In which we have a giveaway and a reading list

Alright, chickens, today’s post is a bit down and dirty because I’m heading to Washington. Tomorrow I’m signing at One More Page in Arlington and Sunday I’ll be doing a panel discussion and signing with some amazing authors–including Joanna Bourne, whom I know a lot of you love in unholy ways. Come and see us!

Now, back to some regularly scheduled SILENT ON THE MOOR goodness. Are you feeling like you’d like to dip your toe into the pool of Yorkshire-ish, moorish, Victorianish, Gypsyish reading? Good, because I’ve got some recommendations that will tick at least a few of those boxes.

BURY ME STANDING Isabel Fonseca and LAVENGRO George Borrow–accounts of Roma life that are as fascinating as they are controversial

BRONTE COUNTRY Tom Howard–in case you can’t get enough of windswept moors

ENGLAND’S THOUSAND BEST HOUSES Simon Jenkins–let’s just call this what it is: real estate porn

JAMES HERRIOTT’S YORKSHIRE James Herriott–gorgeous photography and lots of local lore

THE VICTORIAN COUNTRY HOUSE Mark Girouard–more real estate porn, but this time it’s historical!

To drink with SILENT ON THE MOOR, I can only suggest a good STRONG black tea, the best you can find and without any silly flavorings. And to eat with it? What else–the Yorkshire favorite, parkin. For the rest of us, that’s gingerbread, although we might not recognize this version of it. Parkin is dark and sticky and heavy with spices, a damp and demanding sort of thing–perfect for a chilly fall afternoon with the wind howling outside and a nice fire on the hearth. (Or a pumpkin candle if the weather isn’t quite atmospheric enough. I know pumpkins aren’t from Yorkshire, but to Americans they do a superb job of evoking the season…)

Now, onto the giveaway! We have a signed copy of SILENT ON THE MOOR just begging for a good home. Is it yours? Leave a comment below if you’re a resident of the continental US, and the first TWENTY will be eligible to win. Please note that comments are in moderation, so you might not see your entry immediately, but please enter only once. Happy reading!

And do drop by tomorrow when we have a special Saturday post courtesy of M.K. Tod who will be here to chat about her new release!

UPDATE: contest is now closed. Congratulations, PAM! Please email me at deanna(at) deannaraybourn(dot)com with your mailing address.

27 thoughts on “In which we have a giveaway and a reading list”

  1. Nicey-nice. Just the book I’m on 😉

  2. Denise says:

    Absolutely LOVED this book. Would love to win a copy to replace my well worn one.

  3. Caroline W says:

    I really need to pick up “England’s Thousand Best Houses”. I love me some good real estate porn! 🙂

  4. Monique says:

    I’m going to have some strong black tea in honor of SOTM. Thanks for the recommendations!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  6. Pam says:

    Parkin sounds like it’s just what the doctor ordered! I LOVED Moor–it was so splendidly gothic and the Egyptology component was really neat (like many kids I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was wee). I may be due for a re-read. Thank you again for doing these revisits, they’re such fun!

  7. Elizabeth says:


  8. Melissa Malm says:

    Good morning to all. Have a wonderful excursion!

  9. Alex S says:

    I loved reading this book, I promise to give the signed copy a very good home. Cross my heart.

  10. Katie says:

    Just added all those books to my Goodreads. Thanks!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    A good cup of black tea sounds like heaven.

    P.S. If you wanted to come to Kansas for a book signing, I promise I’d come. 🙂

  12. Kathleen says:

    Your books are a delight to read!

  13. Kristin says:

    All the recent blogs have inspired me to reread the series . . . again! It is raining today in Texas; perfect for hot tea and murder reading!

  14. Cassandra Mariano says:

    Would love to win!

  15. Donna M. says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

  16. Donna Beneventano says:

    Love all your books! Would love to have a signed copy!!

  17. Jessica Longwisch says:

    Would love to win a copy!!

  18. Katie says:

    Wish I could be there this weekend!

  19. Marla Jo Green says:

    more for the tbr list….thanks

  20. Jill Knapschaefer says:

    Loved this book. Have a great panel discussion this weekend!

  21. Lauren Gonikishvili says:

    Love your books! Can’t wait for more!

  22. Debbie says:

    I missed the 20 limit, but wanted to wish you luck and thanks for the recommendations!

  23. Joannine Herriott says:

    I love this book and all things Brisbane and Lady Julia… I would love to add a signed copy to the other editions. I will not make the first 20 due to the amount of fans you have. But a Girl can dream.

  24. Lisa Maddox says:

    Sure would live it if made it to the Texas Book Festival. I promise to act like a fan girl

  25. Nicola B says:

    Thanks for the book recommendations

  26. Patricia LaRue says:

    Thanks for the reminder about James Herriott! Always wanting more of the moors!

  27. Darlene Rose says:

    I am always a day late and a dollar short!! have been Baking for our Library Fundraiser so missed this. Enjoy whoever won.

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