Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Freebie: Perfect Conditions by Vanessa Blakeslee

Congratulations to Jonathan Butters, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie, the bundle of new novels from Algonquin Books: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin, Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann, and When the English Fall by David Williams.

This week, I'm giving away the new short story collection by Vanessa Blakeslee, Perfect Conditions, now out from Curbside Splendor Publishing.  One lucky reader will win a signed copy of the book. Keep scrolling for more information about Perfect Conditions and how to enter the contest...

And before you go, be sure to check out Vanessa’s account of the first time she said “No”

Everyone here is both at home and lost: a deep sea fisherman discovers he may not be allowed to return to shore; a newlywed couple embark on a disastrous honeymoon; a niece and uncle debate the ethics of hunting after a nuclear fallout; a surfer struggles between cross-continental commitments and local attractions; and a single mother begins preparations for the end of the world as we know it. From the unforgiving surf of Costa Rica to suburban Florida, the stories in Perfect Conditions arise within worlds we know and others that only resemble our own. Vanessa Blakeslee’s characters often struggle to find control in unrelenting circumstances, in places which are often anything but welcoming..

If you’d like a chance at winning Perfect Conditions, 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 remains open to entries until midnight on July 26, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on July 27. 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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