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Giveaway: Mistress Shakespeare

I haven't picked a winner yet for the giveaway for Mistress of Mellyn, but I'll do so in a moment. In the meantime... I'm giving away an ARC of Mistress Shakespeare, by Karen Harper (author of The Last Boleyn), which will be published in February. Here's the blurb from the back of the book:

"In Mistress Shakespeare, Elizabethan beauty Anne Whateley reveals intimate details of her dangerous, daring life and her great love, William Shakespeare. As historical records show, Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton is betrothed to Will just days before he is forced to wed the pregnant Anne Hathaway of Shottery. The clandestine Whateley/Shakespeare match is a meeting of hearts and heads that no one—not even Queen Elizabeth or her spymasters—can destroy. From rural Stratford-upon- Avon to teeming London, the passionate pair struggles to stay solvent and remain safe from Elizabeth I’s campaign to hunt down secret Catholics, of whom Shakespeare is rumored to be a part. Often at odds, always in love, the couple sells Will’s first plays and, as he climbs to theatrical power in Elizabeth’s England, they fend off fierce competition from rival London dramatists, ones as treacherous as they are talented. Persecution and plague, insurrection and inferno, friends and foes, even executions of those they hold dear, bring Anne’s heartrending story to life. Spanning half a century of Elizabethan and Jacobean history and sweeping from the lowest reaches of society to the royal court, this richly textured novel tells the real story of Shakespeare in love. "

Sound good? Here are the rules:

1) deadline to enter is a week from today, or Dec. 19th.

2) Everyone can enter.

3) Please leave an e-mail address or some way for me to reach you in case you win.

Good luck!


Amanda said…
Oh I'd like to win. Thanks!
Linda said…
I'm not so crazy about Shakespeare because of his portrayal of Richard III, but I enjoy the Elizabethan era, and this novel sounds interesting. Please enter me in the giveaway.
lcbrower40 at gmail dot com
Please enter me! Thanks!
Dar said…
This sounds great. I'd love to be entered. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
Julie P. said…
Count me in! bookingmama(at)comcast(dot)net
Ania said…
Add me too, please! I would love to read this one. Thanks!

Becca said…
Please enter me. I would love to read this! Thanks.
Amanda said…
I'd love to win this one! I'm glad you found your way to

nellista @ yahoo [dot] com [dot] au
Ms. I said…
Looks interesting. I remember hearing about her in HS and wanted to read more.
Anonymous said…
This sounds great! Thanks for the chance!

writing.meg [at]
teabird said…
This looks wonderful - and the cover is one of my favorite paintings!

teabird 17 AT yahoo dot com
Me too! Me too! Thanks for the chance to win.

(I'm linking your contest to my blog.)
Anonymous said…
Oooh! Thanks!

kim at phoenix-rising dot net
Teddy Rose said…
I would love to win this!

I blogged about your giveaway here:

oh wow that looks liek a great book! please enter me! =)
I would love to be entered to win this book (
I'd love to throw my hat in the ring; currently reading A Year in the Life of Shakespeare 1599 by James Shapiro which is actually a good and facinating read. is the address

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster
Bookfool said…
Gosh, that sounds so fun I can hardly stand it.

bookfoolery at yahoo dot com
LazyDaisy0413 said…
I'd love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks.

Elenadc said…
That's definitely a book I'd like to read. It's going on my to-read list whether I win or not.

Carine said…
Please enter me ! I'd love to win it ! :)
Thanks !

I would really like to win this....favourite period to read about and Shakespeare was certainly a bawdy bloke!
Blodeuedd said…
Would love to win, this books sounds awesome :D I love history, I love romance and intrigues
Veronica said…
Sing me up!
freemanm8 AT gmail DOT com
Paula said…
Love Karen Harper and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the contest.
mamakane said…
Mistress Shakespeare sounds interesting! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks for the reveiw and the chance to win a copy.
Anonymous said…
On 26 May, 1583, Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, Susanna, was baptised at Stratford. Moreover (a much more surprising thing than this juxtaposition), on the very day before the signing of the bond, a regular licence was issued for the marriage of William Shakespeare and Anne Whateley—a coincidence extraordinary in any case, most extraordinary if we note the extreme closeness of the names Hathwey and Whateley and remember that Anne Hathaway is not otherwise traceable, though Agnes Hathaway (the two names are in practice confused) is. This mystery, however, has been less dwelt on than the irregular character of the “bond” marriage and its still more irregular chronological adjustment to the birth of Susanna.

All this said, I wonder if this book will give an answer to the mystery.

mattviews AT yahoo DOT com.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)
traveler said…
I enjoy all of Shakespeare's plays and writing. I had an opportunity many years ago to attend performances at The Stratford Festival in Ont. Just loved the plays and the place.
bridget3420 said…
Thanks for this opportunity.

Happy Holidays!

Serena said…
I would love to enter this contest. Sounds like a great book.

savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com
Terry said…
Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you for doing this.

tmrtini at gmail dot com
mindy said…
sounds interesting thanks for the contest minsthinsatoptonlinedotnet

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