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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway with author Susanna Kearsley

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the pleasure of having author Susanna Kearsley! Her book, The Winter Sea, releases this month and she decided to stop by the blog for a guest post!  Directly after the guest post, the Eighth Day of Christmas contest is posted for a chance to win a copy of her book! Let's give her a warm welcome!

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

Hi Amy, and thank you so much for inviting me here.

You know, usually when I’m asked this question I tend to name the authors who’ve been favorites for a long time, in some cases since my childhood, but I’ve never listed all the newer authors I’ve discovered much more recently, whose backlists I’m now seeking out and happily collecting, and whose new releases I can hardly wait to read.

First of these, for me, is Kelley Armstrong (a fellow Canadian!) whose Women of the Otherworld series, beginning with the incredible Bitten, has really got me hooked. Although Bitten is my favorite, and the one that I keep passing to my friends, I also have a very soft spot for the Paige and Lucas books that start with Dime Store Magic.

Next would come Neil Gaiman, whose Stardust was one of the loveliest books that I’d read in a long time. Pure magic. His books combine beauty and darkness in wholly original ways, and he writes them in the voice of a born storyteller.

Naomi Novik’s reboot of Napoleonic Europe in His Majesty’s Dragon, the first in the Temeraire series, rekindled my old love of fantasy and left me almost afraid to move on to her next books for fear that they couldn’t live up to the first.

And Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood (Hmm, I do seem to like authors whose names start with ‘N’…) was a fabulous read, as was Archangel’s Kiss, which came after it. I really like the rich world she’s created, with all its cross-cultural splendor, and I’m impatiently waiting for Archangel’s Consort, which comes out next month.

Finally, my daughter has been slowly drawing me into the chillingly shadowed world of Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist, whose masterful debut novel, Let the Right One In, is a vampire story like no other.
If these new books I’m reading and loving don’t sound very much like the stories I write, that’s because I deliberately try not to read in the same genre I’m writing in, while I’m at work on a novel. I like to read something that’s different, to give me a break from the world of my own book – and doing this helps me discover some wonderful writers I’d otherwise miss.  
About the Author
After studying politics and international development at University, Susanna Kearsley worked as a museum curator before turning her hand to writing. Winner of the UK’s Catherine Cookson Fiction prize, Susanna Kearsley’s writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne DuMaurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. The Winter Sea was a finalist for both a RITA award and the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and is a nominee for Best Historical Fiction in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.susannakearsley.com/


On the Eighth Day of Christmas
gave to you:


History has all but forgotten…

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth—the ultimate betrayal—that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…


Thanks to the people at
Sourcebooks, I have 2 copies  to give to 2 lucky winners!

That's right, this contest there will be 2 winners! 
All contests will end on December 13th. Winners will be chosen with Random.org.

1. This contest is open to USA and Canada.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would!
3. Leave a comment with an email address to contact you with if you win.




Blogger Miranda Hardy said...

Looks like a great read.

DreamyCowgirl @ hotmail.com

December 8, 2010 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Please enter me!
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

December 8, 2010 at 3:23 AM  
Blogger Curling up by the Fire said...

I love this author and would love to read this. Thanks for this one.

I am an old follower.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

December 8, 2010 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger Noemi M. said...

Sounds great!

December 8, 2010 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger debbie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds really good.

December 8, 2010 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

Please enter me. Thank you!

December 8, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Jenn S. said...

Sounds like a good one!

jas8929 at gmail dot com

December 8, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

December 8, 2010 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Carol N Wong said...

I would love to win 'Winter's Sea'. Ancestral memories are intriguing!

I am a follower and e-mail subscriber.


December 8, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Carol N Wong said...

I would love to win 'Winter's Sea'. Ancestral memories are intriguing!

I am a follower and e-mail subscriber.


December 8, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Please enter me. I am a follower.
laura.leahj@gmail dot com

December 8, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!! I love it when people make it easy to enter. I skip all the hard ones, it's to much work for one book. So thank you for that so much!!!

I'd love to be entered. I am a follower chirth(at)yahoo(dot)com

December 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

Thanks for the contest! The book sounds great! count me in!!


December 8, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank for the giveaway. I'd love to read this book!


December 8, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I love this cover!! It is so eye catching!! I have seen this on a couple other sites and I already have it on my TBR list!!

Would also love to win it.


December 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a new Author & book to add to my buy list. Great Contest! I'm a GFC & email follower.
Happy upcoming Holidays...

December 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

The cover is great, but i think i would have probably passed by it in a books store looking for other things on my list. I would love the opportunity to win, but if i dont thanks for bringing another wonderful author into the light for me!


December 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

This book sounds great! And I enjoyed the interview :) I like Kelley Armstrong too!

candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

December 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

The Winter Sea sounds like a wonderful book and the cover is beautiful.


December 8, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

OMG!!!!! if ya'll don't stop giving such great reviews & interviews I am never ever going to find the end of my TBR pile and must read list...... Oh... what am I saying... Bring on more & more books....
I would love a chance to win..
Thank you,


December 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I like this idea. Sounds like a good read.

December 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This book is on my wish list! I'd love to win a copy.

Thanks for the chance and the great interview.

onebookshy at yahoo dot com

I'm a GFC follower & email subscriber.

December 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Asenath said...

I'm so excited about all these books!

I'm a GFC Follower.


December 8, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Sage Ravenwood said...

Definitely sounds like an intriguing read. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! (Hugs)Indigo

I'm a GFC follower.


December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I read a pretty good review of this one last night and I just love the cover. I'd love a chance to be entered for a copy =)

Thanks so much,

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

Please count me in. I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

December 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Ammy Belle said...

OMG! I have been eyeing this book forever! :D

Thanks so much for the contest! :D

apereiraorama @ gmail.com

December 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Cindy W. said...

This sounds like a great book to read. Would love to be entered to win a copy.

Cindy W.


December 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Marcie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a good book. Count me in. I'm a follower :)

December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Carol M said...

I'd love to read this! Please enter me. Thank you!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

December 8, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger JoAnna said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

December 8, 2010 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I really like the sound of this one, I'd love to read it.

GFC follower as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

December 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The cover is SO pretty! It sounds like a good one.



December 9, 2010 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger Jaime Callahan said...

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December 9, 2010 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Vivien said...

This looks great. Thanks again!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

December 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger lulilut said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower.
d.septer at insightbb.com

December 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger April X said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


December 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Love ur blog!!
I'm a follower!!
Thx for great contests!!


December 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of the awesome contests! :) I am a follower.

December 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Would love to win. Thanks

December 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Aik said...

This book will make a great gift for my friend!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

December 10, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger BLHmistress said...

Nice cover , sounds great


December 11, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Bookwyrm369 said...

Looks like a great read - thanks for the giveaway!

smaccall @ comcast.net

December 11, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Renee G said...

I've been looking forward to reading this one.

December 11, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance to win.


December 12, 2010 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

This looks like an incredible read! Thanks for the chance to win!


December 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Mare/TommyGirl said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

December 12, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Kaitlin said...

I'd love to win!


December 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and hosting this fun event!

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December 12, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

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