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And the winners are …

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures, and now Winners of 10 Great Giveaway books:

Kate Noble’s Let It Be Me: Emily R.
Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair: Ann Z. & Lori K.
T.J. Brown’s Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening: Connie F.
Alison Atlee’s The Typewriter Girl: Theresa B. & Debra C.
Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye: Ally P.
Katherine Keenum’s Where the Light Falls: Patricia in NYC
Sarah Jio’s The Last Camellia: TBA
Deanna Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass: Rebecca B.
Stephanie Lehmann’s Astor Place Vintage: Jessica L.
Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird: Sarah (at 2:40)

Winner of the Grand Prize, all ten books: Meredith A.

Congratulations, winners! And to all of you who have ventured out with us, thanks for coming along. Thanks especially to those of you who commented on my blog. It has been a great pleasure to meet you and I hope you come back often to explore Paris and writing historical fiction. Happy reading for the rest of the summer! Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Susanna Kearsley

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14—tomorrow!

You may enter today’s contest by leaving a comment on Susanna’s blog.

Here’s Susanna:

Nicola’s not looking for adventure. But when a client brings a family heirloom—called “the Firebird”—to her gallery to be appraised for sale, she has to help, despite the fact that helping means she’ll have to use the psychic “gifts” she’d rather hide, and call a favor in from an old boyfriend, Rob, whose gifts are even greater than her own. Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Stephanie Lehmann

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

You may enter today’s contest by going to the Astor Place Vintage Facebook page and liking it. Find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.

Here’s Stephanie:

Adventure? What do I know about Adventure? I’m not an adventurous person. I’d rather stay home than travel. And if I do go anywhere, the natives will speak English, wifi will be available, and the restaurants will ideally offer hamburgers and apple pie. If I’m feeling particularly daring, I’ll get cheese on my pie. Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Deanna Raybourn

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

To enter today’s contest, please leave a comment on Deanna’s blog.

Find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.


Here's Deanna:

The very last thing Delilah Drummond expects when she goes to Africa is a proper adventure. Most travelers journey there on safari, but Delilah is banished abroad by a family that has weathered one too many of her scandals. She’s a flapper with a sharp black bob and a slash of scarlet lipstick, a party girl with a penchant for gin and men other women have left lying around unattended. She is a woman who has seen it all and done most of it.

But nothing prepares her for Africa. Exiled to her father’s savanna manor house, Delilah finds to her dismay that Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz, cigarettes and safaris.

And against the frivolity of the expat community, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. He is her guide to Africa and all its dangers and thrills—and he is more than a match for the complex beauty of this new land she comes to love. For Delilah, letting down her guard just might be the greatest adventure of them all…

Leaving a comment on Deanna’s blog gets you entered to win A Spear of Summer Grass and the other nine stories.

Keep up with the latest adventures and get more chances to win through any of the participating authors: Alison Atlee, Jessica Brockmole, T. J. Brown , Sarah Jio, Susanna Kearsley, Katherine Keenum, Stephanie Lehmann, Kate Noble, Deanna Raybourn, and Lauren Willig. Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Sarah Jio

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

Enter today’s contest by liking Sarah’s Facebook page. Find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.

Here’s Sarah:

The year is 1940. The world is on the brink of war. Can you imagine being barely twenty years old and leaving your home on the quiet, safe Atlantic Coast and traveling to an unknown country to an unknown manor house, where you will be required to go beyond your comfort zone in ways you’ve never even imagined? Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Katherine Keenum

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

When I joined the Unforgettable Adventure giveaway, I thought I remembered my main character, Jeanette Palmer, actually using the word “adventure.” Yes! On p. 278 she has been forced to borrow money from an older relative and asks anxiously, “Has the adventure worked out for you, Cousin Effie? The whole thing, I mean—coming to Paris?”

Change the question: “Will the adventure work out for you, reader? The whole thing, I mean—going to Paris with Jeanette and Effie?”

Adventure means finding yourself somewhere new, facing unexpected challenges. It means not always knowing what you are doing or what comes next. If those are the criteria, then writing a novel is an adventure—and so is reading one from a new author. You can’t judge by past experience; you just have to take a chance. How might the chance pay off if you head to Paris with Jeanette?

From the company she keeps on this group blog tour, you can guess that romance will be part of Jeanette’s story, yet it is not what she sets out to find. Jeanette is a naive but determined young woman who crosses the Atlantic in 1878 to study painting. The last thing she expects is to meet an older man haunted by a war and fall in love with him. My hope is that you will fall in love with both of them—that you will be swept up in Jeanette’s talent and ambition, immerse yourself in her friendships with other women artists, experience Paris with all your senses, then feel achingly Edward’s attractions and sorrows. If you remember the characters long after you finish, I’d call the adventure a success.

But that leads to a last question: “What are you looking for in an adventure? What makes a book worthwhile to you?”

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST BY MAKING A COMMENT TODAY!

Keep up with the latest adventures and get more chances to win through any of the participating authors: Alison Atlee, Jessica Brockmole, T. J. Brown , Sarah Jio, Susanna Kearsley, Katherine Keenum, Stephanie Lehmann, Kate Noble, Deanna Raybourn, and Lauren Willig. Read More 
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Summer Adventure: Jessica Brockmole

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

You may enter today’s contest at Jessica’s Facebook page. Find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.

Here's Jessica:

Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes it slips quietly into the mailbox, folded, stamped, addressed.  Read More 
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Today's Adventure: T. J. Brown

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

You may enter today’s giveaway and the grand prize at T.J.’s blog. You’ll find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.

And now, T.J. on WWI Women and Their Flying Machines:

Come Josephine in my flying machine
Going up she goes! Up she goes!  Read More 

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Today's Adventure: Lauren Willig

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

Enter today’s contest at Lauren’s website , OR by liking her Facebook page. Find links to all the authors below--follow any of them to keep up with the latest adventures.

Here’s Lauren:

“They really lived, didn’t they?” says my modern heroine wistfully.

It’s 1999, and my modern heroine, Clemmie Evans, is looking around her own life—endless work at a law firm where she’s hoping to make partner, a studio apartment she’s never properly moved into—and realizing that she doesn’t entirely like what she sees. As she starts to dig into the life of her grandmother, she feels shamed by the dramatic changes her grandmother encountered and mastered: the twilight of the aristocracy, two World Wars, a move from London to Kenya and then from Kenya to New York.  Read More 
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Today's Adventure: Kate Noble

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

Here’s Kate:

Everyone needs the chance to be new, at one time or other. The chance to experience different sights and sounds, the ability to be open to learning new things and new ways of being. To let go of a (slightly) disastrous past and face the world with a fresh perspective. Read More 
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