In which we’re giving books away spontaneously

Alright, chickens, here’s the situation: it’s a brave new world we live in, and one of the things that helps drive book sales is word of mouth. That would be your words out of your mouths! So, to encourage reviews, publishers–including mine–are printing up a LOT of ARCs. In the case of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, they printed enough to build a nice little book fort out of. (Anybody else do that as a kid? No? Just me?)

Anyway, my publisher kindly sent a box of ARCs my way and I have some left. So, let’s do this: I will give away EIGHT ARCs to randomly chosen readers–US OR INTERNATIONAL. I will post them out Friday afternoon. In return, please leave a review before April 29 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads. Leaving a review on all three would probably generate some seriously good karma. Like you could probably jaywalk and it would be totally forgiven. Or not. But it would be VERY much appreciated and I will say nice things about you.

How do you request an ARC? Easy peasy. Just leave a comment to be eligible! After I choose the winners, I’ll be in touch to get your mailing address. Good luck!

ETA: Comments are moderated–one comment only, please!

ETA: You know what? Y’all are just too lovely–and I hate that so many of you want it and won’t win. So I’m throwing in some of my author copies and instead of 8 winners, we’ll have 25!

ETA: Closing the contest in fifteen minutes–at 9pm Eastern time!

ETA: Closed! Thanks SO MUCH to all who entered. I’d send you all a copy if I could! Stand by for choosing of the winners…

174 thoughts on “In which we’re giving books away spontaneously”

  1. Maegyn says:

    I would be so thrilled to receive an ARC of your new book! I cannot wait to read it and tell everyone how amazing it no doubt is!

  2. Jenn says:

    I’d be happy to further talk you up to more Canadians 🙂

  3. Ali says:

    I couldn’t type fast enough. This is lovely.

  4. Denise Metcalf says:

    Would so love to be chosen for an ARC. Can’t wait to read this book!

  5. Meaghan says:

    Can’t wait to read it! I’m so excited for another one of your books. Your books have honestly been one of the best discoveries I’ve made in the past decade!

  6. Jen Goodrick says:

    Having read all of your books the day they came out, AND purchased several as gifts AND having persuaded others to buy/read your books as well, I hope you know that you can count on me to write and post reviews everywhere! If I am lucky enough to win an ARC, I’ll be able to post them that much earlier! Thanks for doing this! Oh no! Exclaimation points are out of control!!!

  7. Carroll Robinson says:

    I’d love to leave reviews for as many places as I can think up C

  8. Kristin says:

    I’m in–ARC or purchased, can’t wait!

  9. Alana says:

    So looking forward to A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS! Anything vaguely touching the Happy Valley set has me intrigued.

  10. Roshni says:

    I would love to be eligible for an ARC copy please!

  11. Meenoo says:

    I would love to win a copy! It would look pretty on the shelf with the Julia Grey novels.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to receive one and tell all my Georgia & Florida friends about you!

  13. Noa says:

    I am lucky enough to have an ARC through Edelweiss – which I have locked away so I can read this weekend!

    Reviews will of course be posted wherever I can possibly post them 😀

    If anyone dares interrupt my reading this weekend – they have been told torture will be the result. Just sayin’.

  14. Carrie Adams says:

    I would love to receive an ARC from you! I absolutely loved all your books, and I am so excited to read A Spear of Summer Grass! If anyone is looking for a good read, you are one of the first author’s I always recommend! Thank you!!!

  15. Veronica Meaney says:

    Can I please be your international representative? If you are happy to send to the UK I would be delighted to read A Spear of Summer Grass..

  16. Amber B says:

    Oh my goodness! You’re soooo generous 🙂 I would LOVE a copy! I’m in desperate need of some good reading (sick of textbooks! :P)!

  17. Vicki Gray says:

    I would love to have an ARC of your latest book.

  18. melissa falkenstein says:

    I would love to get an Arc from you. I love your books. I am looking forward to your new book. I have shared your books with my sister, have a great day. melissa

  19. dmw says:

    would love to have an ARC of your latest – sounds like a great plan!

  20. Jill says:

    In which I hope to be chosen! I’m pretty sure I’ve already gotten every reader I know hooked on your books since I first discovered Silent in the Grave right after it was released (the book aisle in Sam’s Club–it was love at first sight), but I’ll find new people to gush to!

  21. Therese Schirmer says:

    Love your work, and would love to read the new one.

  22. Zanna Russell says:

    I’d love one! Please?

  23. Christina says:

    Deanna, I’d love an arc!

