Monday, December 8, 2014

To Refine Like Silver Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY!

Hello Lovely Readers! Today I'm delighted to have Jeanna Ellsworth visiting here on So little time...! She brings with her an excerpt of her new book, To Refine Like Silver, and a very lovely giveaway!!


    Thank you Candy for having me on your blog! It has been fun to bounce from blog to blog giving excerpt and interviews. It is all so exciting to hear what people think of the book. Here is the back cover intrigue to give you an idea of what the book is about.


     If Mr. Darcy had met Elizabeth Bennet in his beloved Derbyshire, would he have recognized her as the love of his life instead of dismissing her as someone “not handsome enough to tempt” him? This alteration of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice adds a little spirit, flirtation, and charm to everyone’s favorite characters.

     Early in the summer of 1811,  Elizabeth Bennet travels to Derbyshire to help her aunt and uncle settle in as new owners of Saphrinbrooke. Elizabeth is soon introduced to the estate’s nearest neighbors: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and his sister, Georgiana, who is suffering the results of a fateful trip to Ramsgate. Having endured several life tragedies herself, Elizabeth reaches out to the young lady of Pemberley. Under her radiant influence, both Darcy and Georgiana begin to look for help outside of themselves.

     To Refine Like Silver is a romantic and spiritual journey where more than one of our favorite Regency characters must learn to fully rely on God. Their trials bring depth to the beloved story, and Mr. Darcy ultimately learns that our trials do not define us; rather they refine us. 



     So are you ready for an excerpt? I chose one from chapter 2, which is the morning after Darcy and Georgiana had dinner at the Gardiner’s estate. Georgiana is in the black abyss called depression. She could not even be considered functional at his point in the book and has not played the piano for three months. Darcy just received information that Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner will be coming to Pemberley the next day, and in the note, was a letter for Georgiana from Elizabeth who had recognized the deep sadness in Georgiana’s eyes from the night before.



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     Georgiana watched as William stood and left the room. Her chin dropped to her chest, and she groaned. Why was everything so taxing? Why couldn’t she simply take a deep breath and not feel like the world was on her shoulders? Only she knew the truth, and that was how it would stay for a long time.

     She opened the sealed letter and read the following words.

Dear Georgiana,
     I want you to know that I have felt the same pain you feel. I have been there. And I will come to you in a heartbeat if you wish to talk. 
     I had the same look in my eyes years ago, and I needed someone to listen when I did not wish to talk. I needed someone to love me when I felt unloved. I needed someone to share my pain when it overflowed, when I knew not how much longer I could exist in that state. I needed to hear how special and valued I was when I felt so very worthless. I wished so much for a friend. I needed to hear that there was joy in store for me, instead of the deep darkness that surrounded me. I needed so much but knew not how or whom to ask for it.

     Please know that I wish to be there for you. I cannot explain it, but I am meant to be here, in Derbyshire, to help you. What you feel right now will not last. The sun will shine again. Trust me. I have been to the depths of hell and survived to tell you about it. I have peace now.
      I wish to offer whatever part of me you are ready to accept. I can be a friend, a confidant, or even a sister. I want to help you. You can survive this. Forgive me if I speak too plainly, but it is not in my nature to mince words, especially when I see such a jewel before me in so much pain.
     I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Perhaps in time I can help you see the light this world has to offer.
     Remember, sadness is just a feeling; it cannot consume you.

     Until tomorrow,

     Your friend,

     Elizabeth Bennet

     Georgiana folded the letter. She tucked it into her pocket and stood up to leave. As she passed the pianoforte, she ran her fingers along the keys. The sound made her stop. She paused and turned back around. I do not really want to play, do I? She leaned over and let her right hand pick out a few cords in A minor. They seemed to express what she was feeling. Sadness is only a feeling; it cannot consume you. She played a few measures of a song she knew. Without sitting down, she placed her left hand on the keys and started Prelude and fugue in A minor by Bach. The mood of the music seeped into her hands as she played.

