Hi! I’m Lisa Henry and welcome to the blog tour for my new release, The California Dashwoods. I’m visiting some of my favorite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing The California Dashwoods, and sharing some of my influences, my ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment, for your chance to win a prize of a $20 Amazon voucher plus a vintage copy of Sense and Sensibility that I’ll post worldwide. The winner will be drawn on May 10.
Today I’d like to introduce you to the updated Dashwoods:
Elliott Dashwood is our main character. He’s twenty years old, and has spent the last three years looking after the paperwork and finance side of his father’s career—Henry is a painter—while his father undergoes chemo. He’s also been looking after the rest of the family as well and, when Henry passes away, Elliott is the one who shoulders the burden of making sure they’re all okay, both financially and emotionally.
He’s smart, and he’s sweet, but he’s also a realist. His first priority is always going to be looking after his mom and his sisters, not in whatever this thing is with Ned Ferrars.
In Sense and Sensibility, Elliott was Elinor.
Marianne Dashwood is nineteen. She’s very much her parents’ daughter: she’s a romantic at heart in the best possible way. She’s open and loving…and she wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s passionate and brave, because life is an adventure. Marianne doesn’t waste time worrying about the future. She’s all about seizing the day.
Greta Dashwood is thirteen. She’s guarded and sarcastic, and has a top notch glare game. Her frequent scowls hide the fact that her father’s death has shaken her world badly. Greta is an artist like her dad. She’s currently in her “paint everything black” stage. She thinks romance is stupid, and boys are stupid, and happy people are stupid, and she secretly hides the fact that she’s a sweet kid underneath layers of cynicism. She will probably grow up to single-handedly destroy the patriarchy.
In Sense and Sensibility, Greta was Margaret.
Mrs. Dashwood wasn’t given a first name in Sense and Sensibility, so I called her Abby. Abby is a free spirit, and an optimist. She believes that all they need is each other—which is fine in principle but not a lot of help when it comes to paying the bills. She adores her kids, and supports them in whatever they want to do, even if she worries that Elliott—her straight-laced little misfit in a family of nonconformists—worries too much.
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Length: 62 000
About The California Dashwoods
Make a new future. Choose your true family. Know your own heart.
When Elliott Dashwood’s father dies, leaving his family virtually penniless, it’s up to Elliott to do what he’s always done: be the responsible one. Now isn’t the right time for any added complications. So what the hell is he doing hooking up with Ned Ferrars? It’s just a fling, right?
Elliott tries to put it behind him when the family makes a fresh start in California, and if he secretly hopes to hear from Ned again, nobody else needs to know. While his mom is slowly coming to terms with her grief, teenage Greta is more vulnerable than she’s letting on, and Marianne—romantic, reckless Marianne—seems determined to throw herself headfirst into a risky love affair. And when Elliott discovers the secret Ned’s been keeping, he realizes that Marianne isn’t the only one pinning her hopes on a fantasy.
All the Dashwoods can tell you that feelings are messy and heartbreak hurts. But Elliott has to figure out if he can stop being the sensible one for once, and if he’s willing to risk his heart on his own romance.
A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
You can buy it here: https://books2read.com/dashwoods
About Lisa Henry
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escap
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
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To celebrate the release of The California Dashwoods, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon voucher and a vintage copy of Sense and Sensibility! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 9, 2018. The contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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