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Free Copy of “Stay” by Allie Larkin

June 7th, 2010

I first met Allie through her blog Allie’s Answers, which has become The Greenists. If I remember correctly I came across her blog when looking for ways to make homemade cat litter. I’ve been reading her blog every since, and if you’ve been reading here you know that she comments occasionally here as well.

This is Allie, author of ‘Stay’ (photo courtesy of Allie)

When she asked me about hosting a day in June to feature her new book Stay, I was more than happy to get involved. I’m always ready to help a friend, especially when it’s something as great as getting your book published!

I’m usually drawn to the classics, anything by John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway, so I don’t read a ton of new literature (besides gardening books and cookbooks). I received a copy in the book last week and finished it in two sittings, a sure sign that it’s a good book (at least for me). This book is entertaining; a story about a girl that buys a German Shepherd puppy from Slovakia on-line after a few too many drinks the night after her best girlfriend marries her best guy friend that she was in love with. Of course you can imagine the things that transpire when a huge puppy shows up at the airport a few days later. I won’t ruin the story for you, so I’ll stop with that description.

This is one of Allie’s dogs, a German Shepherd named Argo (photo courtesy of Allie)

I will be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader. Comment on this post and you’ll be entered in the contest to win a free copy of Stay by Allie Larkin. If you’d like to read an excerpt from the book head on over to her website and download the first chapter.

What’s your favorite book?

45 Comments to “Free Copy of “Stay” by Allie Larkin”
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  2. Bonniejean on June 7, 2010 at 7:48 am

    “You’re not You” by Michelle Wildgen

    A great summer book about a young college student who is hire to take care of a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Delicious, local food is a theme throughout.
    .-= Bonniejean´s last blog ..Weekend =-.

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  3. Seren Dippity on June 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I would love to have a copy of the book.

    I remember reading a story where a guy reluctantly adopts a lost puppy. He knows nothing about dogs and feeds him leftover pizza and such. A friend gives him hell about it and brings him some puppy food and a chew toy. Later as he is playing with this cute little puppy he flashes…. why did he bring puppy chow for “large” dogs?

    You can just see the concept click into place. Small puppy doesn’t mean small dog. Oh no. Cracked me up.

    I always wanted a great dane or a st bernard when I was a kid. The biggest dog EVER! As an adult I realized that the bigger the dog the bigger the accident. Then later I realized that dogs are like babies that never grow up. In a bad way. I became a cat lady. I love dogs…. just prefer that they belong to other people. ;)
    .-= Seren Dippity´s last blog ..Maybe NOT the year for squash…. =-.

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  4. shel garbutt on June 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Sounds like a fun book! I love German Shepherds.

    My current favorite is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It blends all the mythological gods and creatures I grew up reading about into a wonderful and powerful storyline. Can’t explain it without giving too much away. ;)

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  5. pam on June 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I love books with animals, as long as they have a happy ending!

    I cannot pick my favorite book, that would be like asking me to pick my favorite child. I’d have an easier time telling you my not favorites!
    .-= pam´s last blog ..Spatchcocked Chicken =-.

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  6. heather jane on June 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Anything by Barbara Kingsolver or John Irving.
    .-= heather jane´s last blog ..Go Local 2010- Use Your Bounty Guest Post =-.

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  7. Sta on June 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

    As a girl with a big dog (130 lb. of cuddly Bernese Mountain Dog) I think I might just love this book. I’m generally more of a Faulkner/Hemingway-type, but this sounds lovely. (And how handsome is Argo? It’s like he’s posing for a postcard!)

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  8. Alyse on June 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb -Fiction
    Animal, Vegetable, MIracle by Barbara Kingsolver-Non Fiction

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  9. Melanie J. on June 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Talk about your common themes…my fave is Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver, but I have to be in the mood for a heavy read…right now, I’m knee deep in Kathy Reichs. Thanks for the opportunity, Allie’s book sounds lovely!
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..Deliberate movement =-.

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  10. Katie on June 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Definitely A Tree Grows in Brooklyn…I read it again every year!

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  11. kirsten on June 7, 2010 at 11:16 am

    sounds cute! i could use some good summer reading! my all time fave is Jane Eyre, but my fave dog book is Merle’s Door. good reading!

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  12. Maureen on June 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I’m with Pam on this one….too many ‘favorites’ to pick just one! But I will at least say that Anne Tyler is my favorite author :)

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  13. Sta on June 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    As a girl with a big dog (130 lb. of cuddly Bernese Mountain Dog) I think I might just love this book. I’m generally more of a Faulkner/Hemingway-type, but this sounds lovely. (And how handsome is Argo? It’s like he’s posing for a postcard!)
    .-= Sta´s last blog .. =-.

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  14. deedee on June 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    too many to name… my fave “animal” author is james herriot:)

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  15. Morgan G on June 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    The same answer since I was about ten years old – Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Uncontested in my heart.
    .-= Morgan G´s last blog ..What Girls’ Night Looks & Feels Like =-.

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  16. the inadvertent farmer on June 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Anything by Eliot Coleman, the long winter, the giving tree, princess bride, the hobbit, the bible…oh there are so many!
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Life Rearranged =-.

