Historical Holiday Blog Hop & Giveaway (Worldwide)

December 10th, 2012

Happy Monday everyone!  I am excited to participate in the 1st annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop which is running December 10-17 and is being hosted by the wonderful Amy from Passages to the Past.  As anyone who reads my blogs knows I do love historical fiction and Amy’s blog has been a favorite of mine since shortly after I started blogging years ago so it’s exciting to be able to spread our love of historical fiction to others.

This blog hop is going to be fantastic and there are going to be many giveaways including my own.  Over at Amy’s blog Passages to the Past there has been a whole lot of fantastic authors who have offered up their historical novels for some great prize giveaways so be sure to pop over there and check out the list of prize packages as well as check out all the other great blogs that are participating in the blog hop so that you don’t miss out on entering any of the awesome book giveaways that will be going on!  Click here to head on over there!

 

MY GIVEAWAY DETAILS (open Worldwide)

As for me I wanted to share a few books that have been favorites of mine this past year and also a new one from one of my most favorite authors.  This giveaway will be open worldwide (if the Book Depository ships to you feel free to enter).  I will also send the book via Kindle if you prefer.  Here are the books:

 

The first is by one of my favorite authors.  I’ve read many of John’s books and I can’t say enough about his amazing story telling ability. I simply can’t wait to delve into his newest novel!   This book will be sent to you by the author mid January – release date of this novel is Feb 5/13 so keep that in mind if you do win this one!

1.  Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal. Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues. There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and heroism is reborn.

When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and quashing any hint of rebellion.

Moving from a poor fisherman’s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn–Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost. (Description via Amazon)

 

This second book is by another favorite author of mine and that is Michelle Moran.  I haven’t had a chance to read her newest release yet but I’ve read or listened to all her others and thought it would be nice to share her newest.

2.  The Second Empress by Michelle Moran

National bestselling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris, this time under the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.

Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen—a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise.

As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life.

Based on primary resources from the time, The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire, where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man, and two women vie to change their destinies. (Description via Amazon)

 

These last two books are books I read recently and loved so in the spirit of the holidays I wanted to share them with you…

3.  The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot (my review)

Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals. They were also queens.

Raised at the court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages–but never truly parted.

Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister’s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love?

Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?

The Sister Queens is historical fiction at its most compelling, and is an unforgettable first novel. (Description via Amazon)

 

4.  Illuminations by Mary Sharratt (my review)

A triumphant portrait of a resilient and courageous woman and the life she might have lived . . .

Skillfully interweaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Sharratt’s redemptive novel, Illuminations, brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.

Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was entombed in a small room where she was expected to live out her days in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned but disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. Instead, Hildegard rejected Jutta’s masochistic piety and found comfort and grace in studying books, growing herbs, and rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died some thirty years later, Hildegard broke out of her prison with the heavenly calling to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters and herself from the soul-destroying anchorage. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed. (Description via Amazon)

 

ONE MORE TIME…

Once again here are the books:

  1. Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors
  2. Second Empress by Michelle Moran
  3. The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot
  4.  Illuminations by Mary Sharratt

Feel free to put your name in for all of the books or specify which you’d like to enter for if you have a preference.  I will draw for the winners on December 18/12.  You don’t have to post this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook for extra entries but it would sure be nice if you would anyway!  Good luck!

105 Comments to “Historical Holiday Blog Hop & Giveaway (Worldwide)”

  1. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway! Please enter me for Illuminations and Temple–I’ve already read (and reviewed) the other two.

    juliannedouglas05 [at] sbcglobal [dot]net

  2. Kirsten W says:

    All of these sound lovely, I’d like to enter for all four, please!

    aircdrewood(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Margaret says:

    Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors looks like a nice book. Also it is the only one that I don’t have.

    Thanks,

  4. mamabunny13 says:

    Please enter me for Second Empress by Michelle Moran and The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot. Thanks!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  5. Linda B says:

    I have been so anxious to read Illuminations. Please enter my name in the drawing for that novel. I already have the others. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I’d love to win any of them as they all look wonderful. Weirdly enough, considering my almost collapsing bookshelf, I don’t have any of them.
    authordeborahswift(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Always in for a treat with John Shors; so many great novels by him.

