Win Cleopatra's Daughter or The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Win Cleopatra's Daughter or The Heretic Queen!

Author Michelle Moran has offered two signed books (one paperback of The Heretic Queen and one hardcover of Cleopatra's Daughter) for a giveaway on my blog! There will be two winners.

Here are the summaries for the books (from the Barnes & Noble site):

Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel -

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.


The Heretic Queen: A Novel -

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.

To learn more, here is the author's website: http://www.michellemoran.com/

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address (see rules):

To get extra entries:

- Name your favorite historical fiction book. (+1)
- Become a follower. (+1)

- If you are already a follower... (+2)
- Follow me on Twitter (@ParadoxRevealed) and leave your Twitter name. (+1)
- If you already follow me on Twitter. (+2)

- Mention my contest (with a link) on your blog or Twitter. (+3)

EDIT: You can specify if you want to enter to win just one of the books. If you don't say which you want to win, you will be entered for both. All entrants who commented before this addition will be entered for both.

Rules:

1. Please mention everything you did in one comment. If you do more later, delete the old comment and leave a new one.

2. If you decide to enter by commenting here, you must leave your e-mail or blog address.
3. If you don't want to comment to enter, you can e-mail me your entries at paradoxicalblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

This contest is international!

I'm leaving the contest open until 11:59 PM on September 25th. The winner will be chosen in the next few days after that and contacted. I'll forward the winners' addresses to the author.

29 comments:

Donna said...

Sign me up for this one! I'd love a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter!

Email's in the profile.
My favorite historical fiction book is Forever by Pete Hamill. Old New York. You really can't go wrong there. And he's a guy that can make you taste the smells of Old New York. Blech!
I'm already a follower.
I'm posting a link in my sidebar and I'll mention the contest in my Sunday Contest Slurry this Sunday.

Thanks!

rebrebs said...

Count me in for Heretic Queen.

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+2 already a follower

my fav historical book(s) would be the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

Sign me up! This sounds like a wonderful contest!!!

email :: achoyce13[at]gmail[dot]com

+2 - old follower!
+1 - fav his fiction: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I adore this book.
+3 - Linking contest!
[ http://bambookreviews.blogspot.com/ ]

Thanks again!

-Arielle.

Diane said...

These look great. My favorite historical novel was The Tea Rose; Donnelly.

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Orchid said...

+2 I follow your blog

+3 linked on sidebar

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iDogrocker said...

Great contest!! My email is midnighterpeople[at]yahoo[dot]com

+1 fav hist. fict. bk is Number the Stars
+2 already a follower
+3 I mentioned your contest in my sidebar on my blog (idogrocker.blogspot.com)

Thanks!

MUM said...

Enter me for both! I'd really love to win either one. :D

+1 My favorite historical fiction book is Dolley by Rita Mae Brown

+1 became follower

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Addicted Book Reader said...
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Addicted Book Reader said...

Hey I just gave you an award at my blog here: http://anaddictedbookreader.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-first-award.html

Kate said...

I have been hearing a lot about these books lately. Please enter me.

+1 It would probably have to be The Other Boleyn Girl. I love the Tutors.
+2 already a follower
+1 already follow on Twitter @neshelf
+3 added to sidebar
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Sara said...

Thanks for the contest! I'd love a copy of either, but Cleopatra's Daughter is my first choice!

+1 comment
+1 fav historical fiction is A Great and Terrible Beauty
+1 follower
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Evie said...
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Evie said...

Hi! Please sign me up for both! As soon as I figure out how to put your contest on a sidebar, I will but right now my pillow is calling me!

+1: I'm now a humble follower! Love the blog!

+1: Favorite historical fiction so far is The Russian Concubine

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Thank you!

throuthehaze said...

count me in please!

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+1 follow on twitter @throuthehaze
+1 fave is The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter

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insiya said...

+1 My fav historical fiction book is 'A Thousand Splendid Suns ' by Khalid Hosseini.

+1 Im a follower

I really wnna get these books !! I absolutely love historical fiction books and u dunt get that sort here quite often.

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julie said...

Name your favorite historical fiction book. (+1)

-Hmm.. It would have to be Number the Stars by Lois Lowry! We read it in 6th grade and I LOVED it sooo much! :D

Julie

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Wanda said...
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Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

My favourite historical fiction was Calling Crow by Paul Clayton. wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
My favourite historical fiction was Calling Crow by Paul Clayton. wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Kat O'Keeffe said...

This is a cool contest!

+1 for commenting
+1 for becoming a follower
+1 my favorite historical fiction (for now) would have to be Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty.

kat-tastic(at)live.com

Thanks!

Fiona said...

Please enter me, I would love to win either one of these books, it has been ages since I've read any historical fiction!

I've just signed up to follow you :)

c_fjones(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I'd love to win either of these wonderful books :)

+1 I just became a follower

+1 my favorite Historical novel, thus far, is FOREVER AMBER by Kathleen Windsor
If anyone has NOT yet read this book, and loves romantic albeit realistic historical fiction - get this one from your library ASAP! It was a HUGE bestseller decades ago and is one of the best ever written. It took Ms. Windsor TEN years of research to write this book.

The_Book_Queen said...

Ooh, both sound really good! :D Count me in, please!

+1 Hmmm... A favorite historical fiction? Well, does historical romance count? Then I'd have to say Outlander, though yeah, it's got the whole time travel theme in it, making it more paranormal than fiction... But still,I love it! :)

+2 for following
+3, sidebar of my blog (hope that's okay) www.tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com

Great contest! :D

Enjoy,
TBQ
www.tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com

Zia said...

Please enter me for both.

+1 New follower
+1 New twitter follower (my name is @ziaria)

Zia
ziaria(at)gmail(dot)com

barbrafl said...

+1 Commenting
+1 New Follower
+1 The Other Boleyn Girl

Please enter me for BOTH. They both sound amazing. I love Historical Fiction novels :)

Thanks for the contest.
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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