Literary Blog Hop Giveaway: november 2014


So excited to be part of the Literary Blog Hop again!

I have 7 great novels, mostly historical fiction,  to offer you.
I will choose 2 winners, so spread the word!

Please click on the book cover or link to know more about them:

Meadowlark The Third Son

1. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition

  Age of Desire The Crown

3. Age of Desire, by Jennie Fields – paperback, brand new condition
4. The Crown, by Nancy Bilyeau – paperback, brand new condition

  Wharf of Chartrons cover  The Lost Duchess

5. The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jean-Paul Malaval – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
6. The Lost Duchess, by Jenny Barden – paperback, brand new condition

The Reader

7. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink – – paperback, slightly used, very good condition



Sorry, this is just open to US residents.

Be sure to go visit all the other participants,
there are lots of goodies to win,
some are open internationally!

 And be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway, for many more chances to win awesome books!

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self (N. Am.)
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books Speak Volumes
  7. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  8. Books on the Table (US)
  9. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  10. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  11. Words And Peace (US)
  12. Booklover Book Reviews
  13. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)

Book review, interview, and giveaway: Juliet’s Nurse

Italy Book Tours

Juliet’s Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Book Title: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen
Category: Adult fiction, 384 pages
Genre: historical fiction
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books (Atria Books)
Published: September 2014
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books: USA only
Tour dates:  October 20 to 31, 2014
Content Rating: PG

Where to buy the book:


Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Chapters Indigo

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

       New author challenge   2014 historical fiction


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Juliet’s Nurse is  a great example of the perfect historical novel: you take a story you think you know very well, but there are actually so many things you don’t really know about its characters that you fill in the gaps, you put flesh back on the bones, you develop the historical context, et voilà, you have a book your readers are not ready to forget!
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Excerpt and Giveaway: 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

100 Places cover

100 Places in France
Every Woman Should Go

[travel essays]

Release date: October 21, 2014
at Travelers’ Tales.

380 pages

ISBN: 978-1609520823



Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’ hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France. [provided by the author]




Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Photo credit: Ron Haviv


Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism,
as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter

Buy the book: Amazon, on Travelers’ Tales.




From a chapter on St. Tropez called SEX ON THE BEACH. 

In summertime, St. Tropez is crowded and loud, packed with nubile blondes in Dolce and Gabbana beachwear and gold stilettos who parade to and from yachts moored in the tiny port. It’s true. St. Tropez is all this, and it can stir up an unfortunate sense, of how do I say this? uninvitedness, even if you’ve never been way up there on the guest list with Jay Z and Beyoncé anyway. It’s tempting to dismiss this Mediterranean resort town as a blinged-out ruin from classier times on the Riviera, or to avoid it because it feels buoyantly young and you feel decidedly less so.

But don’t.

You should visit this fabled town once and, if possible, a whole lot more. Before you go, watch Roger Vadim’s 1956 film And God Created Woman, which catapulted his 22-year-old wife Brigitte Bardot—as well as St. Tropez itself—into instant legend. The plot is forgettable, but not the scenes of the sleepy fishing village or the unprecedented sensuality of Bardot. Her first tease in the opening shots of the film, where she is seen lying face-down behind a white sheet that ripples in the sun, her nude, perfect curves displaying no tan-line whatsoever, was the moment everything would change in the south of France. From then on, St. Tropez would be synonymous with all things sultry and alluring and Bardot would be a popular standard by which women, French or otherwise, would be measured. Now almost 60 years later, Bardot lives quietly in the house she bought in 1958, genuinely untouched by plastic surgery and active in animal rights as well as, at times, fringe politics. Somehow, her young and beautiful silhouette lingers here both in town and at the beaches, which are lined up along the Plage de Pampelonne in nearby Ramatuelle.

Through the years, though I have grown up and older, the bones in St. Tropez have not changed at all and I dare say they are more graceful than ever. Once, I reveled here doused in expensive champagne, young, silly and brown as a nutmeg (the St. Tropez tan being the marketing gambit of the sunscreen brand Bain de Soleil). Several consecutive summers, I accompanied my new artist husband here while he worked on a sculptural installation at La Plage de Pampelonne. We still did the nightlife but it was the jasmine-scented mornings I savored, and the low, cottony surf at the beach. Once, I came here at my all-time nadir of glamour — with a toddler in tow, carrying baby weight under baggy, unflattering clothes. Much to my relief, I found an empathetic place where waiters at the Brasserie des Arts on the central Place des Lices were delighted to serve my son plain pasta and fill up his bottle with warmed milk. After dinner, we sat under hundred-year-old plane trees to watch the locals play boules. At the Plage des Jumeaux, where we spent our days, they would proffer a random plate of frites for him, just because.




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1 US resident
will win a print copy of this book

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they are listed in the entry form below

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tweeting about the giveaway everyday of the Tour
will give you 5 extra entries each time!
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