Beauty’s Daughter by Carolyn Meyer – Review & Giveaway
Nov 24th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Carolyn Meyer is Giving Thanks for her Readers! 

What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?
Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.     In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?
Author bio:
Carolyn Meyer is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, and has no intention of quitting any time soon. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy: 
After years of writing about the young lives of fascinating women of power, from Cleopatra to Victoria, in BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER I’ve drawn on the myths of ancient Greece to tell the story of what it must have been like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world.
When Helen leaves her husband and daughter and runs off to Troy with handsome Paris, a thousand Greek ships sail for Troy to bring her back..and her daughter, Hermione, goes with them as a stowaway. Hermione’s adventures on the Trojan beaches, her struggle for survival,, and her search for true love of her life drive this story.
Social media:
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Q & A:

Q: I am curious about your research process for this novel. I know you utilized the Iliad, but clearly you did extensive research on Greek mythology. Also, your descriptions of palaces, Athens, and even the small details such as pots, clothing, weaponry, the ships, the role of women, were quite detailed. What kind of research did you have to do to gather this information?
A: About the research: The ILIAD provided information only about the last year of the Trojan War and nothing about what happened before or after. My main source was an invaluable book by Robert Graves, THE GREEK MYTHS, with references to dozens and dozens of characters and stories, some of which were relevant to Hermione’s story, beginning with her mother’s birth (see LEDA AND THE SWAN). I didn’t reread all of those stories, but I did find the information I needed to frame a coherent story. I also read books about Bronze Age Greece, and as you can imagine, I googled like mad to find diagrams of ancient palaces, layouts of Troy, pictures of ships, and all the other “elements of realism” needed to bring the story to life.
Q: Obviously, much of this novel came from your imagination and Greek mythology. Yet, it had an element of realism. There seemed to be a wonderful balance. Since it’s not clear whether Helen of Troy really existed, what was your ultimate goal in bringing Hermione and Helen’s story to life?
A: I doubt very much that Helen of Troy really existed–or any of those other wonderful characters–but the issues seem very real to me, and very human, something readers can relate to.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Next project: a new treatment of the story of Anastasia of Russia is in the editing/rewriting stage, and I’m working on a first draft of a novel about the Harvey Girls, in the Southwest in the 1920s. Quite a change from ancient Greece!

My review:

Posted on Goodreads:

Cover – Gorgeous!

I’m always in awe of those who love to dig in and research history with a passion that ends up pouring out onto the pages of a novel. Carolyn Meyer is such a writer. She brings to life a history that may or may not have existed. After all, no one knows for sure if Helen of Troy really existed. Certainly, the mythology described in the novel is just that – mythology. But readers will be swept away by Hermione’s journey, which takes her to the beaches outside of Troy where she lives in semi-permenant shelter during the ten year war her father battles in order to get his wife Helen back from Prince Paris. Readers will travel with Hermione to barbarous lands with a husband she despises and go on a quest to find and save the man she truly loves. You’ll walk the streets of Athens, go into lavish palaces, sail on a ship with concubines, fight with warriors, watch Helen through a seer’s eyes, and see the wrath of the Greek gods. Helen certainly possessed a lot of power and was cherished for her beauty. Hermione — a red-haired, freckled girl — was favored by her father, and may or may not have been the daughter of Helen. What she lacked in beauty, she possessed in kindness.(If she looked anything like the cover of this novel, then I’d say she was beautiful!)

This is perfect for school libraries and classrooms teaching Greek mythology. In addition, anyone who likes mythology, romance, history, will appreciate this finely written novel. It will hold your attention and has plenty of action.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy!

Victoria Rebels


Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.
Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.
Cleopatra Confesses
It is the first century B.C. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh’s six children, is the one that her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy is forced into exile, Cleopatra is left alone to fend for herself in a palace rife with intrigue and murder. Smart, courageous, ambitious and sensuously beautiful, she possesses the charm to cause two of history’s most famous leaders to fall in love with her. But as her cruel sisters plot to steal the throne, Cleopatra realizes there is only one person on whom she can rely–herself.
In Cleopatra Confesses, award winning author Carolyn Meyer writes the story of the teenage girl who would become Egypt’s most unforgettable queen, from her early years to her her ultimate destiny.
The Wild Queen
Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone. Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hopingthat a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.
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A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers – Review
Nov 11th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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by Lisa Desrochers

