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You’ve read the interview, I hope. If you haven’t, get over there and read the damned interview!

Now’s your chance to win Volt, the debut short-story collection from Alan Heathcock. This book is racking up some seriously good reviews, including this one from the Kansas City Star over the weekend:

It would be easy to call these stories dark because of the heavy themes of death and despair, but there’s far more going on than bleakness. What’s at stake is the notion that we can deal with grief and sorrow and yet maintain a life of purpose and hope.

For one lucky reader (U.S. or Canada only, please) I have a copy of this fine book, provided to me by the publisher, Graywolf Press. It’s in fine condition, save for a couple of dog-eared pages, the residue of my reading it. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. It’s just that easy.

We’ll let this one run for a week. Next Monday (March 7th), I’ll draw the winner’s name.

Good luck.

UPDATE: Kathy P. wins the book. Congratulations!

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I cannot wait to give away this ARC. CAN’T WAIT!

You may have noticed that I’m just a little more than slightly excited about the release of Jonathan Evison’s second novel. If you haven’t noticed, let me refresh your memory: There was this. And this. And this. And this.

And now, this: I’m shipping off the beautiful advance reader copy that was given to me a couple of months ago, to clear room on my shelves for the hardcover copy of the book when it’s released on Feb. 15.

This book is getting serious, serious adulation, and it’s a darling of indie booksellers everywhere — first, because it’s a fantastic book, and second, because Jon is the genuine article, a man as forthright and kind as he is talented.

I cannot exhort you strongly enough: Leave a comment and try to win this book. You will not be disappointed.

I’ll cut off entries sometime tomorrow (Tuesday) and pick a winner.

Update, 7:37 a.m.: Heather Cox wins the drawing for the West of Here ARC. Thanks, everybody, for entering.

Jenny Shank‘s debut novel, The Ringer, is set for a March 1 release, and already it has gained some nice notices from reviewers.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly says:

Shank debuts promisingly with the dramatic story of two families upended by an accidental police shooting. Denver police officer Ed O’Fallon is wracked with guilt after he guns down a man during a drug raid; Patricia Maestas, meanwhile, is instantly made a widow and single mother. Their narratives are equally engaging: as Ed’s marriage buckles under the weight of his feelings of guilt, Patricia struggles to keep her 12-year-old son, Ray, out of trouble. What keeps Ray off the streets is baseball—the same sport Ed’s sons are devoted to.

You can see where this is headed. I really enjoyed this book. Shank, the book reviewer/blogger for New West, writes in a literary yet accessible style, with plenty of plot turns to keep the pages flying by. And now you have a chance to read this novel in advance form before it lands in stores. If you’d like to be considered for this ARC, simply comment on this item. In about 24 hours, I’ll randomly pick a winner.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for the chance to win an ARC that absolutely knocked my socks off. I can’t wait to pass it on.

Update, Friday afternoon: I’m going to let this one ride on through the weekend and perhaps pick up some more entrants. On Monday, there will be one last giveaway of an absolutely titanic book. As the Jets’ Bart Scott might say: “CAN’T WAIT!”

Update, Sunday, 12:24 a.m.: JHS wins the copy of The Ringer.

Everybody else, swing back by on Monday for the last of the giveaways (for now). It’s a good one!

In the past few months, I’ve come into possession of some ARCs (advance reader copies) of forthcoming novels. Having consumed them, I’m ready to pass on the love.

So, if you’d like a chance to read a novel before it’s released to the general public, check here over the next few days and I’ll unload a few of them.

First up: “Ride the Jawbone,” a legal thriller mystery set in Montana in 1902. It’s by debut author Jim Moore and will be released this summer by Raven Publishing, an imprint run by my dear friend Janet Muirhead Hill.

I don’t have a cover image to show you, but you can read up on the book here.

This is the back-cover text:

The son of a cattle rancher, T.C. Bruce, newly graduated from law school, has yet to set up practice. As he rides the Jawbone Railroad train on his way to White Sulphur Springs, all the gossip is about the murder of a young woman whose body, they say, was thrown from the train. To the general public, there’s no mystery. They have the killer locked up in jail awaiting trial. They just want to see Loco, a surly, odious loner, hanged. T.C. must confronts a dilemma and make an important career decision when the judge asks him to defend the man. Would T.C. rather be back on the ranch working cattle or will he accept the challenge of saving Loco from the hangman’s noose?

If you’d like this book, leave a comment. In about twenty-four hours (give or take; I’m a working man), I’ll close up the comments and draw a lucky winner’s name.

UPDATE: Genna Sarnak wins the ARC.

The folks at Age of Autism are hosting a giveaway for 600 Hours of Edward. Just cruise over and leave your name (with e-mail address) in the comments, and you’re in.

Meanwhile, over at One Book At A Time, Page has given the novel a five-star review.

A snippet:

It was such a moving story from beginning to end.  I felt so connected to Edward, and had a wide range of emotion throughout the story.  While the story ended nicely, I wanted more of it.

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