Friday

Giveaway: 31 Bond Street; So Much for That; Hush; In a Dark Wood

The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan townhouse was the biggest news story in the United States before the Civil War; “Who killed Dr. Burdell?” was the question that gripped the nation. Deftly interweaving fiction and fact, 31 Bond Street is a clever historical narrative that blends romance, politics, greed and sexual intrigue in a suspenseful drama.

When an errand boy discovers Burdell’s nearly decapitated body in the bedroom of his posh Bond Street home, there are no witnesses and virtually no clues. With the city up in arms over the vicious killing, District Attorney Abraham Oakey Hall immediately suspects Emma Cunningham, the striking young widow who has been living at 31 Bond Street with her two teenaged daughters, caring for Burdell’s home in exchange for a marriage proposal. But Burdell’s past is murky and his true intentions towards Emma Cunningham were questionable, leaving Emma with a plausible motive for murder. With the help of her defence attorney, Henry Clinton, Emma embarks on a legal drama to prove her innocence and spare herself from the gallows.

Set against the background of a bustling and corrupt New York City in 1857, 31 Bond Street is a fascinating archeological dig, taking the reader through the minutiae of a buried past, only to uncover circumstances that are shockingly contemporary: a sensationalist press, burgeoning new wealth, a booming real estate market, and race and gender conflicts. Ellen Horan’s gripping novel vividly exposes a small slice of lost history as it explores New York City on the eve of the Civil War.


Shep Knacker has long saved for "The Afterlife": an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with "talking, thinking, seeing, and being"—and enough sleep. When he sells his home repair business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet Glynis, his wife of twenty-six years, has concocted endless excuses why it's never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he's leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her.

Just returned from a doctor's appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can't go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep's nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.

Enriched with three medical subplots that also explore the human costs of American health care, So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, for which grave illness proves an unexpected opportunity for tenderness, renewed intimacy, and dry humor. In defiance of her dark subject matter, Shriver writes a page-turner that presses the question: How much is one life worth?


When Lake Warren learns that her husband Jack is suing for full custody of their two kids, four months after their separation, she's pretty certain that things can't get any worse. The upside is that she's working with the Advanced Fertility Center as a marketing consultant, alongside the attractive, flirtatious Dr. Keaton. But when, the morning after their one-night stand, she finds Keaton with his throat slashed, Lake learns that things can indeed become worse - they can become deadly. So not to jeopardise her case for custody, Lake is forced to lie to the police. Having just been intimate with a man who has been murdered, and wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own investigation. But when the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange and dangerous clues begin dropping-quite literally-on her doorstep, Lake realises that she is dangerously close to dark truths about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late?


1945. Jacob Noah emerges from hiding to discover that his family has perished under the Nazis. Rebuilding his life, Noah becomes a shoemaker in the Dutch town of Assen. Over the years, he patiently expands his business and eventually becomes the city's most influential entrepreneur. Yet success cannot alleviate his loneliness and suffering nor the tragedy of history.

Nearly forty years later, this dispirited, loveless man veers off the road in a tragic accident. But instead of entering death's abyss, Noah finds himself on a journey through his soul. Guided by a peddler, he descends into the town's smoky center, a manmade hell reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. But it is not until he encounters a young man named Marcus Kolpa, a respected intellectual struggling with the implications of his Jewish identity and the shared history of his people, that Noah is able to truly understand the meaning of his own life and the tragedies he has experienced.


GIVEAWAY: I have 1 copy OF EACH BOOK up for grabs - thanks to the folks at Harper.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) ; and for putting my spiffy little button on your blog. Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Make sure to specify if you are only interested in certain books or if you are interested in all 4 by order in which you'd like to receive the most to the least.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Winners will be drawn Friday, March 12.

68 comments:

Sue said...

Fabulous giveaway! I'd love 31 Bond Street or In a Dark Wood. Thanks for sharing these.

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Hannah said...

Awesome giveaway! Totally love the historical fiction mysteries! :D

Hannah said...

Aaaaand, following. (My email's in my profile...)

Tina said...

awesome giveaway........
I would love Hush but all 4 look good....:D

Tina said...

and Im a follower...I have your button and all that good stuff....

