Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 16: Item 5: BOOKMARKS

Our own Courtney Barr happens to love to shop and if you have never visited ETSY.COM then well you are missing out on some of the most amazing artisan and vintage items.

It just so happens that the store:

has some of the CUTEST MAGNETIC BOOKMARKS ever!

She is offering  you the opportunity to



Here are some samples:
Magnetic Bookmark (Birds on a Branch) Blue Magnetic Bookmark (Musically Inclined)
Magnetic Bookmark "What will I grow up to be"Magnetic Bookmark "Forest Wonderland"

These bookmarks are ADORABLE! There are tons of designs!
visit Astoria Lane shop
and the new Blog

Day 16: Item 4: SIGNED BOOK

The very generous and so kind John Karle of St. Martin's Press has donated 

a SIGNED copy of
Summer Rental
by Mary Kay Andrews

This book releases on June 7, 2011

From Amazon.com

Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction….
Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.  And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.
Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.
Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity.  Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?
Five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness.   Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues.  A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  Visit www.marykayandrews.com

Day 16: Item 3: SIGNED BOOK

Nina Watson, the lovely and talented mother of 4 of the cutest nieces and nephews to our very own Courtney Barr is offering another awesome selection:

a SIGNED copy of 
Emily Windsnap & the Siren's Secret
by Liz Kessler

Liz lives in England and being able to snag a signed copy was just wonderful!


Follow Liz on Twitter
Liz Kessler lives in St Ives, Cornwall. She grew up in Southport in the North West of England, and has also lived in Manchester and Cheshire. She studied English at Loughborough University, then did a teaching qualifaction at Keele University, and more recently did a Masters in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She has worked as a teacher, teaching English and Media Studies, and has also run Creative Writing courses. Liz was also a journalist working on local and regional newspapers in both York and Manchester.
She did a brief interview with the BBC about creative writing.[1] She is represented by the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, and her books are published by Orion Children's Books.
This book was purchased from the lovely ladies at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA
Be sure to visit their site - they have tons of author events and workshops! It is a quaint shop and the ladies their are such dolls - every visit is an adventure!


Remember the wonderfully talented Sara Megibow? Well here is one of her clients, an AMAZING writer who delights me by placing actual photos of herself as a child on her website (truly - she is adorable!), posting truly honest blog posts and being all around wonderful to boot!

Natalie is offering a 


Yep you heard me...so get bidding guys!

From Natalie's Website:
I have four very little children and one normal-sized husband. When I’m not changing diapers, scrubbing toilets, picking up toys, making food, or cleaning dog vomit off the carpet, I might be writing middle grade adventures. My work is represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency


How awesome is Rebecca Cantrell?

Pretty darn awesome! She is donating:

of her book:
cover for A Trace of Smoke

Rebecca Cantrell author photograph

A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer. Now she writes the Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s, including “A Trace of Smoke and the forthcoming “A Night of Long Knives.” “A Trace of Smoke” was considered by major cable networks as a television series.
A faded pink triangle pasted on the wall of Dachau Concentration Camp and time in Berlin, Germany in the 1980s inspired “A Trace of Smoke.” Fluent in German, she received her high school diploma from the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin and studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Georg August Universität in Göttingen before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.
When she visited Berlin in the summer of 2006, she was astounded to discover that many locations in her novel have been rebuilt and reopened in the last few years, including the gay bar El Dorado and the Mosse House publishing house.
Her short story “Coffee” appear in the “Missing” anthology, and her short story “On the Train” will be in the “First Thrills” anthology in June 2010.
Her screenplay “The Humanitarian” was a finalist at Shriekfest 2008: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival. Her screenplay “A Taste For Blood” was a finalist at the Shriekfest 2007: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival.
As of this writing, she lives in Hawaii with her Ironman husband and son.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Good afternoon everyone!

We at ALL 4 ALABAMA are having a blast being able to offer such amazing prizes and experiences for such an amazing cause! We are so close to a $4000.00 mark and it is phenomenal to see how well everything is going for the small town of Hackleburg, Alabama. Keep up the great bidding! 

With the Memorial Day weekend here in the states we have received some emails from a few bidders worried that many may miss out on bidding, or on the new auction postings, so we have decided to halt the auctions for Saturday 5/28, Sunday 5/29 & Monday 5/30

We will resume posting the 5 items per day on Tuesday, 5/31 - we have even more great items coming up guys!!


DAY 10 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 5/27 @8 p.m. CST

DAY 11 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 5/31 @8 p.m. CST
DAY 12 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 6/1 @8 p.m. CST
DAY 13 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 6/2 @8 p.m. CST
DAY 14 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 6/3 @8 p.m. CST
DAY 15 BIDS - WILL CLOSE 6/4 @8 p.m. CST

So if you were worried about missing out on Saturday - Monday of the Holiday don't fret! 

Have a wonderful weekend! We will see you all back here on Tuesday!

