Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop July 2 – 9

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Welcome to the

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

July 2 to July 9, 2015

Sponsored by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

International:

–Three (3) winners will receive an audiobook OR ebook copy of one of my books (winners choice)

Audiobook choices: All Hallow’s Eve, The Gypsy Blessing, The Keys for Love (click on the title to hear a sample.)

eBook choices: All Hallow’s Eve, Dreams & Expectation, Foundation of Love (The Gypsy Blessing 2), The Gypsy Blessing, The Keys For Love, Promises. (click on the title to read a sample.)

 

United States only:

Two (2) winners will receive a hardcover copy of:

The New York Public Library, Illustrated, Collector’s Edition

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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

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Enjoy the hop!

Visit Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for a full list of hoppers.

Please note:

Winners will be notified by email and announced here on July 10, 2015.

If a winner does not reply by Midnight Eastern Time, January 13, 2015, another winner will be selected.

TO ENTER

Simply comment below!

Please indicate whether you would like to enter the US or International giveaway and leave your email address.

(US residents may enter both giveaways.)

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Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Blog Hop!

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Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice!

I’m having a giveaway, too!

My love affair with Pride and Prejudice began in 1996, believe it or not, with seeing an ad for the movie “Emma” with Gweneth Paltrow. Later that day, I was at the video store where I saw the miniseries with Kate Beckinsale and grabbed it.  I was hooked, and the next day found myself at the bookstore purchasing a compilation of all of Jane Austen’s books.  Once I finished Emma, I moved on to read Pride and Prejudice, which immediately became my favorite, and I’ll admit that I became obsessed.

That poor paperback was soon worn out to the point that I had to throw it away and get a copy of each novel instead, and of course read them again. For some strange reason I must have always skipped Northanger Abbey whenever I read the compilation and was thrilled to bits to have found a “new” book by Austen. I started searching the stores and internet for any versions of movies based on Jane Austen’s books, and fell in love with them all, time and time again – especially P&P! (I have to say that I threw away the 1940 version after seeing the ending, only to receive it again for Christmas later that year – fate must want me to have a complete collection.)

For a few years, this was enough, and then I became just a little distracted by the birth of my triplets (understatement!) Once I began to find a little time to myself, I re-read all of Jane’s novels and joined the The Republic of Pemberley, where I discovered the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, and went searching for more. It took me by surprise to find so many stories out there, and I couldn’t get enough!

And now, I’d like to share the love….

I’ll be giving away one paperback copy of

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Annotated and Edited by David M. Shapard

(Sorry, USA only):

Annotated P&P

AND

one eBook copy of each of my novels (from Smashwords, so that winners can download it in any format they’d like)

(International)

Promises

Dreams and Expectations
All Hallow’s Eve

Click here to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then hop on over to

Alyssa Goodnight’s blog and Stiletto Storytime

for a list of the many other blogs participating in the

blog hop party!

Enjoy the hop!

Please note:

Winners will be notified by email and announced here on January 30.

If a winner does not reply by Midnight Eastern Time, February 2,

another winner will be selected.

Attention Giveaway winners

Due to the hurricane and gas shortage on Long Island, I’m behind in shipping out the winnings from the Jane Austen Hop Giveaway and Howloween Giveaway Hop.

Please know that your books will be on their way as soon as I have enough gas in my car to get to the post office. You have not been forgotten!

We are being hit by a tropical storm tomorrow and we still don’t have gas. I can’t promise they will go out this week.

I’m so sorry that you’ll have to wait a little longer. Thanks so much for your patience!

I’ve been tagged for The Next Big Thing!

I have been tagged by Maria Grace at Random Bits of Fascination. Being tagged as The Next Big Thing means I have to answer questions about my Work In Progress (WIP – the story I’m currently writing). Basically, I’m interviewing myself.

So… here we go:

What is the working title of your book?

I actually have four WIPs, and since I’m interviewing myself, I’ll include a bit about each of them.

The first is All Hallow’s Eve, which is in the final stages before publishing.

Another is Foundation of Love, but I’m confident that title will change.

The third I’m calling The Blessing: Regency, and it is related to the fourth, which is called The Blessing: Modern for the moment.

Edited 1/5/13 to add: All Hallow’s Eve is now published. I’ve combined Foundation of Love and The Blessing: Modern into one story – now tentatively named The Gypsy Blessing: Foundation of Love.

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

All Hallow’s Eve came from research. I had been trying to keep myself from starting to type up all my ideas for the story I was going to do for NaNoWriMo, and since it was September, I thought I’d write a short story for Halloween. Once I started researching Halloween, AHE appeared in my mind.

The Blessing: Modern was born during a writer’s block. When those dreaded things pop up, I go to a web site that gives writing prompts and look through them. This time, I chose several and made a list – and that list became The Blessing: Modern. In The Blessing: Modern, the heroine receives a letter from an ancestor who lived 200 years ago, and I started having dreams about what happened to cause her to write that letter. That story is the prequel The Blessing: Regency.

Foundation of Love was from a dream.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

All are Austen-inspired. Is there an official name for the genre?

All Hallow’s Eve is paranormal Regency romance with suspense.

The Blessing: Regency is romance with a paranormal twist (not as heavy on paranormal as AHE) and The Blessing: Modern has a similar paranormal elements.

Foundation of Love is modern romance with suspense.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’d much rather allow the reader picture who they’d like than tell them who I see when I’m writing.

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

You have no idea how difficult that question is for me. I’ve taken three writing workshops on how to do this, and I still can’t do it well – but here is what I came up with:

All Hallow’s Eve : Elizabeth Bennet, leader of a secret cult, must accept the arrogant Fitzwilliam Darcy as her soul mate and protector to save the world from Evil.

Foundation of Love: While incredibly attracted to one another, hard-nosed building contractor William Darcy doesn’t trust love, and Elizabeth Bennet, an architectural intern working on his latest project, wants nothing to do with such a rude man.

The Blessing: Regency: After saving a stranger from harm, Elizabeth Bennet is rewarded with a magical blessing that will guarantee her future happiness—if she only believes.

The Blessing: Modern : Elizabeth Bennet begins to receive photos on her cell phone that predict the future.

 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m not sure if all of these will be published, but if they are, they will be self-published. The first draft of AHE was published online, and the other first drafts will be published online at BeyondAusten.com.

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The only manuscript I have a completed first draft for is All Hallow’s Eve. It took about two years from conception to the completion of the first draft, but there were many other things going on during that time.

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmmm… I’m not sure what to compare them to. I think the closest one to The Blessing would be A Little Bit Psychic by Aimee Avery, but it really isn’t much like that one, either. There might be stories closer to mine, but I haven’t read them yet (although they are probably on my kindle waiting for me to read!)

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Gayle Mills and Robin Helm are always the people who keep me writing when all hope is gone!

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I make every attempt to write my stories so that someone who has never read Pride and Prejudice can enjoy them, as well as those who love Jane Austen as much as I do.

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I tried to pay attention to who I’ve seen tagged, but I lost track. My apologies if I choose someone who has already been tagged:

Diana John Oaks, Annette Wristen, Molly Shields, Sandra Platt, Aimée Reinhart Avery

Rules of The Next Big Thing

***Use this format for your post

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

All Hallow’s Eve New Chapter posted

I know, it has only been 3 days since I posted… but when I have a chapter already beta’d, it starts burning a hole in, well, my hard drive.

Check out DarcyandLizzy.com or Fanfiction.net to read 🙂

On Fanfiction.net – I don’t know how I managed it, but I messed up the chapter numbers in their listing.  Go by the chapter number in the actual text, please.  Sorry about the confusion!