Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Giveaway: The Eight and The Fire by Katherine Neville

I have exciting news for all of you!

One of my all-time favorite authors, Katherine Neville, has decided to give away two of her smash hit bestseller novels, The Eight and its sequel, The Fire (a copy of each). If you haven't read either of these books, you better sign up, because you have no idea what you have been missing out on! Her novels transcend book genres and all the readers' expectations, with tight plots, gripping action and some of the best characters in modern literature!

Synopsis of The Eight: New York City, 1972—A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

The South of France, 1790—Mireille de Remy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortresslike Montglane Abbey. With France aflame in revolution, the two girls burn to rebel against constricted convent life—and their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are pieces of the Montglane Chess Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever reassembles the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the two young women must scatter the pieces throughout the world. . . .

Read my review of The Eight here.

Synopsis of The Fire: Colorado, 2003: Alexandra Solarin is summoned home to her family’s ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother’s birthday. Thirty years ago, her parents, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed that they had scattered the pieces of the Montglane Service around the world, burying with them the secrets of the power that comes with possessing it. But Alexandra arrives to find that her mother is missing and that a series of strategically placed clues, followed swiftly by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious assortment of houseguests, indicates that something sinister is afoot.

Albania, 1822: Thirty years after the French Revolution, when the chess service was unearthed, all of Europe hovers on the brink of the War of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the most powerful ruler in the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is about to be attacked by Turkish forces. Now he sends the only person he can rely upon–his young daughter, Haidee–on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania, through the mountains and over the sea, to the hands of the one man who might be able to save it.

I cannot even tell you how excited and honored I am to be able to share these two masterpieces, written by the incredible Katherine Neville. I will review these two books again specifically for this blog in short time. Winners are also encouraged to review the novel. Until then, here are the giveaway rules:

1. The giveaway is open only to people with addresses in the U.S. and Canada.

2. The giveaway will have two winners - one for each novel.

3. The giveaway will be open until the 28th of August. The books will then be shipped by the publisher.

4. In order for you to enter, please comment on this post, and make sure you leave your email address. No email, no entry.

5. You can get special points by doing the following:

+2 if you write a blog post about the giveaway

+2 if you add the link to the giveaway on your blog's sidebar (UPDATE! 3 points if it's a graphic - feel free to use the one from my sidebar).

6. The winner will get either one of these two books, but if you are interested in one in particular, make sure you include that in the comment.

Please, include the links in your comment.

Many thanks to Lisa Barnes and Katherine Neville for making this giveaway possible.

The giveaway is now closed (70 comments total). Thanks for signing up. Winners will be notified shortly.


Alyssa Kirk said...

Hi Nikola,
These books look fabulous. Thanks for the great give away. I put it on my Contests Sidebar and I'll post about it in a couple of days. We need to keep the OneShot stuff up first for at least a few days.

Thanks for commenting on our site. I don't know what happened on adding you to the blog roll but I fixed it and you are now on there. I also couldn't sign up last night to Follow on your blog but tried again today and I'm in!

Keep those reviews coming and love the contests!

D Swizzle said...

oooh please enter me!

danielleeloko78 [at] aol [dot] come

Nikola said...

Thanks Alyssa! I'm quite proud of this one! Just remember that you need to leave your email here in order to be considered! :)

Minding Spot said...

Those sound really good! I'd love the chance :)

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jenny said...

I've heard great things about this book! (The Eight)

Please include me in that drawing


Jessica said...

Great giveaway!

I have posted a link to your giveaway on my sidebar.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Ok I am out of the loop as I haven't read either one. But I'm entering now so hopefully that will change.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to enter! I've been meaning to read this author for a long time. :)

spiffyish [at]

Kristi said...

I have seen these around alot recently. I would love to win either one.

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Lizzie said...

I see you wandered my way and thank you. I would love to be entered for both books my email is

Is that not weird how people do not put their email or stick with the rules. I do not know if you saw but I am hosting a giveaway for "The White Queen" which I am starting to read today. Thank you for finding me I became a follower!

Lizzie said...

Oh I put you in my side bar too!

Laura's Reviews said...

I would love to win either of these. My fellow book club member, John, raves about The Eight, but I have never read it! My email address is laarlt78 at hotmail dot com.

Thanks for the great giveaway!


Nikola said...

Laura, say hi to John - sounds like someone I'd have good conversations with! :)

Gaby317 said...

This is great! I would love either book - I'd read The Eight and loved it but I left my copy when I moved to the US.

I'll post a link to this contest on my blog's sideroll

thanks! gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Lisa said...

Hey Nikola! What an awesome giveaway!

I want in!

I have put a link to your giveaway on my sidebar at

AND I will post about it tomorrow!

my email address is circlebooks(at)shaw(dot)ca


Sheila (bookjourney) said...

These covers are amazing! They caught my eye right away. Please include me in the giveaway

journeythroughbooks @ gmail dot com

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Here is a link to where I posted this giveaway on my blog. I twitter often for people to look at my giveaway page

It is linked to my name here

Ryan said...

Great Giveaway! The Eight has been one of my favorite books for years. I think I read it for the first time in high school (which was years ago). I have not had a chance to read the sequel so if I had a preference it would be for The Fire. I will glady accept The Eight though since I never got it back after the last time I lent it out.

