GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH “AUSTEN ADDICTS TRILOGY”, AUTHOR VICTORIA CONNELLY….

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VICTORIA CONNELLY!!

MEET VICTORIA CONNELLY….

 

Victoria Connelly’s first novel, Flights of Angels was chosen as one of five titles to be promoted by Random House, Germany, to celebrate World Book Day and was also adapted into a TV movie.  Her novel Molly’s Millions was a runner-up in the 2006 Elizabeth Goudge Award, and in 2009 was published as a lead title in the UK by Allison & Busby and chosen as a “hot pick” in Closer magazine. Her new trilogy, featuring Jane Austen addicts, is her first foray into Jane Austen related fiction. Connelly lives in London, England.

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WELCOME BACK VICTORIA!!

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into the challenges,authernicty,and research required in writing a historical fiction/romance?

Some writers love research and some hate it.  I love it because it provides me the opportunity to learn new things about subjects I might never have chosen to study otherwise.  For my Jane Austen Addicts Trilogy, the research was pure joy.  I am a life-long Austen fan so rereading all her novels and watching the many wonderful film adaptations was hardly a tough day at the office for me.  I revelled in it and, if my husband came in when I was watching Colin Firth emerging from the lake yet again, I could honestly tell him that I was working.

 

I also had the joy of reading Jane Austen’s letters to her sister and some of the biographies about her life.  I visited the places associated with her – spending many a happy hour at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, staying in the seaside town of Lyme Regis and walking the streets of the Georgian city of Bath.  I even got to stay in ‘Barton Cottage’ – the house that was used in the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility and I wrote part of Mr Darcy Forever whilst there, using the setting in my book.

 

Another highlight was taking part in the Jane Austen Festival in Bath.  Although I didn’t wear a costume, I met dozens of people who had travelled from all over the world to be there because of their love of Jane Austen.  It was a real insight into the fan base that this author has and really humbling as an author to see that these stories are still loved over 200 years after them first being published.

 

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FEATURE AND GIVEAWAY WITH JEANETTE BAKER,AUTHOR OF “NELL”…

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JEANNETTE  BAKER!!

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Author of fifteen novels, JEANETTE BAKER has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as a forceful writer of character and conflict whose novels are “irresistible reading.” Jeanette lives in California during the winter months where she teaches literature and writing, and in County Kerry, Ireland during the summer.
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NELL 
JEANETTE BAKER
Publisher: Pocket
Paperback: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0671017354
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Jillian Fitgerald, whose grand house had 60 rooms, grew up together with Frankie Maguire, the kennel keeper’s son, in Northern Ireland. That she was rich and he was poor did not daunt their dreams of someday marrying. But Jillian was headed for a privileged life and the university. Frankie, drawn into the nationalist cause, faced a charge of murder and the dark walls of a jail cell.

With their lives torn apart, there seemed no chance for Jillian and Frankie. But the heart owns knowledge to which the mind is not privy. Generations before, an Irish princess, Eleanor “Nell” Fitzgerald, her family killed, her life in jeopardy, her beloved torn from her arms, was preparing to reach out to another woman who shared her heritage…a woman in another century. Now, from the court of Henry VIII to the violent streets of modern Belfast, Nell and Jillian will become two souls joined in one courageous battle to prove that neither prison bars nor the hands of time can stop the power of love

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH AUTHOR SUSANNA KEARSLEY….

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SUSANNA KEARSLEY!!!!

 

Good morning Susanna and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

 

Good morning. Thanks so much for inviting me.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Susanna Kearsley?

SUSANNA: Well, I’ve worked as the curator of a rural museum village and as a waitress, and enjoyed both. I’ve written stories ever since I can remember, but I didn’t manage to finish a novel until I was 25. I found a publisher for that novel two years later, and in the same year won a British literary prize for the unpublished manuscript of MARIANA, and I’ve been happily writing (and finishing) novels ever since. So far I’ve written ten of them, and am just now finishing the first draft of the eleventh. I’m Canadian, and I live with my family in my husband’s hometown on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “MARIANA”? Why?

