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December 14, 2011

Today's Featured Title and Contest December 14, 2011
This Special Newsletter spotlights a book to consider as a holiday gift selection. Read more about it and enter our Holiday Cheer Daily Contest to win a copy of the book. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!
Today's Featured Book and Contest: COMFORT & JOY by India Knight

If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas...

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last-minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers and hangers-on, totaling 16. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini...and some olives."

-Click here to read more about the book.


Click here to enter the contest by noon ET on Thursday, December 15th.
What to Give, What to Get: A Holiday Shopping Suggestion Guide

Headed out to do some holiday shopping? Before you go, check out our What to Give, What to Get feature with ideas in six categories.

This year's featured categories are:

- Accessories for Book Lovers: Accessories for books and eReaders
- eReaders for Book Lovers: eReading devices for book lovers
- Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Cookbooks, Entertaining Guides and Culinary Tales
- Faces & Places: Biography, Memoir and History
- Great Choices for Book Lovers: Fiction and Nonfiction Highlights
- Holiday Spirit: Perfect Selections for Holiday Reading


Click here to see our "What to Give, What to Get" Gift Guide.'s Author Holiday Blogs --- Authors Write About Their Bookish Holiday Memories

Throughout this holiday season, a number of authors will be sharing their favorite memories of giving or receiving a book at the holidays on our Holiday Blog.

Here are links to posts from authors who already have shared their stories:

- Maria Dueñas on Santa vs. The Kings
- Carla Neggers on Cookbooks
- Javier Sierra on His First Autographed Book
- Ken Denmead on THE HOBBIT
- Eva Stachniak on Learning English
- Katherine Anne Kindred on THE SNOW QUEEN
- Shelley Shepard Gray on Reading Aloud
- Robyn Carr on Books for Troops
Denise Hamilton on THE RUSSIANS

- BJ Daniels on Unforgettable Gifts
- Caroline Leavitt on the Blue Bookshelf
- Alan Bradley on the Gift of a Proper Book
- Charles J. Shields on the Gift of Words
- Keija Parssinen on Golden Links to her Childhood
- Teresa Medeiros on the Greatest Gift
- Alyson Richman on THE SAND LADY
- Kim Edwards on Book Gifts from Her Family

Keep an eye out for reader favorites like Susan Wiggs, Sarah Addison Allen, Nancy Jensen and John Connolly, who will be posting on the blog in the weeks to come!
Click here to read's Author Holiday Blogs.

This is a special daily newsletter for our Holiday Cheer Daily Contest, which will mail Monday through Wednesday until December 14th. This newsletter is separate from our weekly newsletter, which mails every Friday. You can subscribe to that newsletter here.

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