Win an ARC!

Nope, not one of my books (at least, not yet).

One of the perks of authordom is getting an advance crack at reading other peoples’ books. One of my favorites this past year was A Lady Never Lies by debut author Juliana Gray.

The book takes the plot of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost , transposing the action to Tuscany in the late nineteenth century, where a bunch of English ladies and a group of gentlemen appear to have accidentally booked the same villa. It’s a little bit Shakespeare and a little bit Enchanted April and thoroughly delightful.

The book doesn’t officially come out until August, but Juliana is having a contest on her Facebook page. To be entered for a chance to win an early copy of A Lady Never Lies, just stop by and tell her your favorite Shakespeare couple– and then come back here and let me know which Shakespeare couple you chose! (Sorry, you don’t win anything for coming back here. But enquiring authors want to know.)

I know it’s a cliche, but I’m going to have to go Beatrice and Benedick. (Especially since there’s apparently a Joss Whedon Much Ado coming out! Who knew?)


  1. Julie H on July 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Joss Whedon and Shakespeare?! Sounds like my kind of thing!

    I’d have to pick the couple from one of my favorite plays, The Winter’s Tale – Florizel and Perdita. It’s been awhile since I read the plays. I don’t remember why I liked Winter’s Tale so well, but I know that I did.

    Also, just curious, are Writing Wednesdays going to continue once you get settled back in after all your recent excitement? I loved reading about your writing habits. And, they reminded me to keep working on my own!

  2. Céline on July 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I participated (thanks for the tip!!!) and chose, just like you and every body else, Beatrice and Benedick…

    But I’m far from having read all of Shakespeare’s plays, so there are still so many couples to discover!
    Which play is your favorite, Lauren? Much ado? Or is it only the Beatrice-Benedick couple that you love most?

  3. Christy on July 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Having also selected Beatrice and Benedict and feeling quite unoriginal, I’m wondering if they are just simply Shakespeare’s best couple of the 1500’s or if their fan club also gravitates to your writing, Lauren. Possibly both. Hmm. How is married life in the new apartment treating you? I hope all is well.

  4. Jane B on July 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hermia and Lysander, because in spite of parental opposition, mischief-making fairies, brief attractions to others, and being only secondary characters, they win through at last. Besides, Hermia’s one of the wittiest women in Shakespeare.

  5. MelissaW on July 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Harry and Katherine from Henry V – it’s the bad “Franglish”. Cracks me up every time.

  6. Christine on July 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Haha I didn’t want to be the millionth person to say Beatrice and Benedick, so I went with Hamlet and Ophelia. Tragic and volatile but fascinating.

  7. NikkiB on July 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Othello and Desdemona. Because their love was so beautiful… yet so destructive. Got to love that story.

  8. Ashley on July 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I love Viola and Orsino from 12th Night! All the mix-ups and the cross dressing, and there is just so much fun going on in that play. Viola is such a great character.

  9. Nicole on July 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I have to say Viola and Orsino, also, even though now it looks like I’m just copying the post right above mine. 🙂 Really, though, I like the zaniness of that play, and Shakespeare’s cross dressing antics always make me laugh. (In all honesty, I probably like Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship the most, but that one already has much love!)

  10. Tessa on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I have to give due to my younger self, and pick Helena and Demetrius. Perhaps because I also suffered much for unrequited love, but I was completely ok with the faries bewitching him into loving Helena again (especially since it is obvious that he “ruined” her).

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