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The Of Things To Come Blog Tour (GIVEAWAY)



Hello, readers and friends! Today I wanted to let you all know about the blog tour I have put together for my next book, Of Things To Come. I’m fortunate to have a few very nice bloggers participate in the tour to help spread the word about my next book. I wanted to share a little bit about the tour and what it will be about, so read further to find out more!

The blog tour begins tomorrow. Here’s a list of bloggers who are participating. I encourage you all to follow along and visit each of these blogs!

Blog Tour Dates

10/20 Amber at Seasons of Humility
10/21 Julie at My Favorite Pastime
10/22 Grace at She Hearts Fiction
10/23 Amada at ASC Book Reviews

Thank you so much to these amazing bloggers for participating and sharing about Of Things To Come!

 Each blogger will be sharing what the book is about, as well as the giveaway that I’m hosting.



About The Book

After enduring the First World War, most of the world is hoping to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward in the year 1919. Yet for Abi Hensley the happiness she felt upon the end of the war has been short lived. Grief stricken from the passing of a dear friend, she cannot seem to overcome the loss. Amidst her grief, she is also struggling with her writing, something that has always been a comfort to her. In light of these circumstances, she finds herself questioning many things in her life for the first time.

Can Abi get back to all that she loves and look forward to things to come?

Giveaway

Three winners will each receive a Kindle download of Of Things To Come. The giveaway begins October 20th and ends on the 28th. The giveaway is open internationally. Must be 18 or older to enter.

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Thank you all for stopping by today! Good luck to those entering the giveaway and don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in the tour!


-Miranda Atchley

Pride and Prejudice Read-Along Week 3



Hello readers and friends! Another week of the Pride and Prejudice Read-Along has past, and what a week it has been! There’s a lot to discuss, and so without further ado, here we go! For more information on the read-along, just visit seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com

Favorite Quote

“To Jane herself,” she (Elizabeth) exclaimed, “there could be no possibility of objection; all loveliness and goodness as she is!- her understanding excellent, her mind improved, and her manners captivating.”

The only pain was in leaving her father, who would certainly miss her, and who, when it came to the point, so little liked her going, that he told her to write to him, and almost promised to answer her letter.

General Impressions

This section was packed with big happenings! After the Bingleys and Hursts leave Netherfield Park, Caroline sends a rather passive aggressive letter to Jane, stating that she believes that one day Miss Darcy will be her sister. Heartbroken, Jane goes to stay with her aunt in London where she hopes she might again see Mr. Bingley, yet is only met with a disappointing visit from Caroline. Meanwhile, after Lizzy refused Mr. Collins’s proposal in the last section, he is now married to Lizzy’s dear friend Charlotte. In this section, we read as Lizzy visits the Collins’ and meets the much discussed Lady Catherine de Bourgh at her infamous Rosings Park. Here Lizzy also meets Miss de Bourgh, as well as Colonel Fitzwilliam, who is visiting Rosings with his cousin, Mr. Darcy. At the end of this section, we read of Mr. Darcy’s proposal, and Lizzy’s consequent outrage and refusal. We also see Mr. Whickham become engaged to a young woman whom has recently come into 10,000 pounds. Like I said, a lot happened in this section!

One thing that surprises me about Austen novels are the visits that the heroines often pay to friends and relatives. I know that things were very different then and you can’t really compare it to modern day, but it does seem odd to think of staying months with an aunt or a friend. I’m definitely a homebody, and so maybe if I were more of a traveler it wouldn’t seem so odd. Just an observation! Haha.


Discussion Questions

1: In chapter 1 of volume II Jane tells Elizabeth, “Let me take it in the best light”- referring to the situation with the Bingleys. Do you admire Jane for her way of approaching life, or do you think she is too naïve? Is it better to always think positively, or are there times when it’s more harmful than good?

I think that it’s good that Jane doesn’t automatically assume the worse with people. But I do think that it would be harmful for her to continue to believe the best if someone was continually presenting themselves in a bad manner. Yet I don’t think she’s naïve to the point of harm.

