Saturday, August 7, 2010

Summer Blast Giveaway #3 + Winner!

First the winner of the signed ARC of Plain Kate by Erin Bow. And that is . . .


Congratulations! I've already emailed you. And a big thanks to everyone who entered!

Now onto this week's Summer Blast Giveaway!

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a son with Caesar and - after his murder - three more with his protege. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way the supple personality has been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
(book flap blurb)

Just fill out the form below for your chance to win! Open to US residents 13 years of age and older only. One entry per person per email address. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Contest ends August 13st at midnight, EST.


Ky said...

Cleopatra freakin rocks. If I could meet anyone in history she would be in my top five. ^.^ That woman was a political genius.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Congrats to the winner and I love historical fiction--I tend to remember history better through stories. Thanks!

Meredith said...

Congrats to the winner!

fredamans said...

Congrats Kisha!

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