Blog Tour + Author interview – “Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen” by Deborah Hopkinson

Hello to all! I am delighted to introduce you to Deborah Hopkinson, author and speaker. She has just published and tomorrow it will be available: Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen, a book about Jane Austen’s life illustrated by Qin Leng and aimed for children.

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Deborah Hopkinson is the author of 50 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. At schools and conferences she helps bring history and research alive.

Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She lives near Portland, OR. Her husband, Andy, is a winemaker and artist; her son, Dimitri, is a photographer and landscaper; her daughter, Rebekah, is a teacher and chalk artist, and her grandson, Oliver, is an extraordinary one year old! And her two research assistants are Brooklyn and Rue (her dogs)!

I have been lucky enough to read Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen and really like the easiness to explain so many things about Jane Austen in a picture book. The designs are delightful as well, the colours very beautiful indeed.

Moreover, I got to interview Deborah and I have also asked her about JAFF. Read below and if you have any other questions for her, leave them on the comments. Thank you, Deborah for being so nice.

When did you discover Jane Austen?

It’s hard to remember when I first read Pride and Prejudice, but I think I was only twelve or thirteen. I recall having old, battered paperback editions on my bookshelf in high school.

Why did you choose her life for this book aimed to children?

While Jane Austen may not be an obvious subject for a picture book, there are many aspects of her life and work that I think can be appealing to kids. While we live in a celebrity culture, Austen first published her works anonymously. She lived an ordinary life which was centered around her family. For students, Jane is a great role model. She began writing at a young age and also spent a lot of time revising her writing.

I think it’s also helpful for students to be exposed to major figures of the past. And the back matter of our book includes the titles of Jane’s novels and a bit about them.

What is the most interesting aspect of Jane Austen’s life for you and why?

The more I learned of Austen’s life and approach to her work, the more impressed I am with her genius. It’s quite incredible to think that her novels, penned two hundred years ago in an entirely different time, are still so fresh, witty, and pertinent today. I am also amazed at her craft. As someone who makes full use of features like “cut and paste,” it’s mind-boggling to think of what it took to create her polished works.

Jane Austen has several well-known novels that you explain concisely in Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen, which one is your favourite if you could only read one of them for the rest of your life?

While I love all the Austen novels, my top three favourites are Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility. And if I have to choose just one, I guess it would have to be Pride and Prejudice.

A lot of the readers of my blog love Jane Austen Fan Fiction, have you thought on doing a variation or retelling of Jane Austen’s books for young people?

There are so many fun variations of Austen, both in novels and film. My favorite variation is a literary novel by Jo Baker entitled Longbourn. Highly recommended! I don’t know that I would do a Young Adult retelling, but I do admit that I’m drawn to this period.

You have other books about other authors, anyone else in mind?

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen is nonfiction, but I have also written a historical fiction picture book about Charles Dickens entitled A Boy Called Dickens. I’ve made attempts at writing about other authors, including Charlotte Bronte or Lady Murasaki, the Japanese noblewoman who wrote one of the first (if not the first) novels in the world, but haven’t been successful. As I tell students at author visits, even published writers get rejections. (At least I do!)

Have you ever thought on writing about other artists, for instance Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci or Frida Kahlo among others?

Well, I just bought my husband the fabulous new biography of Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, and I am next to read it, so you never know!

Thanks again to Deborah Hopkinson for appearing. For other stops on the Jane Austen Blog Tour please check deborahhopkinson.com. Be sure to use this hashtag: #JaneAustenBlogTour.

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If you want to buy this lovely book, find some links below:

Amazon UK (available on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day) Amazon US

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Blog Tour of “All the Things I know” by Audrey Ryan: character interview + giveaway

Dear all,

would you like to celebrate with me and a bit of pink wine? We are celebrating the first book of Audrey Ryan: All the Things I know. A very nice modern variation of our beloved Pride and Prejudice. Resultado de imagen de pink wine

Let’s then know a bit more about her: Audrey Ryan.

