Book Feature: Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch


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About the Book: Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch…

“You look astonishingly pretty,” admits Johanna when Sophia steps out of her bedroom dressed in Ulrika’s magnificent gown. Sophia is stunned, halting in mid-step. This is rare praise from her cold mother, so she must, indeed, look very good. At Frederick’s side during the elaborate court dinner, Sophia shines and sparkles with youth and wit. The monarch is very pleased with his choice. Indeed, he is so enamored with the girl that he opens his purse to outfit mother and daughter, both woefully deficient in material matters appropriate for court life.

So begins the transformation of Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst into Catherine the Great of Russia. The personal and professional triumphs and tribulations of this remarkable woman are retold by Sigrid Weidenweber, whose research into the life of Catherine reveals a new perspective on Catherine, from the inside out. Sigrid portrays with heartfeld understanding what it was like to have been such a major European political and military, social and cultural figure during the eighteenth century.

About Sigrid Weidenweber: Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenwber remembers the horrific aftermath of fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under communism. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy “The Volga Flows Forever.” In her trilogy she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman, lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in Volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine’s edict.

Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

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Enter the John Grisham “The Confession” Giveaway!


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Have you entered the Give Away for the John Grisham novel? I will be giving one away!

If you haven’t entered yet, do so here:

GiveAway! John Grisham’s New Book, The Confession


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It wasn’t until after high school that I became interested in reading again and its really because I wanted to read The Firm. I was seeing all the commercials on TV about the movie and I wondered if I was going to feel okay about seeing the movie (it was R rated) or not. I picked up the book and read until it was time to work or until my eyes hurt so bad I couldn’t continue.It took me 3 days only because of my work schedule. This was my way back into reading.

Now today, many years later I was chosen as one of the 18 Partners to help promote John Grisham’s new book The Confession! I will be holding a Giveaway in conjunction with and One lucky winner will be chosen at random to get a copy of the book!

An innocent man is about to be executed.  Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

How do you enter? I am glad you asked!

Here are the contest Rules

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One winner will receive a hardcover copy of The Confession!

Giveaway Dates: October 19- October 31, 2010 Midnight MST

To Enter This Giveaway:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Comment below this post about your favorite John Grisham Novel and why it was your favorite. This can only be done once per person.
2. Provide a review on Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble for one of his books and paste the url and edetail info so I know which review is yours (If I don’t have enough info to determine its really you, it won’t count.)
3. Share your favorite book on FaceBook and put the link here OR tweet about it and paste your status link below.
4. Sign up for John Grisham’s newsletter
5. Blog about this with a link to, and and link to John Grisham’s website for The Confession (Leave three separate comments with the URL for your blog post for this to get three entries for your blogging)

Giveaway Rules:
Open to USA, age 18+ to enter. Winner announced right here on November 1, 2010. Thanks for entering and good luck!