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Giveaway for A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

This giveaway is for the Dear Author Recommended Read “A Spear of Summer Grass” by Deanna Raybourn.

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

About A Spear of Summer Grass

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

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.

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.


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.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Make Kay
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:29:51

    I LOVE Deanna’s Lady Julia books!!

  2. ms bookjunkie
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:37:32

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS ever since I read FAR IN THE WILDS a couple of weeks ago.

  3. TaraR
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:49:30

    This sounds too good to pass up.

  4. brandy
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:50:28

    This is a little bit later in history than I usually tend to read, but it looks very interesting!

  5. Kim
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:54:46

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve enjoyed her Lady Julia series, though this sounds quite different.

  6. LauraB
    May 03, 2013 @ 11:07:38

    I’m looking forward to this one. I’m so pleased that we have 2 books set in Africa coming out this month (and both are by such great authors). :)

  7. Naomi
    May 03, 2013 @ 11:15:13

    I really enjoyed the Lady Julia Grey series! Looking forward to this book :)

  8. Aisha
    May 03, 2013 @ 11:31:59

    I posted this on the review thread but I thought that it should go here as well, because, frankly I was so utterly disgusted when I tried to read the prequel novella –

    Megan S and I were quite critical of the blurb for Far in the Wilds on the April open reader thread, and feeling guilty for having criticised the book and its assumed premise solely on the basis of its blurb, I decided to read the novella. I got to page 19 where Ms Raybourn writes “The men and the Africans gathered around the lion…” because of course ‘Africans’ cannot be ‘men’. Suffice it to say that I will not be reading Ms Raybourn again.

  9. Nicole
    May 03, 2013 @ 12:08:45

    I have been a big fan of the Lady Julia series from the beginning, and I am looking forward to reading this book, as well (and buying it for my library)!

  10. Sally W.
    May 03, 2013 @ 12:11:05

    After reading the novella, I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  11. Connie M.
    May 03, 2013 @ 12:28:08

    Love Deanna Raybourne’s Lady Julia series. The first book in the series has one of my most favorite opening lines ever!

  12. andrea2
    May 03, 2013 @ 14:03:40

    I love Deanna Raybourne’s books, especially the Lady Julia series. I’d love to win this book. Thanks

  13. Lily
    May 03, 2013 @ 14:27:07

    I’m looking forward to thsi one. I’m huge fan of Deanna Raybourn books.
    Fingers cross!

  14. azurelucy
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:03:20

    Me want. This sounded interesting so even if I don’t win a copy, I’ll definitely buy it.

  15. Anya
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:04:34

    This book sounds AMAZING. Even if I don’t win I’m still going to get it :)

  16. kp
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:10:43

    Love the sound of this book!

  17. Maureen
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:15:26

    I enjoy Deanna Raybourn’s writing style and her heroine looks pretty unique.

  18. Celine
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:51:01

    Love Raybourn’s intelligent, sassy, & well-spoken heroines!

  19. Sandypo
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:52:05

    The series sounds wonderful and I’ll definitely be looking out for it.

  20. SandyH
    May 03, 2013 @ 16:09:43

    One of my favorite authors. Can’t wait for this book.

  21. Malin
    May 03, 2013 @ 16:17:18

    Oh, I’d love to win a copy, I’m a huge fan of her Lady Julia books!

  22. Nancy
    May 03, 2013 @ 16:31:12

    I’m excited that Raybourn decided to do a book set in 1920s colonized Kenya, although I’m a little nervous about how it’s handled. Looking forward to reading it!

  23. Lea
    May 03, 2013 @ 17:36:53

    This sounds fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. bn100
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:15:49

    Interesting setting

  25. Bonnie Bee
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:20:16

    It’s been too long since we’ve had something from Ms Raybourn, who happens to be one of my favorite authors.

  26. peggy h
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:25:34

    I’m really looking forward to reading this–it feels like a lazy day summer read (if only I had lazy summer days!)

  27. Julie
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:29:32

    The setting intrigues me. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  28. Michelle
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:33:53

    I do like her strong, smart heroines. The book looks exciting.

  29. Sue
    May 03, 2013 @ 20:56:50

    This sounds very interesting. Deanna Raybourn’s characters are always very interesting and complex.

  30. Tory
    May 03, 2013 @ 21:13:07

    Sounds intriguing!

  31. Jen McKernan
    May 03, 2013 @ 21:43:17

    Love Deanna Raybourn and would love to win this!!!

  32. GinaD
    May 03, 2013 @ 21:57:42

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  33. Nadia Lee
    May 03, 2013 @ 23:13:31

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve never read this author before, but would love to try. :)

  34. Kaetrin
    May 04, 2013 @ 00:20:10

    I have the novella on my tbr, so this one is on my radar.

  35. Angela Booth
    May 04, 2013 @ 02:06:28

    The book sounds wonderful; I’ve placed it in my digital TBR pile… :-)

  36. Eliza Evans
    May 04, 2013 @ 02:32:41

    Thanks for the contest! I’m a big fan of the Lady Julia books as well as Deanna’s blog. I’m interested in seeing what she does with a new set of characters.

  37. Antonia
    May 04, 2013 @ 07:44:32

    Looking forward to this one!

  38. Lesley D
    May 04, 2013 @ 10:16:27

    Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the Lady Julia books, so I’m excited to read this one.

  39. Meg
    May 04, 2013 @ 23:08:41

    I love all of the Lady Julia books and enjoyed the Transylvania stand-alone, so I’m really looking forward to reading this!

  40. Tünde
    May 05, 2013 @ 07:58:20

    I would like to have a chance to get to know Deanna Raybourn’s writing.

  41. Maya M.
    May 05, 2013 @ 21:36:33

    I’ve been to Kenya, would love to revisit in a Raybourn setting!

  42. Amy
    May 05, 2013 @ 23:11:28

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. Francene
    May 06, 2013 @ 09:55:35

    I’m intrigued by the setting, the review and the idea. I keep hearing good things about this author. Love to win the giveaway and give her a try for myself. Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. AuntieKristin
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:14:11

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try a Raybourn.

  45. Sarah J
    May 06, 2013 @ 12:04:58

    I’m so excited for this book. A) It is set in the 20s and B) It’s by Deanna Raybourn.

  46. Anne-Marie
    May 06, 2013 @ 16:02:18

    Looks compelling!

  47. camilla
    May 06, 2013 @ 19:09:35

    I love every word she has written!

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