Friday, January 03, 2014

Book Spotlight/Press Release: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax


First Mass Market Edition of Wax's 2013 Trade Paperback Original Goes On Sale December 31st as America Prepares to Watch the PBS Debut of Downton Abbey Season 4 on January 5th

"What do you get when you mix one dashing British concierge with three lonely women from diverse backgrounds, set them all in a historic apartment building in Midtown Atlanta, then turn on the television? What you get, actually, is quite a clever, fun little novel. And could Wendy Wax be any more clever naming it While We Were Watching Downton Abbey? That title alone is reason enough to pick up the book and see what the heck is going on." — Craig Wilson, USA Today

"In the style of Karen Joy Fowler's "The Jane Austen Book Club," Wendy Wax's novel follows the story of three women who live in the same Atlanta apartment building and form a bond through a common love of all things Downton Abbey . . . engrosses its reader . . . refreshing." --Deseret News

"Whether you love Downton Abbey or not, you’ll fall in love with these characters." --Working Mother

"Wendy Wax’s fresh approach to an entertaining story line hooks us with the idea that other things could happen 'while we were watching Downton Abbey' . . . engrossing." --Book Reporter

"Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful friend." --Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Time Flies

Wendy Wax's WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, a story of unlikely friendships sparked by the camaraderie of Downton Abbey viewing parties, received a flurry of attention when news of its Berkley Books publication spread just as Season 3 of the program drew to a close.  Wax’s most successful book to date it has gone back to press for seven trade paperback printings, was recently published in the U.K. by Orion, has just been nominated for eBook of the Year by the UK e-retailer Sainsbury, and is now published for the first time in a mass market paperback edition (Jove/12-31-13/$7.99). 

Downton Abbey viewers share passionate discussions via social media, around the water cooler and in homes across the nation, hold Downton Abbey events, participate on the show's fan pages and, as the series continues to unfold, relate more and more to the ups and downs of the program, its characters and their travails.  That's what happens to the protagonists of WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY.
In the novel, Wax introduces three women who live in a historic Atlanta building and the residence's British concierge, who has decided to host weekly screenings of Downton Abbey leading up to the start of the third season.  Each of the four is at a crossroads and what happens to them is familiar to many Downton fans.  They find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with each other.  For them, it's a season of surprises as they forge bonds that will sustain them through life's hardest moments - all reflected in the unfolding plot, humor and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.
WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, inspired by the program, is nonetheless quintessential Wendy Wax, inviting readers to join her as she explores friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents.

*Book Reporter **Newsday

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About the author:  Award-winning author Wendy Wax's work, including While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road, has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she “writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations.” Her novels have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal and Woman’s World, and on the prominent book sites On A Clear Day You Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Night Owl Reviews, Fresh Fiction and many others. In 2011 she was honored by the City of St. Pete Beach, Florida, where she was born and raised, when the City Commission declared May 12 “Wendy Wax Day.”
Her nine novels and one novella also include Ten Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Magnolia Wednesdays, and The Accidental Bestseller. Her work has been sold to publishers in fifteen countries and her novel, Hostile Makeover, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. 
Wendy is currently at work on her next book, The House on Mermaid Point, on sale in July, 2014. It reintroduces the characters from Ten Beach Road (St. Pete Beach) and Ocean Beach (South Beach), and sets them loose in the Florida Keys. Her first e-original, Christmas at the Beach, a holiday novella that also reunites those protagonists has just been published. 
When not writing, she spends her time visiting with readers and signing books at While We Were Watching Downton Abbey parties, continuing to avoid spoilers about Season 4, which has already aired in the U.K, speaking to writer’s groups and book clubs, enjoying time with her family, and devouring books. She has lived in Atlanta for sixteen years.

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A Berkley Books Trade Paperback/Fiction/$15.00 ($16.00 Canada)/ 978-0-425-26331-0
A Jove Mass Market Paperback/Reprint/$7.99/978-0-515-15469-6
Penguin Audio/Unabridged/Dolby Digital $39.95/978-1-101-60593-6 

***Be sure to stop by later when I share a guest post by Wendy Wax (along with a giveaway!) and then stop by tomorrow when I share my thoughts on this book!


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