Monday, November 22, 2021

Winner of the "Skirmish & Scandal" Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! It's time to announce the winner of the Skirmish & Scandal eBook giveaway!

Congratulations to DarcyBennett!

I want to thank Janet @ More Agreeably Engaged for organizing and including me on this tour. 

And many thanks to Meryton Press for offering one of my lucky readers a chance to winner an eCopy of Skirmish & Scandal.

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Skirmish & Scandal Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

 Hello, my friends! I'm delighted to have C.P. Odom visiting today with an excerpt from his new novella Skirmish & Scandal

Also, Meryton Press is also giving away an e-copy of the book! Details are at the bottom of the page.

Skirmish & Scandal
A Pride & Prejudice Variation
by C.P. Odom

Astounding! Mr. Darcy’s baited hook is for Elizabeth Bennet! 

In the Regency era, surface appearances of politeness and civility often conceal more intense and hostile activity. More than one wealthy or noble family of seemingly sterling reputation is torn apart and sometimes all but exterminated by savage intra-family feuds. 

That situation unexpectedly confronts Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Skirmish and Scandal when Darcy’s interest in Elizabeth as a future mistress of Pemberley becomes known to Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her noble Matlock relations. Determined to prevent an affront to the reputation of their aristocratic clan, the most prominent members of the family gather with Lady Catherine to confront Darcy and force him to choose a more suitable wife. The resulting conflict and its aftermath involve furious arguments, abduction, pursuit, and personal clashes that narrowly avert meetings on the field of honour. 

How can such emotionally intense and seemingly insurmountable personal conflicts between the couple result in an amorous resolution?

Thank you for hosting me today, Candy. It is always nice to visit your blog. 

Did you read the excerpt from the first stop at Babblings of a Bookworm? If you did, this one is a continuation of the scene in the billiards room. If you did not and want to catch up, click on the link to go back and read what is taking place. Darcy’s enlightenment by his cousin has been shocking, to say the least.


     Darcy looked at Fitzwilliam in shock mingled with a disquieting suspicion that his cousin might have a valid point.

     Could I have been so thoroughly mistaken about everything? he thought, unable to avoid a feeling of dismay.

     Fitzwilliam saw the mingled emotions chase across Darcy’s usually controlled face. At the moment, his cousin was clearly at sea, so Fitzwilliam leaned forward and pressed his argument while his cousin might listen to him.

     “You should have seen her face when I mentioned you saving Bingley from an imprudent marriage. Her eyes flashed fire at your arrogance in deciding whether or how he was to be happy. That was one very upset young lady, and she was upset with you! I would wager her sister was really in love with Bingley, and your separating them broke her sister’s heart.”

     Darcy really wanted to refute Fitzwilliam’s charges, but he found his doubts growing. He knew Fitzwilliam was more accomplished at interpreting the feelings of others than he was; his cousin lived in a more intense, often dangerous, world than he. Was he also seeing with more clarity?

     “But, surely, if I offer marriage…” he began, his voice now tinged with desperation.

     “Darcy, you are not listening to me! I have never seen an endeavour less likely to succeed!”

     “But even if you are correct about Bingley and her sister, a part of Miss Elizabeth’s animosity has to relate to mistakenly believing I deprived Wickham of his just due. Surely, I can defend myself against that.”

     “Wickham? How does Wickham come into this?”

     “He turned up in Hertfordshire like a bad penny, and I know he must have been spinning tales to Miss Elizabeth. She more or less accused me of ruining his hopes.”

     “I advise you to give it up, Cuz. If she is going to believe Wickham instead of you, she is too foolish to concern you.”

     However, after a few moments of introspection, Fitzwilliam backed away from his statement. “No, I take it back. It simply cannot be. I have had many chances to observe Miss Elizabeth, and foolish she is not. Very perplexing.”

     “Remember Wickham’s silver tongue. Perhaps I should have taken the occasion to counter her charges, but it was in the middle of a dance. I certainly could not make any explanations in such a setting.”

     Fitzwilliam could only shake his head in dismay. “Just what I should have expected. The great stone-face Darcy will not confront unjustified accusations levied against him and now expects justified accusations not to be held against him! Obviously, your infatuation has not only blinded you, it has obliterated what used to be a respectable intellectual capacity.”

     Darcy had to look down in extreme discomfort. “My only explanation is my confusion,” he finally said, his voice almost a mumble. “On the one hand, I was trying to fight the attraction I felt for Miss Elizabeth, and on the other, I could not stop myself from trying to further the acquaintance—resulting, I suppose, in doing neither well.”

