Kay Bratt Giveaway of Kate DiCamillo Books!

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Despite the new e-book craze and low cost of buying (and getting free!)e-books on Amazon, do you still like the feel and smell of a book? Me too. Do you still want your children to have that experience of waiting until you read the last word on the page so that they can turn it? Me too. Do you want them snuggled up next to you as you read them a chapter each night? Me too, but that’s not gonna happen in this house any longer. Oh–one more. Do you want them to grow up wanting to collect their favorites and hold them in their hands later to relive those childhood memories? Me too!! (We are so much alike it’s uncanny..)

So that brings me to the latest Kay Bratt Giveaway.

I love Kate DiCamillo. She doesn’t know it but I do. Just. Love. Me. Some. Kate.

You are going to think this is weird, but last week when I had a particularly rough time, I self-soothed myself by reading her chapter book titled, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. If you haven’t read it, or your child hasn’t I guess we should say, then you are all missing out. I also liked The Magician’s Elephant, though not as much as Edward. But her most famous thus far, according to me, (and I’m all that counts in this instant) is The Tale of Despereaux. Maybe you have the movie? The book is better. I promise. Okay, so I read them for research, but still–they were so good!

I also had a great launch for Chasing China. Impressive free downloads, actual sales and borrows since the release. Now I am blonde but certainly not naive enough to think that I am so famous that I did all that by myself. No way, hosea. YOU did it. You all helped my release shine by sharing on facebook, buying my book, recommending my book, tweeting my book, and especially by reviewing my books! [You know for an author, if we are in the desolate land of no-reviews-on-our-books, we might as well paint a big fat black X on our books. So thank you for everything but especially for the reviews.]

To get in the drawing to win the three books by Kate DiCamillo, ($30 value from Amazon) just comment below if you reviewed any of my books and which ones. (Please let me know the name you used) And because I am still trying to keep Chasing China going and it’s my current pet, if you review it you will get your name in twice. So you could potentially have a chance for reviewing Silent Tears, The Bridge, Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi, and 2 for Chasing China!

A second winner will win a signed copy of Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi. Okay–I’ll admit its not as wonderful as a Kate DiCamillo book but give me a few years…I might get there.  And really you guys, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. A really big thank you.

[and if you are still reading Chasing China or just finished up, you still have time to put a review on Amazon! Get to it–only needs to be a short sentence or two. The drawing will be held on January 31, by random.org]

 

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Comments (23)

  • ramblingmother

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    I have all of your books except silent tears. My seven year old likes mei li and laoshi. I like all of them too.

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  • Lisa Arndt

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    Kay it was an honor and privilege to read, review and share your books chasing china (can’t wait for the sequel) and Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi. I have purchased silent years and the bridge but have not read them yet. I am off.

    My name used on the reviews is: CotaArndt

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  • Lisa Arndt

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    Good morning Kay! Just read the bridge last night! Loved it and reviewed it ! However I unknowingly setup two accounts – so the review for the bridge and mei leo book are both under Lisa Arndt . Sorry for the confusion.

    Silent tears is next I can’t wait!

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  • Lori McCoy

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    We adopted our precious Mary Beth eight yrs.ago from China. However, just recently she began to talk about her birth mom and have questions about “it all”. After reading “Me Li & The Wise. Laosi” she seemed to understand things a lot better. The way Kay Bratt wrote the book made it very child friendly, light hearted & somewhat comical at times. Also, as a Kindergarten teacher I would recommend this book for non adopted kids as a way to teach about anti bullying. Keep up the good work Kay!

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  • Jamie Hatt

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    Good Evening Kay, just posted the picture for you of Ella Ray with her favorite new book and added a review on AMAZON. We are really loving Mei-Li thanks for your sensitive way of writing!

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  • Elissa Daniels

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    I accidentally posted without finishing my sentence, which was: even though you don’t write mystery stories, which is what I normally read, you have become my favorite author! I love your books!

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  • Lisa Arndt

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    These are the words I am left with after reading your latest book silent tears. And the tiltle of my review I will write in a few minutes. Then my next thought was “sad. I’ve read all her books now what?” can not wait for house of hu!

    I couldn’t help wondering how you get through your days now without going to the orphanage. I’m sure your life is full- but oh sooo changed.

    As I read your book I thought of how I wonder if I could volunteer. I have always wanted to.. Your book inspires me to. Someday if it’s in gods plan it will be!

    Can’t wait for an update on xian gau

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  • Kiki Fuson

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    Thanks for offering the free download, or I would never have found you. The summary caught my attention, and I can’t wait to share you with friends! Loved The Bridge and reviewed it under the name Mimi.

