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Friday, December 18, 2009

Guest Post with Lindsay Eland and Scones and Sensibility Giveaway!

Today I'd like to welcome Lindsay Eland, debut author of SCONES AND SENSIBILITY, which releases next week on December 22nd.

In SCONES AND SENSIBILITY, Polly Madassa, the overly romantic heroine of the novel, uses her summer job delivering baked goods as a means for spreading romance throughout the quaint seaside town in which she lives. Lindsay has graciously brought forth a top ten list for us to enjoy, penned by the very own Polly herself!
So, without further ado, take it away Polly!


Penned by Polly Madassa

1. You will be completely forgiven for accidentally intoxicating your best friend with current wine after you have saved her younger sister from the croup because you knew that ipecac was the medicine needed to treat the illness.

2. You can completely ignore imbecile characters such as Clint, and expect their imminent demise at the end of the novel.

3. Such disastrous food concoctions such as tuna casserole do not have to be actually smelled or eaten, but rather simply thought of…which can, I admit quite honestly, be just as painful to a person well acquainted with “the chicken of the sea” as the actual eating of the casserole.

4. You may wear the most elegant of dresses and not be said to resemble an Amish girl…though note that I have nothing against that most pious group of people for they make a most splendid whoopee pie…though I do wonder at that chosen name…Chocolate decadence is so much more romantic.

5. A candelabra tipping over involves a great deal of drama with gentleman coming to the rescue of their one true love and then a new bedroom set ordered direct from Paris or London. It does not consist of your Mama and Papa secreting away the beautiful candelabra and forcing you to use a clip-on metallic light with a very horrifying snake-like neck to pen your words.

6. The game of whist is so much more intriguing when one merely reads about it than when one attempts to try and play with one’s not-so-romantic family who would much rather play either a game called Spit or one known as Sardines.

7. Horse drawn carriage rides are infinitely more romantic in a novella. Indeed, though the equine race is very elegant mammal, books never quite convey the scent that these great beasts emit while trotting and cantering along. So may I suggest a dainty lace embroidered handkerchief to place over your nose if you are ever given the opportunity to partake in a carriage ride?

8. Swooning and smelling salts. Indeed fainting is a much more delicate pastime in books than in real life. The female swoons upon a settee (and this very word is also another reason why books are much more romantic) in the arms of a very handsome gentleman. She is held most securely by his strong, capable arms and is awakened with a small bottle of tonic and then made to retire with quite a fuss made over her. Now, when one swoons, she must take great pains to look behind her before she performs the said swoon and at the risk of having icy water tossed into her face. Then she is promptly sent up to bed and the incident is only remembered when someone is in need of a laugh.

9. Vampires, such as the dashingly pale suitor, Edward Cullen, exist and that, I am convinced, is reason enough to want to never, ever stop reading…ever…(cu elegant swoon with smelling salts nearby)

10. You may imagine yourself as Elizabeth Bennet and hear Mr. Darcy explain over and over again how much he ardently loves you, body and soul, and never once does he refer to the color of your hair as glowing like a light bulb.

Lindsay knew she wanted to be a writer ever since fifth grade, when she won an honorable mention for her book “What Can You Learn From a Giflyaroo.” The book received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed among her family members. Sadly, with only ten hardbound copies produced, the book is now out of print. A true romantic, an avid espresso drinker, and a lover of all that can make her laugh, Lindsay lives in Breckenridge, Colorado, with her husband, their four kids, their dog, Cowboy, and various bears and foxes that venture into their yard.

Coming December 22, 2009
Egmont USA

Overly romantic Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Shirley walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful, wild land, a time where a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers.

But alas, she was not.

This however does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with a summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents bakery (how delightfully quaint) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force… um… encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together… whether they want to be or not.

Read my interview with Lindsay HERE.

Would you like to win a copy of this fantastic book?
Well, you're in luck because I have
FIVE COPIES to give away!

All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address.
Bonus entries for posting or linking to this contest on any social network of your choice.
The contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents.
Thanks & Good luck!
Ends 1/10/2009


~Jennifer~ said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great!

jennsicurella at verizon dot net

Book Crazy Jenn said...

This book ssounds amazing and oh soo fun! I would love to read it...

