Friday, August 1, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall & My Monthly Giveaway

It's a big day here with lots of giveaways, but first...I am beyond excited to feature this book. It is not only a debut, but it's also the first in the Everstone Chronicles. I have had the privilege or reading this book since it's infancy stage and through all the rounds of edits. Today it releases for everyone to read! Here's a blurb and we'll chat on the other side:)


After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she ever really trust an Everstone man?

Let me start by saying this book is not only historical, but it's written in first person. The combination of the two I typically shy away from, however Dawn's writing immediately drew me in. She writes with an old voice (Jane Austen fans, you will love her!) that spins you into her heroine's world and keeps you there deeply ensconced in her surroundings and emotions. Amaryllis and Nathan, along with the beautiful setting of Boston, come alive with each page you flip. Their connection is tangible and with the added touch of intrigue--who is really behind the problems that seem to plague Amaryllis?--you'll be up late into the night to finish this book.

I am blessed to consider Dawn my critique partner and so very happy to see her book finally in the hands of readers everywhere. From the moment I read page one of this story (before it was even contracted) I knew it would find its way onto shelves all over. Not only does Dawn give you a beautiful romance, her characters also mature spiritually in a natural story arc that slips its way into your heart.

If you'd like to purchase The Hesitant Heiress, you can do so here. Or, to enter a chance to win not only an ebook but a few other wonderful prizes, you can comment on today's blog. Here are the prizes:
1) ebook of The Hesitant Heiress (One commenter from this blog will win a copy, to be announced next week.)
2) Weekly Prize Package: ebook of The Hesitant Heiress, $10 Amazon gift card, moleskin journal & Everstone Chronicles coffee mug (Dawn will collect the names of everyone who's commented this week from each blog she visited and select one name for this prize package to be announced next week.) 
3) Grand Prize Giveaway: ebook of The Hesitant Heiress, $10 Amazon gift card, moleskin journal & Everstone Chronicles coffee mug and a KINDLE FIRE. (Dawn will collect the names of all who've commented during her 6-week blog tour and announce one winner on Saturday August 30th. If someone here wins, I'll announce it on my blog also.)

So if you're interested, leave me a comment AND your email address below! And keep scrolling down this post to find out about my monthly Bookshelf giveaway too:)

 A graduate of Taylor University, Dawn Crandall holds a degree in Christian Education, and is a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble. She didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.
If you'd like to learn more about Dawn, the Everstone Chronicles, or keep track of her blog tour and winners, you can visit her website: dawncrandall.blogspot.com

MONTHLY BOOKSHELF GIVEAWAY:
For those of you who've been around a while, you know the routine! It's time for my monthly bookshelf giveaway to say thanks to all you who've 'liked' or 'followed' one of my pages. (If you never have, would you mind doing so? It's a huge help to us aspiring authors! You can find the links at the top of my side bar.) So...if you're interested in one of my books from July, leave that in your comment too! I'll be collecting all the names and announce my monthly bookshelf winner next Friday. That winner will get to pick one of the books I reviewed in July, and I'll send it to you as a big thank-you simply for following me on social media:) The books and reviews eligible are below:

Reviews:
Captured by Love
The Butterfly and the Violin
A February Bride
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits

27 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,

    The Hesitant Heiress sounds like a good book. I don't read many historicals, but this sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Did you see Kristiy Cambron got to quit her day job to focus on writing full time? I'm so happy for her.

    Thanks for sharing another great book! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I did see that!!! She has to have a permagrin today:) And Dawn's book was wonderful. You'll love it, Jackie!

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    2. I replied to this earlier!!! :P Oh well! I'm so happy for Kristy!!! I'm doing things backwards! I've been a stay at home writer for a few years, and now that my series is being published I am also a stay at home mommy too!! Kinda crazy!!! :D

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  2. This sounds like a really great book. The cover alone draws me in! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh the cover! Isn't it beautiful, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by today:)

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    2. Thanks, Nancy!! I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it!! Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaways!!

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  3. I've already been hearing great things about Dawn's book! So looking forward to reading it. It sounds fabulous!

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    1. It was great, Melissa. Definitely a different voice than I am used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Is your TBR pile about to topple?;)

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    2. Thanks, Melissa! I am still not used to hearing things like that!! I'm used to thinking the only people who know about my book are the people I've told about it!! Such a strange shift in thinking!! And speaking of TBPs.... I've finished two whole books since baby was born 4 months ago!! I am so behind!! Your latest one is in my TBR pile as well!! :)

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  4. The Hesitant Heiress is not typically the type of book I would normally read. It was slow starting for me and I struggled to keep all the characters and their relationships straight. But once I really got into the book, I couldn't quit reading. I just had to know what was going to happen next, who the villains were vs the good guys, and might I add I guessed wrong a time or two! The ending will really blow you away! This is a wonderful first book by Dawn Crandall.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gail!! :)

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    2. I know, Gail. It took me by surprise too!

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  5. The Hesitant Heiress sounds like a book I would enjoy. I usually prefer modern fiction, but your review sounds intriguing.

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    1. Hi Sarah!!! I caught Susan's fancy with it way back in 2011 when she read a piece of it on an email critique group... the CR writer who doesn't usually read historical OR first person POV novels!!! And now I read more CR because she's my crit-partner!! It's all good!! :)

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    2. It was out of my box too, Sarah, and yet it pulled me in. It flows unlike any other book I've read and somehow just works:)

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  6. This is a tremendous read that you don't want to miss it! Thanks Dawn for such a great book and best wishes on your debut novel! Ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Looking forward to reading it! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

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    1. Hi Rachael and Bree!! Thanks for stopping by to be added to the giveaways!! :D

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  8. Historical fiction is my very favorite genre. I appreciate the research the authors do to place their characters within the events/happenings of the time period. So much more than we might have learned in school. I am drawn to this story by Amaryllis' name! Would love to win. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read about my debut novel, Kathleen!! :) I hope you enjoy it when you have a chance to read it! :)

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  9. Rachel, Bree, and Kathleen we've got you all down!! Thanks do much for stopping by today!

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  10. The Hesitant Heiress sounds interesting and thanks for the chance to win it. Lovely book cover.

    Janella

    janoww1 (at) yahoo com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to enter the contests again, Janella! I do love the covers too!! I think all authors are scared of what their publishers will pull out--but I was super pleased!!! :)

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  11. Since most of the books I read are third person, I enjoy reading the first person perspective since it changes things up a bit :) One of my favorite books written that way is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. She did a great job of cluing the reader in to what the other characters were thinking. I'm really looking forward to reading The Hesitant Heiress! Thanks for the giveaways!

    Please enter me in your monthly giveaway as well! Thanks!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. I've got you fun for both, Heidi. Thanks for the follow too:)

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    2. I've heard of that book, but I haven't read it yet! It's definitely in my TBR pile! Thanks for stopping! :)

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