Book Giveaway: Brought together by books (or Dracula).

Note: look for the book giveaway at the end of the post. Comments will close November 13th and a winner will be selected by random draw.

Tomorrow night, my sister is taking me to see a new ‘modern’ production of Dracula at our local theater. I’m really looking forward to it and it got me to thinking about the magic of story and most especially books. Story has been bringing people together forever, probably right back to some cave men huddled around a fire, and the invention of printed books made it possible for a story to reach many more people.

When Bram Stoker wrote Dracula he was building upon legend and myth (aka story) that had been handed down through generations. His book shaped that evolving story in a form that continues to reach new readers every day, but the story continued to evolve. Today we have many, many vampire stories—from True Blood, to the Anita Blake Vampire Slayer novels, to the play my sister and I will see tomorrow.

A few years ago we went to the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention. We met readers from across the country and we stood in line for a very long time to meet Laurell K Hamilton.

Laurell K Hamilton

A few years before that, I’d given my sister a copy of one of LKH’s books. When my sis told Laurell that I’d introduced her to the Anita Blake books and that she in turn had introduced her friends to them, Laurell smiled a beautiful smile and thanked us for the compliment of sharing her books with others. I think it was a pretty cool moment for all three of us. We all shared a love of books, a love of story, and yes, a love of vampires.

I wanted to share this story with you because I started this blog to recapture that joy of connecting with others who love story as much as I do. To be honest, I didn’t really expect it to work. I thought I’d blog a bit and no one would turn up. But you did turn up, and more and more of you keep turning up each week. I am so grateful for each of you.

So tell me, have you had an experience where story or books has brought you closer to someone else?  

For the next week I will be spending time with my sister (who is visiting from the UK) so I won’t be posting, but I will be checking in to the blog. Each person who comments on this post with their own experience of sharing or connecting through books will be entered to win my very first contest. I’ll be giving away two vampire stories: a hard cover copy of Meg Cabot’s Insatiable and an autographed mass market of Jeaniene Frost’s At Grave’s End.   And if you’re not a fan of vamps, don’t let that stop you from commenting (just let me know you opt out of the contest).


Be sure to check back Nov 13 for an announcement of the winner!