Giveaways and giveaway winner

First up: Congrats to Monica! You have won the large-print edition of The Unexpected Miss Bennet! Please email me through the contact form and I will send your book right out.

For The Crow God’s Girl:

I have two giveaways going on in different locations.

Author and editor Laura Anne Gilman is hosting a giveaway of a book a week on her livejournal, and this week it’s for a copy of The Crow God’s Girl. Comment over there for a chance to win.

The Goodreads giveaway contest for five copies of The Crow God’s Girl finishes up August 17. Goodreads will select five winners at random and I’ll send out the books.

There have been some lovely reviews of The Crow God’s Girl:

From Goodreads:

What comes next is not your typical portal story. Yes, it’s a medieval world, and yes, Kate is very much a modern teenager. And yes, there’s a cute guy. But there the story veers off into its own path, where the cute guy isn’t the real love interest. In fact, there is no real love interest, only a love possibility. And while Kate does aim to change the medieval world, Aeritan changes her just as much. –Beth Bernobich, author of  the River of Souls series

This is a wonderful novel rich with great characters and a twisty, tension filed plot that hold tight right up until the end. A definite must read for fans of fantasy. –BookPrincess Sophia

And this one from Amazon is possibly my favorite so far. To have a reader so totally engaged that she states:

Oh and to say I hate Colar with every fiber of my being is an understatement. I don’t know what he was like in the previous two books, but judging from his behavior here I have NO IDEA why Kate fell in love with him. I can understand being forced into a position because of duty and loyalty to one’s kin. I can understand being pragmatic and realizing that sometimes one’s own desires will harm more than just themselves.

I get that.

What I don’t get is why Colar began to act like a complete lout as a result and then had the gall to act like Kate should feel appreciative!

That aside, this was a rollicking fun adventure. If you ignore the angsty I love him moments, it was a lot of fun. I really like the ‘Crows’, I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to know more about Aeritan. Sarath insisted on focusing on the woes of being Colar far too much and had Kate pine for him for far too long. She’s a tough chick! Once she comes into her own and starts thinking with her brain, she’s a force to reckon with. –Alexandra Cenni




A new Miss Bennet

The Unexpected Miss Bennet has come out in a large-print edition, and once again, the cover is lovely.

I was given a few copies so here is your chance to win a copy that is easy on the eyes, both literally and figuratively.

Tell me in the comments what you think of the three covers of Miss Bennet and I’ll pick a winner from the answers.

Austen in Austin event

Had a wonderful time at the Austen in Austin event. Margie Longoria asked great questions and we — Jennifer, Alyssa, and I– got to talk about how we wrote our books, who our influences are, and what we are working on next. Jennifer, a YA author, pointed out that Jane Austen could be considered YA, which is true, since she writes about young people on the cusp of their adult lives, when they leave home and make their way in the world.

Margie asked us which Austen heroes we loved the best — and it was interesting that none of us said Darcy. For me it has always been Captain Wentworth, for Alyssa it’s Mr. Knightley, and for Jennifer, Col. Brandon. And that says so much about each of us. As I pointed out, Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Eliot is the most romantic letter in the English language. It just doesn’t get any more swoonworthy.

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

“I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”

Sailors are so romantic.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an enjoyable afternoon.