Sunday, December 4, 2011

Giveaway !

I have a signed copy of my novel The Town That Drowned to give away.  I've mentioned it plenty of times here before so I won't say anything else other than THANK YOU for all the wonderful messages and comments from everyone who has bought and enjoyed the book.
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To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite storybook(s) as a child.  Mine were Miss Suzy (about a squirrel) and Where the Wild Things Are.  The giveaway is open worldwide.  Just please, please be sure that your email is either attached to your blog profile or you leave your email address in the comment.  I have to be able to contact the winner.  Good luck. (And I'll add a little fabric surprise to the package too)
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The giveaway is open until 7:00 pm AST on Sunday Dec. 11. 
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U
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Giveaway is now closed.  Winner will be posted on the blog on Monday, Dec. 12.

79 comments:

Cathy said...

Hi Riel! I would have to say ' Are you my Mother' by Dr. Seuss. and I just loved the Little House series too!

mblittle5 said...

I had a book called The Littlest Angel which I dearly loved as a child. Then there are the books I read to my children -- my daughter couldn't get enough of The Three Little Kittens and my sons loved Streganon. Now I'm reading to my grandchildren and they love everything!!!

liniecat said...

Oh wow what a treat for a giveaway Riel.
I was an avid Noddy fan when very small. But later loved The Secret Seven series of stories. They were childrens thrillers in a way, ina time before CSI !

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I loved Heidi. I read it several times. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

When I was little my very favorite was "Yipee Kiyi and Whoa Boy". I have been searching the Internet to thy and find a copy, but no luck!

Sara said...

Oh, yes, Heidi was a favorite, but I was really thinking of The Secret Garden. Maybe those were for a little older than you were imagining.... Horton Hatches an Egg was when I was a smaller child.

My parents always saw that there was a new giftwapped book right outside our bedroom doors on Christmas morning. That was to keep us occupied until the approved hour for rising occurred.

Chiska said...

Oh pick me! Pick me! I loved Little House on the Prarie Books. A Cranberry Thanksgiving, Bedtime for Francis and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.

My Sweet Prairie said...

My favorite... Pippi in(of?) The South Seas. I love Pippi. I was also fond of the story of the little match girl, though it had the saddest ending ever.
Thanks Riel!
~Monika
mysweetprairie at gmail dot com

pcflamingo said...

The earliest book I remember is Katy the Kitten which I used to have memorized when I was a little girl (Katy the kitten, a small tiger cat, asleep in the hall, in a ball, in a hat). But my earliest Big Girl book I remember getting from a book club through school was Misty of Chincoteague. I didn't even like horses but I loved that story. Thanks for the chance to win your book!

Laura said...

I still have my copy of Miss Suzy!

My favorite book as a small child was 'Fun At the Beach'. My mother said I asked her to read it multiple times a day, every day. She said she felt like hiding the book.

Marilee said...

I would really like a signed copy of your book. Way back when, I used to love to read Lois Lenski books, like strawberry Girl, etc.

Needled Mom said...

I loved the Little Women. There are so many good ones it is tough to come up with just one.

How's the angel coming along?

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

If I don't win the giveaway, I'm putting your book on my Christmas list!

Christine said...

Riel, my favourite story was the Anne of Green Gable series. I read them over and over. Looking forward to reading your book.

Jennifer Gail said...

Winnie The Pooh was and still is.

sosarahsew said...

When my dad was a boy his father would take the four boys to the library weekly and check out the books by Thornton Burgess. When we six children were little, my dad read the books to us. I read them to my sons too. I guess you could say the Burgess books are afamily favorite for several generations.

Judee said...

Thanks for asking about my favorite book as a child. It has been a few decades but I will always remember Black Beauty. I wonder if it is still in print?

felicity said...

I'd have to say The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Thanks for the giveaway, Riel!

Michelle C said...

Hi Riel! I've been following your blog from Alberta and I wanted to say thank you for inspiring me - even though I will never, ever be convinced to save selvedges - your pattern free approach is something I totally relate to.
And because I have lusted after your book since it came out: My favorite books as a young child were Jillian Jiggs (I adored the illustrations) and the Little House series (which I still read a few times a year).

