Tour London in The Cold Kiss of Death (+ Giveaway)

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Well, I'm a bit later posting this week's celebratory giveaway, as I got carried away* with the writing today. Anyway, we're now on week # 14 of my 16 weeks of giveaways to celebrate the the upcoming US release of book 2  The Cold Kiss of Death (out 26th April - only 10'ish days to go!!! Yay!!), and the UK release of book 3 The Bitter Seed of Magic (Out Now! And don't forget you can get it from The Book Depository with Free WorldWide Del (she says, just dropping that tiny bit of self-promo in there . . .) *g*

So it's all about MY BOOKS this week!! And one of the things I love about using London as the setting, is that it's full of fantastic and interesting places. In fact, sometimes I have a hard time choosing which ones to use. But when it came to The Cold Kiss of Death it was all made easier for me by a lovely birthday day out. Here's a tour of some of the great places appearing in the book, that Mr Mc treated me to! Yay! Love that man!

First up is the London Experience and The London Tombs ~ a fun, and sometimes scary exhibition with a good dash of the historical, which is a great day out for all ages (remembering that it can be scary . . .). It's a place that plays a big part in the book. Here's an extract from chapter two where Genny is in the tombs working on a ghost survey with Finn:

"Chewing the end of my pencil, I scanned the underground site again. Bare bulbs in their yellow hanging cages lit the place brighter than the midday sun, even though it was past midnight. The bright lights didn’t make me feel any better: they cast weird shadows over the abandoned builders’ tools, turning them into hiding places full of staring eyes; watching. Thick cobwebs stretched across the arched brick roof and damp stained the walls with algae-slimed patches. And it smelled old and musty, with an underlying whiff of putrefying flesh – a smell Finn had assured me existed only in my over-active imagination, not that his assurances made the smell go away. The place was creepy enough even without the steady stream of ghosts drifting by. Finally my gaze skittered over the more modern breezeblock wall blocking the River Thames end of the tunnel and landed on the cordoned-off area in one corner. An avalanche of old human bones spilled out over the floor. The very bones I’d been trying to ignore all night, especially as I had an odd notion that they kept whispering my name."

The Clink Prison Museum ~ the museum is built upon the original site of the Clink Prison, which dates back to 1144 making it one of England’s oldest, if not the oldest Prison. It's small but perfectly equipped with a selection of original artefacts, and torture devices. The museum is another place that plays a big part in one section of the book. Here's an extract from chapter 11:

"I reached the Clink and almost slipped down the small flight of worn stone steps that led into the museum. I paid my admission and walked slowly through the exhibits towards the large back room.

A concrete troll sat at a big wooden table, rolling a crap-shoot of plastic dice back and forth between his large slab-like hands. He was old – or at least he’d had a hard life; his nose was missing a chunk and his age cracks had been filled with blue-coloured grout, making his pitted concrete skin look like it had a map of wriggling blue lines drawn on it.  The troll’s name was Blue, unsurprisingly appropriate, and the info plaque in front of him stated that trolls had been used as jailers at the Clink as far back as the fifteenth century."

London Bridge ~ There's been a bridge over this section of the Thames since the Roman occupation of the area, nearly 2,000 years ago. It's been replaced/rebuilt a few times over the years, and the current bridge has been there since 1973. Bad things happen to it in the book!

The Borough Market in Southwark ~ a fantastic food market, with some scrumptious eateries. We had lunch at a fab fish restaurant (fish is my fav food as anyone who knows me *g*) with a lovely glass of bubbly*. The market gets a very brief mention in the book :-)

The Golden Hinde ~ The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of the Tudor warship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in 1577 – 1580. We didn't visit this, so that's a trip for another day, but the ship does get a mention in passing in the book, along with a selkie who's squatting in the captain's cabin.(now that's a short story waiting to happen . . . sometime *g*)

And one place we went that didn't appear in the book: Vinopolis ~ The place to go in London for a wonderful wine tasting tours.

