First Line Fridays: Jane of Austin (Mini Interview & Giveaway!)

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Today’s first line is from

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Jane of Austin
by Hillary Manton Lodge

San Francisco, CA

“Well, girls,” our father began, “it’s been a good run. And I’m not saying it won’t be again, but we’re going to have to … economize.”

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Welcome to our special FOODIE Edition Friday!

We hope all our USA readers enjoyed their Thanksgiving yesterday, and that you’ve found a few minutes amid the Black Friday craziness to sit down with a good book and some yummy leftovers!

I (Carrie) am super excited to have Hillary Manton Lodge with us today to chat about her latest book, Jane of Austin, and tell us about a great sale going on for a foodie fave! Oh…and did I mention an awesome giveaway??

Hi Hillary! We want to know…which books/authors do you YOU hoard?

Hillary: Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan – I love the audiobooks, too, because it means getting to listen to an English or Scottish accent for eight or so hours!

Carrie: Oh blissful sigh! Those accents always make an audiobook better. Even the dictionary would sound interesting when read with an English or Scottish accent 😀

Which character do you most relate to in Jane of Austin?

Hillary: That’s a tricky one – mostly Jane?

tea-690495_1280“…life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos” – Do you have a favorite tea recipe? What about breakfast tacos?

Hillary: I drink a lot of tea – all of it either herbal or decaffeinated, because caffeine and I are not friends. Harney & Son’s Spiced Plum tea is my current favorite. I found some lavender-flavored syrup at Homegoods several months ago, and it’s really yummy with my decaf Earl Grey tea, with a splash of milk on top!

As for breakfast tacos, I really like this recipe!

Carrie: Yum!

Ok, let’s get really serious now… Which Austen book is your fave?

Hillary: That’s another tricky one. I love the plot and character arc of Persuasion, but for pure pleasure reading – there’s a reason Pride & Prejudice is such a perennial favorite!

Carrie: Persuasion has some of the most romantic quotes, but I’m with you that Pride & Prejudice is the most fun 🙂

enchanted mtaggWhat’s coming up next for you?

Hillary: I have a lot of projects in the hopper! The most pressing is getting my first two books, Plain Jayne and Simply Sara repackaged and re-released. I’m working on another Austen adaptation as well, and my brain is mulling a couple nonfiction projects. Writing aside, I’ve started designing book covers for indie authors! I’ve made covers for Jayne and Sara, but the first released is Melissa Tagg’s Enchanted Christmas novella collection. It was a lot of fun getting to work with books in a new way!

Carrie: That cover is gorgeous!!!!!!

We’ve heard rumors about a great deal on one of your books?

Hillary: The third book in my Two Blue Doors series is on e-book sale! It’s one of my favorites – there are two storylines, one contemporary, one set in WWI France, both sweetly romantic. Between the chapters are several favorite recipes, as well, so you get a lot for $1.99!

together at the table sale

Carrie: Yay! I just bought my own copy!

About the Author

Hillary Vignette - bwHillary Manton Lodge is the author of the critically acclaimed Two Blue Doors series and the Plain and Simple duet. Jane of Austin is her sixth novel.

A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, graphic design, and finding new walking trails. She resides outside of Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two pups.

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Hillary’s Etsy Shop – HillaryMakes

Thank you, Hillary, for joining us today!


What are you reading?  What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below for your chance to win a copy of Jane of Austin PLUS an item of your choice from Hillary’s Etsy shop! (US addresses only for the giveaway)
Giveaway is open until 11:59PM on November 30, 2017

For the purposes of this giveaway, Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies apply.

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23 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: Jane of Austin (Mini Interview & Giveaway!)

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m featuring the second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series on my blog this week–“Where Two Hearts Meet”–because the main character Caden is a cook. However I can’t resist sharing the first line of Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes novella here (Lygos), which just released this week:

    “Killing someone changed a person–irrevocably altered how they viewed life, each breath, and each day . . . or the next kill.”

    It. Is. Awesome! 😁

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  2. The smell of deck tar warming under the Mediterranean sun made Miss Isabelle Strathmore smile beneath the brim of her second-best bonnet. – A Lord’s Chance by Anthea Lawson

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  3. I love this post!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    I’m sharing about One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg over at my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.

    “How can I help?”

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  4. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    As the days grow shorter, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again. – Leslie Newman

    Dear Neil,

    I’ve started this e-mail sever times, and I know that doesn’t mean a lot because you’ve yet to receive a completed draft, but it’s true.- Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge

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  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from A Match of Wits by Jen Turano:

    “Sometimes, no matter how independent and self-assured a young lady believes herself to be, certain situations demand a good dose of screaming.”

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  6. Good morning, hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! Great post!

    My first line (or I should say, the first 3 lines) is from the third story, Roseanna’s Groom (by Richelle Brunstetter), in The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter.

    Lykens, Pennsylvania….
    ”Roseanna Allgyer breathed deeply as she eyed the nearest tree outside the dining-room window. The autumn leaves glimmered in the evening sunlight, almost matching the blending colors in the sky. The sight calmed her nerves, for a little while at least.”

    Blessings, Tina

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  7. This is a very fun and fitting post for this week! Hillary, I’m delighted with your foray into book cover design — I can’t wait to see what you do next! Happy Thanksgiving weekend, ya’ll!

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  8. My first line is from Tracie Peterson’s Shadows of the Canyon – “And in here, Alexandria Keegan announced “are the bulk refrigerator storage areas.”
    Thank you for the i interview and giveaway opportunity.

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  9. Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson: “There was only one thing better than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls in the morning.” I’m not currently reading this one, but it was the closest to me. 🙂

    I’m currently reading The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and absolutely loving it! I love rom-coms and this author nails it. She speaks to my comedic soul.

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  10. Fantastic post! I enjoyed the interview and getting to know a little bit about Hillary. I’ve not yet had the pleasure to read Jane of Austin. I’ve been eyeing this book for months!

    I’ll share the first line of a book I just recently finished reading; “Out Of The Ordinary” by Jen Turano
    “Slipping through the crowd gathered on the upper deck of a most extravagant yacht, Miss Gertrude Cadwalader drew a breath and adopted an air of what she hoped would be taken for nonchalance.”

    Liked by 1 person

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