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Unexpected Friends and Relations, Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I am hosting for the first time author Jayne Bamber who has just released the second book of the Friends & Relations Series. Have you heard of it before? Have you read any of the books in this series yet?

 The Friends & Relations Series is an epic saga that peers into the lives of all of Jane’s Austen’s heroines, imagining them to inhabit a world where their lives and families are intertwined. Throughout this series, characters from all of Jane Austen’s major works will be revealed to have existing familial relationships, and will forge new connections as well.

One of my favourite things about it is that it is a mash-up, and I truly love mash-ups because they always bring something new to the story and force the author to get creative. When mash-ups put my favourite characters in the same story, then I consider them perfect, so I’m definitely adding this series to my TBR pile considering the first novel is a mash up of two of my favourite Austen books: Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility 🙂

Today Jayne Bamber is bringing you an excerpt of book 2 in the series, where you will recognise characters for even another novel. I hope you like it 🙂


 

 

Lady Rebecca began to see why her cousin Emma should be so vexed with Miss Fairfax’s reserve. How could it be possible for anyone related to Miss Bates to be so very reticent?

“I am sure you must find it very dull to be back here in Highbury,” Emma replied, “after so many months at the seaside. How I long to see it! I have never been to the sea, you know – it quite fills me with envy!”

Smirking to herself, Rebecca interjected. “It is certainly a subject of no little curiosity to myself, but I happen to have heard of Sanditon, though I understand it is still an up-and-coming little place. I made the acquaintance of your friend Colonel Campbell, I think, for such a man was introduced to me not six weeks ago, by the foremost man of Sanditon himself, Sidney Parker. Are you at all acquainted with Mr. Parker?”

Here Miss Fairfax blushed even deeper as she owned that she was a little acquainted with him, as he was often visiting both Colonel Campbell and Mr. Dixon. “How unlikely it seems,” she said timidly, “that you should have met in London! Only think, they were little more than a week in the capital, and made your acquaintance, and then you came here and met me.”

“In fact, my acquaintance with Mr. Sidney Parker is of somewhat longer duration,” Rebecca continued. “We met at a ball last September, and he regaled us with many fine descriptions of the famous Sanditon. I believe my cousin Georgiana now shares Emma’s desire to see it all for herself. But I understand he left London last October, and has been these last five months in Sanditon, just as you have – no doubt your acquaintance with him must exceed my own. Such an interesting character, is he not?”

“Oh yes,” Emma cried, “is he half as charming as Mr. Dixon?”

“I found the society in Sanditon generally quite pleasing,” Miss Fairfax replied. “I enjoyed my stay there very much, but I am just as happy to be where I am now, at home in Highbury.”

Emma and Rebecca exchanged a glance of disappointment at Miss Fairfax’s dull reply, for it contained very little to interest them. Rebecca was eager to discuss Mr. Parker at some length, though she supposed that perhaps it was best they did not, as Miss Fairfax might yet become a servant in the same household in which she resided.

She was moved to approach the topic which had brought her and Emma thither. “And yet, I hear you are not long for Highbury – Mary informs me you mean to seek out a position as a governess.”

“Yes,” Miss Fairfax replied. “I shall delay it until the summer, I think.”

“I suppose it cannot be put off much longer than that,” Miss Bates began to lament. “I am certain the Campbells would keep Jane with them forever if they could; really, I do not see why they should not, or perhaps Jane might find work here in the village will not hear of it. She insists that she shall seek out a position in just a few months’ time, no later than summer’s end. But at least we have her here with us now, and must make the best of our time together before she has to go away. I only hope we can find her a good position, one not too far away, and perhaps with kindly people who will let her come and visit us very often.”

Rebecca smiled. “What if she were to find a position right here in Highbury? Would its taking place earlier than summer not be offset by the very great convenience of having Jane settled at such an easy distance from you?”

“Why, I cannot think of how such a thing would be possible, indeed I cannot,” Miss Bates replied, but Rebecca could see some degree of understanding in Miss Fairfax’s countenance.

“We are speaking of Hartfield, of course,” Emma said encouragingly. “As you may recall, John was obliged to replace the nanny last week, and though it has only been a few days since he put an advertisement in the paper, I believe we cannot wait much longer to fill the position. Only think of how perfect it is, that Miss Fairfax should come to Hartfield and be a governess to all the little Knightleys!”

