Monday, March 27, 2017

Mistress Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & #Giveaway!

Hello, Friends! I'm delighted to be part of Sophie Turner's Mistress Blog Tour! At this stop, Sophie brings us an excerpt that certainly left me hanging...wanting to read more!! I hope you enjoy! 

Good morning, Candy. It’s such a pleasure to be here with you and your readers to share this excerpt from my latest release, “Mistress.” In this story, Elizabeth is a young widow. One of the interesting things about writing Elizabeth as a widow was that she was allowed to do different things in her courtship with Mr. Darcy than an unmarried Elizabeth could. Various circumstances, including a troublesome tenant, lead to her going for daily drives with Darcy in his phaeton, for at this time it is not safe for her to go out walking by herself.

     Mason dressed him, and then Darcy left the man tidying up the room, himself going down to breakfast. If there was any advantage to his rising even earlier than he usually did, it was that he was easily the first to arrive for the meal, and could usually break his fast well before the later-rising, more unpleasant members of the house party made their way in. On this morning, he breakfasted with no-one, as it turned out, although Netherfield’s servants had learned his ways and had a pot of coffee at the ready when he walked in. This suited Darcy quite well, and he slipped out of the house and down to the stables; he would go for a brief ride to pass the time, then make the drive to Longbourn.

     Elizabeth was ready for him when he completed the latter; she came out wearing an exceedingly fetching bonnet, although Darcy suspected his opinion of the bonnet had everything to do with the countenance it framed. He assisted her up into the phaeton and then climbed in himself, quietly checking the case beside him on the seat before he took up the ribbons and told his horses to walk on.

     “Where do you wish to go today? Out toward Oakham Mount, perhaps?” Darcy asked. Yesterday she had asked him if he would drive her into Meryton in a tone of some embarrassment, as she was of the hope that a book she had ordered had come in.

     “Oh, Oakham Mount sounds very nice,” Elizabeth said.

     Darcy set his horses trotting down the lane thither, then asked, “And how do you find Waverley, so far?”

     Elizabeth’s embarrassment, he had learned, was in exposing herself as a novel reader, but it had been alleviated by his assuring her that he very much enjoyed novels as well, and while he had not yet read Waverley, he intended to, and would be interested to learn her opinion.

     “I have not progressed very far, but I am enjoying it. It is much easier to be stuck indoors when one is absorbed in a good book.”

     “I entirely agree, and it should not be too much longer now, before Boyce may be arrested.”

     “I hope so – even with my books, I hardly know what I should have done if not for our drives. I believe I would have gone crazy, trapped inside that house. I cannot thank you enough for giving me so much of your time.”

     There was something peculiar in her tone, when she spoke of being trapped inside that house, and Darcy glanced over at her sharply. He could not make out anything more of her meaning by her countenance, however, and when he spoke, he endeavoured to do so lightly. “It is nothing. You may repay me by loaning me Waverley when you are done.”

     “If I can loan you a book, I shall consider that quite an accomplishment.”

     “I fear someone has been telling you tales of the library at Pemberley. It is larger than that of Netherfield, certainly, but it – ”

     “No, no, you must not demean your library. I have imagined it as a most delightful room indeed, and I do not wish to have my imagination contradicted. And I have heard it said that you are always buying books.”

     “I should not say always.”

     “Well, then, make your confession – how many books have you purchased this year?”

     Darcy began a count, lost track at three and twenty, and finally said, “Upwards of twenty, I believe.”

     She laughed heartily. “And still the other half of the year remaining. No, sir, I will not allow you to demean your library.”

     “I was going on a long sea voyage,” said he, defensively.

     “Oh, if I feel trapped inside a house, I fear I should have gone mad on board a ship. I know you could walk about on the deck, but still, I do not know how you bore it.”

     “The same way one bears any journey, I think – for the promise of what is to come.”

     “Yes, of course, to see your sister. And then to return to your library at Pemberley,” she said, with a teasing smile.

     No, Elizabeth, it was to return to you – to finally have my second chance after those painful years of heartache, he thought, but did not say.

     Darcy’s lack of a response brought a lull in their conversation, but they had long since reached a point of comfort in each other’s presence that precluded the need to be constantly talking. They reached Oakham Mount, a sight Darcy found rather underwhelming, having been reared on childhood tours of his native county. He did not share this with Elizabeth, however, and instead listened sympathetically to her lamentations on how she would have liked to walk to the top as he turned the phaeton.

