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Too Much of a Coincidence plus a Giveaway

June 14, 2009

Travis Thrasher & Kathy

Several days ago, I saw My Friend Amy and Miriam Parker discussing Travis Thrasher‘s work on Twitter.  Amy said she really enjoyed Ghostwriter and Miriam told her that Travis would be on Blog Talk Radio on Tuesday, June 16.  Since I love Blog Talk Radio, I decided to read the only Travis Thrasher book I had, so I could participate.  I also started following Travis on Twitter.  I started Isolation on Friday night and it drew me in right from the start (it’s totally creepy).   As I was reading the book Saturday afternoon, imagine my surprise when I glanced up at Twitter and saw a Tweet from Travis that said he was at our local indie bookstore doing a signing.  I called the store to see how much longer he would be there and hopped in my car and rushed over.

Lucky for me, the store wasn’t very crowded so I got to talk with Travis (and meet his cousin and her husband) for a little while.  He was very nice and friendly and when I told him about my blog he said, “there are a lot of great bloggers out there doing great things.”  We talked about all kinds of things, including music, genres of fiction and book signings.  He said he loves to meet readers, even if they haven’t read any of his work.  If he comes to your area, you need to go see him!

I got Travis to autograph two copies of his newest title, Ghostwriter – one to keep and one to give away. I haven’t read it yet, but here’s a description from the publisher’s website:

For years Dennis Shore has thrilled readers with his spooky bestselling novels. Now a widower, Dennis is finally alone in his house, his daughter attending college out of state. When he’s stricken by a paralyzing case of writer’s block and a looming deadline, Dennis becomes desperate. Against better judgment, he claims someone else’s writing as his own, accepting undeserved accolades for the stolen work. He thinks he’s gotten away with it . . until he’s greeted by a young man named Cillian Reed–the true author of the stolen manuscript.

What begins as a minor case of harassment quickly spirals out of control. As Cillian’s threats escalate, Dennis finds himself on the brink of losing his career, his sanity, and even his life. The horror he’s spent years writing about has arrived on his doorstep, and Dennis has nowhere to run.

To enter to win an autographed copy of GHOSTWRITER,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Sunday, June 28, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Monday, June 29, 2009.

edited on June 15 to add the following:

I just heard from Miram of Hachette Books and she has offered to sweeten the prize, by throwing in a (unautographed) copy of ISOLATION!  I finished the book yesterday and enjoyed it – I should have my review up later this week.

122 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 7:14 am

    I’d love to enter to win! I’m a huge fan of Trasher’s writing (and you’re right, Kathy, he is pretty cute!)

  2. June 14, 2009 7:18 am

    Kathy, I’ve been reading about Ghostwriter for a while now and it has me curious. It’s not a genre I usually read but descriptions of this book tempt me!

    Please enter my in the drawing.

    meah56 AT gmail DOT com

  3. June 14, 2009 7:19 am

    How great is your story? I love it when things just work out! I’d love to win a copy of this book because I haven’t read anything by him!

    bookingmama(at)comcast(dot)net

  4. June 14, 2009 7:48 am

    Wow! That sounds like a GREAT book and I’d love to win it (I am in Denmark):

    louise_alkjaer (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  5. Melanie permalink
    June 14, 2009 8:15 am

    How great was that! Lucky you.

    ladynole35@yahoo.com

  6. June 14, 2009 8:22 am

    Never heard of blog talk radio before. I will have to check it out.

    thanks for the giveaway

    misaacmom [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. June 14, 2009 8:33 am

    Awesome way to connect!

    No need to enter me. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  8. June 14, 2009 8:36 am

    Kathy! How wonderful! That really is a huge coincidence. I am definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy of Isolation. I won’t be able to listen to Blog Talk Radio this week because I’ll be heading to DC for a training class. I’ll be listening to it later. You can call in and flaunt your budding friendship. LOL!!! I should check into my indie book stores to see if they ever have book signings.

    And please, please enter me into this contest. I would love a chance at winning an autographed copy.

  9. June 14, 2009 8:38 am

    How lucky that you were able to make it over there to his signing. I love it when events converge like that. It’s so fun and exciting.

  10. Pam permalink
    June 14, 2009 8:41 am

    I’ve never read any of his work but this book sounds really interesting. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway – thank you so much!

