06 December 2010

Anniversary Bash: Day One!

Welcome to a huge week here at Unusual Historicals. It's our fourth anniversary! Amazing, right? It's been wonderful to gather such a vibrant community of authors and readers who love not only historical romance, but who love the places and settings that sparkle with extra verve.

So what better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a party? And what better way to party than to give away free books? We've cleared the decks here at UH and all this week we're giving away freaking stacks of books. Huge shindig time, people. Tell all your friends. (No, seriously. Tell everyone. Just like a real world party, it'll only make the place rock harder.)

The thing about Unusual Historicals is that we've gathered such a wide crew, it makes theming out the days just a wee bit tough sometimes. (I'm not even sure I can describe how much I love that. No pigeonholing our authors.) But I tried. I promise that much.

On that note, today's awesome-sauce covered giveaway:

Medieval day! With some cool castles and wonderfully steamy, sexy fairy tales as a bonus!

Castles and princesses and knights, oh my! They've all long been prevalent in the romance genre. And why not? Who doesn't love a good princess--or even better, a slightly naughty one? So we've got nine books to give out today. That's right, I said NINE. It only gets better: they're all signed. I told you our Unusual Historicals authors are awesome, didn't I?

If you're super-duper lucky enough today, you'll get:

Lila DiPasqua:
Awakened by a Kiss and The Princess in His Bed









Lindsay Townsend:
A Knight's Vow, A Knight's Captive, and A Knight's Enchantment




Margaret Mallory:
Knight of Pleasure (This one is a RITA finalist, y'all. How cool is that?)




Blythe Gifford:
Innocence Unveiled




I gotta say, I'm a little jealous of that stack. I kind of want to keep them for my own. So help me save my toppling TBR pile: every entry absolutely MUST have a valid email address. If there is not an email, I'll pick another at random.

Ok, I promise I'm done spiking this post with exclamation points. And done with my over-abuse of parenthesis too, at least for today.

Here's what you've been waiting for all along -- how to win the fantabulous books! It's easy. (Coz I like easy... Or am easy, some of my best friends would say) (Dang, there went another parenthesis.)

To enter, all you have to do is tell me what kind of princess you'd have been in medieval times! A feisty foot-stomper, or calm and benevolent Disney-style? Or something else I haven't even thought of?

See? So easy. And there's great books just begging you to crack 'em open and read 'em. So comment away!

Oh, and void where prohibited, of course. Due to all those annoying considerations, we can only ship to the US.

Lorelie Brown's first book, JAZZ BABY, is currently available from Samhain Publishing and will be released 4 January in paperback. Her second romance, an 1880s-set western, will be published by Carina Press in Summer 2011.

103 comments:

Verona St. James said...

If I were a medieval princess I would totally be of the feisty foot-stomper, hand over that sword ya big lug type. Although I would still be happy to stop and sing with some musically minded woodland animals should the occasion call for it.

BlithelyBookish said...

If I were a medieval princess, I'd want to be known as the fairest princess in the land. I'd be hard working, willing to do anything I asked of my loyal servants. I'd be kind, smart and very lovely. AND, I'd be swept off my feet by the laird of a border clan who simply couldn't resist my charms. But of course, I'd play hard to get because my people need me and a man, especially a mostly naked Highlander, would just complicate things!

Jenny B said...

If I were a medieval princess, I'd be the perfect protocol princess by day, and the champion of the downtrodden, embroiled in intrigue and adventure, by night. Only the most worthy knight or knave--the one who could match my wit, skill, and passion--would be worthy of ruling beside me.

Grace Elliot said...

If I were a medieval princess - I'd be a healer. People would come from far and wide to have hands laid on them, and one day a handsome prince would get injured in a battle...
Grace x
PS dont enter me for the draw cos I live in the UK but it seemed a fun thing to do anyway!

Margay said...

I think I would have been a more benevolent type. I've never been one for stomping my feet!

Margay

Cheri LaClaire said...

I'd want to be reserved in dignified, since that's opposite of my usual everyday self :)

Tanya said...

I would have to be the fiesty foot stomper, but only when needed. I would like to be loved by my people, but have them know I could be tough when needed.

Ren said...

If I were a medieval princess I'd like to think I'd have been a healer and known for kindness. I'd be more quietly crafty than fiesty footstomper.

Virginia C said...

Congratulations on Four Fantastic Years! Here's to many more!