Published by William Morrow Impulse

416 pages

Purchase this book here: Barnes and Noble or Amazon


Lisa Desrochers’ website

From Goodreads:

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

My review:

If you’re looking for something different in NA, then pick up the next book in Lisa Desrochers’ second novel in her A LITTLE TOO FAR series. This novel is filled with some very difficult and painful life experiences for Alessandro (a young man who was close to becoming a priest, but decided against it in A LITTLE TOO FAR) and Hilary, a woman who has spent most of her young adult life numbing herself from the horrible experiences she had during her childhood. Sex with her live-in pseudo boyfriend is one of those things she uses to keep a wall around herself. It’s not love; it’s purely physical. But Alessandro enters Hilary’s life, reigniting the pain Hilary’s tried so hard to keep buried in her past. His presence also starts to knock down her defenses. There are many twists and turns that will surprise readers. Given all that Alessandro and Hilary have gone through, readers will be sympathetic and root for these two to find some peace and happiness. It’s not easy. Their future will be shaky, because no matter what, they’ll still have the past creep up on them. Hopefully, together they can get through it. Painful. Powerful. Memorable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Fourth Annual Holiday #READATHON, December 6-8, 2013
Nov 6th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

whoru_dec_readathon_2013FOURTH ANNUAL


December 6-8, 2013

You can sign up until the very last minute! Join us!

Read as much or as little as you want. Even a minute counts!

Because of the tremendous enthusiasm and spirit of those who participated over the last few years, it is my pleasure to once again host the Annual Holiday #Readathon! Together, we will make it even BETTER this year!



For everyone who signs up below through Mr. Linky, you are automatically entered for a special holiday drawing. One winner will have the opportunity to win two signed novels from Books of Wonder,http://www.booksofwonder.com(Browse books. If BoW has a signed copy, it will say it next to the book’s information page. Total value not to exceed $40.00) IF WE HAVE MORE PARTICIPANTS THAN LAST YEAR, (72) I will select another winner to receive one signed novel! Value not to exceed $20.00)

WHEN WE REACH 100 PARTICIPANTS: Two additional winners will get to choose one of my fav reads from 2013! 

If you are from outside of the US, the prize will be a $40 gift certificate either to The Book Depository, Amazon, or BN.com

You do NOT need to participate in any other mini-challenge to qualify.

Sign up for the Holiday #Readathon is below – Fill in the simple Mr. Linky form! You can use a Twitter or Facebook URL if you don’t have a website.

I will be updating the list of CONFIRMED bloggers/authors who are participating in giveaways as they come in as well as their mini-challenges/giveaways.

1. Heidi from YA Bibliophile: Mini-challenge: Do you like “holiday” books? Is there one that you think Heidi just has to read? If you have recommendations leave them in her comments  and use the rafflecopter to enter to win two books! The first book will be your choice between Let it Snow or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The second will be a book of your choice from Amazon (no more than $15!) US only, must be 13 or older to win. Enter here: http://www.yabibliophile.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-2013.html

2. Courtney from Stiletto Storytime: Mini-challenge will be during the TWITTER PARTY Dec 8 from 9-10 PM EST – Follow @stiletostrytime on Twitter and attend the Twitter party for a fun mini-challenge twist! 😉

3. April from Good Books and Good Wine (Mini-challenge: You’ll help April create a playlist with Christmas carols. More details to come.) Enter here: http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com/2013/12/holidayreadathon-challenge.html

4. Jaime and Erin from Fic Fare: Mini-challenge: Choose a book boyfriend and a holiday getaway that fits his personality/background/likes – For example: I’d take Aiden from Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant Series to Greece, since he’s a Greek demigod. I’d take Isaiah from Crash Into You to the Indianapolis 500, since he’s into car racing. One lucky winner will receive a novel with one of Fic Fare’s favorite swoon boys! Enter here: http://fictionfare.blogspot.com/2013/12/readathon-its-here-plus-giveaway.html

5. Kai from Fiction State of Mind (Mini-challenge: One lucky winner will receive some holiday teas and a $5.00 Amazon gift card. US only.) Enter here: http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge-win.html

6. Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys PodcastMini-challenge: Around here Christmas is all about good deeds and mistletoe. We want you to do a good deed by telling us all about the best kiss you’ve ever read. Of course if you want to get personal, we’d love to hear all about the best kiss you’ve ever had too! We are giving away a MEGA SWOON PACK to one lucky winner! Enter here: http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/special/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge-fun

7. Jenny from Supernatural Snark: Mini-challenge: List the top three fictional characters you wouldn’t mind meeting under the mistletoe this year. A random winner will have a choice of one book (from either Amazon or the Book Depository; not to exceed $20) INTERNATIONAL. Enter here: http://www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge.html

8. Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads (Mini-challenge: “If you could spend the holidays with one favorite book character, which one would it be and what would you do?” Prize will be one book from The Book Depository with an incredibly swoony boy/kissing in it!) INTERNATIONAL! Enter here: http://ellabeereads.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge.html

9. Katelyn at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands: Mini-challenge The best part of the holidays is the family traditions. Some are sweet, some are goofy, and some are flat-out weird but they all are great for making memories. What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? On Kate’s blog during the Holiday #ReadAThon stop by to see what some of her favorite holiday traditions are and enter to win a holiday gift basket and $10 Amazon gift card! (U.S. Only) Enter here: http://talesofbooksandbands.com/2013/12/06/giveaway-mini-challenge-for-the-4th-annual-holiday-readathon/

10. Authors Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd of THE HORSE LOVER: (Mini-challenge: TWEET answers to @AlanDayAuthor What, if anything, do you buy your pet(s) for the holidays?” If you don’t have a pet, then tweet us what pet you wish someone would give you for the holidays (or maybe just borrow for a day?)  Prize – An ARC of THE HORSE LOVER. Extra entry if you add THE HORSE LOVER to Goodreads. Click here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18554569-the-horse-lover?from_search=true

Liza here – I’ve read this memoir. If you have ever seen a wild horse, even on TV, then you’re going to want to read this book! Think: The Horse Whisperer, The Electric Cowboy, and even a tiny bit of Dances with Wolves!)

11. Tamara Ireland Stone author of the YA hit series: TIME BETWEEN US and TIME AFTER TIME: Tamara will be joining us for the Twitter Party – look for your opportunity to win both her books – and she’ll sign them too! (PS. I’ve read both of them and I absolutely LOVE them!!!! In my review I called these novels: “Time travel perfection!!!!”

Mini-challenge: CLICK HERE: http://tamarairelandstone.com/holiday-readathon/

In Tamara’s readathon challenge post, enter by answering the following question: 

Name your favorite book. Talk about why you love mysteries or romances or horror stories. Tell me about a book that changed you. What was your favorite picture book as a kid? What book do you read over and over again? What book do you love to read to your children? Talk about a book that made you cry. Talk about a book that made you see the world differently.

Tell her anything.

Just share the book love.

For every one of your comments (up to 500), she’ll donate $1 to Room to Read.

Her goal: 500 comments.  $500. (And ROOM TO READ’s partners will match it, so the amount will double to $1000!)

And every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a signed, hardbound set of my books, Time Between Us and Time After Time. Winners will be drawn at random, and it’s open to everyone, everywhere. INTERNATIONAL!

12. Cylin Busby, author of the must-read YA novel BLINK ONCE and the YA memoir THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED. Cylin will be joining us and you will have the opportunity to win one of her books!!! (I was completely engrossed in BLINK ONCE and recommend it to EVERYONE, and THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED is an extremely powerful NON-FICTION YA book, so rare and definitely a gem! I highly recommend both.)

Cylin’s Challenge: If you could give your best friend one book this holiday, what book would you give and why? To enter: during the #Readathon, tweet answer to: @CylinBusby INTERNATIONAL.

13. Laurie Viera Rigler author of  CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT (I’ve read them and LOVED THEM! Perfect for Jane Austen fans!!!!!)

