Friday, July 30, 2010

Phillipa Gregory "The Red Queen" Free Giveaway!

We are very happy to announce that the good people at Simon & Schuster have not only sent Loaded Questions a copy of Phillipa Gregory's new book The Red Queen but have also passed along another copy for us to give away to one lucky reader of Loaded Questions!

Here are the details:

  • The giveaway is FREE to our devoted readers and new converts.
  • Entering is easy, simply leave a comment on this post with a short note ... maybe what you like about LQ or the book that you're currently reading.
  • Our readers will have one week to post their reply, ensuring their entry in the giveaway. All entries must be received by August 6th at midnight. Please take care to include contact information in your comment/entry so that we may successfully contact the winner of the prize in a timely manner. (Sounds like common sense, right? You'd be surprised.)
  • The winner will be announced Monday, August 9th at Loaded Questions and via a private email to the winner no later that 5pm PST. In order to select the winner of our Phillipa Gregory The Red Queen Giveaway in the most equitable manner we will use the Random Integer Generator at
   Good Luck and Happy Reading!
           - Loaded Questions Staff

Want More Info on Philippa Gregory 
and her new novel, The Red Queen? 

   We've got a rundown on the new book, a recommendation from Publisher's Weekly, the book's cover description and a video of Gregory herself reading from the new novel! 
      Bestselling author Philippa Gregory’s new book, The Red Queen, will be available in hardcover next week, August 3rd. The new book, coming in at a total of 400 pages, is the second in the author's The Cousin's War series. The first in the series, The White Queen was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and will be available in paperback on August 6th of this year. 

    Publisher's Weekly Writes: Nobody does the Tudors better than Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl), so it should come as no surprise that her latest—the War of the Roses as seen through the eyes of Henry VII's mother —is confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering. Gregory gives readers Margaret Beaufort in her own words, from innocent nine-year-old to conspiring courtier who stops at nothing to see her son on England's throne. Gregory devotees will note the difference between the supernaturally gifted Yorkist White Queen and Lancastrian Margaret, who, despite saintly aspirations, grows worldly through three marriages; a powerless widow at 13, remarried and separated from her only son by 15, it is not until she's 29 that Margaret is ready to realize her most audacious ambitions. Gregory clones have made historical novels from a woman's perspective far too familiar to make this seem as fresh as her earlier works. Yet, like Margaret Beaufort, Gregory puts her many imitators to shame by dint of unequalled energy, focus, and unwavering execution.

    Want more info? Watch the video below to see bestselling author Philippa Gregory read from The Red Queen, her second epic novel set during the Wars of the Roses.


    From the book cover of The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory: 

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness. Her mother mocks her plans, revealing that Margaret will always be burdened with the reputation of her father, one of the most famously incompetent English commanders in France. But worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.

    Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York's daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret charts her own way through another loveless marriage, treacherous alliances, and secret plots. She feigns loyalty to the usurper Richard III and even carries his wife's train at her coronation.

    Widowed a second time, Margaret marries the ruthless, deceitful Thomas, Lord Stanley, and her fate stands on the knife edge of his will. Gambling her life that he will support her, she then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and now waits for his opportunity to win the greatest prize.

    In a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, number one bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.
    Keywords: Philippa Gregory Free Giveaway, free copy of The Red Queen, free book giveaway, The Red Queen, Cousin's War, The White Queen, The Other Boleyn Girl, free, Tudor history, historical fiction, English historical fiction, War of the Roses, Elizabeth Woodville, Henry VIII, Margaret Beaufort


    angelicjanet said...

    Absolutely loved the white queen. Was really impressed with Phillippa's tudor series and wasn't sure if i'd like her newest book as much, but couldn't put it down, Phillippa never fails to captivate you into the lives of the caracters, looking forward to the red queen coming out, just in time for me to take on my honeymoon with me.

    Kelly Hewitt said...

    Thanks for entering Janet!

    Linda said...

    I've never really liked Margaret Beaufort, but readily admit she would be an interesting person to learn more about. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Amanda said...

    I'm so glad to see Loaded Questions back!

    I'd love to read more about Margaret Beaufort, as she was quite a powerful women in her time. She "wrote the book" on many of the rituals of the royal court, including the confinement of queens for childbirth. She was said to be a pious woman, but one who had her ear to all the intrigue and goings on at court.

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    ValP said...

    Having just finished reading The White Queen I really enjoyed looking at the historical period from a female point of view. I am particularly looking forward to the Red Queen to see the female influence on another male dominated period.

    Kelly Hewitt said...

    Great! Thank you Linda, Amanda, and ValB for your comments/entrees in the giveaway.

    If any of you would like to share information about this giveaway at your prospective sites or among friends please do feel free to do so!

    Elysium said...

    I'm reading The White Queen now so it would be great to read the second book too. And I haven't read much about Margaret Beaufort before.
    Please enter me if this is international!

    Denise said...

    Have read multiple books of Phillipa Gregory's over the years and am always excited when a new one comes out. Even suggested her books to book club friends -- So glad Loaded Questions is back, too!

    Maureen said...

    I have never read a book by Phillipa Gregory but The Red Queen looks very interesting.
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    Barbara said...

    Looking forward to reading these. Heard a great interview w/ the author on NPR. Enjoying your interviews.

    Dovile said...

    I'm currently reading a book by Tom Holt, but I plan to read The Other Boleyn Girl next.

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    Pricilla said...

    I've read some of Ms. Gregory's works and enjoyed them.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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    Terri C. said...

    I'd love to read this book. I'm a huge fan of 'Wideacre.' Beatrice is the best anti-heroine ever!

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    Terry said...

    I just found your site today - and what a wonderful place it is! I have looked back at previous posts and found them very interesting - they definitely added a few books to my wishlist. I will be following you closely from now on. Please enter me in your giveaway for The Red Queen. Thanks for such a great and informative site.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

    Rachel said...

    I'm currently reading The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Shannon said...

    I'm visiting for the first time. I like the selection of books here. =)
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    Kymm said...

    I'm a long-time Phillipa Gregory fan--would love to win a copy of her latest!

    buddyt said...

    I have just found your blog and have joined as a Follower via GFC.

    I am waiting on a copy of the White Queen from a friend and looking forward to reading it and it would be great if i could get my hands on The Red Queen !

    If the giveaway is open worldwide, then please enter me.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    Cedargma said...

    I have loved all of Phillipa Gregory's books and am looking forward to reading the Red Queen.

    sohamolina said...

    I am a new email subscriber and love P.G's novels. Currently I am re-reading Flowers in the Attic.

    samantha j said...

    I was very excited to see that Phillipa Gregory had a new book out. I am anxious to read it, as I have enjoyed all of the previous books I have read of hers, and I believe I have read every single one!!

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    Was really impressed with Phillippa's tudor series and wasn't sure if i'd like her newest book as much, but couldn't put it down, Phillippa never fails to captivate you into the lives of the caracters

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    Farkasenke said...

    I was very excited to see that Phillipa Gregory had a new book out. I am anxious to read it, as I have enjoyed all of the previous books I have read of hers, and I believe I have read every single one!!

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