Most of you will remember Mr. Shan as the author of the Cirque du Freak vampire novels (which recently hit the big screen) and The Demonata Series. Procession of the Dead, however, is his first adult novel and part of a trilogy called The City. It debuted in the United States on June 4th from Grand Central Publishing. You can find out more about Darren Shan and his books on his website.
Details about the giveaway are at the bottom of this post (contest is international). Here's the cover image (after the fold):
About the Book:
The City trilogy is a noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling author otherwise known as Darren Shan. Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark. As he learns the tricks of his new trade from his Uncle Theo -- extortion, racketeering, threatening behaviour -- he’s soon well on his way to becoming a promising new gangster. Then he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever. The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without the Cardinal’s knowledge. His rule is absolute. As Capac begins to discover more about the extent of the Cardinal’s influence on his own life he is faced with hard choices. And as his ambition soars ever higher he will learn all there is to know about loss, and the true cost of ultimate power!Here's the author talking about the U.S. release:
About Darren Shan:
Darren Shan was born in London but at an early age he moved to Limerick, Ireland, with his parents and younger brother. He is a New York Times bestselling author. An extended biography can be found on Mr. Shan's website.
Anyone may enter, unless you live somewhere where I cannot ship the books, like the bottom of the ocean or the Moon. Otherwise, it's open worldwide.
To enter to win a copy of Procession of the Dead you may do any of the following things:
1. Leave a general comment (you can say anything you like)(if your email is not attached to your profile, then leave a way to contact you)
2. Leave a comment telling me a weird, bizarre, scary, or downright creepy thing that you have seen or done (it can be anything, just tell me about it, briefly or at length; you can even make something up)(again, please make sure I have a way to contact you)
3. Send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject line as "Darren Shan" (you can put whatever you like in the email)
The first two winners will be selected at random from a list of all entries. The third winner, however, will be selected based on the most entertaining response to the 2nd option above.
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Contest runs until June 25th, 2010. As long as it's still the 25th for you, you can still enter.
Thanks and good luck!