Monday, May 21, 2018

#BlogTour #Excerpt & #Giveaway for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks!! @sara_marks @lolasblogtours #books #reading #win #romance #booklovers

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 14 till 28 May. See the tour schedule here.

Phi Alpha PiPhi Alpha Pi (21st Century Austen #2)

by Sara Marks

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: New Adult, Adult

Release Date: May 28, 2018


Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.


The party was in a penthouse apartment only a few blocks from their house. They
could easily have walked over, but instead they took a car. Since all three women
were wearing new high-heeled shoes, the less walking on icy sidewalks, the better.
Lizbeth had found an amazing black, sleeveless dress on a clearance rack. It looked
fantastic on her. This was the extent of Lizbeth's excitement for the party. She
suspected she and her two siblings would be the youngest people there.
"We’re going to play a game," Becca said on the elevator ride up to the party.
"Each of us must find something interesting about the apartment. Lizbeth, a measly
library does not count. Nor, Josh, does the food or kitchen. I want mermaid statues in
the bathroom, rooftop sex rooms, or, if you’re desperate, famous socialites puking over
the balcony."
"Becca!" Layla said as the elevator door opened right into the apartment.
To say the apartment was big would be insufficient. There were at least two
floors, and probably something on the rooftop. The space was large and open with a
grand staircase leading up to the second floor. Lizbeth could see the walls of
windows, many leading out to the balcony that overlooked the city. The main room
was devoid of furniture other than high-end folding chairs. It was full of people with
food and drinks in hand. Waitresses walked around the room with trays of food.
Lizbeth saw a buffet against a far wall and a bartender serving drinks. Two walls
were just floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline. She could see a few
people chatting out on a balcony outside. Inside the decor was primarily white and
"I will also accept stolen Nazi art,” Becca whispered in Lizbeth's ear.
There was a great deal of art in the large front room. Everywhere people chatted
amongst themselves. Someone came and took their coats. Another person came
over to Jack and Layla and started talking to them.
"Kids," Layla said, turning to her children, "you’re on your own. Don't get drunk,
don't steal anything, don't cook anything, and don't get lost in the library."
Layla knew her children well. Each of them grabbed a glass of wine and went on
their own way to play Becca's game. Lizbeth walked through various rooms. Other
than some great art, there wasn't anything of interest for her to tell Becca about. She
did enjoy looking at the art, but without Charlotte, she didn't know anyone but the
masters. She eventually put her wineglass down and made her way upstairs. There
were people talking on the landing and on the stairs, so it didn't seem out of bounds.
Some of the doors were open. She saw someone come out of a bathroom. She
peeked in the door and saw no marble mermaid statue.
She walked into the poorly lit room next to it. It smelled of furniture polish and
something familiar. She realized, as her eyes adjusted to the light, that she was in a
library. It wasn't a for-show library either. This was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling,
bookshelves full of books. The books were a mix of beautiful leather bound books,
worn paperbacks, spiral bound books, and folios of loose documents. A sofa faced a

large window that looked out over the city. The view was breathtaking and made her
remember what she loved about New York City.
Lizbeth was more interested in the books than the view. She made her way over
to a shelf and pulled one out. It was about the navy during the Napoleonic era. The
whole shelf was full of similar books. She didn't care about her mother's instructions;
this was her dream room. Her grandparents’ library in Gardner had been built and
filled with books over generations. It was her favorite room in their house. Her mother
had built a library in both their homes. She put the book back, and pulled out another
one. accidentally snagging another. It fell to the floor with a loud thump.
"Fuck,” she said under her breath and bent down to pick it up.
She stood up and turned to the sound of the voice. There, next to the sofa, was
Wil Darcy.
"You certainly have a thing for wandering into my bedrooms," Wil said softly.

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Check out the first book in this series!

Modern Persuasion

"Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices."


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Sara MarksAbout the Author:

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she's an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.

You can find and contact Sara Marks here:

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There are two tour wide giveaways during the blog tour of Phi Alpha Pi! There is a US Only Giveaway for a prize pack and an international giveaway for 14 e-copies and a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi!

US Only Giveaway

One winner will win a Prize Pack containing:

- Mrs. C's homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)

- A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).

- An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil

- A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)

- Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)

Phi Alpha Pi Prize Pack Giveaway

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- 14 winners will each win an e-copy of Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks

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  1. Thank you for being part of my blog tour!

  2. This looks interesting Mary. Thank for sharing the excerpt, I like sampling unfamiliar books


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