Monday, August 12, 2019

A Lady's Reputation Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello, friends! I'm thrilled to be part of the A Lady's Reputation Blog Tour! Amy D'Orazio had stopped by with a lovely excerpt to share with you! Also, to celebrate the release of A Lady's Reputation, Quills & Quartos Publishing is having an excellent giveaway! Details are at the bottom of the page!

A Lady's Reputation
by A. D'Orazio

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“Mr Darcy, I am eager to hear your explanation for the fact that quite a few people believe we are engaged.” 

It starts with a bit of well-meant advice. Colonel Fitzwilliam suggests to his cousin Darcy that, before he proposes to Elizabeth Bennet in Kent, perhaps he ought to discuss his plans with their families first.  

What neither man could have predicted however was that Lord Matlock would write the news to his sister or Viscount Saye would overhear, and tell his friends, or that his friends might slip a little and let their friends know as well. The news spreads just as quickly through Hertfordshire once Mrs Bennet opens the express Mr Bennet receives from Mr Darcy, and in a matter of days, it seems like everyone knows that Mr Darcy has proposed marriage to Elizabeth Bennet.  

Everyone, that is, except Elizabeth herself.  

Her refusal is quick and definite—until matters of reputation, hers as well as Jane’s, are considered. Then Mr Darcy makes another offer: summer at Pemberley, so that Jane can be reunited with Mr Bingley and so that he can prove to Elizabeth he is not what she thinks of him. Falling in love with him is naturally impossible…but once she knows the man he truly is, will she be able to help herself?


The Gardiners received the express from Mr Collins at approximately the same time as they received the subject of it. All were gathered in the drawing room when Elizabeth appeared, and if they were surprised by her arrival, they were kind enough to put it aside to see to her comfort. 

Hugs and exclamations of greeting went all around while Elizabeth apologised for her precipitous appearance. “Has Mr Collins afforded you an explanation of the matter?”

Mr Gardiner said, “He did, and I must say—”

“Engaged to Mr Darcy! What a notion! Nevertheless, I should not have provoked Lady Catherine as I did. I would have done much better to tell her I was not engaged to Mr Darcy!” Elizabeth smiled her thanks at a servant who handed her a glass of wine. “This is all my fault.”

There was clear discomfort on Mr Gardiner’s face as he hesitantly enquired, “So, you are…not…engaged to Mr Darcy?”

“Of course not!” Elizabeth laughed. “Had I been accused of flying, it could hardly be less likely.”

Her aunt and uncle regarded her with a mixture of both puzzlement and uneasiness on their faces. Jane, at their side, twisted her hands anxiously. 

Clearing his throat, Mr Gardiner handed her a letter. “Read this letter from your father. We have reason to suspect its contents.”

Elizabeth took it from him and, after one last look at Jane, unfolded and read it.

My dear Lizzy, 

I was most curious several days ago to receive a request to call from none other than Mr Darcy, but my surprise was quickly made into utter astonishment when he informed me that he had come to request my permission to marry you. 

You did not tell me Mr Darcy was in Kent during your visit, and I wish now you had. I might then have been better prepared to address his assertions that you had furthered your acquaintance and have grown attached to one another. His sentiments were a far cry from his insult of you last autumn, and I could only accept his word on how his esteem of you had grown. I must assume yours did likewise.

In any case, I have given him my consent and my blessing. Indeed, he is the sort of man I would not like to refuse anything once he had condescended to ask for it. I applaud Mr Darcy for recognising in you the treasure he seeks.

With my best wishes and eagerness to see you returned home, 

T. Bennet

Elizabeth read the letter three times through before raising her eyes from the paper. She looked at Jane and said faintly, “This is a joke, I am sure. Papa is playing one of his silly tricks on me and will likely be awaiting my response with glee.”

“If it is a joke,” Mr Gardiner said, “then it is at my expense as well. Here is my letter.” 


