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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

My Fair Lizzy by Barbara Silkstone - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book Cover: My Fair Lizzy by Barbra Silkstone
Today I'm welcoming Barbara Silkstone with a guest post about her new book, which is a mash up of Pygmalion (which is the basis for My Fair Lady) and Pride & Prejudice. Read on for Barbara's guest post, which also includes the book description, and a giveaway for both US and international readers!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Mistaken by Jessie Lewis - Blog Tour, Deleted Scenes and Giveaway

Blog Tour - Mistaken by Jessie Lewis
Today I'm very happy to be welcoming debut author Jessie Lewis to the blog with the blog tour for her new book, Mistaken, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation. First I'll share the blurb with you and then I'll hand over to Jessie for her guest post, which I think you'll really enjoy. It's a collection of scenes which you won't find in the book.

Blurb:

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart, and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a superior wit, flawed judgement, and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character, and the unenviable distinction of a failed proposal behind them, they have parted ways on seemingly irreparable terms. Despairing of a felicitous resolution for themselves, they both attend with great energy to rekindling the courtship between Darcy’s friend Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane.

Regrettably, people are predisposed to mistake one another, and rarely can two be so conveniently manoeuvred into love without some manner of misunderstanding arising. Jane, crossed in love once already, is wary of Bingley’s renewed attentions. Mistaking her guardedness for indifference, Bingley is drawn to Elizabeth’s livelier company; rapidly, the defects in their own characters become the least of the impediments to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happiness.

Debut author Jessie Lewis’s Mistaken invites us to laugh along with Elizabeth Bennet at the follies, nonsense, whims, and inconsistencies of characters both familiar and new in this witty and romantic take on Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nachtstürm Castle by Emily C A Snyder - Winner

Book cover: Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder
Recently I was joined by Emily C A  Snyder with a guest post and excerpt of the re-released Northanger Abbey sequel, Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel, in which Mrs Tilney encounters Gothic Adventures. You can read the post here. Emily was so kind as to offer an ebook giveaway to a commenter on the post. I chose the winner using a random number generator. The winner of the ebook is...

Sheila!

Congratulations to you. I will be in touch. Thank you to Emily for the guest post, excerpt and giveaway and all the very best to her with the re-release.

If you weren't lucky enough to win a copy and fancy a spooky read for October, you can buy a copy now.

Buy Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK - Or add to your Goodreads shelf.

Winner - On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams

Book Cover: On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams
Recently I was joined by author Elizabeth Adams who came here with a guest post relating to the inspiration for her new book, On Equal Ground, a Pride & Prejudice-inspired book which sees Elizabeth finding love, losing it and learning how to carry on, and meeting Mr Darcy from a different social level than in canon. You can read Elizabeth Adam's guest post here.

Elizabeth was kindly offering a giveaway of an e-book of On Equal Ground to a commenter on the guest post. The winner was selected using a random number generator, and that person is...

Anna

Congratulations to you. I will be in touch! Thank you to Elizabeth for the post and giveaway, and thank you to everybody who commented.

Remember, if you weren't the lucky winner, you can buy yourself a copy now at Amazon USAmazon UK or add it to your Goodreads shelf.

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Goodness of Men by Anngela Schroeder - Blog Tour - Excerpt and Giveaway

Blog Tour - The Goodness of Men by Anngela Schroeder
Today I'm joined by Anngela Schroeder who is bringing us an excerpt of her new book, The Goodness of Men, which sees Elizabeth Bennet having another chance to sketch his character. There's also an international giveaway.

Let me share the blurb with you, and then we will move on to Anngela's excerpt.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cover Reveal - Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd
As you might have seen, there's a new anthology coming soon, featuring short stories from some fantastic authors. The theme drawing all the stories together is that each one is focusing on the 'bad boys' of Austen. While we love our heroes, it'll be a change to instead have stories spotlighting the the more rakish characters. I'm not entirely sure what we're going to get, whether it's back-stories, alternate points of view or perhaps reformations, but I am really excited about this new project, which is being brought together by editor Christina Boyd. If you enjoy reading Austenesque books then the likelihood is that you've already read and loved a book that Christina has worked on, as well as so many of the authors who've contributed to this anthology.