“Oh my goodness,” Miss Bates cried, fluttering with excitement. “But of course, I daresay I should have thought of it sooner, silly me! Oh yes, I can think of nothing more perfect, nothing more desirable, indeed. Oh, Jane, I wonder you did not have such a thought, for you are such a clever girl, and you arrived the very same morning Mr. John Knightley was obliged to dismiss the nanny. It seems like fate!”

“I – I had meant to wait until summer,” Miss Fairfax stammered.

“But Jane,” Miss Bates replied, “they may not have a position available come summer. It is very unfortunate Mr. John Knightley should have such bad luck in retaining the services of a governess, but perhaps they should find a new one, who decides to remain for many years – then you shall have to go away, far, far away I am sure, and I shall never see you!”

“I do not know that we shall find a suitable replacement very soon,” Emma said carefully, “but it is possible that once one is found, she might stay so long as to necessitate that Miss Fairfax must seek work elsewhere, come summer.”

“Indeed,” Rebecca agreed. “There is no certainty regarding what the future may hold. However, there is an opportunity now. What say you, Miss Fairfax?”

After another quarter hour of deliberation, it was agreed between the four of them, for the elderly Mrs. Bates made no contribution to their conversation whatsoever, that Jane Fairfax would accept the role of governess at Hartfield.


 

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Unexpected Friends & Relations

Following their marriage and a cozy Christmas at Pemberley, Elizabeth & Fitzwilliam Darcy return to London with their family. As new dilemmas arise, the story shifts its focus to three of Austen’s beloved secondary characters, one of her less exalted heroines, a familiar villainess, and the fan-favorite original character Lady Rebecca.

Georgiana Darcy continues to suffer the consequences of her folly at Ramsgate, as well as the peril of following some well-intended but ill-advised counsel that jeopardizes her chance at true love.

Caroline Bingley, now unhappily married and desperate to salvage her position in society, takes on the arduous task of reforming her wild and willful young ward, though it’s anybody’s guess which of the two of them is in greater need of transformation.

Lady Rebecca Fitzwilliam travels to Surrey on a mission of mercy, but she and her cousin Emma embroil one another, and many familiar faces in the area, in a web of romantic entanglements from which not everyone will escape unscathed.

Mary Bennet struggles with matters of morality and self-discovery, attempting to find good in the world, as well as her own place in it, but must do so on her own terms, always tip-toeing around the dramas and difficulties of those she loves.

Amidst the complex maneuverings of a diverse and demanding family, an unexpected heiress emerges, and with her rise in station come all the glittering delights of the fashionable world, as well as the challenge of navigating the uncharted territories of high society, extended family, and even her own heart.

After attaining a Happily Ever After, the Darcys retreat into the background as their friends and relations pursue destinies of their own. Equal measures of mishap and miracle result in several alternately paired couples, while some stories are left to be resolved in Book Three, and a wide array of Austen characters will make an appearance in this tale of six unlikely heroines.

You can find Unexpected Friends & Relations at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this is the second volume of the series so reading Book 1 first is highly recommended. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the blurb:

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Happier in her Friends than Relations

In this angsty fusion of two of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, the actions of their sisters cause challenging chain reactions for one of literature’s most celebrated couples….

Fitzwilliam Darcy is faced with a family crisis of epic proportions after the fallout of his sister Georgiana’s ill-fated elopement in Ramsgate, while his friend Charles Bingley is persuaded to abandon his scheme of renting Netherfield Park.

Elizabeth Bennet journeys to London to recover her spirits after Jane’s unexpected marriage changes the sisters’ relationship forever, and despite an attempted reconciliation, Jane is revealed to be far from the angel Elizabeth has always admired.

The bonds of friendship offer Elizabeth a lifeline after a series of tragic events causes her to fear for her future. The support she receives from her new neighbor Marianne Brandon, and snarky socialite Lady Rebecca Fitzwilliam, may yet prove to heal her broken heart and bring her closer to a happily ever after. The wide array of characters from throughout Austen’s works teach Elizabeth Bennet that she is truly happier in her friends than relations.

