Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Blog Hop

Today I am delighted to be participating in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds and I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. I love the image selected for this blog hop banner. I grew up in Pennsylvania but now live in Florida. Every once in awhile, I wish for a quite winter's night with the moon beams making the snow sparkle. It's really odd to wear shorts and sandals while putting up holiday lighting! Enjoy "In the Bleak Midwinter"

For this blog hop, I am featuring some treats associated with my recent release, Chasing the Star Garden. Here is the blurb:

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a steampunk romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

Because Lily, my protagonist, is an airship (think hot air balloon) racer, I wanted to give you an adorable airship prize. I found a wonderful Etsy shop, Mmim, where the artist has some fantastic wooden boxes with hot air balloons.  So, in honor of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix, I have 2 gifts up for grabs:

1) a Mmim designed Hot Air Balloon Box (this box is adorable and will be great for keeping jewelry or gears, you decide).

2) an autographed paperback of Chasing the Star Garden

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  1. Oh, that box is so cute :-) I hope the giveaway is international because I'd love to have your book signed. Thanks!

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