Behind the Scenes + Giveaway



About the Book:


Behind the Scenes
Written by: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Month, Year: April, 2017
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Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

My Thoughts:
With only the best intentions in her heart, Permilia Griswold descends upon high society in a whirlwind of actions that can only be described as lacking. After years of discouraging, bumbling attempts to win society over, she ultimately resigns to the role of a “wallflower”: a girl to be seen, not heard. But instead of wilting, Permilia jumps at the opportunity before her – giving the common-day people a peak into high society by penning a society gossip columns under a pseudonym. While sleuthing for one of her articles, Permilia overhears some fascinating, yet somewhat dastardly information – a plot to murder a rather handsome, affluent acquaintance of her’s, Asher Rutherford, who owns one of the most sought after department stores in New York. Will Permilia be able to use her sleuthing skills for good or will her chaotic ways spell disaster for her and and Asher both?

Effortlessly charming, witty, and lovable, Behind the Scenes has tangoed its way to being my all-time favorite read of Jen Turano’s works. I have never gleefully laughed, cried, and exclaimed in outrage moreso than I did whilst reading this amazingly sweet and fun novel. Ya’ll — I couldn’!!! Every page held my attention in utter delight. I couldn’t read fast enough! I’ve always held Turano’s books dear to my heart, but Behind the Scenes is by far my favorite novel she’s written to date. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the Apart from the Crowd series!!


About the Author:

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

Interview With Jen Turano:
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you personally?
Amusing things happen to me all the time, but I think my favorite was back in college when I was a lifeguard. You see, there’s a lifeguard code – You will be cool at all times, especially when you’re sitting in a lifeguard chair, twirling your whistle exactly so, and, you know…looking cool. So, there I was, in my black lifeguard bathing suit – swinging my whistle. It was an unusually hot day, so I’d angled my umbrella exactly right as I watched the diving-board section. Now, I know this might come as a surprise, but being a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool isn’t exactly thrilling. It’s rare that anything exciting happens, and that particular day was no exception…until a large gust of wind came out of nowhere and the umbrella took it upon itself to close – right over me. And because it was now really gusty, the umbrella then lifted up, taking me with it right off the chair and into the depths of the deep end of the pool. From all accounts, it was quite the sight. First, there I was, swinging my whistle and looking groovy. Then all you could see were my legs flailing about as the umbrella covered the rest of me, and then…I was plummeting toward the pool, hit the water with the umbrella over me, and promptly sank. Obviously I managed to get out of the umbrella, but in the process, part of my bathing suit came off, and…well, that’s a story for another day.

What is your favorite book from your childhood?
“Andrew Henry’s Meadow.” It was actually my little brother’s book, gotten from one of those book of the month clubs, but I loved it. I recently found a copy on an e-site and ordered it, and it’s just as delightful today as it was back in my childhood.

Who does the cooking and cleaning in your house when you are on a deadline?
I don’t actually cook much even when I’m not on deadline, so that’s not really an issue. Al and I do a lot of salads or throw some chicken on the grill. We also have a lot of grocery stores that have wonderful deli and gourmet foods, so we get a lot of things there. As for cleaning, I’m one of those neurotic people who can’t work without everything being in place, so I do a lot of tidying up before I go to bed. And, because I do some of my best thinking when I clean, I’ve been known to abandon my writing when I get stuck and pick up a mop or cleaning rag, which means my house is rarely a disaster since I need to get unstuck a lot.

Where is your favorite place to write?
I do the majority of my writing in my office, although I will occasionally take a pad of paper and a pen outside to handwrite when I get bored of my office or it’s a really nice day and I don’t feel like being trapped inside. It’s not that my office is my favorite place to write, it’s more that my writing is my job and I’m more focused on that writing when I approach it as such.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I really like when characters and new story ideas begin to fester. That normally happens when I’m in the midst of another series. By the time I’m done with whatever series I’m working on, the next series is pretty firmly set in my mind, which means I can jump right in as I wait for edits on recently completed work. My absolute favorite part of writing, though, is when I turn in the very final edit on a book and don’t see it again until it comes out in print. Although, I must admit, I’ve never, not once, read one of my books after it has gone to print. Seems rather pointless since I do always know how the book is going to end.

Why did you choose the timeframe or setting this book is written in?
I’ve been wanting to set a book during Alva Vanderbilt’s famous costume ball of March, 1883, for years. Since I decided to slowly travel through the Gilded Age, I just reached 1883 on my plot timeline, so knew I was finally going to get to throw some characters into the very midst of Alva’s ball. It was a blast to write, loved going back to all my books on this particular ball and seeing the pictures, and only wish the Vanderbilt house at 660 Fifth Avenue was still standing so I could visit it in person to visualize the splendors located inside a little more clearly.

What inspires you?
I think like most writers, I simply get inspired by the world around me. I love to people watch, and I love to imagine all sorts of outlandish scenarios as I do that watching. I also get inspired by reading the headlines of the daily papers, and by the research books I read. I also love to look through old photographs of the Gilded Age, and became intrigued with Alva Vanderbilt’s ball when I saw a picture of a young lady, Miss Kate Strong, with a stuffed cat on her head and wearing a choker necklace with the name Puss engraved on it. That was all it took for me to investigate the Vanderbilt ball further, delighted to discover it truly was a ball that only comes along every blue moon.

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April 27: Reading Is My SuperPower | The Scribbler | Genesis 5020 | These Splendid Sentences

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April 30: Lighthouse Academy | Radiant Light Bigreadersite | Lane Hill House

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May 5: With a Joyful Noise | Baker Kella | A Reader’s Brain | Southern Gal Loves to Read

May 6: A Greater Yes | Christian Bookaholic | Connie’s History Classroom | Splashes of Joy | Just Commonly

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May 8: Ashley’s Bookshelf | Eat, Read,Teach, Blog | Giveaway Lady | Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

May 9: Bibliophile Reviews | History, Mystery & Faith | I Hope You Dance | Simpleharvestreads

May 10: His Grace is Sufficient | History, Hope, Laughter & Happily-ever-after | Raining Butterfly Kisses | Reader’s Cozy Corner

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and the four books: After a Fashion, In Good Company, Playing the Part, Behind the Scenes!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Joyce J says:

    Behind the Scenes sounds like a fun book but Jen Turano sounds even more fun. Thanks for the Q&A with her. I really enjoyed it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Baker Kella says:

      So glad you stopped by, Joyce!! Jen’s personality definitely shines in her books – I think you’ll love Behind the Scenes 🙂


  2. Aerykah says:

    Oh!!! I am so excited to read another of Jen’s books!! 😀 Hers are always so good– I don’t even like to check what they’re about before I read them because I just know if it’s one of her books I’m bound to enjoy it. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Baker Kella says:

      Right?!! I’m the same way with Jen & a couple others . If there’s a new book out with their name attached, it’s an automatic read 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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