Thursday, March 01, 2012

Leap Day Drawing Time!!

Are you ready? This evening is drawing time for the winner of the Quiltmaker Magazine issue, and the Moda Summer Breeze charm pack from me in my joint Give-Away with Pat Sloan!

I hope I’m not jumping the gun on her –when we discussed drawing for winners she said “Thursday Evening” And by my watch – that’s any time after 6pm!

478+ Entries! This was SO unexpected! This whole Leap Day thing kind of snuck in and when she emailed saying “Wouldn’t it be fun if ----Why don’t we ---“ I said “Why not – lets!” and here we are. WOW!

So here we go:

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The winner of the charm pack and the Magazine is JAN! She wrote:

I am a faithful follower of both you and Pat Sloan and remembered listening to her podcast interview with you while I was on the treadmill.

I also had the priviledge of attending one of your workshops a couple years ago in Indiana. You will also be at my guild in Plainfield, Illinois in May where I get to take the Night Flight class with you.

This is a great giveaway as I have done many of your quilts as well as Pats!!! Thank you!

Congrats Jan! I've sent you an email asking you to send me your snail mail address so I can send these off to you.

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Tomorrow I’ll be drawing for the winner of the “On Track!” magazine from the International Machine Quilter’s Association. Those of you who attended Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival this past weekend – this cover quilt was on display at the show! Did you see it? I would have loved to have seen it in person, the quilting looks AMAZING! Head on over to the post, leave your comment, and I’ll draw for that tomorrow evening.

And just because I can ((HA!! I wasn’t going to, but can’t let this one pass me by!)) Here is tonight’s kindle freebie:

May Day ,the first title in the Murder-by-Month Mysteries series by Jess Lourey, is free in the Kindle store, courtesy of Midnight Ink.

Book Description:

Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation--too easy. Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake.

Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job.

Anxious to learn more about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an obscure octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirty-something high school buddies who hold bitter, decades-old grudges.

Mira soon discovers that unknown dangers are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town, and revenge is a tater-tot hotdish best served cold.

A hip, humorous, and gripping account of small-town murder, this novel is the first in a series of cozies featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots.

I had to post it! I had to! You can take the girl out of Minnesota, but you can’t take the Minnesota out of the girl, and once it mentioned Tater-tot hot-dish, I knew I was going to grab it and post it. Pass it by if you want, but if you want it, grab it while it’s still free.

Happy Thursday Evening!

((Smiling brightly with clean and shiny pearly whites and NO CAVITIES!))


  1. Just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to try free Kindle books and I love it ( "Off the Grid" was the first one)! I don't have a Kindle yet, but opted for the PC version and that works for me. And since you do great searching for free titles, I just sit back and click & read: first your blog and then yet another new book.
    Thanks so much, Minnesota Girl!!

    1. Anonymous9:35 PM EST

      WOO HOO! Thank you Barb for mentioning Kindle for pc!! I never knew about that and often Bonnie posts about books I would like to read but that are not free on the Sony or Kobo sites (some are, most aren't). This book sounds right up my alley and I am glad to be able to download it. I often read at the table (I live alone!) and reading on the pc works really well for me.
      Andrea in Canada

    2. You can also download free kindle app's for the Ipad too.

  2. I reallly have enjoyed all of these books - she has captured small town Minnesota! Have fun reading. :)

    1. Anonymous3:25 AM EST

      My sisters and I grew up with Jess. She lived 2 miles from us. She really does capture small town Mn, sometimes very parallal to OUR small town. :)
      Dawn another MO transplant from MN

  3. Bonnie, congrats on no cavities! Thanks for all you do for us!

  4. Anonymous8:28 PM EST

    Congrats on the great check up, did they give you a lollipop? haha
    And congrats to JAN, on winning the give away!

  5. Congratulations on the pearly whites with no cavities. Good timing on the Kindle book download because I finished reading one last night and only have 3 others waiting in line to be read. LOL That looks like a really good quilting magazine and it's one I'm not familiar with.Hum...may have to do some looking.
    And congratulations to JAN.

  6. Congrats Jan. We're in the same guild. See ya at the quilt show next weekend!

  7. Thanks for posting this book. I read the second book, June Bug, Light reading, but just what a girl needs sometimes ;c)

  8. Yeah! I was thrilled to get your email saying I won your giveaway! Thank you so much Bonnie! What a pleasant surprise! I love it!

  9. The book looks like fun - I especially like the books set in Minneapolis... it's my home! I just downloaded it. Thanks for all you do.

  10. Thank you, I just downloaded to my kindle on my pc.

  11. Thank you so much for posting the free book links - I look for them regularly and enjoy most of your choices!


  12. Anonymous2:15 AM EST

    Congratulations to Jan! Thanks to you Bonnie, for the book headsup! Downloaded it.
    Lynne in Hawaii

  13. Congrats to your giveaway winner.

  14. I snagged the free Kindle book. I have soooo many I had to open a new category "unread" on my Kindle. Thanks, Bonnie

  15. Mmmmmmm! Tater Tot Hotdish. The perfect supper on a cold snowy WI day when you need some comfort food.

  16. Anonymous10:38 AM EST

    Hey Bonnie! I don't have a Kindle, but I do have the NookColor, and I read a LOT. I have read May Day, and loved it. In fact, this author has a novel for June thru September, also, and they are really good. Thanks for all your book suggestions. Oh, and your free quilt patterns, your quilt books, and your classes, of which I have taken one. Ronda

  17. A couple of other authors you might check out are Joanna Fluke and Victoria Houston. Joanna's are about a Minnesota baker and Victoria's are actually set in Wisconsin, I think, but they are great books with a lot of Midwest northwoods flair.


  18. Anonymous6:23 PM EST


    Thanks for the shout out for Magic of the Rose in On Track Magazine. I can proudly say that my friend, Kris Vierra, quilted that quilt. And the quilting up close is absolutely AMAZING! She thinks of things to quilt that I would NEVER think of doing. It also happens to be the Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2012 Raffle Quilt. The winning ticket will be picked during our annual convention in July. I STILL don't have tickets for it yet. Better get a move on before they are all sold out.

    Rosie Westerhold
    mail to: rosiequilter@neb.rr.com


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