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Friday, 6 July 2018

The Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M Cox - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book Cover: Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M Cox
Today I'm happy to be welcoming Karen M Cox to the blog. Long time visitors to my blog might remember that I've read quite a few of Karen's works. I love how she moves the characters and themes from Austen's books to different places and times. Her books are usually not set in the modern day, but in the 20th Century. I've read and enjoyed depression-era 1932, and the follow up novella, The Journey Home, plus 1980s spy novel Undeceived, Find Wonder in All Things, which takes Persuasion to the 1990s, and visited Emma Woodhouse back to the 1970s in I Could Write a Book. Karen has even taken on Northanger Abbey, in a short story in the Sunkissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, which is responsible for one of the longest quotes I have ever put on my blog!

I'll now hand over to Karen for her to tell us a little more about her latest story, Son of a Preacher Man, which I hope to read later this month.


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Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be back on Ceri’s Babblings of a Bookworm blog!

My new release, Son of a Preacher Man, is an original story inspired by Pride and Prejudice, in the same vein as books like Elizabeth Adams’s Green Card or Beau North’s Modern Love. I think readers will definitely see parallels to the beloved Austen classic in Son of a Preacher Man, but there’s a different path being taken—which I find very exciting. I love following those unique paths when I read, and I love treading them when I write.

One benefit of writing stories that are at least somewhat contemporary is the ease of researching with the power of the internet. On one of these virtual research trips a few years back, I discovered the joy that is Spotify playlist creation. So easy! So fun! So many songs (almost everything I wanted.)  This discovery led me to make playlists for almost all of my published works. I don’t write to the songs on the list. Rather, I use them to put myself into the story. Sometimes, I’m floored at the ideas that are born from marrying prose and music. 

Spotify Playlist - Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M Cox
Here’s a link to the Spotify Playlist for Son of a Preacher Man. Obviously, the Dusty Springfield version is on the list, but there are other songs too—some that came from the time period, some modern ones that evoked the emotions in the story, and some that did both. Would love to hear what you think.

Enjoy…

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Book Description

“I forget that you’re a fella sometimes.”
“Gee, thanks.”
I never forgot that she was a girl. Not for one second…

Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M Cox
1959. The long, hot Southern summer bakes the sleepy town of Orchard Hill. Billy Ray Davenport, an aspiring physician and only son of an indomitable traveling minister, is a young man with a plan that starts with working in a small-town doctor’s office before he begins medical school in the fall. Handsome, principled, and keenly observant, he arrives in town to lodge with the Millers, the local doctor’s family. He never bargained for Lizzie Quinlan—a complex, kindred spirit who is beautiful and compassionate, yet scorned by the townsfolk. Could a girl with a reputation be different than she seems? With her quirky wisdom and a spine of steel hidden beneath an effortless sensuality, Lizzie is about to change Billy Ray’s life—and his heart—forever.

Son of a Preacher Man is available in Kindle, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo versions, and from other ebook distributors. Print version is coming soon.

Book cover: Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M Cox
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Giveaway Time!

Karen has very kindly brought a giveaway opportunity with her to celebrate the launch of Son of a Preacher Man:

Enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of one of my backlist titles (1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, I Could Write a Book, or The Journey Home (novella) AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Three winners will be randomly selected on 25 July 2018. This giveaway is international.

Giveaway Time - Karen M Cox


Enter using the giveaway link. Please note, although comments on this blog post are much appreciated they won't enter you for the giveaway!

27 comments:

  1. I love this story. And though it’s not a “Pride and Prejudice” reimagining, I enjoyed seeing the little nods to our favorite classic. This is a sultry, gorgeous read. Congratulations, Karen!

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    1. Glad to hear this, Christina. It's always good fun to spot the nods in a story.

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  2. One of my absolute favorites books is Karen's 1932 and I look forward to reading this one! Congrats on the new story Karen.

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    1. 1932 is a special book to me as well. I hope you enjoy Son of a Preacher Man, Brenda :)

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    2. Hi Brenda! I have to say that I agree with you; as much as I enjoy reading new books by Karen I have a soft spot for 1932. I got sucked into re-reading it again the other day, and I don't have time for re-reads!

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  3. There's something deeply compelling in this story that draws the reader in,places them right there beside Lizzie and Billy-Ray in the sweltering heat and holds you captive wondering how these two wonderfully drawn characters can ever come to a proper understanding and bridge the chasm between them.
    I just loved it,from beginning to end and heartily recommend it!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, Mary. Thanks for the rec <3

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    2. That's wonderful praise, Mary! I hope I enjoy it as much as you did :)

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  4. I love Karen's books and can't wait to read this one!

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    1. I hope you like it too. Thanks for your kind words, Gillian!

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    2. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Gillian!

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  5. I read both the first version and now the new one and loved both. Well done.

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  6. I love this story. It is not to be missed. Congratulations Karen!

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    1. I appreciate the endorsement, Becky :) Glad you enjoyed the story!

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    2. I am looking forward to reading it Becky. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Congrats on the release. I was curious is this the exact same story as At the Edge of the Sea or are there differences besides the title change?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for your interest! Minor editing changes, back to the original title, new cover.

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    2. That's a great question, Darcybennet, I'm glad Karen answered it for you :)

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    1. Thanks! Some of my playlists have a definite genre to them, but this one was very eclectic :)

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    2. Hi Denise. I really liked the fact that Karen brought us a playlist, music can convey so much.

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  9. Carole in Canada8 July 2018 at 16:06

    Oh my goodness, I just love the playlist! Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thank you, Carole! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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    2. Glad you enjoyed, Carole!

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