Jenn@ book-crazy.com


Ms_Blingammm said...

Great interview! Please include me!

h dot faesy @ gmail.com

Jessica Kennedy said...

LOL. She's funny! I swoon over Edward Cullen too..... ;)

I'd love to read this. The cover looks like an icing covered cupcake and I want to bite it. Is that weird?


Jessica Kennedy said...

LOL. She's funny! I swoon over Edward Cullen too..... ;)

I'd love to read this. The cover looks like an icing covered cupcake and I want to bite it. Is that weird?


Bethie said...

The book sounds great. Please count me in.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Orchid said...

Sounds like an interesting book. :)

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Such a fun cover!
(this is not an entry)

StephTheBookworm said...

Looks like an awesome book and fun guest post! Please enter me in.


Stacy said...

This is the first I have heard of this book but it sounds like a really great read! Count me in!


Anonymous said...

What a fun list and contest!

katieleigh83 at gmail dot com

nfmgirl said...

The book sounds charming! And I like #2:
2. You can completely ignore imbecile characters such as Clint, and expect their imminent demise at the end of the novel.

Don't you wish life were that predictable?

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win this!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D



Anonymous said...

There's so much buzz around this book. I can't wait to read it!

angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Vera said...

Please enter me! vvperesk@gmail.com

tetewa said...

Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

RKCharron said...

Hi Lindsay :)
Thank you for the fun post. I was grinning throughout. :)
Merry Christmas!
PS - I Tweeted about Lindsay being here.
PPS - I`ve read about Whist too (Horatio Hornblower) but have no idea how to play it either. :)

KatieDoll said...

I was going to get this with my birthday money next month, but maybe I'll get lucky!

I linked to my sidebar- http://www.sophistikatied.blogspot.com
& I tweeted-http://twitter.com/sophisti_katied/status/6801978053


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

This book sounds great, and I love the cover art! Please enter me.

I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookmonstrosity/status/6802042185


brizmus said...

Yay! I've been wantin g to read this book! :-)
I put it in my sidebar under the contest list - http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com


GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I love this list-books are better!:) Why would anyone ever stop reading?

I'm really looking forward to this one!

greenbeanteenqueen at gmail dot com

justpeachy36 said...


Please enter me in the giveaway.

I retweeted here:


xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me!


J. Lee said...

Please enter me :D


throuthehaze said...

I would love to read this book! Count me in please

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Vision said...

Lol @ #7. So true

vision.nguyen AT gmail DOT com

van_pham said...

Sounds like a really cute book, please enter me :)

Van P.

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

LOL at the top ten! Looks like a very fun book. And that cover is adorable.

Awesome giveaway!

- Nikki
nikkinizzle [at] gmail.com

Jessy said...
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Dani. said...

This looks adorable! :)


Jessy said...

The cover is so cute. Please enter me.

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Emma015/statuses/6806518881

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

lol, Edward Cullen is reason enough for me why reading is better than real life. :P


Julie said...

This sounds awesome!


nicoliolipoli said...
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Book Addict Girl said...

Sounds cute!!!

+1 posted on my sidebar


Euphoria13 said...

Nice giveaway!

+1 my email aqua_lily13@hotmail.com

+1 tweeted about this giveaway


Dannie said...

awesome :)


Sharon said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the chance to win it!
sbrockis (@) embarqmail (.) Com

cait045 said...

This book looks too cute.


Margay said...

I love books that are takes on Jane Austen novels and this one looks like it's right up my alley!

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Margay/status/6812237623

Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/MargayLeahJustice?ref=nf


Star Shadow said...

What a cute looking book,
I linked on twitter/twolilstarz


WilowRaven said...

Please enter me :)



Robyn said...

Sounds very good! Please count me in!


Bianca said...

Thank you for this giveaway! This is one of the books for my debut author challenge!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

jpetroroy said...

Please enter me!

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

If heard some really great things about this book I would love one of those copys Please Enter me

I linked on my Blog <http://denisemadness.blogspot.com/

Denise MAdness


Dar said...

Hi there, I've got this posted at Win a Book for you. No need to enter me.

Kelsey said...

Awesome giveaway! I really, really want to read this :)

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

Laura Hartness said...

