A New Novel Lets You Choose Your Own Romantic Adventure

Posted by Hayley on April 10, 2018


Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris, the creative team that brought us The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers (a YA mystery about Taylor Swift receiving threatening messages on her skinny mochas, obviously), are back to reinvent the romance genre. After all you deserve love just as much—if not more—than a stuffy fictional heroine. That's why their new book, My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel, puts you in the driver's seat, letting you make the decisions, change your destiny, and fall in love. Curran and Zageris share an exclusive excerpt with Goodreads.



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The course of true love never did run straight—and neither does this book. Do not submit yourself to woe and confusion by turning the pages in numerical order! Skimming to a different section or letting your eye linger too long on the entry next to your intended destination could have the same result as committing a similar act of impropriety while at a ball: SCANDAL! HEARTBREAK! UTTER RUIN!

In other words, no cheating.

Instead, begin your romantic journey on page one, and follow the instructions at the bottom of each page. These choices will guide you from the sweeping Highlands of rugged Scotland to the mysterious moors of foggy Yorkshire to the exotic plains of sand-swept Egypt. Every decision has the potential to bring you everlasting happiness or deepest despair—so select with care!

Choose wisely, and you could end up the talk of the ton, wrapped in the embrace of an exciting, eternally faithful, extremely becoming mate of superior charm and devotion. Choose poorly, and you may end up destitute and begging for scraps in the slimiest slums of London. Truly, in matters of love, anything is possible.

Now on with you—your romantic fate awaits!



“Move that leg, girl!” the dowager Lady Craven hisses as she prods you with her cane. The two of you are sitting in the back of her rather shabby carriage, on the way to your first social event since you started working as her lady’s companion more than a year ago. Sadly, this behavior is far from extraordinary, so you merely sigh and squeeze yourself into an even tinier part of the seat. At this point, one more prod and you would be making love to the carriage door.

“Such a miserable occasion. I can’t think why Evangeline is making us attend,” Lady Craven mutters.

“Well, it is for the widows and orphans of the war—” you venture to say politely, before being cut off with a glare that could strip paint.

“Did I sound like I wanted your opinion?” You know what’s good for you and stop talking immediately. Lady Craven continues on her tirade. “Truly, you are just as woolheaded as your grandfather was. Odious man! I have no idea what your grandmother was thinking when she married him—and with no fortune to recommend him, either! I daresay your late father was just the same, seeing as he didn’t see it to provide for you after his death….”

Spending most of your time with Lady Craven has made you a master at biting your tongue, yet her cruel words about your beloved papa cut you to your core. Still, you depend upon the old dragon for your entire livelihood, so you have no choice but to grit your teeth and clench your fists into the worn fabric of your dress. An old castoff from Lady Craven, the frock is at least twenty years out of date, and you highly suspect that she chose it for you because the mustard-yellow color clashes horribly with your complexion.

“If it wasn’t for the affection I still hold for your late mother, I should have cast you out into the street! And what would you have done then, eh?”

You brood silently yet demurely.

“Probably try to find yourself a protector, no doubt!” she continues. “Just as you have shamelessly set your cap at Sir Charles Burley-Fanshaw. Though I doubt anyone would want to have anything to do with such a silly little chit!”

Your fists grip even tighter around the fabric of your skirts. The repellent Sir Charles is old enough to be your grandpapa and has indeed been sniffing around your person, looking no doubt for a pretty, compliant, and much younger bride. Still, would life in a loveless marriage be any worse than the one you live now?

The carriage arrives at your destination, and you are shaken from your gloomy thoughts—if only for a moment. Perhaps tonight will be the night when everything changes?

Do you accompany your tyrannical employer to the fundraising ball for the Society for the Protection of Widows and Orphans of the War? The company may be atrocious, but balls are fun! If so, turn to page 67.

Or do you run away from Lady Craven, only to find yourself with no other means of survival than to sell your young body into the cold, cruel night? If so, do not go to any other place in this book, for you will be utterly doomed and dead from syphilis within a year.

Sorry. This may be a choosable-path adventure, but as a penniless young unmarried woman at the start of the nineteenth century, your options are somewhat limited. They will get better, though! Turn to page 67.



Want to find out what happens next? My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel is now available at a bookstore near you! Add it to your Want to Read shelf.


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message 1: by Janice (new)

Janice Skimmed thru, when I was at Barnes & Noble.


Suaad (I just want a cat) I need this book! It's like a Telltale game


message 3: by Emma (last edited Apr 11, 2018 09:44AM) (new)

Emma Debruyne OWowowow. I need this! This is the kind of book that would cheer me up on even the worst of days!


AnayatheUnicorn Thank goodness I wasn't the only one who heard "starbucks lovers" as the lyrics for Blank Space instead of "ex-lovers"


message 5: by Heather (new)

Heather This is such a delightful concept. There's a tabletop RPG that reminds me of this called Ghastly Affairs, if anyone wants to be the dramatic stars of their own Gothic novel.


message 6: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I was just talking about how there should be more books like this the other day. I was remembering one I read back in grade school but I don't know how to find them. These can be so fun when done right.


message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna Caitlin wrote: "I was just talking about how there should be more books like this the other day. I was remembering one I read back in grade school but I don't know how to find them. These can be so fun when done r..."

Here's a list, maybe it's there? :)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...


message 8: by Traci (new)

Traci Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this might be an interesting choice to add to my library. However, I worry about "romance" books because sometimes the content is "too mature" for a school environment.


message 9: by Kira (new)

Kira Oooh, I remember these kind of books from my childhood. I really loved them! Gonna check this out, too!


message 10: by Ash (new)

Ash Rogers Traci wrote: "Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this might be an interesting choice to add ..."

