Danger: Elephant Ahead

People have been asking me, “Why a circus book?”

Circuses have had a place in my imagination for a long time. They’re part of my family mythology. When I was two or three years old, we all went to the circus. My brother was a baby at the time, so my mother was in charge of him and my older sister. My father was tasked with keeping me in line.

Easier said than done, apparently.

I got away from him, and a moment later, I was standing in front of a large elephant on its way to the big top.

According to family legend, I was completely unafraid, though the onlookers were horrified. I didn’t even come up to the elephant’s knee. It could have squished me like a bug.

Instead, we gazed at each other silently. Nobody dared to move.

Then my father saw me, and he sprang forward, grabbed me, and yanked me out of the elephant’s path.

I have no real memory of this incident, though my parents sure do. But I grew up with the story, and I tried to instill both the terror they felt and the fearlessness I displayed into The Marvelwood Magicians.

You may well have your own circus tale. Tell me about it! Your comment will enter you in a contest to win one of two signed copies of The Marvelwood Magicians.

Write a comment on the blog telling me why you love (or fear!) the circus. Two winners will be picked by random.org on October 20.

Good luck!

The Last Giveaway. Maybe.

It turns out you can do a Goodreads Giveaway for a couple of months after a book is published — so I am! This time, of course, it’s for a hardcover copy of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters. And I’ll sign it, too. So click on the widget below and sign up. Good luck!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters

by Diane Zahler

Giveaway ends October 18, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Goodreads Giveaway

My lovely publicist, Olivia deLeon, has just sent me a big box of ARCs of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters — and you are the beneficiary! By which I mean, you can enter a contest on Goodreads to win one of two ARCs of the book.

Just go here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters

by Diane Zahler

Giveaway ends July 26, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

And good luck!