Daughter of Destiny is part of this month’s Ever After Box, and I’m celebrating by giving one away!
July is all about kings and queens, princes and princesses. Give yourself the ROYAL treatment with great romantic reads featuring royalty past and present along with themed gifts that will make you feel like queen (or king) for a day. This month features books and goodies from Vanessa Kelly, Jennifer Faye, Gwen Hayes, me, and more.
You can enter just by commenting to let me know you are interested. I’m taking entries through end of day Tuesday, July 18. Then I will use a randomizer to pick a winner and will announce it here. If you win, I’ll send you the promo code, which is good through July 31.
Good luck and thanks for your support!
PS – You can also buy this month’s Ever After Box here. And if you still haven’t purchased Daughter of Destiny, it will be on sale for $0.99 July 21-25 to celebrate the book having an international BookBub ad on July 24!
I was lucky to review this book for the Historical Novel Society a few months ago and I LOVED it. Then I recently unwittingly entered a contest to win a copy (which I already have because I reviewed the book), so I decided to give away my extra copy to one of you. If you want to enter for a chance to win, please let me know in the comments below. I will choose a winner at random on July 15.
Here is my review of the book.
This dual time period story parallels the modern-day life of Lia, a historian writing her dissertation on the beliefs of the early 13th-century Cathars, and a conspiracy-style tale behind the 1208 historical murder of papal legate Pierre de Castlenau, an act of violence which sparked the religious crusade against the Cathars. Having moved to France to grieve the untimely death of her husband, Lia quickly learns that past and present aren’t as far removed as they may seem, and not all souls rest peacefully after death. The deeper she gets involved, the more Lia realizes history may not tell the truth of what happened to Castlenau and the Cathars; the real story may be far more dangerous, with the possibility of changing not only her own life, but also the history of the Church.
In Another Life grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go. The prose is rich and evocative, transporting the reader to rural France with an ease unusual for a debut author. The story is intriguing, weaving past and present in an ever-tightening braid that eventually dissolves the separation altogether, adeptly illustrating how the Cathars’ belief in reincarnation might play out in the real world. Lia is especially well-portrayed as the unwitting catalyst uniting two deaths, three men, and 800 years of history, while the male characters are slowly revealed as we learn their unlikely pasts and how they affect the present. Very highly recommended.
So WordPress tells me today is the anniversary of this blog. I totally spaced on that this year with all that’s going on. (Just turned in final edits to the layout people for Madame Presidentess! No more changes after this. Only one more look-see to make sure they made them correctly. It’s officially done! You’ll have it in your hands July 25.)
As usual, I’m having a giveaway to celebrate! And this year I can finally use my own books as prizes. So if you go over to Goodreads by June 21, you could win a copy of Been Searching for You, my new contemporary summer beach read (US only – sorry but the international postage is a killer).
I can’t believe all that has happened in five years. When I started here, I was an unknown writer with no credentials and my first completed manuscript. Now I’m three-times published (soon to be four!) and have won multiple awards. It’s amazing how a lot of hard work and a little faith can pay off. Thank you to everyone for your support, whether you’ve been with me from the beginning or have just joined. There’s no way I could keep this up without you.
Here’s to five more wonderful years. I’ve got plenty of books in my head, so if you stick with me, I promise many more historical adventures to come!
Library Journal‘s curated SELF-e Select module Daughter of Destiny was accepted into Library Journal‘s curated SELF-e Select module, which is a nationwide module available on BiblioBoard Library at any local library subscribed to BiblioBoard and participating in the SELF-e program. This means my book will be available to libraries across the country (and possibly across the world because there are several other countries that use SELF-e) to purchase. So go tell your local library you want to see Daughter of Destiny on your shelves!
Missouri readers, we have an even better chance of seeing it because Daughter of Destiny will be a “highlighted selection” throughout the state.
Make sure to come back here Monday for the cover reveal of Camelot’s Queen, Guinevere’s Tale, Book 2!
(Newsletter subscribers will get to see it either tomorrow or Saturday, so sign up if you want to see it first!)
Happy Blogiversary, everyone! Today we’re four years old. I can’t believe time has gone by so fast. Thank you to everyone who reads these posts week after week, and to all my wonderful guest bloggers over the years.
It saddens me that I still don’t have one of my own books to give away (maybe for the milestone 5th next year?), but that doesn’t mean I’m not handing out presents. I’m giving away one copy of Lois Beachy Underhill’s biography of Victoria Woodhull, The Woman Who Ran for President. This was one of my favorite research sources and provides a concise yet compelling recounting of Victoria’s crazy life. (I don’t agree with her theory that Victoria had an affair with Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, but to each his own.)
Click here to enter. The contest is open to residents of the US only because of postal restrictions. Good luck to all!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered and/or promoted by 35th birthday book giveaway contest. And thank you for the birthday wishes. You are all wonderful!
