Last week I was contacted by someone in the marketing department at Crown Publishing Group/Random House about reviewing Lee Martin's forthcoming novel, Break the Skin, for The Story is the Cure. She sent me a copy of the novel and I'm currently reading it. I plan to have the review posted on or before the scheduled release date, June 14th. On top of that, the good people at Crown Publishing Group are allowing me to run a giveaway for a copy of Break the Skin.
In order to be eligible for the free book, you need to respond to this post - but that's not all. Instead of just putting everyone's name in a hat and picking one at random, I'm going to make you work for it just a little - after all, it's a brand new hardcover book, $24.00 cover price. Since Lee Martin is a midwestern writer (he grew up in Illinois, got his PhD from Nebraska, and now teaches in the MFA program at Ohio State), and this blog is based in the Midwest, I'd like you to either describe for me what you think makes midwestern writing "midwestern", i.e. how it's different from other regions, and/or give me your favorite midwestern writer/book and describe for me what makes it uniquely midwestern. You have until June 17th at midnight to respond, and then I'll choose the best response and send your address to Crown and you'll be the proud new owner of a copy of Break the Skin.
I really hope this giveaway works well, so I'm asking everyone to post a response - it's a chance at a free book - why not give it a shot? Also, if you run a blog or website and feel so inclined, please post a link to this so that even more people can have a chance at it. If this all goes well, then there's a possibility there could be more giveaways in the future.
I'm looking forward to reading your responses.