Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Tale of two Shakespeares...ANOTHER CONTEST!!!

Struggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to write his thesis about the Bard. Kind of...

Cut off by his father for laziness, and desperate for dough, Willie agrees to deliver a single giant, psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector, making himself an unwitting target in Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs.

Meanwhile, would-be playwright (and oppressed Catholic) William Shakespeare is eighteen years old and stuck teaching Latin in the boondocks of Stratford-upon-Avon. The future Bard's life is turned upside down when a stranger entrusts him with a sacred relic from Rome... This, at a time when adherents of the "Old Faith" are being hanged, drawn, and quartered as traitors.

Seemingly separated in time and place, the lives of Willie and William begin to intersect in curious ways, from harrowing encounters with the law (and a few ex-girlfriends) to dubious experiments with mind-altering substances. Their misadventures could be dismissed as youthful folly. But wise or foolish, the bold choices they make will shape not only the 'Shakespeare' each is destined to become... but the very course of history itself.

Sex, drugs, and Shakespeare? Sounds like my kinda book!

I'm giving away five (5) copies of My Name Is Will, courtesy of Hatchette Book Group. To enter, just leave a comment with your email address or another way of reaching you. For an extra entry, mention your favorite Shakespeare play or novel about the Bard. You can also mention a movie about Shakespeare if you must, but that will only count for half an extra entry. *ha ha just kidding* As usual, no p.o. boxes, and your address has to be in the U.S. or Canada. Drawing will be on July 6.


Linda Ellen said...

Hi Mary,

lol, I didn't write that paragraph that's right next to the award; it comes with it. I think I should put quotation marks to make the distinction. It's a great pleasure for me to pass on the award to you. Congrats on your first award. Display it proudly. =)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Please enter me.

Favorite play: Hamlet

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Alyce said...

I would love to be entered! My favorite Shakespeare play is A Midsummer Night's Dream because I got to play the part of one of the fairies (had like 3 lines) in a high school production. I used to know most of the play by heart, but sadly have forgotten it all.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Pam said...

I'd love to read this book. It sounds so good.

Favourite play is A Midsummer Night's Dream.

melacan at hotmail dot com

holdenj said...

Please count me in!

My favorite play is The Tempest.


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nfmgirl said...

Being a Shakespeare fan, I'm intrigued. Please count me in.

I love Much Ado About Nothing!

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Becca said...

Sounds great. Please enter me.

My favorite play is Hamlet.


Sara said...

My favorite play is Romeo and Juliet. I'm still a 16 year old girl at heart. Thanks!

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Glenn said...

I'd like to drop my name in the hat - thanks for the giveaway.

glenn_pessano AT yahoo DOT com

Neas Nuttiness said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.

I think that Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet are a tie!


Janel said...

I can't resist a book description like that! Please enter me. Oh, and my favorite is A Midsummer Night's Dream. Thanks!

jgbeads at gmail dot com

BevE said...

Gosh, my favorite is definitely Romeo and Juliet without a doubt:D Please count me in on the giveaway - thanks!

BevE said...

Opps, I forgot my email address:

Thanks bunches : D


throuthehaze said...

Count me in!

My favorite is Macbeth

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Bridget said...

Hard to say as I love lots of Shakespeare. Romeo & Juliet has to be one of my favorites.

Just posted this on Win A Book for you!

MJ said...

Please count me in.


MJ said...

I love Romeo & Juliet.


Sammie said...

My favorite play was Hamlet.

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Carlene said...

I am a fan or Romeo and Juliet. Please include me in your giveaway.

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Marie said...

I would love to read this, it looks really good!

My favorite play is Midsummer Nights Dream.

Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

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Dawn M. said...

Sounds like a good book. Count me in!

Favorite play would be Romeo & Juliet. :0)

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Mike B. said...

Ok, fave book about Shakespeare has to be Burgess's Nothing Like the Sun.

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Rachel said...

Definitely Twelth Night. Thanks for the giveaway!

etirv said...

Count me in! I love A Midsummer Night's Dream!

CherylS22 said...

Please count me in - Thanks!

megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

My favorite Shakespeare is "Romeo & Juliet"

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traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I have always been captivated with Shakespeare's plays and have been to Stratford,On and saw the performance of Coriolanus which was enthralling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com