Friday, June 19, 2009

I am hosting my very own book giveaway!!

Heath Ledger-Hollywood's Dark Star by Brian J Robb
Heath Ledger was one of the most charismatic actors of his generation. After establishing a high-profile Hollywood career at the age of 21 with the lead in "A Knight's Tale," Ledger pursued a series of increasingly diverse, often subversive roles that belied his image as a teen idol. Edgier films such as "Monster's Ball" gave tantalizing hints of his talent, but it wasn't until "Brokeback Mountain" that he proved beyond question the full extent of his abilities. His sudden death rocked the film industry and threw a poignant shadow over the body of work that has now become his legacy. Here, Brian J. Robb explores Ledger's relationships with actresses Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, and Heather Graham, recounts the making of "Brokeback Mountain" and the film's impact, and charts Ledger's increasingly troubled state of mind. "Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star" paints a memorable portrait of a compelling and intense young man whose loss will be felt for years to come.Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star
Here are some more book details:
Publisher: Plexus Publishing (UK)
ISBN: 9780859654272
Publication date: August 2008
Edition: illustrated edition
Pages: 207
Illustrations: Illustrated

Heath Ledger:His Beautiful Life And Mysterious Death by John McShane
Young, cocksure, handsome and absurdly talented, Australian actor Heath Ledger shot to prominence with his first Hollywood film 10 Things I Hate About You : and a star was born.With huge charisma and smouldering looks lighting up the screen in a series of subsequent films, Heath was soon established as Hollywood A-list, dating a series of beauties such as Heather Graham and Naomi Watts, and living every young man's dream.But it was his award-winning and controversial role as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain that cemented his place in the pantheon of acting greats - he was one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for an Oscar. And it was on the set of this film that he fell in love with his co-star Michelle Williams. Though the relationship wasn't to last, the couple had a daughter in 2005.With the world at his feet and a film-stealing turn in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight , in the can, there was worldwide shock and disbelief when the news broke that he had been found dead in his New York apartment on 22 January 2008. Prescription drugs, found next to his dead body, were thought to be the cause, but mystery surrounded the circumstances. Was it an accidental death? Or were the pressures of life in the spotlight too great to bear?What is certain is that this young man, who touched the lives of so many people, leaves behind a grief-stricken public and family, including a two-year-old daughter. This is the tragic story of the brilliant actor whose light shone so brightly but all too briefly upon the world.
Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death

And some more book details:
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781844546336
Publication date: June 2008
Length: 196mm
Width: 133mm
Thickness: 20mm
Weight: 222g
Edition: illustrated edition
Pages: 279
Illustrations: Illustrated

I have been thinking about doing this for a while now and originally thought I should do a giveaway of Blonde Ambition-Anna Nicole Smith by Rita Cosby because the original giveaway I had on this blog was in the early days and not many people took part.THEN I ordered the book myself and I think that after I have read it and posted a review,and then maybe I could offer the book under my "own" giveaway sometime soon.

But for this giveaway I have chosen 2 books about Heath Ledger.I can still picture him in a Knight's Tale and I was so shocked when I found out he had died.So basically the rules are as follows:

-You have to be a follower and/or subscriber (my way of saying thank you to my loyal following)
-I will be giving away 1 book to one of my US/Canada readers and 1 book to any of my International readers.
-Please leave a comment with your e mail address in code
i.e. yk(at)toptruecrimebooks(dot)com and also whether you qualify as US/Canada or International
-Include whether you subscribe via reader/email or you are a follower
-Mention which one of the above books on Heath Ledger you would prefer.
-the winners will have the option of receiving the book or an Amazon gift card to the same value-your wish is my command!!!
-this book giveaway ends 30 June 2009.

-New followers/subscribers are welcome.If you are not sure how to become one please see links below.Any one of these options will do.
Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to True Crime Book Reviews by Email
How To Become A Follower (my follower widget is in my sidebar a bit further down this page on the right)

If you have any problems please send me a quick e mail at yk(at)toptruecrimebooks(dot)com and I will see if I can help!!

Other giveaways happening right now
I am also hosting a giveaway on the book A Lucky Child.This is a Hachette Book Group giveaway so if you would like to enter that giveaway as well please go to this following link Book Giveaway-A Lucky Child-this giveaway is open to US & Canada readers only.

Upcoming Giveaways on True Crime Book Reviews in July 2009
1-Deadly Innocence
2-The Accountant's Story by Roberto Escobar
3-Angel Of Darkness by Dennis McDougal


  1. These look great! I would love to win one of them! I would prefer Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death by John McShane.

    I am a follower of your blog. :)


    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Yvette! Have a great weekend!

  2. great book review (as always). I think I only watched 3 of his movies! And of course I'm taking part of the giveaway
    -US reader
    -follower since a long time :)
    -no preference about which book I want
    Thanks for this cool contest

  3. I always loved Heath Ledger, I thought he had a lot of potiential. He made the best Joker ever and it is very sad that he is gone. I don't have a preference about which book I receive. I am a follower of your blog.


  4. Hi Yvette! What a wonderful giveaway! AND a great idea over at Book Blogs! I have loved Heath Ledger ever since I saw him in Knight's Tale! He was just so dreamy in that!

