New Giveway: Lucia: A Venetian Life in The Age of Napoleon



Due to poor research before an unexpected trip to the bookstore, I am pleased to announce my newest giveaway!!

Lucia: A Venetian Life in The Age of Napoleon by Andrea Di Robilant.  This is a non-fiction book about the author Robilant's ancestor.  I am currently half-way through this book and finding it a great read!



SYNOPSIS:  From the acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair comes the vivid and dramatic story of the fall of Venice and the rise of a new age during the tumultuous Napoleonic period, as seen through the eyes of his great-great-great-great-grandmother.

In 1787, Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a prominent Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. As the larger events unfolding around Lucia mingle with her most personal concerns, we witness—through her letters to her sister and other primary sources—her painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its stunning results; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting at the court of Napoleon’s stepson, Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, as well as her intimate relationship with the Empress Joséphine; and her amazing firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and still beautiful and a bit battle-hardened herself, was Byron’s landlord during the poet’s stay in Venice. In a fitting finale to this sweeping drama, Lucia stands as a relic of a lost golden age: she created, in part, the aura that gave rise to the Romantic view of Italy and its culture that we still nourish today.

With the brave and articulate Lucia at the center of his re-creation of this remarkable historical period, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vivid life on the page.



Giveaway 411:

* Giveaway ends on October 15th. Winner will be announced on October 16th.
* Open to all domestic and international entries.
* For 5 additional entries sign up as a follower; if you already are a follower you will automatically get this.
* For another additional one entry: post, sidebar, facebook or twitter about this giveaway.

GOOD LUCK!!!!




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92 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I just put this on my wishlist the other day! I'm a follower and I'm going to put it on my blog giveaway page right now!

    martinack_75 AT hotmail DOT com

    http://virginiebarbeau.wordpress.com/giveaways/

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  2. Don't enter me Amy- just wanted to say that I absolutely loved this book- but am not sure if that's because I'm so biased on the whole Venice thing...so can't wait for your review and thoughts on this one:)

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  3. Hi Amy!

    +5 for being a follower already :)
    +1 for posting on twitter - RT-ing you at my page http://twitter.com/Aimeefluttering

    This looks like an awesome read, hope I win!

    -Aimee
    Email: myflutteringheart@hotmail.com

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  4. Sounds like interesting book, already follow and tweeted about it.

    wyatt57@gmail.com

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  5. Would love to read this.

    linds84@gmail.com

    +5 for being a follower and I tweeted at @lindstx84 about this contest.

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  6. Oh, this sounds lovely, I'd love to be entered.

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  7. I'm already following you and would love to be included!

    melacan at hotmial dot com

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  8. I'm in! This looks like a good one.

    I'm already a follower and I added a link to this post on my right sidebar: http://christysbooks.blogspot.com/

    runaway84(at)gmail.com

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  9. This book sounds great! Please include me in the giveaway.

    +5 follower

    heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  10. Oh Amy - this book sounds so interesting! I would love to be entered for it. I posted it on my blog sidebar and am most definitely a follower! Great giveaway! I love those unexpected trips to the store when you can remember what was on you wish list so you are at the whim of whatever you see, haha.

    dolleygurl[at]hotmail[dot]com
    http://themaidenscourt.blogspot.com/

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  11. I would like to read this book.

    +5 follower

    linna.hsu at gmail dot com

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  12. Would love to read this. I am a follower.

    rubs_babydoll@yahoo.com

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  13. Sounds interesting! :) I'm a follower.

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  14. What a great give-away!! I'm a follower of your blog :)

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  15. Hi! I would like to read this book.

    +5 I'm a follower!
    thanks for the giveaway!

    giuly_4(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. What a great concept - Napoleon's ancestress! Please enter me -

    teabird17 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Hi Amy, I'd love to win this book.

