Monday, August 24, 2009

Win: The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Thanks to Michelle Moran I have one copy each of two books to giveaway to lucky readers of this blog. Read more below and also visit Michelle's website for more information. I can't tell you how excited I was to be contacted by the author to review the book and host the giveaways.

First I have a copy of her September 15th release Cleopatra's Daughter. I can't wait to receive my copy for review as I am already hearing lots of wonderful things about this book.

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.

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Second is The Heretic Queen, now out in paperback.

n 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

So, how can you win one of these wonderful books? Here's how:

  1. Comment on this post that you would like to win Cleopatra's Daughter, The Heretic Queen or both. Please make sure I have a way to reach you (either leave your email or login through Blogger)
  2. Tell me if you have read any of Michelle Moran's books and what you thought of them.
  3. Follow me on my blog (through Blogger, any subscription service or email)
  4. Follow me on Twitter.
  5. Tweet about this giveaway (one entry per day).
  6. Blog about this giveaway (sidebar posts are fine).
This giveaway is straight from Michelle Moran through my blog and she says it's open to everywhere.

The giveaway will run through September 7th.

Thank you so much Michelle for offering this contest to my readers! Review will be coming as soon as I get Cleopatra's Daughter in my hands and get it read - I cannot wait!


Wendy said...

Would love to win both of these books as I have not read books by either of these authors. I love historical novels, and both of these look like great reads. I am also a follower of yours on Twitter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Wendy C.

Nonna (Chèli) said...

I would love to read both books!
I went to Michelle's website and now am very interested in reading these books but will have to wait until I can get a copy.

I already follow you but unfortunately, I do not Tweet.
But I did post a notice on my blog!

Cheli's Shelves

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw for both of your books.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

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

Wanda said...

I haven't yet read anything by Michelle Moran but I sure would love to!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Julie said...

What a great giveaway! I would love a chance to win both of these books!

I have never read one of Michelle Moran's books but I will definitely check her website out!

I'm also a follower!


bermudaonion said...

I would love to be entered to win Cleopatra's Daughter. Thanks for the great giveaway! milou2ster(at)

Marjorie said...

I am a follower and would love to
win this book.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Linna said...

I'd like to be entered for both books!

+1 blog follower
linna.hsu at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

count me in for both please

I have not ready any of their books


follow on twitter @throuthehaze

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Sue said...

I'd love both of these. Thanks for your generous giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jenny N. said...

- I would like to enter to win anyone of these books
- I have not read any of Michelle's books so if I win this giveaway it would be my first.
- I follow your blog on google reader


Mary Ann DeBorde said...

zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I would like to win both of these books so please count me in for your wonderful giveaway and thank you very much :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I am a follower of your blog :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I've not yet had the pleasure of reading anything by Michelle Moran but would love to have the chance :)

Yvonne said...

I'd love to win both of these books. I've never read anything by this author before, but they sound excellent.


I'm a follower!

I follow you on twitter!

Esme said...

I would love to win Cleopatra's Daughter.

I have read both her other books.


chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...

I forgot to mention in the earlier post. She is one of my favorite authors. I love her books.

Esme said...

posted it here:

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...

cococroissantsCleopatra's Daughter giveaway:

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...

I follow

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

heatherzilla said...

I would love to be entered win both of the books. I have not read anything by Michelle Moran, but I have hear great things about these books and the author. Michelle Moran's books have moved up to the top of my wish list.

I follow your blog.


ludeluh said...

I would love to win these books as I greatly enjoy historical fiction.

I have read Michelle Moran's novel Nefertiti and thought it was great.

I just became a follower of your blog.

Thank you,
ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me for both. I would love to receive either.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Germaine said...

Please add me into this competition as i would love to get a chance to read these books. I have not read any of the authors books. I am your follower on twitter and the blog.

~The Book Pixie said...

I would love to be entered for Cleopatra's Daughter, please.

I'm a follower.


~The Book Pixie said...

oh and

+1 follow on twitter (@thebookpixie)

~Briana :D

MUM said...

I would love to win Cleopatra's Daughter.

+1 follower


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