SUSANNA: I have a few favorite characters in this book, but one of the people I grew fondest of would have to be Tom, the heroine’s brother. Tom’s a vicar—an Anglican priest—and is in the story right from the first page. I loved his wicked sense of humor and his unfailing optimism and the loving banter that developed, back and forth, between him and Julia whenever they were in a scene together. I was always very close to my own older sister, and the way that Tom and Julia interacted reminded me very much of that. So often in books the main characters’ families are either nonexistent or dysfunctional, and it was nice to be able to show a more positive sibling relationship. I really enjoyed having Tom in the book—so much so that I used him again in a later, unrelated book, when I needed a vicar to make a cameo appearance in that story (Every Secret Thing).

MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of these characters is?

SUSANNA: I think—I hope—that it’s the fact they’re the sort of people many of us would like to sit and chat with in the pub, or over the back fence. With the possible exception of Geoff, who is rich and good-looking, most of the characters are just ordinary, likeable people who want the same things we all want: to be loved, to be safe, to belong. We can all understand how that feels.

MBA&M: Why do you enjoy writing historicals?

SUSANNA: I’ve always loved history. My mother used to read us Greek and Roman myths at bedtime, and from those I graduated to the tales of knights and kings and queens. Combine that with the fact that we were always busy tracking down our ancestors and working on our family’s genealogy, and history was a thing that came alive for me quite easily, and captured my imagination early on. That’s why I went into museum work, initially, because it kept me constantly connected with the past, and writing historical fiction is one more extension of that, I suppose. It’s a way I can try to explore and make sense of the places and people and things that are gone, but whose shadows still touch our own time.

MBA&M: If you could be a character in any of your books who would it be and why?

SUSANNA: Actually, I’d probably have to say Julia, in MARIANA. She has a job she loves doing, and one she can do from wherever she happens to be. She has good friends around her, a brother and parents who love and support her, and a house that’s all her own, within walking distance of the local pub. That sounds, to me, like a pretty good life.

MBA&M: What is in your “To Read” pile?

SUSANNA: Oh, I have too many to count, at the moment! But the three sitting right at the top of the pile are: Tryst by Elswyth Thane, The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton, and Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

MBA&M: Tell our readers where to find you and where “MARIANA” is available?

SUSANNA: Hopefully MARIANA should be fairly easy to find at your local bookstore, but it’s also available in print or as an ebook from all the major online retailers. As for myself, you can find me at my website, www.susannakearsley.com, or blogging with my friends and fellow authors at The Heroine Addicts (www.theheroineaddicts.blogspot.com), and on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Susanna-Kearsley/1712098844) and Twitter, where I’m @SusannaKearsley (https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=SusannaKearsley)

Susanna, do you have anything else to add?

SUSANNA: Only that I’m very honored to have been a guest here. Thank you all so much for having me.

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH “THE LAST ROMANOV” AUTHOR, DORA LEVY MOSSANEN…

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DORA LEVY MOSSANEN!!

Good morning Dora and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

D.L.M: Thanks for inviting me.  I’m excited to spend some time with you.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into Dora Levy Mossanen?

D.L.M: I was born in Israel and moved to Iran when I was nine.  I was forced to leave Iran, when Mohammad Reza Shah abandoned the country and Ayatollah Khomeini returned and established the Islamic Republic.  I settled in California with my two young daughters, struggled to raise my kids and create a home in an entirely unfamiliar culture.  I eventually decided to go back to school, intending to become a journalist.  I had no idea that I’d become a writer one day.  At the encouragement of one of my professor’s, to whom I owe big time, I applied to the USC Masters program in creative writing.  My first novel, Harem, was my thesis for my masters. 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE LAST ROMANOV”?

