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Rash & Rationality (Happily Ever Austen Series Book 2) by Ellen Mint is on virtual book tour. The contemporary romance stops at...

Rash & Rationality (Happily Ever Austen Series Book 2) by Ellen Mint is on virtual book tour.

The contemporary romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a R&R Bundle worth over $100 or a  $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


What inspired you to write this book?

Aside from needing to eat, my current series is modernizing classic Jane Austen novels but not repeating the plots or characters. It’s more embracing the themes and running with it. I kept thinking how much fun it would be to write a male hero who’s obsessed with romance, who wants a woman to sweep off her feet. To have him face the reality that it’s not always love at first sight happily ever after, and learn to realize what’s been in front of him the whole time.

That was fun and gave me a lot to sink my teeth into.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a five alarm chili paranormal reverse harem series. Take one nursing student who learns on her birthday that she’s a witch. Add in an incubus that’s bound to her soul and refuses to leave her side or put pants on. Every book will add more to the group couple as the series goes on. Ink arrives this October.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

Not sure if I should give too much away. My publisher would only let me write about one of the two couples from Sense & Sensibility, so while the male version of Elinor is around and with someone, their relationship is pushed to the side. In my head I have all the beats of Eldon and Elena relationship, but it’s gotta stay there. I want to write their story as well, but first I need to find the time to do it.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Rash & Rationality?

Marty Dashwood (he hates being called Martin) is a hopeless romantic. Creative, energetic, and charming, he can’t wait to meet his one true love and whisk her off her feet. He works at a bookstore with Brandy, the two often playing around, getting together for movie nights, and being food friends. But she’s off limits as far as Marty’s concerned. It’s not a best friend he wants but his angel. Too bad life and romance don’t always go according to plan.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I can’t remember exactly when I decided Marty would be this almost hyperactive puppy—adorable and energetic as all get out, but I love writing him. He’d come up with these elaborate dates or games that would make characters either love or hate him. Luckily, the right character kept adoring him it.

One example, is that at the store Marty and Brandy would have book duels. They’d each pick a random book, then call out a number. The other person would read the first sentence on that page and they’d build an erratic story from that.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Brandy’s an interesting one. She grew up fast, not because of any trauma in her past, but love. Getting married at twenty and opening her own bakery would do that. But tragedy cut her epic love story short. Widowed at twenty-five, Brandy’s struggling to pick up the pieces and maybe rediscover that young adult life she missed out on.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

At one point, Marty agrees to help repaint Brandy’s living room from a god-awful yellow. There’s a lot of banter and some serious hijinks when Marty covers his shirt in green paint and he chases Brandy around her apartment for a hug.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Do you want something different than the typical friends to lovers? A story that’s both so sweet you fear your heart may explode and also so steamy you need a cold shower? How about an adorable Latino hero who’s only five-foot-eight and loves working at a bookstore? Or a heroine who’s struggling to overcome feelings of guilt and rebuild her life with a man that makes her feel whole?

If so, then try Rash & Rationality.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Aged paper, sunshine streaming through the dust in a shop on old main street, vanilla bourbon, and a hint of gunpowder from the exploding fireworks.

Rash & Rationality 
Happily Ever Austen Series Book 2 
by Ellen Mint 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Love is a lot closer and more complicated than Marty ever dreamed. 

Marty Dashwood is a true romantic. Hearts, chocolates, kisses on the hand—the whole nine yards. His killjoy brother Eldon doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but one day Marty will have the perfect meet-cute, she’ll fall helplessly in love with him and they’ll live happily ever after. 

Brandy’s worked with Marty for almost two years. He’s the best friend she could ever have hoped for after the accident that took her husband. So she should be happy that Marty finally found what he’d always wanted, right? 

So why does it feel like every time she sees Marty with the ‘Social-Media Angel’ he rescued from a mugger, a piece breaks off her heart? How can she explain any of this to him before she loses her best friend forever? 

Reader advisory: Rash and Rationality is a modern gender-swapped friends-to-lovers Sense & Sensibility, set in a cozy bookshop. 

Pride & Pancakes 
Happily Ever Austen Series Book 1 

When a cold-hearted singer and a hard-headed journalist are trapped together in a blizzard, there will be sparks—and pancakes. 

When Beth Cho is tasked with interviewing elusive musician Tristan Harty, it’s hate at first sight. Despite his sapphire-blue eyes and lithe frame, he’s got to be the most infuriating man on the planet. 

Tristan Harty is already sick of reporters and this one is proving no different. Sure, she might be adorable with her ebony hair and big brown eyes, but her incessant need to dig into his past is dragging on his last nerve. 

The bickering duo vow never to meet again, but Mother Nature has other plans for them, trapping them in a Vermont cabin via a blizzard. The more Beth learns about the aristocratic Tristan, the harder it is for her to keep her professional distance, just as Tristan discovers that a loving heart beats inside the beautiful reporter. 

But what happens when the snowstorm’s over, and the melted Tristan and enamored Beth are free to leave? Can their reluctant attraction bloom into a deeper love now their cold-as-ice judgment has thawed? 

Reader advisory: Pride and Pancakes is a sweet yet steamy contemporary story inspired by the immortal Pride & Prejudice. There are references to sexual abuse, death from drug overdose and death in car crash. 

Ellen Mint adores the adorkable heroes who charm with their shy smiles and heroines that pack a punch. She has a needy black lab named after Granny Weatherwax from Discworld. Sadly, her dog is more of a Magrat.

When she's not writing imposing incubi or saucy aliens, she does silly things like make a tiny library full of her books. Her background is in genetics and she married a food scientist so the two of them nerd out over things like gut bacteria. She also loves gaming, particularly some of the bigger RPG titles. If you want to get her talking for hours, just bring up Dragon Age. 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and TWO giveaways! 

Giveaway #1 

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Giveaway #2 


  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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