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Friday, 13 October 2017

Mistaken by Jessie Lewis - Blog Tour, Deleted Scenes and Giveaway

Blog Tour - Mistaken by Jessie Lewis
Today I'm very happy to be welcoming debut author Jessie Lewis to the blog with the blog tour for her new book, Mistaken, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation. First I'll share the blurb with you and then I'll hand over to Jessie for her guest post, which I think you'll really enjoy. It's a collection of scenes which you won't find in the book.


Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart, and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a superior wit, flawed judgement, and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character, and the unenviable distinction of a failed proposal behind them, they have parted ways on seemingly irreparable terms. Despairing of a felicitous resolution for themselves, they both attend with great energy to rekindling the courtship between Darcy’s friend Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane.

Regrettably, people are predisposed to mistake one another, and rarely can two be so conveniently manoeuvred into love without some manner of misunderstanding arising. Jane, crossed in love once already, is wary of Bingley’s renewed attentions. Mistaking her guardedness for indifference, Bingley is drawn to Elizabeth’s livelier company; rapidly, the defects in their own characters become the least of the impediments to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happiness.

Debut author Jessie Lewis’s Mistaken invites us to laugh along with Elizabeth Bennet at the follies, nonsense, whims, and inconsistencies of characters both familiar and new in this witty and romantic take on Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nachtstürm Castle by Emily C A Snyder - Winner

Book cover: Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder
Recently I was joined by Emily C A  Snyder with a guest post and excerpt of the re-released Northanger Abbey sequel, Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel, in which Mrs Tilney encounters Gothic Adventures. You can read the post here. Emily was so kind as to offer an ebook giveaway to a commenter on the post. I chose the winner using a random number generator. The winner of the ebook is...


Congratulations to you. I will be in touch. Thank you to Emily for the guest post, excerpt and giveaway and all the very best to her with the re-release.

If you weren't lucky enough to win a copy and fancy a spooky read for October, you can buy a copy now.

Buy Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK - Or add to your Goodreads shelf.

Winner - On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams

Book Cover: On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams
Recently I was joined by author Elizabeth Adams who came here with a guest post relating to the inspiration for her new book, On Equal Ground, a Pride & Prejudice-inspired book which sees Elizabeth finding love, losing it and learning how to carry on, and meeting Mr Darcy from a different social level than in canon. You can read Elizabeth Adam's guest post here.

Elizabeth was kindly offering a giveaway of an e-book of On Equal Ground to a commenter on the guest post. The winner was selected using a random number generator, and that person is...


Congratulations to you. I will be in touch! Thank you to Elizabeth for the post and giveaway, and thank you to everybody who commented.

Remember, if you weren't the lucky winner, you can buy yourself a copy now at Amazon USAmazon UK or add it to your Goodreads shelf.

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Goodness of Men by Anngela Schroeder - Blog Tour - Excerpt and Giveaway

Blog Tour - The Goodness of Men by Anngela Schroeder
Today I'm joined by Anngela Schroeder who is bringing us an excerpt of her new book, The Goodness of Men, which sees Elizabeth Bennet having another chance to sketch his character. There's also an international giveaway.

Let me share the blurb with you, and then we will move on to Anngela's excerpt.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cover Reveal - Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd
As you might have seen, there's a new anthology coming soon, featuring short stories from some fantastic authors. The theme drawing all the stories together is that each one is focusing on the 'bad boys' of Austen. While we love our heroes, it'll be a change to instead have stories spotlighting the the more rakish characters. I'm not entirely sure what we're going to get, whether it's back-stories, alternate points of view or perhaps reformations, but I am really excited about this new project, which is being brought together by editor Christina Boyd. If you enjoy reading Austenesque books then the likelihood is that you've already read and loved a book that Christina has worked on, as well as so many of the authors who've contributed to this anthology.

Today, Christina Boyd has joined us with a guest post where we'll reveal the cover of Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and she's brought an international giveaway too!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Plans for October

Happy October everybody! It's feeling autumnal here. Weather wise it's not too bad at the moment, but this mild weather never lasts, before we know it the weather will be all wintry....but on the other hand, that makes it nicer reading weather! September was so, so busy on the blog, and consequently so, so bad in terms of reading. Hopefully I remember how to read, if so, maybe I will fit some in this coming month but I'm really not sure what, I have a huge backlog and have paralysis of choice!

However, I have lots of lovely visitors lined up for October, so we have all this to look forward to...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Winners - A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace and Pride & Prejudice Restored by Sophie Turner

As you may have realised, I have been remiss in posting giveaway winners, so I am sorry about that. To try and make it up to you, I am going to post two lots of winners at once.

Book cover: A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace
Firstly, Maria Grace came by with the third in the Queen of Rosings Park series, A Less Agreeable Man. Maria gave us not only a guest post relating to medicine in Regency times, but also a cut scene from the book. If you missed it at the time, you can read Maria's guest post here.

I chose the winner of an ebook of A Less Agreeable Man using a random number generator, and that winner was:


Congratulations! I will be in touch.

If you weren't lucky enough to win a copy of the book during the recent blog tour, maybe you should treat yourself to a copy? You can buy it here: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Kobo / Barnes and Noble

Book cover: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Restored to the 1813 Edition by Sophie Turner
We were also visited by Sophie Turner. Sophie has been working on a fantastic project - she's created a digital copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice which has been restored as closely as possible to Austen's original 1813 first edition of the book. Sophie brought us a post about the economics of publishing in Austen's time which you can read here.

As usual, I chose the winner of the ebook using a random number generator, and that person was:


Congratulations to you, Denise! I will be in touch.

