Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Double Giveaway: Secret Daughter & Original Sin

In honor of Mother's Day falling this Sunday, I've decided to do a double giveaway this week, of two books that deal with the subject of what it is to be a mother very differently.  Intriguingly, they're both set in San Francisco, where I live, but that's where the similarity ends.  Of Original Sin, Library Journal says:
McMullen's debut introduces Lucy Hamilton, stay-at-home mom by day, spy by night. After giving up a stellar career as a government agent (code name: Sally Sin), Lucy finds herself drawn back into the underworld when her old nemesis, an arms dealer, resurfaces—and she's apparently the only one who can bring him to justice. High-spirited fun that will appeal to readers who enjoy sassy mystery heroines.
This book won't be released until July 12, 2011, so this is a trade paper pre-publication galley I'm giving away.

Secret Daughter, on the other hand, is full of exotic locations, culture, and melodrama.  In the Washington Post, Wendy Smith wrote:
Shilpi Somaya Gowda strikes a pleasing balance in her first novel, which draws upon the hot-button issues of female infanticide and overseas adoption…Secret Daughter tells a nuanced coming-of-age story that is faithful to the economic and emotional realities of two very different cultures…Gowda doesn't neaten up the messy complications of family life as she warmly affirms the power of love to help people grow and change.
This novel was published in hardback last year.  I am giving away a finished trade paperback.  You do not need to have given birth to a child in order to win (but if you have, that's a bonus).  Other than that, the usual rules apply:
  • The winner of this giveaway is welcome to choose either or both of these titles.  If the winner wants only one, a second winner will be chosen, until both books are in the hands of someone who will enjoy them.  Other than that, the regular rules apply:
  • The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address ('cause I'm footing the postage).
  • To enter, all you need to do is post a comment below by Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
  • At my discretion, if there are less than five respondents, I can cancel or extend the giveaway.
  • Winner will be chosen by me with the help of a random number generator, and will be announced in the comments section of this thread.
  • Please check back to see if you've won. If you have left a way to contact you, I will do so.
  • The winner has one week to respond to me at with a mailing address, or I will choose a new winner.
  • If a second winner fails to respond, the book automatically goes to the lovely members of my face-to-face book club.
  • Previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter.
  • Finally, if at all possible, please comment below only if you're entering the giveaway.

Good luck, happy reading, and happy Mother's day to all the moms out there!


  1. I would love both of these! Thanks, Susan!

  2. Hi Susan,
    It is so nice of you to offer these giveaways. Both of these books sound interesting to me.
    Thanks, Jean a/k/a punxsygal

  3. I'd love to win both of these books....thank-you for the opportunity . Lesley

  4. I agree Susan both of these novels sound very interesting and intriguing. Both novels sound interesting enough that it would be hard to put it down until it was finished. Thank-you for the opportunity to own these two titles.
    Peggy J.

  5. I'll make the number 5, that's the magic one, isn't it? And I'm a mother!

  6. I would love to read either one...they sound like great reads.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  8. I don't know if you're a Mom, but congratulations, Katrina, you're a winner! Thanks for leaving an email address, I'll be in touch.