     She played it slower than usual, the passion for the piece stirring something inside her. She felt her heart start to keep rhythm with the music. Soon, she instructed her fingers to play faster and, sure enough, her heartbeat accelerated. It startled her so much that she retracted her hands immediately. The silence in the room echoed loudly as the notes dissipated.

     Pulling out the bench, she sat down and rested her hands on the keys waiting for her heart to calm down. When it had resumed a normal pattern, she started to play. As she did so, her heart picked up and pounded hard in her chest. There it was again—evidence that I am alive. Evidence that she felt something other than pain. She immediately stood up and left the room, not even noticing she had knocked the bench over in her haste.

     Darcy could hear the music through the halls of Pemberley. It was soulful and sad, but he was glad to hear music again. He knew Miss Elizabeth had something to do with it. After the music ended, he went to look in the music room and saw the bench tipped over. He lifted it back onto its legs and placed it in the proper position. She had played. If only for a moment, she had played. He looked down on the ground and there was Georgiana’s letter from Elizabeth. The temptation to read it was brief. He simply picked it up and placed the folded letter on the keys of the pianoforte. It seemed only fitting.

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     I chose this excerpt because it is the first time that Georgiana starts to make progress, and Darcy recognizes to some degree that Elizabeth is the reason his sister took up piano again. I think this is a significant part of the book because Darcy realizes that he may not be able to offer the help Georgiana needs unless he reaches out to others. He has never needed anyone in his life more than the sparkling Elizabeth Bennet. Well, I hope you enjoyed it!

     I am giving away a bar of “Fitzwilliam Darcy” soap from Evie Cotton handmade soaps (Shirley’s Handicrafts), which is a tantalizing mixture of lemon and sandalwood. Here is the link if you wish to buy your own bar.




     I will also be giving away a paperback of To Refine like Silver to a U.S. resident or an eBook kindle version to someone internationally.

Thanks again Candy for hosting me!

You're welcome, Jeanna! It is a pleasure to have you here! Oh! Poor Georgiana! This excerpt has intrigued me to read more!!

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~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~

Happy news! Jeanna is generously giving away two lovely prizes! To enter the giveaway, just fill in the Rafflecopter below, and leave a comment.  Last day to enter is December 15th, 2014! 


Thank you, Jeanna!!


  • One person will win a bar of "Fitzwilliam Darcy" soap.
  • One person will win a choice of paperback (US only) or e-copy (International)
  • Last day to enter: December 15th, 2014.

Good luck! 



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30 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful excerpt! I can't wait to read the whole book.

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    1. Hi Wendy! Yes! I agree! I'm going to have to bump it up on my TBR pile! :)

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    2. Thank you! It really is my favorite book that I have written. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but there are a lot of people that have enjoyed it! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  2. I can't wait to read this one. I have really enjoyed her books.

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    1. Hi schilds! Me too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    2. *blushes* Thanks so much. This is a book that stands separate from the others I have written. It has some great scenes that just make me smile when I reread them. Hope you like it! Good luck!

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  3. Very touching excerpt! Love the contents of that letter. I could have used that baby a few years ago. ;) But I had friends and family who essentially said similar stuff. Look forward to reading the rest. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Oh and if possible, I only want to be entered for the pretty soap. I have Jeanna's lovely story already.

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    2. Hi Sophia Rose! You got it! I'll only include you in the soap giveaway. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    3. There are messages in this book that I used to have as sticky notes on my mirror when I had severe depression. They were dark years and I am so grateful that I do not fight that beast anymore. Writing has been my medication these last five years. One of the messages in this book is that forgiveness and gratitude are vital to healing and moving on. I'm always sad to hear that someone else felt like Georgiana, but I am very happy to know you had a great support system, One cannot emphasize that influence any more. Elizabeth knows this and wants to help Geogiana in any way possible. Forgiveness and gratitude are not religious principles. They are what make good men great.

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  4. I have the soap, the print book, the ebook, and will get the audio if it becomes available. It's a very dignified approach to sexual assault and depression with a feel good ending. Well done, Jeanna!

