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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Giveaway: Daughters of Jerusalem, and Endless Water, Starless Sky

As I am sick in bed and yearning for some new art to cheer me up (and also to clear my sinuses), I'd like to brighten your day with a quick giveaway. Brilliant friends-and-relations-of-Darwin have been doing lovely and professional things. Here, take a look.

Elizabeth Duffy and her band, Sister Sinjin, have just released their first full-length album, Daughters of Jerusalem. We have two copies to give away.

Besides the gentle Americana weaving of the three-part female harmonies, the physical album itself is a pleasure to hold and look at. Digital music and books can never compare to holding a embossed CD sleeve or feeling the velvet bookjacket and the slightly rough pages as you turn them.

On the family front, our favorite YA author Rosamund Hodge (who happens to Darwin's younger sister) has just released her latest book, Endless Night, Starless Sky. It's the conclusion to 2016's Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in the last city in the world, with zombies.

Amazon's summary of the first book in the series (as it doesn't make sense to give you the summary of part two if you haven't read part one):
Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. 
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die. 
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan. 
Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. 
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .
We'll ship two copies from Amazon to two lucky readers.

I'll be pulling names out of William's shark hat tomorrow night, so leave a note in the comments whether you'd like to be entered for book or CD, or both. Vote early and often, and enjoy your clear sinuses, my friends.


Our book winners are: sarah e. and Mathew Smith!

Our CD winners are: Mathew Smith and Rosebud!

I wish I could have sent something to you all, but thanks so much for playing along.


Ladyhobbit said...

Please enter me for both!

Unknown said...

I'd like to be entered for both. Thanks!

Brandon said...

I've already ordered the book, but put me in for the album!

Darren said...

Please enter me in the album signup. Thank you.

Heather said...

Please enter me for the album and the book. Thanks!

Ebere said...

Please enter me for both. Thank you.

Patrick said...

Both please.

sarah e. said...

I'd like to enter both. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenny said...

Enter me, please.

Rosebud said...

Enter me for both, please!

MrsDarwin said...

Thanks all for entering!

Our book winners are: sarah e. and Mathew Smith!

Our CD winners are: Mathew Smith and Rosebud!

Please send us an email at with your address so we can ship out to you (or have amazon do it for us.

MrsDarwin said...

UPDATE: We had some unclaimed prizes, so we drew again:

Our book winner is: Patrick!
Our CD winner is: Ebere!

Send us a note at so we can send you your prize!