Friday
May022014

Derfwad Book Giveaway!

Updated 5/5: The winner of Kicks Like a Girl is  Ilyanna. Congrats you! Send Mrs. G. you're address and she'll order it to be sent to you pronto. Thanks to all who threw their name in the hat. We hope it becomes a best seller, Melissa!


Our very own Melissa Westemeier (Green Girl in Wisconsin) has written her third book, Kicks Like a Girl. A former high school English teacher-turned SAHM, Melissa blogs about environmental issues (Eco Women: Protectors of the Planet), and her adventures raising 3 boys and a ton of fresh produce on her family’s 60-acre homestead in Northeastern Wisconsin. Her current projects include a trilogy about a river town in Wisconsin, earning her 3rd degree black belt in karate and figuring out what to make for dinner tonight. Mrs. G. met Melissa during the Derf Road Trip and she is a very cool woman, strong and fierce.

Gretchen Benton is the maid of honor at her best friend's wedding when she gets drunk, says exactly the wrong thing and feels alone in the midst of all the couples. She can't avoid weddings--she's a florist. She also can't avoid the thugs who break into her shop and assault her the following night. To combat her fear after her attack, Gretchen enrolls in karate classes at a local dojo. Soon she's caught between her handsome martial arts instructor and the cute cop assigned to her case. As she begins mastering the basics of karate (while sweating enough to make her mascara run), Gretchen learns that kicking like a girl doesn't imply weakness, it means striking hard and striking with style.

Mrs. G. loves the sparkle and humor in Kicks Like a Girl. She read it in two nights. The main character, Gretchen, is Mrs. G's kind of woman.

If you would like your own brand new copy of Kicks Like a Girl by Melissa Westemeier, just leave a comment and that's it. Comments close Sunday night, May 4th @ 12am EST. Mrs. G. will announce the winner on Monday and ship it out the same day. She is happy to ship international. Good luck and happy reading.

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Reader Comments (56)

Sigh...the first person to post never wins. But I'm ok getting this party started!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

This is a FUN book to read! Melissa did a great job.
I have my own copy plus I've already done a giveaway, so please don't enter me in the drawing. I'm happy to let someone else have the opportunity to read it for herself.

Please pick me!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan B.

Imma go comment RIGHT NOW!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I'd love to win it!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Kristy, you have commented! You're entered. Good luck.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

Want want want!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterilyanna

Sounds like a great read! And Brava, Green Girl!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda J

Winner or not, I'll be adding this to my summer reading list. Thanks!!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjean

Sounds like exactly what I need after a tough week at work, light, fun, well-written and smart. Congrats, Melissa!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie in AZ

I'm in!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

Green Girl is AWESOME, please put my name in the hat!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary Edward Rith

Me, me, me, please.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter~annie

This book sounds great - I'm also going to search for Melissa's other books - have to support my fellow Derf and Wisconsinite!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

Sounds like a fun summer read. Will go on my list - win or not.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Sounds like a fun read!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGretel

I'd love to take it along to the beach this summer.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for a new blog to read!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermamasoo

I'd love a copy!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

Cool! Looks like a great book, and nice title!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGwyn

Sounds like a fun book! Even if I don't win, I will go out and buy it.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Sounds like fun! I'm adding it to the old reading list.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

My TBR stack is shrinking, another book please!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie m

Sign me up!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteramybee

I'm in!!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermomwhoknits

Would like to read this book,
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May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

Sounds like a great read!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLK

I have too much downer non-fiction on my bedside table right now...this sounds like just what I need!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter*m*

Well, I don't usually enjoy fiction (no snobbery there, it's just a weird postpartum thing that has lasted, oh, 22 years), but that description intrigues me. I'd be happy to read it and then pass it on via my blog!

Yay for Derf world domination! Or at least publishing world domination. Or something, I dunno - it's early.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen Anderson

Sounds like a good book. I'll add it to my list so on the off chance I don't win (I want to win!) I'll remember it when I'm looking again. Congrats Green Girl!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I'd love to read it!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNina G.

Congrats to a fellow Derf on her third book!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeepsaloola

Sounds like a winner. :)

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

This sounds really good!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCyndib

Would love to win this! Congratulations Melissa.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranon today

I'd love to have it. But in the event that I don't win, I will also happily go to amazon and buy it!

Melissa is one of my "Words With Friends" friends! I would love to win the book and bump it to the top of my TBR list!

I'd love it

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

Ohh! Ohh! Pick me. (I really enjoyed her last book!)

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

This book sounds delightful!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaryjo Richardson

It sounds like a fun book, so add me to the giveaway list, please. And congratulations, Melissa!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Sounds good. I love Mrs. G's endorsement.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebra KJ

Congratulations to Melissa! I'd love to read her newest book.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Sounds like my kind of girl. Love to read the book!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargie

Congrats Melissa!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacCrackHouse

I could use a good read. thanks

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngAK

Would love to win!

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

How great, congratulations, Melissa! I'm going to read it whether I win or not!

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

Thanks for the shout-out, Mrs. G! And for posting such a flattering photo of me.

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