2: Pick a character from this section of reading and imagine yourself having a conversation with him or her. How would it go? What would you talk about, and how would you respond to this person’s attitude and manners?

There are a few characters that I would like to meet in Pride and Prejudice. Of course I would like to meet Lizzy and discuss literature with her, but I would also like to meet Jane. I think she would be a good confident; someone to go to for advice.

3: How would you respond to Mr. Darcy’s proposal in this section?

I would have said no. At this point in the book, we have only seen Mr. Darcy’s proud exterior, and there would be no reason to accept his proposal.

And thus ends this week of the Pride and Prejudice Read-Along. What do you think of these chapters of Pride and Prejudice?


-Miranda Atchley

Lately 10.18.2017



Hello readers and friends! I hope you all have been well doing lately. Things have been quiet around the blog. I’ve been pretty busy getting everything ready for Of Things To Come to release. But, I wanted to check in with a lately post, so here goes!

Reading

Pride and Prejudice! I’m really enjoying re-reading this book in a group as a part of the read-along. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve read a few other books this month, which is good, because I was in a reading rut last month.

Writing

Now that Of Things To Come is finished, I’m going to take a little vacation and then work on the next book in The Abi Hensley Series. It’s pretty surreal to think of my book as being finished and it makes me sad to think of not working on it. But I’m ready for a little break to read and watch movies and do other things that I haven’t had so much time for these past couple months.

So there’s my lately. Not too much to share, but I hope you enjoyed reading this post all the same. Thank you all for stopping by!

-Miranda Atchley


Pride and Prejudice Read-Along Week 2



Hello, readers and friends! Today I’m checking in with the second discussion for the Pride and Prejudice Read-Along. To learn more about the read-along, just head over to seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com

General Impressions

In these chapters, we meet Mr. Collins and Mr. Whickham. Both are infamous characters, but for very different reasons. I always laugh and feel awkward when Mr. Collins enters. He’s just such an odd person! And I get mad every time I see Elizabeth fall for Mr. Whickham. At this point, she doesn’t know his true character, but she will come to regret it later.

I’m not the biggest fan of Mr. Darcy. I don’t dislike him, but he isn’t my favorite hero, because he is so proud, especially in the beginning of the book.

I’m glad that Mr. Bingley is so nice to Jane. Like she said, he is just what a gentleman ought to be. Yet I can’t abide his sisters. They’re wicked.

Favorite Quote

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

Discussion Questions

Feel free to answer one, two, or all three of these questions in the comments section or in your own blog post!

1.Which quote or scene made you laugh/smile the most?

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

I’ve always loved this quote, because it really shows how much Mr. Bennet loves Lizzy and how he is most concerned with her (and her sisters’) happiness.

2. Mr. Darcy is often silent: in social settings, in his feelings toward Elizabeth, and in defense of his side of Wickham's story. Do you think his silence is "golden" (a wise choice), or do you think he should have been more vocal in these chapters?

In a way, I do think Mr. Darcy’s silence was a wise choice. He and Lizzy didn’t know each very well at that point in the book, and it would be rather awkward to spill the story that I know he tells to someone you don’t really know. It would almost be hard to take him seriously and one might wonder if he had made it up simply to make himself look better.

3. How would you respond to Mr. Collins if he proposed to you?

Not well, I’m afraid! It would just be so awkward. I definitely would have said no, but I would not have been as composed as Lizzy. I probably would have had a meltdown because it would just be such an awkward situation.

So another week of the read-along has come and gone. I’m really having fun with this read-along. Are you currently reading Pride and Prejudice? Or have you in the past and have any comments on this part of the book? Tell me about it in the comments!


-Miranda Atchley

Pride and Prejudice Read-Along Week 1



Hello readers and friends! Today I’m posting my first contribution for the Pride and Prejudice Read-Along. If you’d like to find out more, just visit seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com
      
In these chapters, we’ve been introduced to a vast cast of characters, the center of the book being the Bennets, the Bingleys, the Lucases, and of course, Mr. Darcy. We see the Bennets at home, and we see them attend the ball in which they are infamously introduced to the Bingleys and Mr. Darcy. We see how proud Mr. Darcy is and how Lizzy’s family sticks up for her upon his rejection.

