August Adventure #2: THE ASHFORD AFFAIR!

Today’s Adventure: The Ashford Affair, by Lauren Willig.

Just to rehash the drill….

10 Great Authors, 10 Unforgettable Adventures. With every “Today’s Adventure” post between August 1 and August 13, you can register to win the featured book and the grand prize of all 10 books. We’ll announce winners on August 14.

You may enter today’s contest at my website (i.e. right here on the website on the Contest page) OR by liking my Facebook author page.

Here’s me:

“They really lived, didn’t they?” says my modern heroine wistfully.

It’s 1999, and my modern heroine, Clemmie Evans, is looking around her own life—endless work at a law firm where she’s hoping to make partner, a studio apartment she’s never properly moved into—and realizing that she doesn’t entirely like what she sees. As she starts to dig into the life of her grandmother, she feels shamed by the dramatic changes her grandmother encountered and mastered: the twilight of the aristocracy, two World Wars, a move from London to Kenya and then from Kenya to New York.

Of course, Clemmie doesn’t know the whole story. As the book opens, we meet her grandmother Addie in 1926, on a train from Mombasa to Nairobi, stained with sweat and dust, wondering what on earth she’s doing, leaving her flat, job, and fiancé back in London to travel halfway across the world to visit a cousin she hasn’t seen in five years, a cousin who was once her closest friend and then the source of her greatest tragedy.

Both women, one in 1926, one in 1999, are about to embark on journeys that will change their lives, journeys both physical and emotional.

Perhaps adventure—real adventure—always begins by accident….

To learn more about The Ashford Affair, visit my Ashford page, where you can find the Prologue and first chapter of the book.

There are two ways to win a signed copy of The Ashford Affair! You can go to my Contest page and enter there OR like my Facebook author page. I’ll be picking one winner from each.

Keep up with the latest adventures and chances to win through any of the authors:

Alison Atlee, The Typewriter Girl (Facebook) (Website)

Jessica Brockmole, Letters from Skye (Facebook) (Website)

T.J. Brown, Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening (Facebook) (Website)

Sarah Jio, The Last Camellia (Facebook) (Website)

Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird (Facebook) (Website)

Katherine Keenum, Where the Light Falls (Website)

Stephanie Lehmann, Astor Place Vintage (Facebook) (Website)

Kate Noble, Let it be Me (Facebook) (Website)

Deanna Raybourn, A Spear of Summer Grass (Facebook) (Website)

Lauren Willig, The Ashford Affair (Facebook) (Website)

The adventures continue on Monday with T.J. Brown’s Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening….


  1. Sue Gorman on August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    What a wonderful contest! Thank you and have a great weekend!

  2. Christine on August 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Ok stupid question, but it applies to all the contests in the Adventure – if we already like the author’s Facebook page, are we already entered to win?

    • Lauren on August 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Not a silly question! There’s no way for me to count existing likes for the contest, just new ones, so since you’ve already liked the Facebook page, you should enter on the Contest page. I’ll amend the post to clarify that later.

  3. Carmee Ross on August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Yes, I agree, great contest! Thank you for the super giveaway!

  4. Lauren on August 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Not a silly question, Christine! Since there’s no way for me to count existing likes for the contest, anyone who has already previously liked my page should enter here on the contest page so I’ll be sure to have the entry. I’ll amend the contest post to clarify that.

  5. Betty S. on August 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Wonderful contest! Thanks!

  6. Kathleen on August 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Great idea!!! Thank you!

  7. Donna D on August 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I always had tho’t I’d be like Clemmie – career woman. But I got married, had 2 children, and the jobs I’ve held have not been *career* ones. But I don’t regret one minute of any of it.
    I would like to read about *MY* grandmother’s life, but since I can’t, I’d like to read about Clemmie’s grandmother Addie.

  8. Julie-ann Ford on August 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful talent. I am a reading addict.

  9. Nicole Laverdure on August 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I would have love to be Clemmie in 1999! I love stories that are about women! I would love the opportunity to read and review your book! Your book cover is so pretty! Thank you

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