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Friday, December 20, 2013

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway December 20, 2013

[** If you are new to Friday Pick Giveaway - Welcome!  Scroll down a bit (below book group #19) for instructions on how to enter.]
{NOTE: Most books are out in the mail and GCs will be gifted Friday or Saturday.}
NOTE TWO: Per my note last week, and as a holiday special: Any winner from December 6 - 27 can choose a book (even for International) or GC (even for US). 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! TO ALL Friday Pick visitors!!  Only five days to Christmas and I am so NOT ready. At least I have tried to focus on the real reason for the season and I'm not stressing about the rest. I just hope everyone else can understand my attitude. :-)

{More good health news: the additional biopsy came back negative. Another doctor consult tomorrow but we still may not have a plan of treatment until next Friday when I see the second (chemo) oncologist. }

[UPDATED NOTE - US entrants I prefer, please, that you pick a book as that is the first purpose of this giveaway - to find new homes for books. The GCs are for the international entrants because postage has jumped up.]

Thank you to all who entered the December 13 Pick. There were TWO Automatic wins again this week.   (Automatic winners are those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks). There were two titles blocked and again one was won.

Anita gets Caught in a Bind
bn100 gets Deceptions & Dreams

[I picked an extra winner for Holiday gifting. :-)]
to picked Winners from December 13 Pick:
Sue gets Dove in the Window (after several weeks blocked)
LindaK gets Never Tell
marjorie gets a GC

All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual or sexy and I have a new supply of sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.}
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New Book Group #44 December 14, 2013
Hannah Howell
     My Valiant Knight and Beauty and the Beast
Rachel Lee
     A Conrad County Homecoming and Boots & Badges
Honor Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer
Renegade Heart by Madeline Baker
The Fall by Claudia Dain
The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
Shades of Scarlet by Linda Fallon
Legendary Warrior by Donna Fletcher
Found Money by James Grippando - Abridged Cassette Audio
Every Whispered Word by Karyn Monk
A Lady of Consequence by Mary Nichols
Hawk's Pursuit by Connie O'Banyon
Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner
Guarded Secrets by Rebecca York and B.J. Daniels

New Book Group! #43 November 1, 2013

Mary Higgins Clark
     Before I Say Good-bye and Where Are the Children

Suzanne Enoch
     Lessons in Love The Rake and Sin and Sensibility

Diana Palmer (Choose any two)
    Lawless, Diamond Spur, Long Tall Texan and Brides to Be (spine creased)
Kate Wilhelm
     Desperate Measures and No Defense


Never Tell by Karen Young (spine torn)
Father for Keeps by Ana Seymour
Crimson Rain by Meg O’Brien
Dove in the Window by Earlene Fowler
Cutwork by Monica Ferris
A Woman Named Damaris by Janette Oke

New Book Group #42 September 27, 2013

Deceptions & Dreams by Debra Deir (spine creases)
Something Extra by Janet Dailey

New Book Group #41 August 2, 2013

Wicked and Wonderful by Valerie King
Tabitha in Moonlight by Betty Neels
The Nightingale's Song by Jo-Ann Power
Caught in a Bind by Gayle Roper
Cattle Rancher, Secret Son by Margaret Way
White Heather by Jaclyn Reding

New Book Group #40 June 28, 2013
      (Angels) Not Quite An Angel by Bobby Hutchinson and An Angel for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes
Dance With Me by Luanne Rice
A Mother's Day Anthology - three stories
Star Light, Star Bright by Katherine Stone
Another View by Rosamunde Pilcher

New Book Group #39 May 31, 2013 - Plenty of "summer" titles!
Oops - I never added all the links last month so no promises on these either.

Touched by Fire by Kathleen O'Reilly
Shetland Summer by Janet Lynnford
That Summer by Joan Wolf
It All Began at Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler

New Book Group #38 April 20, 2013
Here is a group with many mysteries.  Links to be added as I get time.

Sheer Dynamite by Jennifer Skully
Golden Chances by Rebbecca Hagen Lee
Awaken the Senses by Nalini Singh

New Book Group #37 March 22, 2013
As I am linking these titles it is clear to me why they were in my TBR boxes and it is really hard to let them go but I have soooo many. Better that they find good reader homes than sit on my shelves, or in a box, and collect dust. 
Anthology: Something Borrowed, Something Blue - this book has spine creases and minor water damage...I thought I had read it and liked it but now I realize it was another anthology I read with Elaine Barbier.
Lady Ice by Joan Hohl

New Book Group #36 February 15, 2013

The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon Sharpe

New Book Group #35 January 11, 2013 (All Gone)

New Book Group #34 December 7, 2012--- (All gone)

New Book Group #33 October 27, 2012

SINGLES - CHRISTMAS TITLES (Better sizes for international) 
*A Holiday Prayer by Deb Kastner  (slight spine creasing)

New Book Group #32 October 5, 2012
- Oops upside down book! NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this one - A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley

New Book Group #31 August 31, 2012
I pulled some more books from several of my boxes.
An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)

New Book Group #30 July 27, 2012
This time I pulled some books from one of my older boxes.
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing
The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
Wild Escapade by Lisa Bingham
Dancing on Snowflakes by Jane Bonander (postage too much - replaced with GC)

New Book Group #29 June 29, 2012
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing
Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes, An Anthology
*One is the Lonliest Number - Tom Clancey's Net Force

New Book Group #28 May 18, 2012--- (All gone)

New book Group #27 April 13, 2012--- (All gone)

New book Group #26 March 2, 2012--- (All gone)

New Group #25 January 12, 2012---(All gone)

New Group #24 Pick Books November 25, 2011---(All gone)

New Group #23 Pick Books October 14, 2011
I tried to pick some books that would be good for October -
Halloween or dark minded.
Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser

New Group #22 Pick Books September 2, 2011---(All gone)

New Group #21 of Pick Books July 29, 2011---(All gone)

May, 2011 New Group of Pick books Group #20
Luciano's Luck by Jack Higgins - Audio Cassettes

3/25/11 I did get to set up a new group of books: Group #19
Primary Colors - audio tapes

2/19/11 Book Group #18- Pairs!---(All gone).

