Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Mistaken by Jessie Lewis - with giveaway!


I am thrilled today to be part of the blog tour for Jessie Lewis's new release, Mistaken.  My thanks also goes to Janet Taylor for inviting me to take part.

"Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart, and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a superior wit, flawed judgement, and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character, and the unenviable distinction of a failed proposal behind them, they have parted ways on seemingly irreparable terms. Despairing of a felicitous resolution for themselves, they both attend with great energy to rekindling the courtship between Darcy’s friend Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane.     Regrettably, people are predisposed to mistake one another, and rarely can two be so conveniently manoeuvred into love without some manner of misunderstanding arising. Jane, crossed in love once already, is wary of Bingley’s renewed attentions. Mistaking her guardedness for indifference, Bingley is drawn to Elizabeth’s livelier company; rapidly, the defects in their own characters become the least of the impediments to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happiness. 

Debut author Jessie Lewis’s Mistaken invites us to laugh along with Elizabeth Bennet at the follies, nonsense, whims, and inconsistencies of characters both familiar and new in this witty and romantic take on Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice."


Thank you, Sophie, for inviting me here today to talk to your readers. I’m nearing the end of the blog tour for Mistaken now, and there’s one fundamental aspect of the book I haven’t yet talked about: Jane Bennet’s journey. 


Love it or hate it, read it with relish or revulsion, there’s no getting away from the fact that Jane takes a very different path in Mistaken than Austen led her down in canon. This wasn’t an arbitrary change; the decision to test her strength of character under trying circumstances was very deliberate. The reason can be summed up in one word (or one name): Darcy.


I’ve always been fascinated by the journey Darcy makes in Pride and Prejudice. He is often touted as one of the most enduring romantic heroes in literature—largely, in my opinion, because he actually changes his ways for the woman he loves. Yet, before he earns his Romantic Hero stripes, he’s very far from perfect. Granted, Elizabeth’s wilful misunderstanding causes much of his initial antagonism, but there is plenty of which to disapprove in his character at the beginning. In Austen’s words, he is “haughty, reserved and fastidious…continually giving offence.” He owns himself to having a resentful temper and admits at the end of the novel to having been selfish all his life. Given how much we all come to adore him, it is conveniently easy to forget quite how unlikeable he is to begin with.
Austen doesn’t show us his descent into resentment and conceit, we only see his scramble out of it after Elizabeth’s rejection at Hunsford. Nonetheless, my question has always been: how did he end up so thoroughly disagreeable without forfeiting the esteem of his nearest and dearest? It’s true that those we’re closest to aren’t exactly predisposed to look for our faults; thus, Darcy’s loved ones seem wholly oblivious (or indifferent) to his flaws. We see Bingley tease him for “standing about … in [a] stupid manner” at the Meryton assembly, but teasing is a far cry from condemnation. We hear Colonel Fitzwilliam accuse Darcy of not making small talk with strangers because “he will not give himself the trouble,” yet there is no admonition in this pronouncement, only vague amusement. Even Caroline Bingley is blind to Darcy’s faults, claiming he “may hug himself” because he has no defects at which Elizabeth can laugh. It takes Elizabeth, a relative stranger, to see the imperfections in Darcy’s character.
This led me to wonder how far down the path of bitterness and conceit an essentially good character could travel before anybody tapped them on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, but you really are behaving like an almighty twit.”
Enter Jane Bennet. Similarly to Darcy, she is inherently good and surrounded by loving friends and family, none of whom are anticipating that she will undergo any remarkable character alteration. But perhaps they ought to have, because as Elizabeth tells us, “people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.” (P&P ch9)
Austen’s Jane Bennet is portrayed as sensible, kind, and saccharinely modest, but she is not without faults. She is excessively diffident, something we see when she refuses to blame Bingley for abandoning her, insisting there had merely been “an error of fancy” on her side. Mr. Bennet accuses her of being too complying, and Elizabeth teases her (with a hint of exasperation) for her credulity.
“Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.''
“I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think.”
“I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough; -- one meets it every where. But to be candid without ostentation or design -- to take the good of every body's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad -- belongs to you alone.” (P&P Ch24)
These were the traits I accentuated in Mistaken to set Jane on the slippery slope away from her canonical forgiving nature. Some bad advice, a want of perspective, and certain run of the mill human sensibilities such as jealousy, insecurity and disappointment, soon land Jane in such a muddle of resentment that she’s “in the middle before she knows she’s begun.” And just as Darcy’s friends did, Jane’s loved ones remain oblivious to the change in her until it’s too late.
It’s easier to read Darcy’s early hubris and resentment, because readers never see him before he becomes that person and thus there is no comparison, whereas Jane Bennet has been immortalised as sweetness and light since Pride and Prejudice first went to print. Watching her make bad decisions is difficult, but readers shouldn’t be put off. I wanted Jane’s journey to mirror Darcy’s after all, and we all know that after Elizabeth’s rejection, he well and truly redeemed himself. Mistaken Jane hasn’t had the advantage of a “Hunsford” moment, but she is equally good at heart, and what better proof of virtue is there, than the ability to reform? All she requires is a little self-awareness. The question that fascinates me now is, will readers forgive her as readily as they did Darcy?
The snippet below, from early in the book, shows how Jane’s disappointment, diffidence, jealousy—and mother!—are beginning to work against her reason to change her outlook on life. Thank you, everyone, for dropping in today to join in the Mistaken blog tour. Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section, or you can contact me on any of the social media pages listed in the author bio below. I’d love to hear from you!
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Wednesday, 20 May 1812: Hertfordshire
Jane started when the parlour door was flung open and her mother swept in.
“Ah, good, you are both here,” said Mrs. Bennet, dropping into her favourite armchair. “Come closer, girls. I would speak with you.”

