Tuesday, July 22, 2014

International Giveaway! $20 Book Depository Gift Card

Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader and Laura Here. The theme of this hop is to giveaway a Christmas themed book, so I shall be offering one $20 gift card for The Book Depository so the winner may choose his/her own book. To enter just fill out the form below. Best of luck! 



This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ebook Deal! A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir $1.99

For a limited time A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir is being offered for the spectacular price of $1.99 from the following online retailers:

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
Format: Hardcover 544pp



Synopsis (From the Publisher):
" In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir tells the dramatic intertwined stories of two women—Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet—separated by time but linked by twin destinies . . . . involving the mysterious tragic fate of the young Princes in the Tower. 
When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen, is executed in 1554 for unlawfully accepting the English crown, Lady Katherine Grey’s world falls apart. Barely recovered from this tragic loss she risks all for love, only to incur the wrath of her formidable cousin Queen Elizabeth I, who sees Katherine as a rival for her insecure throne.
Interlaced with Katherine’s story is that of her distant kinswoman Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. In 1483, Kate travels to London for Richard’s coronation, and her world changes forever. 
Kate loves her father, but before long she hears terrible rumors about him that threaten all she holds dear. Like Katherine Grey, she falls in love with a man who is forbidden to her. Then Kate embarks on what will become a perilous quest, covertly seeking the truth about what befell her cousins the Princes in the Tower, who may have been victims of Richard III’s lust for power. But time is not on Kate’s side, or on Katherine’s. 
Katherine finds herself a prisoner in the Tower of London, the sinister fortress that overshadowed the lives of so many royal figures, including the boy princes. Will Elizabeth demand the full penalty for treason? And what secrets will Katherine find hidden within the Tower walls? 
Alison Weir’s new novel is a page-turning story set within a framework of fascinating historical authenticity. In this rich and layered tapestry, Katherine and Kate discover that possessing royal blood can prove to be a dangerous inheritance. "

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday


In this edition of Mailbox Monday I am sharing the books I purchased over the weekend during a trip to the Half Price Books in the lovely Bay Area!


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A set of bewitching medieval tapestries hangs today in a protected chamber in Paris. They appear to portray a woman's seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown - until now." "Paris, 1490. A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house - mother and daughter, servant and lady-in-waiting - before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven." "There, master-weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has on finishing the tapestries - his finest, most intricate work - on time for his exacting French client. Ill-prepared for temptation and seduction, he and his family are consumed by the project and by their dealings with the full-blooded painter from Paris." The results change all their lives - lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"They say I'm mad and perhaps it's true.
It is well known that lust brings madness and desperation and ruin. But upon my oath, I never meant any harm. All I wanted was to be happy, to love and to be loved in return, and for my life to count for something.
That is not madness, is it? 
So begins the story of Eleanor Glanville, the beautiful daughter of a seventeenth-century Puritan nobleman whose unconventional passions scandalized society. When butterflies were believed to be the souls of the dead, Eleanor's scientific study of them made her little better than a witch. But her life-set against a backdrop of war, betrayal, and sexual obsession-was that of a woman far ahead of her time."


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory. 
When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. 
Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.
But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France. 
Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?"
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Masterpiece Monday!

Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon. 1778. by George Romney

Jane Maxwell is a fascinating historical character whose life was beautifully depicted within the pages of Ciji Ware's novel Island of the Swans (read my review). 



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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Finds at the Bookstore: The Miracle Thief by Iris Anthony

This Friday I am excited to share the latest book by Iris Anthony: The Miracle Thief. Her first book, The Ruins of Lace (read my review), was a brilliant debut still remains on my list of highly recommended titles. 