I would be a difficult princess. Not for the sake of being difficult, but because I would be a different princess. A dutiful and loving daughter, no doubt, but always a woman of her own mind. A curious reader, seeker, communicator, healer, and a person of great faith. Either never married, or a widow many times over ; )

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Vonnie Davis said...

A princess, you say. Hmmm...satin gloves over steel resolve comes to mind for this sweet-natured, strong-willed old broad. Yup, most def. I love it when a man does exactly what I want and never once realizes I'd planned it that way all along. And men think THEY run things...

Jennifer Hilt said...

If I was a medieval princess I would hope to be one blessed with excellent teeth and not have an aversion to outdoor privies.

Jen Hilt
www.jenniferhilt.com

Edie Ramer said...

This is tough, because that's one place I never went to in my imagination, but here goes. If I were a medieval princess, I wouldn't be a foot stomper--except on bugs. I'd like to be a progressive princess. If there were a way to make conditions better for women, I'd do it. And better bathing facilities, too. lol

Jaime Z said...

If I were a medieval Princess I would be a fiesty foot-stomper who snuck away to battle with the boys. Why let them have all the fun!

Marci said...

I'd be a thoughtful dreamy princess who would do needlework and play the pianoforte and sparkle, but I'd also ride out into the countryside and distribute largess.

alicamj said...

I would be a trouble making, being late and ill dressed for parties, helping the servants, going into town and helping the people, maybe even running away with the sexy blacksmith!

Bernadette said...

Eowyn from Lord of the Rings has always been my inspiration. Beautiful and smart, and she can wield a sword and ride a horse with the best of the Rohirrim men. I actually wrote a heroine who stomps her foot - on the instep of the rogue who's holding her. He lets go pretty fast!

Shannon said...

I'd want to be a stong and capable leader, that way when I take over management when the King dies I'll have a smooth transition of power and a long reign.

Michelle Styles said...

Hooray at the giveaway!

Allison Chase said...

I'd be the free-spirited, Celtic kind of priestess/princess who can travel on the mists and into a man's dreams to rock his world, lol!

Clancy said...

Well, the first thing I'd do as a medievel princess is NOT be called princess which is a little too foofy for me. I'd be strong, intellegent, feisty and have a tough time finding a man my equal, but when I did he would be a well muscled, smart, funny Scottish Highlander.

Theresa @ TheCreativeWell said...

Wow... um... I guess I would be the foot stomping princess, but only if you're talking about dancing. Who wouldn't want to take advantage of that situation by having all the fun you could?!

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Emma said...

If I were a medieval princess I would calm and benevolent Disney-style.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

Margaret Mallory said...

I am loving these comments! I see none of you wants to be the sort of princess who is married off at twelve as a pawn in a royal power play. ;)

Margaret

FredTownWard said...

If I were a Medieval princess, I would be a large, hairy, five-o'clock-shadow sporting princess in the unusual historical you'd never want to read.

Carrie Lofty said...

Margaret, you and your "facts" ;)

(I had to carefully overlook some of those peskier details when dealing with the Spanish aristocracy. Child brides do *not* make for fun romances.)

As for me, I'd be the sort of princess whose husband died early, whose mama's boy son is strong and healthy, and whose list of lovers is enviably long.

Welcome, everyone! I'm so happy to see so many new faces. We're all stoked that you've stopped by.

Maria said...

If I was a medieval princess I would be a a calm and benevolent princess in front of people but behind closed doors I would be a foot stomper...lol...actually I think that a benevolent princess would probably have enough political savvy to have the political clout to get things done-you can usually get more with honey than vinegar.

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Blythe Gifford said...

Welcome all - and what a fun question! Love seeing all the answers. Come back and see us again.

JoanneR said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would probably be the perfect do-gooder princess, but have some fire that needed to be tended to.

Margaret Mallory said...

Ah yes, Carrie, it is a challenge as a writer of medievals to work around some of the less pleasant aspects of medieval life. My heroes always bathe uncommonly often, of course.

I do have a real princess as a secondary character in KNIGHT OF PASSION. She marries a great king, and then as a young widow finds true love with her lowly clerk of the wardrobe, Owen Tudor.

Marion Spicher said...

I would be a princess that masqueraded as a quiet obedient type, doing all that is expected in court, but would secretly champion the downtrodden, venturing out disguised as a male. Of course I would have an accomplice.

Lynn Spencer said...

