Preview and GIVEAWAY of The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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About the Book:
Seventeen year old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.

About the Author:
Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005), At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), and The Lucky One (2008). All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 40 languages. His newest book, The Last Song will be made into a movie starring Miley Cyrus, in theaters in 2010.

The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100 million in DVD sales—making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood. The film version of Nights in Rodanthe was released in the fall of 2008 and starred Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Forthcoming movie adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ books include Dear John, The Lucky One and The Last Song.

Nichols Sparks is an avid athlete who runs daily, lifts weights regularly, and competes in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads approximately 125 books a year. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually.

He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

The Giveaway:
Thanks to Valerie and the Hachette Book Group I have 5 copies of this AMAZING book to giveaway!!! All you have to do is leave a comment WITH an email address so I can contact you if you win. NO EMAIL=NO ENTRY!!!!

Remember: NO PO Boxes!! Open to US and Canada residents ONLY!!!

Good luck!
**Giveaway ends February 8th at 6pm**

14 January, 2010
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74 Comments

  • Reply Marjorie

    This book is on my wish list and
    I would really like to win it.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

    14 January, 2010 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Linna

    Please enter me. Thanks.

    linna.hsu at gmail dot com

    14 January, 2010 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Book Crazy Jenn

    Nicholas Sparks has always amazed me with his amazingly beautiful stories I would love to be entered to win this book! 🙂 Thank you so much!

    Jenn@ book-crazy.com

    14 January, 2010 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Michelle V

    Count me in! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Blessings
    Michelle V
    m.vasquez[at]grandecom[dot]net

    14 January, 2010 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Esme

    I am a huge fan.

    thanks

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    14 January, 2010 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Bethie

    Please count me in! I just love Nicholas Sparks. Thanks for the chance.

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    14 January, 2010 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Hi,

    Love Nicholas Sparks and saw the preview for this movie. Looks great, but I have a policy never to see a movie before reading the book. The book is always so much better. Please enter me in your contest.

    Thanks, Kim

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    14 January, 2010 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply LuAnn

    I love reading Nicholas Sparks’ books!

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    14 January, 2010 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Mark

    I’d lile to enter – thanks!
    marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

    14 January, 2010 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Margaret

    Sounds like a wonderful book to read, I’m waiting for the movie too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Margaret

    maggie965 at yahoo dot com.

    14 January, 2010 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Kimmy

    Please enter me. Thanks;-)

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    14 January, 2010 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply DKAY

    Thanks for the chance to win.
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    14 January, 2010 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Merry

    I’d love a chance to win The Last Song, please add me to the drawing!

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    14 January, 2010 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply mindy

    this looks like a great read thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

    14 January, 2010 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Vivian Deliz

    I like Nicholas Sparks books. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

    14 January, 2010 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Jeff

    I would love to win! Thanks for offering this.

    jeffintennessee at gmail dot com

    14 January, 2010 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Mary

    This is the only Sparks book that I haven’t read yet.

    mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    14 January, 2010 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply bargaingirl

    I would really like to read this….I love Nicholas Sparks. Thanks for the giveaway!

    15 January, 2010 at 12:36 am
  • Reply justpeachy36

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    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    15 January, 2010 at 12:53 am
  • Reply Simply Stacie

    Please count me in.

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    15 January, 2010 at 1:05 am
  • Reply scottsgal

    Love his characters – please enter me too
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    15 January, 2010 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Looking for a new read.

    Nycole
    knycks1@aol.com

    15 January, 2010 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Carole

    I am unashamedly a Nicholas Sparks fan, Molly. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of The Last Song.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

    15 January, 2010 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Sarah E

    Please enter me in this giveaway!

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

    15 January, 2010 at 10:59 am
  • Reply shawn

    Please enter me. I’de like to win this book.
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    15 January, 2010 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I would just love to win this book!! Thanks for entering me, Molly!

    Blessings,
    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

    15 January, 2010 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply susan

    Please enter me. I love Nicholas Sparks. this is on my wishlist as well! The bend in the road was his best book.. this might be better!

    15 January, 2010 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Would love to read this book:)
    Melissa
    chaotic_scrapper@hotmail.com

    15 January, 2010 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    I’d love to win this! It’s funny; I love to read his books, but have never liked any of the movie adaptations! 🙂

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

    16 January, 2010 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Please throw my name into the mix!

    Thanks – Andrea

    andrealschultz[at]gmail[dot]com

    https://andrealschultz.blogspot.com – please come visit my blog! Thanks!

    17 January, 2010 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Winning Readings

    Count me in! I haven’t read many, but I love the couple of Nicholas Sparks books I’ve read.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

    17 January, 2010 at 5:15 am
  • Reply Janet Ruth

    I would love to read this book. Please count me in!

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    17 January, 2010 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply bayctygrl

    I would love to read this book! Thanks!

