Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Sway is out today and Melanie Stanford is our guest to launch her blog tour. Sway is a new  modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Ready to welcome Melanie  to our online club? And, by the way, don't  miss the chance to win a signed paperback copy. The giveaway is open internationally. Good luck, everyone! 

First off, a big thank you to Maria Grazia for having me today!

Why write a retelling? Why Jane Austen? These are two questions I often hear from people when they find out about SWAY, my contemporary retelling of PERSUASION set in LA.
Before starting SWAY, I’d written a young adult time-travel novel and its sequel. Even though I’d read tons of Jane Austen retellings, I’d never considered writing one of my own. I wanted to write YA and I wanted to write stories with some kind of magical element to them—I never once thought I’d write straight up contemporary.
Then I was in the middle of a re-watch of 2007’s PERSUASION (I’ve got a thing for Rupert Penry-Jones in that movie, not gonna lie *swoons*). I don’t remember what point in the movie it struck me, but I just knew it would make an awesome modern day story.

Out of all of Jane Austen’s novels, I really got Persuasion when I read it. I felt it. I understood Anne’s pain and heartache when she’s constantly thrown into company with Captain Wentworth. I think we all know what it’s like to regret a break-up. There are just so many feelings and drama going on in Persuasion (and I love me some drama) that I wanted so badly to write it down myself, take it into a modern world and put my own spin on it.

Rupert Penry-Jones as Wentworth - Persuasion (2007)

SWAY was both a joy and a struggle to write, but I loved every second. If you get a chance to read, I hope you love it too!

Melanie Stanford

About the book

Melanie Stanford
She’d be happy to forget…if the past would just stop hitting “replay”.

Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?
Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.
In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.
One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself. 

Product Warnings!

Contains an actor whose kisses taste like chocolate, a pianist with scores of regret, and a sexy crooner who just wants his ex to cry him a river.

About the author

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. You can find her on Twitter @MelMStanford, on Facebook  Melanie Stanford Author, and her website 

Links: Samhain Publishing   Amazon  Goodreads  


Vesper said...

I find it difficult to really decide as it does depend on my mood - but I will go for Pride and Prejudice

kim hansen said...

I would also go with pride and prejudice as my favorite.

Beau North said...

Great post and Congrats to you, Melanie! I can't wait to read it!

PdxIrishGirl said...

Petsuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel
and this modern-day reselling sounds so
good! Enjoyed reading the interview.

Christina Boyd said...

I loved your short story "Becoming Fanny" in the anthology "Then Comes Winter." Can't wait to read "Sway." Congratulations!

dstoutholcomb said...

Congratulations on your release! I love P&P the best.


Melanie Stanford said...

Thanks again for having me here today! I first fell in love with Jane Austen's books because of Pride & Prejudice so I totally understand the love. I might be a "Fanny" but I've always wanted to be an "Elizabeth." :)

Ginna said...

I love Persuasion, and we definitely need more Persuasion JAFF. So I'm eagerly looking forward to reading your book. If I could win a copy, that would be terrific!

Kirsten said...

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, followed closely by Persuasion.

Maria Grazia said...

You're welcome, Melanie! My favourite Austen novel is Persuasion and though I AM dutiful Anne Elliot I've always dreamt of being a Lizzy Bennet a bit like you.

Maria Grazia said...

You're welcome, Melanie! My favourite Austen novel is Persuasion and though I AM dutiful Anne Elliot I've always dreamt of being a Lizzy Bennet a bit like you.

Lúthien84 said...

Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are my favourite Jane Austen's novels so don't make me choose because I like both.

Unknown said...

My favorite is Pride & Prejudice, but I agree on Rupert Penry Jones :)

NovElla said...

My favourite Jane Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice ; but for retellings, I love Persuasion best :) so I’m really excited for Sway!! Plus I’m obsessed with the piano!

Unknown said...

My favorite Austen book is Persuasion, followed closely by Pride & Prejudice!

Ceri said...

My favourite Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice but Persusion is a very worthy second.

Maria said...

Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favourite. But Persuasion is the most romantic and heartwrenching novel ever!