You can find Happier in her Friends than Relations at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Jayne Bamber is a life-long Austen fan, and a total sucker for costume dramas. Jayne read her first Austen variation as a teenager and has spent more than a decade devouring as many of them as she can. This of course has led her to the ultimate conclusion of her addiction, writing one herself.

Jayne’s favorite Austen work is Sense and Sensibility, though Sanditon is a strong second. Despite her love for Pride and Prejudice, Jayne realizes that she is no Lizzy Bennet, and is in fact growing up to be Mrs. Bennet more and more each day.

After years of dating Wickhams, Collinses, and the occasional Tilney-that-got-away, Jayne married her very own Darcy (tinged with just the right amount of Mr. Palmer) and the two live together in Texas with a pair of badly behaved rat terriers, and a desire to expand their menagerie of fur babies.

 



Jayne Bamber would like to offer one copy of Unexpected Friends & Relations to my readers, the giveaway is international and to enter it, all you have to do is comment on this post and click on this link which will take you into rafflecopter.

Good Luck everyone!

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Perilous Siege – Deleted Vignette and Giveaway

Good Morning dear readers,

After having done the cover reveal for Perilous Siege last month, I am very pleased to share with you today a deleted vignette from C. P Odom’s latest release. This book has a really interesting premise that got me curious, especially because lately I have been craving for different books within the genre and I LOVE sci-fi.

In Perilous Siege, when a man dressed in bizarre attire suddenly appears in a field on his Pemberley estate, Fitzwilliam Darcy has little inkling of the many and startling changes this man’s strange arrival will have on his life, his family’s lives, and indeed, his whole world.

Mysteriously sent to the Regency world of Pride and Prejudice, this refugee from a future Armageddon is befriended by Darcy. How will the presence of Major Edward McDunn influence the events of Jane Austen’s signature work, especially the tangled courtship between Darcy and the complex and endearing Elizabeth Bennet?

Interesting isn’t it? If you were captivated by this premise, you now have the opportunity to read a deleted scene with some additional comments from the author, I hope you like it 🙂


 

Good day, Rita. Thank you for inviting me to visit with your readers to share the release of my latest book, Perilous Siege – Pride and Prejudice in an Alternate Universe. What follows is a deleted vignette centered on the confrontation between Darcy and Elizabeth at the Netherfield ball. It also involves Mrs. Younge (who basically disappears) and Wickham (who becomes a minor character).

I wrote this section early on, but I was having difficulty making it work within the context of how I wanted to portray the characters. The action involved in this vignette was okay, and there were certain parts I hated to lose. I was only able to save a few shreds from what you’re going to read when the dust settled after an intensive rewriting session.

I might mention that I was a bit startled to see my character from our world (Major Edward McDunn) with several different names in this vignette. When I started fleshing out my plot outline, I decided early-on to make the character have a Scottish ancestry on one side of his family, so I originally named him McKenzie. Then I came to realize I had unconsciously chosen that last name because it was the last name of my wife’s grandfather. So I then changed his name to McBain, only to realize that was too close to the name of our state’s senior senator, Senator John McCain. So I then tried McClendon, followed by McLendon. .None of them suited me until I finally settled on McDunn. When I read the passages aloud with the different names, it just didn’t sound right until I made the final change to McDunn.

For the sake of clarity, I’ve changed the American character’s name to McDunn throughout this vignette. I also extracted a couple of early segments to explain things in the Netherfield ball vignette (like, where did the letter that Elizabeth snatched from McDunn’s hand come from?).

 

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McDunn glanced at Mrs. Younge, a refined, elegant looking woman, and he wondered if everything would happen like in the book.  He had not had time to adequately consider whether he should do anything other than observe, though he was leaning toward mere observation rather than taking a part.

After all, he thought, everything turned out for the best in the book, despite everyone—Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, even Georgiana—having to endure a considerable amount of—what’s that word?  Yeah, angst.  I remember that one girl at A&M, Darla, who found out I had read Pride and Prejudice and made the interesting point that one of the biggest reasons for the enduring popularity of Pride and Prejudice was that angst.

