Monday, December 10, 2012

It's the Historical Holiday Blog Hop Giveaway! Yay!

I love the holidays and I love historical fiction, so of course I had to participate in the first ever Historical Holiday Blog Hop
hosted by one of my favorite people, Amy at Passages to the Past!

There are more than thirty blogs offering up fantastic histfic prizes! (View the list and start hopping!) Plus Amy is offering up five grand prizes on her blog, including a $25 Amazon/B&N gift card and four prize packs totaling 65 books! (Click here to enter.)

I'm offering one lucky winner their choice of any in-stock historical fiction title from The Book Depository ($15 or less)

May I recommend one of my favorite novels of the year?
(If you win, you're free to choose any book you please, it doesn't have to be one of these! Click the pics for more info :)

Historical Fiction:


Historical Romance:


Historical Fantasy:


 Those are my top picks. Now I want to know yours!
Leave a comment sharing one of your favorite reads of the year and you're entered to win the historical fiction novel of your choice!

My followers (via GFC, Twitter, or Facebook) double their chances to win, so let me know if you're a follower, and be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway is open internationally and ends at 11:59pm Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Winner will be selected at random. Thanks, and good luck!

This giveaway is closed and the winner has been selected.
Stay tuned for more great giveaways!


  1. I still have not read the Sister Queen, but I do want to. As for best can't go wrong with Michelle Moran so I liked her newest b ook

    GFC follow
    booksforlife01 (at) (gmail) dot com

  2. The Green Mile by Stephen King is great!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br
    GFC follower: Evie

  3. There are so many books that I loved this past year. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton really stands out though.

    I am also a follower
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  4. I loved Cinder the best from the past year :)
    I follow via GFC- Kirsten!


    1. I really liked Cinder, too! Looking forward to Scarlet!

  5. Two favorite books that I read recently are The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Thanks for this great giveaway.

    GFC follower

  6. I loved reading 'Bring Up the Bodies' by Hilary Mantel. Thanks for this giveaway. I follow with GFC under the name Kimberlee Gibbs.


  7. I loved Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.
    Thank you for the international giveaway :)

    GFC Follower: Kristia Miltiadou

    1. I've got this one from the library but I haven't had a chance to read it yet! People seem to be loving it!

  8. I had many good reads this year: Poison Princess, Sweet Evil, The Immortal Rules and Daughter of Smoke and Bone were some of the best!

    I follow via GFC: Judith-Pamela Ayimma

    1. I was surprised by how much I liked Sweet Evil. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel!

  9. One of my fave historical reads this year was Mary Sharratt's Illuminations. Fabulous book :)
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I love Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren, Clockwork prince and Tiger's Destiny..

    If I win I would love to get the second book of River Time Series,Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren.

    GFC Follower - Riz Bulatao
    Twitter - @blissfulriz18
    Facebook - Riz Bulatao


    1. I loved Waterfall, too! I have Cascade and Torrent sitting on my to-read shelf waiting for me. So many books, so little time...

  11. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I am a gfc follower - griperang

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  12. I'd love to win Jane by Robin Maxwell.
    I follow you on GFC (Allison Macias), and Twitter (am_macias)


  13. I liked Winter of the World and The Secret Keeper. Thanks for the giveaway.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  14. Wow, those are some wonderful books! I read The Queen's Vow this year and loved it! Also loved the first two books in the Maggie Hope series and am excited to see that two more will be coming out! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I am also a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).

  15. Thanks for the chance to win.

    This year I read the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden which follows the life of Julius Caesar from a young lad to the end. Very good series.

    I follow via email: nrlymrtl at gmail dot com, twitter @nrlymrtl, and fb (S. Voss).

  16. The Reader was one of my favourite reads this year. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a GFC follower.


  17. I loved The Snow Child. Not conventional historical fiction but a really good book. I follow on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win.
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

    1. This one is on my list at the library! Maybe I'll move it closer to the top :)

  18. I enjoyed The Fallen Angel. Many thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. There are just too many great historical fiction books that I have read this year that it is hard to name just one...thank you great giveaway!

    momkelly2003 at yahoo dot com

  20. Out of your picks I would like to win The Sister Queens or Jane. I've read The Queen's Vow and Clockwork Prince and I thought they were excellent. I've also started reading some of Kate Emerson's books and I think she is a very talented writer, as well. And who could forget Kate Quinn or Michelle Moran?!

