21 October 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Just Ella
by Annette K. Larsen.
Audience/Genre: Proper Romance, Young Adult.
Publication: August 14th 2013 by Hidden Falls Publishing.
A proper, clean Romance

Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she'd imagined.

"I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."

Reviewed by Kelly.

ADORABLE! That’s how I feel about this book. It is a clean, very well written, proper romance. It shows the struggle of the love formed between a princess and a gardener; aka a commoner. It also shows the love and fierce protectiveness of a King (and his stubbornness) for his daughter. No one will ever be good enough for a father’s daughter, especially not royalty. There is a bond between sisters but it shows how different each sister is. There is forgiveness, love, sorrow, anger, corruptness, loyalty, honor, friendship and family here. This book just sucks you in and makes you feel it all. It shows a truly good person’s heart.

I started reading this book one day and I had an appt that night to take my daughter to and I wanted to cancel it because I wanted to finish it and didn’t want to be interrupted but I went. Later that night, I didn’t want to make dinner but I did and read while cooking. I totally ignored my family and went to read and I realized how rude I was because I had been so absorbed in Ariella and Gavin’s story that I completely neglected by own life's story, but I just HAD to finish it now! That’s how absorbed I was. I shed a few tears with her plight!

This is a story about Ariella who we see in the beginning trying to escape the palace walls to go on an adventure outside the palace. She is caught and humiliated when her mother sees her. But Ariella is loyal and wants to see and do other things than what is proper. She wants to do what others do; she wants a purpose. So, she goes to the beautifully sculpted maze and meets Gavin, the gardener, (which is very cute how they first meet) and they form a friendship. She learns about him and he teaches her about life and gardening and sneaks her outside the palace but with his protection. Then they both realize that this is more than just friendship here. But they know it cannot be.

There is a lot of heartbreak and learning and miscommunication and misunderstandings. There is also a prince who is not a good man who has had his eyes on Ariella for years and she knows he is vile and tries to ignore him but he is persistent. He makes a good villain.

I want to write more, but less is better here.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a clean romance, who enjoys fairy tales, who liked Blackmoore or Edenbrooke, or just anyone! I would give it more stars if I could. It is just that good! I got this book for the tour on my kindle but I ordered a physical copy too because I will be reading it over and over in the years to come. It is a timeless masterpiece!

“No!” I shrieked, stepping toward Gavin but stopping myself. The guard hesitated and I looked back at my father, reaching a hand toward him, pleading. “Father, please! He’s a friend! He didn’t take me away; he only did what I asked. Please stop this,” I begged. I could hear the horror in my own voice, the disbelief and the desperation I felt. It was as though I were being torn in two, as though my arms—one outstretched to halt my father, the other itching to pull Gavin from harm’s way—were pulling me in opposite directions, and if I moved at all, I would be torn to pieces.

"I fell in love with this book. Treat yourself to something wonderful. You can't go wrong with Just Ella!" ~Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

"By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well." ~Jana Miller

"Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page." ~Kimi

Just Ella is $4.99 for the rest of October for the tour and then will go up to $5.99 on November 1st on Amazon

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 11/5/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.

I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. This sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com