     They returned quietly as well – it was a beautiful morning, and Darcy could see she was enjoying it as much as he was. Her enjoyment must have been greater, though, for Darcy’s opportunities to be out of doors were not so limited as hers were presently. He kept his team trotting on at a steady pace, until he was shocked to feel Elizabeth’s hand clap down upon his knee, as she gasped, “My God, it’s him!”

Book Description: 

One night, to decide his entire life's happiness. 

Chastened by Charles Bingley following Mr. Bennet’s untimely death, Fitzwilliam Darcy determines he will offer marriage to Elizabeth Bennet, but she marries another. 

Years later, a widowed Elizabeth is mistress of Longbourn, and has vowed she will never marry again. A house party at Netherfield brings them back together, but Darcy will have to win more than her heart if he is to have any chance at making her mistress of Pemberley. 

Readers of Sophie Turner's more chaste Constant Love series should be aware that this novel contains decidedly adult content at certain parts of the story.

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 Author Biography

Sophie Turner worked as an online editor before delving even more fully into the tech world. Writing, researching the Regency era, and occasionally dreaming about living in Britain are her escapes from her day job. 

She was afraid of long series until she ventured upon Patrick O’Brian’s 20-book Aubrey-Maturin masterpiece, something she might have repeated five times through. 

Alas, her Constant Love series is only planned to be seven books right now, and consists of A Constant Love, A Change of Legacies, and the in-progress A Season Lost. 

She blogs about her writing endeavours at, where readers can find direction for the various social drawing-rooms across the Internet where she may be called upon.

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Blog Tour Schedule

March 18 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway 
March 19 / Of Pens & Pages/Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
March 20 / Margie’s Must Reads /Book Review & Giveaway
March 21 / More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway 
March 22 / A Lady’s Imagination / Guest Post & Giveaway
March 23 / Just Jane 1813/Guest Post & Giveaway 
March 24 / Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
March 25 / My Love for Jane Austen/Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses/Book Review & Giveaway 
March 27 / So Little Time…/Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 28 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Guest Post & Giveaway
March 29 / From Pemberley to Milton / Vignette Post & Giveaway

* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

It's giveaway time! Woot! Sophie Turner is giving away two e-copies of Mistress to two lucky readers at each of her blog stops!

  • One e-copy of Mistress: A Pride & Prejudice Variation per winner.
  • Two winners will be picked.
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Many thanks to Sophie Turner for stopping by with a lovely and enticing excerpt, and for generously offering two of my readers a chance to win an e-copy of her book! 

Also, a BIG thanks to Claudine Pepe @ JustJane1813 for all the work she puts into organizing these blog tours. 

Oh my gosh! Did that excerpt drop a bomb there at the end?! Lol! What did you think? Please leave a comment and show some love to Sophie!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Winners of 'A Contrary Wind' Giveaway!

Hello, Friends! I'm excited to announce the A Contrary Wind paperback and e-copy winners!

It was wonderful to have Lona Manning visit here at So Little Time...! I'm also grateful she generously offer to give away a couple of copies of her new book to two of my lucky readers! Thank you, Lona!

Without further ado, the randomly picked winners are:

Paperback: Pamela Hunter

E-copy: Priscilla Teh 
To claim your prize, Priscilla, please send me an email!

Many thanks to all those who left comments! {{hugs}}

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Caroline Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello, Friends! I'm delighted to have Sue Barr here with and excerpt from her new book, Caroline! I hope you enjoy! And be sure to read to the bottom of the post for giveaway details!

Good morning, Candy, and thank you for hosting this excerpt post for my latest release, Caroline, Pride & Prejudice Continued… Book One. I am here today to share an excerpt where we get to see the Kerr brothers interact with each other as Nathan searches the room for the red haired beauty that has caught his latest attentions. I hope your readers look forward to getting to know Lord Nathan Kerr and his brother too!

     From an archway, Nathan surveyed the ballroom, searching for Miss Bingley’s face. The room slowly filled with guests and soon the cacophony of voices rose in tandem with the heat of many bodies. His brother joined him and they stood together, nodding politely at those who wished them well.

     “I see you are much distracted.” Max murmured quietly. “Could it be you wait for a certain red haired beauty to arrive?”

     “There is not much I can hide from you, is there?”

     “No little brother. To me, you are an open book. Ah, I see Darcy. I’ll speak with you later.”