Jane looked enquiringly at Elizabeth, who looked back at her with equal bemusement. Both set their work aside and moved to sit on the sofa.

“It is clear after yesterday,” began Mrs. Bennet, “that you are both in dire need of some direction. Jane, I shall begin with you. Mr. Bingley arranged that picnic in your honour, yet you spent most of the afternoon sitting out of games and refusing to speak to him. He will think you are not interested if you continue to be so unforthcoming.”

Her mother could not have made a more distressing observation, for Jane was all too conscious that the easy and treasured friendship she and Mr. Bingley once enjoyed had been eclipsed by awkwardness and reserve.

“You like him, do you not?”

“I love him!”

“Then you must show it, or he will never offer for you.”

Jane gasped.

“I think what Mama is trying to say,” Elizabeth interjected, reaching for Jane’s hand, “is that perhaps Mr. Bingley needs a little encouragement. If you only spoke to him a little more—”

“Oh, as you do?” Jane had not meant to say the words aloud, and she was sorry when Elizabeth recoiled. Yet, now it was said, she found she could not regret it. All day at the picnic, whilst she had struggled to think of a thing to say, her sister had delighted the guests—and, more particularly, the host—with her easy conversation and clever wit. Watching Mr. Bingley watch her at archery had been deeply troubling, akin to watching the entire neighbourhood watch them dance together at the assembly. Both incidents had kindled a wholly unfamiliar yet potent sentiment in her mind: envy.

“She is quite right, Lizzy,” Mrs. Bennet said. “You must desist from flirting with Mr. Bingley.”

Elizabeth’s expression of pained disbelief was nothing to Jane’s dismay. Surely, her dearest sister would never usurp Mr. Bingley’s attentions by design. Yet, if her mother believed it…

“I assure you, ma’am,” Elizabeth said tightly, “I flirted with nobody yesterday, and certainly not Mr. Bingley. Indeed, it grieves me that you consider me capable of it.”

Mrs. Bennet clicked her tongue impatiently. “Do not get on at me, girl. I did not say your manner was at fault—only your focus. Leave Mr. Bingley alone and—”

“You speak as though I am Lydia, pestering the poor man for attention! If Mr. Bingley and I have become better acquainted, it is only through my attempts to help you, Jane, when you have been too shy to speak to him.”

“You have no business being friends with Mr. Bingley!” her mother objected, negating the necessity of Jane saying the same thing. “No, you must direct your efforts towards Mr. Greyson.”
Elizabeth’s eyes widened. “Mr. Greyson?