    I'm a follower
    Posted in my sidebar

    alaineb at bigpond dot net dot au

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  18. Count me in! This looks good. :)

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  19. lovely giveaway!! Please enter me. I am a follower :)

    pratima[dot]jayaram[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. I am a Follower !

    Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Thank you.

    Carol


    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  21. I'm glad that your mistake is another reader's gain (hopefully mine!) I am a subscriber too!

    bookingmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I went to Venice about 3 months ago!

    +5 =follower

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  23. Please enter me, the book looks so good.

    Nina.happyendings@yahoo.co.uk

    ps: i'm a follower!

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  24. How exciting this novel sounds. Thank you for giving me the chance to win a copy!

    +5 already a follower
    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/knittingmomof3/status/4416463998

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm a follower!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

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  26. I'd love to read this book; esp. interested in your reference to Josephine and her son Eugene.

    I follow through google reader.

    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. This sounds awesome!

    I'm a follower.

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  28. I'm already a follower - and I would love a chance to win.
    Thank you:-)

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  29. Looks good, what did you do, found out you had it already after you came home from your shopping trip?

    Please enter me for this one,
    I appreciate it!

    I follow.
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I have also posted this on my Sidebar at The Burton Review!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Hello Amy...need more time to read and create...awww!
    +5 for being a follower and I just posted this on my facebook wall
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home
    Thanks again for the book recommendation. Roberta

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  32. This looks really neat. I love the cover.
    I am a follower (I think two ways. Not sure =D)

    ~Misty
    mbradenwf@gmail.com

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  33. Oh, Amy sometimes you find the best things when you least expect it! I've had my eye on this book for awhile but have never had a moment free to read it.

    scandalouswoman@gmail.com

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  34. I love, love, love Venice and I just put this on my wishlist. It is a must read. And the cover is gorgeous.

    I am a follower.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/statuses/4423290987

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  35. I would absolutely love to enter this contest! I am already a follower.

    Thanks,

    Amanda n.
    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. +1 I just posted this giveaway on my blog:

    http://bookshelfmonstrosity.blogspot.com/2009/09/notable-giveaways-on-blogosphere.html

    amanda n.
    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I would like to be entered.

    I follow your blog.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway. I would like to enter.

    +5 Already a follower

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  39. What a wonderful thing it would be to win this book! It sounds incredibly interesting, and I need to know more! :)
    ~S.

    sorcha dot sidhe at gmail dot com

    +5 follower.

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  40. The "poor research" thing happens to me all the time! It would help if the publishers would quit changing the covers, I can never remember what is already sitting on my shelf!

    Please enter me, this one looks great!

    Of course I'm a follower...

    Carey
    thetometraveller *at* yahoo (dot) com

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  41. I would love to be entered into this giveaway. This non-fiction sounds really fascinating.

    thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  42. + 5 I signed up as a follower.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  43. I tweeted http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/4434423886

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  44. I posted about this giveaway on Facebook.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  45. Oooh you can enter me in this one! I am also a huge Venice fan! Am also a follower.
    Hope it was a good weekend!
    Kirsten

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  46. Thank you for being so generous with this book. It sounds delectable!


    Mystica


    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  47. Sounds like a good book to read on a cold winter night. (I must admit when I first looked at the book cover quickly I thought it said vegetarian and my first reaction was, I didn't know they had vegetarians back then.
    And I subscribe to your blog via Google.

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  48. I'd love to be entered! Thank you!

    arwenrose4190@hotmail.com

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  49. That's too funny. Did you already have this book? :)

    Thanks! And I'm a follower!

    nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

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  50. count me in please

    +5 follower

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  51. I'd love to be entered in this giveaway, the book sounds intriguing!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

    I am also a follower of your blog.

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  52. Wicked! I need to know about the poor research thing :) :)

    lemme guess! you got the book and you bought it as well? :) :)

    I am a follower! Have this on my sidebar as well!

    givingreadingachance AT gmail.com

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  53. Sounds very interesting. Please sign me up.

