HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS Timeless Crushes Blog Tour with Giveaway…..

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Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd (Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $17.99 Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-936976-10-2; Ages 14+}





From the poetic tenderness of Lord Byron to the alluring confidence of Bessie Coleman, Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus, by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd features fifty heartthrobs from the ages most likely to catch our eye and asks the question: Would you really want to date them? The book mines our shared cultural past for history’s most swoon-worthy icons such as Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, and Che Guevara, and ranks them according to their overall “crushability,” based on their relative levels of heroism/villainy.





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  • Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Historical-Heartthrobs-Timeless-Crushes-From-Cleopatra/dp/1936976102
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Historical Heartthrobs_Kelly MurphyKELLY MURPHY:

 (photo credit: Molly McInnis)

Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. A Penn State graduate, Kelly currently works in publishing.


Hallie Fryd is the author of Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends), which was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Winner in 2012.



Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles for young and new adults that cover timely topics in creative ways by incorporating solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary. We also publish a line of True Stories memoirs and first person accounts. Distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, you can learn more about Zest Books at http://www.zestbooks.net


Historical Heartthrobs cover shadowCRITICAL PRAISE for HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS:

“From Benjamin Franklin to Benazir Bhutto, Murphy introduces 50 historical crushes in chronological order. . . . While the short biographical sketches are informative and interesting, the titillating nature of the sex-life column should have teens tittering. The further reading section includes many similar books that could spark interest in historical scandals. Not a book to be read from beginning to end, but surely a tantalizing start for a beginning researcher.” –Booklist 



“The good thing about falling for a dead person is that they never leave you, as Murphy and Fryd demonstrate in this broad-ranging, tongue-in-cheek guide to the hotties of history. The diverse individuals profiled stand out for their commitment to social causes, artistic and political influence, and sheer audacity. . . . With engrossing photos, lively quotations, and witty writing, it’s “the complete package”—just like Nellie Bly.” –Publishers Weekly



(Sponsored by the publisher)


We are offering 1 lucky commenter the following:

*The prize includes an autographed copy of the beautiful hardcover book, as well as V-day Sweethearts conversation hearts treats*

Who is your favorite heartthrob? Just leave a comment for a chance to win and come back here to see the winner. Winner will be announced on the blog the weekend of February 8,2014.

Giveaway will run from February 1 until February 7,2014.





Here are the social media links where you can find Zest Books, Historical Heartthrobs, and author Kelly Murphy —





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Blog Tour Schedule


Thursday, January 16 (Special author blog post)
Dear Teen Me

Friday, January 24
Eli to the Nth
Confessions of a Fiction Reading
Shopaholic Foodie

Monday, January 27
Live to Read
Biblio File

Tuesday, January 28
Here There Be Books

Wednesday, January 29
O2B Heavenly Minded
Ink and Page

Thursday, January 30
Lisa is Busy NerdingNellieBly
Good Books and Good Wine

Friday, January 31
Read This/Eat That
Bookcase to Heaven

Saturday, February 1
My Book Addiction and More

Monday, February 3
Hanging off the Wire
Book Munchies

Tuesday, February 4
Mother Daughter Book Club.com
Youth Literature Reviews

Wednesday, February 5
The Nonfiction Detectives
The Empire Strikes Forward

Thursday, February 6
The Mod Podge Bookshelf

Friday, February 7Sylvia Plath
In the Best Worlds

Monday, February 10
YA Book Nerd

Tuesday, February 11
Teen Librarian Toolbox
The Cover Contessa
Reader Girls

Wednesday, February 12
Book Referees
Comp Lit and Mediaphilia

Historical Heartthrobs_Zest Books_Albert CamusThursday, February 13
Book Whales
The Electrical Book Cafe…and more!

Friday, February 14
The Young Folks
Word to Dreams





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6 Replies to “HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS Timeless Crushes Blog Tour with Giveaway…..”

  1. My all time favorite heart throb is Kevin Costner. He has a ruggedness about him that reminds me of my husband. He is such a versatile actor so I am always drawn to his movies to see what kind of person will emerge.

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