Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Giveaway - Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black

It’s been three years since the terrible night Emily Ramsey suffered a double tragedy—the death of her sister and the disappearance of her fiancé. She deserves another chance at happiness, and gentle, adorable Zach Sullivan is the perfect man to mend her shattered heart. But from the moment Emily opens the hand-carved box holding a glittering diamond solitaire, she’s seized by an unshakeable fear: she’s going to lose Zach.
That’s exactly what Monica, Zach’s ex-girlfriend, is banking on. Bitter with envy, Monica will stop at nothing to sabotage Zach and Emily’s romance. Troubling notes show up in Emily’s mailbox, fanning the flames of suspicion. A bloody photograph sends her reeling. But when someone is brutally murdered, will Emily be able to escape suspicion and the possibility that she might be next?
Whitney Award–winning author Stephanie Black treats readers to another of her brilliantly thrilling stories that will leave the reader no choice but to keep reading well past the stroke of midnight.
Fear struck Emily Ramsey with such force that she couldn’t move. Her body was stone, as cold and hard as the diamond that glittered against the velvet lining of the wooden ring box.
She was going to lose him.
Zachary Sullivan smiled at her, his cinnamon-brown hair blasted by the wind so it stood straight up from his forehead. “I know it’s not exactly the Hope Diamond, but hey—you know all about schoolteachers’ salaries.”
Willing herself to relax, Emily dug her toes into the sand and drew a deep breath of briny air. “I wouldn’t want the Hope Diamond. It’s cursed. And this is gorgeous.”
“You don’t sound too sure.” The teasing note in Zach’s voice disappeared with his next words. “Or are you having second thoughts about taking me along with the ring?”
“No second thoughts.” She rotated the box and studied the delicate wooden inlays forming a daisy on the lid. “The box is as beautiful as the ring. How long did it take you to make this?”
He smiled and shrugged. “I thought you could use one more thing for your daisy collection.”
Emily smiled back. She’d never told him that every daisy-themed item in her apartment had been a gift from Tricia. Daisies had been Tricia’s trademark.
She reached to take the diamond solitaire from the box, but her fingers trembled. She lowered her hand rather than risk dropping the ring into the sand.
“You’re shaking.” Zach took the ring box and set it on top of the picnic hamper. “You okay, Em?”
Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger. Her first novel, a futuristic thriller called The Believer, was published by Covenant Communications in 2005. Her contemporary suspense novel, Fool Me Twice, was a 2008 Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense. Methods of Madness is her third book. Her fourth novel, Cold As Ice, will be released in August 2010.
Win your free copy of Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black.
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing why you love being terrified by a good suspense novel.
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
4 entries for posting about the current giveaway or the month-long contest on your personal blog or putting it on your sidebar. If you post about the overall contest, please let me know which book you'd like your extra entries put towards. (please provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 4th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Friday we'll be giving away Altered State by Gregg Luke. See you then!


  1. I don't have a lot of suspense in my life so being terrified by a good novel is exciting to me.

  2. I'm a follower, posted on FB and twitter. I'd love to read this book. Stephanie's a great writer!

  3. I love reading and when someone recomedes a good book. I'm always willing to read. I hear she is a great writer

  4. For me it's not so much about being terrified as it is about the high suspense, keeping me turning the pages real fast, so to speak. Please enter me.
    I am a follower.
    By the way, I have awarded your blog with the One Lovely Blog Award! More info here.

  5. Thanks for the entries, friends.
    I agree, Laura, it's really about pacing for me as well.
    Thank you so much for awarding my blog! I'll go check that out now.

  6. Sounds intense. Need a good book to keep me going on the treadmill and this sounds like it will do the trick. :O)

  7. I am a follower now. I came over her from Stephanie's site.
    I would LOVE to win one of her books! I love reading and suspense AND romance in ONE book..LOOKS like a GREAT book!
    I'll tweet about this giveaway too! AWESOME! THANKS!

  8. Who like books? Cami is doing a giveaway! U could win a book by Stephanie Black--

    MY twitter handle is Aquamarine76.

