Lyrical, that's a good idea, I'll wait a week or two though, give them a chance to get a couple copies in.. I know exactly what you mean. My book collection just keeps growing. Lending, sure, giving away permanently? i just KNOW I'm going to want to reread it.
No, I haven't visited her site for the excerpts, I find it frustrating to get part way into the story and then have to stop. I do go and read some fo the additional information after I've read teh book though.