    +5 I am already a follower

    jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  54. I would absolutely love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Another great book! It ends on my birthday so maybe I'll get a birthday present!

    I'm already a follower.

    I posted (linked) contest on my blog--right sidebar:

    http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/

    miller4plusmore(at)bellsouth(dot)net

    Thanks for the contest =o)

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  56. Amy this looks great, sign me up! I am a follower and I have posted to my sidebar
    http://tudordaughter.blogspot.com

    tudor_daughter@yahoo.com

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  57. Please count me in.

    I am a follower.

    monamhassan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    This sounds so romantic ~ Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

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  59. I'd like to be entered for this one too. Thanks. Love your blog!

    sisusyster@yahoo.com

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  60. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsOctober 1, 2009 at 6:45 AM

    What an awesome book. Count me in for a chance to win.

    +5 extra for following you on Google Friend Connect (Ally)


    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

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  61. Thanks for the chance. I am a follower.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

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  62. would love a chance to win this book

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

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  63. Put me on the hat, please!
    I'm a new follower.

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  64. Sounds like such a good read! Please count me in.

    +5 a loyal follower

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

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  65. Sounds like a great book Love books that take you back in time

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  66. Oh my gosh, I just discovered your blog. I love hustorical fiction, especially anything set in Venice. I will follow your blog with gusto! and zeal!

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  67. Oh my, another dream blog. Please enter me and I have become a follower.
    +5

    This is my favorite period in history!
    thank you
    kaiminani@gmail.com

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  68. Please include me in your giveaway

    +5 follow

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    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Amy,
    Add me to this one too, you know I am a follower.

    Elizabethjohnsonart@yahoo.com

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  70. Oh this sounds great!! Please enter me!!

    I'm a follower.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  71. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Please count me in and thanks :)

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  72. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    +5 entries
    I just signed up to follow in Google Reader

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  73. Hey Amy...just posted the link to my sidebar...so many wonderful chances...thanks again, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/

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  74. great giveaway.. count me in...
    +5 i follow your blog
    darksiry(at)gmail.com

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  75. Throw my name in the hat, please. This sounds like such a good book.

    +5 I am a follower.

    booklogged at gmail dot com

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  76. thanks for the giveaway!!
    +5 now following
    +1 tweeted about it here:
    http://twitter.com/andreadbc/status/4702564046

    brigneti (atGMAILdotCOM)

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  77. This book looks fantastic!

    +5... I follow!

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  78. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/4710991830

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  79. +5 i'm a follower

    rubs.escalona@gmail.com

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  80. Please enter me in this great giveaway! I am a follower.

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

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  81. Sounds interesting!

    I'm a follower.

    Deidre
    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

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  82. Please enter me, i would love to read this book. Im still new to this "blog thing" trend, so hopefully im doing this right and have chance to win one of your giveaways =)

    I also follow you @ Facebook

    +5 already a follower

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  83. Please count me in for the giveaway and I'm a follower!
    cmcdermitt1@carolina.rr.com Thank you for holding this giveaway!

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  84. I'm a follower. Please add me to the list of eager readers.

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  85. Please count me in.

    +5 Follower
    +1 Posted on blog

    http://juniperrbreeeze.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-contests.html

    +1 Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/iheartbkgossip

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

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  86. need to line up some winter reads,,thx for contest,,
    thehighflyer3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  87. I would love to enter for this one - rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com
    I'm a follower already and this is on my sidebar at twoandahalfbooklovers.blogspot.com
    Thank you!

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  88. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book! Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  89. This sounds like a really great book! Count me in.

    +5 Follower
    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/thebookpixie/status/4878395867

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  90. I'd just love to win this! Count me in. :D

    +5 follower
    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/utah91960/status/4880360196

    Marie
    utah91960(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. Please count me in for this book set in one of my favorite places to visit.

    +5 - I already follow

    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

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