Did someone say Gatsby Era? Drop-waist dresses? Cloche hats?  We love this era and we especially loves books set in this time period.  These are just SOME of the reasons we are so excited to be a part of The Duke of Bannerman Prep Blog Tour today!


Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A Nelson

Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.
Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for one reason: to win. The elite school recruited him after he argued his public school’s debate team to victory last year, and now Bannerman wants that championship trophy. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of scrimping and saving and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and a new, better future.

When he’s paired with the prep school playboy everyone calls the Duke, Tanner’s straightforward plans seem as if they’re going off the rails. The Duke is Bannerman royalty, beloved for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and the strings he so easily pulls. And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.
As Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge become addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.
But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple.
A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie A. Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for anyone who’s struggled to survive the cut-throat world of competitive high school.

Pre-Order/Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound


Preorder Info

Email proof of purchase and your address to katie@katienelson.com by May 8th to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark.


A Rafflecopter Link

Enter to win a signed finished copy of The Duke of Bannerman Prep and Gatsby related swag. U.S. Only. Ends May 8th 11:59pm.



Katie Nelson has always loved words and stories. Formerly a high school English and Debate teacher, she now lives in Northern California with her husband, four children, and hyperactive dog.
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We developed a mood board that inspired our fashion choices for the shoot.

Then we took that inspiration and picked out some contemporary and vintage fashions from our closets. What do you think? Would we be invited to one The Duke’s parties?

As we all know, the devil is in the details, so we made sure that The Duke of Bannerman Prep was accompanied by feathers, flapper bobs and finger waves, long-strand necklaces and gin!

Of course we danced and drank a little, too, in our outakes!

If you follow us, you may have noticed that we (and our closets) wish we’d lived through the 1920’s. Below are some photos from past 20’s-inspired events.


Don’t miss out on the rest of the tour!

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May 2nd

The YA Book Traveler – Snacks to Pair with The Duke of Bannerman Prep

Girl in the Pages – Gatsby vs The Duke: Themes the Books Share

May 3rd

YA and Wine – Wines During Prohibition & Now

Take Me Away to a Great Read – Bookish Gatsby Merch to Add to Your Collection

May 4th

Mama Reads Blog – Bannerman Prep Party Playlist

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – 5 Reasons You’ll Love The Duke

May 5th

YAWednesdays – Modern Day Gatsby Apparel

Books, Boys, and Blogs – Best of: Quotes from Duke & Things Every Gatsby Lover Should Have

May 8th

NovelNovice – Fun Facts About Gatsby to Know Before Reading The Duke of Bannerman Prep

BookCrushin – eBooks versus Paper – The Great Debate in Honor of The Duke of Bannerman Prep