600: day 1: giveaway! The Second Empress!

14 August 2012

HAPPY RELEASE DAY! TODAY you can now walk into the shop and purchase a beautiful copy of this book :)

Right guys, this is my favourite giveaway of them all, I think, and it's only the first one Yay! I am a massive Michelle Moran fan girl, so I am so thrilled to post this one.

In the past I have:
and she is so polite, and her writing is so amazing! She got me hooked on Egyptian history, and taught me about the French Revolution. Now this splendid historian as written another book called The Second Empress, that comes out in four days! It's also set in France, with the well known man named Napoleon Bonaparte.

I have two copies that I've graciously been given, and I'm going to giveaway one today, and the other in early September.
TODAY IS THE RELEASE DATE! AUGUST 14th! Run to the bookstores, friends, run :)

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.

read an excerpt 

About Michelle:

Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.

Michelle has traveled around the world, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter and Madame Tussaud. Her fifth novel, The Second Empress, will be released on August 14, 2012. (soon!) visit her website

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4 thoughts:

  1. I've only read Madame Tussaud but I loved it so much. It was one of my favorites for 2011!

  2. omigosh!! michelle moran!! i was just skimming the reviews and then-MICHELLE MORAN!! whoa. wait. so i decided to enter...and i'll try to call soon...school and band and stress and no sleep...

  3. I enjoy historical fiction, but I've never read anything about the time of Napoleon. It sounds great!

  4. Ihavenever read anything by michelle Moran but would love to!


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