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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Once Upon A Second Chance By: Marian Vere *Guest Post & Giveaways*

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Book Description
(From Goodreads)

What happens to your Happily-Ever-After when your Fairy Godmother doesn't show up for work?

Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was.

As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as strait forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.

Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.

Guest Post: Compare Or Contrast OUASC to PERSUASION

By: Marian Vere

ONCE UPON a SECOND CHANCE actually holds to the original plot of its inspiration novel, PERSUASION, by Jane Austen fairly closely. The settings and characters are modernized, showcasing present day New York City as well as the coast of Maine, in place of Austen’s Regency England. Many of the characters from the original novel also appear in ONCE UPON a SECOND CHANCE as modern adaptations of themselves, such as Anne/Julia, Frederick/Nick, and Lady Russell/Lisa, but there are also several characters that I have created to better suit my own story, such as Susan and Margaret.

Another change I was excited to include in my rendition of the story was addition of the time past. In PERSUASION, the story begins eight years after the two main characters have broken their engagement, and you are only ever given inferences into what actually happened between them. ONCE UPON a SECOND CHANCE opens the same way, eight years post, but the first several chapters are sprinkled with flashbacks, giving the readers a glimpse into what life had been like for our two main characters all those years ago, and what happened between them.

Yet, for as much as the general themes and characters echo PERSUASION, there is one very large aspect to the story that is entirely new, which is the addition of the fairy godmother theme. This adult take on ‘Happily Ever After’ adds a whimsical twist to the story, as well as empowerment to Julia, our main character. She realizes that we all have a fairy godmother waiting to give us everything we want; the trick is finding her. Luckily, we only have to look as far as the mirror. 

About The Author
Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.


  1. Great giveaway! Thank you for letting all of us over at Book Blogs know about it! I'm an old follwer here. I just posted an author interview/giveaway over at my blog if you'd like to check it out. I hope you are having a great week! :)

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa's Book Corner

    1. Thank you so much Leigh Ann for visiting and commenting! I will visit your site...Now :)

  2. What a fun title! Nice guest post.


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