“Take the angst out of Austen, and no one today would pay any attention to her,” she’d said.  He hadn’t thought so when he first read the book, which he’d done mostly to make his grandmother happy on one of his visits as a teenager.

But whether events in this world would follow Austen’s storyline was a mystery still to be determined.  These people were flesh-and-blood people, with all the foibles and inconsistencies of real life people.  They weren’t puppets dancing to the tune of an author lost in an infinity of possible worlds, as well as being distant in time.

 

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Later, McDunn finally managed to have a word in private with Mrs. Younge.  He bluntly asked her if she found her present situation agreeable.  Upon her concurrence, he obliquely advised her that it would thus be to her advantage if she focused her efforts on being a loyal companion to Miss Darcy and not be distracted by any possibilities of quick money.

“Perhaps,” he said, “such as might come from a former companion of Mr. Darcy.”

Mrs. Younge visibly paled and opened her mouth to protest, but McDunn held up a hand to forestall her.

“As long as you execute your duties faithfully, Mrs. Younge, I have no intention of speaking to Mr. Darcy about how closely he might have checked your references. I hope we might have a right understanding on that point.”

On that note and with her nod of understanding, the two of them parted.

 

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However, in June, McDunn has reason to think his belief might have been premature, since Mrs. Younge solicited a moment of his time and gave him a folded letter.

Upon opening it, he saw it was signed “George Wickham,” and he glanced up sharply at Mrs. Young.

“I have not answered the letter, major,” she said, her voice a bit strained. “It just came today, and I brought it to you immediately.”

McDunn nodded and read the missive. Clearly, Mrs. Younge and Wickham had some kind of previous history, based on the familiarity with which Wickham greeted her. But it was the remainder of the letter that most concerned him, since he suggested that Mrs. Young might arrange to for her and Miss Darcy, under her care, to visit some holiday site such as Bath or Ramsgate. He assured Mrs. Younge that he is certain he could renew  his acquaintance with her and even convince the younger girl to be in love with him. If he could also get her agreement to an elopement, he would acquire her fortune of thirty thousand pounds, which he offered to split  with Mrs. Younge.

McDunn looked up from the note and thanked Mrs. Younge for her loyalty. The older other woman only nodded coldly and departed.

We’re never going to be great friends, thought McDunn, but sometimes it’s better to be feared than to be liked.  If I hadn’t put the fear of God in Mrs. Younge, she might well have acquiesced to Wickham’s plan.

 

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Date TBD:  Netherfield, Hertfordshire

McDunn heard angry voices as soon as he stepped through the French door into the Netherfield garden.

“…yes, his misfortunes have been great indeed,” he heard Darcy say.

“And of your infliction,” Elizabeth cried with energy.  “You have reduced him to his present state of poverty and withheld the advantages that should have been his!”

The voices fell silent as soon as McDunn’s footsteps on the flagstones were heard, and he rounded a hedge to find Darcy and Elizabeth standing almost nose to nose, while Wickham stood a bit behind Elizabeth, with a smug, satisfied look on his face.

“Don’t let my presence bring this delightful discussion to an end, ladies and gentlemen,” McDunn said as he joined them. No one said anything in response to his jibe, all of them looking away and not meeting anyone else’s eyes.

McDunn sighed and pulled out Wickham’s letter to Mrs. Younge, which he had stuck into an interior pocket on a sudden whim when dressing.

“Perhaps, Miss Elizabeth, before you go too much further, you might wish to read this letter which Mr. Wickham sent to Miss Darcy’s companion last summer.”

Elizabeth looked at him in momentary confusion at his interference before she snatched the letter from his hand. In the light streaming out into the garden from the ballroom, McDunn saw her go pale as she read it and digested its contents.

Then she whirled around and confronted a stricken Wickham, who backed away from her anger.

“What . . . what . . . how . . .” she said, so distressed she could not form sentences. Her anger mixed with her dismay and embarrassment to roil her expression until she suddenly burst into tears and ran from the garden and into Netherfield.

“I would suggest you go comfort the young lady,” he told Darcy, knowing the likely result of soothing a distraught young lady. Darcy nodded silently and followed her into the ballroom.

Then McDunn turned toward Wickham, and that young imitation gentleman backed further away as the big, dark, suddenly dangerous man stepped toward him.

