Wednesday, April 8, 2020

What Are You Reading? ~ April 8, 2020

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Hello, my friends! I hope this post finds you all well! I didn't get any reading done last week because I was busy making masks for my family and some of my kid's co-workers. And I forgot to post my Wednesday post! So, I'm going to let you know what I've been reading since the last time I posted! :)

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

Current Read

I'm currently reading Lakeshire Park* by Megan Walker. I'm not too far into it, but I'm enjoying it! It's a Regency romance. I'm part of the upcoming blog tour and will be posting a review.

Recently Finished

I finished reading Educated: A Memoir* by Tara Westover. What a fascinating read! I thought the beginning when Tara was a child was a bit slow, but boy, as she got older, it was incredible. I don't know how her family survived some of the incidences she describes in the story. I couldn't stop reading it. ~ 5 stars.

I also finished reading Live, Love, Longbourn* by Jennifer Becton. I really enjoyed this feel-good story! I loved the quirky little town the Bennet sisters live in, and with Charlotte going to be the chef at Elizabeth's new Inn, I thought it had a little bit of a Gilmore Girls feel to it! I can't wait to read the rest of the sister's stories! ~ 4 stars

Jennifer Becton talks a little about what inspired her to write Live, Love, Longbourn. You can check that out here. 

What's next? 

I'm not sure... whatever catches my fancy! ;) 

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So, tell me, what are you reading? Stay safe out there!  

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Giveaway Winners!

Hello, my friends! I hope you are all doing well! I've been super busy here cleaning and making masks. So much so, I've been ignoring my blog a bit. Sorry about that! But today I'm pleased to announce the winners of Live, Love, Longbourn e-books!

A big thanks to Jennifer Becton for stopping by to tell us a little about her new book, Live, Love, Longbourn, and for offering two of my readers an e-copy of the book! 

Without further ado... the randomly picked winners are:

Jen Red

Elizabeth Adams

Jen and Elizabeth, please email me with your email address that you would like the e-book to be sent to. Thanks!

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Thanks again to all who entered!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mr. Darcy's Clan Blog Tour ~ Character Interview, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Today, I’m delighted to be part of Mr. Darcy’s Clan Blog Tour! Lari Ann O’Dell is here with an exciting interview with George Darcy and his lovely wife, Lady Anne. Lari is also sharing an excerpt from her new book! Plus, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win an e-copy of the book! Details are at the bottom of the page!

I am so happy to be here at So Little Time... Just after I began writing my book, I had the opportunity and privilege of interviewing Mr. Darcy’s illustrious parents, Lady Anne Fitzwilliam and George Darcy. George Darcy apparently has a reputation of being unsociable and taciturn in the company of strangers, but his wife, Lady Anne, convinced him to participate, and he agreed only because she promised to join the interview. It is my pleasure to share it with everyone today. 

LAO: Mr. Darcy, Lady Anne, it is an honor to be sitting here with you today. Readers of Pride and Prejudice have only heard about Darcy’s parents in passing. Thank you for agreeing to participate in this interview. I am sure the readers are eager to get to know more about the two of you. To begin, how did the two of you meet?

AD: Oh, it is a very amusing tale. I had just been presented to society, and I was overjoyed to be attending a masquerade at Pemberley. My parents assured me that I would catch the eyes of many young men. And they were correct, however, my attention was drawn by the heir to Pemberley, standing in the corner looking down his nose at everyone who dared to invade his home. 

LAO: Is that true, Mr. Darcy? 

GD: It is true indeed that I did not want to dance with any young lady. To do so would have raised expectations. You see, a Firstborn Son always knows when he has met his mate. I abhorred wasting my evening with vapid society women only hoping to marry me for my clan, land, and status as a Firstborn Son. 

LAO: And did that change when you were introduced to Lady Anne? 

GD: I saw this young lady approach me, practically glowing with joy. She curtsied and had the audacity to ask me to dance with her. 

LAO: And what was your answer?

GD: I felt compelled to agree. Lady Anne called to me like a siren’s song. We shared our first dance, and I was foolish enough to ask for another set. It garnered the attention of all who were in attendance. My father and mother spoke to me that night and cheerfully offered their congratulations for finding a lady whom I actually admired.

