Day 9 of the Julie Klassen Big Regency Giveaway!!

BIG REGENCY GIVEAWAY!!

Julie Klassen is having a huge giveaway! Here’s a glance of some of the prizes! A copy of all her AMAZING books, a Jane Austen doll and a copy of Northanger Abbey (which is the the Jane Austen story that inspired the hero in her newest book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park).
Here are the official rules from Julie’s page:

“My latest book and I are embarking on a tour of Austen-related and other fabulous blogs from February 16th – March 2nd. I hope you will join me for the fun:  interviews, excerpts from the new novel, reviews, and more.

There will also be a drawing for 4 great prizes! To enter, simply visit and leave a comment on the blog(s) of your choice. Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops on the tour.

Contest closes at 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the blogs, and announced on this page on March 16th. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada.”

Don’t miss this one! It’s so worth it. Great author that looks at all the different areas of life in the Regency Era. What did it look like as a governess? How about a maid? Or, maybe a dancing master? Check out her books and book trailers by clicking here!!

The Silent Governess  The Tutor's Daughter  The Maid of Fairbourne Hall  Lady of Milkweed Manor  Lady Maybe  The Dancing Master  The Apothecary's Daughter  The Girl in the Gatehouse  The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Day 7 of The Darcy Brother’s Tour!

Virtual Book Tour Dates

-Monday, 2nd February – official launch at Austenprose

-Thursday, 5th February – Austen Variations

-Monday, 9th February – Leatherbound Reviews

-Thursday, 12th February – My Kids Led Me Back To Pride & Prejudice

-Monday, 16th February – More Agreeably Engaged

-Thursday, 19th February – Laughing with Lizzie

-Monday, 23rd February – My Jane Austen Book Club

-Monday, 2nd March – The Writings and Ramblings of Colette Saucier

-Tuesday, 3rd March – aTransParentMom

-Thursday, 5th March – Songs & Stories

-Thursday, 19th March – A Transparent Mom

Find out more about The Darcy Brothers here,  and do please join us for the upcoming release on the Facebook Launch Page or visit and like The Darcy Brothers‘ own Facebook Page.

You can also keep up to date with Theo as he goes ‘on tour’ through the following social media links (but shhhh, don’t tell his brother!)

Theo on Twitter

Theo on Facebook

Day 8 of Julie Klassen’s Regency Giveaway Tour!

BIG REGENCY GIVEAWAY!!

Julie Klassen is having a huge giveaway! Here’s a glance of some of the prizes! A copy of all her AMAZING books, a Jane Austen doll and a copy of Northanger Abbey (which is the the Jane Austen story that inspired the hero in her newest book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park).
Here are the official rules from Julie’s page:

“My latest book and I are embarking on a tour of Austen-related and other fabulous blogs from February 16th – March 2nd. I hope you will join me for the fun:  interviews, excerpts from the new novel, reviews, and more.

There will also be a drawing for 4 great prizes! To enter, simply visit and leave a comment on the blog(s) of your choice. Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops on the tour.

Contest closes at 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the blogs, and announced on this page on March 16th. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada.”

Don’t miss this one! It’s so worth it. Great author that looks at all the different areas of life in the Regency Era. What did it look like as a governess? How about a maid? Or, maybe a dancing master? Check out her books and book trailers by clicking here!!

The Silent Governess  The Tutor's Daughter  The Maid of Fairbourne Hall  Lady of Milkweed Manor  Lady Maybe  The Dancing Master  The Apothecary's Daughter  The Girl in the Gatehouse  The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Check out Dauntless! Review and Face-Off coming up in a couple of days!

Where Legend and History Collide, 
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

 Make sure you check this out!!!!!!!
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Face-Off with Author Jocelyn Green and more!!

Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines)A few weeks back, I reviewed an awesomeHeroines Behind the Lines book named Spy of Richmond. Jocelyn has written a series of books called Heroines Behind the Lines. When you hear stories of the Civil War, it’s always on the battlefield, or in the prisons. How often do you think about what the women left behind were dealing with? Their homes raided for food and animals needed for the armies. Often times, the ladies weren’t safe from the men either.

Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines Book 2) Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines)Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines Book 3)

Each one tells the perspective of women and how they managed to live through, and help their cause. Check these books out on Jocelyn Green‘s Amazon page.

As a homeschool mom, I was excited to hear that Jocelyn also homeschools her children. HSSWeddedI was telling her that her books were so full of history, I was having my 11th grade son read one of them. That is when she informed me that she is, in fact, so passionate about teaching history through books and novels that she has begun writing a curriculum based on these books. You will have to check it out. I thought it was really awesome!

Ok, now that we have the official business taken care of….. HERE WE GO!

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The rules are simple. I ask Jocelyn some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever gone Ice Skating in NYC at the Rockefeller ice rink?

Jocelyn – Nope—I’ve been to NYC a few times, and to Rockefeller Center, but haven’t skated there.

Charity – I have not been there, let alone skated there 😦 I saw a lot of NYC, just not there.

— Easy point for Jocelyn

Charity 0 / Jocelyn 1

  1. Do you ever set all the clocks in your house ahead by a couple hours on New Years Eve so you can celebrate with the kiddos and get them to bed at a good time? ha ha ha

Jocelyn – I haven’t yet, but this is a great idea! Thanks!

Charity – I haven’t either. My friend did it every year. Her and her friends would have a big party with all the kids and then go home and have their kids in bed by like… 9:00. ha ha ha. My husband thinks that horrible. I like it!

— Fail

Charity 0 / Jocelyn 1

3. Do you do Civil War Re-enacting?

Jocelyn – I don’t, but my husband did in high school. He was a re-enactor at Fort Clinch, Florida. Ironically, though, he wore Union blue because nobody else wanted to be a Yankee!

Charity – ha! That’s awesome. Well, I used to do a lot of it when I was a teenager (over 20 years ago….). I am currently part of the Regency Society of Virginia though. I love that.

— I get that one! woot!

Charity 1 / Jocelyn 1

4. Any relatives (that you know of) in the Civil War?

Jocelyn – Yes, I had a relative who fought at Gettysburg but died of pneumonia around Little Rock the next year.

Charity – One of my great grandpa’s was also in the Confederate Army. Pretty crazy! What’s crazy is how it wasn’t even that long ago…Seems so archaic.

— Tie

Charity 2 / Jocelyn 2

5. Do you have any guilty pleasure tv show (that may, or may not be embarrassing)?

Jocelyn – Parks & Rec. And Psych. I need a little buffer of ridiculousness between researching the Civil War and going to bed!  I also love more cerebral shows like Sherlock, but I wouldn’t call that a guilty pleasure.

Charity – I am a sucker for all those cheesy Hallmark movies. Big time!!! The funny thing is, I like Jane Austen movies, Hallmark movies, and then SUPER bloody movies like Warrior and Lone Survivor. No in-between with me, I suppose.

— Not sure how to judge that one.

Charity 2 / Jocelyn 2

  1. What’s your biggest phobia?

Jocelyn – I know there are worse things in the world to be afraid of (ebola, tornadoes, etc.) but the one recurring fear I have is of bats in my house. I have friends who appreciate bats, but I do not appreciate bats in my home. We’ve had this happen three times, and I just can’t stand it. Once a bat flew into my office at 11pm while I was writing Yankee in Atlanta, and I was so freaked out I almost couldn’t move. Not long after that, a bat was swooping around my kitchen at two o’clock in the afternoon! Ack!

Charity – OMGosh. That is bad. ugh. We had a injured bat in front of our house a few months ago and I was FREAKING OUT. My biggest phobies are snakes and spiders and crickets and heights. ha. I have a lot!! We were raking our back yard a couple of years ago and I was wearing flip flops because it was in the middle of summer. I look down, and there is a copperhead RIGHT. BY. MY. FOOT. Omgosh. I almost died. I told my son (he was 13 at the time) that I needed something QUICKLY so that I could kill it before it devoured my toes. He comes back with a little tiny garden shovel and scissors. ????!!!!!!!!!! I was like, “What in the world!??” So, I pinned it’s head down with the shovel and cut through his body…… *shiver* it was SOOOOOO GROSSSSSSS AND TOOK SO LONG! *shudder*

— Both had horrible experiences. Even

Charity 3 / Jocelyn 3

7. I see on your Amazon profile that you love Mexican (I applaud you). Do you have any amazing Queso or Guaq recipes for us?