  11. June 14, 2009 8:45 am

    What a great opportunity!! How lucky you were tweeting. The book looks great and I would love to enter the contest. Enjoy your week…
    Wisteria

  12. June 14, 2009 8:54 am

    How totally cool that you got to meet him! I would love to read it, please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  13. June 14, 2009 9:05 am

    no need to enter me, but that is really awesome that you got to meet him! now when you call in, you’ll be old friends!

  14. June 14, 2009 9:10 am

    What a great story!! I’m so glad you had such a great experience in meeting him! The premise of Ghostwriter is fantastic! I’d love a chance to win – Thanks!

    lisamos64@gmail.com

  15. nfmgirl permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:11 am

    How cool! I’d love a chance to win his book. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  16. Mark permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:16 am

    Ghostwriter sounds very interesting. I’d like to give it a try! Thanks!

  17. June 14, 2009 9:27 am

    Count me in. The book sounds interesting. Love how you got to meet Travis.

    Thanks.
    grumpydan[at]netzero[dot]com

  18. June 14, 2009 9:28 am

    Don’t you just love when all the stars align in the right way? Your weekend sounds fabulous to me.

    I have not read anything by this author (yet) but this books sounds like a great place to start. I would love to be entered in the contest.

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

  19. June 14, 2009 9:50 am

    Wow! Nice that you got to meet him!! I should really take a look around to see who’s heading this way… The only author I’ve ever met IRL is Sheldon Rusch (I heart Sheldon!), & that’s before he was published.

  20. June 14, 2009 9:51 am

    forgot to say, “count me in!”…

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

  21. June 14, 2009 10:22 am

    How lucky for you! Sounds like you had a great time. I’d love to try to win a copy as I’ve not read any of his books and this one sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  22. Teresa W permalink
    June 14, 2009 10:49 am

    This would be a new author for me, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  23. June 14, 2009 10:59 am

    What a great story Kathy! Thanks for sharing it with us and the opportunity to read Ghost Writer!
    I’ve not read Thrasher’s work so please count me in for the giveaway!

  24. June 14, 2009 11:14 am

    That so great that you could rush right down and meet him. Super photo! And it will make BTR all that more fun for you.

  25. June 14, 2009 11:24 am

    This is not a book I would ordinarily read, but the “preview,” grabbed me. Please enter my name. Thank you.

  26. Carlene permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:49 am

    Please inlcude me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Carlene
    iluvreading(at)verizon.net

  27. Amber G permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:56 am

    This is so neat and your story is so fun as well. I love meeting authors – though it is rare that I get the chance.

  28. Linna permalink
    June 14, 2009 1:08 pm

    I’d love to read this book. Please enter me.

  29. June 14, 2009 1:34 pm

    i keep hearing about blog talk radio…and have to make a point of checking it out! lucky you for meeting travis thrasher–his new book sounds great! i’d love to be entered into this giveaway! thanks for hosting.

  30. dag888888 permalink
    June 14, 2009 1:40 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway! Blog talk radio is new to me!

  31. June 14, 2009 2:10 pm

    You are just so cool! I love how dedicated you are to reading, books and authors. That was a terrific story, thanks for sharing – love the picture too 🙂

    I’ve read Isolation and Ghostwriter and they were both great, Thrasher is an author I can’t wait to see more from!

  32. June 14, 2009 2:32 pm

    I hope I am not too late to enter. I would love to win one. I have been so busy all weekend, this is the first opportunity I have had to get on the PC.

  33. June 14, 2009 2:56 pm

    This book sounds scary. 🙂 I’m so glad you made it in time to meet him – that is very cool!

  34. June 14, 2009 3:29 pm

    Oh, yes – Please enter me for the drawing. I haven’t read anything by him, yet.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

  35. June 14, 2009 3:36 pm

    What a fantastic photo! And please enter me, even if it is a bit selfish. 😉

  36. bridget3420 permalink
    June 14, 2009 3:39 pm

    Count me in:)

  37. Julie permalink
    June 14, 2009 4:19 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway, sounds like a good book! Thats very cool that you got a chance to meet him and have the books autographed!