    I'll put something up on my sidebar as well!

    I'll be back!

  9. In a life where everything is predictable, I love to escape to an unpredictable place where you don't know what is going to happen next!

  10. Destrella - I can read magazines on the treadmill, but books? You are good.

    Thanks for following Aquamarine. I'll put all your extra points towards this book. It does look amazing.

    I think that's my favorite part about writing Andrea, my characters surprise the bejeebees out of me. Love them!

  11. It's so exciting to get lost in a book where you can actually feel the danger. Even better when it resolves itself, and you didn't get killed off in the process (hopefully).

  12. LOL! I certainly hope nobody gets killed off by reading a book! :)

    Hmm... I don't love being truly terrified, but I do enjoy the twists and seeing the mystery unfold. And burning the midnight oil as I sit on the bathroom floor (while my bed beckons unheard!) because I JUST HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT is so fun (and exactly what I did with "The Sister Pact" and Stephanie's "Fool Me Twice"). :)

  13. If I'm terrified then it means it's a very good book and I love a very good book!

    I'm already a follower.

    I blogged about your contest today. You can divide my entries between today's book and Rebecca Talley's (if I'm not too late to get in on that.)

  14. this looks spell binding thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  15. It make the book more exciting and drags me in because i want everything to turn out all right but the suspence is adding to the excitment of the novel.

  16. I posted abou this Contest on my blog. It sounds like a wonderful book. Contact me through my blog.

  17. Aw, thanks, Heidi. I love it when a book truly captures me as well. I terrify myself enough with my own imagination and writing that I don't read truly scary stuff, more suspense that will keep me guessing.

  18. i love it when it's dark, i'm reading & i hear every creak in the house, footsteps outside and goosebumps on my arm, if a book can get me there thru the storyline. then i won't put it down til i'm done.

  19. I love a book that has me on the edge of my chair. As I read suspense my rocking chair goes faster and my heart rate goes up. I love this feeling. I do have to slow my chair down because it moves after awhile.

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  20. I love being scared silly by a suspense book. Have loved it ever since I was a teen. Once you're hooked, it's a lifelong thing.

    coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

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  23. I love to be scard because than I can't put it down... I have a hole pile of books I have started and not finshed... I like books that make me need to know how it ends

  24. Exactly! Suspense and keeping me guessing with some romance thrown in there--so fun! (Though it wreaks havoc on my productivity as a homemaker).

  25. I love being on the edge of my seat, who did it when reading a book.

  26. My favorite books have been mystries. I love the excitment and the intenseness. These kind of books are never boring. I also like to guess who did it, and finish reading to see if I was right.

    I love this contest,it's been fun. Mostly because they don't have too many comments,which increases my chances to win. Can we win more than 1 book? I entered 5. I don't think it would be fair if I won more than 2. But, I don't want to end up winning none either.

  27. I love the thrill because it takes me away from my own reality and I like to think about the twist and turns that will happen so it makes me use my brain when it feels numb from taking care of kids all day, lol.

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  30. Jolynn,
    You are very welcome to enter every contest. It has been fun. Thanks for being here!
    I agree with all, it's so wonderful to get caught up in the thrill of a story and not want to go to bed. It's becoming rare for me as I love my bed more and more!

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  32. I love a good thrill also. And it is fun to try to figure out what will happen next and solve the mystery. I'm not very good and the solutions but enjoy the challenge of trying.

    Thanks for the great give aways!

  33. I follow.
    I love a good suspense novel - it keeps my attention (I'm kind of ADD lol) and it involves me so much I forget about my daily worries and stress! Thanks for the chance!

  34. tweeted giveaway: stats tag: kcelestebryan/status/8585208981

    I'm also following your blog.

    Would love to win this romantic suspense.

  35. I love being terrified by a good suspense novel because it keeps me interested in what happens next.

    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com
    I follow in GFC

  36. I am a follower.

    I like being terrified because it gets my blood pumping and it makes me feel alive!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  39. Thanks all for the entries. I'm a bit behind on drawing winners. I'll get to it now.


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