Monday, August 31, 2009

Giveaway: "Cleopatra's Daughter" & "The Heretic Queen" by Michelle Moran

From Luxury Reading:

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.

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.

One winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra's Daughter and a signed paperback of The Heretic Queen, courtesy of Michelle Moran!

Check out the details at Luxury Reading.

The Writer’s Tool: Verse of the Day

The Writer’s Tool: Verse of the Day

"No chance at all," Jesus said, "if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it." (Luke 18:27 MSG)

Sunday, August 30, 2009


[AWCCat.jpg] Jenny of TakeMeAway is hosting her very first challenge.

Here's the challenge:

This challenge has two parts; you can decide at any time until the end if you would like to complete only the first part or both. However, prizes will only be awarded to those who complete both parts.

Tasks: (Part 1)
Read and review Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Read and review Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Read and review Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (publish date December 2009)
Read and review one other book from the list of "retellings and sequels" or "literature with allusions and influences" from the list
here . If you know of a book that will work that is not on the list, you may use it, but please have it approved as part of the challenge first.

Tasks: (Part 2)
Watch and review Disney's animated version of Alice in Wonderland
Watch and review one live action (already released) movie version of Alice in Wonderland.
Watch and review Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (due for release in 2010)
Watch and review one other movie listed und
er "Film" here

Anyone who joins this challenge (and posts about it on their blog) will also win 3 extra entries (used the same as above) to any giveaway(s) you choose.

To find out more or to sign up go to The Alice in Wonderland Challenge!!

Toni Morrison Mini-Challenge

When I that The Little Reading Nook was offering a Toni Morrison Mini Challenge, I had to sign up. Even though this is a short term mini-challenge that lasts only four months (September 2009 - December 2009, the challenge is a motivator for me to read the last few novels of Toni Morrison's which I haven't read yet. This mini challenge focuses on reading four fictional novels written by Toni Morrison. Her novels include:

The Bluest Eye (1970, ISBN 0-452-28706-5)
Sula (1974, ISBN 1-4000-3343-8)
Song of Solomon (1977, ISBN 1-4000-3342-x)
Tar Baby (1981, ISBN 1-4000-3344-6)
Beloved (1987, ISBN 1-4000-3341-1)
Jazz (1992, ISBN 1-4000-7621-8)
Paradise (1999, ISBN 0-679-43374-0)
Love (2003, ISBN 0-375-40944-0)
A Mercy (2008, ISBN 978-0-307-2463-7)

The four novels I want to read are:
1. A Mercy
2. Paradise
3. Song of Solomon
4. Paradise

Go to The Little Reading Nook for all of the details.

Happy Reading!


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Giveaway: BIG Gift Package from Pamela's Products

Win a awesome and gluten free set of products from Pamela's Products. Great baking mixes from bread to cookies and cake. Check out One Frugal Foodie for details.

Win A Copy of While My Pretty One Knits ~ Anne Canadeo

Win A Copy of While My Pretty One Knits ~ Anne Canadeo

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A murder mystery in a small town. It focuses on two knitting clubs where a member of one club is murdered. A member of the rival club is considered a suspect in this murder. Great Read!!

This That and the Other Thing: Review and Giveaway: The Moon Looked Down

This That and the Other Thing: Review and Giveaway: The Moon Looked Down

Friday, August 28, 2009

He Followed Me Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Can I Keep Him?: Giveaway: Bending Toward the Sun

He Followed Me Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Can I Keep Him?: Giveaway: Bending Toward the Sun

A decade-long collaboration between mother and daughter, Bending Toward the Sun reveals how deeply the Holocaust remains in the hearts and minds of survivors, influencing even the lives of their descendants. It also sheds light on the generational reach of any trauma, beyond the initial victim. Drawing on interviews with the other survivors and with the Polish family who hid five-year-old Rita, Leslie and Rita bring together the stories of three generations of women -- mother, daughter, and granddaughter -- to understand the legacy that unites, inspires, and haunts them all.

Check out the site for details.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Giveaway: How it Ends by Laura Weiss

Win How it Ends by Laura Weiss at Park-Avenue Princess. Check out the site.

