Melissa Walker

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 Melissa Walker

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Okay, so every day this week I will be giving away a book that I’ve read and enjoyed. That’s part 1 of the “release month” party that will happen on the blog. Each contest will run for one week, so comment all week to be entered and then I’ll announce winners exactly a week later.
cdbb.gif First up is a signed copy of Linda Gerber‘s Death by Bikini, which has great action and more than a little romance (and holes in the cover! Woohoo!). When mysterious guests start arriving at the island resort where Aphra lives with her dad, she gets suspicious and wonders if the sketchy visitors have anything to do with her mom, who left their family a few years ago. And when a long-time guest ends up dead on the beach (strangled by bikini strings!), Aphra has some detective work to do–and fast. Doesn’t it just scream summer fun? YES.
So to win Death by Bikini, just comment below and tell me what your plans are for the (sniff) last month of summer!
Oh, and visit Linda’s blog, where she’s giving away some awesome prizes this week.
PS-Next week, I’ll start giving away goodies from the Book Party Gift bag, which includes fun fashion and beauty treats–one each day, all month long!
PPS-The grand prize will be a full trio of signed Violet books and a full book party gift bag from the Violet in Private party in NYC! How to win that? Official details up next week, but here’s a hint: you have to make a tribute to Violet somehow. Ideas: make a flipbook on flip.com, create a poem, write a missing scene from Violet’s life, post a virtual Violet collage, film a vlog or video trailer for the books. Just to give you a head start. End date will be 9/1.

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45 Comments

  1. mari says:

    I am enjoying my last 2 weeks of summer in CA with family and friends before heading back to TX and work. I am a teacher so I have been really enjoying my summer off. :)

  2. Gabrielle says:

    Yay for prizes!
    I’m soaking up an invisible tan, then off to Massachusetts to do three colleges in three days (and a look around Harvard, but I refuse to apply.) I’ll also be finishing summer AP work (joy), finishing “Breaking Dawn,” and writing my butt off before school takes all my spare time.
    It’s senior year, though, so I’m psyched.

  3. emily says:

    wow, my next month is really busy. this week i’m babysitting my 8 month old cousin, which is REALLY FUN but totally exhausting. next week i’m up to vermont to counsel at a drama camp. then 5 days at a cottage of lake winnipesauke in new hampshire. then i come back and have community building days at my new school and sports tryouts…
    and then school starts! yay!

  4. Claire says:

    Wow, that headline is dazzling! :) I’m ready for serious celebration!

  5. i already have DBB, but i just wanted to stop by to celebrate VIP release week :D

  6. Jessica says:

    I’m spending my last month of summer just hanging out with the fam and gearing up for the start of school.

  7. Tasha says:

    Well I really only have a week and a half left of summer…*tear*! But I’m going to make the best of it..I have 2 going away parties to host, and many sleepovers to attend and then there’s the minor detail of packing all of my stuff up!!

  8. Ink says:

    Nothing much… just going to chill and enjoy sleeping late until school starts back.

  9. Alessandra says:

    My plans for the last month of summer involve working, and reading as much as I can in my spare time. I have Breaking Dawn to finish!

  10. khy says:

    Don’t enter me; I already have it. Just wanted to say happy almost release! I’m sad that I won’t be able to get on this week and celebrate. D:

  11. May says:

    I been trying to win a copy of Death by Bikini for sooo long! My plan for the last month of summer vacation is…starting/finishing a looonnng summer assignment. (I’m a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to school work-unfortunately)
    HAPPY VIP RELEASE WEEK!!
    I hope you guys have a GREAT time.
    May
    Thanks for the comment on my review for Dream Girls :D

  12. Regina says:

    Yay for Violet In Private! Congrats Melissa. =D
    I saw Death by Bikini at the bookstores the other day. Seemed so interesting. Hope I have a chance to win it. =]
    Oh this month? Study!!!!!! Read books, watch movies and lose weight! ;D I have so many movies on my ‘Must Watch’ list.
    Oh my god, so excited for the grand prize! I can’t wait to do it.

  13. Live it up, VIP girl!
    (Have you seen the film Lover Come Back with Rock Hudson and Doris Day? It will provide you with an alternate definition of VIP.)

  14. Mrs.V says:

    I have 2 weeks left before I officially have to report back to work! This week I am spending time with my girls and getting my classroom ready. Next week I will be off to Iowa for my sister’s wedding.

  15. Amber G says:

    I would love to win a copy of Death by Bikini! For the last few weeks of summer, I’ll be in Germany, studying like mad and integrating into the German lifestyle. I’m a foreign exchange student at the moment and will be in Deutschland for a year!

