When Mockingbirds Sing | Summer Reading Giveaway

Hi Friends!

Since I know many of you will be traveling this summer and perhaps find yourself in need of a stunning novel, I’m giving away three copies of one of my new favorites When Mockingbirds Sing. I could tell you about how wonderful this novel is, but how would you like to watch the trailer and see for yourself?

Pretty incredible, right?

The author, Billy Coffey, has a remarkable story about becoming a novelist. Raised in small-town Virginia by a redneck farmer and a Mennonite mother, Coffey wanted to use his talents to leave the rural behind and become a pro-baseball player. After he tore his shoulder during one infamous game in high school, the scouts stopped showing up and he was left with what felt like nothing but shattered dreams. But it was only the beginning. He started writing and discovered the baseball accident was a stepping-stone towards an even greater calling. His first article after the injury in the local paper saved a suicidal girl’s life.

Billy started community college, but a seasoned editor begged him to stay away from creative writing classes because she feared it might ruin his voice. “Since that was the only reason I wanted to go to college at all, I decided to quit and focus on getting published,” Billy said.

He quit and started writing. As most dreams do, it took time for his writing ones to come to fruition. But eventually, an agent signed him and the rest is history. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, where there is no police force and where the fire department is funded by an annual summer carnival. Visit him at www.billycoffey.com.

To enter to win a copy of When Mockingbirds Sing, simply leave a comment below &  share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter!

On another note, some exciting news coming on the blog this week! Stay tuned . . . 

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24 Responses to “When Mockingbirds Sing | Summer Reading Giveaway”
  1. Tatuu says:

    Since I know it will be tricky for me to win in any Giveaway based on my location…I’m just going to concentrate on the last sentence.

    Should I start a countdown? I have been dreaming about you know what… :D

  2. Julianne says:

    Definitely need to read a redemptive story to know that the physical setbacks of the past two years have a purpose.

  3. Ernest says:

    Wow.good one for inspiration and motivation

  4. Kristy Caldo says:

    I love new books and this one sounds interesting! Never heard of him but will have to check him out. Thanks for introducing him Ruthie!

  5. Meg Murray says:

    Hello! I’m at camp this summer and would love this book as a summer read! I love reading about how people have pursued their dreams in the face of adversity – this guy seems so cool.

  6. This is a great giveaway! Shared on Twitter : )

  7. Allison says:

    Sounds like a great book!! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Jess says:

    The book sounds really interesting!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love the author’s story. That alone makes me want to read this book!

  10. Jana says:

    Looks great. Love Southern writers!! Thanks for the heads up about this author.

  11. Darla Baerg says:

    Would love to read. :)

  12. John S. says:

    Very inspired by your story, Billy. I hope I win!

  13. Kelley C. says:

    What an incredible trailer. Whoever created it is amazing! I want to read this book!!

  14. Julie Corley says:

    God may help us learn from other’s tragedies, even in novel form!

  15. Margaret says:

    Looks like a great book for the summer reading list! And thank you for the introduction to a new author.

  16. Abby Bailey says:

    Adding this to my summer reading list! thanks for sharing! :)

  17. Hilary says:

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Christina says:

    I love the idea of book trailers, if that’s what they’re called. his brings a book Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult to my reverie. I was very touched by it and am interested in seeing what this book has to offer.


  19. Edwin says:

    I would love to read this book, sounds interesting

  20. Would LOVE to win a copy of this book :D

  21. Lena says:

    I love considering second careers! At 24 I’m already considering mine:)

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