Steampunk Giveaway #2: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Let’s enjoy this Steampunk Valentine’s Day with some GIVEAWAY AWESOMENESS!
♥ And as my gift to you, we have one of my favorites: Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty. ♥
I love this book.
Not just a little either, but A LOT.
Libba Bray is pretty much my hero, and her style of writing is pretty much The Best (in my opinion, of course). For an author to jump from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy with its dark, Victorian feel to the utterly quirky and amazing Going Bovine? Well, it makes Bray one awesome writer.
I mean, watch this video and tell me she’s not the COOLEST.
When I set out to write The Spirit-Hunters, it never occurred to me that it might end up similar in style to A Great and Terrible Beauty. In fact, it’d been several years since I’d read the book. But imagine my surprise and delight to have someone tell me that Eleanor (my MC) reminded her of Gemma. So, when I queried The Spirit-Hunters, I made sure to include this novel as my comp title.
No, this isn’t a steampunk tale. But it is Victoriana and maybe even a little gaslamp fantasy.
It’s set in England during the late 19th century, and Gemma–a heroine who’s two parts kickbutt bravery to two parts teenage self-doubt–is a girl just on the cusp of her rigid society’s concept of womanhood. Her family has issues both dark and difficult, and she’s starting at a boarding school where she simply doesn’t want to be.
Add in terrible visions, an shadowy (though sometimes handsome) stalker, and a mystical order sworn to protect a magical world, and you’ve got pure storytelling magic.
Really, if I could send Bray chocolates for Valentine’s Day without seeming creepy, I would.
Let’s just end with: when The Spirit-Hunters reaches stores next year, I HOPEHOPEHOPE to reach some of Libba Bray’s fans. Even if only, like, two of her fans enjoy my novel, that’d be pretty much the Best Thing. Ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
And so, if you’re interested, please leave a comment below!
♥ And in a few weeks–on February 25th, to be exact–I’ll use random.org to select a winner. This is open internationally! ♥
Also, be sure to check out my Leviathan giveaway from last week (which is still running and open internationally) and David Burton’s giveaway on Suzanne Lazaar’s awesome steampunk blog.
February 14, 2011 @ 8:15 am
I love AGATB. Do you happen to be a Kartik fan? <3
February 14, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
Um, YES. Definitely. And without being all spoiler, I will simply say: 🙁
February 14, 2011 @ 9:17 am
I have wanted to read this book for ages! So I put my hand up here!
And I look forward so much to reading your book. I hope you get some Libby Bray fans too!
Are you working on a second book now?
February 14, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
Well, my deadline for book 2 is (I think) early next year. I’m still working on revisions with my editor for book 1 right now, but we’re closing in on the finish line fast. As soon as I pass copy-edits on book 1, I’ll start writing book 2.
And you know what that means? RESEARCH TRIP TO PARIS!
February 14, 2011 @ 9:18 am
I want it!!!! Am I eligible or discounted for how totally awesome I am? =P BAHAHAHAH.
February 14, 2011 @ 6:55 pm
Of course you’re eligible. 😀 I’m super curious, in fact, to hear what you think. She writes in present tense, but I think she does a darn fine job with it.
February 15, 2011 @ 10:11 am
Present tense? 😐
Well. I have enjoyed some books in present tense. We’ll see what happens.
February 14, 2011 @ 12:37 pm
This looks so interesting! I looove the cover of the book. Weirdly enough, I’ve never even heard about it :C Sad days. Anyway, me wants it 😀
February 14, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
I loved this book, but loved Rebel Angels (#2) even more! It sounds stupid, but I am almost reluctant to read The Sweet Far Thing (#3) because I am not sure how Libba Bray can get any better! If Eleanor is anything like Gemma, then I’m looking forward to pre-ordering the Spirit Hunters ASAP!
February 14, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
I was definitely the same about #3… Boo when trilogies end.
And thanks! You can bet that as soon as words like “pre-order” and “order” and ANYTHING ELSE RELATED TO MY BOOK start appearing, I will be shrieking it from the rooftops with euphoric animation. 😉
February 14, 2011 @ 12:43 pm
Congrats on your book. Libba Bray…never read her. Your glowing review of her books got my attention.
February 14, 2011 @ 12:47 pm
I haven’t read her yet. You’ve made it sound so interesting I will check her out (and your book when it’s available).
February 14, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
Can’t wait to read your book! Please count me in for the giveaway!:D
February 14, 2011 @ 2:19 pm
i have not yet read this book!
February 14, 2011 @ 2:38 pm
Don’t enter me in the contest, I own this one already. I just wanted to insert a conspiratory (even though spell check says it’s not really a word) snicker *here*.
Here’s to Sooz, the next Libba Bray! 😉
February 14, 2011 @ 6:57 pm
AWWWW, SHUCKS. And yes, insert conspiratory snicker HERE. (by golly, it’s gotta be word. >()
February 14, 2011 @ 3:27 pm
I’m interested! Please count me in. I haven’t read this book yet. kathrynroberts at hotmail dot com
February 14, 2011 @ 5:54 pm
I love this book. Love love LOVE this book! But, like Holly, don’t count me in because I already have it. Just wanted to spread some more Libba love around here. 🙂
February 14, 2011 @ 6:58 pm
YAAAAAAAY!! Have you ever read Libba Bray’s blog? It’s UH-MAY-ZING.
February 14, 2011 @ 7:56 pm
I have, actually! I love Libba, though I have yet to read Going Bovine. It’s on my list though! 🙂
February 14, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
I’ve heard great things about this, but still haven’t picked it up.
February 15, 2011 @ 12:44 am
Ooh! Ooh! Enter me! I picked up GOING BOVINE a while back, and I gotta say she does have a unique voice.
February 15, 2011 @ 3:57 am
Good lord, woman. I’m sold. lol 🙂 Never heard of it. Pick me, pick me! 😀
February 15, 2011 @ 6:24 am
OMG that video made my day. No, my month. No, MY YEAR!
Hysterical! I am going out to buy Libba Bray books right now. If I had a cow suit, I would wear it.
February 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
Oh, gimme gimme! I’d love to read something similiar to your debut novel. Thanks for hosting another giveaway 🙂
February 16, 2011 @ 6:12 am
I absolutely love Libba Bray to death! I haven’t been able to buy the Gemma Doyle trilogy because I don’t have much money to spend on books 🙁
Her prose is so, so beautiful, and I’d love to win a copy of A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY to keep!
February 19, 2011 @ 1:12 pm
This would be my first Steampunk read! I love the art and the style…I hope I can really get into the whole theme with this book! Thanks
February 20, 2011 @ 4:53 am
Ok, so I know I already wrote on this post, but I found something and couldn’t help but showing it to you:
It’s not much, but IT’S THERE! 😀 I thought it was rather exciting. Movie, anybody? 🙂
February 20, 2011 @ 10:14 am
I KNOW! GAAAAH! This movie has been back and forth — will be made, won’t be made, will be made… I’m not sure if it’s a WILL or not, but I SURE FREAKIN’ HOPE SO!!
February 23, 2011 @ 7:40 pm
I WANT it! I hope I don’t have to write an awesome comment, because I don’t feel all that clever.
February 23, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
Hahaha–you don’t need an awesome comment. 😉 I’ll put you in the drawing!
Raymondo De Hitchmaux
February 23, 2013 @ 6:33 am
Victoriana? Gaslamp fantasies? What more could a man want? 🙂