Deborah Harkness

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My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction (though it didn't always seem so at the time). I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance. I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead. I thought I wanted to be a Tudor-Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science. I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today. I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT, came out in July 2012 ...more

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message 43: by Natalia

Natalia Your books have been a most lovely escape for me and I can't thank you enough for all these characters I have come to love so much. Can't wait for The Book of Life!


message 42: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Deborah,
Thank you so much for accepting my friendship request here on Goodreads!
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 41: by Sam

Sam Thanks so much for accepting me as your friend! I'm so enthralled with your Discovery of Witches book right now and I went out and bought your sequel right away! Thank you!


message 40: by Leah

Leah Hey I did a presentation on your book The Jewel House and was wondering if you could share your thoughts on it. What was your favorite part in writing The Jewel House? What was the hardest thing about writing it?


message 39: by Amanda

Amanda Zemko Thanks for the add! Love the first two books... can't wait for the third ;-) I've recommend them to just about everyone I know.


 Linda (Miss Greedybooks) Please, when is book 3 due? - I love this series!!! I an SO ready for the next book!


message 37: by Rhonda

Rhonda Wood Hello Deborah, Do you have a release date on the 3 book o fthe Discovery of Witches trilogy? Rhonda


message 36: by Denise

Denise Counts Deborah, thank you for adding me to your friends list. I am soo addicted to your books! I am trying to be patient for the third book to come out of the Discovery of Witches trilogy but it is soooooooooo hard! I can only hope it will be soon, wink wink! Denise Counts


message 35: by Janice

Janice Thank you for accepting my friend request. So honored!!


message 34: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. Totally made my day :) I so enjoyed and loved reading A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. Big fan. Can't wait for the third book! Have a wonderful day!


message 33: by Beabe

Beabe Deborah, thank you so much for adding me as a friend. Missed you at your Houston book tour appearance, but hope to see you for the next book tour. Thanks again, and thank you also for the hours and hours of wonderful reading. Beabe


message 32: by Nevi

Nevi Thank you for the add! I love A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night - the characters, the story, the history, everything. Looking forward to the next book. :) I hope we will see more of Baldwin.


message 31: by Sara

Sara Thank you so much for your wonderful reading last night at the Odyssey! I was lovely meeting you and learning a little more about the historical significance of Matthew and his friends. Thank you again for reminding me how much I love learning and inspiring me to go back to school for my Graduate degree. I can't thank you enough :)


message 30: by Leigh

Leigh Deborah! I am so excited to have received my hardback copy of Shadow of Night today! My review's been posted for a week, but I am just so excited to finally have the paper copy in my hand. Many congratulations on this release day. Can't WAIT for book three - counting the moments! Have a great rest of your week!


message 29: by Ingrid (last edited Jul 10, 2012 06:10AM)

Ingrid Hardy I'm really looking forward to reading Shadow of Night, and getting lost in history!

Edit: Yay! I got my book!


message 28: by Jessica

Jessica Thank you for accepting my friend request! I am so excited for your next book!! It feels like I have been waiting forever!! Down to the home stretch!! :)
Have a great weekend!


message 27: by Lisa

Lisa Happy birthday!!!! Hope you had a great day:)


message 26: by Rachel

Rachel Thanks for accepting my friend request Deb. I'll probably be one of your scarcer friends here ^.^ Hardly any time for reading these days, but I do try. I have a few books marked on here already, however. lol. The ever growing list. x


message 25: by Nicole (last edited Mar 13, 2012 07:48PM)

Nicole Thanks for accepting my friendship! I'm reading A Discovery of Witches and I'm enchanted! It's so beautifully written and Diana is smart and strong and sassy and doesn't play damsel in distress which I love and Matthew is dreamy, intelligent and downright delicious! I love all the history and science mixed with the supernatural elements, it's all of my favorite things together, real accurate history and the paranormal! Thank you for writing such a beautiful story, I'm devouring it like Diana devours her books and Matthew devours Diana... I mean science... ;)


message 24: by Naomi

Naomi Thanks for accepting the friend request. I love A Discovery of Witches - its one of my favourite books! Sooooo excited about Shadow of Night!!!


message 23: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness You're very welcome, Mary! Hope you have a great day, too.

