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Wedding Anniversary Giveaway!

Today it's 6 years since we got married ;) While you're reading this I'm probably already in Chester. You see we have this tradition. Every year instead of giving each other presents we're going away to some lovely place.

So far we had Bath and Stonehenge the first year.

It was amazing! We saw the Pump Room and Roman Baths, and even managed to see the last scene of new movie Persuasion in making (completely accidental).

We went to Stratford-upon-Avon and to Warwick Castle the second year.

Shakespeare's houses (boy, he lived in many!) and couple of spooky ghost tours - it was fun!

Year three we spent in Budapest, Hungary, my husband is half-Hungarian.

Endless walking, gorgeous buildings with traces of bullets still embedded, famous baths and even more famous cakes and coffee...

Imagine that I've lost most of the photos from those years! Yep, I don't have them anymore.

Year four was in Lyon, France with our friends.

And yes, the crazy French took us on 4 hour journey at breakneck speed on icy roads to see the Alpes... It was mind-blowing. Also French wine, divine bread and cheese.... I need to come back!

Year five we were living in Asia, so we went to a local Irish Pub and had burgers :)

 Yep, exotic is a definition strongly depending on location :)

So, here you go. We are back in UK, so this year it's lovely Chester and American Smokehouse near the river *wink*

To celebrate our anniversary, I'm giving away your choice among two precious to me books

 Synopsis from Goodreads
This is the first book featuring Erast Fandorin, a gentleman sleuth who solves murders and mysteries in Tsarist Russia. Moscow 1876. A young law student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow's Alexander Gardens. But this is no ordinary death, for the young man was the son of an influential industrialist and has left a considerable fortune. Erast Fandorin, a hotheaded new recruit to the Criminal Investigation Department, is assigned to the case. Brilliant, young, and sophisticated, Fandorin embarks on an investigation that will take him from the palatial mansions of Moscow to the seedy backstreets of London in his hunt for the conspirators behind this mysterious death.

This is the beginning of incredibly popular in Russia series about a sort of Russian Sherlock Holmes - Erast Fandorin. I adore it, and would like to share my love of the historical period and beautiful language with you.

Synopsis from Goodreads
What if vampires were the victims and humans the predators? This is the underlying premise of Lynn Viehl's most unusual love story, If Angels Burn. It is the first in a suspenseful new series about the Darkyn, vampire-like creatures persecuted by humans since the Middle Ages. When Dr. Alexandra Keller is recruited -- kidnapped, actually -- to perform reconstructive surgery on a reclusive New Orleans millionaire, she finds more than a patient in need of a new face. She meets a compelling being, Michael Cyprien, who engages her on the most primal of levels and inspires her to help his people. Alex's battle to heal her patient and her struggle to regain control of her own emotions is paralleled by the story of her brother, a tortured monk who allies himself with the Brethren, a Vatican-sponsored enemy of the Darkyn.

One of my first paranormal romances / UF crossover and still one of the best. Lynn Viehl is a very underrated author, and the story of Alexandra and Michael from the book one goes through the whole series - they are absolutely wonderful, mostly because of Alexandra - no bullshit reconstructive surgeon and scientist. 

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All I want you to do is to tell me what's the most romantic place you've ever been to or want to go to? 
The giveaway is worldwide and ends 23/10/2011.
As usual you can gain extra entries:
+1 for following through GFC or Networked Blogs, +1 for spreading the word through social media.
Don't forget to leave your email.
Good luck!

В честь годовщины свадьбы я разыгрываю одну из двух вышеуказанных книг на ваш выбор. Всё, что вам нужно сделать, это назвать самое романтичное место, где вы когда-либо побывали или мечтаете побывать.
Контест международный и заканчивается 23.10.2011.
Дополнительные очки можно заработать как обычно:
+1 за GFC/Networked Blogs follower, +1 за распространение инфо о контесте через социальные сети, блог, ЖЖ и т.д. Оставьте мне свой имэйл.


Birgit said...

6 years? Not bad ;-) !
You certainly visited some lovely places ... the most romantic place I've ever been? I guess a lot would qualify but what I really loved was the Australian Outback at night when I could see the milky way stretch over my head (no disturbing city lights, you know) - it was sooo beautiful and definitely romantic (well, I was there as a single, but still).

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Unknown said...

Happy anniversary! :)

Book Crook Liza said...

My husband and I have been married for 6 years as well! I've been to a lot of countries, but I can't say any of them are too romantic. My husband and I have had our most romantic times in the United Arab Emirates and Russia though, I think. ;) We live in the US now, which I wouldn't say is very romantic, but we manage to find our ways! A walk somewhere pretty or something. :)

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titania86 said...

Congratulations! I've been with my boyfriend for 12 years and we don't travel a lot right now, but I hope we will in the future. The most romantic place we've been is to San Diego for Comic-Con. We always go to a nice romantic dinner while we're there and really enjoy the more relaxed atmosphere. Plus we both love really nerdy things. :)

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Mel said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like you've been to some beautiful places in the last 6 years. I have to admit I've not been to many places for romantic reasons - but I want to visit Venice at some point. I've always thought the idea of a gondola ride through the water ways as really romantic!

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Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Congratulations!! Those are beautiful places! I live in the US and the only time I ever went overseas was for my high school senior spring break trip which remains to be the best trip I ever took! It was 1 week long--not long enough and we went to Greece and Italy! It was incredible!

Hope you enjoy your special day! No need to enter me in the contest, just wanted to say Congrats--again! :D

chandragay said...

We were stationed in Germany tons of years ago. Swiss Alps. Need I say more. The absolute most beautiful and romantic place on earth.

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Yto said...

i want to go to venedig. or see a castle. love castles. they are really romantic.

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Pabkins said...

Hmm most romantic place I've been - on a gondola ride in Venice with my husband we had our own singer and accordion player!
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Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

The most romantic place I've ever been is Stockolm. I loved it sooo much!

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buddyt said...

Only got to Budapest on a day trip from Vienna but found it fascinating. Would love to go back there sometime.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Most romantic place I have visited is Capri, probably partly becuase of all I had read about it before I went.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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M.A.D. said...

Mary D
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The most romantic place I've ever been is Daytona Beach during the warm summer nights - LOVE the ocean :D

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