Book Spotlight: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran & Giveaway

December 27th, 2011

I’m really excited to spotlight Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran today as today is the day that the paperback releases and as an added bonus the paperback contains lots of fresh content including historical notes, a new Q&A with Michelle, a reading guide for book groups, and an excerpt from her upcoming new novel, The Second Empress.  I have been a long time fan of Michelle’s since reading her very first novel Nefertiti (my review) and then came The Heretic Queen (my review) and Cleopatra’s Daughter (my review).  I have loved all of her books and I have just started Madame Tussaud myself and I’m loving it!  Michelle is an absolutely wonderful person who is a a joy to work with.  She has a great respect for bloggers that shines through and in return there are many of us who adore her and her books!  Today I’m going to share with you what Madame Tussaud is about and make sure to check out the fantastic giveaway at the end of the post!


About Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire…but who was this woman and how did she become one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous story comes to life as only Michelle Moran could tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin…

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American Ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king’s sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Élisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen, to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution…Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more importantly, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

Read an excerpt
Madame Tussaud Q&A
Buy Madame Tussaud at or


Check out the Video Trailer



About Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer’s Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.

Michelle has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra’s Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, was released on February 15, 2011.

Michelle’s website
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I have 2 signed copies of Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran up for giveaway to my readers!  To enter…

  • For 1 entry simply leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do, thank you, and please let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word!

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will be drawing for the winners on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  Good luck!

77 Comments to “Book Spotlight: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran & Giveaway”

  1. Susan says:

    Thanks–again–for hosting this giveaway. I’ve posted it in my blog’s sidebar. I’m a follower.


  2. Melanie says:

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway!

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  3. Melanie says:

    I follow your blog via GFC.

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  4. Lisa Garrett says:

    I have had this on my wishlist for a while. Thanks for a chance to win it!

  5. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow via GFC.

  6. Mary says:

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway, Dar. I just wanted to tell everyone what a good book it is and wish them luck :)

  7. Linda B says:

    This has been on my wish list for a long time. Madame Tussaud sounds like such a fascinating person. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower through Google.


  8. Thanks for a great giveaway, Darlene and for posting your reviews of Moran’s other books.


  9. I also follow via GFC.


  10. zibilee says:

    Oh Dar! What a great giveaway! I have SO wanted to read this book, ever since the first few positive reviews had come out. I love Moran and think she does an incredible job with her historical fiction, and this one sounds amazing! Please do consider me for your giveaway!!


  11. Sherri says:

    Dar, count me in! I have wanted to read this book for so long!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  12. Sherri says:

    I have been a follower of your blog for awhile now-love it!!

  13. Ellie says:

    many thanks for this fascinating giveaway.

  14. Ellie says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  15. Anne says:

    What an intriguing and special book. Thanks for this giveaway.

  16. Anne says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  17. Christine says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. :)

  18. Christine says:

    GFC-Christine Davis

  19. Patty says:

    I would so love to read this.
    thank you

  20. Patty says:

    I am a follower – I am Pricilla on GFC
    thank you

  21. Bethie says:

    Thanks for th giveaway.

  22. Bethie says:

    I follow on GFC

  23. Sandra K321 says:

    I definitely want to read this. I always loved the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.

  24. Sandra K321 says:

    I follow with GFC.

  25. Mary Ward says:

    Another great giveaway!

  26. Mary Ward says:

    I follow on GFC (mamie316).

  27. Karen Wapinski says:

    I really want to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway ^_^
    I am a GFC & email follower

  28. Wendy Woods-Day says:

    I would love to read this book!

    Thank you so much for the entry!

  29. Wendy Woods-Day says:

    I follow via GFC.

  30. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

  31. karenk says:

    i’m an email subscriber 😉

  32. karenk says:

    i’m a follower, too :)

  33. Patricia N says:

    I’d love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway –
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  34. Patricia N says:

    I follow your blog via GFC as Patricia N
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  35. Margaret says:

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for this one thanks!


  36. Margaret says:

    I’m a follower


  37. Rena says:

    I’d love to win a signed copy of Madame Tussaud. The French Revolution was such a turbulent time and I love it that we get a new slant on it from a real woman who is as famous today as she was when she founded the wax museum. I’m a long time follower of this blog and shared about this giveaway on my facebook page

  38. Rachel R. says:

    I’m a follower! I would love to win a copy of her book. I love historical fiction and I love your blog! Please check mine out. Thank you.

  39. Maureen says:

    It looks like an interesting book.

  40. Maureen says:

    I follow on GFC

  41. deanna_boocock says:

    I\ll have to add t my to-read list. Sounds awesome.

  42. deanna_boocock says:

    I follow on GFC as deanna_boocock

  43. mamabunny13 says:

    I would love to win this book!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  44. mamabunny13 says:

    I already follow you via gfc – mamabunny13
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  45. Maria D. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. Maria D. says:

    I am a follower of the blog

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  47. Maria D. says:

    I tweeted the giveaway:!/crazymidwestgal/status/151840108042133506

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  48. I’ve wanted to read this one. Thanks for such a great giveaway. I follow you!


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  49. diana tang says:

    I’ve been dying to read this one, and what a gorgeous cover for a book! long time follower:

    dianatangx3 (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. Dina says:

    I would love to read this book!

  51. Dina says:

    I follow your blog

  52. Sheila K. says:

    I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

  53. Sheila K. says:

    I’m a GFC follower (skkorman)!

  54. Janet says:

    This sounds like a great read!

    I also follow you on Google Reader.

    5678dancer (at) gmail dot com

  55. Staci says:

    I won one of her books and I really need to make sure I read it in 2012…especially knowing how much you’ve enjoyed her books in the past!

  56. bookworm says:

    I have Nefertiti on my TBR. This is a great giveaway Dar :) Her books sound very good.

  57. I actually chose Madame Tussaud as my favorite historical novel of the year, so I would love to have it to offer to friends:
    I am following you, that’s how I found out about your giveaway. And I just retweeted this post [@wordsandpeace].
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  58. rhonda says:

    Follower &also ontwitter at Rhonda

  59. Daphne says:

    Please enter me – I’m a follower as well!


  60. JJT says:

    Sounds great. jtretin at aol dot com

  61. Leslie says:

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Haven’t read this one yet. I’m a follower.

  62. CassandraG says:

    The Excerpt was great and the trailer was very interesting.

    GFC Follower


  63. I follow with GFC and I have posted on my blog about the givewaway. Please enter me!

    peggyherself at gmail dot com

  64. Just Mom says:

    A signed copy – I woudl love that! please enter me.

    +1 I am a follower with GFC.

  65. bn100 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to enter the giveaway. I follow your blog via email.

  66. Dee says:

    Just found your blog & love it! I signed up for the RSS via email. Thanks for the giveaway & your blog.

  67. Allison B. says:

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  68. Allison B. says:

    GFC Follower

  69. Vielka Helen Gorriz says:

    Hello: I wish I can have this book or any of Michelle Moran sign by her.

  70. RJB says:

    I have read all of her books so far except this one.

  71. oh myy.. thanks for this giveaway!!!:)
    I follow via GFC:)
    BTW.. I’m so excited since it’s a signed copyyy:> I so hope I’d win:) please enter me in this giveaway:D THANKS AGAIN!!

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