Behind the Scenes

by Jen Turano

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Oh. My. Stars! This was so not what I expected! So, Miss Permilia Griswold is apparently a “wallflower” in 19th century New York society. In other words, she’s used to sitting back and observing at high society events (which…I can’t imagine ever happening if you know her personality!). She happens to overhear a murder plot to “take out” her new friend – and one of society’s most eligible bachelors – Asher Rutherford. The chaos that ensues will have your eyes open wide and you may even find yourself laughing out loud.

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This was a madcap romance if I have ever seen one! What I found to be most bizarre is that so many elements of this book closely resembled the writings of Anya Wylde – even down to the naming of her pet! Now, I am not claiming anything untoward here as these authors are in different circles and genres, it just really surprised me.

No, I did not expect a madcap, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s not my usual genre, but it was a lot of fun and held my attention. It was well written (well, of course it was! It’s Jen Turano!)

Take a look at it for yourself! Link in the pic above. Thanks for the read! It was great. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!! (and here are a couple of FREE Turano books you can read too.)

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Playing the Part

by Jen Turano

As an up and coming actress, Lucetta has many obsessive admirers. After her step-father loses in a game of cards, she has to go on the run because he has lost and she is the prize! With an adamant admirer on her heels, she runs for shelter in the castle of a man she’s never met. Much to her dismay, he is also a big fan of her!

This is so different than I expected. It’s definitely a rom-com throughout. Ridiculous things keep happening throughout that will have you chuckling at their misfortunes. Clean story and lots of fun. Definitely should check it out!!

Thank you for this awesome book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

After a Fashion

by Jen Turano

Oh my goodness! It’s been a while since I wanted to cry when a book ended!!! What a great read! This is the first book that I have read by Jen Turano. I absolutely recommend this book.

Harriet (I am sorry, but that is the most dreadful name!) finds herself in quite the pickle when she, as a hat lady, delivers some to a spoiled family. After multiple series of unforeseen events, she finds herself engaged to the richest man in New York. Of course, it is just an arrangement and not a real engagement. You can probably guess the rest of the story from there (;

I found Jen’s insertion of funny characters (people and animals) to be amusing and a fun part of the story. It was definitely ridiculous, but in a great way!!!! You find yourself lost in the story and the characters are absolutely lovely. Often times when reading, I find that I am only attached to one or two, at most. Each character was interesting and had their own storyline that I cared to learn more about.

I want to add that there is not a strong Christian storyline. God is mentioned and prayed to, but that isn’t a huge part of the story. That would be my only recommendation for future books.

When I told Jen that I had not read any of her books before, she replied, “Before you check out any of my other books, if you have an e-reader, there is a free prequel novella out there – Gentleman of Her Dreams – it’s short, but a complete story and introduces you to characters from the first series – The Ladies of Distinction.”

Link is in the pic (AND IT’S FREE!!!!)

Ok, so, if you haven’t seen it yet, this morning I posted a Face-Off with Jen. It was so fun learning a little more about her (even if I did lose…)

Now, here’s the AWESOME news!! Jen Turano has offered to give a SIGNED COPY of After a Fashion to one lucky reader!!!! Just follow this link and you can enter multiple times!!! This is one hot item! So, MAKE HASTE!!

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Here are a look at her other books! I have a feeling they are just as good as this one. AND AREN’T THESE COVERS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!?????

 

Face-Off with Jen Turano

Oh My Goodness! IT’S FACE-OFF TIME!!!!!!

I am beyond excited to have the awesome Jen Turano facing off with me today. I want to win this! That has not been going exactly as I would like…


So, in light of Jen’s new book,  I am going to be doing a review later today. She has also offered to give away a SIGNED COPY to one lucky winner. You may click on the Rafflecopter link as of 7:00am. Once there, you may enter as much as your little heart desires! This is a FANTASTIC prize, you aren’t going to want to miss it.

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Now, down to business!!! FACE-OFF TIME!!!!!

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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Do you enjoy shopping, or do you just go into a store when you have to and go straight to the item you want?

Jen – Since I had a career in retail before I had my son, no, I would not claim to enjoy shopping. After a person spends so many hours in stores or at merchandise marts, well…I have a completely different perspective regarding stuff – Not that I don’t enjoy a good handbag or a pair of fabulous shoes – but I don’t linger around the racks when I decide I need to refresh my wardrobe.

Charity – Um, YES. I Absolutely believe in retail therapy. However, since I am sick a lot, that puts a bit of a damper on things, now doesn’t it? But, I could spend the whole day shopping (if I was ALONE…ie: no kids).

— I am giving myself that point!

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2. Who is your favorite fictional character (book, movie, whatever)?

Jen – I absolutely adore Sugar Beth Carey from Susan Elizabeth Phillips book – “Ain’t She Sweet.” She was crafted so perfectly that I still enjoy that book to this day, even after having read it numerous times. Think mean girl finally discovers a heart.

