Thursday, December 15, 2011

Giveaway: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

On December 27, 2011 Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran will be available in paperback.  In celebration Crown Publishing & Michelle Moran are holding  a HEADS WILL ROLL photo contest and giveaway.  Starts today December 15th, with the winners being announced on January 16th. Click the link above to enter.

Thanks to Michelle & Crown Publishing I have (1) paperback copy of Madame Tussaud & a set of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings to giveaway. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S residents. The winner will be announced on January 9th. Good Luck!

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire…but who was this woman and how did she become one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous story comes to life as only Michelle Moran could tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin…

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American Ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king’s sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess √Člisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen, to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and caf√©s across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution…Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more importantly, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks forthe chance to win.

    sgiden at

  2. Awesome giveaway...the earrings are beautiful!

    Kelsey O.
    kopsahl48 AT gmail DOT com

  3. I would love to read this book—please enter me in your giveaway!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  4. Would love a paperback version!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Sounds very good.

  7. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love those earrings.

    andrea dot infinger@comcast dot net

  8. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  9. This sounds great. I'd love to read more about this period of time in France. Thanks for the giveaway!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  10. Ooh, yay for historical fiction centering on actual historical figures! I'm one of those rare folks who don't mind the kitschiness of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, and kinda love the darkness of the war rooms in the one in NYC. And sad to say I don't know much about the woman behind it, so I'd definitely love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the giveaway op!


  11. Oh this is just cool. I've been to the Madame Tussaud's in Vegas and never really thought about the woman or story behind the attraction until now. Very cool giveaway!
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  12. Looks like a great story and awesome giveaway!!! Happy Holidays!



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