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I’m touring – and it’s fabulous!

My latest release, More to Love, will be touring through May 25 with Celebrate Lit. Be sure to stop by each blog and enter to win

Grand Prize: a $25 Amazon gift card
1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
2nd Place: An autographed paperback of More to Love
3rd Place: A set of three eBooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books!!

Just the Write Escape, May 13

Genesis 5020, May 14

Through the Fire Blogs, May 14

Carla Loves To Read, May 15

Blossoms and Blessings, May 15

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 16

Just Your Average reviews, May 17

Hallie Reads, May 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 18

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 19

Pause for Tales, May 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 20

A Baker’s Perspective, May 21

Maureen’s Musings, May 21

My Devotional Thoughts, May 22

Remembrancy, May 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 23

Texas Book-aholic, May 23

janicesbookreviews, May 24

Inklings and notions, May 25

A Reader’s Brain, May 26

 

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Review and Giveaway for More to Love

What a lovely, thoughtful review! Thank you.

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About the Book

more-to-love-cover-188x300Book: More to Love

Author: Robin Helm

Genre: Christian Historical Sweet Romance

Release Date: February 12, 2019

“She is tolerable, I suppose, but there is rather too much of her to tempt me.” Overhearing Mr. Darcy’s rude dismissal of her shocks and mortifies Elizabeth Bennet to the core. She is living her worst fear, and it galvanizes her into action. Soon, the gentleman cannot keep his eyes from her, but can she forgive his thoughtless judgment of her appearance and character? Especially since he faces a worthy competitor for her attention? Who will win the lady’s hand, along with the right to love her through thick or thin?

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

More to Love provides an excellent look into body image and the effects negative comments can have on a woman and her self-esteem.  Elizabeth Bennet overhears a man make a…

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The Travelling Life

Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, Susan Kaye, Mandy Cook and I have taken A Very Austen Valentine on the road, and it’s a whirlwind tour.

27 stops in 4 days!

Move over so I can autograph this print copy for the winner. And there’s that $50 Amazon gift card. No, Brad. You can’t have the gift card. Sheesh!

Blossoms and Blessings, March 25

Christian Bookaholic, March 25

Blogging With Carol, March 26

Britt Reads Fiction, March 26

Reflections from My Bookshelves, March 27

For Him and My Family, March 27

Godly Book Reviews, March 28

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 28

Emily Yager, March 29

Connect in Fiction, March 29

The Christian Fiction Girl, March 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 30

Moments, March 31

Mary Hake, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1

Pause for Tales, April 1

Creating Romance, April 2

Book by Book, April 2

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 3

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 4

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

janicesbookreviews, April 5

A Reader’s Brain, April 5

Just the Write Escape, April 6

Inklings and notions, April 7

The Becca Files, April 7

Grand Prize: a $50 Amazon gift card
1st Place: Autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
2nd Place: Autographed paperback of A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1
3rd Place: A set of three ebooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books and
4th Place: a $5 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

See you there, loves!


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A Week of Romance

We romance authors have a busy few days ahead of us. Valentine’s Day is more like Valentine’s week for us, and we love it. That’s why we write lovely, romantic stories.

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My week kicks off Saturday with a CelebrateLit event (February 9 – 16).  See all those books? You could win all of these lovely, clean romance novels! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and 35+ books. You can enter the giveaway every day HERE. CL Valentine PromoTo visit with authors and have a chance to win prizes during the event, be part of the conversation on Facebook HERE. I’ll be popping in all week, but my time slot is on Wednesday morning at 10 AM. I’m giving away an ebook of A Very Austen Valentine, the newly-released second book in the Austen Anthologies series.

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My second Valentine’s event, with the Christian Women Reader’s Club, will be February 11-14, but the giveaway is already active HERE.

We will have three grand prize winners.

  • One lucky reader will walk away with a $150 gift card or PayPal cash (reader’s choice).
  • Two lucky readers will walk away with a new Kindle Fire.
  • All readers can get a chance to meet new authors and win books and prizes February 11-14 during our Hearty-Party.

Be sure to stop by the Facebook party HERE all week. You can chat with our authors anytime, and I’ll be popping in and out, but my scheduled time is Thursday morning from 9 AM until 11 AM.

My newly revised Guardian: The Guardian Trilogy, Book 1, will be 99 cents February 11 – 17, and I’ll be giving away several copies in each event. I’ll also give away at least one copy of A Very Austen Valentine.

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And now for my really BIG news: I’m launching my newest standalone, More to Love: My Beloved, My Friend (Book 1), Wednesday! I plan to give away one copy in each event, so be sure to look for me on Wednesday at the CelebrateLit party and Thursday with the Christian Women Reader’s Club. MTL launch

Do you like to play games? I love them. We have so much planned for your amusement next week, so come to have fun, and you may just win!

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Austen, the Creator of a Genre

I recently answered these questions for our blog tour of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2. I’d like to know your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree with my answers?

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Do you agree/disagree that Jane Austen is the mother of the romance novel?

Yes, I agree that Jane Austen is the mother of the romance novel, but I more definitively think of Austen as the creator of a smaller genre: the novel of manners.

I have loved Austen’s works since my high school years, but teaching her work during my twenty-five years as an English teacher convinced me of her genius. I showed films of several versions of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma to my juniors and seniors during the final half of school each year. The boys started out complaining, but soon were asking for their Austen fix when they entered my classroom.

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I assigned book and gave a book test every six weeks, but students were allowed a reader’s choice for their final book. Many chose to read the Austen novels they had watched. They were quite eager to point out the differences between the novels and the film versions. Discussions were lively.

You see, I taught Austen, loved Austen, and turned out Austen lovers long before I ever wrote anything Austenesque.

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Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Also read again Miss Austen’s very finely written novel of Pride and Prejudice. That young lady had a talent for describing the involvement and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. The exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting from the truth of the description and the sentiment is denied to me.”

A novel of manners re-creates a social world, conveying the customs, values, and mores of a highly developed, complex society.

Scott defined the novel of manners, and he attributes the creation of that genre to Austen.

To me, this is the area in which Austen shines most brightly. She left a wonderful legacy of her time period – the behavior of the classes in early nineteenth century England.

What is up next for the Austen Anthologies series?

Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, and I hope to do at least three more anthologies. The next will be A Very Austen Romance, to be released at the end of 2019. Various guest authors will join us in the different books of the series.

All of the stories in the anthologies will be Austen-based Regency sweet romance, but we allow prequels, sequels, mashups, variations, and humor, as well as “what ifs.” Each of us has a specialty of sorts, but all of our stories are clean reads with happily-ever-after endings.

The goal is to have stories of twenty thousand to thirty thousand words. That length limits the time given to develop and resolve a plot, thus our plotlines are fairly simplified.

However, a wonderful read can be delivered within the limitation. Laura Hile’s Sir Walter Takes a Wife in the Valentine anthology is, in my humble opinion, brilliant. I can write humor for a chapter, but she sustains her high level of romantic comedy from the first word to the last. I don’t know of anyone else in the Austenesque genre who does it as well.

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My writing is usually very emotional with a touch of the paranormal and/or music. Wendi Sotis’s style is pure, sweet romance. Barbara Cornthwaite has a very delicate touch, a crystal bell of insight.

Wendi, Laura, Barbara, and I choose to work with like-minded authors, seeing our anthologies as “the books that friendship built.” We spend a good bit of time emailing and messaging back and forth, and we think it’s very important that the process be as stress-free, pressure-free, and enjoyable as possible. I think the anthologies show the respect and feeling of camaraderie we have for each other.