It seems I am to lose a daughter, and my favourite no less. I was most surprised today to receive a request for Lizzy’s hand from Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, a very distinguished and wealthy gentleman from Derbyshire. Margaret might know of his family from her days in that county. 

He is a good man and will treat her well. They did not begin their acquaintance on the best footing but apparently have resolved their differences. You may expect his call when Lizzy returns to London on Saturday. I am eager to hear your report of how he enjoys Gracechurch Street as, I daresay, it is a new experience for him to find himself so far from Mayfair. 

I am sure you can imagine your sister’s response to the news. There are one or two families in Hertfordshire who do not yet know of Lizzy’s impending greatness, but I am sure by the time this note reaches you, Fanny will have rectified that situation. 

T. Bennet

Elizabeth touched a hand to her forehead. “I cannot imagine what induced Mr Darcy to go to Hertfordshire and speak to my father. Perhaps my father misunderstood or…” She was unable to summon any other likely explanation. 

“Well, you must have courted in Kent,” Jane said, with all of the optimism inherent to her character. “Perhaps you did not realise his intentions, but—”

“Are you saying I was courted without my knowledge? That will not do, not even for you.” Elizabeth laughed weakly, but it turned into an angry sound even as she did it. “And clearly his family knows something of it as well!” Elizabeth’s provocation gained momentum with each word spoken, her cheeks feeling heated and flushed. “Lady Catherine received a letter from her brother, the Earl of Matlock, after which she came to the parsonage to berate me! How well I understand her distress now, though it must pale in comparison to my own.”

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About the Author

Amy D’Orazio is a long-time devotee of Jane
Austen and fiction related to her characters. She began writing her own little stories to amuse herself during hours spent at sports practices and the like and soon discovered a passion for it. By far, however, the thing she loves most is the connections she has made with readers and other writers of Austenesque fiction. 

Amy currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughters, as well as three Jack Russell terriers who often make appearances (in a human form) in her book.

Amy’s other releases include “A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity” and the “The Best Part of Love,” a Readers Choice Gold Medal Winner for 2017. She has also contributed short stories to “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues,” “Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen's Fine Ladies” and “Yuletide: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Stories.” 

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Tour Schedule

August 5 - Austenesque Reviews
August 6 - Diary of an Eccentric
August 7 - Margie's Must Reads
August 8 - My Jane Austen Book Club
August 9 - My Love For Jane Austen
August 12 - So Little Time...
August 13 - My Vices & Weakness
August 14 - Babblings of a Bookworm
August 15 - From Pemberley to Milton

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It's giveaway time! Quills & Quartos Publishing is giving away one $50 Amazon gift card to one enthusiastic follower of this Blog Tour! You get one point for ever blog stop you visit and leave a comment. See the Tour Schedule above! 

  • You get one point for ever blog stop you visit and leave a comment.
  • Open Internationally!
  • Last day to enter is August 18th! 
Good luck! 

Congratulations to Amy D'Orazio on the publication of her new book, A Lady's Reputation!

Many thanks to Christina Boyd for organizing and including me on this book tour!

And a big thanks to Quills & Quartos Publishing for this excellent giveaway! 

So, friends, what did you think of that excerpt? Elizabeth is in quite a spot! To find everyone thinks she is engaged to Mr Darcy! I can't wait to see how this plays out! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

What Are You Reading? ~ Aug. 7, 2019

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Happy Wednesday! Wow, it's been a while since I've posted a "What Are You Reading?" post. A busy summer working on the house and going on vacation has taking up my time. I've really enjoyed my summer! I hope you have, too! 

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

I'm reading a couple of books right now, which is not my norm (I'm more of a one book at a time kind of gal!). I've been in a little reading slump and have been jumping around books hoping something will catch. 

Currently Reading:

I'm presently reading Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. - Darcy and Rachel are best friends, and Rachel is sleeping with Darcy's fiance. - I really don't like a cheater, so at the beginning of the book, I kept getting annoyed with Rachel, and I kept asking myself, "why am I reading this?" Then last night I picked this up and got sucked in! Yay!  

