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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Giveaway: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

Book cover of A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna RaybournCourtesy of Harlequin Books, I am pleased to offer two copies of A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn!  The New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series enters a new era with A Spear of Summer Grass (review here).

About A Spear of Summer Grass

Paris, 1923
The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather’s savannah manor house, until gossip subsides.

Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.

If you blend glamour from The Great Gatsby and romance from “Out of Africa,” you are beginning to grasp the stunning new novel that is A Spear of Summer Grass.

About the author

Photo of Author Deanna RaybournA sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart.  She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history.  During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel.  After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time. Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

Deanna’s novel Silent in the Grave won the 2008 RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, four additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews’ finalist for Best Book of 2010.

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To enter, answer the following question in the comments below.  The contest is open until Wednesday, May 15, 2013, and is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

In A Spear of Summer Grass, Delilah Drummond travels to the African savannah.  What's your top travel destination, either your favorite place to visit or the place you'd most like to visit?

*Thank you for your comments! This contest is now closed.*

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I loved, loved, loved the Julia Grey series and I'm dying to get my hands on this new book! I'd love to visit Australia. It seems so exotic and different from the US :)

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    1. Australia would be awesome. I'm just apprehensive about how long the flight is. ;) And the Lady Julia series is now tops on my TBR list - I've yet to hear anyone who doesn't love it.

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  2. I'd love to go the Ireland. It is such a beautiful country.

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    1. I agree! I was there once for a week and I'd love to go back. I adored Kinsale and would happily go back there, but I also want to explore some of the northern counties.

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  3. You know, Australia come to my mind first. New Zealand as well. Good reading time during the plane ride ;-)

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    1. Ah, yes, good point! I just want them to remove the FAA regulation on having your ereader off during take-off and landing, since I usually bring my Kindle when I travel. All that reading time lost makes me unhappy. :)

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  4. I would enjoy traveling to the British Isles, as I have never been there before. Perhaps it's somewhat unrealistic, but I'd love to wander amidst the ruins of an ancient castle and then find a cozy nook in which to read. Thank you for the opportunity to win Deanna's latest book!

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  5. Paris -- I want to visit it with my husband before we have kids!

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    1. Excellent goal! I'd happily visit Paris any day of the week.

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  6. If I could pick anywhere to go...England. I would love to travel all over England. I love reading historic fiction placed in England and I would love to go there and site see, tour some castles, picnic in the country. Would be amazing!

    Laura Kay
    anovelreview@yahoo.com

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    1. A picnic in the country - reminds me of 'Emma!' Or the Bedwyns. :)

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    1. My sister lived in Cairo for a year and I was lucky enough to visit her there. It was amazing, and I highly recommend it. The people could not have been nicer. My advice, though, is to skip Alexandria. I was so excited to see it and I couldn't have been more disappointed. Everything else was terrific, though.

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  8. When I start to think about it, and sort of settle on it, my mind says, "yeah, but what about..." I guess I would have to pick the UK, but I would want it all: Scotland, Wales and Ireland, not just England. Ireland has been on my list since I was 11 or so--can't remember why now. But I would love to travel almost anywhere!

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    1. I'd love to go back to Scotland. One of my good friends studied in Glasgow and I had a great time there. I'd love to visit the Isle of Skye - so many great books set there.

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