Charity – Sounds delightful!! I haven’t ever heard of it, but now I would like to read it. I think it is too hard to answer this! I can’t imagine where to start… Probably Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. He is so dreamy because he’s patient and kind no matter the circumstances.

— Obviously Jen is a bit more cultured than myself, so she gets this point.

Charity 1 / Jen 1

3. Have you ever been under a waterfall in those neat caves they have behind them in movies?

Jen – I have not, although when I was younger, my father used to love to fish at this creek – Sunfish Creek. It was out in the middle of nowhere, and…there were caves formed in the hillside and water from the creek disappeared into them. Well, that was far too fascinating for us to ignore, so my sister and I would swim into the opening, although we never traveled far since it was entirely too dark and creepy once you got into the caves.

Charity – Oh my goodness gracious. That is so cool. I haven’t even come close!! I would love to. It sounds so romantic and beautiful, but it’s probably just dark and full of bats 8-/

— Definite point for Jen

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4. Did you ever wake up your kid/kids in the middle of the night to do something fun like play “hide and seek” in the dark?

Jen – My one and only child, Dominic, was never a good sleeper as an infant or toddler, so when he finally did sleep through the night, there was no way I would even consider waking him up – not even to do something fun – because what would happen if he decided to abandon sleep once again?

Charity – Oh man. I can imagine. Luckily, my boys are good sleepers and I have, on occasion, gotten them up with glow sticks and said, count to 100 and then find me!

— I WIN!!

Charity 2 / Jen 2

5. When you were in college, did you play pranks on the dean or the staff?

Jen – I’m not really a prank-playing kind of girl, although I did enjoy my college years, but I was more on the lines of the typical sorority girl than a prankster. I could normally be found wearing a pink Alpha Phi sweatshirt paired with a lovely bow in my hair – inspired by early Madonna MTV videos – remember when MTV actually played music videos? Wow, that right there shows you that I’m….old.

Charity Well, I remember that too, so you certainly aren’t aging yourself in young company. I was trouble with a capitol T. I did not like the dean, thus I tried to drive him as crazy as possible. I would fill out those “free stop bed wetting magazines” and send them to his house…amongst other horrendous things.

— Classy always wins

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6. Do you love Ikea? If so, favorite thing you have bought from there?

Jen – Surprisingly enough, I loathe Ikea – I’ve only been there a few times and did not care for it in the least and have not bought a single item there. But, my loathing of the place might be because of my love of old-fashioned department stores – especially the ones that used to anchor downtown areas. They always had the coolest elevators, Christmas window displays, beautiful décor, and one mustn’t forget the tea rooms. The cafeteria at Ikea just can’t compete with a tea room.

Charity – I think a little piece of my heart just broke off. Ikea is my favorite store in all of the land. In fact, my entire house is one big Ikea showroom. ha ha. I do know what you mean about the old department stores. My mom lives in upstate NY and they still have a Boscovs there that is just like you described. I love going to visit.

— I am sorry, but I could never award a point to an Ikea hater.

Charity 3 / Jen 3

7.How do you feel you are bringing God the most glory through your writing?

Jen – By writing amusing tales that will, hopefully, allow readers a bit of an escape from their troubles, I believe that God has allowed me a means to bring Him into my storylines in a manner that readers will enjoy. Life isn’t all about hardships and despair, and occasionally we need to be reminded that God probably expects us to find enjoyment in our lives, no matter the problems we might be facing.

Charity – I would completely agree with that since all the verses with suffering seem to mention something about being joyful and not trying to get out of it prematurely. I supposed that’s what sets a Christian apart.

— God wins.

8. The covers of your books are ALWAYS so beautiful! To me, that is 90% of how much I will like the book (Ok, maybe not that high of a percentage…but it’s close!) How do you get the ideas for them and make them so perfect?!

Jen – I would love to be able to say I’m responsible for my covers, but that’s really not the case. I send my editor a character and scene sheet, describing my heroine and settings that are important to the story. She then takes it to the design team and they begin plotting out the cover. They send me a proof of the cover everyone likes the most, and we go from there. Interestingly enough, a lot depends on what models are available when shooting the cover is scheduled. Sometimes there simply aren’t any models around who resemble Grace Kelly, no matter that I might have had Grace in mind as I wrote one of my stories.

Charity – That is cool! I didn’t really know what that process was like. Well, you have an AMAZING design team!

— easy win for Jen

Charity 3 / Jen 4

9. Lastly, which Jane Austen character do you connect with the most? (as in, you are most like)

Jen – I’ve always been drawn to Elinor Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility.” She’s far more complicated than anyone knows, especially since she doesn’t wear her emotion on her sleeve.

Charity – ahh, and I have always found myself to be Marianne. I suppose we would make great sisters (:

–tie

FINAL:

CHARITY 3 / JEN 4

I cannot believe that I ALWAYS lose! Well, almost always!!! ugh.

Well, that being said, BOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks, so much, Jen! I had a great time doing this and getting to know you! Looking forward to your next book!!!!