Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis with giveaways


Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later-divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical-she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard's son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can't decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

My take:~

You never quite know what you are going to get from a Leanna Ellis book and that is the very thing that makes them special! In Once in a Blue Moon, Leanna creates wonderfully abstract characters from Bryn, with the staid job but wildly adventurous spirit, Howard, the elderly conspiracy theorist driven by irrationality and Sam, the former pastor living with regrets over how he treated his family. Funny, poignant, adventurous and romantic in equal measure, Leanna's talent ensures the story doesn't become outrageous despite the subject matter. The spiritual elements are woven with subtlety yet with a pleasing directness. Once in a Blue Moon will appeal to readers who enjoy a story out of the ordinary, just like Howard!

With thanks to WynnWynn Media for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras

Character spotlight on Bryn Seymour

Reviews of Elvis Takes a Back Seat and Lookin' Back, Texas

What's Cooking? with Leanna

Interview with Leanna

Visit Leanna's website and blog

Buy Leanna's books at Amazon and Koorong

Open Giveaway

With thanks to the wonderful generosity of B&H Fiction, I have four copies of this book to give away. Two for my Aussie readers and two for my North American readers.

To enter, post a comment on or before Sunday 21st March, 2010 leaving an AUS or US/Canada tag at the end so I can enter you in the correct draw.


Tami said...

Hi Rel, Please enter me for this book! Thanks!
Tami from Tree Swing Reading (U.S.)

Megan said...

I just discovered Leanna Ellis! I read Ruby's Slippers and really enjoyed it. (you can read my review here)
I would love the chance to read this one. Please enter me! (USA)

Juju at Tales of said...

O please enter me :)


Nicole said...

I have a copy, Rel, so don't include me. I just want to encourage readers who love a quirky, very well-written book, to get in this drawing or go buy this novel. Loved it.

Atypical Girl said...

I love the name, Bryn. Sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy artsyrockerchick[at]aim[dot]


scrappy quilter said...

Please enter me too. I love these book reviews you do. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Looks very interesting would love to win.


Edna said...

Leanna is a great writter I would love to win this book, I am in the good old USA


Leanna Ellis said...

Hi, y'all! Just thought I'd stop by and say hello! Thanks Rel for reviewing Once in a Blue Moon. So delighted you liked it so much! Thanks for those who've read it and put in a good word! Hope y'all have a blessed day!



Carole said...

Leanna always weaves into her storylines people and events that I can relate to, and her writing also grabs my emotions. I look forward to reading this book and appreciate the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net


Amber S. said...

Please enter me for a chance to win! I just finished reading "Ruby's Slippers" today, and I really enjoyed it!



Tracy said...

I love Leanna Ellis. A lot of depth encased in, at the risk of upping my TBR pile, could you please enter me too?


jaana said...

Please enter me in the draw Narelle, thanks!


Jen said...

Pop me in please Rel and thanks for all your hard work putting this blog together.

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Several other sites have been reviewing this book. Each time I read about it I am more interested. I would like to be entered for this drawing.
Diane Marie Shaw

Amber S. said...

I just won this book on another blog, so you can take my name out of this drawing. Thanks! :)

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds really good. I'd love a chance to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Marjorie said...

The review of this book is soooo
good and I would love to win it.

I am from Canada.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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