Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Governess Club Book Tour: Reviews + Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Governess Club series tour! I have review for both novellas coming up, as well as an author interview and a giveaway for several books. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the books:

Four regency misses, making their ways as governesses, make a pact work together in order to leave London and support themselves in the country. Thus, the Governess Club was born. But little did they know that their heroes might have something else to say about the matter.

The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club, #1)
Release date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Governess Club #1

Claire Bannister just wants to be a good teacher so that she and the other ladies of the Governess Club can make enough money to leave their jobs and start their own school in the country. But when the new sinfully handsome and utterly distracting tutor arrives, Claire finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance that could change the course of her future.

Jacob Knightly has a secret. He is actually the notorious Earl of Rimmel. He's just posing as a tutor to escape his reputation in the city. He never expected to fall in love with the kind and beautiful governess. She is the first person to love him for himself and not his title.

But when Jacob's true identity is revealed, Claire realizes she has risked her reputation and her heart on a man she doesn't truly know. Will Jacob be able to convince her that the Wild Earl has been tamed and that she is the true countess of his heart?

The Governess Club: Bonnie (The Governess Club, #2)
Release date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Governess Club #2

Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it together. Tragedy has struck, and she is the sole person left to be strong for the two little boys in her care. When the new guardian arrives, she hopes that things will get better. She wasn't expecting her new employer to be the most frustrating, overbearing, and…handsome man she's ever seen.

Sir Stephen Montgomery is utterly distracted. He should be trying to figure out how his two best friends were killed in a suspicious accident and why the new young viscount seems destined to be the next victim. But he can't concentrate on anything but his growing infatuation with the beautiful, mysterious, and utterly captivating governess.

Together they're doing their best to save the two boys, but will Stephen's feelings for Bonnie get in the way of their search for a killer?

My Rating for Claire: 4 Roses

Lovely, romantic, and a fantastic historical romance novella. Claire was a wonderful romance read. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book.

Claire was a very strong character. She knew what she wanted and nothing was going to stop her from getting it. I liked her for the most part. My one objection was that I didn't understand why she was so mad when she found out that Jacob had been lying. I didn't think it was that big a deal. But, overall, I thought she was great.

Jacob was a sweetheart. He was wonderful and I adored him. He wanted to prove to himself and his family that he was good for something and he certainly did. Who knew a privileged lord could be a great tutor and a self-sufficient man? I thought he was wonderful and I really liked him.

The romance was really sweet. Claire and Jacob were adorable together and I thought their relationship was well developed for a novella. And there was a dash of spice to make things hot.

The plot was steadily paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Claire was a fantastic historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, if you want a great, quick read, then you have to check this out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating for Bonnie4 Roses

A lovely continuation of The Governess Club series. Bonnie was a wonderful historical romance novella.

Bonnie was a lovely heroine. I really liked how dedicated she was to her charges (and those two little boys were adorable). Her loyalty to them and her determination to take care of and protect them made her a likable character. She was great. I really liked her.

Stephen was also wonderful. He was really sweet. Like Bonnie, he's very loyal. He was a great hero and I really liked him.

The plot was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. The only reason this novella isn't getting full stars is because I just wasn't totally hooked. It wasn't really a problem, though, just a minor issue. I really enjoyed the story and the mystery of who was after the Darrows was thrilling. I never suspected who it turned out to be. The story was great and the ending was lovely.

Bonnie was a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this novella. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to read.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Welcome to Imagine a World! I'm so glad you could be here :)
Thanks so much for having me; it’s great to be here.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
Honestly, the hardest part is getting started. Opening that document and typing that first word – brutal for me. The second hardest part is closing Facebook and email. ;0) The easiest part is staying in the groove – once I’m in it, I don’t get up for hours.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
I loosely base the physical characteristics on movie stars already, so this is an easy question. For my first book, Claire is based on a dark brown haired Rachel McAdams and Jacob is modeled after Bradley Cooper. For my second book, Bonnie is Crista Flanagan and Stephen is James MacAvoy. I’m not sharing the ones for my second and third books because I need material for those interviews. ;0)



What do you do when you get writer’s block?
First, I procrastinate for an undetermined amount of time (seriously, who knew my house could get so clean!). Then I usually do one of two things, sometimes both. I have my entire story loosely planned out before I start writing, so I don’t have to write in a linear way; writer’s block can mean that I skip to another scene and come back to the troublesome one later. Also, I will talk it out with my writing partner or someone close by who I trust will be able to help me work out what the problem is.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
So many do. The first one that comes to mind is Mary Balogh, a Canadian romance author.
After I received the Big Life-Changing Email, I actually contacted her, saying how much she has influenced my perspective of what a romance novel is. Some others are Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Ghurke, Lorraine Heath.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m currently working on Sara’s story, the third installment of the Governess Club series. This one takes place at Ridgestone and the nearby town, so we’ll see more of Claire and Jacob as well as Louisa as they run their club. Sara’s hero is Nathan Grant, a man recently arrived from London to try and recover from an experience that completely changed his perspective on life and himself. He hasn’t come to hide – as Jacob did – so much as to escape.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I would go back to the Regency era to see how accurate the historical romances are, but only if I could be a duchess or some rich noblewoman. I don’t think I would otherwise be able to handle the lives the lower classes had. But to be honest, the more I research and write about it, the more I realize I would be a scullery maid.

Summer or winter?
Summer. I feel less guilty about staying inside to write during the winter, but it’s hard to beat a hot sunny day at the lake, even with a laptop super glued to your hands.

Cat or dog?
Dog. Cats are less work, but I like to be able to play with my pets. Cats pretty much ignore you unless they want something.

Tea or coffee?
Tea. Definitely tea. I don’t like the taste of coffee at all. In order to enjoy it, I have to put about a full cup of sugar in it, so I don’t see the point. Tea I can drink with nothing, but I prefer a small bit of honey.

Book or movie?
Book. I don’t watch a lot of movies because I find they’re a big time commitment and I don’t feel the quality justifies the expense. I have a much easier time putting down a book I’m not enjoying but only paid $8 for than walking out of a movie that costs double that.

Bad boy or boy next door?
I think it would have to be the boy next door. I appreciate a reliable man and a bad boy doesn’t really give me that impression. They’d be good for a fling, but not a long term relationship, in my opinion.

Thanks so much for coming!
You’re very welcome!

About the Author:

Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.
Up for grabs are two e-copies of Claire and an Avon swag pack that includes several books.
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  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. The books cover is awesome and the blurb is interesting as well, loved the review!

  4. The Governess Club books sound really good. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!