Saturday, September 27, 2008

Broad Street - Pre-Review and Giveaway

I'm so excited! A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by PS Books if I would be interested in reviewing Broad Street by Christine Weiser, the first novel published by PS Books, a new division of the literary magazine, Philadelphia Stories. Being somewhat new to this book blog business, I jumped at the chance, though I admit I was a bit trepidatious about what I was getting myself into. I'd never heard of Philadelphia Stories magazine or Christine Weiser and would hate for my first publisher-solicited review to be negative, but it was too good an opportunity to pass by.

I received the book (and a second copy) today, and already started reading it. Nine pages in, I have to say that I am impressed! Ms. Weiser managed to hook me, not only by the story but by her elegant writing. If the rest of the book is as good as the first bit, I am in for a treat!

A brief synopsis of the book from the publisher: Kit Greene has just been dumped by her philandering rock musician boyfriend. A friend persuades her to go to a party where she meets Margo Bevilacqua, who is currently dating another philandering rock musician. At the party, the two women make a drunken pact to form a band with the sole purpose of outshining the musical men in their lives. This is where I left off, and I must say I can't wait to get back to the story and find out more about them and about their struggle for success in the male-dominated, mid-90s Philadelphia rock scene.

A little about the author, also courtesy of the publisher: Christine Weiser is a professional writer and editor and co-publisher of the literary magazine Philadelphia Stories (founded in 2004). She is co-author of Ask Mr. Technology, Get Answers (Lindwood 2007) and is managing editor for Tech & Learning magazine. She was the bass player for Philly girl band Mae Pang, and her current band, The Tights, can be h eard in clubs in and around the Philly area. Broad Street is her first novel.

If you would like to share the experience of reading Broad Street with me, leave a comment by the end of the day October 6. I will raffle off a copy of the book on October 7. Be sure to leave your email address or link to your blog if you want to be entered in the raffle. If you mention my pre-review in your blog and link to it, you'll be entered twice.


Becca said...
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Becca said...

Sounds great! I would love a chance to read this.  Please enter me.Thanksrebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

dolls123 said...

sounds like a great book


Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reading in Seattle said...

I just love it when a book grabs my attention within the first few pages - I just had that happen with Christine Blevins' Midwife on the Blue Ridge. For the opposite reason, I had trouble starting Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston (current Book Club read). :)

I'd love to be included!

:) Wendi
wbarker (at)

Mary K. from L.A. said...

I read another few chapters over the weekend, though I was supposed to be reading a book that's due back at the library today. I just couldn't resist!

Thanks becca, dolls123, and WendyB for your comments and good luck in the drawing! I wish I had three copies to give away. :)

Alyce said...

I would love to win a copy of this book - it sounds great!

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

I blogged about it here:

blueviolet said...

You've piqued my interest and I'd love to read it!

A Real Librarian said...

I'd love to win! Thanks so much for the chance!


Wrighty said...

The book sounds really good and you write great reviews. I would like a chance please. Thanks!


Mary K. from L.A. said...

The winner of the drawing for "Broad Street" is blueviolet aka Elizabeth! Elizabeth, I'll send you an email to ask for your mailing address and get the book right out to you.

Thanks so much to all who entered! I only wish I had a copy for each of you!

Hope to see you back soon at Just One More Page!