On My Bedside {A Spear of Summer Grass} + A Giveaway


I literally squealed with delight when I was offered an advance copy of A Spear of Summer Grass by DeAnna Raybourn!!  The book was delightfully easy to read and a definite for your summer beach bags.  Set in vibrant and dangerous 1920’s Africa (which was fascinating in and of itself), the colorful cast of characters and unlikely romance kept me turning the pages late into the night.  More so than the whodunit thread, I found myself desperately wanting to see the dazzling and notorious Delilah open her steely heart to the deliciously mysterious Ryder White.  I only wish this was first in a series!

The official synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julie Grey series enters a new era with A Spear of Summer Grass.
Paris, 1923
The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather’s savannah manor house, until gossip subsides.
Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.
If you blend glamour from The Great Gatsby and romance from “Out of Africa,” you are beginning to grasp the stunning new novel that is A Spear of Summer Grass.

I am thrilled to be able to offer copies of the book to TWO lucky readers, compliments of Harlequin!!  There are three ways to enter and the giveaway is open to US addresses only.  Post a comment for each of the following…
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know.
2. Let me know what’s on your bedside by leaving a comment.
3. Share the giveaway on your Facebook page, blog or twitter and leave a comment letting me know.

Winners will be announced Sunday May 5!

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103 thoughts on “On My Bedside {A Spear of Summer Grass} + A Giveaway

  1. My blog today was about our library's passport program where readers sign up to read about different countries of the world. This would be a great one to add a stamp for Africa!! I will share you giveaway on my blog!!

  2. On my bedside table at the moment is Made to Crave, Radical (reading for a second time) and Hole in the Gospel.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. On my bedside table is Kevin Leman's book Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours. Sad, I know. I need a fun book to read!

  4. I'm a follower! On my bedside is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Beach House by Jane Green. I will share on my blog :) thank you!!

  5. Right now I am starting on another Cathy Holton book. But, just got thru Kudzu Debutantes. You MUST read. You will laugh out loud reading them! Summer in the South was good too. I have been sending her messages on FB too. :)

  6. LOVE your blog!!! I having been following your for several months now and you are my favorite.(almost sounds like a girl crush…lol). On my bedside table is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

  7. I'm currently reading an ARC of A Hundred Summers that I won on Goodreads. Absolutely fantastic so far.

  8. Right now, my bedside table is home to another novel that is partially set in 1920s Africa – The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig. It's been a great read so far, can't wait for A Spear of Summer Grass!

  9. On my bedside right now is "Shadow's Claim" by Kresley Cole. I love reading her work as well as Deanna Raybourn. Great fun!

  10. I'm a follower! Right now, I am reading "The House at Riverton" by Kate Morton, after you so highly recommended it. :)

  11. I shared your blog and book giveaway on Facebook. Thank you so much for this opportunity!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  12. I don't have any books on my nightstand since reading in bed only puts me to sleep. But I am listening to Killing Lincoln in the car. The next book I plan to buy, thanks to your recommendation, is The House at Riverton.

  13. On my bedside table is "Bringing Up Girls" by Dr. James Dobson. We have our own little CeCe that is almost 2 and I gotta read up. :)

  14. Currently on my bedside table, Patricia Cornwell's Red Mist. I will need a much less gruesome book after this one.

  15. Deanna Raybourn's book sounds enjoyable. I am always happy to find a new author and genre to read. Please enter me in the contest :). Pat P.

  16. I read The Night Circus last month – a very interesting book! It amazes me how creative some people are. Pat P.

  17. I read your blog every morning while drinking my coffee! I have been a follower for almost 2 years now and Absolutely Adore all things DiXiE DeLiGhTs! I would LoVe to read "A Spear of Summer Grass." I have read & loved several of your previous recommendations including "The House at Riverton, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Redeeming Love and Rules of Civility." Currently I am reading "Fly Away" by Kristin Hannah; the sequel to her amazing book: "Firefly Lane." I highly recommend both if you have not had the pleasure! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  18. As luck would have it…there is nothing to read on mine! Let's say this is a sign for me to win….bring on a new read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I just finished "The Rules of Civility" based on your recommendation. I devoured it in 2 nights and absolutely loved it!! I'm starting "The Great Gatsby" tonight because it is one of my all time Faves and I have to read it again before I see the movie! BTW I love that your nephews nickname is Jay- it's so Gatsby! I'm also a Mom to boys and a few of their names come from my favorite literature.

  20. I just finished reading Rules of Civility after seeing it on your blog…I loved it! On my bedside table now is The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield.

  21. Currently on my bedside table is a bar of chocolate (yum), my five year "mother's" journal and my nook.

  22. I am currently reading Swimming Lessons" by Mary Alice Monroe. Highly recommend all her books. Also Doroetha Benton Frank (all novels based in South Carolina Islands) and Elin Hildenbrand (all novels based on or around Nantucket area beaches.)

  23. I have Lauren Conrad Beauty, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, What Alice Forgot, and Gone Girl…whew… can you tell I love to read! LOl

    Thanks for the chance!!
    Kristi Ripley
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  24. I'm following you now (love your blog!) and on my bedside Kindle is Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani. Love her books !

  25. I've tried to follow the blog a few times, but I never receive the daily updates. So I just check it out daily instead. I have a few friends hooked, too.
    [email protected]

  26. I love your blog and follow it. Right now I am reading the North and South trilogy. I just love old historical/ civil war movies and books.

  27. I love your home colors, can't wait to see your new porch. I am currently reading Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum. Thanks for opportunity-love your blog!

  28. Book sounds great, Amanda! I've got a stack to read on my bedside, but right now it's Parent Power by John Rosemond. You know, I've got a 2- and 3-year old I gotta keep under control…

  29. I follow by email. On my bedside is the Steve Jobs biography. But, I cannot seem to open it. Keep letting other books get in the way! Currently reading a Jack Reacher character book.

  30. I'm currently reading, "Of Windmills and War," by Diane Moody. Set simultaneously in both Chicago and Holland during World War II, it tells of two people who knew each other as pen pals before the war. He goes on to college and then into Army; she joins the Dutch Resistance. I'm half-way through and cannot put it down! :)
    (thanks for this giveaway!)

  31. I'm currently reading One Perfect word by Debbie Macomber. A Spear of Summer Grass sounds wonderful!

  32. I love your blog for your down to earth writing. I read your review of this book and now it is appearing in library blogs as well. I am a follower!

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