Mary wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request.
Have a great day & Happy Reading! =)"



message 22: by Mary

Mary Thanks for accepting my friend request.
Have a great day & Happy Reading! =)


message 21: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness Thanks, Mariana! You even got the correct order: teaching, writing, (then) wine!

Deb

Mariana wrote: "thanks for the follow back. I admire all tht you do! Teaching, Writing, and Wine! I look forward to Shadow of Night"


message 20: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness Congratulations on the MA! And thanks for the note. So glad you enjoyed the book.

Deb

Felicia wrote: "Thank you for the add!

A friend recommended Discovery of Witches to me, and I love your writing. I just received a M.A. in History, and have also been interested in fiction writing, so I really lo..."



message 19: by Mariana

Mariana thanks for the follow back. I admire all tht you do! Teaching, Writing, and Wine! I look forward to Shadow of Night


message 18: by Fel

Fel Thank you for the add!

A friend recommended Discovery of Witches to me, and I love your writing. I just received a M.A. in History, and have also been interested in fiction writing, so I really look up to you as a writer.
I can't wait for Shadow of Night!


message 17: by Lisa

Lisa Thank you for the add!


message 16: by Lexi

Lexi Thank you for such a wonderful book!

It had been collecting dust on my shelf for months since I'd purchased it. Then suddenly it seemed to call me on the eve of Halloween. I sat down after work and thought well maybe just a few chapters. As it happened I closed it, completed, the next afternoon without having slept.

It was refreshing and a nice change to read about vampires and witches that had substance beyond their supernatural abilities. I can't wait for the follow up books.


message 15: by Mary E

Mary E Thank you for friending me, Deborah. Give Baldwin a kiss for me..


message 14: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness Pamela wrote: "Thank You for add :)
I simply love your book (have read it three times already) and all the Friday treats you give us. Can't wait for next year!"


Hopefully those Friday treats will keep us all going until SHADOW comes out! :)


message 13: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness Pamela wrote: "Thank You for add :)
I simply love your book (have read it three times already) and all the Friday treats you give us. Can't wait for next year!"

So glad you like the "Friday Treats." Hopefully they'll keep us all going until the summer! :)


message 12: by Deborah

Deborah Harkness Robin wrote: "Thanks for adding me Deborah.After reading The Discovery of Witches you became one of my new favorite authors.Looking forward to the next book."
Thank you Robin! I'm looking forward to you all reading it!


message 11: by Pamela

Pamela Thank You for add :)
I simply love your book (have read it three times already) and all the Friday treats you give us. Can't wait for next year!


message 10: by Robin

Robin Thanks for adding me Deborah.After reading The Discovery of Witches you became one of my new favorite authors.Looking forward to the next book.


Deborah Harkness Amy wrote: "Thanks for the add Deborah! Just to say, you are a fantastic author! :)"

Thanks, Amy! Glad you enjoyed the book.


Malithi Hey,,,Thanks for adding me


message 7: by Amy

Amy Thanks for the add Deborah! Just to say, you are a fantastic author! :)


message 6: by April

April I loved this book! It was beautifully written and the characters are great. Well done!


Charlene Just finished "A Discovery of Witches" - Thank you for a great story and characters to love.
I've just started writing and I hope some day to be able to write a story such as this one!


Deborah Harkness Caitlyn wrote: "I just saw A Discovery of Witches in the February Indie Next List! I can't wait to see it in hardcover!"

The hardcover is BEAUTIFUL!


Deborah Harkness LuAnn wrote: "I'm only a few chapters into "A Discovery of Witches" and I'm very much enjoying it!"

I'm so glad LuAnn. Looking forward to your reactions as you go through!


message 2: by LuAnn

LuAnn I'm only a few chapters into "A Discovery of Witches" and I'm very much enjoying it!


Caitlyn Wild I just saw A Discovery of Witches in the February Indie Next List! I can't wait to see it in hardcover!


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