Anybody who knows me knows that reading Little Women when I was eight set my goal to be a writer. Someday, somehow.
Celebrating my recent release, Sisters--two stories in one! I decided to regale you with trivia about those March sisters and their stories. See how well you do. (answers at the end.) And please leave a comment today…I’m giving away three Kindle copies of Sisters.
- Who is the oldest March sister: a) Amy; b) Jo; c) Meg; d) Beth.
- Jo works for: a) Aunt March; b) The Boston Beacon; c) the Weekly Volcano; d) Mr. Laurence.
- When Amy burns Joe’s treasured manuscript (horrors! No back-up or Dropbox…) what melts Jo’s fury? a) Amy marries Laurie so Jo doesn’t have to. b) Amy contracts scarlet fever. c)Aunt March threatens to send Amy to art school in Paris. d) Amy falls through the ice on a frozen pond.
- Beth becomes ill with: a) consumption; b) scarlet fever; c) influenza; d) appendicitis.
- Meg marries: a) Ned Moffat; b) John Brooke; c) Friedrich Bhaer; d) No, she doesn’t. She remains single.
- Beth dies at age: a) 19; b) 18; c) 17; d) 16.
- Originally a two-parter, the second half of Little Women (Part 2 today) was called: a) Good Wives; b) Army Wives (this was, after all, Civil War times.) c) Little Children; d) The Last March.
- Aunt March’s home is called: a) Fruitlands; b) Orchard House; c) Apple Farm; d) Plumfield.
- Meg’s children are officially christened: a) Jack and Jill; b) Jack and Daisy; c) John and Jane; d) John and Margaret.
- Little Women led to two sequels: a) Little Men, and Little Children; b) Jo’s Boys, and Meg’s Twins; c) The Finale March, and The Final Chapter; d) Little Men, and Jo’s Boys.
So, what’s with Sisters? Well, in Her Hurry-up Husband, debutante Elspeth Maroney leaves her stinkin’, cheatin’ bridegroom at the altar, but realizes she needs a husband for just one month. And by then, she just might need to run screaming from her bridegroom’s crazy granny…
However, she finds her heart fluttering when her intended, handsome Colorado rancher Hezekiah Steller wants a wife for life. And an heir as quick as possible. Sigh. How can they let each other go?
Anyway, my editor (the talented, ever patient and most excellent Cheryl Pierson) flat out said…Elspeth’s sister Judith has GOT to get away from their awful mama. Hence…(this this is an important word in the story…) Judith has her own set of adventures and romance in Her Thief of Hearts. Beautiful socialite (her). Darling orphan and…An outlaw! Bad-boy “Black Ankles” holds up a speeding train, and she’s on it. Along with Elspeth’s spurned bridegroom and the sisters’ former childhood governess! Oh no. Can her beloved Tremaine rescue her in time?
So, both stories are now together in one pretty package. And to make it more fun, Tremaine’s brother Ronnie has his own love story coming out at Christmas…because he’s really outlaw Black Ankles and so needs love and redemption.
All right. Here are the answers!
1-c; 2-a; 3-d; 4-b; 5-b; 6-a; 7-a; 8-d; 9-d; 10-d
Now, who’s your favorite March sister and why?