Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Giveaway! "Not My Type" by Melanie Jacobson

It's not too late to get in on the
Banned Book Giveaway Hop here

Not My Type Book Giveaway

 Those of you who have followed me for a bit know that last May I went to the Storymaker writing conference and also signed up for Bootcamp. Well, my bookcamp Drill Instructor was the charming Melanie Jacobson, author of The List and the recently released Not My Type.

I'm reading Not My Type right now and thoroughly enjoying it. Because I was in the middle of another book, I lent this one to a coworker to read first. She loved it! This coworker seems to get to read all my books before I do. Ugh!

Well, to help celebrate the release of Melanie's new book, I'm hosting a giveaway. Some lucky person is going to win a copy of Not My Type. So what's it about? Here's what the back of the book says:
Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because fiance—a musician an soon-to-be reality TV star—wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his. Now she's stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dreams and count her blessings by writing weekly thank-you notes, but gratitude is a tall order when she botches an important job interview and has to settle for writing an undercover dating web-zine column—the last thing in the world she wants to do. Still, as Pepper (byline:Indie Girl) chronicles her bizarre and hilarious blind dates, she gives her father's challenge a try and slowly finds herself leaving self-pity behind. Life takes a major upswing as Pepper's column hits the big time and she tastes the exhilarating thrill of success. But there's one tiny problem: the intensely hot man she's falling for is having issues with her job (again). Will Pepper trade her personal ambition for another chance at love?
And if you're still not sure you want this book (and I'm tellin' you, you want this book), you can read the first chapter here.

Now that you've whetted your appetite with that little appetizer of a chapter, I bet you're wondering what you have to do to win the book.

Well ...

This is what you MUST do:
  • Comment here that you're interested in being entered in the drawing
  • Since some of this romance also has to do with Pepper's job/career, share a job that you've had some time in your life
This is what you CAN do if you so choose:
  • Follow me if you aren't already doing so
  • Follow Melanie here
This is going to be a short contest,
and I will announce the winner on my post
on Friday morning.

And don't forget to check out The List:
Ashley Barrett doesn’t want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn’t care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college — the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that’s why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals — from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi — she’ll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.
This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the “leaving” part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down — or might set her free?
 Since I'm asking  you to tell about a job you had, I'll lead out. One of the jobs I had in college was folding T-shirts. Well, shorts, too, since it was the laundry for the university gym, but there wasn't anything to folding shorts. Have you dropped dead from boredom, yet? It was so badwe'd have contests to see how many t-shirts we could fold in an hour. O_o

It's amazing the things people would leave with their gym clothes. I mean, come on. I realize a guy might not notice when he left his jock strap behind, but a girl's panties or bra? We used to have fun with those and slip them into the neatly folded clothes of members of the opposite sex. Bear in mind that I attended a conservative religious university *coughBYUcough*. We tend to be a little tight about stuff like that, especially back before there was dirt.

What can I say?

So, what dumb job have you had?


  1. Ooh - I want to enter! Sounds like a fun read! Ok, so commenting here and already a follower. :)

    A job I've had - I don't know that I'd call any dumb, but they're certainly not always congruent. I've been a landscaper, a pottery store manager, an art camp teacher, a "Street of Dreams" home presenter, an airline sales agent as well as working in public relations, government human resources and more. A little bit of everything, and there's been something great and something not so great about each and every one!

  2. Both of those books have really interesting set ups.

    The dumbest (worst) job I ever had was working as a temp doing data entry all day. Hated it. So. Much.

  3. Sign me up for the give away.

    When I was in junior high, I worked at a dairy taking care of the calves. Sooooo cute. They have the longest eyelashes!

  4. Oh Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

    I've only ever had two jobs... cashier at a grocery store (ie the typical High School job) and my gownup job fixing computers.

  5. I want to enter!

    Least favorite job . . . working the salad bar at a restaurant.

  6. I've heard great things about this book! Want it:)

    As a teen, I spent the summers at a mountain lodge hotel as a housekeeper. Beautiful scenery. Made too many beds and cleaned way too many toilets.

  7. I'd love to win!

    I was a girl pig-herder. Just as fabulous as it sounds. :)

  8. Love Melanie's other book, sure to love this one too! I want it!!

    I worked in a tiny grocery story at BYU student housing. We typically saw baby food disappear quickly off the shelves along with the occasional awkward moment when a husband requested pickles and ice cream.

  9. What a great giveaway, both books look great, sign me up!

    I've had 2 "dumb jobs"
    I worked as a street construction flagger to earn money for college. I only lasted 2 weeks because the other workers (men) were awful with their choice of words towards women. (Just wasn't worth the $ to listen to them.) The other dumb job I once had was doing data entry, the only good thing about that job is I could listen to books on tape while doing it.

  10. Um, I actually have both of these books, but I want to join the convo. I cleaned carpets on campus at BYU. GREAT job, actually, because it had so much study time built in. Most excellent.

  11. Ooh, pick me, please!

    The summer before I got married, I worked evenings at an overseas Army recreation center. One of my duties was to fill up the urn of coffee for the next day. Being a good BYU student, I told my boss that I never drank coffee and didn't know how to make it. The first time, I sort of hoped I'd mess it up and she wouldn't want me to do it any more. All she said the next day was:

    "That was good coffee."

    I never put that accomplishment on my resume.

  12. I'd love to win a copy of Not My Type--since I married a man that for years I didn't think was my type, but when I got to know him, he turned out to be just what I needed in a husband.

    I had a job labeling seed packages. We'd make hourly goals to keep it exciting. The offbeat people I worked with made the job very interesting.

  13. HAha Donna, your stories always make me happy.

    I would be interested in the drawing.