If I were a medieval princess, I'd prefer to be one of the educated ones (and some of them were!). I don't go for curl-tossing and foot-stomping, but I'd know my own mind and live with dignity. And since this is my fantasy, I'd have an adoring prince of my own, too. :-)

Congratulations on four years!

Note: Not entering the giveaway; I already own all the books and have read most of them so far.

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Carrie Lofty said...

Marion, I'm curious about this accomplice. Would she be a maiden who helps the princess, or a young lad who is surprising virile and heroic? :)

ReneeRearden said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would be a strategically-smart ruler, appreciative of my status but use my position to help the subjects of my realm, use my feisty foot-stomping skills on the necks of wannabe, power-hungry, wife seekers, and wield a knife and sword well enough to protect myself but still be considered feminine...okay, maybe even a little of a bada*%. Where's the fun in boring?!! =D

Miriam Newman said...

I would definitely be of the fiery foot-stomping variety, no doubt the despair of my parents and a princess who sent suitors running in the other direction. Except--let's see-princesses always came with a lot of LAND, right? And MONEY, correct? So nobody ever ran. Oh, well then, I'd do OK!

Margaret Mallory said...

I can see that some of you better watch out or your father the king may send you to live in the nunnery to keep you pure until he can arrange that marriage for you!

Heather T said...

If I were a Medieval princess, I would be the Disney princess, sweet, sing to the birds type...but underneath I would be the foot-stomping, sassy, i-just-dare-you-to-cross-me type and my cover would be blown.;0)

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Lindsay Townsend said...

What a super question! And fascinating answers. If I were a medieval princess I would wish to have excellent health and teeth, kind parents, an excellent library and my own court of love.

Barbara E. said...

If I were a medieval princess I'd definitely be a feisty foot-stomper who didn't let the handsome prince's get away with trying to push me around. I'd make sure the people in my kingdom got educations and were taken care of, there would be no poverty or abuse if I could help it.

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growlycub said...

I want to be a prince. All that power! Being a princess is for the birds. :)

Elaine Brady said...

Me I would be the princess that did not know I was one, the kind that people always thought would make a great one, down to earth, human... who loves purple of course. ;)

Linda Banche said...

I always wanted to be Emma Peel, so I would be the foot-stomping type. But, also like her, I'd also be wicked intelligent, so I'd have Lindsay's library, and be gorgeous to boot. Hey, if I'm going to fantasize, I'm going to fantasize.

BlithelyBookish said...

Margaret Mallory said - I see none of you wants to be the sort of princess who is married off at twelve as a pawn in a royal power play. ;)

**snorts** Yeah, right... that's SOOOO not me! LOL

Carrie Lofty said...

Linda, my husband would leave me for Avengers-era Diana Rigg. And I wouldn't blame him one bit! Nice choice :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Happy blogoversary, ladies!! What a terrific line-up of books, too ;). Hmm, what kind of princess... I'm thinking the type that is polite and royal-like during formal gatherings but then escapes from the castle whenever possible to wander around the kingdom in the guise of being a regular young woman -- so as to find out the truth about what's *really* going on!

wendy said...

If I were a medieval princess I would be a foot-stomper hard to handle tough as nails everybody grinding there teeth princess.

Jody said...

If I were a medieval princess I would have liked to have been one who tried to learn all the skills of a warrior: especially hand to hand combat. I like to think I could be someone like Black Agnes of Scotland who held the English at bay and when they sent projectiles on the walls she and her knights ladies would go on the ramparts and dust off the walls with their handkerchiefs as an insult to the English. She eventually won that siege because she was cunning and I think that cunning comes from learning to think like a warrior.

Jennifer Mathis said...

Oh I'd be a feisty off with their head type of princess but with a heart of gold(if you can keep your head long enough to find it
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Chelsea B. said...

I would be feisty and out-spoken, just like I am in the present *grin*

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Raven99 said...

I would be a calm and benevolent medieval princess. I would want to be well respected so that I might better be able to influence people to get things done. I'd like to be known for my intelligence, kindness, and strength.

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KittyChair Designs said...

I'd be the sword-wielding, butt-kicking type. No whiny foot-stomping, though...I'd slice first and ask questions later.

Modokker said...

lol Oh i am definitely the fiesty foot stomper. Love those kinds of medieval ladies. No one will walk all over me!

Lisa B

modokker at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

Can I be a ninja princess? Unnoticeable and demure by day, adventuress by the cover of night? :D

letempt said...

I would be a feisty foot stomper...

EC Spurlock said...

What a great website this is! Definitely bookmark material for me.