Thank you to the lovely authors who provided the guest posts and giveaways. Again, I am sorry for the delay in posting.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Nachtstürm Castle by Emily C A Snyder - Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway

Book Cover: Nachtsturm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder
As you know, I enjoy reading books inspired by the works of Jane Austen. I like what-ifs, where we explore another path, sequels, so we get MORE, alternate points of view and minor character stories. Most of the Austenesque reads out there are based on Pride & Prejudice. While this is my favourite of Austen's works, that doesn't mean that I don't like the others! Sometimes I like a change.

In my searches for books to add to my 'to be read' list based on Austen's other works I came across Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C A Snyder. This is a sequel to Northanger Abbey, which promises gothic excitement for Catherine Morland. When I looked it wasn't available on kindle and in paperback it was crazy expensive! I thought I'd never get an opportunity to read the book, but Emily has re-released it on kindle. She's visited us today with a post about the re-release and an international e-book giveaway. First I'll share the blurb with you, and then we'll hand over to Emily for a post about re-releasing her story. But as an aside, think how much Catherine would adore the exclamation marks in this book description from Amazon!

Book Description:

Moonlight! Castles! Ghosts! Storms! Secret trap doors! Suicide! Grave yards! Mistaken Identities! Carriage accidents! Gypsies! Hauntings! A kidnapping! Purloined letters! A duel! Swooning! Wild Pursuits! Demonic possession! A disputed inheritance! Three romances! A ransacking! Ancient curses! A stolen will and testament! Dank subterranean passageways!

Multi-talented Emily C. A. Snyder has managed to pack the above list (and more) into Nachtstürm Castle, a sophisticated Gothic fantasy sequel, taking up the further adventures of Henry and Catherine Tilney where our divine Miss Austen finished the last lines of Northanger Abbey.
- Jeffrey B Ward,

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams - Guest Post and Giveaway

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth AdamsI have the pleasure of welcoming Elizabeth Adams back to the blog today. Elizabeth has a new book out, On Equal Ground, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation. This book deals with a premise that can be somewhat less popular in romance, and particularly in JAFF, but it's one which happens in real life and may well have happened to somebody you know - continuing on with life and finding happiness after the love of your life has died. Now, don't worry, Elizabeth & Darcy are both still around; one of them has married another, and been very happy, but this book looks at the loss, and moving on afterwards.

I was interested in what had prompted Elizabeth to explore this road and she was so kind as to write us a post detailing just that. Let me share the blurb with you, and then we'll hand over to Elizabeth:


Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower.

When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice?

Elizabeth’s high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family.

When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?

Monday, 25 September 2017

These Dreams by Nicole Clarkston - Blog Tour - Colonel Fitzwilliam Vignette and Giveaway

Blog Tour - These Dreams by Nicole Clarkston
I'm very happy to be welcoming Nicole Clarkston back to the blog. Nicole has written a story which is proving very popular - I just took a look on Goodreads and it's rating at over 4.5 stars, with over 50 ratings, which is pretty impressive feedback.

Let me share the book description with you, and then I'll hand over to Nicole for a vignette, which you won't find in the book.

Book Cover - These Dreams by Nicole Clarkston
Book Description:

An abandoned bride
A missing man
And a dream that refuses to die...

Pride and patriotism lend fervor to greed and cruelty, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is caught at the centre of a decades-old international feud. Taken far from England, presumed dead by his family, and lost to all he holds dear, only one name remains as his beacon in the darkness: Elizabeth.

Georgiana Darcy is now the reluctant, heartbroken heiress to Pemberley, and Colonel Fitwilliam her bewildered guardian. Vulnerable and unprepared, Georgiana desperately longs for a friend, while Fitzwilliam seeks to protect her from his own family. As the conspiracy around Darcy's death widens and questions mount, Colonel Fitzwilliam must confront his own past.

An impossible dream, long ago sacrificed for duty, may become his only hope.

Newly married Lydia Wickham returns to Longbourn- alone and under mysterious circumstances. Elizabeth Bennet watches one sister suffer and another find joy, while she lives her own days in empty regrets over what might have been. Believing Darcy lost forever, she closes her heart against both pain and happiness, but finds no escape from her dreams of him.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

I Could Write a Book by Karen M Cox - Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

I Could Write a Book by Karen M Cox - Blog Tour
Today the blog tour for Karen M Cox's updated version of 'Emma' drops by with my review of the book and an international giveaway opportunity. I'll share the book blurb with you first, and then let you know what I thought of it.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Fair Stands the Wind by Catherine Lodge - Now Available to Purchase!

Book Cover: Fair Stands the Wind by Catherine Lodge
You may remember that a couple of weeks ago debut author Catherine Lodge visited Babblings of a Bookworm on the first stop of her blog tour for Fair Stands the Wind, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation having Fitzwilliam Darcy as a second son who is in the navy, rather than the owner of an estate, and an Elizabeth Bennet who is under parental pressure to marry Mr Collins (don't do it, Lizzy!). You can read the post here.

At the time the tour started, the bloggers on the tour were unable to include buy links because the book wasn't yet up on Amazon. This isn't unusual, because often the blog tour will be timed to coincide with the book first going on sale so that eager beaver readers can get the book on their to be read lists and potentially onto their kindles. But as time drew on, and launch day came and went, it appeared that there was an issue with the kindle version of the book.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - Restored to the 1813 Egerton Edition by Sophie Turner - Guest Post and Giveaway

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, restored by Sophie Turner
I am very pleased to be joining in the blog tour for a wonderful project. Over time, the text of Austen's Pride & Prejudice has had changes made and Sophie Turner (who has written books to follow on from P&P) has worked on producing an electronic version of Pride & Prejudice that is as close as possible to the version that readers would have first read in 1813. Sophie has a guest post for us about the publishing of that initial edition, and there's a giveaway of an ebook of this version of Pride & Prejudice for a commenter on this post.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Particular Attachments by L L Diamond - Blog Tour and Character Interview

Book cover: Particular Attachments by Leslie Diamond
Today I'm happy to welcome L L Diamond back to the blog. Leslie has brought out a sequel to Particular Intentions called Particular Attachments. Glory in the beauty of this cover for a moment!

