Sunday, September 06, 2009

Giveaway: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

If you haven't read anything by Michelle Moran, now is your chance to win a copy of her latest book, Cleopatra's Daughter. I read her book, Nefertiti, last year and loved it. I have yet to have a chance to read Cleopatra's Daughter, but I definitely plan to soon.

Michelle Moran and Random House have been kind enough to offer a brand new hardback copy of Cleopatra's Daughter to one lucky reader here at Musings of a Bookish Kitty.

To enter, please leave a comment with your e-mail address (unless it is very easy to find on your blog or profile page) telling me why you want to read this book (entries not meeting the full requirements will be disqualified automatically). The giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing. Deadline to enter is September 13th at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be notified by e-mail.

You can also learn more about the book (plus, see the book trailer!) as well as Michelle Moran's other books at her website.

A little bit about Cleopatra's Daughter from Barnes and Noble:
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 revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; 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; and Juba, Octavian’s 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 pullof 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 times. 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 most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

What are you waiting for? Take a chance and enter now!

**********Giveaway Closed**********

The lucky winner is Sarah K.! Congratulations, Sarah!

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  1. Yes, I would love to read this book - on top of being a history lover, I'm also looking for books to pass on to a teenager girl who has outgrown most of the YA offerings. I think she'd love his book...

    My e-mail is games.afoot (at)

  2. I have definitely had my eye on this one! Thanks for the giveaway Wendy! rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com

  3. I would love to win this book. I love historial fiction and haven't read any good books set in Rome in a long time. I have never read any books involving Cleopatra's children; I am intrigued. My email address is laarlt78 (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. I would love to read this book because ancient history is my favorite of all historical fiction, especially Roman or Egyptian. I have the 2 other books by the author, although I have yet to read them (soon, soon!)

    infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

  5. I look forward to reading this book!

    Please do not enter me, Wendy, as I've it in my pile. :)

  6. I'd love to read Cleopatra's Daughter. Ever since I first saw the Liz Taylor Cleopatra when I was seven (back when TNT used to show classic movies all the time!), I've been fascinated by the Cleopatra; I even insisted on having my hair cut in a bob similar the one in the movie. And of particular interest to me was what happened after the history with which we're all familiar, what happened after she killed herself. I've hear dnothing but good htings about this book, and I'd love to see what happened to her children.

    kittyprinces [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I love historical fiction and I'm really fascinated by ancient Egypt, but I've never read an historical Egyptian novel. This looks really good!! Thanks for sharing it.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  8. I would love to read this book because I love historical fiction, I love Egyptian historical fiction and I love anything Egyptian that features Cleopatra. My email is in my profile.

  9. I am very interested in winning this book because anything about Cleopatra has always intrigued me!!

  10. I have always been fascinated by Cleopatra, so I'm sure her daughter would be just as interesting. Plus, my daughter would love to read this in a few years!


  11. I'm contemplating whether or not to participate in the giveaway and decided to do so. Please count me in, Wendy! Thanks!


  12. I love anything historical! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  13. Oh please throw my name in the hat. Why do I want to read it? Well, I thought Nefertiti was fabulous and I love historical fiction so this sounds like another winner!

    Thank you Wendy.

  14. Hello! Please add me to the giveaway - I'd like to read Cleopatra's Daughter because I'm fascinated by ancient Egypt, especially the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty.

  15. I'd love to win this book, because I've heard so much about Michelle Moran lately, but I've never had the chance to read one of her books before.

    My e-mail is Samanthakathy AT gmail DOT com

  16. My best friend is doing a part-time Archaeology degree and has just finished a unit on Egyptology. I was lucky enough to read some of her essays and, my goodness, she's so talented that I'm yearning to find myself an accessible way into the relationship between Ancient Rome and Egypt!

    I love Historical Fiction and would love to read this book - please add me to the draw!


  17. This would be a new author for me, count me in!

  18. I want to read this book!

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  19. I was directed to your neat blog from Historical Tapestry. Having read and enjoyed Nefertiti, I'm anxious to read other books by Michelle Moran. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Please enter me, perpetualmist at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the contest.

  21. Thanks for this great giveaway. Since historical fiction is a favorite of mine this book would transport me to another time and realm. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. I really enjoy historical fiction, and I haven't really read any about this period in time - I think it'd be fascinating. Marc Anthony and Cleopatra seem in some ways to be the original star-crossed lovers - but I always want to know "what happens AFTER" the big tragic ending, and that's not something you often hear about.

    ...hence why I'd like to get the opportunity to win/read it. :)

    Email: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the contest!

  23. I love reading ancient Egyptian stories and Cleopatra's Daughter sounds interesting! People know Cleopatra well enough but I bet little know about her daughter.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  24. I love that the story is told from Selene's perspective. I am very interested to read about the life of not only Cleopatra's daughter, but her other children as well. It sounds like a fascinating book!


  25. Okay, you convinced me. :)

    bookfoolery at yahoo dot com

  26. I've been wanting to read Michelle Moran's work for a while now, and this sounds like a great place to start. I'm a Classicist by training, so I'm always interested in things that relate to this period of history. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    -- Memory
    xicanti AT

  27. Your comments and the cover convinced me to enter :)
    stacybooks at yahoo

  28. i want to check out this book to expand my historical fiction ventures into this part of the world!


  29. I would like to win this book because I love to read historical fiction and I have never read this author.


  30. Shawna Lewis

    I love to read anything that has History in it!!! If I want to learn more about things I read book about those things!!! So this book can teach me somethings I did not know about this time period. I would so love to get my hands on it and open my mind to all the neat things inside!!!

    I follow your Blog

    I subscribe to your blog

    I follow you on Twitter & I Twetted

    Thanks for this chance!!!

  31. I absolutely love Michelle Moran and her novels. Last year I read a cool book called When We Were Gods by Colin Falconer about Cleopatra and just fell for the character. I always thought her children were killed though (it never said in the book) so what a surprise when I found out differently. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nycbookgirl at gmail dot com


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