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  17. mare on June 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Fav book: Greyfriar’s Booby and Amazing Gracie

    Fav title: Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

    We are to people who recently married our two families: he and his Belgian Sheepdog, me and my Standard Poodles; all participated in the ceremony!

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  18. mare on June 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Booby = Bobby…


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  19. MAYBELLINE on June 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Grapes of Wrath
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Boysenberry Mystery Solved =-.

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  20. Tommy on June 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’m going to take a look at her blog, The Greenists. The book sounds like a great read. I also don’t read too many current authors—I also stick mostly to Hemingway (my favorite), Steinbeck, Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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  21. kristin @ going country on June 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Who can choose? Though I do really love “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Boo =-.

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  22. mamaraby on June 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hmmm…favorite book? I can’t say as I have *a* favorite book. Just one? That’s much too difficult. I mostly stick to non-fiction books. I can count on one hand the number of fiction books I’ve read in the past year. That isn’t to say that they’re all dry, scholarly works. Instead, the books I read tend to use real life stories to help prove their point.

    “Stay” looks like an interesting book!
    .-= mamaraby´s last blog ..Book Review – “Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously” and Learning to Love Difference =-.

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  23. ChristyACB on June 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    While I don’t want to be put on the list (this one is now on my wish list for my next Amazon buy) I just wanted to comment that this story must take “drunk dialing” to a whole new level. :)

    Beautiful dog too!
    .-= ChristyACB´s last blog ..Peachy! =-.

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  24. Jaspenelle on June 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    This sounds like a lovely novel. I am generally drawn towards non-fiction, particularly auto-biographies (I am reviewing one such book for a publisher at the moment actually) but no book is ever unwanted on my book pile.

    My favorite book? Now that is a tall order for me to pick one. At the moment I am rereading (I read several books at a time) Savage Breast by Tim Ward. I love it.
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..MIA =-.

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  25. Kendi on June 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    “As a Man Thinketh” and “In Defense of Food” are absolutely my favorite right now.

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  26. Lynn on June 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mocking Bird. Most excellent.

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  27. Jace on June 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I have read some early reviews of this book and they were excellent, it is on my “to-read” list for sure!!!!!

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  28. Sense of Home on June 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..Garden and Grill =-.

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  29. Teresia on June 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I dont really have a favorite book.. I read just about anything I can get my hands, (or computer mouse) on.
    Love the photo of the dog, it is beautiful.

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  30. Ashley on June 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    The book sounds very interesting! I don’t read a lot of modern literature myself either, but I may have to pick a copy of this up myself :)

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  31. shahanaz on June 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Jane Eyre.
    I first read it when i was about 8 or 9. Every time I re-read it, I seem to understand more and more of Jane’s character, her emotions and her life. I have been re-reading it off an on for 30 yrs now!

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  32. Ryan on June 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    A favorite book? I have enjoyed the non-fiction book Rails in the North Woods the facts have really set off my imagination.
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..Crafts on Saturday =-.

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  33. Rich on June 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    My favorite book was originally published as a really thick zine, later printed as a book: Double Deuce: A Novel by Aaron Cometbus. Would love to read this new book.

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  34. Kay on June 8, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I love pup pups, so I would love the opportunity to win.

    Thanks to you both!

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  35. Cathy on June 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Agreed…too many to name, but I do read Austin and The Bronte’s again and again. I did read “Marley and Me” 2 times and look forward to reading “Stay.” Maybe because I have 2 chocolate labs and eight nine day old puppies right now!!
    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..What’s For Dinner? Fresh Basil Pesto with Angel Hair Pasta! =-.

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  36. BRB on June 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Sounds like a good light summer read!

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  37. Kalee on June 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Little Women. I too tend to lean towards the classics, though I am a bookworm and read pretty much anything I can get my hands on!
    .-= Kalee´s last blog ..Tonight =-.

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  38. brooke on June 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    My dog changed my life. I was living in a tent in Idaho, and went to walk the dogs at the shelter. I fell in love with a dog who happily ignored me, brought him back to my tent and then in a panic called my boyfriend at the time…what the f did I just do? What I did was find a grounding presence in my chaotic word. I am so grateful to him for the 10 + years of lessons so far, and I hope for many more! I’ve been looking for my next good book to read, and while it’s probably too late to enter the contest, I’ll be sure to seek out her book! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  39. Melissa on June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I also love “She’s Come Undone,” as well as “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..In a state of being merry…. =-.

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  40. Melissa on June 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    For another chance to win this book, stop by and comment there too. :)

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  41. Jane on June 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    My favorite book is “This Much I know is True” by Lamb…
    I would love a copy of “Stay.” Cute dog…

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  42. Kim on June 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Many book I like including but not limited to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, In Defense of food, Omnivores Dilemna. Would love a copy of this book. I just read a review of it on Two Frog Home.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Scenes from the Hoop House =-.

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  43. Kiara Gilbert on June 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite book is “The Last Unicorn” by Peter S. Beagle. Close runner up is “Little Women” By Louisa May Alcott.
    .-= Kiara Gilbert´s last blog ..Want to win a book? =-.

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  45. Missy Della Posta on July 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I loved this book! It was uplifting and emotional and very true to life. I want a copy so I can loan it to everyone I know. Fantastic job!!

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