Unexpected Love Blog Tour

About the authors:

Heather Chapman: Being the youngest of four sisters (and one very tolerant older brother), Heather grew up on a steady diet of chocolate, Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables, Audrey Hepburn, and the other staples of female literature and moviedom. These stories inspired Heather, and she began writing at a young age. After meeting and marrying her husband Mark, Heather graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and settled down in a small farming community with her husband and four children. In her spare time, Heather enjoys volleyball, piano, the outdoors, and just about anything creative.

Mandi Ellsworth: Mandi is an avid reader, a slow jogger, and disinterested in board games of any kind. She lives in Utah with her husband, three children and no pets.

Paula Kremser: Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for a few years after graduating from Brigham Young University. Several years later when she moved with her young family to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel, “Sophia,” and second, “To Suit a Suitor.”

Ashtyn Newbold: Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her family and is the author of “Mischief and Manors.”

“Unexpected Love” blog tour schedule:
March 14: Literary Timeout
March 15: Live to Read
March 16: Seeker of Happiness
March 17: Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 18: Inklings and Notions
March 19: Kindle and Me
March 20: Hardcover Feedback
March 21: Writing Worm
March 22: Geo Librarian || Heidi Reads
March 23: Getting Your Read On || Bookworm Lisa || Mel’s Shelves || Singing Librarian Books
March 24: Bookworm2Bookworm || Making Life a Bliss Complete
March 25: Kaki Recommends
March 26: The Things I Love Most
March 27: My Book a Day
March 28: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
March 29: Blooming With Books
March 30: Jorie Loves a Story || Wishful Endings
March 31: The Dragon’s Nook

Beauty and The Beholder

Remember that anthology I got to work on with three awesome authors? It’s releasing in just two months! Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology is the official title, and here is the gorgeous cover:

This anthology consists of four marriage of convenience stories in a range of settings and time periods.

ASHBROOK ABBEY by Heather Chapman

FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Paula Kremser

THE PRICE OF HER HEART by Mandi Ellsworth

and…

BEAUTY AND THE BEHOLDER by Me 🙂

This story was a lot of fun to write. I learned a lot from my characters through the weaknesses they were able to overcome and the lessons they learned. It was great to see Percy’s icy facade melt through Fanny’s energetic and often funny personality. Percy finds happiness and a very unexpected love he didn’t think he was capable of having after he lost something very dear to him.

Without further ado, here is the synopsis for Beauty and The Beholder. 

Marriage was never in Fanny Clarke’s plans. Every since a disastrous fire left her scarred, she doubted such a flaw could ever be overlooked by a man. Under the care of her grandmother, she lives her life of solitude without question. But with Fanny’s grandmother on her deathbed, she knows that soon she will be left destitute–unless she marries.

All the riches of his estate could never make Percy Wellington happy. At least not after he went blind. When his staff deserts his estate, he is left under the care of his cousin. But when Percy’s cousin informs him of his planned departure, Percy begins to doubt his ability to care for himself alone.

When a marriage arranged by chance brings Fanny and Percy together, they quickly learn that clashing personalities and battles of wit are not a recipe for a happy match. How could a marriage between quick enemies ever result in something such as love? But fate has a way of bringing even the most unlikely hearts together.
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There you have it! I’m hosting a giveaway on my Facebook page to win an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of my part of the anthology. In a month or so, I’ll host another giveaway to win a hard copy of the entire book. Stay tuned!

 

 

A New Project

I’ve been trying to decide what to write next, and have been complaining everyday about how I just NEED a writing project to work on. After quickly brushing off the reminder that I have a 12 page research paper due at the end of thanksgiving break, with a firm “not THAT kind of writing, Mom” I decided on this:

If you need a new writing prompt, here’s a good one for today, especially today:

Write “I’m thankful for (something) I’m thankful for (something) over and over and over…

Here’s mine. I hope you will write one too.

I’m thankful for people, especially the type of people that believe Kind, Loving, and Honest are the best things to be. I’m thankful for a home that smells like Bath and Body Works cinnamon pumpkin wall flowers. I’m thankful for the pumpkin pie that I will eat today (note that I said the pumpkin pie not slice of pumpkin pie). I’m thankful that I have a family so nearby to share this holiday with: Mom, Dad, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins. And grandparents–for them I am thankful for miracles; I have seen many this last week. I’m thankful for the knowledge that God lives. I’m thankful for the knowledge that He loves me every day despite every mistake I make every day. I’m thankful that these mistakes can be taken from my hand by Someone much greater. I’m thankful for snow because it means fuzzy socks and hot chocolate, not stuck tires and scraping ice off the windows. I’m thankful for education, because it means I can learn and grow; it’s a gift that means I have potential to reach my potential. I’m thankful for friends that laugh with me more than they talk with me, friends that have your back even if you forget to have theirs, friends that squeal over movies with you and share jokes that will go down in history. I’m thankful for my dog and his little black nose and that he hasn’t torn apart his Christmas sweater yet. I’m thankful for books, and the beautiful stories they tell. I’m thankful for perspective, because without it every story would be the same. I’m thankful to have been given the ability to write. I’m thankful that we can write our own stories and make real ones. I’m thankful for people that read, that took the time to read this, and that will try writing their own. I’m thankful for so much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

With <3,

Ashtyn

Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology

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Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology
Heather Chapman, Paula Kremser, Mandi Ellsworth, Ashtyn Newbold

Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons–whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

Coming March 2017!

Product Details
Title: Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology
Authors: Heather Chapman, Paula Kremser, Mandi Ellsworth, Ashtyn Newbold
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
ISBN: 9781462119790
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Price: $15.99