    Please enter me in your giveaway! I would like Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star!
    * I am a follower via reader
    * I live in the US
    Thanks again for the wonderful giveaway!
    quzy (at) mac (dot) com

  5. Hi Yvette, thanks for letting me know about the comp. I have become a follower and I am international. alaineb(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au

    Thanks for the great comp!

  6. This is a great giveaway. I didn't know these books were out there. I would love to win the second one - His beautiful life and mysterious death. Two of my favorite movies still today are 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale. I have to watch them everytime I see them on TV even though I have the DVDs!

    I follow via feed demon.
    I live in the U.S.


  7. I'm a subscriber via email!
    In the US
    catss99 (at) yahoo (.com)
    I'd pick "his beautiful life and mysterious death"

  8. I would love a chance to win either book. I'm in the US. Thanks for a great giveaway.


  9. I forgot to mention I subscribe by e-mail and am going to sign up by RSS.


  10. Either book is fine. They both look great! I always thought he was a great actor! I live in usa and follow/subscribe. jacquecurl1(at)gmail(.com)

  11. i'm a follower and also through googlereader

    i'm in the US

    i think i prefer His Beautiful Life, His Mysterious Death. I remember reading about it on NYTimes - still seems so sad.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  12. I would love to win Heath Ledger Hollywoods Dark Star. Please include me in your giveaway.

    I am a follower.

  13. I gave you an award - check here for details! & thanks for a great blog!

  14. I am a new follower and email subscriber and may I say-very happy to have found your blog-I'm a big fan of true crime genre.
    I'd love to win His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death. I'm from the US.


  15. Enter me please.. Either book would be fine..
    I just subsribed with e-mail. :)


  16. Hi, thanks for the great giveaway. I'm a fan of Heath - he was a great actor - just starting to get big in the acting world - such a shame.
    I am a follower - blogger
    I am an international reader
    I don't mind which book.


  17. Hi, I'm a new follower. Please enter me for the comp. I'm international =D

  18. I would like a copy of Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death by John McShane.

    I am a new follower of your blog.


  19. It was such a sad loss, it seemed so shocking at the time. My daughter and I both love 10 things I hate about you and Ledger's performance in the Batman film was remarkable. Hollywoods dark star sounds like an extremely interesting book, please count me in, definately a follower. Great choice for a giveaway. Enjoying catching up on your posts, as always.

  20. 1. I'm a follower.
    2. I'm in the worldwide giveaway.
    3. Heath Ledger:His Beautiful Life And Mysterious Death by John McShane will be my choice if I win but if you think the online gift card will be better for an international reader(no shipping fees), it's fine too.


    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  21. Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star
    Am a new follower

    Sounds awesome!

  22. aww heath, i miss him...their isnt much good actors...

  23. Awesome giveaway. It was really sad when I heard Heath had passed away.

    I'd like to be entered for the first one (hollywood's dark star)

    -I'm following through a blog now.

    -i'm in the U.S.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  24. Hi Yvette! Thanks for your helpful comment on my blog re rental in South Africa - I have replied to it.

    I am following you now haha... (doesn't that sound so stalkerish???) ... I LOVE crime TV and books... what a great blog you have here!

  25. I'm a current follower in the USA
    I wouldn't mind winning either book

    lavery328 at yahoo dot com

  26. THanks for the giveaway. I wodl prefer Heath Ledfer: Holloywood's Dark Star.


  27. I follow now! :)
    I would love to win the amazon gc! Thanks!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  28. I was absolutely obsessed with Heath back in his Knight's Tale days - I actually had pictures of him rotating as my wallpaper!

    I'd love to win the 1st one - Hollywood's Dark Star

    I'm following in a reader and am in Canada

    casper at

  29. You have a wonderful blog (this is the first time I've been here). I'm going to have fun checking out some of your earlier entries. I'm a big fan of true crime! I've signed up as a follower and would love to win the gift card!

    reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com
    (United States)

  30. I'd love to be entered into this one. I'm a follower!


    I'd prefer Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death.

    Thank you!

  31. Oops...forget to add that I'm from the U.S :)

  32. Please enter me.

    I follow on google.

    I am Canadian!!

    I would choose : Heath Ledger - Hollywood's darkest star.


  33. subscriber usa Heath Ledger:His Beautiful Life And Mysterious Death by John McShane

  34. I would like to win, Heath Ledger Hollywoods Dark Star. looks like a interesting and sad read.

  35. I am a big fan of Heath. Thanks for the chance. I am in the US, I am a follower of your blog, and I have no preference to which book to receive, but if I had to choose, I would pick Heath Ledger Hollywoods Dark Star


  36. These both look like interesting books. I would select Heath Ledger-Hollywood's Dark Star by Brian J Robb.

    I am a follower, US, and my email is crctigger(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. I'd love to read either one. He was truly talented.
    I'm a follower as well.

  38. I think I'd go for Heath Ledger-Hollywood's Dark Star by Brian J Robb.

    I'm a follower.
    I live in the US.


  39. i was such a big fan of his, still can't believe he's gone. count me in

  40. ooops forgot to mention i am a follower

  41. Thanks for the great giveaway; either book would be an excellent read!

    I'm a subscriber via email.
    I'm a Canadian resident.


  42. Please count me in as well. I would love to win the Heath Ledger book. What an incredible actor.

    journey through books @ gmail (dot) com

  43. This giveaway is now closed.
    the winners were:
    alaineb(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au(International winner)
    Dutchlvr1(at) aol (dot) com(US/Canada winner)


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