2 Book Giveaway: Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor by Julianne Lee



I, along with Kaitlyn at Penguin Publishing, am pleased to bring you a 2 book giveaway for Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor by Julianne Lee!

Release Date:  December 1, 2009

SYNOPSIS:  Her name was Mary Tudor. First of the Tudor queens, she has gone down in history as Bloody Mary. But does she deserve her vicious reputation?

She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, and half-sister to Edward VI and Elizabeth I. Mary Tudor's life began as the sweetly innocent, pampered princess of Wales-until the age of eleven when the father she adored cast aside the mother she worshiped and declared Mary a bastard. Only after years of exile did Mary finally rise to the throne alongside the man who, aside from her father, was her greatest love-and her greatest betrayer.

Told by Mary herself and the people around her, this grand-scale novel takes us back to the glittering court of sixteenth-century England, and tells the tragic story of a fascinating, largely misunderstood woman who withstood the treachery and passion around her only to become one of England's most vilified queens.

Giveaway open to US entries ONLY.

All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address....and if you have any thoughts on Queen Mary Tudor - monster or just misunderstood - I would love to hear it!

Giveaway ends on November 30th!

Good luck!




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81 comments:

  1. I have read a book or two regarding Mary Tudor.. I think in a lot of ways she was misunderstood. I imagine it could not have been easy being cast off by a father who really didn't careand replaced in her eyes by Elizabeth. It is actually funny that she was known as Bloody Mary but she only did the same thing her father did. They liked to have heads cut off... What a time to have lived in!!!!

    Momkelly2003@yahoo.com

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  2. Oh, I've been wanting to get this one - please enter me!!

    cmdaphne(at)tds(dot)net

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  3. This sounds like such a good book! I'm a sucker for historical fiction.

    amandarwest@gmail.com

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  4. Please count me in. The books look delicious!

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

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  5. I have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about Mary. I would probably guess she got a bad rap because of the people around her. Her legacy was probably over dramatized throughout the years.

    Would love to read this!

    runaway84(at)gmail.com

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  6. I don't consider Mary to be a monster; as to being misunderstood? I think it is more a case of Mary misunderstanding the needs and the feelings of her subjects. And perhaps misunderstanding the will of God. I'd love to read this book.
    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Wow another Tudor book for me to drool over...man I want a vacation to just sit and read...yeah!
    I've posted this on my blog, on facebook and added it to my sidebar...thanks, Amy
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/11/t-g-i-f-fthats-frickin-friday.html

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  8. Sweet giveaway! I want in on this one please.

    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. My favorite subjects- books and the Tudors. Everyone is quick to say Mary was a monster but really look who her father is the beheader! Mary was trying to undo what her father did to their religion and all she knows is death and abandonment and ect. I think she was mis-understood. cassanrose(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would like to be entered -- I'm a follower and my e-mail is on my profile. Thanks!

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  11. Please enter me.

    thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. pipers4323@yahoo.com - It's nice to see another book about the forgotten Tudor. To often Mary is overlooked or dismissed in favor of her sister.

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  13. This looks like a great book. There aren't enough about Mary.

    msjessicamae(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Please enter me.

    Wasn't a good time to be alive and of the "wrong"religion now was it?
    thanks
    kaiminani(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I don't know alot about Mary, so I would love to win this one and read up on her..


    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  16. I would love to read this book, please enter me. I don't think that Mary was really a monster or misunderstood - but more of a product of everything that she was forced to go through in life.

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  17. I haven't been reading enough historical fiction lately. Please enter me in this giveaway. Many thanks.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Would love to win, thanks,
    Darlene
    wrig9945@charter.net

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  19. I would very much like to be able to win a copy of this book! Thanks for offering it!

    I think that many of the 'star' females in Tudor England had ample reasons to "have issues". While deplore some of what Mary did I also believe that she was a woman who longed for acceptance and love and was manipulated by some of the strong male figures in her life.

    zquilts@centurytel.net

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  20. Would love to be considered for this one! Such a fan of Henry the 8th!

    :) Thanks!!

    rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

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  21. Ahhh, I think everyone is misunderstood at some point in their life, especially those in the public eye.

    (Enter me please, heehee... sounds like a wonderful read!)

    julitastudio(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. What a wonderful read, please count me in.

    lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** COM

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  23. I have become intrigued with Mary Tudor ever since watching "The Tudors" TV series. This sounds like a great book, please enter me.

