Monday, October 12, 2009

GIVEAWAY: White as Bone, Red as Blood

Apologies to everyone who did not win a copy of Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, but please don't worry too much because I have two copies of another book to give away to two lucky BookLust readers (once more only in the US and Canada- sorry, international shipping rates are rough!). I was offered a copy of White as Bone, Red as Blood to review, but I just have far too much on my plate right now to be able to read it. However, I'm not one to deny the pleasure of reading to others, and neither are the people at Carney PR. They have generously offered to give away two copies of the book to readers of BookLust. So if the below book description sounds appealing to you, please leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address and your Far Eastern vacation destination of choice. Again, one extra entry to all followers (just please mention that you're a follower in your comment, please). This contest will be open until noon, October 20th.

Thank you, and good luck!

White as Bone, Red as Blood:
The Fox Sorceress
by Cerridwen Fallingstar

What if we could be immersed in the most pivotal thirty years of Japanese history, previously unknown to western readers, through the eyes of the Empress’ closest confidante and personal sorceress?

White as Bone, Red as Blood: The Fox Sorceress by Cerridwen Fallingstar (Cauldron Productions, September 2009) dissolves the centuries in this twelfth-century tale of sex and secrecy, passion and tumultuous warfare, taking us from love-letters wrapped in silk through a series of brutal battles that shatter the most artistic era in Japan and usher in the age of the samurai.

This story is told by Seiko Fujiwara, poet and sorceress. The aristocratic Fujiwaras were once the nation’s most influential family but now two warrior clans, the Heike and the Genji, battle for control of the throne. Seiko is the daughter of Fujur Fujiwara, priestess of Inari, the deity of abundance and sorcery, and is being trained to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a diviner and healer. Her mother has aligned herself with Lord Kiyomori, leader of the Heike, and is known as his sorceress. When Seiko is eleven, assassins murder her mother and their servants, changing her destiny.

This historical novel chronicles Seiko’s love affairs, palace intrigues, warfare and enchantments over the twenty years it takes for the Genji clan to regain its strength and challenge the Heike to a series of shattering battles whose outcome will forever alter the course of Japanese history.

White as Bone, Red as Blood synthesizes the authenticity and insights of Elisabeth Haich's best-selling spiritual book Initiation, with the literary quality of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon. Impeccably researched over a period of fifteen years, this title combines the epic sweep of Shogun and with the intimate details and feminine sensibility of Memoirs of a Geisha. Fallingstar provides unique insight into this historical crucible of the Japanese psyche in a vivid, revelatory, erotic page-turner.


  1. Yeah, I'll read that. I've always wanted to go to Japan, and just recently, a lovely woman came in and ate at the café where I work and left me her address in Tokyo. She has a small guest room. Perhaps I'll finally get around to it now that I have someone to visit.

  2. This novel sounds very interesting. Please enter me. As to my far east vacation destination, I would love to visit Angkor, Cambodia. Facinating history there too.
    ludeluh at yahoo dot com

  3. Anonymous10/13/2009

    I am very intrigued by this book and would love to be given the opportunity to receive it!

    My vacation of choice would be Japan, for sure, though I want to visit many places there including, but not limited to, Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyoto.

    angstrabbit at gmail dot com

  4. Gonna put this on my sidebar :)

  5. a relatively new follower :)
    I think since I have been to Japan twice. It would be somewhere in Indonesia.

  6. I'm a huge fan of Heian Japan, so I'd love to visit The Tale of Genji museum in Uji.
    saturnine13 at gmail dot com

  7. Where would I want to go in the Far East-my choices would be the cherry blossoms in Japan or Bhutan-I have been to about 5 countries in the Far East and each one has been great experience.

    thanks for this book giveaway-I had not heard of it.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  8. I follow.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  9. Ooh, me too, me too!

    Far East vacay would ideally be in Thailand/Cambodia. The Hindu influence from India and Nepal is so clearly stamped on the art and culture there, it would be strangely familiar yet different all at the same time.

  10. Please enter me! I'd love to visit Thailand.

  11. I have wanted to visit Vietnam for some time now.
    This book looks great

  12. blackrose10/13/2009

    I would love to go to Cambodia. With the political climate what it is, though, I would settle for the temples at Kyoto.

    Email addy is

  13. No need to enter me, Aarti. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  14. I would love to read this book, it sounds very interesting. I have been reading foreign authors or books based in foreign locations all year this year so this book will fit right in! As far as a vacation, I want to go to Bali. I am a fiber artist and I want to go see the batik fabric studios and learn their techniques. Oh, and I follow on google reader.

    rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

  15. I'd love to visit Japan, taste authentic sushi and maybe visit a place that explains ikebana.

    The book has a lovely cover. Please enter me into the giveaway as well!

    mdperera at hotmail dot com

  16. I lived in Singapore for 2 years and since then, I adore Asian literature (or stories that take place in Asia). I've been to Japan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia as well as day trips to Indonesia and Malaysia. I'd love to spend more time in Indonesia and would also love to visit Korea.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  17. New follower

    melacan at hotmail dto com

  18. Ooh! Please enter me in this giveaway. This looks like just my type of book! My Eastern travel destination would have to be China. I have read so many books set there that I think it would be fascinating place to see. I am also a follower.

  19. My Far East vacation destination of choice would be Thailand!

  20. I'm from the far east and have always wanted to explore neighboring Asian countries like China, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Vietnam.

    I've been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Nepal.

    thanks for the entry
    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

  21. I'm a new follower

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

  22. Sounds like an interesting read.

    I would love to visit China someday.

    I follow

  23. Enter me in the giveaway please!

    I would love to visit Japan, I am really intrigued by their rapid transit system and would love to see it in action.

    I am a follower.

    emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

  24. Please enter me for the draw.

    I'd go to Korea for my vacation. :D

    linna.hsu at gmail dot com

  25. Madwoman-doing-cartwheels10/18/2009

    I'd love a chance to win this book. I suppose if I could go anywhere in the Far East it would be Thailand.

    I'm a new follower so an extra entry too.

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  26. Anonymous10/18/2009

    This book looks really interesting; I'd love to be in the drawing. As for a Far East travel destination, I think it would be neat to go to Hokkaido in Japan, or to the Great Wall of China. It would depend on the season.

    email: legxleg at gmail dot com

  27. Hi, aarti ~ I saw your post on LT and am a new follower. :)

    I've never been interested in the Far East or Asian culture, though I've hosted Japanese exchange students and found them delightful people. However, I'm now working with four lawyers who are of Asian descent ~ one is a brilliant gentleman from China, two are Japanese American, and one is part Korean ~ and suddenly I am desperate to go to China, tho I'd not turn down a chance to visit Japan and Korea.

    I'll add your contest to my blog's sidebar.

    I also love historical fiction, and the book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win!

    mkip at

  28. I love reading books about Asian cultures. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT cm

  29. And, I'm a Follower.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  30. Oops! Forgot to leave my destination of choice. I know it might sound a little odd, but I would love to see the Gobi Desert some day.

    geebee.reads AT

  31. Please enter me in this contest.

    I would love to take a cruise of the the Far East that allowed be to visit a couple of countries - Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Singapore and anywhere else it would like to stop


  32. Happy to have found your great blog!

    This looks like a wonderful book and I would love to be entered, thank you!

    I would love to visit the many shrines and palaces of Japan.

    I'm a new follower of you on Twitter and your blog.

    Thank you!


  33. I know a lot of people have said this already, but I'd like to visit Japan. It would be great if I could photograph the Japanese gardens and such.

    +1 follower



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