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Spooky Legends Giveaway: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Our Spooky Legends event may be over (you have until November 4th to enter all the giveaways), but that doesn’t mean that Abigail and I don’t have a few surprises for you.  First up is DEARLY, DEPARTED from Lia Habel.  I know that so many of you enjoyed the book, and that many others are looking forward to exploring New Victoria.  Unfortunately, Lia’s busy writing schedule kept her from participating in our event.  As luck would have it, you still have the opportunity to slip into the Dearly Universe.  Thanks to Lia, you have a chance to win a copy of the book!  See details below

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About Lia:

Lia Habel was born in Jamestown, NY – as far as it’s physically possible to get from New York City and still be in the same state, and official spooky abandoned farmhouse territory. As an only child of good geek stock (her mother still attends San Diego Comic-Con yearly, and her father is still an early tech adopter), young Lia was lovingly reared on horror movies, video games, and Victorian novels. She developed an affection for horror movie monsters early on, often challenging her weary mother with lists of reasons why Jason Voorhees might yet be saved or excuses for Darkman’s cackling insanity. As she grew older and her natural sympathy extended to ever more serial killers, swamp monsters, sentient fanged beasts, and reanimated gents, her mother began to worry what her daughter might one day bring home.

Despite this promising start, Lia went on to live an unremarkable life. Although she entertained vague thoughts of one day writing (comic books, specifically), it was only her love of literature that compelled her to pursue her B.A. in English Lit from SUNY Buffalo. Afterwards, ever the generalist and lover of Old Things, Lia moved to the UK to attend the University of Leicester and get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Several scattered internships and jobs followed, but Lia was never able to obtain long-term, serious work in her chosen field. In order to support herself, she at different times worked as a makeup artist, retail clerk, envelope-opener, door guard, and substitute teacher. Success never seemed to be hers, and she wrote the first draft of Dearly, Departed while unemployed for the fifth or sixth time. She had all of $10 in her bank account when she received her first check for it.

Miss Habel currently still lives in Jamestown, with three former alley cats and far too many Victorian ball gowns. She enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, watching zombie movies (her goal is to watch every zombie movie ever made), and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books. She still hopes one day to run into the beautiful monster of her dreams, but would settle for the reincarnation of Vincent Price.

You can visit Lia around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Lia Habel?

Dearly, Departed

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This giveaway is provided by Lia Habel

One winner will receive a signed copy of Dearly, Departedas well as swag, posters, bookmarks.

Available on October 18, 2011 from Random House/Del Rey

About the Book:

Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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46 Responses to “Spooky Legends Giveaway: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

  1. thegirlonfire27No Gravatar
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    I have always been pretty freaked out by Bloody Mary. I remember always trying to get up the nerve and failing. I like it so much because as a kid it was something I could really believe in. I mean has anyone ever actually proven this? Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary…. Nope still can’t do it.

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  2. DeAnna (@SacredmOOn1)No Gravatar
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    Well my favorite urban legend is Emily Rose: The True Story of Anneliese Michel. Though it’s a true story I still classify it an urban legend. Loved the movie of Emily Rose that released in 2005, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. TY for the awesome contest! I’ve so had this book on my to-read list. Cheers!!

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  3. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    My favorite Urban legend is Bloody Mary. I remember as a teen going to sleepovers and trying to persuade one another to go into the bathroom alone and repeat the dreaded words. Nothing ever happened but we did freak each other out.

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  4. JenMNo Gravatar
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    My favorite urban legend is the one about the serial killer that gets scared away, leaving behind his briefcase with duct tape and a knife in the backseat of his intended victim’s car. That one always gets me.

    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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  5. Nicole MNo Gravatar
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    This book looks amazing! I’ve held it in the bookstore but I don’t have the money to actually buy it :( Anyway, this isn’t exactly an urban legend but I was about to get into my car to go home tonight and I was thinking about the original Halloween movie and how you should always check the backseat because Michael Meyers could totally just pop out and slash your throat. Needless to say, I kept checking the backseat every time I was at a stoplight lol

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  6. ArianneNo Gravatar
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    I’ve been wanting this book for a while but I don’t know any urban legend :(
    cruz042 at csusm dot edu

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  7. Jessica S.No Gravatar
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    This book sounds freaking awesome!

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  8. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    I don’t know about it being my favorite – but I tend to think of urban legends that feature killers in the back seat whenever I go to my car at night!

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  9. Dani NguyenNo Gravatar
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer is based on an urban legend, right? I know the movie’s kind of stupid, but it brings back all these memories of the 90s for me. I can’t stop myself from watching it when it’s on TV.

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  10. SandyG265No Gravatar
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    My favorite is the stories of alligators in the NYC sewers because it’s been going around for years.

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  11. MackenzieNo Gravatar
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    I have always kind of liked the Llorona one, or the ‘Woman in White’ as it is probably more well known.

    She kills her children to prove her love to a man and the man tosses her aside. She goes looking for her children, and not being able to find them, she drowns herself.

    To me it’s creepy because I can almost guarantee that at some point in time, someone did this. It shows how far we are willing to go for love, and how sometimes we get very blinded by it.

    thorntonmackenzie(@)gmail.com

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  12. Christa @ Hooked on BooksNo Gravatar
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    I always loved/was creeped out by the story of the couple in the car who hear the news report about an escaped criminal. They hear a noise and drive away. When they get home there’s a hand on the car door. Still gives me shivers

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  13. Michelle BledsoeNo Gravatar
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    I think my daughter would love this book. She is into Urban Legends more than me.

