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Dear readers, you are in for a real treat today! Elizabeth Adams has just released a new contemporary romance novel, Ship to Shore, and I’m thrilled to be sharing an excerpt from the book with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! But first, the book blurb:

Dodging and weaving her mother’s attempts to get her married off and producing grandbabies as soon as possible, Maggie focuses on teaching and doing fun projects with her students—like sending a box of cards to anonymous soldiers for the holidays. She’s more than a little surprised when the receiving naval officer writes a proper thank-you letter.

The magic ensues when Maggie writes back. She sees her new pen pal as an innocent diversion—until he isn’t.

Lt. Commander F. Hawkins thinks he’s writing to a sweet little old woman. Little does he know that the woman sending him baked goods is going to capture his heart.

In a culture of online dating and hook-ups, Maggie and Hawkins find themselves transported through the old-fashioned act of letter-writing. His steadfast earnestness can’t help but appeal. Her charm and vivacity can’t fail to captivate.

They never stood a chance.

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An excerpt from Ship to Shore, courtesy of Elizabeth Adams:

Curious about what had happened but knowing she shouldn’t ask, and he wouldn’t tell her even if she did, she started a batch of cookies and sat at the kitchen table to write while they baked.

“Whatcha doin’, little sister?”

Maggie smiled at the sound of her sister’s voice. Sarah was five when Maggie was born and she’d had a bit of a misunderstanding about the new baby’s name. Everyone had constantly asked her how she liked her new little sister, and Sarah had thought that was what they were calling the baby until Margaret’s first birthday when Sarah read the cake and innocently asked who Margaret was.

It had taken her years to live it down, but she still used the nickname occasionally.

“Hey! I’m baking cookies. You can take some to the office tomorrow if you want.”

“Thank you. I brought a chicken. We can make a quick salad to go with it.” She unpacked her grocery sack on the counter and glanced at her sister. “Grading papers?”

“No, writing a letter actually.”

“Oh? To whom?”

“To this guy in the Navy. He’s the one who got the box I mailed.”

“One guy got an entire box of cards?”

“No! He is the leader of some group or something. Anyhow, his men, or sailors or whatever you call them, got the cards. He distributed them I think? Anyway, he sent me a thank you card, and we’ve decided to start writing each other.”

“Some random guy in the Navy is your pen pal?” asked Sarah incredulously.

“Don’t say it like that! It’s not like he’s in prison.” She made a face that her sister ignored. “And I asked him to pass along a correspondent for the kids. He asked this guy Davis—he’s a lieutenant—to send them a letter and the kids loved it. So I sent a letter back thanking him and asking if he’d like to correspond with me.”

“Correspond?”

“Pen pals are for children. What should I call it?” asked Maggie defensively.

“You don’t think this is a little weird?”

“They’re just letters, Sarah. Really. He’s thousands of miles away. It’s not like he’s going to show up on the doorstep and ask for a loan or something.”

Sarah rolled her eyes and smiled ruefully. “He’d better not.” She pointed her finger at Maggie and started making a salad.

Maggie just smiled. Sarah was generally a very kind person, but the one thing that could always raise her hackles was sensing danger to her younger siblings. She would say it was the typical response for the eldest female in a large family. Maggie thought it was just Sarah. After all, Harrison was the eldest male and eldest child, and he certainly didn’t seem to have any protective instincts.

February 5, 20__

Dear Hawkins,

I’m sorry you had a hard day, but I am happy my letter cheered you up. Be careful with the fudge—it sticks to your bones.

I survived my weekend with my parents unscathed, but I can’t say the same for my old room. It turns out the craft room wasn’t the only one on the chopping block. My room has been turned into a guest room. It isn’t that big of a change I suppose, but it makes it feel that much less like home to me.

I should look at the bright side. My brother’s room was turned into a home gym. I hope mom stops there and doesn’t continue to redo rooms. I have a feeling she is dealing with her empty-nest syndrome by arranging her home the way she used to arrange her children’s lives. (I can be snarky—I’m warning you now.)

To answer your question about siblings, yes, I have them—and then some. I am one of six children. I know it sounds like a lot, but five and six were surprise twins, so it’s not like they did it on purpose. First is Harrison, then Sarah, Mark, me, Rob and Annaleigh. I would tell you more, but I just saw most of my family this weekend and I’m a little family-ed out.

