Hokay, here's the new contest (and I told you I would have a lot this week). Hachette Books has very generously offered to contribute THREE SETS of FIVE SCARY BOOKS to Vampire Wire readers. You should feel very special.
Here are the books:
The Heretic's Daughter By Kathleen Kent
Description: Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live.
Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. (more)
Sins of the Flesh By Caridad Piñeiro
Description: Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment-a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body-and she's been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run.
Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. (more)
When Ghosts Speak By Mary Ann Winkowski
Description: Meet Mary Ann Winkowski. She is just like you. She is a married mother of two grown daughters. She lives in a suburban town in Ohio. She goes to church every Sunday.
And she sees and talks to ghosts.
Mary Ann's grandmother noticed her unusual ability when she was practically a baby. By the time Mary Ann was four years old, she was attending neighborhood funerals to broker communication between those who had died and their living loved ones. Word of her extraordinary abilities spread, and Mary Ann was soon accompanying her grandmother on "social calls," visits where Mary Ann would confront earthbound spirits who were sharing homes with the living. (more)
BoneMan's Daughters By Ted Dekker
Description: They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who's abducted six young women. He's the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.
Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives. (more)
The Historian By Elizabeth Kostova
Description: Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The
Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages.
The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe... (more)
Galley of The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
CONTEST & RULES:
- TO ENTER - Leave a comment about something that scares you. (I know I always freak when people say, "We need to talk." Also, moths scare the bejeezus outa me. Also when the house shakes because of earthquakes. I could go on.)
- Contest runs through the evening of Wednesday, November 4.
- Contest limited to U.S. and Canada residents who have real street address (no P.O. boxes).
- Winners will be selected at random.
Inside New Jersey contacted me to tell me about a story they've got online about people who live the vampire lifestyle. I know -- they got in touch with me because if it's about New Jersey, I totally want to know about it. New Jersey, better than the old Jersey! New Jersey -- the Garden State. New Jersey -- home of Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, who was in a brilliant vampire movie with a hawt priest and Jon driving a Jeep around the desert and fighting vampires.
I could watch Jon Bon Jovi fight vampires all day long. Especially to a Queen soundtrack.
I thought last night's episode, "I Believe the Children are Our Future," would be a light comic interlude in a dark season, and it started out that way. But then it veered into heavier stuff and the tension grew and grew. It was a terrific story that tied in a monster-of-the-week to the overall apocalypse arc.
The Chicago Tribune has summaries of upcoming shows and here's a fab preview of the next few shows.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
It's Friday, so don't worry, be snappy. "Moonlight" fans, this is to cheer your day.