Today, Christina Boyd has joined us with a guest post where we'll reveal the cover of Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and she's brought an international giveaway too!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Plans for October

Happy October everybody! It's feeling autumnal here. Weather wise it's not too bad at the moment, but this mild weather never lasts, before we know it the weather will be all wintry....but on the other hand, that makes it nicer reading weather! September was so, so busy on the blog, and consequently so, so bad in terms of reading. Hopefully I remember how to read, if so, maybe I will fit some in this coming month but I'm really not sure what, I have a huge backlog and have paralysis of choice!

However, I have lots of lovely visitors lined up for October, so we have all this to look forward to...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Winners - A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace and Pride & Prejudice Restored by Sophie Turner

As you may have realised, I have been remiss in posting giveaway winners, so I am sorry about that. To try and make it up to you, I am going to post two lots of winners at once.

Book cover: A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace
Firstly, Maria Grace came by with the third in the Queen of Rosings Park series, A Less Agreeable Man. Maria gave us not only a guest post relating to medicine in Regency times, but also a cut scene from the book. If you missed it at the time, you can read Maria's guest post here.

I chose the winner of an ebook of A Less Agreeable Man using a random number generator, and that winner was:

Luthien84!

Congratulations! I will be in touch.

If you weren't lucky enough to win a copy of the book during the recent blog tour, maybe you should treat yourself to a copy? You can buy it here: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Kobo / Barnes and Noble

Book cover: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Restored to the 1813 Edition by Sophie Turner
We were also visited by Sophie Turner. Sophie has been working on a fantastic project - she's created a digital copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice which has been restored as closely as possible to Austen's original 1813 first edition of the book. Sophie brought us a post about the economics of publishing in Austen's time which you can read here.

As usual, I chose the winner of the ebook using a random number generator, and that person was:

dstoutholcomb!

Congratulations to you, Denise! I will be in touch.

Thank you to the lovely authors who provided the guest posts and giveaways. Again, I am sorry for the delay in posting.





Friday, 29 September 2017

Nachtstürm Castle by Emily C A Snyder - Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway

Book Cover: Nachtsturm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder
As you know, I enjoy reading books inspired by the works of Jane Austen. I like what-ifs, where we explore another path, sequels, so we get MORE, alternate points of view and minor character stories. Most of the Austenesque reads out there are based on Pride & Prejudice. While this is my favourite of Austen's works, that doesn't mean that I don't like the others! Sometimes I like a change.

In my searches for books to add to my 'to be read' list based on Austen's other works I came across Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder. This is a sequel to Northanger Abbey, which promises gothic excitement for Catherine Morland. When I looked it wasn't available on kindle and in paperback it was crazy expensive! I thought I'd never get an opportunity to read the book, but Emily has re-released it on kindle. She's visited us today with a post about the re-release and an international e-book giveaway. First I'll share the blurb with you, and then we'll hand over to Emily for a post about re-releasing her story. But as an aside, think how much Catherine would adore the exclamation marks in this book description from Amazon!

Book Description:

Moonlight! Castles! Ghosts! Storms! Secret trap doors! Suicide! Grave yards! Mistaken Identities! Carriage accidents! Gypsies! Hauntings! A kidnapping! Purloined letters! A duel! Swooning! Wild Pursuits! Demonic possession! A disputed inheritance! Three romances! A ransacking! Ancient curses! A stolen will and testament! Dank subterranean passageways!

Multi-talented Emily C. A. Snyder has managed to pack the above list (and more) into Nachtstürm Castle, a sophisticated Gothic fantasy sequel, taking up the further adventures of Henry and Catherine Tilney where our divine Miss Austen finished the last lines of Northanger Abbey.
- Jeffrey B Ward, Austenprose.com

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams - Guest Post and Giveaway

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth AdamsI have the pleasure of welcoming Elizabeth Adams back to the blog today. Elizabeth has a new book out, On Equal Ground, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation. This book deals with a premise that can be somewhat less popular in romance, and particularly in JAFF, but it's one which happens in real life and may well have happened to somebody you know - continuing on with life and finding happiness after the love of your life has died. Now, don't worry, Elizabeth & Darcy are both still around; one of them has married another, and been very happy, but this book looks at the loss, and moving on afterwards.

I was interested in what had prompted Elizabeth to explore this road and she was so kind as to write us a post detailing just that. Let me share the blurb with you, and then we'll hand over to Elizabeth:

Blurb:

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower.

When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice?

Elizabeth’s high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family.

When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?