Saturday, October 12, 2013

At Least I'm Pretty Blog Tour {review, excerpt, giveaway}



{about the book}
Prince Dimitrie seems to have tough luck waiting for him around every corner. His most recent problems, a dangerous clan of gypsies threatening his life and his father presenting an ultimatum that he must marry within thirty days or lose his crown to his vehement sister, completely exasperate the young man. However, things appear to turn around when he unexpectedly meets a beautiful and seemingly eligible bride in a neighboring village. The fascinating and mysterious young woman steals his heart but with his history of bad breaks he cannot help but wonder if the captivating beauty is too good to be true.

Emerald Baillie is growing weary in her ploy to intimidate the supercilious Prince of Moldavia into releasing her imprisoned brothers. The stunning Duchess of Little Egypt confidently leads her life as gypsy royalty but trying to guide a large group of wayward menaces and keep them out of trouble proves tiresome, even for the poised young woman. With all the pressure resting on her shoulders she panics more and more each day. Fortunately for Emerald, Prince Dimitrie unintentionally makes her search for revenge against him much easier. However, sticking to her mischievous plan by abandoning all emotion and guilt is not as simple when her heart becomes involved.


Genre: YA Historical Christian Romance
Published: July 19, 2013


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{excerpt}
The Prince of Moldavia opened his eyes and looked around. Sure enough, the beautiful blond was gone again. “How can I find her?” He asked.“You can’t, boy. You can’t find a girl like Emerald Baillie. If she wants to be found, she’ll find you!” Vanda said simply with a shrug.“What do you mean? That is what I came here for. I must find her,” he begged.Vanda leaned in and chuckled, “You’ll search for her your whole life, even if you marry her. Believe me, she is only found if she wants to be. That is just the way Emerald is. Don’t worry, I believe you’ll see her soon, just be patient. Now, rush home immediately before you are caught here. Don’t you know how foolish you are? You’re in a campground surrounded by hundreds of people who hate you. Now run before I have you killed!”Prince Dimitrie didn’t make the old woman repeat her words. He jumped up and ran from the tent. He darted through the camp, passing the one he heard mysterious giggles from several minutes before. The Prince didn’t look behind him or even wince this time as he felt his legs carry him into the cool fog and although he couldn’t even see two inches in front of his face he never slowed his speed.He emerged from the thick haze unscathed and voiced a quick prayer of relief as he neared Suceava where his favorite steed was stabled. He jumped onto the back of his long-legged horse, Wind Storm, and galloped into the night. The Prince didn’t look back or take a full breath until he was safe in his grand master chamber at Praising Place an hour later.
{playlist}
-Bad Moon Rising: Creedence Clearwater Revival
-Gypsy: Fleetwood Mac
-Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress- The Hollies
-Fastest Girl in Town- Miranda Lambert
-Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis
-Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
-On the Edge of Seventeen- Stevie Nicks
-Bad Company- Bad Company
-Hotel California: The Eagles
-Mama’s Broken Heart- Miranda Lambert
-Leather and Lace- Stevie Nicks
-Witchy Woman- The Eagles
-Only Prettier- Miranda Lambert
-Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
-Crazy on You- Heart
-Jump On My Shoulders-Awolnation

{about the author}
Brittany Jo James was born and raised in the small town of Idabel, Oklahoma. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Conlee, who is now a soldier in the United States Air Force. They share two rowdy sons, Jagger and Jett. Brittany has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Her life revolves around living for God, caring for her family and writing, writing, writing. The James family is currently residing near Anchorage, Alaska until the USAF decides otherwise. The James family was recently featured on HGTV’s Living Alaska premiere episode as they searched for a home after moving from Florida to the wild frontier of Alaska.



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{my thoughts}
Brittany Jo James is such a talented writer! I loved her book My Knightly Dreams and she has done it again with another amazing YA Historical - At Least I'm Pretty! It was such a beautiful story! You have two people who are total opposites who fall in love and then have to fight to be together. You will be able to see the wonderous landscapes that James describes in detail. This book is full of love, adventure, and characters you will LOVE! It really makes you want to live in a world full of royalty and gypsies.