Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors Giveaway (US/Can) & Reading to Help Others


As most who read my blog know I am a huge fan of John Shors for a few reasons. First and foremost is that he is an incredible writer and I love his books. When you pick up a book of Johns you can be guaranteed that you will be transported to another time and place for a while and that you won’t soon forget the tale that he weaves. However there is another reason and that is that John always helps out a charity with the launch of each new novel and I think that is such an amazing thing to do and for that he will always have my utmost respect.

His newest novel Temple of a Thousand Faces launches on February 5. I’ve started it and I can already tell you that I am invested in this story and enjoying it immensely. As with an earlier novel of his John goes back in time nearly a thousand years ago and brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat – we have love, war, and heroes – all the ingredients to make up a really good book!

With Temple of a Thousand Faces, John will be making a financial donation from the proceeds to a children’s hospital in Cambodia that serves needy families. As well for the next month John will be collecting the names of of everyone who “likes” his Facebook page (facebook.com/johnshors) and for every person who does John will send a toy or a book to a needy child in Cambodia. Well I don’t know about you but that seems like a really easy thing for us to do – like John’s page and a child in need will get a toy or book. Win — win situation!


So what exactly is Temple of a Thousand Faces about…

In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal. Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues. There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and heroism is reborn.

When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and quashing any hint of rebellion.

Moving from a poor fisherman’s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn—Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost.

Read the first two chapters
Pre-order your copy at: Amazon, Amazon.ca, B&N, and IndieBound

John’s website, Facebook, and Twitter


Advance Praise for Temple of a Thousand Faces…

“Written in Shors’ enjoyable style … this novel is destined to be a blockbuster. Highly recommended.” –Historical Novels Review

“A gripping love story. John Shors vividly recreates the world of 12th century Angkor Wat with his breathtaking descriptions, and packs it with a powerful tale of danger and revenge that had me hooked.” –Kate Furnivall, bestselling author of The Russian Concubine

“Shors infuses the story with fascinating information about the ancient temple of Angkor Wat and Buddhist and Hindu cultures.” –Kirkus Reviews
“An epic, extraordinary novel about love, beauty, and war, Temple of a Thousand Faces is sure to please.”–Sandra Gulland, bestselling author of Mistress of the Sun



I have 3 copies of Temple of a Thousand Faces that John will personally sign and send to my winners. What do you have to do to enter – well, only two things…

1. You must “like” John’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/johnshors (just click on the link and it will open up John’s Facebook page in a separate window for you). Let me know that you did and you are entered to win.

2. For 3 extra entries blog or tweet this giveaway so we can spread the word. This isn’t only about winning a book – it’s about lighting up the eyes of a needy child in Cambodia with a book or toy. The added bonus is that you’re entered to win a copy of a great book!

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, February 9/13.   Again, simply go and like John’s Facebook page (facebook.com/johnshors ) – it’s for two good causes – one to promote Temple of a Thousand Faces and to help some kids. You have to like those odds!  Good luck to all!


  1. says

    I have only read one John Shors book (Cross Currents) but I really fell in love with the way he writes and all of his other books have sadly been languishing on my TBR list ever since. I love, love, love when you can tie books and a great cause.

    I’ve liked John’s page on FB and I’ve tweeted about the post.


  2. Carl says

    This book sounds fascinating. I’ve never been to Cambodia but a friend of mine just got back. She spent 3 days at Angkor Wat and although she was very tired from all the walking in the heat she loved every minute.

    +1 I liked John’s Facebook page: Carl Scott

    +3 I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/296319476041924609

    I’m honored to be able to help John help needy kids in Cambodia. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. says

    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this one. Can’t wait to read it!

    Liked John’s FB page and tweeted about the giveaway (bibliotaphe)


  4. Terry Martini says

    I gave John’s Facebook page a like. This is a great giveaway and a very worthy cause. Looking forward to reading this one very much.

  5. Michelle James says

    I liked John on facebook and tweeted the giveaway. I have not read any of his books, but after visiting his webpage and reading about them, I can’t wait to delve in and read.

  6. Lara Frame Newell says

    I liked the FB page (and Google+’d as I don’t do twitter–I know it’s not what you specified but I wanted to spread the word!)

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  7. John Shors says

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments, and for liking my Facebook page! Penguin is putting a lot of pressure on me to do more with Facebook, so I thought that this little promo would be nice, and I’m always looking for ways to help out poor children in the areas that I write about. Anyway, I appreciate all of your support. And thank you, Darlene, for hosting me, and for spreading the word about Temple of a Thousand Faces. My very best wishes to you all!!! – John

  8. says

    Darlene, I just Liked the Facebook page, and I will also post this giveaway in my blog’s sidebar.


    Thanks for hosting this!

  9. says

    I read a John Shors book a while back, Beside a Burning Sea, and loved it. I knew I’d want to read more and collect his books. I own two know, The Wishing Trees being the second. I’ve been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it. I’ve been a Facebook friend since I read his book so I already liked his page. But I tweeted (@vegasbookgirl) and liked this page on Facebook. I think what he is doing is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Diane Castiglione says

    This book really sounds interesting. Would love to read it. I did go to John’s facebook page and liked it. Thank you


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