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And the Love Bites Winner is…

September 1,  2013

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First of all, a big THANK YOU to all who entered Village Book Shop’s first online giveaway.

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The Stats:

We had a total of 1436 entries

At the closing of the giveaway we were up to:

256   Facebook likes

170  Twitter followers

  37   Pinterest followers


Since we were only able to choose one winner, we want to thank all participants with a one-time email from us that will contain a small consolation prize from Jim Grayson and free shipping on your next order with us! (Please watch for an email from


Without further ado….

The winner of an autographed copy of Trailer Vamp—Love Bites by Jim Grayson, a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a lovely book mark is:


Congratulations Mihaela D. The winner should have an email in their inbox from

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The winner is being contacted by email and has 1 (one) week to respond with their mailing address so we can send them their prize. If they do not respond in the given time period of seven days, we will choose a new winner.

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Please consider buying a copy of Trailer Vamp—Love Bites: I promise it won’t hurt and is well worth your time and money. Thank you, once again, to all who entered and shared in our giveaway. Be sure to check back for more!


And for those craving your dose of trivia….


September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the number of days in the week).

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Some of the authors born September 1st include:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Eleanor Hibbert (1906), Liz Carpenter (1920), Wyatt Cooper (1927), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Lily Tomlin (1939), C. J. Cherryh (1942), Scott Spencer (1945), and Dr. Phil McGraw (1950).

What is there to celebrate today?


Emma M. Nutt Day

Emma Nutt became the first woman telephone operator on September 1, 1878. She loved the job, and worked at it for 33 years. Today is a celebration of the world of telephone operators. It was a very important job for many decades. The position has been eliminated, replaced by automation in telephone systems.


National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

Today is a day to celebrate words in the English language that do not rhyme with any other words. See how many words you can find that don’t have a rhyming buddy.

This week is

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Self-University Week has been sponsored by Autodidactic Press since 1989. Chase’s Annual Events lists the first seven days of September as Self-University Week. The purpose of the week is to remind adults that each of us has a responsibility to help shape the future by pursuing lifelong education. Traditional education in America has caused millions of people to conclude that education is something you can “finish.” Answers to our most pressing problems are found in self-education and the willingness to use reason in reaching equitable solutions. The external push for degrees in order to qualify for high-paying jobs often blinds us to the fact that education is as necessary for our general well being as it is for economic opportunity. Using learning institutions wisely depends upon a learning stance, a thirst for knowledge, and the realization that the worth of our future is bound to the quality of our learning. There are many ways to celebrate Self-University Week. Some of these include:

  • reading a book,

  • listening to audio books,

  • look up a new word each day and put it to use,

  • write a letter to an editor or lawmaker,

  • sign up for a workshop, seminar or class that interests you,

  • visit a library or book store and explore a section you’ve never explored before

  • reread a book you thought was “over your head” the first time you tried it

  • join a book club

  • visit a museum

  • some time time asking the wises people you know what were the major lessons they have learned from life

  • volunteer

  • write


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text.  Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above and no copyright infringement is intended.


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Bite into this Giveaway (Love Bites novel, $10 Amazon code, bookmark)

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The Winner announced September 1, 2013

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

It’s not long before kids go back to school, cooler weather returns, and we get to start thinking about our fall reads. Recently we mentioned Jim Grayson‘s new book, Trailer Vamp: Love Bites (A Josh Blackthorn Adventure). Jim is proving an autographed copy and Village Book Shop is providing a $10 Amazon gift card and a lovely bookmark. Read on to learn how to enter Village Book Shop’s first online giveaway!

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The book is told first-person point of view of the hero, Josh Blackthorn, an educated man whose life is turned upside down at his high school reunion. The girl from high school Josh describes as “that special, unattainable girl, fever enshrined in my heart” decided to turn him into a Creature of the Night and then disappears. When we meet Josh he’s living in a trailer, working as a writer and feeding on the Chicago’s criminal population. It’s been about two years and he’s finally feeling settled into his new life when Becky, the girl who turned him, returns. The readers then get to join Josh and Becky on a roller coaster ride of trying to defeat a dangerous old-world vampire who is plotting to take over Chicago and that’s just the beginning of their adventures!


This is one of those books I was torn between wanting to read fast, while not wanting to read it too fast, because the faster I read it the sooner I have to step away from this story and these characters that feel like long time friends.This is the first book in the series and Jim Grayson is currently editing the second book. I am anxiously awaiting the second book (which I’ve had a peek at and am loving so far!).

Jim Grayson

I’ve known Jim Grayson for some time, as we are both members of the Literary Critique group led by K. Andrew Turner. This group used to meet in the brick-and-mortar version of Village Book Shop and continues to meet in Glendora twice a month. Through this group I saw this project grow. And I’ll tell you something that may upset other members of the group but is my honest opinion. Of ALL of the pieces of writing that have come through that group, the Trailer Vamp stories are my favorite (considering how good nearly all of the work that gets read in that group is saying a lot). Trailer Vamp: Love Bites is a lot of fun and a book I would have loved whether I knew the author or not. The characters are relatable, the plot is great: full of adventure and wonderfully paced. I had a hard time putting it down.


Click over to the Amazon page for this book to get a look inside and read the full product description. Check out for more information about the book and the author.

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Now for the part you’ve been waiting for! Fill out the form below to enter and be sure to come back daily for more chances to win:

~1 Autographed paperback copy of Trailer Vamp: Love Bites (A Josh Grayson Adventure) by Jim Grayson.

~$10 Amazon gift card (which we hope you will consider using in the Village Book Shop Amazon storefront, but of course you are a free to use it any way you want).

~One lovely bookmark (to mark your place if you can manage to put it down).

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Giveaway opens at 7:00am PDT Sunday, August 4, 2013 and closes at 11:59pm PDT on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Winner will be announced on the blog the first week of September. Open to residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older.

click here to enter

Unfortunately we ran into to unexpected technical issues! The giveaway form we set up does not work on this page. We have moved the form to our main site.  Please click the icon to find it.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  We are new at this!

Book provided by author. Amazon code and bookmark provided by Village Book Shop Glendora. The review is provided by the blogger, Jennelle Henderson, and is her honest, unsolicited opinion.



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