Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Austen in Austin

GIVEAWAY

DIETZE, SUSANNE
DRAPER, ANITA MAE
MARVIN, DEBRA E.
WELBORN, GINA
AUSTEN IN AUSTIN

Discover four heroines in historical Austin, Texas, as they find love -- Jane Austen style.

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn -- based on Emma -- A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper -- based on Sense and Sensibility -- A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love...twice.

One Word From You by Susanne Dietze -- based on Pride and Prejudice -- A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams but her prejudice may cost her true love...and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin -- based on Northanger Abbey -- A timid gothic-dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attention.

My Review:

Jane Austen fans will delight in these Westernized versions of her classic tales. Love how the authors incorporated familiar elements into a Texas locale.

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn -- based on Emma -- Noah is a swoonworthy, long-suffering hero. He has to be with Emmeline for a friend! I wanted to box her ears a time or two just to get her to stop talking and listen for once!!!! Pride gets in the way of her matchmaking schemes, and more importantly, nearly costs her own chance at a perfect match.

Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper -- based on Sense and Sensibility -- Oh, foolish girl, Miss Marion McDermott! A story about the foibles of misguided youth though Marion is a likeable heroine who does some growing during the course of this novella. Brandon makes the perfect brooding hero, hovering in the background yet always there when Marion needs a hero. Their love story kept me riveted and I had to consume Romantic Refinements in one gulp! It's that delicious.

One Word From You by Susanne Dietze -- based on Pride and Prejudice -- A delightful nod to this timeless classic. Eliza and Will make the perfect sparring pair, their relationship (or lack thereof) a humourous mix of pride and prejudice. Leaping to wrong conclusions and impulsively judgmental, these two deserve each other. LOL. A fun, quick read for the P andP connoisseur.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin -- based on Northanger Abbey -- A timid, bespectacled bookworm with the heart of a lion and a gallant rancher who puts her dime-novel cowboys to shame.
Clever and witty and so much fun to read. Sweet romance, no shortage of emotional angst and a blockbuster ending. Perfection.

My thanks to the authors and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Austen in Austin please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 27 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

28 comments:

  1. Sounds a perfect addition to the JA Austenesque - would luv to be included - THX for hosting, Kav

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    1. You're included, Sharon. Good luck.

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  2. I'm a Jane Austin fan so looks like this is a book I'd thoroughly enjoy!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)et

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    1. This is right up your alley, rubynreba. Austen with a twang. LOL Good luck.

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  3. I've been eyeing this one, too! So curious as to how they read.
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. They read great, Susan. Good luck.

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  4. They all sound charming! Would love to read this collection.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Austen in Austin would be a great selection of stories to read! Please add me to the giveaway draw. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Definitely -- and fun to spot the Austenish things. LOL Good luck, Kathleen.

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  6. Sounds like a good collection of stories! Would love to be entered. Thanks!

    sterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're entered, Charity. Good luck!

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  7. Thanks for your review of Austen in Austin. I've been seeing it but was unsure if I wanted to add it to my "want to read" list or not. You've convinced me I should read it.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Glad I could be convincing. :-) Good luck, Pam.

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  8. Thanks so much for the great review and support! You are such a fine reviewer --ugh. I hope everyone realizes that's it's a real skill and gift. I love seeing all the interest here and I appreciate your giveaway. We have a few more coming up for Volume one, so readers can follow one of the authors, and learn about more opportunities!

    Thanks Kav!

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    1. Thanks Debra! It's a great collection of novellas and such a fun twist!

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  9. Was wondering about this collection myself as well! Thanks for the review, Kav.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Trixi. Good luck.

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  10. Thank you, Kav. Your review is a great inspiration. I/we truly appreciate the support.

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    1. You're welcome, Anita. It's an awesome read.

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  11. This sounds like one my sister and I would both enjoy!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh --that's soooo much fun to be able to share a book with a sister!!!!! Good luck, Nicole.

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  12. Love novella's cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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    1. They are a great way to discover new-to-you author. Good luck, Kim.

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  13. Thank you for the review, Kav! What a blessing--we truly appreciate your support. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!

    Have a great rest of the week.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Susanne...and writing such a great novella. A wonderful collection that was so much fun to read.

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  14. I've never read a Jane Austen book in my life, but this book sounds like a great introduction to her style for me.

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh...mercy....you can catch up with some of the great movie adaptations if you're keen. :-) Good luck, Samantha.

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