1293 Giveaway!

So THE WICKED AND THE JUST has reached a particular milestone – 1293 people have added it on Goodreads!  1293 is the year in which the story begins, and since I’m lame enough to be amused by this, I thought I’d say thanks to you guys with a little giveaway.

Here’s what you’ll get:

* A signed copy of W/J (to be sent as soon as I get copies in my possession)

* A monkey keg-party magnet

* A replica pewter medieval pilgrim badge

* A swag pack

Here’s what you need to do:

Comment on this post with a question you’d like to ask any person from history.  Who would you ask, and what would you ask?

Open internationally, from noon PST on 9 March through noon PST on 16 March.  One entry per person please.  A winner will be selected randomly from among all unique comments by Random.org.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

32 Comments on 1293 Giveaway!

  1. I love this question…rather wish I had thought of it to ask you for the interview I did with you 🙂 For me there are so many serious questions I’d love answers to (on a side note: my own personal view of heaven has always been one big information desk where you get all your questions answered…then, of course, they invented Google…)

    I can’t narrow it down, there are so many wonderful questions to ask so many people. So: I’d ask Oswald if he acted alone…

  2. Ooooo….medieval pilgrim badges.

    Ok, so I have a weird one. There’s this written account of people who visited an oracle in ancient Greece, and one of them was a man who lost his pillow, and he was asking who had taken it, and would he be able to get it back. The account didn’t record his name, or the answer he got.

    But I really want to know if he ever found his pillow.

  3. As my kids would say, “Dude! You are EPIC!”

    I would sit Henry VII and Richard III down and say, “OK, guys, neither of you can move until you tell me what happened to the princes.”

    I’d be able to tell who was lying. I just know it.

  4. Hi J! I just found you because I follow Katherine Longshore and your books is one she’s looking forward to.

    And I’m glad I did find you because I LOVE medieval history (I minored in it!) and I say more YA histfic! I am really excited lol!

    I was going to ask about the princes too but Maryanne beat me to it! So let me sit and think of something else….

    Oh! Okay! I would ask Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley what really happened to Amy Robsart. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway and your books is definitely on my radar now!


  5. Congratulations on the 1293 adds! I know it’s on my to-read shelf on Goodreads and am looking forward to reading it!

    My all time favorite historical character is Hildegard von Bingen. If I were able to ask her any question it would probably be does she ever wonder if the Popes/Bishops/Emperors/Abbots who seek out her council really take her recommendations to heart? And if she were not a woman, what rank would she want to rise within the church?

    I guess that’s 2 questions, not one. Oops!

    Probably a very obscure person and random questions…But she is a fascinating, fascinating individual.

  6. I plan on buying my own copy of your book, J., but I’d love to donate a second copy to my daughter’s school library.

    I’d definitely want to ask Pocahontas what was up with her and John Smith. She actually married John Rolfe, but when she saw Smith again in England (she’d thought he’d died years earlier), accounts say that she didn’t speak for a few hours, then they had a closed-door conversation for several more hours. Inquiring minds want to know…

  7. Congrats on making 1293 be a number with great meaning.
    I would go bravely sneak up to Henry the VIII room and ask him why he killed all but one of his wives. it can’t just because they could not give him a male heir.

  8. Congrats on the Goodreads adds! Hmm…I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one question for just one person. The questions I’d have for the Founding Fathers alone! I’d also have a few questions for Cleopatra about love and power. 🙂 Less a question, but I’d like to give James Barron a piece of my mind regarding the importance of keeping his decks uncluttered and his guns clear.

  9. I would ask John Lydgate if he really thought Geoffrey Chaucer was ‘all that.’ The guy constantly praises him, but I can’t help but wonder if he’s really giving poor Geoffrey the middle finger.


  10. YAY for all the goodreads adds. I cannot wait for The Wicked and the Just 🙂

    I would love to go ask Jane Austen a question – but I doubt I could limit it to one. I would love to just have a whole conversation with her about anything.

  11. Wow, great giveaway!

    Hmm… i’m not sure what the question would be, but I’d love to have a chat with some members of King Arthur’s court (if they really existed, of course). I’m fascinated by dark age society!

    • I’d love to know more about dark-age society, period – the written records are so sketchy that a conversation would shed light on a lot of things!

  12. I’m planning to buy my own copy, but I’d love an extra one to give to my niece. Plus, the swag, glorious swag!

    Anyway, I’d like to ask the mastermind behind Stonehenge what its significance was. (Yes, that’s kind of a cheaty way to get an extra piece of data, i.e., WHO the mastermind was.)

  13. I would pick Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series. He is a historical figure to me. I was going to send him a fanmail letter actually two days before he passed away. I was so sad about that since he was such inspiration.

    However in that letter, I did write him a few questions. One question I had for him was, how did he create so many characters and make them feel so real?

    Thanks for the giveaway, love the monkey keg party item.

    • Brian Jacques definitely counts – regular people are part of history too. In fact, there would be no history without regular people doing ordinary things (or in some cases, extraordinary things!)

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