Monday, May 7, 2012

Summer giveaway - win nine authors' signed books

Nine writers from Ireland, Britain, France and Spain have banded together to offer some lucky person a chance to win nine novels; signed copies of print versions of their latest books.

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Winner picked at random June 11
But hurry! 
 This fabulous offer only runs between 7 May and 11 June.

‘What better treat for book lovers than a FREE sack of books?’ says Kristin Gleeson, the offer’s coordinator. ‘It reminds me of going to the library when I was young, coming back with a pile of books and taking ages to decide which one to read first. It was like a feast for me.’ Her own book, Selkie Dreams, a historical novel set in 19th Century Belfast and Alaska, is one of the books included.

The sack contains a wide variety of books and there should be something for everyone to enjoy. For a wet weekend or a day on the beach, the thriller, Mrs. Jones by B.A. Morton (second prize winner at the Yeovil Literary Festival) offers a gripping pacey read about a New York cop and an English woman who witnesses a murder. For historical thriller lovers, there’s Gallow’s Curse, by Karen Maitland, set in Medieval England. Or if political intrigue and romance ticks boxes for you, Jean Gill’s Song at Dawn, set in 12th Century Narbonne, is just the ticket.

Garden fans, especially tulip lovers, might enjoy The Chosen Man by J.G. Harlond, set against the backdrop of the great ‘tulip fever,’ in the 17th Century, when the price of tulip bulbs might fetch more than a rare gem. Dave Evardson offers a book for fantasy lovers with The Fenwold Riddle.

Runner- up for the McKitterick Prize and BBC Radio 4 programme ‘A Good Read’ selection, Frances Kay’s gripping novel, Micka is about two boys who take a game to dangerous ends. Those who like a bit of supernatural spice to their reading would love Moonyeen Blakey’s The Assassin’s Wife, a tale of a young woman seer whose vision of two princes in the tower leads her into danger. And last but not least, check out Karen Charlton’s historical novel Catching the Eagle which based on the true story of her regency ancestor who was at the centre of Northumberland’s most notorious miscarriage of justice.

 Special PRE-RELEASE giveaway

Selkie Dreams by Kristin Gleeson
Belfast, 1889.  A young woman haunted by her mother’s death embarks on an Alaskan adventure among the Tlingit Indians.

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Ten year old Micka wants a puppy and his brothers to stop bullying him. Eleven year old Laurie wants his life to be more ordinary.  Together the two dream up something different. Something secret and unpleasant

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The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland
1210 and King John has seized control of the Church.  In the village of Gastmere  Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the manor

The Assassins Wife  by Moonyeen Blakey
The War of the Roses divides 15th Century England.  Nan, a young girl destined to serve in Middleham Castle, is burdened by visions of two noble boys imprisoned in the tower. 

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Catching the Eagle  by Karen Charlton
Easter Monday, 1809: Kirkley Hall manor house is mysteriously burgled. When suspicion falls on Jamie Charlton, he and his family face a desperate battle to save him from the gallows.

The Chosen Man by J.G. Harlond
Early spring 1635: A storm and pirate raid wreaks havoc with rogue Italian merchant Ludovico da Portovenere’s routine voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam, disrupting his plans and entangling others in his secret commission. 

Provence 1150.  Love, music and political intrigue surround Estela in the royal court of Narbonne.

Mrs. Jones by B.A. Morton
A New York cop tries to protect a young English woman who witnesses a murder and he finds that both sides of the law want to question her.  Is she all she seems?

The Fenwold Riddle by Dave Evardson

Brave young Marshal Dominic Bradley is charged with finding a way through the impenetrable wall that encloses the land of Fenwold.  

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