Oct 5, 2019

The Great October Book Giveaway - Magic in Overlooked Places

The lucky book winners, this round, are:

Johanna L - The Wiccan Wheel Mysteries

Bella S. - pair of poetry books

kgkathands - The Lost Kitchen cookbook

I’ll be in contact with you shortly!

There seem to be some gremilins causing mischief...I’m having some difficulty with my laptop tonight, so the next giveaway will be posted tomorrow (Friday, October 11th). Thank you for your patience!





One of the things I love about magic, is that if you have your finger on the pulse of it - if you recognize that it bubbles up in unexpected places and threads itself through areas commonly overlooked - then you can find enchantment anywhere.



Normally this yearly giveaway is entirely populated with non-fiction books on magic and herbalism, with the occasional sway into witch-art of some form, and a few of the newest tarot or oracle decks I've found. I almost never include fiction or other genres, not because I don't read them or they aren't excellent sorts of books, but the bulk of my writing here at Rue and Hyssop is about my journey through the year in gardens, woods, and witchcraft, and so I generally stick to those themes. This year, however, there were a few authors/books from outside the usual non-fiction fare I offer that made a big impression on me, and I wanted to share them with you. They conjured the feeling that magic was afoot. That the authors were people who noticed the threads weaving the world together, who had touched the live wire of magic in one way or another (even if that's not what they would call it). Each of these books/authors gave me a thrill in some way and I know you'll adore them too.


It was early in the year when I heard about The Lost Kitchen and read the tale of a woman who had her heart broken and her dream crushed, who then found a way to rebuild. I was immediately enraptured by Erin French's journey. I set to searching out her restaurant and how someone might make a reservation (I'd long wanted to visit Maine, where she is located). It turns out that The Lost Kitchen hadn't just enchanted me. They were constantly booked up and still fielding calls for reservations, so they decided to hold a lottery for table seating. Last year twenty thousand postcards arrived on Erin's doorstep - each one a hopeful entry for a chance to eat one of her beautiful meals. (I'll be sending a postcard of my own next year!)


There is something extraordinary about a person who has seemingly lost out on the future they were building, only to discover that they could re-form or re-imagine it and it would unfold in even bigger ways than they could have anticipated. Erin began her 'secret dinners' in her apartment, expanded to a small retail location, was locked out of her dream only to move it into an Airstream trailer, and now cooks with friends for thousands of people each year in an historic mill in Freedom, Maine. Reading her gorgeous cookbook (with her amazing story included) is not just perusing a stack of tantalizing recipes, it's like curling up for tea with a friend that inspires you.


This summer was hard on me. I was knocked down in May and spent much of the following three months trying to keep my spirit light in the midst of heartbreak, funerals, and whatever hellish planetary bullshittery was swirling overhead. My salvation in the scorching months was a lawn chair in the shade in the late afternoon, a cold beverage, and a stack of books. I had a variety of poetry with me at all times, plus folk and fairy tales of every sort. They were what transported me to a quieter place where my mind and heart could find respite.

I was nearing the end of a pile of library books when I found myself thinking, "I need some fun, witchy fiction books to read." And just like magic an email popped into my inbox from Jennifer Hesse introducing herself and her books. I've already grabbed a few of her Wiccan Wheel Mysteries series for myself and I picked up one for you, too. Plus, Jennifer has been kind enough to send along a book for you as well! The series follows Keli Milanni, lawyer and practicing witch, while she navigates her way through assorted mysteries, messes, romances, and her own journey with magic. They were perfect summer reads and I know the two autumn-themed books I've got for you, Autumn Alibi and Samhain Secrets will be excellent for curling up under a blanket with in these cooler nights ahead.


Breakage - Mary Oliver

I go down to the edge of the sea.
How everything shines in the morning light!
The cusp of the whelk,
the broken cupboard of the clam,
the opened, blue mussels,
moon snails, pale pink and barnacle scarred—
and nothing at all whole or shut, but tattered, split,
dropped by the gulls onto the gray rocks and all the moisture gone.
It's like a schoolhouse
of little words,
thousands of words.
First you figure out what each one means by itself,
the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop
       full of moonlight.

Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to show some love to the poetry that kept my heart beating this summer. We sadly lost the beloved Mary Oliver in January, but her words live on in her thirty-plus published works. It was the opening lines of "Wild Geese" that completely shifted things for me fifteen years ago, and she still has the ability to make me gasp and sigh "yes!" to her observations of nature and the world. I'm passing along her collection of poems, "Why I Wake Early."

Along with Oliver's book you'll receive a book I brought home from Sleepy Hollow - a collection of captivating poetry from assorted authors, entitled "Poems Bewitched and Haunted."

From the publisher:
From Homer to Horace, Pope to Poe, Randall Jarrell to James Merrill, Poems Bewitched and Haunted draws on three thousand years of poetic forays into the supernatural. Ovid conjures the witch Medea, Virgil channels Aeneas’s wife from the afterlife, Baudelaire lays bare the wiles of the incubus, and Emily Dickinson records two souls conversing in a crypt, in poems that call out to be read aloud, whether around the campfire or the Ouija board. From ballads and odes, to spells and chants, to dialogues and incantations, here is a veritable witches’ brew of poems from the spirit world.
You can see both poetry books on the left side of the first photo in this post.

These three prizes: one amazing cookbook, a pair of fab fiction tomes, and bundle of two dreamy poetry books, contain their own variety of magic and I believe they will find homes with folks who know a thing or two about enchantment. They will be up for grabs until Thursday, October 10th, when I'll draw the names of the winners. Your comment is your entry, and if you should like another chance to win then simply share this post around however you wish and then swing back and let me know. I'll make sure your name goes into the hat again. Alternately, if you are having issues with leaving a comment, or if you'd prefer to enter privately, then you can send your entry via the "make contact" button at the top of the page. (Please note that if your name is drawn, I will be posting it at the top of the giveaway.) Feel free to let me know which prize you'd prefer. I try to match winners and books up, whenever possible.




Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop.






56 comments:

Melisa Glassford said...

Such amazing books! I love witchy fiction, and poetry too!
melisaglassford at gmail dotcom

Melissa Muirhead said...

Beautiful books. They all look amazing.

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Morbid Omega said...

Wow, what lovely selections!

Morbid Omega said...

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Anonymous said...

How I love all these books! It would be a delight to get one.

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❤️

BrigidsBlest said...

Oh, the poetry books would be divine! I love Mary Oliver!

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Rebecca P. said...

Honestly, these all sound amazing, I would love any of them!

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Kgkathands said...

Oh these look inspiring and fun in these tumultuous times! This is very generous of you, thank you.
I can be found here... kgkathands at “the Google Mail repository”

Shira said...

Those sound lovely. Please use b_lenehan at yahoo dot com
Thank you!

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to read the Jennifer David Hesse books.
Thank you,
Theresa N
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Eveline Maedel said...

They all look like wonderful books to curl up with!
(emaedel at gmail.com)

Johanna Lawson said...

Any of these would be welcomed by me!

Siduri said...

Would love any of these books!

Kathy said...

They all look and sound lovely but I especially love reading cookbooks!!

Lori said...


I love fiction but I also love to cook! I read almost every day, Books are my friends....

Kelly M said...

The Wiccan Wheel Mysteries by Jennifer Hesse would be great to curl up with ... under a blanket .... maybe with a nice warm drink too.
thanks.

Kris said...

These are super lovely! What a wonderful giveaway!

Susan T Blake said...

Yes please! And I'm sorry you had a hard summer. It was a challenging one all over the place. I'm glad you came through it. stblake1 at hotmail dot com.

orion`s daughter said...

I love some good witchy fiction, so those two books look great! The poetry and cookery books don't look too shabby, either!

petoskystone said...

Such a wonderful selection of books!

Jen Lawrence said...

They all look absolutely wonderful. What terrific reads!

Kathleen said...

All of these books look great. I'm interested in The Lost Kitchen! I have shared this post on my facebook.
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Flutter said...

I would love Why I Wake Early. I absolutely love poetry. flutter.flute13@gmail.com

Sharon said...

You never know when you have an opportunity to bring a dish to your witchy meetups! I'd love to win "The Lost Kitchen." I'm at Sharonmaynard12 at gee mail dot com

Iesadora said...

I would love to enter for Autumn Alibi and Samhain Secrets! The Lost Kitchen would be my second choice. Thank-you so much for having a giveaway again =D

Inari Fox said...

May you have a blessed autumnal season! I love your book giveaway every year. What a wonderfully curated selection 🙂 -Inari Fox

Runningafter3 said...

This is my favorite time of year! And this giveaway is part of the reason! The lost kitchen sounds amazing!

Melissa said...

What a really lovely gift.

Sparkless said...

I'd love to win the Mary Oliver book "Why I Wake Early". I'd be happy with any of the books though but that one caught my eye because it is on my list of to buy on Amazon.

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MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oh these are divine!!! Mary Oliver was THE best! Dianna

Tea Witch said...

The Lost Kitchen sounds amazing! I'm definitely putting that one on my to read list.

Debra Nehring said...

Well y’all know I’d be happy with any of these choices! The books of poetry ( Mary Oliver makes my eyes leak sometimes) and the novel pair both look so inviting for this season. Thanks, Jen.
Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

lillie8302 said...

The lost kitchen looks really good, I work in the hospitality industry so i’m Super intrigued about that one. All of the other books sound amazing as well. Email is lilefal1102(@)hotmaildotcom

rheawhite said...

You always have such wonderful picks!

Heather S-G said...

When I’m having a rough time dealing with life, two of the things that get me through are spending time in the kitchen and getting lost in a good mystery. Thanks for the chance!

Heather S-G said...

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Bella Spills said...

So Sorry for your rough Summer. I have been through similar. The giveaway looks lovely.

LPrest said...

These books sound amazing!

Emily said...

These all sound so amazing! What a lovely way to honor your journey by passing along some of the tools that helped you!

Calypso said...

Yesss!! Shared!! Thank you!!

McKenzie said...

Those books look great!

otterbknitting said...

Just discovered your blog and am already in awe. :-) I would love the Wiccan Wheel mysteries please and thanks so much for this drawing!

otterbknitting at gmail dot com

Sara said...

All new to me and look wonderful! Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

Unknown said...

I love The Wiccan Wheel Mysteries! Thank you for the opportunity.

Jenny said...

Thank you for the chance.gogo2007@rocketmail.com

Candace knight said...

Thank you for the chance. I'm going to share the giveaway on Facebook. These all sound like amazing books. moonbay7399@gmail.com

Sue said...

I can always use more magical books! Jennifer's or the cookbook would be fabulous!

Amber said...

Oh! I would love to have these adorn my bookshelf!

Shell said...

All these books sound wonderful. It is a grey rainy day in The Bronx today as I write this, perfect weather to read great books.

Maria's blog said...

Oh what truly awesome books to read! Lucky lucky whomever gets to receive these treasures! :-)

Renee said...

Amazing!

Oneoldgoat1962 said...

Mary Oliver is my absolutely favorite but I love most any book!

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Seekrit said...

The frost is on the pumpkin
The frost is on the sill
To win a book
I'd like to cook
I hope, I hope, I will!