Friday, February 28, 2014

Welcome Norway!

Tonight I am thrilled to welcome Norway to Texasbooklover. Velkommen!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winners of The Doll by Taylor Stevens Giveaway!

The winners of the The Doll by Taylor Stevens giveaway are Noor from Goodreads and Lucinda. Congratulations! I have sent an email to each of you requesting your mailing addresses. Thanks for playing and I hope to see y'all next time around.


Welcome Ireland!

This morning it is my privilege to welcome Ireland to Texasbooklover. Cead míle fáilte!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Welcome Mexico!

Tonight I am delighted to welcome my neighbor Mexico to Texasbooklover. For once I don't have to look this up: ¡Bienvenidos!




Giveaway for The Doll by Taylor Stevens is Closed

Okay ladies and gentlemen the giveaway for The Doll by Taylor Stevens is now closed. Tune in tomorrow for the winners!



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Welcome Bulgaria!

This evening I am thrilled to welcome Bulgaria to Texas. Dobre doshal!


Welcome Hungary!

This afternoon I am delighted to welcome Hungary to Texas. Isten hozott!


Update for The Doll Giveaway

Y'all only have 4 days remaining to enter the giveaway for The Doll - A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor StevensThe Doll is being released in paperback by Broadway Books on March 4th and the good people at Crown Publishing have generously provided two copies for me to give away. I gave this genre-bending convention-blowing luge ride a 4.5 of 5 rating last year when I reviewed the hardcover; you can read that review here. A brief excerpt:
And they're off! The Doll bursts out of the starting gate like Secretariat at Aqueduct. This is no exaggeration: page one and our heroine is darted like a bear and kidnapped by homicidal Croatians masquerading as paramedics in an ambulance stolen from the city of Dallas. Miles Bradford, lover, PTSD-sufferer, spy extraordinaire and Boy Robin, witnesses the scene from his office window.
This sets off a vicious romp across countries, oceans and continents but not in search of Michael, oh no, Michael can more than handle herself. Turns out she's been "hired" by The Doll Maker, a bat-shit crazy, child-sex-slave trafficking, scum of the earth, who only passes as human because he has opposable thumbs. Michael is being coerced into delivering a particularly valuable "package" (read: kidnapped woman) to a client, as penance for what The Doll Maker sees as her past transgressions against his organization and revenue stream. The Doll Maker's minions have kidnapped Logan, the person Michael is closest to in all the world, in order to ensure her cooperation. But watch what happens when she turns the tables.
Entering the contest is easy: you must -
  • Be a follower of this blog.
  • Comment on this post expressing your desire to be entered into this contest.
  • Wait.
The contest is open to everyone. I'll choose the winners through a random drawing and announce them on February 27th. Crown will ship your book directly to you. Good luck y'all!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Welcome Myanmar, Croatia, Denmark, et al

This afternoon I am thrilled and humbled to welcome the following countries to Texasbooklover:

Myanmar - Min ga la ba!


Croatia - Dobrodošli!


Lithuania - Sveiki atvyke!

Greece - Kalos orisate!


Portugal - Bem-vindos!


Montenegro - Dobrodošli!


Denmark - Velkommen!

New Viewers Today

Feeling proud and humble at the same time today! On the blog right now: 
India
2
Portugal
2
Argentina
1
Denmark
1
Greece
1
Croatia
1
Lithuania
1
Montenegro
1
Macedonia (FYROM)
1
Russia
1

I will thank you all today, I promise. I'm working on it. Keep it up!

Welcome Sweden!

This morning it is my privilege to welcome Sweden to Texas. Välkommen!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welcome Romania!

This evening I am pleased to welcome Romania to Texas. Bun venit!



Welcome Tunisia!

This morning I am delighted to welcome Tunisia to Texas. Marhaban!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Welcome Armenia!

This morning it is my privilege to welcome Armenia to Texas. Barev dzez! 



Monday, February 17, 2014

New Giveaway! The Doll - A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor Stevens

I'm super excited today to announce a new giveaway: The Doll - A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor Stevens! The Doll is being released in paperback by Broadway Books on March 4th and the good people at Crown Publishing have generously provided two copies for me to give away. I gave this genre-bending convention-blowing luge ride a 4.5 of 5 rating last year when I reviewed the hardcover; you can read that review here. A brief excerpt:
And they're off! The Doll bursts out of the starting gate like Secretariat at Aqueduct. This is no exaggeration: page one and our heroine is darted like a bear and kidnapped by homicidal Croatians masquerading as paramedics in an ambulance stolen from the city of Dallas. Miles Bradford, lover, PTSD-sufferer, spy extraordinaire and Boy Robin, witnesses the scene from his office window.
This sets off a vicious romp across countries, oceans and continents but not in search of Michael, oh no, Michael can more than handle herself. Turns out she's been "hired" by The Doll Maker, a bat-shit crazy, child-sex-slave trafficking, scum of the earth, who only passes as human because he has opposable thumbs. Michael is being coerced into delivering a particularly valuable "package" (read: kidnapped woman) to a client, as penance for what The Doll Maker sees as her past transgressions against his organization and revenue stream. The Doll Maker's minions have kidnapped Logan, the person Michael is closest to in all the world, in order to ensure her cooperation. But watch what happens when she turns the tables.

Entering the contest is easy: you must -
  • Be a follower of this blog.
  • Comment on this post expressing your desire to be entered into this contest.
  • Wait.
The contest begins at midnight February 18th and ends at midnight February 25th. I'll announce the winners on February 27th and Crown will ship your book directly to you. Good luck y'all!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Welcome France!

