Random Acts of Publicity: Steve Kluger’s MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR

Mike Jung reminded me that today is Day 1 of the third annual Random Acts of Publicity, started by DarcyPattison as a fun way to promote friends and favorite books. Mike’s running a contest to win THREE books by Julian Hector. You may go enter Mike’s contest, although if you can do so WITHOUT beating out my entry, I would of course appreciate that.

Anyway, in my never-ending quest to get more people to read one of MY favorite books, I’m running a giveaway, too. Never said I can’t steal make use of someone else’s good idea!

Here’s the book:

As you can see from the complete title [deep breath], My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park, the book has everything. Why is it one of my absolute favorites? Because it is very possibly the best love story I have ever read. And, remember, I wrote my master’s thesis on Wuthering Heights (Sorry, Emily!). The story and the characters and the relationships cover every possible form that happy, kind, supportive love can take. The connections and the voices and the humor are outstanding, and if you aren’t smiling, laughing, or saying “aaaaw” on every page, well, then, yeah–this book isn’t for you.

But you know what? It will be.

Just to prove it, yes, I’m giving away a copy of this book. I like Mike’s idea of having us add more promotion to the contest–he’s asked minions enter his contest by leaving a comment listing one of their favorite picture books. So, here, let’s hear your favorite love story. Since this is about promotion, let’s say favorite love story published in the last five years. Yes, you can ALSO add a second favorite from way back whenever–Jane Austen comes to mind–but that won’t enter you in the contest.

And, no, I’m not going to check the pub date on entries–can’t I TRUST you people?!

I’ll announce the winner on Friday, so enter now! And, if you aren’t logged in so that I can click your signature & get an email to you, please make sure to leave your email in the comment.

And have a love-filled week!


  1. Kathleen Trail says:

    I don’t read a lot of love stories, but Michael Kimball’s Us completely floored me. And my way-back-whenever book is absolutely Sense and Sensibility. Not original to love an Austen romance but I can’t help it! Thanks for the contest!!


    • beckylevine says:

      There’s a REASON we all love Austen. πŸ™‚ And US sounds pretty powerful–I’ll have to check it out.


  2. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. πŸ™‚


  3. Love story=A Match Made in High School by Kristen Walker. funny, unique, and romantic. Thanks for sharing about this new novel, adding to my TBR pile.


  4. solvangsherrie says:

    I really enjoyed Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkes. The story had so much more depth than I expected from the cover, but there was, of course, the steamy romance πŸ™‚


  5. Julie says:

    I’d love to win that book, and thanks for the reminder about RAP. One good love story I read this year was The Wedding Officer, by Anthony Capella. Sounds fluffy, but there was actually a great deal to it, since it takes place after the Allied liberation of Naples during WWII.


  6. Mike Jung says:

    OH OKAY, I’ll enter. You twisted my arm. πŸ™‚
    While I’m also not exactly Joe Love Story, I did read one a couple of years ago that’s outstanding – SETH BAUMGARTNER’S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper. Funny and irreverent, but with a lot of heart and depth too.


    • beckylevine says:

      Oh, I did like Eric’s book, too. And, Mike, I think you will love this book. My guess is you might even find a few tears in your eyes on one certain page I’m not going to reveal UNTIL you’ve read it! That will be, of course,in between all the pages where you’re laughing hysterically.


  7. Elaine Maikovska says:

    Sounds interesting. I liked your presentation at RW, so think I’ll like the book.


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