Giveaway: The Raven's Heart by: Jesse Blackadder

Publisher: Bywater Books

Publish Date: September 11, 2011

Synopsis: Scotland, 1561, and a ship comes across the North Sea carrying home Mary, the young, charismatic Queen of Scots, returning after thirteen years in the French court to wrest back control of her throne.

The Blackadder family has long awaited for the Queen's return to bring them justice. Alison Blackadder, disguised as a boy from childhood to protect her from the murderous clan that stole their lands, must learn to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, building a web of dependence and reward.

Just as the Queen can trust nobody, Alison discovers lies, danger, and treachery at every turn.

This sweeping, imaginative, and original tale of political intrigue, misplaced loyalty, secret passion, and implacable revenge is based on real characters and events from the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.

"The Raven's Heart" is a breathtaking epic from a bold, fresh voice. Winner of the Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Award, "The Raven's Heart" was published in Australia in 2011.

Author Bio: Born in Sydney, Jesse now lives near Byron Bay. She is an award-winning short-story writer and freelance journalist, fascinated by landscapes and belonging. Her first novel was After the Party (2005), which was voted onto the Australian Book Review’s list of all time favourite Australian novels in February 2010. She is writing her next novel about the first woman to reach Antarctica.

Giveaway Information: There is one (1) print copy of "The Raven's Heart" available for this international giveaway. Enter by leaving a comment on this post with your email address.

Winner will be chosen at random on December 21, 2012 - so enter as soon as possible. Thanks and good luck!   


  1. I would love to read this book. Sounds interesting.
    And the author is from Australia. It has to be great.


  2. This setting, involving Mary Queen of Scots, sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Sounds interesting!


  4. Sounds like an interesting book.

    sgiden at

  5. I'm really intrigued by this book. Thank you for the givaway!


  6. I would love to learn more about Mary, the Queen of Scots. Thank you for having this giveaway.


  7. I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting. Please enter me in contest.

  8. I would love to win this book. Please count me in for this giveaway.


  9. Looks good :)
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  10. I would love to read this! This time period is a favorite of mine but I haven't read that many books dealing with Mary Queen of Scots. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. It sounds really interesting, I would love to read this book !


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