Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Bethany Hagen to the blog as part of a blog tour for her novel, Landry Park. We also have an awesome giveaway for you guys, so after reading the guest post and checking out Landry Park be sure to scroll down and enter! 

Guest Post:

I started thinking about Landry Park a few years ago, while I had a job working at a history museum. I gave two tours—one of an Edwardian schoolhouse and the other of a 1950s All-Electric House. And so to that end, I was thinking about and talking about (and dusting the Plexiglas off) some very disparate things. It was lacy dresses and pictures of Edwardian debutantes one day and then the next it was Cold War hysteria and bomb shelters. After about a hundred hours of solitary roaming in the exhibits in between tours, the grain of the idea began to take hold—a future that depended on nuclear power, a future that looked a lot like the past.

I think Landry Park blends together two things that I’m passionate about, which is nineteenth century literature and science. It’s nice to know that all those days in college lying in bed and watching Science Channel documentaries didn’t go to waste. And also that all those endless viewings of Pride and Prejudice came in handy. (I like to remind my husband of that. Him: Are you watching that again? Me: It’s for RESEARCH. Him: Whatever helps you sleep at night.)

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About the book:

Author: Bethany Hagen
Pub. Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Dial
Pages: 384
Find it: Goodreads |Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

About the author:

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Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City, meaning she can tolerate jazz for brief amounts of time and is offended by dry rub barbecue. She grew up reading Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur. When she's not working at the library or running around with her kids and husband, she's writing or thinking about writing. Landry Park is her debut book.

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