Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Online Launch Party!

Today GILT will be in bookstores.  And on Saturday, the Avid Reader in Davis will be hosting a party for the launch.  But I wanted to be able to celebrate with all the wonderful bloggers and writers and readers I've met online since I started this crazy journey.  So starting today, I'm having a GILT launch party right here on the blog!

Come in, grab a drink and a virtual cupcake and tell me all about your favorite kings and queens of English history!  Visit the YA Muses blog all week to read what my closest writing friends have to say about GILT.  Follow the Tudor Tuesdays blog tour to read about Henry's queens.  Head over to Goodreads for a chance to win one of 15 copies.  And get ready for door prizes.

I have three to give away internationally!

Each prize will include one of three fabulous ARCs of upcoming novels donated by Penguin:
NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS, by Dayna Lorentz
AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfield
RIFT, by Andrea Cremer

First prize is a signed copy of GILT, all wrapped up in a limited edition GILT canvas tote (plus an ARC!):

Second prize is a signed copy of GILT, plus an ARC!

Third prize is a GILT swag pack, including a specially-selected Sephora lipstick that I carefully matched to the color on the cover. (PS - It looks great on!) Plus an ARC!

All you have to do is enter below:
Winners will be announced next week!



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77 comments:

  1. At this moment I really want to sing the song, "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am, Henry the Eighth, I am, I am... Second verse, same as the first!" But... I won't. Or wait. I already did... Oops.

    My favorite Queen is Queen Elizabeth I (1558) of the "Golden Age" of England. :)

    Happy Book Birthday, Katherine! Thank you for writing this wonderful story!! Good luck to all who enter (and what I would give for that first place prize...)

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  2. King Arthur!

    Okay, just kidding. I know he's fictional. And has a baby with his sister, which was an accident, but still yuck.

    Real king...well, probably Henry for sheer entertainment value. For awesomeness, it would have to be Queen Elizabeth I. Most fascinating to study might be Richard III.

    Note: I am indecisive!

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  3. Well, I don't know the names, but whichever queen liked William Shakespeare. :P

    (I need to get my history down...)

    -Madison

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  4. Hmm...favorite king or queen. Probably Anne Boelyn. Let's face it, she started it all.

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE VERY AWESOME KATHERINE LONGSHORE!!! May the world finally meet Kitty and fall in love with her. :-)

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  5. Of course Henry VIII is the most fun to read about, but Victoria needs props too. Okay, now for my absolute favorite - "Prince" John! I think the only reason I like him so well is because he is hilariously vilified in pop culture - Disney's Robin Hood or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, anyone?

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  6. Congratulations on your Debut book release today!

    The culmination of a dream!

    All the best,
    RKCharron

    PS - My favourite ruler of England is Queen Elizabeth.

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  7. Queen Victoria, because that movie with Emily Blunt made me cry.

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  8. King Henry I 1100 - 1135 ,since he attempted to name his daughter his successor and make her the first queen of England. Although at that time they saw a woman as unfit to rule so when he he died they named his nephew successor instead plunging them into civil war with a country divided. But I still applaud his efforts and loyalty to his daughter :o)

    April K.
    foreverbama@gmail

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  9. I'm quite fond of Victoria and Albert, but Henry VIII makes for fabulous stories. Very excited to get my hands on GILT. Thanks for the generous giveaway and best wishes!!!

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  10. I kind of favor Elizabeth I. There was so much going on during her reign, particularly exploring the New World.

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  11. You have to go with Bloody Mary, Love her or hate her she was England's first Queen and paved the way for Elizabeth. Although I really wonder had poor Lady Jane not been executed and Mary never took over the throne how things would've turned out.

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  12. Yes, Elizabeth I would have to be my pick as well.

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  13. My favourite would have actually have to be three favourites - Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II. I think each in their own way have been strong, powerful (not in the ruling sense) women, and I think they have been good for us British - and women -during their reigns. Especially considering they were all Queens when sons were the "desired" heirs. So glad the law has been changed now, so that Prince William's first child will become the next monarch after him, no matter what the child's sex.

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  14. After watching the Tudors - which I know isn't an accurate representation of the times - I've become a bit of a Anne Bolyn fan.

    And I love Queen Elizabeth the second. She's dignified and a really class lady.

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  15. I'd have to say my favorite queen of England would have to be Queen Elizabeth I. A strong, powerful woman, there was a reason the time she ruled was called the "Golden Age" of England. Thank you for the giveaway, and congratulations on Gilt's release! :)

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  16. Anne Boleyn....great history there!

