The Sweetest Ruin Excerpt & Giveaway


Good Afternoon everyone,

Today is my turn to host author Amy George on her blog tour for the recently released The Sweetest Ruin. When I read the blurb of this book, I got really excited. I know the book is a modernization, which is not usually my type, but the Vegas scenario has something that I find very appealing and I am really looking forward to read this book.

Until I catch it up on my TBR list, I’ll have the many guest posts of the tour and the reviews to cheer me up. I hope that you have enjoyed the several stops this author has already made in the tour, and that the excerpt she brought to From Pemberley to Milton is equally satisfying.

I would like to thank Claudine from JustJane1813 for organising this wonderful tour, and to Amy George for taking the time to visit my blog.


Good day, Rita. It’s a pleasure to share my final excerpt from the blog tour for my book, The Sweetest Ruin. I thought this piece shows the more humorous side to my story because we know Jane Austen also had a wicked sense of humor!

I look forward to reading the responses from your readers at From Pemberley to Milton.



Jane and Georgiana both met her furious gaze.

“Listen, I can’t say it any plainer. William and I got drunk, we got married, and then we fell in love. Is that the way either of us planned to do it? No. Are we concerned with what any of you think? That’s a very obvious no. However, we’re family now—except for you Bingley people; I don’t know how you fit in other than as business partners—and we’re going to have to accept each other. Capice?”

From behind her, Richard applauded.

Georgiana stepped closer so that she was toe to toe with Elizabeth. “I don’t have to accept a bloody thing. I will not play nice with you because I think you are bad for my brother.”

“Georgiana, that’s quite enough,” William said, his voice deep and rife with anger. “You are my sister, and I love you, but you will not talk to my wife in that manner. Elizabeth has never asked for anything from me. She’s never needed to. She was not raised the way you and I were, and she enjoys the simplicity of that. However, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy spoiling my wife every now and again.”

“You’re a fool, Will,” Georgiana muttered.

“Why can’t you just be happy for me? Six months ago, you were complaining because I didn’t have a life outside my office. Now I have a whole new reason to live, and you’re unhappy! What the hell is wrong with you?”

She shook her head, and her eyes glimmered with the slightest bit of shame. A moment later, it was gone.

“You just wait until Aunt Cate returns to London. She has some choice words for you,” Georgiana said darkly.

The blonde girl at the end of the room stood. She moved toward the angry siblings and pushed them apart to stand before Elizabeth.

“I’m Carrie Bingley, Charles’s sister. To answer your earlier question about why my family is here, it’s because we are family, even if it isn’t by blood. I’ve known William all my life and have never known him to make a poor decision, so I believe his faith in you is justified.”

“Thank you,” said Elizabeth, fighting the tears welling in her eyes. “I remember William mentioning you now. He said he considered you another sister.”

“Yes, so forgive me for saying this, but if you hurt William, I’ll make sure to return the favor.”

Elizabeth grinned. “You’re all right, Carrie.”

Carrie turned to face the hostile crowd. “As for you lot, please remember that you’re all adults and should act accordingly. Now, if you’ll all excuse me, I have to get back to campus to take a Maths quiz. Elizabeth, I’ll ring you, and I hope we can set up a lunch date.”

“I’d like that.”

The girl left quietly. Her presence had calmed the room temporarily, but now tension began to waft through the space again. Before it could settle, Eve stepped forward.

“I think we’ve all said enough for today. Shall we continue this discussion some other time?”

Without another word, Georgiana left the room.

“It’s nice to have you home, Will,” Jeremy said, patting his brother-in-law’s shoulder. His voice dropped to a whisper as he leaned close to Elizabeth. “Nice to meet you.” He hurried out in search of his wife.

Jane followed suit, and Charles Bingley, looking miserable, followed silently.

“Anybody for a whiskey?” Richard flopped down on the couch. “How about a homicide?”

Elizabeth sighed, and only William raised his hand.