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

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  24. What a fabulous plot idea. Thanks!
    rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

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  25. Awesome giveaway!
    Don't enter me though :)

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  26. I'm in! I'm in France but can give my Mom's address in the States:) waztootie@googlemail.com
    It's hard for me to think of Mary as anything but a monster. She burnt and tortured more Protestants than during the Spanish Inquisition!

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  27. Oh I've been waiting for this one!! There really isn't a lot out there on Mary - she's stuck in the middle of her bigger than life father and her amazing half sister.

    Count me in!!

    robinbird_79 AT hotmail DOT com

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  28. my favorite genre Historical Fiction Mary was an amazing woman i would love ot read more

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  29. Add me to the list, please.

    yabookmarks@gmail.com

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  30. I haven't read anything about Queen Mary yet so I would love to win this one.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  31. It sounds like a great historical read, please count me in!
    Thanks.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I think her personality faults are only to be expected considering her father and the childhood she had.



    blondedancer3457@aol.com

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  33. I know very little about her but I would love to win this book and learn more!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  34. Would love to win a copy of this book. I think Mary's fervent behavior is very understandable considering her upbringing and early life.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  35. Please enter me.
    ludeluh at yahoo dot com

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  36. Oh enter me please.

    jricciut[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  37. I would like to be entered.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  38. This looks great! Please enter me!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  39. I am so excited about this book! I have become increasingly curious about the life of Mary Tudor recently. There do not seem to be many books on her, besides Jean Plaidy's "In the Shadow of the Crown," and a few Philippa Gregory's where she makes an appearance, so this book is doubly fabulous. :o)

    I would love to enter the giveaway! My email is yankeegirl85@bellsouth.net

    Thank you! :o)

    Melika

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  40. I'd like to win, too!

    marabw@hotmail.com

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  41. I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

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  43. oh please enter me ....

    thank you.

    tonigomez (at) surewest (dot) net

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  44. Despite my interest in Tudor History, most of what I have read so far centres around Henry and his wives; I've not got to his children yet, so it'd be truly wonderful to win this prize.

    sorcha dot sidhe at gmail dot com.

    ~S.

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  45. I would love to win this! I love Tudor history.

    I always thought it was such the double standard that she was nicknamed Bloody Mary, and she only did the same thing that her father did, but he wasn't given the same kind of nickname.

    HarlequinTwilight@gmail.com

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  46. Please enter me!

    Mary Tudor: a victim of circumstances.

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  47. I have only read one book that where Mary is a small character. So I won't judge her just yet! I would to read this book though. Please enter me!

    lannabrooke (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. Sign me up! I've been dying to find a good book about Queen Mary!!

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  49. I would enjoy reading this. Being an offspring of one of Henry VIII's wives didn't exactly guarantee you a good life.
    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I'd love to be entered--I've been looking for a good book on Mary Tudor!

    mandafaye(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I think Mary Tudor is extremely interesting. Her "Bloody Mary" reputation overlooks the extreme emotional distress, neglect and abuse she suffered. I'm not an apologist, by any means, but she is a far more complex person whose life as a teenager and young adult almost guaranteed that she would behave in extreme ways on the throne.

    cherylandersonbrown@gmail.com

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  52. I'd love to win this book! I have percieved Mary Tudor as one with a conflictive nature, but I do pitty her early years as she grew-up struggling for survival during very difficult times. I give her credit for the way she defended her Mom before eveyone else's cruelty and can appreciate her love for Katherine not matter the diffucult and doubting circumstances. ~Bella

    nunezbella(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Im a follower of your Blog =)

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  53. I don't know anything about Mary Tudor -- not a history buff -- but do enjoy Julianne's writing.

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  54. I have to admit, I have not read much about Mary Tudor. Though her reputation sort of precedes her and one has to wonder just how accurate those legends of her are.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  55. I love historical fiction. I don't have thoughts about Mary, but would love to read more about her.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  56. I would love to win this book! I love to read about this time period. I've read books both ways where she is a monster and where she was misunderstood. On one hand, I'd like to think she was misunderstood, but on the other, I'm sure the people who were burned at the stake thought she was a monster. I think she was a woman who had a lot of problems and no one to love and help her.

    laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. I think Mary, with a deep commitment to her religion, was misunderstood. Nevertheless, she was a terror to those around her.
    I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge of this captivating period in history.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. I've always thought of Mary as extremely lonely and unsure of everyone around her. Who CAN you trust if you can't even trust your own father?
    I'd love to win this book!