Now, let me share the blurb with you, and then I'll pass over to Leslie for a character interview with Georgiana Darcy.

Book Blurb

She swore would never marry!

Georgiana Darcy is a lady with a secret! The last thing she wants is to return to London, but what else can she do when her brother and his wife make plans to spend the Christmas season in town. When Lizzy’s youngest sister, Lydia, joins them, Georgiana gains a confidante, but will Lydia’s outgoing nature cause problems when Lord Sele, son of a family friend reappears in Georgiana’s life?

As an insufferable boy, Lord Sele vowed he would marry Georgiana, but was his return from Ireland a coincidence or was his sole purpose to pursue her? He admits to desiring friendship, but Lydia is determined his desire is Georgiana and she will stop at nothing to see her best friend happily settled.

What is Georgiana to do when faced with the society she has managed to avoid for her entire adult life as well as the one man determined to change her mind about marriage? Will she be able to overcome her fears despite the spectre from the past that seems to be haunting her? Will she be forced to tell her secret and choose happiness or will someone from her past ruin everything?

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Thank you so much, Ceri, for having me! I’m so excited to finally release Particular Attachments and tell everyone Georgiana and Nathaniel’s story. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I hope everyone enjoys reading it just as much!

I was very fortunate when Georgiana and Nathaniel told me their story for Particular Attachments, but I recently persuaded Georgiana Darcy to sit down and speak with me about her past with Nathaniel Howard, Viscount Sele and her thoughts on various other matters.

LLD: Thank you for agreeing to allow me to write your story as well as this interview.

Georgiana: Well, you were quite insistent. I am unsure of what Nathaniel and I have done to create such interest in our story, but I suppose sharing our tale will cause no harm. No one from my own time will read it after all.

LLD: Tell us about life at Pemberley since your brother married Elizabeth Bennet. Have the two of you become good friends?

Georgiana: I knew when I met Lizzy she would be the ideal match for Fitzwilliam and I could not have been more correct. She works tirelessly alongside my brother to ensure Pemberley thrives, she is a marvellous mother to my adorable nephew, William, and she makes Fitzwilliam happy. He is less reserved and smiles more than he did in the past.

LLD: What of her relationship with you?

Georgiana: She is my sister. She listens to my concerns and we have long talks at times—not as much since William was born, but it is only natural she devotes more of her time to her son. We enjoy taking him on long rambles sometimes. He never lacks for energy.

LLD: William is an active child then?

Georgiana: (laughs) Quite so! He certainly gives his nursemaid, Mrs. Wynn, a difficult time of it, and she had five children of her own! He does give us quite a scare at times with his antics. He is a loving little boy. I find it a chore to be cross with him when he is naughty.

LLD: You have become much closer to Lydia Bennet as of late. What prompted this big change in your relationship?

Book cover: Particular Attachments by Leslie Diamond
Georgiana: She is hardly the same young lady I met when Fitzwilliam and Lizzy married. She is still outgoing and enjoys a good giggle, but she is greatly altered. I enjoy her company and she has become as much my sister as Lizzy. We do enjoy long discussions that last late into the night, and stealing biscuits from the larder.

LLD: She has a bit of her own romance, doesn’t she?

Georgiana: (Georgiana nods) She does. He is an excellent man.

LLD: I’d like to move on to Lord Sele. What was he like as a child?

Georgiana: (Exhales loudly) Insufferable, annoying, a pest. Do you require more?

LLD: (laughs) Yes, actually. What could he have done to make you feel this way?

Georgiana: He stole my reticule, I know he took Matilda, and he would pull my curls. I never enjoyed his society when we were young, and he was so insistent we would marry. I did not care to marry any boy, but I especially had no desire to wed him.

LLD: Who was Matilda?

Georgiana: She was my doll. She was once my greatest confidante. My mother would request the fabric remaining from my gowns from the dressmaker, and she would sew Matilda matching clothes. We did everything together—except riding. I could never take her riding. She might be damaged.

One day, we had just had tea when my mother asked for my company and Matilda disappeared. He had been lurking about before and had disappeared by the time I found her gone. I never found her.

LLD: When you were a child, could you ever imagine courting Lord Sele?

Georgiana: Lord, no! I would have sooner eaten a bug than imagined such a fate.

LLD: What did you think when you first laid eyes upon Lord Sele after all these years?

Georgiana: I hoped he would not notice me. If I could have disappeared into the floor, I would have certainly done so, but when he looked at me directly, I prayed he would not recognise me! A part of me believed he would be precisely the same as he was when we were children. Could you imagine? When I was a child, I could kick him in the shin, but I could not very well do so now. Not that I don’t want to give him a good kick from time to time. He can be the most infuriating man!

LLD: He has loved you for a very long time. It must be heartening to know you have inspired such devotion.

Georgiana: Devotion or dogged persistence? He appeared back in my life after so many years, and I am certain he thought I would fall at his feet. I decided after Ramsgate I would never marry. I told him, too, but he would not be deterred. I truly believe he enjoyed discomposing me when he found the opportunity. Of course, it did not take much to disturb my equanimity.

LLD: But you let him have his success. (laughs)

Georgiana: By no design of my own. I have told you on numerous occasions that he is insufferable and I stand by my opinion of his character.

LLD: He must have some redeeming qualities?

Georgiana: I suppose he is faithful and has a certain charm ladies find attractive.

LLD: Is he handsome?

Georgiana: I have heard him described in such a fashion. Lydia claims he is so.

LLD: I don’t want Lydia’s opinion. Do you find him handsome?

