flash giveaway: The Second Empress!

23 September 2012

I realised that I still had 1 finished copy of The Second Empress to giveaway to you all, and thought I'd make this one last a week in order to get both winners (one from my 600 follower giveaway) and one from you all!

This time, this is simply to promote this lovely historical fiction novel! It was published August 14, and now being the end of September: you've only one week to enter :)

About the Book

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, Jos├ęphine, 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.

This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end in ONE WEEK! The only way to enter is to leave a comment on why you wish to read this book :)
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9 thoughts:

  1. I would like to win b/c I really loved "Cleopatra's Daughter" by this author. THank you!

  2. I just love historical romance/fiction books. You can find my email on the sidebar of my blog by the way.

  3. i love michelle moran's books and i'd love to read this one!! and educating myself through historical fiction is always the best =)

  4. I love historicals! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  5. I'm not much of a history buff but I love European history and I've recently discovered a like for historical fiction. :) this book looks fun to read! thanks for the giveaway



  6. very eye catching cover and i love historical romance novels


  7. I love historical fiction. bldpoole@gmail.com

  8. I love history but find it hard to find books that I think I would like that are historical fiction! This book sounds awesome!

  9. I love history and I am a history teacher and I love Michelle Moran. my e-mail address is booksnobsblog at gmail dot com


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