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Giveaway: Shadow Tag and Brava Valentine

Here is the most telling fact: you wish to possess me. Here is another fact: I loved you and let you think you could. When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary - hidden where he can find it - is a manipulative farce. Alternating between these two records, complemented by unflinching third-person narration, "Shadow Tag" is an eerily gripping read. When the novel opens, Irene is resuming work on her doctoral thesis about George Catlin, the nineteenth century painter whose Native American subjects often regarded his portraits with suspicious wonder. Gil, who gained notoriety as an artist through his emotionally revealing portraits of his wife - work that is adoring, sensual, and humiliating, even shocking - realises that his fear of losing Irene may force him to create the defining work of his career. Meanwhile, Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children: fourteen-year-old genius Florian, who escapes his family's unraveling with joints and a stolen bottle of wine; Riel, their only daughter, an eleven-year-old feverishly planning to preserve her family, no matter what disaster strikes; and, sweet kindergartener Stoney, who was born, his parents come to realise, at the beginning of the end. As her home increasingly becomes a place of violence and secrets, and she drifts into alcoholism, Irene moves to end her marriage. But her attachment to Gil is filled with shadowy need and delicious ironies. In brilliantly controlled prose, "Shadow Tag" fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and one family's struggle for survival and redemption.

As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine's dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, "the prince," Valentine's only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca's heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.

As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine's first love and former fiancÉe who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her.


GIVEAWAY: I have 1 copy OF EACH BOOK up for grabs - thanks to the folks at Harper.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) ; and for putting my spiffy little button on your blog. Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Winners will be drawn Friday, February 26.

109 comments:

rubynreba said...

Both of these books look very good. Thanks for the chance.
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MJ said...

I'd love these.


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scottsgal said...

Wow shadow tag really sounds intriguing
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Hannah said...

Awesome giveaway! I'm so excited! Even if I don't win, I have to say I'm going to be hunting these down at the library! :D

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been following and will follow for a long time to come! :)

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love to curl up with either one
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Mystica said...

The reviews on both are very good and both books seem complex.

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DarcyO said...

Please include me. I'd love to read these.

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Bere said...

Wow thanks so much for the giveaway!
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Thanks so much and Happy Valentine's Day!
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Booksnyc said...

Two great books - thanks for the offer!

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Jenny said...

I'd love to enter for Shadow Tag!!

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Ryan G said...

They sound like intersting books.

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Esme said...

Brava Valentine-is appropriate for today.

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LuAnn said...

I've been wanting to read both these books!

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Tina said...

would love to win shadow tag....;D
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Mary said...

I would love to read both of these books!

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Katy said...

Wonderful giveaway!

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Becky said...

Both books sound very good but Shadow Tag sounds extremely good. Please enter me into your giveaway.

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~*Ruby*~ said...

Many thanks for this opportunity!

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Margay said...

I would love a chance at either one of these books - they both look great!
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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me for Shadow Tag. Thanks.

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I retweeted this twitter post: http://twitter.com/sumrthyme/status/9121162890
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Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

They both look great!

Please enter me!

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Karen H in NC said...

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Amy said...

I would love to win Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich. I have wanted to read one of her books for quite a while but it just hasn't happened yet!

Thank you for the giveaway!

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I tweeted giveaway of Shadow Tag:
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I would love to win Brava Valentine. It sounds like a fun, interesting book!


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Anonymous said...

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Nickolay said...

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Heather Y said...

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! Shadow Tag looks amazing, it's now on my To Read list if I don't win it! :)

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holdenj said...

I've been wanting to read both of these, they look great! Thanks for the chance to win.
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Scorpio M. said...

Both novels sound great, will be hunting them down regardless.

Thanks for the chance.

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I am a follower.

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Alicia said...

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Crystal said...

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Kaye said...

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Margie said...

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Casey said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.
Brava Valentine is definitely on my wish list.

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lag123 said...

I absolutely loved Very Valentine and would love to read this sequel. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kelly said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am really interested in Shadow Tag only. I'm a follower via GFC. I follow on Twitter @kghobbs. I follow on Facebook: Kelly Grace Hobbs (pending confirmation).

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Sue said...

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