Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Freebie: Heart Attack Watch by Alyson Foster

Congratulations to Christine Neuman, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie giveaway: They Could Live With Themselves by Jodi Paloni.

This week’s book contest features Heart Attack Watch by Alyson Foster. The publisher is generously offering five copies of the short story collection to give away to five lucky readers. Earlier here at the blog, you may recall reading about Alyson’s “first time” experience; if your curiosity was piqued by that blog post, now is your chance to read her work and become a fan yourself. Here’s more about the book from the jacket copy...

Heart Attack Watch is built around disasters large and small--those we know enough to fear but for which we can never prepare. The blackout. The car crash. The diagnosis. In these moments of reckoning, Alyson Foster’s characters grow achingly alive. There is Julia, the dreamy school-bus driver of “The Theory of Clouds” whose cohabitation with her partner, Danae, long unremarked-on in their factory town, becomes an issue when a group of environmental scientists arrive, galvanizing the community’s hatred and suspicion. There is Nina, the scrappy, home-schooled girl in “The Place of the Holy,” who helps her mother care for the battered women who arrive at their door--and for whom the arrival of a new male helper is the greatest threat. Jane, the recent college dropout in the titular story, ponders the reaches of outer space and the limits of her own brain from atop a lifeguard chair during the eerie, early-morning hours at the swimming pool, trying to ward off the moment she might need to act.

If you’d like a chance at winning a signed copy of Heart Attack Watch, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. Please include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on May 19, at which time I’ll draw the winning names. I’ll announce the lucky readers on May 20. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning? Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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