Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter

We're happy to host a stop on the blog tour for Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter.  Curses and Smoke combines two of my favorite genres: YA and historical fiction.  Keep reading for a summary of the book, and a giveaway!

Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Curses and Smoke
Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Genre: YA Historical
When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air...
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

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Vicky Alvear ShecterAbout the Author

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA'S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra's only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Monday, May 12 Bibliophilia, Please bookworm2bookworm's Blog
Tuesday, May 13 Broken Teepee Passages to the Past In the Hammock Blog
Wednesday, May 14 CelticLady's Reviews The Most Happy Reader I'd So Rather Be Reading History From a Woman's Perspective
Thursday, May 15 Kinx's Book Nook A Bibliotaph's Reviews Historical Fiction Obsession
Friday, May 16 Booktalk & More The Mad Reviewer Book Lovers Paradise
Saturday, May 17 SOS Aloha Reading the Ages Kelsey's Book Corner
Sunday, May 18 Giant Squid Books WTF Are You Reading?
Monday, May 19 Caroline Wilson Writes So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, May 20 West Metro Mommy The True Book Addict The Musings of ALMYBNENR Wednesday, May 21 Book Nerd Tower of Babel Hardcover Feedback
Thursday, May 22 Paperback Princess Bittersweet Enchantment
Friday, May 23 History Undressed Historical Fiction Connection
Saturday, May 24 Literary Chanteuse Just One More Chapter
Sunday, May 25 A Dream within a Dream The Little Reader Library
Monday, May 26 Pages of Comfort Griperang's Bookmarks Raizza's Book Blogging Adventure Tuesday, May 27 Princess of Eboli Ageless Pages Reviews The Musings of a Book Junkie

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To win a copy of Curses & Smoke or a $25 Amazon Gift Card please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on May 27th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on May 28th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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1 comment:

  1. Ooooo I can't wait to read some reviews for this one. I've been obsessed with Pompeii since I was a kid and we learned about it for the first time.


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