  24. Dana Nazzaro says:

    I would be thrilled to get an ARC of the book which I am waiting anxiously to read. The new design is lovely, by the way. 🙂

  25. Lisa S says:

    How very generous! I would love an ARC. Can’t wait for it! Desperately waiting for another fix of Julia and Brisbane also!! ;0

  26. Catie says:

    Sounds fantastic! What a lucky 8!

  27. I already tell all of my friends to read your wonderful books so this would be easy, and an absolute pleasure.

  28. Rachelle Harrison says:

    I would love an ARC copy. Can’t wait to read this!

  29. Kristi Henry says:

    I would love to have a book from you! I would also like to know how you research for you books.

  30. Anna Killingsworth says:

    I would love to get an ARC and leave a review of a book I know will be fantastic! If I don’t then I’ll just keep counting down the days until the release. : )

  31. Rebecca says:

    I would love to receive an ARC of A Spear of Summer Grass. I enjoy all of your books and would gladly write a review or three!

  32. Bop says:

    Love you darlin girl but I’ve already pre-ordered this book so I’ll happily pass on the freebie. I love buying your books and supporting your writing….Besides that, Mouse is headed for college!!

  33. Susan Stock says:

    I would love to receive, read and review A Spear of Summer Grass. I also enjoy your books very much!

  34. Kristy Kirkland says:

    Pick me, pick me, please pick me! Please, please, please!

    (Oh, it’s a drawing? Well pick me anyway!)

  35. Beth F says:

    I can’t wait to read this! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for it to be released. It would be awesome to receive an ARC!

  36. Loreth says:

    Very interested to read your African setting and this time period!

  37. Cece says:

    I have recommended your books to library patrons, fellow book club members and in the faculty room. I bought my Kindle in Sept (partially because of the e-book only novellas) and have not read a “covers and pages” book since-but I would happily break my streak for an ARC.

  38. Bonnie says:

    It’s been far too long since a new book by one of my favorite authors! (that means you!)

    – Bonz

  39. Lonzine Lee says:

    Please ma’am, might I have an ARC? Thank you! 🙂

  40. Hallie says:

    I would be honored to review an arc, if you feel like picking me. 🙂 either way, I will be reading this book!

  41. Melissa Marie says:


  42. Stephanie L says:

    I LOVE all of your previous books! And I’d be ecstatic if I could get an ARC of your new book!

  43. Jessica Nelson says:

    Would love to read the ARC of your book and write a review of what I am sure is an excellent book.

  44. joan willett says:

    love love love your books!

  45. Amy says:

    I would LOVE and ARC copy and I wouldn’t be able to rest until I left a review on all three websites. I’ve gotten my mom, sisters and even my co-workers to read your books.

  46. Lilyane Soltz says:

    Please, please, please – I would be honored, pleased, and just plain excited to own a copy! After all, I own all your other fabulous books!

    Congratulations on your newest child, and thank you for this opportunity.


  47. Laura Zoumberis says:

    Deanna, I would LOVE to win a copy of your newest book! I placed it on my Amazon wish list as soon as I received your email about it. Also, I totally got the Walt Whitman reference from the title of the book: “I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.” I think that alone should qualify me for an ARC:)

  48. Heather B says:

    I would love to get a copy of A Spear of Summer Grass! I first heard about this novel when it was released for Kindle and was disappointed because I don’t have one. I was excited when I heard it was being released in print. I promise to review it on any site you want. I’ve read and now own all the Lady Julia novels and cannot wait to read this one.

  49. Km says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Elaine Cohoon Miller says:

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaassssssseee!!!!!!! I already have an ebook copy but I would loooooove an ARC.

  51. Tyler Durbin says:

    I would love to win one! I’ve been such a fan of your Julia Grey novels for the longest time. I adore you!

  52. Melanie Campbell says:

    It would be absolutely dreamy to receive one!

  53. Ooh, yes, please! I can’t wait to read this.

  54. Celeste says:

    Would love to receive one.

  55. Jennifer Stock says:

    Would love to receive an ARC of A Spear of Summer Grass and review it. Glad your publisher is so generous!

  56. Melissa says:

    Please, please pick me.

  57. Bryan says:

    This is really cool.

  58. Joannine Herriott says:

    I would love anything. I love EVERYTHING you write.

  59. Michelle Moore says:

    Deanna, it’s so sweet of you to send out ARCs. I would LOVE to read and review! 😉

  60. Kristin Hubbard says:

    Me, me, me! I leave long reviews and I haven’t read one of your books that I haven’t loved. I’ve read them all so I’m a good bet.

  61. I want an ARC!!!! And thank you. 🙂

  62. Rose says:

    I love writing book reviews – send one my way~

  63. Mindy B. says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

  64. Holly says:

    Hope you pick me! 🙂

  65. Jodie says:

    Best giveaway ever! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book; counting down the days.

