Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Giveaway of Katherine’s Wish and The Etruscan by Linda Lappin

Katherine's Wish by Linda Lappin
As I mentioned yesterday, Linda Lappin has generously offered to send a copy of Katherine’s Wish to one of my readers (read my review) and a copy of The Etruscan to another reader.

As I have not read The Etruscan, here is a brief synopsis:

Set in the early 1920s, in the middle of Etruscan country north of Rome, this wildly romantic first novel unburies the nearly lost genre of the liteThe Etruscan by Linda Lappinrary Gothic. Told through alternating points of view and diary entries, it recounts the story of Harriet Sackett, an independent lady traveler and photographer who leaves the staid society of England in order to photograph and research Etruscan tombs on behalf of the London Theosophical Society.*

Reviews of The Etruscan are available on these sites:
Roman Road Walks (scroll down to second review)
The Irish Emigrant
The Literary Review

You can also visit www.theetruscan.com, which contains a clickable map of the area of Harriet’s explorations, with audiofiles and photos.

Finally, you can watch a YouTube video about the book.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and I will accept entries until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, July 17.

For one entry, post a comment here and let me know which book you would like to win. You can indicate that you are interested in both; however, you can only win one (so be sure to let me know which one you want most). Entries that don’t include a blog link or email address will be disqualified.

For another entry, let me know if you like reading fiction based on the lives of real people. If so, what’s your favourite book in this genre?

For another entry, post a relevant comment on my review of Katherine’s Wish. If you’ve already done so, that counts too!

For another five entries, become a follower of my blog or subscribe to my blog through Google Reader (or equivalent). If you are already a follower or subscriber, let me know and you will still get the five extra entries. (Please do not comment that you are a follower five times! I will tabulate each person’s entries separately.)

Best of luck!

*This description was taken from www.theetruscan.com.


  1. I'd love to win The Etruscan; love historical mysteries.

    As for novels based on real people, the most recent one I can think of is The Devlin Diary, which deals with Charles II of England, his sister, and his mistress - 17th C England!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  2. I'd love Katherine's Wish.

    I follow.


  3. Katherine's Wish looks good!!


  4. I would love to win Katherines Wish.

    Thanks for the chance to win

  5. I would love to win The Etruscan the most, though both would be great.

    I do love reading books based on real people. Even if they are fiction, I love them. So far, it's Imperium by Robert Harris. He made Cicero such a heartthrob.

    I am a follower through your RSS feed.


  6. I'd love to win -- I'm a follower! The Etruscan if possible.

    Sassy.Brit{@]gmail[dot]com - thanks for the chance.

    Hope you don't mind, but you've been tagged!

    This time it's with Mr Linky! Yay! Hope it works...


  7. I just signed up as a new follower.

    I really enjoy reading fiction based on real people and my favorite would have to be Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Although the main characters are not real figures many of the supporting cast existed and really add to the storyline (and show how incredibly well researched the series is)


  8. I would like to win either book but my first choice would be Katherine's Wish.

    I do enjoy reading fictional accounts based on real people. One I really enjoyed was "The Book of Negroes" - excellent story. I guess it's not a real person necessarily but a real event.

    I left a comment on your review of Katherine's Wish.

    And I'm a follower.

    melacan at hotmail dto com

  9. Oh my gosh, I never enter contests, but I am just fascinated by The Etruscan and would love to enter! I do love novels based on real people....historical fiction is my absolute favorite genre and I'm a bit fanatical about it. Anything by Sharon Kay Penman (especially her Eleanor of Aquitaine series) or Susan Higginbotham is fantastic stuff.

    And of course I subscribe to your blog, I have for a long time now. :) You can always find me over at A Reader's Respite!

  10. I'd love to win Katherine's Wish. I am already a follower of your; your blog is great.

    dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com


  11. Oh, I'd love to read Katherine's Wish! My favorite book based on real people is the book I read last - The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. (Reviewed on my blog.)
    I follow via Bloglines.

    Lovely giveaway!

  12. oops - forgot address:

    teabird 17 @at@ yahoo. com

  13. Please enter me for both:)


  14. Blog follower & e
    mail subscriber


  15. I would love to read both books, but if I win, I'd prefer Katherine's Wish.
    I subscribe to your rss feed.


    abookblogofonesown AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

  16. Please enter me for Katherine's Wish.

  17. Hi! No need to enter me; just posted this on Win A Book.

  18. Oh boy, they both look great. I would be equally happy with either, so I will let you choose.

    I absolutely love fiction based on real people! Historical fiction is my favorite and I love it when an author can breathe believeable life into musty old history. Favorite book is probably Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman. Anything by her is fantastic.

