EDENBROOKE Blog Tour – Interview & Giveaway

Today, I’m proud to be part of Julianne Donaldson’s first ever BLOG TOUR! You’ll even find that I’m giving away an ARC copy! It could be yours! Read on to find out more!

Julianne, welcome! EDENBROOKE, your first novel, arrives on March 27th.

    Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

    From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

Olivia Hennis: This historical romance set in 19th-century England is in the unique position of being BOTH a Romance novel and a Young Adult novel; a genre crossover. What in EDENBROOKE transcends those genre barriers, to appeal to fans of YA?

Julianne Donaldson: I think Edenbrooke has a lot of elements that appeal to fans of YA–a strong heroine facing adulthood who is searching for her place in the world, a lovable hero, a first love, suspense, twists, and a happy ending.

OH: When you began writing “Edenbrooke”, did you have a particular audience in mind?

JD: I actually wrote Edenbrooke thinking it was a YA novel. It surprised me when my publisher wanted to market it as a general romance. But I think it’s a story that women of every age can relate to.

OH: I noticed on the cover (which is lovely!), that there is an extra note about the book at the top: “A Proper Romance”. This is new to publishing… What can you tell us about it?

JD: A Proper Romance is Shadow Mountain’s new brand of romance that is smart, engaging, romantic, clean, and will never make the reader embarrassed. I think there are a lot of people who want a clean romance without it being “inspirational” in nature. We felt like Edenbrooke needed to stand out from other romances, both of the inspirational genre and the “sexified” genre, and the term “Proper Romance” seemed to convey that. It is full of flirting and sexual tension, but it does not revolve around physical attraction. It’s an intelligent and emotional romance rather than a physical one.

OH: Your blog hosts a lot of information about the 19th-century. And I have seen your writing compared to Jane Austen. Where would you say you pulled your greatest inspirations from–in life and in fiction–for “Edenbrooke”?

JD: I owe a lot of my inspiration to Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, who are the undisputed queens of the Regency romance. But, like most writers, I draw from real life experiences when I give my characters problems to overcome. I feel like I delved into the most vulnerable parts of my soul to write Marianne’s story. She faces a lot of insecurities in her journey to grow up, which I think we can all relate to.

OH: After “Edenbrooke”, what is your next YA project?

JD: My next project will be set in the same world as Edenbrooke, but with different characters at a different estate. Kate is a young lady who dreams of going to India and is in an eternal battle of wills with her mother, who only wants to marry her off as soon as possible. There is a boy-next-door romance, a great house with too many secrets, and a smuggler.

OH: When you were a teen, what was your favorite book (YA or otherwise)? And now that you’re an author for teens, what is your favorite contemporary YA?

JD: I loved the clean romances of Dorothy Keddington and read them over and over. I also loved Madeline L’Engle and I read Georgette Heyer voraciously. But the YA book world was much, much smaller in my day than it is now. Teens have so much great literature now, I often feel envious of them. It’s hard for me to choose my favorite contemporary YA–there are so many good ones! But one of my recent favorites was Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series.

OH: All right, last one! April Fool’s Day is coming up! If you and Marianne were to play a fun practical joke on one of her co-stars, who would it be? Why? And what would the two of you do together so that the Fool knew it was you?

JD: On one of their morning rides, Marianne would shorten Philip’s stirrups. And of course he would know it was her, because she would be laughing at him as she finally beat him in a race.

OH: Thank you again for stopping by the blog on your tour! I’ll be certain to point my readers towards your other locations, to learn more about you and EDENBROOKE! (Like her website!)

JD: Thank you for the wonderful interview! This was fun!

