Today’s first line is from
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.”
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?
“…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! https://food52.com/recipes/68749-breakfast-tacos-for-dinner-with-eggs-chorizo
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 🙂
What’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!
Carrie: Yay! I just bought my own copy!
About the Author
Hillary 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.
Hillary’s Etsy Shop – HillaryMakes
Thank you, Hillary, for joining us today!
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