Jocelyn – Thanks! I was a nanny in Mexico one summer during college, and I was in total food heaven. As for a recipe, here’s one for a dip I really enjoy:

½ lb. ground beef
½ t. ground mustard (dry)
¼ – ½ t. chili powder
¼ c. chopped onion
¼ c. finely chopped green pepper
1 can (16 oz) refried or black beans
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
Finely shredded lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream topping (mix 1 c. sour cream, 2 T. shredded cheddar, ¼ t. chili powder)

  1. Cook beef in skillet. Drain.
  2. Stir in rest of ingredients (except for sour cream topping, lettuce and cheese). Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  3. Spread in ungreased pie plate. Spread sour cream topping over it. Sprinkle with lettuce and cheese. Serve with chips.

That’s really delicious, but sometimes I don’t have enough time for that. SO if that’s the case, I resort to another yummy but simpler version of Taco Dip. I call this one my Dip on a Deadline since I’m usually on a book deadline if I’m too time-starved to make the first recipe. Here we go:

1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 c. (8oz) sour cream
1 carton (8oz) French onion dip
1 envelope taco seasoning
4 c. shredded lettuce
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ c. chopped tomatoes

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, onion dip and taco seasoning until blended. Spread onto a 12-in. round serving platter. Top with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Charity – Oh goodness. I will be trying that!!!!!

Charity 3 / Jocelyn 4

8. How is God being brought the most glory in your life?

Jocelyn – I would like to think that my books, both nonfiction and fiction, bring Him glory. That is certainly my goal. But I’m sure that I bring Him the most glory when I fulfill the role He has for me inside my own home as wife and homeschooling mother to our children.

Charity – Great answer. I agree. It’s like God is letting us “babysit” these people He has huge plans for somewhere down the road. It’s up to us to take care of His kids and train them up right. Heavy, but lovely job ❤

Charity 3 / Jocelyn 4

9. What made you choose Libby Prison over Andersonville?

Jocelyn – I had chosen to do a novel on Richmond’s spy network because I was so intrigued by the historical figure of Elizabeth Van Lew. So Libby Prison just naturally fit into that because of its location, and Van Lew’s connection to it. Even beyond that, though, Libby appealed to me because it’s much lesser-known than Andersonville. Many books have been written about Andersonville, so I didn’t feel the need to shine more light on that prison.

Charity – Ok, that is pretty neat about the spy ring. I can’t imagine how scary that would be. I live right outside of Richmond and didn’t even know about Libby Prison!!! I was, however, part of the movie Andersonville. I used to be in the Yorktown Fife and Drum Corp and we were able to take part in the production. So fun!!!

— Again, no real winner here!

Charity 3 / Jocelyn 4

10. Do you have any writing rituals or warm-ups you routinely perform as you get ready to write for the day?

Jocelyn – Other than prayer, which is absolutely indispensable, I do two things. I read a little bit of poetry, which shows me that it really is possible to say a lot without overwriting. I also put on my writing pants. These are really just pajama pants from L.L.Bean, but they are so comfortable, I just love them. It’s easiest for me to be creative when I’m wearing comfortable clothes.

Charity – Ok, I see what you did here. You asked me a question that you knew I couldn’t win a point for!!! My My. (; I will agree that I wear my yoga pants all day. You know there’s a problem when you put normal clothes on and your kids start freaking out wanting to know where we are going…”I’m just getting dressed…” “huh???” That confuses them. ha ha ha ha

Final:

Charity 3 / Jocelyn 5

Total annihilation. One day, I WILL BEAT one of you (:

Thanks so much, Jocelyn. I had a great time getting to know you better and facing off. Readers, check out her website. She has some awesome ministries to military families as well as her books and some homeschool stuff.

