Friday, August 22, 2008

Love to Read? This Giveaway's for you!

I've posted about Chapter-a-Week before, so many of you might already be members of this yahoo group. If you are, you're eligible for the giveaway detailed below. 

If you're not a member yet, click here for more information on Chapter-a-Week and to see if this is something you'd be interested in. If you are, simply "Join This Group" and you're in. Every week you'll receive a chapter of a newly released novel delivered directly to your inbox. It's a great way to discover new authors.

Here are the details for the giveaway:

Chapter-a-Week had such a great response to our last book giveaway that we've decided to make it a regular event! So we are giving away a ten-pound box of autographed Chapter-a-Week books to one Chapter-a-Week member again.

Simply send an email with "Chapter-a-Week Summer Reading Giveaway" in the subject line to cawcontest@gmail.com and you'll be entered in the drawing. 

The deadline for signing up is September 5thand the winner will be announced September 12th. Get your entries in and be sure to tell your friends to sign up for Chapter-a-Week!

To qualify, the return email address must be on the Chapter-a-Week membership list.  Continental U. S. residents only, please. Industry professionals should refrain from entering, and though we'd love you to share our books with your friends, these books are not for resale.

Thanks and happy reading!

~Your friends at Chapter-a-Week

And a quick note on the painting above. I've loved this painting since I was a child and have a replication of it (of course, duh) hanging in my home. It's entitled "A Young Girl Reading" and was the creation of the French painter, Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806).

I found this about Fragonard on a website:

(Later in life) Fragonard made various attempts to remake his style in the newly popular Neoclassical manner with its planar compositions and smooth surfaces, although the tide of changing taste was ultimately too strong for him. After the French Revolution, he held administrative positions at the Louvre, but his work had fallen from favor and he died in relative obscurity in 1806.

And yet here we are today still appreciating this man's talent and artistry. I'm certain Fragonard--based on his circumstances at the time of his death--could never have guessed that over two hundred years later, people would still be admiring his work, and traveling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to see his paintings.

Never underestimate the power of what you do--both the "great accomplishments"and the seemingly insignificant--and how God may use them over the course of time. Have a great weekend!

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