I have finally updated the intro and Entry paragraphs here:

If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in four years I have posted 43 groups of 16 (688) books to find new homes! (as of November 2013).

I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want! I am happy to say that so far about 605+ books have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed.

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.

I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $5.00 $7.00 and $6.00 $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.
CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 10:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up past midnight to do the winner post!
I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.
Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks.
WINNERS PLEASE CHECK THE WIN POST ON FRIDAYS AND fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me at [I will confirm receipt of the addresses- well I realize I haven't always done this. But if you filled out the form and don't get the book within two weeks nudge me with an email please!] If I have the winners e-mail I will send a reminder in a week or so....

Thanks for helping these books find new homes!!

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

1/14/11 New List #17--- (All gone)

12/3/10 Book Set: #16
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown  (postage too much - replaced with GC)

List #15---(All gone)

List #14---(All gone)

Here is set #13 of Used books! ---(All gone)

Group #12---(All gone)

Group #11

Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester

List #1
Circle of Stars by Anna Lee Waldo

Pick #2---(All gone)

Pick #3---(All gone)

Pick #4---(All gone)

Pick #5
See Jane Lead by Lois P. Frankel
Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein - Audio Tapes

Pick #6---(All gone)

Pick #7
Prey by Michael Crichton - Audio Tape
Princess Charming by Jane Heller (slightly creased)

Pick #8
(sc) = slightly creased on binding otherwise all in good shape
The Jury by Steve Martini - Audio Tapes
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson - Audio Tapes

Pick #9
On Treacherous Ground by Earl Murray

Pick #10---(All Gone)


  1. Thanks Martha for the Christmas season surprise of a book even for international winners! I am still playing for Paypal though. As well as waiting on my prize from a few weeks ago which I claimed through email. Please look for it when you have the time.

    On a better note, YAY for the good health news. Great way to start the pre-celebratory period.

    Also, I'm still working on my presents so I'm in really bad shape.

  2. I'd like to read Cattle Rancher, Secret Son. Hope you have a merry Christmas! :)

  3. Hi Martha!

    I'm so happy to hear that your health is on good track it does be a reason for celebration!. I'm still entering for a Gift card/TBD and when you have time could you answer my email? ( when you have time)
    i finally sent my last christmas card and wrapped teh last package but nothing ready for the food and other decorations^^

    have your letter/gift have arrived? i do stress about that^^

    thank you as always for your generosity and Happy Holidays to you and your family

  4. Thanks for the "new" book to read. Great news on your biopsy. Merry Christmas, too.

    I would like Sheer Dynamite by Jennifer Skully this time.

  5. I'm in for a GC. Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. Congrats to the winners!

    I will try Hannah Howell's pair: My Valiant Knight and Beauty and the Beast (week 2)

    Good news on the health news.
    Hope you have a good Christmas!

  7. So happy the biopsy came back negative. Praying for continued good health news for you.
    I would like to enter for Sheer Dynamite by Jennifer Skully.

  8. That's Great news on the Biopsy!

    putting in again for Hannah Howell's pair My Valiant Knight and Beauty and the Beast

  9. Wonderful news about your biopsy! Please enter me for a GC. Thanks!

  10. I'd like to read the Diana Palmer books - love her cowboys.

    Happy holidays - glad your had good test result news!

  11. A great Christmas gift for you re the biopsy.
    Congrats to all the winners, thank you for my win.

  12. Wonderful news on the biopsy. Now you can relax and enjoy Christmas!

    The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver-Week #2


  13. That's great news for you!

    I'll try again for the Mary Higgins Clark pair Before I Say Good-bye and Where Are the Children

    Thank you so much!

  14. Congrats winners!

    Trying again for the Mary Higgins Clark pair, Before I Say Goodbye and Where Are the Children.

  15. Honor Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer

  16. Congratulations to all.

    Wishing you good health!!

    A GC would be fabulous thank you.

  17. I'll try for Breakfast in Bed-Sandra Brown.

  18. Congrats on the good health news. I would like to enter for the Hannah Howell pair: My Valiant Knight and Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for the great giveaway. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

  19. Playing for PayPal credit please. Happy Holidays, Martha!

  20. I would love to have the Hannah Howell pair-- My Valiant Knight & Beauty and the Beast. Congratulations on the great news....Have a great Christmas :)

  21. I'd like to try for the GC! Thanks!

  22. It's so great to hear your good news! Hope things stay well for you.

    I'd like a GC pls. Thanks & Merry Xmas!

  23. Thanks Martha! I hope you continue to get good news on your health. Have a great Christmas! I will try for Another View by Rosamunde Pilcher---Week # 1. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  24. I'd like a GC please & have a very merry Xmas!

  25. Thank you so very much for the win. I filled out the form.
    Congrats to all the winners.

    Merry Christmas to you and all followers of this site.

  26. Congrats to all the winners!

    My pick is Princess Charming by Jane Heller. Thank you!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  27. Congrats winners. I'll go again wit The Fall by Claudia Dain.
    Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


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