Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Books are Our BFFs: A Giveaway

To continue with last month’s friendship theme, I’d like to offer you a little giveaway to celebrate books and friendship!

You see, starting this blog has been one of the very best things I have ever done. Through it I have met — physically and virtually — some amazing award-winning, up-and-coming, super-talented authors who, most important of all, turned out to be incredible human beings — wise, generous, supportive, inspiring, FUN. I guess that part shouldn’t surprise me too much — people who read and write this many books are bound to have learned a thing of two about kindness and generosity. People like that are also bound to be gutsy and contain a fiery spirit — just the sort of thing I love in human beings. Plus, in their trek toward literary success they have picked up a nugget of wisdom or two, which they are always more than happy to share.

Thus in honor of friendship, wisdom, generosity and — of course — books, which teach us all of those things — I am giving away two books by an author friend I have been fortunate enough to make through this blog: Joyce Moyer Hostetter:  www. joycemoyerhostetter.com   

I have read Joyce’s historical fiction story, “Blue,” Calkins Creek Books, 2006, a few years ago, before I ever dreamed she would actually follow my blog — before I even had a blog. I loved her story — an account of growing up in North Carolina in the mid 1940s, the times of polio epidemic and of course, World War II. 

Now Joyce sent me two more of her works  — her first one  is precious in a way, because it’s no longer in print. Published in 1995 by Friendship Press, “Best Friends Forever” was Joyce’s first imperfect “baby,” or at least that’s the way she describes it. It is a sweet story for young middle-graders about a friendship between n Orthodox Ukrainian girl and an American Mennonite. I am going to have to track down a used copy on amazon.com for me to read, but this spanking brand new signed one I wanted to give away to my supportive followers! The second book Joyce and I are giving away here is “Healing Water, a Hawaiian story” published by Calkins Creek in 2008. This book, which I am also going to find another copy of for my own pleasure, is a fictional account inspired by the actual historical events occurring at a Hawaiian leprosy settlement in late 1800s. The story’s protagonist in battling for survival, must make a choice between aloha — forgiveness — or revenge. It is an inspiration and friendship with one remarkable man who ultimately leads the story’s hero toward making the right choice.


By the way, Joyce and I have timed this giveaway to coincide with a first guest post I am writing for her about growing up in the Soviet Union. Check it out on her blog:


So, without further ado, here is to friendship — and to books!

Leave a comment here — or on Joyce’s blog: http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/2011/02/soviet-union-did-have-god-guest-blog-by.html

so I could enter your name in this newest giveaway contest!


February 6, 2011 - Posted by | Book Impressions, The U.S.S.R., Writing Mirror | , , , , , , , ,


  1. You silly thing – don’t go to Amazon. I’ll send you one. I almost put a second copy of BFF in the envelope. I should have done that!

    Thanks for your very kind words.

    Comment by Joyce Moyer Hostetter | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you Joyce. I love how you formatted my guest blog btw, and the pictures you found to go with it. Great researching! 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. oh, good. I was nervous about the font size. Small seems too small and medium seems huge! I go back and forth on which size to use.

    Comment by Joyce Moyer Hostetter | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hi Katia,

    Love the cross promotion between you and Joyce! Joyce is one of my favorite authors because she lives near where I’m from, and I can hear “my people” talking when she writes of rural North Carolina.

    Comment by shannon hitchcock | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Shannon. Her work is really evocative and the setting feels so real, truly comes alive. As for the cross-promotion thing, it is SO fun!! (I am still in a bit of disbelief that Joyce would choose to do this with me — which is only adding to the excitement!)

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. Katia Raina, I like getting to know you from you blog site already. Looking forward to getting to following your blog and getting to know you & your work better. I already know & love Joyce because she is my sister-in-law. But she is a great person & author. Blessings in your futures together.

    Comment by Barbara Moyer | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Oh, Barbara, thank you, I am so honored.

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. I’m in awe of who I’ve met virtually and in person since I began blogging and tweeting.

    I love the spirit of this giveaway and tweeted it.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Medeia. You are definitely one of the wonderful author people I have been lucky to befriend!

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 7, 2011 | Reply

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  7. Katia, we’ll have to have you participate in next year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour! I’d hazard a guess that you’d like interviewing one of the award-winning authors or illustrators!

    Comment by Barbara Krasner | February 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Ha! That would be most amazing.

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  8. Hey Katia! Hope all is well with you! Enter my name in the contest…I loved the book I won in the last one!

    Comment by Stephanie Pyle | February 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Stephanie,

      So nice to hear from you!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 9, 2011 | Reply

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