My email is

Ryan said...

I just blogged about your giveaway on my blog. Here is the link.

Esme said...

I loved Eight-so if I could choose it would be for Fire.


chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

count me in please

plur268 at yahoo dot com

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

These books sound very good. I haven't read either of them yet. I would like to start with the first one.



wwrk said...

This book is my favourite.

Thank you

intensev5 said...

Please count me to win --- thanks for the great giveaway:)

Bebemiqui said...

They look like excellent reads, count me in!

Cathy said...

Hello! Please enter me in the giveaway.


Alyssa Kirk said...

Hi Nikola,
Thanks for the heads up. My email is

Thanks for the contest!

Anonymous said...

Need a good summer read,thx for contest...

Krab said...

These books look great! The Eight looks like a better read for me, though.

graveflame {at} gmail {dot} com

brujo said...

enter me please joannmuirhead (at) ymail (dot) com

Elizabeth (Need More Shelves) said...

Awesome giveaway! I already own them, so don't need to enter, but kudos on the fabulous contest!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Great giveaway Nikola! I already have The Eight so if I win (fingers crossed), please send me The Fire. Thanks!

I also blogged about your giveaway here:

SouthernBell said...

I have a friend who loves these books - winning one would be great so I can join the Neville Admiration Society!

P.S. I work at an indie bookstore - love to hand sell good reads to customers!

Unknown said...

Sounds great and even if I don't win, I have added these to my must read list.

I will add the contest to my blog and let you know when I have done so!

Have a great day!

Unknown said...

Hi there! I have blogged about the contest and posted it on my sidebar with a graphic.

You can check it out here!

Thanks . . .

Mary Lynn

Anonymous said...

Interesting reads!

Jane said...

They look like two great reads - would love to win either one!

Catherine E said...

What a great giveaway! Please count me in!

catherine_ene AT hotmail DOT com

Gaby317 said...

Blogged about your contest here

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Thanks so much

Carol M said...

I would love to win either of these books! They both sound really good! Thank you for the giveaway!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...

Both of these books interest me so please feel free to enter my name in both of your draws. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Mllbs3 said...

Both books sound great!

Anonymous said...

these look interesting..thx for giveaway

Unknown said...

Hey this looks like a great giveaway include me in the fun.

Linda Nguyen said...

Wow, these books sound great. I'd like to enter this contest please. Thanks =)

lindanmc (at)

Linda Nguyen said...

I also posted the graphic to my sidebar on . Thanks =)

By the way, thanks for dropping by my blog. =)

lindanmc (at)

Jenny N. said...

Thnaks for the great giveaway. Either book would be fine with me.

ossmcalc said...

These books just sound wonderful. I would definitely like to be entered in this contest and would be happy with either of the books.

Thank you,


Michelle Stockard Miller said...


I wanted to apologize for referring to you as a "her" in my post about your contest on my blog. So sorry! I hope you will forgive me! I really like your blog and I'm following it. Again, please forgive a girl her faux pas!

The Book Addict

Nikola said...

Hehe, that's ok Michelle! :)

Unknown said...

I met Katherine Neville when she was at the ThrillerFest in Manhattan last year. She is so popular and admired.
I would love to have a copy of "The Eight"
Mike Draper


Burcu said...

would love to read them.

Unknown said...

The 8 is one of only 5 novels that I own and re-read regularly. I'd love to win The Fire!

Kristen said...

I would love to win either books! I've heard great things about The Eight from friends of mine.

throuthehaze said...

count me in please!
I would love to win The Eight

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I just read your review of this and it sounds fantastic! Please sign me up.

gerry said...

Your reviews for both books are very good. Please enter my name for your draw. My e-mail address is Thanks a lot.

Suzanne Yester said...

Great review! I loved The Eight! Please enter me in your giveaway for The Fire!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

quzy @ mac dot com

Rebecca said...

I just read your reviews I would like to read The Fire!
I am not a blogger, so I can't blog or any of that, but I can tweet it, so I will go do that.


Keta Diablo said...

Anything to do with the French Revolution and history, count me in!

Would love to win either book.

I have added the contest to the side bar of Keta's Keep (recently tagged as one of the top fifty romance sites to watch in 2009).
Happy to oblige this contest and help all authors.

Good wishes for success on your new releases.

Keta Diablo

Anonymous said...

Great Contest! I would love to win. Haven't read any of the books yet and would like to.


Luvdaylilies said...

Both books look so good=)
I'd love a chance to win either!
Thanks so much,

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Bingo said...

This is a fabulous author..I would be happy with either but do prefer THE EIGHT if I am lucky enough to win! Thanks for the chance. I follow your blog now.
kdhaney (AT) gmail (DOT) com

mrsshukra said...

I would like to be entered, thanks!


Anonymous said...

Please, enter me in the contest.

Anita Yancey said...

These books sound great. I would love to read either one of them. Please enter me. Thanks!


Curling up by the Fire said...

I love books like these. I would love to read either one of these. Thanks for the chance.

rubynreba said...

Thanks for the great giveaway - I would like either one.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for The Fire. I've already read The Eight and loved it.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would enjoy reading either one of these wonderful books...thanks for the opportunity.

karen k