Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Second Impressions Blog Tour ~ Guest Post with Amy George & Giveaway!

Hello! I'm super excited to be part of the Second Impressions Blog Tour! Amy George is here with a lovely guest post for you! And be sure to read to the bottom of the page for giveaway details.

I always wonder how an author starts writing. Does it come naturally like breathing, or is it something that they have to work at. Well, I asked Amy what inspired her to become a writer, and this is what she had to say.

I have long joked that I have ink in my veins instead of blood. My maternal grandfather was a newspaper man. My dad wrote poetry. I picked up a pen and wrote my first story--a melodrama that a very much Boxcar Children meets "Dallas"--when I was 11. And that was that.

I think in story. In my twenties, when I was poor and had to go to the laundromat, I didn't mind so much because I gave everybody laundering with me a story. In junior high, story was how I entertained my friends. In high school, it was my identity. And now? Well, now, it's just a part of me. Story is who I am.

I devour all kinds of story: Jane Austen (of course), Stephen King, Eloisa James, Deborah Harkness, Pierce Brown, Mike Carey (aka M.R. Carey), Neil Gaiman, Mary Roach....the list is endless. And I learn something from every other storyteller I read.

Jane, for example, taught me how beautiful wit can work as a tool. I love the way she observed the world around her and made her views of it known through the power of story. And her characters, so rich and realized, let me fall in love with them to the point of addiction. I'm not ashamed to admit that wanting more of Lizzy and Darcy is the reason I write Austenesque fiction.

I would love to hear how story (perhaps even mine) influences you. You can find me mostly on Facebook because I'm old and have never really grasped Twitter. :)

Second Impressions by Amy George 

Published: Aug. 10, 2016 by Meryton Press

Book Blurb: 

Once, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were foes, then tenuous friends. After Elizabeth discovers Darcy is engaged to another woman, she flees to Boston to seek solace with her cousin, the brash and worldly Emeline Poston.   

When she returns to England after years spent abroad, Elizabeth must face the man who shattered her heart, and she is shocked to find the proud man she once knew drastically altered. Does she have the courage to seek out the man with whom she fell in love—whatever the cost?   

Fitzwilliam Darcy has spent his days regretting what might have been and his nights being tormented by the decisions he has made. His life in tatters, he can barely face the once-respectable man in his mirror or the baby girl in Pemberley’s nursery. Now that Elizabeth has returned, will he atone for his mistakes and win her heart for good?   

This alternate path reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is recommended for adult readers.

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Author Bio:

Amy George is a middle-aged woman who hates her "old lady/grown-up" car and refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a town in the middle of the country where the county fair is one of the biggest social events of the season and everything is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a cat, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.

She has been writing since she was a child and was a frequent contributor to the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.

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Second Impressions Blog Tour Schedule:

8/15: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
8/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Romance Novel Giveaway 
8/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club 
8/18: Guest Post & Giveaway at Skipping Midnight
8/19: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day
8/20: Review at Liz’s Reading Life
8/22: Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged 
8/23: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
8/23: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time… 
8/25: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton
8/26: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
8/27: Review at Just Jane 1813
8/28: Author Interview & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm

* * * Giveaway * * * 

It's giveaway time! Meryton Press is generously giveaway four paperbacks (USA only) and four E-copies (open Internationally) of Second Impressions by Amy George! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment.

  • Only one copy of Second Impressions per winner.
  • Paperback copies are open to the contiguous US residents (the lower 48) only.
  • Kindle E-copies are open Internationally.
  • This is a group giveaway, and winners are picked by Rafflecopter at the end of the Blog Tour.
  • Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented (which will be verified). If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified.

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Thanks to Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews for organizing this blog tour, and to Meryton Press for this giveaway!

Many thanks to Amy George for stopping by today! I enjoyed hearing how she thinks in story mode, and, like Amy, I would love to hear how stories influence you!   

Don't forget, to enter the giveaway you must fill out the Rafflecopter above, and leave a comment below! Thanks and good luck! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Last Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Jack Caldwell ~ My Review

The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Jack Caldwell

Publication Date: August 1st, 2016 
Publisher: White Soup Press 
Pages: 355 
Received: E-copy from the author for my honest opinion. 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading The Last Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel! It's a companion to The Three Colonels, but it can also stand-alone - which is good because I haven’t read the first yet! (note to self - must read!)

