30 Days of Bookery, day 6: Win a copy of Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

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Happy Friday! I decided on Fridays that I'm going to give away books that have something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls in some way. And first up is a copy of Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson.

This one one of the books I read when I was trying to figure out how to do justice to the complexity and richness of a different culture. I read a lot of research books but I also wanted to read novels that dealt with an Indian or South Asian setting to see how other people handled it. And this lovely fairy-tale retelling was one of my favorites. (I checked it out of the library the first time I read it, but in a nice bit of serendipity, it was also one of the first books my editor sent me.)



Summary from Goodreads

Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.

It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.

Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province's governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters' fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?


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+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
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+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 18th.

18 comments:

  1. This cover is breathtaking! I love henna and the art of Mehndi. It's absolutely stunning. Definitely want to read this! 
    Points breakdown:
    +1 for commenting 
    +1 for following 
    +1 for never winning before
    +1 for tallying my own points
    = 4 POINTS!!
    Thanks for hosting a sweet giveaway! 

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  2. I agree with Mandy--the cover is gorgeous! I love fairy tale retellings, and it's really cool that it takes place in a different culture. I love learning about other cultures.
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for following--GFC ~Jennifer~
    +1 for sharing by twitter: https://twitter.com/pearlofagirl30/status/289801624073953280
    +1 for never winning a contest here
    4 points so far
    +1 for adding up my points
    5 points total

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  3. +1 for comment
    +1 for following
    +1 for tallying up points
    ----
    +3 entries for me!

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  4. Yay more books! I'm just going to enter all of these because to be honest, BOOKS. I'm not fussy:D

    +1 for commenting
    +1 for following
    +1 for adding own points
    =3 :D

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  5. Wow! Not only is the cover gorgeous, but I love that the story sounds like it will take the plot beyond the simplistic morals of the original tale.

    +1 for commenting
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    +1 for being winless
    +1 for tweeting (https://twitter.com/Shelver506/status/289893003739398146)
    +1 for tallying my own points

    5 points!

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  6. +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
    +1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
    +1 entry for following the blog
    +1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
    +1 entry for adding up your own points
    5 points. I absolutely love this book, I really do.

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  7. An intriguing story and a gorgeous cover. I would love to know what happens to the two sisters.+1 for commenting
    +1 for following - GFC: Anne Consolacion
    +1 for sharing in twitter - https://twitter.com/anneconsolacion/status/289989250802405377
    +1 for never winning a contest here
    +1 will add up my points ----5 points! :D

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  8. Such a beautiful cover! It really makes me want the book!

    +1 for commenting
    +1 for sharing on twitter: https://twitter.com/3linCZT/status/290137193517821953
    +1 for following the blog: Elin @ PagesChaptersBooks
    +1 because I've never won before
    +1 for adding points up: 5 points

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  9. This one has been on my TBR shelf forever! Love the cover! 
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for sharing 
    +1 for following
    +1 for never winning before
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    = 5 points

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  10. I seriously cannot get enough of retellings of any sort, so this sounds awesome. And the cover is just stunning.
    Excited to "compare" it to City of a Thousand Dolls!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I commented, I've never won here before, I tweeted, and I added my points:
    +4

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win!
    4 points (commenting, following, never one, adding points.)

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  12. Love the setting of the book and of course the cover is gorgeous!

    +1 for commenting
    +1 for following (GFC - Shamara Catama) 
    +1 for never winning 
    +1 for tweeting  - https://twitter.com/Shamara91336632/status/290867573141172224
    +1 for adding my points

    Total - 5 points

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  13. This sounds very interesting!

    +1 Comment
    +1 GFC follower: Spav
    +1 Never won before here
    +1 Tweet: https://twitter.com/Sparima/status/291002237424107520

    +1 Total: 5 entries

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  14. This book's cover is simply amazing. And, it sounds like the story lives up to the cover as well.

    GFC: Holly Letson
    https://www.facebook.com/KinomiyaMichiru/posts/246373038828925

     +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)

    +1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook

    +1 entry for following the blog

    +1 entry if you've never won a contest here before

    +1 entry for adding up your own points

    5 points total

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  15. I want to win

    +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)

    +1 entry for sharing on Twitter - https://twitter.com/NadiaNitol/status/291506990755233792

    +1 entry for following the blog - GFC/ Nadia Islam

    +1 entry if you've never won a contest here before

    +1 entry for adding up your own points = 5

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  16. +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook https://twitter.com/Run0nce828/status/292227540729352192+1 entry for following the blog+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before+1 entry for adding up your own points

    total5

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  17. I love the cover, the story, the title and Indian culture. In the future I want to visit India and I really want to read this book!
    +1 entry for commenting

    +1 entry for sharing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fly_Rox/status/292362411682443264

    +1 entry for following the blog (via email: roxana.zuziac(at)yahoo(dot)com)

    +1 entry 'cause I've never won a contest here before

    +1 entry for adding up my own points
    = 5 entries :D

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  18. Oh, please, please, please pick me. I love this book.

    +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)+1 entry for following the blog+1 entry for adding up your own points
    +1 for never having won (fingers crossed!)

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