Giveaway and Blog Tour: Breaking the Bank (10/19)

Monday, October 05, 2009 Posted by Dina N

I have the pleasure to introduce writer Yona Zeldis McDonough and her exciting new novel, Breaking the Bank, just published on September 8. I am currently reading this book, and it's fascinating! Stay tuned for my upcoming review.

Guest Post by Yona Zeldis McDonough
I never set out to be writer. I was a reader, yes, from way back, gobbling up books as if they were freshly baked muffins, still warm from the oven. I always said that I read like I ate: with two hands. I studied art history in college and since I was a good student and enjoyed my studies, I decided to apply to graduate school for a PhD in art history. Bad move. I hated almost everything about grad school: my classes, my professors, and the general ambience of the place. But there was one bright spot: I was allowed to take courses in other departments for free, and I took a fiction writing class. It was my Aha! moment. The light linked on in my head, and I realized what I both wanted--and needed--to do with my time on earth. Now I only had to find a way to make it pay. I started writing short stories, and looking for any other writing work I could find. I wrote brochures, book reviews, how-to pieces, newsletters, and magazine copy. I kept writing fiction too, and eventually, moved on to novel writing.

BREAKING THE BANK is my third novel and in some ways, it was the most fun to write. The element of magic--a cash machine that starts giving out money--gave me a sense of permission I had not experienced before. Of course writers can always write what they choose, but this was a new realm for me, and once I entered it, I was hooked. I hope my readers will be too.

Book Description
Mia Saul is down on her luck. Dumped by her husband, jettisoned from her job and estranged from her adored older brother, she and her young daughter Eden have had had to make a downscale move to a crummy apartment where their neighbors include a tough young drug dealer and a widower who lets his dogs use the hallways as their own personal litter box. Juggling a series of temporary jobs, wrangling with her ex-husband over child support and trying to keep pace with Eden’s increasingly erratic behavior have left Mia weary and worn out.

Then one evening a routine stop at her local bank’s ATM yields a surprise. The machine begins producing bills—quite a lot of them in fact—that are neither recorded nor debited from her account. At first Mia attributes the excess cash to a stroke of much needed luck. But when the machine continues to give her unaccounted for money and actually begins communicating with her, her life gets turned around in ways she never thought possible. An up-to-the minute urban story that has just a whiff of magic, Breaking The Bank is a wholly original, engaging work of contemporary fiction.

The Giveaway
To celebrate the publication of Yona's new book, I have the opportunity to give away TWO copies of Breaking the Bank!

To enter, please visit Yona's website and tell me the title of another book she has written.

You can do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:
  • blog about this giveaway linking to this post and get 2 entries;
  • email three people about this giveaway and copy me;
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win one of 2 copies of Breaking the Bank at Just Another New Blog! #Giveaway ends 10/19. @aitmama http://tinyurl.com/y9scdhx" – you can do this once a day;
  • subscribe to my blog or become a follower - it counts if you already are, one entry for each;
  • follow me on Networked Blogs - see widget on my left sidebar;
  • add my link to your blog roll or my button to your sidebar - one entry for each;
  • digg, stumble, etc. this giveaway - you can use the Share / Save buttons below this post - one entry for each;
  • enter another one of my giveaways and leave a comment you did - you get one extra entry for each giveaway you enter.
The deadline to enter is October 19, 2009, 11:59pm EST. Two winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen.

Open to residents of U.S. only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Simon & Schuster. Book information was provided by the publisher.

Good luck!

85 comments:

  1. little bird said...

    one of her other books is the four temperments
    deefna at gmail dot com

  2. little bird said...

    i subscribe via reader
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  3. Carmen7351 said...

    Another book is 'In Dahlia's Wake.'

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. ddurance said...

    She also wrote "WHO WAS LOUIS ARMSTRONG?" and we even have this at the library where I work.

    I didn't realize that she also wrote adult novels.

    Deidre
    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  5. budletsmom said...

    She wrote In Dalhia's Wake.

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  6. budletsmom said...

    I am a follower.

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  7. budletsmom said...

    I subscribe.

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  8. budletsmom said...

    I also entered your Highlander's Temptation giveaway.

    budletsmom at yahoo dot com

  9. lag123 said...

    She wrote The Doll Shop Downstairs.

    lag110@mchsi.com

  10. lag123 said...

    I follow on Twitter and I tweeted.

    lag110@mchsi.com

  11. lag123 said...

    I am a follower.

    lag110@mchsi.com

  12. lag123 said...

    I follow on networked blogs.

    lag110@mchsi.com

  13. afineday said...

    She's written a non-fiction book about Marilyn Monroe called "ALL THE AVAILABLE LIGHT: A Marilyn Monroe Reader."

    Thanks for this giveaway! What an interesting concept for a fantasy novel!

    brc668 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. afineday said...

    I tweeted about your giveaway and now following you on Twitter; afineday

  15. afineday said...

    I subscribe to your blog by email

    brc668 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Nancy said...