    I'm a GFC (Lara Frame) and Facebook follower (Lara Newell)

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

  21. A novel that was memorable and special was The Time In Between. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. I read so many wonderful books this year. The Sisters Brothers and The Song of Achilles stand out from earlier in the year, and I just finished an older epic that I loved- The Passing Bells. I'm looking forward to more historical fiction in 2013. Thanks for this giveaway!
    s.asher135 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. I've seen The Song of Achilles on a lot of "best-of" lists! I've got it on my to-read list at the library.

  23. I really enjoyed The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Thank you for the giveaway! (I'm a follower.) bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. I'm a gfc follower as mamamunky. The best historical fiction I read this year was the King's Mistress by Emma Campion. I wasn't overwhelmed with love for many books this year. Not sure what it was. I lost my reading mojo for a while because of it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Really hard to pick a favorite book of the year..but I really, really liked the first two you show, Queens Vow and Jane. These are two of my favorite authors, I've read everything both C.W.Gortner and Robin Maxwell have written, and they never disappoint.

  26. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Yes Queen's Vow totally want that one! Merry Early Christmas!


  27. I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I also have a couple of great picks for an historical novel to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. I can't just pick one so I'll share some of the ones that were my favorite this year in no particular order. I highly recommend them all!

    Defiant by Kris Kennedy
    The King's Concubine by Anne O'Brien
    The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
    Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King
    Fair Weather by Barbara Gaskell Denvil
    Immortal Hope by Claire Ashgrove
    The Pleasure Of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros
    Captive Queen by Alison Weir
    To Be Queen by Christy English
    The Lady In The Tower by Alison Weir

    I follow by Email, FB, and GFC.


    Thank you so much for the chance in the giveaway!

  29. The historical reads that I loved this year is Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Legacy of Love , and The Girl in the Glass: A Novel

    I follow via GFC - Lily B and networked blogs

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

    thank you for the chance in your giveaway! Happy Holidays :D

  30. I loved the Last Romanov
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  31. Wonderful recs! Jane was great -- I was quite surprised! I'm a GFC and Twitter follower and now a FB follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

    unabridgedchick at

  32. I follow your blog via Google Reader


  33. My favorite read this year was Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray. (

  34. The Sister Queens was one of my faves this year too. Also The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau and The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen.

    GFC Follower

  35. I loved The Opportunist, Drowning Instinct,The Storyteller,Night Beach,Sea of Tranquility,Shadow and Bone,How to Kill a Rock Star and Tiger Lily. Those are my top picks for this year.

    FB- Zemira Djedović
    Twitter- Zemmy89

  36. My favorite book this past year was Sophie Perinot's The Sister Queens. An absolute gem! I follow by email and GFC.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

  37. I just read The Cutting Season by Attica Locke and it was wonderful!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  38. Lovely choices! One of my favorites for 2012 was The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan.

    Thank you for the giveaway! I am a follower via GFC: Muse_in_the Fog

  39. Great suggestions! My favorite book of the last year was definitely Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. (I think Sarah was her first name, but Jio was definitely her last name, lol!) ( I am a follower on facebook.

  40. I really enjoyed reading The Fault in our Stars. Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC follower : Allie

    icecreamavalanche at gmail dot com

  41. Thanks for the giveway, Jenny! I'd love to try Jane by Robin Maxwell.

    My favourite historical fiction reads for this year have been Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and The Master of Verona by David Blixt -- I currently have an int'l giveaway open for an e-copy if you are interested in entering :-)


    I'm a follower via GFC

  42. My favourite read of the year was a french book , Petite Fille Rouge avec un Couteau.
    Thanks for the giveaway !
    I follow by
    Facebook : Leo Sys
    Twitter : @Leocadia14


  43. It is a toss up - I loved Destiny of the Republic (nf bio of president James Garfield) and recently the novel The Mine.

    Please enter me for the giveaway. I am a GFC follower.


  44. My favorite 2012 HF read is "Four Sisters, All Queens" by Sherry Jones.
    gfc mamabunny13
    twitter @mamabunny13
    FB mamabunny shelor

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  45. Thanks so much for the international giveaway!

    I am a follower on Twitter.

    ozdiamondlil at gmail dot com

  46. My favourite read of this year has been A stranger in my Street by Deborah Burrows. It's set during the war and in my home town of Perth, Western Australia. The author vividly captures what life would have been like in my home town during that era. It kept me hooked!

    Thank you for the international giveaway :-)

    amandabarrett81 at gmail dot com

  47. I loved Sarah Dunant's In the Company of a Courtesan. (Renaissance Italy at its best!).

    Thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.


  48. One of my favourite is Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Thank you for this lovely giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. Forgot to mention I'm a GFC follower (Giada M.)

