Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Holidays with Jane - Will You Be Mine - Guest Post by Author Jessica Grey and Giveaway

Book Cover: Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine?
As many of my long-time visitors will know, I've read a few of the 'Holidays with Jane' story anthologies. I think it's such a great concept for a series - take 6 authors, each writing a modernised short story of a different one of Austen's main stories and each book is based around a seasonal theme. This book, 'Holidays with Jane - Will You Be Mine?', is the sixth and final in the series and is themed around St Valentine's Day, hence our cunning scheduling!

The authors who've contributed to the anthology are by Rebecca M. Fleming, Jennifer Becton, Jessica Grey, Nancy Kelley, Melissa Buell and Cecilia Gray. Jessica Grey has authored a story in each of the six 'Holidays with Jane' books and is here today to talk about 'Sense & Sensibility' and Valentine's Day. Not only that, but there is an ebook giveaway, open internationally! Read on for more details.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Spotlight on Darcy's Hope in Donwell Abbey by Ginger Monette

Blog Tour: Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey by Ginger Monette
Today the blog tour for Ginger Monette's new book drops by. 'Darcy's Hope in Donwell Abbey' is a follow up to 'Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes' which came out late last year and concludes the story. You can read a bit more about the first book here. These WWI-set books find Captain Darcy and Lizzy Bennet initially at odds; they will need to overcome their pride and prejudice, plus whatever the war may put in their paths... I'll share the blurb with you, plus an excerpt of the new book and an interview with the author, Ginger Monette. There's also a chance for US visitors to win a prize! Read on for more info.

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Planned Reading for February 2017

Happy February everybody! For many of us, February brings to mind Valentine's day and romance... for me it mostly brings to mind my son's birthday, which is why my post is late (distracted person!).

Pictures from Janet Taylor's Austen's Men in Film Calendar
I got something lovely in the post today. It was my calendar of Austen's Men in Film with illustrations by Janet Taylor. This calendar really is something else, she is such a talented lady. I have to think where to put it to best enjoy it now :)

Now I have a calendar I have a date to put on it; a stage production of 'Pride & Prejudice' is coming to my town. It's the first time I will have seen something of that nature and I'm so excited about it! I'll let you know what I think of it once I've seen it.

Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey by Ginger Monette
Let's move on to books, so I can tell you all about what I have planned this month. Firstly, I will have a stop on Ginger Monette's blog tour for her latest book, 'Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey'. This is a follow up book to her WWI book, 'Darcy's Hope - Beauty from Ashes'. I believe the story is concluded in this latest volume.

Holidays with Jane; Will you be mine - story anthology by various authors
The new book in the 'Holidays with Jane' collection, 'Holidays with Jane; Will you be mine?' has been released. This has been a series of standalone books, each one being a modernised Austen story by a different author with a theme tied to the time of year. We've had Christmas, Spring, Halloween etc, and the latest is this Valentine's Day themed collection. I have all the books, but I have been very lax about reviewing them, though I've enjoyed the reading! I have this one to read and review, which I'm very much looking forward to, and I will also be welcoming one of the authors here for a guest post.

Snowbound at Hartfield by Maria Grace
Maria Grace has a new book out, 'Snowbound at Hartfield'. I assumed from the title that it's an 'Emma'-based book but having read the blurb I discovered that it's actually a book about Colonel Fitzwilliam. However, he is at Hartfield with the Knightleys, so I am hoping to see some of Emma and Mr Knightley too, and enjoy the change in scenery, as so many of the books I read are related to 'Pride & Prejudice'.

I hope you have a lovely month, and that February brings you good things, good romance and some good reading! Let me know what you're reading in the comments :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Blog Tour - A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder - My Review

Blog Tour: A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder
Today the Blog Tour for Anngela Schroeder's latest book, 'A Lie Universally Hidden', drops by for my review. Read on to find out more about the book and see what I thought of it! There are chances to find out more about the book on other stops of the tour, and the opportunity to win a copy too.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Darcy Monologues - Edited by Christina Boyd - Interview with Christina plus Giveaway

The Darcy Monologues - Edited by Chistina BoydToday I have news of an exciting project, which will be available for you to read later this year. You may be familiar with the name Christina Boyd. Even if you're not, you might well have read something she has contributed to. She's a book editor, and has edited many of my favourite Austenesque reads. Read on for more details!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Winner: Passages - A Pemberley Tale by Brenda Webb

Book cover: Passages - A Pemberley Tale by Brenda Webb
Recently Brenda Webb dropped by with an excerpt of her new book, 'Passages - A Pemberley Tale', which features the characters of 'Pride & Prejudice' in a new scenario, as a variation from canon happens before the opening scenes of the events of P&P. Brenda was kindly offering a giveaway of a signed paperback plus two ebooks of the story, and due to the post's popularity, she added in another signed paperback so I have four winners to announce.

I selected the winners using the random feature in excel. The two first winners selected will be offered the signed paperbacks, and the next two will be offered ebooks. So without further ado the winners are:

Christina - signed paperback

Sophia Rose - signed paperback

ColleenL - ebook

MaryAnn Nagy - ebook

Ladies, I will be in touch to check you all still want your prizes and haven't bought the book in the meantime!

Edited to add: MaryAnn bought the book in the meantime! Therefore I chose another ebook winner which was...

Unknown (Katherine L Schmitt)

Thank you so much to Brenda for the excerpt and giveaway. Remember the book is available to buy if you weren't a lucky winner this time - Amazon US / Amazon UK.