“As for you,” McDunn said in cold satisfaction, “I believe it would be best for you to leave before I find it necessary to hurt you.”

At seeing the look of disbelief on Wickham’s face, McDunn gave him a predatory smile. “Do not believe I would not do so, you son of a bitch. You might remember I’m not a gentleman. I’m an American, and we know how to deal with your kind.”

Wickham went completely pale as he comprehended the reality of his danger. He couldn’t say anything but simply whirled and made for the ballroom.

I shouldn’t feel so satisfied, McDunn thought as he followed him more sedately. But that felt good.

 

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McDunn was sitting with Georgiana and Mrs. Younge at the upstairs balcony when Darcy returned, wooden-faced.  McDunn wondered what had gone wrong, since something clearly had, but he wasn’t able to ask about it until Mrs. Younge excused herself, as she usually did whenever McDunn and Darcy were together.

“Well?” McDunn asked. “It appears your mission to Miss Elizabeth didn’t go as you expected.”

Darcy looked at him in shock, his eyes swiveling to his sister, and McDunn shrugged.

“She already knows almost everything, Darcy.  It’s ridiculous to try to pretend otherwise.  After all, who else could better interpret the moods and thoughts of a brother than a sister who has had all her life to learn all his foibles?  So, what happened?  Doesn’t Miss Elizabeth understand how she was deceived by Wickham?”

After a few moments to ponder McDunn’s words, Darcy finally shrugged, struggling to control his emotions.  But his despondency was clear as he slumped down into a chair, his rigid posture disappearing.

“She understands, all right, but she appears as furious with me as she is with Wickham.  Possibly even more.  She informed me that she had not desired my good opinion and the revelation of it gave her no pleasure.  I must have been impolitic in my declaration of my feelings, since she asked why she should not be offended at being told that I admired her against my will, against my reason, and even against my character.”

“Oh, my,” said Georgiana, holding her handkerchief to her mouth.  Darcy just nodded his agreement, soothed by her concern, but McDunn saw her from a different angle.  To him, it looked like she was trying to hide a slight smile as her brother continued.

“She then said that this new information showed her how she had been so woefully deceived by Wickham, and she did apologize for believing him when she should have been more skeptical.  For a moment, I had a slight surge of hope, but it was dashed when she said that, from our first meeting, she had become aware of my . . . my arrogance, my conceit, and my selfishness.  She went on to inform me that I had no tact, no manners other than a stiff reserve, was insensitive to the feelings of others, especially those I considered beneath my station, and . . . and I should go find a snooty, fashionable woman such as Miss Bingley.  Such a fashionable lady could give me a proper heir and perhaps even as a spare or two.  After which she could take a lover, as was common among those of my station in life, so she could live a life almost completely separate from me.  Meanwhile, I could always divert myself with horses, cards, and drink as was the fashion.”

McDunn was stunned by Darcy’s revelations, especially considering his usual stoic reticence.  It occurred to him suddenly that only the severe jolt he had just received could have loosened his tongue to this degree.

Given a half-hour to recover his usual demeanor, he thought, and we would likely have heard none of what was just said.  It wasn’t exactly the Hunsford confrontation from Austen, but it bears more than a few similarities.  Am I making a mistake in keeping out of the situation?  Should I take a hand and try to save these two from themselves.

Then he internally jeered at himself for fancying himself a matchmaker, when his own relationships with the ladies had not been marked with any significant successes.

High school was a wash, he thought, and my time in the Corps was full of too much combat and too little liberty.  As for college, I came close to setting records for how quickly I ploughed through my studies, but that left little time for pursuing the opposite sex!  Which might have been a blessing, considering how little interest they showed in the old veterans like me.  Grandpa said it was the same with him, when he went to college after the Corps.  He met Grandma at church, and it took the intervention of several of their friends to finally get them together.

“Wow,” he murmured.  “She really unloaded on you.”

But, he heard a mostly muffled giggle, and, when he looked over at Georgiana, he saw for certain that she was trying to hide a smile.  Her brother, though, was sunk in gloom, head on his chest.