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Audrey Ryan is the nom de plume of Andrea Pangilinan: daydreamer, wife and step-mother, and obsessive story consumer. She studied writing in college, dreamt about becoming a novelist and slowly forgot about it when real life took over. With a particular affection for contemporary retellings, adapting Pride & Prejudice to modern day has always been a dream. When she’s not reading and writing, Andrea is a marketing slave to the internet industry. She enjoys talking crazy to her weirdo cat, consuming copious amount of wine and coffee with her girlfriends, and record shopping with her husband. Oh yeah, and there’s that small Jane Austen obsession. That doesn’t take up any time at all.

You can follow her and her work on:

http://audreyryan.merytonpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAudreyR/

https://twitter.com/AuthorAudreyR

Audrey’s Goodreads is just as a reader, but it’s here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3797528-audrey-ryan-andrea-pangilinan

Here you have the blurb of the book, enjoy!

Lizzie Venetidis is confident in her decisions. Moving to Seattle with her sister Jane after she graduated from Stanford, for instance, was a no-brainer. Adult life, however, turns out to be more difficult to navigate than she expected.

What career should she pursue with a bachelor’s degree in art history and no marketable experience amongst a tech-heavy job market? How responsible is it to drink that fourth cocktail while out with friends? And what should she do about Darcy—the aloof yet captivating guy she met her first night in town?

All the Things I Know is a one-mistake-at-a-time retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set against the backdrop of modern-day techie Seattle. Full of wry observations, heartache, and life lessons, All the Things I Know shares the original’s lessons of correcting ill-conceived first impressions and learning who you really are.

I have enjoyed the book very much and I recommend it as it is a read that I could not leave until I finished it. You will see a Lizzie with more fears than you may have seen before but with the same wit. Darcy is still aloof and very protective with the ones he loves. They really need to work on their conversational skills and they eventually do it after a lot of… steam!

The family relationship is surprising, Mr and Mrs Venetidis are not exactly what you expect but it is well written and all the feelings are well explained. Some names are changed but not many, however, I do not like the character who is called Colin! Andrea, why??? 😉 I don’t mind if it’s closer to the surname! :p

I will review the book as soon as I get a bit of time, until then: buy it and read it or try the giveaway and then you read it.

You can buy it on:

Amazon Kindle US       Amazon Kindle UK    Amazon Paperback UK

Now, what you were waiting for… the character interview.

For this character interview, I thought I would jump into Darcy’s head and fill in his version of the Proust Questionnaire. Lizzie’s version of the same Questionnaire was shared on Babblings of a Bookworm earlier in the blog tour. It is also featured in a scene early on in All the Things I Know — an excerpt of that scene was shared on My Jane Austen Book Club. Enjoy!

– What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Taking care of the people I love

– What is your greatest fear?

Isolation

– What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I wish I was better in large social gatherings

– What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Artiface

– Which living person do you most admire?

Is it cliche to say President Obama?

– What is your greatest extravagance?

My car. No one needs a brand new Tesla, but I love mine.

– What is your current state of mind?

Restless

– What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Humility

– On what occasion do you lie?

Very rarely. I hate disguise. I would only ever omit the truth out of necessity instead of telling an outright lie.

– What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I haven’t really thought about it, honestly. I’m not really a self-conscious person.

– Which living person do you most despise?

I have very complicated feelings about this question. Can I pass?

– What is the quality you most like in a man?

Diligence

– What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Kindness

– Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I’ve been told I overuse “um”s

– What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family. I wish I would have cherished my parents more while they were still around. My mom’s art is my haven in that sense.

– When and where were you happiest?

Quiet summer vacations with my family at my grandparents’ lake house when my parents were still alive and Georgie was young.

– Which talent would you most like to have?

Telepathy. Does that count?

– If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I were more sociable

– What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Continuing to build on my mom’s art collection. I feel like I could almost have my own museum at this point.

– If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

An evergreen someplace peaceful like Mount Rainier

– Where would you most like to live?

I think one day I would like to move back into the house I grew up in, but not till I’m ready to start a family. I think about it a lot though.

– What is your most treasured possession?

My mom’s art

– What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loneliness

– What is your favorite occupation?

Running along the Burke-Gilman as the sun rises

– What is your most marked characteristic?

Probably my height (I’m 6’3).

– Who are your favorite writers?

Jack Keuroic

– Who is your hero of fiction?

Atticus Finch

– Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford)

– Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad will always be my hero

– What are your favorite names?

I like the idea of naming kids after family members, like my parents George and Anne.

