Friday, January 20, 2017

Announcement: "The Darcy Monologues" edited by Christina Boyd #Giveaway!

Hello, Friends! Today I'm happy to be part of this exciting announcement about a project Christina Boyd has been working on; The Darcy Monologues

Details for some lovely prizes are at the bottom of the page! 

Interview with Christina Boyd

There are many well-known names behind today’s exciting announcement in the JAFF community and the one person at the center of it all is here today to share this news with us; the lovely Austenesque editor, Christina Boyd.

Christina, there’s a buzz going around the JAFF community that you are heading a new project and it’s a pleasure to have you visit so many Austenesque blogs today to share your big news!

Can you share with us what you’ve been working on behind-the-scenes?

Thank you for hosting and shining your light on this project. I am excited and not a little proud to announce The Darcy Monologues—a short story anthology with sixteen of my very favorite Austenesque writers. I doubt anyone will be surprised by my list—authors I’ve either enjoyed working with and admire their work or authors I have simply fan-girl’d over for years: Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, Judy-Lynne, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Melanie Stanford, Joana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams.

Wow, that is an exciting line-up of talent! 

The Darcy Monologues sounds like such a fitting title for this anthology. Would you share with us how it was selected as the title, especially with so many authors involved in this project? 

This project is collection of stories all told from Fitzwilliam’s point-of-view—set in Regency, contemporary, as well as other eras. Because the stories are strictly from his eyes, I felt it imperative we find a title that clearly illustrated the book would be more than one tale but all from his point-of-view. In an e-mail from “The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy” author, Sara Angelini, she mentioned how she had long wanted to write a story titled “The Darcy Monologues” or something like… So, in presenting the idea to the group, other ideas were thrown about. After a quick Google search, we learned there was a short story on Derbyshire Writer’s Guild by Judy-Lynne with the same title. She had written a short story described as six “extemporaneous rants” expressed by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Not one to be a copycat, we moved on to other names. But as time passed, nothing resonated with me as much so I felt incumbent to ask Judy-Lynne if she would be offended if we used the same title. Unfortunately, she is rarely on the fanfiction sites anymore and everyone I asked claimed they did not know how to get in touch with her. Finally! Finally, I connected with her through “A Happy Assembly” and asked her about the title use, she accepted, and I asked her if she was still writing and would she be interested in writing a short for the anthology. She said she wasn’t writing but agreed to the challenge. And that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

How does this project differ from anything you’ve worked on before? 

I’ve worked on two other anthologies, published in 2015 by Meryton Press: Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. Both were set-up as writing contests with a panel of judges reading and selecting the submissions. This project, I am self-publishing and have assembled my own dream team. 

At this point, what can you share about your experiences working with so many talented Austenesque writers?

I feel lucky! Blessed. Not only that these talented writers have all graciously committed to this project—some having not written anything Austenesque in years—but have over a short period of time become so dear to me on a personal level.

What can readers expect from this anthology?

The authors have all committed to write a short piece from Darcy’s point-of-view, between 5000-15,000 words, and must have romance—but no scenes that I wouldn’t be able to share with my teenage daughter or eighty-year-old mother-in-law. Even with that last tenet, I am amazed how these writers can turn up the heat in a room. Have your fans handy—and even a few tissues!

It seems like we just can’t get enough of Mr. Darcy! What’s his appeal, Christina, 200 years later?

Pride and Prejudice is told in the third-person narrative, limited omniscient, from Elizabeth Bennet’s point-of-view. In my fiction, I have always had a weakness for the rich, powerful, noble, and handsome man who changes his ways for love, and a woman worthy of his efforts. I’ve long dreamt of putting together a collection of stories all from my favorite Austen hero’s eyes. Yes, Pride and Prejudice has been told before from Darcy’s point-of-view by the talented Pamela Aidan, Stanley Hurd, Amanda Grange, Janet Aylmer, and Mary Street, to name a few—but with all the amazing Pride and Prejudice re-imaginings out there, I wanted to read alternate stories in his own words.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us today about The Darcy Monologues

The anthology is scheduled for release May 22, 2017 and we have a few promotions planned in the coming weeks as we finish the editing process to spit and polish the collection.

Before we part, Christina, I hear you have some rather thrilling news to share with us on a personal level, which was just announced early this week. Care to divulge the details here too? 

Well… I can barely believe it myself but…I won—I WON, the Omaze “Champagne Toast with Henry Cavill on the London Eye" experience! (Fundraiser to benefit the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.) You read that right. I won. I’m flying to London to meet my all-time favorite book boyfriend, the very talented British actor, Henry Cavill. I have never been to England, except layovers in Heathrow—which doesn’t count—so I feel like the French teacher who has never been to France. And here I get to go, stay in a luxury hotel, explore London, and have a champagne toast with Henry Cavill. Pinch me! And yes, if he is willing, I do hope to have him sign some swag for The Darcy Monologue giveaways—after all, he is my book boyfriend.

You can see the Omaze winner reveal and video of Christina here!


Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist under her own banner, Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England remains on her bucket list.

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* * * GIVEAWAY * * * 

We are giving away some really fun prizes to three lucky winners! One winner will receive a stash of gifts to enjoy with his/her own significant other. These treats include assorted British food and beverage snacks and a Mr. Darcy quote mug. 
(This prize is open to a winner with a U.S. mailing address only)

Another winner will receive two stories from the anthology; a Regency story and a contemporary or alternate era short story. The winner will choose his/her prize stories based on the authors in this anthology. These stories will be distributed to the winner on March 15, 2017. 

 Our third prize winner will receive a walk-on role in one of the stories in this anthology. That’s right…This winner will have a piece of the action in one of our stories, which means having a character in one of these stories in the anthology named after her/him.
 This is something every JAFF reader dreams about, isn’t it?

These giveaways are open for entries from Friday, January 20 until midnight, ET, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. 

The winners will be announced on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

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Congratulations to Christina Boyd for winning the Omaze “Champagne Toast with Henry Cavill on the London Eye"! That's amazing! I hope you have so much fun in London while sipping champagne with Henry Cavill!!!

Also, congrats to Christina and all the wonderful authors who are working so hard on this anthology! I see many of my favorite authors in this list! I am looking forward to reading The Darcy Monologues

Many thanks to Claudine Pepe @ JustJane1813 for including me in this Announcement.

Good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

Please, feel free to leave a comment! We'd love to hear from you! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Lie Universally Hidden Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hey, Everyone! I'm excited to have author Angela Schroeder here today with an excerpt of her new book, A Lie Universally Hidden! There's also a giveaway going on, so keep reading! You'll find details at the bottom of the post! 

Good morning Candy! It’s truly a pleasure to be here with your readers at “So Little Time…” to share the first excerpt of my blog tour. When I selected the three excerpts for my tour, I wanted to share three very different excerpts to give my readers a sense for the story, as well as for the characters. Today I am sharing with your readers an excerpt that always brings a smile to my face, as I can easily imagine this conversation taking place between our dear couple.

I am curious to hear what words your readers use to describe this excerpt! Thank you for your support with my blog tour, as I certainly appreciate your time and efforts.

In this scene, we gain a small insight into Fitzwilliam Darcy the man, as he and Elizabeth have a conversation while stranded at Ashby Park, the estate of James Hamilton.


     Conversation came easy speaking of books, music, and travel. Across the table, as candlelight danced across her animated face, Darcy could only imagine what an evening at Pemberley with her as his wife might be like.

     “I have always longed to travel to Rome,” Miss Elizabeth said after the final course.

     Darcy stood by her chair waiting to escort her to the music room. “Rome? Why Rome? I believed all young ladies wished to travel to Paris to shop and be seen.”

     “But sir, have you yet to determine that I am not like all young ladies?” she asked with an impish grin. “My impertinence is legendary in Meryton.” Darcy struggled to control his impulse to brush a loose tendril from the nape of her neck.

     “Oh, but I have, Miss Elizabeth, and I would not call it impertinence as much as spirit.” Elizabeth lowered her eyes, and he swallowed as she flushed with color from the rise of her bosom to her face. “Many of your sex speak only what they believe a man wishes to hear. But a man of character wants an equal, not solely in wealth and connections, but in intellect and sense. A powerful woman can lead a man to do great things."

     Elizabeth sat down on the sofa and Mr. Darcy seemed to hesitate before taking the chair across from her in the music room. Soon after, Sarah entered the parlor and quickly took up her needle.

     “We were speaking of my impertinence.” She arched her brow in challenge.

     “That conversation we will save for another day,” he replied with a grin. “But why, Miss Bennet, would you wish to see Rome?”

     “Oh, Rome. I have read books from Father’s library about its rise and fall. I would dearly love to see the Coliseum and works from the masters. History and culture, sir, are two of my passions. I am not a simple country maid from Hertfordshire, you know.”

     “No, Miss Elizabeth. I would never imagine anything about you as simple.” Her laugh tinkled around the room as his baritone joined hers. “I can attest to the beauty of Rome and its people. My father took me there once when I was just a boy. I was but ten and we were at a crowded market on the way back to our hotel. We became separated and I wandered for half an hour looking for him.”

     “Whatever did you do, sir?”

     He sheepishly looked down tracing the pattern of the rug with the toe of his boot. “I did what any young boy in a foreign country would do. I sat down and began to cry. A little grandmother found me, swept me into her home and fed me. She sent her granddaughter to the post master who spoke some English and within five minutes, we were back at the hotel with my worried father standing out front talking to the local constable. That was the first time my father publicly embraced me,” he whispered. He seemed to be affected by the memory as he lowered his head to study his boots. She found herself turning to look out the window in the following silence.

     “I apologize if I made you uncomfortable, Miss Bennet, with such maudlin remembrances.”

     His nervous smile was met with her compassion. “Please, do not apologize to me. We—the weaker sex—welcome open demonstrations of paternal affection. However, not only the weaker sex needs affirmation from their parents.”

