merry, happy: 2 ways to win an early copy!

the backyard parables by margaret roachI SAW MY FIRST COPIES of “The Backyard Parables” today—and even though it’s not out officially till January 15, ‘tis the season to be generous. Here are two ways you can win one of the first books off the presses:

1. GOODREADS [DOT] COM, like a giant virtual book club, is hosting a giveaway of five copies of “The Backyard Parables.” You have to be a Goodreads member, which is free—and a great resource for any reader.  I’m a member, and so are many of my author friends. Enter their giveaway by clicking here.

2. RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, I’ve got five books to share, too. Here’s how that will work:

I’ll use the random-number tool on random [dot] org to select one winner a day from December 26-30, at 6 PM Eastern daily. The rules:

  1. You must be a subscriber to my email newsletter to win. (If you’re not yet, it’s free—all you do is put your email in the little “bubble” at the top right of any page on the blog, just above the green frog, then click the gray “JOIN…” button below that…or click here to get started.
  2. To enter, comment below by telling me something (besides my book!) that was on your holiday-gift wishlist.
  3. You can only enter once.

get your own copy on publication day

The Backyard Parables revised coverWANT TO BE GUARANTEED you’ll have a copy of “The Backyard Parables” in your hands on publication date, January 15? Order now (specific details on shipping methods and arrival dates are at each vendor’s “The Backyard Parables” page, links below):

December 21, 2012


  1. Tracy says

    My husband and I decided to build built in bookcases in our living room as a gift to each other. Not only a nice improvement to the house, but it will prevent me from living with a sweater that inevitably he would buy in the wrong size!

  2. Kristin McNamara Freeman says

    On my list this year was a new garden hoe and a good, sturdy rake. Thanks for this wonderful holiday giveaway opportunity. Your book looks like one I would surely enjoy owning.

  3. Lisa says

    Hellebores. My current obsession. Beautiful next to poinsettia right now and even better in early spring when their nodding blooms smile down from the slope next to the patio. If everybody could garden I bet there would be a lot more peace on earth! We need that here in Connecticut.

  4. Vicki says

    A better way to store all of the outdoor hoses my husband has scattered around our large garden, all of which are heavy to bring in when the weather gets cold! But most importantly, I want health and peace for family and community.

  5. nesingranch says

    My wishlist includes a book I got lost in at Longwood Gardens gift shop, The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden.

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