Tuesday, December 04, 2012

"I rescued you!" "You dropped a building on me."

 I am having publishing issues again. Seems Amazon wishes everyone to pay 45.00 for my book.*Looks for a raise of hands of everyone willing. Listens to the crickets.* Aye, that's what I thought. I am looking into Lulu again. The price is better there, but they won't let me do the e-book. So, maybe the e-book shall be out on Amazon. (Confused yet?)

 Today's book I've not yet read. It is titled Only a Novel and was written by Miss Dashwood. (You can find her blog HERE.)

 Only a Novel's Summery
 Elizabeth Markette has always led a quiet and privileged life under the guardianship of her wealthy grandmother. But when her grandmother dies and leaves twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth alone in the world and nearly penniless, she’s forced to earn her own living for the first time in her life. Taking inspiration from her favorite British novels, she sets sail for England to seek a position as a governess. Before she can do that, however, she is rather abruptly and overwhelmingly befriended by a lonely and slightly eccentric young socialite, Lavinia Bancroft, who introduces her to the sparkling world of London society. Yet Elizabeth still feels the need to make her own way, though once she actually acquires a position, she begins to have doubts as to whether she’s actually qualified. The children she’s teaching don’t seem to like her, the housemaid seems far too eager to be friends—who wants to be friends with a housemaid?—and the stable hand keeps interfering with the children. Elizabeth’s one hope and consolation is that somehow, some way, Mr. Darcy will come riding out of the mists very soon indeed to save her from a life of respectable servitude. There’s just one problem—where is he?

 Everyone who knows me knows I am not a huge fan of Period Drama books, if that is what they are called. (You know, Jane Austin and such.) I do like Little Women, but that is about the only one. So when I first learned of Only a Novel I didn't think I would ever consider buying it or reading it.

 However, after reading the summery I reconsidered. The story sounds like it might be a fun twist on Pride and Prejudice. (Since I've yet to read it, I could be wrong) but I've the impression that everything the heroine dreams of backfires and her life takes a completely different twist. *Eyes the stable hand*. So, it sounds like it might be a fun book to read and I am rather excited to start it.

 And, before I go to tackle the publishing problems again, I will again say, there is a giveaway still. *Smirk*. You can learn about it here. GIVEAWAY!

 Also, Kendra at Knitted by God's Plan interviewed me! You can read it HERE!

 Quote is from the 2nd Sherlock Holmes movie.




  1. Great interview! I loooved reading it. I WAS officially working on a review for the competition, but I ended up only giving the book 3 stars, and that's not very nice. So! I will find a new book to review!!

    1. Oops, sorry Jack! I actually have NOT read *Only A Novel*. In my comment I meant I loved reading your actual interview. My bad! It was very late (my time) when I commented. I guess I turned into a pumpkin during the forming of those unintelligable sentences.

  2. I LOVE THAT BOOK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Wouldn't it be nice if everyone would pay outrageous prices for our books :D Then writers would become wealthier much faster! I had a hard time deciding what to charge for my book. I had to go look at all kinds of all fiction books I've purchased recently, from self-published to professional. T'was not easy.


  3. Love the quote, and the book looks really good (definitely eyeing the stable guy), and I hope you get the kinks worked out soon for your book. I'm looking forward to reading it, but I admit $45 is a bit steep.

  4. Oh, and I love how you are highlighting different authors during your publishing journey!

  5. hmm. :) That book sounds interesting! I don't care much for Period Drama books (if that's what they're called) either. but I *adore* Little Women. Well, most of it. I usually read the first half up until Jo dumps Laurie then I shove the book away in frustration and sulk for a few days before I can bring myself to finish it. *sigh* I wish I could marry Laurie....<3
    haha. :D I knew I recognized that quote!! I was like "I know that's Robert Downey Jr...Not Iron Man or Avengers though..." lol. :D <3

    1. P.S. just read Your "about the author" page. :D It's delightful. <3

  6. *eyes stable had* heehee.
    Well, as I am sure you know, I love Bonnet Books and greatly enjoyed Only a Novel :)

    I really want to read your book, though! Can't wait! I'm just...yeah. ahem. $45 is a little much :) love reading your posts!

  7. Do you mind if I come over and have a look at your Amazon issues? *sigh* If only it were that easy.

    45 bucks? Why in Bookania are they wanting to charge that much? I'm messing around with CreateSpace's royalty calculator, and can't come up with a book thick enough - not even in full color!

    Amazon must not like you for some odd reason ...

    Anyways, Only a Novel is on my list of books I need to read. Someday, when I have the money.

  8. Oh, that's a huge bummer about Amazon. $45? Ouch. I mean, if I were rich...

    I'm not the biggest fan of Period drama's either. I'd rather just watch the BBC adaptations. Hehe. (I do like historical fiction, though. But it has to be a *really* well written historical novel. Otherwise I get annoyed.)
    But 'Only a Novel' sounds quirky enough to arouse my interest. :D

    I'm starting my Christmas decorating. How 'bout you? I like to take it kinda slow and just keep adding all the way to Christmas. It keeps everything exciting when it's not all out at once, I think.


  9. Oh dear. I take a 5 day break from writing and reading blogs, and I come back to discover your blog's gone all reddish - which looks very braw and festive, by the way - and that your publishing doth not go well. I commiserate you, and hope the Lulu venture goes off like a dream.

    I don't really care for most period drama either. However, I will say that I've read a couple Jane Austen books and surpised myself by enjoying them. I have to be in the mood to read them, but they were far better than I expected them to be.

    Have you ever read "Sorcery and Cecilia"? It takes the period drama and spices it up with misbehaving magic spells, and lots of humour. It's fun.

  10. As much as we all love you, Jack, none of us would by any book short of a first edition of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy for 45.00. And even then that would be a splurge.

    ~Robyn Hoode

    1. I know what you mean. I can't imagine spending that much on just one book. Unless it was a book I loved, as you mentioned, first edition LOTR. Then I might. With Tolkien's signature in them. Yes...*Wistful sigh*


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