Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Christmas Giveaway...Manuel Ramos!

Merry Christmas. Jaskie drew the short straw on my last giveaway and will be getting a baker's dozen of books when I get her address.

As for this giveaway - here's the deal - Manuel Ramos has published six novels, all of them quite fine. I'm a great admirer as are all those in the know. The prose is as smooth as you'd ever want, the stories are compelling, and humanness seeps from the pages - a rare condition. The man's been nominated for an Edgar and is truly one of great master of the genre even if you may not have heard of him.

Now, I have all of his books but one of them is in the attic - sorry Manuel, but I need the space. I now have about 1,000 books in the attic and this is after giving away 500 and taking 500 to my work office and arranging 1,000 in my study area. I can't be helped - book buying is my only addiction.

Anyway, the other five books by Manuel Ramos - Moony's Road to Hell, Brown on Brown, The Last Client of Luis Montez, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, and Blues for the Buffalo are all up fo grabs here. Since I'm not going into the attic, I've also tossed in a Manuel Ramos short story collected in The Cocaine Chronicles from Akashic books.

If you haven't read Ramos before, there can be no better time to start.

Then, as if that were not enough, I'm adding my own books into the mix. There are four novels in the Precinct Puerto Rico series and a stand-alone paperback original -The Concrete Maze. I'm even tossing in my own anthology - Bronx Noir also from Akashic.

This makes for a total - if I do my math correctly - of 12 books. Half will be signed by me.

Now, you might eb thinking - "This Ramos guy sounds all right, but do I really want any Torres books?" After all, you may have my books already or you may have met me in person and been frightened...That's all right. You'll still get 12 books (I've got plenty of others and the need for space is critical). On top of that, if you win and you say "leave out the Torres stuff" I'll be happy to draw another name for my own novels.

Everything must go! Just leave a comment!


Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

Having already scored a copy of The Concrete Maze, I am assuming I am out of the running here. But would love to have the complete Torres and Ramos if not.

December 25, 2007 5:45 PM  
Blogger Stephen D. Rogers said...

Toss my hat into the ring.


December 25, 2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Would love to get in on this.
Larry Chavis

December 25, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger Harplady said...

You've got me curious as to the writing skill of Ramos. We have something in common too -- we both have lots of books and declining space. Books are like my friends and I like having them around. Thanks for the opportunity.

December 25, 2007 11:36 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

I was the first to respond. So where is my comment?

Youse ain't doin' too's well!

December 26, 2007 2:00 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'd love a chance to win!

December 26, 2007 12:18 PM  
Blogger Bryon said...

I wanna play I wanna play.

December 26, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger La Bloga said...

I wanna win!


December 26, 2007 6:13 PM  
Blogger Kevin R. Tipple said...

Online dialup is working, for now, so count me in too if there is still time.


December 26, 2007 8:00 PM  

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