Today we have a contest courtesy of author Kergan Edwards-Stout. We're giving away three copies of his new book, Songs for the New Depression. Kergan actually sent me the copies before the holidays, but I've held off holding the contest because I actually read the book!
I don't do book reviews on this site because I suck at them. So let me just say this... I don't often have the time to read books anymore and when I do it's usually a Kindle copy. This time, I flipped through the copy Kergan sent me and couldn't put it down after the first couple of paragraphs. If you like Augusten Burroughs, you'll adore Kergan Edwards-Stout.
Gabriel Travers knows he's dying; he just can't prove it. Despite his doctor's proclamations to the contrary and rumors of a promising new HIV drug cocktail, all it takes is one glance into the mirror to tell Gabe everything he needs to know. His ass, once the talk of West Hollywood, now looks suspiciously like a Shar-Pei, prompting even more talk around town.
Back in his 20's, life had been so easy. Caught up in the 1980's world of LOVE! MONEY! SEX!, Gabe thought he'd have it all. But every effort to better himself ended in self-sabotage, and every attempt at love left him with only a fake number, scrawled on a realtor's notepad.
The only happiness he could remember was in high school, where he'd met Keith, his first love. Only Keith had recognized the goodness within, and knew of the brutal attack Gabe had faced, the effects of which still rule his life today.
Now almost 40, and with the clock ticking, Gabe begins to finally peel back the layers and tackle his demons - with a little help from the music of the Divine Miss M and his mom's new wife, a country music-loving priest.
To enter the contest, leave a comment telling us what the last book you read was and why you picked it. The official contest rules are after the break.