LAO: That is simply lovely. Lady Anne, what compelled you to take such a scandalous action?

AD: I knew from the moment I saw George Darcy that I wanted him to be my Eternal Partner. And if he would not ask me, then what other choice did I have? The scandal was well worth the risk, for a month later, George obtained my father’s consent, and we became engaged.

LAO: Did you undertake the vampiric Rites shortly thereafter? I understand that the marriage ceremony for vampires is somewhat different.

AD: We married as soon as the Rites could be arranged. We were both eager to begin our lives together. Within the first year of our marriage, we were blessed with the news that I was with child.

LAO: That is quite a fanciful beginning. Of course, you want the same happiness in marriage for your own children. Do you think that is possible under the circumstances?

AD: It is my dearest wish that Fitzwilliam and Georgiana only marry for the deepest love. Unfortunately, my beloved husband does not seem to agree where Fitzwilliam is concerned.

LAO: Mr. Darcy, I have heard that you are in favor of the match between your son and your niece, Anne de Bourgh. Yet, as far as I understand it, only you and Lady Catherine de Bourgh support this, and the union is not desired by either of the concerning parties. Would you truly force your son to marry for connections when you have been blessed with connubial bliss in your own life?

GD: I had the good sense to fall in love with the daughter of an Earl. If Fitzwilliam is wise enough to make a match with an heiress, then perhaps I might bless the union. Otherwise, he must marry Anne de Bourgh. I have allowed Fitzwilliam to leave our home, but soon enough, he will have to return and assume his obligations to his family. 

LAO: And do you truly expect your son to return home under such harsh conditions?

GD: I am his Sire and Father. I raised Fitzwilliam to follow his duty, not his heart. He will obey me.

AD: You must forgive my husband. Fitzwilliam has been gone nearly five years, and we have hardly heard any news about him. My husband jumps to the worst possible conclusions, but I have faith that my dear William is out there, finding his perfect match.

LAO: And would you give your blessing to any match your son would make?

AD: Pemberley is a rich estate. We do not need the dowry of an heiress to survive. As long as William is in love and loved in return, I shall have no complaints. I only want my son to be happy.

LAO: That is a lovely sentiment, Lady Anne. Mr. Darcy, do you too only want your son to be happy?

GD: Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. He will be made content by serving his family and managing Pemberley. That is all I have to say on the matter. Now, I must ask you to leave. This interview is over.

LAO: As you wish. Our conversation has been enlightening, and I kindly thank you both for your time this afternoon.

In addition, I would like to share an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes featuring Lady Anne and George Darcy. Shortly after Darcy and Elizabeth make their way to Pemberley, we find George Darcy scheming in his study. Lady Anne tries to intervene on her son’s behalf but is unsuccessful. George Darcy’s actions in this scene have repercussions that could put an end to Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship forever. 

George Darcy set aside the letter just received from Lady Catherine. Its contents only further confirmed his belief that his son’s marriage to Elizabeth Bennet would have disastrous consequences for the clan. He was more than amenable to the plan his sister-in-law proposed. He composed a response.

My dear Catherine,
I agree we must take action to prevent the match in question. I fear this will be more difficult than we first imagined. It appears he is deeply in love with the girl, and that her motives are, at least in part, inspired by actual affection. They are now engaged. In a fortnight I will send them to you at Rosings, along with Richard, James, Georgiana, and Amelia. Your plan is acceptable, and no doubt will be successful in crushing William’s love for Elizabeth.
George Darcy

The door of his study opened. George sealed the letter with hot wax and did not bother to look up to see who had entered his domain. In a moment he felt his wife’s hand on his shoulder.

“Is this where you have been hiding all this time, my dearest?”

“I have no intention of humoring our son’s ridiculous match. I went to Miss Bennet last night in hopes of making her see reason, but she defied my wishes and accepted William’s foolish proposal.”

“Oh, George, if you had shared your intentions with me, I could have spared you the effort and told you it would not succeed.”

“And what, pray, do you mean by that?”

