Thursday, April 23, 2015

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Hey Everyone! I'm delighted to be part of the Suddenly Mrs. Darcy Blog Tour! This stop brings Jenetta James author of  Suddenly Mrs. Darcy here to So little time... with a guest post! 

Many thanks to Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews for organizing this Blog Tour! 

Also, Meryton Press is giving a paperback of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy to one lucky winner! You'll find the information for the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Book Blurb

Elizabeth Bennet never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger. But when Mrs. Bennet accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband’s heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a chance at love given the happenstance of their hasty marriage?

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I'm so excited about this book! When Elizabeth is forced to marry Mr. Darcy is one of my favorite scenarios! And it looks like it's a favorite of Ms. James, too, as you'll soon see:

Marriage Lessons for Lizzy

When you think about it, it’s a funny thing that Jane Austen wrote so effectively about marriage, having never been married herself. I guess that you don’t need to be a soldier to write about a war and the keen observation and humour that she brought to every aspect of her work – she also focussed on the whole business of matrimony. Pride and Prejudice itself contains a number of brilliantly drawn portraits of marriage – some of them more inspirational than others. The union of Mr and Mrs Bennet is clearly unsatisfactory to all concerned, while that of Mr and Mrs Gardiner appears to be a paradigm case of love and mutual respect.

I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice variations in which Lizzy and Darcy are forced by circumstance to marry sooner than they do in cannon. Changing the chronology in that way asks the reader to consider how the characters may build a marriage that is tolerable to both of them on shaky foundations when there are still unresolved conflicts bubbling away under the surface. They are effectively locked into a rigid relationship without first being able to know one another. An “early” marriage also gives a flavour of the times. This was an era in which marriages could be brokered very quickly between families. It was also an era when the threat of scandal might necessitate a marriage in dazzlingly short order, whatever the truth of the matter may be.

That is what happens to Lizzy in Suddenly Mrs Darcy and I have tried to focus on how she would have coped; how the playfulness and intelligence of her personality would have reasserted itself. With that in mind, I have deliberately given her a couple of new examples of marriage within the narrative. The Lizzy of Suddenly Mrs Darcy has within her contemplation and happy marriage of some length and a marriage which has been overshadowed by unhappiness and scandal to the detriment of all. Let us hope that she will heed their lessons in her matrimonial travels with Mr Darcy!

Author Bio:

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. Suddenly Mrs Darcy is her first novel.

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Blog Tour Schedule

4/20:Excerpt & Giveaway at The Calico Critic 
4/21: Review at Songs and Stories 
4/22:  Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club 
4/23: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time… 
4/24: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
4/25: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen 
4/26: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm
4/27: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews 
4/28: Guest Post at Songs and Stories 
4/29: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars 
5/1: Review at Margie's Must Reads
5/2: Guest Post & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged 
5/3: Excerpt & Giveaway at Laughing with Lizzie 

* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

Giveaway time! Meryton Press is giving away ONE paperback of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy to ONE lucky winner! This giveaway is open Internationally! To enter fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment!

Thank you, Jenetta James and Meryton Press

  • One person will win a paperback of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy.
  • Open Internationally.
  • Last day to enter: April 30, 2015

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What are you Reading? ~ April 22, 2015

What are you Reading? is my weekly Wednesday meme! You are welcome to join me, just answer the following questions? 

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll be reading next?

What am I currently reading? I'm currently reading The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell. I'm only a couple of chapters into it, but it's really cute, and I think I'm going to like it! :) 

What did I recently finish reading? I finished two books this week! First, I finished reading Champion: A Legend Novel  by Marie Lu. Fantastic book! Oh, how I loved this series!! It was so good.  

Next, I read Stronger Even Than Pride by Gail McEwen. This Pride and Prejudice variation was really good! I was afraid it was going to be too angst for me, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it was full of angst, but I loved it. Maybe I'm getting used to it, or Gail is just that good at writing! ;) 

What do I think I'll be reading next? Again, I'm not sure. I'm just going to see what I feel like reading. I'll let you know next week! 

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So...what are you reading? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

All the Rage by Courtney Summers ~ My Review

All the Rage by Courtney Summers 

Publication Date: April 14th 2015 
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 
Pages: 321 
Received: E-copy from publisher via NetGalley 
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


All the Rage was not the book for me. I’ve read a few books like this and enjoyed them, but this one was just too realistic for me. I felt a lot of emotions reading this story; nervous, sad, confused, but I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to find out what happens and hoped for the best. While some things were resolved, others were not. 

We see the story from Romy’s point-of-view, and she is a mess. Before the story opens, she accused a boy of raping her, which nobody believes. Now she is bullied at school. She’s confused, angry and depressed: all reasonable emotions considering what's she's going through. And because the story is told from Romy’s POV it is confusing and messed up as she is; you don’t know exactly what’s happening because she doesn’t. 

I have a huge question about why isn’t Romy getting any counseling? If she cries rape and that proves to be false, wouldn’t that be a red flag that maybe somethings off with Romy? And if she did get raped then she definitely needs help. Either way, she would need help.

If you like stories about bullying, teen/date rape, and a missing girl, then All the Rage is the book for you, but it wasn't for me. Because real life can be hard enough, I want to read something with a better resolve.

FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of the story from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

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Any thoughts? 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone! It was a pleasure to be part of A Peculiar Connection Blog Tour! Many thanks to Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews, Meryton Press and Jan Hahn for including me in the fun!  

Without further ado, Rafflecopter has picked a winner!

Congratulations to:


You've won an e-copy of A Peculiar Conneciton!

I have emailed the winner. (Winners have 72 hours to respond to this post or an email, or a new winner will be picked. Thank you.)

Thanks to all who entered and took the time to comment! I appreciate all of you! :)

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