March 17, 2012

#Giveaway- The Taker by Alma Katsu


ABOUT THE BOOK:

A young doctor at a county hospital in the northernmost corner of Maine, in below-freezing temperature, is on duty when the police bring in a young woman, who allegedly killed a man and left his body in the north woods. Luke, the doctor, is strangely drawn to her, as she pleads with him to help her escape. As she begins to tell him her story, she grabs a scalpel and slices herself deeply across the chest. As Luke watches in horrified amazement, the sides of the cut creep together and heal themselves. So begins her story—a love affair that began 200 years before, when a ten-year-old Lanore McIlvrae first declared her love to Jonathan St. Andrew, son of the man who founded the settlement in northern Maine. Lanore became pregnant by Jonathan, was sent off to Boston in disgrace to have her baby, and was abducted by a Hungarian count, who lived a life of unbridled sensuality. Having given her the gift of eternal life, the count tells his story, which began in 1346 Hungary, where he was the apprentice to an evil alchemist who seduced and murdered virgins. Now, nearly two centuries later, their paths have crossed again with unexpected consequences....

Blending the allure of immortality with the occult, The Taker sweeps readers along a historical journey—each time period and setting as rich as the last.

Read a scene from The Taker here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Alma Katsu lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. Her debut, The Taker, a Gothic novel of suspense, has been compared to the early work of Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. The novel was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association and has developed an international following. The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy, is coming out in June 2012. The Taker Trilogy is published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster.

Ms. Katsu is a graduate of the Master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, where she studied with John Irving. She also attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies.

Visit Alma's website



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26 comments:

  1. I learned that Ms. Katsu has a blog section on her site - with some interesting observations (and I'm glad that we haven't become a country of prudes).

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  2. it is coming in paperback march 27
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  3. The author's husband is a musician. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  4. I liked learning about the second book in the trilogy, The Reckoning.
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  5. The book is coming out on the 27th.
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  7. I learned that the book is part of a trilogy!

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  9. Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies

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  10. I learned that she used to be a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies.

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  11. This book looks right up my alley. Cant wait to the 27th

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  12. Hi everyone! Thanks for entering, and thanks for having me on Readaholic. Yup, The Taker is the first in a trilogy. The second book comes out June 19th. If it sounds like your kind of book, I hope you'll give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

    best,
    Alma

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  13. I've read this book & really enjoyed it but I would love a copy of it with that particular cover! I'm reading The Reckoning right now (2nd book in Alma Katsu's trilogy) and the story just keeps getting more & more interesting!

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  14. I love that cover! And I learned that it's a trilogy which I enjoy -- I like a series that isn't too long.

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  15. Ms. Katsu is a graduate of the Master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University

    very impressive

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  17. the taker looks like a book I would like to read.

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  20. Her novel was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association.

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  21. I see 3 books that all look great on Alma Katsu's site.

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