09 February 2016

Giveaway Susie Dietze's Novella One Word from You - Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, Part of the Austen in Austin Collection

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze is a novella in the Austen in Austin Collection Available in ebook and in paperback from WhiteFire Publishing ( 2016).


One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice 
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career. 

This third Austen in Austin novella is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice 

Urged by her family to marry for the sake of their dwindling finances, Eliza Branch prefers to pay for the remainder of her time at the Austen Academy by writing for the local paper. There’s plenty to write about now that railroad baron William Delacourt has come to Austin. His proposed northbound line may be good for local business, but she’s still stinging from his terrible first impression. If the rumors about William are true, then he deserves to be skewered in print. But when Eliza’s pen gets ahead of her conscience, it’s William who makes everything right—and the reasons behind his sacrifice just might be the story of Eliza’s lifetime.
Austen in Austin (WhiteFire, 2016)

I have a confession -- I am a Susie Dietze fan. She's a really sweet lady in person and I love her writing. After reading her latest novella, I reached out to offer her an author endorsement for this lovely novella.  Here's my endorsement (Amazon only allows you a few sentences): 

"A sweet novella and great read. Susanne Dietze brings Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Texas in grand style!" - Carrie Fancett Pagels, multi-published award-winning author of The Christy Lumber Camp Series

Five Stars *****

(Aren't those gorgeous covers WhiteFire's Roseanna White that did for One Word from You and for Austen in Austin?)

My review: This is a darling story! The heroine, Eliza, writes for a newspaper while completing Austen Academy. When railroad baron William arrives in town, Eliza and William do not hit it off. This story is inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but Susie's signature style shines through. 

Eliza makes some poor decisions. She is, after all, a very young woman, intent upon proving herself. But she has formed some very real prejudices against wealthy William. And he's a wonderful hero, so the reader really wants to root for him! Will William rise to the occasion and rescue Eliza from herself? A very sweet read!

This is a novella you can get through in one to two evenings and you'll want to finish it in one fell swoop if you are able, so you can learn how things turn out!

Giveaway: Susie is giving away an ebook copy of her novella. We'll be reviewing one or more of the other novellas in the Austen in Austin collection in the weeks ahead. Answer this question: Have you read Susanne Dietze's other wonderful novellas in her two publications with Barbour?




32 comments:

  1. Thanks for the delightful review, Carrie! You brought tears to my eyes. I'm a Carrie Fan, too!

    So glad for this chance to chat with your readers and give away a copy. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I'm so happy to be seeing more of your books coming out! so happy for you and thanks for coming by to chat with us!

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  2. This story won the Genesis award for historical romance!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I loved celebrating with you that night!

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    2. I didn't remember that so thank you, Deb!!! Enjoyed your novella, too! Reviewing soon!!!

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  3. I haven't read any of Susanne's books, but I really enjoy Pride and Prejudice.

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Hi Lientjie! I love Pride & Prejudice, too. It's a delightfully executed novel, and boy has it inspired a lot of re-tellings and fan fiction. Which is your favorite movie version of P&P?

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  4. CARRIE, thank you for your awesome review! Welcome to OWG this week, SUSIE! I love stories based on Jane Austen's wonderful classics and since your story comes so highly recommended by Carrie, I must find time to read it!

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    1. Hi Diana! Thanks for the warm welcome! Jane Austen fan fiction can be so much fun, and the other authors and I had a blast with this book--all 8 of us. Volume II comes out in September! I hope you enjoy the stories!

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    2. Yes you have to read this collection, Diana! I think you'll enjoy the stories even though I know you are not big on novellas, these are very good and have a big story feel to them!

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  5. Love the cover and the story line, Susanne!! I have "The Most Eligible Bachelor" collection, and just preordered "The Cowboy's Bride Collection". I see you are featured in another collection releasing in Oct. also: "Rails to Love Romance" collection. I love collections, so will be purchasing it and "Austen in Austin" also. Congrats, Susanne!!

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    1. Oh Bonnie, I love novella collections, too. Sometimes you want a longer book, and sometimes a shorter story fits the bill perfectly.

      You are so sweet to preorder the Cowboy's Bride! I can't wait for Rails to Love, too. I truly hope you enjoy all the stories! Thanks for your good wishes! Blessings.

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  6. CARRIE, I loved your fantastic review! This collection is at the TOP of my wish list. I've not yet read any of Susie's books.

    CONGRATS, Susie on the release of One Word from You!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Caryl--for the congrats and for putting this book on your wish list! This book is the answer to years of prayer, hard work, and fun conversation among a group of friends. It was a blessing, start to finish.

      You are so kind to stop by and say hi.

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    2. Oh, Caryl, you have got to read Susie's other Barbour novellas!!! She made my Best of list in 2015~!!

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  7. Wonderful review Carrie!
    I have not read anything by Susie Dietze. One Word from You sounds interesting.
    Congratulations on your book Susie!
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Hi, Tina! I'm so grateful for Carrie's kind review. Thanks for your congratulations, too! It's been a wonderful experience!

      Blessings!

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    2. Tina, we have got to get you reading those Barbour collections. I thought you had them! They were on my Best of 2015 lists!

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    3. I have to take that back, I read Susie's story, Love's Reward in the Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection. And yesterday read her story, For A Song, in The Cowboys Bride Collection. Enjoyed them both.
      Blessings, Tina

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  8. The book and collection look marvellous.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Writing this mash-up of Austen and Texas was so much fun. I'm still pinching myself.

      Have a great evening!

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    2. Yes, indeed, Mary, the Austen in Austin collection is great!

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  9. Carrie, thanks for mentioning my other Barbour novellas! They can be found in The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection ("Love's Reward"), which came out May 2015, and The Cowboy's Bride Collection ("For a Song"), which releases in about 2 weeks! Later this fall. The Rails to Love Collection releases ("The Honeymoon Express" is my story). I love novellas--including yours! Just digging into The Steeplechase, and it's fabulous!

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    1. I need to get reading the Cowboy's Bride Collection, Susie!!! I love your stories and glad you are enjoying mine! Blessings!

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  10. I have not read any other books by Susanne Dietz, but I would like to read this one.

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    1. Hi Phyllis! I'm so glad you could come by. Thanks so much!

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  11. Nice review. Cool cover. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. I love the cover, too, Kim. Roseanna White is very talented. Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Thanks, Kim, I enjoyed Susie Dietze's story and will be reviewing Deb Marvin's soon!

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  12. I have not read anything by Susie Dietze,but based on your review, I need to start! Thanks for the great review, Carrie, and the opportunity of this giveaway. ~ Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, ma'am, you need to get reading all of Susie Dietze's stories! Blessings to you, Alison!

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    2. Congrats, you won a copy, Alison! Blessings!

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