  16. George says:

    For the last month of summer, I’m gonna be trying to finish up the last bits of paperwork for college (silly financial aid difficulties!).
    And reading. I just saw The Dark Knight (late, I know!) and there was a preview for The Watchmen in front of it. I love that graphic novel, so I’m taking the time to re-read it now ^_^

  17. Alea says:

    A whole month! That’s awesome! Don’t enter me since I’ve just very recently won, I do have a question though. On amazon this book is listed as a mass market paperback, those tiny ones that have easily cracking spines, but when you showed it in your video it looked more the size of a regular paperback. Just wondering which it was :)
    That flip.com looks awesome!

  18. Kristy says:

    The last month of summer will be a busy one. First off this week I had two birthdays, and a party to go to. AND a wedding on Saturday. Its a great way to start off the last month. After that I just plan to hang out will all my friends, and enjoy the sun while it lasts. I also plan to read alot more books. Keep me busy before school (which I am dreading) comes. I also really hope to finish all the things on my summer to do list. It includes many things I would never think of doing in the past. This summer was a summer for change. I got into better shape and I’ve lost 15 pounds. So this last month I plan to work harder and lose some more weight and go to my last year of highschool more confident and happy. :)

  19. JoeKinski says:

    We’re spending the last few weeks of the summer getting ready for 3rd Grade. My daughter is switching schools … so 2 weeks less summer we just figured out on Friday. At least she’s excited about it. So we are cramming in reading (Tomi de Paolo is killing my summer, but Bill Peet is way too awesome, how did I miss him when I was a kid) and pretending to do some math… and I’m moaning how everything has to be High School Musical themed… ha!

  20. Katie says:

    i only have about 2 weeks left then im off to High School as a freshmen so im just going to relax and try to get so sleep! LOL
    Luv ya
    Katie

  21. Katie says:

    i only have about 2 weeks left then im off to High School as a freshmen so im just going to relax and try to get some sleep! LOL
    Luv ya
    Katie

  22. Stephanie says:

    My plan for the rest of this summer is to read it up until Fall semester starts in 3 weeks. My friends all come back in 2 weeks. So that last week… we’ll be partying it up because our schedules this year are anything but easy.
    Plus I missed them, it was boring here without em.

  23. Marjolein says:

    Here is my planning for the last month of summer
    1 till 8 august:
    Last week of summer vacation
    I work in an afterschool care of a primary school, and this is the last week that we are open all day long. AFter that, my regular work schedule begins.(in school weeks we are open 3-6 pm)
    8-till 29 august.
    No big plans. Just working at my job. Working on my blog, reading and reviewing books.
    29 august:
    Work in the afternoon and after that I will go the wedding party of my niece!!!
    30 august:
    I will visit the Uitmarkt in Amsterdam. This is the annual opening festival of the theatre season (uit = out, like in going out, markt means market, there are many many performances and there is a big information market)
    31 august:
    I will go see Les Miserables!
    A good friend of mine is alternate for the part of Jean Valjean in this official dutch performance of Les Mis. Les miserables played here already in ’92, and I was too young to visit it then, but now I dont want to miss it!!

  24. chrissie says:

    i’ll be busy gardening, reading, and enjoying the last bit of summer before it tapers off into fall!
    -chrissie
    misschivous@hotmail.com

  25. chrissie says:

    i’ll be busy gardening, reading, and enjoying the last bit of summer before it tapers off into fall!
    -chrissie
    misschivous@hotmail.com

  26. Ali says:

    Hey Melissa! My plans for the last month of summer… I’m going to try and get down to the cape as much as I can. I want to hang out with my friends from camp who I miss to death. I’m going to finish up my required summer reading books. I’m going to go back to school shopping, work out a bit and try to lose some of the weight I’ve gained from all the ice cream and BBQ’s this summer. I’m also going to hit the beach as much as I can to work on darkening up my tan as much as I can. I hope it doesn’t go by too fast though, I’m not ready for it to be over!!

  27. Ali says:

    Hey Melissa! My plans for the last month of summer… I’m going to try and get down to the cape as much as I can. I want to hang out with my friends from camp who I miss to death. I’m going to finish up my required summer reading books. I’m going to go back to school shopping, work out a bit and try to lose some of the weight I’ve gained from all the ice cream and BBQ’s this summer. I’m also going to hit the beach as much as I can to work on darkening up my tan as much as I can. I hope it doesn’t go by too fast though, I’m not ready for it to be over!!