  66. Christine says:

    I would LOVE to win an ARC. I’m a huge fan of your Julia Grey series and can’t wait to read your new book!

  67. Abigail Martin says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  68. Michelle Valentine says:

    I discovered your books randomly looking through the book section at a department storeone day, and I have been hooked ever since. I adore your writing and the other worlds you transport your readers to.I would love to go to Africa in the 1920’s and then tell everyone what an amazing trip it is.

  69. Nancy Phillips says:

    Would be thrilled to read and post reviews for you. As I am working on a new blog this would be a fun book to review on it 🙂

  70. Christine says:

    What am awesome opportunity! I would love a chance to read an ARC of your book and post a review. I’ve been meaning to get back into the swing of reviewing things on Amazon…

  71. Ashley says:

    I would love to read get my hands on this early, and I’d be happy to post reviews for you!

  72. Alleyne D. says:

    I can’t wait to read this book — or any book that you write, Deanna! I’ve read them all and have pre-ordered (and am waiting impatiently) for Far in the Wilds! Sorry I missed you at VFOB – car issues.

  73. Katelyn Batesel says:

    I’d be happy to review it absolutely anywhere you suggest if you felt inclined to give me a copy. I’d be terribly grateful; really terribly horribly grateful!

  74. I am already a huge fan of yours and I recommend you to everyone who wants a great book ( books) to read! I would love to read and review an ARC of your book

  75. Raquel Muniz says:

    I am a big fan of the Julia Gray series and am looking forward to reading Delilah Drummond’s story in A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS. Setting the novel in 1920s Africa is such a unique idea. Hope I win a copy.

  76. sandy says:

    I can write a review!

  77. Moira says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages! Winning an ARC would completely make my day/week/year!

  78. Michelle K says:

    I would LOVE to win this!, love your books 🙂

  79. Mollie Bryan says:

    Pretty please!!! I would love to win a copy!

  80. Carole Underwood says:

    I would love to read and review this book! (I would not add extra commas, either!)

  81. Molly Slaydon says:

    I would absolutely love an ARC! I am really looking forward to reading it!

  82. Kelly Tyler says:

    Love all your books and want to read this one. Please pick me!

  83. Sam N says:

    I cannot wait for your new book to come out! So excited!

  84. Mia Rose says:

    Fabulous! I was beginning to experience Deanna Raybourn withdrawls…

  85. Beverly Thorne says:

    I read all of your books and I LOVE Lady Julia Grey!!

  86. Jessa Dee says:

    Please! I would love to win a copy! Especially since there are no more book stores in my county anymore and I am a die hard hard copy kinda girl!

  87. ::throws hat into the ring::
    ::crosses fingers::

  88. Lisa from TX says:

    Would love to read this! Sooooo exciting!

  89. Sherri C says:

    Pick me! Love ya, D.

  90. Linda says:

    I very much enjoy your books and the elegance of your prose. I would welcome the opportunity to review an ARC of your newest book and post a review.

  91. Kathy Nye says:

    You are very generous. I am going to take a chance.

  92. Amy. Ceithamer says:

    Would love to win a copy! Love your writing! ❤

  93. Heather Young says:

    I would SO love to win a copy! I love your writing so very much!!!

  94. Laura says:

    I’m from Australia so it was exciting to find out I can enter this competition! I would love an ARC and I would leave good reviews on those three sites plus more. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

  95. Donna Kurtz says:

    I’ve read all of your books at least twice and can’t wait for the latest!

  96. Rochelle says:

    I would love to win a copy if your newest book! I love each book you’ve written!! I will definitely try to rack up karma points and post reviews at every possible place and friend, family, and stranger.

  97. Suzanne Jones Hoffman says:

    I would be thrilled to receive a copy. I would write reviews for any and all venues I could possibly find.

  98. Paige Guthrie says:

    I have devoured ALL of your books. I am happy to say I’m addicted to your writing and it has brought me many happy reading hours. I look forward to reading this one especially since you have such a way of describing the exotic locations you have placed your characters. Best of luck with this release!

  99. Amy O. says:

    I would love to try out your new book. I love the Silent series!

  100. Donna Taylor says:

    I would love to read your ARC! I am a hugh fan of the Julia Grey books.

  101. Stephanie "Deanna's secret favorite" Vaughn says:

    You know you really want to send me one. But if you have to have a contest to justify it, I’m ok with that. 😉

  102. Holly says:

    Would love to read & review A Spear of Summer Grass!

