Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category

French Books Winner

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The winner of the bundle of books in French is…

Andra! (Of Comment #6.)

Congrats, Andra! If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.

So many thanks to everyone who entered for the wonderful French books/movie recs! I’ll be running a second contest on my Facebook author page tomorrow, so pop by there for another chance to win!



ENGLISH WIFE Winner!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

The winner of the advance copy of The English Wife is…

…Erin Gehringer! (Of Comment #172.)

Congrats, Erin! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you.

As for settings, I still have to do a proper tally, but it looks like 1890s London may have narrowly edged out the Hudson Valley for my first background post. You’ll start seeing those here on the website soon, along with an excerpt and other fun things. (Hint: I still have two ARCs left.)

More coming up soon!

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PERILOUS GARD Winner

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The winner of my extra copy of The Perilous Gard is…

Susan Craig! (Of Comment #10.)

Congrats, Susan! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you. Happy reading!



Monday Give Away: THE PERILOUS GARD

Monday, June 19th, 2017

This Monday’s give away is a little bit different. This week’s book isn’t an advance copy. Quite the contrary. This is a book that first came out before I was born. But I’ve discovered that I have duplicate copies, so it seems only right to send one on to a good home.

So this week, I give you… Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard.

Here’s the official (very short) blurb:

perilous gard In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

Highly recommended for fellow fans of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, and anything faerie (with an “ae”) or Tudor.

So, for a chance to win my extra copy of The Perilous Gard, here’s your question: what’s your favorite oldie but goodie book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.



STOLEN TIME Winner

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The two winners of the e-copies of Chloé Duval’s Stolen Time are…

Deborah (of Comment #3) and Rachel Adrianna (of Comment #16)!

Congrats and happy reading to you both! Chloé will be in touch via email with your e-book link– so keep an eye out in your inbox!



Monday Give Away: STOLEN TIME

Monday, June 12th, 2017

I am delighted to report that our very own Céline (aka Chloé Duval), who many of you may know from this website community and Facebook, is celebrating the release of her first novel, Stolen Time!

Here’s the official blurb:

stolen-time-chloe-duvalIn a rural French village, a letter is delivered decades late, inspiring a young woman to try to reunite two star-crossed lovers . . .
Middle school teacher by day, romance writer by night, and group knitter on Tuesday evenings, Flavie Richalet leads a fairly uneventful life—until she receives a long delayed letter meant for a total stranger. Postmarked 1971, the yellowed envelope, addressed to an Amélie Lacombe, holds a fervent message of love and a marriage proposal, signed only with the initial E. Given her own fractured family history, Flavie is dreamily determined to learn what became of the couple…

Flavie’s inquiries lead her to a French seaside inn—and to E. himself, a true romantic who never forgot the girl who got away so many years ago. But his protective nephew, B&B owner Romaric, isn’t sure that trying to find Amélie after all these years is good for his uncle. At odds with the tall, dark, and impossibly passionate Romaric, Flavie must show him, and perhaps herself, that true love is timeless—and always worth waiting for…

Now I’d like to hand the floor over to the author, to talk about how she came to write her debut novel. Over to you, Céline/Chloé!

Hi, everyone, and thank you so much, Lauren, for allowing me to talk to your readers about my debut novel! Being a proud member of the Willig-maniacs family for quite some time now, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be here today, on the other side of the page!

First, let me introduce myself: my (pen) name is Chloé Duval, and I am a French-Canadian romance novelist – or at least, I try to be; sometimes, it feels like I am but the mere vessel through which the characters that have claimed possession of my brain get their stories out, if you see what I mean.