Since you weren’t sure what to write about, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? What’s your favorite color? How long have you been in the Navy? Why did you join in the first place? Did you go to college? If so, where did you go and what did you major in? Do you come from a big or small family? Do you have any children? Where are you from? Dogs or cats? Bagels or English muffins?

Now that should give you plenty of material for your next letter. And you still haven’t told me your first name. Is it something horrid? Is that why you only use the F? Shall I guess? Is it… Fergus? Franklin and you don’t want people to call you Frankie? (You definitely don’t seem like a Frankie.) How about Fletcher? Am I getting warmer?

Keep a smile on—you’ll be on dry land soon.

Sincerely,

Maggie

Hawkins sat on his bed and opened the package that came with his letter. He couldn’t keep the smile off his face as he read the note attached to a gallon-sized bag filled with cookies.

Here are some oatmeal walnut cranberry cookies. They’re healthier than the fudge. I won’t be accused of single-handedly fattening up the Navy!

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A big thank you to Elizabeth for sharing that fantastic excerpt. Doesn’t that make you want to grab a copy of Ship to Shore and read it right now? (If you feel so inclined, you can buy it here.)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

She writes romantic comedy and comedic tragedy in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at EAdamsWrites.com.

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Giveaway

Elizabeth is generously offering one lucky reader an ebook copy of Ship to Shore AND another ebook from her catalog (reader’s choice). To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. This giveaway will be open through Monday, January 13, 2020. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post. Good luck!

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Source: Review copy from the editor

Christina Boyd and her “dream team” of Austenesque writers put out the best Austen-inspired anthologies, hands down. It took me a while to finish Rational Creatures, partly because my life has been so busy and reading time has been limited and partly because I wanted to savor this collection. For me, it’s easy to quickly read through stories that are lighthearted romances, and while there is some romance in these stories, the romance in my opinion wasn’t the focal point here.

These stories are about the women in Austen’s novels, a mix of prequels, sequels, and side stories covering the heroines (and everyone’s favorite antiheroine Lady Susan) as well as many secondary characters, including Charlotte Lucas, Sophia Croft, Penelope Clay, Mary Crawford, and Eleanor Tilney. I’m not going to detail each of the stories, as it’s more fun to jump right in and just go with the flow. As with all of The Quill Collective anthologies, I enjoyed each story and getting to know each of these characters in a new way. I loved how the stories delved deeper into each character — their back stories, the love stories we don’t see in Austen’s novels, their thoughts on their place in society and the limitations that accompany that status, and so much more.

Rational Creatures is a fantastic anthology that shows exactly why we love Austen’s characters: love ’em or hate ’em, Austen’s female characters each are strong in their own way. These stories gave me a new appreciation of characters who aren’t the usual favorites, like Fanny Price, or who make bad decisions, like Charlotte Lucas and Louisa Musgrove, or the “bad girls,” like Mary Crawford, or the ones we simply know little about but who must have rich stories, like Sophia Croft. The stories made me laugh, made me think, and basically made me want to re-read Austen’s novels. I really hope these Quill Collective anthologies keep coming!

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Source: Purchased

When I heard that Christina Boyd was releasing another Jane Austen-inspired short story collection, that it was Christmas themed, and that the proceeds would benefit the Chawton Great House, I knew I had to get my hands on the book. When I saw that they were all Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, a mix of Regency and modern (a huge plus because I love the modern variations), and that the stories were written by some of the best authors of Austen-inspired fiction, I knew I had to read it right away. With all that is going on in my life right now, I haven’t had much time or energy for reading, but I didn’t want to miss out on my annual December month of holiday books, so I turned on my Kindle, started Yuletide, and the next thing I knew, I’d finished the book! It was the right mix of stories, and they were just the right length to get me back in my reading groove.

My favorite passage of the book was from the very first story, “The Forfeit” by Caitlin Williams, in which Mr. Darcy finds himself stranded at Longbourn for the holiday during a snowstorm, and he and Elizabeth make a friendly wager. “It was usually her favourite time of year, when everyone was predisposed to laughter, love was limitless, and much joy was to be had from simple pleasures.” That line is the essence of Christmas for me, and I pretty much knew right then that I would love this collection.

