Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Final Sacrament by Forrester Giveaway, IWSG Contest, and Book Posters

It's giveaway day!

A short while ago I reviewed James Forrester's The Final Sacrament. Now you can enter to win a copy of the book -- just leave a comment below!

The Final Sacrament Spotlight and Giveaway


"A royal scandal, a secret code, a Tudor mystery, non-stop action and vivid historical detail – it's no wonder historical novelist James Forrester's Elizabethan trilogy has received international acclaim:

"For twists and turns, codes and clues, Mr. Forrester beats Dan Brown, and when it comes to social detail, he is up there with Patricia Finney" -- The Wall Street Journal

"A winner for any reader who loves historical, action-packed novels." -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"James Forrester captures the sights, smells, and dangers of Tudor England and tells a gripping story." -- Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl

To celebrate the last chapter in the series, look for opportunities to win a print copy of The Final Sacrament every day this week, with bloggers around the book blogging community!

December Giveaway Schedule for The Final Sacrament:

12/9 – A Bookish Affair
12/10 – Mina's Bookshelf
12/11 – The Girdle of Melian
12/12 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
12/13 – So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
12/16 – Books by the Willow Tree

ABOUT THE BOOK

1566. William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, has risked his life to protect a secret document, one which could endanger Queen Elizabeth's legitimacy on the throne. But when his family goes missing, Clarenceux is put to the test. Will he abandon queen and country to save the ones he loves, or sacrifice everything to keep the country from plunging into civil war?

Filled with Forrester's signature historical detail, vivid characters, and secret clues that slowly reveal the mystery of Anne Boleyn, The Final Sacrament delivers a gripping conclusion to this Elizabethan adventure, where religious tensions, political intrigue, and personal vendettas collide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Forrester is the pen name of acclaimed British historian Ian Mortimer, author of nonfiction works including The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England (a Sunday Times bestseller). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize in 2004 by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine."

As if that wasn't enough, the wonderful hosts of Insecure Writer's Support Group Day are hosting a contest!


"Let people know the two ways they can benefit from the IWSG website:

1 -- It's a database of information, focusing on major links, other databases, and resources for writers. Topics include writing tips; publishers, agents, and queries; self-publishing; marketing; contests; publications; and services. Each page is a wealth of information, leading to some of the top sites for authors, and we also post information to help writers every Monday.

2 -- The IWSG itself – the first Wednesday of every month is the official posting day for those with blogs. Members post their insecurities, frustrations, and concerns, and others stop by to offer encouragement and advice. The kindness and words of wisdom have kept writers going when they were ready to quit. Many have discovered solutions to their problems. Friendships have been forged and critique partners established.

Help us spread the word –
Tweeting – one entry
Google+ post – two entries
Facebook post – five entries
Blog post – ten entries

We have two prize packages that will be awarded:

Package one – North America only –
Autographed copy of Dead Witness by Joylene Nowall Butler
Autographed copy of The Circle of Friends, Book V... Heather by L. Diane Wolfe
Autographed copy of Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK by L. Diane Wolfe
Autographed copies of The Keepers of Sulbreth and The Greater Good by Susan Gourley, plus swag

Package two – International –
5 page critique of a manuscript and a blog badge/banner from Michelle Wallace
EBook of How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now by L. Diane Wolfe
First chapter critique from Lynda R. Young
All three eBooks of the Cassa series by Alex J. Cavanaugh
EBooks Christine's Odyssey and Saving Sam by J. L. Campbell

As you spread the word, come back and fill out the form below.

Contest is open until December 16 – winners will be announced December 18."

Our Forum collaborative story is in full swing! It's titled Winter Solstice and begins with the main character, Gabriel, affirming that "the shortest day of the year would not be his last."

Of course, things rarely go smoothly on a dark and stormy night, and Gabriel has had many, shall we say, interesting run-ins with his neighbours so far...

My first contribution went up today, and I'll be doing another closer to the end. Still twenty days to go! Who knows what will happen next?

Also this week:

(you maybe can't tell from the photo but this is the giant poster I saw in Times Square, New York, back in October)

Speaking of posters, here's a stirring one I saw at the New York Public Library (which, if you're lucky enough to live in NYC, is hosting, this Sunday, Neil Gaiman reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol (squee!)):






Do you know of any other contests or giveaways?
Are you lucky enough to live in/near New York City?
How would you advertise books?

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait for The Hobbit! Two more days...
Thanks for plugging our IWSG contest. We have so many entries now, which is awesome.

M Pax said...

That book is up my alley! Love reading about the Tudors, etc...

Can't decide between seeing 47 Ronin or the Hobbit. Both are tempting.

S.P. Bowers said...

Ooo, I have to remember to go read the story in the Exercise Folder.

Lara Lacombe said...

I'll have to check out the Forum story! :)

dunmurderin said...

That book sounds really good; I'm crazy about historical fiction. Also, thanks for the word about the IWSG contest!

Denise Covey said...

Just popped in to say hello Deniz. There's always so much happening on your blog. Hello from Paris.

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

That James Forrester book looks delightful, and definitely some cool contests there for the eager readers (and writers). Nice to see you've kept with your writing when you can (nice collaborative piece), Deniz. I can only imagine the distracted squee I would be if I was able to attend that NG reading .... *envious!*

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, thanks for hosting all of these giveaways! That Forrester book has some excellent reviews.

Jack said...

At this rate I am not going to have any money for food or anything, not that I will care. There are just so many new books coming out! Which is nice, because for awhile there didn't seem to be any.

The Hobbit!! Are you planning on going opening day?

cleemckenzie said...

I'm in love with Wyeth cover. Hope you had front row seats at that Gaiman reading.

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks everyone!

And the winner is... Kathy!

Medeia Sharif said...

Thanks for featuring this book. I always find something here. I didn't know about the IWSG contest. I would've spread the word.

Deniz Bevan said...

Maybe they'll have another one in the spring Medeia!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Dead Cold by Louise Penny
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • The Magician by Somerset Maugham
  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
  • The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (skimmed last third)
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
  • Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe
  • secret beta read!
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html