I'd be the Eleanor of Aquitaine type of princess -- All "yes my lord" to his face and when he's out at the tavern, quietly subverting the servants.

April said...

That's a hard one. I'd probably be somewhere in the middle. I'm definitely not about letting people tell me what to do but I am also all about the lazy and just getting on with life and not making more work for myself by getting involved. So not Disney and not foot-stomping rebel. How about quiet maid with a reputation for stating her mind?
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Sheree said...

I'd play by the rules but try to foster positive social changes. Also, I'd make them boil the water so they don't have to rely on ale (and get drunk) for liquids and make them be more aware of sanitation. Be cleaner and live longer.

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Bluestocking said...

Foot stomper for sure, with a silver tongue and good teeth (so important!). Happy anniversary!

She said...

I'd be the footstomper causing trouble all the way. No way am I going to be used to further polictical alliances. I will marry for love.

Jessi said...

Probably the kind who got locked in a convent and hidden away from the world because of my illicite behavior

Margaret Mallory said...

I'm glad someone mentioned Eleanor of Aquitaine--I was thinking of her myself. Definitely not a woman to mess with. ;)

Margaret Mallory said...

Jessi, we could write you an exciting escape from that convent...

DreadPirateRachel said...

If I were a medieval princess, I'd be the type that made sure the populace were taken care of. If it entailed occasional foot-stomping, then so be it!

LORETTA CANTON said...

I have never wanted to be a princess but I would be a princess who take a bath every day.

loretta
lbcanton@verizon.net

knittingnut02 said...

I'd want to be one of those rare educated princess with her nose in a book. The kind that initally turns all the alpha heroes off.

bobbi said...

I think the Drew Barrymore character in Ever After is a good medieval princess. I'll go with her, however she's defined. ;o) Thanks for doing this - fun!

tracykitn said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would be...a dreamer with a practical streak. You would forget I was there, but savvy advisers would seek out my opinions and observations. I would be capable of rescuing myself, but I'd do it in such a way that my "rescuer" felt like he'd actually done the job.

wanda f said...

If I were a medieval princess I would totally be of the feisty foot-stomper,no weak in the knees crybaby here although I would let my big strong highlander fight some of my battles I do like to watch the sweat glisten on his broad shoulders as he defends my honor hehehhe

Erika said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would be the one bullying my brother into teaching me swordplay and generally learning Everything a Lady Shouldn't. I'd constantly be locked in my chambers by my mother and father, but of course I would find ways to escape. I would find love in a very unlikely and not-royal-marriage-material place, and I would probably be the one doing the rescuing. I wouldn't just be a troublesome tomboy and a rulebreaker, though; I'd also be a champion of the people, and in the words of Mr. Bennet, "always exceed my income" in order to make life better in my kingdom.

Carrie Lofty said...

These answers are really cracking me up. That "escape from convent" idea needs a writer ASAP. So happy to have everyone stop by!

Amanda, aka Morning Glow said...

I'd definitely be a feisty foot-stomper! Calm is vastly overrated :)

Happy anniversary! I'm new to the site, but I'm loving what I see!

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Spud said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would be the docile one but the quietest are always the one's with a devilish streak! ;)

danu-mactire said...

If I were to be a medieval princess I think I'd have to go with being a Disney one. They seem to have all the fun.


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Ellowyne said...

I would be a very diplomatic princess, smoothing things over and enchanting everyone with my wit and kindness, if not my beauty.

JenB said...

Edited b/c I forgot to include an addy. :)

I LOVE medievals and haven't gotten to read one in forever. These titles look amazing!

If I were a medieval princess, I think I'd be more of the feisty foot-stomper, but still sweet like a Disney princess. Think Ariel or Jasmine, but with really cool weapons and a tendency to get her hands dirty. I'd probably be interfering in all the fun stuff.

Fun contest. :)

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Pam said...

I would be the subtle and pragmatic power behind the parental throne, perhaps a younger daughter and non-heiress. Quietly political and secretly sympathetic to the chronically revolting peasants--just call me Princess Marxie Machiavelli.

Novel Reaction said...

I like to think that I would be a feisty foot-stomper but more likely I would have been the type to figure out how to work the politics in my favor without upsetting the big sword-wielding men in my life, calmly and quietly getting done what needed to be done for my people.
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LilMissMolly said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I love medieval romances! I'm definitely in the spunky girl category. I'd like to think I'd be like Grace in Jill Barnett's Fall from Grace, which was in the anthology, A Season in the Highlands.
Great post!