     Attempting to lighten the pervading somber mood, she asked, “Might I play for you?”

     “I would like that very much.”

A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder 

Book Description: 

 “The engagement between them is of a peculiar kind. From their infancy, they have been intended for each other. It was the favorite wish of his mother…” —Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 

Fitzwilliam Darcy was raised to never stray from the path set before him: ensure the continued prosperity of his estate, Pemberley, protect and educate his sister to become an accomplished woman, and marry the woman his mother chose for him—his cousin Anne de Bourgh. With a letter bearing his late mother’s signature, Darcy presumes his fate is sealed and prepares to wed one he does not love. However, his destiny begins to unravel when he glimpses a pair of fine eyes on a quiet, country road. 

Elizabeth Bennet is the second daughter of a respectable though insignificant gentleman. She is flattered to have captured the attention of a local squire, a childhood friend, and everyone believes her path is secure—until a handsome, rich gentleman arrives at a neighboring estate. Happenstance begets the unlikely pair together, bridging a forbidden love long past a mere friendship. 

In A Lie Universally Hidden, two of literature’s most beloved romance characters are destined to marry for fortune and obligation rather than love. How will Darcy and Elizabeth fulfill their true destiny under such circumstances? Shall honor, decorum, prudence—nay, a signed letter from the grave—forbid it? 

A Lie Universally Hidden is a Regency Romance suitable for most audiences, teen and up.

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Author Biography

I have a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a Masters in Education. I love to travel, bake, and watch college football with my husband of 16 years and 3 rambunctious sons. My goal in life is to make not only my children, but also my students feel that they are loved, and to bring magic into everyone's world. My weaknesses are yellow cake with chocolate frosting, French bread with real butter, and my father's Arabic food, namely grape leaves, and falafel. I live in California where I dream of Disney adventures and trips across the pond.

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Blog Tour Schedule

January 16/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway
January 17/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Giveaway
January 19/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway
January 20/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway
January 21/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review 
January 22/ Just Jane 1813/ Excerpt Post
January 23/Austenesque Reviews/ Author Spotlight & Giveaway
January 24/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
January 25/ Every Savage Can Dance/Book Review & Giveaway
January 26 / Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
January 27 / Austenesque Reviews/ Book Review & Giveaway
January 28/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Excerpt & Giveaway 
January 29/ Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway

* * * GIVEAWAY * * * 

It's giveaway time! Anngela is generously giving away paperbacks and e-copies of her new book, A Lie Universally Hidden, and a paperback of Then Comes Winter!

  • Two autographed paperback copies of A Lie Universally Hidden (US mailing addresses only). 
  • Two Kindle versions of A Lie Universally Hidden (Open to international winners).
  • One autographed copy of Then Comes Winter (US Mailing address only).
  • One autographed 5x7 of the A Lie Universally Hidden book cover (US mailing Address only). 
  • One prize per winner.

This is a group giveaway, and the winners will be picked at the end of the Blog Tour. To enter, fill in the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck!

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Many thanks to Claudine Pepe of JustJane1813 for organizing this blog tour! 

And a big THANK YOU to Anngela for her generous giveaway and wonderful excerpt! It was a pleasure to be part of her blog tour! 

So, friends, what did you think of this excerpt? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Are You Reading? ~ January 18, 2017

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What are you Reading?  Let me know what your current read is, what you recently finish reading, and what you plan on reading next! 

Here's my list: 

I'm currently reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I'm enjoying it! 

I've read a bit more of An Inconvenient Ward by Audrey Harrison.

No progress in A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin this week.

I recently finished Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders. I got this from NetGalley last week, and I was so curious about it I had to read it right away! It was really good! I should have a review up for it soon.

What's next? I'm not sure. The Rule of Three by Eric Walters has been calling me, or, maybe, Undeceived by Karen M. Cox. We'll see! 

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I'm linking up with This Week In Books hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

And with Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

So, tell me, what are you reading? 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mini Bloggiesta! ~ January 13th - 15th

Hey there! It's Bloggiesta time again! I think I might have missed the last one, but I'm back this round. 

I love Bloggiesta because it makes me sit down and do some blogging maintenance that I would normally put off doing. Okay, I'm a procrastinator. So, this is perfect! I've made a list of my goals below, and hope to update them as I finish each one. 

  • Update my 2016 Reading Challenge Page. - Completed
  • Remove my  2016 Reading Challenge Progress Bars on the sidebar. - Completed
  • Figure out what my new challenge for 2017 will be, and make a new page and progress bars. - Completed
  • Write a rough draft of a review.
  • Participate in the Twitter chat. - Missed/Fail
  • Visit other Bloggiesta participants and leave comments. - I've commented on more than half.
  • Update List of Review page. - Completed
  • Work on Guest Post. - Completed

Well, that's it so far. Sometimes I'll add to it when I get ideas from other participants. Plus, past Mini-Challenges are always a good place to learn and get new ideas! Check it out!

Sign-ups are here if you want to join!
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