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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book Review and GIVEAWAY for The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes


A Devilishly Fun Read!

Lucy Burns just wants a normal life. She's gorgeous, forever young and can eat all the chocolate she wants and not get fat! What's so bad about that?! Well, those are some of the perks of the job she has, but she also can never see her family again, never have a boyfriend and must spend her entire life leading sinners to justice! (That last part isn't so bad really)... What's her job?! Lucy Burns is a Facilitator to HELL! (Hell now located behind her basement door!) And her boss is "a real devil"!

When Lucy was 11 her sister Ellen had a horrible accident and ended up in the hospital in a coma. Desperate to save her, Lucy wrote a note:

To Whom It May Concern:
...Make Ellen wake up and I'll be forever in your debt.
Sincerely,
Lucy Burns

She went out in the middle of the night to her & Ellen's magic mailbox, that was in front of their playhouse and usually saved for Dear Santa letters, put the note in, raised the flag and crossed her fingers. By morning "a miracle" had happened and Ellen was fine! Feeling foolish, Lucy raced out to the mailbox to destroy the letter. But her letter was not there. Instead there was a new note:
Dear Lucy,
It's a deal... I'll be in touch.
Sincerely,
"To Whom It May Concern"

And with that Lucy's fate was sealed. But after 19 years as the devil's check-out girl, she misses her family, would like some steady companionship and has become a bit bored with her routine.
She wants out! Eternity is eternity, right?! Not so fast....She may be able to retire after all!... Lucy found a loophole! But it won't be easy and she'll have to follow her heart along the way....

I liked T
he Sinful Life of Lucy Burns! It was fun, sassy and a quick read. A kind of chick-lit with a dark side. How could it not be 'dark' with a job like hers- facilitator to the devil? (Of course going to Squeaky's car wash makes her feel cleansed after a tough day at work!) But in essence Lucy is a single girl struggling to make a life for herself. She's gotten herself into this tough situation and is trying to dig her way out. Along the way, we see her frustrations with her job (it's really not so fun leading sinners to their end all the time and accidents DO happen!), and her personal life (boyfriends aren't allowed but men can still be tempting!) and her success at having a best friend even though she has to lie to her constantly about what's going on 'at work'. We begin to root for Lucy in being able to lead a normal life, and her antics in getting there are what makes this book so much fun! She is a great character! And you will be entertained! I recommend you put The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes in your beach bag this summer! A special thanks to Harrison Demchick of Bancroft Press for sending me a copy so that I could review it for my readers!

Now about the Giveaway!...

I have 1 copy of
The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns for a giveaway to my readers courtesy of Harrison Demchick of Bancroft Press. Thank you Harrison for the opportunity to share this wonderful book!

To Enter this giveaway...

*For one entry leave me a comment with your email address.

*For another entry, follow my blog and leave a comment to let me know you just became a follower. (if you already are a follower you will get an extra entry!)

*For another entry, Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

*For one more entry, Lucy use to get a birthday wish granted every year from "To Whom It May Concern", if you could have any birthday wish you wanted, what would you wish for?

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.(No PO boxes). The books will be shipped to the winners directly from the publishers. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on July 18, 2009. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! (please check your email.. winner must reply to me within 3 days! Thanks!) Good Luck!


85 comments:

Kathy said...

My email is kathydetweiler@gmail.com

Kathy said...

I'm already a follower!

Kathy said...

I tweeted!
https://twitter.com/kdet62/status/2411102657

Kathy said...

My birthday wish would be to see my sons , they are both in VA and I'm in TX.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would LOVE to win this. It sounds like a ton of fun and I've heard really good things.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I follow your blog already.

-Lauren

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

If i could have a b-day wish...to be in really good shape and be able to wear what I wanted! LOL I envy the ones that stay skinny.

-Lauren

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Susan said...

Kind of sounds similar to that tv show, Reaper? This would be a fun addition to my summer reading! Thanks!

Susan said...

Already a follower.

jennilovevirgo said...

I'd love to read this book, I've entered tons of contests for this book with no luck, lol.

I'm already a follower

I've posted to my sidebar -
http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com

And if I could get something, I'd have to say my own house, completely paid for. That way I wouldn't have to live at home with my mother anymore..and me and my fiance could get married and start a family.

Thanks for hosting this great contest,

jennilovevirgo AT aol DOT com

throuthehaze said...

count me in!
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throuthehaze said...

already a follower
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throuthehaze said...

If I could have one birthday wish it would be to be rich or something along those lines.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kristi said...

Would love to win this one - sounds like one I could enjoy with my daughter.

I tweeted - http://bit.ly/E1CCc (kherbrand)
I follow your blog
Birthday wish - that my older daughter would move back in with me from her dad's...

Thanks for the giveaway!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

The Tome Traveller said...

Please enter me, I keep reading great reviews for this one!

Just became a new follower.

My birthday wish would be for good health for family & friends.

Julie J. said...

OH, this one sounds so good!!

Julie
faithfulgirl4[at]gmail[dot]com

Julie J. said...

I'm a follower!

Julie J. said...

I tweeted...from @faithfulgirl

faithfulgirl@chickwithbooks Great review and giveaway http://tinyurl.com/mm86tn Sinful Life of Lucy Burns

Sue said...

Looks fun!
s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Sheila DeChantal said...

Why Not? ;)

journey through books at gmail (dot) com

Julie J. said...

Any birthday wish??? I'd love to see my mom be able to walk again.

faithfulgirl4[at]gmail[dot]com

Yvette Kelly said...

