Gothic Giveaway: Two Page-Turning Novels

Gothic Giveaway


Looking for a thrilling read to celebrate the autumn season? Here are not one, but two Gothic Giveaways!

Enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of my novel The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and Kris Waldherr’s new release Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women.

Read on for contest details!



About The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James

In this “can’t-miss novel for Brontë fans and historical fiction buffs alike” (Sacramento Book Review), you’ll be treated to a story in Charlotte’s own words about her journey from obscurity in the wilds of Yorkshire to her acclaim as the author of Jane Eyre, one of the most beloved books in the English language. Discover what motivated Charlotte to write Jane Eyre—and, astonishingly, how many parts of it are autobiographical.

Meet Charlotte’s talented and equally driven sisters Emily and Anne; their drug addicted brother Branwell; their eccentric father Patrick; Monsieur Heger, the Belgian professor Charlotte adored but could never have; and Arthur Bell Nicholls, the Irishman who loved Charlotte for years before he had the nerve to propose.

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë—deeply compelling and intensely researched—explores the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Brontë. It is Charlotte’s story, just as she might have written it herself.

Available in trade paperback, e-book, and an award-winning audiobook narrated by Bianca Amato.




Winner, Audiobook Audie Award

Women’s National Book Association Great Group Read

“Syrie James takes the biography of Brontë and sketches it into a work of art.” —Sacramento Book Review

“Syrie’s story of Charlotte offers it all: longing and yearning, struggle and success, the searing pain of immeasurable loss, and the happiness of a love that came unbidden and unsought. I did not want this story to end.” —Jane Austen’s World

“Readers will be glued to its pages from start to finish. Syrie James’s extensive research shows all throughout the book. The style in which the novel is written imitates Charlotte Brontë’s.” —Bronte Blog


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To enter Syrie’s giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this post and leave a comment!




About Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women by Kris Waldherr

For the first time, the untold story of the three women closest to Victor Frankenstein—his mother Caroline, bride Elizabeth, and servant Justine—is revealed in a dark and sweeping reimagining of Frankenstein by the acclaimed author of The Lost History of Dreams and Doomed Queens.

Stunningly written and exquisitely atmospheric, Unnatural Creatures shocks new life into Mary Shelley’s beloved gothic classic by revealing the feminine side of the tale. You’ll never view Victor Frankenstein and his monster the same way again.

Available in e-book, hardcover, softcover, and audiobook narrated by Barrie Kreinik.




“Worthy of comparison to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea . . . Unnatural Creatures is a splendid achievement from a writer at the height of her powers.”—Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Lushly atmospheric and rich with historical authenticity, Unnatural Creatures is a riveting Gothic tale that I devoured in one sitting . . . An inspired reimagining that was impossible to put down.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex

“A thrilling, extraordinary tour de force that imagines new depths to the Frankenstein story.” —Syrie James, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and the Audie award-winning The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë


Read Syrie’s review of Unnatural Creatures here.



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To enter Kris Waldherr’s giveaway of Unnatural Creatures CLICK HERE.


To enter Syrie’s giveaway, simply leave a comment below with your name today!  (If you wish, share why you’d like to read The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, and/or what book(s) you’ve read lately that you found enthralling!)


*U.S. residents only. Contest runs through November 1, 2022. Winners will be chosen at random November 2, 2022 and notified by email. Please include your email address. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be subscribed to Syrie’s mailing list, if you aren’t subscribed already. You can easily unsubscribe at any time.




The WINNER of my Gothic Giveaway via a random drawing is: Erin who left a comment on October 18.

Congratulations to Erin who won a signed copy of my novel THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. I so appreciate your enthusiastic response! Even if you didn’t win this time, please check out my list of published novels to see if one strikes your fancy. THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE and my 13 other books are available in print, e-book, and audio book formats for your reading pleasure. Happy autumn!


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  1. bn100 on October 17, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    haven’t read anything lately

  2. Anne on October 18, 2022 at 11:38 am

    I am reading The White Hare by Jane Johnson which is captivating, enthralling, memorable and intriguing. My next novel which I am looking forward to enjoying will be Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham.
    Thanks for your wonderful giveaway. Your novels are treasures.

  3. Caryl Kane on October 18, 2022 at 11:44 am

    I just finished reading Prayers & Decrees by Tim Sheets.

  4. Evgenia on October 18, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Thanks a lot to Syrie James for her wonderful books!!! My favorite is about Charlotte Bronte.

