Friday, May 1, 2009

Trailer & more: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to share this trailer with you!

Cleopatra's Daughter Q&A

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters:

Octavia: the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra
Livia: Octavian’s bitter and jealous wife
Marcellus: Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir-apparent
Tiberius: Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power
Juba: Octavian’s ever-watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place —the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the time. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of Imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of history, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

Click here to find out about all three of Michelle's books.

Click here, to go back and read my review of Nefertiti.

Click here, to go back and read my review of The Heretic Queen.

Q&A with Michelle Moran, bestselling author of "Nefertiti" and "The Heretic Queen"

6 comments and creative thoughts:

Michelle Moran said...

Wow - thank you so much for posting it!!!!

I hope you're feeling well :] Only three and a half months to go, right?!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

My blog is always happy to share the latest of Michelle! And yes, three months and a bit, if I can wait that long. Air conditioning is my pregnant friend.

Michelle Moran said...

Ha-ha. Good thing you're not in So Cal. A few weeks ago we had a long streak of 100 degree weather. It was brutal.

Keep cool ;]

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Whew! Georgia heat and humidity for me at above 85 degrees is plenty! That and my long haired black fuzzy who thinks he is suppose to live in my lap year round. Great in the winter, not so much right now. The belly and cat are fighting each other for space. *giggles*

107 days left!

I wonder how many books I can read in that time...

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fascinating one! The cover is riveting as well. And it explores two favorite regions of time-Egypt and Rome.

Have you read it? From the blurp it looks wonderful...So many little time!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

It comes out in September, and even ARCs are not available until August. So in answer. No, I have not read it yet. But I have read everything else by Michelle, and I wait rather impatiently to read this one as well. *grin* you can believe as soon as I can I will read and review this one.

In the mean time, I highly recommend her previous titles mentioned in the post as well for reading. Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen.

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