Seeking Mansfield

Sometimes you meet someone who wants to ring a cowbell while timing pitches sessions for New York literary agents and you fall in love. Such was the case with Kate Watson. The fact that she wrote an awesome YA that released just a week after MY awesome YA just made it all the sweeter! Here’s a little about her debut Seeking Mansfield, a retelling of Mansfield Park.

About the Book

Sixteen year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. If she could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertram’s, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his vapid sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.

But Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

Want more on Seeking Mansfield?

Kate’s been featured on all sorts of blogs, but I’m going to link you to one of my favorites. I just met the ladies at YAandWine at Roselyn Eve’s launch party. They reviewed Shatter just for eating cupcakes with me! Plus their site is beautiful and their reviews fun and smart. (Mm, love fun and smart)

YA And Wine: Did Seeking Mansfield just Out Swoon Mansfield Park?! 

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Crowd-Sourced Book Trailer

Come to my Facebook Launch Party &
Be in a Book Trailer!

That’s right. I’m making a crowd-sourced book trailer in one hour. Be in it! Basically I’m issuing humorous challenges, collecting short videos and stitching the footage together for a short trailer about my story. This whole thing is going down Monday April 17. Come get in the trailer or get your kids in. The event is in the comments. Just sign up to participate. Please! Just one video from you. It’ll be awesome.

Here’s an example challenge, performed by my kiddos. (My novella in the collection is about a dancer locked in a fitness challenge with a CrossFitter guy.)

Challenge: Elaborately warm up the way you think an intense Crossfitter would and start a race.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can do this with me. You rock. I’ll “release” the video with all your ugly mugs

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