Buy a Contemporary, Save the World: Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

Book CoverHere’s the deal: we dig this book. We dig this book like damn and whoa, and we think you will too. And yet, so many people say the contemporary romance is a dying breed. So, in order to spread the word and the opportunity to read it we’re doing a multi-level giveaway in tandem with our reviews of Talk Me Down.

In conjunction with the great giveaway below, Borders is offering a $1.00 coupon on any order of Talk Me Down to help “save the contemporary” but mostly to help debut contemporary writer Victoria Dahl and her book Talk Me Down. Visit between December 15, 2008, and January 15, 2009, and you can save $1 on Talk Me Down. Simply enter promotion code HAR1222D during checkout.

Now, onto the giveaway:

Part the First: free books! Leave a comment with the preferred format (i.e., paper/ebook), and you’re automatically entered to win a copy. We each have 5 paper copies of the book plus 2 ebooks to give away, so drop a word here and at Dear Author and double your chances. Comments will be open for 48 hours starting now.

Second: Spread the Word! Below is a Sprout widget about our campaign, and a simpler animated graphic. Right-click-and-save the graphic, or grab the Sprout for yourself, and put it on your site. Let us know that you’ve done so via email (sbj.contest @, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book, plus a 1GB iPod shuffle, and a $75 gift certificate to iTunes.

Spread the word, let us know, and you’re entered to win. That’s it.

Save the Contemporary

The Spread the Word winner will be announced in 1 week, so tune in on Monday 22 December to see who wins a book, an iPod, and some righteous tunage in our quest to Save the Contemporary.

Why? Because if there’s one thing that makes us sad, it’s the idea of contemporary romance dying out. So spread the word, buy a contemporary (with the coupon code at Borders for a $1.00 (HAR1222D), and save the world.


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  1. Maya M. says:

    Nice cover.  Great touches of red.

  2. ms bookjunkie says:

    Paper, please. I get a headache trying to figure out what I can read on my Mac.

  3. Jaime Benton says:

    What’s not to like about a contemporary heroine who actually likes sex and knows which parts go where??? I’d love a free copy so count me in!  Paper pls, I am trying to get hubby to give me a Kindle for xmas…

  4. Jaime Benton says:

    ms bookjunkie:  if you figure out what works on the mac, let me know. so far I have had to buy everything in HTML format which can be a headache to read.

  5. Mel L. says:

    I didn’t know that contemporary was in trouble! What will we be left with? Regency lords, Scottish lairds in kilts and cowboys riding into the sunset? Not terrible, I’ll admit, but everyone needs a little contemporary in their lives or else the romance genre just becomes one gigantic, horrible cliche. I’d be happy to win either one and good luck Victoria with your book!

  6. Sandy D. says:

    Paper. Because I need a really good book to read while visiting my IL’s and parents next week. :-/

  7. Tracy Wolff says:

    I’m a big fan of the contemporary and have done my part this Christmas by buying one for every woman on my Christmas list.  I would love to check out Victoria’s book though—in paper, please.

  8. christine says:

    ebook please !!!! Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv your site, and your snarky, in your face reviews. Always ready to save the contemporary too, that I am !!!

  9. Val says:

    For those asking about using ebooks on a Mac: From what I understand since the ebook industry is still floundering in terms of which formats are the most dominant, they’ve bascially written off the Mac for the time being until things pick up enough for them to focus on that still relatively small demographic. The easiest solution is (unfortunately) to have Parellels running some sort of PC operating system which should in turn be able to run whatever format you want. All in all, a big pain in the booty.

    I love books in any format so bring it on!

  10. Maya M. says:

    here’s the sprout posting:

    in case of luck – paper, please

  11. azteclady says:

    I could take either of the formats, I just want the book! (and I’ll go get it from a store if I don’t get it here)

    Go on, Bitchery! Save the contemporary, the black footed ferrets and the world!

  12. unfortunate_slip says:

    Ebook, please.

  13. MaryKate says:

    Yay! I loved the first book in the Buy a Contemporary, Save the World mission, Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy. So I’m all in on this one. I’d prefer paper, please.

  14. Caty M says:

    I read the review – this books sounds great. 

    (Oh – paper, please)

  15. Phyllis says:

    Paper, definitely! The book sounds good and I’d love to have one 🙂

  16. Paper please, too terrified of losing something expensive on the bus to have a Kindle or other ebook reader.  That, and I’m a klutz.

  17. JessicaMcG says:

    I’m happy with paper or electronic. I’m just that flexible. 🙂

    Thanks for your efforts in saving the contemporary, we need some variety!

  18. Pam P says:

    I like the review and her historicals, so count me in for an ebook, thanks.

  19. tracykitn says:

    Paper, please! I have an iffy internet connection at times and it Doesn’t Like Downloads. But we’re talking about a Kindle for my birthday, come April.

  20. GrowlyCub says:

    Count me in for a paper copy please.  I loved her historicals and am curious about the contemp!

  21. hollygee says:

    Paper, please. It sounds like a good read.

  22. Josee says:

    Count me in for ebook, please. 😀

  23. Katie Ann says:

    Ooh, put me down for paperback, please.

  24. Tamara says:

    No genre filled with romance, love, and lust deserves to…peter out. Throw my bid in for an ebook!

  25. KTG says:

    Oooh! Free book. Paper, please?

  26. PattiR says:

    Paper please.  This sounds like a great book!

  27. Steph says:

    Paper please!

    I’m all about saving contemporary romance! go team smartbitches!

  28. robinjn says:

    Paper please. It’s been awhile since I read a truly great contemporary. This will be fun.

  29. Cassie says:

    I didn’t know the contemporary was in trouble either! Man am I behind the times…

    Not that I ever win these things, but paper please!

  30. Breanna C. says:

    Paper please. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  31. Silver James says:

    Paper, please. And the word is spread!

  32. Aubrey says:

    I’m all about saving the contemporary romance, so I posted it on both of my blogs:

    There’s something wonky going on with the code, but I don’t feel like fixing it right now (as long as the widget’s working, I’m okay with it). I also posted it on Facebook and LiveJournal for good measure, especially after reading the AP article about Powell’s having to ask employees to take sabbaticals because their sales are so low.

    If I should happen to get lucky enough to win, I’d be happy with paper or ebook.

  33. Seadanes says:

    eBook yes! Save the contemporary, save the world!

  34. Fedora says:

    Woot—paper, please!  Long live the contemporary!

  35. Katharina says:

    Oh, I am in, I am in. I always thought I belonged to a dying breed, too, prefering contemporaries without any fangs, shifters and suspense elements. It’s so difficult to find those books, nowadays. I would prefer a paperback, please 🙂

  36. Erin says:

    I’m in, this book sounds great. Paper copy, please.

  37. thetechdiva says:

    Ooh!! E-book please!!  I love contemporary romance

  38. Leslee says:

    Paper for me, please. I love contemporary. This book sounds kicking! You guys rock!!!!!

  39. natasha b says:

    Love the shoes on the cover, a bit like the Hard Hearted Harlot range. I would love a copy in ebook format, I read my ebooks on my phone.

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