Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Release Party: The House of Women by Anne Whitfield

Welcome to the New Release Party for Anne Whitfield's The House of Women, released today by Knox Robinson Publishing.

Let me introduce you to our author:

I've been writing since 1997 and have been an avid reader for a lot longer.

A love of reading fiction started at an early age.

While researching for my hobby, genealogy, I began to write my first novel, a historical and the stories that had been company in my head for years,
suddenly became real on the page.

I'm a writer of two genres - historical women's fiction and modern romance.
I consider myself a storyteller. If I can entertain readers for any length of time then I'm happy.

I'm also active within the writing and reader community. I'm a member of Romance Writers Australia and Romance Novelists Association UK.

And I'm always happy to hear from readers.


What's The House of Women about? I'm glad you asked!! Here's the blurb:

Leeds. 1870. Lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters’ rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own.

The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her. Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster’s future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father’s infidelity, one sister’s alcoholism, and another’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.

Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish –and murder– when her first love returns to wreck havoc in her life. All is not lost, however. In the midst of tragedy, the fires of her heart are rekindled by another. Will the possibility of true love lead Grace to relinquish her responsibilities in the house of women and embrace her own right to happiness?

Want more? Check out this excerpt in our Goddess Fish Excerpt Library.

More? View The House of Women book video in the Goddess Fish Video Library.

Anne will be visiting here all day today, so stay tuned for lots of fun and excitement.

And remember, Anne will be giving away autographed copies of two of her backlist books, Broken Hero and Hooked On You today, one each to one lucky commenter (TWO winners!) -- so let us know what you think about The House of Women right here on the party blog and be entered to win!

9 comments:

June M. said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Looking forward to reading more about it throughout the day.
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susan said...

This is different style of book and one I would like to read some time. It sounds great. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

Jen B. said...

Early today I watched part of Jany Eyre. The treatment of women during that era was just appalling. This story sounds really intriguing. I would love to read either of your books. I love finding new authors to read. And, I have been actively searching out historical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Karen said...

I was impressed with the blurb, thinking it's different from what I usually read, but still sounds good. Then I read the excerpt. Now I must have the book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Anne Whitfield - author said...

Thanks for stopping by, June Susan, Jen and Karen!

Gia said...

Anne,

Been celebrating with you on Facebook.

Grace is a wonderfully strong Heroine, and love that she is dealing with problems more than how to be socially acceptable.

Gia

jo said...

Hi Anne..I have been eagerly awaiting your book release and following all your blog promo's. House of Women sounds wonderful and the excerpt drew me in immediately. Can't wait to read it.

Jo

Na said...

I like the premise of The House of Women alot. It has everything I like in a novel, history, second chances and a hero. I'm keeping an eye on it.

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Anne Whitfield - author said...

Thanks so much Gia, Jo and Na.