Sunday, November 1, 2009

Michelle Moran Giveaway (CLOSED)

Michelle Moran is the author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, will debut in March 2011.

Michelle was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.

She has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. A public high school teacher for six years, Michelle Moran is currently a full-time writer living in California with her husband.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. Some authors come to writing by chance, some after graduating college or working for a while. For me there was never any doubt about what I would do as a career. I think my teachers felt the same way. I can remember being in third grade with the toughest teacher in the world and hearing her voice echo in my mind like a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. "Michelle... Michelle.... Michelle?" Only I wasn't physically absent like Bueller. Just mentally! When I write, the scene unfolds in my mind like a movie, only I'm the director. I can listen to characters' dialogue, then tell them to stop, do it over, say the words differently, or strike a different pose. In an academic setting this can be a problem, because instead of learning Algebra I'm watching a movie, only it's a movie with endless possibilities because I create the scenes.

If you weren't a writer what would you want to be?
A teacher. I taught in a public high school for six years and nothing could be more rewarding than exposing young adults to historical fiction and many other kinds of reading and writing. Many people talk about teaching with an abundance of clichés. You can change lives, you can open doors, you can etc etc. But for me, those clichés were all true.

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What prompted you to write a novel about Cleopatra’s daughter?
I do a great deal of traveling both for research and for fun, and most of my destinations are archaeological sites. On a trip to Alexandria in Egypt, I was afforded the amazing opportunity of participating in a dive to see the submerged remains of Cleopatra’s ancient city. More than ten thousand artifacts remain completely preserved underwater: sphinxes, amphorae, even the stones of the ancient palace. Although I'm not a fan of diving, it was an incredible experience, and it changed the way I looked at Cleopatra. I immediately wanted to know more about her life, and it was mere coincidence that my next trip took me to Italy, where her ten year-old children were brought to live after her suicide. While in Rome, I was able to retrace her daughter's steps, and upon seeing where her daughter had lived on the Palatine, I knew I had my next novel.

What resources did you use to write this novel?
I did most of my research on-site (in Rome, Alexandria) and in libraries. In order to describe the Palatine, I went there (not that this was necessary… but it was certainly fun!). To get a feel for life on Capri, my husband and I booked a week there and took several trips into the Blue Grotto (where you can no longer swim). I also used dozens of books and contacted scholars such as D. Roller whose work on the life of Kleopatra Selene was invaluable to me.

If you would like to know more about Michelle Moran and her books, visit her blog or webpage. All of her books are available on Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Borders; IndieBound; Random House and Books-a-Million.

Giveaway!
Michelle will give one hardcover copy of Cleo's Daughter as well as an ancient Roman coin (complete with certificate of authenticity) to the lucky winner!
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Rules:
* please make sure to leave separate comment for each entry;

* in your comment, please include an email address so I can reach you;

* winner of the giveaway will be chosen from random.org on Saturday, November 28th;

* winner has 24 hours to answer my email or new winner will be drawn.

Here’s how to enter:
* Mandatory entry: please visit Michelle’s webpage. Have a look at her other books, then return to Made In Canarias and let me know what other book would you like to read and why.

* Extra entries:
- follow my blog (1 entry); if you already follow me you get 2 entries;

- tweet this giveaway (leave your tweet link, use @MadeInCanarias);

- follow @MadeInCanarias on Twitter (1 entry); if you already follow me you get 2 entries;

- post about this giveaway on your blog (leave a link) (2 entries);

- grab my button (2 entries; leave a link);

- 1 extra entry for the people on the top commentators list (look at the left sidebar).

*Remember to leave your email in the comments and leave separate comment for each entry.

Good luck!

Thank you Michelle for great prizes!

147 comments:

  1. Okay...I would literally LOVE to read The Heretic Queen. I love historical novels and the inclusion of Ramesses the Great just makes this a must for me. Please enter me in your giveaway.


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  7. Hi. I would love to read The Heretic Queen. The reason is because I just love historical fiction that's my favorite genre. polo-puppy-fluffyAThotmail *dot* com Cheers

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  11. I would like to read Nefertiti because I've always been fascinated with Egyptian culture.

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  12. My pick will have to be "Nefertiti." The statue of her bust is one of my favorite Egyptian works of art!

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  13. I am a Google follower!

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  15. I would love to read "The Heretic Queen" because it sounds like a fascinating story, and I've never heard of Nefertari. I love discovering fascinating people from the past!

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  18. I would love to read Nefertiti because I don't know all that much about her, but I would love to.

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  19. I would love to read the Heretic Queen. I really like historical fictions esp. those set in Rome/Egypt.

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  20. would love to read the Heretic Queen
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  26. I'd like to read Nefertiti, because Nefertiti has been the only queen of Egypt who has somewhy caught my attention.

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  27. I'm already following your blog ;)

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  28. I'm already following you on twitter ;)

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  29. Kadi: +1 for following me on Twitter

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  30. Kadi: +1 for being a top commentor

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  32. The Heretic Queen sounds like an amazing story! I have always been intrigued with Ancient Egyptian culture and history and love a good love story :)

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  33. following your blog

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  35. I am extremely interested in all of her books because I love Egyptian history. But if I have to choose just one I guess it would be The Heretic Queen.
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  36. Twitter Follower(starryeyed24)
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  40. Wow, all of her books sound great! If I had to choose just one other one to read, I would choose the Heretic Queen.


