Giveaway - The Iron Witch: Karen Mahoney

So, here it is, week 1 of 16 weeks of celebratory giveaways to celebrate the release of
The Bitter Seed of Magic - Spellcrackers # 3 in the UK on 17th Feb (1st time in print)
The Cold Kiss of Death - Spellcrackers # 2 in the US on 26th April (out now in the UK)

And my first giveaway is ...

*Cue Drumroll*

the fabulous young adult debut novel from the wonderful
OMG, don't you just adore this cover. I can't wait to see it in RL all its glorious gold.  Seriously, even if I didn't know this book was a fantastic read, I'd buy it for the cover alone.

But don't take my word for how great a read it is, just see what the equally fabulous Richelle Mead, author of the wonderful Vampire Academy books has to say about The Iron Witch.

"Dark and beautiful, sensual and dangerous, utterly enthralling. Karen Mahoney is a brilliant storyteller, blending magic and alchemy with bold, captivating characters who step right off the page and draw you into their world. You’ll fall under this book’s spell."

I'm so excited about this book as Karen is a great friend of mine and for anyone that doesn't know, she's been writing and dreaming of being published since she was twelve. A dream she's had for *cough* years*. I'm thrilled that her dream is finally coming true for her. What makes Karen's debut book even more special for me is that we would never have met if it wasn't for our writing. Karen was one of the very first to comment on my Live Journal, when I first ventured into the big wide, scary world of the internet back in 2008, when my own debut book was wending its own exciting way to publication.

So what do you have to do to enter? Well, Karen is a big fan of Wonder Woman, so . . . leave me a comment stating who your Super Hero is. Now that can be a fictional Super Hero or a real-life one. So I'll start it off. Umm, at the risk of having my Geek memebership rescinded I don't really have a fictional Super Hero, but right now I do have a real-life one: Karen herself. She's been a true friend recently, at a time when she's got a lot going on in her own life (Hey, new book, anyone!), so I'm nominating  Karen as my very own Wonder Woman! *ducks as Karen throws things at the soppy, sentimental, sap* *g*

So what are you waiting for, go comment! *g*

How to enter:
Leave a comment saying who your Super Hero is.

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 closes end of day (GMT time) 19th Jan 2011
See rest of General terms and rules below.

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).

(you can read all about what Wonder Woman means to Karen here - with added Johnny Depp!)

You can read the first FOUR chapters of The Iron Witch for FREE on the Figment website. Figment is a great new site aimed at teen readers and writers:
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.

General terms and rules:

-Giveaways open internationally where The Book Depository delivers.
-Winners will be chosen by
-Winners will be contacted by email. If they do not claim their prize within 7 days, the giveaway will be re-drawn.
-If you do not leave an email/twitter name to contact you with your comment, entry is void.
-Emails will not be used for any other purpose.
-Winner's name will be posted at the top of the relevant giveaway post, and in the comments after the closing date.
-Release dates noted in the giveaways are US, unless otherwise stated: winners will be sent either US or UK version of books as delivered by The Book Depository asap after relevant release date.
-you can enter to win even if you've won something from me before.
-Giveaway books are the latest in the authors' series, but I'm happy to substitute an earlier book from the same series if it's available and the winner wants.
-There is no cash alternative. 
-Oh, and anything else I've forgotten :-)

Please note: My 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. I will still continue to reply to comments on any other post :-) 

*What, you thought I was going to give away a lady's age? *g* 

**The Iron Witch is a Young Adult book, aimed at Young Adults (and those of us who might not be so young, but still love to read them :-), but for those new visitors to this blog, who might be interested in my books, or any of the books in the future giveaways, all of those are aimed at the adult market. Now I'm not about to police anyone's reading, I think that young adults (and us older folk :-)) are quite able to make our own minds up about what we want to read, but I did want to mention it so that everyone is aware. :-)

All links lead to Amazon (merely for ease). Please note: there are other online books stores available.


serendipity_viv said...

My superhero.Hmm DangerMouse. I grew up loving him and Penfold.

Fabulous giveaway. Thanks Suzanne.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your releases!
My superhero is Hulk...After i saw the movie with Edward Norton i just saw him with a totally different eye!Plus the whole savage/sensitive side is just my thing!


Lexie said...

congrats congrats congrats!

BARRY ALLEN AKA THE SILVER AGE FLASH he's been my dreamboat superhero ever since my cousin first read me 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' and I learned that yes, you could fall madly in love with a person at first glance.

Lexie C.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read Iron Witch...Win or not... My Hero is JK Rowlings because she inspired so mahy kids to read and my son is one such person. As a matter of fact he was re-reading Deathly Hallows this morning. : )

Unknown said...


tina werner said...

my superhero is wolverine, for all the obvious reasons! yum!

thanks for the chance to win!!!

