Giveaway: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran and a pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings

If you haven’t read a single book by Michelle Moran and you love accessible, fun and entertaining historical novels, you don’t know what you are missing. Now that I’ve said that, lets take a look at her latest offering.

About the Book:
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American Ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king’s sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Élisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen, to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution…Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more importantly, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom. (Madame Tussaud releases on February 15th 2011.)

Having read and loved her previous 3 releases, I couldn’t be more excited. So to celebrate the release of this book, Michelle Moran is offering a signed Hardcover copy of Madame Tussaud along with these gorgeous pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings,


all you have to do this
1. Comment on this post with your email id until February 22nd 2011
2. Subscribe (via google reader or any other medium) to my blog for an extra entry (Not necessary)

Oh and it’s INTERNATIONAL.

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65 thoughts on “Giveaway: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran and a pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings

  1. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I do have her first two books in my TBR pile. 🙂
    This book sounds good too. Please enter me!

    melreadingcorner (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  2. Enter me too and I am a subscriber! And you know I love her too 🙂
    And those earrings they are gorgeous.

    givingreadingachance AT gmail.com

  3. I can’t wait to read this book – I haven’t read anything by Michelle Moran (YET), but I’m fascinated by Madame Tussaud
    I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed

  4. Wow, what a great giveaway. I’d love to be entered. savvyverseandwit AT gmail

    I have not read other books by this author, but have heard rave reviews of her books. I subscribe in google reader and will put the giveaway in my sidebar for you.

  5. I can’t wait to read this book! I just went out and bought Michele Moran’s previous 3 books to read. The earrings are gorgeous.

  6. I didn’t realize that she knew the Royal Family before the Revolution and was familiar with the court. The name is familiar, but not her history. She certainly met and knew many important people. How awful to have to do the “death masks” of people you knew and liked. That whole time period in France was so terrible. It is hard to imagine the uncertainty and fear the people lived in.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  7. Please enter me, of course I am going to buy this book if I don’t win it. It seems like a fantastic read and a historical novel (just what I love).
    I am on tweet and google

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  9. I adore these earrings! And I would love to read the book as well! Great giveaway…thanks so much.
    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime
    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

  10. Ooh, would definitely like to be included in this. 😀 Have had Michelle Moran’s books on my wishlist forever and have always wanted to read something of hers. 😀

    You’re on my Google Reader already. 🙂

    ceripadley [at] live.co.uk

  11. Those of you who have not yet read any of Michelle Moran’s books are really missing out. I read all three of them last year and they were among my favorites for the year. Moran is definitely one of my favorite authors of Historical Fiction! I’m really excited about this giveaway – and the earrings are so neat! :]

    buttertron at gmail dot com

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