Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day! Another Chance to Win!

Happy Memorial Day! In celebration, we are launching ROUND 2!  The Book of Life paperback (and the paperback Trilogy set) goes on sale tomorrow!  You still have a chance to win one! Along with some cool AST swag to go with it!

This is for all of you who may be just joining us, and missed the contest last week.  Or those of you who did enter, but alas, didn't win.  Here's another chance!

About Round 2: It will be run exactly the same as Round 1, but the trivia questions are different, and we will run it longer this time (to give more people a chance at it).  Good luck, and for those who missed it last week, here are some other tidbits about "The Book of Life" and the Trilogy in general. 

To recap:
- Critics called THE BOOK OF LIFE “juicy and action-packed” (People), “superlative” (Miami Herald), and “extraordinarily rich…an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that's not to be missed.” (USA Today). You can see more praise here.

- Read a Q&A session with Deborah Harkness here: A Conversation with Deborah Harkness

- Deb’s THE BOOK OF LIFE Spotify playlist of the music that inspired her as she was writing can be listened to here: Author's 'Book of Life' Spotify Playlist

- Listen to clips of the Audiobooks read by Jennifer Ikeda (click the following links):
  * Clip of 'A Discovery of Witches'
  * Clip of 'Shadow of Night'
  * Clip of 'The Book of Life'

One more thing, and we'll leave you to it. This will save everyone time in the end!  We noticed a few things while drawing for Round 1.  We went through quite a few names prior to landing someone qualified to win.  Here are the situations we ran into:

  - When drawing an entry that required an entrant to follow us on social media, and they weren't following at the time of the drawing, they were disqualified.  If you follow us on social media for an entry, we will follow-up to check that you are indeed a follower at the time of the drawing. This does not apply to Facebook.  If you have no intention of following us on social media for at least the duration of the contest, then please do not opt to use those choices as entries.  You don't have to follow us, and we made sure we assigned high points to the trivia questions for that reason.
  - Wrong answers to trivia question entries: disqualified--for the trivia questions, it's open book!  Phone a friend!  'Google' it if you want to! Oh heck, 'Bing' it if you have to! We don't care how you get the answer, and spelling doesn't bother us.  We just need a correct answer.
  - Entering from an I.P. (Internet Protocol) address that wasn't in the U.S. - yes, Rafflecoptor has a feature that allows us to see the country you are entering from: disqualified.  This last drawing, we ran into this a couple of times.  We do hold internationally available giveaways often, it just happens that this is not one of them.  Keep an eye out, we hold these contests throughout the year!

Please read and follow the terms and conditions listed at the end of this post. We really want to give these items away, but we also want to be fair, and stay true to the letter and spirit of the giveaway. Thank you!

And last, but certainly not least: enter the giveaway!  This is Round 2!
- Included in this prize package:
  * Copy of 'The Book of Life' paperback
  * Diana's commonplace book (signed by Deborah Harkness)
  * A small mirror featuring the de Clermont ouroboros
  * A set of alchemical buttons!

We've given you many ways to enter!  You choose how.  Only the basic trivia question (very easy), is mandatory!  The rest are bonus entries.

For U.S. residents only.  We apologize to our non-resident friends. Since this giveaway is co-sponsored by Penguin books, there are international laws/restrictions that make it impossible for us to offer it to all of our followers. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
- Contest ends the night of the 8th of June - midnight.  Clock is set for EST.  Check for time zone differences!
No purchase or membership is required for participation.
- Please know that we will never use your information to spam you, nor will we sell it to another agency.  We hate that, we know you do too.  :)
- Twitter users will have an opportunity to enter daily. 

- Point system correlates to how many entries you are given.  Example: if you respond correctly to a trivia question worth 3 points, you will be given 3 entries. 
- We reserve the right to disqualify entrants to who do not meet the specified criteria. 
- Winner will be chosen by random drawing (using the Rafflecopter app) at contest end.  Provided all the entry requirements are met (U.S. resident, trivia answer[s] are correct, or social media entry verifies), the winner will be contacted via email within 72 hours of contest end, and will have an additional 72 hours to respond afterwards. If there is no response, or the selected entrant fails to meet criteria, a new winner will be chosen and notified using the same method mentioned above.
- This promotion is sponsored by Armitage4Clairmont and Penguin Books.  It is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with any of the social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, & Pinterest) we use to publicize it.  The aforementioned parties are hereby released of any liability. 
- This contest is open to U.S. residents only (again, we apologize to all of our worldwide friends!)  If you are entering from another country (vacationing/away on business) and are a U.S. resident -- meaning you have a mailing address that is a valid street address, and it is where you reside, attend school, or work...no P.O. boxes -- please send us an email explaining your situation to avoid disqualification.  Email address listed below.

