MFT Guest: Kate Pearce Guest Post and Giveaway! (INT)

Today I’m very excited to have Kate Pearce on the blog for My Favorite Things.  She’s been on the blog before and I’ve reviewed Kiss of the Rose HERE, and Blood of the Rose HERE and interviewed her HERE.  I loved Kiss of the Rose and Blood of the Rose and can’t wait for Mark of the Rose (out September 6th, 2011).
Her books are some of the best historical paranormal romance’s I’ve read and have the most gorgeous covers!  
Make sure you read to the end because there’s an awesome giveaway!
For those of you unfamiliar with The Tudor Vampire Chronicles here’s the description for Kiss of the Rose:
First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII 
Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids’ struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire- slaying family, have been in the king’s employ. Now Henry VIII reigns, and his father’s bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless corpses turn up in the king’s bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate…



My Favorite Things.
Kate Pearce
Seeing as this is historical week, it is lucky that most of my favorite things happen to be historical. I grew up in a big family just outside London and on Sunday afternoons, my poor harassed parents, (six kids-all girls) used to take us on the Underground (the tube) up to Bethnal Green, which is in the East End of London, to the Museum of Childhood.
I loved that place. It was full of past generation’s childhood memories, toys and clothes. It was also very quiet, but you could still run around all the galleries at breakneck speed, as long as you didn’t shout too much. One of my favorite exhibits were the Victorian dolls in their incredibly fancy outfits, with their real hair and their strangely life-like eyes. Now my daughter, who is nine, hates dolls, and we’re not allowed to say the word in our house. She says the eyes are scary, and she does have a point. LOL
The other thing I loved at the museum was the miniature Victorian garden set, which was like a pre-Lego construction set with metal flowerbeds and paving stones, and little flowers on sticks that you could put in the holes in the beds. I suspect that these things had quite a lot of lead in them, as they were very malleable and probably totally toxic to small children. As kids we were actually given a set of these by an old neighbor who didn’t have children and who had them as a child in the early 1900’s. Of course, we played with them so much, we broke most of the flowers. (Which is how I know that they were very fragile.)
As an adult, I can’t collect dolls, because, well, my daughter would freak out, but I do collect fashion plates from the 1800’s from journals such as Ackermanns, which were the Vogue fashion bibles of their day. I love these prints. They were engraved and then hand-painted, mainly by women, so each one is slightly different. Apparently many of the painters couldn’t read, so they had to follow a pre-painted version of what they were trying to copy.
Do you collect anything that reminds you of your childhood, or something that is special to you?
Find Kate Pearce on her website:  http://www.katepearce.com/
The Giveaway:
Kate is giving away paperback copies of Kiss of the Rose and Blood of the Rose as well as some perfume (which I have some of and it smells lovely!)
Open Internationally!
Must be 18 or older.
Ends July 5th, 2011
To Enter: 
Answer the question Kate asked in a comment and leave contact info
 
This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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Comments

  1. The only thing I do collect doesn’t exactly remind me of my childhood, but it certainly tickles my inner child every time I buy a new one … which happens to be *drummroll* Boyds Bears :-D !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. This is a wonderful question; sure I do collect things that remind me of my childhood; MG books remind me how I was pure and full of life before the world started to show me that I AM AN ADULT WITH responsibilities. I also have box of memories that I collect every little thing even a paper that reminds me of a happy moment from the past.

    Nevey Berry
    Le.Vanity.Victorienne@gmail.com

  3. I actually did for a bit with My Little Ponies and Cabbage Patch, as soon as I had my own children I stopped and began living through their childhoods with their toys :)

    Their toys are better!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  4. When I was a little girl, I loved horses and broccoli, so of course, my first Breyer Model Horse was a blood bay rearing stallion that I named Broccoli. I still collect those horses, though they’re a lot more expensive now than they were when I was a kid. The last one I got at an auction was Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron signed by the movie makers! :)

    Siobhan
    nevadafoxATgmailDOTcom

  5. About 20 years ago, I read a beautiful article about the Whitehouse Christmas Tree. It was decorated with an up-and-coming creative genius by the name of Christopher Radko. I’ve been collecting Radko ornaments ever since.

    My collection is so large that they won’t all fit on one 9-foot tree. I really need to purchase a second tree!