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

Sage Ravenwood said...

My superhero is Elektra. She has the gypsy spirit down pat. Love her attitude.

Storm follows by a hairs breadth. Who wouldn't admire an elemental? (Hugs)Indigo


Unknown said...

I was thinking Batman, but then I saw some posted Electra. Now I cannot decide :)

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Unknown said...

My favorite superhero is currently Phoenix Jones - the real-life vigilante patrolling the streets in Seattle.

Anonymous said...

Darkwing Duck :) Though I like Batman too.

I'm super excited for Kaz :)


phoenixfirewolf at gmail dot com

Durão said...

Me three for Batman!
His darkness soothes my soul!

carlos_durao [AT]

Rhys Wilkins said...

It has to be Dangermouse!

elaing8 said...

my super hero would be Wonder Woman.I watched the show all the time growing up.I just wanted to be her. I even had a costume and wore it all the was like 6yrs old) :)

Sab H. said...

My favorite superhero is Damien for The Rise of the renegade X by Chelsea Campbell! er, wait he's also a supervillain, does that count? LOL

yabliss AT gmail DOT com

A.J. said...

Great giveaway! Love the cover of the book.

My superheros are all the Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon! They're awesome girls who can kick butt! :)


cegluna said...

Okay, I'm gonna get heavy here. My real life superhero is my cousin (more like a sis) Jenn. She unexpectedly lost her mom (her best friend) 3 years ago and has been so amazing in coping. I admire her strength and ability to endure in spite of the devastating void in her life. I know I won't do as well with my mom, but I know Jenn will be there for me.


Julie said...

I like the covers on your books, too. My favorite superhero is Spiderman. I like that Peter Parker was a shy, high school student -- which many of us can easily relate to -- then became a reporter for a newspaper. I'm a fan of the movies, but disappointed Toby Macguire is not going to be in the new movie. It would be fun to see the Broadway show despite it's current problems. I also liked Wonder Woman growing up. I dressed up as her for Halloween once! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My favorite superhero is Jubilee from X-Men... I remember first seeing a cartoon with her and loved how awkward she was with her new powers and that they seemed to short circuit. Just felt like I could really relate. :)


Anonymous said...

I would have to say that my super hero is also Wonder Woman! She's just so awesome!


Van Pham said...

my favorite superhero is wolverine! :)

thanks for the giveaway


Ivy said...

I like any of the good XMEN people because their abilities are so cool! :) I wished I had one of their abilities, but I would have to be able to control it. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!!


Unknown said...

I'll go with...
Dr. Strange.
Thank you for the opportunity to win!
RKCharron AT

Emily said...

My favourite superhero would have to be Batman. Partly cause he's really the only one I properly *know*, watching all the movies as a youngster and then the re-invention of him with Christian Bale.

Erika said...

Hi! My fav superhero is The Flash! I used to watch the cartoons all the time when I was a kid...


Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

This is a wonderful giveaway!!
This book is so on my wishlist!
Thanks so much.

My fave super-hero has always been Elektra Natchios and Daredevil. Tormented, morally gray at times, but tragic!!


Unknown said...

keanash at

I'm going to be sappy & say that my superheroes are the critical care nurses I work with every day. Because of their diligence, knowledge, kindness, and bravery, lives are saved and will continue to be saved every day.

Tynga said...

I'm really excited for Karen's book! The cover alone is pretty, but if Ms. Mead praise her that way it must be freaking awesome *g*

My super hero.... ummm I can pick Dean from Supernatural? I mean I love the guy he's HAWT, funny, have a incredible sense of duty (even though it's kinda twisted) and saved the world on many occasions. What else could you ask for?

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anne-Mhairi Simpson said...

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. He's got the power, the weakness, the quickfire sarky comments and he cares about everyone so much! Love him!

annemhairi [at] aol [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I would say..Spider-man! I grew up watching all the Spider-man movies, and he's just my favorite superhero. I cannot wait until THE IRON WITCH, it is going to be soooo good! Thanks so much for holding this contest! :D

My name is Alexis Salcido, :)

Lee said...

Hmm...My superhero is Harry Potter (character/book series) - I grew up with him, he bonded my siblings and I together, he's always been there to offer a little escape, a little adventure.

Thanks for giving us this opportunity! I came over from Karen's blog - I've been dying to read this book since I saw the cover and blurb floating around last fall!

Twitter: lkyim

Kristen said...

My favorite superhero is The Tick.. I love spoofy superheros. If I had to pick a real superhero.. I guess I'd go with Batman.. always been a fan.

Thank you for all the awesome giveaways coming up!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Llehn said...

My fav super hero is Batman.


Cass said...