“William and Elizabeth are truly in love. Had you spent the rest of the evening with us, you would have seen it. She is a good person, and for the first time in his life, our son is truly happy. Why would you wish to stand in the way of that?”

“William must marry Anne. Our clan cannot lose Rosings. If our son had the good sense to fall for an equally dowered heiress, I could perhaps have accepted his choice; but Elizabeth Bennet is little more than a pauper. Her father may own his estate, but they have no connections, no wealth.”

Lady Anne frowned. “You are truly lost to me if you believe wealth and connections are all that matter in this world. Do you truly wish your son to spend an eternity married to someone he does not love, who will never love him in return—all for the sake of Catherine’s estate? Am I to understand that if not for the fact that my father was an earl and a Firstborn Son, you would not have chosen me as your Eternal Partner?”

“Our marriage was different, Anne. I was not already promised, however implicitly, to another. I gave Catherine my word Fitzwilliam would marry Anne. He is her only hope for a good match. Any other man would abuse her and bankrupt Rosings.”

“Your concern for your niece would give you credit, but I know you, George. This match has never been desired by anyone but yourself and Catherine, and so help me, if you try to force William to bend to your will, I will never forgive you.”

Mr. Darcy’s Clan
by Lari Ann O’Dell

Book Description: 

The upper echelon of English society—comprised of vampires, or Firstborn Sons—is a world Elizabeth Bennet has no desire to join. She has little exposure to Firstborn Sons until Mr. Bingley arrives in the neighborhood and falls in love with her sister Jane. His mysterious friend, Mr. Darcy, attracts Elizabeth’s attention, but she is convinced he is hiding a dark secret. In spite of this, powerful feelings draw her to him. She learns a shocking truth when Mr. Wickham appears, and disaster strikes at Netherfield. Forced into Mr. Darcy’s supernatural realm, a confusing new world of danger threatens their deepening love. How can they find eternal happiness when members of his illustrious clan are plotting her demise? Can Mr. Darcy rise beyond his past to save her or will he lose her for all eternity?  

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About the Author

Lari Ann O’Dell first discovered her love of Pride & Prejudice when she was eighteen. After reading a Pride & Prejudice variation she found in a closing sale at a bookstore, she said, “This is what I want to do.” She published her first novel, Mr. Darcy’s Kiss, two years later.

Born and raised in Colorado, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Creative Writing. After graduating college, she wrote and published her second novel, Mr. Darcy’s Ship. Her third novel, Mr. Darcy’s Clan, is her first supernatural variation, and she is working on two more fantasy variations. She is now back at school and pursuing a degree in Nursing. She adores her two beautiful nephews, Hudson and Dean. She currently works at a middle school and writes whenever she can.

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It’s giveaway time! Lari Ann O’Dell is giving away eight eBooks of Mr. Darcy’s Clan. Enter the giveaway by the Rafflecopter below! Open internationally!

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Many thanks to Lari for being here today! I enjoyed reading the interview with Darcy’s parents! It’s not often they are still alive in the story. It’s hard to imagine George Darcy not being happy for his son and siding with Lady Catherine! That in itself puts a different spin to the story!

Also, a big thanks to Janet @ More Agreeably Engaged for organizing and including me in this blog tour! 

So, friends, what are your thoughts? We’d love to hear from you! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Live, Love, Longbourn by Jennifer Becton ~ Guest Post & Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! I’m so excited to have Jennifer Becton visiting here today! I’ve read and enjoyed many of her books! Now, she has a new book out, and I’m thrilled about that! Live, Love, Longbourn is the first book in Becton’s A Bennet Sisters Series!

What Would Elizabeth Bennet Do?

Jane Austen is my literary idol. It’s amazing how the characters and plots she wrote in Pride and Prejudice have stood the test of time. Somehow they manage to adjust to contemporary life just as easily as they fit into their original Regency setting. That’s why there are so many fun retellings, continuations, and what-ifs.

Elizabeth Bennet is an inspirational character. She’s witty and wise without taking herself too seriously. But she’s also tough. She turns down Mr. Darcy’s ego-drive proposal and spars with Lady Catherine. She’s the type of strong woman that I’d like to be.