– What is it that you most dislike?

Pickles

– What is your greatest regret?

See the answer to the living person I despise.

– How would you like to die?

I haven’t thought about it. I suppose peacefully and not alone.

– What is your motto?

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

So? Do we understand him a bit better?  Maybe… but he is Darcy!!

Blog Tour schedule

Follow the book tour if you are not doing it already because you have great entries. Below you have the schedule:

03 Dec   Austenesque Reviews;   Author Interview, Giveaway

04 Dec  My Jane Austen Book Club; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

05 Dec   Babblings of a Bookworm; Character Interview, GiveawayCEF18BFF-8DBC-4374-9E41-BFDEC5BF50A7

06 Dec   From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Giveaway

07 Dec   Night Owl Reader;  Review, Excerpt

08 Dec   Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway

09 Dec   My Love for Jane Austen; Vignette, Giveaway

10 Dec  Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

11 Dec  Of Pens and Pages; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

12 Dec  Margie’s Must Reads; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

13 Dec  Savvy Verse and Wit; Guest Post, Giveaway  

14 Dec My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway

15 Dec  Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

16 Dec  More Agreeably Engaged; Vignette, Giveaway

It finishes on the 16th December, what a day!!

 

Time to Give Away

Andrea is giving away several ebooks during the whole blog tour. In order to participate click the link below. Do not forget to read the terms and conditions to be able to get one of this ebooks of All the Things I Know.

Rafflecopter – Giveaway Link

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Blog Tour of “Dangerous To Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues” edited by Christina Boyd

This time it is the “bad boys” who fill the pages, the ones that you actually hate or despise but at the same time you could have a soft spot for them because maybe they redeem themselves or maybe because they are actually not so bad… (wait until you know more).

ABOUT DANGEROUS TO KNOW: JANES AUSTEN’S RAKES & GENTLEMEN ROGUES

“One has all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.” —Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, et al.—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched. Have you never wondered about the pasts of her rakes, rattles, and gentlemen rogues? Surely, there’s more than one side to their stories.

It is a universal truth, we are captivated by smoldering looks, daring charms … a happy-go-lucky, cool confidence. All the while, our loyal confidants are shouting on deaf ears: “He is a cad—a brute—all wrong!” But is that not how tender hearts are broken…by loving the undeserving? How did they become the men Jane Austen created? In this romance anthology, eleven Austenesque authors expose the histories of Austen’s anti-heroes.

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories—a backstory or parallel tale off-stage of canon—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s great works.

What say you? Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy…even temporarily…but heaven help us if we marry one.

In Dangerous To Know we have eleven stories about eleven rakes or rogues who were created by Jane Austen. However, their differences cannot be greater, on one hand we have Willoughby and  Crawford, who I cannot stand, and on the other hand we can see Colonel Fitzwilliam and Thomas Bertram, who I like. There are other characters as well, as you have read above, but I can tell you already that these stories could make you like them or at least understand the reason why they turned out as they did. Although, I am going to be very mean and I have to say that I still do not like, for instance Willoughby even if Joana’s story is really good.

Redemption is a difficult word for characters that you have already “judged” but some of these stories are going to be difficult to ignore… I am mainly thinking about Wickham (you will have to read it!).

I have dearly enjoyed Dangerous to Know but I believe that I will always like The Darcy Monologues a bit better 🙂

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I got an ARC copy and asked if I wanted to do a review and I was glad to do it but you can always buy your copy and super enjoy these stories with the baddies from Jane Austen’s dear novels.

Amazon UK      Amazon US      Amazon CA       Amazon DE

 

I highly recommend you to check the authors, who are superb and have great stories for you to read and enjoy: Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Katie Oliver, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes and Brooke West. Their work is amazing but I cannot forget another key person in creating Dangerous To Know, the editor Christina Boyd.

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Apart from reading it, listen to songs that connect with the stories, check the Spotify list here.

Winner of “Green Card” re-release prize by Elizabeth Adams

Hello!!