“Why, yes! He likes you very well. You could secure him in an instant if you would only use the same charm on him you have done with Mr. Bingley.”

“Madam, I have used no charm! And I do not wish to persuade Mr. Greyson of anything.”

Mrs. Bennet’s expression grew pinched. “You will do as you are told. If you had done your duty and married Mr. Collins, none of this would matter. Then, you could have flirted with whomever you chose!”

Elizabeth surged from her chair with an angry growl and stormed to the door. Mrs. Bennet followed her, screeching at her even after she quitted the room about wilful ways and ingratitude. Elizabeth’s only reply was to close the front door with excessive force. Mrs. Bennet turned back into the parlour, her lips pursed and her face and neck suffused with a deep flush.

“Obstinate, headstrong girl!”

Jane was unused, but not entirely averse, to the sense of vindication that overcame her. “Not quite so charming now, Lizzy,” she muttered. Her complacency was not to last. In the next moment, her mother rounded on her.

“You could learn a good deal from your sister. She has gentlemen eating from the palm of her hand. You would do well to take a leaf from her book before Mr. Bingley changes his mind again and disappears off to this Nova Scotia place he keeps wittering on about forevermore!”

She stomped from the room shouting for Hill, and Jane was left to all the satisfaction of having forced her to say what gave no one any pain but herself.


Author Bio:

I’ve always loved words—reading them, writing them, and as my friends and family will wearily attest, speaking them. I dabbled in poetry during my angst-ridden teenage years, but it wasn’t until college that I truly came to comprehend the potency of the English language.
That appreciation materialised into something more tangible one dark wintry evening whilst I was making a papier-mâché Octonauts Gup-A (Google it—you’ll be impressed) for my son, and watching a rerun of Pride and Prejudice on TV. Fired up by the remembrance of Austen’s genius with words, I dug out my copy of the novel and in short order had been inspired to set my mind to writing in earnest. I began work on a Regency romance based on Austen’s timeless classic, and my debut novel Mistaken is the result.
The Regency period continues to fascinate me, and I spend a good deal of my time cavorting about there in my daydreams, imagining all manner of misadventures. The rest of the time I can be found at home in Hertfordshire, where I live with my husband, two children, and an out-of-tune piano. You can check out my musings on the absurdities of language and life on my blog, Life in Words, or you can drop me a line on Twitter, @JessieWriter or on my Facebook page, Jessie Lewis Author, or on Goodreads, Jessie Lewis.



Buy Links:

Mistaken(Amazon US)
Mistaken(Amazon UK)
Mistaken is also available on Kindle Unlimited



Blog Tour Schedule:

10/03My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, Giveaway
10/04Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway
10/05Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway
10/06Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
10/07My Love for Jane Austen;Character Interview, Giveaway
10/08Of Pens and Pages; Review, Giveaway
10/09From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Giveaway
10/10Half Agony, Half Hope;Review, Excerpt
10/11Savvy Verse and Wit; Review, Giveaway
10/12So little time…; Guest Post, Giveaway
10/13Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway
10/14Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Review, Giveaway
10/15Laughing With Lizzie; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
10/16Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, GA








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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.
A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of Mistaken by Jessie Lewis. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.



My thanks again goes to Jessie for this great extract! My thanks also to Janet for setting up this tour.

I wish Jessie all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future!




Saturday, September 30, 2017

Blog Tour: Mr Darcy's Guide to Pemberley by Julia B. Grantham - with giveaway!

I am thrilled and very excited to be sharing with you today that my wonderful friend Julia's amazing new book is now available! There is a great giveaway with the post too!  







Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – OUT NOW!

Hi, my name is Julia B. Grantham and I am delighted to be visiting Sophie’s amazing blog today to announce that the wait is over and the book is finally out!

It is rather symbolic that it is on Sophie’s blog I am making this announcement. Sophie was the first person, who I told that I was an author behind ‘Elizabeth Bennet Darcy’ Facebook page, it is to her tea party I came to Bath for the first time and discovered for myself the surreal and wonderful world of Jane Austen’s Festival and its many excellent participants – talented, kind and dedicated people. Therefore it is only fitting – that it is on Sophie’s blog I am sharing the news that my three-year journey is at its end and the book is ready! Its destiny is now in your hands. 