I used rafflecopter to pick the winners and here they are (Each of you got your first choice. I’m so glad it worked out that way!):
Emma (Words and Peace) won Group 5 (the second historical fiction pack)
Susan won Group 6 (the third historical fiction pack)
Lyra won Group 1 (the fantasy pack)
Nikola won Group 4 (the first historical fiction pack)
Christina won Group 3 (the chick lit/romance pack)
Petra won Group 2 (the mystery pack)
Dominka won Group 7 (the non-fiction pack)
Thank you all again for entering. I’ll be contacting you shortly about shipping. And even if you didn’t win, stay tuned because you never know when I’ll decide to give away something else. (I’ve already got another one in mind when a future book of mine comes out…)
I realized a few days ago that there are more books in my house than I have room for, thanks to my own book addiction and also to the advanced reading copies (ARCs) I get for reviewing for the Historical Novel Society.
In honor of my 35th birthday today, I’m giving away 35 books. I tried to group them into logical categories, so that means seven people will win packs of five books. Here’s what you could win:
Group 1: Fantasy
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Book 3 of a trilogy) by Laini Taylor (personalized to me, but autographed)
Netherworld by Lisa Morton
The Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles #2) by Juliet Dark
Longinus by Steven Maines (personalized to a stranger, but autographed)
Group 2: Mystery
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron (A Jane Austin mystery) (ARC)
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood (A Phryne Fisher mystery)
The Prioress’ Tale by Margaret Frazer
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigurd
Heat Wave by Richard Castle (audio book)
Chick lit/romance pack
Group 3: Chick Lit/Romance
Living Single by Holly Chamberlin
Once Upon a Kiss by Jayne Fresina (ARC)
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke
The Quilted Hearts Omnibus by Mona Hodgson
Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham
Historical Fiction Pack 1
Group 4: Historical Fiction (Group 1)
Boudicca: Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Perfiditas by Allison Morton
The Amber Treasure by Richard Denning
The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton
Historical Fiction Pack 2
Group 5: Historical Fiction (Group 2)
Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George
The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Historical Fiction Pack 3
Group 6: Historical Fiction (Group 3)
The Virgin’s Lover by Phillippa Gregory
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
The King’s Daughter by Barbra Kyle
Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
Group 7: Non-Fiction
The Druids by Ronald Hutton
The Mysteries of Avalon by August Hunt
The Celts by Jean Markale
Christianity and Paganism in the 4th – 8th Centuries by Ramsey MacMullen
The Rise of Western Christendom by Peter Brown
Some of these books are brand new, some are gently used only by me, and some came from book fairs but are in good condition. All you have to do to win one group is complete the Rafflecopter link. (You’ll tell me your order of preference of the groups in the comments below, but you have to use the Rafflecopter for your entry to count.) There are more ways to get additional entries there, too. I’m keeping the contest open for a week, so you have plenty of time to enter. I’ll announce winners here sometime after September 3. Good luck!
PS – My goal is to be able to give away my own books next year!
Happy Blogiversary! Can you believe it’s been three years since I started this blog? Wow, time really does fly. Thank you all for being here and supporting me in my writing and research. I love hearing from all of you. As always, if you have any suggestions about what you want to read about here, let me know, either in the comments or by email. I’m happy to take requests.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Roman Britain and Early England: 55BC – AD 871 by Peter Hunter Blair. I thought that was only appropriate given how much we talk about Celtic history around here. If you’re interested, please let me know in the comments and leave your email address so I know how to contact you. I’ll select one winner at random on Saturday, June 21 (which just happens to be Midsummer).
I also wanted to take a minute to let you know that I may not be blogging quite as often for the next month or so. I’m going to try to maintain the weekly schedule, but I’m working very hard on a project I can’t talk about yet and it’s taking up most of my non-work hours. It’s something I’m really enjoying and I think you’ll be excited about it, too. I just wanted you to know why you may not be hearing from me quite as much.
Cherio! I’m back from England! (Photos on Flickr, video on YouTube.) But I’ll start the posts on that next week.
Today, we have something else to celebrate. We’re two today at Through the Mists of Time! Happy blogiversary, everyone! It amazes me how much we’ve grown – 660 subscribers and counting, not to mention all of you who read this blog through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other forms of social media.
Of course, blogiversaries mean presents for all of you. I bought some neat little things in England:
The three location magnets (Avebury, Stonehenge, the Uffington White Horse) are from Avebury. They can be given away individually or as a set, depending on interest.
The four figurines are a set (they are tiny, about 1-2 inches tall) meant to represent a warrior, bard, wizard and I think a Saxon.
King Arthur magnet is from the Glastonbury Abbey gift shop.
The wall plaque of the Celtic god Cernunnos is from a shop in Glastonbury. (It’s about 4 inches high.)
If you’re interested in winning any of the above, please leave a comment below with your name, email address and which item(s) you’re interested in. The contest will be open through noon (CST) on Sunday, June 23. I’ll notify each winner individually as well as mention you here in the next blog post.
Thanks to everyone who reads this little piece of my mind every week. I’m keeping this short this week because jet lag is enticing me to go back to sleep. Love to all!