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May 4, 2010 / schulerbooks

Author Laurie R. King offers an Indie Bookstore contest!

In celebration of the release of The God of the Hive: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (currently a featured title, marked 20% off at Laurie R. King is offering a special contest to fans who purchase their book at an independent bookstore! (Ahem, ahem, Schuler Books happens to be Michigan’s largest indie bookstore.):

King’s website describes the contest, as well as her popular series, begun with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice:

“Birth of a Green Man” is an original and complete short story illuminating the history of a central character in The God of the Hive. It is printed in color on heavy 14×20 inch stock, ready for framing, a companion piece to last year’s “A Venomous Death.” Only 250 of them have been printed, and the copies are numbered and signed by both the author and the artist.

To celebrate and support Independent Bookstores, customers of Indies can enter their names into a drawing for “Birth of a Green Man,” by sending us their receipts for The God of the Hive by May 16th, 2010, either to PO Box 1152, Freedom, CA 95019 or scanned and sent to  And to stir a spoonful of honey into the pot, their favorite bookstore will win one as well!

In 1994, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice was published, featuring young Mary Russell who becomes an apprentice, then partner of Sherlock Holmes in early 20th century England. Books in that series appear regularly, taking the duo and their cohorts on into the Twenties and around the world, winning admiration far and wide. These historical novels allow King to explore all sorts of ideas: the roots of conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan; feminism and early Christianity; patriotism and individual responsibility, while also having a rousing good time with revisiting the scenes of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Kim, setting a pair of Bedouin nomads down in a grand country house in England, and forging an unlikely relationship between two remarkably similar individuals who happen to be separated by age, sex, and background.

Good luck to King fans!!! 🙂


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