Book Review and Giveaway: Lily of the Nile

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

“With her parents both dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors.  Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it falls to Princess Selene to save her brothers and reclaim what’s rightfully hers….”

This is author Stephanie Dray’s first novel and the first in a trilogy about Cleopatra’s daughter Selene.  The book begins with the death of Cleopatra, a fascinating figure in history.  Her daughter, Selene, remembers Cleopatra and Antony and wonders at the destiny that awaits her – their daughter and heir to a kingdom of her own.  But will she ever live as a princess or queen?  Captured by the Romans, she is in chains, humiliated as a prisoner of war and unsure if she will survive each day.  In a time of mysterious happenings and worship of the goddess Isis, Selene finds herself experiencing strange hieroglyphics that appear in her skin as a bloody message, but from whom?  Selene’s twin brother, accompanies her on this journey, but has his own struggles with the Romans and different ways of searching for freedom and reclaiming their kingdoms.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie Dray is a lawyer, a game designer, a teacher and now an author.  She has always been fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian and has collected ancient artifacts and, as it says on her website, a house full of cats!  This is to the consternation of her husband, none the less devoted to her.

In her education, Stephanie concentrated in Middle Eastern studies, exploring the ancient worlds of Egypt and Rome.  She gained a deep and rare understanding of not only the ancient and current tensions between East and West but also the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion.

Stephanie Dray, is also the founder of the Cleopatra Literary Contest, a competition is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring young female writers (age 13 to 22). In particular, the award seeks to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history.  It’s open to women around the world, giving them an opportunity to have their work read by authors and professionals in the publishing world.  For more information, go to CleopatraContest.com or click here for a downloadable brochure.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK:

I loved this book!  I couldn’t put it down.  Historical fiction is not my favorite genre, I will admit.  When I requested to review this book, I wasn’t sure what my reaction might be.  But I had an interest in Cleopatra and didn’t remember much about her from history classes I’d had.  It was fascinating to read about ancient Rome through the eyes of the young Selene.  It was an unusual time for the relationship between men and women.  I enjoyed reading about the power, yet constricted freedoms, of women in that time.
Using an analogy of fabric, fiction for me is generally a comfortable cotton weave, this book, Lily of the Nile is a strong and rich brocade. This book was dense, meaning rich with detail and story lines.  It took me a bit longer to read than most fiction, because of the descriptions of this very different and exciting world.  I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and can’t wait for the next one in the trilogy!

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Lily of the Nile is a graceful history infused with subtle magic and veiled ancient mysteries, at a time of immense flux and transition… Meticulously researched, thoroughly believable, this is a different kind of book, and a true achievement.” ~Vera Nazarian, two-time Nebula Award-nominated author

“The glimpses of the cult of Isis leave one wanting to know more, and the story keeps you turning the pages until the end.” ~ Diana L. Paxson, author of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword of Avalon

PURCHASE LINKS:

One lucky KLY reader will win their own copy of Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray.

Main entry

1. Please go to Cleopatra.com and tell me something you learned about the Cleopatra Literary Contest, founded by author Stephanie Dray.

Additional entries

2. Subscribe to Kelly’s Lucky You by email or rss feed.

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5. Blog about this giveaway and leave the link to your post in the comments.

6. Follow Kelly’s Lucky You on twitter.

7. Tweet this giveaway (RT 1x per day). Feel free to use this sample:

Read about the Cleopatra Literary Contest, founded by author of “Lily of the Nile”  and enter to win her book http://tinyurl.com/2ep8jj8.

8. Become a Fan of Kelly’s Lucky You on Facebook.

9. Add this giveaway to any giveaway linky (unlimited entries). You can use this list!

Leave one comment for each entry. Contest ends January 22nd at midnight CST. A winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. The winner must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Lily of the Nile to review.

Comments

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    I’ve been reading a lot about this book lately. I’m intrigued with the storyline and have it on my TRL.
    I learned that the award seeks to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history.
    Carol L
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    I’m a GFC follower under Lucky47.
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    I’m an email subscriber
    Carol L
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    I learned that this contest is named after Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was an author of works about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights & measures.

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    I am an e-mail subscriber.

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    I am a GFC follower.

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    I am a facebook fan – maureen c

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    Lori Thomas says:

    contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was an author of works about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights & measures

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    Lori Thomas says:

    Subscriber to Kelly’s Lucky You by email

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    Small Footprints says:

    I learned that the literary contest is for young women, aspiring authors, between the ages of 13 and 22. What a great way to encourage young people to write historical fiction.

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    Small Footprints says:

    I subscribe to Kelly’s Lucky You by email (reducefootprints at gmail dot com)

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    The book sounds great!

    The finalists will receive constructive feedback from publishing professionals, mention on Ms. Dray’s blog and newsletter, an award certificate, and a free book courtesy of contest sponsors.

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    Email Subscriber!

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    I learned that Cleopatra was an author of works about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights & measures

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    Follow on twitter @amandawk

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    The contest is open to teens and young women up to the age of 22. This is a contest to discover young women with literary skill.

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    gfc follower (Ruth)

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    your facebook fan
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    samantha m says:

    web link not working- but I do love that Cleopatra had such a romantic love life

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    Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words

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    email subscriber

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    i learned the winner of the award for teen and young women category each receive either Choice of $100 cash or a new e-reader

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    twitter follower, @carafferty

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    Thanks for the interest, everybody! I just wanted to stop by to note that I do tweet so please stop by and say hi!

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    The Cleopatra Literary Contest’s entries are limited to 2,000 words and must be received by March 1, 2011.
    I would love to read Lily of the Nile to learn more about women’s roles in ancient history. Thanks for chance!

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    Email subscriber

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    Follower via GFC

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    I learned that the contest is for young women up to age 22, and my cousin is an aspiring author, so I sent her the info to enter, thanks!

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    I am an email subscriber

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    I follow on Twitter @kappavelvit

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    I am a fan on FB

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    I learned that there are two categories:
    Females between the ages of 13-18 for the teen category
    Females between the ages of 19-22 for the young women’s category
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    Google Friends Connect – following your blog publicly as Louis

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    following you on twitter @left_the_stars

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    I tweeted your giveaway

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    I earned that the contest is for girls 13/22

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    I learned the contest is for aspiring authors between the ages of 13 and 22.

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