Series Name & Book #: THE JANE AUSTEN ACADEMY SERIES #4
Expected Release or Date Published: 5/7/13
Published By: Gray Life, LLC J
Genre: young-adult / contemporary
Fanny doesn't want to be at The Jane Austen Academy. She intends to lay low until graduation when she can try out for the Olympic track team. She doesn't need friends or love. She only needs her running.
But The Academy is in danger. In an effort to save it, Fanny joins forces with the friends she never knew she wanted. Suddenly, Fanny finds herself center stage in the middle of the Academy's biggest love triangle as the lead in the school play...only this track star can't afford to break a leg.
* * *
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school.
Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the following sites:
January, Junior year
Fanny Sato banged her gavel on the desk. "This meeting of the Jane Austen Academy’s Asian American Cultural Society will come to order. Let the record show it is Monday, January seventh. Welcome back from Christmas break."
From the middle seat of the back row, Tran Blackburn’s gaze shifted to the empty seats to his left, the empty seats to his right, then back to her. He tilted his head and slid further down in his chair, his knees widening away from each other in his baggy cargos.
"I’ll take the roll," she said. "Tran Blackburn?"
"Present." His lips twitched ever so slightly when she insisted on parliamentary procedure even though membership in the Asian American Cultural Society had consisted of only the two of them since the Academy had opened up to boys at the beginning of the year.
The Society’s membership of two was still a 100 percent increase over the previous year, when she had been the only member. Not that there weren’t other Asian students at the Academy—just none who cared enough to join or who knew the club even existed, which had suited Fanny fine. She hadn’t recruited anyone for a reason.
"Agenda items?" she asked.
"Mischief and mayhem." Tran’s answer had been the same week after week. And week after week, Fanny denied him this request. She had tried to bore him out of the club by demanding they take calligraphy classes and study obscure historical texts and watch romantic manga shows. Only, he never seemed to get bored. Tran always came back.
At first, Fanny had found his persistence annoying. Then infuriating. But somehow, she’d come to expect him, then look forward to him, and today, finally, she needed his help.
For a girl who didn’t ask for help, this was a big deal.
"Tran Blackburn, the board is happy to grant your request for mischief and mayhem." She banged the gavel again.
"What did you have in mind, Flash?"
Fanny warmed. She hadn’t heard his nickname for her all Christmas break. She’d missed it. So she was grinning a little when she answered, "Maybe a little B&E?"
Tran shot out of his chair, his shirt shifting to reveal a sliver of the black tattoo across his belly. "Get out. What do you think B&E means? Tell me you think it means brioche and eclairs."
"Brioche and eclairs?" Fanny blinked in confusion—was this her Tran talking?
"I’m a guy who likes his pastry. Don’t change the subject. Are you serious? B&E? Do you know even what that is?"
"Of course I do. You think I don’t know my felonies because I’m a girl?"
"I think you don’t know your felonies because you’re Fanny Sato, track star, honors student, and all-around good girl. I mean, look at you."
"If that was a compliment, why do I feel insulted?" she muttered, feeling self-conscious now about her black hair in its ever-present ponytail and her standard uniform of T-shirt and sweatpants. Scratch that—she did wear her tracksuit, too.
Tran ran an anxious hand through his choppy black hair, giving her another glimpse of skin beneath the hem of his shirt. Usually, Fanny couldn’t care less about half-clothed guys. She was a runner, an athlete. She’d seen her fair share of naked abs and butt cracks while competing across the country, but nothing intrigued her the way Tran’s tattoos did. The way the black lines swirled across his skin and dove beneath his shirt at his collar, sleeves, and hem.
She dragged her eyes back up his chest to his face, and he was right there to meet her.
His dark eyes bored into hers with an intensity that sent shivers to her toes. "You’re serious, Flash." He took a step forward. "You and me." Another step. "Breaking and entering." He was at her desk. "Right now." Tran rested his knuckles on the desk and loomed over her.
She cleared her throat and scooted back her chair. Having him this close, this serious, made her throat itch. "Err…maybe I’m joking."
He smirked but rose up, giving her a chance to breathe. "We know that’s not your kind of humor."
She scowled. Somehow Tran had gotten to know her. In four short months, he’d figured out how to make her smile, when she needed oranges for an energy boost after a run, and how to tell when she was lying—like now. Which made him dangerous for a girl with a secret.
"I’m going to do it with or without you," she said, although she had no idea how to go about it. "I just thought you’d be interested."
The right corner of his lip toked up. "Why? Because I have tattoos and a tongue ring?"
"You have a tongue ring?" Fanny’s throat went dry again.
"The nose ring was getting old, so I thought I’d switch it up. Christmas present to myself."
"Can I see?" She hated herself for asking, but what girl wouldn’t?
Tran grinned. "Come and get it."
Fanny rolled her eyes and forced herself to look away. She tried not to look at his mouth, but her gaze strayed despite her intentions. He laughed and she glimpsed a flash of a silver bulb.
"Why look when you can touch?" he asked.
The gavel spun out of her hand and tumbled off the desk, she’d clutched it so hard. "No, thank you," she said a little too forcefully. She stood up, determined to come off cool. "I have more important things to think about than your body flair."
Tran silently mouthed flair as though he found the word distasteful.
"You’re always asking for mischief and mayhem." She slammed her hands against the table for emphasis. "You’re always complaining that nothing ever happens. I’m trying to make something happen."
"Well, come on, Flash." Tran beckoned to her with two fingers. "Let’s make something happen."
There will be 2 giveaways with this tour.
1st prize is a $25 Gift Card to Bookstore of Winner’s Choosing.
2nd prize is 5 copies of ANY Jane Austen Academy Book (winner can choose which they want)
Please use the raffle copter code below for the giveaway J