So onto the giveaway! Here's what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning your choice* of one of my books: Leave me a comment telling me which place from The Cold Kiss of Death you'd choose to visit.

And if you haven't tried any of my books yet, then check out the books pages on  my website. UK editions here. US editions here.(UK and US editions have the same text, but different covers)

How to enter:

Leave a comment with which place from The Cold Kiss of Death you'd choose to visit.

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) 21st 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).

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.

*I blame it on the ménage à trois that turned up unexpectedly. Definitely didn't see that one coming! *g* And no, before anyone asks, the ménage isn't who you're all thinking! Mwahahahahaha! *Evil Author Moment* 

*Yep, I know, bubbly for lunch, and then a wine tasting! Hedonistic! But hey, it was my birthday!

* Winner can choose one book from: The Sweet Scent of Blood #1, The Cold Kiss of Death #2, The Bitter Seed of Magic #3, Home Improvement: Undead Edition #1/2 (contains prequel Spellcrackers short story).

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


Unknown said...

The London Experience and The London Tombs would be my choice. I can see a bridge anywhere *winks*!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Anonymous said...

The Golden Hinde looks super awesome. I'd definitely want to check that out.


-Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

Irene Jackson said...

I'd like to visit The Clink Prison museum. But there probably isn't really a troll in there is there :)


Novels On The Run said...

I think The Clink Prison museum, ooo just too 'feel' what could have gone on there.


LSUReader said...

I'd first choose The London Experience and London Tombs--I love that stuff. But really, I'd like to tour all these sites. (Email in profile.)

donnas said...

Well I would have to see the London Bridge. Then the London Tombs sounds very interesting.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

rissatoo said...

Only pick one? Are you kidding me? I wanna see EVERYTHING in London! Waaah!

OK, let's get serious... We have wonderful wineries nearby for tastings, so that can be crossed off. Same goes for the market. I've seen the London Bridge here (is it at Lake Havasu? Cannot recall, it's been 20 years.), so not that. I'm pretty sure I can see boat replicas down at the harbor, so no Hinde.
Huh. That still leaves me with what? Clink, Experience & Tombs, I think. A quick coin toss (What? You don't have a three-sided coin, too? :p), and the winner is: the London Experience. Whew. That was difficult. < wink >

(I retweeted, but can't capture links from this ol' iPhone...)

Barbara E. said...

To visit London has been a dream for a long time, so I'd want to see everything. If I have to choose just one place, I'd choose The Golden Hind, especially if there was a selkie in the captain's cabin. :D

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

ArtemisG said...

Great post! The London Bridge is amazing.
Thanks for the giveaway

artgiote at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I love scary things, so the London Experience and The London Tombs it is! ;)
It sounds very fun, maybe someday I'll have the chance to visit.
Thnaks for the giveaway!

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com
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M Cris said...

The Golden Hinde looks very interesting, and I really like the Tudors, so...
Thanks for the giveaway.

cris_mv at hotmail dot com

cegluna said...

I must be in the mood to be creeped out today cause I cannot choose between The London Tombs and The Clink :)


Jennzah said...

i love the London Bridge. i love the walk just around there and everything. that would be my choice. :) :)

elaing8 said...

They all sound like grat places to visit.My choice would be the London Experience and The London Tombs.



Chrisbails said...

i would love to visit anything in london. if i had to choose it would be the london bridge or the clink prison museum. thanks for the great giveaway and keep on writing the great books.

Unknown said...

I love London, the atmosphere of the city, and what I would enjoy even more than strolling London of nowadays is to visit the London of an alternate universe or historical London, would be so exciting! :-D

From your locations I would be most interested in visiting the London experience and the tombs. When I was in Edinburgh, I visited the old 1600s part of the city which has been built over, and the streets and houses are underground! Amazing!

Thank you for the chance and CONGRATS Suzanne!! :-D

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

I also tweeted about the giveaway here:!/Stella_ExLibris/status/61346195305545728

Have a nice sunny Easter weekend! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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