Sunday, December 9, 2012

1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop hosted by Passages to the Past, running from Dec 10th to the 17th. 


2013 promises to be another great reading for Historical Fiction. These are some of the books that I am looking forward to.

I can't leave out those books that don't have covers yet:
Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Empire of the Night by Eva Stachniak
The Last October Sky by Juliet Grey
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (#3 of the Wolf Hall series - just discovered that while writing this blog - guess I'd better hurry up and read the first 2)
The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton
Storm Bringers by Philippa Gregory

My giveaway is a preorder of a new release for 2013.  A book of you choice (up to $15), can be from The Book Depository or an ebook from amazon or kobo.  Or if you really don't want to wait till next year you can let me know what you would like. This is open worldwide (whereever Book Depository ships to)

To enter all you have to do is leave me a post telling me your favorite book of 2012 and one you are looking forward to in 2013.







67 comments:

  1. Isn't this a great blog hop? And so many of the books on your 2013 list are on mine too--it's going to be a good year for historical fiction!

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    1. Yes definitely a good year, wish I had more hours in the day though.

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  2. Not historical fiction, but my favorite book from 2012 was Cinder, and I'm really looking forward to Splintered and Out of the Easy.

    aircdrewood(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the cover for Cinder, it seems to be popping up alot. I think that is a sign I need to read it :)

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  3. My favorite is Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones.
    Looking forward to The White Princess by Philippa Gregory.

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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    1. Fours Sisters, All Queens is waiting very patiently for me to read it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I really enjoyed Hilary Mantel's 'Bring Up the Bodies' this year. I didn't the third will be released next year. I'm anxiously awaiting that one.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

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    1. I love the name of your blog. I have had Wolf Hall on my tbr pile for so long. I so need to read this one.

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  5. I loved Bring Up the Bodies, The Headmaster's Wager..and so many more ;) I don't even know where to begin listing the books I'm looking forward to in '13! Out of the Easy is one that I'm really itching to get my hands on!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Jhartling74@aol.com

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    1. Did you read A Darker Shade of Grey by the same author as Out of the Easy? I loved that book.

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  6. My favorite book of 2012 was THE TWELVE ROOMS OF THE NILE by Enid Shomer. Don't miss that one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    juliannedouglas05 [at] sbcblobal [dot] net

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    1. Now that is a book I keep seeing on book blogs, I usually take that as a sign I need to read it. No wonder my tbr pile is taller than me.

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  7. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. The last book I really enjoyed was Uneasy lies the Crown by N Gemini Sasson.
    2013 picks are about the same as yours... I'm ready!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    allisonmharper@hotmail.com

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    1. Now that is a book that I haven't heard about, will be looking it up for sure.

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  8. Let's see - I will have to say I was happy to get The Secrets of Mary Bowser this year and I am looking forward to The White Princess.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I loved The Secrets of Mary Bowser, I did it as an audio and really enjoyed it.

      Glad to hear you liked the bookmarks.

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  9. I loved The Secret Keeper and Winter of the World. Thanks for the giveaway.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I also loved The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton is one of my favorites.

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  10. Well I just discovered Susanna Kearsley when I read The Shadowy Horses and LOVED it, so I am really looked forward to The Firebird. I am also looking forward to just about every other book you listed though, so I am in big trouble when 2013 rolls around because I want them all :)!
    candc320@gmail.com

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    1. Susanna Kearsley is a new favorite of mine also. Last May I had the privilege of meeting her and listening to a talk on writing HF. So far I have read The Rose Garden and The Winter Sea, loved them both.

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  11. The Song of Achilles was my favourite read this year! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nirmalachandrasiri(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I have such a terrible time picking favorites. Plus, I rarely seem to get to books the same year they are released. But I did read The Song of Achilles and it did rank right up there as one of my favorite reads this year. For 2013, I've already got Alana White's- The Sign of the Weeping Virgin on pre-order. Great giveaway idea. I know I can come up with another 2013 release I'm looking forward to also!
    s.asher135 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. Wow, 2013 is looking good!
    I think my favorites would The Second Empress and The Queen's Vow.

    And for 2013...I think any and all of these! I am especially looking forward to Juliet Grey's next book, though.

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

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  14. I think my favorite book this year has been The Secret Keeper
    A Novel of Kateryn Parr
    Ladies in Waiting, Book 2

    thank you
    momkelly2003 at yahoo dot com

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  15. I would love to read this.
    gardnerad@juno.com

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  16. I adored The Snow Child - while not traditional historical fiction it really captured my imagination.

    I would love to acquire the next in Hilary Mantel's series. Thank you
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

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  17. I really liked Legacy of Love , The Girl in the Glass: A Novel and Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    As far as for what I am waiting for in 2013 all of those sound wonderful! Forgotten Queen possibly :D

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  18. There are a lot of great new releases coming up!! The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd and looking forward to The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

    Thank you!!
    momkelly2003 at yahoo dot com

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  19. Not a historical, but I loved Eden Winters' DIVERSION and await its sequel, COLLUSION.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Shadow of the crown is one I want as I like stories about Queen Emma, as for 2012 I liked Michelle Moran but then i always like her new books

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  21. What a wonderful giveaway idea!! I *adored* Maryanne O'Hara's Cascade, as well as Oleanna by Julie K. Rose. Both were so good!

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  22. One of my favorite books of 2012 was Voice of the Falconer by David Blixt. For 2013, i'm looking forward most to The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick.

