May 252018
 

Hi friends!  I love it when authors come up with creative twists and additions to our beloved Pride and Prejudice, don’t you? One author who really has a penchant for coming up with truly unique angles and alterations is Maria Grace. And as you might have already heard she has created a series that crosses Jane Austen’s characters with dragons!!! I know! I know. I was a little wary at first about this idea, but having read the preview of the first book, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon I see how fascinating it all is! I already know I’m going to enjoy this completely original take on Pride and Prejudice! On the fence yourself? Read how Maria came up with this idea and all the clever threads she has tied together!

The Myth and the Mashup

Meredith, thanks so much for hosting me today. It’s always such a pleasure to get to visit with you. Through the years I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for being willing to put very different spins on Jane Austen’s stories and characters. That hasn’t changed with my newest series. In fact, I think it kicks it up a notch.

And with that rather dubious introduction, I’m utterly tickled to announce that the Pride and Prejudice arc of my Jane Austen’s Dragons series is complete with the release of Netherfield: Rogue Dragon. Now wait, I can hear you muttering and rolling your eyes, “Dragons? Really? Seriously—dragons? Why—just why?”

You’re not the first to roll their eyes at me and mutter that, expecting an answer like “Because zombies, vampires and werewolves have already been done.” And while that is utterly true, and the sort of thing I might say if you caught me at just the right—or wrong—moment, it isn’t a very good answer. Continue reading »

May 202018
 

Hi dear friends! I’m so excited to take part in this special announcement today as it is about one of my favorite books by Karen Cox!!!  I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Karen Cox, but I especially adored her poignant and expressive love story, At the Edge of the Sea when I first read it 5 years ago!  Today, Karen has a very exciting announcement about this lovely work!!

From the Author

Thank you so much for letting me visit with you and your readers today! I’m really excited about the upcoming summer release of Son of a Preacher Man. It’s a special book for me, an original story inspired by Pride and Prejudice, that was originally published as At the Edge of the Sea in 2013. For its five-year birthday, I’ve re-edited it, given back its original title, Son of a Preacher Man, and with the help of Shari Ryan, of Madhat Covers, and Joshua Hollis, who created the image, I’ve given it a new cover too.

~ Book Description ~

“I forget that you’re a fella sometimes.”

“Gee, thanks.”

I never forgot that she was a girl. Not for one second…

1959. The long, hot Southern summer bakes the sleepy town of Orchard Hill. Billy Ray Davenport, an aspiring physician and only son of an indomitable traveling minister, is a young man with a plan that starts with working in a small-town doctor’s office before he begins medical school in the fall. Handsome, principled, and keenly observant, he arrives in town to lodge with the Millers, the local doctor’s family. He never bargained for Lizzie Quinlan—a complex, kindred spirit who is beautiful and compassionate, yet scorned by the townsfolk. Could a girl with a reputation be different than she seems? With her quirky wisdom and a spine of steel hidden beneath an effortless sensuality, Lizzie is about to change Billy Ray’s life—and his heart—forever.

A realistic look at first love, told by an idealistic young man, Son of a Preacher Man is a heartwarming coming of age tale set in a simpler time.

~ Expected release date July 1st! ~

And without further ado….here is the big reveal!!!

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May 182018
 

Hi friends! I’m so excited to welcome back author Sara Marks to Austenesque Reviews!  Last year, Sara was here celebrating her first release, A Modern Persuasion, which we greatly enjoyed! We are so glad Sara has a new book releasing this month – Phi Alpha Pi!  Which is a modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice set in the world of sororities and fraternities!  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

While writing Phi Alpha Pi, I got to chapters that needed to happen off campus.  If Lizbeth was to interact with Wil in his world and comfort zone, I needed to explore their biological families.  His family was easy.  The original Georgiana had a greater role to play in their relationship and Ginny easily fell into that role.  I wanted to show readers that Wil might feel he’s responsible for taking care of Ginny, she also thinks she needs to take care of him. Then there was the question about the people in Lizbeth’s family. Her parents, Layla and Jack, can be considered updates of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.  They are grounded and easy going compared to the other more experienced adults around Lizbeth and Wil. I had no original characters to transition into Lizbeth’s siblings.  It allowed me to have fun with Josh, who is similar and also very different from his father and grandfather and Becca, who imagines herself to be preparing for world domination.

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