Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday Book Giveaway: Dancing on Glass

by Christa Allan

I'm excited to be giving away an autographed copy of Dancing on Glass by Pamela Binnings Ewen, which received the 2012 Single Titles Reviewer Choice Award. This is a powerful novel about otherwise successful women who find themselves trapped by relationships with men whose manipulations are woven into their charm. 

As described by the publisher:
In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir meets Phillip Sharp, a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known.
A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama’s rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith.
His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret. In this lawyer’s unraveling world, can grace survive Ama’s fatal choice? 
I met Pamela several years ago through the Northshore Literary Society, a local group she co-founded that provides social and educational events to promote literacy. Since then, she's truly been a flashlight for me, helping me to navigate the world of authoring and publishing and promoting.
After practicing law for twenty-five years in Houston, she opted for a full time writing career. The sequel to this giveaway novel, Chasing the Wind, released this summer. The Moon in the Mango Tree, her first novel, was also recently honored as winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women in their Biennial Celebration.

Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning.
Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.
To win Dancing on Glass by Pamela Binnings Ewen, please leave a comment about your favorite New Orleans memory or one you’d like to create. Be sure to include your email address, and leave your comment before midnight, December 31.

Christa Allan is a soon-to-be retired high school English teacher and the author of Walking on Broken Glass, The Edge of Grace, Love Finds You in New Orleans, and Threads of Hope. She lives in New Orleans where she is working on her next novel between eating beignets and making gumbo.


  1. I've never been to New Orleans, but I'd love to visit & explore.

    Learn more of the history in particular.


  2. I've never been to New Orleans, but it seems like an exciting city, especially during Mardi Gras. I'm wondering if any of your books include Mardi Gras celebrations? Dancing on Glass sounds like a great read ~ love the title!

  3. I have not been to New Orleans but I would love to. The food sounds amazing and I would love to try a dozen different restaurants. Thank you for the giveaway!


  4. Hi there, I actually have never been to New Orleans...but it has always been one of the cities that I have always most wanted to visit! Perhaps this book will give me just a little more insight to this exiting city. I picture myself and my husband strolling down the street listening to the jazz coming from the various doorways until we decide to enter one and park there for a while to enjoy:) Kim@

  5. New Orleans is like another country, so mystical and exotic! I won a trip there when my first novel won a Pirates Alley Faulkner prize and was spellbound by the old world charm and the huge arts community. Hurricane George stopped the writers conference and I got locked in the basement of the Pirates Alley bookstore across from the church graveyard until I could run to my hotel where windows were being boarded up as people fled to the airport. I hitched a ride with an ambassador who was there for a conference on the Sistene Chapel! The next year I returned and fell in love with Beignets and creole and lively jazz and antique stores and old mansions. I can't wait to return next fall to the Words and Music conference- this time I'll bring my husband to take advantage of the romance in the air! For now, I'll be reading Dancing on Air!

  6. I've never been there, but want to go! I've heard Mardi Gras is fun, but I like to get travel books and see what history and art there is to see before I go so I can plan it out. Thanks for the giveaway! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. I would like to visit New Orleans and learn the history. I would visit art museums and sample the food.

  8. My best friend's daughter lives there as a lawyer and will be married there this year, which means I get to go to New Orleans for the wedding. Wow. Of all the trips I've heard tell, finally I can explore. Yeah, I need this!

  9. Hello Everyone- Thank you for coming to the party, and thanks to Christa for this. I've tried to capture the spirit of New Orleans in Dancing on Glass. Hope you all agree. Happy New Year! Pamela

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