This afternoon it is my privilege to welcome France to TexasBookLover. Bienvenue!


Welcome Venezuela!

This morning I am delighted to welcome Venezuela to TexasBookLover. ¡Bienvenidos!



Monday, February 10, 2014

The Day We Fight Back - February 11


On the anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Blackout, a broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms announced a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass spying and to demand that legislators oppose the FISA Improvements Act and support the USA Freedom Act

Participants, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reddit, Mozilla, the ACLU, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and tumblr, will join millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance. Websites and Internet users who want to take part can visit TheDayWeFightBack.org to register websites to participate. 

Tomorrow library supporters in the United States have been asked to take action to urge Congress to pass major reforms to our surveillance laws. You can use the American Library Association's (ALA) legislative action center and library text alerts to call members of your congressional delegation to urge them to vote for reforms such as those in the USA FREEDOM Act (S.1599 and H.R.3361) and other reform proposals. ALA is making this effort because of the library community’s long standing commitment to privacy, starting with the protection of patron library records. Grassroots support from ALA has meant a lot to the reform attempts since passage of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001. Now with public knowledge about the extensive surveillance of telephone records and other revelations, there is an opportunity get some real reforms to the surveillance system. That is why we need our library voices to express the need for ending mass surveillance, bring due process to the FISA court process and rationality to the collection and retention of data about millions of people. 

Events scheduled in Texas: 


AUSTIN, TX, USA
STREET THEATRE AND LIGHT ART

February 11th, 2014 at 12 PM
Details: At noon, Restore the Fourth will be engaging the people of Austin by performing street theater! Dress up like an NSA agent and pretend to record our fellow Austinites just like the real National Security Agency does every day in a less visible form. Later in the evening, we need your help to make the longest message in Austin Overpass Light Brigade's history.


LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, USA
PROTEST AGAINST MASS SURVEILLANCE

February 10th, 2014 at 8 PM
Details: The NTLB North Texas Light Brigade will be holding a protest at 812 S. Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, Texas 75057


CARROLLTON, TX, USA
PROTEST AGAINST MASS SURVEILLANCE

February 11th, 2014 at 12 PM
Details: Come out and show Big Brother what it looks like when the people get mad. Bring signs and banners in the spirit of this struggle.

Please follow this link for an international list of events: https://thedaywefightback.org/events/
Can we count on you to help protect privacy?


Welcome Netherlands!

This morning I am delighted to welcome Netherlands to Texas. I had the pleasure of spending some time in Amsterdam last month.What a gorgeous city! Welkom!



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Welcome Czech Republic!

This afternoon I am delighted to welcome the Czech Republic to TexasBookLover. Vítejte!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Welcome Japan!

This is the best part: this morning I am delighted to welcome Japan to Texasbooklover. Kangei!


Welcome Argentina!

Tonight it is my privilege to welcome Argentina to Texasbooklover. Bienvenidos!



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Welcome Pakistan!

This afternoon I am delighted to welcome Pakistan to Texas. Khush amdid!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Went to Egypt and THIS Happened

The Hamza family, our hosts, Cairo
When Doug Baum of Texas Camel Corps and I landed at the airport in Cairo we were met by his friend and brother Adel Hamza. Doug introduced us. Mr. Hamza took my hand and said, "Welcome home, Michelle." That night as we drove to his home we crossed the Nile for the first time and I mentioned that it would be so great to take a boat for dinner. A few days later Adel and Doug told me they had a surprise for me, lots of hints and grins. The surprise was a felucca ride on the Nile with dinner provided by Adel's wife Suad and daughter-in-law Wella'. Everyone all dressed up and so excited. I am teary now just thinking about it.

Wella' and Adel(ito)
I've had lots of questions about safety in Egypt and lots of comments, some from total strangers on planes, about how brave I must be to go to Egypt. You know what? I just got home from my first trip to Egypt. My first trip. I will return. Why? Because for the rest of my life when someone says "Egypt" the first image triggered by that word will be Adel in the airport, welcoming me home. 

Adel Hamza
For me Egypt will not be images of revolution or bombs or tanks. Those things exist all over the planet, all the time. Egypt is working on it, as we all are. My beloved United States of America is a relative infant and we still struggle to define and shape what we call democracy. How can we expect a country such as Egypt with thousands and thousands of years of history but no experience with democracy to get it "right" in 3 short years? How? And who's to say that our version of democracy will be the right version for them? 


With Dr. Mohammed Abd-Elhay at the Cairo International Book Fair

When I think of Egypt the images I see are these: Adel carrying my purse for days on end, beautiful Wella' handing baby Adel to me, giving bosas to baby Adel(ito), watching Abdu and Selma learn to play Go Fish!, Suad patting my knee and wrapping her headscarf around me, Magdy waving from the bakery, Ismael's laugh, Dalia's shy smile and lovely English, Maged presenting me with a bouquet of gorgeous organic vegetables from his farm because I was moved to weeping over his passion for the social contract that is dying in my own country, Salah teaching me to say "falling star" in Arabic, Sabir clapping and singing around the fire, sharing sunflower seeds with Suleiman across the southern Sinai, Khalid ordering fresh seafood for dinner from the market in Alexandria, Mohammed the poet patiently answering my questions at the book fair and signing his book for me. These people are Egypt. And I will never be the same.
With Salah and his family, our Bedouin hosts, Nuweiba, South Sinai
شكرا لكم وافتقد لكم جميعا