Not Just Any Jane: My Plain Jane Blog Tour, Famous Janes + Giveaway

It's no secret that I am a big fan of these authors and their previous joint adventure with MY LADY JANE. So, you can imagine how excited I am to participate in this blog tour for the Janies and their new Jane book baby, MY PLAIN JANE. In honor of this recent release (Hello, just this past Tuesday and I hope you have purchased it) I am showcasing a list of famous Janes to join these lovely Janies.

About the Book
Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre—a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions in this stand-alone follow-up to My Lady Jane, which was called “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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About the Authors:
Brodi Ashton
Cynthia Hand
Jodi Meadows

We're the authors of the young adult novels, MY LADY JANE, and MY PLAIN JANE, which is coming in June 2018. Our group is made up of Brodi Ashton (New York Times bestselling author of the EVERNEATH series and DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY), Cynthia Hand (New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY series, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and THE HOW AND THE WHY), and Jodi Meadows (New York Times bestselling author of the INCARNATE trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN duology, and the FALLEN ISLES trilogy). Between the three of us we've written nineteen novels, a bunch of novellas, a handful of short stories, and a couple of really bad poems, but we have the most fun working on our books together. We're friends. We're writers. We're fixing history by rewriting one sad story at a time. See THE AUTHORS tab for more information.


One evening while Mr. Rochester was asleep when he was rudely awoken by a formidable ghost that informed him that he must marry a woman named Jane. But, not any Jane, it had to be a famous Jane.  With this celebrated woman he would finally find true love and happiness, otherwise he would suffer like no one has suffered before. 

Not wanting to endure a life of certain misery and pain he set about the task of finding this woman, this famous Jane,  the one that would set his world on fire and give him his heart's desire.  Yet, Mr. Rochester was unsure  of how to go about this task since history is full of famous woman named Jane. 

So, he enlisted the help of The Ravenous Reader, matchmaker extraordinaire,  and she set about the task of finding his true love. It wasn't an easy mission but after collecting data from a few hundred centuries  she believed that she came up with a fantastic list of famous Jane's that anyone would give their teeth for. She presents Mr. Rochester with the top six famous Jane's and he responds with commentary to each one. Let's see what he says and if he select's one to make him happy. 

Famous Jane #1
Mr. Rochester: Contrary to popular belief, I cannot stand drinking tea and what is this Batchelor that she likes to watch? I cannot have her looking at others while she is married to me. Hard Pass.

 Famous Jane #2
Mr. Rochester: An immaculate conception? How does one go about artificial insemination? It does not sound like any fun at all.  I will have to say no to this.

Famous Jane #3
Mr. Rochester: Oh My, this one's family sounds dreadful and I cannot help but keep scratching my neck at the thought of this young lady. It will also have to say not to this one.

Famous Jane #4
Mr. Rochester: This Jane seems a bit too advanced for me. Her love of fashion and gadgetry perplex me to no bounds and I fear my bank account would go dry within a few years. Another one I regretfully will have to say no to.

Famous Jane #5
Mr: Rochester: Although I enjoy having a good time drinking and carousing with the best of them I prefer to do so with my best mates. This Jane seems a bit to adventurous for me. I must also say no to this one.

Famous Jane #6
Mr. Rochester: I need a governess at Thornfield and she seems to see spirits as I have. She is also passionate and strongly principled and seeks a male with a last name that begins with the letter R. My last name is Rochester! Coincidence? I think I have found my famous Jane. 

Blog Tour Schedule

Here Is a Tour Schedule filled with amazing bloggers and that all have great posts that are creative and fun. Make sure to check them all out.

Blog Tour Schedule

Week 1
June 25 - The YA Book Traveler - Trailer & Review
June 26 - Alexa Loves Books - Gift Guide
June 27 - YA Wednesdays - Jane’s Playlist
June 28 - Novel Novice - Styled by Books
June 29 - Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Famous Janes
June 30 - A Backwards Story - Leaking Top Secret Dossier Files of Current ( Royal ) Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits Members

Week 2
July 2 - Bookcrushin’ - Supernatural Meets Jane Eyre - Tips for the Reluctant Ghost Hunter
July 3 - The Reader and the Chef - Guide to eating á la My Plain Jane (Bookish Menu) + Bookstagram Post
July 4 - The Clever Reader - Launch Event Recap
July 5 - Booknerd Addict - Review + Bookstagram Post
July 6 - Lair of Books - Review


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Share a photo or selfie with your copy of My Plain Jane and you could win a custom designed book sleeve, made by Second Hand Pages, a custom Jane Eyre candle from Canterbury Road Co, Jane Eyre (Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition), the Blu-Ray DVD of Jane Eyre, and a My Plain Jane Bookmark! For the photo, you can use your copy, a friends or one from the library. Use the hashtag #MyPlainJaneGiveaway to enter. Open to US only. Ends Sunday, July 8th.

This Isn't An Accident: THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan, Guest PostFor

Thank you for visiting Tales of the Ravenous Reader today as I am so excited to participate in The Accidental Bad Girl Tour for The Fantastic Flying Book club. Maxine has a great guest post here today with a soundtrack that is wicked cool and along with that we have a great prize pack that will go to one lucky winner so don't forget to enter the giveaway.

GUEST POST with Maxine Kaplan for Tales of the Ravenous Reader

RR: As I read TABG I had this internal soundtrack of Joan Jett, Beyonce and The Glam Skanks playing in the background. What tracks would you select that would best represent everything about The Accidental Bad Girl and why?

