Sunday, 20 May 2018

Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks


Title: Phi Alpha Pi
Series: 21st Century Austen #2
Author: Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018


Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

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Excerpt:

The party was in a penthouse apartment only a few blocks from their house. They could easily have walked over, but instead they took a car. Since all three women were wearing new high-heeled shoes, the less walking on icy sidewalks, the better. Lizbeth had found an amazing black, sleeveless dress on a clearance rack. It looked fantastic on her. This was the extent of Lizbeth's excitement for the party. She suspected she and her two siblings would be the youngest people there.

"We’re going to play a game," Becca said on the elevator ride up to the party. "Each of us must find something interesting about the apartment. Lizbeth, a measly library does not count. Nor, Josh, does the food or kitchen. I want mermaid statues in the bathroom, rooftop sex rooms, or, if you’re desperate, famous socialites puking over the balcony."


"Becca!" Layla said as the elevator door opened right into the apartment.


To say the apartment was big would be insufficient. There were at least two floors, and probably something on the rooftop. The space was large and open with a grand staircase leading up to the second floor. Lizbeth could see the walls of windows, many leading out to the balcony that overlooked the city. The main room was devoid of furniture other than high-end folding chairs. It was full of people with food and drinks in hand. Waitresses walked around the room with trays of food. Lizbeth saw a buffet against a far wall and a bartender serving drinks. Two walls were just floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline. She could see a few people chatting out on a balcony outside. Inside the decor was primarily white and metal.


"I will also accept stolen Nazi art,” Becca whispered in Lizbeth's ear. 

There was a great deal of art in the large front room. Everywhere people chatted amongst themselves. Someone came and took their coats. Another person came over to Jack and Layla and started talking to them.

"Kids," Layla said, turning to her children, "you’re on your own. Don't get drunk, don't steal anything, don't cook anything, and don't get lost in the library."


Layla knew her children well. Each of them grabbed a glass of wine and went on their own way to play Becca's game. Lizbeth walked through various rooms. Other than some great art, there wasn't anything of interest for her to tell Becca about. She did enjoy looking at the art, but without Charlotte, she didn't know anyone but the masters. She eventually put her wineglass down and made her way upstairs. There were people talking on the landing and on the stairs, so it didn't seem out of bounds. Some of the doors were open. She saw someone come out of a bathroom. She peeked in the door and saw no marble mermaid statue. 


She walked into the poorly lit room next to it. It smelled of furniture polish and something familiar. She realized, as her eyes adjusted to the light, that she was in a library. It wasn't a for-show library either. This was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, bookshelves full of books. The books were a mix of beautiful leather bound books, worn paperbacks, spiral bound books, and folios of loose documents. A sofa faced a large window that looked out over the city. The view was breathtaking and made her remember what she loved about New York City. 


Lizbeth was more interested in the books than the view. She made her way over to a shelf and pulled one out. It was about the navy during the Napoleonic era. The whole shelf was full of similar books. She didn't care about her mother's instructions; this was her dream room. Her grandparents’ library in Gardner had been built and filled with books over generations. It was her favorite room in their house. Her mother had built a library in both their homes. She put the book back, and pulled out another one. accidentally snagging another. It fell to the floor with a loud thump.


"Fuck,” she said under her breath and bent down to pick it up. 


"Lizbeth?"


She stood up and turned to the sound of the voice. There, next to the sofa, was Wil Darcy.


"You certainly have a thing for wandering into my bedrooms," Wil said softly.




Check out the first book in this series!
"Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices."

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About the Author:

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she's an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.




Guest Post by Sara Marks:


Ten Things I'd Like To Achieve This Year

I’m an obsessive list maker. I bullet journal, keep lists of short term and long term goals, and I’m even a trained project manager (a professional list maker). I learned after a massive failure in college that my lists need to be working to something bigger. I always have a multi-year plan (five or three typically), but each year I break it down into smaller, more manageable goals by quarter. It helps me keep on task and remain flexible. Here are ten things I planned on achieving this year. Keep in mind, a few have been accomplished or are about to be as you read this.



1- Publish my second book Phi Alpha Pi.
You’re reading this because I accomplished this goal! Publishing my first book last year was a huge achievement for me, but building on that to do better was at the heart of the goal this year. I learned new skills and software like iMovie, Adobe InDesign, and applying my project management skills to publishing. I got to work with new editors and professionals like my cover designer Risa Rodil.

2- Walk 6,000 steps a day at least four times a week.
It seems simple, but 6,000 steps is a lot to walk each day. In the past I’ve only ever been able to reach it about two days a week, but I want to do better. I’ve taken to longer walks with the dog and on my own. If I can do this pretty consistently by the end of June, then I’m going to increase my walking goal to 7,000 steps a day! So far, I’ve managed to regularly do this 4 days most weeks and since the middle of April, I’ve been doing this nearly every day. I suspect by the end of May, my goal will officially change to 7,000 steps a day.