  5. Linda Martin on October 18, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Drag me under , The Clock Tower Treasure

  6. Candace hess on October 18, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    I enjoy reading and am excited at the opportunity to view another author’s life behind the pen.

    • Deandra B. on October 18, 2022 at 3:05 pm

      I’ve read several of your other books and fallen head-over-heels for your characters ♡

    • Syrie Godbee on October 18, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      Can’t wait to read both!

  7. Barbara Waloven on October 18, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    I’m in the process of moving so haven’t read anything yet this month (IKNOWRIGHT!?! Crazy). Once I’m all settled in I’m doing nothing but reading.

  8. Lisa on October 18, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Recently read Fairy Tale by Stephen King was so very good

  9. Tracy Wirick on October 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks so much for the chance! It looks so good!

  10. Sharon Eisen on October 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    I love the historical novels especially Bronte and Jane Austen. Throw in Louisa May Alcott too.

  11. Tessa Floreano on October 18, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    I want to delve into the life of Bronte sister more than I have up to now so this book would be a good way to do so.

  12. Abigail S. Fuller on October 18, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Both of these books look amazing!

  13. Tammy on October 18, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    I adore Jane Austen’s works and have read them all many times. I have found it difficult to find anything remotely as good in more current fiction, with the exception of the Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. I love it! Give me more! : )

  14. Lisa Holland on October 18, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Yes please!

  15. Jane pettitt on October 18, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Oct 18. Love the gothic era, Love the genre thank you

  16. Margie Shaw on October 18, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    I love spooky reads and the spookier the better!

  17. Christy Connors on October 18, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Huge fan of yours and loved The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë!

  18. Erin on October 18, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I am enthralled with the Brontes and your book sounds incredible! I’m currently reading Lute by Jennifer Thorne which is folk horror and then I’m reading Kris’s!! I can’t wait. 🙂

  19. Marilyn Ott on October 19, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I would love to win this book to add to my library.

  20. Shelly Dixon on October 19, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    I’d love to read this. The Bronte sisters are fascinating!

  21. Jen Dowdy on October 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Even if I do not win this book I am most interested in it. I was curious as to, in your historical research into Charlotte’s life and situation, you were able to visit Yorkshire. If so I would be interested as to how that trip went.

    • Syrie James on October 19, 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Jen! I did visit Yorkshire when I researched THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE. I spent two days at Haworth Parsonage, where the Brontes lived, and had a 90-minute private meeting with the museum curator where I was allowed to view, touch, and read original manuscripts, letters, and other documents belonging to every member of the Bronte family. I also visited other related locations, including the homes of some of Charlotte’s friends, places Charlotte visited, and the former Roe Head School, which Charlotte attended and where she later worked as a teacher. It was an incredible, unforgettable experience that informed my novel in indescribable ways.

    • Denise on October 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you for the chance to win. Reading gothic novels is my kind of Halloween treat.

  22. Gerti Z on October 21, 2022 at 11:50 am

    I would love to win this book, because Syrie James is a marvelous author! I’ve read “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen” by her, and found it to be very well written and loved the novel approach to the Austen legend. Just checked my personal copy of the book (on my Austen shelves!) and I dog-eared a dozen pages, which only happens when I want to remember many parts of the text. Like Ms. James wrote in the “Editor’s Foreword”, I also find Cassandra’s burning of so many of JA’s letters to be a tragedy, and wish we could magically find more from that author. Luckily, Ms. James provided a delicious substitute! Regarding Bronte, I just sent a Bronte family portrait postcard to a friend/English teacher at Hillsdale College at the beginning of the school year to cheer her. She has to spend the semester teaching Henry James, whereas we both prefer teaching Austen and the Brontes.

  23. Trish on October 21, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I love historical fiction and would love to read this. I just finished reading The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews.

  24. Anna Mae Cline on October 28, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Well, for starters I met Syrie James (her books) while I was in college. I have read 3 of your books and I’m so excited to read these two next! I am reading Frankenstein for like 100th time because it’s my favorite story!! I love reading your posts on fb and I am I always looking for more of your books to add to my collection. I love to read but of the hundreds of books and other authors you are my #1 top favorite!!
    Thank you for keeping us entertained!! Much love ❤️

  25. Brooke edwards on October 28, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    You’re the best, famous aunt, love you, brooke

  26. Amanda on October 29, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I’m planning to have a Brontëathon this December – rereading Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and reading some retellings of both. I definitely want to add The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë to my reading list this winter! 🙂

  27. Lori Johnston on October 30, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    I love your books, Syrie, and haven’t read this one so I’d love to have a copy — and autographed as well!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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