    Cheers,
    julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

  38. June 14, 2009 4:26 pm

    This book sounds great. Like something I would enjoy very much. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

  39. Marie permalink
    June 14, 2009 4:27 pm

    How neat that you got a chance to meet him! The book sounds great, I would love to read it!

  40. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 14, 2009 5:13 pm

    Well, if this isn’t an advertisement for Twitter I don’t know what is! I love to meet authors, even some I haven’t read! This book is on my list, so please enter me.
    Love the picture 🙂

  41. June 14, 2009 5:14 pm

    I’d love to win! Writer’s block is one of my demons…

  42. June 14, 2009 5:24 pm

    How neat that you got to meet him!

    Please count me in.

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

  43. June 14, 2009 5:56 pm

    I read an excerpt from Ghostwriter via DearReader.com a few weeks ago – please enter me in the giveaway for your second copy! And thanks for sharing your author-meeting experience – great picture, too :-).

  44. June 14, 2009 6:24 pm

    Sounds like a great book. Add me to the contest and thank you!

  45. June 14, 2009 6:51 pm

    Wow! Talk about timing. I just love Twitter 🙂 I would love to win a copy of his book.

    thereedfamilyATsbcglobalDOTnet

  46. June 14, 2009 8:22 pm

    FUN! Here’s ME commenting so I might have a chance to win…

  47. June 14, 2009 8:35 pm

    Synchronicities are lovely – how wonderful to be able to meet Travis at your local indie!

  48. June 14, 2009 8:48 pm

    Wow! Looks like you won the REAL prize! How fun and exciting for you! Thanks for sharing the fun with us – I’d love to win his book!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  49. June 14, 2009 9:19 pm

    How cool is that?! It’s so nice to put a human side to the name on a front of a book. Travis Thrasher sounds like a heck of a nice guy. Oh and his books sounds pretty good too!

  50. Llehn permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:05 pm

    I haven’t tried this book yet, but it looks awesome!

  51. June 14, 2009 11:42 pm

    This sounds great…I love creepy books!

  52. June 15, 2009 12:05 am

    I just got hod of his 1st book & I loved it. I’m looking forward to reading his succeeding books. Do toss my name in the hat, please. 🙂

    Thanks.

  53. June 15, 2009 1:48 am

    That book sounds scary. o.O It is cool that you just happened to be reading his book and noticed him twittering that he was at your local bookstore, though.

  54. June 15, 2009 2:44 am

    Please enter me. I’ve been wanting to read this book. Thanks!

    tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

  55. June 15, 2009 6:52 am

    52 entries already 🙂

    Please do enter me.

  56. Cindy V permalink
    June 15, 2009 7:31 am

    I’d love a chance to win this book. I’m always looking for a new author to fall in love with.

    Dutchlvr1(at)aol(dot)com

  57. June 15, 2009 8:59 am

    Kathy what a great photo and what were the chances of that happening on such short notice? That is great. I will try to listen tomorrow to the show.

    Please count me in for the draw. I heard great things about him and his books.

    cindysloveofbooksarcATgmailDOTcom

  58. June 15, 2009 10:33 am

    I’ve been following Travis’s website/blog. I haven’t had a chance to read any of his books yet. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! Indig

  59. miriamparker permalink
    June 15, 2009 10:34 am

    So excited about tomorrow’s Blog Talk Radio show! Hope you can all call in! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/faithwords

  60. June 15, 2009 11:47 am

    What a nifty coincidence. Isn’t Twitter the coolest? I’m glad you got to meet the author.

  61. amy permalink
    June 15, 2009 11:52 am

    Thanks for the link to his webpage I saved it for updates.

  62. June 15, 2009 12:41 pm

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  63. Julie permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:16 pm

    Very Cool that Isolation has been added to the prize!

  64. June 15, 2009 1:18 pm

    I would love a copy!!
    luckistarr4 AT gmail DOT com

    Thanks!!

  65. June 15, 2009 1:38 pm

    He’s looks totally nice, and the novel sounds totally frightening. Please enter me in your drawing, Kath!

  66. Rebecca Cox permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:08 pm

    Never heard of Blog Talk Radio, and what Karma to get to meet Travis. I have never read one of his books and I hate to admit it, but have never heard of him, so I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway. Rebecca

  67. June 15, 2009 2:24 pm

    Coincidence indeed! Glad to hear that you got the meet the author (and tweet with him too)! Please include my name in your drawing. Thanks.

