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21 03, 2017

Giveaway: The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |12 Comments

the fire child book coverI have 2 copies of The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne to give away! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

THE PERFECT HUSBAND. THE PERFECT STEPSON. THE PERFECT LIE?

“Tremayne…does a terrific job of building suspense until events reach their climax in the midst of a violent storm.” – Library Journal

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

17 03, 2017

Giveaway: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |12 Comments

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last days of magic book coverHappy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, 2 winners will receive a copy of The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins and book-themed tarot card deck! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Spanning the forests and villages of 14th-century Ireland, the lavish courts of France and England, the Vatican’s inner chambers and present-day mysteries, The Last Days of Magic, which is now available in paperback, blends historical, fictional, and mythical events to create a richly imagined world and an exhilarating story of adventure and enchantment. Ireland is the last magical outpost on Earth, its Middle Kingdom—home to faeries and otherworldly beings—still strong in the face of the Vatican’s ever-expanding influence, its armies, exorcists and mercenaries. But when an ancient treaty between the Celts and faeries is broken, leaving them vulnerable to the machinations of the power-hungry Roman Church, the very existence of magic in the world is threatened.

14 03, 2017

Giveaway: Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |11 Comments

saratoga payback book coverEnter to win a copy of Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns’s Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs’ most unusual and sardonic detective.

Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator’s license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs’ most successful everyman detective.

13 03, 2017

Giveaway: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |14 Comments

follow me down book coverEnter to win 1 of 3 copies of Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

A great addition to a blockbuster genre, Follow Me Down is Sharp Objects meets Silent Sister in this gritty new suspense novel. Smith writes with acute insight and assurance, and stands well apart from recent bestsellers such as The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive.

Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she’s forced to return home.

10 03, 2017

January and February Monthly Contest Winners

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |4 Comments

stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

Since I was remiss in naming the January winner, our January and February winners are…

TechEditor and Richard W.!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

1 03, 2017

Giveaway: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

in farleigh field book coverEnter to win a copy of In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Inspired by Britain’s secret WWII code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, In Farleigh Field is bestselling author Rhys Bowen’s romantic and suspenseful new page-turner about class, family, love, and betrayal.

Lady Pamela Westerham is a young aristocrat who goes to work as a Bletchley Park codebreaker after fighting breaks out in Britain, much like the real women who deciphered German messages as part of the war effort (you may have seen in the news recently that Kate Middleton’s own grandmother was one such “Bletchley Girl”).

28 02, 2017

Giveaway: The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

lost book of the holy grail book coverEnter to win a copy of The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Charlie Lovett’s first novel The Bookman’s Tale, a delightful mystery set against the centuries-old controversy over the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, was a Barnes & Noble Recommends pick and a New York Times and Indie bestseller, making it one of 2013’s most charming debuts. Since then, Lovett, a playwright and former antiquarian bookseller, has written two more popular bookish tales involving more of history’s most beloved authors: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. In The Lost Book of the Grail, his fourth and most ambitious book yet, Lovett gives us his whimsical take on the legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

27 02, 2017

Create Your Own Library Giveaway

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |16 Comments

disney books prize packTo celebrate the release of Jennifer Donnelly’s Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, we’re sharing a giveaway with enough books to start your own library worthy of Bell, the ultimate Disney bibliophile! One lucky winner will receive a spectacular collection of 20 Disney page-turners! To start your own library worthy of Belle! Open to U.S. residents only

The full list includes:

Lost in a Book
Belle’s Library
Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast
Tale as Old as Time
A Twisted Tale: As Old As Time
The Beast Within
The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost
Kingdom Keepers: The Return (3-book series)
Star Wars trilogy (3-book series)
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (5-book series)
Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume 1

26 02, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: War Hawk by James Rollins

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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war hawk book coverPlease join James Rollins, author of War Hawk, as he tours the blogosphere with Partners in Crime!

14 readers will win a copy of the book–enter the contest below through March 1st!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

War Hawk is the second novel in the Tucker Wayne series and the whole series is a spin-off from James Rollins’ Sigma Force series. Tucker is an ex-special forces soldier and K-9 team member. Apparently, when he was discharged, he didn’t want to be separated from his partner Kane so he took him along for the ride. The Army disagreed about the arrangement, and somehow Sigma intervened (in a previous story).

26 02, 2017

Giveaway: No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and have finally gotten around to making the post! Going forward, every month or so, I will give away a book from my personal book wish list that has captured my attention. Without further ado…

no knives in the kitchens book coverEnter to win a copy of No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa! Open to US residents only

About the book (from AUC Press)

Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature: an eloquent portrayal of life under dictatorship by an acclaimed Syrian writer

In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin. Irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion, seeking but never finding salvation. She and her siblings and mother are slowly choked in violence and