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  • Kiki Fuson

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    Okay so the whole Kindle keyboard thing is new to me…..reviewed under the name Kiki 🙂

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Hi Lisa,

    To this statement you made: “I couldn’t help wondering how you get through your days now without going to the orphanage. I’m sure your life is full- but oh sooo changed.”

    I actually thought coming home and taking a break from all the sadness was what I wanted. Then the dreams and memories refused to allow me to rest. I missed the babies more than I can express. I missed the feeling of ‘being needed’. I missed the feeling of moving mountains with my team to make things happen. Though I snagged a very good job in the corporate (HR) world, to be honest, I went through some hard times and depression.

    Then I published Silent Tears and realized that God gave me that time in China as a platform and he expected me to continue doing something with it. So I did. I quit my high-paying job and traded it for a part-time job and volunteer work. In addition to that, I fill my time writing by using those people and experiences I came in contact with in China.

    I know it’s a long answer to a short statement, but I want everyone to know how blessed I am by my years with the children, and how they continue to make an impact on everything I do. Okay, that’s it. I’ll stop. ;0)

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  • Truly Blessed

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    Hi Kay,

    I reviewed Chasing China on Amazon.com (Chinamom0608) and also reviewed Silent Tears (same name).
    I still haven’t read MeiLi & the Wise Lao-Shi (can’t wait) and would LOVE to win it! 🙂

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  • Liz Atkinson

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    This is the review I wrote using lizinfo as my user name:
    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED reading Chasing China. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down. I read it in 2 days. I would have done it quicker but I had to fight with my son to use the Kindle. I have an older daughter that is Mia’s age. I also have an adoptive daughter from China. Kay used just the right amount of descriptives of China to make me truly miss China but not too many that it took away from the plot. I have recommended this book to my Families of Chinese Children group. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out. Again, this is a great book. I read it over 3 weeks ago and still find myself thinking about it often.

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  • Jody

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    I have read all your books so far . Waiting for the sequels!

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  • Christie Daniels

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    I love your books and trust your judgement. I want to read this one!

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  • Connie

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    Hi, Kay! I read the Kindle version of The Bridge in one sitting and loved it! Now I’m working on Silent Tears. I added my review on AMAZON under Connie.
    Thank you, Kay!!!!

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  • Sarah Balmer

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    I reviewed “The Bridge” and “Chasing China” on Amazon under Sarah B.

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  • Lisa Arndt

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    Kay–I just coordinated a 21 family (including 49 children–28 adopted from China) Chinese New Year’s Festival here in our area. It was a breeze to do–every family chipped in and no one had to do too much–the best kind of event. Anywho–it was a wonderful event–at the end we dimmed the lights, the kids grabbed their lighted lanterns they had just made and we did our own version of a Dragon Dance–where the children danced under the dragon tail–and one of the older kids held the paper dragon head–all to a traditional Chinese New Year Music, bellowing from our old fashioned CD player. I got goosebumps all over my body and tears flooded my eyes as it began and the children giggled with delight! The joy in my heart was overflowing–with the opportunity this gathering gave us–gave our children for one evening.

    This little volunteer opportunity–to touch the lives of these special families and children–now home–but still Chinese–was so addicting. I can’t wait to organize another event. So…I can only imagine–multiplying this a million, zillion times over–and your heart, mind and body must have been in complete turmoil not being able to continue your work there. It really does still cross my mind–and I’m happy to hear you have leveled your life again–and continue to work and touch the lives you left behind. In more ways than you probably know–or will ever know.

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Lisa,

    It sounds like an amazing experience–I’m a bit jealous! Seriously though, you describe it so well I feel as if I were there and I am so happy that it was a great time by all. And yes, you might have the bug…the ‘gotta do something more’ bug! It will lead you where you need to be and every minute you give of volunteering your time and energy will be a gift back to you tenfold.

    Thanks for telling me about your celebration.
    K

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  • donna

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    I just read Chasing China while here in China and a very good read and accurate.

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  • Dawn Speese

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    I just read and reviewed Silent Tears on Amazon (D. Speese). I witnessed some of the same things at an orphanage we spent some time in several years ago. I do not think I would have had the strength to stay for so long. My one week changed me, I can only imagine the incredible weight that you have carried.

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thank you SO much to everyone who has read my books and taken the time out of their busy lives to leave reviews! The first place winner of the Kate DiCamillo books, chosen by random.org, is Sarah Balmer.

    Second place winner of my Mei Li children’s book is Dawn Speese. Please let me know who to sign it to!

    Winners, congrats to you and please use the Contact tab at the top of the blog (or fb message) to send me the physical address to send the books.

    To you others out there, keep reading and leaving reviews, I’ll have more upcoming giveaways to thank you for your support!

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  • Heather Knowles

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    Hi Kay

    Just reviewed Chasing China on Amazon.co.uk – thanx for a great read!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thank you, Heather Knowles!

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