Saturday, March 9, 2013

When I'm With You Blog Tour

I am pleased to be a part of the When I'm With You Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. To see the rest of the tour stops check out the tour schedule here!

When I'm With You
Author: Ceclia Gray

Kat is destined to be a star and her big break has arrived at last! As the assistant to a celebrity classmate on the set of a feature film, she's going to show everyone she has what it takes. That is, until she discovers pursuing her dreams may mean forfeiting her heart. Unless she can find a way to have both…

Don't miss the rest of the Jane Austen Academy series, where sassy girls, hot guys and Jane Austen collide!

Book 1: Fall For You (Lizzie)
Book 2: So Into You (Ellie)
Book 3: When I'm With You (Kat)

The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school.

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…

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Guest Post
WHEN I’M WITH YOU vs Jane Austen
By Cecilia Gray

Ack, I just had a flashback to sophomore English class and my palms are sweaty. Here goes…

First and foremost, Mansfield Park is a total classic, and as much as I love my book, WHEN I'M WITH YOU is not. But I think it trumps the original in a few ways…

The Characters
WHEN I'M WITH YOU Kat Morley = Northanger Abbey Catherine Morland.
Both are spirited and overly imaginative. Kat shows more skin. Oh, and she can drive. Suck it, Catherine.

WHEN I'M WITH YOU Henry Trenton = Northanger Abbey Henry Tilney.
Both are confident, mature love interests, but my Henry is a movie star instead of a clergyman…so…there's that.

The Mystery
In the second half of the novel, Kat/Catherine finds herself in Henry's home (pause for moment of squee – omg Kat's spending the night with a movie star) and begins to suspect his father of unsavory activities.

In my book, that activity is adultery. In Jane Austen's book, it's murder.

The Girl-on-Girl Relationships
Jane Austen is famous for writing amazingly relatable heroines, but she also writes a few awful, insensible or just plain ridiculous heroines. In Mansfield Park, Kat/Catherine is led astray and betrayed by Izzy/Isabelle, and their relationship never recovers. In WHEN I'M WITH YOU, I wanted redemption for Izzy.
In fact, I want redemption for all my female characters! I know mean girls exist, but I'm an optimist and like to think that beneath every mean girl is a friend waiting to happen.

Author Bio
Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case. Cecilia has been praised for "instilling a warmth and weight into her characters" (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being "well-written, original, realistic and witty" (Quills & Zebras Reviews). Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What's Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a "unique twist on a classic" and offering "a compelling mix of action, drama and love."


  1. I haven't read this series but love Jane Austen. Having an all girls school as setting could be very interesting. Thanks for giveaway.

  2. Wow this sounds interesting! I love Jane Austen and i like retellings so i think i'll probably enjoy this :) Thank you for the giveaway :)

  3. SOunds really good! I love retellings of classics :) Thanks for the giveaway

  4. Btw, I can't find the linky follower widget, so I followed GFC :)