  68. June 15, 2009 3:17 pm

    I haven’t read any good “on the edge of your seat” books in a while. Please include my name in your drawing.

    Lisa

  69. June 15, 2009 3:50 pm

    I have heard alot of good things about Ghostwriter and would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks to Hatchette Books for throwing in Isolation. My fingers are crossed!

  70. Carol permalink
    June 15, 2009 4:03 pm

    I would love to be entered. Thanks!

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  71. June 15, 2009 7:38 pm

    I’d love a chance to win this!

  72. June 15, 2009 9:33 pm

    wow, a lot of entries but please throw my hat in the ring too. it sounds right up my alley!

    caitemaireAThotmailDOTcom

  73. June 15, 2009 11:00 pm

    What a great coincidence and good for you! The book sounds really good. I would love to be entered.
    Thank you.

  74. June 15, 2009 11:56 pm

    I recently added this book to my TBR list. It looks sooo good! I’d love a chance to win.

    Thanks so much,

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  75. June 16, 2009 11:07 am

    Don’t enter me Kathy. I just wanted to say that it’s so cool you got to meet him!

  76. June 16, 2009 11:21 am

    No need to enter me (again). Just letting you know I reposted at Win a Book.

  77. chey permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:02 pm

    Hi!
    Wow! Twittering really came in handy!
    The book sounds great!

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  78. Mary D permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:22 pm

    Honestly, I have really been dying to read Ghostwriter!!! Please, please enter me to win this great book and thank you so much!

  79. scottsgal permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:32 pm

    I just received Ghostwriter but now with all the talk I have to go find Isolation to read as well. thanks for the giveaway
    msboatgal at aol.com

  80. Elaine G permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:56 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway
    thank you

  81. June 16, 2009 2:38 pm

    I read GHOSTWRITER and enjoyed it. Very Stephen King-like.

  82. Suyen Moreno permalink
    June 16, 2009 3:22 pm

    Like you, I randomly came across Travis Thrasher’s work and was completely floored! He easily became one of my fave authors, if not my #1. I’d love to win the book! May the internet gods be with me…

  83. June 16, 2009 10:48 pm

    How fun! The only authors that I ever hear about coming here are never any that I know. The one exception was MaryJanice Davidson and I had exactly one day notice 😦 Didn’t make it to that signing.

  84. June 17, 2009 1:25 am

    I would love to be included it sounds like a great book.

  85. June 17, 2009 3:23 am

    There’s nothing better than a good thriller!

  86. June 17, 2009 8:48 am

    That is so cool that you got to meet him! Please sign me up for this giveaway.

    jedziedz@hotmail.com
    jess
    barney’s book blog

  87. June 17, 2009 9:25 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks! I’ve heard great things about his books and would love to read them. I think it’s great you got a chance to talk to him for a bit.

    I posted this in my sidebar.

    –Anna
    diaryofaneccentric[at]hotmail[dot]com

  88. stilettostorytime permalink
    June 17, 2009 12:34 pm

    What a great coincidence! Thanks for the chance…I would love to read one of his works…he is on my list.

    Courtney
    Stilettostorytime@gmail.com

  89. June 17, 2009 2:16 pm

    How exciting, Kathy! You’ve reminded me that I need to look and see if there are any author signings in my area I want to go to.

    I would like to be entered to win one of the copies. Thanks!

    literaryfeline AT gmail DOT com

  90. June 17, 2009 2:35 pm

    Oh, exciting! 😀

    Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway.

  91. etirv permalink
    June 17, 2009 6:27 pm

    Please include me, thanks!

  92. Rachel permalink
    June 17, 2009 10:24 pm

    New to your blog…I’m enjoying all your book recommendations. I have a long list of books on my summer reading list and I’ve added several from your blog.

  93. June 18, 2009 9:03 am

    I’m hitting up these great giveaways I have missed. Being out of town on those two college trips has hurt me! Then, last night, I was all set for an evening of catching up when the mother of all storms knocked our power out for three hours!

