Tuesday 31 May 2016

Winners - Austen in Austin Anthology

Recently I welcomed author Debra E Marvin here with a guest post on Jane Austen. Debra was kindly offering a giveaway of two copies of the story anthology that she contributed a story to, 'Austen in Austin' - a paperback for US readers, and an e-book, open internationally. Drawn randomly, the winners are:

Karen Lange - paperback


Becky C - e-book

Congratulations, ladies, I will be in touch!

Thank you to everybody who dropped by to read the guest post, those who commented, and of course, big thanks to Debra for providing a giveaway. If you are curious about the book, you can read my review of it here and the blurb is below. The book is available to buy now!

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Book Blurb:

Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love--Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes: 

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. 

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 attentions. 

Monday 30 May 2016

Austen in Austin Volume 1 Anthology - My Review

Book cover: Austen in Austin by various authors
Recently Debra E. Marvin joined me for a guest post and giveaway of 'Austen in Austin', an anthology that Debra has contributed a story to. The giveaway of a paperback of the anthology for US entrants and an ebook, open to all entrants is open until the end of the day on Monday 30 May so please comment on the giveaway post to enter, and for a bonus entry, leave a comment on this review too.

Monday 23 May 2016

Guest Post and Giveaway from Debra E Marvin - Jane the Smart

Austen in Austen - Alarmingly Charming by Debra E Marvin
Today I am pleased to welcome Debra E Marvin to the blog. Debra has written a short story. 'Alarmingly Charming', in 'Austen in Austin' Volume 1. This is a set of four novellas each based on a different one of Austen's stories, all set in the past in Austin, in Texas. Debra has a guest post for us relating to her view of Austen's cleverness, and is kindly offering a giveaway of the 'Austen in Austin' book to a commenter here. Read on for more details!

Saturday 21 May 2016

George Knightley, Esquire; Book Two, Lend Me Leave by Barbara Cornthwaite

Book cover: George Knightley, Esquire; Book 2, Lend Me Leave by Barbara Cornthwaite
This is the second book in the ‘George Knightley, Esquire’ duology. You can see my review of the first book, ‘Charity Envieth Not’ here. Since this is Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ from Mr Knightley’s point of view, and this is the second book of the series, the following review may contain spoilers for ‘Charity Envieth Not’ as well as ‘Emma’. I would strongly recommend reading ‘Emma’ before reading this series. Now that we’ve got the warnings out of the way, let’s crack on with the review!

Tuesday 17 May 2016

George Knightley Esquire, Book One, Charity Envieth Not by Barbara Cornthwaite - Review

Book cover: George Knightley Esquire, Book 1, Charity Envieth Not by Barbara Cornthwaite
When I first discovered JAFF, this book and its partner, ‘George Knightley, Esquire, Book Two, Lend Me Leave’ were amongst the first books that I became aware of. They appeared to be books that many people had read and rated highly, so they went on to my wishlist as books I wanted to read soon. Over time, they slipped lower and lower as books I’d bought while they were on sale for reduced price and newer releases clamoured for the top spots. When the Austenesque TBR group on Goodreads chose this as a group read book for March I was really pleased to be given the impetus to finally read them. It's taken me a while to post my review as April was such a busy month here and I wanted to post my reviews for both books close together. I'll post my review of book two later this week, but read on to see what I thought of the first book in this series...

Sunday 15 May 2016

Blog Tour: Side by Side, Apart by Ann Galvia - Review

Side by Side, Apart by Ann Galvia - Blog Tour
Today the blog tour for author Ann Galvia's debut novel, 'Side by Side, Apart' drops by for my review. Read on to see what I thought of the story, and for links to other stops on the tour where you can find out more about the author, the story and even win a copy of the book for yourself.

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Friday 13 May 2016

Winner - A Constant Love / A Change of Legacies by Sophie Turner

Book covers - Sophie TurnerRecently I had the pleasure of welcoming Sophie Turner to the blog with her book 'A Change of Legacies', the second book in the 'Constant Love' series, which are sequels to 'Pride and Prejudice'. Sophie brought us a lovely excerpt focusing on Mary Bennet and was so kind to offer a giveaway - the winner's choice of either book in the series in a choice of formats. The independent adjudicator (Mr Bookworm) drew a name out at random. The winner is:


Congratulations to you Sheila! I will be in touch to find out your choice of book and choice of format.

Thank you so much to everybody who came by to read the post and comment and huge thanks to Sophie Turner for her guest post and for offering a giveaway.

