Giveaway: Season of the Witch – Natasha Mostert

04 May

That’s right, guys and girls! Thanks to Emily from Random House Struik SA, I have one copy of Natasha Mostert’s debut from 2007 to giveaway! 🙂 Why now, two years after publication?

Well, her latest book, The Keeper, will be available very soon in SA! 🙂


Here’s a bit about the book:

Can you really enter someone’s mind – and find pure evil?

Gabriel Blackstone has an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also able to enter the minds of others.

But he uses his gift only reluctantly – until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her stepson, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.

And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.

As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a deadly killer.

But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect?

Sounds great, huh? 🙂 And you know what else? Natasha is South African! 🙂 Here’s some info on her:

Natasha Mostert is South African. She grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg but currently lives in London with her husband, Frederick. She still keeps an apartment in the university town of Stellenbosch in the Cape province.

She is the author of five novels. Her latest novel, Keeper of Light and Dust (published in the UK under the title The Keeper) joins together ancient mysteries with cutting-edge science and introduces a fascinating heroine who belongs to a long line of Keepers: women who are healers, warriors and protectors of men who are engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Tattoos, quantum physics, chi and martial arts all combine in an intricately crafted plot.

Her fourth novel, Season of the Witch, is a modern gothic thriller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day 2009 Award. Her debut novel was The Midnight Side, a story of obsessive love and a ghost manipulating the London Stock Exchange. In The Other Side of Silence, a sinister computer game becomes the key to unravelling the riddle of the Pythagorean Comma: one of the oldest and deadliest mysteries in the science of sound. Her third novel, Windwalker, is a story of fratricide, redemption, ghost photography and soul mates searching for each other.

Educated in South Africa and at Columbia University, New York, Mostert holds graduate degrees in Lexicography and Applied Linguistics and a bachelors in Modern Languages majoring in Afrikaans, Dutch, English and German. She worked as a teacher in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and as project coordinator in the publishing department of public television station WNET/Thirteen in New York City. Her political opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in Newsweek, The Independent and The Times (London).

Interests aside from writing include music, running and kickboxing. Future goals include writing poetry, executing a perfect spinning backkick and coming face to face with a ghost.

To get more info about Natasha and her work, follow this link to her website. 🙂 Also, check out Liz and Mark’s blog – they’re also South African’s living in London and met Natasha at the launch of Natasha’s latest book. 🙂 Here’s the link to that!

Okay, down to the rules!

1) Once again, no-one working for a publisher is allowed to enter.

2) Once again, only South Africans or people living in South Africa are allowed to enter, please! The postage from SA to Europe or the US is a killer, and I earn around three-and-a-half grand less than what I used to. 🙂

3) How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post! 🙂

I’ll be running this giveaway from today until the 17th of May 2009. On that Sunday, I’ll post the winner’s name and announce the next giveaway! 🙂

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Giveaways


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9 responses to “Giveaway: Season of the Witch – Natasha Mostert

  1. Jeanine

    May 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    wow!! [and i’m not even talking about a perfect spinning back-kick either, although, that would be kick-ass]

    sounds really cool, can’t wait to see who the killer will be!!! i bet gabriel loves her to death!! the suspense is killing me, too!!!

  2. Dave-Brendon de Burgh

    May 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Me neither, I’ve got to read this (but don’t worry, I have my own copy)! 🙂

  3. Joanne King

    May 6, 2009 at 7:36 am

    This book won the World Book Day Award 2009. And check out the games on her website – she has one for Witch and one for Keeper. I’ve read this book four times already and I have Mostert on my google alert as I am such a fan.

  4. Pam

    May 6, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Hey Dave
    sounds good – would be fab to sink my teeth into a new novel!

  5. Licia

    May 7, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hey, the book sounds excellent. I would love to get my hands on it!

    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      May 7, 2009 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for entering! 🙂 Good luck, and thanks for visiting the blog. 🙂

  6. Mark Thompson

    May 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Hey Mr de Burgh,
    When are we seeing YOU in print? I like what you’re doing here, so, keep it up Sensei! I tossed my whole manuscript (…again…) and am waxing solubriously on my new work. I hope to be sone by September and you’ll be first to give it a gander.

    Now to the blog comment…

    It’s fantasty(c) to see SA author’s in print AND being taken seriously. It gives us hopefuls…well, HOPE!

    Sincerest regards,

    Mark T

    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      May 12, 2009 at 10:04 am

      Still forging ahead on my novel(s), taking it one chapter at a time! 🙂 I seriously change my mind too much and end up restructuring the plot and changing characters… Anyway, thanks for the visit! 🙂 It’ll be kickass to have a look at your work (and I’m holding you to September!)! Check out Lauren Beukes on my FB, she’s also a South African author who’s been signed by a new UK SFF imprint! 🙂

  7. Lood du Plessis

    May 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    WOW! Sounds really good! I’ve seen the book around, but never actually picked it up to read it! You know how it goes. I did read midnight side and found it awesome! Anywhoo, on with the show!


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