Sometimes destiny really lends a hand to the enjoyment of my reading life and today’s post starts with a story about my path to reading Laura Hile’s well-loved series, Mercy’s Embrace.
Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course has been on my Kindle for over a year. As an eBook addict, I know I am not alone in my obsession with collecting eBooks that I want to read and somehow, this one kept getting overlooked by me. Earlier this year, I reread Persuasion and have started to read more JAFF based on Persuasion. When I learned that Laura was rereleasing her Mercy’s Embrace series, I knew that I MUST get myself to read this series, especially since so many readers whose opinions I respect have raved about this series!!
Today, it’s my pleasure to help Laura spread the word that the series is being rereleased with three new stunning covers and the price for these eBooks has been lowered. Aren’t those two of the best reasons to add these to your TBR?
Laura Hile has invited me to host the cover reveal for Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course and today it’s my pleasure to share this new cover and giveaway with my readers. Next Saturday, I’ll return with a review of this book. Before I share the cover, I invite Laura Hile to introduce her book to you…
Elizabeth. Link this name with Jane Austen’s, and female readers everywhere will smile. We will, because Elizabeth Bennet is precisely who we would like to be: intelligent, lovely, witty, and honorable. How we love her!
Aha, but Jane Austen wrote more than one Elizabeth, did she not?
What about the Other Elizabeth, Anne Elliot’s beautiful elder sister? She who is as arrogant as the day is long? You shudder, and with good reason. Who would write a series about her?
Dear reader, that writer would be me. I mean, how could I ignore such amazing storytelling potential?
You see, at the end of Persuasion, Jane Austen leaves Elizabeth Elliot in a terrible situation: her father is a fool; her social cachet is disappearing quickly (along with his money); and she is about to turn thirty. Elizabeth desperately needs the independence a husband will bring, so she takes matters into her own hands.
But Miss Elliot is not as smart as the thinks, and that’s where the fun begins. Especially when I borrow the newly-divorced James Rushworth from Mansfield Park and bring him to Bath…
Mercy’s Embrace is my first published story, a Regency Romp in the classic style. You need to know that it is actually one very long book—too long for a single volume, so it is published as three. But there’s lots going on, oh yes. Not only do we have Elizabeth’s foray into romance, but there are three other storylines that weave throughout the series. Laughter and tears, sighing and cheering … it’s all there for you to enjoy.
I should perhaps mention that I am known as The Plot Twister and The Cliffhanger Queen – with good reason! As with Darcy By Any Other Name, Mercy’s Embrace is an immersive tale with many of your favorite Austen friends. I think you’ll enjoy discovering Jane Austen’s Other Elizabeth.
I hope you love the new cover of this story!
Isn’t this cover just stunning? I love seeing this gorgeous image of Elizabeth and that divine looking gentleman! Aren’t you curious to know more about him, I mean them? Terrific cover, Laura!
SO ROUGH A COURSE BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Elizabeth Elliot is as beautiful as ever, yet no gentleman of proper status has requested her hand. Her godmother claims that she is too particular, but Elizabeth begs to differ. She is not about to settle for a gentleman of no distinction like her sister, Mary. Nor will she follow her heart and marry a commoner with no title but Captain—that was Anne’s mistake. As for romance and the tender stirrings of the heart, why, only a simpleton would fall prey to such foolishness.
But when the proud Miss Elliot encounters a pair of smiling Irish eyes in a most unsuitable man of vulgar connections, she is tempted to change her opinion. Almost.
Jane Austen’s beloved Persuasion provides the backdrop for this delightful romp set in Regency England.
A Novel in Three Parts
Book One: So Rough a Course
Book Two: So Lively a Chase
Book Three: The Lady Must Decide
BRIEF SERIES DESCRIPTION FROM LAURA HILE’S WEBSITE:
Time is running out for Elizabeth Elliot. She must find a husband soon, for her father’s plan of financial retrenchment — and his health — are failing.
She is left to choose between Sir Henry, a worn out man of fashion whose invalid wife is not quite dead, and wealthy, tiresome Mr. Rushworth.
But when a wondrous invitation arrives, Elizabeth throws caution to the wind. Alone in a moonlight garden, she encounters Admiral Patrick McGillvary, who is as disastrously handsome as he is opinionated.
As Elizabeth will discover, the course of love is anything but smooth.
Meet Laura Hile
The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with teen students!
She has just released a Christmas anthology, A Very Austen Christmas, with Robin Helm, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite.
Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, sons, and a collection of antique clocks. Her fiction is for everyone, even teens.
Darcy By Any Other Name
Austenesque Reviews: 2016 Favorites Award (Pride & Prejudice Variation)
Just Jane 1813 Reviewer’s Favorite Award – 2016 (JAFF Paranormal)
From Pemberley to Milton: Top 10 Favorites – 2016
Book Dragon’s Favorite Books – 2016
Austenprose.com’s 2012 Debut Author Award
Mercy’s Embrace as a series, AustenesqueReviews.com’s Top Ten 2012
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It’s Giveaway Time
Laura Hile is generously offering an eBook of Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course to one Just Jane 1813 reader. Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think of this new cover. The comments have been giving me some trouble, so please no worries if I don’t approve them right away. I shall look for them in my dashboard to make sure they are approved. The dealine for entering this giveaway is midnight ET on Friday, December 8, 2017.
I’d like to thank Laura Hile for inviting me to host her big reveal and for this lovely giveaway for my readers. Next week, I return with a review for this book and I can tell you that so far, it’s a great read!!