Georgiana: He is not unattractive.

LLD: What do you find handsome about him then?

Georgiana: (Huffs) You will not relent, will you?

LLD: No.

Georgiana: Very well. He is quite tall and broad shouldered. He has dark ash brown hair and dark eyes, and a lovely smile—particularly when he flirts. He has these two dimples that peek from his cheeks, and well… (Georgiana coughs and turns red)

Thank you, Georgiana, for taking the time to speak with me about your life and Lord Sele! Thanks again to Ceri for hosting us!

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Author L L Diamond

L.L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans before following her husband all over as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.

After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favourite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. Her most recent endeavours have included certifications to coach swimming as well as a fitness instructor. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolour is her medium of choice with one of her watercolours featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Leslie also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!

Leslie’s books include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, The Earl’s Conquest, Particular Intentions, and Particular Attachments.

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Thank you so much to Leslie for dropping by, it's been lovely to be able to host her, as always. You can read more about Particular Attachments by following the blog tour. There are details of the stops below.

Book Cover: Particular Attachments by L L Diamond
The Particular Attachments Blog Tour:

September 8: Just Jane 1813 – Review
September 9: Babblings of a Bookworm – Character Interview
September 11: From Pemberley to Milton – Excerpt
September 12: From Pemberley to Milton – Character Interview
September 13: Austenesque Reviews – Outtake
September 14: Austen Variations – Release Day Post and Giveaway
September 15: Just Jane 1813 – Character Interview
September 16: My Jane Austen Book Club – Outtake
September 17: My Vices and Weaknesses - Excerpt

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future by Sharon Lathan - Winner

It's time for a winners' post! Recently Sharan Lathan paid her first visit to Babblings of a Bookworm with a guest post, excerpt and giveaway of Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future. This is the second in a pair of a prequels to her Darcy Saga series.

Sharon was so kind as to randomly select our two winners using

The winners are:

NovElla & 50of47

Congratulations to you both! I will email you :)

Thank you everybody who dropped by to enjoy Sharon's post, and of course, big thanks to Sharon for visiting and bringing a giveaway!

An Announcement from Christina Boyd - New Anthology Coming Soon!

You may remember how much I enjoyed reading The Darcy Monologues, an anthology from a collection of wonderful authors, brought together by editor Christina Boyd. Well, Christina has an announcement about a new project, so I will hand over to her. Please note that there is a fantastic international giveaway associated with this post, so read right to the end :)

Oops, I’m at it again. 

I’m Christina Boyd, the editor of The Darcy Monologues, and I am thrilled to finally announce that my next anthology project, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues, is well underway.

Coming soon: Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, Edited by Christina Boyd

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with any number of unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched out to the reader. Have you never wondered about the back story of her rakes and gentlemen rogues? Surely, there's more than one side to their stories. 

I have always been drawn to characters that are not simply one dimensional. Through first person point-of-view, Philippa Gregory masterfully created empathy in her Plantagenet and Tudor novels: one novel I would find myself championing a queen and in the very next, she had become the villain! Author Laura Hile skillfully penned nobody’s favorite, Elizabeth Elliot from Persuasion in her Mercy’s Embrace series, and turned her into a true heroine we all might sympathize, all the while remaining faithful to the seemingly superficial and vain snob Jane Austen created. Even my own anthology The Darcy Monologues gave voice to the previously concealed wit and charm of the proud, brooding, and officious Mr. Darcy, allowing us some quality time in his handsome head. 

Inspiration for Dangerous to Know
Inspiration for Dangerous to Know
After publishing The Darcy Monologues in May 2017, murmurings began about another project. Maybe from Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s point-of-view? With a surfeit of quality Jane Austen fanfiction recounting Lizzy’s story, I thought it might be a more titillating challenge to expose the histories of Jane Austen’s anti-heroes. It is a universal truth, despite our wisdom, we are captivated by smoldering looks, dangerous charms ... a happy-go-lucky, cool confidence. Alas, some of us fall for the one that needs to be mended. All the while, our BFFs are shouting to deaf ears, “He is a cad! He is a brute! He is all wrong!” But isn’t that how tender hearts are giving credit to the undeserving? How did they become the men Jane Austen wrote? The challenge was just too delicious to not undertake.

Once again, a Dream Team of authors were approached to join this project. Titles were bandied about: everything from “Consequently a Rogue” taken from the Jonathon Swift quote “He was a fiddler and consequently a rogue” to “Rakes and Rogues” to “Jane Austen’s Gentlemen Rogues”. “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” the very phrase used by Lady Caroline Lamb to describe Lord Byron, married the previous suggestions and—voila! A title was born.

As an editor, I have been extremely fortunate to work with some incomparable authors in the past. This project is a testament to my providence. It has been a pleasure to have several authors from The Darcy Monologues anthology including Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jenetta James, Beau North, Sophia Rose, and Joana Starnes join Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Katie Oliver, and Brooke West on creating this current collection of stories. The intent: create short stories, each told from one of Austen’s male antagonists’ eyes—a backstory and, or parallel story from off-stage of canon—all the while remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s masterpieces. As in The Darcy Monologues, these authors certainly can turn up the heat with but the turn of a phrase!

Here are a few quick lines from a sampling of the authors to whet your appetite:

We arranged to fight our duel at that place where all the most elegant duels were fought: the secluded gardens near the Circus, accessed by the Gravel Walk; naturally, the occasion was to be held at dawn. I had been in my chair, subject to the shavings and combings and clippings of old Morley until at last, I cried out, “’Tis enough man! I am not gone to my wedding day!”