    Laura
    heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

  6. I do not have any collections from my childhood – but I have mini collections at an adult from travels. I love miniature statues and have a significant collection from Egypt that for some reason just make me smile when I look at them :) Thank you for sharing with us today. I would love to read these books and I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. I have an old collection of Disney comic books. I learned to read with these, so they remind me a lot of my childhood. :D Besides that, I collect stamps, postcards and bookmarks. And one could say I collect books as well. All are special to me for different reasons. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  8. I don’t collect anything from my childhood – but I used to collect sweet valley high books. I had just as many books as a child as I have now – if not more! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    notanotherbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  9. I actually collect drinking glasses. I have different ones from places I’ve gone and I started this when I was a kid so I have kept it up. Weird I know.

    Thanks for the giveaway
    apk1princess(at)live(dot)com

  10. Does it count as collecting when I’m not looking for new ones ? … just keeping the little toy figurines I had as a child as a memento :-)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. When I was little my dad always dressed up like Santa… as I grew older, he always gave me a special Santa each Christmas. He passed away when I was 13… but every year since then, I have always made to sure to buy at least one new Santa. Last Christmas, I counted them as I sat them out… 175 so far…including the ones that my dad gave me over the years.

    readingwithpassion(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. When I was younger, I went through stages of collecting bear and angel figurines. They were everywhere, and I think I still have most of the angel ones boxed up. These days, I just collect books. And of course, they are everywhere too! LOL

    I have been wanting to read these books. Thank you for the post and giveaway.

    GFC Follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  13. LOL! Wow Mel actually got mine. I use to collect Sweet Valley High books as well. I was obsessed with the tv show too. I also use to collect stuff from the Babysitters’ Club. Books and other memorabilia. I was so obsessed with the show and movie when I was younger. Great post, your childhood sounds nice, busy, but great LOL! I wish I could see a picture of that Victorian garden set, it sounds beautiful. Thank you guys again for the great post and giveaway :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I’m always trolling around for Joanna Campbell’s Thoroughbred books, which were my favourite as a child. I gave mine away a few years back to a young cousin, but I can’t resist buying them now because it reminds me so much of those days of reading and dreaming for my own horse.

    faefever25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  15. I don’t collect anything that reminds me of my childhood, but I do still have all my books from then. My Mother kept them all & passed them along to me once I was settled. Full of memories & treasured.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  16. I guess I collect pictures-I’m OCD enough to put them in little photo albums and arranged them chonologically =) This looks like a wonderful book :) Thank you! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  17. I don’t really collect anything specific, but I do like holding on to things. I’m always really reluctant to throw anything away, meaning there’s all this useless stuff lying around my place.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  18. I love the covers. So vivid and eye-catching. A nice sharp represenation of the genre and era. I like to collect earings, I can never have enough. There are some that look like antiques, very intricate in design. Some are handmade. Other represent important things to me. When I choose a pair to wear it’s a representation of my mood or a statement.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. I actually collect dolphins. It might be a little cheesy but… My daddy started my collection of dolphins not long after he and my mother divorced. It wasn’t a pretty divorce at all. Anyways, he started me off with four porcelain ones when I was about 11 or 12. From then on I got one every now and then. I cleared off one of my dressers and made that their home. It was like having a piece of that father/daughter bond in the room with me even though he wasn’t living there anympore. That’s how it started and now everyone buys me dolphins. I get at least 3 different dolphins every christmas. Which led me to have some of my most prized dolphins. One came from my husbands grandfather who passed away in Feb 2010. The other came from his uncle. It’s an oval piece of wood with a dolphin carved into it and a carved out frame around the edges. He made it by hand and then had papa(husbands g-pa) paint it. It’s absolutely gorgeous and hangs in my living room so everyone can see it. Even though most of my collection is boxed up until my children get a little bit older, those and a few others stay out in view for the specialness they represent.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    dani3222001(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I’ve collected a lot of things since I was little, but the only thing I collect besides jewellery and shoes ;-p lol are elephants! They are my good luck charm and I have them in earrings, stuffed animals, bedsheet covers, silk blouse, etc. My family knows that anything that has an elephant on it I want it :-) Last year I went to Thailand and have ridden and petted a couple of elephants, was wonderful! :-D

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. I collect Tinkerbells, because my mom and I used to love to watch Peter Pan when I was a kid and we always clapped for Tink when told to! Embarrassing? Definitely! But I still do it :) I even have a tink tattoo, although my mom is definitely not too crazy about that! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    jwitt33 at live dot com Z

  22. I have many collections. I occasionally indulge in a My Melody item to satisfy the kid inside me. My Melody is a Hello Kitty character that was popular when I was young.

