BookBanter Boon #6: “Side Jobs” by Jim Butcher

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Side Jobs

And to commemorate the second anniversary of BookBanter, we have a very special BookBanter Boon giveaway: a first edition hardcover copy of the recently released Side Jobs by bestselling author Jim Butcher.

To be entered into the competition to win Side Jobs by Jim Butcher, simply leave a comment on THIS POST of the BookBanter blog about what you think is going to happen to Harry Dresden in the next book, Ghost Story due out next April, or if you simply have no idea, just leave some sort of comment.

Anyone within the US can enter, and I’ll be accepting entries until November 30th at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.

If you have any questions, please email me at alex@bookbanter.net.

The winner will be announced on December 1st on this BookBanter Boon #6 blog post.

UPDATE: Sorry guys, the winner will be announced first thing December 2nd, as I’m just too busy tomorrow with work and a scheduled interview.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 tonight, 11/30.

BookBanter Boon #5: “A Wild Light” by Marjorie M. Liu

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It’s time for a new BookBanter Boon! Graciously donated by Elena Stokes of Wunderkind PR, we have a copy of the new book from bestselling author Margaret M. Liu, A Wild Light.

Wild Light

Obsidian shadows of the flesh…tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams.  By day, they are my armor.  By night, they unwind from my body to take on forms of their own—demons of the flesh, turned into flesh.

For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness around her—a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race.  But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather’s dead body with no memory of what happened or of the man she loves, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.

With blood on her hands and her sanity in question, Maxine must face the truth about who she really is and embrace the love of the only man who can help her—before she loses what she cares about most: her family.

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney, and the New York Times bestselling author of short stories, novellas, and two ongoing series: Dirk & Steele novels of paranormal romance, and the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series. She wrote NYX: No Way HomeX-23, and Black Widow, for Marvel Comics, and is co-writing the ongoing bestselling Dark Wolverine series.   Liu divides her time between the beautiful state of Indiana, and Beijing/Shanghai, China.   For a complete listing of all her work, please visit her website at:  www.marjoriemliu.com

Praise for Marjorie M. Liu:

“This pivotal book in the Hunter Kiss series proves Liu’s dark side is a haunting place to be as she pushes Maxine to the brink as a sharp-witted, uncompromising defender, not immune to self-doubt but tempered and made stronger for it.”—Booklist on A Wild Light

“One of the key mysteries of the Hunter Kiss novels has been the truth about Maxine Kiss’ genetic heritage.  Clues have been dropped, but in the third chapter of this amazing series, real answers are given.  Liu’s craftsmanship grows with each novel, but it is the emotional undertones that give this story its devastating kick.  Truly on of the most darkly intense and spellbinding series in UF today!  Every Liu book should be an auto buy!”—Romantic Times Top Pick on A Wild Light

“I adore the Hunter Kiss series! Marjorie Liu’s writing is both lyrical and action packed, which is a very rare combination.”—Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author

“Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star.”—Publishers Weekly

“Liu’s ability to deliver kick-butt action and characters whose humanity resonates, even when they’re anything but human, is a testament to her outstanding storytelling skills.  Liu’s imagination is an amazing place to visit.”—Romantic Times (Top Pick) on Darkness Calls

To be entered into the competition to win this ARC of A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu, simply leave a comment on THIS POST of the BookBanter blog about why you like reading Marjorie M. Liu.

Anyone within the US can enter, and I’ll be accepting entries until July 31st at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.

If you have any questions, please email me at alex@bookbanter.net.

The winner will be announced on August 1st on the BookBanter Boon #5 blog post.

BookBanter Boon #4: “Waking the Witch” by Kelley Armstrong

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It’s a new month and a new interview on BookBanter, so what better time for a new BookBanter Boon! Graciously donated by Elena Stokes of Wunderkind PR, we have an advance reader copy of the new book from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Waking the Witch, due to be published July 27th

Waking the Witch

Golden girl of the supernatural world, orphaned daughter of a dark witch and a conniving sorcerer, Savannah Levine has nothing to lose and everything to prove on her first solo case as a paranormal investigator.

She’s got a wide arsenal of spells at her fingertips, many that only she knows.

She’s got a tough-as-nails attitude and an even sharper wit.

She’s got one problem though . . . no one thinks she can handle this on her own.

Savannah has the power . . . and she’s not afraid to use it.

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At twenty-one, Savannah Levine—orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer—considers herself a full-fledged member of the supernatural race that rules the Otherworld. The once rebellious teen has grown into a six-foot-tall, motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper with a full arsenal of spells that she’s not afraid to use when she gets caught in a bind. There’s only one small problem—her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, don’t always trust her. Of course, she’s given them plenty of reasons . . . but those are in the past. People can change, right?