I also started reading Rules of Conflict: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Book 2) by Jack Hunt back in June. I read the first book and enjoyed it, but I'm not getting into this one. Hopefully, I will soon. I pick it up every now and then. 

Recently Finished:

I recently finished To Conquer Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Jennifer Altman. Elizabeth and Darcy trapped together in a snowstorm? Always a great way to start a variation! I enjoyed this one! ~ 4 stars

What's next?

I'm going to start reading Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld soon. Have you read it? I've heard good things and not so good things about this one. 

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Here's a couple of pictures from my vacation. We spent a couple of days in New York City, then a week at the shore in New Jersey. 

Morning walk - LBI, New Jersey
New York City - Brooklyn Bridge

Have a great week, friends! Be sure to share what you've been reading! 

Monday, August 5, 2019

His Choice of a Wife Blog Tour! ~ Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveway!

Hello, my friends! I'm so happy to be part of Heather Moll's His Choice of a Wife Blog Tour! Heather's sharing a bit about how her writing journey began. As a stay-at-home mother myself, I know what she means about wanting to identify as more than just a 'Mommy'. 

Heather is also sharing an excerpt of His Choice of a Wife!  And stay tuned, you can find details for the giveaway at the bottom of the page! 

Hello Candy and thank you and your readers for welcoming me today! I’m eager to share an excerpt of His Choice of a Wife with all of you and talk a little bit about how I came to write this book. 

I never wrote anything other than a term paper until I sat down to write His Choice of a Wife. I loved Jane Austen from the moment I cracked Pride and Prejudice’s spine, and I enjoyed JAFF for almost as long, but never wrote so much as a sentence of fiction. So what on earth made me think that I could, or even should, write a story of my own?

I was a librarian in a small-town library until I had my son and decided to stay home. Even though it was what I wanted, transitioning from working professional to stay-at-home mom was quite an adjustment! Once we settled into a routine, I felt isolated and was questioning the things that defined me. Was I just ‘Mom’ now, and was that enough? None of my friends had children yet and the days sometimes felt long. I had enjoyed reading online cute JAFF stories with a faster way to the happy ending, and one day during nap time I thought, “I could write a little one-shot story.”

I intended to entertain myself, and possibly someone else in the JAFF community, by writing something short and sweet that hinted at a quicker way to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happy ever after following the Hunsford proposal. I sat down one day during nap time and wrote 5,000 words, and Elizabeth hadn’t even left Kent yet! “Okay, maybe a short story, then, just a couple of chapters.”

So, I thought about it more, beyond what needed to happen to get a still-reforming Darcy and an-almost-in love Elizabeth together at Longbourn. What happens if the militia is still there and Wickham suspects Darcy’s interest? What could happen if Lydia still goes to Brighton? What else could go wrong? These thoughts kept me company driving in the car, in the shower, falling asleep at night—that last one didn’t happen often with a fussy infant. Soon I had the entire story, with twists and cliffhangers and romantic longing, plotted in my head. If I hadn’t been so eager to see the project through, to have something of my own beyond being ‘Mommy’, His Choice of a Wife might have stayed in my head.

I quickly fell into a routine: morning nap time to research and outline the next chapter. Afternoon nap: write what was planned out that morning. If there was any other spare moment: go back and review. Before my son turned one, I typed “The End”.

I was so proud. It wasn’t the project of Heather the mom or Heather the wife, it was Heather’s. Writing helped me find and strengthen my identity beyond motherhood, and has made me a better mother. Researching, plotting, outlining, writing and editing His Choice of a Wife and other JAFF stories filled nap times through my son’s infancy and toddlerhood. I might have held off on dropping that afternoon nap out of selfish reasons! Soon preschool mornings were set aside to write and now, once my son gets on the school bus, I happily head back to the laptop!