If you have any additional questions re: this giveaway - feel free to send us an email!  Email us at promosA4C@gmail.com - Subject: "2015 Round 2 Paperback Giveaway"

Good Luck!



P.S. Special thanks goes to our point of contact at Penguin Books, and the publicity department.  They are the ones who made Round 2 (or Round 1, for that matter) a possibility for our fans and/or followers.   Thank you, Emma!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remember the Past, Await the Future.

“Remember the past—and await the future.” ~ A Discovery of Witches

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of news and information re: AST and RA, and we've been taking it all in and sorting it.  This week was no exception!  But instead of storing the information, we figured we'd share some of what we gathered in the form of a week in review, or recap.  We'll do more of these in the future, especially when there is a lot going on with the Trilogy and/or Richard Armitage.

REMEMBER THE PAST
The week ending 22 May, 2015

Giveaways!
With the help of Penguin Books, we hosted a giveaway! One lucky U.S. winner will receive an All Souls Trilogy themed prize pack that includes the U.S. paperback edition of The Book of Life, a signed Diana’s commonplace book, an ouroboros mirror and six alchemical buttons (pictured on the left).  Our giveaway has ended, but we Daemons may or may not have more up our sleeves...?  Oh, come on.  You guys aren't new!  Stay tuned to see what we 'may or may not' have coming!  You also can check Deb’s Twitter page to see what other giveaways are going on.  Also, Penguin Books surprises everyone now and then with a flash or pop up giveaway on Twitter.  Be on the look out, but we will do our best to retweet the details so you will know too (follow us!)

All Souls Trilogy related news and mentions:

•    The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia was visited by our author to provide “a unique opportunity to explore the realms of history and science and our human desire to make sense of the world.”  An excellent recap by Allison Thurman can be viewed here: http://www.allisonthurman.com/?p=477

•    While in Philadelphia, Deb happened upon something that reminded her of Marcus:  https://instagram.com/p/2gDBP0l-Uz/

 •    Deb also reminded us that it was five years ago on May 17 that she was in Prague doing research for Shadow of Night.  A Discovery of Witches hadn’t even come out at that point!

•    Entertainment Weekly included the about-to-be-released paperback edition of THE BOOK OF LIFE in their summer paperback reading selections!  We agree!  It’s perfect for putting in your beach bag if you ask us!

See Deb's FB post on the Entertainment Weekly inclusion HERE.

•    There were All Souls Con ticket purchase reminders:  May 24 is the last day to purchase discounted early bird tickets for the first ever All Souls Con on 12 September 2015 in LA.  For more information, visit www.allsoulscon.org/attend.  They will also be hosting a giveaway featuring All Souls Trilogy trivia starting on May 26.

 •    Parnassus Books published an interview with Deb in their “lit journal", Musing.  Exciting new insights were revealed!  You can read it in detail here:  Parnassus Books Interview

•    Penguin Books re-read on Goodreads is still going strong.  A new poll was started and you can cast your ballot:  "What's your favorite book in the All Souls series?"  (The results of this poll have been hidden until Jun 23, 2015 11:59PM PDT.)  Vote: Goodreads Poll

•    And last but not least, this compelling interview with Deb on Boston's NPR station:

 Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson - 'All Souls Trilogy' Author, Deborah Harkness


Richard Armitage related news:

•    We got a preview of the upcoming season of Hannibal.  Richard Armitage will be in Season 3 taking on the role of Francis Dolarhyde.  Read about it here: E! Online coverage of Hannibal, Season 3

See the preview here: 


Video courtesy of the Hannibal Channel on YouTube

We loved this still shot from the Hannibal preview!

•    ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel', the audiobook Richard Armitage narrated, celebrated its first anniversary.  Especially cool for us Daemons and All Souls Trilogy enthusiasts, because we are aware of just how much the All Souls Trilogy parallels many of the story-lines and themes in Shakespeare's Hamlet.  We adore the fact that our own 'head-canon' Matthew is the one reading it.  We also really, really enjoy listening to Richard's voice, but we digress! Take a small look back with this video:  Interview with Richard Armitage – narrator of 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel'


Video courtesy of Audible on YouTube

AWAIT THE FUTURE
The Book of Life paperback goes on sale May 26, and Deb kicks off The Book of Life tour in the U.S. on the same date. 