D.L.M:  I was fascinated by the decadent era of the last Romanovs that ended up
imploding.  I wanted to discover how it was possible for such a powerful Imperial court with such unimaginable wealth to end up so tragically in a cellar in The House of Special Purpose.  The idea to write this book blossomed in 1991, when the burned, acid-drenched bones of the last Romanovs were discovered after seventy-three-years.  I began research and found every detail more intriguing than the other—Grigori Rasputin, the enigmatic wanderer, Alexei Nikolaevich, the hemophilic heir, Alexandra Feodorovna, the recluse Tsarina, who was disliked by the Russians and who believed in her husband’s “divine right to rule,” the indecisive Tsar Nicholas II, who was never comfortable in the role of the Tsar of all the Russias and who followed his wife’s advice to the detriment of the throne.  I could go on and on, but a paragraph or two won’t do justice to an era that changed the political landscape of the time and affected each and every one of us in different ways.  I hope I’ve succeeded to bring this to life in The Last Romanov.

MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

D.L.M:  Ah!  Love this question.  Right now, as I’m typing, I’m sitting in my big comfortable chair, my legs propped up on an ottoman, laptop on lap while enjoying my number one comfort food.  Chocolate!  It’s melting in my mouth, sweet and creamy, coating my tongue, seeping into my brain, telling me all is well in the world.  Sometimes, when my mood needs an extra lift, I’d drive to my neighborhood bakery to enjoy a warm brioche straight out of the oven, slathered with butter and nutella.  And late in the evenings, when my stomach has long forgotten dinner and is growling for extra comfort, creamy almond butter straight out of the jar does the trick.  Calories be damn!

MBA&M: What where some challenges in writing “THE LAST ROMANOV “?

D.L.M:  There were many challenges along the way.  For one, it wasn’t easy to draw a coherent understanding of the constantly shifting political situation and series of revolutions that culminated in the fall of the Romanovs and rise of the Bolsheviks.  But my greatest challenge came, when I had developed empathy, even love toward my charges.  I am a Jewish writer; my father fought in the Israel War of Independence, my grandfather was a historian who wrote: The Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran, yet here I was writing about the anti-Semite Romanovs.  But I’m also a novelist and am aware of the power of imagination to penetrate history.  So, I set to work.  I invited my own emissary, the Jewish artist, Avram Bensheimer, to the artists’ salon in Alexander Palace.  He became far more radical and vocal than I had expected.  A passionate spokesman for his people.  I can’t thank him enough.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “THE LAST ROMANOV”? Why?

DLM:  My favorite character, I’d say, is the opal-eyed Darya.  I respect and admire her for her courage and tenacity.  Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she faced, she never gave up, did not lose hope or rest in her search for her beloved Alexei.  The Creator of Miniatures, among some other favorites, is also a much-loved character.  Her courage is very different from Darya’s.  The Creator of Miniatures is painfully shy and keeps her emotions locked, but the stunningly beautiful miniatures she crafts project her feelings better than any words or actions could.  

MBA&M: What do you believe is the appeal for this era/genre?

DLM: Decadence, power, love, magic, mysticism, wars and revolutions, a mad monk with great, mystical powers, and a tragic end that changed the political face of the world.  The life story of the Romanovs encompasses all that and more.  This adds up to a very appealing story indeed.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where THE LAST ROMANOV is available.

DLM:  The last Romanov will be in bookstores April 3 and also as an ebook.  Please visit my facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/doralevymossanenauthor  and ……. .

MBA&M: Do you have anything else to add?

DLM:  I’d love to ask my readers to visit me at www.doralevymossanen.com and feel free to get in touch and chat.  I love to hear from my readers.

MBA&M: Thank you for visiting us and our readers today!!

DLM: Thanks for inviting me and happy reading.

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THE LAST ROMANOV

DORA LEVY MOSSANEN

Paperback:368 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1402265948

ISBN-13: 978-1402265945

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Publication Date: April 3, 2012

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

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JANE AUSTEN’S FIGHTING MEN AUTHOR JACK CALDWELL VISIT AND GIVEAWAY ….

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JACK CALDWELL!! 

GOOD MORNING, JACK AND WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE!!

Tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

I think most of the readers know I’m a Louisiana native now living in Minnesota with my wife. Like most Cajun men, I’m considered a darn good cook, and I’ll put my gumbo and jambalaya against anybody’s. Few things bug me more that Bad Cajun Food prepared in a restaurant. Two clues for you, my dear readers. One—there is no such thing as jambalaya OVER rice. Jambalaya is made WITH rice. Two—pepper jack cheese is NOT Cajun; it’s TexMex. If you are in a pub or restaurant and see those two things on the menu, do yourself a favor and DON’T order them.

 

Give us a few insights into the research required in writing historical novels, and the authenticity of the language, characters, and situation as pertains to “THE THREE COLONELS”?

Writing historical romances is a hard business. The fans know their stuff, and any mistake will be pounced on. The author must do their homework. But there also has to be something more. To fully engage the reader’s interest, the author must bring some new insight to the story.

In my first novel, PEMBERLEY RANCH, I talked about Reconstruction in Texas after the Civil War. In THE THREE COLONELS, I wanted to illustrate the disconnect between Regency society and the wars on the European continent.

Bernard Cornwell, Georgette Heyer, and I seized upon the same bizarre incident of members of London society journeying to Belgium to entertain themselves in a war zone as if it was some grand performance. The same thing happened during the Civil War at the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas) in 1861.

 

Why do you think the characters Colonels Sir John Buford, Richard Fitzwilliam, and Christopher Brandon, and their lady loves, lend themselves so well to both writers and readers?

Brandon is the true romantic lead in Sense & Sensibility, while Fitzwilliam is the most popular minor character in all of Austen’s canon. I believe many female readers have a sort of kinship with Marianne. Anne de Bourgh is a blank canvas, just dying to be filled.

Caroline Bingley is more challenging. She’s become the lady woman love to hate, the stereotypical Regency “mean girl.” I think she gets a bit of a bad rap. True, she’s a selfish social-climber, but I don’t see her as evil. I enjoy stories where she gets her comeuppance, takes her humiliation to heart, and redeems herself.

As for my original character, Colonel Sir John Buford, what reader doesn’t love a reformed rake?

 

What is on the horizon for you and your writing career?

I’m currently working on a sequel to THE THREE COLONELS, entitled ROSINGS PARK. I have several other ideas I’d like to follow up on—perhaps a sequel to PEMBERLEY RANCH. I also have other manuscripts I’d like to see published.

 

Who is the hero/heroine in your life?

I owe a lot to my parents, and I love my kids to death. But the greatest influence in my life is my dear lover, editor, and muse—my wife, Barbara. I thank God for her every day.

 

MBA&M: What are some of your favorite things to do when relaxing?

JACK: When not writing, I enjoy golf and cooking. Barbara and I are also avid travelers, and we wish we could do far more of it. My wife got me to watch Dancing with the Stars; I, in revenge, turned her on to NASCAR. So we’re even.

 

MBA&M: Tell us where to find you and where to find “THE THREE COLONELS.”

JACK: THE THREE COLONELS is available in print and e-book format from your favorite bookseller.

 

Jack, do you have anything to add?

Published authors do want to sell books. But darn few of us can make a living at it. It means the world to us to have people who have enjoyed our work write and tell us. It makes our day to see a positive review, even if it is something as small as, “I liked it.”

I’m not begging for me, you understand, but for all us authors out there. If you really like a book you’ve read, please post something at Amazon or B&N. The author will love you for it.

 

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About the Author – Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the upper Midwest their home.

His nickname—The Cajun Cheesehead—came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. (Every now and then, Jack has to play the DVD again to make sure the Saints really won in 2010.)

Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Jack uses his work to share his knowledge of history. Through his characters, he hopes the reader gains a better understanding of what went on before, developing an appreciation for our ancestors’ trials and tribulations.

When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.

Jack’s blog postings—The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles—appear regularly at Austen Authors.

