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06 January 2014

Othello Excerpt + Giveaway!

Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, #2)
Release Date: 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.

In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

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“So answer the question,” Orion said.
“I wasn’t aware you were asking one.”
“Are you kidding me?” Orion grumbled, running his hand over his short dark hair.  “Why are you talking around everything that I’m asking you?  I can see it in your eyes that your mind is buzzing.  When we walked into the library you said you didn’t like something and now you’re asking about Micah and how close he is to Dev.  Is there something going on I don’t know about?”
Archer looked away.  “I don’t think so.”
“You looked somewhere else!  I saw it!  Tell me what you’re thinking.  Now.”
“Orion, I…” Archer said, breathing in and then heaving out a heavy sigh.  He wanted to smile at how carefully Orion was watching him.  Every gesture, every movement was making him nervous.
“Go on,” Orion said, looking more uncomfortable.  “Tell me what’s bothering you.”
“Orion, I’d like to think that we’re friends now.  We’re friends, right?”
“Of course.  You helped me out when Micah was drunk and making an absolute ass out of himself.  You’ve proven on more than one occasion that I can trust you with school events and I know you care about the school’s reputation as much as I do.  Please…tell me what you think you saw.”
“Micah’s a good guy.  I think I’m looking too much into things.”
“Tell me what you’re thinking.”
“I don’t see a reason to get you riled up this close to the tournament.”
“Why would I get riled up?”
“Because you’re stressed.  I’m worried you’ll start to see things that aren’t there.  There’s going to be a lot of pressure.  The media’s going to be here.”
“I know about the damn tournament.  What I want to know is if Micah is trustworthy.”
As he fumbled with his fingers, Archer could feel Orion’s heavy gaze.  “I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”
“You’re lying.”
“I have better things to do than lie.  Why would you say that?”
“I want you be honest,” Orion said.  “If you think something’s up, then as my friend you have tell me.”
“I…I can’t,” Archer said, suddenly unsure.  For a moment he hesitated.  Could he really do this?  Orion took his silence for something terrible and looked at him with a face so pleading and pathetic that Archer almost felt bad for him.  And then he remembered all the rejection letters from colleges.  He remembered Orion preaching about waiting until marriage to have sex when he was sure that he had slept with Ellie.  He had to do this.  “Are you sure you want to know?”

Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)

Praise for the first book Much Ado About Nothing in new YA series, Shakespeare for Everyone Else:
“If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, I say, give this a go. And even if you have attempted Shakespeare, but haven’t been able to get past the language, pick up this edition and enjoy.” ~The Turning Pages~

“I definitely recommend this to all the Shakespeare lovers, especially if you're a young adult yourself, or really enjoy reading YA books.”  ~Angelic Reviews~

“The writing is beautiful, as C.E. Wilson was able to keep the poetic tone of the story. My love for YA stories has been restored!”  ~NWA Gossip Girl~


About the Author
C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and nothing helps her to write more than Coca-Cola and glazed doughnut holes.

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  1. Ugh. I actually tried to read this book, after all it's Sophie Kinsella, and I really loved her books Can You Keep a Secret and Remember Me. But after a few pages, I just put the book down and never picked it up again. I thought it was just me and my state of mind at that time, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who didn't enjoy the book as much. I hope Sophie will get her writing mojo back and give us another stellar book that completely falls under "Amusing" territory.

  2. Again, I tried reading this book, but after a few pages I just had to put it down. I really, really wanted to like it because I loved The Devil Wears Prada movie! But I couldn't get past the book. I hope, if they make a movie out of this, that it will be much, much better.


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