Thursday, 11 June 2009

COMPETITION: Win a signed copy of Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda


As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Billi SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a warrior in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.
Life is a lonely round of brutal training and midnight hunts until Kay appears, an old friend now a fully trained knight himself. Their friendship begins to grow into something deeper but Kay's not the boy she remembers.

Then one of the order's ancient enemies resurfaces, searching for a treasure that the Templars have guarded for almost a thousand years – King Solomon’s cursed mirror, a source of unimaginable power.
To save the lives of millions, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than she could have imagined.




You know when a book's good, well written, and tightly plotted, when you open it up, start the first page, get sucked in immediately and don't put it down until you've reached the end. That's what this reader did and it even made her shed a tear or two.
If you like your stories dark, if you like them epic, if you like a bit of sword fighting, martial arts, demon killing, if you like your bad guys downright evil and your monsters gross and frightening, but if after all this you also like a touch of tenderness to pluck at the heartstrings, you will love this book.

The opening chapter throws us into Billi's world with an eye-opening, heart-stopping bang. Not every hero or heroine wants to fulfil their destiny of fighting evil with all its faces but that's what Billi must decide. Does she follow in her father's footsteps and become a Knights Templar or follow another path? Here's your chance to find out.

One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Devil's Kiss but also the opportunity to suggest an historical character to feature in Billi's future adventures.

Here's what you have to do -

Sarwat's story DEVIL'S KISS is based on the premise that the Knights Templar have survived into the present day. One of the threads Sarwat uses is that John Dee, the sorceror spy who served Queen Elizabeth the First, was a Templar.

In a hundred words or less, take a historical character and explain why they too were a member of the Knights Templar.
If the idea works, Sarwat will include the winner's character in his next book, THE DARK GODDESS.

Hurry though, he's busy with the rewrites as I type!

MIDNIGHT (BST) 18th JUNE 2009.


  1. In 100 words or less, take a real historical character and explain why they were a member of the Knights Templar.
  2. Write your entries (English only) in the comments box and please include your name but at this stage no contact information is necessary.
  3. After you have written your entry, please write in a separate comment box, your character choice, your name and just your house number, or house name. Not the full address. This number or name will be used as verification of winner when they are announced. For example, if you are under eighteen you might put - John Smith, aged 13, 34 or John Smith, aged 13, Dunroamin.
  4. The book is aimed at readers aged 11+, although a guideline age, only entrants aged 11 and above will be considered.
  5. If you are under 18 please include your age along with your name.
  6. If you are under 18 and you win, please get permission from your parents to give out your address for posting purposes.
  7. The deadline is in BST (British Summer Time) so please ensure your entry is sent before this time.
  8. All comments are moderated so will not automatically appear on the blog.
  9. Last minute entries will be validated by the time they were posted not moderated.
  10. The competition is open to UK and international residents.
  11. The winner will be chosen by Devil's Kiss author, Sarwat Chadda. But if no entry is deemed appropriate for inclusion in The Dark Goddess, Sarwat will choose the entry that shows the most creative flair and potential.
  12. If more than one entry suggests the same historical character, the winner will be the entry that Sarwat decides best explains why this character was a member of the Knights Templar.
  13. The winner will be announced on this blog, tall tales & short stories, as soon as possible after the deadline.
  14. The winner will be required to confidentially give the organiser and author their address and the signed copy of Devil's Kiss will be posted to them.

Good luck and happy writing.

You can read an interview with Sarwat Chadda on this blog, just click here

And if this competition isn't enough for you, Sarwat's also running a competition on his blog to win books from his recent visit to the BEA in New York. Go take a look at


Frank A said...

Hi Tracy,

I'll kickstart your competition... this one will be easy for others to beat!

CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871), mathematician and inventor. Babbage created the concept of the first computer, his Analytical Engine, and although it was never built in his lifetime I don't think we need let that stop us! :)

I propose that in fact, unbeknown to the world, Babbage was the Templars' cryptographer and that he did build his Analytical Engine, which he used to encode important, secret Templar messages so that they could be sent securely between members of the Order.

blackestnite said...

I propose that Philip IV of France was a Templar Knight. He went after the Knights to increase his own wealth and in the process became a knight himself. But Philip was not true to the cause, in fact he could have cared less about their mission. He was the selfish, snide, unworthy rogue who orchestrated the fall of the Knights in search of his own agenda. It might seem a bit far fetched, but how many times do we hear of cover-ups? Throughout history people have tried to destroy those they were associated with.

-Nicole Moeckli

Tracy said...

Thanks for the entries so far. Keep them coming.

Tracy said...

The two entries shown are the competition winners, Congratulations.

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