Monday Give Away
In keeping with the Halloween theme, we move from ghosts to witchcraft with this Monday’s give away: Chrysler Szarlan’s The Hawley Book of the Dead.
Here’s the official blurb:
For fans of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and A Discovery of Witches comes a brilliantly imagined debut novel brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic.
Revelation “Reve” Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real.
Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered when an intruder alters her trick pistol and she accidentally shoots and kills her beloved husband onstage.
Fearing for her daughters’ lives, Reve flees with them to the place she has always felt safest—an antiquated farmhouse in the forest of Hawley Five Corners, where the magic of her ancestors reigns, and her oldest friend—and first love—is the town’s chief of police. Here, in the forest, with its undeniable air of enchantment, Reve hopes she and her girls will be protected.
Delving into the past for answers, Reve is drawn deeper into her family’s legends. What she discovers is The Hawley Book of the Dead, an ancient leather-bound journal holding mysterious mythic power. As she pieces together the truth behind the book, Reve will have to shield herself and her daughters against an uncertain, increasingly dangerous fate. For soon it becomes clear that the stranger who upended Reve’s life in Las Vegas has followed her to Hawley—and that she has something he desperately wants.
Brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic, The Hawley Book of the Dead is a brilliantly imagined debut novel from a riveting new voice.
For a chance to win a copy of The Hawley Book of the Dead, here’s your question:
What’s your favorite October read?
One winner, chosen at random, will be announced on Wednesday.
Anything by Kate Morton is great and spooky 🙂
I love October! I always go back to my childhood reads at this time- Stephen King or Anne Rice
Patrick Taylor’s Irish Doctor series is released in October. Truly enjoyable series!!!
Those sound fabulous! This is the first I’d heard of them– and now I’m going to have to get them.
This definitely puts me in a mood to read A Discovery of Witches again.
I enjoyed reading The Forgotten Room.
I really love reading anything Barbara Michaels
Ditto! No one writes gothics like Barbara Michaels.
Fractured by Catherine McKenzie
Pride & Prejudice
I’ve been reading Sarah Addison Allen and just started the Flavia de Luce series, which seems good for fall. I’ll have to try some of these as well!
I’ve been meaning to try both of those! Sarah Addison Allen’s books and Flavia de Luce have been on my “to get to” list for a while now.
Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party is a staple.
So good! And there’s a pretty good tv adaptation, too.
Lauren Willig’s “Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla” is the one I always start with, and then Deanna Raybourn’s “The Dead Travel Fast”, “Bonfire Night”, and “The Dark Enquiry”; followed by a little Anne Perry, Rhys Bowen’s “Royal Blood”, LA Theatre Works’ Radio adaption of “Hound of the Baskervilles” and top it all off with “Locke and Key.” So, long list!
I love “The Dead Travel Fast”!
Absolutely love reading “Seduction of the Crimson Rose” and “Betrayal of the Blood Lily” for October. As for Non-Pink Carnation reads, I love Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber” and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”.
Just finished The Summer Before the War. For a more atmospheric read I’m about to start The Sinner by Amanda Stevens. It’s the latest of the Graveyard Queen series.
I normally revisit any of Simone St. James’ fabulous books! I can’t handle anything too scary, but she has a mix of romance and the right amount of spookiness. I’ve really liked them all but think my favorite is An Inquiry Into Love and Death.
Liz, I have “Inquiry Into Love and Death” on my pile for re-read this month, too! Also “Silence for the Dead”….