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  41. #1 I was following your blog before this contest entry. Screen name: girlygirlugh


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  42. #2 I was following your blog before this contest entry. Screen name: girlygirlugh


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  43. I love to read this book looks wonderful.
    The "The Heretic Queen" looks good also i love reading about egypt. onwingsofsilver at gmail.com

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  44. I would like to read Nefertiti because I'd love to read about the relationship of the two sisters.

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  45. I follow

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  49. What an exciting giveaway, please count me in.

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  50. I would also like to read The Heretic Queen

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  51. I would choose The Heretic Queen
    http://www.michellemoran.com/hereticqueen.htm
    I love tales of Ancient Egypt and still have much to learn about Nefertiti
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  53. I was already a follower on twitter where I am BrokenTeepee 1
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  54. I was already a follower on twitter where I am BrokenTeepee 2
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  55. I tweeted
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  57. JamericanSpice: +1 for being on top commentators list

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  58. I'm really inspired to read The Heretic Queen. The synopsis and reviews certainly make it sound engrossing.

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  59. I follow on Google Friend Connect.


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  60. I would love to read The Heretic Queen as it looks interesting and I love books based in ancient Egypt. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. I follow through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. I would like to read The Heretic Queen. I would love to learn more about someone I know nothing about, Nefertari.
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  63. I follow your blog.
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  65. I am a follower of your blog.
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  66. I have visited Michelle's website and would love to read The Heretic Queen. The title alone makes the book interesting and intriguing.
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  67. I visited and would like to read The Heretic Queen,it sounds great!
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  68. tweeted - http://twitter.com/LMsMeeMaw/status/5680437061
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  69. I follow you on Twitter as LMsMeeMaw.
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  70. I read a preview of The Heretic Queen...I sensed that I was there, with the flavorful words, vivid descriptions... and I could feel the air, the voices seemed so real, I was enchanted.....

    All of these books are mystical and I hope to travel to far places within them....

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  71. oh goodness i love this giveaway! i'm a huge ancient rome geek!

    i'd love to read The Heretic Queen. sounds like a great book!

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  72. Wow, great giveaway. I think I'd like to read Nefertiti. I love books set in ancient Egypt, so The Heretic Queen looks very good, too.

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  73. +1 I'm now following you on Twitter! I'm @alessandra83.

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  74. Tweeted about your contest at http://twitter.com/alessandra83/status/5762129651

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  75. I would love to read the heretic queen. I adore the cover and the story sounds great.

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  76. I became a follower

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  77. I think I would enjoy reading Nefertiti to watch the sister become the queen. Thanks!

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  78. Am (and have been) a follower. Thanks!

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  79. Hannah: +1 for being a follower

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  80. I would love to read the Heretic Queen because I really love historical fiction, political fiction and strong female characters. That book seems to fit the bill.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  81. Wow, these books look very interesting!! I'm really digging the Heretic Queen. I'm into these books of fiction around real stories and meshing them together...and with growing up loving The Ten Commandments, would be great to read this.

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  82. I would love to reas Nefertiti because I love historical fiction!
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  83. would love to read heretic queen as a predecessor to cleo's daughters!

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  84. The Heretic Queen looks intriguing. I am a sucker period pieces in literature, and I am always game for the heroine/anti-heroine (well-behaved women seldom make history)!

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  86. +1 Great Giveaway! I also want to read the Heretic Queen, because I love learning about ancient Egypt.

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  87. I would LOVE to read Nefertiti! I am so intrigued her and by Egypt.

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  92. I would really enjoy reading the Heretic Queen. I am fascinated by a good historical book and this looks intriguing!
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  93. I am a new email subscriber too!
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  94. I follow your blog!
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  95. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I'd also like to read her book "Nefertiti".

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  96. This looks great! Can't wait to read it!

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  97. Would love to read "Nefertiti". Love Egyption culture.

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  98. I would love to read Nefertiti! I always enjoyed learning about Egypt when I was in school.
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  102. I want to read Nefertiti.
    because ever since I was piccolaed I went to school ... I always liked this woman.

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  103. I'm a follower

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  107. I would read The Heretic Queen - romance, forbidden love, history - what more could you ask for?

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  108. I entered to Kindle giveaway ;)

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  109. I entered to Kindle giveaway ;)

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  110. The Heretic Queen looks like a very interesting read. I'm very much into Middle Eastern History and it looks like a potentially thrilling, unique read.

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  115. Hi, I would like to read The Heretic Queen because it sounds interesting. I love forbidden love stories.

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  116. I already followed your blog.

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  118. Please enter me. walkerd@primus.ca

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  119. I would love to read 'The Heretic Queen'. Just love history as well as love stories with happy endings. This novel sounds really intriguing!

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  120. I would like to read The Heretic Queen, because anything about ancient Egypt and especially the status of women in that time period fascinates me.

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  123. Hmm...I think it's pretty much a toss up between The Heretic Queen and Nefertiti. I'd like to read them all! ;)

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  133. The Heretic Queen seems interesting

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