As a little girl, I loved fairy tales, and used to write stories about princes slaying dragons and freeing princesses from towers (any resemblance to any famous fairy tale would be completely fortuitous. Or maybe not). Then life, school, homework, studies took over, and I kind of let go of that creative side. Fast forward a *few* years later, when I started feeling my fingers tingling and the urge to write romantic stories came back to me with a vengeance. For a while then, I had discovered Lauren and the wonderful Pink Carnation series, and I *really* wanted to write stories that were as fascinating, as compelling, and as romantic as the Pink Carnation books were. I wanted to share the butterflies, and make people feel as happy as I was when I read them (and re-read them, and re-re-re-read them). I wanted to bring as much light into the world as Lauren brought into mine with her books. So, I wrote. And wrote again, when the first attempts didn’t work very well. And then, one day, two things happened. I saw Letters To Juliet, and heard about a postcard that made its way to its addressee quite a few decades after being mailed. Those two otherwise unrelated events made me start thinking… what if it was a love letter that got lost in the mail? What if in that love letter, a man asked a woman to elope with him, but she never received it? What if life kept them apart after that? What if… what if… Cheeks burning hot with excitement, my heart beating hard against my ribcage, I sat down with a pen and a notebook and started jotting down ideas, plots, character profiles, and that love letter that would be at the center of my story.

A few months later, Stolen Time was born, and then published (which in itself, was amazing enough), and then, acquired for translation into English (by then, I was pinching myself every other day just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming). And I have to admit, I am so in love with this story that I can’t tell you how happy I am that it happened, because it means I get to share it with readers, and that is the best feeling in the world.

Now, I’d love to introduce you to the story. I’m offering one ebook to two lucky readers! Just tell us in the comments… have you ever received something that wasn’t addressed to you? And if yes, what did you do?

Stolen Time makes its English language debut tomorrow, June 13th.

Happy book birthday, Céline/Chloé!

Good luck to everyone who has entered to win a copy. The winners will be announced on Wednesday.



THE WAY TO LONDON Winner

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The winner of my advance copy of Alix Rickloff’s The Way to London is…

… Kelley B! (Of Comment #31.)

Congrats, Kelley! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Check back on Monday for a new give away– plus special guest post!



Monday Give Away: THE WAY TO LONDON

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Every now and then, you luck into a book that just sweeps you along. In this case, all the way from Singapore to Cornwall to London. For this week’s give away, I give you… Alix Rickloff’s The Way to London.

Here’s the official blurb:

way to londonFrom the author of Secrets of Nanreath Hall comes this gripping, beautifully written historical fiction novel set during World War II—the unforgettable story of a young woman who must leave Singapore and forge a new life in England.

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of pampered luxury in Singapore until one reckless act will change her life forever.

Exiled to England to stay with an aunt she barely remembers, Lucy never dreamed that she would be one of the last people to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island, and that her parents would disappear in the devastating aftermath. Now grief stricken and all alone, she must cope with the realities of a grim, battle-weary England.

Then she meets Bill, a young evacuee sent to the country to escape the Blitz, and in a moment of weakness, Lucy agrees to help him find his mother in London. The unlikely runaways take off on a seemingly simple journey across the country, but her world becomes even more complicated when she is reunited with an invalided soldier she knew in Singapore.

Now Lucy will be forced to finally confront the choices she has made if she ever hopes to have the future she yearns for.

At its heart, The Way to London is a heroine’s journey of self discovery. Like the eighteenth century novels about young men thrown into the world, Lucy has her share of adventures on the road, but each, ultimately, helps her discover just who she is and what she wants.

So, for a chance to win my advance copy of The Way to London, here’s your question: what’s your favorite road trip novel? (Or movie?)

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

The Way to London will be available in stores on September 19, 2017.



THE INVITATION Winner

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The winner of my advance copy of The Invitation is…

Kelly Chasse! (Of Comment #43.)

Congrats, Kelly! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. Happy reading!



Monday Give Away: THE INVITATION

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

For this Monday’s give away, I give you… The Invitation, by Lucy Foley.

Here’s the official blurb:

the invitationAn evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately–and dangerously–to hide.

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it’s just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won’t cross again.

But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together, after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime–acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film.

Of all the luminaries aboard–an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director–only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal’s obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who’s been confined to history.

An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world’s most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us–no matter how much we try to escape them.

This book deftly evoked the Italy of another era. Even now, a year or so after I read it, I can still close my eyes and remember the physical details of certain scenes, as if I were there, during a Roman summer.

So, for a chance to win my advance copy of The Invitation, here’s your question: where would you most like to travel via book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.