Front cover photograph of Heather Moll’s book courtesy and copyright RegencyCouture, Regency fashion for today's Jane Austenista!

This excerpt is an exchange between Darcy and Elizabeth in the Gardiners’ home in London. They have had a few cautious meetings and now Darcy has brought his sister to be introduced to Elizabeth, but Elizabeth isn’t sure what it is she feels for Darcy.

     Their visitors were obliged to stay longer when Jane and Maria Lucas returned as Miss Darcy requested to be made known to them. With the addition of two more ladies and the children, the room was alive with conversation and activity, and Mr. Darcy drew nearer to Elizabeth. 

     “Do you ladies return to Hertfordshire tomorrow?” After she nodded, he told her that Mr. Bingley intended to return to Netherfield in June and had invited him along. 

     “Perhaps you will better acquaint yourself with the families in the neighborhood this time? I do very much look forward to seeing you again,” she added. 

     “I shall attend to that with warm civility. My real purpose, however, is to ask whether, in the meantime, and also after Bingley returns, I may call on you in Hertfordshire?” 

     Elizabeth knew what was implied and was gratified but nervous. She felt shy of him after all that had passed between them. She could not account for what she felt for him although she did concede to herself that, whatever it was, the feeling was intense. 

     “I do not know what to promise you.” Darcy’s hopeful countenance shuttered. “The change of my estimation feels the work of an instant. Your affection was not the work of a day, even if you at one time did love me against your reason. I know not yet how I should feel.” 

     “Do I have any reason to hope that your feelings for me could change? Is it at least possible that I could ever earn your affection?” 

     Her cheeks felt hot and her breath came fast. “I, I—”

     Miss Darcy approached to say how much she enjoyed meeting her, and then she and Mr. Darcy left. He was gracious to all upon leaving, even the children, but he scarcely looked at her. Elizabeth longed for more time to sort her own thoughts before she had a private moment with him to answer his question. But she was leaving tomorrow, and she would have no further opportunity to speak to him. 

     Elizabeth lay awake hours considering Mr. Darcy. I do not hate him, and I am ashamed to have had such a strong dislike against him for so long! But did she feel what she ought for him in order to encourage him? 

     Elizabeth understood him better now; his disposition was better appreciated, and the improvement in his manners was undeniable. She was drawn to him, and she cared for his happiness. He was attentive to his younger sister and loyal to his friends. He had a ready wit and a willingness to laugh. Mr. Darcy had valuable qualities she could respect, and he respected her and held true affection for her. 

     When she considered her future, she could, for the first time, imagine Mr. Darcy by her side. 

     And I refused him again! He now has to abandon the renewal of his hopes. Elizabeth cried into her pillow where eventually sleep found her.

His Choice of a Wife
by Heather Moll


When a man’s honor is at stake, what is he willing to risk for the woman he loves? 

After a disastrous marriage proposal and the delivery of an illuminating letter, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet hope never to lay eyes on one another again. When a chance meeting in Hunsford immediately throws them in each other’s way, Darcy realizes his behavior needs correcting, and Elizabeth starts to appreciate his redeeming qualities. But is it enough to forgive the past and overcome their prejudices? 

Jane and Bingley’s possible reconciliation and Lydia’s ill-conceived trip to Brighton pose their own challenges for two people struggling to find their way to love. When scandalous news threatens their chance at happiness, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s new bond be shattered, or will their growing affection hold steadfast?

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About the Author

Heather Moll is an avid reader with a B.A. in European history and a M.A. in library science, so it is astonishing that she did not discover Jane Austen until her late-twenties. Making up for lost time, she devoured all of Austen’s novels, her letters, and unpublished works, joined JASNA, and spent far too much time researching the Regency era. She is thrilled to have found fellow Janeites and the JAFF community, if only to prove that her interests aren’t so strange after all. Heather is a former librarian turned stay-at-home mother who struggles to find time for all of the important things, like reading and writing.