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  23. The King's Concubine by Anne O'brien was one of my favorites this year. Shadow On The Crown is the one that I'm most anxiously awaiting next year. Thank you for the chance in the giveaway. I just drool at all the great books coming out in '13!

    leahweller(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  24. I loved The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot this year. Next year I am looking forward to Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors,

    bippityboppitybook@ymail.com

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway! One of my favorite books of 2012 has been The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan. Oh goodness, there are so many I'm looking forward to in 2013, but the first one that comes to mind is The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig.

    muse_in_the_fog@hotmail.com

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  26. I loved the Secret Keeper, and I'm really looking forward to the Firebird.
    Thanks for the giveaway !
    maric1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. This year I loved The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot. Your list for 2013 has me salivating for all of them. They all look wonderful but I have to say my top book I am eagerly awaiting is The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  28. Great giveaway! My favorite read of 2012 was Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. I am especially looking forward to Empire of the Night by Eva Stachniak. mary_galliver@yahoo.com

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  29. I really enjoyed reading The Fault in our Stars this year. Thank you for the giveaway!

    icecreamavalanche at gmail dot com

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  30. Thanks for the international giveaway! My favourite book of 2012 was Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. The book I'm most looking forward to in 2013 is The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.

    Your 2013 wish list looks almost identical to mine :-)

    Melissa
    confessions(dot)avidreader(at)gmail(dot)com

    PS - I'm a new follower. I hope you'll visit my blog and check out my giveaway.

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  31. I think my favorite historical fiction novel this year is The Sisters Brothers and The Princes of Ireland.

    I am most looking forward to in 2013 is The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick. I love Eleanor of Aquitaine. Also The Necromancer's Grimoire by Annmarie Banks. I had gotten the first for review and loved it. Hopefully they won't postpone the publication date again. I can't wait for my preorder to ship finally.

    booklove at sawcatsverse dot com

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  32. I am going to out myself as a Susanna Kearsley fangirl right now, but it wouldn't be the first time. My favourite books for this year were The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley and one about Elizabeth I (the title of which escapes me at the moment). My most anticipated book for next year is The Firebird.

    Marg
    ozdiamondlil at gmail dot com.

    Oh, the title of the Elizabeth book was Legacy by Susan Kay!

    Thanks for the international giveaway.

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  33. I reelly enjoyed A Stranger in my Street by Deborah Burrows as it is set in y home town of Perth, Western Australia during the war.

    I am looking forward to the next instalment from Philippa Gregory, The White Princess.

    Many thanks for the international giveaway :)

    Amanda
    amandabarrett81 at gmail dot com

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  34. I loved In the Company of a Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. I'd like to read Illuminations .

    Thanks for making this open to all. Much appreciated.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  35. 2012 was such a tough year. I read so much good historical fiction this year! One of my favorites was The Shoemaker's Wife!

    I would love to pre-order Dray's new book!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    abookishaffair(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. One of my favorite read of this year is Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. And I'm looking forward to read Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (I loved her steampunk series!). Thank you for this great giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

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  37. "The books that don't have covers yet", for some reason, made me smile.

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  38. My favorite book that I read this year was "Poughkeepsie" by Debra Anastasia. And, of course, I'm looking forward to "Return to Poughkeepsie" which comes out in 2013!!

    mestith@gmail.com

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  39. My favourite book (among many)was Time's Echo by Pamela Harshorne, a Tudor timeslip set in York. I'm looking forward to Pat Bracewell's book The Shadow on the Crown.
    authordeborahswift(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I always have such a hard time picking favorites, but 2 that come to mind are The Shoemaker's Wife and Russian Winter.

    I'm looking forward to reading Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent and The Empire of the Night by Eva Stachniak.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book
    k2reader@gmail.com

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  41. I had no idea that Stephanie Dray's newest book was due out next year! I'm so excited for it!

    As for my favorite release of 2012, well... I'm not sure I've actually read anything released this year. But of the ones I've most wanted to read, it would have to be Four Sisters, All Queens.

    shoshanahinla(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Thanks so much for offering this!

    My favorite releases of 2012 were the first three books in the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. And the 2013 release for which I'm most excited is Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein.

    freshmankay[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. I really enjoyed The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. I'm looking forward to Shadow on the Crown!

    vera@luxuryreading.com

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  44. I enjoyed Shadow of Night this year and really looking forward to Written in My Hearts Own Blood by Diana Gabaldon.

    dmccabe911@gmail.com

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  45. I loved Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. I'm looking forward the White Princess by Philippa Gregory (I LOVE her)

    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

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  46. I'm just starting to read HF as opposed to history. I discovered Gortner this year. Looking forward to learning more about the offerings in the genre
    annefitza at yahoo dot com

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  47. I loved The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves. For 2013, I'm looking forward to Stephanie Dray's new book.

    teralynpilgrim at yahoo dot com

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  48. I am most looking forward to Shadow on the Crown. As for this year I really enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's Death of Kings.

    empress_lariel at hotmail dot com

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  49. My favorite this year was The Secret Keeper!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  50. I enjoyed The Wedding Shroud and I am looking forward to The Forgotten Queen.

    brbalways(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  51. I loved The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley and I'm looking forward to her new release, The Firebird, in 2013.

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  52. Oh simple. I LOVED Divergent!! And awaiting book #3 next year!

    Thanks for this. I love historical fiction too.


    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  53. Thanks for being part of the blog hop! My favorite book this year was Lincoln by Gore Vidal. Fascinating! Looking forward to Chris Gortner's newest.

    flj52452 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  55. My favorite books was Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  56. So hard to pick just one! How about the audioversions of gemma Files Hexslinger series - set 1880s desert Southwest.

    thanks for the chance to win nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

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  57. My favorite books was The Immortal Rules. Thanks!
    katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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