  94. Glenn permalink
    June 18, 2009 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the book giveaway!

  95. Anita Yancey permalink
    June 18, 2009 3:08 pm

    This book sounds pretty good. I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks for having this giveaway.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  96. ann marie permalink
    June 19, 2009 8:45 am

    After reading your review, I will throw my name into the hat for this great giveaway , thanks

  97. June 19, 2009 1:20 pm

    Enter me! I just added this book to my TBR pile.. I was hoping my Library would be getting it but not anytime soon. I hope I win! 🙂

  98. June 19, 2009 3:15 pm

    I am already entered, but I just finished reading your review of Isolation, and the mansion on the hill with the snowstorm reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s book, The Shining. Great review.

  99. June 19, 2009 3:20 pm

    that is very cool indeed. Ah the power of Twitter.
    Please enter me as I love a good scary story.
    jennygirl73(at)gmail(dot)com

  100. emily l permalink
    June 19, 2009 4:54 pm

    I would love to win! =)

  101. June 19, 2009 5:20 pm

    Is it US only or worldwide contest? (I’m in Canada!)
    Anyway, just in case, here’s my email : I really want to read those! 🙂

    infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

  102. June 19, 2009 11:45 pm

    What a cool coincidence that was! I wish we had an indie bookstore close here – all the authors seem to end up at the bigger bookstores too far south to travel to!

    Ghostwriter sounds like a book I would like – and I must check out Isolation too! Thanks for the giveaway.

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  103. CherylS22 permalink
    June 20, 2009 1:13 pm

    Would love to read either one of these books – please count me in!

    Thanks!

  104. Carol M permalink
    June 21, 2009 1:00 am

    Both books sound good! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 AT aol.com

  105. Alexa permalink
    June 21, 2009 12:04 pm

    Both of the books sound great! Enter me please!

  106. Belinda McNabb permalink
    June 21, 2009 6:24 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway

    Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat – join us at CoolCanucks.ca

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  107. June 21, 2009 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  108. June 22, 2009 4:39 pm

    I’d love to win a copy!

    lelou2@ymail.com

  109. June 23, 2009 8:08 am

    Since I’ve never read any of his work either, I would like to give it a shot. It’s great when you find a new author. Please enter me in the drawing.

    florida982002[at]yahoo[dot]com

  110. June 23, 2009 8:59 am

    Of course I’d love to read this mystery/thriller about a writer!

  111. June 23, 2009 12:01 pm

    That is serendipity! Wonderful post…and he tweeted you! I have Isolation in the TBR pile, but haven’t read it yet. I have heard great things about this book and would love to be entered.

  112. Emma permalink
    June 23, 2009 2:17 pm

    Ghostwriter sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the drawing .Thank you. Thank you for the giveaway.

  113. June 23, 2009 2:26 pm

    wow! lots of interest for this book, just throw my name with the others even if I am at the end of the 112 comments, thanks for the giveaway!

  114. etirv permalink
    June 23, 2009 4:03 pm

    Please include me, I’m new to blog talk radio!

  115. Paige permalink
    June 26, 2009 1:18 pm

    I’d like to enter, I’ve never read any of his books but I think they look very interesting.

  116. June 27, 2009 7:20 am

    Please add me. I love the story about the coincidence! skirkland@triad.rr.com

  117. cenyasmom permalink
    June 27, 2009 6:06 pm

    Sound like a good mystery, thank you for this
    awesome giveway.

  118. sdechantal permalink
    June 27, 2009 9:18 pm

    I love this post! I would have done exactly the same thing! Please enter me in your contest. 🙂
    Oh and Happy Blogiversary! I have one coming up too and plan to do something special starting this Thursday…. giveaway in the planning!

    http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/

  119. andrea_desherb permalink
    June 28, 2009 10:04 am

    Sounds like a very interesting book, would luv to win a book. Btw I follow you on twitter and love your tweets!

  120. June 28, 2009 10:06 am

    Well this just sounds like a couple of awesome books! I’d love to get my hands on them! 🙂

  121. Cindi permalink
    June 28, 2009 12:28 pm

    Love the picture. I love his writing style!
    Please enter me in your fabulous book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  122. June 28, 2009 10:04 pm

    i have heard so much about the Ghostwriter. Would love to read it

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