Book Giveaway for BBAW

Okay folks, I have a special offer to make, courtesy of Miriam Parker, Associate Director, Online Marketing at Hachette Book Group. I would like to offer five copies of Robert Hicks’ new book A Separate Country (Hicks also wrote The Widow of the South). This giveaway is being held in conjunction with Book Blogger Appreciation Week. To enter and be considered for a copy, please either comment or use the Contact CWH page, provide your real name and a valid email, and comment on the following:

Excluding James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom (clearly a hard-hitting work), what do you feel has been the most significant historical book on the Civil War to be published in the last twenty-five (25) years and why?

How long should your comment be? I would prefer those interested to answer the question in a good paragraph, with multiple paragraphs being good too. There is no right answer, as I merely want your thoughts on the question backed up by intelligent thought, as I know you are all intelligent people reading this site. Basically, convince this historian why the book you chose was the most significant, drawing upon the book itself and the career of the author, if needed. I will explain that I excluded McPherson because he is a giant of the field and his work would be on many lists and I would like to see what other possibilities you will think of.

Also, please answer this question with just a title: What is your favorite fiction book on the Civil War? Again, no right answer.

I will leave the contest open until midnight of Monday, September 21, so please be sure to enter. I will examine all entries and will choose what I feel are the five best submissions and email the winners to request appropriate contact information for Miriam to send the copy to. Further, the five winners and a couple of honorable mentions will be posted and the submitters will be given the opportunity to join the writing staff of the site. I hope you will all enter the contest and wish luck to everyone. Thank you to Miriam Parker and Hachette Book Group for making this opportunity available.

Update: I forgot to mention that residents of the US and Canada are the only ones eligible, due to the limitations of where Miriam Parker can send the books. My apologies to those outside the US and Canada.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week begins today

I wanted to let you all know that BBAW is going on this week (more info can be found via the BBAW link in the sidebar). I am planning to post a review (if possible, two) for the week and may be (I have to hear back from a contact at the publisher again) offering a giveaway towards the middle of the week for a few copies of Robert Hicks’ A Separate Country, which is based around the life of John Bell Hood. I will let you know more about this possibility tomorrow. I hope you all have a great week.

Vote for TOCWOC as Best History/Historical Fiction Blog for BBAW

Alas, we did not make the shortlist for this category for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, but I want to encourage all readers who like this site to vote for our friends over at TOCWOC-A Civil War Blog for Best History/Historical Fiction Blog for BBAW 2009. Brett and his crew, which occassionally includes me, but very rarely, do a great job with the site. They discuss a myriad of topics, including gaming, as well as reviewing numerous books. So, show your support for a fellow CW blogger and vote for TOCWOC.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming up

I participated in Book Blogger Appreciation Week last year and found it quite interesting and enjoyable. You can learn more by clicking on the link in the sidebar. Recently, the site dedicated to BBAW asked those of us who participated to answer some questions, so here we go.

1)  What was the highlight (something that happened, a post, an activity, etc.) of BBAW for you last year?

I would say the highlight for me was mainly an increase in traffic to the site. The awards and giveaways they held were fun. Unfortunately, I will say that I did not take advantage of the week as much I could have, but I would love to create a History Blogger Appreciation Week.

2)  What is one new blog you discovered during BBAW last year?

I will say that I really did not discover any new blogs intently, but never realized that there were so many blogs on books. There are sites for almost any interest in literature.

3)  What tips would you share to help others get the most out of their BBAW experience?

I would say that participants should try to check out other blogs relating to their interests. I would also encourage participants to explore giveaways and posting reviews during the weeks leading up to the event to increase views.