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Book Blurbs:

Book Cover: A Constant Love by Sophie Turner
Book One of the Constant Love Series

As Britain settles into a short-lived peace, the characters of Pride and Prejudice pick up very nearly where the novel left off, in a new series of stories focused on love and family:

Elizabeth Bennet finds the joy of her marriage and honeymoon are followed by the demands of becoming Mrs. Darcy, all while helping her shy new younger sister come out into society.

Georgiana Darcy must deal with more suitors than she expected, when she fears nothing more than once again being persuaded to think she is in love with the wrong man.

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Book Cover: A Change of Legacies by Sophie Turner

Book Two of the Constant Love Series

The preparations for Elizabeth’s birth and the beginning of Georgiana’s married life do not go as smoothly as either of them would wish, and they must each consider an alternate legacy for Pemberley, as they encounter opposite sides of the same “what if?”

Meanwhile, for the first time, Mary Bennet finds herself romantically interested in a man, but will her own character and his family get in her way?

A story of love and family; the sequel to A Constant Love. 

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Saturday 7 May 2016

Blog Tour - A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories - Guest Post from Author Renée Beyea

Book cover: A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories by Renée Beyea The blog tour for Renée Beyea's book, 'A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories' stops by here today. This is the first in a collection of Pride & Prejudice Petite Tales. The second volume, “What Love May Come and Other Stories,” will be released winter 2016. 

We have a guest post from Renée on why she writes short stories. There's also a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself. Read on for more details!

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Friday 6 May 2016

Winners - 'A Promise Kept' and 'Shadows Over Longbourn'

Recently I was lucky enough to have two authors visit, and both of them were so kind as to offer a giveaway to readers here. Firstly, we had Brenda Webb visit with an excerpt of her new book 'Darcy and Elizabeth - A Promise Kept', and Jann Rowland also visited with an author interview and excerpt of his new book 'Shadows Over Longbourn'. Winners have been chosen randomly for both giveaways and I am pleased to announce them here today.

Book cover: Darcy and Elizabeth A Promise Kept by Brenda Webb
Brenda was kindly offering a signed paperback of 'Darcy and Elizabeth - A Promise Kept' to one reader, and e-book copies for two more. The winners were chosen in this order:

Janet T - signed paperback

Bookluver88 - e-book copy

Caryl Kane - e-book copy

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The winner of an e-book of Jann Rowland's latest story, 'Shadows Over Longbourn' is:


Ladies, congratulations to all of you! I will be in touch. Thank you to both Brenda Webb and Jann Rowland for offering giveaways, to Claudine from the JustJane1813 blog for arranging the blog tour for Jann's book and of course, to everybody who visited the posts and commented.

Sunday 1 May 2016

Planned Reading for May 2016

Although the weather doesn't feel like it's May, it's the first of the month already, so I wanted to share with you some of the things I have lined up for this month.

Book cover: A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories by Renée Beya
The blog tour for Renée Beyea's book of short stories, 'A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories' drops by with a guest post from the author and the chance to win a copy of the book for yourself. Though I enjoy reading novels, when life is busy sometimes you need something you can dip in and out of, so I am pleased to see a new collection of shorter tales and I'm looking forward to reading this.

Book cover: Side by Side Apart by Ann Galvia
I am also taking part in the blog tour for Ann Galvia's 'Side by Side, Apart'. This is a 'Pride & Prejudice' sequel with an interesting premise; Elizabeth Darcy, wife of Fitzwilliam Darcy for over 10 years awakes from an accident that has left her with amnesia. She has no idea why she would have married Darcy - he's the last man in the world she could imagine marrying! She has four children that she has no memory of and one more on the way. It must be both distressing and confusing for poor Elizabeth, and indeed for poor Mr Darcy too. This story was published as fanfic under the title of 'Bruises' and I have heard that it is well worth reading so I'm also looking forward to this one.

Book Cover: Austen in Austin Volume 1 by Gina Welborn, Anita Mae Draper, Susanne Dietze and Debra E. Marvin
I have another collection of short stories to read as well; 'Austen in Austin' Volume 1 - this book has a collection of four short stories, each by a different author (Gina Welborn, Anita Mae Draper, Susanne Dietze and Debra E. Marvin), and each based on a different Austen novel. The stories are all set in Texas and I believe they are all historical reads.

If you are a regular visitor here at Babblings of a Bookworm you may have noticed that April was a very busy month with lots of visitors. I have written up some reviews which I haven't shared with you yet as it was hard to fit them in, so I plan to share those with you this month. I also have a load of reading to catch up on, so I really hope I can make time for that!

What reads do you have planned for May? Have you read anything lately that you'd like to recommend? Let me know if there is anything I really need to add to my to be read list!