Friday, September 4, 2009

Contest Time!!!

It's time for my first contest! I am hosting this contest for the lovely Michelle Moran for two of her books.

This will be a 2 book, 2 winner contest.

First, a signed, paperback copy of:
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran.

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 Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari, the 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. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then 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.
The second book up for grabs is a signed, hardcover of: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran.

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 revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; 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; and Juba, Octavian’s 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 pullof 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 times. 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 most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.
There will be 2 winners. If you have a preference in which book you are entered for, then please include that in your comment, otherwise you will be entered for either book.
  • Leave a comment to be entered. Make sure to include your email address.
  • Deadline is September 11, 2009 (next Friday) Winners will be picked and notified on Saturday.
  • This contest is open WORLDWIDE!

Good luck and please enjoy!


  1. Wow they both look amazing but I think I like the Heretic Queen more.

  2. Can I enter :) they both look so good! Thank you for having such a good competition!

  3. I love historical fiction so count me in!!!

    Awesome contest,


  4. I'm intrigued by Cleopatra's Daughter! Enter me please.


  5. I'd love a chance to win either one! :)

  6. I'd love to enter! (for either of the books) Thanks! :)


  7. They both look great!!! Please enter me ^^


  8. I'd love a chance to win either of these books. I've heard tons of good things about Michelle Moran's work. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  9. Ooooh, either book, please! I have Nefertiti sitting on my side table right now!

    booksidoneread at telus dot net

  10. I really want to read Cleopatra's Daughter...thanks for the giveaway. :) mypalamyATgmailDOTcom

  11. Hey, great giveaway! I am ashamed to admit it, having heard so many good reviews of Michele Moran's historical novels, but I've not read her yet. It would be wonderful to start with a book I won! Both sound scrumptious, so I'd be thrilled with either. Thanks for the chance to win!


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