Morley frowned at me, his dark eyes sharp with disapproval. “Your wedding day? That is not a day I shall likely live to see so I must keep at my art on these, more common, events.”—Captain Frederick Tilney, For Mischief’s Sake, Amy D’Orazio

I smiled drowsily as she caressed my chest. “I love you, Clémence.”
Her fingers stilled as I closed my eyes in pleasurable exhaustion and drifted towards sleep. 
She did not reply. —Mr. George Wickham, A Wicked Game, Katie Oliver

Yes, fellows, since you press me so hard, yes, I confess it: Cupid's darts have winged me. If you must have the story, pass me that bottle first. I can lift it with my left hand without paining my collarbone excessively. Now, you may not like what you are about to hear. You think lightning will never strike you. But let me tell you, last year on Basingstoke Down, I was neither looking to fall in love, nor looking for someone to fall in love with me, when all unawares—but stay, I must go further back… —Mr. Tom Bertram, The Address of Frenchwoman, Lona Manning

What say you? Are you in? Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy…even temporarily...but heaven help us if we marry one. Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues will be released mid-November and is listed at Goodreads so you might add to your “Want to Read” list. 

Giveaway Time!

To help us celebrate this project, we have prizes! One international Grand Prize via rafflecopter link below:

One print copy or ebook of Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues (when published), a print or ebook of The Darcy Monologues, one set of Jane Austen Playing Cards, one 16 oz. PEMBERLEY drinking glass, and Accoutrements Jane Austen novelty tattoos.  

This loot could be yours!

Got to play to win! If you “lose the game, it shall not be for not striving for it.”
—Christina Boyd, @xtnaboyd of The Quill Ink

Monday, 4 September 2017

A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book cover: A Less Agreeable Man by Maria GraceToday I am joined by Maria Grace, who has bought out the third book in the Queen of Rosings Park series. The first book, Mistaking Her Character, took us to a Rosings Park that had a resident doctor, Dr Bennet, and told the story of his daughter Elizabeth. The second took Miss Lydia Bennet off to boarding school, in The Trouble to Check Her, and this third book, A Less Agreeable Man, we are back in Rosings in the company of Mary Bennet. I'll share the blurb with you and then hand over to Maria Grace for a guest post and giveaway:

Friday, 1 September 2017

Planned Reading for September

Happy September! I love September. It's my favourite month. It almost feels like a time when everything is new and we're starting afresh, no doubt due to the fact that the school year here starts in September. My birthday is also in September, so for me it's literally the time a new year begins.

Well, although this post is entitled 'Planned Reading' I'm not sure how much reading I will have time for this month, because I have such a full and busy month planned here with blog visitors! Let me tell you about some of the people I have lined up to visit this month:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Fair Stands the Wind by Catherine Lodge - Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

Fair Stands the Wind by Catherine Lodge - Blog Tour
Today I am happy to be able to welcome debut author Catherine Lodge. I have heard good things about Fair Stands the Wind and am very much looking forward to reading it. From the cover (which is gorgeous, by the way) I had assumed it was a story inspired by Persuasion, but although it has a nautical hero, that is not the case. Let me share the book blurb with you and then I'll hand over to Catherine for the guest post. Please note, there is a giveaway too!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Winners of Mr Darcy's Brides by Regina Jeffers

Book cover: Mr Darcy's Brides by Regina Jeffers
Recently I was joined by author Regina Jeffers for a guest post on marriage laws in Scotland, and an excerpt of her latest book, Mr Darcy's Brides (notice the intriguing plural, what is he doing with more than one?!).

Regina was kindly offering a giveaway of an ebook of Mr Darcy's Brides and the randomly-selected winners are:


Pamela Hunter

Congratulations, ladies! I will be in touch.

Edited to add: I have contacted Glynis, but I don't have contact details for you Pamela. Please can you contact me by the end of the day on 1 September, or unfortunately I'll have to select another winner :( I can be contacted using the 'Contact me' link, or by emailing babblingsofabookworm(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you so much to Regina for being my guest here and giving us the guest post and giveaway.

Winners' Post - Devotion by Meg Kerr

Book cover: Devotion by Meg Kerr
Apologies for the late post on this one. A little while ago Meg Kerr stopped by with a guest post and giveaway of her new book, Devotion. This is the second sequel to Pride & Prejudice that Meg has written. The first, Experience, focuses on the remaining Bennet sisters and Caroline Bingley. Devotion follows on, switching focus to Georgiana Darcy and can be read as a stand alone story. Meg was kindly giving away 3 signed paperbacks of Devotion, and the winners of these have been randomly selected and are as follows:

Carole in Canada

Sophia Rose


Congratulations, ladies, I will be in touch for your mailing details.

Thank you so much to Meg for the guest post and giveaway!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future by Sharon Lathan - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book Cover: Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future by Sharon Lathan
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Sharon Lathan to the blog for her first visit here. Sharon has recently released a new book which is the second in a duo of prequels to her Darcy Saga series. Sharon has brought us a guest post on marriage in England in Regency times, plus an excerpt from Hope of the Future and an ebook giveaway for two lucky commenters here. Read on for more details!

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Mr Darcy's Brides by Regina Jeffers - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway

Book Cover: Mr Darcy's Brides by Regina Jeffers
I'm welcoming Regina Jeffers back to Babblings of a Bookworm today. Regina has a new book out, called Mr Darcy's Brides. That plural is intriguing isn't it?! As you will know, Regina does a lot of research in relation to the Regency period and today she has a post regarding marriage in Scotland during this time. She's also treating us to an excerpt of the book, and is kindly giving away an ebook of Mr Darcy's Brideto two lucky commenters here. I'll now hand over to Regina.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Guest Post from Karen M Cox: Jane Austen’s Emma: a Novel of Firsts

Author Karen M Cox
Today I'm welcoming the very talented Karen M Cox, author of some wonderful JAFF reads such as 1932 and Undeceived (Spy Darcy!). I heard that Karen was writing a new book and I was so excited. Firstly, because it's a Karen M Cox book; secondly, it's based on Emma - much as I love P&P, I love the others too and it's good to visit another book. Thirdly, it's not Regency or contemporary - like many of Karen's other books, she's gone for a different time period, which is such fun! This latest one is based in the 70s. While I was around for part of that decade, I don't really remember it, and I am so looking forward to being transported to the decade when little Ceri made an appearance!

