Monday, April 17, 2023

An Accomplished Woman Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! I'm very excited to welcome Suzan Lauder to the blog! She has a new book out; An Accomplished Woman. I have an excerpt for you, and there's a giveaway! Details are at the bottom of the page.  

Hi, Candy! I’m pleased to be on your blog with An Accomplished Woman, my first traditional Regency romance. This excerpt is a conversation between Lord Vernon and Audra where they have not long ago had a rather smoldering verbal encounter related to meeting in the rain, which opened Audra’s eyes to her attraction. They haven’t seen each other since because she’s been stuck in bed in case she might have a cold.


     As expected, Lord Vernon’s appearance prior to dinner brought forth its own sort of excitement since he was assisted down the stairs by a burly footman, then made his way to the drawing room with the aid of his walking stick. Others might make a fuss over his infirmity, but for Audra, his mere presence lit a fire deep within her. With a thunderstorm on his face, he requested a whisky. Was his request for liquor due to his pain or as a result of the precarious trip down the staircase? The glass reached his lips, and every nerve in her body became aflame. Those lips were too much for her. Still, she should not allow herself to be overcome in such a manner; she must be proper in these situations. Audra could approach him; the gesture was polite given their experience a few days before.

     His eyes set upon her before she could take one step his way, making her hesitate. Her throat constricted even as everything within her chest crawled up towards the back of her tongue. Was that dark look foreboding or something else? It revived that quivering in her low belly and the scorching of her cheeks. But she was no milksop and would not shy away just because his looks unnerved her a little. She marched right over to him. “I am glad to see you are well enough to join us for dinner, my lord.”

     One brow lifted. The result was exceedingly charming—that is, if the trembling of her body was any indication. “I am also pleased to know you are well, Miss Hales, since you escaped the grippe.”

     “Tell me, how is your knee?”

     He gazed at the trousered joint in question and patted it with his walking stick. “It pains me most when I put my weight upon it, but otherwise, it is barely noticeable.”

     That was apt to be a story created to make her feel better, but she would take it. A bit of encouragement could not hurt, so she smiled. “I am glad to hear it. I must thank you again for your assistance. I would in all probability be ill had you not intervened.”

     He looked towards the floor and his hair drooped over his face, but his head had drawn closer to hers. “It was nothing I would not do again at any time,” he said in the softest of tones, “for you.”

     Her breathing somehow became more difficult, and her skin tingled from head to toe. “I hope you would not risk life and limb every day for me, my lord, but it is one of the best things anyone has ever done for me just the same.”

     “But I would. Every day,” he said, his voice breathless.

     “Vernon, how wonderful to see you out of your rooms!” Others had approached and neither she nor Lord Vernon had noticed. Lord Garner glanced between them. “What is the big secret?”

     Lord Vernon’s head snapped up. His eyes were shuttered. “I was assuring Miss Hales that assisting her the other day was of no bother. It is rather noisy in this room.”

     Lord Garner feigned kicking his brother in the leg. “How is the old leg, eh?”

     The ill breeding of this man! “Oh, pray, do not joke about such a thing!”

     Her Grace huffed. “My children seem to thrive on competition in the form of teasing. It cannot be helped. Of course, with the boys, it is worse.”

     “Miss Hales has only sisters,” said Cecilia, “and is therefore more delicate about foolish trifling.”


An Accomplished Woman
Cecilia's Mismatches Book 1
by Suzan Lauder


Audra Hales is a lady of many perfect accomplishments—at least she believes so. It is no wonder: she has mirrored her great friend Cecilia, the newly minted Lady Hoxley, so how could her talents not be worthy of the highest praise? A self-described matchmaker, Cecilia has brought Audra to Bath—where balls and excursions abound—with the intention of matching her with the gregarious Lord Garner Tremaine. Though he seems an affable and talented gentleman, his brother, the marquess, is quite the opposite. 

 As head of his family, Everett Tremaine, the Marquess of Vernon acts on behalf of his father, the duke, who remains secluded from Lady Hoxley’s guests. With his obligations, Everett has no time for foolish temptations such as Miss Hales…so why does he constantly find her thrown into his path? 

Meanwhile, Audra has conjured all sorts of wild imaginings concerning the frustrating marquess, and every time she encounters him, he leaves her breathless rather than answering her questions! After all, what is ailing the mysterious duke? Could the marquess be a villain masquerading as the savior of his family? And most importantly: should she marry Lord Garner, the safe suitor, or follow her heart? 

Book One of the Cecilia’s Mismatches series is a stand-alone novel. 

Cecilia’s Mismatches Series Blurb 

Who is Cecilia? She’s Lady Hoxley, a recently married young lady whose husband is old enough to be her father. Theirs is a love match. She loves his money and title, and he loves her youth and vivacity. Cecilia is so gratified with her own match that she is determined to match her friends with worthy gentlemen—but what happens when all her grand schemes seem to go awry?
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About the Author

A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming,
yoga, fitness, home renovation, design, sustainability, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder keeps busy even when she’s not writing novels based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, all of which are published by Meryton Press.

She and Mr. Suze and their rescue tabby split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial casita in Mexico. Suzan’s lively prose can be found on her Facebook author page; on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as @SuzanLauder; and on her Meryton Press blog, road trips with the redhead. Her Amazon author page is 

Prior to publishing An Accomplished Woman of the Cecilia’s Mismatches series, Lauder had four novels, a novella, and a novelette published by Meryton Press and has short stories in two Austenesque anthologies. All are popular, most earning four-plus star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. Accolades include Amazon bestseller for Letter from Ramsgate and The Barrister’s Bride, a Finalist for Sexy Scribbles for an excerpt from Alias Thomas Bennet, and several of her books were placed on top ten of the year lists by influential bloggers.

She even finds time to bake muffins!

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Blog Visit Information

The blog tour will start on April 10th, but Suzan has lots going on even before the blog tour and after.
April 3-7 Lady Catherine's Salon; Suzan Lauder guest hosts this Facebook group. 
April 4 Celtic Lady's Reviews; Kathleen Kelly will be spotlighting An Accomplished Woman and Suzan.
April 7 Delighted Reader Facebook page; Sophia Rose will be spotlighting the book and author. 

Blog Tour Schedule

April 12 Elza Reads
April 17 So little time… You're here!
After the blog tour, Meredith will host Suzan and her book. 

* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

Meryton Press is giveaway one eBook (mobi or ePub) to one of my lucky readers! To enter, please leave a comment below. Open Internationally. The last day to enter is April 24th by the end of the day. 

Good luck!
(send me an email if you can't comment)

Many thanks to Meryton Press and Janet Taylor @ More Agreeably Engaged for organizing this blog tour and including me! 

Congratulations, Suzan, on the release of An Accomplished Woman!

So, friends, what did you think about that conversation between Lord Vernon and Audra? I definitely felt the attraction between the two of them. -- Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!  


  1. This was a memorable scene from the book, which I loved! Ms. Lauder's writing is always a treat to read!

  2. Thanks, Kelly. It's a fave scene of mine.


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