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Monday, September 25, 2017

Jane Austen Lied to Me by Jeanette Watts - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Jeanette Watts and her new book, “Jane Austen Lied to Me”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a doll dressed in Regency clothing, handcrafted by the author!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jeanette and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Jane Austen Lied to Me
by Jeanette Watts


GENRE: Humor



What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?

Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.



Well!  That was interesting.  My roommate invited me along to this frat party she was going to.  She went through something called rush week, and she is now pledged to a sorority.  She said the frats are less formal than the sororities, and even though I wasn’t a pledge I could go with her.  I figured, why not, it should be fun, right?

I got to meet the guy she’s chasing.  I couldn’t blame her for being interested.  He’s cute, and sweet, and considerate, and a total people-pleaser.  One of his parents must be the demanding sort who is never happy. 

He introduced us to his friend… whose name is Darcy Fitzwilliam!  I wasn’t sure at first that the guy wasn’t just pulling our legs.

“Your mother obviously loves Jane Austen,” I laughed.

“Obviously,” he answered.  Not much to go by.

“I love Pride and Prejudice,” I continued.

“I hate Pride and Prejudice.” I can only describe the look he was giving me as hostile.

“I think you will find yourself very much in a minority,” I answered, returning his look with one of my own.

We didn’t talk any more that night.  Talk about getting off on the wrong foot!



Who Inspired Your Love for Books?

Reading is magical. It takes you to far off places. It helps you solve problems. It lets us communicate complicated ideas to each other. I have been in love with reading as long as I can remember.

I loved to be read to as a toddler, and terrorized all the adults in my life who attempted to read to me. I memorized all my books, and either it never occurred to my mother never to read me the same book twice, or I insisted upon certain favorites, as small children are wont to do. So whenever an adult skipped a word, or switched the order of two words, I would correct them, or worse, make them stop, go back, and do it over.

Since the adults couldn't seem to get it right, I was obviously impatient to do it myself. I was about three and a half or four years old when my parents were in a bookstore, and I walked up and handed them a book I wanted them to buy. The title of the book: Teach Me to Read.

My father's desk drawers somehow became my favorite place to discover reading materials. I still remember the thrilling day I discovered a book in my father's desk - and I could read very word in the whole thing!!! The book was a collection of Peanuts cartoons. I was 4 or 5 at the time, and I can still remember some of those cartoons.

I was that child who had to be told not to bring books to the dinner table. I would read while making my bed with one hand. After I was supposed to go to sleep, I would read by the light of my nightlight (until my mother caught me at it, and gave me a bedside book lamp. Better I stay up too late reading than I go blind from reading in the dark). I would read while walking home from school. My little girlfriend and I would go outside and bring the Little House on the Prairie books with us so that we could play at being Laura and Mary "the right way." Whatever that meant...

I also remember being about 10 years old when my father's desk drawer produced another miracle that shaped my literary tastes for at least 10 years: Edith Hamilton's Mythology. My love for classic Greek mythology influenced which courses I took in college. By the time I was a senior in college, I was habitually winning arguments with my TAs. In retrospect, it's sort of funny none of my professors or TAs said to me, "Hey, you're really good at this, have you thought about pursuing this as a career option?"

Adulthood is sort of sad, that way. I can't read while driving. I had to give up trying to read while doing the laundry. Although I've got a great bookstand on my exercise bicycle, it's great motivation to get some exercise every day. But that's what I'm talking about in my "About the Author" at the end of my book, when I say I wish I had more time to read.



Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a "mental vacation." It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.

She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.  When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.




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Jeanette will be awarding a doll dressed in Regency clothing, handcrafted by the author (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Jeanette ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you so much for having me! You're my first stop on the tour, I'm excited to have another book out!

  3. Great post, I must look this book up, looks like a great read! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  4. I loved the Little House on the Prairie books. It's great reading provided so many happy memories for you.