OH: Guys, Julianne’s novel is absolutely worth the read. And she’s a lot of fun too! Follow along with her blog tour:

March 19th http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/
March 20th www.theallureofbooks.com
March 21st http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com
March 22nd http://chicklitreviewsandnews.com/
March 23rd http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/
March 24th http://bookblather.net
March 25th http://hauntedorchid.blogspot.com
March 26th http://bookchelle.com
March 27th http://www.brazenbookworm.com
March 28th https://oliviahennis.wordpress.com
March 29th http://aliseonlife.blogspot.com
March 30th http://trippingbooks.wordpress.com
March 31st http://harmonyradiantreads.blogspot.com
April 1st http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/
April 2nd http://moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.com/
April 3rd http://ireadtorelax.blogspot.com
April 4th http://awordsworth.blogspot.com
April 5th http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com
April 6th http://www.readitseeit.net/
April 7th http://dreaminginbooks.blogspot.com/

Want to win a copy of EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson?

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JUST ENTER YOUR EMAIL (use “dot” and “at” to avoid spammers!) in a comment below and you’ll be entered to win an ARC of EDENBROOKE! :D Tasty!

Entries close April 11th!

My review will be coming soon! I finished my copy a few days ago! I’ll probably Raffle off that copy too when I post the review!

YA Cover Reveal: PRETTY AMY by Lisa Burstein

All right, readers, if you haven’t come across one of the other more than ONE HUNDRED bloggers out there who is participating in the PRETTY AMY cover reveal, then it is my honor to be your first! :)

And yes, you heard right: more than 100 bloggers are posting this cover today. What an awesome idea! I think more authors should do this, sending interest in their books into the far reaches to more possible readers like you!

But before we reveal, a few bits of info!

About the Author

    Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

    She was a lot like Amy when she was in high school.

    She is still a lot like Amy.

    You can follow her on Twitter @LisaBurstein, find her on Facebook, or visit her website to keep up to date!

In addition to this cover reveal…

    [The author Lisa Burstein] will be hosting a Worst Prom Photo contest in the weeks leading up to AMY’s release on May 15. So make sure to dust off your old prom photos—the more tulle, bows, and big hair the better!—and watch Lisa’s site, http://www.lisaburstein.com, for details on how to submit/enter to win a beauty package. Make sure to let your readers know, too!

About the Book

    Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.

    Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Without further ado…

So what do you think of the cover?

Overall, I like it. Though personally, I find toes to be distracting… I would love the cover if Amy was wearing even peep-toe shoes, haha. But what I’m most excited about is how this is still a “pretty girl in a pretty dress” cover that doesn’t really emphasize that. It more feels like “Yep, true fact” on there being a pretty girl in a pretty dress rather than it feeling out of place. Also, I like seeing the whole girl! Too many covers hack and slash limbs and faces, disembodying the protagonists of today. Also the hint of jail bars? Took me a few times to notice! Sneaky and subtle.

All right, that’s it from me! Don’t forget to pre-order your copy for May 15th at your local independent bookstore! Don’t have a local indie? Then support your local Barnes & Noble!

Thank you to Lisa, and to Heather Riccio at Entangled Publishing for allowing me to be a part of this fun event!

To Do List – March 2012

My To Do List has been working out nicely! Here’s March’s…

On the Blog

100 Word Reviews:
A Hat Full of Sky
Fallen Angels
Token of Darkness

Today in YA History:
I have two scheduled this month, so let’s see if I can get them out there!

Other:
PRETTY AMY cover reveal on March 5th! – totally done!
Eagerly await author interview for EDENBROOKE, on March 28th!

Off the Blog

YA Lit Mag:
Gather cover images and technical info for up-coming May/June books
Contact authors about interviews for May/June
Finish creating April author interviews
Possibly figure out the contests for ARC and swag giveaways?

Personal Writing:
Re-write and edit chs 4, 5, 6 on my WIP. (At this rate, I’ll be done by… next February. Ah well!)

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And a big thank you to all of you who have been reading, commenting on, and liking the 100 Word reviews. I appreciate it greatly! I hope you have found some fun new books to read, as well!

I will be gone for a convention starting next week, plus my part-time job is finally in need of some help, so I expect March to be a slow month. With all the To Do’s I have planned, though, it’s sure to be a fun one! :D