MK: I am one of those people that need music while I’m writing. I need those moments of closing my eyes and singing along; of bopping to the beat. For The Accidental Bad Girl, I definitely had tracks that I kept going back to again and again. Kendall and her story will always play in my head with this soundtrack:

  1. “Criminal” by Fiona Apple – This one is obvious. I even quote a lyric from it in my book. To me, this song epitomizes how Kendall sees herself. Apple calls herself “a bad, bad girl,” but there’s something sly and winking and brash and unashamed in it. It still feels as bold as transgressive as it did the first time I heard it, in middle school. And it’s just fun as hell.

  1. “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Stupid Girl” & “When I Grow Up”, by Garbage – For me, the first two albums from Shirley Manson’s 90s band Garbage is the ultimate angry girl party music. There’s nothing more galvanizing, and these songs instantly and always got me in the right frame of mind to write BAD GIRL.

  1. “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn – Aching and clever, and irresistible. I needed this song in my life and in my writing. Just good, poppy joy.

  1. “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj, featuring Cassie – At the same time I was writing THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL, I got addicted to Nicki Minaj. This song in particular is such a good complement to the story, for me anyway, because of the sheer bad-assery and the hint of female comraderie. The video is also brillz.

  1. “Teeth” by Lady Gaga – Sort of a deep cut for Lady Gaga, but one of my favorite of her songs. Scary and weird and hilarious and danceable—the perfect soundtrack.

  1. “Boy Problems” & “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Smart and emotional. Edge comes in many forms and this music feels very lived in to me. Another writing additction.

Honorable Mention: Kesha’s Rainbow album – This album didn’t come out until I was done writing the book, but says so many of the things I wanted to say with my book and with an irresistible tone. Perfect soundtrack.

Thanks Maxine, this was an awesome soundtrack and I cannot wait to share this with everyone.

The Accidental Bad Girl

by Maxine Kaplan
Publisher: Abrams
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.

Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan


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Let's Play: JUST PRETEND by J.P. Nicholas, excerpt + GIVEAWAY!

J.P. Nicholas is here today to share his new release, JUST PRETEND with us! I am so excited to share it with you—check it out and be sure to grab your copy!


Author: J.P. Nicholas

Genre: Contemporary Romance


When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she's never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion. For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he's fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family. Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…


"Lesson one: if it feels good…tell me," I whisper into the crook of her neck, letting my lips linger over the spot I know she's going to love. I bite down on her tender flesh, drawing a high-pitched squeal from her; it lingers in the air above us.
I answer her through clenched teeth. "Yeah?"
"That. Feels. Good."
Those three words were all it took to break the ice and help me unleash my inner beast. I release my grip on her neck and put my lips up to hers.
Our mouths crash together, tongues twisting and wrestling with passion. I send a trail of kisses down the column of her throat and reach around her to unzip the back of her dress. She tugs at the hem of my shirt. Taking the hint, I grab it, fling it over my head, and onto the floor.
I throw her onto the bed, and her dress falls to the floor during the transfer. I lean over her, our bodies close, but not touching. With a swipe of my thumb, I unhook her bra, causing her perky breasts to spring into place.
"Fuck," I husk out.
I take her right breast in my mouth and massage the raspberry nipple with my tongue. She starts grinding her pelvis against my erection. Her breaths grow shallow as I tweak her left nipple between my fingers. She moans from the pleasure. I pick my head up and let my gaze find hers.
I laugh.
"You like that?"
She nods. "Don't stop," she orders through her panting.
I slide my finger under her panties. I can feel her raw heat radiating off her body. Without warning, I plunge my finger into her pussy. She's dripping wet. Fuck.
Then I take off her panties and bring my head down to her most sensitive region. I inhale deeply, wanting to memorize her scent. She smells so good.
Our eyes lock, causing me to stop dead in my tracks. "Are you sure this is what you want, Han?"
"Oh, God, yes," she hollers.
Unable to satisfy my insatiable hunger, I bring my mouth to her pussy, exploring every fold. She seems to like it because she places her hand on the back of my head and pushes me deeper into her. God, she tastes so fucking sweet. Better than I could have ever imagined. I curve the tip of my tongue upward as I massage her clit aggressively with my forefinger. Her breaths grow shorter and shorter, alerting me that she is close. I don't let up; this is what she needs, and it's what I fucking want. Her legs writhe out of control, and I love feeling her go wild under my tongue. She howls as her orgasm rips through her.
I lick her sweet orgasm off my lips.
She stares at me with dazed eyes as she drops her voice to a sexy whisper. "That's fucking hot."


About J.P. Nicolas:

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines.   When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.  

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Blog Tour Schedule:
June 9th             
Suey Library        Review
A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile          Review
June 10th           
Quesarasera Book Blog  Review
Of Pens and Pages           Review
Deluged with Books Cafe              Review
June 11th           
Melena's Reviews            Review
Ink & Stone         Review
June 12th           
Sweet Red Reads             Review
cupcqkesandbookshelves              Excerpt
June 13th           
Jen's Reading Obsession                Review
Ree Cee's Books               Review
June 14th           
All Things Dark & Dirty    Excerpt
Have Words Will Scribble              Review
June 15th           
Once upon a romance blog          Review
Bookwormqueen92         Review
June 16th           
Forward Writes Review
June 17th           
Tales of the Ravenous Reader     Excerpt
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm        Excerpt
June 18th           
Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog               Review
TBR Book Blog   Review
June 19th           
Once upon a romance blog          Review
Adventures in Writing     Excerpt
June 20th           
Sweet Red Reads             Review
What Is That Book About              Excerpt
Harlie's Books    Review
June 21st            
Gavinsmommaloves2read             Review
Reading away the days   Review
Books A-Brewin'               Excerpt
June 22nd          
For The Love of Romance Books Blog      Review
The Book Addict's Reviews           Review
Lucky 13 Book Reviews and News             Excerpt
June 23rd           
The Romance Reviews    Review
Books 2 Blog      Review
Honest Book Reviews     Review

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