I’m not a fan of Emma, but I do am a fan of Jane Austen, so this is pretty cool!
Woodhouse Hall (21st Century Austen Book 3) by Sara Marks will release on the 28 in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance genre.
Amelia is stuck in the worst dorm on campus for a whole year! She’ll have to make the best of it in Woodhouse Hall and her roommate Jenna will be her new best friend, Amelia’s sure of that. Jenna’s sweet personality and openness to new things incite the matchmaking-genius in Amelia to find the perfect boyfriend for her new bestie. She shoots high by attempting to entice Eric, the President of the Student Government, to fall for her roommate. Amelia’s past success makes her confident they will be a couple in no time. When that turns out to be a disaster, she is forced to face the lies she’s told herself about her strengths and her assumptions about the people she loves. Over the year, Amelia learns who she is, what she wants, and how to fight for what’s really important.
This novel, inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, will have you laughing, crying, and finding a little of yourself in one or all of the characters.
Only 99 cents!
AUTHOR BIO: Sara Marks is a librarian with two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess. She cries at nearly every movie she sees (ask her about when she cried at a horror movie), but it’s full-on weeping for Disney animated movies. She loves reading nearly every genre but likes to write women’s fiction, romance, and even horror. You have to balance out the reality of the world if you’re going to be a hopeless romantic! Her heroines are women who don’t want the expected life, rarely worrying about their age, weight, marriageability, or fertility.
I’m team Chanukah!
by Sara Marks
It’s fall, and soon it will be winter. For Americans, it means we get at least one holiday a month. Even other countries have their own vast collection of fall holidays, but most of them are focused on Christianity.
I was raised Jewish, and I have a degree in religious anthropology. I grew up celebrating those holidays. While I’m not a huge fan of celebrating any holiday (I hate putting up decorations), I do love eating holiday food. I know a lot of people want to make Christmas about more than the birth of Jesus, but many Jews don’t always see it that way. The season, being so much about Christmas, leave non-Christians feeling either ignore or placated.
Last winter I got frustrated with all the romance movies and holiday books being about Christmas. I ranted to my parents about it one night until my mother looked at me “Well, then write the Chanukah romance yourself. You are a writer, right?” She was correct! I was a writer and a published author! What was stopping me from writing stories about Jewish holidays? I spent this past year writing and publishing six books. This blog tour is in support of the last in that effort, Woodhouse Hall. There were two other short story collections (one romance and one horror) and a bunch of short stories submitted to anthologies. The bulk of my year was spent writing, editing, and publishing the Yom Tov romance series.
I debated sharing this series with people while I’m promoting another book, but you should read it after you read Woodhouse Hall because it’s connected to Woodhouse Hall. One of the main characters in Woodhouse Hall is Jenna. She’s a freshman who is assigned to live with Amelia. You get to know her in Woodhouse Hall. Then, in my Yom Tov novelette series, you meet her again after she’s graduated from college. She’s different, having matured and changed over the years between the stories, but she introduces readers to the world of Jewish holidays for secular, non-religious Jews. She’s the focus on Purim Fling and The Matzo Ball Billionaire (covering Purim and Passover). Then we meet shift to other characters for Forgive Me, I Love You (about Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur), and Latkes of Love (Chanukah).
Does Woodhouse Hall have anything about religion or holidays? Not really. I like to primarily write about women we could all see ourselves in without connecting to our beliefs.
This post is part of a Tour. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/08/28/tour-sign-up-woodhouse-hall-by-sara-marks/)
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- A copy of each 21st Century Austen book (autographed), + tons of swag
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