Monday, December 10, 2012

My stop on the Historical Holiday Blog Hop

The holiday season is upon us, and like many other historical fiction bloggers, I'm participating in the 1st annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop sponsored by Passages to the Past. Nearly 40 different bloggers have signed up, and readers have a chance to win prizes at each of our blogs... so hop on by and see all of us!

In addition, Amy at Passages to the Past is hosting a large grand prize drawing over at her site (see the end of this post for what you can win there; limited to US only).

For my giveaway, I'm offering up a copy of my newest book, Historical Fiction II: A Guide the Genre (Libraries Unlimited, 2009).

This is a readers' guide to English-language historical novels for adults published between 2004 and 2008. The books are grouped into subgenres -- mystery, romantic, epics, literary, thrillers, Christian, sagas, traditional historicals, and more -- and then arranged by time period or theme.  Over 2,700 novels are included and described.  I also give detailed introductions to each subgenre, a short history of historical fiction, reading lists by plot pattern or theme, and lists of award winners.

It's 738pp long, weighs nearly 4 lbs, and retails for $70... and comes complete with its own headless cover.  International entrants are welcome, so I hope many will enter (consider it my contribution to the financially strapped US Postal Service).  Fill out the form below for a chance to win.  Deadline:  December 17, 2012.


The Grand Prize Giveaways for the Blog Hop are as follows. Amy at Passages to the Past will be creating four big prize packages out of these titles graciously donated by the authors or their publishers.  I've linked to my reviews/interviews when applicable.

Historical Holiday Blog Hop Grand Prizes (US Only)

- $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
- Prize package(s) of historical novels including:

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

To enter the Grand Prize Drawing, visit Passages to the Past.

Good luck to all entrants!


  1. What a great giveaway. I'd love to win!

  2. Hah...I'd sworn off entering contests as I have way too many books on my shelf waiting to be read, but FOUR POUNDS of information? And a genuine headless cover? I'm in.

  3. Your book is a great giveaway. I have used it in the library more than a few times, so I know how useful it is.

  4. What a cool resource. Would love to own it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  5. What a great prize! A four pound shopping list! I'd love to win this.

  6. This is the ONLY time I'm excited about another four pounds! ha! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. LOL! The weight seriously came into play when I dragged them to sell at conferences. Oof, very heavy suitcase.

    Thanks for your interest, everyone!

  8. Such a generous giveaway and one that I am thankful to have the opportunity to enter. :)

    Thank you!

  9. Thanks for making this international, really appreciate it :)

  10. Sarah, I just squeed -- am dying to get my hands on this so thanks for the giveaway! Also, I so appreciate your linking to the PttP grand prize giveaway books -- now I can get extra eager for them! ;)

  11. Good luck! I have a spare author copy around, so I figured why not?

    The grand prizes are amazing. Such a great collection of titles there.

    I like doing international giveaways... it's fun seeing the entries come in from all over.

  12. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway, Sarah!

  13. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

    Julie K

    1. Thanks for your interest and for entering the contest!

  14. What a fantastic giveaway...and thanks for making it international.

    1. Good luck, Marg! I like the idea of having my book traveling halfway across the world, actually.

  15. Thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.

    1. Not a problem! As long as I'm the one doing the sending, I make all giveaways international.

  16. I want to see a post about why headless covers are so popular!

    But thanks for letting us know.

    1. They say it's so readers can better imagine themselves in the protagonist's shoes, or so they can go into the novel without any preconceived notion of a character's appearance in their minds. Kind of eerie to see a headless cover on an Anne Boleyn novel, though!

  17. Anonymous6:32 PM

    what an awesome gift, thanks!
    here is the book I offer:

    1. Great prize! Thanks for entering my drawing too.

  18. What a magnificent thing you've done with this book, Sarah! I'd love to win it and would cherish it.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Barbara, and for spreading the word! Good luck :)