Elizabeth Adams did a great giveaway to celebrate the new edition of her great Green Card. She is giving away her five books to a winner of this blog, and the winner is:

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Pam Hunter!! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy them all! Please send me your email address asap. Send it to myvicesandweaknesses(at)gmail(dot)com

Blog Tour of “A Most Handsome Gentleman” by Suzan Lauder, character interview and giveaway

Hello, hello! I am going straight to the blurb of this book that I am completely sure will be awesome to read. Let’s talk again after you read the blurb:

Book Blurb

Elizabeth Bennet’s life is uncomplicated until she meets a quartet of new men: the haughty but handsome Mr. Darcy, the pert-with-a-pout Mr. Bingley, the confident and captivating Mr. Wickham—and then there is her father’s cousin, the happy man towards whom almost every female eye has turned.

Mr. Collins is HOT—well, incredibly handsome in Regency-speak—beautiful of face, fine of figure, elegant of air, his perfect clothing and hair matching his Greek god-like form. Unfortunately, when he opens his mouth, Elizabeth wishes he were mute. With affected servility and prideful self-conceit, he capitalizes upon his exquisite appearance and fixes on Jane Bennet as his bride.

Can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy form an alliance to stop Jane’s suitors from issuing challenges—and will Elizabeth coax a smile from Mr. Darcy?

Bestselling Regency romance author Suzan Lauder delivers a hilarious Austenesque romance suitable for all readers of Pride and Prejudice.

So, let’s read that again: “Mr Collins is HOT”… what??? As I commented on From Pemberley to Milton, “Hot and Collins… until now that meant a suffocating experience where he was praising your potatoes and you could not run away!!”. Collins like a Greek god? OMG! That cannot be true :S

Now let’s try to be serious and think about the rest of the information that this blurb is giving us… Elizabeth needs Darcy’s help to stop any challenges that Jane’s suitors are issuing, what suitors? Collins and Bingley… anyone else?  What kind of challenges? My mind can race from just being very insistent to try to ruin her… you never know with these characters!! The most important part that it is not included here, will Mrs Bennet’s nerves let her live having to “endure” several suitors for Jane?? 🙂

I have to say that I am super intrigued by this book. This time I have avoided to read much about it as I want to have my reading time full of surprises. However, that does not mean that you should do the same. There is a great blog tour with stops in several amazing blogs that you must check. I will write the schedule below, but first let me introduce the lovely author of A Most Handsome Gentleman, Suzan Lauder.

A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, cycling, yoga, blogging, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder is seldom idle.

Her first effort at a comedy, A Most Handsome Gentleman is the fourth time Lauder has been published by Meryton Press. Her earlier works include a mature Regency romance with a mystery twist, Alias Thomas Bennet, a modern short romance Delivery Boy in the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter, and the dramatic tension filled Regency romance Letter from Ramsgate.IMG_20150318_114408

She and Mr. Suze split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial home near the sea in Mexico.

Suzan’s lively prose is also available to her readers on her blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzan.lauder.merytonpress.com, on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder, and on Twitter @suzanlauder. You can follow her on different social media: Website    Goodreads Author Page   Facebook          Twitter     Amazon Author Page   Pinterest

Suzan has prepared a great character interview that it is hilarious and inappropriate (wink wink)… you’ll understand in a bit what I mean. Enjoy!!

Meryton Residents speak about Mr. Collins: a modern/Regency mashup interview.

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Miss Katherine Bennet: “Good morning. My name is Kitty Bennet and I am secretly hoping to be a novelist one day like the lady who wrote Pride and Prejudice. I will be writing a novel where the heroine is me and the hero is my cousin Mr. Collins because he is the most handsome and accomplished man of my acquaintance. He is so handsome and accomplished, no one even notices John Lucas any more. The only thing that would make Mr. Collins more handsome and accomplished would be a red coat. Then I think even my sister Mary would swoon. But here. Let Mary speak for herself about my cousin.”

 

Miss Mary Bennet: “Mr. Collins reads Fordyce with the voice of an angel. He smells like an angel, too.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What does an angel smell like?”

Miss Mary Bennet (nearly swooning): “Mr. Collins.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What kind of answer is that? Pooh. I shall go on to another person to find out their impression of Mr. Collins for my novel. Here is my aunt.”

Mrs. Archibald Phillips: “Mr. Collins has big feet. You know what ‘big feet’ means. Big…uh…shoes.” (She winks.)