May 26  5:00pm – 6:00pm EST  CANCELLED per Deb's FB announcement on May 24 
Shindig is hosting a video-conference Q&A with Deborah Harkness.  Reserve your spot:  www.shindig.com/event/bookoflife

Tour locations and dates for the week of May 25:

May 26 - 7:00 pm
Barnes and Noble, Metairie, Louisiana
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/86817

May 27 – 7:00 pm

Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, North Carolina
http://www.malaprops.com/event/deborah-harkness-presents-book-life-ticketed-event

May 28 – 6:15 pm

Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee
http://www.ticketsnashville.com/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=95123%7E8e4df0f4-7ec7-44de-adca-59808215c91d&epguid=ea670e2a-e0e8-46a8-9589-0aaa82dac0b6&

May 29 – 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington DC
http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/deborah-harkness-book-of-life

As always, to see any additional details Deb has added, please visit her Event page on Facebook.

Throughout next week, here are other things to which we can look forward:
•    Deb will be posting the complete THE BOOK OF LIFE Spotify playlist.
•    She'll share some of the inspiring places she visited when writing the books.
•    The various The Book of Life giveaways will continue!

And that's what we have, dear fans/followers.  Until we have more to say (it'll be sooner, rather than later — trust us!), we bid you a great holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

'The Book of Life' 2015 Giveaway - Round 1!

The U.S. paperback (and the paperback boxed set) of 'The Book of Life' will be on sale on the 26th of May (for all of you who may have been waiting for the paperback!)  Also, the U.S. book tour is almost upon us (click the link to see the dates).  Our regulars could've probably predicted this was coming, but we are still excited to be giving away these prizes from Penguin Books!  They were kind enough to offer this book package for to us to give to a lucky winner.

Prize package includes items pictured -- images of items not to scale

Before we get started: in case you missed the accolades (besides ours!) of the series, or our previous posts on the lead-up to the paperback release of 'The Book of Life,' here is a recap (and more):

- Critics called THE BOOK OF LIFE “juicy and action-packed” (People), “superlative” (Miami Herald), and “extraordinarily rich…an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that's not to be missed.” (USA Today). You can see more praise here.  

- Join the Goodreads re-read sponsored by Penguin books here.  See how Deborah Harkness answered Goodread's reader questions here.

- Read another Q&A session with Deborah Harkness here: A Conversation with Deborah Harkness

- Deb’s THE BOOK OF LIFE Spotify playlist of the music that inspired her as she was writing can be listened to here: Author's 'Book of Life' Spotify Playlist

- Listen to clips of the Audiobooks read by Jennifer Ikeda (click the following links):
  * Clip of 'A Discovery of Witches'
  * Clip of 'Shadow of Night'
  * Clip of 'The Book of Life'

And last, but certainly not least: enter the giveaway!  This is Round 1!
- Included in this prize package:
  * Copy of 'The Book of Life' paperback
  * Diana's commonplace book (signed by Deborah Harkness)
  * A small mirror featuring the de Clermont ouroboros
  * A set of alchemical buttons!

We've given you many ways to enter!  You choose how.  Only the basic trivia question (very easy), is mandatory!  The rest are bonus entries.  

For U.S. residents only.  We apologize to our non-resident friends. Since this giveaway is co-sponsored by Penguin books, there are international restrictions that make it impossible for us to offer it to all of our followers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
- Contest ends on the night of the 22nd of May, midnight.  Clock is set for EST.  Check for time zone differences!
No purchase or membership is required for participation.
- Please know that we will never use your information to spam you, nor will we sell it to another agency.  We hate that, we know you do too.  :)
- Twitter users will have an opportunity to enter daily. 

- Point system correlates to how many entries you are given.  Example: if you respond correctly to a trivia question worth 3 points, you will be given 3 entries. 
- Winner will be chosen by random drawing (using the Rafflecopter app) at contest end.  Provided all the entry requirements are met (U.S. resident, trivia answer[s] are correct, or social media entry verifies), the winner will be contacted via email within 72 hours of contest end, and will have an additional 72 hours to respond afterwards. If there is no response, or the selected entrant fails to meet criteria, a new winner will be chosen and notified using the same method mentioned above.
- This promotion is sponsored by Armitage4Clairmont and Penguin Books.  It is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with any of the social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, & Pinterest) we use to publicize it.  The aforementioned parties are hereby released of any liability. 
- This contest is open to U.S. residents only (again, we apologize to all of our worldwide friends!)

If you have any additional questions re: this giveaway - feel free to send us an email!  Email us at promosA4C@gmail.com - Subject: "2015 Round 1 Paperback Giveaway"

Good Luck!