GIVEAWAY! Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

I already did a contest for the ARC, but I managed to get my hands on two copies of the actual book (one for me!) which comes out November 24th from Pocket Books. So here's your second chance to win!

All you have to do is comment below and include your email address so I know how to contact you. Enter by midnight on December 1st.

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

Here's my review of Better Part of Darkness (from 7/12/09)
Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they've become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It's her job to see that the continued integration of our new "friends" goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right.

So I've read a lot of urban fantasy with the kick-ass heroine, but what I liked most about Charlie Madigan as a character was that though she fit that mold, but she was also different and unique. Throughout The Better Part of Darkness, Charlie has a tough exterior as a result of numerous different experiences she's undergone - a few of those are reasons she became a cop, a few of them result from her career choice - but she also has a lot of real fears and insecurities. A few times, when everything appears as if it's falling apart and she knows she has to be strong, she still breaks down and loses it before picking herself back up again.

Another unique thing about Charlie is that she's a mother. Pregnant and married at 19, Charlie's now the divorced, single mom of a 12 year old, and she takes that seriously - even more seriously than her job as a cop. I can't think of any urban fantasy that I've read where the tough as nails female protagonist had a kid, and it's a realistic portrayal of a single mother who's also a cop. She's desperately trying to balance the needs of her job - fighting bad guys and saving the world - with the needs of (and promises she makes to) her daughter. And her daughter, Emma, is always in the back of her mind.

The other characters in the novel also have distinct personalities. Will, Charlie's ex husband, has definitely made his share of mistakes, and even though I was annoyed with him at times, I also felt sorry for him too. (Can't go into it more without giving something away.) Charlie's partner and also a siren, Hank, is funny, charismatic, and definitely a guy I could fall in love with during the span of several books. (One thing I particularly enjoyed about the minor characters was that while there were plenty of hot guys Charlie had to work with, they weren't all in love with her, and they weren't all potential love interests - which tends to happen in this genre.)

The plot is packed with action - so it moves quickly even though there is a lot going on. The "world" Kelly Gay has created draws upon Greek mythology with a twist giving the urban fantasy genre a whole new set of paranormal beings, rather than relying on the typical vampire and werewolf varieties, and it holds up against scrutiny. There are still a few of the paranormal "species" that I don't have quite a clear image of in my mind, but I also have to admit that I was reading fast because I was in page-turning mode and dying to know what was going to happen next.

Fans of Kim Harrison's The Hollows series (Dead Witch Walking) and Vicki Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac Series (The Scent of Shadows) will love The Better Part of Darkness.

Check out Kelly's website here or visit her blog.

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Susan Adrian said...

Hi Suzie:

Yes, please!!

+2 already a follower
+1 retweet


brizmus said...

+2 already a a follower
+1 it's in my sidebar under the Contest List


AmethystGreye said...

1. Began following about two weeks ago. You're call on 'new' or 'already'.
2. Blogged.

3. You're already on my blogroll.

Have fun with it!


Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

Enter me please!
+2 already a follower
+1 posted on my contest sidebar:


Unknown said...

+2 already a follower
+1 Twittered:


Angiegirl said...

Please enter me!

+2 already a follower

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elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveawy

+2 already a follower

+1 tweeted


Dee said...

I want it!!

+2 already a follower

I seriously need to get a blog of my own just so I can get more points in all these contests!

Jamie said...

I'm already a follower. How do I twitter it? Do I have to tiny URL it, or do you already have one.

Mitz said...

I've been dying to read this one, count me in.

Previous follower

on my blog roll at


Martha Lawson said...

This one sounds good!!

+2 old follower

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Abigail said...

I'm looking forward to the greek mythology angle.

+2 already a follower

+2 you're on my blog roll
+1 I posted this on the Contests & Giveaways section on my sidebar


Unknown said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I'm already a Follower.
I posted about this on my Blog for tomorrow (Tues Nov 17th)
What is a blog roll?
My email's in my Blogger Profile.
Thanks again,
All the best,

Adele said...

Would like to toss my name in the hat! New follower, btw.

macmomma2099 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sarah N Fisk said...

I would also love to receive a copy of The Better Part of Darkness.
email: sarah.n.fisk (at) gmail (dot) com

+2 I am already a follower.
+2 You are on my blog roll

Mardel said...

+1 - I've been looking forward to this book for a while. Glad it's finally coming out soon. It's good that you like this book, I'll most likely enjoy it also.

+2 I'm already a follower of your blog

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rubynreba said...

Please enter me.
+1 new follower

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great. I am currently writing a YA novel (for Nano) and Charlie reminds me of my main character. I would definitely love to read this one.

I added your blog to my blogroll
I am going to tweet right after writing this and become a follower.

Oh, I will also write a blog post.

Thanks for a great contest.


tetewa said...

I'd like to be included!

Cherie J said...

Sounds great! Please enter me.

+2 Already a Follower


ParaJunkee said...

Sign me up.

+2 Already a follower
+1 Tweet:

parajunkee (@)

Rabid Fox said...

I'll throw my name in the hat.

+2 I'm already a follower.
+1 I tweeted about the contest HERE.
+1 I linked to this contest in my sidebar HERE.
+2 You're on my blogroll.

Rabid Fox said...

Oh, and my e-mail is: rabidfox(at)

elaing8 said...
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elaing8 said...

+1 Tweeted


Dot S.( said...

I'm already a follower +2

BrigidsBlest said...

Yes, please.

+1 new follower

BrigidsBlest at yahoo dot com

Van Pham said...

Would love to win this book, please enter me :)

+1 new follower


Janicu said...

I'd love to read this one


+1 new follower
+3 referred to by Donna at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings blog, but I don't think she's entered. She's read it I think (she's been telling me to try it on twitter)

kalynnick said...

Would love enter this.

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.
+2 I'm a follower via Friend Connect.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Pamk said...

this book sounds fanstastic. I would love to win it.
i am a new follower and have added your to my blog roll and posted this on my contest sidebar.

buddyt said...

+2 Already a Follower.

If this is open worldwide then please include me.



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dor said...

Oh yes, I like this book. I'm new by the way and was wandering if I can subscribe by email only. Can't seem to find the link.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

Oh I just signed up to follow.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

+1 I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Sheere said...

This book looks great, please enter me!

+2 already a follower
+1 tweeted
+1 sidebar

+2 blog roll

Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

+1 New follower

+3 For posting about my contest on your blog.

+2 Added you to my blog roll

+3 for being the person referred
*I'm referred by Jake Lsewhere

aikychien at yahoo dot com

throuthehaze said...

Count me in please

+2 already a follower

+2 blogroll

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Reading said...

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Re-posted your contest at

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avalonne83 said...

I'd love to read this book.

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

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heatwave16 said...

Looks like an awesome book.

I'm a new follower.

Jamie said...

Sounds great!

Marie said...

Sounds great!

I am a new follower.

Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

I love urban fantasy and this one looks especially good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Looks like I'm already following on Google Friend connect

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Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Looks like I'm already following on Google Friend connect

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com


Cassidy said...

Who'd of thought following the Shark would bring me to such great places. I'm now following you too!

Enter me please!


Trista said...

Enter me please! :)

+1 New follower