Monday, November 12, 2012

Excerpt & Giveaway: A Practical Arrangement by Nadja Notariani

Hey everyone! I read Nadja Notariani's A Practical Arrangement earlier this week and really enjoyed it.
I'm so excited to be able to share an excerpt of the book with yall today. There's a tour wide giveaway as well for two e-copies of the book so be sure to enter for that!

Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.

Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance. 

When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.

Type: Historical Romance
Indie Published, ebook, 195 pages

Evangeline felt sorry for Melody in a small way, her mother as well. They had no defense, no antidote to counter the forceful emotions stirred in them. She counted herself lucky to have been spared their burden.

In good time Melody and their mother returned, tea arriving directly afterward, and while glad to see them she couldn't deny sorrow over her lost solitude.

“Oh, they both are such handsome men, Melody. And wealthy enough, too.”

“Mr. Lane is, by far, more handsome with his light hair and eyes,” Melody admired openly.

They really are too silly! Infatuated girls, you'd think!

“What say you, Evangeline?” Melody challenged brightly. “Which gentleman do you prefer?”

Pursing her lips, Evangeline took a deep breath.

Of all the fiddle-faddle! Preferring gentlemen!

“I don't prefer either of them, nor any other for that matter.”

But as usual, Providence gave her no quarter, choosing the moment of her sister's question to spring said gentlemen into the sitting room. All eyes landed upon her, her father grinning in a most amused way. Evangeline flushed, a deep burn rising under her skin. Thomas Masterson made his greetings, and as the others conversed around the tea cart he neared, taking her hand and bringing it to his lips.

“I'd take you at your word, Miss Grey, but your pretty blush suggests perhaps you do harbor a preference.” His eyes simmered, locked intently on hers.

Oh! What did he mean by saying that?

She found herself squirming under that gaze of his – and appalled – stilled immediately. Gathering herself, she answered. “Never confuse indifference with deceit, Mr. Masterson.”

Still, he did not look away, surprising her.

Get Your Copy: Amazon 

Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world
through two widely different lenses.

Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons, and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their
own adventures.

Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email.

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Check out the rest of the Tour:
Nov. 1st- Cocktails and Books (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Nov. 2nd- The Avid Reader (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 3rd- 1889 Labs (Guest Post)
Nov. 4th- A Bit of Dash (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 5th- The Book Diva (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 6th- Sweeping Me (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 7th- SnifferWalk (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 8th- Mallory Heart Reviews (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 9th- Musings From An Addicted Reader (Review)
Nov. 10th- Happy Tails & Tales (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 11th- My Cozie Corner (Interview/Giveaway)
Nov. 12th- Herding Cats & Burning Soup (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 13th- I am, Indeed (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 14th- Kaidans Seduction (Review)
Nov. 15th- White Sky Project (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 16th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Guest Post)
Nov. 17th- For The Love of Reading (Review)
Nov. 18th- Proserpine Craving Books (Interview/Giveaway)
Nov. 19th- Herding Cats & Burning Soup (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 20th- Juniper Grove (Interview/Giveaway)
Nov. 21st- A Bibliophile's Thoughts on Books (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 22nd- Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict (Spotlight/Giveaway/Possible Reivew)
Nov. 23rd- Stitch Read Cook (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 24th- Always a Booklover (Review/Interview)
Nov. 25th- Not Now...Mommy's Reading (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 26th- Day Dreaming Book Reviews (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Nov. 27th- Simply Infatuated (Interview/Giveaway)
Nov. 28th- Amy's Book World (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 29th- Book Review Club (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Nov. 30th- Blood, Lust and Erotica (Review/Interview)
Dec. 1st- Love Saves the World (Review/Giveaway)
Dec. 2nd- Kharisma Rhayne (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Dec. 3rd- A Buckeye Girl Reads (Review/Giveaway)
Dec. 4th- My Seryniti (Interview/Giveaway)

Dec. 5th- A Book Lover's Library (Review/Giveaway) 


  1. Great excerpt cannot wait to read this one.Have a fantastic week.

  2. I love historicals and this one sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Me too :) They have the loveliest covers too!

      Good luck!

  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Historicals are like crack to me.

    1. LOL. They seem to be for me too! I've read so many good ones this month :)

      Happy reading!

  4. Wonderful post & Great Excerpt, thanks for sharing :)


  5. I love historical romances and this sounds really good.

  6. Sounds awesome! good luck on the rest of the tour :)

  7. Can't wait to read. Sounds awesome. Always looking for new authors and good books! Thanks

  8. I like the excerpt and the story sounds like a good one.


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