McDunn raised his eyebrows towards Georgiana and motioned with his head toward the door from the balcony to the hall.  She nodded back, and they both quietly rose and they went out into the hall, leaving Darcy to his melancholy musings.

“Obviously, you found something to amuse you,” he said, and she smiled more broadly.

“Oh, part of it is your delightful Americanisms, Mr. McDunn.  ‘Wow!’  And ‘unloaded on you!’  They are so wonderfully different from the usual way people converse!”

McDunn gave her a quick, abbreviated bow.  “Always glad to bring a little amusement into your otherwise drab, uneventful life, ma’am.”

She chortled delightedly and said, through her muffled giggles, “There you go again!  Now, stop it!  I have something I want to say!”

McDunn restrained himself and contented himself with saying, “And that is?”

“I, personally think things are going wonderfully!  I like Miss Elizabeth!  I would love to have her as a sister!  And I love my brother!  But . . . well, I cannot close my eyes to his failings, few as they are and no matter his many other sterling qualities, because they reflect so manifestly on how he would . . . what is that word you used?  Oh, yes, interact.  On how he would interact with a wife.”

“He is a bit lacking in certain inter-personal skills,” McDunn said blandly.

“I said stop it, sir!” Georgiana said, stifling another giggle.  “In any case, I am of the opinion that William needs to be . . . shocked . . . into an awareness that he needs to mend his manners.  That he needs to change, really change, certain things about his manner.  I think it comes from what he has said so often to me about how our parents so frequently emphasized that it was his duty to uphold the Darcy family name and fortune.  It has him all . . . all confused about what he wants to do and what our parents would want him to do.”

She paused a moment, but McDunn didn’t say anything.  This girl might only be sixteen, but she had known her brother her whole life.  Her opinions had to be given weight, so he waited for her to continue.

“But I think Miss Elizabeth likes my brother, though she may not realize it.”

“Really?” said McDunn in surprise.  “I hadn’t noticed that.”

“I do.  And Mrs. Younge thinks so, too.”

“Really?” McDunn said in repetition, then kicked himself internally for his brilliant conversation.

“Really.  I think it would be best to let things kind of steep, like you do with a teapot, and see what happens.  After all, William has never shown any kind of attraction to another woman, despite all those who have pursued him.  I believe this situation will work itself out.  Wait and see.”

McDunn nodded his head in agreement.  “I believe that would be best, Miss Darcy.  And, to be honest, we can’t really do anything else, can we?”

And I would look like such a fool trying to play matchmaker, he thought sardonically.  It’s not like Austen provided a script and the actors are all playing their part.  The Siege really must be of Divine origin, because God, like Reverend Henderson used to say back home, really does have a sense of humor.

 

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End of Deleted Vignette

 

Comments by Colin Odom:

This was an early attempt to write the Netherfield ball scene, with the necessary preludes of McDunn warning Mrs. Younge against conspiring with Wickham and receiving Wickham’s letter. I was having trouble making this scenario work, since it provided a potential resolution of Darcy and Elizabeth’s disagreements far too early in the plot. Plus, everything was rather compressed in time at that time, with McDunn being portaled to the Regency in 1811, with the Assembly and the Netherfield ball to follow in the autumn. It just wasn’t going to work.

So I wrote Mrs. Younge completely out of the plot, and reduced Wickham to a minor character who didn’t have much effect on any of the happenings. And I completely changed the events at the Netherfield ball! But that’s a story for another day! <snicker, snicker!>

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By training, I’m a retired engineer, born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Sandwiched in there was a stint in the  Marines, and I’ve lived in Arizona since 1977, working first for Motorola and then General Dynamics. I raised two sons with my first wife, Margaret, before her untimely death from cancer, and my second wife, Jeanine, and I adopted two girls from China. The older of my daughters recently graduated with an engineering degree and is working in Phoenix, and the younger girl is heading toward a nursing degree.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and collector of books, and my favorite genres are science fiction, historical fiction, histories, and, in recent years, reading (and later writing) Jane Austen romantic fiction. This late-developing interest was indirectly stimulated when I read my late wife’s beloved Jane Austen books after her passing.  One thing led to another, and I now have three novels published:  A Most Civil Proposal (2013), Consequences (2014), and Pride, Prejudice, and Secrets (2015).  My fourth novel, Perilous Siege, was recently published in the second quarter of 2019.

