Category Archives: A Very Austen Christmas

FREE Understanding Elizabeth

My latest novel, Understanding Elizabeth, is on Book Bub today!

I have never been good at keeping my feelings to myself, so I’m going to FREELY admit that I’m VERY excited about being on Book Bub. I tried years ago to promote my books with them, but I wasn’t accepted. For me, this is a milestone.

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The giveaway is for Amazon Kindle only, but if you don’t own a Kindle, that’s not a problem. I downloaded the Kindle app for FREE to my phone. Now I have several thousand books at my disposal wherever I am.

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Stuck standing in line? I whip out my phone, go to the app, and read. Waiting at the doctor’s office? I actually like it. Stuck in traffic? It doesn’t bother me.

And – because I love you all so much, and I’m just that kind of person (Ha!) – I’ve lowered the prices of ALL of my books to $1.99 for the two day sale. Even A Very Austen Christmas is $1.99 for two days!

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So, hurry over to Amazon and download some enjoyment for those times you’re sitting somewhere bored to death. You won’t regret it.

Here’s a little secret: If you already have the book, you can “gift” it to a friend for FREE!

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Books make us famous!

Robin Helm’s Guardian trilogy

It’s a banner day for friend and co-author Robin Helm, because she has a book signing at the Lancaster County Library this afternoon.

Talk about serendipity! Robin only meant to donate a set of her Guardian trilogy, but then she and the librarian got to talking — as book lovers will do.

And when Ms. Williams learned that Robin was not only a local writer, but a #1 Amazon Best Seller author too (A Very Austen Christmas), she immediately scheduled this event.

And ordered all of Robin’s books for every library in the county.

And printed posters. And contacted the local newspaper.

So there’s my name, in a newspaper being read at the breakfast table on the other side of the continent. We are famous! Well, for a few minutes anyway.

Also in the news, Candy’s So Little Time blog is featuring an excerpt from A Very Austen Christmas. We thought she was doing an eBook giveaway too, though Candy does not mention it.

I’ll get back to you on that.

Oh, wait. I am famous. Belay that. I’ll have one of my “people” post the update.

*Laura scurries off to “hire” a press secretary*

UPDATE: The eBook giveaway is ON. Hooray!

[posted by L. Lyons, the press secretary]

 

 

This was also posted at Laura Hile: Faith, Hope, Laughter & Happily Ever After

Attack of the Nekkid Guy, Part 2

Hide your children!

I received quite a shock last night, and I still ain’t over it.

I’d just returned home from helping to lead a Children’s Choir Christmas program followed by orchestra practice for our cantata at church.

My mind was filled with lovely, happy thoughts about Hallmark movies and puppies.

I stretched out on the couch in front of the TV, booted up my laptop, went to Amazon, and there it was! I covered up my eyes, but it was just too late.

I’d already been incensed – flashed right in front of my husband and everybody! That man on my screen wasn’t wearing nothin’ but a smile!

Don’t look, Ethel!

After fighting off one 99 cent nekkid guy about three weeks ago for best seller status, I saw a 99 cent nekkid SANTA had knocked A Very Austen Christmas down to second place.

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And he’s headless! He’s a nekkid torso Santa! That’s just too scary for me. I’m near about sure he leads straight to a permanent place on the naughty list.

I’m gonna board up my chimney, lock my doors, and stay out of the malls. I don’t think nobody needs to see a nekkid, headless, torso Santa.

Giveaways!

 

A Very Austen Christmas…

There are several giveaways still active for A Very Austen Christmas and even more coming in December.

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Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit posted a lovely book review with an excerpt from Laura’s story. The giveaway will end December 5.

Nissa, Of Pens and Pages, presented the backstory of my original character, Thomas, along with a wonderful review. Her giveaway ends  December 9.

On Laura Hartness’s blog, The Calico Critic, you’ll find an excerpt from my story, as well as a giveaway ending December 9.

Giveaways at Claudine’s JustJane1813, author Chautona Havig’s lovely blog, Ceri’s Babblings of a Bookworm, and Janet’s More Agreeably Engaged have already ended; however, there are author biographies, story blurbs, author interviews, story excerpts, and great reviews at those sites.

Upcoming giveaways, reviews, and other fun events are scheduled throughout December at Meredith’s Austenesque Reviews, Elisabeth’s Poolside Musings, Candy’s So Little Time, Anna’s Diary of an Eccentric, and Rita’s From Pemberley to Milton.

In other exciting news, Laura Hile is releasing the second edition of her Mercy’s Embrace books. Her book one, So Rough a Course, cover reveal  will be at JustJane 1813 on December 2. That’s tomorrow! Be sure to stop by and cheer her on.

You’re going to LOVE the new covers. I’ve seen them, and they are truly beautiful. I would love to post her new cover myself, but you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. (Insert evil laugh.)

More to come, too! Watch for upcoming reviews, blog posts, and giveaways of So Rough A Course at Savvy Verse & Wit, Of Pens and Pages, and The Calico Critic.

Another bit of good news – Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, and I have all lowered the prices of our other books throughout December. Merry Christmas!

Beautiful like Lucifer

Michaelangelo’s David   (Photo Credit: Jay8085 — Creative Commons Flickr)

His was an impossibly beautiful face.

With golden hair, a manly chin, and ice-blue eyes, he was like a Greek god in the flesh.

A prince who stepped out of a storybook.

And he was altogether charming — oh, he was.

She too was lovely, and smart, and very talented. He singled her out to be his life’s companion, chosen over all others.

For she alone was worthy. Well, almost.

Was he the heaven-sent suitor she’d always dreamed of meeting?

Or was he beautiful like Lucifer, hell-bent on control and domination?

Memories are strange creatures. They can lie dormant for years, decades even. And then they burst forth like a bolt out of the blue: ferocious, painful, compelling.

Thus a gorgeous young man — vain and cunning to the core — stepped out of a writer’s past and onto the pages of her fiction.

Today Robin Helm discusses the real-life personality behind her character Thomas Jones. Yes, the “Golden Boy of Meryton” lived and breathed — and his sights were set on Robin. Elizabeth Bennet faces a similar predicament in “Her Christmas Gift,” Robin’s new novella featured in A Very Austen Christmas.

Read Robin’s guest post at Of Pens and Pages. And be reminded that Grandma was right. Handsome is as handsome does …

This article was also posted at Laura Hile: Faith, Hope, Laughter … and Happily Ever After

Two more A Very Austen Christmas giveaways

A Very Austen Christmas has been flying with her own wings for ten days now.

Thanks to readers like you, the #1 Best Seller spot in Amazon’s British Anthologies continues to be ours.

This week, two opportunities for you to win an eBook.

More Agreeably Engaged’s Janet Taylor is showcasing excerpts from each of the four stories.

And there’s an excerpt from Laura Hile’s The Christmas Matchmaker at Ceri Tanti’s Babblings of a Bookworm too.

Just leave a comment at each of these blogs to enter. How easy is that?

If you win, Christmas will be coming to your Kindle!

A Very Austen Christmas giveaway



Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, and I are thrilled to be guests on Chautona Havig’s blog today.

Come read her interviews and her 5 star review.

You may be quite surprised at some of the things you learn about us. In fact, I think some of us were surprised when we read each other’s answers.

And there’s a giveaway. Entering is easy. Simply tell Chautona your favorite Jane Austen supporting character.

Because you want to win this eBook. It’s like a Christmas present to yourself!