Watch me unpacking the parcel and seeing the finished book for the first time:





About the book:

One “had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste.”

From its very first appearance 200 years ago on the pages of Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride & Prejudice, Pemberley has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations and fashioned its own army of devoted followers. 

Over the years Pemberley has become synonymous with tasteful grandeur, peaceful comfort and the charm of a well-loved old English stately home. Time and time again millions of Jane Austen‘s devoted readers sigh with Elizabeth‘s feeling that “to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”

Sumptuously presented, to make sure it does justice to the stunning place it describes, this book is the first and only of its kind. It is only available as a hardback, wrapped in a smooth dustcover with gold emboss. Inside, the book is printed on high quality silky paper with full colour paintings adorning every page. Hand-drawn maps help you to find your way around Mr Darcy’s extensive estate and perfectly imagine every detail as if you were walking the garden paths beside your generous (and handsome!) host.

Specifications:

- hardback, landscape, 28x21 cm.

- Dust cover with gold emboss.

- Satin paper.

- Full colour throughout.

- 108 pages, with illustrations on every page.

You can but today and still save money here: https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks

The price goes up on 1 October! Tomorrow!


Page Reveal:



***GIVEAWAY - ends October 7th***

Today’s international giveaway is absolutely unique and cannot be replicated or purchased in any shops:

-      a large Limited Edition (1 of only 2 prints) print of an original watercolour from the book, hand-signed by me;



-      a notebook with the portrait of Mr Darcy by an amazing artist E. Tarnovski (brand new edition of the portrait);



-      a gorgeous pendant: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ book in blue, with a bookmark and a silver metal rose attached.

All you need to do to win is to comment on this blog post (include you email please so I can contact you easily if you are they lucky winner) AND like the book’s page:



My question to you today:

If you had to choose a house amongst many grand and not so grand houses described in Jane Austen’s books – what would it be? Actually, I need to change the question, I think – what would be your second choice after Pemberley? :)

Best of luck!








The book is coming to Amazon.co.uk on 1 October at RRP £25 + p&p.

Buy today at https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks   for £20 + p&p only.

This book looks and sounds amazing and I can't wait to add it to my collection! I thank Julia again for coming here to announce it is now available, and wish her all the best with this book. And good luck in the giveaway!



Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Blog Tour: If I Could Write a Book by Karen M Cox - with giveaway!



“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”

Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.

I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered and predictable, if a bit confining.

Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.

Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.

Rich with humor, poignancy and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.


I am thrilled today to be part of the blog tour for Karen M Cox's latest release, If I Could Write a Book. My thanks also goes to Claudine Pepe for inviting me to take part.




Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the I Could Write a Book blog tour! I want to give a big shout out to Miss Lizzie for hosting me on this first stop.





I Could Write a Book is an atypical step in the Jane Austen Fan Fiction world for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a quasi-modern variation of Emma, whereas most JAFF centers around Pride and Prejudice. Second, it’s neither Regency nor modern era; it takes place during what was a socially turbulent time in the 20th Century U.S. – the 1970s.


But never fear, the cast of characters are all here in I Could Write a Book’s Highbury: We have a Miss Smith, a Mr. Martin, a Mr. and Mrs. Elton, a Mrs. and Miss Bates, a Frank Churchill, a Jane Fairfax, and a Mr. Woodhouse—all up to their usual shenanigans.





To me, the major theme of Austen’s Emma is the redemptive character arc of one Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who (unlike her Austen novel contemporaries) has the money and the time to royally mess up her life, and tries to mess up everyone else’s. But in true Austen style, once she faces her foibles, she gets the Austen HEA trifecta: self-awareness, the great estate (although she already has one), and the man (and what a man he is!) This journey is what I’ve tried to adapt to the 20th Century, because it’s a journey that is still relevant today, and I believe will be relevant for as long as human beings are human. That’s why Jane Austen was a genius, and why she will live on through the generations.





So, onward to today’s fun and games. During the 1960s and 1970s, there was a cringe-worthy game show called “The Dating Game”, where three bachelors (or bachelorettes, in some cases) were put behind a screen and asked questions by a bachelorette (or bachelor). After they answered, she would choose one to take her on a date, paid for by the show. It was kind of like online dating sites, or speed dating, but much…slower. And played out in front of a lot of voyeuristic TV viewers – ha.



