Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wine for dinner with a vampire

Just in time for Halloween, leading wine blogger Dr. Debs of Good Wine Under $20 (aka author and university professor Deborah Harkness) tells us how to choose wine for dinner with a vampire.

The video was made by Viking Books in support of her upcoming fantasy novel
A Discovery of Witches. Now, you know that publishers don't spend this kind of money promoting a book unless they are very very VERY excited about it.

Here's a description from the author's official site:
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.
Sounds delicious. I can't wait to read it, Dr. Debs!


LoriLynn said...

Hi Kelly, I just ordered the book at the Book Warehouse. Very much looking forward to reading it on vacation in Palm Springs next week -- with a nice glass of California wine :) Cheers! Lori

Kelly said...

I'm sure you'll love it!

kristine-smith said...

I saw it's been on the NYT list for several weeks now. I bought the e-book today. Looking forward to reading it.

Kelly said...

Cool. I'll be interested to know what you think of it, Kristine.