Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guest Post with Lory Lilian - Sketching Mr. Darcy + Giveaway!

Hello, my fellow readers! Today brings the lovely Lory Lilian to So little time...I'm delighted to have her here with us! As many of you know, she has a new book out called Sketching Mr. Darcy! And she's here to tell us a little bit about what inspired her to write it! 




It is my great pleasure to be here, and I want to thank Candy for inviting me and you all for joining us.

I will take this opportunity to share a few things about my latest book “Sketching Mr. Darcy” – without giving away anything from its mystery. Well, it is also true that those who have known me for years can easily guess what is the book: moderate angst, lots of hot mush and lots of scenes/dialogs between our dear couple. Not much an of surprise from me in this area!

The idea of a forced marriage scenario had been twisting in my mind for a very long time; I was rather reluctant to do it because there are already lots of forced marriage JAFF stories. Some of them really excellent. Basically, the scenario is one of two: either Elizabeth accepts Darcy because of her family’s tragic situation, or she is forced due to some unfortunate circumstances that threaten her reputation, or she is forced into it to avoid an even worse fate (marrying Mr. Collins or something similar). So what to do, what to do to add a touch of originality, to make something new, to hold the reader’s interest?

It is my strongest wish to put in each of my books something that had not been done before in JAFF. Something to single out my story, to make the readers remember it. In this, I have the invaluable help of one of my awesome editors: Margaret Fransen (some of you might know her as marliz on jaff sites). So basically, Margaret is an incredible encyclopedia of everything regarding JAFF! She knows all the stories, all the plot lines, all the original characters. So each time, I ask her: had this been done before? I want to be sure it is new and original. Lol 

In Rainy Days I had the cottage, Lady Matlock and little Becky; in Remembrance of the Past – Lady Cassandra and Lady Catherine’s confrontation with Mr. Bennet; in His Uncle’s Favourite – Lord Matlock and Lady Sinclair – who tried to insinuate herself into Darcy’s bed - ending up sleeping with his valet. lol

So, coming back to Sketching Mr. Darcy: what new can be done with a forced marriage E&D scenario? First – we have the prologue, which you might read for free on Kindle. Second: we have Darcy’s past story – and please do not let yourself be distressed by it, as some reviewers did. For me, it is the golden rule that Elizabeth and Darcy can only be in love with each other! Yes, I am strongly convinced that Darcy was an experienced man – any gentleman of the world, at 28, was, IMHO. But I also strongly believe that he had never been in love before Elizabeth – nor she had been before him!

Now back to point number three: there are some rumours that induce their hastened marriage, but both of then enter into it with their heads clear and minds open.  Nobody dies, no tragedy occurs. Elizabeth and Darcy had a long and clarifying discussion before the marriage – and both decided towards it. Nobody forced Elizabeth – quite the contrary. She is a powerful character and – surprisingly – a very rational one. At least in behaviours, if not always in feelings and own thoughts. They often have misunderstandings, but always settle them.

They are both strong and daring – just as they were during their first dance at the Netherfield Ball – a battle of wills, with two opponents with different but equally strong skills.

The rest of their story, why it is called “Sketching Mr. Darcy” and what is the meaning of the beautiful cover? I invite you to find out by reading the book yourself to discover if I did manage to add a trace of originality in it or not.

I am proud and deeply touched to say that many people seemed to like it, as the story has held an incredible rank of 385 in total Amazon Kindle books. And it stays on first positions in 3 categories: Regency, Classics and Historical stories, both on Amazon.com and Amazon UK. Hope you will enjoy it, too.




The morning after the Netherfield Ball, Fitzwilliam Darcy is ready to leave Hertfordshire, taking his friend Bingley away from the lady of his choice and distancing himself from her sister, who has disturbed his tranquility for weeks. 

The path, meant to lead him away, unexpectedly brings him close to the person he most wants to avoid, and saving Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s life becomes not only his immediate goal but also a decision that affects his future. 

A strong and powerful yet forgotten bond from their past—combined with startling events in the present—brings Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy into a marriage not planned but accepted by both, forcing them to break the barriers between them in order to build their future happiness. 

The book includes mature content.


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* * * GIVEAWAY * * * 

It's giveaway time!! Lory Lilian is generously giving away one paperback and one e-copy of Sketching Mr. Darcy to two lucky people! This giveaway is open Internationally! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment.

Thank you, Lory!


  • One person will win a paperback of Sketching Mr. Darcy.
  • One person will win an e-copy of Sketching Mr. Darcy.
  • Open Internationally.
  • Last day to enter: August 13, 2015, midnight PDT

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Many thanks to Lory Lilian for being a guest on So little time...! It's been a pleasure to have you here! Congratulations on your new book and your high rankings on Amazon!

Remember, to enter the giveaway you MUST fill out the Rafflecopter (shown above) and leave a comment below. If you need help entering, email me by clicking on the email icon at the top of the sidebar. Thanks and good luck!

