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Not My Idea Book Tour + Giveaway

“Lucas, you must return
home.”
 
Twenty two year old Lucas Bywood abandons his Grand Tour in
response to those words from his father. Everything is not well at home and he
finds himself in a bit of a fix. A little warning that his father had made
tentative arrangements for his marriage would have been nice but Luke really
wishes it had been anyone other than the young lady chosen. After all, Phoebe
Ramsey had always been an annoyance and any time they had spent together had
resulted in physical injuries for one of them. 
Just when Luke thinks he’s escaped that particular future, he
finds himself courting a young woman he doesn’t want, a furious best friend who
wants a duel to satisfy honor, and the responsibility of finding who and why
someone had caused an accident for his mother. 

 

 

 

 

For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford
has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew
older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined
to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.

 

When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips
to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her
spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.
Connect with the Author here: 
What a fun (funny?) story! From the first page, Bethany Swafford weaves a tale that so outlandish and wonderful, it’s hard to put down. Poor Lucas, he’s called home urgently from his grand tour only to discover that his mother’s sick and he’s been engaged to a woman he can’t stand. To make matters worse, the lady in question doesn’t want him, but also doesn’t want to call off the engagement. Add to that his best friend’s in love with her, and vice versa, but instead of stepping in and asking for her hand himself, he’s content to sit by and fume at Lucas for being betrothed. Throw in a deliberate accident, robbery, and some rather ridiculous shenanigans, and it’s a great read. While not the typical romance, it does have some sweet moments, and some familiar faces, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!
  1. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

To be honest, this is something that is hard to pin down. As a young teenager, I enjoyed writing short stories for my own amusement and that of my sister. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I made my first attempt at a novel and even then it was a good four years before I wrote another one.

  1. What drew you to the Regency era?

Jane Austen. I adore the clothes and the manners found in her books. Some of my favorite authors, like Georgette Heyer, have built fantastic stories in this era and I want to do the same.

  1. As this isn’t your first published book, have you found writing becomes easier or more difficult?

Actually, it’s a little of both for me. It’s easier in that I know more about the Regency era so I’m able to express myself in a clearer manner than from when I started. It’s harder because I feel like there is an expectation from my readers to do better than before.

  1. Any favorite stories of yours? Perhaps ones that have helped inspire you?

The Foundling by Georgette Heyer was a strong inspiration for my newest book. In it, a young man wants to be his own man and takes action to do that. In my book, I have a young man who struggles with being independent while still respectful of his family’s expectations.

  1. And lastly, any suggestions for aspiring writers?

There is one thing I always tell someone who want to write: do your research. Be absolutely confident in every detail. You never know when an objection will come up and you’ll be called upon to defend your work.

 

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Conspiracies and Romance

New week, new review! This week’s is another new author I’ve discovered, Wendy May Andrews. Another regency author, I really liked her story The Duke Conspiracy, and I am looking forward to reading more by this wonderful author. But first, my thoughts on this story!

5191phpfenlThis was not a typical regency tale, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Wendy May Andrews’s characters are wonderful to read, and the plot was so thrilling, it was hard to put the book down. Rose was such a fun character, an interested blend of feminine nobility along with spunky courage and a sharp mind. After spending some time as a spy for her father, she finds it hard to blend into London’s ton during her society debut. Although, her skills came in handy when she overhears a plot against a man she once considered her best friend. Alex is fairly new as a duke, and isn’t fond of hearing a plot against him, especially not from a girl who’s supposed to be his enemy. I loved watching their relationship grow, even if they were forced to work together. It was nice to watch their romance blossom, the perfect blend of sweet moments mixed in with some fun banter. Throw in a lovely supporting cast of best friends more than willing to jump in to help, and this story is one I recommend for anyone looking for a little suspense in their romance. 

You can get this wonderful story for Kindle and NOOK, (and paperback) and don’t forget to check out the author’s website, along with follow her on FB and Twitter.

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Chaos and Romance

Hi all! So, this week I’m reviewing a new author, Bethany Swafford. I recently read her book, A Chaotic Courtship, and I loved it! I get excited when I find a new author, especially a good one. 😉

51d9v1uvaclAs for this one, what a beautiful regency tale! I absolutely loved Diana, almost from the first page. She’s so sweet, albeit a bit naïve, and her slight bumbling is endearing. It was also fun to watch her with her siblings, even when her temper comes out. And Mr. Richfield is probably one of the sweetest heroes I’ve read! Not only is he patient, but he’s always finding ways to treat her special, even if it means angering a few fortune hunters. Their relationship was so sweet to watch, both a love at first sight, and a slow, shy, falling in love. Throw in a couple of younger siblings with some crazy shenanigans, and a highwayman in the area, and this story was fun to read. It’s a great sweet regency, and one I recommend for anyone wanting to curl up with a sweet romance. 

You can get this book for Kindle or NOOK, and feel free to check out the author’s Facebook and Twitter for her other stories. 🙂

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