Sunday, December 9, 2012

Historical Holiday Blog Hop Giveway!

Welcome to the First Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop hosted by Passages to the Past! I have a new, hardback copy of C.W. Gortner's THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI to offer one lucky winner here at Writing the Renaissance. I reviewed THE CONFESSIONS back when it was released in 2010 and can assure you it would make a fine gift for that lover of historical fiction on your list. Or keep it yourself and read it curled up in front of a crackling fire with a warm cup of cocoa!

To enter the random drawing, please leave a comment below with your email contact information. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm ET on December 17. Winner will be posted sometime December 18. Open to continental US entrants only.

But don't stop here! Dozens of other bloggers are participating in this hop, each hosting a giveaway at her site. Go the Passages to the Past for the complete list and get busy hopping!

While you're at it, be sure to leave a comment at Passages to the Past to enter the drawing for one of four grand prize packages. Your favorite historical fiction authors have donated books, many of them signed:

1. Oleanna by Julie Rose (pb)
2. The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell (pb)
3. Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell (Audio Books)
4. The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle (pb)
5. The King's Concubine by Anne O'Brien (pb)
6. Royal Romances: Titillating Tales of Passion and Power in the Palaces of Europe by Leslie Carroll (pb)
7. The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell (pb)
8. The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell (pb)
9. The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick (pb) *w/signed bookplate
10. The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick (pb) *w/signed bookplate
11. Sea Witch by Helen Hollick (pb) *w/signed bookplate
12. Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell (pb)
13. Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell (pb)
14. The Queen's Vow by Christopher Gortner (pb, UK edition)
15. Into the Path of Gods (Book 1, Macsen's Treasure Series) by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (pb)
16. In the Shadow of Dragons (Book 2, Macsen's Treasure Series) by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (pb)
17. The Anvil Stone (Book 3, Macsen's Treasure Series) by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (hc)
18. A Land Beyond Ravens (Book 4, Macsen's Treasure Series) by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (hc) 
19. Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth (pb)
20. The Rose of York: Love & War by Sandra Worth (pb)
21. A Dance of Manners (A Regency Anthology) by Susan Flanders, Cynthia Breeding, Kristi Ahlers, Gerri Bowen and Erin Hatton (pb)
22. The Book of Lost Fragrances by MJ Rose (hc)
23. The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan (pb)  
24.  Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland (signed pb)
25.  The Master of Verona by David Blixt (hc)
26. Before Versailles by Karleen Koen (pb)
27. Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones (pb)
28. At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Barnhill (pb)
29. What You Long For by Anne Barnhill (pb)
30. Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara (signed hc)
31. The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift (pb, UK edition)
32. The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman (signed pb)
33. The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd (pb, with Tower of London Tea Sachets) 
34. The Mischief of the Mistletoe (2 copies - 1 pb, 1 hc - both signed)
35. The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot
36. The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton (pb w/bookmark)
37. The King's Grace by Anne Easter Smith (pb)
38. Illuminations by Mary Sharratt (hc)
39. Selene of Alexandria by Faith L. Justice (2 copies - 1 pb, 1 eBook)
40. A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath (2 copies, pb)
41. Rebel Puritan by Jo Ann Butler (pb)
42. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen (audio cd's)
43. By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan (2 copies, pb)
44. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan (ARC, courtesy of Penguin Publishing)
45. Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (ARC, courtesy of Penguin Publishing)
46. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (ARC, courtesy of Penguin Publishing)
47. Movement of Stars by Amy Brill (ARC, courtesy of Penguin Publishing)
48. Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri (ARC, courtesy of Penguin Publishing)
49. The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry (hc)
50. The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase (pb)
51. Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase (pb) 
52. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn (pb) 
53. The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan (ARC)
54. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White
55. A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick (pb)
56. The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (signed pb)

57. Second Lisa by Veronica Knox 

Complete contest rules are available at Passages to the Past. Many thanks to the amazing Amy Bruno for organizing the hop.

Thanks for visiting Writing the Renaissance. I hope you'll stay and look around a bit now, or come back soon for a longer visit. Happy reading!


Anonymous said...

Love your review, this book sounds really good :)


mamabunny13 said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Jennifer Hartling said...

I haven't read this one but I'd love to :) Thank you for the opportunity!

Angela Holland said...

I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance to win this book. I am new follower.

griperang at embarqmail dot com

Kendal Stegmann said...

Thanks for having this giveaway. looks wonderful!


Colleen Turner said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I read Mr. Gortner's The Queen's Vow and loved it so I am super excited to read this book as well.

Nancy said...

Loved to have this in hardcover. Thanks.

nanze55 at hotmail dot com

nomadreader said...

I remember seeing several bloggers rave about this one when it first came out, but I never got around to reading it. I'd love to win! nomadreaderblog at g mail dot com

Susan @ Reading World said...

Great review! I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

traveler said...

thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

That book is on my wish list.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting this one! Thanks for the giveaway. flj52452 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jenn Irving said...

Would love to be entered into the giveaway. Thanks so much! :)

Lily B said...

that book sounds fantastic! thank you for the giveaway :D now following you as well.
Enjoy your holidays!

lilypondreads at gmail dot com

Leah Weller (leahluvsmedieval) said...

Thank you so much for the chance at winning this wonderful book! :)


Audra said...

Awesome giveaway! Somehow, I've not yet read any Gortner! Thanks for offering one of his now! :)

audra - unabridgedchick at

Holly said...

I love C.W. Gortner's books and I haven't read this one yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

Julie said...

Thank you for the giveaway. C.W. Gortner is a new author to me. The book seems like a great read!

Julie K

Liana Brooks said...

ooo! I love that cover!

liana(dot)brooks1(at) gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.


Meghan said...

This book looks great! I love this whole giveaway idea!

Meghan said...

My email is

Sorry... forgot!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Looks like a great read--a Christmas present to myself. Thanks for the chance....


Vera said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

brbalways said...

I would love to win this. It sounds lovely.


Shoshanah said...

I read Gortner's The Last Queen a while back which I loved and since then I've been hoping to read more of him.


Kayley said...

Thanks so much for offering this!


Donna Mccabe said...

Another awesome book!!! Thank you for joining the hop!

Michele said...

I've added so many books to my to-read list with this blog hop! Thanks for the chance!
shermie40 at yahoo dot com

sara said...

I just discovered Gortner - haven't read this one yet
annefitza at yahoo dot com

Sandra K321 said...

Thanks. I haven't read this yet.

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

I've been wanting to read that book for ages!

dragonflame720 at yahoo dot com

KimH said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. It sounds really exciting!

Maureen said...

It looks like an interesting book.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

nrlymrtl said...

The de Medicis are so very fascinating. thanks for the chance to win.

nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

Daniel M said...

Happy holidays and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com