The blog tour for Karen's new book will take place next month, including a visit here, but in the meantime Karen has joined us today to talk about Emma. Emma is known for being a heroine that Austen herself described as being "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like" but I've always been very fond of her because her intentions were so good!

I'll now hand over to Karen M Cox for a post about Emma:

Friday, 18 August 2017

Darcy in Wonderland by Alexa Adams - Blog Tour - Guest Post and Excerpt

Book cover: Darcy in Wonderland by Alexa Adams
Today I am hosting an author who I interact with often online but who I've never had to visit so I'm very pleased to be able to welcome her to the blog today. Let's all say a big hello to Alexa Adams, author of the highly regarded The Madness of Mr Darcy. Alexa has a new book out which sees the long-married Darcy meeting the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which as you probably know was written later in the 1800s.

Alexa has a guest post and excerpt from Darcy in Wonderland for you to enjoy today. Read on for more!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer - review of book, audio and film

115 years ago today Georgette Heyer was born. Ms Heyer is one of my favourite authors, and I’ve reread most of her books more times than I can count. I have a sizeable paperback collection of her works, but recently I’ve started listening to her books on audio (if you’d like to do the same, but don’t have an audible subscription, you can get most of the audios at a reduced price if you buy the kindle version). I had heard good things about the audio of this book, so I treated myself to it :)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Devotion by Meg Kerr - Guest Post, Excerpt and UK/Canada Giveaway

Book Cover: Experience by Meg Kerr
Today I am happy to welcome an author who I had heard of, but not yet read, Meg Kerr. Meg has written a pair of sequels to Pride & Prejudice. The first of these, Experience, picks up directly after the end of P&P and follows the fortunes of Mary, Kitty, Lydia and Caroline Bingley over the course of the next three years. The second book, Devotion, follows on from this, but can be read as a stand-alone book.

Devotion takes a look at Georgiana. I think she's an interesting character because she's a bit of a closed book. We know that she nearly eloped with Wickham at the tender age of 15. What type of girl would do that? One option is that she is quite naive and trusting... but she may have been a bit of a Lydia under her shy exterior! She might have been as fond of her brother as he is of her, but on the other hand, perhaps she was resentful of the attention he gave to his estates and social obligations and wanted to do something she knew would hurt him or just as a cry for attention. It's open to speculation.

I'll share the book blurb and then hand over to Meg for a guest post and excerpt. Meg is also kindly offering a giveaway to UK / Canada readers.

Book Cover: Devotion by Meg Kerr
Book Description:

In this sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana Darcy, now twenty years old and completely lovely, is ripe for marriage. Her brother has carefully selected her future husband, but the arrival of a long-delayed letter, and a secret journey, bring Georgiana into the arms of an utterly wicked and charming young man whose attentions promise her ruin. At the same time, events in Meryton are creating much-needed occupation for Mrs. Bennet and a quandary for Lydia Bennet’s girlhood companion Pen Harrington; and the former Caroline Bingley is given — perhaps — an opportunity to remake some of her disastrous choices. Meg Kerr, writing effortlessly and wittily in the style of Jane Austen, sweeps the reader back to the year 1816 for a reunion with many beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and an introduction to some intriguing characters.

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Hello readers of Babblings of a Bookworm! My name is Meg Kerr, and I’m thrilled to be here with you. First, I’d like to thank Ceri for allowing me to contribute this guest post and which contains an excerpt from my new Austen-inspired book, Devotion. I am also happy to offer a giveaway of three (3) signed copies of the book! The giveaway is open to readers from UK and Canada.

As Ceri mentioned at the beginning of August, Devotion explores events after Pride and Prejudice ends through fan-favourite characters including Georgiana Darcy and Mrs. Bennet, and I think you’ll find it an interesting read as I’ve added several twists. As Georgiana Darcy is one of the main focal points of the book, I wanted to choose a book excerpt where she’s featured. But first, a bit of context:

John Amaury, the illegitimate son of a lord, is handsome, charming, penniless, ruthless, and determined to marry Georgiana Darcy for her fortune. And if lawful marriage can be faster attained through seduction, so be it!

So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy this short excerpt! If you’re interested in reading the full book, it’s available via Amazon. I’d love to hear your thoughts (and your own ideas!) via a review soon.

Affectionately yours,
Meg Kerr

Excerpt (from Chapter 13 of Devotion)

Amaury came to her as soon as she was in the room. “Georgiana, I am in love with you,” he said. She was very willing to hear him, and suddenly he was making violent love to her, proclaiming his passion and declaring that he would die if she refused him. Georgiana could not respond; but Amaury did not want her to talk. Departing so far from every honourable feeling, even from the common decorum of a gentleman, he took hold of her, clasped her around the waist and began to kiss her eagerly, until he was stopping her very breath and she could hardly remain upright. Indeed she would have fallen had she not been locked in his arms, pressed to his ribs. Still on fire with his first assault, her astonishment and perplexity decreased as he took these barbarously insolent freedoms with her, and her struggles against him were brief, if indeed they existed at all. Even then she had not sense enough to try to avoid her fate. Instead of acting as virtue and honour required, instead of striving to avoid destruction, she began to return him kiss for kiss, the friendly darkness emboldening her. He then took the liberty of thrusting his hand in her bosom, an affront at which Georgiana demonstrated her resentment by re-doubling the fervour of her kisses. She seemed to have not the least hesitation to assist in her own undoing. No longer in doubt about the capabilities of her—heart, or that she was completely under his ascendancy, he knew that the business could be accomplished within five minutes.

