But since that initial contact, I've gone on to find that I really enjoy and appreciate Tim's thoughts on writing, both on his regular blog and his specialized Be the Story site. I follow him on the twitters and I'm even friends with him on the Facebook.
And so I was pleased when Tim asked if I'd like to participate in his Big Book Giveaway. He's written two books so far, an autobiographical look at Love Through the Eyes of An Idiot and From the Ashes of Courage, a romantic novel. I have the second novel (and several other ebooks, including the sure-to-be-a-fun-read Shatnerquake) on my hard drive, ready to be read, but I still have trouble actually reading long-form works on my computer. One day, I will. I'm sure of it.
Meanwhile, I'm pleased to offer a (hardbound real-live book) copy of From the Ashes of Courage to one lucky reader.
About the book:
Gail Bishop is a headstrong, driven, single-minded businesswoman, a successful independent professional at only 29 years old. But she still feels empty. Eddie Chase is a fun-loving real-estate agent who made a mint in the boom market, now fast running out of money. And their friends set them up on a blind date, unaware that many years ago, they were once married to each other.
Now, both are taken aback by their feelings for each other at a romantic, seaside cottage on Ardor Point, and by the impact this will have on the rest of their lives. This long-languishing relationship that Gail thought was surely dead, could it hold the secret, the meaning of life that she’s looking for?
A heart-wrenching story of human kindness and love without strings.
TO ENTER THE DRAWING simply add a comment to this post. I'll randomly select a winner on, oh, let's think, how about next Wednesday, September 8, 2010. So add a comment before Wednesday and you'll be eligible.
Thanks for playing. Tim will ship the book directly to the winner, with, I assume, a personalized inscription.
UPDATE: September 8
Thanks to random.org, the winner is (insert drum roll here) commenter #5, Wendy! Congrats! I'll be emailing you soon!