Day 15: Item 5: SIGNED BOOK

Nina Watson, the lovely and talented mother of 4 of the cutest nieces and nephews to our very own Courtney Barr is offering the following selection:

a SIGNED copy of 

by Janice Hardy

from Goodreads:

Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke of Baseer’s trackers. Wanted for a crime she didn’t mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to prevent the Duke from using them in his fiendish experiments. But resolve isn’t enough to protect any of them, and Nya soon realizes that the only way to keep them all out of the Duke’s clutches is to flee Geveg. Unfortunately, the Duke’s best tracker has other ideas.
Nya finds herself trapped in the last place she ever wanted to be, forced to trust the last people she ever thought she could. More is at stake than just the people of Geveg, and the closer she gets to uncovering the Duke’s plan, the more she discovers how critical she is to his victory. To save Geveg, she just might have to save Baseer—if she doesn’t destroy it first.

This book was purchased from the lovely ladies at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA
Be sure to visit their site - they have tons of author events and workshops! It is a quaint shop and the ladies their are such dolls - every visit is an adventure!

Day 15: Item 4: SIGNED BOOK

Our very own Courtney Barr has dipped into her signed collection again and found the following book to offer:

a SIGNED copy of 
Ink Exchange
by Melissa Marr

from Courtney:
If you have not read this one then wow, you really need to. It is actually my favorite in this series. Here is what you are missing - oh and it is a sequel, but you don't have to have read Wicked Lovely to appreciate the storyline and characters!
from Amazon
Leslie lives with a father who has given up on life, a drug-abusing brother who allowed his dealer to rape Leslie in lieu of payment, and a burning desire to banish pain and fear from her life. Unable to confide in her best friend, Aislinn, she devotes herself to working to pay the family bills and to get the tattoo she believes will help her reclaim her body. What she doesn't know is that the art she has selected will bind her to Irial, the king of the Dark Court of Fairy. He removes her emotions like fear, panic, or anger, and uses them to nourish the fairies of his court. What Irial doesn't expect is his growing love for Leslie and her desire to make her own choices. In Leslie, Marr has created a damaged, wounded character who still comes across as being incredibly strong. Irial needs to care for his court, knowing them too weak to win a war, but his feelings for Leslie make him unwilling to do what needs to be done. The lesser characters are also well drawn: Rabbit the tattoo artist, his father, Gabriel, and also Aislinn, Keenan, and Seth from Wicked Lovely

Day 15: Item 3: SIGNED BOOKS

The very sweet and oh so Southern Rick Bragg has gifted us with some more copies of his books. For today's post we are offering 
The Prince of Frogtown 
by Rick Bragg
Yes you read that correctly! TWO copies! 
One for you and a gift - or two for you, we won't judge ;o) Also if the winner would like one personalized we can arrange that as well!!

Rick Bragg is an American author and journalist known for his non-fiction books, especially those on his family in Alabama. He currently resides in Alabama. Bragg won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times

Day 15: Item 2: SIGNED BOOK

The wonderful staff at The Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona is offering up


Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
by Chelsea's Family, Friends & Other Victims & Chelsea herself

from Amazon.com 
"My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate."--Chelsea Handler, from Chapter 10 of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang 

It's no lie: Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness," the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers--they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them. 

Changing Hands Bookstore is a lovely bookstore located in Tempe, Arizona. The staff is absolutely wonderful and they know their authors! Be sure to swing by if you are ever in the area.

Day 15: Item 1: SIGNED BOOK

Another from the collection of our very own Courtney Barr...

Girl at Sea
SIGNED by Maureen Johnson

This is the summer Clio has waited for her whole life. School is out. She’s gotten a great job. And she’s just met the guy of her dreams. Things could not be better.
It’s about time something remotely normal happened to her. Named after the muse of history, quasi-famous at eleven for making a board game with her father, touring the world in questionable style at twelve… it’s been an odd journey so far. Some of it sounds good on paper. Lots of things sound good on paper. It doesn’t mean they actually are…
Our own Crystal Harris is throwing in a copy of
*Please note that Crystal will be seeing Ms. Johnson at a signing in June - if the winner wants it personalized and can wait just a little longer, Crystal will be glad to oblige!

13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Image of "Maureen Johnson"
from Amazon.com Author Page:
Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like a lot of people who end up writing books, she was always reading. This paid off in the end, but also resulted in her not playing any sports, so she is spectacularly uncoordinated, and is easily injured by harmless household objects, like endtables.
She studied writing and theatrical dramaturgy at Columbia University. Before she could spend all her days writing, Maureen served up hamburgers in the company of mad scientists and talking skeletons in New York, tended bar in Piccadilly Circus, nervously worked alongside live tigers in Las Vegas, and once got mixed up with the entire cast of a major West End musical.
Maureen lives in New York City, and when she is not writing, spends her time in a relentless pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. If you know where it is, get in touch with her at once.

Follow her on Twitter @maureenjohnson
Trust me you won't regret it!