Viking Press advised me that there is a hot new urban fantasy book on the horizon called A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness which they describe as -
It’s the smart, sophisticated story of a witch and a vampire who overcome their differences to investigate a lost alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782.Well that certainly sounds good to me. To promote the February release, they are running some excellent giveaways now and I have one for you here. Just fill out the form below and you will be eligible in a random draw to win 5 souvenir buttons now and a copy of the book as soon as it becomes available in January. Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada. The draw will be made on Monday, November 8.
Each button represents a race from the novel and the question, “Where is Ashmole 782?” is the central mystery.
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.
You can find out more about Deborah Harkness at her website and at her award-winning wine blog which is no surprise after watching the book trailer. :)