The Miracle Thief by Iris Anthony
Publication date: 4/1/2014
Pages: 384

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Do you believe in miracles? 
Sister Juliana does. She's seen miracles happen as she tends Saint Catherine's altar and guards her relic. Yet she doesn't quite dare to believe that even Saint Catherine could help her atone for her wicked past. 
Anna does. And she so desperately needs one. In a time when a deformity is interpreted as evidence of a grievous sin, in a place where community is vital to existence, Anna has no family, no home, and no master. 
Princess Gisele wants to. A miracle is the only thing that can save her from being given to a brutal, pagan chieftain in marriage. 
For those who come in faith, saints offer the answer to almost any prayer. But other forces are plotting to steal Saint Catherine's relic, to bend the saint's power to their own use. Penitent, pilgrim, princess — all will be drawn into an epic struggle where only faith can survive. But in a quest for divine blessing, only the most ruthless of souls may win the prize."




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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Upcoming 2015 Historical Fiction Release! The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell

The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell
Publication Date: February 5th 2015
Format: Hardcover, 448pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Menaced by Vikings and enemies at court, Queen Emma defends her children and her crown in a riveting medieval adventure.
Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder. 
As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men—even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword. 
Rich with intrigue, compelling personalities, and fascinating detail about a little-known period in history, The Price of Blood will captivate fans of both historical fiction and fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series."
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Upcoming 2015 Historical Fiction Release! Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Format: Paperback pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the "Empress of Rome" series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.

Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession. 
Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City . . ."

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What's New Wednesday: A Look at This Month's New Releases!




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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Released Today! Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (War of the Roses) by Conn Iggulden
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
""Capturing the violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory. A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series.” —Kirkus 
The first book in #1 New York Times–bestselling author Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical series about two families who plunged England into a devastating, decades-long civil war. 
In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named “The Lamb,” Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court. 
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it not only opportunity in the monarch, but also their patriotic duty in ousting an ineffectual king. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?"

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Released Today! Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
Publication Date: July 8th 2014
Format: Hardcover 448pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne. 
Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Fremantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics. 
Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for. 
From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction,” (People) Sisters of Treason brings to vivid life the perilous and romantic lives of two little known young women who played a major role in the complex politics of their day."


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Monday, July 7, 2014

New Release! The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Fans of mesmerizing historical fiction can rejoice at the release of another tantalizing book by the beloved author Elizabeth Chadwick. Below you will find the book trailer, blurb, and various buying options. Check back soon for my review and giveaway! 





About the Book
Young Eleanor has a bright future as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies, childhood is suddenly over. Forced to marry Prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to King and Queen. Leaving everything behind, young Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court – and all of its scandals.

About the Author
Elizabeth Chadwick (UK) is the author of 20 historical novels, including The Greatest KnightThe Scarlet LionA Place Beyond CourageThe Outlaw KnightShadows and StrongholdsThe Winter Mantle, andThe Falcons of Montabard, four of which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Awards.




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Upcoming 2015 Historical Fiction Release! The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Format: Hardcover 400pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher - UK Edition):
"Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings all her knowledge of Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies, amid all the colour and pageantry of the Tudor court. 
Their affair is the scandal of Europe. Queen Elizabeth presents herself as the Virgin Queen but cannot resist her dashing but married Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley. Many believe them to be lovers, and there are scurrilous rumours that Elizabeth is no virgin at all. 
The formidable young Queen is regarded by most of Christendom as a bastard, a heretic and a usurper, yet many princes covet Tudor England and seek her hand in marriage. Under mounting pressure to take a husband, Elizabeth encourages their advances without ever committing; a delicate, politically-fraught balancing act which becomes known as 'The Marriage Game'. 
But treading this dangerous line with Robert Dudley, the son and grandson of traitors, could cost her the throne. 
Played out amidst the splendour of the Tudor court and the most famous events of a great age, THE MARRIAGE GAME is a dramatic, complex and deeply poignant tale of intrigue, love and loss. At its heart is our greatest Queen and the emotional truth of one of history's most extraordinary love affairs."
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ebook Deal! We Two: Victoria And Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill

For a limited time the ebook, We Two: Victoria And Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals  by Gillian Gill, will be offered for the irresistible price of $1.99. To purchase this title follow the links below:

