Friday, October 14, 2011

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: Sanctus by Simon Toyne

I'm so very pleased to be participating again in one of Judith's (Leeswammes) big, international blog hops!  I will be giving away up to three hardback copies of Simon Toyne's excellent debut thriller, Sanctus.  Regular readers of this blog will recall that I quite enjoyed this thriller.  But don't take my word for it.  Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say:
In British author Toyne's stellar first in a projected trilogy, a thriller in the Dan Brown tradition, an ancient sect of monks who live in the Citadel, a church carved out of a mountain near the fictional Turkish city of Ruin, have been protecting a secret, "the Sacrament," since before the Christian era. A monk who knows the secret, Brother Samuel, escapes from the Citadel and throws himself off the mountain in full view of spectators and news crews. Later, American newspaper reporter Liv Adamsen learns that her phone number, carved into a small leather strap, has been found inside Samuel's stomach. The monk turns out to be her brother, whom she hasn't seen in years, so Liv travels to Ruin to try to solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. She and several other groups battle the deadly monks, who will stop at nothing to thwart their efforts to discover the Sacrament's secret. The truly mind-boggling revelation will leave astounded readers eager for the next installment.
I understand if a religious thriller is not your thing.  (I would have said the same thing.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book!)  The good news is that there are over 50 book blogs all over the world participating in this blog hop!  Here's a list with links to all of them:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Devouring Texts
  3. The Book Whisperer
  4. Seaside Book Nook
  5. The Scarlet Letter (US only)
  6. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  7. Bibliosue
  8. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  9. The Book Diva's Reads
  10. Gaskella
  11. Lucybird's Book Blog
  12. Kim's Bookish Place
  13. The Book Garden
  14. Under My Apple Tree
  15. Helen Smith
  16. Sam Still Reading
  17. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  18. Ephemeral Digest
  19. Bookworm with a View
  20. The Parrish Lantern
  21. Dolce Bellezza
  22. Lena Sledge Blog
  23. Book Clutter
  24. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US only)
  25. The Blue Bookcase
  26. Book Journey (US only)
  27. The House of the Seven Tails (US only)
  28. In One Eye, Out the Other (US only)
  29. Read, Write & Live
  30. Fresh Ink Books

  1. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US only)
  2. Bibliophile By the Sea
  3. Laurie Here Reading & Writing Reviews
  4. Amy's Book World (US only)
  5. Teadevotee
  6. Joy's Book Blog
  7. Word Crushes (US only)
  8. Thinking About Loud!
  9. Kinna Reads
  10. Sweeping Me
  11. Minding Spot (US only)
  12. Babies, Books, and Signs (US only)
  13. Lisa Beth Darling
  14. Tony's Reading List
  15. SusieBookworm (US only)
  16. Tell Me A Story
  17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
  18. Nerfreader
  19. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Netherlands, Belgium)
  20. Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  21. In Spring it is the Dawn
  22. No Page Left Behind
  23. Elle Lit
So, you may have noticed that I said that I'd be giving away up to three shiny hardback copies of this novel.  If 1-19 people enter this giveaway, I'll give away one copy.  If 20-29 enter, I'll give away two copies.  And if 30 people or above enter, I'll give away all three copies of the book--so the more the merrier!  Other than that, the usual rules apply--including that this giveaway is open only to U.S. mailing addresses.  Sorry about that!  Good luck to all who enter, and I encourage everyone to hop, hop, hop!

  • 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 through Wednesday, October 19, 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. Hi Susan,
    First of all,I hope you are feeling better.Secondly.let me be the first to throw my hat in the ring for the book giveaway.Finally,I know how you like books that take place in Washington,D.C.I just finished The Cut by Gearge Pellicanos.He is the writer Of The Wire series.It is a quick read that I enjoyed immensely.


  2. I think this sounds like a great read! I loved Dan Browns books like this so even if I don't win a copy I will pick it up anyway so Thanks!

    supagurlheather @ gmail. com

  3. This book sounds awesome. I studied a lot of the topics Dan Browne brought up in his books but this is something I havent heard of and would love to read up on. Thank you!

  4. Throwing my name into the virtual hat. Sounds good to me!

  5. Would love to read!

  6. Hi, just popping by to say hello, as part of the literary giveaway blog hop.

  7. I have had my eye on this book and would love to win it. Thanks!

  8. This book sounds really good! Thanks for mentioning it!

  9. So nice you've joined the blog hop once again, Susan. I'm not US so won't enter. Have fun with the hop.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I love Dan Brown so count me in for this new-to-me author and book.


  11. Sounds like a good one, count me in.

  12. Please enter in the giveaway. Thanks, it sounds like a good one!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  13. I'm stopping by to say hello. No need to enter me in the contest. I will try to stop by and read your posts on another day.

  14. Thank you for the chance to win!

  15. Well, this has been on my wishlist for a while. I think it sounds interesting.

  16. Sounds like a great prize, thank you for the chance! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  17. Sounds great!

  18. This book looks great and I'd love to read it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book looks great and I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  20. Wasn't sure if this book would be my thing but after reading the synopsis I really want to read this. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  21. I have seen this book around and have never picked it up. I know I would enjoy it. I also love the cover.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway.


  22. Hi! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a new GFC follower - JaclynsMusings and am also a blogger (a newbie) focusing on three niches, one of which is books & reading!
    Thanks again!

  23. sounds thrilling - thanks for the chance to win!
    junegirl26 at hotmail dot com

  24. the saying is you can not judge a book by the cover can you thank you for joing the blog

  25. Sounds fun

  26. hi i haven't heard of this before but after reading your review, it sounds like a good read.thanks for the giveaway!

  27. That is exactly the kind of book that I love to read!


  28. This sounds like it would be a thrill to read. Thanks for the generous giveaway! :)

    susanaudrey33 at gmail dot com

  29. i have read all of Dan Browns' books so i would love to read this one.
    good luck to all!!

  30. Hey thanks everyone for entering the giveaway, and thanks for the many kind comments. We have three winners! Congratulations to:

    Laura H.

    I'm on a plane to Seattle tomorrow, so if you haven't emailed me a snail mail address to yet, I'll follow up with you next week.

    Thanks again to everyone, and please feel free stop by regularly. There are giveaways on the blog most Wednesdays.