Bonus Blog: Valentine Giveaway

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Who says couples get to have all the fun? Valentine’s day is about love in its many forms, and I love writers! I wish I could buy a gift for everyone who reads my blog. Since that’s not possible, I’ve done the next best thing. I’ve put together two gift boxes for two lovely readers.

Each gift box includes a how-to book along with other writerly goodies. This year, each box will also include a bar of artisan soap handmade by me! My soap is loaded with skin-loving ingredients and scented with amazing fragrances. (I also make unscented soap if that’s your jam.)

Michael W. Lucas has generously donated a copy of CASH FLOW FOR CREATORS, which is one of the most practical, useful books for writers I’ve ever read. This gift box also includes:

  • A blank journal
  • A magnet
  • A bar of artisan soap of your choice

The second box features the perfect book for our times. THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO PERSISTENCE by Jordan Rosenfeld is a book that every writer needs. This gift box also includes:

  • A blank notebook
  • A door hanger
  • A bar of artisan soap of your choice

Want to win a gift box? It’s easy to enter! Just leave a comment below telling me two things: which was your favorite how-to book this year, and a place I can contact you (Email, website, or Twitter).

I’ll draw two random names from the comments to this blog post on February 14, 2021 at 22:00 EST so be sure to comment before then!

You don’t have to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to enter, but I’d be pleased if you did. (I’m @ AlexKourvo on insta and twitter)

This giveaway is open to everyone but I can only mail stuff to US addresses. If you live outside the US and I draw your name, I’ll send you a $10 Amazon ecard instead.

Leave me a comment with a book recommendation, and I’ll announce the winners on Valentine’s Day.


Alex K.

Update: The winners of the giveaway are StephanieReads and Tess Grant! Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone who entered.

10 thoughts on “Bonus Blog: Valentine Giveaway

  1. My favorite writing how-to continues to be The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri. I highlighted two-thirds of it the first time I read it.

    As for that lovely Do Not Disturb sign, does it work for cats?

  2. The best how-to book about writing I re-read in the last months was Joanna Penn’s “The Successful Author Mindset” which came out in German language in 2020. And now I’m really curious about all the other recommendations here! (Find me on Twitter @kzotzmann)

  3. I don’t have any writing books you don’t know about, but here is one that expands our view of the world. What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe. Thanks for sharing great reviews on writing books 🙂 I look forward to every new post!!

  4. It’s not exactly a book about writing, but “Secret Life of Pronouns” by James Pennebaker opened my mind to a lot of subtleties in how to use words to convey character, both in dialog and ‘voice’.

  5. I didn’t read a writing book last year, unfortunately, but I really enjoyed The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley. I started doing virtual art class with my daughter (who is a fully remote learner) this year, and this book, beyond being a really cute story, actually helped a LOT with my drawing. I’m no artist, but this helped me to really look at things like an artist and to translate that into what I’m drawing. 🙂 (And hey, maybe one day I’ll write a character who’s an artist. That’s the great thing about reading nonfiction when you’re a writer- all information might come in handy one day!) You can find me on Twitter at @StephanieReads 🙂

  6. I’m torn between “The Edible Garden” by the editors of Country Gardens Magazine and “The Cook’s Herb Garden” by Jeff Cox and Marie Pierre Moine. They’re detailed how-to books for gardening vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They even have recipes for your herbs and produce!

    My husband and I finally moved to an apartment with a balcony near a community garden, so we are super stoked about trying our hand at container and plot gardening.

  7. I still need to read my copy of The Heroine’s Journey that is sitting nearby. I’ve heard so many great things about it. And you know where to find me. 🙂

  8. I’ve just started to read and love “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” (on the joys of punctuation) by Lynne Truss. Quite grateful I was introduced to your site!

  9. What lovely packages!

    I’m reading Save the Cat! Writes a novel. I can’t remember the title of the book I lent to my son.

    I tried following your site but for some reason my phone won’t let me. I’ll have to try again when I’m on my laptop.

  10. Well, it’s not a writing book…

    But I needed some help getting out of my quarantine brain, so I am reading Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop. That and a little yoga and I’m feeling a whole lot better than I was last year.

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