Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Contest for Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand

Oh, goody! B.L.T.'s first book give-away contest! From the day I started this blog I wanted to get a book to give-away. So, two weeks and a hundred plus visitors later, here we are. This book sounds intriguing and I've been waiting to read it for quite some time. 
(Came out in 2008)

Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand: 
In the midst of the Italian Renaissance, two powerful families, the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals, the Pazzi, are tangled in a blood struggle for ultimate power. Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the youngest daughter of the Pazzi family. While her older and more beautiful sister is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli, Flora is dreading her fate.

Destined for life in a convent, Flora defies the life that has been set forth for her and begins a romance with Emilio, a soldier in her father's employ. But as the Pazzi's deal game of intrigue begins to escalate, it is Flora, the youngest and most overlooked, who must inevitably rick her life to save her family.

Inspired by Botticelli's masterpeice, La Primavera, and actual historical events, here is a dazzling coming-of-age story set during a time of beauty and wealth, ambition, rivalry, and passion.


1) Leave a comment telling me about the best book you've ever read (besides Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.). Leave your email address. 
2) To gain an extra entry, follow my blog and leave an extra post telling me so.
3) To gain another extra entry, post about this contest on your blog and then send me an email or leave a comment. Please provide a link for proof.
Please separate comments for each entry.

Because I have limited funds, this contest is open only to teens living within the USA.

This contest ends April 9th, 12:00 am eastern time. EXTENDED to April 30th!

I will post the winner the following day, plus contact you. Please make sure your email is correct or that you post your email address. If the email address is incorrect, I will be forced to do a re-count!

Good luck and happy reading!


Amy said...

ooh this looks good. I'm always up for medival books:)
one of my fave books is hunger games by suzzane collins.
i like your cat pic by the way, she's cute:)

Unknown said...

My favorite book ever is probably a tie between Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They are both fantastic!


Unknown said...

Also, I'm now following your blog.

Unknown said...

I have a link to this contest on my blog's left sidebar under cool contests. :)

Genevieve said...

Oooh, this looks pretty good. : )

My favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle so I suppose that it is the best book that I've read. I'd have to say that Looking For Alaska by John Green is a close second!


Genevieve said...

I'm now a follower of your blog. You've really have a ton of posts for just starting in Feb!


Genevieve said...

I put a link of this contest on my blog's sidebar:


Anonymous said...

It's a real toughy for me to choose between so many excellent novels! But, I'd have to say that if I were to recommend a book, that it would be The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins. Although it has nothing to do with vampires, if you read Twilight and liked it, then you LOVE The Hunger Games!
Suzanne Collins does an excellent job of keeping the story action packed, and the ability to move the story along well. She leaves the reader addicted; wanting more.
In the book, there is this annual televised event where the Capital randomly selects one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts. The selections, called tributes, are placed against each other in a game of survival and forced to kill until only one remains. The game of survival is called The Hunger Games. The story travels to District 12 where Katniss Everdeen takes her sisters place and is forced to play in the Hunger Games. This novel is thrilling and enticing!
The next book in the series, Catching Fire, is due for September 1, 2009.
Primavera sounds like an magnificent book! I've never read a book set back in the Renaissance Era, or anything like it. It sounds like a novel well worth reading!

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Katie said...

Hm..best book? Probably something by Mitch Albom. The Five People You Meet In Heaven was really good.

(: Isa :) said...

I like the title for this one! The fact that it was my first book on zombies would probably make You Are So Undead to Me my favorite book. It is funny, suspenseful, and contains romance so I'd recommend it to anyone! Another good one was the sentimental story of a young korean girl's immigration to the U.S in A Step From Heaven. I don't think I could choose!


(: Isa :) said...

Now I am also following your blog!

Margaret May said...

I would love to enter your contest!!
The best book I have ever read is One by One (by Gilbert Morris.

I am also a follower of your blog

~Margaret May~
P.S. You know to get intouch with me if I win :)

Jayme said...

A new follower! Our library copy of this book is lost and I've been wanting to read for a long time...

Favorite book? The Fountainhead, Gone with the Wind and Jane Eyre. And then something by Meg Cabot :)


Denise said...

I must say that it took me more time to decide on my favorite book than it did to write the entire post :)

My ultimate favorite book is Monster by Frank Peretti, he writes very vividly to where you can get a good picture in your mind and know what is happening. But he also keeps enough away from you to where all of his events slowly build on one another until creating a successful climax. It is then that everything falls into place and your brain is able to catch up with all the events that have taken place. To me, personally, this is good writing. He made my emotions go wild ranging from bouts of laughter to red eyes as my tears spilt over the pages.

Other books that need to at least be mentioned:
Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker.
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff.
Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch.

Denise said...

I am also following your blog...

E-mail: shelfari101@yahoo.com

wdebo said...

My favorite book that I've read is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, her books are so touching and down to earth...amazing!

Oh and I'm also following you!

Wdebo :)

P.S. Would you like to do a link exchange? And would also mind visiting my blog and following me too please? Thank you! Your blog looks really cool!

Unknown said...

The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.


Unknown said...

I'm a follower.


Max Brown said...

My favorite book would have to be City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Well, the whole series, really. They're amazing, and I'm in love with Jace.

My email is max.e.brown.94@gmail.com


Max Brown said...

I'm following your blog.

Max Brown said...

I linked the contest in a blog post and my sidebar. http://maxsbooksandthings.blogspot.com/2009/04/primavera-contest.html

BN Book Blog said...

We both love Tamora Pierce's books, but it's really impossible to pick a favorite.

Beth & Nathan

BN Book Blog said...

We're also following you!

Paradox said...

I really can't say what my favorite book is... that's just too hard. But my favorite book of 2008 was Gone by Michael Grant.

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Paradox said...

I already follow your blog.

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