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The Compulsive Reader: The Butterfly Clues Contest!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Butterfly Clues Contest!

I'm kicking off February with a contest for a book I am very, very excited about!


The Butterfly Clues is Kate Ellison's debut novel, and is about a girl who collects (and sometimes steals) beautiful things, only to get drawn into the mystery of the murder of another girl. The trailer is very awesome--click here to take a look at it if you haven't already seen it! Here's the official summary for the book:

"Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. 
But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind. 
As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death."

A lot of things that main character Lo collects are found in flea markets, which can be interesting places. They hold a myriad of objects with their own stories and pasts, and there's always so much going on in them. What's the most interesting thing you've seen or found in a flea market (or antique shop, etc.)? If you haven't found something cool at a flea market, what's one thing you'd look for while browsing? Comment below and let me know--I'll enter you for a chance to win a signed copy of The Butterfly Clues, courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit!

The Butterfly Clues will be out on February 14th--the same day that the winner will be announced! Bonus entries to anyone who tweets/Facebooks/blogs about the contest! U.S. only, please.

40 comments:

Evangeline said...

I was at this flea market a year ago and they had this back-beaters. I don't know if back-beaters are sold in the US or not... but these stuff are what you use to knock against your back for a massage. There were all type of back-beaters. I did not buy one since I do not use it, but they were intriguing. =)

Emily said...

My husband and I have always said "Always, Forever, No Matter What." I'm not sure where we came up with it, but it's just something we've always said. Well, we were in a flea market a while back and there in the corner sat an old wooden sign with the words "Always, Forever, No Matter What" printed on it. It was something we definitely had to purchase!

Farah @ Broken Penguins said...

When I was little, I lived really close to the Pickering Flea Market (which was the largest flea market in North America). My parents let me choose a toy everytime we went and one time, I bought a GIANT magnet attached to a green stick. It even came with a big warning label on it about not placing it on appliances. To this day I have no idea what to do with it or why I chose it.

Christina Fiorelli said...

I don't usually browse flea markets, but I once saw this beautiful piece of old bark with the words to a Robert Frost poem carved into it. So beautiful and meaningful, I wondered who carved it, why, and why the bark from that tree? Did he or she kiss the one they loved there? Was that tree their childhood hangout? I loved it!

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Christina Fiorelli said...

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traveler said...

When we were travelling during the summer on a short trip through a few states, we stopped at a flea market which was unique. I managed to pick up an unusual bracelet which was lightweight and composed of an unusual and appealing material.

petite said...

A flea market in town always has interesting items. I could not resist buying an old sign which was very nostalgic and from the 50's, An Orange Crush wooden sign I treasure since it reminds me of simpler times.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

Thanks for the summary! I had heard of this book but I wasn't sure what it was about.
It sounds really good!
:D

Anonymous said...

This is so cool! I once found a cool print of a Victorian lady reading in an antique shop. It was only $10, so I bought it and hung it in my room.

Alanna

alanna199@hotmail.com

Addie R. said...

I haven't went to a flea market in a long time. The last one I went to I think was about a year ago! I don't think i bought anything though. I'm not really into antique pieces. Thank you for the giveaway! Hope I win!

Julie Witt said...

This sounds like such an interesting book! I would love to enter the contest to win a copy! The most interesting thing I've found isn't very fancy but it had sentimental meaning. The whole time I was raising my kids we had a butter dish that was antique looking, but a few years ago my grandson dropped it and it broke. Lo and behold, my oldest daughter and I were at a flea market and found a butter dish identical to the one that broke! For some weird reason that little butter dish means a whole lot to my family:)
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Jessy said...

I always look for books when I'm flea marketing.

elena said...
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elena said...

I always look for books or interesting, unique trinkets when I'm browsing. I really like things that look out of the ordinary or seem like they were handcrafted. :)

I also tweeted here!

marybelle said...

I love looking at the jewelery in flea markets. Sometimes you can find a treasure. I bought a beautiful filigree necklace one time.

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Tiffany Drew said...

Besides books, I look for furniture. I found a nice bookcase at Goodwill a few months ago and would love to find more. I also look for shelving, you never know what you will find!

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Tiffany Drew said...

I tweeted:

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Chenise J. said...

I love the jewelry that booths have at flea markets. A lot of times there are handmade pieces that are unique to the seller themselves.
It's always nice to have pieces of jewelry that you know no one else will have.

Lauren said...

I don't go to flea markets, but there is a fair trade shop near my home that has the cutest knicknacks! That's where I got these two tribal-painted wooden mice that hang out on my bookshelves :)


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Sarah said...

I haven't been to a flea market yet, but I'd definitely look for some kind of turtle figurine. I have a bunch at home sitting on my shelves and would love to add to the collection. :)

Sarah L
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Melanie said...

This sounds like such an interesting book! I love the cover.

Reut said...

Great giveaway! I'm so excited for this book. I haven't really gotten so many interesting things from flea markets; but i'm always on the lookout for interesting art or posters to hang in my room.

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Maria Porter said...

I always look for cool costume jewelry and vintage silk scaarves--the old designs are way cooler than what you can buy new now. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Oh my god, this looks ammmmmaaaazing! I want it! I don't really shop at flea markets or anything like that, and I hate antique stores, but I like boutiques and I am super into fashion, so that's what I shop for.

Marion

My email is msparks2013@gmail.com, thank you, I hope I win!

Anonymous said...

I love anything butterflies! How ironic! I got a cool metal butterfly piece that's like wall art at a flea market this summer. it was awesome. :)

missybrown1112@yahoo.com

joher525 said...

I am always on the lookout for birdcages and birds not real ones..Tks for having this giveaway..

Andrea said...

God I love the look of this book! Thanks for the contest!

melissa said...

This sounds like a good book I LOVE flea markets!!!
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Heather said...

I have a set of elephant callers.... lol I bought them at a flea market. I thought they were very unusual. They look like, and my be those huge organ pipes. However elephant callers sounds much more interesting so I am just sticking to it.

Kelly N. said...

Went to a Paris flea market and was told I could bargan,but quickly found out..THEY DONT BARGAN!

Patsy said...

It has been years since I went to a flea market!I love them, but the only one here is miles away and I always forget about it.The most interesting thing I ever bought, way back when, was a beautiful bracelet. The metal was uniquely put together. I bought it over twenty years ago and don't have it anymore. Such a pity.
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Mary said...

I always am on the lookout for books. Old, new, it doesn't matter.

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Goldenmane/Irene Menge said...

The most interesting thing I have ever found was not at a flea market or antique shop, but at a home auction. It was a book of very old cookbooks, including a copy of "The White House Cookbook" published in 1900. In addition to recipes with strange measurements (a wineglassful, etc.), it contains interesting home remedies (how to clean lace, making soap, cleaning marble), how to set a place setting for formal dinners (many more glasses and silverware than I would have imagined) and menus for a luncheon to serve 1000.
It is an adventure trying some of these recipes and remedies but some are quite rewarding.
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Anonymous said...

I once bought an old book of hyms at an antique store.

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Anonymous said...

My best find was an old stained glass window. It was absolutely beautiful. I didn't buy it, but without my knowledge my daughter did. It was the best Christmas present...and I cherish it til this day!

Stacy said...

At an antique store a few years ago I found a gorgeous blue crystal decanter with four stemmed glasses. I think it's supposed to be for brandy, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, it caught my eye and I bought it.

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PuttPutt1198Eve said...

I have in the past (and would like to continue) looked for old fashioned valentine cards. I like to imagine the stories that go along with each one as I frame them or put them in scrapbooks.