Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm hosting my first contest! - Win Cleopatra's Daughter or The Heritic Queen by Michelle Moran!

I'm very excited to host my very first book giveaway! Michelle Moran has graciously offered to giveaway an autographed copy of her new book, Cleopatra's daughter as well as an autographed copy of The Heritic Queen to a second winner.

The Books:

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.

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.

How to Enter

You can enter this contest in the following ways (1 entry per each)
1. Comment to this post - don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you!
2. Become a follower of this blog
3. Post this contest on your blog (post the link in the comments)
4. Add this blog to your blog roll on your blog
Let me know all the ways you have entered!
Contest closes one week today - September 23, 2009


AngelaMae said...

Hey Kris... Great blog!! Super excited for your first book give away too... Hope I get one of those books... they sound GREAT! <3

Anna and Andrew Mayo said...

Hi Kristen
I hope the move is going well, I have been a bit behind on my blog reading ( now that I don't sit in front of a computer 8 hours a day, but I am excited to catch up on this one and see if my library has any one the ones you've blogged. I posted your link and contest on my blog (

Here's my email


Amanda said...

Following from MBC!

JoAnn said... you know me and books...and free ones to the blog looks have my email, pick me pick me...p.s. I miss you at school!

Trish said...

Hey...I am so excited for you...wowsa! I would love to win your book but I am happier just that I have found a 'real writer' and a fellow wordsmith. I am posting a link to your blog on my non-cooking blog here at and I am going to mention you on both my next posts at schemmelhos and the mad chemist here sorry...I have to get to the posts...not quite done yet...yikes...just got home from work and making mateer paneer so not ready to post yet. My email address is my and I will feel privileged to note your new book...shamelessly promoting it for sure! Grin. Take care kiddo....ta for now!

Trish said...

Good grief...I am an idiot...for the whole world to is NOT YOUR book...but nevertheless...all that I said was are a booklover and I am a book writer so we have a ton in common...haven't read your whole blog so perhaps you dabble in writing too! I will still shamelessly promote the new book and I am happy for Michelle Moran which by the way....I should get in contact with as we have a similar writer that her real name? Very interesting...there is a huge story behind to get back to that paneer.

Lahni said...

I've been trying to win one of those books forever!
I'm a subscriber, does that count? Also, you're already linked in my blogroll and have been for some time, do I get extra entries?! :)

Ingrid said...

Kristen I didn't realize you had a book blog! I'm gonna check it out more indepth but definitely wanted to get in on the book giveaway!

Have you read both of these yourself?

Thanks for the chance to win!

Monica H said...

What a cool giveaway. I love books and I could hang out in bookstores all day long. I also love this love story. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I didn't know you had a book blog either. The books sound great, what a lot of research must have been involved!
I already have you on my blogroll, my email is
Have a great day!