A wolf has no aspiration to heroism, or to the satisfaction of carrying out a difficult task. He would not rather attack a lion than a lamb, and if the lamb meekly offers her throat for the sacrifice he does not spare her in the conviction that he ought to work harder for his dinner.

That Amaury intended to do what is called the worst is entirely certain and that Georgiana would have granted what is called the last favour is little less so. What a strange revolution of mind therefore that Amaury should have drawn back! But he was overcome by a feeling of tenderness unlike anything he had known before. What a miracle it was to be loved by such a pure and modest girl, to excite her virginal ardours! Five minutes were not enough to initiate her into the pleasures of love. She must be allowed to savour at length her weakness in his embrace, and at last admit the ecstasy of defeat. They must marry, and he must find another method to persuade her than that of robbing her of her precious innocence. With some difficulty therefore he put Georgiana from him, holding her at arm’s length while both endeavoured to regain breath; and with yet greater difficulty he persuaded her to withdraw from him and go to her room, promising that they would meet early on the morrow.

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Surprising, no?! When I received the excerpt I was expecting a battle-scarred Georgiana, who would be shy of men, having learned her lesson at her near-escape from Wickham, despite this book being set some years later (5 years after the aborted elopement, I think). But clearly Meg has gone another way with this character.

If you're interested in reading more, Meg has also visited some other blogs lately, including a post on seduction over at Madame Gilflurt's, a review at More Agreeably Engaged, and an author interview and video from Meg at My Jane Austen Book Club.

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Author Meg Kerr
About the Author:

What do you do when you live in the twenty-first century but a piece of your heart lies in the nineteenth? If you are author Meg Kerr you let your head and hand follow your heart. With her love of country life—dogs and horses, long walks in the woods and fields, dining with family and neighbours and dancing with friends, reading and writing and the best conversation—and her familiarity with eighteenth and nineteenth century history and literature, Meg has a natural gift to inhabit, explore and reimagine the world that Jane Austen both dwelt in and created, and to draw readers there with her.

Connect with the author:

Email via Prism PublishersPublisher's WebsiteAmazon Author PageGoodreads

Giveaway Time!

Book Cover: Devotion by Meg Kerr
Meg is kindly offering three commenters here the chance to win a signed paperback of Devotion. This giveaway is open to readers in the UK/Canada for postal reasons. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by the end of the day on Friday 18 August. Please leave a way for me to contact you, so that I'll be able to get in touch if you are one of the lucky winners.

Thank you so much to Meg and her publishers for the guest post and giveaway, and all the best with Devotion, which I look forward to reading.

Friday, 4 August 2017

When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams - Winner

Book cover: When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams
Recently I took part in the mini blog tour for Caitlin Williams' latest book, When We Are Married, which takes an interesting variation on Pride & Prejudice, seeing more than one Bennet sister decide that Mr Darcy would be a good match for her, unbeknownst to the other. Here's my review of the book.

Caitlin was giving away an ebook of the story to one commenter. The winner, chosen at random, is:


Congratulations to you. I will be in touch.

Thank you so much to Caitlin Williams for the review copy and giveaway, and to Claudine from JustJane1813, who arranged the blog tour.

If you missed out this time, then maybe you should treat yourself to a copy of the book. You deserve it!

Buy Links
This book is available to buy now, on Amazon USAmazon UK and elsewhere. It's available on Kindle Unlimited and you can also add it on Goodreads.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Journey Home by Karen M. Cox - Review

Book Cover: The Journey Home, a 1932 Sidequel by Karen M. Cox
Karen M. Cox has a new novella out which I was really excited about, as it’s connected to one of the first JAFF books I ever read, and one that I often have a sneaky re-read of! Read on to see what I thought of it.

The Journey Home’ is a ‘sidequel’ for Karen M. Cox’s ‘1932’. I’ve posted about that book previously, and you can read the review here, but in a nutshell, ‘1932’ is a ‘Pride & Prejudice’-inspired story, which transports Meryton into small-town, depression-era USA. The Bennet family are down on their luck, William Darcy is a well-to-do local farmer who takes a fancy to Miss Elizabeth Bennet. It broadly follows the story of P&P although there is one major variation from canon.

Another thing which is different is Georgiana, William’s sister. In P&P she is a 16 year old girl who has suffered a narrow escape from eloping with George Wickham, a man who was after her fortune and to avenge himself on his former friend. In ‘1932’, Georgina is at first a bit of a mystery; although going by the name of Miss Darcy, she has two young daughters. She lives with her brother and there is no husband in the picture. She is 23, rather than 16 but her soul is older than the average 23 year old. Georgiana here made some bad decisions and paid for them. She has endured physically, mentally, and her own image of herself has been humbled and brought low.
‘I could almost feel the disgrace lingering on my skin.’
She almost feels like she doesn’t deserve anything good because of the bad decisions she has made. An event happens that gives Georgiana the impetus to overcome what little pride she has and go back to her brother to recover both physically and mentally and to provide a safe haven to help her girls recover, particularly the elder, as the baby is small enough to have been unaffected.

By the time we first meet Georgiana in ‘1932’ she has recovered bodily, and is starting to come to the point where the love and support of her brother has given her the mental strength to start again. Georgiana wants to have her own life and to be a good role model for her two little girls. In the background of William and Elizabeth’s story in ‘1932’, Georgiana starts to forge her own path. This ‘sidequel’ focuses on things from Georgiana’s perspective, starting with the aftermath of the event that caused her to leave, so it begins at an earlier point than the other book. I enjoyed having a bit more of an insight into Georgiana’s mind. When I read ‘1932’ I deeply sympathised with her, as well as admiring her as a person who had hit rock bottom and managed to climb back out.

