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This year we had a great selection of books to giveaway at Blogalicious, the annual multicultural social media conference.

Every blogger in attendance received a copy of THE CUTTING SEASON, the new mystery by Attica Locke (@atticalocke), thanks to Harper Books (@harperbooks)

Hachette Book Group (@hachettebooks) also provided a great array of titles for the conference (diverse books for a diverse conference), including:

THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by Kamala Nair (@kamalanair)
ANGEL’S LANDING by Rochelle Alers (@rochellealers)
BETTER WITH YOU HERE by Gwendolyn Zepeda (@gwentown)
THE NEW MOON’S ARMS by Nalo Hopkinson (@nalohopkinson)
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE by Kimberla Lawson Roby
THE MAN IN 3B by Carl Weber
PASSING LOVE by Jacqueline Luckett (@jackieluckett)

Whew – that’s a lot of great titles. So I thought I’d offer a few ideas for how to incorporate these books into you blog. Even if you are not a book blogger.

1. The first idea is “make it personal”, which of course is the theme of Blogalicious this year. Find a personal connection to the book(s) and write about what memory, dream or even everyday moments from you own life the story recalled or sparked.

2. Plan a giveaway on your blog and post about the book and give it to one of the commenters or to someone who RTs the blog post (or something more creative that I know Blogalicious bloggers can come up with in their sleep). Don’t forget to @ the publisher or author.

3. Write about an element of the book – for instance, Louisiana history and culture are a big part of The Cutting Season, including plantations past and present. Or the co-parenting issues in Gwen Zepeda’s novel. The Girl in the Garden is partially set in India and Passing Love takes us to Paris – how could you include those titles in posts about places you’ve been or dream of visiting?

4. Share a photo of the books (on your bookshelf? Or come up with an interesting way to show each title).

5. Share your impressions after reading the book via text or video. Don’t feel the need to write a formal review. Instead, just write whether you liked the story and why as well as what characters or twists in the story kept you turning the page.

If you write about any of the books given away at Blogalicious, please put a link to you blog in the comments so I can spread the word.