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It's been over a month since I did one of these and I've got a couple of interesting urban fantasy novels to give away.

First up is UNHOLY GHOSTS by Stacia Kane, which is the first in a new urban fantasy series set in a future world where the manifestation of ghosts led to the near-collapse of human society. Chess Putnam is an exorcist for The Church of Real Truth and a drug addict who soon finds herself out of her depth when her dealer calls in a favour. No less an author than Charlaine Harris has described it as "Gripping ... Vivid characters and a wonderful sense of pace ... I was enthralled."

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of haunting from those hoping to profit.

Enter Chess Putnam, witch and freewheeling ghost hunter, with a real talent for nailing the liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret: a little drug problem.

Chess owes a murderous drug lord a lot of money. And he wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is clear undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, and a nefarious demonic creature. Toss in lust with a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to her dealer’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it.

Hell, yeah.

Secondly, there's A MATTER OF BLOOD by Sarah Pinborough, which is also set in a future world where the collapse of the global economy led the world's richest men to establish The Bank to save and manage the world's assets. DI Cass Jones is a policeman working two high-profile cases (a serial killer called The Man of Flies because he leaves the insects over the bodies of his victims, and the gangland shooting of two school boys) when he finds himself implicated in the death of his brother and his brother's family.

The recession that grips the world has left it exhausted. Crime is rising in every major city. Financial institutions across the world have collapsed, and most governments are now in debt to The Bank, a company created by the world’s wealthiest men.

But Detective Inspector Cass Jones has enough on his plate without worrying about the world at large. His marriage is crumbling, he’s haunted by the deed of his past, and he’s got the high-profile shooting of two schoolboys to solve – not to mention tracking down a serial killer who calls himself the Man of Flies.

Then Cass Jones’ personal world is thrown into disarray when his brother shoots his own wife and child before committing suicide – leaving Cass implicated in their deaths. And when he starts seeing silent visions of his dead brother, it’s time for the suspended DI to go on the hunt himself – only to discover that all three cases are linked ...

As Jones is forced to examine his own family history, three questions keep reappearing: what disturbed his brother so badly in his final few weeks? Who are the shadowy people behind the Bank? And, most importantly, what do they want with DI Cass Jones?

All you have to do to win these books is leave a comment on this LJ telling me either:

(a) what your favourite TV series is that's taken from a book or books (including forthcoming series, given that HBO will be showing its George R R Martin adaptation soon); OR

(b) what book(s) would you most like to see turned into a television series?


1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me your favourite TV series (or forthcoming TV series)taken from a book or books OR the book(s) would you most like to see turned into a television series.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address in your comment).

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind about your favourite book), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Sunday 5th September 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Wednesday 8th September by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within one (1) week (i.e. by Wednesday 15th September), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


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Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
*coughs* Umm... Pride and Prejudice, the BBC mini-series version. There is just something about the adaption that felt true to me - I can't stand the movie with Kiera Knightly in it. That's about it. I wish I could say TrueBlood as I find the Sookie Stackhouse novels entertaining (even if her terrible spoken grammar drives me nuts), but the tv series looks dreadful. :D
Aug. 23rd, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
True Blood
Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: True Blood
...What on Earth was that for??? Bizarre. What of the whatness. Good grief. I suppose it's my own fault for following the link.
Aug. 25th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: True Blood
there is a link with all episode http://www.freelinkmovie.info/hbo-movies
Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I would love to see an adaptation of Mary Renault's Alexandriad. Stone cocked it up royally when turning the material of the books into the film Alexander, but the material would be wonderful fodder for a TV series with a 4-6 episode series for each book.

Edited at 2010-08-22 02:44 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'd agree with the above folks re: Dexter. First two books were great, but the third one jumped the shark so badly, it was like reading bad fanfic.

I'd love to see Barbara Hambley's Benjamin January series made into a series. How can you miss with early nineteenth century New Orleans, complete with annual yellow fever plagues, disreputable yankees, slavery, and a "Free man of color" trained in Paris as a physician? The books are rich with period details and the mysteries/adventures are very, very good.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I would love to see Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog made into a series. A little bit Dr. Who, I suppose, but the writing is fun and clever. :D
Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series turned into a TV series, but only if it's done well.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
-If it's okay to vote for a mini-series, then Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal" gets my vote for best tv-series based on a novel.

-I would like to see Mike Shevdon's "Sixty-One Nails" as a movie or series. It's really good.


Aug. 23rd, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oops. I answered both a and b, I hope that's okay.

Aug. 23rd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Kind of a guilty pleasure, but the Dresden Files series was the one thing the whole house could watch together without arguing. (We have one house member who vehemently objects to complex serials like Battlestar Galactica.) I was sad when it was canceled.

My personal favorite though, has to be the French-language miniseries of The Count of Monte Cristo, with Gerard Depardieu in the titular role. I have it on DVD but have to wait until everyone else is out of the house to watch it.
Aug. 27th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really want to read Unholy Ghosts: the reviews I've read elsewhere have me most intrigued.

As for your question:

a) Poldark (the original BBC series, not the later ITV one)

b) Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson series (or any of her other stories, but those would make for very short TV series).
Sep. 5th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
a) I'm so excited about the Game of Thrones series it's untrue. I haven't finished the book series yet (still got book 4 to go

and I know you said either...

but I'd love to see a tv adaptation (maybe mini-series) of Jean Auel's Earth's Children. They're totally my guilty pleasure! A movie was made of the first book back in the 80s, but wasn't very good by all accounts. However, given the advancements in CGI in terms of rendering mammoths etc., I think it could be done really well today.
Sep. 7th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)

The Random Generator selected you as the winner.

Could you drop me an email at caroline [UNDERSCORE] hooton [AT] yahoo [DOT] com with your address and I'll arrange for the books to be sent out to you.
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