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Friday, January 8, 2010

GIVEAWAY of Notorious Royal Marriage by Leslie Carroll and brief book review..

This has been a fun week featuring Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll on my blog, as well as the other blogging members of Historical Fiction Bloggers Round Table. If you have been following HFBRT's bloggers with their book reviews, author interviews, creative posts and author guest posts you have been enriched by stories, art work and getting to know Ms. Carroll.

I personally have enjoyed the guest interviews with Ms. Carroll, she is a spunky, witty gal who definitely knows her royal history. I have also enjoyed reading NRM. I am a big fan of well written non-fiction and this book was like dessert a little something sweet to top off your meal. 31 luscious stories about royal couples and their marital secrets. Each chapter is a different story. I love this type of book, much like one of my favorite authors, James Herriott in his All Creatures Great and Small series. You can pick it up and begin at any chapter and it's a story with in itself. This way the book can sit by your bedside and you can read a chapter a night or week or whatever. Ms. Carroll writes in a no nonsense kind of way. She gets to the point without a lot of unnecessary fru fru.

She is a witty and charming author. From the stories that I have read so far I have learned a great deal that I didn't know. In particular about Juana (the mad) and her husband Philip the Handsome and Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson. This is a great reference book as well. My daughter is working on a project concerning the French Revolution and she found the chapter in NRM about Louis XVI and Marie most interesting and informative. I have learned much about the individuals themselves, their time period as well as their marriages and families.

Here's your chance to win a copy of this great book. For my followers who are not much into royal fiction and prefer the "true facts" this really is up your ally. Don't miss out on this one. It' s a keeper in any body's library.

To enter, just leave a comment and a thank-you for Ms. Carroll's gracious participation this week. Sorry this one is good for USA residents only.

Contest ends: Jan 23, 2010

Notorious Royal Marriages by Lesile Carroll


  1. A huge thanks to Ms. Carroll for taking the time to participate.

    Please enter me in the book giveaway.

  2. Thanks to Leslie for the great interview!! I am looking forward to reading this book...

    Please enter me. Thank you

  3. Thanks to Leslie, I've been reading lots of interesting posts, and bits of royal history all week. Would be great to own this book - a perfect one for keeping nearby to dip into a bit at a time. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. A BIG thanks to Ms. Carroll for writing informative and entertaining nonfiction! Please enter me for this one. Thanks for the giveaway.



    Thank-You Ms. Caroll. I can't wait to read the book.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Many thanks for the giveaway and also for this excellent event of the Hist Fic Bloggers Round Circle!

    Please include me in the draw :)

    rubs.escalona [at]

  8. I agree completely about Leslie- she really is charming and her book is wonderful. I enjoyed every minute. Thanks Susie!

  9. I've read other books by Leslie Carroll -- and enjoyed them -- so this would be right up my alley! Thanks for the opportunity!

    My e-mail is on my profile!

  10. Thanks you for the information this week Ms. Carroll --- and thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds interesting---I know I could learn a lot from this one.

  11. Ms. Carroll: I've enjoyed your postings and the postings of bloggers about your book. I'm really excited to read it. Thank you so much for writing it!!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  12. You are all so welcome! This has been an amazing week and I'm delighted to have been able to share a bit about myself and my writing with all of you!!


  13. Thank you Ms. Carroll! I've really enjoyed reading your interviews and guest posts on the various blogs this past week. Can't wait to read your book!

  14. Susie.. Thanks for your thoughts on this, it sounds like a great reference that is FINALLY not snore inducing =)
    And I agree that Leslie is a wonderful person, as well as author!

  15. Thanks Ms. Carol - This book looks really good and is on my 'to read' list! Also, thanks for the opportunity for a free copy. Cheers!

  16. I have enjoyed reading all of the blog posts and I do thank Ms. Carroll for the time and effort she has put into the blog round robin - for lack of a better description.
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    thank you
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

  17. Thanks Ms. Carroll for your time and effort and for putting out such wonderful books! I have loved reading your stuff!! Enter me in the contest please!

    emily DOT wittenberg @

  18. Thanks Ms. Carroll!!! This book is actually on my to-read list!

  19. Thank you, Ms. Carroll! So generous! This looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  20. Thank you Ms. Carroll for the facinating posts. Your book sounds engrossing and I'm happy to have a chance to win a copy in the giveaway.

  21. Thanks to Ms. Carroll for the great giveaway and interview. I can't wait to read this book!
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me!


  23. Sounds like such a great read. Have so enjoyed reading Ms Carroll's interview. Thanks so much for taking the time to do it.


  24. Would love to win this and a BIG THANKS to Mrs.Carroll!!

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  25. This sounds like a fascinating book! Please count me in. Thank you!

    Always "thanks" to the authors! Thank you Mrs. Carroll for stopping by!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  26. Thank-you Ms. Carroll for your gracious participation this week. I would absolutely love to read your book. Thanks for the possibility.


  27. Thanks, Ms. Carroll. The book sounds enticing!


  28. I'd love to have this one! Thanks for the giveaway :)


  29. I would like to be entered!


  30. I would love to add this to my classroom library.I really appreciate this giveaway, Thanks!!!

  31. I hope I'm not too late to enter and I would so LOVE to win. This is one of those rare books that has me consumed with anticipation and desire. Oh my!
    Thanks for the chance :)

  32. Thanks to Ms. Carroll, and to you for hosting this!

  33. Oops...e-mail:



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