Win a copy of The Raven's Heart: A Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots by Jesse Blackadder!

Today is the kick-off day for Jesse Blackadder's virtual book tour for The Raven's Heart: A Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots and in celebration I am hosting a giveaway for one copy!

Jesse is touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours from December 3 - 21, please see the schedule of stops at the end of this post to follow the tour.

About the Book 

Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Bywater Books


Scotland, 1561, and a ship comes across the North Sea carrying home Mary, the young, charismatic Queen of Scots, returning after 13 years in the French court to wrest back control of her throne.

The Blackadder family has long awaited for the Queen’s return to bring them justice. Alison Blackadder, disguised as a boy from childhood to protect her from the murderous clan that stole their lands, must learn to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, building a web of dependence and reward.

Just as the Queen can trust nobody, Alison discovers lies, danger and treachery at every turn. Then, unexpectedly, she finds love…

This sweeping, imaginative and original tale of political intrigue, misplaced loyalty, secret passion and implacable revenge is based on real characters and events from the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. The Raven’s Heart is a breathtaking epic from a bold, fresh Australian voice.

Book Trailer

About the Author

Yes, Jesse Blackadder really was born with that surname. When she finally had enough of people asking if she was related to Rowan Atkinson, she travelled to Scotland to find the origins of her surname. Her novel The Raven’s Heart grew from there. It won the Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Award in 2009 and was published in Feb 2011.

Jesse is an award winning Australian novelist, short story writer and freelance journalist, fascinated by landscapes and belonging. Her first novel was After the Party (Hardie Grant Books 2005), which made the Australian Book Review list of all time favourite Australian novels in February 2010. She’s been a writer in residence in Sitka Alaska, in outback New South Wales, at Byron Bay and at Varuna in the Blue Mountains. Jesse’s next book, which she is writing as part of a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, is about the first woman to see Antarctica and Jesse recently travelled to Antarctica as part of her research.

Connect with Jesse Blackadder:  WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

Virtual Tour Schedule

Monday, December 3
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 4 
Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Wednesday, December 5
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, December 6 
Review & Giveaway at Griperang's Bookmarks

Friday, December 7
Review & Giveaway at Paperback Princess

Monday, December 10
Review at Book Journey
Review & Giveaway at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, December 11
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, December 12
Review at Bonjour Cass
Review at The Worm Hole

Thursday, December 13
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Friday, December 14
Review at Book Dilettante

Monday, December 17
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Tuesday, December 18
Review at One Book at a Time
Review & Giveaway at Book of Secrets

Wednesday, December 19
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Thursday, December 20
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, December 21
Review at JulzReads
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Raging Bibliomania

Giveaway (Open Internationally)

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway). 
- +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries. 
- +3 additional entries join the Passages to the Past FB Page
- +3 additional entries follow PTTP on Twitter
- +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook or Google+. You can use the SHARE buttons below. 
- Giveaway ends on December 12th.

Good luck to all!

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  1. Please enter me in this giveaway. I am a GFC follower and a Networked Blogs follower (Kimberlee Gibbs). I am also a member of the FB page. Thanks for giving this giveaway and this book sounds awesome.


  2. +5 Follower of Passages to the Past
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    - +1 posted on sidebar
    Google+shared Kathleen Kelly

    Thanks Amy!!

  3. this sounds really interesting and i'd love to give it a go! kat at

  4. Thank you for making it open to all. With books like this being very unlikely to find their way here to my country it is much appreciated when the competition is thrown wide open!


  5. This looks like a book I would be interested in. Ever since reading that little part about Mary of Scots in one of CW Gortner's book I have been trying to find out more about her.

    My email is
    I am a follower on fb also.

  6. This book sounds so interesting. Fb follower email subscriber twitter follower rhondareads.

  7. I like to read about Mary Queen of Scotts for two namesake and my husband is of Scottish decent.
    Please enter me in this contest.

  8. I have been waiting for this one for a long time - love the cover art too!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


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  9. I'm looking forward to this one Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  10. Your book sounds fascinating! I love all books related to Scotland. I am always pleased to dicover a new author to add to my list of readings. Would love to read The Raven's Heart!
    thank you for your giveaway!

  11. This sounds like a great book.
    I follow your blog and facebook page and I will share about this on facebook!

  12. Your book sounds fascinating! I love books related to Scotland. I am alway pleased to discover an author to add to my list of books to read. I would love to read The Raven's Heart. Thank you for your nice giveaway.

  13. Oh, Amy, this one sounds GOOD!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    +5. GFC follower (Colleen Turner).
    +3. Facebook (Colleen Turner).
    +3. Follow on twitter (@candc320).
    +1. Shared on Twitter.
    +1. Shared on Facebook.
    +1. Shared on Google+.

    Thanks Amy!

  14. This book sounds very intriguing. I would love to receive a copy of it.
    annefitza (at)

  15. This sounds good! Love reading about Mary Q of scots.

    -blog follower
    -twitter follower
    -tweeted about this giveaway


  16. I have always been fascinated by MQS! I even have the privalage of portraying her in a reinactment group that goes to schools and Scottish games. Can't wait to read your book!

  17. I can't wait to read your book! I have the honor of portraying MQS at Scottish games and at schools, teaching children about her life and renaissance times.

  18. What a great-sounding book. Being of Scottish heritage myself I'm very interested in Mary's life, real and fictional. Please enter my name in the draw for the chance to win a copy.
    - +5 I am a follower of Passages to the Past by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    - +3 I have joined the Passages to the Past FB Page: Carl Scott
    - +3 I follow PTTP on Twitter: @carlrscott
    - +1 I tweeted about the giveaway:
    - +1 I pinned this post to Pinterest:


  20. I am really looking forward to reading this! I can't soak up enough of stories like these.

    +5 GFC and Email follower
    +3 FB follower
    +1 Shared on FB with the share button on the post


  21. It's great to read about Mary, Queen of Scots, especially from new authors!

    I follow on Google Reader.

  22. A fabulous story about a fascinating period in history.

    I did laugh about the Rowan Atkinson remark.

    GFC: Mary Preston

    Email Subscriber:


  23. I'm really looking forward to reading this novel. What a fascinating period in history. Books like this should be a "must read" in schools.

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    +3 Follower of PTTP on FB (Connie Kline Fischer)
    +3 Follower on Twitter - @ConnieFischer3
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  24. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    GFC: Elysium
    FB: Elysium Bookramblings
    twitter: Elysianfield


  25. Oohhhh sounds great! I'm a sucker for anything about Mary. Thanks, Amy!

    tiger_fan_1997 AT yahoo DOT com

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  26. I would love to win a copy. And I'm a follower


  27. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow via GFC- Kirsten!
    and twitter- @commodorewood


  28. Hi! I follow via email ( as well as on fb (Stephanie Rosch) and twitter (StephanieRosch)


  29. This book looks really interesting!

    I am a follower by email and a FB follower. My blog:

  30. This sounds good.



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