GIVEAWAY: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

I am so pleased to offer this giveaway of Deanna Raybourn’s newest release, A Spear of Summer Grass to my readers! This is perfect for Downton Abbey fans and those looking for a taste of passion, the wild 1920s, and the scandal of British East African society.

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julie Grey series enters a new era with A Spear of Summer Grass.

Don’t believe the stories you have heard about me.

I have never killed anyone, and I have never stolen another woman’s husband. Oh, if I find one lying around unattended, I might climb on, but I never took one that didn’t want taking.

And I never meant to go to Africa.

Paris, 1923

The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather’s savannah manor house until gossip subsides.

Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.

Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming-yet fleeting and often cheap.

Amidst the wonders-and dangers-of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for-and what she can no longer live without.

If you blend glamour from The Great Gatsby and romance from “Out of Africa,” you are beginning to grasp the stunning new novel that is A Spear of Summer Grass.

Deanna Raybourn

About the author

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time. Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

Deanna’s novel Silent in the Grave won the 2008 RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, four additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews’ finalist for Best Book of 2010.

Visit Deanna at her website, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

A Spear of Summer Grass is also available at the following retailers: buy from: Amazon | B & N | Indiebound | Powell’s

The prequel novella to this book, Far in the Wilds, is currently free for the Kindle.

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33 replies on “GIVEAWAY: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn”
  1. says: knitandcrochet

    I’m a DR fan from way back, and am itchin’ to find out more about Delilah. That taste of Ryder from Far in the Wilds is pretty compelling…

  2. says: Yvonne Jefferson

    Ever hear an author speak at an event and ask, “Why have I never read this author?” That’s how it was for me. After hearing DR speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book, I immediately requested to read a digital ARC of this and it is AMAZING…..remember the movie Australia? I’d love to win this just so I can share it with friends that say they never read romance novels. Oh, and I think it should win “book cover of the year” if there is an award for that.

  3. says: Crystal Salinetro

    I absolutely loved Far into the Wilds!! Can’t wait to read Spear of Summer Grass. It would be a great birthday present to win this.

  4. says: Levica

    So excited for this book! Love all of Deanna’s books and really looking forward to reading this one. Already read Far into the Wilds and of course it was wonderful!

  5. says: Pat

    Loved reading about Ryder White in “Into the Far Wilds.” Can’t wait to continue with him and Delilah in “A Spear of Summer Grass.”

  6. I’ve heard so many great things about Deanna Raybourn’s books, and am very much looking forward to reading them! It’d be awesome if I could win a copy! I’ll be downloading the prequel novella now. 🙂

  7. says: Lauren

    I can’t wait!! Love Lady Julia and am very excited about this new setting and group of characters.

  8. says: Kristen

    I’ve been a fan of Ms. Raybourn since high school and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this time!

  9. says: Sa a

    What a coincidence, I just downloaded the prequel a few days ago. I’m looking forward to reading this as well.

  10. says: Kai W.

    I’m always looking for different genre written by the same authors. Deanna is quite unique with her story.

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