Thursday, October 15, 2009

Giveaway: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

"Martha was not a witch. Merely a ferocious woman!"

Congratulations to Brenda, Allison and Lori & Steve! AND Mel! They have won copies of The Heretic's Daughter! And thanks to everyone for entering the contest and joining in on the fun!

Author Kathleen Kent, a direct descendant of the real Martha Carrier, says she grew up hearing stories about Carrier and her tribulations from her mother and grandmother... Here's her fictionalized story of Martha Carrier's life before and after the trial...

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

I am so excited to be able to offer The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent for a giveaway! I've always been fascinated with the Salem witch trials and The Heretic's Daughter has gotten such great reviews! Kathleen Kent's personal connection to Martha Carrier makes me all the more eager to read it, because I'm sure that the stories she heard as a child growing up has added depth to her story.

October is National Reading Group Month, and there should be plenty to discuss in a book about the Salem witch trials! Here is a link to the reading group guide for The Heretic's Daughter! Educators are excited about Kathleen's book too, here's a LINK to a teaching guide. Listen to Kathleen Kent talk about her novel, Salem, witches and, of course, Halloween on Blog Talk Radio. Find a link to my review here after I've finished reading it. But in the meantime, let's have some fun!

Courtesy of Valerie of Hachette Book Group, I have 5 copies of The Heretic's Daughter available for a giveaway! Thanks Valerie!

To Enter this giveaway...

*For one entry leave me a comment with your email address!

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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.(No PO boxes). The books will be shipped to the winners directly from the publisher. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on Halloween, Oct. 31st. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! (please check your email.. winner must reply to me within 3 days! Thanks!) Good Luck!

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