Gargoyle Loving Giveaway!

Yay! We've reached week # 12 of my 16 weeks of giveaways to celebrate the the upcoming US release of book 2  The Cold Kiss of Death (out 26th April), and the UK release of book 3 The Bitter Seed of Magic (Out Now and available from The Book Depository with Free WorldWide Del) *insert yet another shameless self-promo plug* *g*  Huge thanks to eveyone who's bought it! I hope you're all enjoying the read! And a big Gargoyle Loving Welcome to all you new blog followers and visitors!

Yay! On with the celebrations. And if you haven't guessed already, the 'Gargoyle Loving Welcome' is a clue for this week's giveaway, which is for Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom #6) by the awesome Devon Monk, one of my all time fav authors! It's officially out in the US 5th April, but I've heard rumours it's already out in some stores now! UK peeps can buy from The Book Depository :-)

When I read (and re-read) the Allie Beckstrom books, I always love it when Stone, the gargoyle, appears on the page. Stone for me is a wonderful character and exactly what I think of when I picture a gargoyle. Just like the one above, which is one of a pair a gargoyles who live in my garden. Legend has it that gargoyles are said to scare off and protect from any evil or harmful spirits.

But when it comes to buildings, gargoyles are carved stone heads usually made to drain rainwater of roofs – appropriately out of their mouths – as the term gargoyle comes from the French gargouille, meaning "throat" or "gullet"*. Though not all gargoyles are waterspouts, some are just decorative; they’re called grotesques. But waterspout or not, some gargoyles, like those on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, are how I imagine the archetypal gargoyles to be, but others can be anything from grinning faces, snarling animals, and there’s even a fantastic Darth Vader one on Washington National Cathedral. Yay! *geeks out*

You can read an excerpt here for Magic on the Hunt, or if you don't want to spoil yourself, then here's the short blurb from Amazon.

"In the secret lockup of the Authority, the council that decides what can and can't be done with magic, an undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners. He wants his freedom-and then some. Now Allie Beckstrom and her lover, Zayvion, are the first line of defense against the chaos he's about to unleash on the city of Portland..." 

I can't wait to read, and find out what Stone gets up to next! (Oh, and Zay too! *fans herself*). And if you want your very own Stone, and you're of a crafty nature, you can knit him from the pattern here on Devon's site.

Now, if you want to win a copy of Magic on the Hunt*, here's what you need to do: remember my two gargoyles who protect my garden? Well, they don't have any names, so to enter leave me a comment suggesting either one or two names for my garden pets :-)

How to enter:

Leave a comment with either one or two name suggestions for my garden gargoyles.

Please leave a way to contact you (email in comment: Please remember to replace @ with [at] to forestall spam - or your twitter name - no way to contact you - no entry).

Giveaway is international and closes end of day (GMT time) 7th April 2011.

Full General Terms and Rules at the bottom of this post here.

You can get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet as an extra comment.

And don't forget to check out the Giveaway Schedule here. And so you don't miss out on a chance of winning any of the wonderful books in the coming weeks, why not follow me? (following is not a condition of entry).

ETA: There's more chances to win a copy of Magic on the Hunt over at Devon's blog - she's giving away 3 copies to 3 lucky commentators between now and 3rd April! And there's a snippet (which I haven't read, as I'm saving myself for the book *g*).

Please note: My usual blog policy is that I try to reply to all comments on the blog, but for ease of admin I won't be replying to any comments made on any of the giveaway posts during the 16 weeks. Sorry, but it makes it much harder to sort out the winner. However I do read and enjoy all the comments, and will, of course, continue to reply to comments on any other post, so if you have a question for me, leave it on one of those, thank you :-)

All book links lead to Amazon (UK/US) or the Book Depository, and contain affiliate links. I've decided to go affiliate as I love giving books away (and not just as a way of shameless self-promo), but boy, does it get expensive.

x/posted to LJ. Comment here or there. One entry per person.

Don't forget to check the blog's sidebar for more chances to win my books, and the opportunity to help those in Japan through the British Red Cross at Genre for Japan, where you can bid for the chance to have your name as a character in my next book, or a critique of your writing by me, closes 3rd April. Plus there's over a hundred other wonderful donations, and new ones recently added, so why not go and check them out!

* Thank you, Wikipedia *g*
*or your choice of one of the earlier books in the Allie Beckstrom series


synde said...

Stoney and grayback

Joni S. said...

Bartholomew and Hector

jjscalf at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Meridius and Pam

venturinhawendy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Olaf and Olly!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Wendell and Gremory :)


Irene Jackson said...

~Rocky and Rambo


Jojob said...

Spot and Rover ! !

Burridgejo78 at googlemail dot com

Angie-la said...

Castle and Beckett!

David Bridger said...

Grumpy and Lumpy. :)

meowmix915 said...

Argyle the Gargoyle or Jardinier (French 4 gardener). meowmix915(at)suddenlink915(dot)net

Charmaine Clancy said...

I just think that first fellow looks like a 'Groogle'.

megan said...

Alasar and Pierce

elam.megan at

Dina James said...

Steve and Palpatine

Please please please name one Steve!

dina [at] dinajames [dot] com

Mary Preston said...

Prime & Prowl

marypres (at)gmail (dot) com

donnas said...

Zeus and Gus

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Llehn said...

Itchy and Scratchy :D


LadyVampire2u said...

Creeper and Shadow

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

Stein & Carreg

(German & Welsh for stone)

Amberkatze @ gmx . net

rissatoo said...

I think they should be:

Tedmund ... "Protector of the land."


Hayward ... "Keeper or guardian of the hedged enclosure."

I also RT'd, but forgot to get a link...


Jen said...

Stoney and Rock :)

Barbara E. said...

Goji and Griffin
Goliath and Demona

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Unknown said...

Crunk and Goyle

aepona underscore 00 at yahoo dot com

Beverly said...

Omar and Rocky

mariska said...

Zaky and Lael :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

LSUReader said...

For garden gargoyles, I’d recommend the following:

Genesis: The name is invoked as a protector against drought.

Xeni : The name means protector of plants and flowers.

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elaing8 said...

My two names are
Grayson and Gary :)


Jennzah said...

Fenrir and Bellic are my two names :) :)

throuthehaze said...

Winston and Alasdair
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

FurryReaders said...

Manson - actually my dad's old Scottish name, and it always sounded like a name of strength and protection to me (so maybe I am biased there, can you blame me?).

Granite - you may think because a lot are made, or look like the stone but actually it is for one of our male kitties who was found on the curb.


Nope said...

Constantine & Sebastian. :)

miarizzo at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Rocky and Granite! :)

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