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  59. This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  60. Sounds interesting!

    srfbluemama at gmail dot com

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  61. Oh yes please enter me in this giveaway. I am a faithful follower.
    tudor_daughter@yahoo.com

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  62. I would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    tokemise@hotmail.com

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  63. Yes, Mary Tudor did some unspeakable things. I think she was a woman that was strongly effected by things that happened in her life. She saw her mother thrown aside most cruelly by her beloved father and then was thrown aside herself. Then she was displaced as heir by a sickly boy who, on top of it all, was Protestant. And then to be married to a man you love and not to be loved in return. The woman just took her power and used it to take out her frustrations and unhappiness...much the worse for the Protestants. Am I saying that she was justified? No. But I believe Mary felt that she was right because of her pain and suffering and that the adoption of the Protestant faith had a hand in it.

    Thanks for the contest!

    miller4plusmore(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  64. Oh I do so want to read about Bloody Mary! I am very excited at the chance to win a copy of this book.
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  65. I am always looking for books on great figures in history. May have been misunderstood and misrepresented. Finding out what shaped their lives helps explain why they became who they were. The more viewpoints, the better.
    librarypat@comcast.net

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  66. Mary may look like a monster to some individuals but you just need to examine the background in which she was raised you begin to understand the motives behind her actions. Mary was rejected by her father. She was raised by a mother who was an avid Catholic in a country that shifted its religious affiliation on the whim of Henry VIII. She also had to be politically astute to manage the challenging relationship between her and Elizabeth. She may have acted in a manner that harmed many but she was acting on her own convictions. Yes she may have appeared as a monster but yet her actions have to evaluated against her upbringing and values.

    Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

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  67. Sounds interesting. Please enter me! linds84@gmail.com

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  68. I would love to be entered for this fabulous book! I truly believe that England's first Queen was a very courageous and strong-willed woman who was certainly misunderstood.

    Thank you for the entry!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Wendy
    wendysfictionaddiction(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. Oh I do hope I win! I realise all entering hope they are the winner. Thank you for this great contest. I do not think she was so much misunderstood, rather she herself misunderstood, if that makes sense. I would be able to answer best after reading the novel.
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  70. ooooh I want this one so bad, I think she was misunderstood. Her father sure did a number on her head and messed her all up. I think of it this way how would any of have turned out if you had a father like Henry VII?

    Enter me too!

    elizabethjohnson@yahoo.com

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  71. I have read up on Mary Tudor and she had quite a life!
    Not only was she not very pretty, but she suffered from debilitating headaches, congenital syphilis and she also had bad breath! WOW, rough life.
    Please enter me: jhstubbs@msn.com
    *Thanks*

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  72. my email is m(dot)ashton(dot)phillips(at)gmail(dot)com!

    I have always had a soft spot for both Mary Tudor and her mother Katherine. I admire her ability to be wrenched from her parents, and especially her mother, for so long and so young, and yet absolutely stand up for what she believed in, both against her father and her brother. I can't imagine what it would be like to be brought up as a princess only to be completely shunned by your own father, declared a bastard, ignored and degraded for years, and then to finally rise up and become Queen.

    She seemed to have a sweet innocence to her, even in middle age, that gave everyone the beneift of the doubt and made her a nice person if not an outstanding Queen.

    So yes, despite her reputation, I have a genuine soft spot for Mary.

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  73. I think with Mary Tudor, it was a matter of her misunderstanding AND her being misunderstood. I would love to read this book. Count me in. :D

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  74. I haven't really read enough about Mary Tudor to have an opinion on her one way or the other. Which is why I'd really like to have read this book.

    Marie
    utah91960[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  75. I really haven't read anything about Queen Mary Tudor - thanks for the opportunity!

    megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  76. I guess that I do not know much about Mary-but I have never considered her a monster.

    thanks

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo dotcom

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  77. Okay, Okay so this sounds awesome...enter me :)

    (I'm hoping some of my recent giveaway good fortune will continue here)

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  78. Thanks for letting us know about the 2 book giveaway.

    gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

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  79. Please enter me. walkerd@primus.ca

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  80. Sounds great. dsandyboy@gmail.com

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