Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Day 268 - Michelle Moran = Awesome! (GIVEAWAY)

So I entered a contest for a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran a few weeks ago and sadly lost. *tear* I had forgotten all about it until I recieved a email from Michelle herself. She said that she'd gladly send me a copy of the book. She also offered up a paperback copy of The Heretic Queen and a hardback copy of Cleopatra's Daughter to two of my readers (which is being released on my birthday - September 15th)!!

I haven't read anything by Michelle yet and I haven't read a lot of historical fiction either. So since I'm interested in both I thought this was the perfect opportunity to take care of both =)

The Heretic Queen

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past, and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the 18th dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, niece of the reviled former queen Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But all of this changes when she is taken under the wing of pharaoh’s aunt, and brought to the Temple of Hathor where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the crown prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

Read an excerpt here!

Cleopatra's Daughter

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters:

Octavia: the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra
Livia: Octavian’s bitter and jealous wife Marcellus: Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir-apparent
Tiberius: Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power
Juba: Octavian’s ever-watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place —the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the time. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of Imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of history, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

Read an excerpt here!


So enough of me ranting...how bout we get straight to the giveaway:

Both of the books will be mailed to the winners directly from Michelle so this giveaway is open worldwide!! && did I mention both these bad boys will be SIGNED =)

To enter:

-Simply leave a comment expressing you'd like to win. You must leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win - No email = No entry!

For extra entries:: (you must leave comments telling me you've done so or they will not count.)

+2 for each place you link to this contest (blog posts, sidebars, twitter, facebook, etc all count - leave a link or you won't get the extra entries)
+3 for becoming a stalkerfollower of the blog (if you currently stalk(I<3youbtw)follow just mention it below)

The deadline is September 15th. Two winners will be chosen randomly and announced September 16th. The first name chosen will have their choice of books and the second winner will get the leftover book. I will email them and they will have 4 days to contact me back with their information.


Bridget said...

I love this contest -- love reading anything about Cleopatra! Just blogged about it on Win A Book. No need to enter me, though.

lilly said...

I'd love to win!


I'm also a follower.

Lori(Pure Imagination) said...

Count me in!

I'm a follower!


avalonne83 said...

Sounds great!
Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Pam said...

I really, really, really hope I win at least one of these books one of these days...

melacan at hotmail dot com

Beleth said...

i've always loved books about egypt, count me in!
I'm already a follower :D

Thank you

drey said...

I'd LOVE to win! =D

& I already stalk you. So you love me & will pick me. Right? *grin*

I also tweeted.

throuthehaze said...

I would love to win

+3 follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Jenny N. said...

Enter me please. I'd love to win.


PerpetualMist said...

Please enter me, perpetualmist at gmail dot com

I have posted the contest on my sidebar

I'm a follower now.

Thanks for the contest.

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

etirv said...

Please count me in!



Emma said...

Both books sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

MoziEsmé said...

I'd like to win!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

BUSY BEE said...

I really want to read Cleopatra's Daughter! The Heretic Queen would be icing on the cake if I were to be chosen!! Thanks for the double good book giveaway.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

BUSY BEE said...

I follow uhmm er - stalk-- you now!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Esme said...

You will love Cleopatra's Daughter-her other two books were fantastic.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...


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LoveMyCoffee said...

I would love to win!


ludeluh said...

Would love a chance to win this giveaway!
I also just became a follower for
+3 entries.
Thank you,

ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Germaine said...

I would love a chance to read these books so please add me into this giveaway .

I am a follower

heatherzilla said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am eager to read these books.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I would love to win Cleopatra's Daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!


Ruth said...

Hi, could I enter your contest please? :) My email address is:

kiwi book lover at/gmail/dot com

+3 For following your blog :)

+2 I also tweeted about your contest.


Sheila said...

I would love to win a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter. Please enter me.

I am also a follower for +3

And I added your giveaway to my blog for +2 here:


ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Sheila said...

Oops, I had already entered on Sept 4th, so that last entry was just the +2 for adding a link to my blog. Sorry.

Alyssa said...

Great contest!
+3 I now follow :)

shadyglade (AT) mail (DOT) com

booksrmysoul said...


Thanks for this giveaway!!!

+1 I would really like to read Cleopatra's Daughter

+3 I follow & Subscribe

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

+1 I would LOVE to read Cleopatra's Daughter.

+3 I am a follower/subscribe

+2 I tweeted~ http://twitter.com/theblindcupid/status/3988160097


Cherie J said...

I would love to win. Thanks for the contest!


+3 I just became a follower.

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