TORN- Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very pleased to welcome today at From Pemberley to Milton one of my favourite authors and a dear friend who didn’t mind going on a Jane Austen Road Trip with me back in 2017. Putting up with me for a couple of days is not that easy, so you can see what a gem she is 🙂 I am speaking of Lory Lilian, mostly known as the “Queen of Hot Mush” and who has recently released a regency variation which is very atypical for her. TORN, I am told, is her most angsty book and she is here today to talk about this and also to ask for your opinion, so please feel free to join the discussion and let us know where you are at when it comes to angst 🙂 You already know where I stand, so no point in stating once more how much of an addict I am to it 😉

Thank you for visiting Lory, and the best of luck with this new release!!! I absolutely LOVE the cover by the way 😉

“TORN” is a romantic, Regency Pride and Prejudice variation. The road to happiness is set with obstacles to overcome, making the journey more arduous for our beloved characters—and readers.
Separated by pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings, betrayed by their temper and wounded by vanity, Elizabeth and Darcy take separate paths in the heat of anger—and are tormented when they must reap what they have sown.
Darcy struggles to avoid the woman he loves more every day, but Fate keeps bringing them together. Elizabeth’s thoughts wander to Mr Darcy and, even in his absence, her feelings for him improve, until she realizes he is the only man in the world with whom she could be truly happy. Such revelations come far too late when both are bound by promises to others. Can they live a lifetime torn between love and duty?
Stealing a moment of passion one hot summer night, how can Elizabeth and Darcy continue without the other after knowing such true happiness?
Rated Moderate for hot romance but not explicit sex scenes.
Lory Lilian has a golden rule when it comes to reading and writing Jane Austen fan fiction: Elizabeth and Darcy only belong to each other, with no one to separate them. This story might appear to break this rule, but the author kindly asks the readers to trust her.
“Torn” might tear your heart out but Elizabeth and Darcy surely find a way to put it back.


You can find it at:





It is always a great pleasure to be at “From Pemberley to Milton.”

Rita is one of the JAFF people I had the great pleasure of meeting two years ago and visit many JA’s related places together. Sharing the news of my latest release on her blog is just awesome!

Today, I would like to chat about my latest book TORN, about angst and how much of it we can bear in JAFF stories. How much we like to torture ODC before we allow them to find their HEA eventually.

For many years, I admitted being an angst wimp. I still am. I wrote six variations full of mush until I dared to plunge into the angst. (Although my second one – “Remembrance of the Past” – did have some very distressing parts…)

Pushed by some cyber-friends / bloggers (Meredith, Claudine and even Rita!), who insisted that I should add angst to enhance my stories, I did so and in 2017, when I published “A Man with Faults”. I was thrilled by the reader’s favorable reaction. The book claimed on Amazon Sales Rank 235, which was huge and it meant that lots and lots of people read it. In that book, the tortured one was Darcy. He was resentful, angry, tortured, and uncertain of Elizabeth’s feelings (though very much in love with her) until the last chapter. Poor guy, right?

TORN is the second angst-filled I wrote and I must say I needed tissues while working on it. I suffered for what I did to my beloved characters. And to make it even worse, there is no character to hate! Everyone (except out Wicky – who has a short, yet significant role) is honest, kindhearted, honorable, and generous – which made ODC’s struggle more difficult to follow. I intended to make the readers feel TORN as much as Elizabeth and Darcy, to wonder what they would do in a similar situation. Hope I succeeded to some degree.

There is a HEA – of course. Nobody who knows me would doubt that. This story was exhausting to write, and I am sure I will focus on hot mush for at least another year.

For now, here are a few questions for you, dear readers: how much angst do you like in JAFF stories? What sort of angst (forced marriage, other partners, unequal affection – or any other kind)? And – what kind of angst would you like to read about and did not find in any variations? (But I very much doubt there was something undone yet! LOL) If you have any other ideas to talk about, feel free to do so.

I look forward to chatting with you!

Elizabeth walked down the left side of the shore to where the long grasses and wildflowers grew undisturbed and the paths were lined with bright yellow gorse.

She took off her shoes and waded into the sea up to her ankles, the waves caressing her feet. The air was cool and refreshing, but the water felt warm.

The cottage behind her, the bay revealed itself to her eyes. As the wind blew through the line of trees, it mixed with the sound of waves, as in a symphony. There was no sun, so she took off her bonnet and unpinned her hair. She yearned to feel uncaged, unrestrained.

The bay was as beautiful as she remembered. The combination of colours and sounds, and the softness of the sand between her toes enchanted her. She turned towards the hidden place, where she had fallen asleep—and gasped in astonishment. There was a horse tied to a tree.

She immediately minded her own appearance, looking around. With her bonnet removed and her hair blowing free, she was in no state to be seen and had not imagined meeting anyone in such a place.

She saw nobody nearby, until her eyes were drawn towards the shore where waves, stirred by the wind and tide, crashed noisily.

It seemed surreal as a man rose from the water and stepped out of the waves, stunning her senses. He wore but a white shirt and dark trousers, striding unburdened until he noticed her. At that moment he stopped; the waves pushed him, and he almost fell but still did not advance.

Even at this distance, the heart recognised what the eyes still hesitated to admit.

Eventually, he seemed to gather the strength to approach and so did Elizabeth. Slowly, hesitantly, as in a dream.

When they were only steps away, she could see the look of yearning on his handsome features. His curled hair, wet and dishevelled. His dark, staggering gaze. The water dripping from his face. His white shirt soaked, unbuttoned, revealing his neck and torso.

He stared at her, narrowing his eyes, his lips half parted as if he struggled to speak.

Before any of them could say a word, Elizabeth’s heart finally defeated her mind, freed itself from any restrain, any rules, any demands of duty and decorum, screaming the truth inside her with such a power that it shattered her and weakened her knees.