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mariag said...

So exciting!!
I would love to win 31 Bond Street.

I follow

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etirv said...

I would like to be entered!

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etirv said...

Google friend connect follower!

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etirv said...

Twitter follower!

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Glenn said...

My preference would be In A Dark Wood. After that, I have no preference - they all look decent. Thanks for the giveaway.

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holdenj said...

How exciting! I would like Hush, or 31 Bond Street. Thanks!
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holdenj said...

I'm a follower! Thanks.
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xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me for all 4, with Hush as the book I would enjoy the most.

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xxsquigglesxx said...

I am a follower.

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xxsquigglesxx said...

Your button is on my blog.

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LuAnn said...

I'd love to read any or all of these books.

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LuAnn said...

I'm a follower.

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.
I am a follower.

Katy said...

31 Bond Street has been on my wishlist ever since I first saw it! :D That's the one I'd like to win!

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I have your button on my sidebar @ http://fewmorepages.blogspot.com

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Booksnyc said...

So Much For That sounds great to me!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

I am a follower and facebook friend.

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lag123 said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. This is my order:
1. Hush
2. 31 Bond Street
3. In A Dark Wook
4. So Much For That

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lag123 said...

I follow via google friend connect and subscribe via google reader.

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I follow you on twitter: @lag32583

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

AWESOME giveaway here, Nely! I'm especially interested in 31 Bond Street and So Much For That. Thanks.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I'm a follower.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I also tweeted:

http://twitter.com/bookmonstrosity/status/9357328261

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Anonymous said...

please count me in...thanks :)

karenk
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Charleydog said...

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. I am interested in all four books. Thanks!

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rubynreba said...

Wow - they all look good. I haven't read any of them.
1. Hush
2. In a Dark Wood
3. So Much for That
4. 31 Bond Street
Thanks for the chance.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Martha Lawson said...

I would like to enter for Hush.
Great giveaway.

I follow on google friend connect.

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Mystica said...

Would like 31, Bond Street.

I follow.


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Ryan G said...

What a brilliant contest. I would love to win 31 Bond Street or In a Dark Wood. Thanks!

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DarcyO said...

Great giveaway. They all sound good. Please include me.

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DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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dor said...

What a super treat this would be. Thanks.

follow on google friend....dor
Facebook fan...Doreen Riopel

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Alison/Alison's Book Marks said...

Great giveaway, Nely! Please enter me! (I follow in several ways and up. lol)

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Haleyknitz said...

I'd love to win any of them :) thanks!!

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Haleyknitz said...

I'm an old follower

Haleyknitz said...

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Haleyknitz said...

your button is on my blog!

Karen H in NC said...

Just love these multiple book giveaways! I would love the copy of 31 Bond Street. Sounds like my kind of book!

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Karen H in NC said...

I am a Google Friends follower

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Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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Wanda said...

I am a follower of your draw.
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Wanda said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.
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Katy said...

I forgot to mention that I'm a follower (DOH!).

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SharpTeethOfLove said...

half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

I'd love any of these -in order: 31 Bond Street, In A Dark Wood, Hush, So Much for That

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Margie said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to read 31 Bond Street (first choice), and Hush (second choice) Thanks.

Misusedinnocence said...

These sound great, I'd love to win any of them!

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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow. :)

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me for all 4. I'm a follower too.

Thanks,

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skkorman said...

I would love to win either "31 Bond Street" or "Hush"!

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Sarah E said...

I would love to win

1) 31 Bond Street
2) So Much For That

Please enter me in this giveaway!

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I follow via Google Reader & Google Friend Connect.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I follow on Twitter (@saemmerson)

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I'm a Facebook friend (Sarah Emmerson)

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I tweeted:

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CherylS22 said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me for "31 Bond Street" & "Hush".

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I follow in GFC
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CherylS22 said...

I subscribe via Google Reader
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CherylS22 said...

I'm a FB friend
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Nancye said...

I would be happy to win any of these books! They all look good!

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Nancye said...

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Nancye said...

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GraceP said...

Love books about WWII - so enter me for In A Dark Wood!

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Thanks for the blog - love to read about YOUR reads!

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