Lynne said...

Hmm, that would be hard, if not nerly impossible; I read voraciously as a child - fairy tales, Enid Blyton, adventure stories (like "Swallows and Amazons") and classics!

Rachel said...

Riel, I'm going to throw my name in the hat for this giveaway even though I have the book AND have already read it (and I owe you an email because I want to discuss it!) I would love to have a SIGNED copy, although I guess I could just wait and bring it to our NHS reunion next summer...;)

Christine M said...

I loved reading the Enid Blyton books. We had a whole collection of them. Unfortunately my parents gave them away but I have bought a lot for my boys to read.

Janet said...

I had some old British serial books that had been my mother's. I loved them, because of the stories but also because they were old and special.

Lori said...

where the wild things are! thats what I read to my kids! Awhile before that, I was also a real fan of Pippi Longstocking. I am just enjoying all the old titles in the comments! I read alot of the same ones :)

CitricSugar said...

Black Beauty. I got it for Christmas one year (7 or 8 at the time) and went through several sets of flashlight batteries as I read under the covers into the wee hours...

Teje said...

Dear Riel, thank you for your book present! I would love to read it but can't order now, so I hope I'm lucky! Favourite books - too many - first I remember Enid Blyton's books with 5 children (sisters and cousins) having adventures. Also I loved books with horse stories! I was reading all the time!
Have a wonderful Christmas time!
xxx Teje
(nerospostatgmaildotcom)

hueisei said...

Hmm..I loves Anne of Green Gables and the remaining series. Thx for the chance to win!

Viki said...

my favourite books as a child was anything by Enid Blyton.

my mum is fond of telling people that my first sentence was "every morning the sun comes up" and that it was the first sentence in a book that she used to read me regularly!

Scenic Pit Stops said...

My favorites were Anne of Green Gables and Secret Garden. I don't really remember the younger books that I enjoyed. :( Congratulations on your book!

Catherine said...

Oh I had many and was a bit of a book worm I think. My favourites are the Heidi books, Milly Molly Mandy and the Little House on the Prairie series. I read these over and over.... Congrats on your book being published! Not sure whether it will make it downunder but I hope it does.

gill said...

I loved Enid Blyton as a child and read all her books I could find! My favourites were the Mallory Towers series

Jenelle said...

I love the video introduction of your book. Your novel reminded me of the history behind Quabbin Reservoir, the source of Boston's water. Multiple towns were destroyed and flooded in order to build the reservoir. It's sad and interesting piece of history.

My favorite book as a kid was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. :)

Cynthia said...

I grew up on the south shore of Montreal and my parents are both from Charlottetown, I bet we have a lot in common! My favorite books as a child, were Little Pear and the Tintin series. The cover of your book looks amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi from Wisconsin. My fav as a child was Heidi. And to top that, it came out in a movie with another fav, Shirley Temple. You can reach me at klondikekid1@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Linda said...

So many! I was and still am , an avid reader. As a very little girl I loved the Little Grey Rabbit Series of books, such wonderful illustrations, and I think it was one of those stories where Little Grey Grey Rabbit gathered strips of cloth from her neighbours to make a patchwork coat for a needy friend that triggered my interest in patchwork forty years later!
Loved the Richmael Crompton series too and Enid Blyton's Adventure Series. Also Billy Bunter books. Oh I could go on and on!
Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com is my preferred contact email.

DeVona said...

I made my Mom read A LITTLE OVEN by Eleanor Estes over and over again when I was very young, about two little girls, one French, one American, who play together. One little girl asks her Mother for "a little'oven" and the book details their quest for one. Turns out, she just wanted a little loving! I'm devoted to childrens books- read the Little House series to each of my three children, Wind in the Willows, Pinnochio, Tom Sawyer, Charlottes Web, Stuart Little, etc, etc! Love illustrators, too! A CHILD'S CALENDAR, which is a lovely book of poems by John Updike, has charming illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

Thoroughly enjoyed your book, Riel

Suzanne said...

