In which the adventure continues!

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 giveaway by leaving a comment below. 

 August 11 Raybourn

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 on this 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:



Alison Atlee, The Typewriter Girl    Facebook

Jessica Brockmole, Letters from Skye          Facebook

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

Sarah Jio, The Last Camellia           Facebook

Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird      Facebook

Katherine Keenum, Where the Light Falls            

Stephanie Lehmann, Astor Place Vintage    Facebook

Kate Noble, Let It Be Me        Facebook

Deanna Raybourn, A Spear of Summer Grass         Facebook

Lauren Willig, The Ashford Affair    Facebook

53 thoughts on “In which the adventure continues!”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Your book sounds so intriguing, it’s definitely going on my to-read list!

  2. Kathie Barrus says:

    It sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Marguerite b says:

    Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks

  4. Pat says:

    “A Spear of Summer Grass” is a beautiful expression of Deanna Raybourn’s great gift as a storyteller. If I win this, I’m passing it on, so others can enjoy what I have experienced.

  5. Paula R says:

    I was just transported with that little snippet, Deanna. The imagery is amazing.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  6. deborah calhoun says:

    Great story, looking forward to visiting Africa one day.

  7. Kristin says:

    I took a spill on my bike and cannot read without suffering a headache. I’m saving this one until I can read headache-free. I want nothing to interfere with my enjoyment of a Deanna Raybourn book. I only get to read it for the first time once.

  8. Cindy K says:

    I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting characters and setting. It has me looking for more books (fiction and non-fiction) about the Happy Valley set.

  9. kimmyl says:

    Loved the excerpt. The story sounds great and I can’t wait to read it.

  10. LAURA Z says:

    This books sounds wonderful, looking forward to reading it.

  11. Laurie says:

    Thanks so much for this chance to win!

  12. Tina Galli says:

    I look forward to being able to read these books if I win! I am especially looking forward to Letter from Skye. I cannot wait to read it!

  13. Ally says:

    Really looking forward to reading this! Just have to finish my dissertation first! 🙂

  14. Daniele Krug says:

    Enjoy all of your work!

  15. Stephanie says:

    I’ve read all of the Lady Julia books, looking forward to what Delilah has to bring.

  16. Marg says:

    Loved this book! I was transported in time & location! Sometimes I feel I was born too late. The late 19th and early 20th centuries were true times of exploration & discovery! Your books really bring us as close to experiencing these periods as possible. Thank you!

  17. Rebecca B. says:

    Deanna, read your book while on vacation to Punta Cana. It was so great to read your adventure book while on our own adventure!

  18. Gina D says:

    I love visiting each author for this adventure. It’s providing a lot of new books for my reading stack! Thanks for participating!

  19. Donna M. says:

    Thanks so much for a fantastic giveaway!!! I would love to win this book!

  20. Pam says:

    I have been waiting to read this book for what feels like forever! When it came out I was researching abroad and since I’ve been back I’ve been buried under a huge summer teaching load, so this has been the proverbial carrot at the end of the string for a while now. I promised myself I could read it as a reward when I finished. I loved the novella and can’t wait to tuck into the main dish!

  21. Patricia LaRue says:

    Delilah and Ryder are scrumptious! Wonderful read, enjoyed it so much!

  22. Donna Smith says:

    Sooooooooo excited about this contest! Love it love it love it! Sharing it with my FB friends.

  23. Kathryn Bremner says:

    I love a story where the heroine is thrown into a foreign situation and has her world turned upside down. It’s always interesting to find out how she rises to the challenge!

  24. Christine says:

    I love this contest – so many great books!

  25. Kayse says:

    I’ve had “A Spear of Summer Grass” on my To Read list for a while now!

  26. Courtney says:

    I would love to win this book! I love reading, especially in the summertime, outside, with a nice glass of wine and the heat on my face!

  27. Shannon R says:

    I love a book that can take me away to another time and place – do people read for any other reason? 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading A Spear of Summer Grass!

  28. Maggie says:

    I feel like this book has been on my “to read” list for far too long! Crossing my fingers for a win. Great contest!

  29. Jane Early says:

    Wonderful contest. I am discovering a lot of new authors. Thank you!

  30. Abi says:

    I can’t wait to read this! It hadn’t come my way yet, although my sister, whom I introduced to Deanna Raybourn, says its the best she’s written. If I do t win it then I’ll be buying it straight away.

  31. Kim says:

    Thanks for thr giveaway. I did read your book and enjoyed it.

  32. Pat says:

    Well, Deanna. I’ve read this book and all your books so far. Love them all! I am eagerly awaiting the next Lady Julia and Brisbane story. Their differences of opinion and ego clashes are such fun.

  33. Lisa says:

    I had the pleasure of reading this wonderful book already — but I don’t have a copy of my own, and I sure would love to win one!

  34. Lisa H says:

    Such a wonderful giveaway! I am greatly looking forward to reading this book!!

  35. Caitlin MacDougall says:

    This sounds like my kind of adventure novel! I would love to win a copy of a Spear of Summer Grass, or any of the other books. I love being introduced to new authors through this contest!

  36. Bonnie K. says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter. I have had your book on my to-read list. I love the cover on your book and am looking forward to reading the book.

  37. Donna says:

    Cannot wait to dive into this!

  38. Thanks for a wonderful batch of stories.

  39. Allen Kelley says:

    absolutely loved your latest, always eagerly awaiting the next one!

  40. Meredith A says:

    Whoa. I am so looking forward to reading this one. The imagery is amazing; I can’t decide whether I want to read the book more or go to Africa more. Or reading the book while travelling through Africa! Let’s go with that one.

  41. Monique says:

    This competition is such a good idea. Even if I don’t win any of the books, I have discovered some new authors and have added some great new books to my “To be Read” list!

  42. Patricia says:

    I was so caught up in the blurb that I wanted to read this book NOW… Love the jazz age – the breaking free of women and setting in Africa is great. Hope to win this book and (crossing fingers) all the books.

  43. lisaj says:

    At least half of these books are on my “to read” list, would love to win this incredible package of books!

  44. Beth F says:

    This book was so good and this is such a great giveaway. Every book in this giveaway so far has sounded so great. My TBR is getting out of control.

  45. Chelsea Humphries says:

    For sure one of my favorite reads so far this summer!

  46. Betty Strohecker says:

    Your research into all of your books is amazing. I have learned so much from you through the Lady Julia books, and now this is a different opportunity. Thanks for participating in this contest. Love your books!

  47. Suzy M says:

    The cover is absolutely stunning!

  48. Africa isn’t someplace that I get to visit a lot through books so your book truly sounds like a good adventure! There is absolutely nothing like a good armchair travel!

  49. Jodey Quinn says:

    The love the intro! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  50. Terry Martini says:

    I love your books and look forward to reading A Spear of Summer Grass. I just finished The Ashford Affair and loved it so now it is on to your book!

  51. Laureen Cheng says:

    STill love my Victorian heroine, Lady Julia!

  52. Lauren R says:

    This whole list sounds like the best way to spend a summer, ever!

  53. Whitney Jennings says:

    This would be a great list of reads for anytime of the year! Thanks for being apart of this fantastic giveaway!


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