. Athena's Books: Cupcakes, New YA Historical Fiction, and Thursday Trailer!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cupcakes, New YA Historical Fiction, and Thursday Trailer!

February...the month of love, cupcakes, and historical fiction!  Well, at least here at Fictionally Yours!

One of the authors I really love is Michelle Moran.  If you haven't read any of her historical fiction, you are missing out!  I recently went looking for her books at a local Barnes an Nobles and as you would know it there is a whole wall devoted to paranormal titles and not one single space reserved for Michelle in the rest of the YA section.  But...you can find her at Target!  Of course, you can always order online, as well.  But I've read so much paranormal stuff that is totally unappealing and unsophisticated in writing style.  Us readers are smart.  We want quality.  We want sweeping romance.  We want characters with depth--not just some girl named Calliope with a  flaming mane of hair who is entranced by a druid lord with a plan to snatch her soul, but nonetheless, she follows him to the spirit world where vampires reign and dictate the whims of all soulless creatures. 

We want good writing with well-written characters that can provide a lasting "ahhh" effect after we put the book down for the night.  Well, that's Michelle Moran, and I'm excited to say I just recieved a galley for her latest--Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud has an official release date of Feb. 15   and you can definitely find it Target on that day!

In celebration I am declaring February as Michelle Moran and Madame Tussaud month! 

More good news!  I am hosting a contest and the winner will recieve a cute pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earings and a signed book straight from Michelle! Without me as the "middlewoman" to mess up all the shipping details.

So what is this contest?  Hmmm... write a comment either on this post or my official upcoming contest post.  The comment should be about your favorite passage in one of Michelle's books.  Never read any of her books?  Get yourself to Target or your local library and track her books down...The Heretic Queen, Nefertiti, Cleopatra's Daughter, or Madame Tussaud (available Feb. 15).  The contest will run from now up through the week after the book's release.

Good luck.

And here...for your visual pleasure is a Thursday book trailer for Madame Tussaud.  It's not the usual book-trailer-as-a-movie experience, but rather a very interesting presentation by Michelle.