Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Enter The Duke of Shadows Sweepstakes

Enter the Duke of Shadows Sweepstakes
Ann Aguirre, author of the very cool novel, Grimspace, is raving about the newly released novel, The Duke of Shadows by debut author Meredith Duran.

Book description:

In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping as the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a powerful picture of an aristocrat torn between two worlds, an heiress who dares to risk everything...and the love born in fire and darkness that nearly destroys them.

From exotic sandstone palaces...

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London...

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous -- and that a single decision can alter one's life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.

After reading the book description, I'm already interested in reading this novel. Then I read what Ann Aguirre has to say about it, and I'm completely sold.

Ann says,

The Duke of Shadows was pitch-perfect, not a single wrong note. This book ravished me. The writing is lovely and luminous, bedizened with subtle poetry. It hit me like a fist in the chest, rousing a sudden, shocking ache. In reading this, you will be permeated with yearning. Some sentences are so lovely, they make you say, “Oh,” in quiet, helpless admiration. This book is pure beauty married to elegance and simplicity.

Admit it, you know you want to read it now, too! You can win a copy of your own... and maybe some extra book spending money, too by entering a really awesome sweepstakes on Ann Aguirre's blog. She loves The Duke of Shadows so much that she's hosting the contest to spread the word about her new favorite novel. If you enter, you can win one of her very generous prize packages. She's awarding Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift certificates, as well as copies of The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran. Click on the image of The Duke of Shadows in this post to bring you to the contest details so you can enter. I just did. :)


  1. Niiice!
    Sounds good! Will stop by there tomorrow.

    Just wanted to drop a quick hello.

    hello. ^_^

  2. I was thinking about entering this contest too. Ya know - free books!

    Over at Dear Author she just posted a review - very detailed but without spoilers.

  3. Thanks for the linkage!

    I'm excited to talk about the book with other readers!

  4. I am very interested in this book. DA gave a wonderful review!
    Should I enter.... hmm...

  5. Mine was dispatched today! woohoo!

  6. What's that thingy in the background? huh. I'm seeing things.

  7. I didn't do the contest, but I did buy the book yesterday :). It sounds very good!

  8. I'm glad a lot of you entered the contest. Ann is so generous to her readers, and I think its great to see an author get so excited about spreading the word about another author's work. :)

    I'm sure I'll be buying this book anyway, too... after I don't win the sweepstakes! HA!

  9. You know that game, 'Where's Waldo'? Lisabea is really good at it. Except her version is 'Where's the Phallus!' :P

  10. And I can't wait to hear what Amy thinks of the book, too! :)


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