Monday, December 12, 2011


Soon to be released in paperback!!

Penguin is due to release the enormous best-seller, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, by Deborah Harkness on December 27, 2011. If you haven't read this part historical fiction, part paranormal romance, you need to mark your calendar, or pre-order this compelling novel.  I became hooked from the beginning and now I am restless waiting for the sequel. 

Several posts back I summarized recent reads from my bookstand. One of my favorite books in that list was A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, by Deborah Harkness.  The setting is Oxford University and below I have a clip with Harkness giving a walking tour of Oxford. The story centers around the characters of Diana Bishop, a researcher who descended from a brilliant notable ancestry of witches. She has known she has some unique sorcery capabilities, but has been in a cloud of denial her whole life. She calls up a book called Ashmole 782 from the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library with unexpected results. Her hands sense the power within the pages and quickly sends the book back to the ancient stacks. Matthew Clairmont has observed this from a distance, anything but an ordinary geneticist, he is a vampire with a long history with seemingly endless resources and a strong interest in Ashmole 782.  Matthew is only one of countless daemons, witches and vampires who covet the same book. Harkness speaks of their first date in the video. It is myth busting for Diana and provides a challenge to her as she must create a menu that will please a vampire.  She learns that his taste in fine wine is paramount to food, but that's about all. A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is part of the ALL SOULS TRILOGY, SHADOW OF THE NIGHT due to be released in the summer 2012. 

Deborah Harkness-Walking Tour of Oxford

Book Giveaway Details

My readers will be thrilled to have the opportunity to win a copy of the the paperback edition of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES that will be released by Penguin on December 27th. 

Contest runs from today through December 31st. 
To enter you must:
1. Leave your email address in code and follow my blog. 
2. Extra chance if you post on facebook and/or twitter, leave link. 
3. Extra chance if you blog about it, leave link. 
4. Leave a comment about the video, question for the author, or general comment about the book and contest. It's up to you. :)
5. Contest limited to participants in US and Canada.

Good Luck to all!
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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I would love a chance to win this. I have been wanting to read it and am excited for it to be in paperback. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!


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Na said...

This is the first time I've seen this video and I would have love to be there in person for the walking Oxford tour. I would really like to have this book. Thank you for the giveaway.


traveler said...

Since this book was published I was captivated with the background and would enjoy reading it greatly. many thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This unique book sounds exceptional and unusual. thanks for the review which was interesting. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

mandaespi said...

I have read this book 3 times and it gets better every time I read it. I have it on Nook and i would love to have it in paperback. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
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