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May 3, 2010

Today we have a giveaway for you, from One lucky duck will receive a copy of one of 5 historical fiction books. What are the 5?

Gary Jennings' Aztecaztec

Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction, Mixtli-Dark Cloud, Aztec reveals the very depths of Aztec civilization from the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire. The story of Mixtli is the story of the Aztecs themselves—-a compelling, epic tale of heroic dignity and a colossal civilization’s rise and fall.

shogunJames Clavell's Shogun

A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power...

Anchee Min's Empress Orchidempress orchid

From a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young concubine who becomes China’s last empress. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue. When China is threatened by enemies, she alone seems capable of holding the country together.
In this “absorbing companion piece to her novel Becoming Madame Mao” (New York Times), readers and reading groups will once again be transported by Min’s lavish evocation of the Forbidden City in its last days of imperial glory and by her brilliant portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world.

John Shors' Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love Story

Journey to dazzling seventeenth-century Hindustan, where the reigning emperor, consumed with grief over the tragic death of his beloved wife, commissions the building of the Taj Mahal as a testament to the marvel of their love. Princess Jahanara, their courageous daughter, recounts their mesmerizing tale, while sharing her own parallel tale of forbidden love with the celebrated architect of the Taj Mahal. This impressive novel sweeps readers away to a historical Hindustan brimming with action and intrigue in an era when, alongside the brutalities of war and oppression, architecture and the art of love and passion reached a pinnacle of perfection.

Sara Gruen's Water for Elephantswater for elephants

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

FTC Disclosure: I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

Ok. Here are the rules. Giveaway is only for US residents. To enter, comment and tell me which of the above titles you're interested in, and why. Do it before 6:00 pm CST May 16th. There. Short & sweet!! Good luck!

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bermudaonion said...

I'd love to be entered for Empress Orchid! Thanks for the great giveaway. milou2ster(at)

traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Beneath a Marble Sky interests me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo-Jo said...

I would love to win Beneath a Marble Sky because I've heard wonderful things about this author.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Colleen Turner said...

What a great giveaway! I have already read Water For Elephants (which was great!) so I would love to win Beneath a Marble Sky. Please enter me!

Lisanne624 said...

I'd love Water for Elephants, because I've heard such great things about it. Everyone loves it!

lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

clenna said...

Oh my these all sound awesome.
My choices are 1st: Empress Orchid
2nd: Beneath a Marble Sky
3rd: Aztec
4th: Water for Elephants

clenna at aol dot com

angie said...

I would love to be entered for Water for Elephants. I checked it out from the library and never got around to reading it:(
I've heard great things about it and heard it is going to be made into a movie. I definitely want to read it before it is made into a movie:)
bangersis at msn dot com

LuAnn said...

Aztec sounds fascinating. I'd love to win that one!

For those who choose Shogun, I read it years ago and it's a wonderful book. I really learned a lot about the Japanese culture. My favorite part was the tea ceremony as it was explained in detail.

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Sandra K321 said...

Tough choice between Aztec and Water for Elephants but I think I would say Water for Elephants. Thanks.

Benita said...

I'd like to read Water for Elephants because I've always been intrigued by the circus.



If you have never read James Clavell, you have deprived yourself! And this is one of his best! What an adventure. Once you get started, you will find it very hard to put down!

afineday said...

I'm interested in Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants." The characters sound really interesting, especially, Rosie, the elephant!

Thanks for the chance to win this! :)

brc668 (at) gmail (dot) com

enyl said...

I teach both history and literature so this is a stupendous giveaway. It's so hard to decide. Beneath The Marble Sky would be perfect for both classes,my students will get to explore Indian culture and distinguish fact from fiction. We do't focus on Indian culture as much as we do Aztec and Japanese culture.

Kelsey said...

Beneath a Marble Sky sounds the most interesting to me. Besides the fact that the main character is a princess, I've always been fascinated with the Taj Mahal and its history.

thanks for the giveaway!
krae991 at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

These all sound great, and I would love to read any of them! If I had to place a preference, my first choice would be John Shors' Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love Story. For some reason, at our house, we tend to get on cultural kicks. Lately, we've been reading books about Indians and watching movies about the Indian culture. When my children asked me about the Taj Mahal, I could give them a rather sketchy history, but this book would help me give them a more detailed one.

jewell330 at aim dot com

Irene said...

I would love to win and to read John Shors' book, Beneath a Marble Sky. I really like his writing style and I love historical fiction. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Natalie W said...

OH I would love Empress Orchid!
Sounds like an awesome read. THank you,

Margie said...

I'd love to get Beneath the Marble Sky. I'd give it to my daughter...she was in India last year and visited the Taj Mahal. I think it would be fascinating to know the history behind it.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Sandee61 said...

I'm enjoying your blog and would love to be entered in your giveaway. I'd like to read Empress sounds like a really good read. Thank you!



Mystica said...

I'd love to read Empress Orchid - Thank you for hosting


Debbie F said...

I would love to read Water for Elephants. I have heard great things about that book and its on my wish list!


dcf_beth at verizon dot net

holdenj said...

I would be interested in Beneath The Marble Sky. I like learning things about India, my great-grandfather worked there for awhile.

Menagerie Soaps said...

I would love to win Water for Elephants. I have heard great things about it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


Linda said...

I'm hoping to win Water for Elephants. A friend recommended it over a year ago, but I tho't it sounded too sad and disturbing, but when one continues to hear high praise for the book, you decide it is probably a book you NEED to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol M said...

I'd love to win Water for Elephants! I've heard so many good things about it and it sounds really interesting.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Lacey said...

I would like to read Water for Elephants because I find early 20th century stories the most interesting historical fiction.

Lacey914 at sbcglobal dot net

ossmcalc said...

I am especially interested in Aztec as I have always enjoyed the study of the Aztecs. These people have a fascinating history. This is an awesome giveaway as I would really love to read all of them.

Thank you,


CherylS22 said...

I'd love to read Anchee Min's 'Empress Orchid' because I love reading books about Chinese culture. Thanks for the chance!

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