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  17. I'm gonna go with Mary I. Only because of the legend that followed. It's just dark and interesting. =)

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  18. i know the most things about louis xvi from french class so i'm gonna go with either him or marie antoinette : )

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  19. My favourite King/Queen would have to be Queen Elizebeth I.. mainly because of her fascinating past from how she was a child till she actually became queen.

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  20. Well, I fell in love with Victoria after watching The Young Victoria...

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  21. Queen Victoria, of course.

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  22. Oh dear, pick just one? I'm fascinated with Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth I, but the ones that I drown myself in hisfic of are the wives of Henry VII. I even wrote a series of short stories about them! Anne Boleyn always fascinates me the most, I think.

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  23. just picking one. . . . well I would automatically think King Arthur but he might have just been a legend. A medieval general that fought against the Saxtons, but was revived through literature and the attempts of the Plantagenets to restore their lineage . . .whatever still love him!

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  24. Today is the D-Day!! Congratulations dear Katherine ^_^ Gilt is officially on the shelves! kyaaaaaaaaaaaa!! ^.^
    Also, thank you so much for this jaw-dropping giveaway! holy cow O_O

    I love, love, love Gilt! I was able to read my arc during the weekend and you blew my mind! my review is up ^.^ woohooo! I can;t recommend it enough, sorry if I couldn't make Gilt enough justice though I really tried! I can't wait to read more of your books and the Royal Circle and whatever you wish to write in the future ^___^

    Wish you a wonderful release day!! WOOHOOO!!! *Dance* *Dance*

    ^.^

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  25. aaah! Now Im entering the giveaway and I have to answer who my favorite King/Queen of England is (sorry for the spam)

    I would say Queen Victoria since I have always been very obsessed with the Victorian era but now thanks to Gilt, I am obsessed with the tudors and the court of Henry XVIII too! Yay! ^_^

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  26. I'm not sure if I have a favorite king. King Henry VIII was an idiot. I know I'm not supposed to like Anne Boleyn, especially since she stole Henry from Catherine (of Aragon) but she was just so... fascinating..at least on the TV show. She did manage to influence Henry, greatly and I have to hand it to her for that, even though she's kind of a ...uhm, I'll refrain from mentioning.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm gonna read Gilt soon =D

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  27. My favorite queen is Anne Boleyne because she changed the course of history. She was such a smart women and well read and highly politicized.

    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway:)

    GFC follower Christina Kit.

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  28. Queen Victoria got my vote when she showed up on Doctor Who (a 10th Doctor and Rose episode called Tooth and Claw. It's amazing.) I was predisposed to like her after learning a bit about her in my Victorian lit class, but that episode sealed the deal.

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  29. Truthfully, I don't know much about the monarch history, but I have to say I'm fascinated with the culture surrounding both Marie Antoinette and Queen Victoria - both so intriguing! As I'm also in love with current England (I was born there), I do have to say I have the utmost respect for Queen Elizabeth II - classy and lovely.

    Happy book birthday!

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  30. Thank you for having an online launch party! And congratulations on release day!

    The totes look awesome...*Crosses fingers*

    My favorite queen is Queen Elizabeth I.

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  31. Thank you for the giveaway!
    My favorite queen is also Queen Elizabeth.

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  32. My favorite king is King Henry VIII.
    And congrats!!

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  33. I always liked Queen Victoria.

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  34. Yeah, I'm gonna go with either Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth I.

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  35. Cleopatra. She was seriously hardcore as a ruler and a woman ruler in a time period dominated by men.

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  36. Catherine of Aragon, I always felt she deserved more. She got screwed because her husband wasn't happy. Not ok.

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  37. Augustus Caesar - He greatly improved the infrastructure of Rome and its military. Additionally, he was a great diplomat and did an excellent job forging relationships. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. Queen Elizabeth I although I will admit I get guilty pleasure reading about all of Henry VIII's wives.

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  39. Definitely Queen Victoria! So classy.

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  40. I can't say King Arthur, righ? LOL! Okay, in that case I'll go with Queen Victoria! I loved her historical period!

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  41. I don't really have a favorite. I think Henry VIII is definitely the most interesting, but Elizabeth is just amazing.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy book birthday! :D

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  42. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite king would have to be Henry VIII. Cliche, I know. I blame the Tudors. Another is Juana the Loca. I read a book about her that had my heart breaking for her (The Last Queen). And then there's poor Catherine of Aragon.

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  43. That's a question I've never actually thought about. My favourite is likely to be the Queen with the most sass... and I'm inclined to think that that title falls on Queen Victoria.

