I am rocking a marvelously messy headcold right now, so all I want to do is find a blanket, some tea, my couch and some books. So when there's something that's on sale and I'm curious about it, I don't even question buying it. It's medicinal. Right? Of course.
Austenland is $1.99 digitally.
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice.
When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance is $1.99 digitally.
Fans of romance don’t need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers-known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love.
But it’s their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can’t stand to be in the same room. Still, it’s a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . .
Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It’s not until they’re far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there’s more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.
Mrs. Ames is $1.99 digitally.
The cover copy for this book is mostly biographical, so I (Sarah) am taking a stab at writing a description for a book I haven't read. This ought to be completely bizarre – be sure to let me know what you think.
This book is not fanfiction or a Twilight or Pride and Prejudice retelling, and to my knowledge was not self published. E.F. James died in 1940 and to my knowledge has not been reincarnated as E.L. James. E.F. James (his friends called him “Fred,” according to Wikipedia, and really, if it's on the internet, it must be true) was a prolific author best known for his Mapp and Lucia series, and perhaps also somewhat known among his peers as the son of E.W. James, the Archbiship of Canterbury. This book was originally published in 1912.
Mrs. Ames is an Edwardian comedy of manners focused, much like James' other books, on small town and small community life in England. Michael Cohen on Goodreads wrote the following summary in his review, wherein he gave this book four stars: “Mrs. Ames (1912) deals with the struggle of two women to be the dominant social maven in their little town. Millie Evans and Amy Ames are cousins and rivals for the title of supreme hostess of Riseborough, and an additional frisson is added to the plot by the dalliance of Millie and Major Ames, Amy’s husband. Mrs. Ames dares to invite only one member of each prominent Riseborough couple to a dinner party. Mrs. Evans counters with a fancy dress ball with a Shakespearean theme, and Benson makes hilarious use of the ball’s glut of Cleopatras and paucity of Antonys. Then Mrs. Ames begins to read suffragette tracts, and as Benson writes, 'the fumes of an idea, to one who had practically never tasted one, intoxicated her as new wine mounts to the head of a teetotaler.'”
It sounds as if this book is all about manners, gossip, and nosy people – though there doesn't seem to be much romance in it.
Damn, writing copy for a book one hasn't read is hard work.