GIVEAWAY and Excerpt from “Chemistry Lessons”

GIVEAWAY and Excerpt from “Chemistry Lessons”

A few years ago,I decided it might be fun to retell Pride and Prejudice as an American Western. My Darcy became an Eastern businessman who moves to a small town in the SouthWest, but instead of calling him Darcy, I named him Destry after the hero in the old Western movie Destry Rides Again. I grew up in Virginia, but spent many summer weeks on my grandparents’ ranch in Arizona, so it wasn’t hard for me to imagine some fun scenarios for an Easterner to have on a cattle ranch. Lizzy became Rosie, a lovable rancher who collects animals no one else wants. Somewhere, along the way to creating this retelling, though, my imagination took over, and many of the subplots changed. I can’t really call it a Pride and Prejudice retelling any more, but you’ll see many similarities, as well as a few surprises.

Here’s the book description:

Her mother named her Hurricane, but she prefers Rosie, the name her grandparents gave her when she came to live with them on their ranch.

Now an adult, Rosie’s found the ordinary life she craves, teaching science at Lone Spur High School, rescuing animals on her grandfather’s ranch, and dating the safest guy in town. When millionaire-entrepreneur Destry Steadman moves next door with plans to build a resort, she takes it in stride. He may be handsome and athletic, but he can’t even ride a horse. How much harm can he do?

She soon finds, however, that Destry’s plans affect her more than she realized. In fact, they may threaten the safety of the whole community. What’s more, he has a knack for weaving himself into her life, and she enjoys his flirtatious banter more than she wants to admit.

Now she has to decide whether her heart is with her steady boyfriend and her beloved ranch or with her swoon-worthy neighbor.

Chemistry Lessons brings to life two opposites—a crazy Western cat lady and an Eastern businessman—and tells the joy-filled story of what it means to be in love.

I’m doing a giveaway for my proof copy, and it’s easy to enter. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. (You get extra points for leaving a comment here, telling me one of your favorite books or for signing up for my newsletter here.)

 

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carylkane
carylkane
June 8, 2016 12:28 PM

My favorite book is P&P. Thank you for the giveaway.

priscillateh
June 4, 2016 6:58 PM

I usually don’t like it when the characters’ names are changed, but this plot sounds too interesting to be missed! Thanks for the giveaway.

Christin
June 4, 2016 11:31 AM

My all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice and other Jane Austen fanfictions i.e. Joana Starnes’ ?
But I do read other books, too.

LilMissMolly
LilMissMolly
June 4, 2016 9:12 AM

I’m currently listening to Eligible, which is a current P&P telling too. Will your book be out on audio? I’d love to listen!

BeckyC
BeckyC
June 3, 2016 9:54 PM

My favorite books are Austen related. I have shelves full to prove it. Sounds like a great variation. Thank you for the giveaway.

Marilyn
Marilyn
June 3, 2016 7:40 PM

Thank you for this generous giveaway.
Marilyn

Glynis
Glynis
June 3, 2016 4:15 PM

I love the way that the characters of Darcy and Elizabeth can fit in any time period and I do love to read about them even if their names have been changed.

Marion
Marion
June 3, 2016 3:32 PM

Sounds like a good read.
Thank You
Marion

Joan
Joan
June 3, 2016 3:31 PM

Nice read. Thank You for the giveaway
Joan

MaryAnn Nagy
June 3, 2016 1:34 PM

I love it when some author brings our beloved characters into the here and now. One of my favorite modern day Jane Austen’s characters is a novel written by Regina Jeffers entitled, “Honor and Hope! I think your novel will open up hearts to read some modern novels of Lizzy and Darcy That you for the great review of your novel!
Thank you for the chance at a great giveaway. Best wishes in your new novel.

Sheila L. M.
Sheila L. M.
June 3, 2016 12:05 PM

Having lived in Texas for two years I can somewhat relate to the setting…dry and flat in many places. Every one seems to drive a pickup with a gun rack in the back window! Would be pleased to win a copy.

Sheila L. M.
Sheila L. M.
June 3, 2016 1:47 PM
Reply to  rebeccajamison

We lived in Killeen (Ft. Hood) but toured many parts of the state as we knew we would probably never return. I saw in the papers where five solders were swept away in floods, sadly. I drove across the fort grounds more than once north/south and remember warning signs at some gullies about the danger of flash floods if it was raining.

anadarcy
June 3, 2016 11:28 AM

It sounds very interesting. Being a teacher myself makes me more eager to read it 🙂 Looking forward to Elizabeth Hurricane Bennet 😀

anadarcy
June 3, 2016 11:29 AM
Reply to  anadarcy

I love Pride and Prejudice and also Persuasion 🙂

Jennifer Redlarczyk
Jennifer Redlarczyk
June 3, 2016 10:56 AM

This sounds like a fun take on P&P – via Western. Good luck! Jen Red

Amanda Frank
Amanda Frank
June 3, 2016 10:37 AM

Pride & Predjudice is my all time favorite

Linda A.
Linda A.
June 3, 2016 10:15 AM

Congratulations on the book!

Anne
Anne
June 3, 2016 9:40 AM

Rebecca is my favorite novel.

Dung
Dung
June 3, 2016 12:59 AM

I love a modern live story with hints of P&P!

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