OK, so I'm rarely in jeopardy, but I write woman-in-jeopardy novels—otherwise called "Modern Gothics"—and this is my blog. It will probably have lots of time between posts, but I'll try not to bore you. Welcome.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Adventure in Africa

Today’s Adventure: A Spear of Summer Grass, by Deanna Raybourn 

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.  You may enter today’s contest by leaving a comment at Deanna’s blog. You’ll find the form on the right-hand sidebar of her blog.

Here’s Deanna: 

The very last thing Delilah Drummond expects when she goes to Africa is a proper adventure. Most travelers journey there on safari, but Delilah is banished abroad by a family that has weathered one too many of her scandals. She’s a flapper with a sharp black bob and a slash of scarlet lipstick, a party girl with a penchant for gin and men other women have left lying around unattended. She is a woman who has seen it all and done most of it.

But nothing prepares her for Africa. Exiled to her father’s savanna manor house, Delilah finds to her dismay that Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz, cigarettes and safaris.

And against the frivolity of the expat community, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. He is her guide to Africa and all its dangers and thrills—and he is more than a match for the complex beauty of this new land she comes to love. For Delilah, letting down her guard just might be the greatest adventure of them all… 

Leaving a comment at Deanna’s blog gets you entered to win A Spear of Summer Grass and the other nine stories. Keep up with the latest adventures and get more chances to win through any of the authors:

AlisonAtlee, The Typewriter Girl    Facebook

JessicaBrockmole, Letters from Skye         Facebook

T.J.Brown, Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening  Facebook    

SarahJio, The Last Camellia           Facebook

SusannaKearsley, The Firebird      Facebook

Katherine Keenum, Where the Light Falls           

StephanieLehmann, Astor Place Vintage   Facebook

KateNoble, Let It Be Me        Facebook

DeannaRaybourn, A Spear of Summer Grass       Facebook

LaurenWillig, The Ashford Affair Facebook
The adventures continue tomorrow with Stephanie Lehmann's Astor Place Vintage, in which the proprietor of a Vintage Clothing store gets more than she bargained for when she finds an old journal sewn into the lining of a piece she's just purchased... 

Stephanie received her BA at U.C. Berkeley and an MA in English from New York University. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and online at Salon.com, where her essays have been published. She currently lives in New York City. Astor Place Vintage is her fifth novel.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to read Stephanie's guest post and find out how to win a copy of her book.

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