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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