    Just became a new follower. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

    thetometraveller *at* yahoo [dot] com

  19. Both books look like good reads, but if I were lucky enough to win I think I'd like to read The Etruscan more.

    Please enter me into this drawing.

    I'm also a new Blogger follower of your blog.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  20. I would like to be entered for both, but Katherine's Wish would be my first preference.

    I do enjoy reading novels based on real people. One of my recent favorites was My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes. It's about Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII.

    I also follow your blog.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. I would love to read this!

    I'm a follower.

    And one of my favorites is Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser.

  22. Ooh! I'd love either but The Etruscan looks awesome!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  23. I'm a subscriber via Google Reader.

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  24. Can I drop my name for Katherine's Wish, into the hat? Thanks.

  25. I would be thrilled to win either title -- Lappin is a new author for me, and both books sound really good. I love historical fiction - I don't think I could name one favorite, but Sharon Kay Penman and Sandra Worth really hit the spot for me! Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  26. . . . and, I'm a follower!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  27. Hello. Both books sound great but Katherine's Wish really caught my atention.
    I do often read novels based on real people. I'm not reading one of those right now, but I've read about Lucrecia Borgia, Napoleon and many others.

    Oh, I just became a follower!

    carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

  28. HI! The Etruscan sounds so good! I'd like to win it!

    I'm also following you with Google Reader now!


  29. I am interested in both, but if I have to choose..katherine's wish.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  30. The Etruscan would be memorable and special. Thanks for this great feature which interests me greatly.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. I'd like to win the Etruscan!

    I do enjoy novels based on real people -- Sharon Kay Penman has already been mentioned, of course. I also really enjoy mysteries that feature real people like the Jane Austen series.

    I am a follower.


  32. Please include me for Katherime's Wish, thanks!

    I subscribe & follow!


  33. The Etruscan please. I own a copy of Katherine's Wish and is a wonderful book. highly recommended. great blog - have just subscribed! C. K. Stead's book 'Mansfield' is very good fictional biography.
    http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/ for devotees of KM - Linda Lappin is an active member and yuo can hear her speak at our conferecne in Menton in September.
    Cheers, Gerri

  34. I received your invitation to the giveaway through Goodreads. Thank you! Your blog is wonderful and I'm glad I found it. I subscribed.

    Singer by Ira Sher is an interesting read.

    If I won, I'd appreciate The Etrucan more I think.

  35. - I'd like to read both of these books but if I had to choose one I would choose The Etruscan, it sounds really intriguing!

    - The only fiction that I read that was based on a real person was The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham, whose character Oliver Haddo is said to be based on the magician Aleister Crowley. And Dracula by Bram Stoker perhaps? I don't have much experience with these kind of books but I think it's interesting to see what someone can come up with based on a real person. This question has brought so many questions in my head, I could make this much longer but I don't think you'd appreciate that!

    - I just became a follower :)


  36. I would love to win Katherine's Wish.

    I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring which was based on the life of the painter Vermeer.

    I just became a follower.

    Email: thereadingjourney@gmail.com

  37. I would like to be entered for both, thanks! Don't really have a favorite fiction based on a real character....


  38. I have already read both books and loved them!!! I own neither, unfortunately. I did own "Katherine's Wish" but sent it to a friend who hardly has any money! I borrowed "The Etruscan" from a friend a couple of years ago. I would love to have my own copy of "The Etruscan" and I am hoping that Ms. Lappin will publish a new work soon, as she is a consumate writer!

  39. Katherine's Wish sounds realy good. Please include me for a chance to win!

    journey through books @ gmail (dot) com

  40. I would love to be entered for The Etruscan. Thanks so much.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  41. Katherines Wish sounds wonderful. I do like reading fiction on real life people... I actually learn a bit of truth in these books and I love that!

    Francine Rivers wrote a series of fiction books on women of the Bible. They were wonderful! She took 5 women out of the Bible that we knew a little about - and gave them an entire backgrounds and filled in pieces, that are fiction, but may be what the person was like... like gave them feelings, and situations and the how they wound up where they did. Very good stuff.

  42. I would love to be included in your giveaway, I would love to win Katherines Wish.

    I am a follower

  43. Hey the Etruscan sounds great! How did I miss this giveaway of yours (I read every single one of your posts!!)

  44. Thank you to everyone who entered. I will announce the winners shortly!