Sunday, May 10, 2009

I won Julie's Jewel's Giveaway!

I can't believe that I just won The Girl Who Stopped Swimming from Julie's Jewels!!  This is the first time I've won anything online and it feels wonderful.

Here's the description of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the very literal family skeleton stays buried or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neat and on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 14-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.

The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Thank you so much Julie and Victoria at Hatchette. I am eagerly awaiting this fun read!  I'll post more about the book once I've read it.

If you'd like to read more about the book, here's the author's website:  Visit


  1. Congratulations!! :-)
    It is SOO fun to WIN, I agree wholeheartedly! :-)


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  2. Congrats Gaby! I also just stumbled onto your blog, which looks great so far. :) I'm passing along an award for you, so stop by my blog at to pick up your award!

  3. mjmbecky,

    thank you so much!!

    that's such a kind way to welcome a newbie - very very much appreciated.