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.
  • Open Internationally.
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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, or what?! Lol! What did you think? Please leave a comment and show some love to Sophie!


  1. I love reading these excerpts and I hope your readers do too. Thank you for being part of this blog tour!!

    1. You're welcome, Claudine! I love reading these excerpts also, and this was a good one!! :)

  2. Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour, and for hosting the excerpt and giveaway!

    1. Hi, Sophie! You're welcome! It was a pleasure to have you here. I love this giveaway! Thank you for having it with me. :)

  3. Like to know how many volumes Darcy is suppose to have in his library. Like the excerpt, Elizabeth and Darcy are slowly getting to know each other

    1. So would I...I've always imagined it as like one of the larger country house libraries I've been to, which is quite a lot of books. Thanks for your comment, Vesper!

  4. I love when authors share excerpts from their books. They give us readers a bit of taste of author's writing style, twists of plot and maybe even what cliffhangers to expect, like in this excerpt. Who is Boyce? Is it him Elizabeth sees on the road? Did this Boyce per chance killed Mr.Collins? What's in the case besides Darcy on his seat? What happens now?:) Very interesting and indeed leaves us wanting to read the rest. Thank you for sharing it and thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Thanks, oloore, glad you liked the excerpt and that it intrigued you! Since you've been following the blog tour, you've got good odds of winning one of the giveaways, and then you'll be able to find out -- good luck.

    2. Excerpts that end in a cliffhanger are the best. It totally makes me want to read the whole book! :)

  5. Loved the excerpt especially their discussion of his library. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, darcybennett, glad to hear you liked it, and good luck in the giveaway!

  6. I should have know it would finish with a cliffie. ;) I guess 'he' is the troublemaker they were talking about. luckily Darcy the Protector is there. :) and I loved D&E banter.
    Looking forward to reading this intriguing story. thanks for the generous giveaway. :)

    1. Thanks, Kate! It was fun to write them having these conversations when Elizabeth's opinion of him has changed and she's actually enjoying his company. Good luck in the giveaway!

  7. I've enjoyed the excerpts I've read, looking forward to reading the whole story.

    1. Thanks, Miriam, glad to hear you've enjoyed them! Good luck in the giveaway!

  8. Another great excerpt! Looking forward to reading this book very much! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    1. Thank you, Pamela! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. Oh you teasing girl! Sharing a lovely excerpt like that with us and then ending it on a cliffie! Now of course, we all want to know who "him" is. Loving the interaction between Darcy and Elizabeth in this. Does she realise she's given him a little insight into what her life was like as a married woman at Longbourn?

    Thanks so mich for sharing this with us and for the giveaway, too.

    1. LOL, Anji! I feel like you've got pretty good odds for winning this since you've been following the whole tour, so hopefully you'll be finding out soon enough who "him" is when you get to read the whole thing. Good luck in the giveaway!

  10. I forgot about this part of the story! I really cannot wait to reread this.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Julia! You'll find there was actually an extra chapter added in following this one to go a little more into that storyline. Hope you enjoy the reread, and good luck in the giveaway!

  11. Don't tease me like this. I wish to know what did Boyce do which threatened Elizabeth's safety. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable excerpt. Thank you, Sophie and Candy.

    1. Sorry, LĂșthien84! Hopefully it's piqued your interest in the story more, though. :-) Thanks for your comment and good luck in the giveaway!

    2. Hi, Luthien84! That was a BIG tease! Ha! It definitely piqued my interest! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Yes, I would like to read this book.

    1. Thanks for your interest, Patty, and good luck in the giveaway!

  13. What a cliffhanger! Such a tease. Can't wait to read it!


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