My superhero is Luigi from the Mario series. ;)


Falcata Times said...

Superheroes are tricky to pick just one.

Currently I'm more Anti-Hero so Jonah Hex. (Although the recent film didn't do as much as it could have done.)


Unknown said...

My favourite hero is Superman. I think he's amazing^^
Thanks for the givaway


W. Randell Felts said...

My favorite "super hero" has to be Chris Gardner, the subject of the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" that starred Will Smith. I went through some serious bad times and his story helped me to deal with it.

email: wrfelts(at)gmail(dot)com

Spav said...

My favourite superhero is Spiderman.


Antonia said...

Power Girl!
So feminine, sexy and powerful!

Darlyn said...

It would be Wolverine! He's sexy with the claws..

darlyn225 at gmail dot com

Brodie said...

I want to read The Iron Witch SO badly! Not only does it sound amazing, but having one of my favourite authors (Richelle Mead) blurb it does wonders :)

Oh gee... I was sitting here for a few minutes thinking who my super hero is when I spotted one of the above comments mention J.K Rowling and could not agree more. That woman has inspired me so much and created a world I've become entwined in for a decade. Not only is she a brilliant author, but an amazing woman!

Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Blodeuedd said...

Hard to say really, I never really had a super hero, or heroine I liked up too *coughs* Ok I did really really like He-man, the cartoon as a kid, lol, perhaps he is the one

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

Wee Shubba said...

Great giveaway


Anonymous said...

Add my love for Kaz and I can't wait to read her book & this giveaway might make that happen sooner!

For my literal Wonder Woman, I'd vote for Terry Farrell who could be a dead ringer for Lynda Carter (and therein lies MY geek card!), but for honorary Wonder Woman status I'd vote for J.K. Rowling -- what that woman did for herself, her family & the world is nothing short of superheroic. I think she should be sent a pair of gold armor bracelets.

Great giveaway! Thanks!

Dawn (dot) Metcalf (at) gmail (dot) com.

Beverly said...

My favorite super hero - I love Wonder Woman - it was a weekly 1/2 hour show when I was a kid and I lived for it! It wasn't cartoon - it was "real" people - it starred Lynda Carter and I thought she was amazing! I so wanted the head band, but the lasso sold me!
Thanks for hosting -

Steph Burgis said...

My favorite fictional super hero is definitely Buffy!


Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

My favorite superhero has always been Elektra Natchios of the Daredevil Marvel comics.
Not only was she the first female hero I came across, but she also was of Greek origin which made me squee with delight! lol
Never mind that she was an assassin.. She actually had a tormented past and she only became an assassin for revenge and got lost in the way... :P

Thanks so much for this giveaway.

Kelly @ I work For Books

Jafa said...

I am always with the Big Man, the Man of Steel!

jafantunes AT

Carol said...

A to say really. As a little girl, I always liked Cheetara (thundercats) & Marie/rogue (x-men) lol


mariska said...

My super hero is my DH :)

With 4 yos son plus this 2 mos baby, He absolutely my Hero.
He helps me to do the house work, cleaning the dishes and making our breakfast before he goes to work. perfect !

uniquas at ymail dot com

Joana Dias said...

Silver Surfer is my kind of anguished being!

joanapatriciadias AT gmail DOT com

Avery said...

Oh gosh... This is a tough question. There are so many great fictional male characters out there that I think deserve this. But I gotta go with Dimitri from "The Vampire Academy" series. *but for real super heroes? Spiderman kicks butt!*

Thanks for the giveaway!

Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

Mmmm..I guess my superhero is my mom who has supernatural powers keeping the house cleaned, taking care of our family and making us always feel loved!


Anonymous said...

I loved Gambit from the X-Men. He was a hottie for sure!!


Katelyn said... favorite superhero would have to be Batman. A boyfriend of mine had some strange obsession with him. Even though the relationship ended, I am still quite fond of batman. Awesome contest.

Brenna said...

I was always a fan of Nightcrawler from X-men. He had a lot to deal with, and was still so grounded. And who wouldn't want to teleport?

But really my real hero is my Mom. She raised my brother and I completely on her own, with no real help from my father. She's done so much and given up so much for us kids, that I'm really glad since we've grown up a bit, she is finally getting her life back.

Thanks for the giveaway. brenna.braaten[at]

Suzanne McLeod said...

The contest is now closed.

Many thanks to everyone that entered and left your favourite Superhero! Lots of great ones there. Karen and I really enjoyed reading all your comments.

And the winner is . . .


who said...
a. my favorite superhero is wolverine! :)

Congratulations, Van! An email is on its way to you!

Thanks again everyone! Don't forget to check back for this week's giveaway when it goes live, which is

Unseen (Outcast # 3) - Rachel Caine

Suzanne xx

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