LOVED that Polly penned the Top 10! So creative!

Here are my attempts at entries:

**Tweet: http://twitter.com/lhartness/status/6819160968

**Blog posting: http://calicocritic.blogspot.com/2009/12/contests-of-week-december-16.html

**I also added the contest to my sidebar on the same blog

Thanks for the chance to enter!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Kristen said...

Fantastic giveaway!


dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Allison said...

Please enter me! :)


Katrina said...

I would love a chance to win,
khal5671 AT gmail.com

I tweeted; http://twitter.com/BloodyBad/status/6822003688

celi.a said...

I'd love to win a copy! I've been thoroughly enjoying the different Jane Austen-esque YA novels popping up here and there, and this one sounds fantastic.


Haleyknitz said...

enter me please!! haleymathiot@yahoo.com

+1 posted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

MoziEsmé said...

This does look like a fantastic book. Count me in!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Bonnie said...

I added this book to my wishlist as soon as I heard about it. I'd love a chance to win a copy. What a great guest post, Lindsay has a great sense of humor.


Bonus Entries:

1. I blogged/posted this in my sidebar


2. I retweeted this as well on twitter/bonnieredlady

a real librarian said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. The cover is adorable! Please count me in.

Sidebar: http://goodgonegirl.blogspot.com


Anna ♥

AmandaSue said...

I'd love a chance into this giveaway thanks!!


dor said...

This canadian girl would love a chance to win...and I follow...dor

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

+1 tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/6850767209

+1 sidebar http://owyforya.blogspot.com

Samantha LeAnne said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I've heard such awesome things about this book!


+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/SamanthaLeAnne/statuses/6850938156

Deborah said...

Please enter me! I've been really wanting to read this book. Thanks!

Ashley said...

I'd love to win this! Thanks.

+1 Posted on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

Esme said...

Thanks for the giveaway

chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...



chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

Book Monster said...

Awesome contest!! I would love to enter it :)


Abby said...

Ooh, sounds good and I love the pretty cover! Please enter me - thanks!


Theresa said...

Great contest! Please enter me!


Melissa Burmester said...

Please enter me


stargirlreads said...

would love to win!


Marian said...

I'd love to read more about the baked goods. And the romance(s), of course. :)


mdperera at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

This sounds like fun. Count me in please!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

What a great interview! The book sounds so charming. Count me in for a chance!

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Alyssa said...

Another great post. Keep them coming!

And please enter me too. :)


Blogged about it here: http://theshadyglade.blogspot.com/2009/12/contest-roundup-december-21.html

Aik said...

This one sounds like an interesting read!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I tweeted:


aikychien at yahoo dot com

BUSY BEE said...

Great post - especially entertaining (liked the part about carriage rides...)

This book sounds terrific. Like the cover art and the title...

Enter me in - would love to win it.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

LiLi said...

I'd been wanting this book since a while back!

Tweeted about contest: http://twitter.com/Lilixtreme/statuses/6939242653


Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Sue said...

Looks so cute! Thanks for sharing it.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

GMR said...

Oh, since I saw the cover to this one, I've envied it. (Yes, guilty of cover envy) The story sounds like great fun and yes, I totally agree on the horse drawn carriage ride comment. Best taken in winter if one does take one at all.... =0)

Please count me in for the contest!
+1 - linking on sidebar under contest! (http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com)
+1 - tweet tweet! (http://twitter.com/GRgenius/status/6973663659)

Happy holidays....and happy reading!


Brittany said...

Sounds adorable, ♥

beautifulxdisaster [@] gmail [.] com

Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the contest. Hope I'm able to win a copy.

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jullysay/statuses/6991289592


Ashley R. said...

wow great contest! i heard really good things about this book.the author interview was cool! she is awesome!!


Marie said...

I so want to read this, it's on my books to read list!


Kate said...

Thanks for the interview! And for hosting one amazing contest.

+1 added to sidebar


Brenda said...

This sounds like a terrific book. Please enter me in this giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

This book looks like a lot of fun, I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

whatbookisthat at gmail dot com


robin_titan said...

I loved Sense and Sensibility to I'm very curious about this book.

I posted on my sidebar here:


Dawn M. said...

This sounds like a really cute story. Would love the chance to read it. Count me in, please!

