New Historical Book of the Month Club

Announcing a New

Historical Book a Month Club!

Good news, readers! I’ve decided to start a book of the month club exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Now, I’m not Oprah. I can’t promise glittering commentary on every book. I can’t promise a publicity bump to every author I feature. I can’t give away free cars. But I can give away FREE BOOKS to my subscribers. Not only can I do it, but I’m going to do it. Every month!

So how is this going to work? Each month I’m going to choose a book to give away, and to talk about the next month. For example, in this very newsletter, I’m giving away Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemings. (Read the rest of the newsletter to see if you’re the winner!) Then, in October, I’ll write up my thoughts on the book and make a space for my readers to talk about it too if they should so desire.

But there’s more…

Because every month you’ll also get the chance to win your choice of a slew of books (like the ones pictured above) just by spreading the word about the month’s selection and recruiting historical fiction loving friends to join. The more points you get, the more chances you have to win. If you want to win next month’s grand prize, click the button below!

Enter October’s Grand Prize Drawing

America’s First Daughter Cover Reveal!

Tasty Book Tours is Pleased to Present…
Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Releasing March 1st, 2016
William Morrow
Historical Fiction
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.
Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.
Yet as family secrets come to light during her father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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LAURA CROGHAN KAMOIE is a historian specializing in colonial and revolutionary America, Virginia history, and the history of slavery. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from The College of William and Mary and has published two historical monographs, including Irons in the Fire: The Business History of the Tayloe Family and the Virginia Gentry, 1700-1865 (University Press of Virginia, 2007). Laura is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. In her fourteen years of college teaching, she has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses on colonial America, revolutionary America, African-American Slavery, as well as seminars on Thomas

As LAURA KAYE, she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen titles in contemporary and paranormal romance. Her books have won numerous industry awards, including the EPIC eBook Award, the Golden Leaf award, the PRISM award, and the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit. She is a frequent panelist at national writing conferences and a frequent instructor of craft and social media workshops. Laura lives just outside the nation’s capital with her husband and two young daughters.

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STEPHANIE DRAY is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. As STEPHANIE DRAVEN, she is a national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

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Anniversary of Cleopatra’s Death

One of the most difficult choices I faced in writing LILY OF THE NILE: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter, was in deciding how to portray the death of Cleopatra The Great. Though the exact cause of her death is in some dispute, I ultimately decided to go with the consensus of ancient sources: Serpenticide.

It’s hard for a modern reader to understand how a mother of four (or three, if her son Caesarion had already been killed at the time), might off herself and leave those children to fend for themselves against the Roman conqueror. But Cleopatra had known Romans all her life, and likely understood the politics of the situation better than we do. She knew, for example, that Rome had a history of fostering royal orphans of vanquished foes. In fact, she likely knew Juba II, just such an orphan. The son of a Berber king who fought against Rome, Juba was fostered in the Julian family, educated and ultimately rewarded with a kingdom to rule. And why not? His rebel father was dead and he was thoroughly Romanized.

After Cleopatra’s defeat, that’s the best future that she could have hoped for when it came to her children, which may have led her to the conclusion that her children were better off if she was out of the picture. If that’s what she was thinking when she took her own life, then she succeeded, because, as my novels detail, her daughter would go on to be the most powerful client queen in the empire of Augustus…