Miss Katherine Bennet: “I do not care about his shoes. I care to know if you think he is too handsome for a hero in a novel. Do you not think he is A Most Handsome Gentleman, Mama?”

Mrs. Thomas Bennet: (fans herself) “Handsome? Bless me! Did you know your father is nearly eleven years my senior? Weak hearts run in his family. It is not out of the question for a widow to remarry a younger man. Widows make the best of wives. After all, I am already Mistress of Longbourn. If Mr. Collins could just wait…yes, he is the handsomest man. Oh, dear, you have made me hot, and these flutters of my heart! Goodness! Bless me! Bless me!”

Miss Jane Bennet: “Come, Mama, sit down.”

Mr. Charles Bingley “May I join you, my angel?”

Miss Mary Bennet: “Really, Mr. Bingley. Do not confuse things. Mr. Collins is the only heavenly creature around here.”

Mrs. Bennet: “Bless me! Mr. Collins is too handsome for heaven. Bless me!”

Miss Kitty Bennet: “I suppose Mr. Collins is accomplished enough to do so, Mama.”

Mrs. Thomas Bennet: “Oh, my poor nerves. Where are my salts? I have these flutters and urges…”

Miss Jane Bennet: “Really, Kitty, must you work her up so?”

Miss Lydia Bennet: (giggles) “Kitty did not work her up. She was ogling Mr. Collins’s breeches as she mentioned Papa’s heart.” (giggles and ogles Mr. Collins’s breeches)

Mr. Thomas Bennet (shouting out of library window): “I have the heart of an ox. Now leave me in peace whilst I snigger to myself about Mr. Collins’s antics right in front of his too-handsome face. Accomplishments, my eye. My left foot is more accomplished than Mr. Collins. I had to teach him draughts of all things!” (closes window to library)

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Come, Mr. Wickham, what say you? Do you think Mr. Collins is handsome and accomplished?”

Mr. George Wickham: (grumbles) “He may be handsome and accomplished, but does he have a credible sob story? Take pity on me. Have you heard about the living I was supposed to have?” (winks and waggles eyebrows)

Mr. Reginald Denny: “Collins is so handsome, I want to date him. Wicky, want to bet who will snag Collins first, me or Miss Lydia?”

Miss Lydia Bennet: “Or little Chamberlayne, all dressed up like a lady!” (snorts and guffaws in true non-Regency form)

Mr. George Wickham: “Excuse me, ladies, but I have some pressing militia business to attend to.” (turns to Mr. Denny) “Odds?”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Oh, here is Lizzy. She will have a rational answer. Lizzy, is Mr. Collins not the handsomest and most accomplished man you have ever known?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “He would be if I could reform him from his obsequious blabbermouth doofusoid tendencies. I must really stick by his side so I can admire, uh, train him to be more sensible. Perhaps I could hold his tongue.”

Miss Katherine Benet: “What?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “I meant to say, he needs to learn to hold his tongue. If he could do so, he would be hot.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What do you mean, hot?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “Incendiary.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Huh?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “Oh, look! There’s Mr. Darcy. I detest the man.”

Mrs. Archibald Phillips: “But have you noticed the size of his feet?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: (mumbles) “I was not looking at his feet.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “No one seems to make sense around here. Why is the world so enamoured of feet? We were talking of Mr. Collins’s handsome face and manly accomplishments. Yes, my research confirms that he is A Most Handsome Gentleman. This is Miss Kitty Bennet, signing off for the day.”

So, what do you think? feet apparently are important… I do not know why… (ehem ehem) Did you like Mrs Bennet? No so worried about Mr Bennet dying and leaving them on their own.

I am pretty sure that you cannot wait to read A Most Handsome Gentleman, in order to buy it, go to Amazon UK or Amazon US (check if you prefer ebook or paperback).

I could not forget to mention the cover, OMG! they are actually very handsome indeed. The quartet of male protagonists of this book that they could make anyone swoon!! Janet Taylor is an awesome artist!! Janet, beautiful faces!!

