Wednesday, February 4, 2009


This giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulations to The Halton Mom for winning this great book!

My bloggy friend Michelle Sutton has written a wonderful book and because she is extra cool she has offered to give one of you lovelies a SIGNED copy of her novel- It's Not About Me!


Michelle Sutton has lived in Arizona and since 1991 and has two sons and a husband of 18 years. She began writing fiction in August 2003 when God inspired her to write a novel with realistic characters that would glorify Him. In 2004 she joined ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2006 Michelle ran for Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating board and ACFW members elected her to serve a two year term. She sold her first manuscript Then Sings My Soul (now re-titled It's Not About Me) to Sheaf House and her debut novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the Second Glances series - It's Not About Him - will be released the following fall (Sept. 2009.)

Last, Michelle is Editor in Chief of the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is sponsored by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.


Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie's safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.

"...the exquisitely written spiritual content shows the reader that redemption is available, no matter what the circumstances."
- 4 Stars, Romantic Times!

Instead of dealing with timely issues like alcoholism, premarital sex and pornography in a preachy, oh-so-tired fashion, Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Me gets to the heart of the matter with a shocking dose of realism and poignant storytelling. From the first paragraph, Sutton weaves together a thoroughly entertaining story that'll keep readers intrigued for the long haul as they get to know Annie, Dan, Tony and Susie—young adults that probably don't look and sound all that different from themselves. Now that's a seriously refreshing turn for Christian fiction."
~Christa Ann Banister~, author of Around the World in 80 Dates, (NavPress 2007) and Blessed are the Meddlers (NavPress 2008)

It's Not About Me is a wonderfully entertaining and deliciously suspenseful read that will keep you turning the pages. Sutton doesn't back away from the drama and with all of the twists and turns, It's Not About Me is hard to put down. I cannot wait for the sequel! Bravo!"
~Victoria Christopher Murray~, Essence best-selling author of multiple titles including The Ex Files and the upcoming YA series The Divine Divas

“Annie captured my heart on the first page and kept me enthralled to the very end. This edgy, yet surprisingly poignant story travels the inroads of intimate relationships – man to woman, brother to brother, parent to child, friend to friend. But especially satisfying is the author’s delicate handling of the relationship between a searching soul and the loving Savior who alone possesses the power to work all things out for the good. A terrific debut for Michelle Sutton. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!”
~Virginia Smith~, author of Just As I Am and Sincerely, Mayla

"Michelle Sutton's gritty writing style will very likely go straight to the hearts of teens, addressing what they deal with every day in what is all too often grim reality for our youth. Sutton is no doubt a refreshing and much needed voice in today's YA fiction."
~Tina Ann Forkner~, Author of Ruby Among Us
Waterbrook Press/Random House

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of It's Not About Me, go HERE


I loved this book. I really enjoyed Michelle's writing style and how easily the story line flowed. I loved how Michelle addressed the VERY real temptations young people face today through a very compelling storyline. This was not your typical Christian romance book which makes it even better.

I adored the main characters. I appreciated that they were portrayed as REAL people, imperfect and in need of God's grace. This story will be one that most (if not all) young people can relate to and learn from.

I would highly recommend this book to teen girls and young women especially, but honestly I think it is a great story for all of us to read! You parents of teens out there could probably learn a lot from it. Go check it out! Personally I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

You can find the It's Not About Me blog HERE.

Michelle also has a great blog called Edgy Inspirational Author where she does book reviews and regular book giveaways. Go say hello!

Would you like to win a signed copy of this book?

1. Leave me a comment here telling me what you think "Edgy Inspirational" means :) or if that is too tough just tell me why you want to win this book!

Want extra entries? Leave a SEPARATE comment for each step you complete please...

2. Add my button to your site and leave me the link.

3. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link to the post.

4. Twitter this giveaway.

5. Stumble this giveaway or site.

6. Subscribe to this blog in the reader of your choice.

7. Follow this blog.

8. Go visit Michelle's blog and tell me what you found...

9. Go visit the Christian Fiction Online Magazine and tell me something interesting from there.

10. Go visit the It's Not About Me blog and tell me what you think of it.

I will choose a winner on February 23 rd and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize. Please leave me a way to contact you if you win! I am posting this giveaway on BOTH of my blogs so you can enter in both places if you like so you have more chances to win :)

Don't forget to enter my other great giveaways...
Win a SIGNED copy of It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton HERE.
Win free prescription EYEGLASSES HERE!
Win SCANALOG software HERE.
Win Invitations from Urbanity HERE.


MJ said...

I'd love to read this.
Edgy Inspirational??? Don't ask a kindergarten teacher to think on a rare snow day in South Carolina and we HAD school!!!! LOL

MJ said...

I follow

Sarah said...

I absolutely love inspirational romances! Not totally sure about what Edgy Inspirational means, but it looks like a great book!

silverhartgirl said...

I am not too sure what it means. it dose look like a good book and a great read.

Erika Lynn said...

I think edgy inspirational is being inspirational without being preachy. finding a way to make a point without shoving it down the readers throat. just my two cents.

Erika Lynn said...

i subscribe in google reader

Erika Lynn said...

i follow

Bridget said...

I've posted this on Win A Book. Don't enter me .

Dar said...

I'd love to be entered. I already follow your blog (as of the other day-lol). I also have you in google reader. What do I think edgy inspirational is---it may be a little more of a blunt edge to the story-maybe addressing issues more to the point than others might. Hope that makes sense.
bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

Carol said...

I'd love to read this.

Edgy inspirational? I would guess it is inspirational, but not in a preachy kind of way, more real life, where everything's not black and white and choices can be tough.

djecse at yahoo dot com

Erika Lynn said...

i linked it on my blog

Stacie said...

I just posted on this on your other blog- meaning for me is "outside the box" and not your typical inspirational material.

Stacie said...

I follow.

The Giveaway Diva said...

ohhhh wow this sounds like an amazing novel! hmm to me edgy inspirational would be that something is so cutting edge that it inspires you to change a part of your life

munecita said...

I think edgy inspirational means being inspirational while keeping it real. Not just pointing out the positives but letting them know the negatives and how to better them. I prefer to focus on the positive but the negatives are still part of life but there's an upside to everything :)

yay another chance to win!

thanks so much

tsslug said...

Edgy Inspirational
Sounds like a good read.
God bless everyone

Francine said...

I would love to read this because I am looking for new books to read and this sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Francine said...

I am subscribed

Francine said...

I follow

Liviania said...

To me, an edgy inspirational would be a book that deals with issues of maintaining faith, but avoids being 'preachy' and keeps it on a human level, focusing on how people really keep faith with what they have to deal with day to day.

Amber said...

Edgy Inspirational? Umm...I think of someone with a short and spunky pixie cut with lots of energy and sparkling violet eyes. But that's just me...I want to win this book because it really sounds like nothing I have ever read before!

Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway :)


Anonymous said...

Hey! The book sounds great and well worth reading, so please enter me, Thanks!

mindy said...

wonderful read thanks for the giveaway

scottsgal said...

Edgy inspiration to me would mean keeping it modern and real. Count me in to win

liane66 said...

Edgy Inspirational? A punk rocker who found God? I haven't a clue, but would like to read it.
Thanks for the giveaway!


Marie said...

I think Edgy Inspirational means that the book is inspirational but still takes some chances, pushes the envelope a bit.

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