Heh. Loved the Top Ten list. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson said...

Sounds like a good read.

seriousreader at live dot com

DarcyO said...

Sounds fun! Please include me.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...


dlodden at frontiernet dot net

nfmgirl said...


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Margie said...

Sounds like a charming book! Thanks for the chance to win.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

I'd love to win this! <3 <3

For extra entries:
tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookshopaholic/status/7146885131


Erin said...

The premise of this book seems so cute! I wanna read it so badly!


:) Erin

Nely said...

This sounds lovely - I would love to win it.


Bookworm22 said...

It is a VERY good book. I just finnished reading it the other day which lead me to read Pride and Prejudice, which is also a VERY good book (so far, and it can only get better). Also, it came out on my birthday!

(this is not a contest entry)

Holly said...

Would love to win a copy of this!


lag123 said...

I have heard a lot about this book and would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks for having this giveaway!
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lag32583/status/7251875418


RaeReads said...

I would love to win.
Tweeted: http://twitter.com/RaeReads/status/7262917645

Megan said...

Great contest! Count me in.


Maddy said...

This book sounds interesting! please enter me!


rhapsodyinbooks said...
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

Oops, forgot to put my email on the previous post: I'm redoing it!

I'd love to win, please enter me!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

SewCalGal said...

Thanks for the great book review. Really sounds like a fun book. Please count me in your giveaway, as I'd love to read a copy of this book!

sewcalgal {at} live {dot} com

SewCalGal said...

I've posted about your giveaway on my site where I share insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgalcontestinfo.blogspot.com/

I'll also share via Facebook & Twitter too!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am a Jane Austen fan and this book sounds like it would be right up my reading alley. Thanks for such a great giveaway, and for entering me :-)

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fun read. Thanks!

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Great interview! :) I enjoyed reading it, LOL at tuna casseroles.

Would love to be entered!


JG said...

She had me from the Green Gables reference! I'd love to read this!

Posted in my sidebar

theintrovertedreader [at] gmail [dot] com

Andrea said...

I want to win!

Sab H. said...

Enter me please!

+1 sidebar: www.yabliss.com

yabliss AT gmail DOT com

Stacey said...

+1 twitter (http://twitter.com/PageTurnersBlog/status/7335405383)

secsec1 (at) gmail (dot) com

xollinzolox said...

This book sounds wonderful! I would love to read it! :)


Sarah (Limerick) said...

Scones and Sensibility sounds so cute! Thanks for the contest.

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Guinevere said...

This is on my reading list for the 2010 Debut Authors' Challenge! I am so looking forward to reading it.

Please enter me -- Guinevere dot Rowell at gmail

Also, tweeted for +1 - http://twitter.com/GuinevereRobin

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds like a very interesting read. I think I would really enjoy it. Please enter me. Thanks!


missreneer said...

This looks like such a great read. Thanks for the great interview and contest :)


Anonymous said...

the cover looks fun and the story sounds interesting.


Kirthi said...

This sounds like such a cute book! Please enter me! I also blogged about this: http://the1bookblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/contests-and-giveaways-to-enter.html


Kirthi said...

This sounds like such a cute book! Please enter me! I also blogged about this: http://the1bookblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/contests-and-giveaways-to-enter.html


dsandyboy said...

Count me in.


FrankSandy said...

Please enter me. walkerd@primus.ca

Gwendolyn B. said...

ooooo! I would soooo love to read this! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/7390745394

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

rubynreba said...

Please enter me. Thanks!

ossmcalc said...

This sounds like such a fun book to read. I really need something on the light side to read currently. Please enter me.

Thank you,


ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/7430600012

Thank you,


Emily said...

This book sounds amazing! Enter me please.

emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

Sounds like a darling book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh...I want to read this book so, so bad! I'm totally in! Thanks! :D

My e-mail: lady.dashti(at)gmail(dot)com

+1 Link on my blog's contests page: http://bookbutterflyangel.wordpress.com/contests/
+1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/bookbutterfly/status/7566625837

ossmcalc said...


I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/7583684890

Thank you,


Mindy said...


etirv said...

I would like to be entered!


jocelyn said...

Enter me, please! pearcejm@gmail.com