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There is tons to do today to get ready for the grand opening of Dunhaven Place, the retail establishment--a charming little place chock full of painted and hand distressed furniture, silver plate fripperies, books, house wares, holiday d├ęcor, Yankee candles and whatever else my frivolous heart desires. There is nothing remotely like it where I live and I’m hoping that people will see it as a place to warm the cockles of their respective hearths.

As a result, I must keep this short but please take note of three things. One—the photo above is a digital photo of THE painting and when I say THE painting, I mean the one that will be printed on giclee and given away to a very lucky entrant (see sidebar for ways and means to enter). Did I mention that this is a $300 value and it painted by the one and only Jana Winters Parkin? It is inspired by Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind and is called, aptly, Miss Delacourt’s Roses. We all know roses are very important to Miss Delacourt and they play a role in Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, as well. (Dad knows why.) I think it is stunning, breathtaking, and gorge-wah (saw that term for the first time the other and I love it!) and am totally jealous that I don't have a chance to win it. This is a very generous thing that Jana is doing and I owe her Big Time. (In other words, please be properly appreciative by lusting after this painting. Thank you.)

Two—Braden Bell, author of The Road Show, has written a review of MD2 that, once again, brings up totally unique points and gives us an original spin on certain aspects we haven’t seen as of yet (except for me--I was there--one of the many benefits of being the author and creator). He has been a good friend to have in this business and I am grateful he has taken time out of his schedule as very busy husband, father and middle school drama teacher to give us his take (his manly take, I might add) on what some might see as pure drivel. Or pure cotton candy. Take your pick but I’m betting the cotton candy tastes much better.

Lastly, this week’s new giveaway (the lovely painting giveaway as well as the regency gent and lady cups are still going on until the end of the month--see sidebar) is a set of books, almost like a pair of twins, they are, but around here we simply refer to them as Miss D. For those who never had a chance to hold a copy of MD1 in her (or his—let’s be open minded, shall we?) hot little hands, this is a chance to own a signed copy of your very own, along with MD2 which very few of you, hot-handed or not, have had the chance to hold as of yet.

If you want to be in on this giveaway, you can do one or more of the following, one entry per “followed suggestion”.

You must comment here to let me know you want in on this giveaway. Be very specific, please. Any old comment just won’t do, you have to say you want in (in so many words) (yours, to be exact).

You can blog about this giveaway or either or both books (both counts as two entries)

You can FB (same as above)

You can tweet (same as above)

You can post a review on Amazon, Goodreads or (you must have read the book to do so but it counts for MD1 as well as MD2)

You can request either/both at your library. If you do this, please tell me the name of your library system. (I need more library sales, people!)

You can merely enter it on your Goodreads TBR list

If you have done any of these things since the beginning of March and you want to be in on this giveaway, I will automatically grant you as many entries as you have already earned for any other giveaway this month. Sound fair?

If you can think of any other way to get the word out about my book(s), let me know and we can add it to the list.

Thanks so much for all of your support—I really can’t do it without you!

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29 wise, witty and wonderful comments

Oh, it's GORGEOUS!! I want that!! I love it. My gosh. Jana is amazing.

You didn't link to Mr. Bell's review. Would like to read... :) (I assume you were talking blog review, but maybe you meant goodreads or amazon?)

March 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

What a beautiful picture! I'd love to be in on that winning possibility.

But since I already have the set of fabulous Miss D books, I'll take myself out of the running for that portion!

You are awesome, Heidi! Love you!

March 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Oh, I so want that picture!!!! I'm tweeting, facebooking it, plus please credit anything I earned from doing reviews to this picture! That is beautiful.

March 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Oh. My.

Jana has outdone herself. Truly.

March 14, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I am IN IT TO WIN IT... The painting is beautiful. And I so want to win a set of the books.. I've heard so much good about them. I promise if I don't win, I'll buy them. Wait... does that make me less likely to win? I hope not!

March 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Jana's work always takes my breath away--this time specially! BRILLIANT.

March 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Ha-I already have a signed copy of the first Miss D! :)

I haven't read many of the reviews yet...I don't like to read reviews before the actual book. I know-that's weird, but whatever.

March 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

That painting is absolutely drop dead, purley gorg-ificly beautiful. True Miss Delacourt for sure.

and you are opening a store!!!!!! That sounds amazing to me. I'd love to do something like that. You are PERFECT for it.

you have a lot of irons in the fire my dear....or should I say "roses in the vase"

March 14, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Ooh, I love the painting. And I've never had anything on giclee in my life (I tried to say that word today, and epically failed). I do so want to be in on the drawing - I don't own either book, sadly (and I wish I had more moneys - but somehow they are rather stingy in the whole "grad student stipend" department - I really don't know why). But, I do so desperately want my library system here to get the book - I got the last one here through Ohio interlibrary loan (through the University - since I really needs Miss D one for studying. It's true.) - and I haven't yet seen Miss D out on it, but I will definitely request it. I can't find a way to request online, so I'll need to do it later in person. So, in summary, this only counts for one entry. But hopefully later it will be two!

March 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM

(Once again, this is not Avram, but Thora. Really, I need to look into this whole writing about romance under my husband's name syndrome).

March 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Holy Shiznizbit! That is GORGEOUS! I mean, I should have known because it's Jana but all the same...WOW.

And you're right about the reviews being like opening a present a bit at a time. It's lovely!

March 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Heidi, I wish you enormous success on the retail venture. I have some knick-knacky things that were my grandmother's that have come into my possession since my Mom moved out of her house. Some are Victorian-ish, and there are half a dozen or so Hummel figurines. Would you like them for your store? If so, send me an e-mail with an address where they can be shipped.

March 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful painting! It's so breathtaking. =)

March 15, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Oh, that Jana! :). Lovely.

March 15, 2011 at 6:11 PM

You are such a busy woman!
I'd love to own that painting. It is incredible.

March 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I would like to win a set of your books. Any possibility that they will be available for the Kindle soon?

March 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I love Jana's work. This is beautiful.

I'm excited for you to open your store. I'm thinking I need to make a No-Cal trip to see it.

March 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I want in on this one too!

March 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Oh i would love love love a set of your books! I stumbled upon your blog while doodling around the internet. I have never heard of them before, but i love reading and i would love to read your books! Not to mention that i know a few people in book clubs that i can recommend good books too.... and what better way to get your books read than with a book club?
(okay, maybe that was shameless bribery.... but i really love getting books.)
Thanks for having a giveaway!

March 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I swear I entered these but maybe I mis-read or I was in a daze or a baby was crying! :) I would love to win your book!

March 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I have the perfect place in my entryway for that lovely painting. Pick me, pick me! :)
I requested MD1 from my library, (Washington County, UT system) and I was so happy they had it. They don't have MD2 yet, so get on them! :)

March 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I would really love to win both of your books. I have read the first one twice, (because I don't have the money to buy the second one right now, so I had to read the first one again). I would so love to get them both.

March 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I came here again....cause I really think this painting is spectacular.

March 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Wow. I just reread my comment and realized that I did not follow your directions and specify that I want in on the book giveaway.


March 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I would LOVE to win your books. I have been wanting to read both of them.

The painting is awesome! It makes me happy!

March 23, 2011 at 6:17 AM

I would love to win the books! I just requested the first from the library - (Salt Lake County library) and can't wait to read it.

March 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

You know I want in on Jana's painting but I must admit that I already own the "twins." Which sounds like slavery.

March 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I'd love to win the books! I've read some wonderful reviews about them.

March 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Well, I would adore your signed books, Auntie. Almost as much as I adore you. <3

March 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

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