When William Darcy suffers a sudden health crisis, he immediately realizes two things: his sister will continue to nag him about his nonexistent social life, and he won’t stand for it. How can he possibly escape Georgiana’s good intentions or the watchful gaze of Aunt Catherine, his assigned babysitter? Cue a midnight getaway to the tackiest place he can think of. Lounge singers, booze, and women of loose moral fiber—Las Vegas, here he comes!

Elizabeth Bennet lives a quiet life as a UNLV student and a popular cocktail waitress in one of the nicer casinos in town. Though content to see her best friend, Thad, in a blissfully happy relationship, she has no desire to complicate her own life with what will undoubtedly result in a broken heart. Then she serves a drink to a devastatingly handsome Englishman, and all bets, as they say, are off.

This is a modern what-if of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. It is intended for an adult audience.




You can find The Sweetest Ruin at:






Amy George is a middle-aged woman who got rid of her old lady/grown up and has since purchased an unreasonably small car. She refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a small town in the Midwest where the bookstore and yarn shop are neighbors and most food is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.

She has been writing since she was a child and ran the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.

Fun fact: Amy’s birthday is January 30th so this is like a big birthday party for her, I hope you all join me in wishing her a belated Happy Birthday!!!

Contact Links:

Amy George Facebook Page

Amy George’s Goodreads Author Page

Amy George at Meryton Press

Twitter: @authoramygeorge





There are two more stops in the blog tour, don’t miss them!


January 29  Austenesque Reviews; Guest Post, Giveaway

January 30  My Jane Austen Book Club; Excerpt Post, Giveaway

January 31  Of Pens and Pages; Guest Post, Giveaway

February 1  More Agreeably Engaged; Guest Post, Giveaway

February 2  Babblings of a Bookworm; Excerpt Post, Giveaway

February 3  My Vices and Weaknesses; Book Review, Giveaway

February 4  My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, Giveaway

February 5  Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

February 6  Margie’s Must Reads; Book Review, Giveaway

February 7  From Pemberley to Milton; Excerpt Post

February 8  Savvy Verse and Wit; Book Review, Giveaway  

February 9  Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway



8 eBooks of The Sweetest Ruin are being given away by Meryton Press and the giveaway is open to international readers.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.

To enter the giveaway, click here!

Good Luck everyone!!


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15 responses to “The Sweetest Ruin Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. it’s just sounds fun with a Vegas setting


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  2. Glynis

    Another great excerpt. You must get round to this book Rita, I loved it. I mean Caroline Bingley a nice person? Who would have thought that? And a wonderful, romantic sexy Darcy? Well that says it all 😍


  3. J. W. Garrett

    This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks to Rita for hosting. Amy…Blessings on the rest of your tour and the success of your book.


  4. Jan

    Great excerpt! Love all the emotions bubbling under (or over) in this scene.


  5. Mary

    This sounds like a very interesting story and I,for one,am looking forward to seeing this new,modern Darcy and Lizzy.
    Best of luck with the book,Amy!
    Cheers Rita for hosting.


  6. Thanks for hosting this post, Rita!! I hope you get to read this story soon. It will be fun to discuss this story with you.


  7. caroleincanada

    Now that was fun…a whiskey and homicide? Leave it to Richard to inject a little humor into the matter! LOL! Looking forward to reading this one! Hope you enjoyed your tour and lengthy birthday celebrations Amy! We loved following along!


  8. Amy Dorazio

    Wonderful excerpt! Amy did a great job of translating P&P into a modern setting with this one!


  9. Daniela Quadros

    I read it a while ago when she posted it online and loved it! I am curious to read the book now, and revisit the story and the possible changes. Thank you for the giveaway!


  10. What an interesting twist to have Carrie Bingley befriend Elizabeth! On the TBR list!


  11. Thanks for a fantastic excerpt, Amy. You’ve certainly turned certain things on their heads here. A sympathetic “Caroline Bingley” and antagonistic “Georgiana Darcy” are certainly things to intrigue and entice us with!


  12. Amy George

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments. I am willing to bet that you will have a lot of reading this story! It’s a gamble, I know, but what’s life without a little risk?


  13. Loved the excerpt and can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.


  14. I finally got around to rejoining KU and read this one first – enjoyed it…especially when waking up in Vegas and finding a surprise.


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