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    17 January, 2010 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Annette

    It’s been years since I read Sparks.

    derekannette at gmail dot com

    17 January, 2010 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply 409cope

    This looks like a great read. I would love to win. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

    17 January, 2010 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    I love his books. Thanks for the chance.

    Wendy
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    17 January, 2010 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply I Heart Book Gossip

    Oh I love love this book. Please count me in.

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    18 January, 2010 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Michelle Sutton

    I’d love to try a new Nick Sparks book.

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    18 January, 2010 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Audra E.

    Ahh, I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book!!! thepeachykeenwriter[at]yahoo[dot]com

    18 January, 2010 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Haven’t read any books by Nicholas Sparks. Please enter me. Thanks.

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    18 January, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply The Book Vixen

    I would love to be entered! I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan and have been wanting to get my hands on this book!

    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

    19 January, 2010 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Would love to read this… Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

    20 January, 2010 at 3:46 am
  • Reply Sandee61

    I would love to be entered in your giveaway for Nicholas Sparks book, I love his writing. Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandee

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

    20 January, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Sandra K321

    I would love to read this book. I have seen many reviews of Nicholas Sparks’ books but never seen a biography of him before. Thanks for including it.
    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

    20 January, 2010 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply LittleEagle

    I enjoyed reading the bio and look forward to reading the book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

    21 January, 2010 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Sean

    please enter me
    spynaert@gmail.com

    21 January, 2010 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Please count me in!!

    Melissa
    chaotic_scrapper@hotmail.com

    22 January, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply wmmahaney

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I love Sparks and any book based in my home state of NC.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

    23 January, 2010 at 5:39 am
  • Reply Alicia

    Would love to read this.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^< bloggyig at gmail dot com

    23 January, 2010 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Molly C.

    I love his books! I just finished Dear John, and would love to read this one.
    mcapel4444@aol.com

    23 January, 2010 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Deedles

    I haven’t read anything by Nicholas Sparks yet. I would love to read this.
    djeanq(at)gmail(dot)com

    24 January, 2010 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Karen B

    Sounds like another great book by Mr Sparks!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

    24 January, 2010 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Retsbar2Go

    I need something new to read. Sounds interesting!

    retsbar2go AT gmail DOT com

    25 January, 2010 at 9:55 am
  • Reply jemscout425

    i’ve been want to read this book
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

    26 January, 2010 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Tea

    One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks’ novels is “Message in a Bottle.” I just love his books. I would love to win and read The Last Song.

    teakettle58atyahoodotcom

    27 January, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply smilekisses

    I’d love to read this book.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    27 January, 2010 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply sweepmom

    I have read several Nicholas Sparks books and really enjoyed them. I would really like to read this one.

    29 January, 2010 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Chip

    I could use a new book and this looks great.

    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

    29 January, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply kathy55439

    I love Sparks books…. Never read one I didn’t LOVE

    mynewhomeiowa at ya hoo

    30 January, 2010 at 2:10 am
  • Reply bison61

    please sign me up-I love his books

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

    30 January, 2010 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Graham

    Would love to win this. I read Dear John and I am looking forward to seeing the movie too.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

    31 January, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Mia J.

    This sounds like another good Nicholas sparks book. Please enter me.

    1 February, 2010 at 4:38 am
  • Reply Marianna

    Thanks for the chance – I’ve always wanted to read one of his books
    mannasweeps (at)) gmaildotcom

    1 February, 2010 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Sandra K321

    I would love the chance to read one of Nicholas Sparks’ books.
    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

    1 February, 2010 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Bani

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. Love Nicholas Sparks books. Nice giveaway, quite a few copies available. I’d love a chance at one.

    wakeupangel at gmail dot com

    2 February, 2010 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply melydia

    I’m in. melydia@hotmail.com

    2 February, 2010 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Rose6188

    This book is on my list!!!
    Domigirlxo@hotmail.com

    2 February, 2010 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    I would love a copy
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

    3 February, 2010 at 2:35 am
  • Reply Anita Yancey

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to win a copy. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

    3 February, 2010 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Sue

    I’d love a chance. Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

    4 February, 2010 at 6:36 am
  • Reply MaMa

    I heard such good buzz about this book & really want to read it. Thanks for hosting…enjoy your blog!
    Lisa
    mistyfuji (at) yahoo (dot) com

    6 February, 2010 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply photoquest

    Nicolas Sparks is one of my favorite authors !!! I would love to win a copy of this book!
    photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

    8 February, 2010 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Nicholas Sparks…Love his books and his gorgeous smile! Guessed I missed the opportunity! :(( priscaj@gmail.com And yes I do enjoy your reviews 🙂

    9 February, 2010 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Valeen

    I really enjoy books by Nicholas Sparks. I would love to read this! Thanks for the great review.

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com

    11 February, 2010 at 1:23 am
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