You can also give her a on her FB page, or on .

 

Syrie James: The Queen of Nineteenth Century Re-Imaginings

Syrie JamesSyrie James, hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels.” — Amazon Profile

I stumbled across something exciting this morning! THE QUEEN OF REGENCY! (: Some of her books include:

Jane Austen's First Love  The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen  The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte  The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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For those of us that can never be fully satisfied with the limited number of writings penned by the late Jane Austen, we now have, within our grasp an assemblage of recent titles! Oh, how glorious!

I have read so many abhorrent replications as to trouble me exceedingly!

There is a propensity for indulging in deficiency as a substitution of the authenticity. One would rather misrepresent the great era than find legitimacy of said occasions.

Please, Syrie, I dare not trouble you, but I pray you would press on and bestow upon us innumerable writings as to satisfy one’s thirst for indulgence.

I perceive how vulgar it is for one to plead and petition another, specifically in the matter of writings. It shall label me a bluestocking, forthwith. I harbor no doubts about that.

Affectionately,

Charity

Facebook Party Tonight with Author Elizabeth Camden

Celebrate the release of Elizabeth Camden’s Beyond All Dreams with a Facebook author chat party TONIGHT (2/17, 8 p.m. EST)! Click here for a time zone converter.

During the party Elizabeth will be hosting a book chat, playing a round of library trivia, answering your questions, and announcing the winner from the Kindle giveaway (enter here: http://prmo.me/q1TMl3). Of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways too: books, gift certificates, and more!

I hope you can join the fun—and bring your friends!

Elizabeth will also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book.

Excited about the party? Let your friends know via social media, and make sure to use the hashtag #BeyondAllDreams.

Grab a cup of your favorite drink and join us tonight! 

More about Beyond All Dreams:

Beyond All Dreams (Bethany House, January 2015)

Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

To see what others are saying about Beyond All Dreams, visit the blog tour.

Thanks, . It’s going to be a blast!

The Accidental Empress

by Allison Pataki

When I first picked up The Accidental Empress, I didn’t know anything about Sisi. As I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It was very well written. The story is based on Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria and Hungary. While sticking very closely to the actual historical account, there are, obviously, small bits of fiction.

Sisi lived a very difficult life. She stole the heart of Emperor Franz Joseph I after her sister was betrothed to him. History shows that he passionately loved his wife and never wavered in his affection towards her. Sisi, however, struggled immensely. Having her children taken away from her and raised by her Aunt (the emperor’s mother), knowing her husband had other affairs (as was the right of a king or emperor) and being cut off from her family all led to her demise. She was a tortured soul.

My only reason for giving this book 4 out of 5 stars is because there were some MILDLY graphic portions. Nothing major, but a few insinuating acts and remarks. I definitely do, however, recommend this book. It is a very interesting read and historically spot on.

Thanks so much, netgalley, for giving me this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

— The reason for two covers is because, I am not sure which is the final choice for tomorrow’s release date! I personally prefer the first!!!

Day 3 of Karen Witemeyer Sale!!!

You REALLY don’t want to miss this sale. Karen’s books are absolutely wonderful. They are light, you fall in love with the characters, and you don’t want to put it down. She doesn’t wait until the very last second of the book for her characters to reveal their feelings for each other. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that about her books.

Only .99¢

Book Description from Amazon

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America’s wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn’t uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon–and intrigues him at the same time. But he can’t afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella’s uncle comes to claim the child–and her inheritance–Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man’s evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

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If you would like to check out her other books, just head on over to the Karen Witemeyer Amazon site.

A Tailor-Made Bride  To Win Her Heart  Short-Straw Bride (The Archer Brothers Book #1)  Stealing the Preacher (The Archer Brothers Book #2)Full Steam Ahead  A Cowboy Unmatched (Ebook Shorts) (The Archer Brothers Book #3): A Match Made in Texas Novella 1  A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection

A Cowboy Unmatched is still on sale for $1.99 and Love on the Mend is still $2.51!! Get ’em while their hot! (: