I’m currently about halfway through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and it’s both sad and grieving, but also full of hope, acceptance and personal growth. I will be posting the review of this book on May 11th, as part of the Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tour.
The author’s name, Jamie Ford, is deceptive. “Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated in 1865 from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco, where he adopted the Western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations” :-) He is also of Southern gentility, giving him a multicultural worldview. AND… he’s quite a cutie, I might add ;-)
More about Jamie (Ja Mei to his Yin-Yin):
Career-wise, Jamie went to art school in Seattle to become an illustrator, and ended up an art director/copywriter. He’s won an embarrassingly large amount of meaningless awards including 400+ Addys, 7 Best-of-Shows, and his work has appeared in Adweek, Advertising Age, Graphis and Communication Arts. He also had a commercial appear on an episode of The U.K.’s Funniest Commercials inspired by an embarrassing incident with a bidet that he’d rather not go into right now.
On the writerly side, he won the 2006 Clarity of Night Short Fiction Contest, was First Runner-Up in the 2006 Midnight Road Reader’s Choice Awards and was a Top-25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fall 2006 Short Story Award For New Writers. He’s been published in The PicolataReview, and his fiction is online at Flashing in the Gutters and Fictional Musings. He’s also an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp.
On the personal side, he’s the proud father of two boys and two girls. Yep, it’s chaos, . but the good kind of chaos.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a heartwarming story about fathers and sons, first loves, fate, and the resilient human heart. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought to life. In the following video, Jamie Ford gives you the “behind-the-scenes” story of his debut novel.
I’m really loving this book, and I want to share it and pass it on to someone who is going to enjoy it, too. Instead of posting it on BookMooch or PaperBackSwap, I’m going to give away my copy here on my blog :-)
So here’s the way this giveaway is going to work:
For your official entry you’ll need to leave a comment on my book review
to let me know you would like to be entered for a chance to win.
You can also earn extra entries by:
- Post this giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment here with the link for 5 bonus entries.
- If you don’t have a blog, email at least 5 people about the giveaway with the link to this post, and include my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org in the BCC (blind copy) bar for 3 bonus entries.
- Follow me on Twitter, and tweet about this giveaway for 2 bonus entries. (be sure to include @thekoolaidmom in your tweet, that way I’ll catch your tweet and give you credit)
- Leave a comment here for 1 bonus entry, and 10 bonus entries for answering this question,
“What tangible thing (a toy, record, woobie, etc) from your childhood you wish you had back the most? What does this item mean to you?”
If you do all the above, you’ll earn 21 bonus entries! Don’t forget, though, you have to leave a comment on the review, otherwise… ya get nada!
And now, for the boring details:
- Contest is open to anyone, anywhere, so long as you have a place to receive mail. I can’t ship the book to “The VAN down by the river,” you need an actual, deliverable address… Which means, this is open to international readers, as well :-D
- Contest ends at 11:59 pm, Saturday May 16th, 2009.
- All entries will be listed randomly and numbered, then the winning number will be chosen using Research Randomizer. If you’d like a copy of the list of entries, email me and I’ll be happy to send it :-)
- The Winner will be announced in my May 17th Sunday Salon post, and will have 48 hours to email me their address or be disqualified and a replacement winner will be chosen.
Okay, so get busy posting and tweeting and emailing, and whatnot!
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