NOPE. I read the ARC and it is very very sexual.


message 11: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey I'm not a romance reader, but this seems like something I might find amusing all the same. I did used to love the choose your own adventure books...


message 12: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth que cute. Choose your own adventure for adults. lol


message 13: by Kris (new)

Kris Fury Your link to the book is broken (404 error)


message 14: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear How fun! I love that the author acknowledges that as a woman, and penniless, in the 19th-century, your options are limited. Too often authors just ignore that and go wild with modern day people romping around in pretty old-fashioned clothes and carriages.


All Cops Are Bastards I think I just threw up in my mouth a little


message 16: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer How ridiculous.


message 17: by Krista (new)

Krista Smith O this seems interesting and different I must get this book


message 18: by Duchess Nicole (new)

Duchess Nicole Caitlin wrote: "I was just talking about how there should be more books like this the other day. I was remembering one I read back in grade school but I don't know how to find them. These can be so fun when done r..."

Was it the Choose Your Oen Adventure books? I used to love those!


message 19: by Teri (new)

Teri Caitlin wrote: "I was just talking about how there should be more books like this the other day. I was remembering one I read back in grade school but I don't know how to find them. These can be so fun when done r..."

They're called "Choose your own adventure." The updated adult version has been kind of done before, as a series, the first was Swipe Right, by Madison Summer.


message 20: by Laura_sommeils (last edited Apr 12, 2018 08:40AM) (new)

Laura_sommeils Traci wrote: "Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this might be an interesting choice to add ..."

I haven't read all of it, because of the path I chose, it does name orgasms, or at one scene the female mc choosed to show her boobs to a dude, so I guess it'd depend on what school age you're talking about. I don't think teenagers would have a problem with it, since is not very graphic and it's almost a satire of the tropes. But personally I wouldn't put it on a elementary school library.


message 21: by Nele (new)

Nele Read this and ordered the book immediately ^^


message 22: by Apricity (new)

Apricity Choosing our own love story?
Sounds promising
Looking forward to it


message 23: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Shut.The.Front.Door.
Yes!


message 24: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Barnes Laura_sommeils wrote: "Traci wrote: "Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this might be an interesting ..."

Hi, I have purchased and read some of the book. While I like the concept and the plots are interesting, it's not appropriate for a school library as there are some explicit (if I could rate it as a movie, it would be R) scenes. Definitely not something I would recommend for young people or people who are looking for a clean romance story. Hope this helps!


message 25: by Jo (new)

Jo Starr I DEVOURED choose your own adventure books as a kid and am excited to try the adult versions!!


message 26: by joel (new)

joel is this 100% straight??


message 27: by Laura_sommeils (new)

Laura_sommeils joel wrote: "is this 100% straight??"

From what I understand there's a ending with the mc being with another woman, but I didn't have that ending and I haven't tried or read the other ones.


message 28: by Ash (new)

Ash Rogers joel wrote: "is this 100% straight??"

Nah, you can choose to be with a woman if you'd like and her route is actually fairly easy to get on.


CJ - It's only a Paper Moon Reminds me of the Jane Austen "choose your own adventure" book that came out a few years ago. I bought this book as a Kindle and it better be more intriguing than that.


message 30: by april k (new)

april k I would check it out..reminds me of those mystery books I use to read as a kid :)


message 31: by Doyo (new)

Doyo kindly how do i get this superb book?


message 32: by joel (new)

joel Laura_sommeils wrote: "joel wrote: "is this 100% straight??"

From what I understand there's a ending with the mc being with another woman, but I didn't have that ending and I haven't tried or read the other ones."


Nice!! Thanks for answering


message 33: by joel (new)

joel Ash wrote: "joel wrote: "is this 100% straight??"

Nah, you can choose to be with a woman if you'd like and her route is actually fairly easy to get on."


!!! Thank god


message 34: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Cleroux This reminds me of the goosebumps books you used to read as a kid!


message 35: by Giselle (new)

Giselle Smith Traci wrote: "Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this might be an interesting choice to add ..."

I would have to say probably not, maybe the High School level but not middle grades or younger. There's nothing graphic but some of the explanations and descriptions wouldn't be appropriate for younger readers. I also don't know if they would enjoy the time period that these reads take place in.


message 36: by Giselle (new)

Giselle Smith I was a bit disappointed with this book but I'm used to reading something straight through without flipping pages around. For those who are comfortable with lots of moving about in the pages it is entertaining. There's not much depth but I don't think that is the authors intent with this style. I did enjoy myself!


message 37: by Becky (new)

Becky I have loved this book from the very beginning. So I read my path...then I made two of my friends do it. I would read it to them and let them make the choices....One story all the way through takes about 1-1 1/2 hours. I liked being able to see what my friends chose and how their paths differed from mine. This book would make an amazing activity for a girls weekend! Or just for a fun night in with your ladies and some wine! Highly recommend!


message 38: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Partain Crystal wrote: "Laura_sommeils wrote: "Traci wrote: "Asking anyone who has read this. Is it appropriate for a school library? As a student I enjoyed the original "Choose Your Own Adventure" series and think this m..."

I have a good imagination even though I'm blind and can't see what's going on in the world. I don't have to have every single detail described, it's more fun to imagine what happens next. You can catch my writings at http://www.lovereallyisblind.com


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