Giveaway – Signed copy of The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory!

I had the unique opportunity to sit down at a tea with Philippa Gregory at the NCIBA annual conference this past Friday. Its not very often that I have a fangirl moment, but trust me when I say I was beaming like a Kindergartner upon meeting Philippa when she breezed her way to our table. I told her how I used her books as a guide to England when I lived there. Devouring her words and then visiting the landmarks where her stories took place. She was gracious, regal, and I am in awe of her talent.

S&S had a few extra copies of Philippa’s latest The Lady of the Rivers and I accepted one to give away to one of you lucky readers! I hope you enjoy the story that Philippa wrote. During her speech she spoke of the reason she writes these kinds of stories. Most simply put, she wanted to aid the women of the past in having a voice. These women who were a massive part of historical events and because they were women were not much more than a footnote in the pages of historians past.

Philippa does a ton of research for every book, looking through libraries and folklore and even online to find mention of the women she writes about. Prompted by all the goodies she found Gregory went on to publish her first historic nonfiction. The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King’s Mother.

To enter use the Rafflecopter below. The only mandatory option is that you leave a comment telling me if you have read a Gregory book before, and if so what did you think about it. The other options are not mandatory but count for extra entries. After each option you complete, remember to click the “I did this” button so you are entered. Votes are tallied by Rafflecopter and the winner will be chosen randomly by this service as well.

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30 Responses so far

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    What a fantastic giveaway! Would love to win this one.

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    I’ve really been looking forward to this book. A signed copy would be amazing! Thank you for hosting!

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    I haven’t read a book by Philippa Gregory, but I’m not sure why I haven’t. She’s been on my “I should read something by this person” list for years. I think she first came up on my radar around the time she released The Other Boleyn Girl, and really it’s kind of embarrassing that I haven’t read anything of hers yet given my love of other historical British fiction.

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    I haven’t read a Gregory book before, but I would love to!

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    I love Philippa Gregorys’ books. Whenever I am in the mood for historical fiction she is my go to author. My favourite novel of hers is The Other Boleyn Girl. I really enjoyed her telling of this and I love the Tudor history

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    I have read a few of Gregory’s books (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover and The Boleyn Inheritance) and I always love the mix of history and fiction. I can’t wait to read this one!

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    I started reading The Constant Princess last month and was a quarter of the way through before I even realised it. Knowing that this is an author I want to read more off, I decided to abandon that book in the short term in favor of going back to the ‘beginning’ (historically). I picked up The White Queen from the library this weekend and can’t wait to get started.

    The appeal of these books is the voice she gives to the women of the tudor period. All I remember from my school history lesson is the role the men played and the power they wielded. From my brief foray into Gregory’s novels it seems there is another perspective!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!


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    Thanks for this incredible giveaway. Gregory is one of my favorite authors. I have read most of her books including The Lady of the Rivers. I loved The White Queen and The Constant Princess, too. She is one of the reasons why I love historical fiction!

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    I read The Other Boyeln which was AMAZING. I really loved the plot and how she got into each of the sisters minds. and the way she weaved the story. I love historical fiction, if I had a choice I’d skip school and spend my time traveling through time intervening in different events like Marie Antionettes coronation or go follow DaVinci around. lol

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    I love historical novels, and Gregory’s are some of the best. Fantastic writing and great historical figures– it doesn’t get much better :)

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    I have yet to read one of her novels, but I am looking forward to reading one.

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    I LOVE Gregory’s book. The first one I read was The Other Boleyn Girl. That was years ago. I have almost all of her books now & have more than once spent a day doing nothing but reading whatever new book she has out.

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    I LOVE Phllippa Gregory’s books! Huge fan of her research and the way she makes the reading so accessible. I fell in love with The Other Boleyn Girl and The Constant Princess. If I had had a chance to meet her and omg speak with her, I probably would have fallen over lol. A signed copy would be the next best thing.

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    I have read the first two books in The Cousin’s War series and the attention to detail is very much evident in the books. They are so good that I have actually sot out information about the main characters in each of the books. I am really looking forward to The Lady of the Rivers.

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    I was a big fan of The Other Boyeln girl, but I discovered the movie before I read the book. I’ve been meaning to read more of her books but haven’t had the chance yet. She is a great historial fiction author.

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    Bought THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL while I was in England and loved it. I still re-read it at least once a year! I’ve read some of her others since and never fell in love quite the same way, but I have high hopes for this one. :)

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    Sadly I’ve yet to read a Gregory novel, but I’ve heard wonderful things about them from a friend of mine who loves her. All of her books are on my TBR pile. I just have to find the time to get them from the library and read them! =^-^=

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    You know I had to sign up for this, Pam! I missed her tea, but I want this book!

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    Philippa is one of my abolute favorite writers of historical fiction. I have read nearly all of her novels and they are all fantastic. My favorite is The Constant Princess.

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    I love Phillipa’s work! I have several of her books and was lucky enough to meet her at a signing last year. I would love to be able to add this one to my collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    I’ve never read it before, but my blog partner told me about it. It has really peaked my interests through.

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    I’ve read a number of Philippa Gregory’s books. When my old book club first read “The Other Boleyn Girl” we all loved it so much we promptly read the rest of the series because we knew we wouldn’t read any other books until we finished those.

    Then I picked up the Wideacre series- talk about saucy- and very different than the Boleyn series. The last one I read was Earthly Joys. I have the Wise Woman in queue to read.

    I love how Gregory blends fact and fiction together to create such compelling stories. How wonderful that you got to meet her!

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    I have never read any books by Philippa Gregory but this sounds great. Let’s cross our fingers for the win. Hahaha!

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    I read The Other Boleyn Girl…really enjoyed it. I’ve always meant to read her others and would love to win this signed copy!

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    Ohh I loved the White Queen! It was a fabulous historical fiction.

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    I’ve only read The Other Boleyn Girl but I really enjoyed it. I’d love to read more from her. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    I haven’t read one of her books yet, however I’ve been wanting to try one for awhile.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I’m not sure, but I might have read The Other Boleyn Girl some years ago. I was like 11 or 12 years old then, and it had some explicit scenes in it, if I remember correctly. My mom had to take the book away from me. :D We were in a bookstore during a vacation.

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    I’ve read The Other Boleyn Girl and was floored. I really fell in love with that book. Can’t wait to read more from her!

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    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Ü

    Not yet, that’s why this is a great opportunity for me to read one.

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