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Saturday, December 18

Tasha Alexander's 'Dangerous to Know': A Book Giveaway for After the Holidays!

Gentle Readers: Yes, you read correctly. I will be giving away Tasha Alexander's latest novel of suspense, Dangerous to Know. Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband Colin are back to solve another murder in the fifth of the Lady Emily mystery series.In the following quote, Tasha describes the evolution of her character to Gregory Weinkauf:
"Going back to the beginning, I wanted to write about a young woman coming into her own, going beyond her class, seeing a broader world, having an intellectual awakening -- and then having a relationship with a man who, although enlightened, is still a Victorian guy. In Tears of Pearl Colin and Emily were having tension because of her role in the investigation. If you're going to do investigative work, it's dangerous, even if you're not being reckless. [Corker of a climax, incidentally: resourceful deployment of petticoat.]

But if you're in love with someone who's doing something dangerous, you're going to worry, and want to keep that person safe. So Colin let her do her thing in Tears of Pearl, even though it was hard for him, but then in the next book [Dangerous to Know] I wanted him to stand back and say, "Hang on! I might be enlightened, but I'm also in charge!" This is the nineteenth century. And we, in the 21st century, think: "Outrageous! She can't put up with her husband saying this and stopping her!" But that's what would have happened in that time period. For the two of them, in the end of this novel, and subsequently in the rest of the series, to have a peace between them about this work thing, it's got to be that he's pushed, she's pushed, and they both see that there's no easy answer."
For a chance to win this book (the winning name will be drawn on January 4th), tell us which mystery about Jane Austen's life you'd like to solve. 

Sadly, once again, I can only ship the book to those who live in the U.S. or Canada.

26 comments:

Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

Thanks for sharing Tasha's thoughts; they were quite interesting. It is such a great series :)

Barbara said...

I would like to know who Jane's true love was...she had to have one to write the way she did!

Enid Wilson said...

The book cover looks awesome. Looking forward to it.

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Eliza Martin said...

I want to know why Jane's family really burned her letters. Was there something (or maybe multiple somethings) that they didn't want anyone to find out about?

sequesterednooks said...

I would love to know what Jane's plans were for "The Watsons" (other than having Joan Aiken finish it).

Anda said...

I would also like to know about why the family burned her letters and why if she was really ok with not chosing Tom Lefroy

vvb32 reads said...

intriguing title. which begs the crossover question, who was jane's love? does he remain a mystery because he was Dangerous to Know?

Artzy Heart said...

Wh was he...really? There had to have been someone to whom she remained intensely true and could see none other in his place.

Liz said...

I would like to know if Jane ever planned to publish her name on her novels.

Amy L said...

I also would like to know if she regretted not marrying Tom Lefroy.

shelley said...

I too would like to know whether she regretted not marrying Tom and also why her family destroyed her letters.

Jim Carmin said...

I would like to know more about Jane's relationship with her elder sister, Cassandra...but in the meanwhile, thanks!

Ruth said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity! Let's see...I think I'd want to know the truth about Jane's "True love"...

cec said...

Perhaps because I've entered my own period of decrepitude, I'd like to know Jane in her later years, particularly during the decline of her health. How did she keep going?

Nonna Beach said...

I'm with some others...the letters and why they were burned ??? Just nosey I guess !

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I would love to know who inspired her enchanting male characters...

Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

Beautiful cover. I noticed this in my book store and it caught my eye. I am curious about the series and I love mysteries, so the combination is intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway Vic.

Maria Lucia Riccioli said...

I'd like to know more about her secret love and her everyday life during her last years... but maybe it's right that such things remain a mystery...

chasingthestars said...

I would love to know more about her relationship with Tom Lefroy, "Becoming Jane" just made me more intrigued about it!

Amy said...

This looks interesting! I'll have to check out "Tears" ASAP!

susied said...

I would love to know more about her quiet life in general. I still secretly hope that one day someone in England will find some missing letter or whatever written by Jane.

Anonymous said...

As many others, I would like to know what was in the missing parts of her letters. Why were they cut out? What were they trying to conceal from future generations?

Lieder Madchen said...

I would like to know if her characters were inspired by real people. I would love to think that there was a real Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I love Tasha Alexander's books, and I hope that the series keeps going!

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Leia said...

I would like to know where she got her tanacity and boldness for such free thought and to become a writer. I guess what her family life was like to form the person of Jane Austen.

Alisha said...

To know what Jane Austen had in mind for both The Watsons and Sanditon would really be interesting to me. I read the completion of Sanditon by "Another Lady" and saw what potential the characters have; while the imaginings of the "other lady" were perfectly enjoyable, how great it would be to know what twists and turns Jane Austen herself had in mind!

Artzy Heart said...

Like everyone else, I want to know about Jane's true love. Was there really one, and if so, who was he?