Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailbox Mondays and Giveaway Winners Galore

A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent, signed and I could not help myself I am already into it 100 pages or so.

"As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure. But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution. And when Marguerite's husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure - and earns the admiration of two very different men. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon, Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides. With a masterful eye for details, Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to life in of a story of desire, ambition, treachery, and courage".

The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn, Who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles II by Gillian Bagwell

A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and beloved courtesans.

"From London's slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet transports the reader to the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, charting the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the heart of King Charles II-and becomes one of the century's most famous courtesans.

Witty and beautiful, Nell was born into poverty but is drawn into the enthralling world of the theater, where her saucy humor and sensuous charm earn her a place in the King's Company. As one of the first actresses in the newly-opened playhouses, she catapults to fame, winning the affection of legions of fans-and the heart of the most powerful man in all of England, the King himself. Surrendering herself to Charles, Nell will be forced to maneuver the ruthless and shifting allegiances of the royal court-and discover a world of decadence and passion she never imagined possible".


The Tapestry Shop by Joyce Elson Moore

"The Tapestry Shop, by Joyce Elson Moore, is an historical novel based on the life of Adam de la Halle, a poet/musician who left behind a vast collection of secular compositions. While researching Adam's music, Moore discovered a little-known fact; the earliest version of the Robin Hood legend may have been Adam's play, Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. Because Adam was patronized by royalty, his play was probably performed in English courts, and would have changed, as legends do. In the retelling, Robin became an English hero, and Robin's companions became the Merry Men.

The book draws the reader into the Middle Ages, where women joined the crusades and students held discourse on the Street of Straw, but the overriding appeal of The Tapestry Shop may be Adam's connection to the popular legend of Robin Hood, the celebrated outlaw who was immortalized in later ballads, and who continues to draw fans around the world to films that center on this elusive hero".

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Michaela MacColl

"Prisoners in the Palace -- London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?

Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe".

Giveaway Winners!
Pope Joan: A Novel
Autographed Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross 

Blood and Silk: The Hidden Love Story of Mary of Magdala and Jesus of Nazereth 
Blood and Silk by Carol McKay

Check out Roberta's rocking I won post.

Penelope's Daughter 
Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation   
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Congratulations to all the winners I hope you all enjoy the books!
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  1. Enjoy your new books...they all look great!

  2. Nice mailbox Liz! I also have A Royal Likeness and The Darling Strumpet for review...can't wait to get to them! The other two look good too...I hope you enjoy!

    Love ya chickie!!

  3. Your mailbox is fabulous (as usual). Congratulations to the winners.

  4. Enjoy your new books Miss Liz and I can't wait to see my new book arrive in my mailbox! Thanks so much for your great reviews and for hosting fun and fabulous giveaways. Fondly, Roberta
    a.k.a. rlphilbr ;)

  5. JO-Jo, thank you I just can not wait to get to them it is going to feel like an eternity.

    Pricilla, hehe.

    Amy, first off congrats!!!! Score one point for Amy. I know I saw you got strumpet and I was so salty but then it showed up a day or two later. I read your page amy I promise I am watching you but i just can not seem to manage to post a dang comment to let you know I swung by. LOVE you too!!! PS I read 100+ pages of Royal Likeness and OMG your going to LOVE IT!

    Mystica, AWHhhhh thank you and yes congrats to all the winners it was a big month for giveaways. It surprised me I had so many going on at one time. Biggest giveaway month to date.


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