Today we’re hosting the exclusive cover reveal for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee! I enjoyed the author’s debut This Monstrous Thing, and I’m a huge fan of her weekly #BygoneBadassBroads storytime on Twitter. She gives back so much to the YA community through education and enthusiasm, so I’m delighted to help unveil her upcoming historical novel.
Friends, you are going to want to gaze adoringly into this book’s eyes and buy it dinner. It features pirates and villains and two rascally boys who are lifelong friends, but who are OH, also fighting their growing feelings for each other. *swoon*
Mackenzi joins us today to talk about sowing wild oats, tackling historical fiction tropes, and being queer in the 17th century.
Watch Mackenzi Lee Introduce The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
As Mackenzi says, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the big gay 18th century road trip novel that you didn’t know you needed!
Now…are you ready to see this cover?
(It would save time if you just handed over your pants now, since Percy and Monty will charm them right off you.)
BEHOLD! Your very first look at this delightful book.
What do you think of this cover? It promises fun and adventure, but you can also see a sense of purpose in Monty’s eyes, I think. Though that purpose could be anything from tracking down a priceless missing object to calculating how swiftly he could undo your laces.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.About the Author: Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own Grand Tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her first novel, This Monstrous Thing, which won the PEN New England Susan Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, was released in 2015 from HarperCollins. Her second novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, a queer spin on the classic adventure novel, comes out June 20, 2017. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. You can find her on Twitter @themackenzilee where she curates a weekly storytime #Bygone Badass Broads about badass women from history you probably didn’t know about but should. She currently calls Boston home. Keep up with the latest on Mackenzi’s books on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!
Read the First Chapter!
To whet your appetite even more, here’s your chance to read the first chapter of the book below!
Fair warning: reading this will make your grabby-hands feelings even stronger. I fell in love on the very first page, and I bet you will, too.gentleman's guide to vice and virtue
(Hover your mouse over the bottom left side of the PDF to advance to the next page.)
Win an early ARC of the book!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue won’t be out until June 20th, 2017, but thanks to the author and our friends at Katherine Tegen Books, one of our lucky readers will win one of the very first ARCs as soon as they’re available. That’s right, you’ll get one HOT OFF THE PRESSES. That ARC will include a gushy blurb from me, by the way, so that should tell you how much I enjoyed the book. As if you couldn’t tell already, right?
To enter to win the ARC, all you need to do is:
1. Leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re looking forward to reading this book.
2. Retweet Wendy’s tweet about the cover reveal, linked on the image below. If it’s not glaringly obvious what your Twitter handle is, please include that information with your comment as well.
— Witchy Darling (@MissWendyD) October 13, 2016
Alternatively, if you don’t have a Twitter account, you may also leave a link below showing us how you’ve shared it on another form of social media. Either way, you MUST have a public account in order for us to verify; also, please use the official RT button for easy tracking, as those quoted tweets will get lost in my mentions and will not count.
Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Please see our usual giveaway rules, as they always apply. Ends November 7th, 2016.
Giveaway copy is provided by the publisher; photos, video, and artwork provided by the author.
Are you looking forward to falling in love with boyish dimples so deep you could pour tea into them? I’m fanning myself just thinking about them.