Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Pride & Popularity by Jenni James #BIR2011

Today I’m featuring Jenni James as part of Best I’ve Read. As a huge fan of both Jane Austen and Young Adult books her new book Pride and Popularity is a perfect mix of both and was right up my alley. You can read my review of the book HERE.

Jenni James Bio:

I’m married to a totally hot, redheaded Air Force Recruiter, named Mark. Together we have 10 kiddos (7 ours, 3 fostered). We have just moved back to the States after living 9 awesome years in the Azores Islands of Portugal and England! Our kids love the USA. When I’m not writing up a storm, I enjoy reading, acting, portrait painting, directing plays, cooking, planning elaborate parties and chasing my kids around the house.

INTERVIEW:
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Organization. Hands down. I think anyone who naturally possesses the talent of organization is a superhero. I struggle with this every single day of my life.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Well, since I’m rewriting & modernizing all 6 of the Jane Austen novels, I’ve got those coming out. The second one Northanger Alibi releases in February and the third Persuaded will come out this summer. Followed closely behind by Emmalee, Mansfield Ranch, and Sensible & Sensational.

I’m also working on a cookbook, some more YA, and a few Middle Grade novels… so stay tuned. *waggles eyebrows and grins*

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Oh, goodness! My most favoritest book, is still my most favorite story. I love to read it over and over again. And watch it, I own several—SEVERAL—different versions of this story: Cinderella. Which is why I guess I love Jane Austen so much.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up, never surrender! Don’t do it. If this is your dream, then work, scrape, beg, borrow and climb. Don’t worry about rejection—it’s just God’s way of saying, “they weren’t who I had in mind for you to work with anyway…”

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Right here. Right now. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Yes, there’s a lot of bad in this world, but there’s also so many amazing things happening under our noses. Miracles, cures, discoveries… this really is the most amazing time to be alive. I say do your part to get rid of the bad and allow this time to shine.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Lol! Yes. There’s a bit of me in every single book I write. There has to be, or it wouldn’t be real. Though, Chloe in Pride & Popularity is the most like me of any of The Jane Austen Diaries.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Eeek. Are you kidding me? Jane Austen’s Persuasion! Can you imagine? I think I just might faint at the thought. 😀

TV or Movies?
Movies. I don’t watch any television, but I’m a total movie buff.

Horror or Romance?
Romance all the way. *shudders* Life’s bad enough as it is, why dwell on the scariness of it too, when you can immerse yourself in perfectly wonderful romantical things? Lol!

Favorite quote from a movie?
I love love love the quote from Sydney White: When I meet a stranger, I expect them to act a little stranger. Hehehe.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
If you don’t know me, and you just see how crazy and happy and dorky I am, you may never realize my much more prominent and deeper spiritual side. I spend at least an hour every single day, usually more, praying, meditating, and finding out what the Lord has planned for me and what more I can do to improve myself.

Title: Pride & Popularity
Author: Jenni James
Series: #1 of The Jane Austen Diaries but stands alone
Publisher: Inkberry Press
Released: July 13, 2011

***AUTHOR’S DISCLAIMER***
If you are hoping to find a YA book full of paranormal beasts, sex, or teens who act much more like under-aged adults, I suggest you save your money and do not buy this book. In fact don’t buy any of The Jane Austen Diaries. However, if you are looking for a clean, lighthearted, sweet romance, where teens are good and happy and normal–like all of the teens I know (including my own!) then read on. You’ve come to the right place. 🙂 –Jenni

Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.

This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor.

There are 6 books planned in this series:
Pride & Popularity 
Northanger Alibi 
Persuaded 
Emmalee 
Mansfield Ranch 
Sensible & Sensational 
I’m looking forward to reading them all!

Content: Clean

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Pride and Popularity
Open to US only
Ends 12/31/11

Optional Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Jenni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Jenni_James
+1 Follow Jenni’s Blog: http://authorjennijames.blogspot.com/

Winner:
Danah