Festival of Books: Hanukkah Giveaway

The book world is getting its holiday groove on, and eight of us Hanukkah celebrants wanted to join the party. We’ve banded together to announce a Festival of Books, eight days and nights of book giveaways running from December 20th – 28th.  We’ll each give away a few of our own ebooks, and one grand prize winner will take home copies of all twelve!


Before I get into the contest details, a brief word about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. It’s probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of its religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Even many Jews treat it like the Jewish Christmas, adopting Christian customs like elaborate gift-giving and decoration so their children don’t feel left out of the season’s festivities. Ironically, Hanukkah has its roots in a revolution against assimilation and the suppression of Jewish religion.

During the reign of Alexander the Great, the conquered peoples of the Middle East were allowed to continue observing their own religions, but  gradually many Jews adopted the language, customs, and dress of the Greeks. More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV, tried to force complete assimilation of the remaining traditionalists, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, ordering the desecration of the Temple–the central place of worship in old Jerusalem–and massacring offenders. Defiant Jews led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee revolted against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Greek government. The revolution succeeded, and the Temple was rededicated.

At the time of the rededication, the story goes, there was scant oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. The menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple was supposed to burn throughout the night every night, but there was only enough oil to burn for one day. Miraculously, the menorah burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil. An eight-day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.

This year we celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the candles of the menorah on December 20 – 28. Many of us also give gifts to our loved ones; a few even give away books to strangers!


Please visit these participating authors to learn more about their excellent books:

Stephanie Abbott writing as Emma Jameson, author of Ice Blue (a cozy mystery): Blog and Twitter.

Danielle Blanchard, author of Death Wish (paranormal romance): Blog and Twitter.

Justin Dennis, author of Through The Portal (YA fantasy): Blog and Twitter.

Lisa Grace, author of Angel in the Shadows and Angel in the Storm (YA fantasy): Blog and Twitter.

Jonathan Gould, author of Doodling and Flidderbugs (both humorous fantasies): Blog and Twitter.

Craig Hansen, author of SHADA (YA thriller): Blog and Twitter.

Larry Kahn, author of The Jinx (thriller) and King of Paine (suspense). Welcome, you’re here! My Facebook and Twitter follow buttons are on the top right sidebar, and you can join my blog through Google Friend Connect at the bottom left sidebar. Please feel free to browse!

Emily Ann Ward, author of Finding Fiona (YA Sci-Fi) and Passages (YA short stories): Blog and Twitter.


Each of us will be giving away 1-3 free copies of our ebooks on our own blogs throughout the Festival of Books. I’m offering three books,  winners’ choice of King of Paine or The Jinx. Leave a comment and your email address on the King of Paine page or The Jinx page to enter and indicate your choice. If there are more than three entries, winners will be selected randomly on 12/28.


There are four ways to increase your chances of winning the grand prize–all 12 books: (1) Follow participating authors on Twitter; (2)  Tweet about the Festival of Books giveaway with a link; (3) Follow participating authors’ blogs, and (4) “Like” participating authors’ Facebook pages. The more authors you visit, the more chances to win, as detailed on the entry form. [REMOVED]

One comment on “Festival of Books: Hanukkah Giveaway

  1. I enjoyed your brief synopsis of what Hanukkah is all about! I didn’t know much of what you wrote (or if I had learned it a long time ago I have forgotten). A very nice brief but thorough review of The Hanukkah Story.

    Thank you also for the notification of THE FESTIVAL OF BOOKS (Grand Prize Drawing). I don’t twitter but good luck to any and all of those who enter this particular event and win the book of their choice!

    Happy holidays to everyone!

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