Maggie is Georgina’s elder daughter and one of the highlights of the previous book. She was an absolute sweetie and I was very glad to meet her again. I knew that when Maggie had gone to live with her ‘Unca’ she at first had been traumatised and refused to speak, and it was very touching to see the point when she first began to talk again.

William Darcy is a sweet man under his handsome yet unwelcoming shell and of course his sister gets to see under the hard shell to the sweet man that we know from ‘1932’. He is charmingly unaware that his niece has a lot in common with him:
‘He shook his head. “I wish she’d quit staring at me like that. It’s unnerving.” 
I laughed through my tears, softly, so as not to frighten the toddler in my lap. “I don’t know why it bothers you. She looks just like you do half the time.” Maggie’s dark-eyed stare was the little-girl version of William’s curmudgeonly scowl.’ 
Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam is Darcy’s closest friend, there for him during his lonely time during Georgiana’s absence. He is such a lovely character and surprisingly wise. I liked him a lot in ‘1932’ for his kindness so it was good to see more of him.
‘Richard looked at me with kindness but not with pity. He addressed me, rather than my brother, and I could see how William would be able to tell him private information without a second thought. His expression was open and accepting, without a hint of disapproval.’
There is a hint of Christianity in this book. Georgiana’s faith in God is something that didn’t falter even at her lowest point and it helped form her decision to come home. As I said, though, this is a hint rather than a theme, it’s a very small part of the story. Although there is some sex in the story there are no overt sex scenes.

I very much enjoyed reading this book but I felt that I would have liked to have had a bit more exploration of some things, such as Georgiana’s time away from home, or the visits she received after moving to her cottage in a little more depth. There are some instances where things happen off the page which sometimes made the pace feel a little rushed to me. However, this book adds a further dimension to ‘1932’ which I really enjoyed. I would certainly recommend reading ‘1932’ first to get the full benefit, as you will get to know Lizzy and William better that way and fill in the gaps with ‘The Journey Home’. I’d rate this as a 4 star read.

4 star read

*I received a copy of this novella from the author for my honest review.

Author Karen M. Cox
Connect with the author:

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Planned Reading for August 2017

It’s school holiday time here in the UK which means that I will be taking some time off work to spend some time shouting at with my children. I always hope for more reading time during the school holidays and usually it doesn’t happen. As ever, it will be one of my aims, along with losing an unrealistic amount of weight and achieving a completely organised home. Never say I am unambitious!

Book Cover: The Journey Home by Karen M. CoxI have a fairly quiet month planned on the blog. Firstly, Karen M. Cox has a ‘sidequel’ out – a companion book to ‘1932’ which is a P&P variation set in the US depression. ‘The Journey Home’ focuses on Georgiana’s story during the same time period. I’ll be bringing you my review of this novella.

Author Karen M. Cox
Karen has an ‘Emma’-inspired book coming out in September, and in the run up to the blog tour I’ll have the pleasure of hosting her for a post here. I was very excited to hear about this book, because not only is it an ‘Emma’ book, which I’ve read very few of, but it’s neither modern nor Regency, which is another unusual touch.

Book cover: Devotion by Meg Kerr
I will also be welcoming author Meg Kerr. Meg has written a new ‘Pride & Prejudice’ sequel, ‘Devotion’, which focuses on Georgiana. She really is a mystery isn’t she? On the one hand she’s shy, very quiet, seemingly lacking in confidence and on the other she was nearly bold enough to elope with somebody that she must have known to be unsuitable. She is certainly an enigma.

As for my reading plans, I just hope to catch up a bit! I have so much that I’ve planned to read in previous months and didn’t get round to. I might struggle as we are planning some home improvements which takes up time. Wish me luck :) What do you plan to read? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Winner of J Dawn King Giveaway

Author J Dawn King
Recently I was joined by the lovely J Dawn King for a game of twenty questions, related to your view of Darcy and Elizabeth. We shared what we thought and settled whether we thought Mr Darcy had a unibrow / monobrow! Answers can be found on the original post. Joy was very generously giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to a commenter on the post. Joy chose a winner at random and that person is...

Elizabeth Hossenlopp

Congratulations to you, Elizabeth! Joy will be in touch via the email address you left.

Thank you so much to everybody who posted their views, and huge thanks to Joy for the wonderful giveaway!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Miss Darcy's Beaux by Eliza Shearer - Giveaway Winner

Book cover: Miss Darcy's Beaux by Eliza Shearer
Apologies for my lateness in posting this. Recently Eliza Shearer visited the blog with a guest post and excerpt of her debut novel, 'Miss Darcy's Beaux'. Eliza was also giving away an ebook of the book. I assigned each of the comments a number and used the random number generator on Google to pick a winner, who was....

Deborah Ann

Congratulations to you, Debbie! I will be in touch.

Huge thanks to Eliza for the guest post, and to everybody who commented. For those of you who missed out, there is a Goodreads giveway for a print version of the book which is open to many countries.

When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams Blog Tour and Giveaway

When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams - Blog Tour
Today the blog tour for Caitlin Williams' new book, the 'Pride & Prejudice' variation, 'When We Are Married' stops by. I get to share my review with you, and there is a giveaway of an ebook of the story for a commenter on this post. Read on for more details!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Joy Dawn King - Guest Post and Giveaway

Author J. Dawn King
Today I am welcoming one of my favourite blog visitors, author J Dawn King. Joy has brought a conversation piece and giveaway, so channel your inner Lady Catherine de Bourgh; you must have your share of the conversation!

Usually when an author stops by, they are here to share their latest release, however Joy asked if we could play a game. Without further ado, I will pass over to Joy.

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