“And Evermore Be Merry” by Joana Starnes shows readers a Christmas at Pemberley through Georgiana’s eyes some years after her brother and Elizabeth’s wedding. “The Wishing Ball” by Amy D’Orazio is a modern story in which Darcy finds some Christmas magic via Facebook and yearns for what his life could be. “By a Lady” by Lona Manning depicts an Elizabeth determined to become a friend to Anne de Bourgh. “Homespun for the Holidays” by J. Marie Croft is another modern tale that finds Darcy stranded on Christmas Eve while attempting to find a unique present for his sister, and he must depend on the generosity of the family he insulted in his pursuit of said gift. “The Season for Friendly Meetings” by Anngela Schroeder puts Elizabeth and Jane in Yorkshire for a Christmas ball, where Colonel Fitzwilliam gets Elizabeth thinking that her first impressions of a certain someone may have been based on falsehoods. And “Mistletoe Mismanagement” by Elizabeth Adams depicts a Christmas house party hosted by the newlywed Darcys at which his Fitzwilliam relatives (not the dear colonel, of course) prove to be anything but proper.

This was a fantastic lineup of stories, and I was especially pleased to find a couple of moderns thrown in. There was some magic and mischief, stories where Darcy and Elizabeth are falling love, and stories set during their marriage. Manning’s portrayal of Anne de Bourgh was a pleasant surprise, and I enjoyed the colonel’s sly maneuvering in Schroeder’s story. It’s rare to find a short story collection in which I enjoy all of the stories, but given how much I love these authors, I’m not surprised that Yuletide was an exception. This is a must-read if you love Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, and it would make a perfect Christmas gift for the JAFF fan in your life.

All proceeds to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

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Source: Review copy from author

Elizabeth Adams’ new Pride and Prejudice variation, The 26th of November, was an absolute delight from start to finish. It is subtitled “A Pride & Prejudice Comedy of Farcical Proportions,” and it definitely delivered! The novel is told from the point of view of Elizabeth Bennet, and when it opens, she has endured the Netherfield ball — her dances with Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy, the embarrassment of her mother and sisters, her father’s indifference to it all — Collins’s proposal, and the Netherfield party’s departure from Hertfordshire. But then Elizabeth wakes up and realizes it’s the day of the Netherfield ball — again.

As Elizabeth relives the 26th of November over and over again, she tries to figure out how to break the cycle. Is she supposed to somehow convince Mr. Bingley to delay his trip to London? Is she supposed to somehow improve her family’s behavior? Elizabeth examines the situation from every angle and takes various actions to get the timeline moving forward again, to no avail.

Elizabeth soon finds herself looking forward to her nightly dance with Mr. Darcy for their talks and their banter. She enjoys teasing him, surprising him, getting information from him. While he doesn’t realize that they have danced the same dance countless times before, Elizabeth does, and she comes to understand him — and herself — as she relives the day again and again.

The 26th of November was such a refreshing read. I loved seeing Elizabeth do outlandish things to try to fix the time line, and I loved how she stood up for herself and said certain well-deserved things to certain obnoxious characters. There were so many funny moments and so many sweet moments that I just couldn’t put the book down. It was my first time reading something by Elizabeth Adams, but it definitely won’t be the last!

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About The 26th of November

The Netherfield Ball: Classic. Predictable. Immortalized.
But, what if Elizabeth were forced to relive it over and over and over again? Night after night after night?

Elizabeth: Clever. Witty. Confident.
Suddenly, her confusion and desperation make her question things she long thought she knew.

Mr. Darcy: Proud. Unapproachable. Bad tempered.
In this world where nothing is as it seems, Elizabeth must learn to see through new eyes.

Including a man she thought she hated.

Let the hilarity ensue.

Buy on Amazon

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About the Author

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips – as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.

She is the author of The Houseguest, Unwilling, On Equal Ground, and Meryton Vignettes: Tales of Pride and Prejudice, and the modern comedy Green Card.

You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com.

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Giveaway

For the blog tour, Elizabeth is generously offering five copies of The 26th of November, five audiobook codes (each one good for one of her audiobooks), and two autographed paperback copies (reader’s choice) from her catalog. The giveaway is open until midnight on August 11, 2018. You MUST enter through this Rafflecopter link.

Terms and Conditions:

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or a review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified.

One winner per contest. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Good luck!

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July 9 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

July 13 / From Pemberley to Milton / Guest Post & Giveaway

July 19 / Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

July 20 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

July 21 / My Love for Jane Austen / Character Interview & Giveaway

July 25 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

July 28 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

August 2 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway

August 6 / Austenesque Reviews / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

August 8 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway

August 9 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway

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