Just Another Musing Contest with Michelle Moran

Just Another Musing: Guest Post & contest with Michelle Moran

Here's a wonderful opportunity to read one of Michelle Moran's incredible books. You can select between autographed copies of Heretic Queen or Cleopatra's Daughter. Check out Just Another Musing Blog.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Little Seat

My Little Seat
Feeding a baby in your lap is really quite an experience. My Little Seat is a really great product. It comes in it’s own little carrying case, and is only about 5 inches by 7 inches when it is all packaged up, so it is easy to keep in my diaper bag. You can use it on any style of chair at home, in a restaurant or even camping. Check it out at My Wee View and enter the giveaway.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hist-Fic Chick: Egyptian Dreams Giveaway Part 2: Autographed Copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Hist-Fic Chick: Egyptian Dreams Giveaway Part 2: Autographed Copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
The Giveaway Goodies: One autographed hardcover copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran.
Check out the details!

It's Contest time at Pure Imagination!

Pure Imagination is offering a giveaway for Prophecy of the Sisters. Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.

Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportion.

Check here for details!

Melissa Beth - Lap Top Bag ($198)

Melissa Beth - Lap Top Bag ($198)

Readaholic: GIVEAWAY: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Readaholic: GIVEAWAY: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

The Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I picked up The Master and Margarita and found these couple of sentences.

He removed his glasses in a practiced, graceful manner, and after lifting the hem of smock, he put the glasses in the back pocket of his trousers. He then asked Ivan, "How old are you?"
"All of you can go to devil!" Ivan bellowed rudely and turned away.

Are You Wicked (Book & Bracelet Giveaway)!

Are You Wicked (Book & Bracelet Giveaway)!

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Bookcase / Bookshelf Giveaway!

Bookcase / Bookshelf Giveaway!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ferocious Females Contest

To celebrate the release of Prophecy of the Sisters, Book Blather is teaming up with Michelle Zink to host a contest. What can you win you ask? Well, here’s a list of all the goodies MZ is giving the winner:

* Prophecy playlist CD
* Starbucks giftcard
* Prophecy bookmark
* Prophecy magnet
* signed Prophecy poster
* nail polish
* candy
* choice of DVD between Tomb Raider or Wanted

Check out the details on Book Blather.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Savvy Verse & Wit: Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Savvy Verse & Wit: Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Harry Potter “The Magic of Reading ” *Giveaway*

Mommymandy is offering the first three Harry Potter books to 5 lucky winners. Share the Magic of Reading with Harry Potter! It’s been 10 years since Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was first published and a whole new generation of children await the magic of Hogwarts, and Quidditch, of Sorting Hats and Spells. Introduce your “back-to-schooler” to the first three books in this remarkable series and get them started on the reading adventure of a lifetime just in time for school!
Check the details here!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Virgin’s Daughters – Giveaway!

Devourer of Books has 2 copies of the Virgin's Daughters to giveaway. Check out the details. If you like historical fiction and Elizabeth I, then this is your opportunity to learn more about her emotional being and the struggle with being unmarried and childless.

Giveaway: An Echo in the Bone or Covet

Choose between two very hot new releases - An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon or Covet By J.R. Ward. Royal Reviews is excited about both of these books and is ecstatic to be able to give them away!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Organized Chaos: DOWNLITE ~ With Giveaway

My Organized Chaos: DOWNLITE ~ With Giveaway

If you need new down pillows, down blankets or throws, feather beds, check out this giveaway. There is nothing that can substitute for a good nights sleep which is almost guaranteed by using DOWNLITE down-filled products.

Check out the site!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back 2 School Blog Bash! Month of Giveaways!

There's a terrific Back To School month long set of giveaways happening. Many sponsors have jumped on board ensuring there is something for everyone.
Starting on September 1 and continuing through September 30th you can win something. Make sure you go to the "3 Boys & a Dog" Blog for more information.

Check Here To Read The Details

Back 2 School Blog Bash

My Organized Chaos: Bambooya ~ With Giveaway

My Organized Chaos: Bambooya ~ With Giveaway

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gift Certificate $150 for Learning Toys at My Mom's View.

Giveaway: Learning Toys would like to offer a lucky My Moms View reader a $150 Gift Certificate