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  14. TamaraNo Gravatar
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    Huh. My favorite urban fantasy? I honestly have no idea. I don’t usually get freaked out that easily…
    I heard this books is great. Definitely on my TBR list. Crossing fingers!

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  15. erinNo Gravatar
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    This book looks amazing! Bloody Mary has always creeped me out…Also the one about the young couple at the overlook making out and they hear scratching and later they find a hook on the door! CREEPY! I like scary stories and urban legends are always interesting!

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  16. JasmynNo Gravatar
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    That’s a hard one, and I change my mind about it quite often. At the moment it would be the hitchhiker or camper that goes on a murderous rampage.

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  17. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Love the Headless Horseman legend. So want to read this, thanks for the giveaway!

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  18. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’ve just always been fascinated by the gothic feel.

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  19. Mikila MarshallNo Gravatar
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    Bloody Mary is my fave urban legend. Also Candyman. I can remember my sisters talked me into doing it when I was about 9. My imagination started working overtime! I crapped myself. But I would do it with my friend’s all the time. It’s not an urban legend I don’t think… but when I get into a car especially at night, I always check the back seat before I get in :)
    Amazing giveaway. I have been waiting for this for ages. It’s only on Kindle here :(
    Argh I’m sooo excited :D
    Good luck everyone ^_^

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  20. Danielle DNo Gravatar
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    I had a chance to see Lia at the NYCC a few weeks back, she was so cheerful at the panel.

    My favorite urban ledgend I’d have to say is the ghost hitch-hiker one.

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  21. AlvanNo Gravatar
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    my favorite urban legend is about a clown statue who happened to be a real person living in someone else’s house. i hate clowns

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  22. David KNo Gravatar
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    I’ve never actually been a fan of urban legends (I’m not gullible), so I don’t really have a favorite…

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  23. AndraNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. DebbieNo Gravatar
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    A couple checks into a hotel and have to put up with a foul odor in their room all night. They call the staff to complain and somebody figures out the stench is coming from the bed. The staff comes to the room and removes the mattress only to find that there is a body stuffed in the box springs!

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  25. Bookish in a BoxNo Gravatar
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    I’m not sure this is a true urban legend, but isn’t there one about mutant guppies in the sewers? Or is that just from the Garfield cartoon?

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  26. SusanNo Gravatar
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    The Bloody Mary legend always creeped me out. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  27. savannaNo Gravatar
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    The Bloody Mary legend. Always creeped me out. thanks for the giveaway!!

    moc.oohaynull@16esorzemog

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  28. Kelsey dNo Gravatar
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    Don’t turn out the lights! Creeps me out!

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  29. MarthapaoNo Gravatar
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    I completely understand what Lia felt when she was unable to find the perfect job in her chosen field!

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  30. Anne RNo Gravatar
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    My favorite urban legends are the stories of picking up that person/hitchhiker/ghost and bringing them home only to find out they are dead.Freaky.

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  31. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    My favorite urban legend has always been the one about the escaped killer with a hook for a hand. It’s always creeped me out!

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  32. AmyS.No Gravatar
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    I like bloody Mary. It scared me as a kid.

    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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  33. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    Im not usually crazy about historical type books but I love the cover

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  34. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I sooo want to get my hands on this book!!! I’ve heard amazing things and I love the cover! Thanks for the chance to win

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  35. NicholeNo Gravatar
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    My favorite urban legend is the one of Bloody Mary. I have never been able to do it but hopefully one day I’ll suck up enough courage. She just freaks me out quite a bit. Great giveaway!

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  36. Jennelle SNo Gravatar
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    My favorite Urban Legend is the one about the babysitter who gets the call from inside the house.

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  37. Nicole MNo Gravatar
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    My favorite was Logan’s story about the Loch Ness Monster! I love Logan :D

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  38. Susanna PNo Gravatar
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    I don’t really have a favorite urban legend. I think the one with the car picking up a ghost is creepy, but it’s too overused to be my favorite. I’ll stick with folk and fairy tales over urban legends.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. RAchelNo Gravatar
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    OMG.
    I want to win. I need to enter more, I’ve never won one with a book in it.

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  40. Jasmine RoseNo Gravatar
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    Alligators in the sewer never gets old. I mean, who really believes it? Has anyone ever encountered an alligator come out of their toilet??

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  41. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Hmm favorite urband lengend has to be Pumpkin Head, which I think its the same as The Headless Horseman. o.O’ I’ve no idea why I like it, but I do.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Emily LNo Gravatar
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    My favorite urban legend is Bloody Mary. It freaked me out when I was little, especially when the grudge and The Ring movies came out. Even though they weren’t Bloody Mary, they reminded me of her.

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  43. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Ive just always been a Sleepy Hollow fan, really not sure why.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  44. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Totally the back seat Killer.

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  45. KristinaNo Gravatar
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    Bloody Mary, the creepiest by far!

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  46. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    I really don’t know much and I’m too chicken to hear them but I guess my “favorite” urban legend would have to be the ax murderer in the back seat (I don’t know the name, you get what I’m trying to say). I still and always will check the backseat before I ever get into a car.

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