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STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. She lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.

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Stephanie Dray I'm currently working with Laura Kamoie on a book about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander…moreI'm currently working with Laura Kamoie on a book about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton--more recently of Broadway fame. The book is tentatively titled MY DEAR HAMILTON and will explore the length of Eliza's extraordinary life, from her whirlwind romance with one of the revolution's geniuses to how she rebuilt her life, and his legacy, after he died in a duel.(less)
Stephanie Dray First, thank you for your kind words. Second, what a great question! I am drawn to writing about women who have stood in the shadow of…moreFirst, thank you for your kind words. Second, what a great question! I am drawn to writing about women who have stood in the shadow of others--particularly those who have had to carry on the work of their famous relations. Cleopatra Selene, Patsy Jefferson, and now, from the forthcoming book, Eliza Hamilton, are all women who took upon themselves a mission of guarding, protecting, and picking up the pieces of a shattered legacy. All while learning to define themselves. I love to explore the moral dilemmas, difficult choices, and heartbreaking sacrifices that shaped these women’s lives. And I hope you will fall in love with my heroines just the way that I did when writing about them. (less)
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Yesterday, while on tour for the launch of our new novel about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, we got the amazing news that My Dear Hamilton hit the USA Today Bestseller list in its release week. This is all because of you, readers and we’re so grateful! This book was a labor of love–our endeavor to show a northern Founding Mother to compare with Patsy Jefferson in America’s First Daughter, and we’re...

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message 26: by Ana

Ana I'm missing your blog posts but I understand that work comes first. I've had a crazy couple of months at the office working with crazy deadlines too so I know the feeling. I'm sure all the hard work will pay off in your next book. I can't wait!

Take care!!!


Stephanie Dray Ana wrote: "Hi Stephanie! How have you been?"

Good, except for the crazy deadlines!


message 24: by Ana

Ana Hi Stephanie! How have you been?


Stephanie Dray Chrystal wrote: "I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it."

Yay!


Chrystal Grcevich I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it.


Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) Hey Stephanie,Thanks for the friend-vite. =D


message 20: by Cheryl

Cheryl Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for friending me!


message 19: by Darynda

Darynda Jones Hey Stephanie! So nice to see you here! ~D~


Stephanie Dray Becca wrote: "Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!"

Ditto!


message 17: by Becca

Becca Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!


Stephanie Dray I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman.

I agree. And it makes me think of some events happening today :P My favorite Margaret George book was Memoirs of Cleopatra, but that can't be surprising :P


message 15: by Jenny

Jenny Howell My favorite book by Margaret George so far is Mary, Called Magdalene. It is funny, because I am not religious at all. It got me researching the Gnostic Gospels and anything about Mary I could get my hands on. I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman. I also loved Mary, Queen of Scotts. I really dislike Queen Elizabeth since I read that one. What about you? What's your favorite George book?


message 14: by Stephanie (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:25AM)

Stephanie Dray Kristi-The Book Faery wrote: "Hi Stephanie! I started d reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series! We have extremely good taste :o]

Yes, yes we do! ;) Last night I think I startled my husband awake by shouting, "Jack Randall, you bastard!"


message 13: by Kristi-The Book Faery (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:16AM)

Kristi-The Book Faery Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much for your friendship and your book recommendation!

I started reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment fast enough! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series!

We have extremely good taste :o]


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go."

I'm eager to see you there!


message 11: by Lindsey

Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go.


message 10: by Vicky

Vicky Stephanie Dray wrote:"I see we're both fans of Margaret George! Naturally, the Memoirs of Cleopatra are my favorite but I also have a soft spot for Mary Queen of Scots. I look forward to chatting books with you."

Yes! She is wonderful and she's coming out with a new one in March. I'm excited!

Thanks for the friendship!


Stephanie Dray Jessi(ca) wrote: "I am in LOVE with Lily of the Nile & Song of the Nile. Are you coming out with another or was that the end of the series? I'm currently reading any Egyptian historical fiction that I can find!"

I'm in love with you for loving them ;) Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I'm writing the third and final book in the trilogy right now. I hope you'll do me the additional kindness of reviewing my novels and telling friends about them! (Goodreads is fantastic, Amazon is even better, but really anywhere that's convenient for you and I'm grateful even if you don't have the chance.)


Stephanie Dray Gabrielle Carolina wrote: "Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head,..."


Don't suppose you could do it again for Song? :P


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets..."

Lots of very shocking things happen in this book so I hope B&N fixes your Nook right away! ;)


Allison  Macias Merry Happy Late Release Day!!!


Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets me my new charger soon so I can finish it!


Stephanie Dray Hannah wrote: "Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to ste..."


How kind of you to let me know! I'm so nervous about what people will think of this sequel!


Hannah Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to step into :)


message 2: by Ana (last edited Jul 02, 2011 08:31AM)

Ana Hi Stephanie! I found an article about Cleopatra in the National Geographic Magazine website. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...

There's also a trivia. It's more about the movies than about the history, but I thought you'd be interested. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...


Gabrielle Carolina Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head, nods head!*

So... any new news about that *thing* you showed me?

;)

G.C.

AKA Selephanie's biggest Cheerleader!


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