Kristin said...

I would have definitely been a feisty foot stomper. I would also be the one running everything behind the scenes.

Amanda said...

If I were a medieval princess, I'd be hard-working and dutiful normally, but if I wanted something bad enough I'd be a complete foot-stomper

MikieJ said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would probably be an awful lot like Rapunzel in Tangled - On board for adventure, and, of course, running laps around my man :)

Adelle Laudan said...

I'd be the princess who broke all the rules and even wore pants to ride a horse, and not side saddle either Gasp!
Happy Anniversary!
(I'm in Canada) Just wanted to stop in and offer my congrats.

Happy Holidays!
~Adelle

Trippinoutmysoul said...

I would have been the princess sneaking out of emroidery time for arms practice and wheedling alchemy lessons out of the court sorcerer. And I'd definitely have gone for that brooding knight that everyone else steers clear of....

Me said...

I'm thinking I would be the obedient go-to-a-convent-and-stay-there-until-I'm-needed-to-be-married-off-in-a-convenient-political-situation type.

But that's just me. I like hyphens.

JenM said...

If I were a princess in medieval times, I'd want to be an intellectual who tried to foster knowledge and scientific discovery. I mean, those were rough times to live in. They needed all the help they could get.

Linda Henderson said...

I would probably have been a feisty foot-stomper. I just can't see myself as the Disney kind.

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JennyME said...

They had smart alecks back then, right? I think I'd be that kind.

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Lila DiPasqua said...

Since we're getting to choose, I'd rather not be a medieval princess, but instead be princess during the reign of the Sun King. I want to live in the Palace of Versailles. :) Oh, and yes, I'd be feisty, loyal, smart and to help someone I love, I'd perhaps break a rule or two---like gambling at an illegal gaming den with royal diamonds. *winks*

joanieponytail said...

If I were a Medieval princess, I would have been the one lurking in the shadows as my brothers were taught to read so I could learn too and then I would have tried to sneak away to the family's library to look at all 8 of the books in contained. I would have been wishing that at least one of them contained the parts of the story that women find interesting. I would be hoping that one day enough women could read that someone would write just that sort of book.

Emily said...

I would want to be the kind who kicks some serious ass. Maybe disguise myself as a man and win at everything. Although pretty dresses and jewelry would be nice too. Maybe a double life?

Margaret Mallory said...

What fun! It's been lovely to hear from so many would-be princesses today. ;)

Kathleen said...

If I were a medieval princess, I would be demure and Disney-like in public, but behind the scenes? Oh, I would be feisty, dress like a man, slip out of the castle in the moonlight, have handmaidens who were in cahoots with me and covered for me during my escapades. I would find myself in a scrape or two, of course, finally running into, and up against, a man wild in his own right, but intent on taming me enough to capture my heart. Is there a book in here?

Virginia said...

Congrats on four years! If I were a medieval princess I would probably be a foot stomper. I would want to get things done no matter what I had to do.

Juli said...

I would be one of the ones packed off to a convent at an early age so my family didn't have to deal with me. Then, I'd be one of the ones who incited my fellow prisoners, I mean nuns, to burn down the convent and escape en masse. (Which really happened!)

Maureen said...

I think I would have been an outwardly compliant and kind type of princess but I would attempt to get things done my way by quietly insisting that it be done. Happy Anniversary!

Amber S said...

I probably would have been like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Bookish and day-dreamy :)

Marion Spicher said...

In response to Carrie Lofty's curiosity, my accomplice would be in charge of the stables, virile, handsome, and sparring partner for training and practice sessions in fighting skills with my brother, the prince. I would attempt to sneak off on a horse at midnight. He would follow and catch me. Ta Da!

Carrie Lofty said...

Marion, that book needs to be written. Go now! Make it so!

Marion Spicher said...

Carrie, thanks for the boost. As soon as I submit "The Labyrinth" (before the end of the year) and complete my historical "The Highland Pioneer" ... I will consider it! Great fun to have a project waiting in the wings.

lgm52 said...

I'd probably have been a combination of the two: outwardly a calm sweet little thing, while inwardly I'd feel rebellious!

HoweHowse said...

I think a calm, even-tempered but not necessarily Disney-esque. One who definitely know how to get things done and who to charm to get there. Tough, Fair, not afraid to pitch in and definitely not afraid to accept help and adulation. AFter all, everyone needs to feel needed.