While thinking of blog tour post ideas, I imagined Miss Woodhouse in that bachelorette chair and wondered how she’d do with three bachelors of her own to question. Here is the result of that flight of fancy… 






Announcer: From Hollywood, California, the dating capital of the world, it’s The Dating Game!



Jim: Thank you and welcome to the Dating Game. Well, it’s time to meet our first three bachelors for game number one—and he-e-e-re they are!



Our first bachelor works in state government and has political aspirations for the US Senate and beyond. He likes small towns, college basketball and playing tennis. He calls Leitchfield, Kentucky his hometown. Please welcome Tim Elton.

(applause)

Our second young man is an attorney and gentleman farmer. He likes various forms of leisure, such as tennis, horseback riding and jogging. He hails from Highbury, Kentucky, please give a hearty round of applause for George Knightley.

(applause)

Bachelor # 3 has just finished his business degree, and is currently working in the restaurant supply business. He was a college baseball player, likes fast horses and beautiful women, and is a fan of off-Broadway theater. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, please welcome Frank Weston.

(applause)



Welcome, and good luck, gentlemen.



Now, to prevent our young lady from hearing about today’s bachelors, we have kept her isolated off-stage, in a soundproof room. Let’s bring her out right now. She’s a college co-ed who enjoys giving her friends advice, indulging in night-time swimming, and engaging in a variety of arts and projects she doesn’t finish. She’s a self-proclaimed modern woman and a health nut. Bachelors, meet Emma Woodhouse.

(applause)



Jim: Welcome, Emma.



Emma: Thank you, Jim.



Jim: I see you have some questions ready to help you pick the man you think you’d like. Are you ready?



Emma: Yes, I am. I know exactly what I want to ask to find the best man for me. I’m very good at reading people.



Jim: Then let’s get started.



Emma: Bachelor #1, I believe that people are always self-conscious when they arrive in a way that is beneath them. In other words, a true gentleman should arrive in style. What kind of car would you drive to a big party—or on our date—if you could choose any vehicle you wanted?



Bachelor Elton: I’d drive the newest Cadillac. Nothing says success like a Caddy. That’s what my father says. 



Emma: A Cadillac man. Interesting. How about you, Bachelor #2?



Bachelor Knightley: Well, Emma, I do have my choice of vehicles, and if the weather is nice, I would drive my convertible. If not, I would drive the Volvo. A true gentleman keeps in mind what car is appropriate for the situation—and who will be along for the ride.



Emma: I love a convertible with the wind blowing in my hair. And you, Bachelor #3?



Bachelor Weston: I think style is important too, Emma. I once drove two hours from my house, just to get a haircut.



Emma: Impressive. rolls eyes and smiles at Jim So, what car would you drive on our date?



Bachelor Weston: It’s an obvious choice. I’d drive my ‘Stang, baby!



Jim: All great answers, gentlemen. Here comes question two.



Emma: Okay then. Bachelor #2, if you were a wild animal, what animal would you be and why?



Bachelor Knightley: I’d be a lion.



Emma: Why is that?



Bachelor Knightley: grins Because I’m king of the jungle.



Emma: Intriguing. Bachelor #3?



Bachelor Weston: I think I’d be a black panther because he’s sleek and stealthy and—looks at audience and winks—handsome.



Emma: I see. Bachelor #1?



Bachelor Elton: Bachelor #2 took my answer. So um, a cheetah, I guess. Because he’s the fastest animal alive.

The other two look at him, puzzled



Jim: Okay, Emma. This is your final question, so make it a good one.



Emma: I plan on it, Jim. Bachelor #3, if your house caught on fire, what would be the first thing you’d grab on your way out the door?



Bachelor Weston: Hmm…probably my baseball trophies. Those are really irreplaceable.



Emma: I can see why they would be important to you. Bachelor # 1?



Bachelor Elton: My tennis racket?



Emma: I’m sensing a sports theme here.



Jim: Our bachelors are pretty athletic-looking guys.