PLUS

Book cover: A Twist of Fate by Brenda Webb
Brenda is offering a short story ebook for free 17-21 Jan, 'A Twist of Fate' - Amazon US / Amazon UK (please double check price before buying)

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Blog Tour: The Best Part of Love by Amy D'Orazio

Blog Tour: The Best Part of Love by A D'Orazio
Today the blog tour for 'The Best Part of Love' by A. D'Orazio stops by. This story is 'Pride & Prejudice'-based but the variation is a big one, with Elizabeth having been married before, and to somebody of rank. I'll share the blurb with you first and then I will hand over to Amy D'Orazio for a vignette of something that happened during the story, but off-page.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Passages - A Pemberley Tale by Brenda Webb - Excerpt and Giveaway

Book cover: Passages - A Pemberley Tale by Brenda Webb
Today Brenda Webb is stopping by to share an excerpt of her latest 'Pride & Prejudice'-inspired book with us. Brenda has written a number of P&P variations, 'Fitzwilliam Darcy: An Honourable Man', 'Mr Darcy's Forbidden Love', 'Darcy & Elizabeth: A Most Unlikely Couple' and 'Darcy & Elizabeth: A Promise Kept' in addition to posting on her Austenesque fanfiction forum DarcyandLizzy.com. Phew!

Brenda's latest story is called 'Passages - A Pemberley Tale' and this, rather than beginning at a point within 'Pride & Prejudice' and diverging, instead takes a different turn before the events of canon, taking us on an entirely different journey. I'll now hand over to Brenda for the blurb and excerpt. There is also a giveaway opportunity, as Brenda is kindly offering a kindle ebook of 'Passages - A Pemberley Tale' to two international commenters on this post, and a signed paperback of the story to a US/Canada winner.

Edited to add: Brenda has now kindly offered to give away a second signed paperback to a US/Canada reader so you get double the chance to win :)

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Planned Reading for January 2017

Christmas 2016 reading related loot
Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a lovely Christmas, if you celebrate it. I had a nice time, with lots of time spent with my children. I also got some Austen-y goodies from Santa (I know one of them is Bronte, but still!). In the picture there is 'From Prada to Nada' which is based on S&S, the 1940 'Pride & Prejudice, which is the first adaptation of the book that I ever saw, so I am fond of it, plus the third DVD is the 1980s version of Jane Eyre featuring Timothy Dalton (yum!). The items on the lower half of the picture are some note cards featuring vintage covers of Austen's works, a little portrait of lovely Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, a Jane Austen pin and a trolley token saying I ♥ Darcy, in case I need reminding when I am buying food! Did you get any nice reading treats?

I took some time off work and it was sorely needed, as I find everything hard to fit in around work and other commitments. I didn't get any reading done at all unfortunately but a new year is a new beginning! I always make resolutions, though how well they pan out is variable :) I would like to make sure I fit in some more reading and blogging time this year. I also intend to catch up on some of the reads that people have kindly gifted or sent me that I didn't manage to fit in previously. It's actually my blog birthday this month - I posted my very first post on 2 January 2014, although I didn't make the blog publicly viewable until about April, in case I didn't enjoy doing it. I should do something to celebrate it. Last year, I had a book giveaway, but I'm not sure what to do this time. What do you think? Is a book the best present or should I look out some Austen-related loot that people might like to win?

Book cover: Passages - A Pemberley Tale by Brenda Webb
I have a few visits lined up this month that I hope you will pop back for. Firstly, author Brenda Webb has a new book out, which is already receiving excellent reviews. In 'Passages - A Pemberley Tale' the characters of 'Pride & Prejudice' are taken along another path, as this story has taken a turn even before the events of P&P. Brenda will be stopping by soon with a guest post.

Book cover: The Best Part of Love by A. D'Orazio
Next, we have a new author that has written a number of excellent stories. I read her work on 'A Happy Assembly' but I don't know whether she posted on any of the other fanfic sites. I am happy say that she is publishing, and Amy D'Orazio will be dropping by with the blog tour of 'The Best Part of Love' which sees a widowed Elizabeth meeting up with Mr Darcy. Things aren't straightforward for our dear couple in this story!

Blog Tour: A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder
The blog tour for Anngela Schroeder's new book, 'A Lie Universally Hidden' stops by for my review. This book has both Darcy and Elizabeth already having a rival on the scene when they meet. You can see the cover reveal over at Just Jane 1813 today.

As for what I plan to read, well, aside from 'A Lie Universally Hidden' I am going to see where the wind takes me. I have plenty of books I'd like to catch up on! I hope you have some good reads planned for this month. Let me know in the comments :)

And please, if you haven't already, check out my favourite reads of 2016.

ETA: I forgot to say, if you'd like to have some company on your reading journey in 2017 you can join in the fun of Sophia Rose's Austenesque TBR Goodreads Group and if you're on Facebook, maybe you'd like to join us at Mr Darcy's Extensive Readers?


A Very Darcy Christmas by Victoria Kincaid - Winner

Book cover: A Very Darcy Christmas by Victoria Kincaid
Recently, Victoria Kincaid joined me with an excerpt and giveaway of her Christmas-themed book, 'A Very Darcy Christmas', which sees the Darcys first Christmas as a married couple not go as planned as family descend on Pemberley. Victoria kindly offered a giveaway of an e-book of the story to a commenter on the post. The winner, chosen at random, is:

Sheila!

Edited to add: As Sheila has explained in the comments below, since her initial comment she has read the book, so she asked me to choose another winner who is:

Mary!

Hopefully Mary hasn't succumbed and bought herself a copy. I will be in touch.

Thank you so much to all of you who visited the post and commented, and of course, huge thanks to Victoria for visiting the blog and providing a giveaway.

As an aside, I hope this post looks ok, my internet has gone down so I am publishing via my phone! Technology, eh :)