In The Last Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel, we find Captain Tilney (of Northanger Abbey) in love with Violet Blakeney - the daughter of Sir Percy, AKA the Scarlet Pimpernel; a fact that Captain Tilney is not aware of. Sir Percy is very protective of Violet. He doesn’t think Tilney is worthy of her, and with Tilney's past behaviors, Sir Percy has every right to feel that way. But love has a way of changing a man. Now Captain Tilney must work hard to prove his worth. Unfortunately, nothing seems to go well for poor Tilney! Will he ever be with his beloved Violet?

When The Pimpernel is forced out of retirement by an enemy he thought was long dead, Tilney insists on helping. Will Sir Percy accept his help and see what a good man he truly is?

I felt so bad for Tilney when everyone and everything seemed to be against him! Sure, his past is sprinkled in reckless and rakish behavior, but falling in love with Violet made him want to be a better person. Even when he thinks all chances to be with Violet are gone, he strives to be better. 

I loved Sir Percy and his wife, Lady Blakeney. I loved seeing them together; still madly in love after so many years! It was beautiful to see. 

Having not read The Three Colonels I didn’t know the correlation between the characters from that book, but I did love seeing the characters from Jane Austen’s books working and interacting together! It was fabulous!

Also, I have not read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy either. I wish I had. I have nothing to compare Caldwell's Pimpernel to, except for watching the movie, but I would love to read it now! 

The Last Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a terrific book!  Easy to read (historical facts were smoothly written into the storyline), with some excitement, danger, and romance! I would recommend it to any Austen fan!

FTC Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Moment Forever Giveaway Winner!

Hello! The winner of the A Moment Forever Giveaway has been pick by Random.org! Woot! 

Before I announce the winner I want to take a moment to thank Cat Gardiner for gracing us with an interesting and fun guest post! I loved learning about her genealogy quest and being encouraged to look into my own family history! I also enjoyed some of the stories you readers shared about their own families in the comments! 

And a big THANK YOU, Cat, for your generous giveaway! 

Without further ado, the winner is:

J Dawn King

Thank you to all who entered! 

A Moment Forever (Liberty Victory Series #1) 
Published by Vanity & Pride Press in May 2016 
Kindle and Paperback; 600 pages 
ISBN: 9780997313000 


In the summer of 1992, a young writer is bequeathed the abandoned home of a great-uncle she never knew. The house has a romantic history and is unlike any home she has ever seen. Juliana Martel felt as though she stepped into a time capsule—a snapshot of 1942. The epic romance—and heartache—of the former occupant unfold through reading his wartime letters found in the attic, compelling her on a quest to construct the man. His life, as well as his sweetheart’s, during the Second World War were as mysterious as his disappearance in 1950. 

Carrying her own pain inflicted by the abandonment of her mother and unexpected death of her father, Juliana embarks on a journalist’s dream to find her great-uncle and the woman he once loved. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a man whose family is closely related to the secrets, she uncovers the carefully hidden events of her great-uncle’s and others’ lives – and will ultimately change her own with their discovery. This story of undying love, born amidst the darkest era in modern history, unfolded on the breathtaking Gold Coast of Long Island in 1942. A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot and an enchanting society debutante—young lovers—deception—and a moment in time that lasted forever. 

A Moment Forever is an evocative journey that will resonate with you long after you close the book. Romance, heartache, and the power of love, atonement, and forgiveness transform lives long after the horrors and scars of the Second World War have ended.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What Are You Reading? ~ August 17, 2016

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What are you Reading?  Let me know what your current read is, what you recently finish reading, and what you plan on reading next! 

Here's my list: 

I'm currently reading Darcy and Elizabeth: A Promise Kept by Brenda J. Webb. I've just begun, but it's good so far!

I finished reading Graduation Day (The Testing, Book 3) by Joelle Charbonneau. It was good, but the first was the best of the series. Although I took too many breaks with listening to the first half on the road a month ago, to putting it down to watch the Olympics that I would lose the flow of the story.   

What's next? I'm not sure! Like all of you, I have a few books that are begging to be read! ;)

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I'm linking up with This Week In Books hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

And with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

So, tell me, what are you reading? 
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