Thanks to Penguin, we are giving away a copy of The Cold Dish, the first novel in the Walt Longmire mystery series written by Craig Johnson!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post with your full name and your e-mail address so we may contact you for your shipping information when you win.
CONTEST ENDS: Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
Longmire is currently a drama series on the A&E network, which stars one of our favorite actresses, Katee Sackhoff. She plays a Wyoming deputy on the show named Vic Moretti. The show is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels and it’s a contemporary crime thriller and stars Robert Taylor in the lead role as Walt Longmire, the charismatic sheriff of Absaroka County, Wymoning.
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We all make puns. I’m a big fan of the cheesiest puns, in fact, and I always follow it up with a proud declaration of: “I’m PUN-ny!”
John Pollack wrote a whole book about puns: The Pun Also Rises. He wrote about his own relationship with punning and he delved into its very interesting history. You didn’t think puns had that much backstory, did you?
Soulless by Gail Carriger is a steampunk, romance, detective novel with vampires and werewolves. Now wait, don’t go all “I hate sparkly vampires” on me. Within the first chapter (nearly the first page), the main character Alexia Tarabotti, smacks a vampire in the gonads with a brass parasol.
Nerd Girls: The Rise of the Dorkasaurus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a book written for pre-teens. For someone my age, I enjoyed the books for a lot of reasons and possibly related to the characters a little.
The story is about Maureen, a chubby, sarcastic and intelligent thirteen-year old girl. She’s quick witted and very self-aware, unlike most girls her age. She knows she’s kind of an outcast and a nerd. She is aware of her “place” in the grand scheme of middle school politics. Combined with her resentment towards her father leaving her family, she’s a pretty jaded little girl.
I have not watched the TV series, so I don’t know how directly the two are linked. I may be discussing things here that will spoil the show. I won’t know until I watch it, which I’m going to because the book got me hooked.
When I was in high school, I was really pretentious. I read pretentious books because I was the brainy one and that’s what brains did. (Oh stereotypes, how true you often are).
Fortunately, I grew up and got over that phase and now I love reading stuff like Spartacus. It’s bloody, violent, vulgar and full of sex. And that’s just in the first chapter!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. I’ve been caught up with reading young adult novels these days that it’s been months since I’ve read a book for grown ups. Acquainted With the Night is a rather epic story – a mix of mystery, history, passionate romance and vampires.
No, the lead girl does not have sex with vampires. Who sparkly. Or brood. Quite the opposite. These vampires are ruthless, NOT sexy and just want her dead.
We are excited to present to you a guest blog written by author, Piper Maitland, about her main character from ‘Acquainted With the Night.’ – an epic story about immortality and the fate of mankin. There are very frightening vampires and very sexy characters. Read more below to find out what her book is about.
Contest! We are also giving away ONE copy of her book. TO ENTER:Â Leave a comment with your e-mail/twitter/facebook or any way we can contact you if you are picked as the winner! Contest ends Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.
Without further ado, please enjoy Piper Maitland’s blog.
â€œWell behaved women rarely make history.â€
–Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, historian and author
Grey isnâ€™t a color you will ever see in Greek Orthodox artâ€”medieval artists lived and worked in a black-and-white world. But shades of grey are vital when it comes to building a modern fictional heroine. When I began writing Acquainted With the Night, I wanted Caro Grimaldi Clifford to be a fundamentally flawed heroine. She doesnâ€™t always say the right thing, nor does she always act heroically. I knew it would be risky, but I was tired of playing it safe with my characters. As Caro came to life, her personality traits became layered, with room for her character to grow in the second book.