This is my second time reading the book. I read it for the first time over two years ago, with a paperback that still sits on my shelf. This time, I opted for an e-book, seeing as I hadn’t yet read the free copy that has been on my Kindle for years.

Like Amber, I’m surprised by how little Lizzy is mentioned in the beginning. She’s sort of a background character in the first several chapters. Even so, I know we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the chapters to come.

Favorite Quote

“You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least.”

I really like this quote because it shows how witty Mr. Bennet is.

Discussion Questions

1: Which character do you most relate to? Whose worldwide views/personality most resembles your own?

I’ve always thought that I related more to Lizzy than any other Austen heroine because she likes to read and she isn’t so wrapped up in finding a husband like most young ladies in the Regency era were. Yet as I’ve been reading the book lately, I’ve started to think that in some ways I’m a little bit like Jane, seeing as she’s more quiet and reserved. As far as who’s views I most agree with, that would be Mr. Bennet.

2: Ponder Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s first impressions of each other. Might the story have been different if they had each responded differently at (and after) that first ball?

In a way, I do think it would have been different. There might not have been a book if they’d behaved amicably toward one another.

Have you been participating in the read-along? Or, have you already read Pride and Prejudice? If so, what do you think about these first chapters?

-Miranda Atchley

Of Covers and Book Sales



Hello readers and friends! I hope you’re all doing well today. I have a couple of fun things to share today. First, I want to let you all know that my fifth novel, All The Future Holds (The Abi Hensley Series Book 2), will be on sale. Starting October 1st and ending the 5th, the Kindle edition of the book will be free to download. If you haven’t read the book and want to be prepared for the sequel, Of Things To Come, now is the perfect time!

What the book is about:

In the year 1917, times are changing. In the midst of WWI and the women’s suffrage movement, the world seems divided. Abi Hensley finds herself, as well as those around her, affected by these events. As she continues to pursue her dreams of writing, her third novel is published, and is an instant success. Though this does bring with it more pressure, as it seems everyone she knows is curious as to her standing on the social changes taking place within the world. New people enter her life and help her to see things in a different perspective. Abi also meets a sad young woman with a background very similar to her own, who longs for guidance.

Throughout this difficult time in history, Abi and her friends learn to face things together with strength as they look forward to all the future holds.

I hope you all enjoy the book. If you download and read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or your blog. It would mean a great deal to me.

Now, onto the cover for Of Things To Come.



Isn’t it pretty? I really like the photo I found to use. The garden theme really fits this book because Abi starts working in her garden as a hobby.

What the book is about:

After enduring the First World War, most of the world is hoping to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward in the year 1919. Yet for Abi Hensley the happiness she felt upon the end of the war has been short lived. Grief stricken from the passing of a dear friend, she cannot seem to overcome the loss. Amidst her grief, she is also struggling with her writing, something that has always been a comfort to her. In light of these circumstances, she finds herself questioning many things in her life for the first time.

Can Abi get back to all that she loves and look forward to things to come?

Of Things To Come releases on October 27, 2017. You now can pre-order it here, and add it on Goodreads here.

Thank you so much for stopping to see the cover for Of Things To Come. I can’t wait for you all to read this book! And don’t forget to download All The Future Holds next week. Happy reading!


-Miranda Atchley

Pride and Prejudice Read-Along



Hey there, reader’s and friends. I’m just dropping in to let you know about a fun read-along that I’m going to participate in during the month of October.

Amber is hosting a read-along of Pride and Prejudice. The plan is to read two chapters each day, until the 31st, in which we’ll only read one chapter. Each Tuesday, she’ll post discussion questions on her blog. I’ve participated in other read-alongs she has hosted and they’ve all been a lot of fun. I encourage anyone interested to participate. If you would like to know more, just click here to go to Amber’s post. Can’t wait to re-read this classic!


-Miranda Atchley