Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Guest Post: Michelle Moran (and Cleopatra's Daughter Givaway)!!

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming one of my favorite authors, Michelle Moran! I'm so excited to have you here today, Michelle, and am sooooo looking forward to the publication of Cleopatra's Daughter (coming up on September 15)! I'm interested to know what gave you the idea that became your new book...

It began with a dive. Not the kind of dive that people take into swimming pools, but the kind where you squeeze yourself into a wetsuit and wonder just how tasty your rump must appear to passing sharks now that it looks exactly like an elephant seal. My husband and I had taken a trip to Egypt, and at the suggestion of a friend, we decided to go to Alexandria and do a dive to see the remains of Cleopatra’s underwater city. Let it be known that I had never done an underwater dive before, so after four days with an instructor (and countless questions: Will there be sharks? How about jellyfish? If there is an earthquake, what happens underwater?) we were ready for the real thing.

We drove to the Eastern Harbor in Alexandria. Dozens of other divers were already there, waiting to see what sort of magic lay beneath the waves. I wondered if the real thing could possibly live up to all of the guides and brochures selling this underwater city, lost for thousands of years until now. Then we did the dive, and it was every bit as magical as everyone had promised. You can see the rocks which once formed Marc Antony’s summer palace, come face to face with Cleopatra’s towering sphinx, and take your time floating above ten thousand ancient artifacts, including obelisks, statues, and countless amphorae. By the time we had surfaced, I was Cleopatra-obsessed. I wanted to know what had happened to her city once she and Marc Antony had committed suicide. Where did all of its people go? Were they allowed to remain or were they killed by the Romans? What about her four children?

It was this last question which surprised me the most. I had always believed that all of Cleopatra’s children had been murdered. But the Roman conqueror Octavian had actually spared the three she bore to Marc Antony: her six-year-old son, Ptolemy, and her ten-year-old twins, Alexander and Selene. As soon as I learned that Octavian had taken the three of them for his Triumph in Rome, I knew at once I had my next book. This is how all of my novels seem to begin – with a journey, then an adventure, and finally, enormous amounts of research for what I hope is an exciting story.

I, for one, am grateful for all of your hard work, Michelle, since it means another of your books for us! Thank you so much for joining me here today. And we have great news for my readers, too. Michelle will send a signed copy of Cleopatra's Daughter to the winner of my drawing! To enter, just leave a comment here that includes your email address. This contest will be open WORLDWIDE and the winner will be drawn at random. You can enter until midnight eastern on September 14. If you blog or tweet about this giveaway, become a follower thru Google or Feedburner, or fave at Tecnorati, I'll give you an extra entry for each one. (Anyone who already does any of those will get the extra entries too, just mention them in your comment). Best of luck everyone and, as always, thank you for visiting and commenting!!

Michelle is holding some great contests to celebrate the publication of Cleopatra's Daughter. Check out her Digging for Cleopatra's Daughter contest by clicking on the link. And she has a special contest for teens (they can win a $250 gift certificate!), click here for details.


Amy said...

Thanks for this review. It sounds interesting. I may have to add it to my TBR list.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review. I'm off to check out the contest.

Anonymous said...

That was really interesting, thanks for posting it!
I'd really love for a chance to nab a copy of her newest, she is a fantastic writer. I'm also a follower of the blog :)
Thanks! (lpmccann(at)gmail.com)

Pam said...

I'm definitely wanting to read this book. Count me in please!

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Linda said...

Having read and enjoyed Nefertiti, I'm anxious to read Ms. Moran's other novels. Thanks for the giveaway.

I follow through Google Reader.


teabird said...

I'm fascinated by Cleopatra - please enter me!

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melissa @ 1lbr said...

This book looks very interesting (and has a gorgeous cover)! Count me in!


Anonymous said...

I would love to win and read this great-looking book. Please enter my name. Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your blog and also subscribe via Google Reader.
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Anonymous said...

Would love to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.

karen k

Bridget said...

Great giveaway -- posted about it on Win A Book! No need to enter me.

Beverly said...

I would love to win this book. Very nice cover!!


Zibilee said...

Great post! I am very interested in reading this book, so please enter my name in your giveaway.


I am a follower as well.

Kat Bryan said...

The author's comments were very interesting and the book cover is beautiful.

I'm a Feedburner subscriber.

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I would so love to receive a copy of this book--sounds great:

dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com

thanks so much

shal said...

This books sounds really good. i want to try it now.
I've tweeted at http://twitter.com/shalhinds . i am a google follower


throuthehaze said...

count me in please


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buddyt said...

I read Nefertiti and loved her slant on Ancient Egypt and the manners and people so I have been entering for this book all over the web !



I am a Follower.

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Jenny N. said...

I have not read any of Michelle's books and am hoping this could be my first.


Cherie J said...

Sounds great! Please enter me in the drawing.


Cherie J said...

I am a follower.

Sue said...

This looks great. Thanks for sharing it.

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Mozi Esme said...

I'd LOVE to read this book!

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Simply Stacie said...

Please count me too!

I follow you too.


Esme said...

Count me in please-she is won of my favorite authors

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Esme said...

I follow

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Unknown said...

Michelle must have so much fun researching her books! Please enter me.

I am already a follower!


Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! Sounds fantastic.

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mariag said...

Great review!

I am a follower.

M. said...

That is such a lovely, lovely cover, and such fascinating subject matter. I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this author.

I'm a follower.


PerpetualMist said...

Please enter me, perpetualmist at gmail dot com

I have posted the contest on my sidebar

I'm a follower now.

Thanks for the contest.

heatherzilla said...

Please include me in the giveaway. Cleopatra's Daughter is at the top of my wish list.


I follow your blog.

chocowafer said...

Please count me in! :)

I'm a follower.
tweeted this:
faved your blog on technorati (austenfan)


Terry said...

I would love to win this book. I have become a follower.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for your interesting review.

tmrtini at gmail dot com

Bonnie said...

Please add my name to the giveaway I really want to read this book!

I follow you on google.


FlyFreeMyBooks said...

Please enter me. For extra entries I also signed up as a follower, and posted about your giveaway at

ludeluh at yahaoo dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

I love this author! Please enter me!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a follower

Carol M said...

This is a book I really want to read! I love historicals. Thank you for the giveaway!

I'm a follower.

Carol M
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cqueen2 said...

sounds great thanks

count me in

i follow your blog

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renee said...

Great review, thanks
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Melissa said...

I would love to win this one!

I also follow.


Susan said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It's exactly the type I love to read.


Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway

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Nancye said...

This looks like a good book.

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Nancye said...

I faved you on Technorati

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Nancye said...

subscribe via reader/feedburner

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Nancye said...

I Tweeted about this Giveaway


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The Giveaway Diva said...

i would love to be entered!!

i follow too!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Please enter me!


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I follow.


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I also tweeted:



flowerchild said...

please count me in..thanks

dis.333@hotmail.com said...

I keep trying to win this book. Perhaps this is my time to shine. Lord knows I'm interested in reading it. At this rate I might have to put a few coppers in Heather Reisman's pockets....Perish the thought.

Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

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Timm Clade

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