I retired from engineering in 2011, but I still live in Arizona with my family, a pair of dogs (one of which is stubbornly untrainable), and a pair of rather strange cats.  My hobbies are reading, woodworking, and watching college football and LPGA golf (the girls are much nicer than the guys, as well as being fiendishly good putters). Lately I’ve reverted back to my younger years and have taken up building plastic model aircraft and ships (when I can find the time).

You can find C. P. Odom through the following social media:

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April 8 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Guest Post

April 10 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Excerpt

April 12 / Austenesque Reviews / Character Interview

April 13 / Just Jane 1813 / Meet C.P. Odom

April 14 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review

April 15 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Excerpt

April 16 / From Pemberley to Milton / Vignette

April 17 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Excerpt

April 18 / More Agreeably Engaged / Guest Post


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Meryton Press is offering eight eBooks copies of Perilous Siege to those who are following the blog tour.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or a review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified.

There will be one winner per contes and each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. and the giveaway is international.

The giveaway runs until midnight, April 21, 2019 and it is international.

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The Sweetest Ruin

In the Sweetest Ruin you’ll find William Darcy, a handsome british workaholic flying to Las vegas in an attempt to escape his overbearing family who has been worried with his health after he had a medical crisis caused by stress. It is in Sin City that he will meet Elizabeth Bennet, a cocktail waitress working at a casino, and that his life will change forever.

With a Vegas setting that did not captivate me, we find 2 characters who did not remind me of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.Their love story was sexy but not so much a love story and I never felt any intensity of feelings nor did I understood why they fell for each other, however their scenes together are definitely electrifying and I think readers who like a little spice in a book may love their interactions.

I truly enjoyed how the author played with the secondary characters, how she changed them a little from what we know in order to make the story more interesting, particularly Lady Catherine. who was not what I expected at all. Jane seemed to have switched places with Caroline when it comes to personality and that was an unexpected twist as well.

Another aspect I liked about this book was Elizabeth’s background and family, it is very different from what we are used to and I consider that very befitting to the story.

This novella can be read in one day and has some interesting scenes but it was not my cup of tea and definitely not a Pride and Prejudice modernization as I was expecting. I would consider this more of a Pride and Prejudice inspired story that will appeal to readers who enjoy sexy modern romances, and I believe I would have rated it higher had I not been expecting a P&P modernisation.

That being said, if your looking for a sexy short story, this book is for you.

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Mr. Darcy’s Passion

I downloaded Mr. Darcy’s Passion from Amazon on a wimp because it was very short and free, but I should have paid more attention to the blurb before getting it, because if I had, I would have known this is not the book for me.

This short novella is only 22 pages so it can be read in less than an hour but it is nothing more than a couple of erotic scenes between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I have nothing against erotic literature even if I don’t usually read it, but on what intends to be a Pride and Prejudice variation I would expect it to occur at least after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are married.

In this story Mr. Darcy finds Elizabeth on Pemberley grounds when she is visiting with the Gardiners and on their first encounter in the woods he begs her to show her how much he loves her. Apparently his notion of love is merely sexual and because Elizabeth ends up accepting his advances, they have their first intimate encounter. They don’t actually have sex, but Mr. Darcy finds a way to pleasure Elizabeth.

Because of this encounter she starts re-thinking about her feelings for him and on a second encounter allows him to once more get intimate with her taking to another level, and giving him pleasure herself.

After these two encounters Elizabeth considers herself in love with him and accepts to become his wife.

I know I’ve spoiled the story, but the truth is, there isn’t much story into this. With only 22 pages and 2 two erotic scenes, that is all you can expect from this novel. The worst part for me was not the erotic scenes, because the fault for not seeing the blurb was mine and I could not give the book a bad rating because I didn’t notice that I would not like the blurb, but I cannot accept this is a P&P variation. The characters have the same name and it is set in Pemberley, but both Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are completely out of character. They have nothing to do with the characters we know except the name.

Summing up, if you want an erotic short story to read you may like this one because the content is not too descriptive nor is tasteless, however, if you are looking for a Pride and Prejudice story, this is not for you.

 

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