Monday, October 27, 2014

Boots and Backpacks by KC Kahler Blog Tour Dates


Announcing the blog tour stops for K C Kahler and her debut novel with Meryton Press, Boots and Backpacks!

Blog Tour Stops:
10/27: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm 
10/28: Review at Songs and Stories
10/30: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time…
10/31: Review at Wings of Paper
11/1: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen 
11/2: Review at The Delighted Reader
11/3: Excerpt at More Agreeably Engaged
11/4: Excerpt & Giveaway at The Calico Critic
11/5: Review at Warmisunqu's Austen
11/6: Guest Post & Giveaway at Stories From the Past

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Book Blurb:
William Darcy counts down the last few months to his 30th birthday with dread. Orphaned as a child, his parents’ will includes a bizarre clause: Darcy must get married by his 30th birthday in order to inherit the family fortune. To make matters worse, the press knows about this deadline, as do the hordes of women chasing him in the hopes of becoming Mrs. Darcy. His family legacy hangs in the balance, but Darcy has little faith in the fairer sex. Will he find a woman he wants to marry, and quickly?
Elizabeth Bennet is determined to pursue her education and career without letting a man get in the way. When her traveling companion drops out, her planned hike on the Appalachian Trial is jeopardized. She meets the spoiled, snobby William Darcy just when he is desperate to escape the spotlight. No one will suspect that the Prince of Manhattan has gone backpacking! Darcy and Elizabeth form a tenuous partnership and begin a 300-mile journey that will transform them both.
In classic romantic comedy tradition, Boots & Backpacks follows our reluctant partners as they build trust, friendship, and even more. Six weeks together on America’s most famous hiking trail may turn out to be just what these two need!

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**Watch for Boots & Backpacks' release on November 1!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Boots and Backpacks by K C Kahler Blog Tour!


Meryton Press is please to announce their latest upcoming release!
Boots and Backpacks is K C Kahler's debut novel. 
I don't know about many of you, but I am a sucker for modern adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. I think Boots and Backpacks sounds like an adventurous new spin! 
What are your thoughts?
Sound interesting? Then sign up to take part in the blog tour!

Book Blurb:
William Darcy counts down the last few months to his 30th birthday with dread. Orphaned as a child, his parents’ will includes a bizarre clause: Darcy must get married by his 30th birthday in order to inherit the family fortune. To make matters worse, the press knows about this deadline, as do the hordes of women chasing him in the hopes of becoming Mrs. Darcy. His family legacy hangs in the balance, but Darcy has little faith in the fairer sex. Will he find a woman he wants to marry, and quickly?
Elizabeth Bennet is determined to pursue her education and career without letting a man get in the way. When her traveling companion drops out, her planned hike on the Appalachian Trial is jeopardized. She meets the spoiled, snobby William Darcy just when he is desperate to escape the spotlight. No one will suspect that the Prince of Manhattan has gone backpacking! Darcy and Elizabeth form a tenuous partnership and begin a 300-mile journey that will transform them both.
In classic romantic comedy tradition, Boots & Backpacks follows our reluctant partners as they build trust, friendship, and even more. Six weeks together on America’s most famous hiking trail may turn out to be just what these two need!


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow


Good day, dear readers! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am thrilled to start out our week here at Leatherbound Reviews with Shannon Winslow. Thank you, Shannon, for having Leatherbound Reviews be one of the stops on your blog tour! 
Shannon Winslow has recently published her latest novel, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
Please join me in welcoming Shannon to the blog as she talks about diaries, both her grandmother's and Jane Austen's.

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Book Blurb:
For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines: "The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen."

What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was actually inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend "Persuasion" to stand forever in homage to her one true love? 

While creating "Persuasion," Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story - her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters' lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, Jane prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn't quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux. 

The official record says Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that's only what she wanted people to believe? It's time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story.

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Guest Post:
My husband and I have been charged with the monumental task of going through my parents’ house and all their stuff. They’ve both moved on now (one to heaven and the other to assisted living), leaving all their worldly goods behind. As we sort through, we’re finding lots of things that should have been thrown out decades ago. But we’re also finding an occasional treasure – something of true monetary or sentimental value. Often it’s something we didn’t know existed before.


Here’s one example: my grandmother’s diary from the year 1956.

My grandmother was not an easy person to get to know and she died many years ago, curtailing any possibility to deepen our relationship. But here was a new and unexpected opportunity. Through her diary, I could learn more about her. I could discover her thoughts and activities from a time long past, a time before I knew her. I had no idea she had ever kept a diary, so it was a surprising find. It had skipped over a generation and more than half a century before falling into my hands.

It struck me at once that this was a perfect illustration (and validation) of the premise for my new book, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. The book represents Jane’s private journal. Like my grandmother’s diary, it was not known to exist before but has now come to light, generations later. In it she tells the secret behind the story of Persuasion, that in fact she wrote her last, most poignant novel as a reflection of monumental events in her life, in homage to her ill-fated secret romance with a sea captain of her own.

She met Captain Devereaux when she was only twenty-two, and they fell rapidly and deeply in love, as she later wrote of their fictional counterparts – Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, just as with that other pair, Jane and the gentleman were torn asunder, parted by the persuasion of others with years of painful separation passing before they would meet again.

The parallel could only go so far, however. Although Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for the lovers in her book, she could not write the same into existence for herself. Her novel complete and her health failing, she penned her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux.

“What people may hereafter say about my life, I cannot control. My biographers, if any, must do the best they can with the sources available to them. It is necessary that this, my own account, shall remain for some time to come concealed from their eyes. For now, the story belongs to me alone – to me and to that one other.” JA

The official record says Jane Austen died at 41, having never experienced love or marriage. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? No, Jane’s story wasn’t over; there was another chapter and a surprising ending left to come.

I found no such surprising revelations in my grandmother’s diary, and I’m sure it was merely overlooked rather than deliberately hidden away. Not the case with Jane’s journal. There were good reasons she could not reveal her story to her own generation, but neither could she bear that it should be lost forever. So she wrote it down and left it for residents of the future, for us, to discover.



What do you think? Does the idea of reading Jane’s private journal written alongside Persuasion intrigue you? How would you like her story to end? Do you have a tale of a long-lost memento or diary to share?

Wow! What a great post, Shannon! I am always intrigued when authors explore the possibility of Jane Austen's love life. Thank you for delving in to that and giving us The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. I hope readers truly enjoy this great work!

About the author:
Shannon Winslow says she was minding her own business - raising two sons and pursuing a very sensible career - when she was seduced by the writing bug ten years ago. Inspired by her love for the novels of Jane Austen, she set out to produce more stories in the same vein, beginning with a sequel to her favorite, "Pride and Prejudice." "The Darcys of Pemberley" was published in August, 2011, quickly becomming a best-seller. Two other Jane-Austen-inspired novels ("Return to Longbourn" and "For Myself Alone") and a short story ("Mr. Collins's Last Supper") have since followed. A life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Winslow resides with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.