Hello! My favorite picture book was The Very Hungry Caterpillar and my favorite novels were The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables and the Nancy Drew mysteries. Thank you for sharing your book!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

My favorite story book was Heidi. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!!

Kasey said...

I loved Where the Wild Things Are, and once I was reading to myself, anything by Roald Dahl. I had three 14 foot shelves full of books- funny to think that kids now might only have a kindle or an iPad! Thanks fro the chance to win your book- if I don't, I"ll have to hunt it down myself.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Rikki Tikki Tavi was my favorite book as a child. I was terrified of snakes and my parents bought the book and would read it at night to me so I could sleep.

Thanks for a wonderful giveaway and congrats on your sucessful book!

Patty said...

My favorites were the Little Golden Books(All of them) then later the Hardy Boys and the Nancy Drew books. Congratulations on the success of your book.

Rhonda D. said...

My favorite book as a child were the "Uncle Remus Stories". My favorite story was Brer Rabbit and
the Tar Baby. thanks for the chance to win!!

Peg said...

Ooh - a book by a Canadian - how can I resist? My favorite books were Nancy Drew, couldn't get enough of them! Thanks for the chance!

Barb said...

I loved "The Borrowers". And "The Littles". And "Anne of Green Gables" series - all eight books. And Nancy Drew. Basically I have been a reader my whole life. I would rather read than sleep.

Amorette said...

i loved the berenstein bears books (the gimme gimme one) and the lorax.
and i love to read new books now too!

Kathy C said...

I liked Are You My Mother and Go Dog Go as a child. Then later I read all the Little House books over and over. Thanks. cannons@gmavt.net

Kelroy207 said...

Hi Riel, my favorite storybook as a child was The Seamstress of Salzburg with its' beautiful illustrations, and as I got older, I read anything the librarians put aside for me, as I visited the library daily!! I love books and would love to have yours! Thanks for the giveway

Laura said...

How funny that one of your favorite books is also one of mine! I loved Miss Suzy. I found a copy of it at a thrift store a few years ago and was so excited. I also loved The Pig That Ate Too Many Donuts. It was in one of my elementary school readers.

Terri said...

Wow! There were so many I loved. I guess the best was The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers. I loved the colors, and the idea... but for some odd reason the roots were intriguing. I still look at the roots of trees... some don't show above ground, but other trees knarl all over. I'm always "intreegued" by trees. Thanks for a chance to read your book.
Hugs!

Jenny said...

Hi Riel

As a youngster I used to love the Enid Blyton series of "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" books. "Jungle Book" was another one I loved.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!

Sarah said...

I would really love to win this! My fave story as a child was The Hobbit which my dad read me at the age of 6 or 7 - he then read it to my brothers and sister and started us on the Lord of the Rings too!

Mimi said...

I lived directly across the street from the Public Library in our small town and I would visit regularly reading books, choosing books to bring home for my mother to read to me. I think that the book series that really "hooked" me into reading was Nancy Drew. Thanks!

Ruth S. said...

I loved the book "I Can't Said the Ant". I really liked the message of the book.
creativeforays@gmail.com

Quilter In Paradise said...

My favorite is "I Decided" - it is a Ding Dong School book from 1953 and yep, I still have it. I just love to read and would love to read your new book!

Leeann said...

Harry the dirty dog was my fav picture book when I was a child, closely followed by the tiger who came to tea. I found new versions of them in my library, I'm a school librarian. And I tell the kids about these fav books. I think they think it is amazing that I can remember that long ago!

beth said...

I loved reading Miss Suzy to my kids! "Make Way for DUcklings" was one of MY favorites.

Kylie said...

I loved "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and Fairytales of any sort. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Jen said...

I would love to read your book! My favorite childhood book was "There's a Monster at the end of this book," it was a Sesame Street book. I still have my copy :)

Terri in BC said...

I would love to read your book as well. My favourite books as a child were anything by Enid Blyton and a novel about a mystery town hidden in the fog - I can't remember the name of it, but I still scour the used book stores hoping to find a copy.

Mary said...