Mini-challenge: During the holidays, what is your go-to book or film for affirming your faith in love? Prize: signed copies of CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT. To enter click here: post your answer as a comment on Laurie’s blog or tweet your answer @austen_addict. Doing both gives you an extra chance to win. (INTERNATIONAL) Laurie’s blog: http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-challenge-giveaway.html

14. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks: Mini-challenge: We challenge you to do something nice for someone, whether it be a genuine compliment on work well done, buying someone’s Starbucks, gifting a book to your local library, profusely declaring your love of a book on twitter, holding your tongue when you want to bite back with cutting sarcasm, working a toy drive or simply holding the door for a stream of people on the subway.  Or whatever, it’s your choice.

– See more at: http://girlsinthestacks.com/giveaway/2012/12/holiday-readathon-good-deed-giveaway/#sthash.sdiK9jsm.dpuf

15. Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes: Mini-challenge: 2013 has seen a lot of final books – last books in a series. Sometimes these series end the way we hope and other times, not so much. If you could rewrite any 2013 final book ending, which book would it be and why? Enter here: http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com/2013/12/4th-annual-holiday-readathon.html

On Jen’s blog during the Holiday #Readathon, you’ll find the special giveaway for answering her mini-challenge. It’ll be a final book she was happy with. 🙂

16. Patrice at Whimsically Yours: Mini-challenge: Tweet me your favorite book of 2013 and most anticipated book of 2014. @whimsicallyours

BONUS ON MY BLOG: What’s your favorite holiday smell?  Here’s THE LINK: http://whimsicallyours.com/2013/12/06/announcing-holiday-readathon-giveaways/

I’ll be giving away three books, out of a list of 5-8 (maybe more…winners can chose pick off the list). Check my blog for the choices during the Readathon! 

17. Lenore Appelhans, author of THE MEMORY AFTER and the sequel (August ’14) CHASING BEFORE. For anyone who loves a YA dystopian novel, it’s a must-read.

Mini-challenge: This is soooooo amazing (and easy)! What is your favorite holiday memory? One extremely lucky winner is going to see his or her name in the acknowledgements of CHASING BEFORE! I told you it was amazing! CLICK HERE TO ENTER: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2013/12/fourth-annual-holiday-readathon.html

18. Joli at Actin’ Up With Books: Mini-challenge: Name your top five holiday foods/beverages. One lucky winner will receive $15 gift card from B&N.com or The Book Depository. INTERNATIONAL. Click here to enter: http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-challenge-favorite.html

19. Monica from The Fuma Files: Mini-challenge: Hi, I’m Monica and my offered prize for the 2013 Readathon is a little untraditional. I love talking about books in person, on my blog, and even on my YouTube channel. But the videos I make don’t always have to be about books. In fact, I’m offering YOU the chance to decide what I make a video about! I could review a book you’ve wanted to read, ramble on the topic of your choice, make a fool of myself with a goofy challenge, or I can just dedicate something to you! I’m willing to be flexible and if you win, we can figure it out. Thanks and happy reading! So, go to my blog and enter!

20. My mini-challenge: 

(You do not have to sign up for my mini-challenge to participate in this readathon! All are welcome!)

Prize: All Participants for my Holiday #Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $20.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com  or The Book Depository– your choice! Just list your participation in COMMENTS! Give :) and you have a chance to receive! Winner will be randomly chosen.

1. Pledge a penny or two or three (or any amount you want!) per page that you read.  Put a minimum number that you will pledge.  For example:  100 pages – $1.00. And then donate the amount to your favorite charity.


2. ANY type of donation for the holiday season – a can(s) of food, book to a library, Toy for Tots, gently used books or clothes donated to a shelter, school – qualifies. OR volunteer your time at, for example, a soup kitchen or food bank.  Just list it. (Feel free to come up with your own ideas!)

3. Click on comments below and share your pledge/donation. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM!

Mini-challenges/giveaways end on Sunday, December 8th at midnight PST. Please note that all the bloggers/authors have their own rules for their challenges.

Please share what you’re reading and your progress during the Readathon on Twitter by including in your tweet – Holiday #Readathon.

Twitter PartySunday, December 8th9-10PM EST, which can be accessed by entering #Readathon. We’ll talk about the books we are reading and holiday memories and anything else you’d like to share. I will be hosting several giveaways during that time.

Remember, this is a set-your-own-pace/start-whenever-you-want #readathon. Don’t wear yourself out. I’ll be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. Have FUN!

(Click here for more information of past readathons: http://www.whorublog.com/?p=1437

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