When Paige and Lucas take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge of their detective agency, Savannah is presented with a case that she can’t turn down, and one she can finally call her own. Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, almost shell of a town. Two troubled young women have been found in an abandoned warehouse, murdered. Now a third woman is dead, and darker forces seem to be at play.

Savannah feels certain she can handle the case, but with supernatural activity appearing at every turn, things quickly become more serious—and far more dangerous—than she realizes. Caught up in a web of lust, false identities, and lies, Savannah must summon strength from her depths, and fight like she’s never fought before.


Kelley Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestselling Otherworld series, the young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, and many other titles. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.


With her first book, Bitten, Kelley introduced readers to her singular brand of sophisticated, fast-paced storytelling. The Otherworld, a place populated by a wide array of supernaturals with an even wider array of powers, continues to engage and enthrall readers all over the globe after more than a dozen books.www.kelleyarmstrong.com


Praise for Kelley Armstrong:

“Savannah is a gutsy, shrewd, and accomplished protagonist who will immediately capture the reader’s allegiance. ..Readers new to the series will still be able to enjoy this delightful, fast-paced adventure without difficulty.”—Library Journal on Waking the Witch


“Armstrong writes with page-turningly lucid prose and outfits her heroine with plenty of pluck, which she’ll need to navigate the handful of handsome fellas who drop in for potential romancing.”—Booklist on Waking the Witch


“Armstrong skillfully juggles her twisty plot, weaving in characters from previous novels as she builds to a fast-paced conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly on Waking the Witch


“There is never a slow moment . . . or a false line in Armstrong’s writing.” —Charlaine Harris, author of Dead and Gone and other books in the Sookie Stackhouse series

To be entered into the competition to win this ARC of Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, simply leave a comment on THIS POST of the BookBanter blog about how you started reading Kelley Armstrong.

Anyone within the US can enter, and I’ll be accepting entries until July 14th at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.
If you have any questions, please email me at alex@bookbanter.net.
The winner will be announced on July 15th on the BookBanter Boon #4 blog post.

BookBanter Boon #3: “Theodore Boon” & “Ford County”

The BookBanter Facebook Group is closing in on a thousand members, so here’s the next BookBanter Boon to get us over the hump and reaching that special goal.  This time it’s another special twofer, and I’m giving away two books by John Grisham: a finished copy of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawer and an advance reader copy of Ford County: Stories.

Theodore Boone Ford County

The rules are the same as before:

  1. You need to be a member of the BookBanter Facebook Group.
  2. You need to leave a comment on this post.  It can be about BookBanter, about your favorite food, what you like to do for fun, or how much you want to win this BookBanter Boon!

Entries will be accepted until the group hits 1000 members, and then I’ll make an announcement when the competition will end and then I’ll pick the lucky winner.

BookBanter Boon #2: “The Age of Zeus” and “Circus of Sins”

BookBanter Boon #2

As promised, here’s the next BookBanter Boon giveaway!  I said I would do the second giveaway once the BookBanter Facebook Group passed 850 members and was on its way to 900.  The group currently stands at 859 members.  And the giveaway this time is a special twofer.

I received a number of books recently from the wonderful people at Solaris Books and I’ve chosen two very special ones for BookBanter Boon #2.  In the blue corner we have The Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove (Amazon), and in the red corner we have Circus of Sins by Natasha Rhodes (Amazon).

Age of Zeus Circus of Sins

The rules are the same as before:

  1. You need to be a member of the BookBanter Facebook Group.
  2. You need to leave a comment on this post.  It can be about BookBanter, about your favorite food, what you like to do for fun, or how much you want to win this BookBanter Boon!

Entries will be accepted at least until the group hits 900 members.  Once it does I’ll make an announcement when the BookBanter Boon will close and then I’ll select the lucky winner.  So tell your friends and spread the word about BookBanter! If you have any questions, shoot me an email.

BookBanter Boon #1: “Blockade Billy” by Stephen King

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And here it is.  The first BookBanter giveaway; the first BookBanter Boon.  And the giveaway is none other than an advance reader copy of Stephen King’s latest book, Blockade Billy.  The BookBanter Facebook Group has leaped past the 500-member mark and is currently at 532.

Blockade Billy

So, to be entered into the random drawing for the ARC of Blockade Billy, here are the two simple rules:

  1. You need to be a member of the BookBanter Facebook Group.
  2. You need to leave a comment on this post.  It can be about BookBanter, about what you’re having for dinner, what you’re favorite book is, or perhaps what you think is the story behind William “Blockade Billy” Blakely.

Entries will be accepted through this weekend, and then on Monday evening I will make a random drawing and contact the lucky winner.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at alex@bookbanter.net.