Nov 10, 2009

Bitter Night - Blog Tour and Contest

Bitter Night: A Horngate Witches Book
Diana P. Francis
Pocket, Oct. 27, 2009

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Dot S., Shawna L and walkermisc. Please send your mailing address to

Bitter Night is the first in a dark, glittering new urban fantasy series about a headstrong woman who is enslaved to a witch as her finest warrior and who must embrace her enslavement if she is to save humanity.


Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon -- a Shadowblade -- and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances -- including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him -- and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right -- if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....

Read an excerpt

This is the first book in the Horngate Witches series, Bitter Night, was released October 27, 2009.

Thanks to Pocket Books two US residents (no P.O. Boxes, please) have a chance to win a copy of Bitter Night.

If you live outside the US let me know in your comment. I have a copy of Bitter Nights that I will send to an international entrant in a separate drawing.


To be eligible do one or more of the following:

* Answer this question: If you were a witch what would be the first spell you would cast?

* Link this contest to your own site or a social network site, and be sure to let me know the URL. If your email is not associated with your ID, please put the address in your response.

Contest ends November 24, 2009 at 11:59 Hawaii Time

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Dot S., Shawna L and walkermisc

Please send your mailing address to


Wanda said...

I would cast a spell on someone to give me a lot of money. LOL!

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

I would cast a good health spell.

International here (CANADA)


CrystalGB said...

Bitter Night sounds good. I would cast a spell that eliminated all my debt.


Cherie J said...

I would cast a spell allowing me to transport myself and my family from one place to another. We travel alot and this would save on travel expenses and aggravation.


jellybelly82158 said...

I would cast a spell that gave me and my family good health

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

Shawna L. said...

Shawna Lewis

I would Cast a spell to have VERY scary Ghosts Haunt my Ex-Husbands house when he is alone in the house and totally freak him out!!! (HEHE)

I posted this on Twitter

Thanks for this chance to win you rock!!!

Andrea said...

I would cast a spell on my children to think of others and not be so self centered.

Kris said...

A happiness spell...simple as that!

Brooke Reviews said...

ha It would either me lots of money or the stamina and the drive to work out! See I didn't even wish to be thin, just need that stamina haha.


Connie said...

I'd cast a good fortune spell. My luck has been so crappy this year it's about time for some good to come into my life!!

Mitz said...

I attended an interview/ chat with Ms. Francis last week and really enjoyed it. She seems pretty outgoing and her books sound amazing I'd love to win this one.

I would cast a spell for good fortune and health for me and my family and maybe a few friends too.


ddurance said...

I would cast a spell for world peace. If I'm living in a fantasy world, I might as well dream big.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

elaing8 said...

This book sounds great,please enter me in the giveaway I live outside the US (Canada)

I would cast a spell to win the lottery :)



kingducky said...

Excellent contest.. International participant here. (Sri Lanka) :) I would cast a spell to have endless food :)

throuthehaze said...

The first spell I would cast is one that would give me money...that would relieve a lot of stress for me and for my family.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

donnas said...

I would cast a glamour spell, no worrying about hair and makeup for one day.

Linked on sidebar here:

bacchus76 at myself dot com

mariska said...

i would cast a spell a very good health and prosperity for my family and friends !

i'm an international readers

uniquas at ymail dot com

Howell-Martin's Blog said...

I would cast a spell for love.

Fiction Vixen said...

I'm shallow, I admit it. I'd cast a weight loss and maintenance spell on myself. I want to eat guilt free oreo cookies. :) Contest is linked on my sidebar at

Cherry said...

Don't include me in your contest Pat 'coz am not in the US but I've re-posted your contest at

Enjoy the contest everybody!!

Dot S. said...

I would cast a spell to make me live happily everafter.

Martha Lawson said...

I would cast a spell to keep my house permnantly clean!

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Anna ♥ said...

If I were a witch, the first spell I would cast would be to never need to sleep! Just so I could read books all night.

Please count me in the contest! I linked this on my sidebar at

Anna ♥

booklover0226 said...

I would cast a spell to end all wars.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Daelith said...

First spell I would cast would be a good health spell on hubby, furbabies and myself.

I posted this on my blog. Hope you don't mind a combined listing with SciFiGuy.

cheleooc at yahoo dot com

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Daelith

Always an honor to have a listing side by side with SciFiGuy!


Cybercliper said...

I would cast a spell that would weave a cloak of health and happiness around every child in the world. annhonATaolDOTcom

Catie said...

I'd cast a spell so my doggy would have her sight back again. Or, possibly, I'd just make her young again. :D


jellybelly82158 said...

I would cast a good health spell for myself and my family.

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

Vickie said...

The first spell I'd cast....a make me skinny spell or at least a hot size 14!

VWinship at aol dot com

Beth (BBRB) said...

I'd cast a bathroom cleaning spell! :)

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

FrankSandy said...

I'd cast a spell to eliminate cancer if I were powerful enough.


Rose Red said...

Since I am and have been a practicing witch for 45 of my 60 years in this incarnation that's a tough question because I don't remember my first spell. I might guess and say it was a prosperity/money spell as I was very poor, quite young and pretty much on my own.

bookcat1010 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The first spell I would cast is a me, twenty pounds lighter!

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Raonaid Luckwell said...

If I could cast any spell it would possibly be a charm to dispell bad luck and good fortune to give to all of my friends.