Giveaway & Excerpt: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Though I posted about The Book of Life (part of the A Discovery of Witches trilogy) before, I wanted to share an excerpt with you — and a chance to win a paperback copy! Read to the end of the post for contest details.

The paperback releases TODAY and I think you’ll love it. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, now is the perfect time to pick them up. The boxed set is available here.

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Giveaway: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

 

Remember a few months ago when I reviewed The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic? Go check out the review, I’ll wait! Don’t you just want to read it? Not yet, okay well here’s a summary that put’s mine to shame:

Nora Fischer is a bluestocking-ish grad student with a stalled thesis, unsure future, and a broken heart. At a boring wedding reception, she finds herself in a beautiful garden near a tiny cemetery—and suddenly in a different, bizarre sort of world. Here she takes up with a group of glamorous new friends who throw incredible parties with the likes of Oscar Wilde. If things sometimes seem a little off-kilter, Nora’s having too good a time to notice, especially since her romance with the gorgeous Raclin is heating up.

 

When her head finally clears, Nora is shocked to find herself in a magical world where men rule with swords or spells and most women are illiterate chattel. Surviving here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a murderous past. And it will take Nora becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. While waiting for a passage to her own world to open, Nora must weigh the chance to resume what she still considers her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

 

See, I told you you’d want to read it! In honor of its paperback release, I have the opportunity to giveaway a copy.  I Leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite witch in literature is (and don’t forget to leave your email). This giveaway is open to US residents.

Giveaway: The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson

The Two Mrs. Abbotts

 

Are you looking for your next great read? I have my review coming up later this week but today I have a chance to give a copy of The Two Mrs. Abbotts to one of you. Here’s a summary:

Another hilarious tale of misadventure with the beloved Miss Buncle!

The third book in D.E. Stevenson’s beloved Miss Buncle series, The Two Mrs. Abbotts takes us back to the delightful English town of Wandlebury, where Barbara Abbott (formerly Buncle) has her hands full raising two children in the midst of World War II along with keeping an eye on her niece, Jerry Abbott. Of course, Barbara isn’t too busy to observe her neighbors’ lives, and her curiosity and tendency toward matchmaking leads her into some sticky situations. Readers will enjoy the new characters and hilarious social situations in the latest Buncle adventure

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

You know how I gushed a few weeks ago about this book?

One part Harry Potter, two parts Hunger Games with just a dash of LiraelThe Bone Season just might make you forget that you wanted another Rowling novel.

Well, today I’m at it again for the official blog tour! Since reading the galley I’ve started listening to the audiobook and I have a whole new perspective on it

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Though I’ve always loved re-reading books, I don’t think I’ve re-read a book so quickly since the Harry Potter books. The first time through you’re racing to get through the story, to find out what will happen. The second read is more leisurely, with plenty of time to enjoy the prose and revel in the rich descriptions.

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Book Blitz: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

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Today I’m happy to be a part of the book blitz for Ruth Silver’s Aberrant! The book looks like a lot of fun.

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Check out an excerpt below:

We rounded the corner and my eyes caught sight of a line of young men stretching around council hall, extending for blocks. “What’s going on over there?” I asked.

Landon’s face perked up, a hint of a smile playing on his lips, “they’re here for you, Olivia.”

“Me?” I felt nervous and swallowed the bile rising in my throat.

Landon patted my back, as if he had the ability to reassure me. His touch was repulsive. I pulled away slightly from his grasp, my gaze still attached to the hundreds of young men lining up along the edge of the building and pushed back down into the street. “They’re submitting their applications to date you.”

“You’re joking?” My eyes wide and mouth agape, I couldn’t believe this was happening.   “This is because of Joshua yesterday, isn’t it?” It had to be the reason they found it necessary to punish me.

Landon sighed. He seemed agitated with me, short-tempered. “We’ve told you, Olivia, you can’t be with Joshua.”

I rolled my eyes, “yes and you’ve also told me I have three years to decide. What’s all this!” I gestured towards the young men as I pushed them aside to walk through the main entrance, they were in my way.

“Hey! No cutting in line,” one of the young men yelled before his voice faltered off realizing I wasn’t there to apply. “Are you Olivia?” His voice echoed against the building as he took another step, further inching towards the foyer.

“It’s none of your damned business!” I shouted back, my eyes glaring as I knocked Landon hard with my elbow. I knew it wouldn’t win me any brownie points but I didn’t care. I was beyond pissed. My feet clanked over the marble flooring. In the center of the room a table had been set up where the young men were fast approaching, one after another. “You’re wasting your time,” I called back to the woman hosting the event as she recorded their information in an oversized book.

“This way,” Landon escorted me away from the line of bachelors towards the open door.

“Please, come in,” the older wiry-haired woman gestured us inside and shut the door promptly behind us. All the noise and commotion from the main foyer disappeared inside the room.

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