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Friday, March 4, 2016

Midnight Without A Moon- Review and ARC Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to win Linda Williams Jackson's MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON from Caroline Starr Rose's blog (see the excellent interview HERE). In the spirit of sharing excellent literature, I'm going to pass the ARC along to one of you readers, in hopes that you'll read and review it as well. The book doesn't hit shelves until January 3, 2017, but this one deserves all the advanced buzz we can give it. Add it to your Goodreads "Want to Read" list if you have one!

UPDATE: Via Random.org, the winner of the ARC is Melissa Guerrette! Congratulations, Melissa~ please email me your preferred mailing address. You can also get in touch w/ me via Twitter. My handle is JS_Lawson.

My Review (5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads):

This is the powerful story of Rose Lee Carter and her journey to find strength and purpose in a Jim Crow South on the verge of changes, set against fourteen-year-old Emmett Till's murder and trial (among other tragic, bigoted crimes). Vividly drawn characters and scene-setting will put readers right there with Rose, bursting with anger and sadness about the injustices she witnesses and endures, and struggling to make a decision about whether to seek a destiny outside of Mississippi, or to stay and be part of an important movement.

This book has it all from the first page~ setting, voice, character, heart, senses. Linda Williams Jackson's debut is just what Sharon G. Flake said in the blurb on the back of the ARC I read: "... an unflinching bird's eye view of 1955 Mississippi. A magnificent piece of writing!"

Okay, folks! Just leave a comment to be entered to win my advanced copy of MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON! I'll choose a winner on Friday, March 11.

UPDATE: Via Random.org, the winner of the ARC is Melissa Guerrette! Congratulations, Melissa~ please email me your preferred mailing address. You can also get in touch w/ me via Twitter. My handle is JS_Lawson.

As always, happy reading!


47 comments:

  1. Wow! This sounds fantastic, and I love anything to do with the south and race relations. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Awesome! I have been looking forward to this book for a while so I would love an opportunity to have a sneak peek. Congratulations Linda!

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  3. Sounds like an awesome book. That's sweet of you to pass it on. I'll let someone else win who is more ready to read this now.

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  4. I am so in love with this cover. And the book sounds like it deserves it! :)

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  5. I can't wait to read this. And what a glowing review! Sounds like a powerful story.

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  6. Jess, thank you SO MUCH for reading and reviewing my book. And thank you for your YEARS of generosity toward the kidlit community in general. Yours was one of the first blogs where I found out about pitch contests...in 2012...and won! So, yes, you've been giving back for YEARS. THANK YOU!

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    1. Thank YOU for the wonderful book!

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  7. Oh, this looks like a book I would LOVE to read. And so would my 11-year-old! Linda, well done! I'll mark this on Goodreads for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. The story sounds intriguing so I would love to win and read this one.Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. So jealous you won this! This book looks AMAZING! :)

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    1. It's fab~ thanks for the comment!

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  10. It sounds amazing! (and the cover is wonderfully compelling. I don't have an account. You could notify me through twitter if I win? @invisiblejami

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    1. Isn't that cover great! Yep, if you win, I'll get in touch via Twitter!

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  11. Intrigued. Would love to read and share. Thanks for spreading the word.

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  12. Sounds great! Would love to win a copy.

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  13. Please take me on an adventure to the South…away from cold and frosty New England. There is nothing like a good read and new friends like Rose Lee Carter.

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  14. Would love to win! Sounds wonderful.

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  15. What a darling review, Jess! I've been enraptured by Linda's story ever since I first heard of it. 1955 Mississippi. The heart and soul of Rose Lee Carter! Thank you for the lovely chance!

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  16. This books sounds fascinating. I would love to win it!

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  17. Oh my goodness, I want to read this book so badly! This story definitely does sound like it has it all. Can't wait to read (even if I have to wait until January)!

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  18. I read that great interview on Caroline's blog too. Generous of you to continue to share the arc. I'd love to read this book.

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  19. Thank you for the chance! Is this a middle grade book? My kids are adopted and I'm always looking for great books to inspire them. Thanks again!

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    1. Yes, it's considered middle grade, but I think it would be great for high school age as well!

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  20. I can't wait to read this!

    Heather J.

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