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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Win a Copy of Following Atticus by Tom Ryan!

Here’s a great giveaway opportunity for two lucky Live Free and Hike readers. I was able to get my hands on two…yes, two copies of Following Atticus by Tom Ryan! I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with this new book hot off the presses and many of you probably already have a copy. However, this is your chance to get a “free” copy for someone else in the house hold or to possibly giveaway as a thoughtful Christmas gift.


Now, I haven’t read the whole book yet. And, in fact, I’m ashamed to say that I’m still near the beginning because I’m a slow reader and I’ve been short on time as of lately. What I have read so far is riveting. My wife, however, has her own iPad version of the book (that’s right, we purchased two copies…apparently we can’t share) and is halfway through it already. She says it is incredible. Tim and Robin of Appalachia and Beyond say this book will leave you “with a heart-warming sensation - a newly acquired approach to the way you view life”.

Here is Amazon’s Product Description

Middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan and miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. In a rare test of endurance, Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. . . 

At the heart of this remarkable journey is an extraordinary relationship that blurs the line between man and dog, an indelible bond that began when Tom, following the advice of Atticus’s breeder, carried the pup wherever he went for the first month of their life together. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation: how a five-pound puppy pierced the heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman, opening his eyes to the world’s beauty and its possibilities. It was a change that led to a new life among the mountains; an unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family; and an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.

So, here is how you can enter to win this book.

Entry 1: Simply, leave a comment on this blog post explaining why you want this book!

Entry 2: If you have a Facebook Page (fan page or personal page), share this posting on your FB page explaining the contest. You must come back to this page and leave a separate comment (separate than the other entries), letting me know that you did indeed share these details on Facebook.

Entry 3: If you have a Twitter Account, share the following feed: “@LiveFreeAndHike @TomandAtticus Win a Copy of Following Atticus http://bit.ly/sASqk7 #book #hiking #nh” You must come back to this page and leave, yet again, another comment (separate from the other entries), letting me know that you shared this feed on Twitter.

Entry 4 and 5: That’s right; this one is worth two entries. If you have a blog, write a post regarding this giveaway and link back to this posting. And again, you must come back to this page and leave another comment (separate from the other entries), letting me know that you wrote a blog post regarding this giveaway.

So, you have a chance to enter five times in all. If you get all five in, you would have left four separate comments. If you make an initial comment here, share on Facebook and Twitter, you will need to leave three separate comments. Get the gist? Pretty easy, right?

The comments will only be accepted until midnight on November 11th and I will draw the winners on November 12th. I will use Random.org to randomly draw the two winners. If you win and I have a way to get in touch with you, I will. However, I don’t have contact information for everyone, so you’ll need to check back here on November 12th to see if you won. 

For more information on Tom and Atticus and the book Following Atticus, visit there blog or their Facebook page! Good luck to everyone who wants one of these copies!

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33 comments:

  1. I actually have this book in my Amazon shopping cart right now. It intersects my life in many ways... I losy my father from lung cancer in June... my husband is currently trying to captures all of the 4000's in NH and I adore hiking as well. It looks like such a great book.

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  2. I have wanted to read this book after seeing its trailer on FB. A book about discovering the mountains and a dog are right up my alley. Would love to win this book!

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  3. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/ADKinLA/status/129798872896765952

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  4. FB'd! http://www.facebook.com/ewhike

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  5. I would love to win this as I am a member of the Miniature Schnauzer club of Southern California and am making a Christmas basket for our annual Christmas dinner to auction off and the proceeds will go to our rescues that come in....grooming/shots etc...I would love this item in the basket to showcase it. TSM, Kristyl and my minis...Misty Rose, Barkley, and Nash~

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  6. I shared this on my facebook acct. Kristyl

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  7. I shared this on my twitter...Kristyl

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  8. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I love the mountains and I love dogs. I used to hike with my dogs in NH years ago.

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  9. Great book, read it about a month ago. I thought that Tom Ryan was speaking from the heart when he wrote about his friend Atticus and his love for hiking in the mountians of NH. A brave book warts,fears and all.I could not put it down and was at a loss when it ended. His quest was not for the weak of spirit. It took courage, persistance and lots of love.

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  10. I would love this book!! I have been following along with Tom & Atticus for a while and can't help but love a story about a person & their furry best friend. I read so many academic book for my job that I need one of these heartwarming stories. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  11. I posted this on Twitter. My username: scullyke12

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  12. I would love to read this because much like Tom, I have my own miniature schnauzer (Einstein) who is my loyal sidekick. Any story of ultimate companionship like that is a good story in my book.

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  13. I would love to win this book. I love puppies and would love to read about Atticus's adventures.

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  14. I posted about the giveaway on my FB acct. Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt

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  15. I love this book!! I have been a fan since I saw the story on Animal Planet. It's such a wonderful story about Tom and Atticus. Words can't describe the joy that I have received from following these two on Facebook! It is a must read!

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  16. I shared this page on my Facebook page along with friends and relatives page

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  17. Aaron Monier (amonier18@gmail.com)October 28, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    I would love a copy of this book because I am currently reading it and suggested it to my Grandmother whom I was visiting on her birthday. I was explaining to her how I recently finished hiking the White Mountain 4,000 footers. This would be a wonderful gift for her that would give us lots to talk about on our visits! She said she didn't want anything for her birthday but I think she'd much appreciate if I dropped off a copy for her!

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  18. dinahlab at y-a-h-o-o dot comOctober 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    I've wanted a copy of the book since it came out as I, too, love walking in the woods and moutains with my dogs.

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  19. dinahlab at y-a-h-o-o dot comOctober 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/dinahlab

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  20. Blogged about the contest and book! Check it out: http://www.eastwesthike.com/2011/10/my-favorite-topics-mountains-and-dogs.html

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  21. I would love a copy of this book because I saw Tom and Atticus on Dogs 101, was blown away by their story and I want to know more!

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  22. shared on New England Outside's Facebook

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  23. we'd love this book! Been a super tight budget so haven't been buying any new books. We will be taking an unexpected trip back to MT towards the end of November and would love to have this for my husband to read. He doesn't like to fly and reading distracts him!

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  24. Aaron Monier (amonier18@gmail.com)October 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Posted on facebook.

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  25. As a 44 year old man living in NH, with dreams of hiking, I'd love to read this book! I'll bet I can relate to him. Sounds fun!

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  26. Hi Karl, I'd like to give this book to my wife as an xmas present (then probably borrow it for myself)! Count me in for the drawing. :)

    jehorwath at gmail dot com

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  27. I would like to read this to my yorkies to psyche them up to do the same thing with me ;)
    -your cousin

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  28. I would love to read this book to my little schnauzer Moose. I rescued him in May of this year and we just began this fall hiking some of the mountains here in NH.


    -Lauren J

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  29. I have two small, hiking dogs (we are from Seattle and hike the Cascades all of the time) and they also have their own blog like Tom and Atticus. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Happy Tails and Trails!

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  30. I would give the book to my niece who is a dog lover...I have just gotten to know her after 39 years. I think Tom and Atticus' story would go a long way to bridge the family gap that has gone on way too long...I have also posted this on my FB page....

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  31. What a wonderful story! I'd love to have a little Atticus to take hiking and exploring. He's such a smart dog and seems to have a lot of soul. I love seeing the photos of him sitting on a mountaintop, gazing out at the beauty of nature.

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