Giveaway: Madame Picasso by Anne Girard #HFVBTBlogTour

Author Anne Girard is currently on Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours and I am tickled pink to be hosting the tour today with a chance for one of you awesome people to win a copy! Check out what bloggers on the tour are saying...

""In Girard's hands, the world of the Moulin Rouge and the South of France come alive in vivid colors like one of Picasso's paintings. Reading this book was like taking a master class in historical fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I was sad when I finished it." - Scandalous Women

"A vivid tale that offers compelling insight to an oft forgotten chapter in the artist's life, Madame Picasso is an absolute must for art lovers and literary aficionados alike. Impossible to put down and brilliantly addicting." - Flashlight Commentary

"Madame Picasso is a wonderful novel about the turbulent times of Belle Epoque Paris" - Curling Up By the Fire

"Girard offers a very well researched and moving portrait of a relationship between two extraordinary persons. A must for all lovers of history and art in France." - Words and Peace


Publication Date: August 26, 2014 | Harlequin MIRA | Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.

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Praise for Madame Picasso

"Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso's lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in Madame Picasso. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse." - C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN'S VOW

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03_Anne GirardAbout the Author

Anne Girard was born with writing in her blood. The daughter of a hard-driving Chicago newsman, she has always had the same passion for storytelling that fueled his lifelong career. She hand-wrote her first novel (admittedly, not a very good one) at the age of fourteen, and never stopped imagining characters and their stories. Writing only ever took a backseat to her love of reading.

After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature from UCLA and a Master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a chance meeting with the acclaimed author, Irving Stone, sharply focused her ambition onto telling great stories from history with detailed research. "Live where your characters lived, see the things they saw," he said, "only then can you truly bring them to life for your readers." Anne took that advice to heart. After Stone's encouragement twenty years ago, she sold her first novel. When she is not traveling the world researching her stories, Anne and her family make their home in Southern California. When she is not traveling or writing, she is reading fiction.

Anne also writes historical fiction under the name Diane Haeger. For more information, visit You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Madame Picasso Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 26
Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 27
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, August 28
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace
Review & Giveaway at Kinx's Book Nook

Friday, August 29
Review at Scandalous Women
Review at Curling Up by the Fire

Monday, September 1
Review at A Bookish Affair
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 2
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 3
Spotlight at Gobs and Gobs of Books
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, September 4
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Friday, September 5
Review at To Read or Not to Read

Monday, September 8
Review at Book of Secrets
Review & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf

Tuesday, September 9
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, September 10
Review at Books in the Burbs

Thursday, September 11
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, September 12
Review at Caroline Wilson Writes
Review at The Book Binder's Daughter

Monday, September 15
Review at Layered Pages
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Tuesday, September 16
Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Wednesday, September 17
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, September 18
Review at One Book of a Time

Friday, September 19
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, September 22
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 23
Review at The Librarian Fatale

Wednesday, September 24
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Thursday, September 25
Review at Kincavel Korner

Friday, September 26
Interview at Kincavel Korner


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  1. This novel sounds captivating and memorable. The era and the artist are always fascinating. thanks for this great giveaway.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Sounds amazing! I'm so interested! I loved the introduction to Picasso in The Beautiful American (as a literary character), so something much more about him is right up my alley!

  3. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Picasso was a secondary character in a HF novel I read recently. I'd love to know more about him and his loves. Thanks for this giveaway.

  5. Great choice. I always enjoy books about the lives of artists and Picasso was one of those whose stories just beg to be written. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  6. It sound like a very interesting read. I love the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. I'm excited to read this! Congratulations, Anne!!!

  8. I think it's very interesting how you have framed your change in sub-genre within historical fiction by using a different name to author your work. There are so many beloved and talented historical fiction novelists covering English royals, I suppose your other work might be overlooked if you don't make an artistic statement of this magnitude. I'd love to read this or any of your Haeger novels! Thanks, Amy for this feature and giveaway! --Kara

  9. thanx for this giveaway!!
    I cannot wait to read it!!!


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