    Hope you’ve been doing well Dar.

  8. Kimberlee says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway for the John Shors book and for Illuminations. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

    Kimberlee
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

  9. Mariag says:

    Wonderful giveaway!! Thank you so much.

    Please enter my name for the John Shors book and Illuminations.

  10. Kristia says:

    Thank you for the international giveaway! I would love to be entered for any of them, they are such great choices!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Temple :) Thanks for the opportunity! I have to mention that Illuminations was an EXCELLENT book!

  12. Rebecca Boardman says:

    Please put my name in for all #1 Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors, #3 The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot and #4 Illuminations by Mary Sharratt.
    The Second Empress I have already read. It is a great book. Michelle Moran is one of my favorite authors.
    I love to read Historical Fiction.
    Thanks for this great contest.

  13. Martina says:

    They all sound great! (The Sister Queens was amazing!!) I’d love to read The Second Empress and Illuminations :)

  14. Veens says:

    Wow! You are very generous. Thank you so much for the international giveaway! Please enter me me for all the 4 books.

    It is good to read your blog again.

  15. Angela H says:

    I would love to be entered to win Second Empress and as a second choice would be Illumination.

    Thank you for the chance to win

    griperang embarqmail dot com

  16. Hillary says:

    cool! I haven’t read any of these so I would like to enter for all of them! Thanks for this!

  17. nan says:

    I haven’t read any of these either. Love to win any, and all. Thanks.

  18. Colleen Turner says:

    They all sound like wonderful books! I would love to be entered to win any of them except the Sister Queens (only because I already have that book :)). .Thanks for the giveaway, and I shared on Facebook and Twitter as well :).
    candc320@gmail.com

  19. Anne says:

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. They are all special. Love to win any.

  20. Nirmala says:

    I’d love to win Illuminations by Mary Sharratt! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  21. Patty says:

    I would like to enter for:
    Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors
    Second Empress by Michelle Moran

    as I have the other two. Great choices! Thank you

  22. nomadreader says:

    I’d love to enter for all four of these titles. Thanks for hosting!

  23. zibilee says:

    These are all so enticing, and books that I want to read, so please do enter me, Dar, and thanks for being such a sweetheart and hosting this giveaway! Many hugs to you!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

  24. Awesome giveaway!! Thank you…

    Please enter me for Illuminations..

  25. Susan says:

    I’ve already read (and loved!) Illuminations, but would love to enter to win any of the other three. They all sound wonderful! Thanks!

  26. ellie says:

    Many thanks for this great selection. All the books are special.

  27. Lara Frame Newell says:

    Oh my gosh these all sound AMAZING!! Of course, I’ve read Michelle Moran’s so I already know that one is awesome! I would love to win any and all! Though, since I’ve already read The Second Empress I would not have to win that :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  28. Mary Ward says:

    I would love any of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Kitty says:

    Great giveaway! I’d love to read any of these books.

  30. Margie says:

    Please put me in the giveaway for Temple and Illuminations. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  31. Well, I’ve certainly read my own book and I have Michelle’s right here at hand but I would love to enter to win lluminations by Mary Sharratt.

  32. Serena says:

    What a great giveaway…I wondered who was participating. I’d love to enter for The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot!

  33. Connie Fischer says:

    While I am excited about all of the novels being offered, I am extra thrilled about Second Empress and The Sister Queens.

    Thanks so much for offering this fabulous giveaway! I, for one, am thrilled.

    conniecape@aol.com

  34. Leah Weller says:

    Although The Sister Queens would be my favorite I’d like to enter for a chance in all of them. Thank you!

  35. Margaret(Literary Chanteuse) says:

    Please count me in for all the books except The Sister Queens because I already have that one. thank you so much for the giveaway! Merry early Christmas Darlene!

    Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  36. Denise Karp says:

    Love your blog! I would like to enter for Temple of a Thousand Faces and/or Illuminations, as I’ve already read (and enjoyed) the other two.

    Deniseincoralsprings@gmail.com

  37. Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read all but the first of these four, and the first I only just heard about through you and now I want to read it, too! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  38. CassandraG says:

    They all sound great. And “Temple of a Thousand Faces” by John Shors sounds real intriguing.
    GFC and email follower.

