Sunday, November 20, 2011

What's In Store This Week? (With Giveaway!)

Tomorrow I'm going to start a three-part post in honor of Thanksgiving week. It's a short story called "The Jar" that I wrote in three installments. While it is a work of fiction, it's inspired by a few real elements from my own life, and it's dedicated to someone whose kindness I'm very grateful for. I hope you are blessed by the story!

With all of the homework and reading and blogging I've been doing this month, I really haven't done much of anything for my nano-NaNoWriMo project. And while I'm disappointed in myself for even making the challenge and not putting forth more effort to follow through on it, I'm hoping the Civil War poem, this short story, and possibly another short story for the BB (still not for sure on that one, so mum's the word!) will inspire and encourage you!

Now, one book I recently finished reading inspired me to try a unique voice for my short story, so I thought I would give that book away today to share the love:

If you'd like a chance to win my gently used copy of A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell, here's what you need to know:
  • Leave a comment with your e-mail address saying you'd like to be entered.
  • (Optional) Answer the following questions: Do you prefer reading stories from a first-person or third-person perspective? And what are your thoughts on omniscient narrators?
  • You must have a U.S. mailing address (due to shipping costs).
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, November 28th.
  • Want to know more about my giveaway policies? Scroll down to the very bottom of the blog!

See you tomorrow!


Linda said...

Ahhhh...I don't have a US mailing address...but I understand.The rest of you, good luck!

Diane said...

I own this book and thought it was lovely. A great story told in a powerful way. :O)

Linda said...

I absolutely want to be entered.

I've read a couple of books that were first person, but I loved them! It's unique and somewhat hard to do from what I understand.

Omniscient--I love to hear the thoughts of everyone, so that's cool too.

I'm US. Minnesota

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Amber S. said...


Thank you for your understanding - it would be so nice if I could send a book anywhere in the world for the same price! I'm sorry I can't offer this book to my Canadian/International readers. :(

However, I appreciate your kind words to my U.S. readers, and I do hope you'll stop by tomorrow! :)


Amber S. said...


I agree! :) (I can't say much more than that, though, as I'm sworn to silence until after the INSPY winners are announced!) Glad you enjoyed it!


Amber S. said...


Perhaps I should clarify by calling you the U.S. Linda. ;) Thank you for your entry!

And thank you for sharing your thoughts on different POV's! I think, if done well, first-person POV can be great. (I'd give the example of Alice Wisler's work - I love her books!) A Heart Most Worthy is so unique with its omniscient narrator. I imagine that would be pretty hard to keep up through a whole book!


Melanie Ski said...

I love historical fiction!! I like it best when it is in first person, just able to feel the things they feel, and I think they can get more intimate in their descriptions that way of their thoughts.
melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

Amber S. said...

Melanie Ski,

I love historical fiction, too! :) This one is really interesting - and sweetly romantic!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for the entry! I don't know if I necessarily prefer one voice over the other - I think it really depends on the author and the book. But first person can be really neat that way, in giving you a better glimpse into their thoughts. :)


Gwendolyn Gage said...

Hi Amber! I'd like to read Siri Mitchell's book! And I do prefer the third person cause I like to get in other characters' heads, but I also enjoy first person.


Anonymous said...

I'm more into third person best and historical romance is my fav.


Amber S. said...


Have you read any of Siri's other work? I love her books! :) I think you'd like this one - it's quite unique!

Thank you for your entry!


Amber S. said...


I definitely understand! :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for your entry!


Leah said...

I would like to get this book!:)
I think I like third person perspectives because you can know what each person is thinking, instead of just one persons thoughts.
But I do like some first person books. But they have to be very well written. This book is first person right? So I'm excited to see how it is!;)

Amber S. said...


I enjoy third person POV, too - it's what I prefer to write, and generally read! :)

This book is actually written from an omniscient POV, but it's certainly unique like a first person POV! :) The narrator has her own thoughts/opinions, and she shares all of the characters' perspectives - plus, she has insight beyond what the characters know about themselves. It's quite intriguing! (And I refer to the narrator as "she" since the author is a "she.")

Thank you for your entry, and good luck in the drawing!


susandelano said...


Please enter me in the give away. My email address is

I tend to gravitate towards books that are written from third person POV---I like to know what's going on all around. But I occasionally read works of first person POV. To me, first person POV is kind of like a case study of a character.

Thank you,

Amber S. said...


Consider yourself entered! :)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts - I like the way you describe the different POVs. :) Glad you could stop by!


Liz B said...

How lucky! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time, but my library doesn't have it! I'll try my hands at winning...

Personally, I have a tendency to prefer writing in third person, because I get to explore the minds of other characters. I tend to write in multiple POVs, in third person. But I don't really mind reading either depends if the novel is well written, whether I enjoy it or not.


Melanie said...

Would love to read this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!

frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

Katie McCurdy said...

Count me in for sure, Amber! :-)

And, to answer your question, I like reading first-person POV when it's written well. If it's not, it can be hard to read and really feel the character. But when it IS written well...I am totally transported into the story! :-)


Andrea said...

Would love to enter to win this book. Have read others by Siri Mitchell that I enjoyed. I don't have a big preference for third-person or first-person as long as it is a good story. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amber S. said...

Liz B,

Good luck in the drawing! :) Thank you for your entry, and for sharing your thoughts!


Amber S. said...


Thank you for your entry! :)


Amber S. said...


I agree - I think first person POV does have to be well-done in order to really get into the story. But when it is - awesome! :)

Thanks for stopping by and entering the drawing! :)


Amber S. said...


Isn't Siri Mitchell such a fabulous author? :D

And I agree - as long as it's a good story, that's the main thing. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing!


Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while!! I prefer third person. Thanks for giving away your own copy!


Amber S. said...


My pleasure! :) Thank you for your entry, and good luck in the drawing!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Liz R said...

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!
I don't really prefer one POV other another as long as the story is good. I usually enjoy first person because I love to get into the characters head and be exposed to the story along with them.


God Bless

Amber S. said...

Liz R,

Thank you for your entry! :)

It is nice to experience the story with the main character. :) If the author pulls off the first person POV, it can be quite powerful!

God bless you, too!


Lotti said...

I'd love to be entered in here to win this book. It looks great.


Amber S. said...


Oh, I'm sorry I can't offer this giveaway to my international readers! Your profile says you're from Australia, but please let me know if you have a U.S. address I could send the book to, and I'd be happy to add your name to the drawing. If not, I think there's going to be at least one international giveaway during the "Love Finds You" blog party in December, so I hope you can stop by for that! :)


Jess and Jason said...

I would love to be entered! My email is :)

Amber S. said...

Jess and Jason,

Consider yourself entered! :) Thanks for stopping by!