Giveaways and giveaway winner

First up: Congrats to Monica! You have won the large-print edition of The Unexpected Miss Bennet! Please email me through the contact form and I will send your book right out.

For The Crow God’s Girl:

I have two giveaways going on in different locations.

Author and editor Laura Anne Gilman is hosting a giveaway of a book a week on her livejournal, and this week it’s for a copy of The Crow God’s Girl. Comment over there for a chance to win.

The Goodreads giveaway contest for five copies of The Crow God’s Girl finishes up August 17. Goodreads will select five winners at random and I’ll send out the books.

There have been some lovely reviews of The Crow God’s Girl:

From Goodreads:

What comes next is not your typical portal story. Yes, it’s a medieval world, and yes, Kate is very much a modern teenager. And yes, there’s a cute guy. But there the story veers off into its own path, where the cute guy isn’t the real love interest. In fact, there is no real love interest, only a love possibility. And while Kate does aim to change the medieval world, Aeritan changes her just as much. –Beth Bernobich, author of  the River of Souls series

This is a wonderful novel rich with great characters and a twisty, tension filed plot that hold tight right up until the end. A definite must read for fans of fantasy. –BookPrincess Sophia

And this one from Amazon is possibly my favorite so far. To have a reader so totally engaged that she states:

Oh and to say I hate Colar with every fiber of my being is an understatement. I don’t know what he was like in the previous two books, but judging from his behavior here I have NO IDEA why Kate fell in love with him. I can understand being forced into a position because of duty and loyalty to one’s kin. I can understand being pragmatic and realizing that sometimes one’s own desires will harm more than just themselves.

I get that.

What I don’t get is why Colar began to act like a complete lout as a result and then had the gall to act like Kate should feel appreciative!

That aside, this was a rollicking fun adventure. If you ignore the angsty I love him moments, it was a lot of fun. I really like the ‘Crows’, I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to know more about Aeritan. Sarath insisted on focusing on the woes of being Colar far too much and had Kate pine for him for far too long. She’s a tough chick! Once she comes into her own and starts thinking with her brain, she’s a force to reckon with. –Alexandra Cenni




A review of The Unexpected Miss Bennet

Austenesque Reviews has put up a review of The Unexpected Miss Bennet. I think Mary Bennet would be pleased with her reception.

An excerpt:

What an engaging and endearing tale about Mary Bennet! I love when authors write about the forgotten and neglected characters of Jane Austen! I truly loved this closer look into the heart and mind of Mary Bennet. She captured my interest from page one. I loved witnessing her gradual transformation, her realization that she can never be something she isn’t, and her newfound understanding of men and relationships. Yes, there is romance in this story! And the hero is just as unexpectedly charming as Mary Bennet!

Click here to read the rest.

And merrily, nay, shamelessly, I write, therefore I must promote. As the reviewer points out, The Unexpected Miss Bennet would make a lovely Christmas gift. Or Hannukah. Or birthday present any time of year, actually. In the UK you can purchase a lovely hardcover right now, and for those who have a better handle on delayed gratification, the US edition comes out Dec. 6.

To purchase The Unexpected Miss Bennet:

From Robert Hale Publishing

From The Book Depository

From Amazon UK

The Watchmen — a review

How to enjoy a movie adaptation of a comic book:

Read the source material.

Don’t have a huge emotional stake in the outcome.

 It was fine, much better than I expected The backstory that played out over the credits was moving and poignant, even if Dylan is an obvious choice, and the movie captured the nuances of the characters, even making Rorschach sympathetic.

The two teens I went with had a fine time dissecting its shortcomings on the way home, so a fine time was had by all.