Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Freebie Friday + TKA Annual Holiday Party Invite

UPDATE: The winner of CHRISTMAS MIRACLES is brendajean! Please email your physical addy to contests(AT) Congrats!

Hopefully you've gotten your holiday shopping out of the way so you can relax this weekend. If not, good luck! I'm staying far away from bottomless parking decks and overflowing sweater tables. I'd rather kick up my feet at home and blast the heat to tropical levels. If you're of the same mind, you'd definitely be interested in coming to our annual online holiday party next week -- no fancy dress or suit required and you can stay toasty warm at home or in the office. Just log into our chat room at 12:30pm ET this coming Thursday, December 16th.

During the party, our authors and agents will be mingling with readers while TKA Santa give away tons of signed books non-stop throughout the hour, along with other holiday goodies. This is our most fun, laid-back chat of the year. No worries about coming up with a great question for the guest author or arriving too early or too late. Just come when you can and say whatever you want, whenever you want (okay, maybe whatever was a bit too liberal... ;-)).  Here are the deets:

WHAT: Knight Agency Annual Holiday Lunchbox Chat
WHEN: Thursday, December 16th @ 12:30pm ET
WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room,
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

Weekly Report from Cyberspace:

A top Borders investor floated the idea of buying Barnes & Noble for a possible merger of the two companies. If that wasn't enough to set tongues wagging, the retailer ended the week with the release of a dreary sales report for third quarter with losses totalling $74.4 million.

The Google eBookstore launched this week with much praise from indie bookstores who are using its bookseller program  to even the playing field.

As if authors we're obsessed enough with watching their Amazon rankings, the online retailer will soon offer BookScan's geographic sales figures to members of its Author Central program.

Some news that will warm your heart... A young boy started a letter writing campaign imploring Books-A-Million to open a store in his Dalton, Ga. hometown. The retailer responded to the 500 letters addressed by elementary students dubbed "Charlie's Army" with a new bookstore planned to open before Christmas.

Onto today's giveaway...

To help get us in the holiday spirit, today's giveaway is a copy of CHRISTMAS MIRACLES by Cecil Murphey, co-author of New York Times bestseller 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, and Marley Gibson. Leave a comment to enter. We'll announce the winner in this post on Monday morning.

The 411 on CHRISTMAS MIRACLES: Celebrate the season of hope and miracles with these inspiring true stories that will warm the heart and touch the soul…

A man lies gravely ill in the hospital on Christmas when he hears angels singing and immediately makes a full recovery. A little boy with dyslexia sits down to read a Christmas book and realizes that his disability has vanished. And a woman’s faith is renewed by the chance discovery of a simple nativity set.

Many ordinary people experience God’s grace during those special moments when Christmas becomes more than just a holiday, but a time for miracles. Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson bring you the real-life stories of everyday people who have experienced these life-changing moments of hope, comfort, and transformation—all during the most wonderful time of the year.

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Blogger brendajean said...

Sounds like a perfect Christmas read!

bchild5@aol dot com

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 6:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've heard of the story and it sounds good. I always say good health is far more important than money. Imagine how you would react if you knew miracles were happening in your town. It would be crazy.

The story about 'Charlie's Army' is really cool. That is something I could see my son doing.

If companies like Barnes and Nobles keep failing, will we all be forced into ebooks? Will hole in the wall book stores suffer too? Or will their loyal clients prove the few to stay with paper books?

Interesting blog today. That chat sounds good. I'll try to make it.

Draven Ames

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger LSUReader said...

What a wonderful reminder about the reason to celebrate Christmas.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger traveler said...

Thanks for featuring this memorable story which is lovely and resounds with me.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger petite said...

What a great story which I would treasure. Thanks for this chance.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:02:00 PM EST  
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 3:27:00 AM EST  
Blogger barbyjean68 said...

I was diagnosed with cancer last year. Had to have surgery only 3 days before Christmas. This year I have 4 masses in my Submandibular glands and thyroid gland. Am having them removed 4 days before Christmas. I need me a Christmas miracle. I am a big celebrator of the season but the past two years the baking had to be set aside and Christmas dinner was anything but joyous. Has me wondering if I will ever be enjoying Christmas again. If this book is like I have heard it is, I don't need to win it I'll buy it. Anything to give me hope.

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to win this book. I am in the mood for a good Christmas book and I think this would fit the bill. Thanks for the chance to win. Please enter me.


Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 7:29:00 PM EST  

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