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    1. Hi Joy! Sounds like you got it covered! Lol! Ooh! Thanks for that bit of info! I'm going to have to read this story soon!

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    2. Thanks Joy! You might fight off my mom for biggest fan! LOL. Seriously though, I appreciate the praise. One in three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Although I have never been a victim of sexual abuse, I suffered for years with depression. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

      Candy, I do hope you read it soon. It is some of my best writing!

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    1. Yes! You do! I hope you get a chance to if you do not win it! Good luck!

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  6. What a lovely excerpt. Glad that Georgiana is on her way to healing and the words in the letter are very touching. Thanks for hosting Candy. Looking forward to reading this story Jeanna!

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    1. Thank you. It is a sweet moment in the book. When we are offered hope, it always is. This book is dedicated to those without hope. It can feel like a lonely road but no one is truly alone. I was surprised at how easy it was to put to pen the feelings I had back then (when I had depression) but to be honest, it was rather cathartic. It was not hard to show the depth that Georgiana feels and that magical moment when you suddenly are reminded that you are still alive. Good luck!

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  7. Nice excerpt...and thank you for the
    giveaway.

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    1. Glad you liked it! It is so fun to share parts of the book with everyone. It is fun to see what parts they like. When I do my final read through, I always love picking out the excerpts. They are usually either really touching parts or the funny parts. I try not to give away the best parts but sometimes I am cruel and start a scene in the excerpt...but don't finish it. Is that just awful or what! Good luck!

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  8. A lovely excerpt! Depression is a beast & it's a profound moment when one's interest or passion for something (or anything) returns.

    I'm so going to have to bump this up on my tbr list. I'm curious how Darcy deals with all of this.

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    1. Thanks Monica! Sometimes that moment you describe is subtle, other times it knocks the breath from you like it did for Georgiana and playing the piano. I had a mixture of both over the ten years I fought the beast. There were times that I fought actual foes and other times it was a private battle. But good family and friends were the key to my survival. There are so many who are willing to help others. That is why I felt so strongly about writing this book. I felt there was a story to be told as well as an obligation to help those who hurt like I did. I found gratitude and forgiveness were key in enduring the ordeal. I do hope you read it and pass it on to any one who might need its message.

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  9. Great story, wonderfully written! Please don't enter me in the giveaway (thanks again for the beautiful book, Jeanna!) I just wanted to pop by to say how deeply moved I was by the story and how much I appreciated the gripping, vivid writing style. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jeanna!

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    1. You are very welcome! Your books have a very special place in my heart too. This book does have a bit of a different feel than my others. Some have loved it and others not so much. I'm thrilled you loved it. Knowing its praise is coming from such an awesome writer means all the more! And you can always be entered in for the soap!

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  10. I am just beginning to learn our trials refine us rather than define us.
    I would love to read this book. I live in the U.S.A.

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    1. AHHHH! Yes, the main message of the book! I usually have a metaphor or two for the reader or characters to figure out and the metaphor of the blacksmith is one that struck me as a powerful message. I loved the path the scripture in Malachi 3:3 took Darcy on. My sister says she loved that she saw the incredible growth that Darcy had as he slowly refined himself. It was a painful process, one that more than Darcy took. We all have mountains to climb. I firmly believe that God rarely moved the mountain, He usually just gives us the strength to climb it and at the end––we are stronger for it! I hope you get a chance to read it. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. I just finished reading this book I was lucky that my library had it, I absolutely loved your book. Thanks for the giveaway tresha_7@msndotcom

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    1. Oh that is so exciting to hear that a library had it! So cool! That makes me feel so happy. Knowing you loved it tickles me more though. Thank you for commenting. Good Luck!

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    2. Hi Tresha! Awesome that your library had this book! Congratulations, Jeanna, that must feel amazing!

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  12. I cannot wait to read this! I am such a huge fan of Jeanna's other books. I was so excited when I saw she had a new one out!!:)

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    1. Hi Kelli! I hope you get a chance to read it soon! This excerpt has enticed me to read more! :)

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