3- Visit New Orleans in June
I’m very excited about this one because it’s going to happen in a few weeks! I haven’t been to New Orleans in over twenty years. I would go two - three times a year when I was in college, but I’ve never really enjoyed touristy places. I’ve already scheduled tours for a few days. I plan on setting part of a future book in New Orleans. Going back means the chance to do some research and eat a ton of great food.

4- Finish Writing Book Three
I’m really excited about my third book, Missing Auggie, because it’s my own story, not inspired by anyone else’s work. As much as I love modernizing Austen’s novels, I want to share something I came up with all on my own. I have been trying to finish writing it for a few years and I think it will be ready by the summer 2018. Of course, if you join my mailing list, you might get to read it early as a beta reader or advanced review reader! Anyone who reads Phi Alpha Pi will get to read the blurb!

5- Save enough money to go to India in 2019
In college I studied religious anthropology and fell in love with India. Ever since I’ve wanted to visit and the opportunity has come up for me to go sometime in the next 5 years. I’m excited to enjoy the food, culture, and atmosphere of a country that I’ve only read about in books and seen in movies! Bonus, I’ll get to travel with my father who goes every year and has plenty of friends to show me around.

6- Finish Project Management certificate program
I have a silly goal to be the most educated (over educated?) person in my family. I’m not there yet, but I’m pretty close with two Master’s degrees. It was just a little over a year ago that I started project management classes thinking I needed the skill for my job as a librarian. While it has helped me there, it’s really changed the way I write and publish my books. I have one more class to take this month and then I’m officially certified. I’m already working on ways to share what I’ve learned with other self-publishing authors. I’m also considering the advanced certificate, but I’m not sure about that yet.

7- Write more letters!
I love stationary! I love note cards, address labels, stickers, washi tape, and postcards. I have SO MUCH stuff for letter writing, but I don’t do it as often as I imagine I will. For the past two years, in February, I’ve participated in International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). You have to send a letter every day, all month. I’ve done it both years and finished, but this year I added an April event called #Write_On, which was done because April was National Card and Letter Writing Month. I know, so many opportunities to write cards and letters! I was successful with it this year and now I need to keep up with all the pen pals I acquired over the past couple of months.

8- Watch all the Disney and Pixar animated movies
This might seem like a silly goal and you’re right, it is. I use to love Disney and Pixar animated movies. I grew up in Miami, so we went to Disney parks often when I was a kid, but I grew out of it after I moved to Boston. I don’t know why it happened, but my love was renewed when I went to Disneyland with my sister last December. Now I want to watch all those movies I loved again and discover those I’ve missed. So far, I love Moana, especially Hei Hei! You might get a hint, when you read Phi Alpha Pi, as to why roosters might be a favorite.

9- Save money for Disneyland Paris in 2020!
After that very same trip to Disneyland, my sister (who hates to travel, especially long flights), actually said she wanted to visit other Disney parks around the world. I thought we should start with Paris, but that’s because I LOVE Paris! I’m even playing with the idea of a novel inspired by the Disney parks and princesses. This might change before it happens. She said something a few weeks ago about going to Tokyo first...

10- Add more culture into my life
I love theater, ballet, museums, and history, but I often put that aside to do the mundane things in my life. This year I’m trying to add more culture into my life. I’m going to see live broadcasts of Bolshoi ballets at my local movie theater (did you know they do this?), I’m visiting museum and exhibits, and I going to see more locally produced plays. I want to do this so I have more emotional balance in my life. I draw inspiration and ideas when I’m engaged in these types of activities. My brain relaxes and is open to new things. As my brain processes things, I start asking more questions and want to find the answers. Other than seeing the Bolshoi dance twice (who knows if I’ll ever get to Russia to see them live), I went to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston to see the Murakami exhibit in March, done escape rooms with friends, participated in a live marathon reading of Kerouac’s On The Road, and visited the opening of a friend’s photography exhibit. Maybe next year I’ll add in operas!

Great list, Sara - Thank you



Giveaways:

**US Only

One winner will win a Prize Pack containing:
- Mrs. C's homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)
- A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).
- An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil
- A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)
- Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)



**Open for all

These are the prizes you can win:
- 14 winners will each win an e-copy of Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks
- 1 winner will win a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks


This is my stop during the book blitz for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks.
I hope you enjoyed reading.

The book blitz runs from 14 till 28 May.

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3 comments :

  1. Thanks for being part of the blog tour!

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  2. I'm really looking forward to reading these books! Awesome post and tour!

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