  39. blodeuedd says:

    Looking good :D
    I most want
    The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot

    and then
    Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

  40. Lily B says:

    Please enter me for Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors, Second Empress by Michelle Moran, The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot
    Thank you for the great giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  41. Jennifer Irving says:

    Hi :) Please put me in for all 4, I haven’t had a chance to read any of them! :)

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  42. Carl says:

    A great selection of books, thanks. I’d love to win a copy of Illuminations, Temple of a Thousand Faces or Second Empress. I already have The Sister Queens. Now I must head out to tweet and enter some other giveaways on the tour.
    carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  43. Suko says:

    Wow! There are giveaways, and then there are GIVEAWAYS! Please enter me in the giveaway for these–any book listed here would be fabulous to win. They all look beautiful.

  44. Lariel says:

    Please enter me for all the novels. :)

  45. Carly says:

    I’d like to win books 1, 3, and 4.

  46. Audra says:

    Awesome choices! Would love to win Second Empress by Michelle Moran — thank you! Do stop by and see what I’m giving away!

  47. Allie says:

    Please enter me for Illuminations. Thank you :)

  48. Holly says:

    I am dying to read Temple of a Thousand Faces. I’d love to win that one or Illuminations. Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

  49. Liz S says:

    All of them sound great! Thanks for hosting this contest.

  50. Terry Martini says:

    I would love to win any of the books except The Sister Queens as I already own, have read and loved it! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  51. Leocadia says:

    Thanks for such a great giveaway !
    Please enter me for all the books.

    maric1993(at)gmail(dot)com

  52. Kendal says:

    I wouldlove to win Illuminations and The Sister Queens. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    Kendal
    kinxsbooknook (at) gmail (dot)

  53. rhonda says:

    please enter me for all 4 each sounds wonderful.Happy holidays to you and Samy.Lomazowr@gmail.com

  54. Lynda says:

    I would to win any or all of the books ! Thanks for the giveaway ; )

  55. Evie says:

    I’d love to win The Second Empress or The Sister Queens.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  56. Carol Wong says:

    I would love any of them except The Sister Queens, I already have that one.

    Thank you for this giveaway

    I tweeted.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  57. dolleygurl says:

    Please put my name in for Temple of a Thousand Faces – I haven’t heard of this author before and it sounds interesting.

    dolleygurl[at]hotmail[dot]com

  58. sawcat says:

    I’d love to be entered for Illuminations and The Sister Queens. Thanks for the giveaway!

    booklove at sawcatsverse dot com

  59. bn100 says:

    Please enter me for all the books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Marg says:

    Thanks so much for such a great giveaway and for making it international as well.

    I would be happy with any of them (although I own Second Empress so not that one!)

  61. You’ve got me here! I haven’t read any of these except “The Sister…” I’d love to win them! John Shors is one of my favorites, too. I wasn’t aware he had this new book out, so I would die to read it. You’re very generous to offer all of these. Happy holidays! Deb

  62. Mystica says:

    I’d love to read Illuminations and thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.

  63. I would love to win any of these books (except for The Sister Queens but that’s only because I have already read it and own it and it was wonderful)!

  64. Giada M. says:

    I would love to win a copy of The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. Thank you for this giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. Vera says:

    Would love to win either Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors or the Illuminations by Mary Sharratt.

    Already read and loved the other 2!

  66. Meghan Stith says:

    Please enter me in for all four books please! I have yet to read any of them and they look very intriguing!

  67. Susanna P says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win Temple of a Thousand Faces or Illuminations – both look fantastic!

    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  68. How generous! Thanks!
    Please enter me for
    Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors
    Second Empress by Michelle Moran
    Illuminations by Mary Sharratt
    and see which book I have to offer:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/12/10/1st-historical-holiday-blog-hop/
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  69. Rachel W. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

  70. Shoshanah says:

    I’ve been wanting to read both The Sisters Queens and The Second Empress for a while now, and would absolutely love to win a copy of either one.

  71. Mary Preston says:

    I love Historical fiction as well.

    Please count me in for any of the 4 wonderful books.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  72. Janet P. says:

    Great Giveaway! Please enter me for all four books.