    She also wrote Louise: The Life of Louise May Alcott.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  17. Nancy said...

    I subscribe.

    Nancy
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  18. Nancy said...

    I follow.

    Nancy
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  19. Nancy said...

    I entered the giveaway for Bo's Cafe.

    Nancy
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  20. enyl said...

    Yona is also the author of THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS.
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  21. enyl said...

    I subscribe by e-mail.

    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

  22. enyl said...

    I'm a follower.

    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

  23. enyl said...

    I entered the giveaway for Bo's Cafe.

    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

  24. Amanda said...

    She also wrote "In Dahlia's Wake".
    corley@wildblue.net

  25. Amanda said...

    I am a follower.
    corley@wildblue.net

  26. Amanda said...

    I subscribe via e-mail.
    corley@wildblue.net

  27. DarcyO said...

    Yona also wrote The Four Temperaments.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  28. DarcyO said...

    I follow on Twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/darcy1956/status/4667126967

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  29. DarcyO said...

    I follow with Google Reader.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  30. DarcyO said...

    I entered your giveaway for Harry Connick Jr.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  31. DarcyO said...

    I entered your Harry Connick Jr. giveaway.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  32. Gwendolyn B. said...

    She also wrote THE DOLLSHOP DOWNSTAIRS - and it looks lovely!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT co

  33. ossmcalc said...

    Yona's has also written In Dahlia's Wake.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  34. ossmcalc said...

    I emailed three people about this giveaway with a cc to you.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  35. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway Win one of 2 copies of Breaking the Bank at Just Another New Blog! #Giveaway ends 10/19. @aitmama http://tinyurl.com/y9scdhx

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  36. ossmcalc said...

    I subscribe to your blog.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  37. ossmcalc said...

    I am a Follower of your blog.

    thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  38. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you on Networked Blogs.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  39. ossmcalc said...

    I shared about this giveaway on Facebook.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  40. ossmcalc said...

    I Technorati faved you.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  41. ossmcalc said...

    I also entered the Harry Connick Jr. CD Giveaway.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  42. Virginia C said...

    Yona also wrote THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS.

    I am a Google Friend Connect Follower.

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  43. Shelly T. said...

    In Dahlia's Wake is another book.

    s-tay(at)cox(dot)net

  44. Shelly T. said...

    e-mail subscriber

    s-tay(at)cox(dot)net

  45. CherylS22 said...

    Yona has also written "IN DAHLIA'S WAKE".
    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  46. CherylS22 said...

    I subscribe via Google Reader
    megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  47. CherylS22 said...

    I follow on Google Friend Connect
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  48. CherylS22 said...

    I entered the giveaway for the Harry Connick Jr. CD.
    megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  49. CherylS22 said...

    I entered the giveaway for the UPrinting 250 greeting cards
    megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  50. Booklogged said...

    Yona also wrote In Dahlia's Wake.

    booklogged at gmail dot com

  51. Booklogged said...

    I am a follower of your blog.

    booklogged at gmail dot com

  52. Anita Yancey said...

    One she has written is The Four Temperaments. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  53. Anita Yancey said...

    I am an email subscriber!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  54. Terra H. said...

    She has writen The Four Temperaments.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  55. Terra H. said...

    email subscriber
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  56. Terra H. said...

    I follow your blog.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  57. Terra H. said...

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/partymix25/status/4801101208
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  58. Nicole said...

    The Barbie Chronicles.

  59. Nicole said...

    follower

  60. Carol M said...

    She wrote In Dahlia's Wake.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  61. Carol M said...

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway-CarolAnnM
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  62. Carol M said...

    I subscribe by email.
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  63. Carol M said...

    I follow your blog.
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  64. rb109972 said...

    All the Available Light

  65. Gwendolyn B. said...

    Here's my blog post: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/10/great-giveaways-from-around-blogworld.html

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  66. pixie13 said...

    She also wrote In Dahlia's Wake. Thanks for the giveaway.

  67. pixie13 said...

    I follow your blog

  68. Daniel M said...

    the barbie chronicles - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  69. Nancy said...

    I entered the Amazon gift card giveaway.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  70. Nancy said...

    I entered the Nine Dragons giveaway.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  71. Nancy said...

    I entered the Feelin' the Vibe giveaway.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  72. Nancy said...

    I entered the Tropical Traditions giveaway.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  73. Jaime said...

    another title is
    THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
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  74. Jaime said...

    I am a subscriber
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  75. Jaime said...

    I follow blog
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  76. Jaime said...

    follow on Networked Blogs
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  77. Jaime said...

    also entered Stickers
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  78. Jaime said...

    entered Postcards
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  79. Jaime said...

    entered Amazon GC
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  80. Jaime said...

    entered Dee Deezigns
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  81. bekki1820cb said...

    She also wrote The Four Temperaments. bekki1820cb@gmail.com

  82. bekki1820cb said...

    follow on twitter
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  83. bekki1820cb said...

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  84. bekki1820cb said...

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  85. bekki1820cb said...

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