The cover to the manga you could win. Who wouldn't want a close-up view of that incredible art?
It's not too often that I link to contests and giveaways on HWC, but this was just too good an opportunity to pass up: Julie of Manga Maniac Cafe is giving away the first volume of Kaoru Mori's manga A Bride's Story!
Series description from the publisher, Yen Press:
Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.
I haven't read A Bride's Story yet, but I'm eagerly awaiting the opportunity, and the reviews have been pretty positive.
Kaoru Mori is known for incredibly detailed artwork and laid-back storytelling. So if you're looking for an easy-on-the-eyes summer read, enter the giveaway and cross your fingers! (The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only, but the entry form asks for no personal information beyond a name and contact e-mail.)