DAY 9: Birthday Extravaganza [CLOSED]

Thanks to Jennifer Lane, today’s Birthday Extravaganza giveaway is for an ebook copy of With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series, #1) or Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series, #2) by Jennifer Lane. Jennifer Lane is also here with us today talking about TOPIC. Take it away Jennifer Lane!

The Most Thoughtful Birthday Gift

Happy Birthday to the Book Vixen! Thanks for the opportunity to do a guest post for your blog, Brianna. In honor of your birthday, today I’ll discuss awesome birthday gifts in books and life. What are the most thoughtful gifts characters have given in your favorite novels? What gifts touched your heart?

One of the most thoughtful birthday gifts I’ve received is when my bff Gwynn gave me “The Girlfriend’s Keepsake Book”, complete with her written stories and photographs of our friendship. My oldest sister has also given wonderful gifts, including birthday plane tickets to visit her when she lived in Tokyo and London.

In New Moon, I liked Edward giving Bella a CD of his music, but I was angry when he stole his family photos from the album her mother had given her for her birthday. I think he should have given Bella a motorcycle helmet to make up for it. Smile But Edward’s present for Bella’s next birthday—the key to the secluded cottage—was perfect. Hubba hubba!

I recently read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and wasn’t impressed by the birthday gift given to the main character Nell. For her 21st birthday, her “father” told her he’d found her on the docks at age four and so he and her “mother” had pretended to be her real parents. Not a nice gift at all to learn that bombshell at age 21!

In a YA novel I’m working on, a teenager gets pregnant but loses the baby when there’s a trauma in her boyfriend’s family, which devastates her and her boyfriend. She then gives her boyfriend a baby bracelet for his birthday as a promise that they’ll have another child when they’re ready. This gift means a lot to him.

What’s your favorite birthday gift, real or fictional? I hope Brianna receives some special gifts for her birthday!

Thanks Jennifer! I’d have to say that my favorite birthday gift (going fictional here) would be a special cake with Vin Diesel popping out of it. Shirtless. Yum!

Here is the choice of books up for grabs:

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.

Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.

The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.

Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.

When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time -- and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. This time the cuffs are coming off.


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Thanks to Jennifer Lane, one lucky winner will receive an ebook copy of With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series, #1) or Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series, #2) by Jennifer Lane!!

  • Giveaway open to Internationally.
  • Comments are appreciated, however, you must fill out the form below in order to enter the giveaway. But you should really comment and answer Jennifer’s question (I want to know what all your favorite birthday gifts are/would be!)
  • Please read the Contest/Giveaway Policy for complete list of rules.
  • You have until midnight (your time) on Thursday, July 7, 2011 to enter.

Good luck to all who enter!

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. My favorite birthday gift would be a gift card to my favorite book store( Barnes and Noble). Happy Birthday again!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. My fav gift would be a shopping spree in a bookstore. And since bookstores here suck I would be happy with a GC to boodepo

  3. Thanks for hosting me, Book Vixen! So, Vin Diesel, huh? Nice!

    I should've figured your book loving readers' favorite birthday gifts involve books. :D

  4. Thnaks for the giveaway, sweet girl.

  5. I bought a newish car this year around my birthday so that kind of counts :)

  6. My favorite birthday gift was from my daughter this year. My husband moved out on my birthday (yes, he's a prince!), so my daughter took me to a yarn festival in Virginia that weekend that I had been wanting to go to but didn't have the money. We had such a great time, too!

  7. My favorite gifts are books...or clothes....or chocolate xD

  8. Oh how did I miss it's ur b-day?? Happy b-day hun!

  9. Hi ladies! Thanks for the giveaway!

    The best bday gift would be BOOKS for me! Especially when they already know what I want! it just goes to show that they actually listen as I babble on about books!


  10. If I can have anything, I'd want one of my many literary crushes come to life and adore me! And he would look exactly like Alex Pettyfer! But I like Brianna's answer!

  11. Jennifer Lane - Oh yes, Vin Diesel please :)

    Julie S - A new car? Nice!!

    Gaby - Yes, chocolate!!

  12. My favorite gift wasn't a birthday gift, but a gift of my favorite book from a friend who wanted to help me get over a bad break-up. It was a complete surprise and very kind.

  13. My favorite birthday gift would be lots of books.

  14. thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
    my favourite b/day gift would be the most gorgeous hottie but since it's really impossible to get one then my best option is a romance book with a lot of hotties in it *wink*

  15. The best birthday present I've ever actually received was either a hand-drawn card from my daughter or a key with my husband's initials hand-filed into the teeth (he's a locksmith). Best fictional birthday present? Vin Diesel + a can of whipped cream + handcuffs + my very wicked imagination. ;)

  16. My fave gifts besides books or gift cards are anything Native American , True Blood or Bonjovi.

    What a combo huh? LOL but I really love the gifts my son has made me those are the most special.

  17. I know it's so usual, but my favorite gifts always books! Sadly no one ever give me books. They always give me something else like an accessories, or just pay me to eat at restaurant.Oh,pfttt

  18. Aw, that bracelet is a beautiful gift!

    The truth about being abandoned on the dock and lied to about who her parents were...not so much.

    I'd have to say I'm typing on my favourite birthday gift evah. :D

  19. I got the Cricut Imagine (a scrapbooking thing) for my last b-day and love it!

  20. My favorite gift would be for someone to pay my mortgage for me for a few months (or really, pay it off, if they feel inspired!)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. I would love a couple weeks off work for my birthday! Dreams...gotta keep them alive!

  22. My fav. birthday books are from my husband I like books, from my kids, I love the homemade cards and little gifts that they picked out themselves even if it's ridiculous, my mom always get's me flowers and I love the smell it brings into my house

  23. My favorite birthday gift is an Amazon gift card. I can't ever have enough books.

  24. I always love gift cards where I can buy books...Thank you

  25. My favorite birthday gift would be a Kindle. I can't read my books on PC anymore.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Thanks for the giveaway! and happy happy birthday! <3

    I love books and everything but people can give me those any day of the year; so for my birthday the most perfect gift would be A STAR! from the International Star Registry, every one that knows me well knows how obsessed with the universe I am. I if would get that someday I'm sure I'd faint and then I'd cry... a lot.


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