     Max left his side and Nathan glanced back toward the main entrance and there she stood. Her gown, overlaid by a thin gossamer sheath dotted with diamonds, shimmered with her every movement beneath the glow of the chandeliers. Aphrodite had deigned to come down amongst mankind. Her hair had been skillfully woven with tiny crystals and one lock curled around her neck to caress her shoulder. Desire to follow the length of that lock with his lips hit him with swift precision.

     He noticed her glance about the room and hesitate and was struck with clarity of thought that she had nowhere to go. Her brother, surrounded by his fiancĂ©, her family and Darcy’s family, had his back to her and was completely unaware of her entrance. The sister, Mrs. Hurst stood beside her husband, deep in conversation with one of the other guests, and given the fact she’d basically thrown Miss Bingley from her home, he doubted she would be inclined to approach them.

     He wasted no time and cleaved his way through the crowd. He was about ten feet from her when she finally spied him approaching. For one brief moment he held her gaze and was startled by the stark loneliness in her eyes. She snapped open her gold lace fan and brought it up to her face, creating an effective barrier from his scrutiny. The pomander she always wore swung back and forth with each frantic flick of the wrist.

     Strangely pleased that he caused her some discomfort, he stopped by the refreshment table and filled two punch glasses with lemonade. He liked the thought that she was just as off balance in his presence as he was in hers. Emerald eyes, filled with wariness, watched him approach.

     “Good evening, Miss Bingley,” he said with a polite bow.

     “Good evening, Lord Nathan,” she replied and lowered the fan to give him a slight curtsy.

Book Description: 

Whatever happened to Caroline Bingley after her brother and unrequited love interest married a Bennet sister? Join me in this story of redemptive love and the healing of broken dreams. 

Caroline Bingley, beyond frustrated with her brother, Charles and Mr. Darcy both proposing to the Bennet sisters, dreads their upcoming nuptials. For three years, her sole focus has been on attaining a marriage proposal from one Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley, only to be foiled by a country miss with ‘fine eyes’. Adrift and not sure of her place in life, she meets the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Lord Nathan, who equally vexes and intrigues her. 

Lord Nathan Kerr, third in line to a Dukedom, had a well-earned reputation as a Rake. He cast all that and his noble title aside to become Mr. Darcy’s vicar in Kympton, finding contentment in leading his small flock and doing the Lord’s work. His plan for a quiet, country life is thrown into upheaval when he meets the fiery Miss Bingley. Can he reconcile his rising desire for the spoiled miss with how a vicar’s wife ‘should’ behave?

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About the Author

Sue Barr resides in beautiful Southwestern Ontario with her retired Air Force hubby, two sons and their families. She’s also an indentured servant to three cats and has been known to rescue a kitten or two, or three…in an attempt to keep her ‘cat-lady-in-training’ status current. Although, she has deviated from appointed path and rescued a few dogs as well.
Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and their affiliate chapter, Love, Hope and Faith as well as American Christian Fiction Writers.

For more information about her other books, visit her website.

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Blog Tour Schedule

March 12 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway 
March 13/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Excerpt & Giveaway
March 14/ More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway 
March 16/ Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway 
March 17/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Vignette Post & Giveaway 
March 18/ My Love for Jane Austen/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway 
March 19/ Margie’s Must Reads /Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 20/ Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway
March 21/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway
March 22 / Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway 
March 23 /Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
March 24/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway 
March 25/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
March 26/ Of Pens & Pages/ Book Review & Giveaway

* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

It's giveaway time!! As part of her blog tour, Sue Barr is generously giving away three paperbacks of Caroline & Jane Austen Journal and three e-copies of Caroline

  • 3 winners will receive a paperback of Caroline & a Jane Austen Journal!
  • 3 separate winners will receive an e-copy of Caroline!
  • All giveaways are open to international winners!
  • This is a blog tour group giveaway.
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Many thanks to Sue Barr for stopping by today! And thanks to Claudine Pepe of JustJane1813 for organizing this blog tour! 

Oh! Dare I say, "poor Caroline!"? Awkwardly standing there, not sure where to go. But it looks like she has a hero in Lord Nathan! 

What did you think of the excerpt?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Are You Reading? ~ March 22, 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 just started reading The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Beau North & Brooke West. I'm looking forward to getting into this one! 

I recently finished Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This was good. Not as good as I was expecting, but good. I love the setting, a boarding school in Paris. Fun! 4/5 stars.

What's next? I think I'm going to read Alone by Scott Sigler.

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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? 
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