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Monday Give Away

Monday, December 11th, 2017

I’ve been working away at revisions on my section of the new Three Ws book (aka the Lusitania Book, aka Title to be Announced Soon!), so for today’s Monday give away, we have… a signed paperback copy of The Forgotten Room!

Here’s the official blurb:

Untitled-1New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century….

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant historical storytellers.

This book is set in three time periods: Gilded Age, 1920s, and World War II. For your chance to win a copy, here’s your question: which of those time periods would you most like to visit?

The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Psssst, just between us, for any Forgotten Room readers out there, you just might see a character from The Forgotten Room pop up in the Lusitania Book….



Monday Give Away Winner!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The winner of my copy of Madame Tussaud is…

Mel Parraga! (Of Comment #11.)

Congrats, Mel! If you send me a message, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy!

And stay tuned for another give away next Monday….



Monday Give Away Returns!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

I’ve been cleaning out my bookshelves, which means… it’s time to bring back Monday Give Away!

For this Monday, I give you Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud, a look at the French Revolution through the eyes of the famed worker in wax.

Here’s the official blurb:

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king’s sister is so impressed that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away
from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

For a chance to win my spare copy of Madame Tussaud, here’s your question: what’s your favorite novel or movie set during the French Revolution?

The winner will be announced tomorrow!



ENGLISH WIFE Goodreads Contest– Ending Today!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Here’s what early readers on Goodreads have been saying about The English Wife….

“This book had so much to recommend itself. Romance, murder, family secrets…..everything that make it the perfect fall read. I found myself reading late into the night and not anticipating all the little twists and turns in the story. I was so hooked by about 30% through and I found annoyed when I had to put it down for something as trivial as sleep! Willig’s writing is witty, charming, and captivating. I loved this book on so many levels.” — The Lit Bitch

“The English Wife is a tantalizing, scandalous story; a masterful blend of suspense and historical fiction. I was completely engrossed from the very first page, completely and utterly surprised along the way! The characters in this book were so interesting, so full of life; they could have become caricatures, but instead were fully-fleshed out, complex and multi-layered.” — Susan Peterson

“Pre order this book now because if you don’t you will be kicking yourself. I really wish I could give it six stars. It was such a great story with enough twists and turns keeping you engaged until the last pages. I loved it all from the story to the characters and everything in between.” — Aida Alberto, Ninja Review Team

“The English Wife will not disappoint. The characters are complex and the plot twists fun and unpredictable.” — Carol

“I recently told a friend “I’m not really into thriller or mystery books”. Had I read The English Wife before that, I never would have said it. This suspenseful novel had me completely captivated from the beginning.” — Michelle

“This is officially my new favorite book, hands down!”
— Stacie

And there’s more!

St. Martin’s has fifty more advance copies up for grabs on Goodreads!

Have you entered to win your advance copy yet?

The English Wife



ENGLISH WIFE Give Away!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

St. Martin’s Press is giving away fifty advance copies of The English Wife on Goodreads!

For a chance to win, just click through to the Goodreads contest page between now and October 20th.

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[Willig] has a knack for creating sympathetic characters and fully fleshed settings, adding some juicy plot twists to this atmospheric period piece.” — Library Journal

“Lauren Willig’s historical novels are so immersive, so note-perfect in their mastery of setting and voice, that I’m tempted to wonder if she has a time machine at her disposal. THE ENGLISH WIFE, with its deliciously evocative portrait of the splendours, sorrows and intrigues of Gilded Age high society, is her best book yet.” — Jennifer Robson, USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight from London

“The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all―an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for.” — Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound

Good luck!!



THE ENGLISH WIFE– Goodreads Give-Away!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s all grim and glum. There are pumpkin spice lattes to look forward to, plaid skirts, and red, orange and yellow leaves… and 150 advance copies of The English Wife up for grabs on Goodreads!

Between now and September 16th, St. Martin’s Press is very generously handing out 150 advance copies of The English Wife.

So head over to Goodreads for a chance to get an early look at the book readers are calling “a gorgeous gem of a novel”, and “a dark and scintillating tale of betrayal, secrets and a marriage gone wrong that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final breathtaking twist.”

I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

The English Wife



French Books Winner

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The winner of the bundle of books in French is…

Andra! (Of Comment #6.)

Congrats, Andra! If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.

So many thanks to everyone who entered for the wonderful French books/movie recs! I’ll be running a second contest on my Facebook author page tomorrow, so pop by there for another chance to win!



ENGLISH WIFE Winner!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

The winner of the advance copy of The English Wife is…

…Erin Gehringer! (Of Comment #172.)

Congrats, Erin! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you.

As for settings, I still have to do a proper tally, but it looks like 1890s London may have narrowly edged out the Hudson Valley for my first background post. You’ll start seeing those here on the website soon, along with an excerpt and other fun things. (Hint: I still have two ARCs left.)

More coming up soon!

English Wife Preorder



PERILOUS GARD Winner

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The winner of my extra copy of The Perilous Gard is…

Susan Craig! (Of Comment #10.)

Congrats, Susan! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you. Happy reading!



Monday Give Away: THE PERILOUS GARD

Monday, June 19th, 2017

This Monday’s give away is a little bit different. This week’s book isn’t an advance copy. Quite the contrary. This is a book that first came out before I was born. But I’ve discovered that I have duplicate copies, so it seems only right to send one on to a good home.

So this week, I give you… Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard.

Here’s the official (very short) blurb:

perilous gard In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

Highly recommended for fellow fans of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, and anything faerie (with an “ae”) or Tudor.

So, for a chance to win my extra copy of The Perilous Gard, here’s your question: what’s your favorite oldie but goodie book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.