48 comments:

  1. I have read all of Lory's books and I can't wait to read this one as well

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    1. I hope you will enjoy this one, too - please let me know after you read it. :-)

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  2. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of Lory's books yet, but I now think that starting from Sketching Mr.Darcy will be just the right for me, as I try not to miss an opportunity to read interesting arranged/forced marriage scenario of P&P! And I really like the cover of Sketching Mr.Darcy: the title and the cover suit each other:)

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    1. Very glad that you like the cover - hope you will like the story, too! So you did not read any of my books yet? I can hardly believe it - I have been in jaff for such a long time, and some of my books are so old that I imagined everybody in this genre read them one way or another :-) :-) :-) Good luck with the giveaway.

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  3. Loved all Lory's books, so I'm sure this one will be no exception!
    Please enter me only for the paperback, I don't have an e-reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you so much - I really hope you will like this one, too. Good luck.

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  4. I proudly display, and have read more than once, all Lory's books. I am intrigued and excited to see what she brings to this new variation. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you so much - you are very kind ! Oh - what else can I bring in this one, except some moderate angst and lots of hot mush ?!?!? I am pretty predictable in this, right ? :-)

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  5. I have never read one of her books before. This sounds absolutely fantastic, and I love the cover.

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    1. Please give it a try, perhaps you will enjoy the book as much as the cover - hope you will win a copy in the giveaway. Or, if you are a member in Kindle Unlimited - my books are all enrolled there, too.

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  6. Read this novel on my kindle and loved it. I would lovebto win a paperback copy.

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  7. I have "Remember the Past" but still have to read it. Very soon I hope. Thanks for the chance to win this one!

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    1. Truly ? How come you have just Remembrance ? (most people tell me they own Rainy Days lol). Hope you will get a chance to read it - as well as the new one.

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  8. It's hard to come up with something refreshing and new, but still bare some resemblance to the original. I've enjoyed Rainy Days, Remember the Past, and His Uncle's Favorite and thought all of those brought something neat to the story. I appreciate the chance to win a copy of this latest.

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  9. This sounds like a really intriguing approach. I look forward to reading it soon. I also love the cover - the hidden features, waiting to be revealed and sketched into place. Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks so much ! My editor Ellen Pickels is also responsible for all my covers; I like the last one best, too.

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  10. I really want to read this! I loved Rainy Days and Remembrance of the Past.

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    1. Thank you Monica; good luck, hope you will have a chance to read it.

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  11. I'm posting this for Betty M:

    "Of course it's good; it's a Lory Lilian book. They have all been good, in my estimation. I've read them all more than once."

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  12. Can't wait to read what kind of forced married scenario you came up with and how Elizabeth sketches Darcy's character!

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    1. Good luck - hope you will win a copy.

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  13. I haven't read any Lory's books but two of them on my wish list and own His Uncle's Favorite. I can't wait to find out what are the circumstances that forced them to marry and learn about Darcy's past. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and good luck. Please let me know what you think of my books once you will get to read them.

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  14. Love the guest post, you make me curious about the plot of the book!

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    1. Very glad to hear that :-) . Good luck!

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  15. I have read other Lory's novels and I love them, so I cannot wait to read this one, too.

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  16. I've loved all of Lory's books and this one sounds very interesting. It's always great to read an entirely new scenario with our two favorite characters!

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    1. Thank you ! Hope you will get to read and enjoy this new book.

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  17. Thanks so much for commenting, Everyone! I'm not going to flood your email with my replies, so I'll just leave one here and there.

    I also loved 'Rainy Days' and 'His Uncle's Favorite'! And I'm looking forward to reading this one as well! Good luck, everyone! :)

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  18. I’m afraid I haven’t read any Lory's books yet; but the cover of Sketching Mr. Darcy looks very intriguing!

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    1. I really hope you will have the opportunity to read my books. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  19. I have enjoyed all your books. I am sure this one will be delightful as well.

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    1. Thank you - hope you will enjoy it, too.

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  20. His Uncle's Favorite is one of my favorite JAFF books of all time so Lory's books are always on my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi, Shannon! I really enjoyed His Uncle's Favorite too! I'm looking forward to reading Sketching Mr. Darcy myself! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Shannon, so happy to know you liked His Uncle's favorite so much! Good luck with the giveaway.

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  21. sounds interesting; not yet

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    1. Hi, bn100! Oh! You should definitely read one of Lory's books! They are so good. My favorite is Rainy Days. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I have so enjoyed each and every one of Lory's books and am sure I will feel no differently about this one. I wonder how Darcy saves Lizzie's life and how she sketches his character. The cover leaves me with even more questions.

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    1. Deborah Ann - thank you for letting me know that you liked my old books. (RD will have the ten years anniversary, so it is really old lol). Hope you will enjoy SMD, too.

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway!! Can not wait to read your latest

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  24. I have read all of Ms Lilian's books which is why I can't wait to read this one!

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  25. I'm reading Remembrance now and am really enjoying it. I'm so glad there will be others to read when I've finished this one!

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