Blog Tour Schedule

10/20   My Jane Austen Book Club; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

10/21   My Love for Jane Austen; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/22   Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review

10/23   Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway

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10/24   Tomorrow is Another Day; Review

10/25   Babblings of a Bookworm; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/26   From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway

10/27   Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/28   Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

10/29   My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway

10/30   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt

10/31   Laughing With Lizzie; Vignette, Giveaway

11/01   Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

11/02   So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

11/03   Margie’s Must Reads; Review, GA

Time to Give Away

You really need to try to win this book or just go and buy it on the links I shared above. If you want to participate click the following link but also read the terms and conditions mainly to know how to get extra entries. Good luck.

Rafflecopter “A Most Handsome Gentleman”

review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries. A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of A Most Handsome Gentleman by Suzan Lauder. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

“Green Card” by Elizabeth Adams is back, excerpt and big giveaway

Hello all! I cannot believe we are almost in November!! Halloween (for a lot of you) is very close and you may be deciding what to do. For others, you may be expecting more All Saints Days, some others will receive the end of October and beginning of November as any other month coming and going. Whatever you are looking forward to, let me remind you that a good book is always necessary and why not a modern version of Pride and Prejudice: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams.

Since I read Green Card a few years ago, I simply loved it! This book is a modern version but it does not lose the personality of the protagonists and it is properly placed in the 21st century with different problems and difficulties.

I have been also lucky to tell the author my opinion, both online and in person and I can say that Elizabeth Adams is a lovely woman, very talkative and full of energy. I have repeated a sentence several times to her and she is not annoyed, or at least she did not say it 😉 Why is the sentence so important? Because it is my favourite sentence from Green Card. No, I am not telling you what sentence it is but I can say that these four words make a great moment in the book. No, no again, the four words are nothing like “Would you marry me?”.

Let’s know a bit more about this multifaceted author:

Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand. 

 

She writes romantic comedy and comedic tragedy in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and out-takes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com

Follow her also on: Facebook     Twitter      Goodreads

Elizabeth has written lovely stories and you can buy them on: Amazon UK     Amazon US

Now let’s start with what today is the protagonist of this post: Green Card.

Green Card Blurb

William Harper has it all: looks, money, power. There’s just one tiny problem—he’s about to be deported. He needs a green card. Fast. An American wife is the easiest way to get one. But where will he find a woman to marry him on such short notice?

Elizabeth Barrett is a full-time student, part-time dog walker, and weekend tutor. With a room-mate who just ran out on her and neck deep in tuition payments, she needs money. Now. Harper just might make her an offer she can’t refuse.

He thinks he’s worked out the perfect deal, she thinks she’s signed up for an easy job. Neither of them bargained for the ride of their lives.

What about the marriage by convenience? A marriage without love? A paid marriage? A rich man and a penniless woman, but it is the 21st century!!

Excerpt

Harper opened the door to the apartment and set his bag on the floor. He loosened his tie and headed to the kitchen to grab a beer. On his way, he heard music coming out of the living room. This wasn’t unusual in and of itself. However, what was unusual was the grunting he also heard. He stopped for a moment, then his eyebrows shot up to his hairline when he heard, in what was clearly Liz’s voice, a loud groan that morphed into a sort of yelling whine.

A dark look on his face, he quickly stalked toward the living room. If there was another man in his house, he’d throw him out on his backside. Then he’d have a thing or two to say to Liz about contracts and abiding by an agreement.

In one loud move, he threw the door open and stormed into the room.

Oh, hey, Will. You’re home early. Would you do me a favor and turn on the fan?”

He just stood there, looking at Liz where she was on the floor on all fours, one leg extended behind her that she was moving in a semi-circle. Over to her right, touch the ground, back up as high as it could go and all the way to her left, touch the ground, then back up to center and to her right again. He watched her dumbly as her leg arced gracefully, her back sweaty and her thighs trembling slightly from her exertion. She was wearing a black pair of calf-length leggings and a pink sports bra, and that was it. He couldn’t keep his eyes away from her bum, which was flexing tightly with the movement. Had it always been that round?

Will?”

Yeah?”

The fan?”

Oh, sorry.”

He flipped the switch and she called out a quiet thank you. Several more minutes passed with him just standing there as she watched the movement of the people on the television screen, the TV muted while her iPod blared from the speaker on the console.

Are you enjoying the show?”

Will started. “Huh? What did you say?”

Liz laughed. “It’s okay, you can make fun if you want to.”

Make fun?”

Of my video. It’s the Brazil Butt Lift. I know it’s weird, but it really works.”