  103. Jessica says:

    I’d love to read an advance and review it. I usually post all my reviews on my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing. I’ll happily post a review at B&N. Either way, I’m reading this book. 🙂

  104. Delilah would love to meet Delilah! And before our shared launch date, as I’ll be too frantic to read then. <3

  105. Vicki says:

    I would love to read A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS!

  106. Shona Glenn says:

    Would love to receive an ARC! So excited about the story being set in Africa and can’t wait to see what interesting historical details you have included. 🙂

  107. Ann Phillips says:

    I would love to win a copy, and would appreciate a chance to review it on all sites. I work in a library in Chesterfield, Va., and recommend your books to patrons. They come back and thank me for the recommendation and ask when your next book will be out. By winning an advance copy, I would gladly write the reviews and also “talk it up” to the patrons!
    Your books have provided me with many hours of wonderful enjoyment!
    Thank you!

  108. Robin in NC says:

    Please throw my name in the pot!! Thanks for sharing with us Deanna!!

  109. Ranger says:

    Yea, books. Free books even better. (Think library) Nook books and hard copies are choice. Reviews that guide me to good reads are even better. I will (would) review and post all three ways!!!

  110. Kimberly says:

    Oh yeah. Pick me! I’ll still buy one….I just want to read it FIRST! 🙂

  111. Sharon Essex says:

    Whether I win or not, I’ll still be spreading the word about ALL your books. Thanks for many hours of reading pleasure.

  112. I pre-ordered for Kindle, but if it means I might get to read it earlier, please pick me. Thanks.

  113. Lara says:


  114. Amanda Bazin says:

    Count me in! Very exciting 🙂

  115. Terri Eilers says:

    Please pick me for an ARC, I will give your book a good review.

  116. Joy Stoleson says:

    PLEASE. I would like one. Huge fan here. Huge.

  117. Tanya says:

    Would be oh so lively to recieve one of these for my library. I would be honored to review the book so that everyone out here could find out what a wonderful writer you are.

  118. Erika says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy! Your books are wonderful and I am sure this one will be, too 🙂 I don’t consider myself to be too lucky, but maybe this is my chance!!!

  119. Deb says:

    I would love a copy! Love your books!

  120. Cassandra Mariano says:

    I’m a big fan of your work and would LOVE to win an ARC!

  121. Linda Baker says:

    Me Pleeeeze! Thanks!!!

  122. What a wonderful opportunity! Whatever the result – thank you Deanna!

  123. Joy Wright says:

    Ohohohohoh Joy Wright enthusiastically jumping up and down and waving hands to read here in the UK please!

  124. Nicole says:

    You know you want to pick me!! I might have an old ARC of another book that needs a friend on my Deanna shelf. Yes a whole shelf!!!

  125. Fredrika says:

    I am relaxing on the beach this week reading Dark Road to Darjeeling. I would love to read your latest!

  126. Julia B. says:

    I would love to get an ARC of A Spear of Summer Grass! I love Lady Julia books and I also love romances set in exotic locations, so I am sure this novel is going to be great. Thanks for including international readers!

  127. Ruba Sadi says:

    Tossing my name into the mix. Very generous and kind of you to do this. Win or lose, I can’t wait to read it!


  128. Milena Mutter says:

    Would love to receive ARC copy of A Spear Of Summer Grass. I love all your books and always recommend them on Goodreads to fellow readers

  129. Ashley says:

    You’re always at the top of my recommended authors list. I’d love a chance to rave about your newest in advance 🙂

  130. Hillary says:

    I would love love love! to received a copy of A Spear of Summer Grass!


  131. Alecia says:

    What an awesome idea to help get the word around! I’m throwing my hat in to the ring and keeping my fingers crossed.

  132. Cyndia Montgomery says:

    You know I’m your greatest fan, right? I have all your books, many of them signed. (If you’d ever come to Nashville again, I could get them ALL signed!) so….PICK ME! PICK ME!!!

  133. Jessica (the celt) says:

    I would totally leave a(n honest) review on up to 10 places to get an ARC. ;~) I know the winner will be completely random, but I’m sure I’ll love it whether I win it or buy it anyway.

  134. Jeanne Marie says:

    I would love an ARC of your new book. I stumbled on the Julia Grey series at Borders (brick and mortar!) and fell in love! I am looking forward to the new story.

  135. Denyse Dias says:

    I would love to win 🙂 Love your books!!!! <3

  136. Kirsty says:

    Ooh, I would love to win a copy 🙂 Thanks!

  137. Annette D says:

    Love the Lady Julia books and can’t wait to give these a read. I would love to win a copy!!!

  138. Christy says:

    I’d love to get a copy!