  28. Carmen T says:

    I’ve got book signings (Ann Brashares, D.C. Cast and Kristen Cast) and a concert coming up (Backstreet Boys!)
    And then of course there’s all those great reads I want to get to before school starts and I’m too busy. =(
    Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you. =)

  29. Michelle Rosborough says:

    Nothing. We went on a 7 day Alaskan cruise in June.

  30. Ali says:

    Hey Melissa! My plans for the last month of summer… I’m going to try and get down to the cape as much as I can. I want to hang out with my friends from camp who I miss to death. I’m going to finish up my required summer reading books. I’m going to go back to school shopping, work out a bit and try to lose some of the weight I’ve gained from all the ice cream and BBQ’s this summer. I’m also going to hit the beach as much as I can to work on darkening up my tan as much as I can. I hope it doesn’t go by too fast though, I’m not ready for it to be over!!
    I hope it counts. “Death By Bikini” is actually a book that I’ve been interested in reading for a while.

  31. Chelsie says:

    The last month of summer?
    EEEK!
    1. Try to finish all these books.
    2. Make some money.
    3. Go on a trip. (the Badlands? St. Louis? Chicago to see Wicked!? Who knows! It’s not up to me…)
    4. My birthday. =D
    5. Maybe I should go to the beach… hmm.

  32. bella aire says:

    This book sounds really good.
    Plans? Hmmm.
    Finishing all my school projects. Reading all I can. Seeing my friends.
    That’s about it.

  33. poodle649 says:

    This last month of summer I’ll be going to Six Flags a few times with my friends, I’m so excited becasuse I’ll be going with a group of people and that’s always fun. And of course on my down time I’ll be home reading. :D
    Off topic, but I’m a Readergirlz member, so I hope to see you around there this month, Melissa!!

  34. Megan says:

    Working… definitely.
    I don’t have p-law practice anymore so I can kind of relax when I’m not getting ready for my last year of high school!

  35. blackroze37 says:

    thank god school is a 2 hour day tommoorow, but FULL TIME nexxt week WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!
    but IF my fella gets out of hosp, be taking care of him, but the kids will be gone almost 10 hours a day ehehhehehhehhe
    i think yall can tell, i spend wayyyyyy to much time with my kids

  36. Amy F. says:

    Nothing extraordinary, read a few books maybe a lot of books before school takes over my life and I can only squeeze in a page or two at night. See my friends and work my butt off at the job.
    I need to do something adventurous, I think I’ll start planning for next year…

  37. Diana Dang says:

    What I’m planning to do for this last month is to work my butt off at Dairy Queen and earn some cash. Hopefully also have a babysitting job so I can earn some more.
    Also I’m planning on finishing a short story that I’m collabing with a friend and hopefully be able to make a blog for myself!

  38. Rowan says:

    Hmm…read and review more…haha.
    Actually, I’m planning to meet up with my friends and do something before we have to get back to school. Maybe the movies or something.
    Yeah, I’m not good with plans. x)

  39. Yan L. says:

    I plan on watching the Olympics! Read a few books, work and sleep. Hopefully if our schedules are both clear, spend some time with some friends before school takes over my life.
    Crossing fingers for both the giveaway and friends part. :)

  40. Cindi says:

    Hello, This summer/year is flying by so quickly. I am getting both of our sons ready for school to begin. I am planning on what to do with more free time. I would love to read this book! Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  41. Chelle says:

    Unfortunately, my summer is quickly coming to an end. This next week, I have to help my sisters get ready for school (they start on Thursday and Friday), and the following week, I start classes. But we’re having a nice get together today with my mom and some of our friends to just relax and have a little fun, so that’ll be fun.
    I will be reading up a storm, though, when I get the time. I still have about 5 books on my shelf that I have to get around to reading.

  42. trina says:

    enter me. I would love to read.

  43. nadine-stella says:

    well this summer i was in belguim from may and i came back in july. but for the last month of summer, Aug, i’ll be stuck in school. we started the 6th.

  44. Jess says:

    I basically have no last month of summer (I aven’t really had summer at all). I just finished up my summer classes at my university six days ago and I am going back for band camp (I’m in the color guard) in four more days! So I’m taking advantage of the time I have at home. I spent some time with my grand mother, went out with my closest friends and now I’m at one of my best friends house and we’re going to Hershey park tomorrow wih her family! I’m so excited!
    I need some books to read during band camp because when the 12hour day is over all I will be able to do it lay in my bedand read…I’ll be exhausted!

  45. Lucile says:

    I think August is going to be my boring month where I might actually stay home….I’ll probably just go swimming a lot to survive this hot, hot, hot weather.

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