     “Confusion could partially explain the incredibly strange behaviour you have exhibited since we arrived here. You are more taciturn, more bumbling, and more thick-headed than I have ever seen you. If you truly intend to pursue this girl, you have a lot of repair work to do.”

     Darcy said nothing to this, not able to meet Fitzwilliam’s gaze.

     “But I am incredibly confused on one point: Why are you even contemplating connecting yourself to this young lady when you steered your friend Bingley away from her sister?”

     Darcy looked away from his cousin and stared out the window in silence, trying to rein in the thoughts and emotions stampeding through his mind. When he finally turned towards Fitzwilliam, his eyes were haunted.

     “That was then,” he said slowly and paused before continuing. “At the present time, I am not sure I can help myself any more. She has grown to occupy my every waking thought and even my dreams. I fear going to sleep because I chase her but cannot find her. You are completely right about how tongue-tied I have become. I simply am unable to act normally. Several times I have called at the Parsonage or met her in the park and been unable to utter a single word.”

     He stood and walked to a window, looking out at the overly manicured garden adjacent to the house. Finally, he said, “Talking with you seems at least to have cleared the fog from my mind. I now see that I have avoided thinking of what I might do if I manage to resolve my doubts and offer marriage, only to have her soundly rebuff my addresses. That would be…devastating.”

     “I daresay,” Fitzwilliam said dryly.


It would be devastating indeed. I can’t even begin to imagine how one would feel, although from canon, we do know how Darcy felt. Thankfully, those feelings may be prevented this time. 

What are your thoughts about the conversation between the cousins? Seems like Colonel Fitzwilliam has the right of it, and Darcy has been clueless! 

Stay tuned for the next stop at Austenesque Reviews. The scene has changed to a lovely stroll on the Rosings grounds, and Lizzy has entered the equation. What will she think?

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It's giveaway time! Meryton Press will giveaway one eBook of C. P. Odom’s novella, Skirmish & Scandal, for each of the blog visits. So make sure to visit the other stops for more chances to win!

  • One of my lucky readers will win an e-copy of Skirmish & Scandal.
  • One winner will be picked at random from the comments below.
  • Open Internationally.
  • The last day to enter the giveaway is Nov. 16th, 2021, by the end of the day.
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Monday, November 8, 2021

A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott ~ Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Hello, friends! I'm excited to be part of this Prism Book Blitz! They are showcasing Regina Scott's new book A View Most Glorious! It looks fabulous and so do the other books in the series! There's a giveaway below, so be sure to read to the end of the page! 

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Regina is celebrating the end of her American Wonders Collection series
with a huge giveaway! Check out her note, series, and giveaway below.

Note from the Author

I’m so excited for the conclusion of my American Wonders series! I have always loved the wonder and majesty of our national parks, in part because my father introduced me to them. He would have been tickled with A View Most Glorious, set on Mt. Rainier, because that was his mountain. We hiked or camped on it nearly every weekend when I was growing up, and I live 45 minutes from the gates of the national park today. In celebration of the release of this third volume, I’m delighted to offer this prize pack, with each of the books in the series in paperback, a collection of nine vintage-style postcards from the parks featured (the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Mt. Rainier), and a poster that speaks to the heart of the story: The best view comes after the hardest climb. May all your views be glorious!


A View Most Glorious (American Wonders Collection #3) 
By Regina Scott 

Christian Historical Romance 
Paperback, E-book & Audiobook, 
368 Pages 
October 5, 2021, by Revell 

Reluctant socialite Coraline Baxter longs to live a life of significance and leave her mark on the world. When her local suffragette group asks her to climb Mount Rainier to raise awareness of their cause, she jumps at the chance, even though she has absolutely no climbing experience. If she can do it, any woman can do it. And after her mother issues an ultimatum--that Cora marry the man of her mother's choosing if she is not successful--Cora must do it. But she can't do it alone.

Noted mountain guide Nathan Hardee initially refuses to help Cora, but has a change of heart when he sees what is at stake. He knows enough about the man Cora's mother has chosen to know that the headstrong young woman should have nothing to do with him, much less marry him.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's fortitude and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.

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About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages, including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She now has had published more than fifty works of warm, witty historical romance. Regina Scott and her husband of more than 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course. Learn more about her at her website.

Photo Credit: Anne Van Solkema

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive print copies of all three books in the American Wonders Collection, a collection of nine vintage-style postcards from the parks featured (the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Mt. Rainier), and a poster that speaks to the heart of the story: The best view comes after the hardest climb. (US only)

Ends November 19, 2021

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Wow! That's quite a challenge - climb Mt. Rainer or marry a man of her mother's choosing! Yikes! Feel free to leave a comment! And good luck if you entered the giveaway!
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