Friday, March 30, 2012

The Devil's Scribe (and a Giveaway of The Taker) - Alma Katsu

To commemorate the release of "The Taker" in paperback, I am here today to gush a little.

Do you remember hearing about "The Taker"?  It originally was published last September, and it literally took the publishing world, as well as all its bloggers, by the throat.  

"True love can last an eternity...but immortality comes at a price." 

If you need a refresher, here is my review of this mind-blowing book.  But in a nutshell, it was unlike anything I'd ever read.  Dark, sordid, sexy, compelling, frightening.  Some loved this book and some hated it, but one thing you can is impossible to be ambivalent about it.  Personally, there were threads left hanging at the end of "The Taker" that gave me nightmares.

The second of three installments, called "The Reckoning", is due out June 19th.  It can't come soon enough for me.

But to give us all a little nibble, A FIX to hold us over if you will, Alma has published a short story available for 99 cents on Kindle called "The Devil's Scribe".  In this story, which takes place in 1846, our protagonist Lanny returns to Baltimore to, uh, check up on an unresolved matter, shall we say.  While she is there, she meets "an unattractive man with a high forehead and sunken eyes" who is intrigued with Lanny.  He is a writer of dark stories you see, and he recognizes in Lanny a keeper of many dark stories.  He introduces himself as Edgar Allan Poe.  And Lanny shares her story with him, which was the equivalent of Poe winning the lottery I would imagine.  

It just makes me want June 19th to come quicker.

To celebrate all this excitement, and thanks to the generosity of Ms. Katsu, I am happy to offer a Fan Pack Giveaway which includes:  

*  A copy of The Taker
*  A spoofy wine label of The Reckoning
*  Bookmarks
*  Post-it notes
*  A Reckoning ink pen
*  A proof of the paperback cover

This offer will be open to anyone who responds in a comment before next Friday April 6, when I will randomly choose a winner.  This offer is only available to US and Canada.



Rose P said...

I've been wanting to read this!
What a fun giveaway!

(I put a link to my new blog)
I mainly created it to follow and comment on other blogs)

Enjoy your weekend!

Zibilee said...

Yay for this giveaway! I already bought the short story, but I am excited that you will be giving away such a great prize pack! Very cool, Sandy!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Man, you make this book sound amazing! I'm intrigued.

Unknown said...

I was one that was unsure on The Taker and now I'd love to read it. Thanks Sandy m

Julie P. said...

I'm eagerly awaiting this one too.

Laurie C said...

What a great giveaway! The Taker had not appeared on my radar at all before this, but it definitely sounds intriguing

Carrie K. said...

You gave it 4.5 stars - so, yes, please, I'd like a copy!
nnjmom at yahoo dot com

AsianCocoa said...

This is an awesome giveaway! The book was fantastic too.
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Jenners said...

Well how can I NOT enter with a rave like that? I just found out one of my favorite authors has a book coming out in April so I preordered it and now cannot wait. (A.J. Jacobs is the author in case you wondered.)

Trisha said...

I'm with Jenners. How can I not enter after reading that post? I would have to be an idgit to pass up the opportunity! :)

Elisabeth said...

Sounds intriguing, I'm in!

Dianne11 said...

Looking forward to reading the Taker for a while.

Lisa R said...

I'd love to read The Taker. It is so interesting how people either loved it, or hated it. Thanks for all the great book and movie reviews!