I have your book on my Amazon "wish list", but just in case no one in the family buys it for me, I'll enter this :-) I remember my mother reading us a couple of the Bobsey Twins books and loved them. I have had so many favorites over the years it is hard to choose. I don't remember the really early books that well, but once I could read,I loved the Trixie Beldon mysteries and "Cheaper By the Dozen" will always be a huge favorite. I'm sure I read it a dozen times or more as well as the sequel "Bells on Their Toes".

Shannon said...

Oh thank you. I would love to have a copy of your book. It being signed would even be better. I love reading anything that The Golden Books did.

Helena said...

I loved Dr. Seuss books and now I love reading those tongue twisted to my kids.

I would love to win a copy of your book, and i am very intrigued by your selvage quilts. I had never seen anything like it until I stumbled on your site several months ago. I will most definately have to make a selvage quilt, if I can ever save up enough selvages. How do you get so many?

Thanks,
hashbrownsss (at) hotmail (dot) com

mahoo said...

Hi Riel. I loved the Velveteen Rabbit when I was a child. I've popped by your blog a few times, and would love to read your book. I live very close to a town (really a village/hamlet) that drowned/was flooded over by a humongous hydro dam in the 1960s.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I've never heard anyone else mention Miss Suzy! For years, whenever we saw a squirrel outside, my son and I would say, "oh, look there's Miss Suzy." Wow! so cool to see you mention that book.

Sheila said...

I loved to read as a child and the Little House series was a definite favorite and still is , another was "The Five Little Peppers and how they Grew". I'd love to win your book , thanks for the chance .

pforgerson said...

I think one of my favorites was Harold and the Purple Crayon, loved that guy. Am anxious to read your book.

Kathy said...

I loved any story by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was growing up. I also liked the book Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. This was a similar type of story about pioneer days.

doni said...

Love to read and love buying books for my grandkids! My favorites as a child were the Golden Books, then the Bobbsey Twin mysteries. On to Nancy Drew. My kids loved The Patchwork Cat; There Are 5 People in My Family; and Yummers! My preschool grandkids love Pout, Pout Fish; Seven Spunky Monkeys and Fancy Nancy books! I'd rather read than quilt sometimes!!

doni @ Oregon coast

Angela Cisco said...

My favorite book as a child was where the sidewalk ends.

Vesuviusmama said...

The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein?) is still a favorite!

Linda H said...

Oh, please enter me for your draw. I want to give this book to my daughter for Christmas as she works at Kings Landing in the summers, and has a great interest in the whole flood/dam project. Thought you would like to know I was in to Westminster Books this week and The Town That Drowned was #1 on the Fiction Bestsellers list!!
Favourites from childhood...hmmm.. that's a long time ago. But I do remember the Enid Blyton, The Bobbsey Twins and then Nancy Drew series were all favs.....

Caroline said...

I loved the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys when I was much younger. I love reading Dr Seuss to my grandkids! Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh that's easy, Uncle Arthur's bedtime stories. I still have the book (written in 1959 - the year I was born)that I read to my children and now my grandchildren. The inside cover has the names of me and my sisters. Some of our names are misspelled as it was written by my sis who was only in 3rd grade.

LethargicLass said...

Pretty much anything Enid Blyton... how jealous I was of all the characters!

Anonymous said...

I would be honored to win a signed copy of your first novel, The Town That Drowned. Congratulations and thank you so much for a chance to win such a book. I hope your Christnmas is a wonderful one. Good luck with your 1st book.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

free indeed said...

What a great prize!
Some of my favorite books were "Let Papa Sleep", "Laurie and the Yellow Curtains" which my mother hated and would hide so she wouldn't have to read it to me over and over again :)
When I was older my first chapter books were the Little House series...what great reading for a kid!

Kim C said...

If I had to pick just one, Little Women....

Canadian Kristin said...

Favourite books as a child were for sure Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon!!!
Thanks for the chance to win, Riel! I keep bragging about your book to my friends and they are all on the look out for it! :-)

HollyM said...

I don't remember titles from my own childhood. I think it may have been called the Land of Nod.
One of my children's favorites was the Velveteen Rabbit.