Publication date: 2/23/2010
Pages: 480
Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century–and one of history’s most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naïve teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master. Now renowned chronicler Gillian Gill turns this familiar story on its head, revealing a strong, feisty queen and a brilliant, fragile prince working together to build a family based on support, trust, and fidelity, qualities neither had seen much of as children. The love affair that emerges is far more captivating, complex, and relevant than that depicted in any previous account. 
The epic relationship began poorly. The cousins first met as teenagers for a few brief, awkward, chaperoned weeks in 1836. At seventeen, charming rather than beautiful, Victoria already “showed signs of wanting her own way.” Albert, the boy who had been groomed for her since birth, was chubby, self-absorbed, and showed no interest in girls, let alone this princess. So when they met again in 1839 as queen and presumed prince-consort-to-be, neither had particularly high hopes. But the queen was delighted to discover a grown man, refined, accomplished, and whiskered. “Albert is beautiful!” Victoria wrote, and she proposed just three days later. 
As Gill reveals, Victoria and Albert entered their marriage longing for intimate companionship, yet each was determined to be the ruler. This dynamic would continue through the years–each spouse, headstrong and impassioned, eager to lead the marriage on his or her own terms. For two decades, Victoria and Albert engaged in a very public contest for dominance. Against all odds, the marriage succeeded, but it was always a work in progress. And in the end, it was Albert’s early death that set the Queen free to create the myth of her marriage as a peaceful idyll and her husband as Galahad, pure and perfect. 
As Gill shows, the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect but because it was passionate and complicated. Wonderfully nuanced, surprising, often acerbic–and informed by revealing excerpts from the pair’s journals and letters–We Two is a revolutionary portrait of a queen and her prince, a fascinating modern perspective on a couple who have become a legend."
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Historical Non-Fiction Release! The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

by Helen Rappaport
June 3rd 


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. 
Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it. 
The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados."

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Ten Commandments, Tonight on ABC!



Since 1973, ABC has been airing the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments every year, with its airing date somewhere between Passover and the Saturday before Easter. The only exception to this was in 1999 when they aired a remake, which was in no way comparable to the classic. Luckily, they switched back to the original the next year. I look forward to watching this movie every year and am always so grateful that ABC continues to broadcast it!

 


The Ten Commandments was produced and directed by great Cecil B. DeMille in 1956, and it quickly became one of the most popular box-office movies of all time. Tracing the steps of Moses, as told in the Book of Exodus, the film vividly brings to life everything from his being sent out on the Nile in a reed basket as an infant, through his life as an Egyptian prince, his exile into the land of Midian followed by his return to deliver the Hebrew slaves, and concluding with the receiving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson, and Yvonne DeCarlo, The Ten Commandments is a film that will dazzle the senses on every level.


The Ten Commandments was awarded the 1956 Academy Award for Best Special Effects in addition to receiving nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction & Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. This spectacular film will air as an ABC Special Presentation, Saturday April 19th (7:00-11:44 p.m., ET), on The ABC Television Network.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Release! The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn

The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn
Publication date: 1/7/2014
Format: Paperback 464pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From the national bestselling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit . . . 
As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over—and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander’s thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina. 
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance’s most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask . . ."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


Wishing everyone an abundance of love, joy and happiness in the new year! 



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Friday, November 15, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Hop!

Since I am extremely blessed to have so many exceptional followers of The Muse in the Fog Book Review, it seems only right that I participate in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy @ I am a Reader not a Writer! To show my gratitude for your constant presence, I am giving away one brand new copy of Tasha Alexander's novel Death in the Floating City AND $15.00 towards a book of your choice at The Book Depository. To enter fill out the form below. The winner will be notified by email.

Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander
Publication date: October 16th 2012 
Format: Hardback 320pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"The Huffington Post calls Tears of Pearl author Tasha Alexander "one to watch—and read" and her new Lady Emily mystery set in Venice proves it! Years ago, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. But now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has vanished. There's no one Emma can turn to for help but Emily, who leaves at once with her husband, the dashing Colin Hargreaves, for Venice. There, her investigations take her from opulent palazzi to slums, libraries, and bordellos. Emily soon realizes that to solve the present day crime, she must first unravel a centuries old puzzle. But the past does not give up its secrets easily, especially when these revelations might threaten the interests of some very powerful people."

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