Thursday, June 16, 2011

Giveaway: A Book That Keeps Giving

I first discovered Marla Taviano when she hosted the Radical Read-Along. Since then, I've done another Read-Along with her and been inspired by her family's dream to serve on another mission trip at a Cambodian orphanage.  Plus, she loves thrift stores and the library almost as much as I do. We were destined to be blog friends!

When she first shared about writing The Husband's Guide to Getting Lucky, I thought it was great she was working on another book and then went on my merry way.  But when she shared her vision for this book, I knew I had to get involved.

I know what you're thinking right now.  Leigh, you don't have a husband. Why are you hosting a giveaway for a book about sex?

Because, friends, that's how much I believe in Marla.  I'm sure this book is packed with fantastic advice and information for the menfolk. But I'm more impressed with this: the sales of this book will go straight toward the Taviano's Cambodia Fund.  How cool is that? You and your husband revitalize your bedroom life and you help orphans in Cambodia at the same time!

Here's what the book is about, compliments of the website:

Every red-blooded husband on the planet dreams of a satisfying sex life with his wife, but many are convinced it’s a fantasy that’s out of reach...“When it comes to sex,” Marla says, “husbands get a bad rap, but truthfully, most of them aren’t selfish, lustful pigs that think with their you-know-whats. They just happen to be wired for sexual intimacy and want to enjoy some with the woman they married. Too bad we wives aren’t on the same page.”...With her candid humor, she clues guys in to the way their wives operate and gives them practical suggestions for being husbands their women want to make love to.

And if you're wondering about the cover, yes, it was designed by the talented Wes Molebach.  I'll get to the giveaway details soon but first I'll share a brief interview I did with the ever so talented Marla.

1. Tell me about your evolution as a writer.

Oooh, I like this question. Well, since I started writing when I was four, I've been at it for over three decades now. Wow, huh? I've definitely developed my own unique writing voice over the years--casual, conversational, and (on a good day) witty. I try to stay as true as I can to the actual voice I'd use if we were chatting face to face.

I used to wish I was more poetic or could weave words together in some crazy-amazing way, but then I realized that I do my best writing when I stay true to who God made me to be.

And I don't know that I even remotely answered your question.

2. Why a sex book for men? What makes this different from what's out on the market?

Have you ever heard authors say, "This is the one book I said I'd never write?" Yeah, well, this is that one for me. Why would I write a book for a segment of the population that doesn't even like to read?? Oh, sure, I know guys who read whole books, but they're definitely in the minority. Then I got several e-mails back to back from husbands who read my book, Is That All He Thinks About? and wondered when I was going to write the companion book for men. For the first time in four years, I gave it some serious thought, then just started writing down ideas on a whim. And it took off.

What makes it different? Well, it's fun. And funny. And completely real and transparent. I share my faith and how that colors my views on sex, but the book isn't preachy or dogmatic. I address a tough topic in a light-hearted way, but I don't take lightly what a huge honor and responsibility it is to be entrusted with such a thing.

3. Why did you choose to write an e-book?

Oh, lots of reasons. In no particular order: 

1.) The topic lends itself to an e-book. A guy might be more likely to read an e-book about sex on his phone while sitting in the airport than a real book with the title in plain sight. 
2.) The timeline. I wrote the whole thing in record time, and my web-guru husband worked out all the production details for me. We did it all in a month pretty much (except for a chunk of the writing I already had done). A "real" book would've taken over a year. 
3.) I make less than a dollar in royalties on a book that costs $12.99. I can sell an e-book for $4.99 and keep up to $4 of that in some cases. Nuts. We're making plans to go to Cambodia on a family mission trip at the end of this year, and I would LOVE to earn enough money to reach our goal.
4. What is your prayer for this book?

My prayer is that husbands (and wives) will be infused with hope. Hope for their marriages, their sex lives, their future together. I want to help couples bridge the disconnect when it comes to sex and our male/female views of it. I believe God wants a husband and wife to be fulfilled and satisfied in an intimate, loving marriage. And I think it's a dream that's well within reach.


Thanks, Marla!  Now I'm no expert on this subject matter but it seems like both husbands and wives would benefit from a little read through.  The e-book is available in PDF form, as well as for your iPad, Nook, and Kindle.  And at just $4.99, this is a perfect last minute Father's Day present.

Marla has generously offered a free copy to one of my readers.  Entering is easy...
1. Leave a comment!  Tell me about the weather, your plans for Father's Day, or whatever you feel like.

Extra entries:
2. Link to this giveaway from Twitter or Facebook, then leave a comment here telling me you did it.
3. Link to The Husband's Guide to Getting Lucky website from Twitter or Facebook, then comment here that you did so.
4. Follow Marla Taviano on Twitter, then comment that you did so.

This is going to be a quick giveaway.  You have until this Saturday June 18 at 12 pm to enter.  Good luck and spread the word for the sake of marriages every where!