Pride & Popularity is the first in The Jane Austin Diaries, six, modern day, high school retellings of Jane Austin's most famous stories: Pride & Prejudice = Pride & Popularity, Northanger Abby = Northanger Alibi, Persuasion = Persuaded, Emma = Emmalee, Mansfield Park = Mansfield Ranch, Sense & Sensibility = Sensible & Sensational. Click here for more info. on each.
Also, here is Jenni's official website and here is her blog.
I first met LDS, YA author Jenni James at a Deseret Book, semiannual, Ladies' Night celebration. Jenni had hand-made I don't know how many (like a lot) of white chocolate dipped marshmallows with white and purple sprinkles on top, each individually wrapped and tied with a cute ribbon. Man! She's amazing. My Wee One got a hold of mine when I got home, and she loved it (she even let me love a little piece of it too).
Jenni was also at the recent Authorpalooza book event at the Orem Barnes & Noble, smiling away and being generally friendly and fun -cause that's just the way she is.
Jenni James is a wonder woman. No Joke.
She's writing this six book series, is the mother to seven children plus three foster children, paints, acts, cans and bakes up a storm, AND will be working on the scripts for the movie versions of her books. YES. That's right, The Jane Austin Diaries have been optioned to be made into movies! Six of them! They will be filmed in Farmington, New Mexico, the real setting of the books! Sadly though, Jenni will be moving down there when the filming time gets closer (because she's crucial to the success of the films! It's not often that the author gets such input). She said she'll come back here for events though (yay!). If you want to learn more about Jenni, she's got an awesome bio on her website.
And how cool is this? Jenni offers free, video writing classes! Here is her Writing Class blog and here is her YouTube page.
(From Goodreads)Sneak Peek of Chapters 1 & 2 of Northanger Alibi. (Oh, and did I mention this was one of Jenni's NaNoWriMo novels? Yes! Success is possible!)
If you are hoping to find a YA book full of paranormal beasts, sex, or teens who act much more like under-aged adults, I suggest you save your money and do not buy this book. In fact don't buy any of The Jane Austen Diaries. However, if you are looking for a clean, lighthearted, sweet romance, where teens are good and happy and normal--like all of the teens I know (including my own!) then read on. You've come to the right place. :) --Jenni
Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.
This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor
((Gotta love that disclaimer.
Here's a Sneak Peek of Chapters 1 & 2 of Pride & Popularity))
Saturday, November 19th from 1 - 3 PM, Jenni will be having a book signing PAR-TAY at Pioneer Book in Orem, in which she will be signing books, giving away bookmarks and hand-made flower pens, and hosting a giveaway to win a MEGA make-up kit. Author friends Andrea Pearson (YA, The Kilenya series) and Tristi Pinkston (Secret Sisters Mysteries) will also be signing at the event.
*SO, if you don't win a book from her here, go to Pioneer Book, Nov. 19th to meet her in person!
OKAY, ON WITH THE GIVEAWAY!
-Prize is a personalized by the author, paperback copy of Pride & Popularity!
-to enter please comment on this post with your email address like this: ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com
-You do NOT have to be a follower of this blog (but it's cool if you want to be)
-Open to US residents only
-Giveaway will go from Nov. 8th, 12 AM MST to Nov. 11th, 12 AM MST.
-ONE winner will be selected using random.org on Nov. 12th.
Check out the other blogs on this hop! There are so many chances for you to win something awesome!