Giveaway for NORTH BY NORTHANGER

Giveaway for NORTH BY NORTHANGER

I am happy to announce that my new book, North by Northwest, will release this Monday, October 21. It is available for pre-order here.

I’ve had a lot of fun with this little mash-up of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. In fact, until last week, when I did a search on Amazon, I thought I was the only author who’d ever thought of such a clever title. Whoops! There’s another book with the same title, and it’s also based on Northanger Abbey although it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Hitchcock. I’m always learning lessons as an author. Fortunately, titles cannot be copyrighted because I think this one fits perfectly.

Here is an excerpt:

The place where we’d agreed to meet was better than I expected. It was an old-style diner with shiny chrome accents. A long counter ran beside the kitchen, and a row of booths sat beneath the large windows. The floorplan was straight out of the fifties. Wade must have really wanted me to like this roommate of his.

Since I was twenty minutes early, I sat down at the counter and ordered myself a red cream soda while I got out my phone to text Wade. I was enjoying my first sip of soda, when in walked the perfect leading man—if this had been a movie. He was tall with wide shoulders, and his dark hair swept across his forehead with the slightest wave. He wore a light blue button-up shirt untucked over jeans.

Though every single stool at the bar was available, he sat two seats down from me—with just one seat between us. Now that I think about it, that should have been a warning. Handsome men didn’t ever choose to sit near me. I never quite understood why that was—perhaps the Morland family’s conservative reputation or a distrust of girls who wore vintage clothing.

Without bothering to think, I closed the gap between us by sliding myself, my phone, and my drink toward him.

He smiled and looked like he was about to say something, but the server approached. “Hi Grant,” she said. “What can I get you?”

The name Grant suited him—a little Cary, a little Hugh. He seemed like the type who could fit in at the governor’s mansion as well as a monster truck rally.

He ordered an orange juice—nothing more. After the server left, he studied me a moment, taking in my dress, my gloves, my pale pink lipstick. “Let me guess. Pretty blond hair, white gloves, a fifties-style dress. You’re channeling Princess Grace of Monaco.”

“Close,” I said. “I’m channeling Grace Kelly. You know, the actress.”

Now for the GIVEAWAY. Comment below to win one of two paperback copies of North by Northanger. The giveaway will end by midnight of Wednesday, October 23 (Eastern Daylight Standard Time). We will announce the winners on Sunday, October 27.

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Eva Edmonds
Eva Edmonds
October 22, 2019 9:59 AM

And now the insult will come. It makes perfect sense to combine Northanger Abbey and North by Northwest. Great book cover. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

Lúthien84
October 19, 2019 5:36 PM

This sounds like a good read. A mystery and a road trip is my kind of books that I like. Would love to know more of the story.

carylkane
carylkane
October 19, 2019 10:47 AM

I’m all astonishment! I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Berry Campbell Madden
Berry Campbell Madden
October 18, 2019 11:50 PM

Sounds like a delightful variation. Thanks.

Heather hill
Heather hill
October 18, 2019 10:00 PM

Sounds like a great read!

susannebarrett
October 18, 2019 9:09 PM

I am crossing my fingers and hoping hard for an e-book copy!! This mash-up looks amazing!! Thank you for offering a book for this giveaway!!

Warmly,
Susanne 🙂

Allison Mitchell
Allison Mitchell
October 18, 2019 7:55 PM

My second favorite Jane Austen novel and my favorite Hitchcock movie together at last! This is the book I never knew I needed, but I absolutely do need it!

kyleswaters
October 18, 2019 4:33 PM

Such a fun mash up.

Luisa Donaldson
Luisa Donaldson
October 18, 2019 3:07 PM

You had me with the possibility of a possible hero who’s a combo of Cary and Hugh Grant! Much success with a great premise.

Joyce
Joyce
October 18, 2019 2:41 PM

Interesting blend. Sounds like a good read.

Heidi Robbins
October 18, 2019 2:33 PM

What a fun idea! It sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Marion
Marion
October 18, 2019 2:24 PM

This is a wonderful giveaway. All the best with the book.
Marion

Marilyn
Marilyn
October 18, 2019 2:23 PM

Thank You for this giveaway. Good Luck on the release.
Marilyn

Joan
Joan
October 18, 2019 2:22 PM

Congratulations on the book.
Joan

Terri Jensen
Terri Jensen
October 18, 2019 2:08 PM

All your books are great. I look forward to reading this one! 🙂

Langley Calhoun
Langley Calhoun
October 18, 2019 1:33 PM

I’m excited to read this

pedmisson
pedmisson
October 18, 2019 11:22 AM

I like the premise. This is one of my favorite JA books. Congratulations on this release.

Patricia Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
October 18, 2019 10:06 AM

Sounds like a fun read!

BeckyC
BeckyC
October 18, 2019 9:41 AM

Sounds like a great combination. Look forward to reading. Congratulations!!

Laini
Laini
October 18, 2019 9:36 AM

A unique and wonderful excerpt. An era that is memorable.

Ruth
Ruth
October 18, 2019 9:26 AM

Love this excerpt. The era is my favorite. Excellent and creative.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
October 18, 2019 9:20 AM

This is a great idea! My favorite Hitchcock is Rear Window but I do love a good suspense as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

darcybennett
darcybennett
October 18, 2019 8:35 AM

I love Hitchcock movies and Jane Austen so glad to see this mash-up. When I saw the title and cover of the book, I immediately thought of North by Northwest.

charlene
charlene
October 18, 2019 8:04 AM

sounds to be a good read! thanks for the chance to win!

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