Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guest Post and 2 book Giveaway: Robyn Carr


I am so thrilled to welcome Robyn Carr to Pudgy Penguin Perusals today. She is one of my favorite authors and I know she has a multitude of fans so this will be a big treat for us all.

Several months ago, I was privileged to review two of Robyn's books; Angel's Peak and Forbidden Falls. The two books Robyn is so generously giving away are stand alone novels: The House on Olive Street and A Summer in Sonoma. Let's see what Robyn has to share with us and then we'll get to the giveaway details.

By Robyn Carr

"If you enjoyed The Virgin River Series, then you know my not so secret passion - to follow a community rather than just a person or a couple. And what is community, really? Not a place or even a group, but a collection of relationships that intersect, intertwine, grow and ultimately embrace each other. I particularly enjoy looking closely at women - women like me, like you, like your sister and mother and daughter, like your crazy next door neighbor, your difficult boss. I'm interested in what bonds them, what feeds their hearts and souls, what threatens to tear them apart, whether within themselves or from each other.

To that end, I'd like to introduce you to a couple of new books that share the community of girlfriends, their relationships with each other,their families, their lovers, their struggles and their triumphs.

The first went on sale May 25th. The House On Olive Street, a 1999 reissue, is about a group of five women writers who range in age from thirty-five to fifty-five. They've shared the creative bond for years when one of their number dies, leaving behind a request that her surviving friends take on the task of sorting through her posthumous papers. Each one of them has her own secret burdens to carry - Sable, a fame that has come at an enormous price; Elly, trapped in a lonely academia; Barbara Ann, surrounded by a family of sloppy, inconsiderate men and a writing career that appears to be failing; Beth, a mystery writer whose only way to fight back against the tyranny of an abusive spouse is to kill off characters in her books. But when these women begin to study what their departed friend has left behind, they find a stunning work in progress, something they never knew existed. It's in the house on Olive Street, where they spend the summer finishing that brilliant work, that they make individual discoveries of their own, unlocking each personal passion and finding, in the end, true value, self-worth, love and friendships that will last beyond a lifetime.

Next, on sale on June 29th, a new women's fiction, A Summer In Sonoma. In this story four friends since junior high are perched on the brink of turning thirty - and for each it is a watershed year. Cassie has sworn off men after yet another disastrous date, but doesn't know quite what to do about her deepening friendship with Walt, a scruffy, tattooed biker; Julie married her high school sweetheart, the love of the century, but three kids and too many bills later is wondering if love will be enough to get them through; Marty's firefighter husband has forgotten what romance is right at the time her first love reappears and tempts her; andBeth, a physician trapped in a body that keeps betraying her, might have found the perfect doctor to save her life, and rescue her heart. These four women find that one summer of leaning on each other can bring everything into focus for them because sometimes best friends make the best therapists.

I love reading and writing books that force the characters to resolve really big issues and come to some point of self-awareness and a satisfying conclusion. I'm fascinated by the insights people have and find myself asking people I've barely met how they met their spouse, who is their best friend, are they close with their family, who are they most likely to turn to in times of turmoil. In both of these coming books the women are facing issues that seriously challenge their happiness and peace of mind and find their answers through strong relationships and through reaching deeply within themselves for the break through they need.

I want my reader to feel better at the end of the book than they did before they picked it up. My goal is that when the last page is turned, the reader feels like she just spent some quality time with close, trusted friends."

Thank you so much, Robyn, it has truly been a pleasure having you visit with us. These two books sound absolutely wonderful!

To enter this drawing you must be a verifiable follower of P.P.P and have a US or Canada mailing address.

As always, please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment.

+ 3 Bonus entries can be earned by posting a link to the drawing (sidebar is fine) or tweeting. Either way, leave me a link please in your comment box.

Deadline is June 12th at 5 P.M. EST
Good luck!

To read more about Robyn and her books, you can find her website here.

47 comments:

  1. What a super giveaway. I would love to win.
    I follow by google reader.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  2. I love Robyn Carr's books!
    I'm a follower

    In my sidebar: http://bookfan-mary.blogspot.com

    meah56 at gmail dot com

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  3. I really enjoy her books - please count me in
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  4. I love the premise of both of these books.
    I am a follower.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
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  5. Please count me in for this awesome giveaway.

    I follow on GFC

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  6. Please include me in this giveaway! Thanks so much!

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  7. Please count me in. Thanks for the chance. I follow on GFC.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  8. I am not (yet) familiar with this author, but both of these highlighted books sound wonderful!

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway.

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

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  9. I have not read Robyn Carr and hope to remedy that soon as these books sound like my kind of reads.

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  10. I would love to be entered. Thanks!

    lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

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  11. Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  12. Proud and Public follower.

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  13. tweet; http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/15260830794

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  14. Great giveaway. Thanks. I'd love to win. I follow with Google Reader.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

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  15. Robyn's books sound lovely. Please include me.

    I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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  16. Of course I follow you, would be crazy not to!!

    I thank you for introducing me to Carr and I would love the opportunity to win!!

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  17. Both the books sound like real interesting reads...I liked Robin Carr's view on her readers' takeaway from her books... I totally agree with her... I would anyday love to read a feel-good book...

    Please enter me for this giveaway. I am a follower of this blog.

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  18. I would love to win these amazing sounding books!! Thanks.

    I follow on gfc

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  19. I would love to win these books! Thanks for the chance.

    Follower GFC

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  20. Tweet! Tweet!
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  21. Great giveaway - please enter me.

    I am a follower through google friends.

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  22. I love Robyn's books and I am a google follower

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  23. I'm a follower.
    Both books sound charming...thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Sound like great books, sign me up.

    I am a follower.

    Here's the link to my blog. I posted in my sidebar.

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    Chèli
    Cheli's Shelves

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  25. I am a follower, thank you for the giveaway!
    mstlee2000 @ hotmail.com

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  26. I enjoyed reading Robyn's comments about her books! Thanks for the chance to win. I am a GFC follower.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

    (sorry for the delete, forgot addy--too early!)

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  27. Great giveaway! Count me in! Thanks

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  28. Great contest! I'm a long-time follower, and posted this in the giveaway sidebar of Tutu's Two Cents

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  29. What a great giveaway! I have only read a few of Robyn's books but really enjoyed them, their different! Please enter me!

    I am a follower!

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  30. I have read and enjoyed several of her books and am really excited about the sound of these two. Thanks, for entering me in the giveaway.

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  31. please count me in...thanks :)

    karenk
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  32. I'd love to win Kaye.....

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  33. I would love to be included. Thanks for the chance!

    I am a GFC follower

    Tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/status/15537098871

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  34. I have not read any of her books but have heard only good things about them.

    I follow with GFC.

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  35. This is a great giveaway. Please count me in.


    I am a GFC follower.


    CarolNWong@aol.com

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  36. I would love to enter! I am a follower!

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  37. Robym Carr's novels are good, please count me in!

    Google follower!

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  38. Fabulous giveaway. Love Robyn's books.
    I am a follower.
    Crystal816[at}hotmail[dot}com

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  39. Robyn is awesome! Thanks for the chance. Follower - Nickolay

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  40. Tweeted

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  41. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  42. I'd love to win the books.
    I'm a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

    P.S. Head on over to my blog for my book giveaway, PPP and readers!

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  43. I would love to win this. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yaho.com

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  44. Robyn Carr is on my list of authors to explore, this giveaway is the perfect opportunity to get started.
    GFC follower.
    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

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  45. Tweeted.+3
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    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

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  46. Thanks for the chance!
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  47. I follow on GFC
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