Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Charlaine Harris Giveaway #1 - Win Grave Secret

Grave Secret is the fourth novel in the Harper Connelly Mystery Series by Charlaine Harris, and the mystery hits much closer to home for Harper and Tolliver than any of the previous books.

Following their major investigation in An Ice Cold Grave in North Carolina where they uncovered the identity of a pair of serial killers, Harper and Tolliver are finally taking some time to rest and visit their half sisters, Mariella and Gracie, who live with Harper's Aunt and Uncle. While polite, her Aunt and Uncle can't help act condescending towards Harper and Tolliver for what they do for a living and can't seem to decide whether they want to two in the girls' lives. And they aren't too keen about Harper and Tolliver together as a couple.

While doing a job in town for the wealthy Joyce family heirs, Harper tells them, their Grandaddy's caretaker was killed during childbirth rather than the appendix rupture they'd all thought, and the oldest Joyce, Lizzie, sets out to find the missing baby. And then of course that catapults Harper and Tolliver into the middle of a mystery. Tolliver gets shot, Harper has a death threat on her head, Tolliver's dead beat dad, Matthew Lang, shows up begging to be in his son's life again, and of course this is the book where Harper will find out what happened to her sister Cameron all those years ago.

Grave Secret was a little slow to get started - it didn't feel as action packed as An Ice Cold Grave, and I was impatient to find out clues about what happened to Cameron. There were a few twists and shocks in the last half of the book that had me unwilling to put it down, but I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. I think I wanted something a little more climactic. I'll also admit that it took me a little while to get used to Harper and Tolliver's relationship, if only for the fact that she kept calling him her "brother" - in previous books when she realized her feelings for him, she was loathe to call him that and constantly pointed out that they weren't really related. Now she's back to calling him her brother.

All in all, it won't disappoint fans of the series, and I can't help hoping Manfred gets his own spin-off series.

CONTEST: One lucky commenter will win a brand new copy of Grave Secret, the fourth book in the Harper Connelly Mystery Series. Be sure to include your email address so I know how to contact you.


Extra entries:
+1 New followers
+2 If you're already a follower
+1 Linking to my contest on your blog, twitter, etc. Include links. (up to 5)
+3 For posting about my contest on your blog. (Must be actual post)
+2 Add me to your blog roll
+3 for referring someone to the contest
+3 for being the person referred

This contest is open internationally! It will end October 26th at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winner will be announced October 27th. Good luck and happy entering!

61 comments:

brizmus said...

Enter me!
+2 because I'm already a follower.
And come on over and check out my giveaway!

zedster.tbb (at) gmail (dot) come
http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-vampire-diaries-by-lj-smith.html

tetewa said...

I've been looking forward to this release, I enjoy this series! tWarner419@aol.com

Sheere said...

Enter me please!

+1 twitter
http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/4472943776
+2 blog roll
http://todoesfacilsi.blogspot.com/

sheere.dry@gmail.com

elnice said...

Heck ya, enter me.
+2 current follower
+1 sidebar link @ http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com

Meg said...

Great contest!

+2 - Already a follower

Megan
Megala872@aol.com

Misty said...

Great contest and review!
+2 follower
+1 sidebar link @ Book Rat
+2 blog roll @ Book Rat

~Misty
mbradenwf@gmail.com

Angiegirl said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this book. I love the Harper series and was so glad to hear a fourth one was coming out. Please enter me.

+2 Already a follower
+2 Added you to my blog roll

angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

RKCharron said...

Hi Suzie :)
I've been looking forward to GRAVE SECRET for a while.
Did you know it is the FINAL book in the series?
I love Harper = she's a character who remains with you.
:)
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo
PS - I'm a Member in good sitting.
PPS - Email in my Blogger Profile.
:)

suzie said...

I was pretty sure this was the last book - it ties up the loose ends in the series and serves as a good stopping point, but I didn't know for sure.

Cherie J said...

Please enter me. Thank you!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

+2 Already a Follower

chey said...

Please enter me.

I'm a follower

chey127 at hotmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

count me in please

+2 already follow

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Valorie said...

+2 If you're already a follower

+1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/statuses/4488326578.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please!
+2 Already a follower

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

natalierenae said...

Great contest!

+1 Follower
+1 Link on Contest Sidebar
+2 Blogroll

Natalie @ Mindful Musings
n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

Beleth said...

Count me in! I would love to read this book.
Im already a follower.

battyaboutbats at gmail.com

Mystica said...

Please enter me. would like to read this book.

Thanks for opening the contest to overseas readers.

Mystica

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Jenny N. said...

Enter me please. I would like to win a copy of this book

+2 Already a follower

jen4777[at]hotmail.com

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (Dot) com

ooh PLEASE enter me, this is my kinda book :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

+2 already a follower

Lisa said...

alterlisa@yahoo.com

While I haven't read any of the books in this series yet, I do have "An Ice Cold Grave" on my book shelf. I loved the Sookie books and expect to fall in love with these too.
Would love a copy of "Grave Secret" to add to my collection.
+2 already a follower

BlackWolf said...

count me in..
darksiry(at)gmail.com
Extra entries:

+2 i'm already a follower
+3 For posting about your contest on my blog.
http://kingdomofthenight.blogspot.com/2009/10/contest-oct-26.html
+2 your on my blog roll
+3 for referring someone to the contest ...sheila

darlanpaulsmamma said...

i have been wanting to read Charlain Harris' other series, I adore the Sookie Stackhouse books
melissa.barnes76 at yahoo dot com

darlanpaulsmamma said...

new follower
melissa.barnes76 at yahoo dot com

Sheere said...