Hey sounds like a good one and on kindle too.My birthday wish would be to be able to travel to anywhere in the world by ship or train.And I have an award for you on my blog.

Suzanne said...

Oh Yvette! Thank you for the award! You are too sweet! I'll be by later!

okbolover said...

Pls enter me in this giveaway! thanks :)

sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

I tweeted: http://bit.ly/E1CCc (Sensitivemuse)

Rose Red said...

OMG this book just sounds like it would be so fun to read. So count me in for a chance to win. Thanks for the review that has sent me to Amazon to look further also. It's now on my TBR list.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Rose Red said...

Already a follower on Blogger (rubymoon/Ally)

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Rose Red said...

My one wish would be pretty much the same year after year--just let me watch one world series baseball game from start to finish uninterrupted.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Kirsty said...

Hi, just saw your comment on Chick Lit Reviews and News and wanted to say hallo to a fellow book reviewer!

I'll blogroll you tommorrow! x

Kirsty
www.novelicios.com

jennilovevirgo said...

I've already entered ;x lol.

You've Been Tagged!!

http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com/2009/07/whats-on-your-desk-wednesday-july-1st.html

Alipet813 said...

Please enter me in this contest.

alipet813(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alipet813 said...

I have signed up to be a follower.

I have RT this on twitter...user name alipet813

My one wish would be to have all my outstanding debt paid off. I was a single parent in college so it has followed me around for years!

Tippy! said...

This book looks pretty good. I would like to win a copy.

I'm now a follower. :)

I posted this contest on my side bar.
http://climbingthrough.blogspot.com

If I were to have one wish granted I would wish for being accepted to Temple University next year after I finish high school.

my email address is tippy DOT cavallaro AT gmail DOT com.

Thank you! :)

PaulGuy said...

This book sounds great! And as a Kindleholic I like the new "Kindle Ready" links at the end of reviews.

Marie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds great!!

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

I am already a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

If I had one wish it would be to be able to have enough money to live comfortably without always having to worry about paying the bills from month to month!

marielay@gmail.com

holdenj said...

Sounds good! Please enter me!

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

holdenj said...

As far as birthday wishes go, staying healthy to live a long life is number one.

Lorri said...

Lorri- jeannesgiftsatgmaildotcom

amanda said...

I'd love to win!
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

amanda said...

I am a new follower.
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

Liro said...

Hi Suzanne,

Love your blog. I am a new follower. My email is liro.mega@gmail.com.

Witch Baby said...

This sounds like a truly excellant book.

*witch_baby @ yahoo.com

*Following your blog

*Birthday wish - To always have the exact amount of money in my pocket to buy whatever I want.

Funny Girl said...

Sounds like wickedly fun read!

Liro said...

I blogged about it, here is the link:
http://thefishbol.blogspot.com/2009/07/want-free-book.html

Jenny said...

Hi, I'd like to enter

jen4777[at]hotmail.com

Jenny said...

I'm a follower too

jen4777[at]hotmail.com

Jenny said...

My birthday wish would be to wish that my parents stay healthy

jen4777[at]hotmail.com

Shoshana said...

Would love to win a copy of this book!

thisbookforfree at gmail dot com

Shoshana said...

Followed you :)

Bridget said...

Hi! No need to enter me; just posted this on Win A Book.

Beth said...

Please enter me to win the book! Sounds interesting~
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Beth said...

I would wish for good health for my husband who has been having health problems.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Janel said...

What a fun sounding book! Please enter me.

jgbeads at gmail dot com

Janel said...

My birthday wish would be to take my family on a trip to New Zealand and Australia. I've always wanted to go there!

jgbeads at gmail dot com

Lisette said...

It sounds pretty neat!

lc_intocable[a]yahoo[d]com

Pam said...

I'd love to read this book. It sounds like such fun!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

follower

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Pam said...

For a birthday wish, I would like one birthday with all my loved ones in the world and those that have passed all together with me.

melacan at hotmail dot com

chey said...

Sounds like a great read!
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Jess said...

I would love to read this!

jedziedz@hotmail.com
jess
barney's book blog

Jess said...

I am a follower.

jedziedz@hotmail.com
jess
barney's book blog

MoziEsmé said...

Would love to read this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

MoziEsmé said...

I'm a follower...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

MoziEsmé said...

And I would like the ability to live life free of financial responsibilities!

Jess said...

I would love to read this!

jedziedz@hotmail.com
jess
barney's book blog

Jess said...

I am a follower!

jedziedz@hotmail.com
jess
barney's book blog

Kaye said...

This sounds like such a fun read. Count me in please. I just signed up to be a follower.

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tashiana said...

sounds great
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tashiana said...

i'm a new follower
tashiluvsu@live.com

tashiana said...

if i could wish for one thing it would be wisdom

Upper West Side Writer said...

Please enter me; this book sounds wonderful! Thanks!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I'm already a blog follower via Blogger; thank you!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I just Tweeted about this giveaway:

http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/2593262135

Thank you again!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

My birthday wish would be jobs that my husband and I really enjoy. Thanks so much!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Darcy said...

Sounds like a great book. Count me in!

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Darcy said...

I'm a follower.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Darcy said...

My birthday wish would be for my husband to find a job!

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Dina said...

Another good one - thanks! aitmama (at) gmail

Dina said...

http://twitter.com/aitmama/status/2636671892

Dina said...

Follow you.

DCMetroreader said...

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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DCMetroreader said...

Follower

DCMetroreader said...

Blogged about giveaway on my blog under current giveaways.
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barbrafl said...

+1 Commenting
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+1 Twittered this
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Thanks for the contest!
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