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It's giveaway time! As part of the blog tour, Meryton Press is giving away eight eBooks of Heather Moll's His Choice of a Wife! Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below. 

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It is a pleasure to get to know you, Heather! Thank you for being a guest here and CONGRATULATIONS on your debut novel! That's so exciting!

A big thanks to Janet Taylor @ More Agreeably Engaged for organizing and including me on this blog tour! 

Many thanks to Meryton Press for the giveaway! 

So, friends, what are your thoughts? Please show Heather some love by leaving a comment or question below! Thanks! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Guest Post with Karen Cox!

Hello, my friends! Have you heard? Karen Cox is re-releasing her book, Undeceived! She is here today sharing with us how her story came to be!   

Hello readers and fans of Jane! I’m Karen, and I write novels brushed with history and romance.

I want to say a big thank you to Candy for hosting me today on So Little Time to announce the re-release of my spy novel meets Pride and Prejudice in the Cold War Era. 

Undeceived, the second edition (revamped with minor editing, a new cover, and a glossary of spy terms) releases on
7/23/19 on various ebook platforms. It’s available now for preorder and will be 0.99 cents for 30 days after release (until 8/22/19). 

So, if you like Elizabeth and Darcy, or spy stories, or exotic locales, or twists and turns, be sure to get a copy. 

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If you prefer paperback, that is in the works as well, and it should release around the same time as the ebook, give or take a few days.  

One question readers often ask is how I came up with the premise for Undeceived

I’ve always loved writing Jane Austen’s characters in various times and places. In my mind, I go to the location, which typically has been a place I know well or have at least seen in person. I imagine what the time was like or remember what I’ve been told about it. I do some research. Then I turn the Darcys, Elizabeths, Emmas, Knightleys, Annes, and Wentworths loose. A spy novel was a fun way to put two favorite characters in yet another setting and see what would happen. What’s different with Undeceived is that I haven’t been to the locales, and I haven’t ever been a spy. 

So how did it happen? 

Well, it’s all my husband’s fault, of course. 

No, really. 

All kidding aside, the original seedling of the idea was his. He is a fan of “No Way Out” starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. I had just finished writing Find Wonder in All Things (so this was, what? Late 2012? 2013?) and he was scrolling through the TV listings and re-watched the 1980s spy thriller. 

Him: “You know what you should write?”

Me: “What?”

Him: “A—what do you call it when you put two stories together?”

Me: “A Mash up?”

Him: “Yeah! A mash up. Of Pride and Prejudice and “No Way Out.”

Me: “Yeah, I can see that. Without the dead girl.”

Him: “You should do it.”

Me: “I really should.”

Later, after I’d started the project, I’d come to him with some question or other, about plot or setting, and he’d give me a blank stare and say, “Hell, I don’t know. You’re the writer. Do what you want.”


Undeceived took me farther out of my comfort zone than I’d ever been as a writer. I had to organize, and plot story points, and learn to use Scrivener (which I still use and love, by the way.) Maybe all that time and effort is why I’m proud of this book. I think it’s a unique look at our favorite characters, encased in the familiarity of a Pride and Prejudice-themed storyline. 

I hope you also enjoy the twists and turns of Undeceived.

by Karen M Cox

“...if I endeavor to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me?” -Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 40  

Elizabeth Bennet, a rookie counterintelligence officer, lands an intriguing first assignment—investigating the CIA's legendary William Darcy, who is suspected of being a double agent. 

Darcy’s charmed existence seems at an end as he fights for his career and struggles against his love for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move. 

Elizabeth’s confidence dissolves as nothing is like she planned—and the more she discovers about Darcy, the more she finds herself in an ever-tightening web of danger. 

Unexpected twists abound in this suspenseful Cold War era romance inspired by Jane Austen’s classic tale.

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I love the new cover, Karen! Congratulations! I wish you the best on the re-release of Undeceived! Thank you for stopping by!

Friends, let us know what you think! We'd love to hear from you! 
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