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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 villagebookshop1@aol.com).


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 villagebookshop1@gmail.com.

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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


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Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above and no copyright infringement is intended.

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Read some poetry to your favorite senior citizen today.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” 
― Plato


Happy Hump Day. We have made it half way through another work week. Congratulations! Celebrate by giving yourself a chance to win one of my favorite books and an Amazon gift card worth $10.

This day in history


On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the Union.

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Some of the writers born August 21st include:

Jules Michelet (1798), Emilio Salgari (1862), William Henry Ogilvie (1869), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Ruth Manning-Sanders (1886), Constance McLaughlin Green (1897), Angel Karaliychev (1902), Don E. Fehrenbacher (1920), Thomas S. Monson (1927), X. J. Kennedy (1929), Melvin Van Peebles (1932), Robert Stone (1937), Hugh Wilson (1943), Margo Kane (1951), Harry Smith (1951), Ivan Stang (1953), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), and Daniel Dickey (1986).

Today is….


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Today is Earth Overshoot Day, also known as Ecological Debt Day.
Just as a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network measures humanity’s demand for and supply of natural resources and ecological services. They estimate that in approximately eight months, we demand more renewable resources than what the planet can provide for an entire year. In 2012, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 22. This year it is one day earlier. While only a rough estimate of time and resource trends, Earth Overshoot Day is as close as science can be to measuring the gap between our demand for ecological resources and services, and how much the planet can provide. Throughout most of history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and roads, to provide food and create products, and to absorb our carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. But in the mid-1970s, we crossed a critical threshold: Human consumption began outstripping what the planet could reproduce. Ecological Debt Day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by Earth that year), by the world Ecological Footprint (humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian calendar year. The goal of Global Footprint Network’s Earth Overshoot campaign is to bring the idea of limited global resources into people’s minds. The basic question is: What happens when an infinite-growth economy runs into a finite planet?


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The third Wednesday of August is National Medical Dosimetrist Day. Each year, the third Wednesday of August is designated as the day for celebrating medical dosimetry professionals around the world, recognizing the importance of their profession and honoring their contributions. Dosimetrists are members of a team that contributes toward cancer survivorship on a daily basis.

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Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, a day to honor our elderly population. President Ronald Reagan said in his August 19, 1988 Presidential Proclamation, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.” Spend some time with senior citizens today. Show your appreciation for them. Perhaps do some volunteer work in support of the elderly. If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There’s bound to be plenty offers today.


Today is “Poet‘s Day” and a time for us to acknowledge and honor all those truly talented bards whose inner pain and personal sorrow has given us volumes of prose to recite and contemplate.


penguin anthology of 20th century american poetry

Our deal of the day is in honor of Poet’s Day. We are reducing the price this week on the Hardcover book The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove. We have a new copy that is still in its original shrink wrap. Amazon gives the following description:

Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.




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New week, we’re here!

Monday, August 19, 2013

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“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
Malcolm X

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Welcome back to the Village Book Shop blog. Chronic health and computer issues have caused a few hiatuses and, in all honesty, may cause another at some point in the future but we are doing our best. The social media and blog are done by a volunteer, but be assured that inventory is not only continually added to our Amazon storefront but orders go out daily with loving care by Deborah Gould, owner of our favorite community book shop. Enjoy today’s trivia and be sure to check out our Deal of the Day near the end of this post.

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Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born August 19th include:

Eustace Budgell (1686), Samuel Richardson (1689), C. I. Scofield (1843), Gontran de Poncins (1900), Ogden Nash (1902), James Gould Cozzens (1903), Peter Kemp (1913), Ring Lardner, Jr. (1915), Gene Roddenberry (1921), Claude Gauvreau (1925), Bernard Levin (1928), David G. Compton (1930), Frank McCourt (1930), Zahir Raihan (1935), Jack Canfield (1944), Bodil Malmsten (1944), Jennie Bond (1950), Sudha Murty (1950), Peter Gallagher (1955), José Rubén Zamora (1956), Li-Young Lee (1957), Jonathan Coe (1961), Tammy Bruce (1962), and Russell Kane (1980).

Today in history

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The New York Herald broke the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California on August 19, 1848. The rush had begun the previous January.

Today’s Observances and Holidays

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Today is National Aviation Day. This special day was created by a presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. It is sometimes called Wright Brother’s Day. The date was chosen in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. August 19, 2013 marks ten years since that tragic event, which claimed 22 lives. This year, the international community will pause to remember those who died, as well as the dozens of aid workers, who have died in the years since. But World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. This year the UN and its humanitarian partners are launching a ground-breaking campaign called The world needs more… This is a first-of-its-kind project that will quite literally turn words into aid. To get involved and to learn more about the campaign visit: www.worldhumanitarianday.org

Three Cups of Tea Young readers edition

Our deal of the day is in honor of Humanitarian day. We are reducing the price on Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World… One Child at a Time (Young Reader’s Edition).The Young Reader’s Edition is appropriate for children as young as eight but can be enjoyed by adults as well. We have the adult version in stock as well.

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We still have our giveaway going until the end of the month. Be sure to enter for a chance to win $10 Amazon gift card, Jim Grayson’s new humorous book Trailer Vamp-Love Bites, and a lovely bookmark.


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text.  Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com 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 JimGraysonAuthor.com for more information about the book and the author.

enter now to win

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.

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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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