Monday, April 4, 2011

The Year of Mysterious Giveaways (April)

The Year of Mysterious Giveaways

Welcome to another month of mysterious giveaways. I am very excited to share with you all this month's fabulous selection.

Belinda Bauer's Blacklands was a book I reviewed over a year ago. It still haunts me! This is for fans of psychological thrillers. I need to stress that. It is NOT for the faint of heart or someone looking for a cozy read or a neatly tied up ending. No siree. This one will leave you hanging, a bit upset but still enthralled. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy of Blacklands to give away.

Check out the description from the publisher's website.

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, Billy Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered—after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate moor that surrounds their small English village. Only Billy's mother is convinced he is alive. She still stands lonely guard at the front window of her home, waiting for her son to return, while her remaining family fragments around her.

But her twelve-year-old grandson Steven is determined to heal the cracks that gape between his nan, his mother, his brother, and himself. Steven desperately wants to bring his family closure, and if that means personally finding his uncle's corpse, he'll do it.

Spending his spare time digging holes all over the moor in the hope of turning up a body is a long shot, but at least it gives his life purpose.

Then at school, when the lesson turns to letter writing, Steven has a flash of inspiration . . . Careful to hide his identity, he secretly pens a letter to Avery in jail asking for help in finding the body of "W.P."—William "Billy" Peters.

So begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Just as Steven tries to use Avery to pinpoint the gravesite, so Avery misdirects and teases his mysterious correspondent in order to relive his heinous crimes. And when Avery finally realizes that the letters he's receiving are from a twelve-year-old boy, suddenly his life has purpose too.

Although his is far more dangerous . . .

Right? A little edgy, I'd say. Here's my review if you want to check it out before entering. I was really surprised and quite intrigued to find out that the author had another book coming out! Darkside comes out in May and I do not have a copy of THAT to give away but it will give you something to look forward to if you like Blacklands.

Here is a description of Darkside from the publisher's website as well.

In bleak midwinter, the people of Shipcott are shocked by the murder of an elderly woman in her bed. As snow cuts off the village, local policeman Jonas Holly is torn between catching a brutal killer and protecting his vulnerable wife, Lucy.

When the inquiry is commandeered by an abrasive senior detective, Jonas finds himself derided by his colleagues and ashamed to admit to Lucy that he's been sidelined. It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it's begun. But when he receives a series of increasingly sinister anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case. Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy. Someone thinks he's not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes. And soon Jonas has to ask: Who's hunting who?

Contest rules are:
* Follow my blog
* Leave an email address
* Reside in United States
* Answer "Do you have a favorite "type" of mystery?"

My favorite is a tie between suspense and psychological. I like the twists and turns of a suspense thriller but I also really enjoy the "extraoridinary" happening to the "ordinary" aspect of psychological mysteries.

Contest runs from April 4-April 29!

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Jenny said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Please enter me.


My favorite would be suspense. Psychological often freaks me out but I still like them LOL.

Marce said...

Thrillers and Psychological are my favourites.

Great giveaway, i'm international but thanks for the great recommendations.

Mystica said...

Both stories are good mysteries! don't count me in though as I am overseas.

Ryan said...

I really, really, really want those. Sign me up!

My favorite "type" of mysery is anything that is well written and has a believable solution. As far as cozy, psyhoclogical, suspense, or any of that stuff...I really don't care. As long as it's well written and the mystery is compelling and believable, I'm all for it.

skkorman said...

I follow your blog (skkorman), and my favorite, and my favorite type of mystery is courtroom drama!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Tina said...

I follow your blog and reside in the US; I like any type of mystery but lately I have been reading a lot of cozy mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Senator said...

I'm so down!

I'm weird that I like dark mysteries like "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler (mm Humphrey) AND funny ones like "Monkeewrench" by P.J. Tracey

Gina said...

Interesting reads from the sound of them...and the LOOK. Love how the title is "written" on the covers...
Good luck everyone!

(not an entry)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I LOVED Blacklands and would the chance to win Dark Side. Thanks for the giveaway Michelle

bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

Sheila Deeth said...

What a great contest, and I'd have to confess, psychological are my favorite mysteries.

sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

nfmgirl said...

Hmmmm. I lean more towards "creepy", so I like something with a horror-type of bent. Or something that makes me creeped out to be alone while I read it!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Julie said...

I like thrillers and suspense novels. Anything that seems real and keeps me engaged with wondering what's going to happen next.

justplayinaround_blog at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I like mysteries and thrillers,would love to win.

tributebooksmama at gmail dot com

Books and the Scientist said...

Great giveaway :)
I follow you as scientist and I reside in the US.
I am a huge fan of medical/science mysteries.

karenk said...

a wonderful giveaway...please include me in it :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

sorry...i forgot to answer the question...i like a little romance in my mystery book.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com