Monday Give Away

Happy October! There’s a nip in the air and pumpkin spice in my coffee. Which means… it’s time for stories of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night!

To kick off October, I have a copy of M.J. Rose’s Paris-set gothic ghost story, The Secret Language of Stones.

Here’s the official blurb:

secret-language-of-stonesAs World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family. Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “spellbindingly haunting” (Suspense magazine), “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review).

For a chance to win a copy of the gloriously haunting The Secret Language of Stones, here’s your question:

What’s your favorite gemstone?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Debra Fortney on October 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Sapphire, my birthstone…

  2. Daniele K on October 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Blue Sapphires

  3. Jennifer Nowell on October 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

    aqua marine, my birthstone! 🙂

  4. Katie malik on October 3, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Rubies have always been my favorite. Thanks!

  5. Sarah R on October 3, 2016 at 11:12 am


  6. Carla on October 3, 2016 at 11:12 am


  7. Cassidy riddlebarger on October 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I love blue diamonds or emeralds!

  8. Diane stiles on October 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Emeralds, with sapphire being a strong second choice.

  9. Michelle Springer on October 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I’ve always loved Emeralds. I love how they are imperfect, yet dazzling. And green is my favorite color.

  10. Emilia Hald on October 3, 2016 at 11:42 am


  11. Karen on October 3, 2016 at 11:50 am


  12. Marguerite Guinn on October 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    My favorite gemstone is emerald.

  13. Julia Cutler on October 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    My birthstone, aquamarine!

  14. Debbie Mitchell on October 3, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Sapphire because my favorite color is blue.

  15. Karlene Barger on October 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    My birthstone, sapphire!

  16. Sarah WJ on October 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Sapphires! Very conveniently my husband’s birthstone. Makes for a lovely engagement ring.

  17. Sheila on October 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm


  18. Rebecca on October 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    It feels somewhat cliche to say diamonds, but I do love a nice diamond. My mom recently gave me an antique ring from my great aunt with an Old European cut diamond. I have never seen such a beautifully cut stone.

  19. Lor on October 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I just cannot pick one. I love all sorts of gemstones, especially since they’re all just so beautiful. I love the mysteriousness of the opal, the fiery red of the ruby, and the classic elegance of diamonds. I believe, however, that I’ve always been inclined towards opals (which is incidentally my birthstone). There’s a certain subtlety to the beauty of an opal, which I find lacking in rubies and diamonds sometimes.

  20. Winnie P on October 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm


  21. Pat Dupuy on October 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Opals! Although garnets and rubies are right up there.

  22. Shannon on October 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I’m so lucky that emeralds are my birthstone! They’re my favorite, hands down!

  23. Shannon on October 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so lucky that emeralds are my birthstone! They are my favorite.

  24. Bridget on October 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Don’t have any, but opals

  25. Liz D. on October 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Though my birthstone is a ruby, I’ve always preferred emeralds. Opals are always very striking too!

  26. Tami on October 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm


  27. Amanda V on October 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm


  28. Maria on October 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I think my favorite would have to be sapphires. I love the rich blue color.

  29. Laurice on October 3, 2016 at 8:34 pm


  30. Sara Martin on October 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm


  31. Jessica C on October 3, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Opals – particularly the white ones that are shot through with red and blue.

  32. Emily on October 3, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I like opals, even if they are supposed to be unlucky. I also like Moissanite.

  33. Paige B. on October 4, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Rubies. 🙂

  34. Eirene Ritznore on October 4, 2016 at 2:51 am

    My favorite gemstone is Tanzanite. I adore the spectrum of color it has all within the purple family.

  35. Brittany B on October 4, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Saffires and emeralds. They are both gorgeous and bold!

  36. Kelly L on October 4, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Such a hard decision to choose a favorite! I would have to call it a tie between moonstone and rose quartz. Both are simple, yet beautiful.

  37. Alexa on October 4, 2016 at 8:43 am


  38. Kathleen on October 4, 2016 at 10:27 am


  39. Betty Strohecker on October 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm


  40. Kirsten Williams on October 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I love emeralds!

  41. Chelsea F on October 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Sapphires!!!! The birthstone of September!

  42. DJL on October 5, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Fire opals–almost entirely because of the Lorna Hill Sadler’s Wells ballet series 🙂

  43. Rebecca B. on October 5, 2016 at 9:46 am


  44. Jessica S. on October 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Alexandrite, my birthstone, but I also love peridots and garnets.

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