Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Contest! Let's Have A Contest!


Well, more of a giveaway, but it equals the same thing: free books!

I noticed the other day that we've made it past 50 posts, so to celebrate, I'm giving away one copy of 'The Vampyre: the secret history of Lord Byron' by Tom Holland.




From the back cover:

"I have written my memoirs - but omitted all the really consequential and important parts - from deference to the dead - to the living - and to those who must be both"
- Lord Byron, Detached Thoughts

What was the deadly secret that haunted the writings of Lord Byron, that most brilliant and notorious or romantic poets? Tom Holland, in this dazzlingly crafted blend of fact and fiction, offers a truly terrifying answer. Impeccably researched, vividly imagine, The Vampyre i gothic fiction at its most atmospheric, allusive and thought-provoking. As Byron himself pointed out: truth is stranger than fiction.


So, what do you have to do to enter?
Just leave a comment to this entry, telling me the last book you read that gave you a new perspective on vampires, or, if you aren't a vampire fan, other supernatural creatures.

The comment give you one entry, and additional entries can be gained from the following:

+3 for being a follower already
+2 for becoming a follower
+2 for doing a blog post about this contest
+1 for listing the contest on your blog/website
+1 for tweeting about the contest/posting on facebook

You must let me know in the comments if you are doing these things, and link to the appropriate places.

Contest is open to everywhere in the world

Contest closes end of the day, anywhere, Friday 2nd October, and winner will be announced the next day.

17 comments:

Diana Paz on September 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM said...

Okay, I'm in... let's see, the last book that gave me a new perspective on vampires or other supernatural creatures...

Since I haven't read a vampire story in a while I'll go with ghosts. Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe gave me a completely new perspective on ghosts. They don't have to be scary, they can be your spies and gather all the best gossip on your worst enemies!

elnice on September 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM said...

HMMM, the last book that gave me new perspective was the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent. I didn't think I liked shifters until I read this series. Now I'm trying different ones.
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Jessica (BookLover) on September 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM said...

The last book I read that gave me a new perspective on vampires? I would have to say Intertwined by Gena Showalter.

I'm already a follower! :)

Becca on September 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM said...

The last book I read that gave me a new perspective on vampires would be The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. It took a medical look at the vampires.

I blogged about this here:
http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/09/vampyres-and-lord-byron.html

It is in my sidebar.

I've become a follower.

Thanks
rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

Wanda on September 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. The last vampire book I read was "Mr Darcy, Vampyre" by Amanda Grange.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Llehn on September 28, 2009 at 9:29 PM said...

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld. It's interesting to learn that vampires are the good guys and that the whole fuss can be attributed to parasites!

I'm now a follower.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bilal on September 29, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

Just testting a comment on yor blog i m logged in

tetewa on September 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM said...

I've been enjoying Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series! tWarner419@aol.com

bridget3420 on September 29, 2009 at 9:01 PM said...

Twilight

+2 new follower

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Sheere on September 30, 2009 at 12:56 PM said...

The vampiry academy series! They are awesome!

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booklover0226 on September 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM said...

The last book you read that gave me a new perspective on vampires was Vampire Vows by Michael Schiefelbein. The main character, Victor, was just a pure selfish SOB... and I loved him! Most vampire books I read usually have the main character as a hero-type, alpha male.


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Thanks,
Tracey D
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Mary Ann DeBorde on September 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Now THIS is my kinda book :) woo hoo, please enter me and thank you so much!

I just finished reading The Strain - and that was certainly a different 'take' on vampires, sort of a cross between vampires, zombies and ??? Very good read.

Mark on October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM said...

Hey guys - awesome site! You should have told me earlier - I can do some "pimpage" on the blog.

Not entering the comp but just wanted to say that I loved this book when I read it ages ago. Wonderfully written, verging on the literary and very creepy.

Liz @ My Favourite Books

gapyeargirl123 on October 3, 2009 at 10:12 AM said...

Diana, I think Give up the Ghost sounds interesting - if I find it in the library sometime, or on BookMooch, I think I'll read it, but I'm not sure if it's quite my kind of book.

Elnice, I love the Shifters series, even though I've only read the first two! I'm trying to get my hands on the others, but I went in 3 huge bookshops during the week, and none of them had it.

Jessica, I haven't read any Gena Showalter yet, but they're on my 'to buy' list.

Becca, that one sounds quite interesting.

Wanda, I've seen that one in the shops, but I actually have no idea what it's about - I'll have to make sure I read the blurb next time I find it.

gapyeargirl123 on October 3, 2009 at 10:21 AM said...

Llehn, that's another one I'll have to look for sometime.

tetewa, I love that series. I met Rachel Caine at a small event in London a couple of months ago, and she seems like such a nice person!

Bridget thanks for becoming a follower!

Sheere, I need to read those! I've read all of Richelle's other books, and I adore her writing, but so far I haven't tried the Vampire Academy ones.

Tracey, that sounds fun! Sometimes you need characters who are a little different, heroic ones can get so annoying after a while.

Mary, you're the second person to say The Strain, I really will have to look for that.

Liz, hi! Nice to see you over here! I'll let you know next time we have something fun, and maybe you could mention it on MFB then? I loved this book too - it really wasn't what I was expecting, but it was so spooky! Nice to have something different from the other books I read, with the vampyres as very inhuman.

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