Monday, November 16, 2015

Release Day: Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren, My Thoughts, and a Giveaway!

Happy Release Day!


Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren
Print and e-book, 354 pages
Publication date: November 16th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press

A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”

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My thoughts about Inconceivable! ~~

First of all, I have to say that I fell in love with this cover: the colors, the silhouettes, the old newsprint, the clock tower. There was just so much there and I had to find out what it was all about. Yes, I admit it, the cover drew me in. And then I discovered the wonderful story inside.

The story starts with Hatty and John, a prince no less, meeting in a karaoke bar. Hatty is a reporter and this could be her big break, reporting on the royals. As she and John get closer, the reporting part of her life gets harder. That part of the story was fun to read, watching as Hatty starts to get to know John better and as she realizes that there is so much that has to be 'off the record'.

While Hatty is getting a tour of the royal home, they stop in to look at the family library. I love the following line since I am a library lover and have worked in one for many years. It warms my heart when authors acknowledge the importance of libraries and the passion some of us have for them.

'Libraries are magical. I could spend hours surrounded by books. It's like hanging out with your closest friends.'

Prince John and Hatty also take a tour of the cathedral, another one of my favorite parts of the story. Tegan writes so very well when she is describing the beauty of the building, that I felt like I was there with them. I love it when the author's words can transport me to another place.  

I have to admit that it took me a long time to warm up to Prince John. I had a hard time trusting him and I did not want to see Hatty get hurt. The royal family and their traditions are very strong, maybe too strong to allow Hatty and John to find the happiness they are seeking. I felt like he had his own agenda most of the times and maybe he wasn't as sincere as he made himself out to be.

The author also deals with the very serious topic of infertility, which probably affects a lot more people than we know. Hatty and John go through so much as they try to conceive the Baby King. Infertility is not something that I have had to deal with so this was a very eye-opening and educating part of the story for me. Tegan handles the topic very well and gives us great insight since she and her husband have gone through this themselves.

Inconceivable! is a wonderful, entertaining, heart-breaking but heart-warming, beautiful debut novel by an author I will be watching. I can't wait to read whatever comes next from Tegan Wren. 

Be sure and stop back tomorrow when Tegan will be here talking about her 'voices'.

About the author

The best compliment Tegan Wren ever received came from her sixth grade teacher: “You always have a book in your hand!”

Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theatre productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. Wren has both a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications. After completing her graduate degree, Tegan had the opportunity to teach journalism courses at a major state university. She absolutely loved training the next generation of journalists.

Tegan’s thankful that she’s had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles, joys, and life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption.

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