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Beach Reads Sweepstakes


Treat yourself to a "literary vacation" this August! Enter now for a chance to win a goody bag of great beach reads!


July 10, 2003
— Whether you're reading on the beach, in the comfort of your home, or on the road, these books are guaranteed to be as refreshing as a dip in the ocean! So treat yourself to a vacation from "serious" books, and let us pamper you with a few great beach reads!


Beach Reads Sweepstakes

Send us an e-mail describing why you (or your book group) need a "literary vacation" for a chance to win our Beach Reads goody bag containing the three featured books plus either a beach makeup case or a plastic tote courtesy of Red Dress Ink. (See complete contest rules below.)


Dearly Beloved

By Wendy Corsi Staub

Zebra/Kensington Books


USA Today bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub takes readers on a harrowing ride as three hopeful women find themselves caught in a madman's seductive, deadly trap. Three women have come to the Bramble Rose Inn: Sandy Cavelli, to meet the romantic man who answered her personal ad; Liza Danning hopes to land a publishing deal with a reclusive author; and Jennie Towne just wants to get away, even if it means pretending to be her twin sister who won the weekend in a charity raffle. They're three women with nothing in common...or so it seems. Now, as a storm bears down on the eerie, isolated inn, three women are plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. For someone has chosen them, someone consumed by revenge, someone who wants to have them all for better, for worse...till death do they part.


Also consider these other great beach reads from Kensington Books:


A Minor Indiscretion

By Carole Matthews

Red Dress Ink


In a moment of madness, Ali Kingston, wife and mother of three, skips work to spend the day with Christian, a gorgeous street artist fifteen years her junior. Ali's husband, Ed, equates her minor indiscretion with a major affair and kicks her out into the rainy night—and Christian's open arms. Soon thirty-eight-year-old Ali is wondering how to introduce her children to the charismatic Christian, who could easily have been her teenage daughter's boyfriend rather than her own. Meanwhile, Ed is facing unanticipated temptations, as two younger women compete to console him for the loss of his wife, while family and friends attempt to reunite him with Ali... with deliciously droll results. Then a disconcerting event forces both Ed and Ali to decide what they really want  from themselves, from each other, and from life itself.


Also consider these other great beach reads from Red Dress Ink:


Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber: The Katya Livingston Chronicles

By Adele Lang


Witty and wry, Katya Livingston has captured America—a New York Times Bestseller and a Kelly Ripa Book Club Selection!


Bitingly written with wit and style reminiscent of Candace Busnell (Sex and the City), Adele Lang's novel is a cutting, bitchy, hilarious take on the young-single-woman genre. When weasel-eyed tax inspectors question her claims, Katya is forced to keep a financial diary. As well as documenting the cruel and parsimonious ways of her ad agency boss, Katya waxes lyrical about putting up with loser friends, mortal enemies, and thoroughly bad restaurants. She also throws in a candid account of her love life, in case it is tax deductible. A private account of expenses rapidly becomes, through Katya's chronic delusions of grandeur, a matter of public record: first as a tawdry gossip column, then as a salacious book, and finally as  a Hollywood B-movie.


Also consider these other great beach reads from St. Martins Press:


Beach Reads Sweepstakes

To win free copies of the three featured books plus either a beach makeup case or a plastic tote courtesy of Red Dress Ink, send us an e-mail describing why you (or your book group) need to take a "literary vacation". All entries will be automatically entered in a random drawing and the first ten names drawn will receive our Beach Reads goody bag. You do not have to be a member to enter.


  • To Enter: Send e-mails to with the subject line "I Need a Literary Vacation!" Include your name, street address, city/state/zip code and evening telephone number. Entries with incomplete information will be disqualified. Limit one entry per household.
  • Deadline: All entries must be received by August 10, 2003, to qualify.
  • Eligibility: The contest is open to any United States or Canada resident. Void where prohibited by law. Winners must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Notification: Winners be selected by random drawing. Winners will be drawn by August 17, 2003. Winners will be notified by e-mail and prizes will be mailed.
  • General: Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. BookBuffet may use winners names and likenesses for publicity purposes without further compensation. Taxes and expenses as result of winning this prize are the winners responsibility. By participating in this Sweepstakes, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the contest judges.



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