Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HUMPDAY GIVEAWAY: The Vault by Boyd Morrison

Well, the Blog Hop Giveaway has been a blast!  Normally I choose winners for my giveaways early on Wednesday, but I'll give stragglers until midnight to enter to win In the Garden of Beasts.  I'll post the names of the winners tomorrow morning, and since just about everyone left an email, I'll notify winners that way, too.

Now, however, it's time for business as usual around here.  And business as usual means the Humpday Giveaway!  (What else is there to look forward to on Wednesdays?)  I came home to a pleasant surprise yesterday, a shiny hardback of Boyd Morrison's novel The Vault--which doesn't even go on sale until next week.  Thanks, Simon & Schuster!  Now, I have a reader who's been begging me to give away a copy of this book for months.  Kerry, this is your week.  Go for it!

It is no secret that I've been a big Morrison fan for about five years now.  That's not bad, considering he's only been in print for about a year.  I was what you'd call an early fan, and I'm in good company--James Rollins, Douglas Preston, Chris Kuzneski, and Steve Berry are among his earliest supporters.  My enthusiastic review of this novel can be seen HERE.  But I'm not alone in my praise for The Vault.  In their starred review, Publisher's Weekly wrote:
Originally published as an e-book in 2009 (The Adamas Blueprint), Morrison's excellent third thriller (after The Ark and The Rogue Wave) finds series hero Tyler Locke, aided by TV journalist and Greek scholar Stacy Benedict, trying to defuse a time bomb aboard a Seattle to Bremerton, Wash., ferry by solving an ancient puzzle created by Archimedes. That is merely the first task devised for Locke and Benedict by criminal mastermind Jordan Orr, whose ultimate goal is to locate the tomb of King Midas and the secret of the Midas touch that transmutes base metals to gold. With the lives of their loved ones at stake, the pair embark on a series of increasingly dangerous jaunts to England, Germany, Greece, and Italy to collect and decipher pieces of a puzzle that will allow them to locate the tomb buried among the miles of tunnels underlying Naples. Compelling action more than compensates for improbabilities and lack of character development in this electrifying blend of history, myth, and science.
"Electrifying"--they don't say that about just any book.  (Never mind that they got their facts slightly confused.  This was never published as an ebook, and is not the novel formerly known as The Adamas Blueprint.)  I'm just saying that you want to read this one, whether you win it from me, or, say, rush to the bookstore when it goes on sale next Tuesday.  For now, to enter this contest, all you have to do is leave a comment below.  Standard rules apply.  For extra winning karma, go to Amazon and vote the review I just posted "helpful."  Other than that, good luck!
  • The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address ('cause I'm footing the postage).
  • To enter, all you need to do is post a comment below by Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
  • At my discretion, if there are less than five respondents, I can cancel or extend the giveaway.
  • Winner will be chosen by me with the help of a random number generator, and will be announced in the comments section of this thread.
  • Please check back to see if you've won. If you have left a way to contact you, I will do so.
  • The winner has one week to respond to me at with a mailing address, or I will choose a new winner.
  • If a second winner fails to respond, the book automatically goes to the lovely members of my face-to-face book club.
  • Previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter.
  • Finally, if at all possible, please comment below only if you're entering the giveaway.



  1. I came via the blog hop, and here you have a second drawing set up. I'd love to read The Vault.
    tjandbcd at
    GFC follower

  2. Me! Me! Me! I want a chance to win...I can't wait!

    You know how to get ahold of me :)

  3. Hi Susan,

    Count me in. I just wanted to tell after visiting many blogs how wonderful yours is.I liked THE ARK,though not as much as you,but would enjoy giving him another try.


  4. I just can't let that offer slip away just like that! Hopefully I get that copy, I'm also an admirer of Morrison's work and can't wait to read it

  5. Boyd has been a personal favorite since The Ark. I enjoy his style and ability to describe sequences that put you right in the action. I think he has the tools to be right up there with Cussler, Rollins, Baldacci and others in the bestselling list. I've personally have looked forward to this after the thrilling Rogue Wave which was one of my favorite reads last year. I continue my begging by adding my name to this list. Kerry

  6. I'll be going back to the earlier books by Morrison and would love to get my hands on this one too. Please count me in. Barbara M

  7. I would love to win this book! Sign me up please!

  8. I'd like a chance to win!


  9. Thanks for the giveaway Susan, count me in as well :)


  10. I'd like a chance at the book, too. :)

  11. Hey Susan, I hope everything is okay - I noticed you haven't been on Shelfari in several days and you haven't been on your blog either!

    You can remove my name from the drawing for The Vault, I am going to purchase this on amazon for my kindle because I have lots of reading time today and want to dig in! Plus, I really don't mind supporting authors I enjoy with my purchase :)

    Again, I hope all is well (specifically thinking of your sister) and I look forward to an update!

  12. Hi Folks,

    Sorry for my brief disappearing act this past week. You've been very patient, and I will tell you that this book is worth the wait. The lucky winner is: Barbara M!

    Barbara, you've never won anything here before, so if you could please send a mailing address to, I'll get the book out to you. Congratulations!

    For everyone else, a new giveaway goes live today. I promise that you'll only have to wait one week to see who wins. And I do encourage you to check out Boyd's work. The first Tyler Locke novel, The Ark, is out in paperback, so if you haven't read him yet, that's an excellent starting place!