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"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Contest: Black Hills and Drood by Dan Simmons


Thanks to Hatchette I get to give away two titles - but five of each!

Black Hills (hardcover release date 2/24/10)
When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general's ghost enters him - and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.

Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans. Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa's long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people's sacred Black Hills. In August of 1936, a dynamite worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people's legacy-on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jefferson face.

Drood (trade paperback release date 2/8/10)
On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying? Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.


- Simply fill out the form to enter. You can enter for both books or just one.
- 5 copies of each book will be given away, 10 books total.
- US and Canada only, no PO boxes

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Contest ends 2/24/10 at 11:59 p.m.


  1. Drood sounds incredible.

  2. This is a most generous give. No need to enter me, of course; I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail so I can share this with the Win a Book gang. This is all posted over there for you.

  3. Thanks for the Awsome giveaway.
    Would love to read both of these books.

    Old west with indians and Charles Dickens, WOW. Thanks for the opportunity to enter

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  4. I forgot to add I am a new follower..

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  6. This sounds great!

  7. Hope I didn't enter twice! I don't think I did. Thanks for the giveaway!


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