Romancing YA - Bethany Hagen

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Welcome to Romancing YA!

Big massive humongous shoutout to Hannah Reads Books for helping me organise such an amazing event! Unfortunately she is having blog problems and couldn't be a part!

Our next stop for the Romancing YA event, on this blog, is Bethany Hagen!

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Like Ron Swanson, I am a simple person. Run the dishwasher and give me a beer, and you can consider me wooed. But the main character in Landry Park, Madeline Landry is a little more delicate than that, and with Valentine's Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to see what Madeline requires from the average woo-er.

Five Things Madeline Landry Loves
5) Reading
4) Taking walks in the rose garden
3) Her family
2) Her estate
1) David Dana

Five Things Madeline Landry Hates
5) Balls
4) Long, tedious dinners
3) Poorly drawn up wills
2) Injustice
1) David Dana

Five Ways to Win Madeline Landry's Heart
5) Read The Lady of Shalott to her
4) Ask thoughtful questions
3) Take her on a sleigh ride
2) Admire her estate as much as she does
1) Be David Dana

Five Ways to Turn Madeline Landry Off
5) Be rude
4) Give her expensive, showy gifts
3) Take her to a ball
2) Treat other people with disdain
1) Be David Dana

Top Three Things to Say to Madeline Landry
3) "Do you like King Arthur?"
2) "This is the most beautiful estate I've ever seen."
1) "I'm David Dana."

Top Three Valentine's Day Wishes for Madeline Landry
3) Lavender Chocolate
2) A book of obscure love poetry
1) David Dana

Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. She grew up reading Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and all things King Arthur, and went on to become a librarian. Landry Park is her debut novel.

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Landry Park - Bethany Hagen

Released: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Dial
SynopsisDownton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

~ Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ The Book Depository ~

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The Author...

I have a basement full of books and a computer full of writing. I love drinking coffee and doing karate with my husband (usually not at the same time.)  I've been a model for a painter, stung by a sting-ray, stuck in a coma, and I used to dress up as a 1904 schoolmarm, but I got paid for it, so it's not weird. Currently the day job is in a library, so every once in a while I throw a temper tantrum about the Dewey Decimal system.

~ Website ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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  1. My list would be:

    1) An awesome indie rock concert in a romantic setting
    2) Pizza on a park bench
    3) A very sweet kiss

    Thank you :)

  2. A day of just spending time together.

  3. A romantic dinner with my loved one and a book as a gift hehe :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. (This is Darith L)

    Books and chocolates.

  5. 1. Home cooked dinner
    2. Fancy dessert out
    3. Husband

  6. My list would include a gift card for books and sleeping in!

  7. Sleep and a gift card for books was basically my Valentine's Day wish-list!

  8. Getting some books and staying home and relaxing.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Chocolate is honestly the only thing that would be on my list. And maybe an Amazon gift card to buy some books.

  10. Lots of books and chocolate!!

  11. Haha, I tweeted the other day, "Give me a $100 Barnes and Noble giftcard so I know it's real." So that's what I would want! Along with a nice box of chocolates. Yum!

  12. 1. chocolate
    2. books
    3. a boy friend

  13. Books, books and more books! That*s in my top list for Valentine's wishes.


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