Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book that I am featuring this week is one that has been on my TBR pile for a while. I just recently snagged the e-book version when it was on sale so I am giving away my print copy to make more room on my shelves. For more books, of course!  

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

Domestic Violets

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
Print and e-book, 329 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Harper Perennial

Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned thirty-five, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.

The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. Oh . . . and his dog, according to the vet, is suffering from acute anxiety.

Tom’s life is crushing his soul, but he’s decided to do something about it. (Really.) Domestic Violets is the brilliant and beguiling story of a man finally taking control of his own happiness—even if it means making a complete idiot of himself along the way.

About the author

Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Baltimore. His first novel, Domestic Violets, was nominated in the Best Humor Category at the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards. His short story, Miss November, appears in the anthology Forty Stories, which is available now on Amazon as a free ebook. Read more on his blog at or follow him on Twitter @TheNormanNation

Connect with Matthew

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  1. I'm adding this book to my TBR list. Sounds like a great read. I'm interested in the changes he makes to be happy.

    1. Thanks for stopping! It does sound good, doesn't it? My TBR list is sooooooo long!

  2. I just love your site! I always read books based on your recommendation. You have great taste in books.

    1. Thanks so much, Misty! I am glad that you love The Book Bag. And I am glad that I am helping you find good books to read. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sounds like a very unique storyline. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Your blog has become one I stop by at almost every day. Thank you for what you do! You have great recommendations. xoxo

    1. You are welcome, Jen. I love sharing my love of books with others. Thanks for stopping by!


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