Tuesday, August 17, 2010

GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW OF DRACULA IN LOVE BY K. ESSEX

Dracula in Love Dracula in Love, takes you on a trip from the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast and Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this Gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

About the Author-

Karen Essex is the author of the historical novel STEALING ATHENA, which chronicles the fantastic journey of the controversial Elgin Marbles; the national and international bestseller LEONARDO'S SWANS, for which she won Italy's prestigious 2007 Premio Roma for foreign fiction; and two acclaimed biographical novels, KLEOPATRA and PHARAOH.
She is also an award winning journalist and a screenwriter, and wrote BETTIE PAGE: LIFE OF A PINUP LEGEND, the only authorized biography of the late pin-up icon.
Presently dividing her time between London and Los Angeles, she is researching and writing her next book, a Victorian gothic novel. Karen invites friends and readers to follow along with her in her travels as she chronicles her adventures, joys, and sorrows in putting together a complex work of historical fiction: www.karenessex.com/blog. Also, please follow her on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/karenessex.

My Thoughts-

I have never read Bram Stoker's Dracula, so I cannot compare Ms. Essex's novel to the original. I felt that the beginning of the novel was a little hard to sink my teeth into maybe because I was not familiar with the characters in the original Dracula story. As the story progressed, I could feel Mina's emotions and her dreams about the Count were vivid. I wish Dracula would have appeared earlier in the story not halfway through. When Mina was forced into the insane asylum and the Count took her away from that dreadful place, I was hooked and I could not put the book down. I was drawn into a world of reincarnation, deceit, Victorian life and romance. There were quite a few erotic scenes that were very distasteful and did not add to the storyline. The book was an interesting read and I learned a little about the history and how people lived in the late 1800's.

And Now For The Contest-

Thanks to Judy at Knopf-Doubleday, I am able to give away two copies of this book.

OPEN TO  US RESIDENTS ONLY.
No PO Boxes.
Prizes will be sent by the publisher.
To Enter-
1. Please leave a comment answering the question- Did you read Bram Stoker's Dracula? +1
2. Become a follower +3 via Google connect.
3. Follow me via twitter (@ginger_high)  and Tweet about the contest +3
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4. Grab my Button +2 please leave link for entry to count.
5. +3 entries for blogging about contest (post link)

Please put all entries into one comment. Thank You!

 Contest ends September 1 @ 12 MN Eastern.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

15 comments:

  1. Did you read Bram Stoker's Dracula? +1 Yup! Took me a while though since some parts were soo boring :)
    2. Become a follower +3 via Google connect.
    3. Follow me via twitter (@ginger_high) and Tweet about the contest +3 https://twitter.com/Adidaswbm/status/21434144336

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    +1 I have read (many times) and love the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. :)
    +3 I'm a GFC follower

    e.j.stevens.author[at]gmail[dot]com

    xx,
    E.J
    From the Shadows

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  3. I have not read it but I have seen the movie.
    gfc follower +3

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  4. Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

    +1 I have read "Bram Stoker's Dracula", and it still scares me just to think about it! Definitely the "Grand-Vamp" of them all : )

    +3 GFC Follower

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  5. I have read dracula, it was awhile ago, but I liked it.
    I am a gfc follower.+3
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  6. +1 No, I haven't read it. I have watched the movie.
    +3 I became a follower.
    nancysoffice at gmail dot com

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  7. I have read excerpts from that book and have seen the movie.

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  8. +1 I have not read Dracula but I want to!

    +3 I am an old GFC follower
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  9. +1 I am not read Bram Stoker's Dracula. Maybe I should before I read this one.

    +3 I am a follower

    +3 I follow you via Twitter, and tweeted about the contest.
    username: ibeeg
    link: http://twitter.com/ibeeeg/status/21574286630

    ibeeeg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. +1 No I have not read the original Dracula
    +3 follow via GFC

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  11. I read Bram Stoker's Dracula many years ago. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I read "Dracula" years ago. It scared me then and it still scares me now. :) I blame Bram Stoker for the vampire craze. It's all his fault!! I'm sure if he were able to see his legacy and the vampire-mania that has endured since he wrote the book, he'd be as amazed as Jane Austen.

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  13. I read Bram Stoker's Dracula a long time ago and it's on my list of to re-read again. +1

    I am a new follower via Google connect. +3

    I follow via twitter (@farrah1230) and tweeted about the contest here http://twitter.com/farrah1230/status/22458552809 +3

    thebookfaeryreviews AT gmail DOT com

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  14. +1 I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula. And re-read every few years.

    +3 follower

    +3 blog link and sidebar - http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2010/08/contest-links-for-830.html

    +3 tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/22584780567

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  15. +1 I haven't read Bram Stoker's Dracula. Hopefully someday.
    +3 GFC follower.
    pinkpeonyblossom at gmail dot com

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