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Back To Good by Laura McCarthy Benson

Back To Good

by Laura McCarthy Benson

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21 April 2011

A Discovery of Witches Contest

Viking/Penguin has asked me to hold this contest because of the immense crossover popularity of this book.  Although originally geared toward the adult market, many young adults are finding this book and are loving it. So I'm very honored to be able to offer you a chance to win the book and some really cool buttons.

Now, I have not read this book yet, but it's definitely on my list to read.  I have heard some really good things about it and I'm totally excited for it.  I love crossover books!
Here are what the buttons look like.  Now, because I don't know the story, the buttons mean nothing to me.  But they're just cool swag.

So here is what you have to do to win this Book and a Buttons.

If you are a new follower you get +5 entries
If you tweet this contest you get +2 entries
If you comment on any review I have written +10 entries (one comment-one review)
Post this comment on your sidebar of your blog +3 entries.

So you have 20 chances of winning this contest! Please note that this contest is open
only in the US/CA.  The publisher will be sending out these prizes. 

A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight…An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love, DISCOVERY will leave you longing for the sequel.”

580 pages of sheer pleasure. Harkness’ sure hand when it comes to star-crossed love and chilling action sequences in striking locales makes for an enchanting debut. The best news of all: It’s the first in a trilogy.”

“Romantic, erudite and suspenseful…Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality and humor.”
O, the Oprah Magazine

“An extraordinarily fun debut…Twilight for the tweedy set.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Grown-up fun…a scintillating paranormal story…Discovery why everyone’s talking about this magical book.”
USA Today

Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative,
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES [is] an enthralling and deeply enjoyable read.”
Miami Herald

“A scintillating debut novel”
Seattle Times

"A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is a debut novel with a big supernatural canvas...Its ambitions are world-sized, ranging across history and zeroing in on DNA, human and otherwordly.”
Los Angeles Times

A shrewdly written romp and satisfying snow-day read.”

On February 8, 2011, Viking is proud to publish A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Viking; $26.95; On-sale date: February 8, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-670-0-02241-0), the debut novel from history professor Deborah Harkness and the first book in the All Souls trilogy.   A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES created a sensation at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair—translation rights have been sold in 33 countries so far—and has already captured the attention of over fifty book bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic.   With rave reviews from all four trade publications under her belt (see above), it’s clear that Deborah Harkness is a writer to watch.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES begins on a late September afternoon when Diana Bishop, a bright, young historian studying amidst the ancient stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian library, calls up a medieval manuscript of alchemical illustrations.  As soon as she picks it up Diana realizes that the book—Ashmole 782—is an enchanted object of untold power.  As it turns out, Diana is not only a first-rate scholar of seventeenth- century chemistry but also a descendant of a long and distinguished line…of witches.  She’s spent her adult life distancing herself from her supernatural destiny, and after a quick look at Ashmole 782 she sends the book back to the stacks and her magical history with it. 

However, Diana isn’t the only one who has noticed that the manuscript has resurfaced, and her discovery immediately sets the fantastical underworld stirring.  It soon becomes apparent that Ashmole 782 is a coveted treasure that’s been lost for centuries and Diana is the first and only being that has met the terms of its spell.  Soon she finds herself beset by members of all three magical species—daemons, witches, and vampires—who swarm upon Oxford, seeking the text.  She finds a crucial ally in Matthew Clairmont, a dashing geneticist and a vampire, whose preeminence in his field has been achieved after years upon years upon years of study.  The two team up despite an age-old enmity between their species, becoming closer over candlelit dinners, supernatural yoga classes, and a trip to Matthew’s ancestral home (well, castle) in southern France.

As their challenges grow, so do Diana’s powers, and together she and Matthew must battle the forces rallying against them to unlock the secrets of a manuscript whose pages promise clues to a mysterious past and uncertain future.  Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is a mesmerizing and addictive read. 

Deborah Harkness is a professor at history at the University of Southern California.  She has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House:  Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution.  She also writes an award-winning wine blog,


  1. I'm about a third of the way into this novel and am just loving it! It's filled with history, intrigue, magic and romance! What more can a reader ask for?


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