    A job that I had was at a computer lab. All that I did (mostly) was scan the students card ID cards and then hand them printout. Yay fun job... we also had to help them if they had computer how do I login, or how do I print?

    It was fun!!!

  14. So wanting to read this book. Put me in the hat.

    Since a lot of people are talking about college jobs here is my list
    -Malt Shoppe
    -Bookstore custodian (4 am)
    -Figure model
    -Breakfasts at the MTC
    -JKHB custodian
    -non-profit phone questionnaires
    -plasma donator
    -reading tutor
    and probably more...I usually held 2 jobs and 19ish credits any given semester. I didn't have enough money to do it any other way.

  15. That's really cool that you got to meet the author and study under them before reading their work. A neat experience...perhaps blog-worthy for a later post "hint hint" :)

  16. I would love to be entered, this sounds great! And I was once the receptionist at my dorm. lol.

  17. So both of these books have been on my "to read" list and I would love to win them! I'm following both you and Melanie and jobs that I've had . . . I worked at the ASU bookstore for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. sign me UP!

    jobs. well at one point I was a substitute teacher, night school teacher, tutor and hospital collections operator. I like to stay busy and martinis dont buy themselves!

  19. Count me in! :) As for jobs...I worked in the tech booth at my church and put the words on screens for the songs. All great, though it is the sort of job that lends itself to other people trying to tell you how to do it. *forced smile* :) There was one guy in church with whom I held a competition to change spelling mistakes before he noticed them...

  20. I want the book! Please put me in the drawing.

    I cleaned toilets at BYU. My favorite was when someoone from an office came in WHILE WE WERE CLEANING went into a stall and dumped a whole plate of bean dip down the toilet, tried flushing several times then came out to tell us that "For some reason" the toilet was clogged.

  21. I would love to be entered in this drawing! My bookmobile doesn't carry Melanie's books yet, and I really, REALLY, want to read them. So, if you could help a girl's wish come true, that'd be awesome! ;)

    In college I had a job cleaning a couple of professors' houses. I pretended to like their dogs to get hired (not that I went overboard and acted all animal happy-I just didn't cringe or run away when they got close).

    I'm a new follower and I follow Melanie's blog.

  22. This one looks really fun! I think my worst job was being a temp at a place where we pretty much filed all day.

  23. I'd like to enter!

    My favorite job ever was actually where I met my husband; we worked in wilderness therapy in Arizona.

    A dumb job I had was for a temp agency. I spent three days with another girl unfolding thousands of z-folded business letters and refolding them in normal thirds.:)

  24. Oh hey! I hadn't heard of THE LIST. Thanks for the heads up!

  25. Oh I absolutely loved both of the books and that I got to read them before you so now I can keep a smile on my face and just say keep reading when you want to know more. I would love to own these both so I am hoping to be the winner this time. :)

  26. I would love to be entered to win a copy of Melanie's book!

    The dumbest job I ever had was:

    department store inventory.
    Folks would make tick marks on little receipt pads as they counted the items for sale. They would then bring the "receipts" with all of the tick marks to me when each page was full. I sat in a folding chair at a long table all day adding tick marks. UGH. However, it was also the best job I ever had because I continue to be (25 years later) the fastest 10 key by touch anyone has ever seen!

  27. So now that I am able to get back in here and finish posting. I have had many jobs throughout my life. I have been a aide in the library in Ephraim and a gardener till they understood I couldn't do it anymore since I wasn't able to use my hands anymore from being swollen. I hate allergies. UGH. Anywho. cashier, waitress, clerk, secretary, teachers aide, driver, dishwasher, launderer, cook and many more since I am a mom. LOL I hope that qualifies me for the drawing.

  28. I never lend out my books before I get to read the first. :D

    Sounds like a great story!

  29. Hi Donna. I stumbled on your blog from Renae's. My what great stuff you have here! And it's always fun to meet another BYU alumni. :) Good luck with your writing. You don't have to enter me into the drawing, but I'll tell you a job I once had...
    I was once a test subject in a university experiment. They put a bunch of us into room with computers and we all bet against each other. The winners made more money than the losers. I think I was middle to bottom of the pack. Good times. :)

  30. I love the variety of books you read. And anything that involves a good romance is always good for me. As far as stupid jobs. I was a wrapper in one of those beauty salons where they wrap you like a mummy to suck the fat out of you. It lasted only one week. Heck, it was kind of fun. :)

  31. I'm in!

    I was lifeguard for a couple years. And you know what? I never had to jump in to save anyone. Not once. Isn't that the definition of irony? :)

  32. Dumb job? I once worked for a copy that was supposedly selling investment opportunities and it turned out to be a scam operation. I got out before the FBI came in.

    Tossing It Out

  33. I'll have to check out Not My Type! Dumb jobs ... dumb jobs ... Most of my before-teaching jobs were pretty ordinary: retail, camp counselor, etc. However, I did run a research lab in college one summer, where we brought in moms and their babies and had the babies watch two TV's. There was one audio soundtrack, and we were supposed to record how often the baby watched the TV that matched the audio. To do this, a person crouched underneath the table, hidden by a tablecloth, and pressed buttons as they watched the baby's eyes bounce between the TV's.

    Okay, I guess that was pretty dumb.

  34. Sounds like a fun book that even my girls may like to read.
    Dumb job...maybe not really dumb, but I hated it (didn't help that I was about 16) and it is pretty safe to bet that the people on the other end didn't care for it either. Phone solicitor for magazine sales. Yeah, calling strangers and trying to convince them to subscribe to magazines they neither want nor need.
    Of course, there was also the time I also tried vacuum cleaner sales...wasn't any better at that either.


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