investigate faith elements. I've lead it for six years and I think it started a year or two before me.

    2. We have read two of your books so far, in 2010 (Shape of Mercy) and this November (Lady in Waiting.) I think the book we have mentioned the most is Lauren Winner's Mudhouse Sabbath. It was the most challenging and best discussed.

    And we serendipitously have eight members!

  10. Wanda on November 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Our book club has been meeting for YEARS!! I thinkit must be close to 5 or 6 now, averaging 10 members – more in the summer when the snowbirds are home. We can host 18 members at times.
    I am not sure if I can tell you the club's favorite book. We liked Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Society and some of us liked The Thirteenth Tale. We have disparate views and are not afraid to share them. That is one of the strengths of our group.
    We meet every 2nd Wednsday at the public library branch in our small community. Members come and go as their schedules allow. We would be thrilled to receive copies og your new book Susan.

  11. Vanessa on November 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Our book club has been meeting for years at the local public library. I have been part of it for about 3 years now. It is quite a group of ladies, with a few men who join us now and then. We average 10 members, with more in the summer (closer to 18). Our likes vary so much that it is a lot of fun to get together and see what everyone else thinks. No one holds back their feelings! I think we leave liking the book more, or less in some cases, after book club! There have been many favorites! Some of mine were The Thirteenth Tale, The Time Traveler's Wife, and Winter's Bone. We have read so many good ones, it is hard to pick just one!
    It would be wonderful to receive copies of your new book!!

  12. Susan Meissner on November 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I am lovin' all your comments! Just makes me want to drop everything and read!

  13. Caroline on November 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    What an awesome opportunity, Susan! Thanks for the kind offer.

    Our book club began last fall, and generally runs through the academic year. We took a few months off over the busy summer months, and we're starting back up again.

    As for favorite book club book, I get confused about which ones I've read with the book club and which ones I've read on my own! We did read Corrie ten Boom's “The Hiding Place” together, though, and that was a GREAT read. “Wrapped in Rain” by Charles Martin was another good read.

    Thanks, again, Susan!

  14. Anonymous on November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    What a super gift for your readers, Susan! Think I'll have to try (again…) to get a book club going in our neighborhood. I'll remind the seniors around here that they ought to join soon–before all the books go to electronic and they can't join because they don't have tech gadgets.

    Mary Kay

  15. Anne Payne on November 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I would love to be in a physical book club and not just an online one. I know of at least 4 other women who would be interested in reading your book and discussing it. I could probably drum up a couple more from church. I've already read it for reviewing purposes and it was fantastic! Oh, I could lead the discussion 🙂 Thanks for an awesome giveaway.


  16. Nora St. Laurent on November 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hi, Susan;

    Great Book fun you are having here!! I think the dessert prompted to write you! We have cooking night each year and pick a book that has yummy treats that we can try and talk about the book.

    Having said that I've loved several of your books and know the quality of your writing. Many of your books have touched me deeply.

    The name of my book club is Finding Hope Through Fiction and we've been together for going on our 7th year. This book sounds like fun. Love the cover.

    Thanks for this opportunity Susan!! Fun to hear that you are in a book club too!


    Nora :o)
    The Book Club Network

  17. Nora St. Laurent on November 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    OOPS!! I FORGOT to mention the book we liked most. We vote on that every year. in 2010 the TOP Pick out of 15 books we read was JUNE BUG by Chris Fabry!


    Nora :o)
    The Book Club Network

  18. Susan Meissner on November 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I LOVED June Bug. Our church book club read it.

  19. Deborah on November 6, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Hi Susan-what a great idea this is, and I am so excited about the contest. I will post my comment and then forward it onto my fellow book clubbers.
    I am the co-leader of our book club called the “Chick Lit Book Club and Review” My best friend Lucie is the leader. We have been meeting for 3 years now.
    We have read such a variety of books-we have even had the honor of doing speakerphone interviews with authors such as, Brandilyn Collins, Miralee Ferrell and Mary Connealy!
    Some of my favorite books that we have read so far are “Cape Refuge”, “Face Lift”, The Shape of Mercy (of course) and Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. I could list so many more, but I guess that is why our group keeps on going, we love what we do.
    There are months when our group is bigger it just depends on how busy life gets. On average, there are 6 of us.
    I too have read and enjoyed June Bug! It was so touching!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Blessings to you!

  20. Sheryl Barnes on November 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Susan-
    Our bookclub is called Redeemeed Readers. We are entering our
    10th year together. We've grown over the years and have a very active membership with 60+ members. Most months we average about 1/2 that at our meetings.
    We read one fiction selection a month and don't repeat authors unless we are meeting with them in person or chatting with them via a phone conference.
    It would be very difficult to choose a favorite of all the books we've read. We love to encourage and invest in new authors.
    In our early years we read Why the Sky is Blue and were touched by the story. Last year we read The Shape of Mercy and enjoyed chatting with you over the phone about the book.
    This is a great contest and I look forward to reading your new book. The caramel cake is very tempting, thanks for the opportunity to win this “sweet” prize!!
    Serving Him Gladly
    Sheryl Barnes
    Redeemed Readers
    North Metro FBC

  21. vi2005 on November 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Love this idea! My bookclub is the Faith in Fiction Book Club. We have an a.m. and a p.m. group that meets in our church library once a month. I think there are 48 of us on the list now…but of course we don't all show up each month!

    It would be hard to pick a favorite book because I've liked so many of them for so many different reasons. My favorite bookclub memory happened when we chose a book that almost the whole group did not like. (It was chosen because it was such a good price. LOL)We were all kind of whining that it just wasn't our cup of tea, when one of the members spoke up and said she thought that we just didn't get the meaning of the story. She then proceeded to explain her perspective on it. Made us all want to re-read the book! To me that experience is the epitome of a great bookclub.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter!
    Faith in Fiction Book Club

  22. Ms. Vicki's Page on November 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Our Ladies Book Club just started in September at our Church. We have 7 ladies at this time. My favorite so far is The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall.

  23. Pam K. on November 11, 2011 at 2:56 am

    My book club has been meeting about 5 years; I'm not exactly sure. I've been regularly attending for the last 4 years. Every monthly meeting is fun, but the best ones are when we meet the authors of the books we've read. Sometimes we've traveled to meet them, other times they have come to us. We've had the great pleasure of meeting Kim Vogel Sawyer, Deb Raney, Deborah Vogts, Rene Gutteridge, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Nancy Mehl, and Judith Miller.
    It would be so much fun to win a set of Susan's books to share with my book club. I've read several of her books but we haven't discussed any at book club. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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