Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Heiress" Blog Tour & Contest

About the book:

They can buy anything they want—fame, power, beauty, even loyalty.

But they can’t buy love.

The beautiful and wealthy heiress daughters of August Price can buy everything their hearts desire. But what if their desire is to be loved without an enormous price tag attached?

When one sister betrays another for the sake of love, will she find happiness? And what happens when the other sets out across the still untamed frontier to find it—will she discover she’s left it behind in the glamorous world of New York’s gilded society? What price will each woman pay for being an heiress?

Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, two women discover that being an heiress just might cost them everything they love.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, or have been Christy Award finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church. 

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you! She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. 

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at

My Take:

Let me say from the start that stories set in the Gilded Age in New York have not been my favorites. The endless description of the opulence of that time makes me tired and seems to get in the way of the story.

This was not the case with Heiress. While there are many descriptions of parties and gowns and the like, the story is so captivating and interesting that the imagery didn’t interfere with it. Also, there are no perfect characters here. It is not the outcome or ideal characters that make a story…it is the journey. I am hoping that the growth and faith of these characters will continue to grow as we go through the series.

A criticism I have with many books is that too much is given away in the ‘back-of-the-book’ description. Again, this was not the case with the novel Heiress. When I began reading the actual book, I had no idea which sister would be the one to marry and stay in New York’s high society and which one would head west. Trying to guess was half the fun.

Apart from a few times when the dialogue was hard to follow (it was sometimes difficult to tell who was speaking), this novel was extremely well-written. I was immersed in the story, and the cliffhangers at the end of the sections made this novel very difficult to put down.

I will warn that this story involves some more mature themes. Much of the story revolves around adultery, so this might not be a book for younger audiences.

It would also be good to note that this is the first book in a series, the “Daughters of Fortune.” The two main characters’ stories are completed in this book, but there is one plot line that is not.

Susan May Warren has written an intriguing novel that won me over to books about the Gilded Age.

I will give Heiress by Susan May Warren … 4 BookWorms

About the Contest:

Win an opulent Gilded Age Prize Pack fit for an Heiress from Susan May Warren!

Heiress, a richly complex historical romance, is the first in Susan's three book Daughters of Fortune series. In honor of Heiress’ debut, Susan is hosting a FABULOUS Gilded Age Giveaway and giving away an opulent prize pack fit for an heiress!

One grand prize winner will receive:
                                                  A $100 gift certificate to
A sleek silver iPod™ Shuffle
A beautiful strand of Pearls
Titanic DVD
Speakeasy Compilation Music CD from Starbucks™
Heiress by Susan May Warren
    Click one of the icons below to enter. But do so soon - this giveaway ends 10/5/11. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 6 on Susan’s blog.
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    Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Summerside Press through LitFuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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