+2 If you're already a follower

sheere.dry@gmail.com

sheila said...

please could me in

+3 for being the person referred ( blackwolf)
+1 new followers

sheila said...

PLEASE COULD ME IN...

+1 NEW FOLLOWERS
+3 for being the person referred ( BLACK WOLF)

Ladytink_534 said...

Harper and Tolliver's relationship still squicks me out but I just love her power so I can't help but read these books as soon as a new one comes out.

+1 New follower
+3 Referred by http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Veronica F. said...

please enter me!
i 've been hoping to read this series next :D

~Veronica
iroquois.girl@yahoo.com

+2 already a follower

Nina said...

Great contest and thank you that it is internationally.

nina.happyendings@yahoo.co.uk

Limerick said...

Great giveaway! :) Please enter me.

+2 Old follower
+1 Linked this to my sidebar
+2 You're on my blogroll

Thanks! Grave Secret sounds really good.

Sarah
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Aliens said...

Great contest!
I'm a follower

andrea said...

+1 New follower
+1 tweeting here: http://twitter.com/andreadbc/status/4702614698
+3 referred by http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/

thanks for the awesome giveaway!
brigneti (atGMAILdotCOM)

Bethie said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.
+3 I was referred by
http://fantasydreamersramblings.blogspot.com.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Michelle said...

Ooh! Include me please. :)

michelle_thebookjunkie@hotmail.com

+2 Already a follower

Thanks!

Emily C. said...

Ooh! I'm a follower and I was referred by Susan Adrian. Is that +4?

Dot S. said...

I'm a follower who loves Charlaine Harris' books.
salvagin@verizon.net

buddyt said...

I am a new Follower.

Pleae enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

Carol.

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Martha Lawson said...

Count me in!! I'd love to win this one..

I'm a follower..

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Froggy said...

+1 comment with email
+2 If you're already a follower
+1 Linking to my contest on your blog http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com/2009/08/contest.html
+2 Add me to your blog roll
+3 for being the person referred - Natalie at Mindful Musings referred me

Froggy
froggarita@gmail.com
http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com
A Blog with Bite!
http://blogwithbitereviews.blogspot.com

Milka said...

+1 new follower
+1 comment with email

milkavainamo(at)lyseo(dot)edu(dot)ouka(dot)fi

Strangelove said...

Thanks for this!

carlos_durao AT hotmail DOT com

Dark Obsessions said...

Cool contest! I'm a new follower here so please enter me!

Beleth said...

When i posted some days ago i forgot to say that you're im my blogroll (+2) [open in new window]

Thanks

Silent Raven said...

Looks like a great book. Please count me in! I'm a new follower. :)

carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

Emily said...

Count me in!

+1 new follower
+1 tweeting the contest here: http://confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com/2009/09/charlaine-harris-giveaway-1-win-grave.html
+1 added the contest to my sidebar at http://whatbookisthat.blogspot.com
+1 added your link to my blog roll at http://whatbookisthat.blogspot.com
+1 commenting w/ email, my email is:

whatbookisthat AT gmail DOT com

Thanks!

Emily
What Book is That?

Cavalier said...

Hello there!
I love this giveaway!
:D

o_rei_de_havana[@]hotmail[.]com

Jafantunes said...

Hi there!
Please sign me up for this!

jafantunes AT sapo DOT pt

Edu Chico said...

Put me up for this, please.
educhico [at] gmail [dot] com

Maria D said...

Oh, goody!
:)
dr.strangelove.vs.citizen.kane
@
gmail.com

Susy said...

This one for the pot: 39 [.] 5susy [@] gmail [.] com

Caty said...

Just got to this through the International Book Giveaways List!
;)
catarina {.} magoito {@} gmail {.} com

J Dias said...

Hello and thank you for one more great giveaway!
joanapatriciadias AT gmail DOT com

Tanita said...

tanitalves[@]sapo[.]pt
I want in, please!
:)

Mil said...

Still room for one more?

goncalo DOT mil AT gmail DOT com

Shadowofwonder47 said...

This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

+1 I became a blogger follower!

+1 Posted about this contest with a link on my sidebar at
http://gimmethatbookbeforeipunchyou.blogspot.com/

+2 Added you to my blogroll at
http://gimmethatbookbeforeipunchyou.blogspot.com/

+3 I was referred by http://themindfulmusingsbookblog.blogspot.com/

Shadowofwonder47[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cherry said...

Please count me in!

Cherry
mischivusfairy-spamme2@yahoo.com

Cherry said...

Reposted your contest at http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/10/grave-secret-giveaway-at-confessions-of.html

mischivusfairy-spamme2@yahoo.com

Cherry said...

I forgot to say... I'm a follower :)

mischivusfairy-spamme2@yahoo.com

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

Ooo yay, I've read the 1st 2, I need the 3rd & 4th!

+1 New follower
+1 sidebar [http://ireadd.blogspot.com]

andrearobbins10@yahoo.com

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Great blog! I am a new follower. :)

This book looks wonderful!

journey through books @ gmail dot com

Search This Blog

Loading...

Popular Posts

Five Random Things About Suzie

1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?