  50. My favorite this year was The Second Empress by Michelle Moran.

  51. I follow via GFC and Facebook.

  52. Probably one of the best books I've read all year is "Poughkeepsie" by Debra Anastasia.
    If I could choose for the option you have listed I would pick "The Sweetest Dark."

    My email is
    I follow by GFC and email.

  53. One of my favorite readds was Mine till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas! Thank you so much for the giveaway! ^____^
    Following via:
    GFC: Gisele Alvarado
    FB: Ileana Alvarado
    Twitter: @Gisselle_Alv


  54. My favourite historical read for this year was probably The Falcons of Montabard. Can't go wrong with Chadwick!
    I'd love to try The Queen's Vow.

    GFC: Elysium
    twitter: Elysianfield
    facebook; Elysium Bookramblings


  55. Thanks for the giveaway! One of my favorite reads this year was The Dolphin People by Torsten Krol. Amazing book.

    GFC follower

    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  56. I enjoyed both The Queen's Vow and Sister Queens. Did you read The Shoemaker's Wife or Russian Winter? I also really enjoyed them.

    Great giveaway...thanks! I'm a new follower via GFC (Kristin T.)

    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  57. My absolute favorite book of the year is the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. Of course, you need to love zombies to love these books. For historical fiction, I loved loved loved The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Such a love for books!

    My GFC name: tobe.buffenbarger

    Email: namomma(at)hotmail(dot)com

  58. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My favorite HF this year is either Bring Up The Bodies or The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton. haven't decided yet!!
    I follow you here, through RSS feed.
    on Facebook [Emma Cazabonne] and on Twitter [@wordsandpeace].
    be sure to see which book I offer:
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  59. My favorite read this year is Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I'm a follower-- thanks for the giveaway!

  60. I am a Cassandra Clare Fan and I would love choose The Clockwork Prince.

    I followed you in GFC: Name - Nica
    Twitter - @enchantressnica
    FB- Monica Calangian

  61. The Cutting Season was a very good book from this year.

  62. I have read so many books this year, it's hard to choose. I'll have to go with A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Yes, it's been out for a while, but I just finally read it. :-)

  63. This comment has been removed by the author.

  64. An Irish Country Village series is a huge favorite - I recommend all of them. Madame Tussaud by Michele Moran was excellent

    I'm a Facebook follower: Michele Lawrence
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  65. haven't read a lot of historic fiction this year,so I have to go with Captive Queen by Weir

  66. Sounds excellent! Probably my favorite read this year was Roots. Everyone should read it!

    teralynpilgrim at yahoo dot com

  67. I really loved Ruby Red series
    GFC: paula
    Twitter : @krsznight
    Facebook: Botezatu Paula

  68. I just finished the casual vacancy by Rowling. Loved it!
    GFC: valli
    Vallisbookden at gmail dot com

  69. My favourite historical read this year was The Conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick (my beach read this Summer)

    empress_lariel at hotmail dot com

  70. My favorite this year was The Secret Keeper!

    GFC follower: Jennifer Haile
    Facebook follower: Jen Haile

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  71. I absolutely LOVED Clockwork Prince and can't wait for the third one. And while I haven't read any of the 3 historical fiction books you posted all 3 have been on my to-read list for a while now.


  72. I loved Overseas by Beatrice Williams. I rarely read WWI books but the mix of modern day and historical really had me enjoying it right to the very end.

  73. I LOVED Divergent!!

    Thanks for this. I love historical fiction too

    GFC as Abby
    FB as Nikki O

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  74. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

    flj52452 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  75. thanks for the giveaway :) i do want to read clockwork prince.

    readerrabbit22 at

  76. Several you mentioned are on my want list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  77. One of my favorites was Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas.
    I follow on facebook - maureen carol
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  78. My favorite historical fiction read of this year is Winter of the World by Ken Follett


  79. I am a GFC follower as librarypat. I follow you on twitter as pbbearclaw.
    This has been an overly busy year and I haven't gotten into an serious historical fiction. I have been reading historical romance. I look forward to things settling down so I get sit down with longer books in all my favorite genre.

    GFC follower, librarypat. Twitter follower, pbbearclaw.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  80. Grave Mercy (fantasy) and Jepp, Who Defied the Stars (fiction) are my favorite historical novels for the year! (It would usually be Philippa Gregory's latest, but I haven't gotten around to reading either of her newest ones yet.)

    Happy holidays!

    GFC Kayla Beck
    Twitter @kaylabeck
    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  81. The Immortal Rules was one of my favs. I follow NB as Kt Amanda. Thanks!


I love comments! Getting feedback on my posts makes my day! Thanks for being here!