Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Giveaway- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Thanks to Valerie at Hachette Book Group I have 5 copies of this book for giveaway!

Book Information:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

"Never was a ghost story so casually erudite, nor a historical travelogue such gripping entertainment." ---New York Magazine

"Impossible to resist. . . . Kostova blends fact and fantasy to remind us that the original Dracula legend is rooted in monstrous acts of unblinking evil." ---Miami Herald

"A richly told story about family and the dark side of human nature. . . . This cry of the heart will appeal to readers beyond those who are drawn by a fascaination with the legend of Dracula." ---Chicago Tribune

"Genuinely terrifying." ---Boston Globe

"Nearly impossible to put down once you crack the spine. . . . It won't take you long to get to the end." ---Houston Chronicle

This would make an excellent book for a book club. Here is the Reading Group Guide.

Guidelines for entering the contest

  • Please leave a comment and answer the question - If you researched your past and found out you were related to someone historically famous who would you want it to be?
  • Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win
  • Only U.S. and Canada residents can enter and no P.O. boxes are allowed.
Contest ends November 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central.


  1. I know I'm related to some historically famous people already (John Wilkes Booth is a distant cousin and my 17th great grandfather suggested the first Thanksgiving). I would love to be related to someone like Joan of Arc or Cleopatra.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  2. I have always felt a connection to Cleopatra so I would want it to be her.

  3. I would be honored to be a long lost relative of mother teresa.

    karen k

  4. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Interesting question :) I would want to be related to Amen-Ra !!

  5. I would love to be related to Leonardo Da Vinci.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  6. Hi! I would like to be Winnie The Pooh. Totally serious. He's famous. He's never stressed. He has the most wonderful friends.

    I'd like to consider this book for The Women's Nest Book Club! Thanks for a great review!!

    thinkhappy (at) live (dot) com

    Love your blog!!

  7. This sounds like an amazing book and one that I would LOVE to read. Great question for entry too...

    I have researched my past and discovered some interesting things. Everyone including myself would love to related to say Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquintaine, other famous European Royals or Christopher Columbus (although he does not seem to be the nicest guy after what I've been reading), etc.; it evokes a sense of the romantic.

    I have a very eclectic background I have discovered since researching my ancestry and also having my mitochondrial DNA tested (through Family Tree DNA, something I would reccommend to anyone as the results are phenomenal and fascinating)... I am related to an Indian Royal family in the province of Gujarat in India which disappeared in a blaze of ethnic cleansing sometime around Partition in 1947, I also have some African blood in me from approximately 100 years ago belonging to the Bantu tribe of East Africa, one of my ancestors was Rurik, a Viking prince in Sweden, etc. All very fascinating.

    Sorry I babbled; I'm a little passionate about this. Thank you for the contest!

    Aliya D.

  8. I think I would want to be related to a European King or Queen, probably Marie-Therese, I think that would be totally cool. Or maybe be related to one of America's founding fathers..either/or I'd be happy! :)

    This book looks great. Many people told me its good, I would love to read it.


  9. What an interesting question.
    I have been thinking about this and I think I would love to be related to be either Marie Curie or Florence Nightingale. I have always admired women who went forward in science/medicine. If I had to choose one it would be Florence Nightingale.


  10. I would like to be related to Thomas Edison because then I'd be rich because of all of his cool inventions.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  11. I think President Washington

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  12. I would love to be related to Susan B. Anthony! Please enter me in this giveaway.

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

  13. I would love to be related to John Adams because he is a great patriot Thanks

  14. I wouldn't mind being related to either Susan B Anthony, Ida B Wells, or Jane Adams.

  15. I would love to be related to Leonardo Da Vinci. He was gifted in the arts and sciences. He was brilliant! walkerd@primus.ca

  16. I would want it to be someone of great guidance and support
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

  17. I would like to be related to someone cool like Joan of Arc.

    Please count me in. Thanks for the chance.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  18. I hope it would be someone who made a positive difference in the world like Mahatma Ghandi or Mother Theresa.