Emma: Oh, that’s good. I like a man who stays fit. How about you Bachelor #2? Would you save your sports equipment first?



Bachelor Knightley: I do enjoy my sports, but that’s not what I’d save first if my house was on fire.



Emma: What would you save?



Bachelor Knightley: Why, I’d grab you, honey!



Emma: whispers to self  Excellent answer, number two.



Jim: (music riff) Well, there’s the signal that it’s time to make your choice, Emma. You’ll have sixty seconds to decide which lucky bachelor it will be. (camera pans the contestants) Bachelor #1? (Elton grins self-consciously at the camera) Bachelor #2? (Knightley looks toward the dividing wall, trying to get a glimpse of Emma) or Bachelor #3? (Weston winks at someone off-stage).

***

So, readers, which bachelor will our Emma choose? Who would be the most fun? Who would be the worst date? Who would be the best?



You know, it occurs to me that if Emma had done The Dating Game for real, she would have made the correct choice right off the bat. Or do you think Emma Woodhouse has to learn most things the hard way?



Thanks so much for stopping by Laughing with Lizzie, and helping me kick off the I Could Write a Book blog tour! We’ve got some fun stops ahead in the next few weeks, so I hope you join us!



Karen blows big kiss, Dating Game style

 
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Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history, including 1932 and its companion ebook novella The Journey Home, and the novels Find Wonder in All Things and Undeceived. She also contributed a short story, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, to the anthology, Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, and a story titled, “I, Darcy” to The Darcy Monologues.

Karen was born in Everett WA, which was the result of coming into the world as the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee and New York State before finally settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at the age of eleven. She lives in a quiet little town with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter.



Connect with Karen:

Website: www.karenmcox.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/karenmcox

Visit with Karen on several of the usual social media haunts such as Facebook, (karenmcox1932), Twitter (@karenmcox1932), Pinterest (karenmc1932), Instagram (karenmcox1932), and Tumblr (karenmcox).



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Karen loves to hear from readers, so don’t be shy. Contact her through social media, her website, or online sites like Amazon and Goodreads.



Giveaway Time!



Karen is giving away two themed prizes during the blog tour, tokens of appreciation for readers of I Could Write a Book, and for supporters of the wonderful sites on the blog tour.



Tea Prize Basket includes: A signed copy of I Could Write a Book, Mr. Knightley’s Reserve and Emma’s Perfect Match teas from Bingley’s Teas, a set of Jane Austen Book Coasters, and a Jane Austen Quotes mug.




Pretty Things Basket includes: A signed copy of I Could Write a Book, an “Emma” quote pendant, an Emma bangle bracelet, Regency cameo earrings, and a jewelry roll.



Readers can enter for chances to win these prizes here. There are bonus entries for social media shares and visits, if you’re on social media. This is one big giveaway with two prizes.
Good luck, everyone!





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My thanks again goes to Karen for this fun excerpt! My thanks also to Claudine for setting up this tour.

I wish Karen all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future!




Blog Tour Schedule


Laughing with Lizzie / September 6 / Launch Post/Dating Game / Giveaway

So little time… / September 7 / Book Excerpt / Giveaway

Book Lover in Florida / September 8 / Guest post / Giveaway

Austenesque Reviews / September 15 / Book Review/ Giveaway

My Love for Jane Austen / September 16 / Guest Post / Giveaway

Granny Loves to Read  / September 17 / Book Review / Giveaway

My Jane Austen Book Club / September 18/ Guest Post/Mr. Knightley / Giveaway

Just Jane 1813 / September 19 / Author Interview / Giveaway

Sophia’s Sofa Chat / September 21 / An Interview with Karen M Cox on Goodreads

Babblings of a Bookworm/ / September 22 / Book Review/ Giveaway

Silver Petticoat Review / September 23/ Guest Post/ Giveaway

From Pemberley to Milton / September 25 / Book Excerpt / Giveaway

Margie’s Must Reads / September 27 / Book Review / Giveaway

Obsessed with Mr Darcy / September 28 / Book Review

My Vices and Weaknesses / September 30 / Book Review / Giveaway

Diary of an Eccentric / October 2 / Book Review / Giveaway

More Agreeably Engaged / October 4 / Book Excerpt / Giveaway