So when a difficult situation arises, I sometimes ask myself this question: what would Elizabeth Bennet do? After all, Jane Austen ought to be consulted on all matters of importance, like the best way to take coffee:

Sometimes, when I ponder what Elizabeth Bennet might do, my imagination runs wild. That’s how Live, Love, Longbourn came to be.

Recently, the barn where I board my horse (whose name is Darcy, btw) was threatened by a neighboring town. This particular town planned to incorporate into an official city and drew its boundaries to include my nearby community. The problem? The city planners had ulterior motives. They wanted to get their hands on the undeveloped farmland and forested land so they could profit from it. They didn’t care what the people of the rural community wanted. And the people of this small community didn’t want to be part of a city. So they fought to keep their land.

As I watched my barn owners battle to retain their way of life, I couldn’t help but note the similarities between their incorporation struggle and the financial straits the Bennet women faced in Pride and Prejudice. One day, Mr. Collins would inherit their family home. At that point, Mrs. Bennet and her daughters would lose their home and income. Though the details were not quite the same, the Bennets’ situation wasn’t so different from what I watched take place in my area. People in my community risked losing their family land and the ways they earned their living.

And that’s what got me wondering what Elizabeth Bennet would do if she found herself in this position….

Live, Love, Longbourn

The town-incorporation plot of Live, Love, Longbourn is loosely based on the events that took place in my nearby community. My plot is a highly fictionalized and exaggerated version of what happened. Any similarity between the characters in this book and real people is a total coincidence. (I sure hope there’s not a real Mr. Collins lurking out there somewhere!)

Elizabeth’s dream of refurbishing Longbourn Farm and opening it as a quaint mountain inn is on the cusp of coming true. But when the nearby city of Rosings threatens the future of her small farming town, Elizabeth must swallow her pride and ask for the help of Liam Darcy, the man who offended her and then disappeared years ago.

Successful sports marketing exec Liam Darcy returns to Meryton in the hopes of claiming his inheritance and escaping town quickly. But his plans change the moment he encounters Elizabeth Bennet, the only woman who might have tempted him to stay. When he discovers that his own aunt Catherine de Bourgh and her henchman Arthur Collins are threatening the future of Meryton, he decides he must not allow it.

Together, Elizabeth and Liam must fight the overreaching grasp of the city of Rosings before it destroys not only the town of Meryton but the future of Elizabeth and all the Bennet sisters.

Live, Love, Longbourn is the first book in the Bennet Sisters Series, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in three parts. Each book focuses on one of the Bennet sisters who played a prominent role in Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth, Jane, and Lydia. Set in the quaint mountain town of Meryton, Georgia, this series is like Jane Austen meets the Hallmark Channel.

So if you love small town romance, modern Jane Austen retellings, and Hallmark movies, check out Live, Love, Longbourn.

About the Author

Jennifer Becton worked for more than twelve years in the traditional publishing industry as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. In 2010, she created Whiteley Press, LLC, an independent publishing house. She is a die-hard Jane Austen fan. While she loves Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, she has a not-so-secret fondness for Austen’s minor characters like Charlotte Lucas and Caroline Bingley. She always wondered what happened to those characters next. So she wrote her own version of their stories. She also writes mysteries under the name J. W. Becton.

Modern Austen Short Stories

(A compilation of stories originally published in the Holidays with Jane series.)

Modern Austen Novels

The Bennet Sisters Series

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It’s giveaway time! Jennifer Becton is giveaway two e-copies of Live, Love, Longbourn!

  • One person will win an e-copy of Live, Love, Longbourn!
  • Two winners will be randomly picked.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below and include your e-mail with parentheses around (at) and (dot).
  • Open Internationally.
  • The last day to enter the giveaway is Mar. 31st, 2020, by the end of the day.
Good luck!

I want to thank Jennifer Becton for stopping by here today and for offering two of my readers a chance to win an e-copie of Live, Love, Longbourn! Also, congratulations on the release of your new book!

I recently started reading Live, Love, Longbourn, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m so glad to know what inspired this story. For me, it makes the story that much more enjoyable!

So, friends, what are your thoughts? We’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave any questions or comments for Jennifer below. 
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