Summer Giveaway Hop (August 1-7) {Closed}

Congratulations to BSW’s Summer Giveaway Hop winner, Sarah Sparks!

{Click here for a FULL LIST of all the participants!}

Well, howdy!  Welcome to another lovely bookish giveaway hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Mary at Bookhounds.  Don’t our hostesses always do such a great job organizing these hops?  Yes, they do! (And, yes, I do like to answer rhetorical questions.)

Anyway, those of you who have previously visited Backseat Writer know that usually I babble on about something, give you outrageous entry options, and we all have a jolly good laugh together.  I hope that continues to be the case.  However, instead of my usual $10 gift card to Amazon or The Book Depository, you have a chance to win something *really* special—Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith, which is a breathtaking memoir about one woman’s efforts to end human trafficking.  (Read my review.)

Like I said in my review, which I am sure you read, commented on, and are sharing with all of your friends, family, and wanna-be friends, this book ruined me, my idea of “missionaries,” and challenged me to not be so comfortable.  But only enter to win this book if you want your world rocked…because personal examination is part of your journey when reading Passport Through Darkness.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out *THE FORM* with your name and a valid email address.  That’s it!

For an TWO extra entries, check out Kimberly’s site, and tell me ONE THING you learned about human trafficking, about Kimberly, and/or about the organization.  (You must post your ONE THING in the comments section.  You MUST provide the name that you commented with on the *THE FORM* to earn the extra puntos.)

If you are hosting a giveaway as part of the SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP, then you are ALSO eligible for ONE extra entry.  Just leave a link to your giveaway in the specified area on *THE FORM*.  You deserve a bonus just for being awesome! (Feel free to leave links to your SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP post in the comments section, too.  Not required, but why not promote yourself?  All nonsensical or non-PG linkage will be deleted, spammed, and thrown to the cyber-hounds.)


Remember, you must enter via *THE FORM**THE FORM* is your friend and your ticket to winning.  The giveaway ends at 11: 59 PM on August 8.  The winner will be notified by email and upon confirmation, will be announced via Facebook, Twitter, and as part of a “Friday Faves” blog post.  The book will be shipped by the author and Backseat Writer is not responsible for missing and or lost prizes, but it will make me very sad.  Yes, this giveaway *IS* international.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment or linkage to your Summer Giveaway Hop post.  While it’s not required, it’s always nice to hear from you guys. And if you tell me what you learned about on, you can earn yourself an TWO extra entries (and ONE extra entry for those of you hosting Summer Giveaway Hop giveaways).  Happy summer!

27 thoughts on “Summer Giveaway Hop (August 1-7) {Closed}

  1. I honestly had no idea that Human trafficking was such a problem. I was amazed by just the few facts I read. The fact that a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the US makes me sick. It’s not something that is talked….

  2. I knew about Human Trafficking before but haven’t seen a website before on the Internet concerning it. I also didn’t know that Sudan was the worst country for this horrible activity.

  3. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I had no idea that there were so many victims – “over 30 million victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery in the world today” !!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  4. I read your review and I know i want to read it!! I can just imagine how powerful this book must’ve been.

    I had heard about human trafficking and how it has become a “growing” industry, which is so sad, and scary. But I never knew that there was 30 million victims of human trafficking around the world. 😦

  5. Hey everyone! Thanks for your comments and interest in Make Way Partners! Great organization, isn’t it?

    Yes, human trafficking is a HUGE problem worldwide. A lot of children (especially young girls) are either kidnapped or sold by their families into the slave trade–some become workers, others soldiers, and many of the girls are sex slaves. Yes, even in the United States. A few years ago, they busted up a human trafficking ring in Philly, which is only 50 miles from my house. It’s real.

  6. I didn’t know that the US & UK were primary destinations. I also thought India would be a major target for traffickers.

  7. The author Kimberly Smith has been interviewed on Fox News about her book! Millions of people are involved in human trafficking. People go missing every day. How many people are forced into human trafficking?

  8. It makes my heart happy that you are all learning so much about Make Way Partners and their wonderful work! I knew about human trafficking and the horrible consequences since I was in grad school. As part of my internship practicum, we read GOOD NEWS ABOUT INJUSTICE by Gary Haugen, who founded International Justice Mission (–great group!). Great book and another great organization!

  9. I learned that more than 800,000 children go missing every year. I wonder where all those Amber Alerts and news reports are…

  10. I had no idea that Sudan was so big on human trafficking! It’s recently come into the limelight here in my country because of the recent famine that has hit the country. I had no idea that a site such as Make Way Partners existed.


  11. i’ve known for years how horrible, tragic, and widespread the problem of human trafficking is. and here in the USA human trafficking is a massive problem, it doesn’t just occur “far from home” it occurs here every day. lifetime show a great mini-series a few years ago with Donald Sutherland and Mira Sorvino about human trafficking around the world and how its all interconnected. until there is no one to “buy” people, then human trafficking will not stop, it is too profitable. i’ve known about Romania being extremely problematic as well is Thailand and the Phillipines, but not the Sudan, but sadly it doesn’t surprise me.

  12. A child goes missinge evr 40 seconds in the us and its not something thats talked about as much as it should be

  13. Wow. I can’t wait to read the book.

    I learnt that their main aim is to work through prevention of human trafficking rather than trying to undo the result.

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

    Laura Ann Dunks

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