  139. Michelle Turner says:

    I would be delighted to read it and leave a review. Next week would be perfect timing, too. I’m a teacher on spring break so I get to sit and read for hours and hours….if I have something to read, of course!

  140. Rebecca C Wright says:

    I cannot wait to experience your new world. I know it will be exciting:)


  141. Emily Schaalman says:

    I would love a copy!

  142. Danielle Rush says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book. I would love to have an ARC!

  143. Christina says:

    I’m soooooo excited that you have a new book.

  144. Laurel says:

    Building book forts as a kid? Yes! Building a book fort (or book Christmas Tree) as an adult? Heck yeah! You have to indulge your inner child!

    On a serious note, I heard about your Lady Julia series through the Vaginal Fantasy Podcast on Geek & Sundry. If I remember correctly, I burned through them all in about two weeks. I adore your characters, your storylines, your world and cannot wait to read A Spear Of Summer Grass!

    Best of luck on your newest book release!

  145. Sandra Z says:

    Thank goodness I didn’t miss this opportunity. Have to have this for my collection! Thanks for all your talent<3

  146. Ayla says:

    This is so nice. Thank you for the chance.

  147. April says:

    I’d love to get a hold on an ARC of A Spear of Summer Grass. 😀

  148. Linda says:

    I’m so excited for this giveaway! But you know what? It would be fun to read it early, but I’ll be reading it either way. I’ve been researching the Happy Valley set (thanks to your book recommendations a few months back) and am more than ready for this one.

  149. Lynn says:

    I would LOVE to read and review your new book. I can’t wait!


  150. Sela Carsen says:

    My mom and I are both big fans. Would love to win a copy! Thanks, Deanna!

  151. Lisa says:

    I have read and re-read your books! Loved them all and would love the chance to read any new book you write!!!

  152. Nathalie soulier says:

    I adore your books and soooo hoping that I win. Thanks for your wonderful books and giving us a chance to win!!!

  153. Cassi says:

    I have a whole week sans children. I would love a new book to read!

  154. Jackie says:

    I’m looking forward to reading it whether I win or not!

  155. Dianne Alleman says:

    I would be so excited to have a chance to read and review “A Spear of Summer Grass” This would be a perfect start to spring break!

  156. Shelley says:

    I am in love with Brisbane, will Ryder steal my heart? Can’t wait to find out.

  157. Pati LaRue says:

    It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to read one of your books! I’d love to receive one, but will read it either way!

  158. Kate says:

    Very very keen for an ARC here in down under 🙂
    Love your work!

  159. Holy Cow I had to scroll for a WHILE to comment! Thank you for doing this! *crosses fingers*

  160. Ruth Nixon says:

    Would love a copy of this book. Have ordered the ebook
    and can hardly wait for it to download Tuesday. Talk about Julia and Brisbane all the time. Sure enjoyed their Christmas ebook.Heres hoping I win a copy because after reading the ebook I’ll want more. Thanks Ruth Nixon

  161. Vee Romero says:

    I already have “Spear of Summer Grass” preordered and if I am so blessed to received an ARC I will not cancel my order – but will gift it to one of my safari rafiki. Deanna I hope you realize how lacking the feminine side of Africa the novel department is.

  162. Kirsten says:

    Can’t wait to read more of your work. Thanks, Deanna!

  163. Kristin Huston says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  164. Sandra says:

    I love your work and have all of your titles. To get an advanced copy would be phenomenal!

  165. CHH says:

    I’d love a copy of A Spear of Summer Grass.

  166. Sarah C says:

    Ooh, please consider me! I have accounts with all three sites, and I’d dearly LOVE to devour the book and dish over it everywhere. 🙂

  167. Jenny Q says:

    Oh, me, me, me! I can’t wait to read it!

  168. Teje Ellis says:

    I have so enjoyed your books, and am eagerly awaiting the ones coming soon! I would love to be included in the opportunity to win!

  169. Melissa Sylvester says:

    Never done a review but love all your other books and would love to get a copy.

  170. Lisa Cifrulak says:

    I’ve been talking you up in PA ever since I got here! GLADLY will I read another book written by your hand 🙂

    1. Ah, thanks, Lisa–your former pupil was Maria in her school production of “The Sound of Music” last week!

      1. Lisa Cifrulak says:

        Im so proud!!!! I bet it was AMAZING!!!!!

  171. Svea says:

    Did I make it in time to enter? Hope so 🙂 I would love to receive an ARC of your latest novel and help promote your work with my review on those sites as well as my blog!

  172. Tiffany says:

    This is so lovely! Thank you for having this giveaway!

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