Why are you doing a butt video?”

Because someone has been taking me out for high-calorie, fattening dinners! All those carbs go straight to my butt. My jeans were feeling a little tight so I borrowed this from Laura.” She walked over to stand in front of him. “See,” she turned her back to him and looked over her shoulder, “it’s already working and it’s only been two weeks! This part right here,” she ran her hand along the top of her bum, “is already higher and when you touch it, it’s much firmer. It’s not scary hard or anything, but you can feel the muscle under there. Feel.” She grabbed his hand and placed it at the top of the swell of her bottom.

After a moment’s hesitation, he pressed his hand a little more firmly into her flesh, then moved it lightly side to side.

You’re right. It’s firm, but still soft. Very nice.” He nodded and removed his hand. “Why do you have the volume off?”

I don’t really like the music and the guy kind of gets on my nerves after a while. I’ve got the moves almost memorized by now. I just use the video as a guide.”

Why haven’t I seen you doing this before?”

I usually do it when you’re gone. You’re home early today.”

He walked over to the TV and turned the volume up, mostly to distract himself from her glistening skin and tight leggings.

Is this guy for real?” Harper gestured to the man leading the exercises on the screen. “Why does he talk like that?”

He’s Brazilian, genius, he has an accent. You know, kind of like you do, only from another country.”

Why are you getting snarky with me? You just said he gets on your nerves!”

Just because he can be annoying doesn’t mean he’s not good at his job. Besides, this is a really hard workout. Don’t knock it till you try it.”

He looked at the women in tiny little shorts, lifting their legs and smiling broadly.

I don’t think it would do much for me. It looks girly.”

Girly?”

Her tone should have alerted him, but it didn’t. “Yeah. Men like to work out with weights, not shiny yellow bands,” he said as he gestured toward the resistance bands the women on the screen were using.

Care to test that theory, big boy?”

Now he heard the tone, but he was never one to back down from a challenge.

What do you have in mind?”

Throw on some gym clothes and try this with me. We’ll see who’s the last man standing.”

He raised his brows and looked at her like she was crazy. “Are you serious?”

Dead serious.” Her arms were crossed over her chest and her face was set. He was beginning to recognize that look. She was not about to back down.

All right, I’ll be back,” he said airily as he left the room.

Mmmmm… steamy!! However, Harper, what do you think about “girly” stuff? Let’s see how you manage!

Time To Give Away

Super happy birthday to Elizabeth Adams!! It’s not only the release day of Green Card but also her birthday.

She has put together a great present for one of you, lovely readers of My Vices and Weaknesses.

She is giving away her entire catalogue, five books, to one of you!! 1 winner gets her 5 books and you will love them!!

You have to comment here with your questions to Elizabeth and your opinions about what you have read.

You only have a few days to participate, until the 3rd November at 11:59pm CET.

Good luck!

Review of “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep” by Regina Jeffers

Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep by Regina Jeffers

No, it is not a Pride and Prejudice variation or any variation related to Jane Austen. Carry on reading! Do not stop just because you may think that “you just want JAFF” because Regina has written a great book. Very strong characters and a plot that does not allow you to stop reading.

Love at first sight, just sight actually! Accidents, reputation and honour that needs to be protected, intrigue, murders, stubbornness…

Angelica is an American whose parents are British. Angel comes back to his father’s country to follow the wish her mother had for her: to come out in England. Her manners are not exactly what the ton looks for but she is still a novelty and that is good for gossip at least.

Angelica is determined to pleased his father and look for a good match until she sees his “Lucifer”… in her dreams or not…

A carriage accident occurs and she has to pretend that a gentleman is her husband because she has rescued him. This man eventually has only Angel as the only real part of his life because he has lost his memory during the accident and he sees her as his “Angel” even after he is recovered by his family and Angelica is back to his father’s protection.

However, destiny is vicious and the ton’s invitations cannot be forsake, so Angel goes with his father to the Devil’s Keep where her “husband” is.

Nope, I have not forgotten to mention anyone 😀 you will have to read about him. I am pretty sure that you will like him as much as I do. However, Angel is the character that I have loved the most due to her strength and determination to help everybody and if needed she will sacrifice herself, or her heart to protect others.

5out5 stars

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