Precious Blood, Seduction, and Five Book Swag!

I know, I know. We all get tons of book news from Publishers Weekly, Publishers, Marketplace, SLJ, ALA, and the New York Times.

But there are TONS of authors busting their asses every day running contests and giveaways, self-publishing books, promoting their work when all they really want to do is pull the covers over their heads. So I’m going to make an attempt at spreading the word for them. I’ll do a shout out on Facebook every Monday and will troll my Feed for news. No promises I can fit it all in, but I’ll do my best.

And this week is filled with book awesomeness; is giving away a signed copy of Tonya Hurley’s, PRECIOUS Blood, the first book in a series about Lucy, Agnes, and Cecilia, all of whom may or may not be modern day Saints. I’ve read the first two books and loved them for the dark, Gothic tone set against the celebrity culture of contemporary New York City. Tonya will be at Books of Wonder in NYC on June 23 from 1 -3 PM for a Sunday Bloody Sunday launch party and book signing. In the meantime, entering to win the signed copy from is just a click away.




Seduction, by M.J. Rose, was included in a USA Today Fiction Roundup. I adore M.J.’s writing, and USA Today seems to agree, saying, “Readers will be enchanted by M.J. Rose’s supernaturally charged novel Seduction, inspired by Victor Hugo’s self-imposed exile on the British island of Jersey in the 1850s. Great elements of suspense are present — a remote, misty island teeming with century-old Celtic ruins, an unreliable narrator who may or may not be going crazy.” Sounds amazing, right?!




Lastly, you can win five – count ’em, FIVE – books, including Nazarea Andrew’s upcoming THIS LOVE in a massive swag giveway from five authors. Like this Facebook page to enter! And you can find Nazarea on Facebook here!






Megan Curd will release her first Steampunk novel, STEEL LILY, in August. Megan is also the author of Bridger, Traitor, and Forbidden. STEEL LILLY is the first book in the Periodic Series. AND she designed the cover herself. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Watch for it on Amazon and B&N!

Contests & Giveaway Reading

Win a Fantine Necklace and Manuscript Page from Seduction!

This week’s recipe is being pre-empted by a contest announcement. Because sometimes great books and amazing freebies at better than food.



Seriously, though. I know I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time, and for someone who was once legendary for them, I feel bad about that. So I’m sending you to M.J. Rose’s giveaway instead. If you haven’t read M.J.’s previous books (The Reincarnationist and The Book of Lost Fragrances among them), you’re missing out. She’s so talented at weaving historical mystery with modern characters. Her books are incredibly atmospheric, and I know I can always count on them for a really immersive (I think I just made up a word!) read.

M.J.’s newest book, SEDUCTION, comes out very soon, and to celebrate, M.J. is giving away signed manuscript pages AND the amazing Fantine necklace you see on the cover of the book.

Take a look at her website for more info! And to tide you over, here’s the summary for SEDUCTION;

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.

Or so it has been believed . . .

Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L’Etoile thinks that throwing herself into work will distract her from her grief. In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island’s mysterious Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey and is greeted by ghostly Neolithic monuments, medieval castles and hidden caves. But the man who has invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different— transcripts of Hugo’s lost conversations with someone he called the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Central to his heritage, these are the papers his grandfather died trying to find. Neither Jac nor Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo will threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.

Seduction is a historically evocative and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, written by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists. Awakening a mystery that spans centuries, this multilayered gothic tale brings a time, a place and a cast of desperate characters brilliantly to life.