Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Giveaway of The Girls At The Kingfisher Club


Doesn't this book look good?

CONTEST HAS ENDED, and THE WINNER is:

#4 - Sandi

Enter here until June 13 for a hard cover copy
USA and Canada entries only 

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is on sale today, and if the gorgeous cover doesn’t reel you in, maybe these absolute raves will!

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“The novel shines… The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is like a jittery Charleston—loose, fast, and fun.” (Booklist)

“Valentine’s creative retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is as vibrant and colorful as the era — so evocative, well drawn, well cast and well played that readers will be enthralled.

This is a story of sisterhood, a passion for freedom and love that will resonate with many women. The novel calls readers to cheer on these girls as they strive for independence, and Valentine’s ability to make them each distinct and appealing sets this tale apart. Simply a delight to read!”(Romantic Times Magazine, 4 1/2 stars)

“Valentine’s novel has glamour in spades, evocative of the Jazz Age’s fashions and dance crazes and the dark side of prohibition.” (Historical Novel Society)

“Has a cinematic sweep… [and] lush period detail.” (Publishers Weekly)
“This unexpected fairytale, deftly shifted into the age of prohibition, becomes a gorgeous and bewitching novel.” (Scott Westerfeld, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uglies and Afterworlds)

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Even before she began writing novels, Genevieve Valentine was attracting attention in the literary world with her highly regarded, award-winning short stories, which appeared in numerous “year’s best” lists, online magazines, anthologies, and small-press publications.

When she published her first novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (Prime 2011), it was hailed for its originality and Valentine was lauded for her fast-paced, distinctive writing style and complex and haunting characterizations. It won the prestigious Crawford Award for Best Novel and was a nominee for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year Award.

Genevieve Valentine’s writing is enchanting and compulsively readable, and in her latest novel, THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB, her sentences once again skip and dance down the pages as much as her characters do.

Reimagining the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Twelve Dancing Princess” during Jazz Age New York, she magically brings to life the glittering world of flappers, speakeasies, illicit booze, and dancing.


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“In 1927 there were twelve girls who danced all night and never gave names…”
The twelve Hamilton sisters weren’t supposed to exist. Joseph Hamilton wanted a male heir to his Fifth Avenue townhouse, and his wife did her best. But one-by-one, baby-by-baby, he was disappointed. In the end, he was left no wife and twelve girls, all of whom he kept secluded in the upper rooms of his expansive mansion and raised with almost no knowledge of the outside world.

Their clothes, shoes, hair products, even their Christmas presents were purchased by catalog; their only access to society, gleaned from gossip magazines and books. Then one day, on a rare outing to the movies, Jo, the eldest of her sisters, discovered dancing. She becomes determined to learn every dance she can—the waltz, the Charleston, the foxtrot—and to teach them to her sisters.

Soon the walls are too small to contain the twelve dancing girls, and Jo, called “the General” by her sisters for her tough-as-nails attitude and ability to direct with only a wave of her hand, must find a way to let them out, albeit for only a few hours. Each night, after their father and the servants are asleep and the house is quiet, the sisters wait for Jo’s signal. They sneak down the stairs in their stocking feet, dancing shoes in hand, and slip into cabs that will take them to Manhattan’s underground speakeasies. And there they do what they’ve always done—they dance.

Known only as “Princess” to the men they enchant and leave wanting each night, vanishing in a flurry of short dresses, spangles, and champagne, they move from Salon Renaud to the Swan and finally to the Kingfisher, the club they would call home. There they feel most free, their identities safely hidden, until one night they are caught in a raid and separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with a bootlegger named Tom, with whom she almost ran away ten years before.

Meanwhile, rumors of the twelve mysterious dancing girls have reached the ears of their father, who suspects they are his own. His solution: to marry them to the men he’s handpicked—men who would take care of them the way he took care of their mother. Jo, desperate not to let her sisters be given away like heirlooms and scattered, must suddenly come up with a new plan as the General, one which may require sacrificing her only chance at freedom to give her beloved sisters theirs.

With THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB, Genevieve Valentine takes her storytelling to new heights as she brings the beautiful chaos of the Jazz Age to vivid, dazzling life. At once a love letter to old New York and a lyrical, affecting tale about the bonds of sisterhood and the vital importance of independence, this is a stunning, powerful, and elegant tribute to the storytelling tradition.

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GENEVIEVE VALENTINE

Genevieve Valentine is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year.  Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award.  She lives in New York City.
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17 comments:

  1. Looks soooo good.

    Good luck to all who enter.

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  2. I love the cover and the synopsis! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. You are welcome, Kathy.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  4. Thanks, Laura.

    So glad you stopped by.

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  5. Thank you for offering the giveaway! The book cover caught my eye!!

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  6. I agree...it is a great cover.

    The title is pretty cool too.

    Thanks for stopping, Captivated Reader.

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  7. Sounds like a great book that has to be read!

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  8. THANKS so much for stopping, Lisbeth.

    I think it looks really good too.

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  9. I've seen this cover (how can you miss it? It's stunning!) and knew it was a retelling of Twelve Dancing Sisters but didn't know exactly how. This sounds fabulous! I'll definitely have to give this one a try.

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  10. I agree, Katherine.

    It looks so good.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I was so happy when I read the synopsis!! I've seen another book about these sisters and was going to read it but couldn't remember what the title was or who the author was.

    The story sounds very interesting!

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  12. I think it sounds good too.

    I hope I can get to read it too. :)

    THANKS for stopping, Vicki.

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  13. Hi Elizabeth,

    I am not eligible for the giveaway, but I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone luck and to say what an intriguing and unique storyline this book has.

    It probably isn't something I would have picked from the shelves in a bookshop, but having read your excellent post, this is now definitely one for my TBR list.

    Thanks!

    Yvonne

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  14. Thanks, Yvonne.

    It does sound very good. Thanks for the well wishes to everyone who is entering.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  15. This book has such an interesting story and timeline, I would enjoy reading it.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

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  16. I know, Marjorie. It sounds very good.

    Thanks for stopping.

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