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Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch
This is the story of Catherine the Great of Russia and how she became great.  She was born as Sophie Fredericka Augusta on April 29, 1729 in the impoverished Duchy of Anhalt-Zerbst.  At the age of 14 the German princess was brought to Russia by her mother, to marry Grand Duke Peter.  The future successor of the Russian throne.  She was then given the name of Catherine.

The marriage between Catherine and Peter was loveless, to say the least and it wasn’t until 1754 that their first son, Paul was born.  The Empress at the time, Elizabeth took Paul from Catherine and raised him herself.  

When Empress Elizabeth died, Grand Duke Peter became Peter III on December 25, 1761.  However. he was a downright mean monarch and on June 28, 1762 Catherine was able to overthrown Peter III and became Empress Catherine.

When she took over, the coffers were almost empty.  However she was able to turn that around and write legislation to make it easier for the average citizen to live.  She was eventually know as Great.  There is great detail of her own inner workings both as a monarch and a lover.  She had many men in her life who she was romantically involved with.  When one favourite fell out of her favour, there was another to replace him.

This was a very long ebook, of 853 pages.  I was very thankful that it was given to me as an ebook for that reason.  This is a detailed historical fiction novel of Catherine from birth to death.  I really enjoyed it for the most part but found myself taking on the role of editor as I read it.  In my opinion it could have been cut down by 200 pages or more and have been a better book for it. 

That said, this was a very touching account of Catherine the Great.  When I started the book I knew very little about her but as I turned the pages I began to empathise with her and care what happened to her.  This would be a great book for those who are interested in Russian history and Catherine the Great. 

This is Book one of a trilogy titled The Volga Flows Forever.

3.5/5

Thanks to MediaGuests for this ebook and inviting me to be part of the tour.
The Tour Stops:
Nov. 2 – She Reads – She Blogs, review
Nov. 3 – Carabosse’s Library, review
Nov. 5 – Musings From Inside the Hobbit Door, review
Nov. 7 – In the Pages…, review
Nov. 8 – My Sea of Books, feature and giveaway
Nov. 10 – The Book Connection, interview
Nov. 11 – This That and the Other Thing, review
Nov. 14 – Wyn is Reading Books, review
Nov. 15 A Good Day To Read , review
Nov. 17 – Sunflower Faith, review
Nov. 26 – Curling Up by the Fire, guest post
Nov. 27 – Curling Up by the Fire, review
Nov. 28 – The True Book Addict, review, guest post,

Now for the giveaway:  Thanks to Cheryl Christensen of Media Guest, I am giving away one ebook copy.
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Thanks to Kortney Tenaglia of SparkPoint Studio, I am giving away one print copy of The Family Affair.
Book Description: 

In The Polski Affair, which won Mr. Gildin the International Book Award, he tells a remarkable story of haunting secrets and the guilt of survival set against the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. 

In The Family Affair, it is some two years since Anna Adler returned from a reunion of the survivors of the Hotel Polski in Warsaw. At the reunion, she was applauded for her courage in testifying against Nazi Col. Peter  Hauptmann at his war crimes trial. But Anna’s obsession with what took place at the hotel during her period of imprisonment continues to haunt her. And when new members of Anna’s family are discovered, she is both overjoyed and tormented. For Anna, the ties that bind run deeper than she cares to remember. The Family Affair explores human frailties and tells a tale of explosive revelations that have the power to both unite and divide Anna’s family for years to come. 
         

About Leon H. Gildin:

Leon H. Gildin is an award-winning author, producer and retired entertainment attorney. While practicing law in New York for more than 40 years, Mr. Gildin served as general counsel to actors, writers and composers, produced on and off-Broadway, and collaborated with authors and musicians in the development of scripts and musical material for the stage. 

His award-winning production credits include Appear and Show Cause, a story inspired by the desegregation of the U.S. Army at which time Mr. Gildin was serving oversees. Appear and Show Cause opened the season at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1982, and he then co-produced the same off-Broadway, winning the Audelco Award. 

He is the executive producer of TV documentaries, including The Secret Army, a documentary about the religious conflict in Ireland, purchased by Viacom for international distribution. Also to his credit is Theresienstadt, Gateway to Auschwitz: Recollections from Childhood, which received a Blue Ribbon Award from the American Film and Video Festival. 

In 2000, Mr. Gildin authored a non-fiction work entitled You Can’t Do Business (or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish, published in both hard and soft cover by Hippocrene Books, New York. The book discusses the amount of Yiddish spoken in contemporary English by both Jews and non-Jews alike resulting from Eastern European immigration at the start of the 20th Century.  
   

Mr. Gildin is the 2010 International Book Awards winner in the Historical Fiction category for his book, The Polski Affair, published by Diamond River Books, Canada. According to Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the Head of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University, “The Polski Affair is a gripping tale that illustrates the moral ambiguity of the Holocaust and the struggle of ordinary people to retain their humanity under extraordinary circumstances.” The Polski Affair was released in Hebrew translation by a major Israeli publisher in 2011.

The award-winning story continues in The Family Affair, scheduled for release in print and e-book on Amazon and Smashwords in November 2011. This sequel to The Polski Affair tells of the fortuitous discovery of new family members, explores human frailties and reveals secrets that have the power to both unite and divide a family for years to come.  
  

Mr. Gildin is not quite retired, always in creative pursuit of his next compelling writing project. He resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his wife, Gloria. For more information on Mr. Gildin and his works, visit http://www.leongildin.com/.  

Right now, you can buy The Polski Affair for $1 at Smashwords.com with the following coupon code: RZ73B This offer expires on December 23, 2011.

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The winner’s mailing address: No P.O. Boxes
Only one entry per household/IP address
Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the book.
This giveaway will end on Sunday, December 11th, 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. The winners will be notified by email. Winners must respond within TWO days or will be disqualified.
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International Giveway: A Gentle Thief by Amanda Dickson

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 25, 2011
Posted in My Past Giveaways  | 103 Comments

Thanks to Cheryl Christensen of Media Guests, I am giving away one ebook copy of A Gentle Thief.

Book Description:

Maddie Johnson loved Shakespeare. Unlike everybody else she knew growing up, she seemed to understand him, enjoy him, more with every reading. It was partly because of this love that she drove from her home in rural Pennsylvania to college at Southern Utah University, home every summer to the Utah Shakespearean Festival. It was partly that, and partly the desire to get as far away as possible. Maddie thought being in Utah would help her forget, that the stark beauty of the scenery and the power of the metaphor would be enough to clear her. They weren’t.
In her freshman year, she met and, after graduation, married a much older man, Robert Able, the first person Maddie had ever known who understood her love of Shakespeare. 
At 21, Maddie felt too young to be married. At 23, she felt too young to be divorced. Maddie was found dead on New Year’s Day, clutching a gun to her chest. Everyone assumed she committed suicide. Everyone except her father.
A Gentle Thief is Maddie’s story, and that of her father and the young attorney he hires who becomes devoted to him and the truth of his cause.
A Gentle Thief is a book nearly 20 years in the making, inspired by a case the author worked on while a lawyer.
About Amanda Dickson:

Amanda Dickson is a radio announcer, author, newspaper columnist, and speaker based in Salt Lake City. Amanda earned her B.A. in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah. She practiced law for a brief time before returning to her first love of radio. Amanda taught Mass Communication Law at the University of Utah, becoming a favorite professor among the students. Amanda published her first book in the fall of 2007, Wake Up to a Happier Life. Her second book, Change It Up, came out in October of 2009. Her new book, Friends for Life, is due out in January of 2012. Amanda is married and the step-mother of three children. She is also the indulgent mother of two children.

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