Web site – Ramblings of a Cajun in Exile – http://webpages.charter.net/jvcla25/

Blog – Austen Authors – http://austenauthors.net/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Caldwell-author/132047236805555

 

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THE THREE COLONELS

JACK CALDWELL

Paperback:384 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1402259735

ISBN-13: 978-1402259739

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Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Love reigns supreme for our three brave colonels at the start of this epic tale. Colonels Fitzwilliam, Buford, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Jane Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives – until Napoleon escapes from exile. While the military men set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Caroline, and Marianne defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones.
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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH SARAH DUNSTER,AUTHOR OF “LIGHTNING TREE”…

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DEBUT AUTHOR, SARAH DUNSTER!!!

Sarah Dunster is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poems have been published in Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah Magazine, and Victorian Violet Press. Her short fiction piece, Back North, is featured in Segullah’s Fall 2011 issue. Her novel Lightning Tree will be released in spring of 2012 by Cedar Fort. Sarah has six children and one on the way and loves writing almost as much as she loves being a mom.

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Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

SD: Thank you for having me.

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

 

SD:  Let’s see… I’m a mother of seven, age ten and under. Two of my girls are adopted.  The seventh is actually due in early march. That (motherhood) is what I do most of the day. But of course I love writing, reading… skiing, when I have time. I have been writing since I was a girl and am very excited to get my first book published.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Lightning Tree”?

 

SD:  The story started because I was interested in Italian immigrants and the part they played in forming the pioneer communities in Utah. And when I started looking into the different waves of immigration from Italy to the Salt Lake Valley, I discovered the Waldensians, who were such an interesting group of people to me—they spoke French, lived high up in the mountain valleys of northern Italy, and they had their own version of the Christian religion that differentiated from the Catholic teachings, and so they were persecuted over the years.  So, a lot in common with the LDS pioneers. Also I have such a deep interest in the history of the area of Utah Valley. I’d drive by old buildings all the time and just wish there was someone I could talk to about them.  Finally I decided to write a story and have a reason for tracking down facts, names, family anecdotes.  It has been such a meaningful process to me, getting to know the place I lived for such a long time.

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Lightning Tree”?

 

S.D.I was (and still am) a little bit frightened about the idea of misrepresenting history by accident. I was so completely thorough—I’d look up every little thing, like, did the city run cross that street?  What was the street called? Was this building built yet?  I wanted to get it exactly right… and accounts differ.  I’ve found personal accounts like journals and histories that say something different from the textbooks. And I tend to go with the histories, the firsthand accounts. So I’m worried about being criticized for historical accuracy but in the end… all I can say is I did my best (and a lot more than I had to, probably) to get everything right.

MBA&M: Why this era?

S.D. I love the idea of writing about a newly budding community. And it fit so well with my passion for the idea of community as family… back when communities were small and somewhat disconnected, you had to rely on your neighbors.  It’s such a different world now. Sometimes we don’t even know our neighbors’ names.

MBA&M: Who is your hero in your life?Why?

 

S.D. This will sound cliché, but my husband. Without his encouragement and genuine love for the fact that I write, I would not be a writer.  He is so enthusiastic about it. And self-sacrificing. He is a writer too, and hardly ever has time for it. I look forward to the day when he can take some time to write also.

MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world where will it be and why?

 

S.D. Harry Potter.  I would love to meet some of my favorite characters from that story. Or maybe Little House on the Prairie; what an adventure those stories portray (and all of them true!). But just for a little while… I love my life, and would miss it.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Lightning Tree” is available?

 

My professional blog is http://sarah.thedunsters.net, my personal blog is www.nosurf.blogspot.com, and the book is available for pre-order on Amazon right now; there is a link from my poster page where you can buy it:

               Do you wish to add anything else?

 

Just that I think it’s a great story and I hope that people will enjoy it!

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LIGHTNING TREE
SARAH DUNSTER

Paperback:384 pages

Publisher:Cedar Fort, Inc. (April 10, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1599559595

ISBN-13: 978-1599559599

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 10, 2012
After surviving the tragic deaths of her parents and her baby sister and a harrowing trek across the plains to Utah, it s no surprise that Maggie’s nights are plagued by nightmares. But after years of harsh treatment by her foster family and memories that seem to hint at an unthinkable crime, Maggie is forced to strike out on her own to separate the facts from the lies.
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