Sunday, September 13, 2009

My First Giveaway! - Cleopatra's Daughter

Michelle Moran has very very generously allowed me to host a contest for her newest book, Cleopatra's Daughter, which is due to be released this September 15!

Want to know more about Michelle Moran? See my interview here. :)

Now, for the giveaway... One winner will get a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra's Daughter and an ancient Roman coin (with certificate of authenticity)!


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.

To enter: Just leave a comment below w/ your e-mail address. :)

For extra entries:
+1 Recommend a book you'd think I'd enjoy. :)
+3 for being or becoming a follower
+2 for following me on twitter (@austenfanblogs)
+1 for tweeting about this or linking to your blog or anywhere! (please include the link in your comment)

Contest ends on September 19. Open to everyone - any country! The book will be coming from Michelle herself. :)

Note: I will draw the winner using a randomizer.


Pam said...

I'd love to read this book!

melacan at hotmail odt com

Pam said...

+3 follower

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

+1 I think you'd enjoy April and Oliver by Tess Callahan or The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (though I think it's been published under a different name in the U.S.)

melacan at hotmail dot com

Stormi said...

Well not really know what type of books you like to read besides the I would recommend Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard, she writes uplifting victorian novels. I really liked it.

I am following you now


Yvette Kelly said...

Please enter me
terra DOT ferma AT vodamail DOT cpo DOT za

am a follower

Lea Bristow said...

Oh wow, it sounds very intriguing. Love to read it. I'm also a follower of your blog too.

Great blogsite.


South Australia

Zia said...

Would love to enter.
+3 new follower
+1 I would recommend Dragon House by John Shors or Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.


Cindy said...

I can't wait to read this! Thank you for the chance to win. :)


Cindy said...

I'm following your blog.


Cindy said...

I'm following you on Twitter.



Cindy said...

You have already read it, but my book recommendation is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I loved it! ;)


smartiesko said...
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smartiesko said...

congratulations for your first book giveaway!!

+1 for Friction by E. R. Frank
+3 for being your follower
+2 for following @austenfanblogs on twitter
+1 for tweeting about this AND linking to your blog or anywhere!


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me. And welcome to Win a Book! I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted up at Win a Book for you.

Bookfool said...

This is so cool it almost makes my heart beat out of my chest. A Roman coin?? I love coins!! And, of course, I'm dying to read this book, so . . . .

+3 I'm now a follower

+1 If you like historical fiction, I think you'd really enjoy The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick. I just read it and loved it.

+2 I'm also following you on Twitter. You seem to be new to Twitter. I just dip in, now and then. It can be a little too addictive, so I try to limit my time twittering. :)

bookfoolery at yahoo dot com

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Sue said...

This looks so great! Thanks for sharing it.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jaime said...

WOuld love to read this
copperllama at yahoo dot com

Jenn-ay said...

+1 Have you read Jodi Picoult's My Sister's should if you haven't. But if you have I can probably recommend another book. Just let me know!
+3 I'm a follower
+2 Already follow you on twitter (@jennay1221)
+1 for tweeting about this (


Josette said...

Hi there, I found your blog through Maw Books Blog where Natasha posted her interview with you.

Please count me in your giveaway! I love history and I think I'd enjoy this one. :)

+1 Have you read Libba Bray's Great and Terrible Beauty? You might like that if you like historical romance and young adult fiction!
+3 Just became a follower!
+2 I don't have Twitter but I've posted about this giveaway here.



Josette said...

I'm sorry but it should be +1 for posting about your giveaway on my blog!

Daniel said...


And you should read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith!

LIZZIE said...

Hi there...

I've read the synopsis of this book and would love to own it, better if won it from this contest.

Anyways, I've become a follower of your blog. About books I would recommend, well, I'm very much a historical fiction fan of late. So, I would probably recommend Nefertiti by Nick Drake. Or maybe I'll recommend MY fav book of all time:

a - The Borgia Bride (Jeanne Kalogridis)
b - Katherine (Anya Seton)
c - Courtesan (Diane Haeger)

Have a nice day! *^_~*

ReggieWrites said...

+3 Follower
Count me in!
Reggie :-)

Aik said...

I'd love to win this book for a friend of mine who loves reading historical fiction.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

+1 Recommend a book you'd think I'd enjoy. :)

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

+3 for becoming a follower

+2 for following me on twitter (@austenfanblogs)


+1 for tweeting about this

aikychien at yahoo dot com

KT Nielsen said...
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KT Nielsen said...

Please enter me. I am a follower of both your blogs and Twitter. :-) My email address is: mailbox (at) littlemisskessa (dot) com

I've twitted about your giveaway:

Alexia561 said...

Great contest! Please count me in.

Have you read Outlander yet? That's one of my favorites!

I'm now a follower.

Elie said...

Fantastic prize, please enter me.

+1 Try the Traveler trilogy by John Twelve Hawks.
+3 new follower

Sheere said...

Please enter me!

+1 The hunger Games and its sequel, and if you have already read them try Rampant!
+3 for becoming a follower
+2 following on twitter (@sheeredry)
+1 for tweeting

Arielle said...

Congrats on your first giveaway, it is an awesome one too!

Please enter me in this giveaway :)

+3 I'm a follower


Kat Duncombe said...

+1 I recommend you read Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. It's EXCELLENT!

Kat Duncombe said...
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Kat Duncombe said...

oops, somehow I deleted my last comment.... What I meant to say was:
+ 3 for becoming a follower


Anonymous said...

+ 1 new follower
+2 I would reccomend Junk by Melvin Burgess (in the States it is titled 'Smack')

Wow the coin sounds awesome!


Charli said...

Awesome - this book sounds so interesting!

+1 - posted to Twitter (
+2 - followed you on Twitter (@CharityGamble)
+3 - followed your blog (Charity Lynn)

keeponbooking at live dot com

Lea Bristow said...

Hi I'm Lea Bristow

I'm from South Australia. This book sounds awesome I've heard so much about it and would love to read it.

I'm a foller of your blog and just joined your twitter as well.

Kind Regards
Lea Bristow

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Please enter me for this giveaway-thanks!

amanda n.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

+3 Follower.

amanda n.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Follow you on twitter @fitz12383

amanda n.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

tweet tweet:

Amanda n.

Creative Chronicler said...

This book sounds fabulous!!
I'm a follower and an email subscriber.

I think you would like A Circle of Souls. It is a great new book by a first time writer, and I'm giving one away on my blog.

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Unknown said...

+1 I think you would enjoy His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman :) It's my fave.

+3 becoming a follower

+2 as I already follow you on Twitter

+1 for posting this on twitter at

*crosses fingers and toes* i hope I win!


Anonymous said...

Hi, Issa!

Lucky me that I found your blog in time (thanks for dropping by on mine. hehe)

For the book recommendation, I have yet to check the rest of your entries to see what kind of books you like. But perhaps you might like The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence in keeping with the Roman theme. ;)

Anyways, just followed your blog and on twitter, too! Sana I'll win. Hehe ^_^

Anonymous said...

blogged about this, too:

oohh..i'm so excited..hehe

Mel u said...

I would love to win this book!-

I just became a follower-

my email is rereadinglives (at) gmail (dot) com

You might enjoy "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Bonnie said...

What an awesome first giveaway!!

+1 I'm not sure if you've read it but I'd recommend the book I'm currently reading...The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

+3 I am a new follower

+2 I follow you on twitter


Jaime said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to read this
copperllama at yahoo dot com

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