Review & Giveaway: Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

From the spectacular Queen of the Nile Cleopatra to the infamously wild leading lady of the roaring twenties Zelda Fitzgerald and beyond to more obscure figures such as the fiesty pirate Grace O’Malley and the saucy pin-up Emma Hamilton, Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women chronicles those females who flouted convention and largely ignored what was expected of the fairer gender within their respective time periods in history. As it does so the author also manages to present these ladies with a great amount of  style, wit and panache that will leave readers both enlightened and entertained.

  Easy to read straight through or flip about casually, each individual portrait gives an interesting mini-biography of these often notorious women including relevant facts about their claim to fame plus not to be missed juicy tidbits of each aspect of their unforgettable lives. Chapter by chapter we are introduced to these daring women organized into uniquely created themes such as “Amorous Artists” or “Crusading Ladies”. From the naughty doings of Anne Boleyn to the courageous journeys of women such as Joan of Arc, Scandalous Women has a little something for everyone leading to an enjoyable and yet educational reading experience which seems to breeze by far too fast. Best of all is Mahon’s witty and characteristically humorous writing style which only enhances each woman’s portrait further by bringing each leading lady to life in their own individual and creative way. Not to be missed-readers are guaranteed to learn at least one thing they didn’t know about these most daring women of history. In the end trivia abounds and satisfies in this great collection. For extra fun make sure to also check out the author’s blog: Scandalous Women.

Book Giveaway

Like a little scandal with your history? Then this is the book for you! And one lucky reader will win their own copy of Scandalous Women from the generous author Elizabeth Kerri Mahon herself. Giveaway ends midnight EST January 26, 2012. This giveaway is open US/Canada only. Winners will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address and/or Twitter.. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply comment below and share your favorite scandalous leading lady of the past and why she appeals to you personally. Who intrigues you? Is it a daring actress, a brave Queen or a generous benefactor who went above and beyond to help others? Who knows your favorite femme fatale may even be chronicled within the book.

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33 responses to “Review & Giveaway: Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

  1. Jaycie

    I like Boudica… Queen/warrior of a British tribe in the 1st century.

  2. debbie

    I actually agree. Queen Boudica is my favorite. She did things no other woman did or ever dream of doing at that time. She endured the rape of her daughters. She took a great revenge on the people that did it (and others,too).

  3. stilettostorytime

    Great choices…so far you guys have chosen women that are chronicled in “Scandalous Women”!

  4. Rae Lovvorn

    Queen Elizabeth I. She was such a powerful leader, and no one thought she could be, since she was just a woman, after all. She rocked!

  5. mamabunny13

    I’ve always liked Cleopatra because I love her wardrobe 😀

  6. mamabunny13

    I follow Stiletto Storytime on Twitter @mamabunny13

  7. mamabunny13

    I follow Scandalous Women on Twitter @mamabunny13

  8. mamabunny13

    I’m a Subscriber of Stiletto Storytime.

  9. Jennifer Nicholas

    I actualy came to my current favorite, Anne Boleyn, through Cleopatra. I read Margaret George’s Memoirs of Cleopatra and loved it so much I read her Auto bio of Henry 8. Anne just came naturally then. Anne Boleyn intrigues me because I just adore her vivaciousness, her bravery, her fierceness, her strenght of will, and the challebges she faced and overcame.

    • stilettostorytime

      Margaret George’s “Cleopatra” is one of my top historical fiction favorites…she truly creates an entire world in that book in which to delve…I love her work!

  10. I have to admit, I don’t really know much about scandalous women in history, and I love to read about history! I normally read books about battles and wars, in which women are not mentioned frequently. I would love to learn more about these ladies. I would mention Amelia Earhart I guess as she was not afraid to fly/pilot and that was probably unconventional, especially for a woman in those times. I’m a stiletto storytime follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Margay

    I’m kind of fascinated by Wallis Simpson because she had her fairytale with the King of England. Also, Zelda Fitgerald – I don’t know why.

  12. Margay

    Woops, that’s Fitzgerald!

    I’m an email subscriber.

  13. I really like Cleopatra because she was a powerful woman of her time as well as Elizabeth I. Getting more modern day, I really look up to Gloria Steinem for what she has done for women but I know she wont be in the book.

    • stilettostorytime

      Teddy, Have you read Margaret George’s Cleopatra bio…it’s my favorite of the Cleopatra works. She is definitely one of my favorite women to read about by far so I have read most of what is out there on her. Do you have a favorite on her to make sure I have read?

  14. I follow and get your entries by email as well.

    teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

  15. I follow you on Twitter as @teddyrose1

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  16. I know follow Scandalous Women on Twitter as @teddyrose1

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  17. I tweeted about this giveaway. Here is the link:

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  18. Nell Gwyn – but she was a bit more scandalous than just rising from orange girl to famous actress, she was also mistress to the king.

  19. I have to say that I am not sure that I have a favorite one yet…perhaps this very book will help me to make up my mind on that…I have to say that I am looking forward to reading it. Wish me luck on winning it:)

  20. I am already a follower:)

  21. I am now a follower on twitter of scanalous women…pinkim95

  22. Margaret

    Mine is Cleopatra. I have been a bit of a history nut thanks to reading about her for years now. I’m a follower.


  23. Lenna (veganlenna)

    Marie Currie Sklodowski – she showed that even women have brain 🙂

  24. Lenna (veganlenna)

    I am a wordpress follower (Lena M.)


  25. Lenna (veganlenna)

    I am following both pages on twitter as @LenaMaxw

  26. Marci

    I loved the Swiss Family Robinson

  27. anievan

    Margaret Sanger – She saw the pain that women endured with multiple pregnancies and advocated birth control. Compassion and bravery.

  28. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to everyone who entered this fabulous giveaway! Our big winner chosen by random number generator is Teddy! Congrats Teddy!

  29. Thanks so much Courtney, I really wanted this one! I am going to reply to your email now.

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