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  44. So many wonderful responses! I love reading about your favorite kings and queens and reasons for liking them!

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  45. Thank you for this giveaway and for opening it internationally !! My favorite queen is Elizabeth and a close second would be Anne Boleyn, she's the reason I'm obsessed with the Turdor era (and the tv show; Natalie Dormer was amaaaazing). I can't wait to read Gilt, i can't find on kindle it's driving me nuts lol

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  46. Definitely Queen Victoria! :)

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  47. You know, you cant ask a history major to pick favorites. ;) However, I love King George VI's story and also Queen Victoria's.

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  48. I mean, I am not sure if he's exactly my favourite, but his side of history is my Favourite, so yeah, Henry the Eighth

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  49. King Arthur! Wait, what? They have to be real? AH! Let's see.. probably Queen Elizabeth!

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  50. I'm going to have to go with Anne Boleyn. I've been fascinated by the Tudor court ever since I remember reading a Royal Diaries book about young Elizabeth when I was maybe 8 or 9. It's amazing the way Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are connected, and the brief time Anne had at court to make such a lasting impact on her country.

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  51. I've always liked Queen Victoria! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! ♥

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  52. Queen Elizabeth I.She was very interesting.

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  53. Hmm, I'd say Queen Elizabeth II! This giveaway is epic but not as epic as Gilt! <3

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  54. Queen Elizabeth I. She is the epitome of feminine strength (and probably a very cliched answer). Oh well. <3 Thanks so much for this giveaway!

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  55. Do they have to be real? I'd vote for King Arthur then ;) if not Lady Jane. SHe was queen for about a day wasn't she?

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  56. Good luck with your launch! I love totes and lipstick so this giveaway is calling my name!

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    1. And my favourite queen is Queen Victoria!

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  57. Queen Victoria :) It might have something slightly to do with the awesome movie where Emily Blunt plays her... :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway and good luck for the launch!

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  58. In 9th grade I had to pick an English queen/king to do a paper about as if we were them in the present. I happened to pick Queen Elizabeth Tudor. She was a brave & somewhat ruthless queen, which i loved. Awesome giveaway question, thanks!

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  59. Am a huge fan of the Tudor time period so I'd have to say that my favorite Queen was Catherine of Aragon. :) Happy Launch Day!

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  60. My favorite is probably Queen Catherine (of Aragon) who married King Henry VIII, as I've read a few historical books about her and always admired her strength of character. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I love how many of you have chosen the first Elizabeth! (hmmm, there may be another series in there...) and I would have to say Arthur counts!

    For those of you saying Victoria, I hear you! Loved the Emily Blunt movie, too. Keep the answers coming!

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  62. Queen Elizabeth is my fave. She didn't take any crap and was a warrior queen that didn't need a man to back her up.

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  63. Edward I. I wouldn't have wanted to be *governed* by him or anything, but I love how his foreign policy was "eff you." And his domestic policy was also "eff you." Gotta admire his consistency.

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  64. I think my favorite queen was Queen Elizabeth. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kassiah at fictionators dot com

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  65. I think Queen Victoria is my favorite, although Anne is fascinating as well!

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  66. I'm here! Virtually! I'm here! YAYAYAY!!! Cupcakes are amazing! Book is even better!!! Success my friend! HUGxoxo J

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  67. Queen Elisabeth the First. :D

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  68. I love Alfred the Great! He's so fun to learn about! :D

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  69. What wonderful answers! And thank you all for coming -- the party goes all weekend, so tell your friends!

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd have to pick Queen Victoria! :D

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  71. English queen? Anne Boleyn. Non-English queen? Cleopatra. But my favorite queen of all may well be the band. :)

    Congrats on your launch! May it be everything you dreamed of and more!

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  72. Even though he wasn't the greatest husband, King Henry VIII completely fascinates me. I am equally as fascinated by Anne Boleyn and even though I'm not sure exactly how I feel about her, it's obvious she must've been quite a woman to capture the King the way she did.

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  73. I've always been intrigued by the recent royals - the current queen and Diana - even though she would never have been queen herself. I grew up in the '80s when women's magazines constantly featured Diana. She seemed so sophisticated and I liked that she cared so much about her boys - they were often included in pictures of her. I was so sad when she died. My aunt called us when it happened, it was the middle of the night and woke us up!

    I've been hearing a bunch about Gilt so the word is definitely out.

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  74. Queen Elizabeth (the first one). I like her strength and the fact that she was a strong queen without a man.

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