    5678dancer(at)gmail(dot)com

  73. Kayley F. says:

    I’d like to be considered to win The Sister Queens.

    freshmankay[at]gmail[dot]com

  74. Monica C. says:

    Thank you for sharing this giveaway. I would love to have the Second Empress by Michelle Moran.

    Others would also be nice:

    Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors
    Illuminations by Mary Sharratt
    The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot

    monica.calangian@gmail.com

  75. Julie Rupert says:

    I would love to read The Sister Queens.

  76. Karen Wapinski says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to have The Sister Queens; my own sister and I try to collect sister stories because it gets hard to find good ones were both girls get an important storyline or don’t hate each other

  77. Donna McCabe says:

    Thanks for participating in this blog hop!! I’m having lots of fun exploring and adding new books & authors to my reading list!!

    Please enter me for all the books. ;-)

  78. Michele L. says:

    I’m dying to read the Second Empress. Thank you for the giveaway!
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  79. sara hyman says:

    I would love to read any of these – I’m adding them all to my “to read” list

  80. I’m dying to read Illuminations!

    dragonflame720 at yahoo dot com

  81. krsz says:

    I’d like to enter for all the books, because I haven’t read any of them yet
    https://twitter.com/krsznight/status/279298977378230272

    botezatu_paula at yahoo dot com

  82. Beth says:

    I would love to win any of these books, they all sound wonderful!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth

  83. Harvee Lau says:

    Temple of a Thousand Faces and Second Empress are books I’d like to win.

    harvee44 (at) yahoo.com

  84. I would love the John Shors book, I’ve heard great things about it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com
    (follower)

  85. Courtney Palmer says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!! I would like to be entered for Temple of a Thousand Faces and The Second Empress!

    sidhekist at gmail dot com

  86. Bijoutheque says:

    I’d love to win any of them, so please count me in for all the books, they all sound very interesting to me! :)

    Name: Elena Tugui
    E-mail: bijoutheque@gmail.com

  87. Kim Hathorn says:

    I haven’t read any of those, so any one of the books would be nice. Thanks!
    Kim
    kimberlyhathorn@bellsouth.net

  88. Kirsten says:

    All 3 look great and I would love to win any of them! Thank you for the giveaway.
    kessna6(at)yahoo(dot)com

  89. Jennifer Haile says:

    Please enter me for all of the books! Great selection!

  90. LilMissMolly says:

    I’d love to win the Sister Queens. Thanks!
    lvsgund at gmail dot com

  91. Theresa Newbury says:

    I would love to be entereds in any of the choices.

    Thanks for the wonderful selection to be given away.

  92. Ashley says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I haven’t read any of these novels and would count myself lucky to win any of them.

  93. Esme says:

    Illuminations or John Shors-thank you for hosting this-how is little Sammy?

  94. Sheila K. says:

    I would love to win Second Empress by Michelle Moran—thanks for the opportunity!

  95. Nikki O says:

    Second Empress by Michelle Moran sounds wonderful! But any of them would be great too.

    Thanks for the generosity. Happy hols!

  96. Great selection of books! I’d be happy with any one of them. Thanks!

  97. Maureen says:

    They all look interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. Kaye says:

    I’ve never read John Shors but I’ve had my eye on Temple of a Thousand Faces. Please enter me for that one, Dar. Thanks!

  99. Stacey says:

    I would love to be entered to win Illuminations or Temple of a Thousand Faces.

    Thank you

  100. Amber B says:

    Wow! All of those look like lovely books! I’m sure glad I stumbled upon your blog today!

  101. nrlymrtl says:

    Temple of a Thousand Faces and Second Empress would be my preferences. I read Michelle Moran’s Nefertiti – excellent stuff.

    thanks for the chance to win – nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

  102. Katie Amanda says:

    I like them all. Thanks for participating.

  103. librarypat says:

    What a wonderful selection of books. There are a couple on my wish list and a couple new to me titles. I would be thrilled with any of them.

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/pbbearclaw/status/280536216712118272
    and I liked the post.

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway.

  104. Daniel M says:

    I would love to read any/all of them, thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  105. Trish Vidal says:

    Hope I’m not too late. I’m interested in Illuminations and Temple of a Thousand Faces!

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