    I currently collect china pillboxes from the royal palaces/residences in the UK. I have 14 now including the pillbox celebrating Prince William’s wedding.

    User1123 AT comcast DOT net

  23. Hi there! I do collect halloween things. (vintage halloween) I loved it as a kid, and still love it today. Too bad every year the number of kids I get at the door dwindles. I fear it is losing it’s touch. When I was younger, we ran the neighborhood till forced to come in! The books sound good. thanks for the give-away. Artesia at comcast dot net

  24. I have collected many things in the past (porcelain dolls, coins, mugs, stamps…). I also collected and still collect comic books, my bigger collection. I don’t know how many I have. I’ve always read comic books as long as I can remember and thanks to comic books I got to meet so many awesome people I can now call friends. :)

    Thank you for posting and for the giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. I’ve lots of little things which remind me about me childhood. I’ve lots of bears and some biscuit dolls that my father got for me when he was traveling! I’ve a sweet porcelain of Peter Rabbit that I love too! XD

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    sweet(dot)sayumi(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br

  26. I have collected Bears since I was born. Each Grandchild in my family was born collecting something and I was the bear girl :) I have SO MANY! No idea what I will do with them but, they are packed away for maybe some day my children! :)
    LOVE Kate and The Simply Series!

    auroraboriealice @ gmail . com

  27. Wow Thanxs for the great post and the journey down memory lane trying to think which collections reminds me most of my childhood. And I would have to say my Book collecting won. It first started when I was about 14 or 13, my mum gave me a book from her childhood, which was a hard cover book of William Shakespeare plays (at that age I was really into his writing) and I still have that book in good condition 13 years later. Only problem is that my collection is over 300+ books and still growing. I love to collect books from family members that mean something to them. Next to my book of William Shakespeare plays, I have a book about The R.M.S Titanic that my grandad loved to death and now that he has passed away I was lucky enough to have it as well. So I would love to finally add Kate Pearce’s “Tudor Vampire Chronicles” to my collection (I’ve been addicted to the Tudor Era for quite a few years now). So I would love the chance to read Kates “The Tudor Vampire Chronicles” Ive been wanting to read them for a long time now but just haven’t had time or money to buy it yet. So thanxs again for this giveaway.

    Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess Book Blog

    enchanted.ramblings(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  28. I am a complete paper hoarder. Mostly art, notes, and random paper that holds a special memory. I collect rocks too, although it’s not as extensive as my paper collection.
    I agree, doll eyes are pretty freaky especially at night.

    That is an awesome giveaway. I love perfume!
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  29. The only thing I collect are books and possibly artwork (if it’s pretty, it’s mine, nevermind I’ve run out of space to hang art).

    And those are lovely, lovely covers!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    andra(dot)always(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Ever since finding a license plate during a cruise, I try to collect a plate (real from an actual car, not souvenir) from everywhere I go.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. I collect cobalt blue glass. I did not start collecting it until after my husband and I were married for a couple of years and he pulled the few items that his mom gave us out of the cabinet and lit them from behind and I saw how beautiful they were. I have several hundred pieces now but the blue bottles are by far my favorite.

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  32. I have many collections: stamps, movies posters, coins, bookmarks but that which remind me my childhood is shells. I had obsession with shells when I were kid and now they reminds me my beautiful summers where I had back then.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  33. I collect images of the exterior and interior of houses. It doesn’t really remind me of my childhood and its not exactly special to me but I do it in the hopes that one day I might have enough money to build my own house.

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  34. I collect panda bears. I saw my first panda when I was 1 or 2 years old and since then I buy things with pandas in them.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. I don’t collect anything as I don’t have the attention span and I can’t stand clutter, but my sister collects the Madame Alexander dolls.

    Mare
    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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