She loved the man in front of her with every sense and every fibre of her body! She had loved him for such a long that she did not even remember when it began. She loved him against her own will and reason and judgment. She loved him most ardently.

“Miss Bennet…”

“Mr Darcy…”


Lory Lillian is giving away 2 eBooks to my readers, and the best thing is, you can choose any book from her portfolio! Comment on this post to be eliegible to the giveaway and please let us know which book your would prefer and why. In case you don’t know Lory’s entire portfolio, feel free to peruse her Amazon author page, and you will find all her books there.

The giveaway is international and it is open until the 14th of October. The winners will be announced shortly after.

Good Luck Everyone!


September 30, 2019 · 8:57 pm

35 responses to “TORN- Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. I loved the excerpt, and the blurb is intriguing! Congratulations on your latest book, Lory! I generally do not have any set angst preferences; if a book is well-written, I will enjoy the read with or without a lot of angst.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Lory Lilian

      Hi Kelly. I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I could not resist using a variation of the wet shirt, if I had the chance 🙂


  2. Sophia Rose

    Oh boy, this does sound like a good emotional one.

    As to angst, I’m going to sound wishy-washy, but the truth is that sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. Usually this has to do with my mood. However, sometimes, if I feel the angst is unnecessary, then I get impatient and just want it gone. On the other hand, if the angst feels like its true to those people and the emotions are true to them as well, then I am in love with having the angst.

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  3. Ginna

    My angst meter is limited by Cat Gardiner’s “A Moment Forever” (aka. “My Dearest Darling”). That has to be at least an angst level of 11, on a scale of 10! I don’t want to go that high ever again. (The agony!) Some is okay though.
    FMS is always good. I especially like them when D doesn’t realize that she doesn’t love him.
    If I were to win this giveaway, I would want “A Trifling Cold”. (It’s been on my wishlist longer. Will have to get “Torn” later.)

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    • Lory Lilian

      Ginna – good luck with the giveaway! Gottcha 🙂
      This story is NOT as bad as”A Moment Forever” (well, at least not for me, not sure about the other readers 🙂 As I used to say- if an angst wimp like me could write it, you can read it 🙂


  4. My choice would be A Man With Faults. This is my top choice since it was recommended to me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  5. Mary-ann Perras

    In my opinion, I feel that angst is important in JAFF books, but it has to be the right amount of angst. In some variations I have read, there was so much angst that I had trouble finishing the book, and I continually yelled at the characters to, “Smarten up. Don’t be so silly…stop causing problems for yourself. Seriously?” When there isn’t enough angst, honestly, I often find the book bland. Where is the spice? Where is that heart pumping anticipation? Where is that moment of realization that the characters truly love each other? There has to be a balance between the two extremes. I want to see that HEA ending. I have hundreds of JAFF books, and I feel that some authors are better finding that balance than other authors. Now, my choice for a Lory Lilian book would be “Torn.” I only have nine of her books, read only five of those, but the real show of my admiration for her writing is that I have reread two of those five books… they were that good. I also wish the printed books would be available faster. Lastly, this is for Ms. Lilian – Have you considered writing a Persuasion variation?

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    • Lory Lilian

      Mary-ann, thanks so much for the long comment. And thanks for your kind words about my books! Which ones did you re-read? With less or more angst? 🙂 🙂
      I agree with you, some angst is necessary. I have to admit that when I read a good book but I feel it has too much angst, I take a peek at the ending, just to be sure … 🙂 🙂 🙂 (I often do that with Joana Starnes’s book LOL).
      Good luck in the giveaway!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lory Lilian

      Mary-ann, I apologize for not answering one of your questions. Regarding a Persuasion variation, I did not think of it. I do not feel a strong enough connection with the characters as it is with E&D 🙂


  6. ForeverHis

    The excerpt was intriguing–and a tease! Congratulations on publishing another book, Ms Lillian. As far as the angst level is concerned, I’m a fan of some angst as long as it is resolved quickly. I dislike the angst caused by Elizabeth when she is acting like a 12 year old and refuses to listen to reason because of her self-pride in judging another’s character. My favorite books are those in which Darcy and Elizabeth acknowledge their love early in the story and together fight the forces of evil. Since I already own most of Ms. Lillian’s books, my choice would be Torn if I would be fortunate enough to win.


    • Lory Lilian

      I am completely with you about the “childish Lizzy” sort of angst! And I also like the stories where E and D are put together early on. I plan to write another FMS soon.
      I hope you will read TORN and enjoy it. Good luck with the giveaway! 🙂


  7. pedmisson

    I like this excerpt very much. I know the wet shirt scene is not JA, but it is incredibly sexy.

    Congratulations on this newest book. Torn is the book I would like if I win. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lory Lilian

      Thank you for the comment – glad you liked the excerpt. 🙂
      I wish good luck in the giveaway and hope you will read and enjoy Torn.


  8. Congratulations on your, I think I read somewhere, thirteenth book. Did I read that right, 13? Well done you!

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  9. LOL you know me, nothing wrong with a little angst (or a lot). Bring it on, pray 😉

    Congrats on your new book, Lory! Oh my, *what* a scene!!

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    • Lory Lilian

      Yeah, yeah, I know you like angst. You torture me with each of your books … I always take a peek at the ending, you know that, right? 🙂 🙂 🙂


  10. Glynis

    As you know Lory, I’m not an angst lover but I do love this book! Luckily you had already warned me about the angst and consoled me that there would be a happy ending so I persevered. I’m so glad I did even though I was stunned by some parts, wondering if you’d forgotten they had to get together! 😱. But I trusted you and continued reading ❤️❤️❤️.
    I’m happy to hear your next book(s) will be back to hot mush!
    I know I’m mostly in the minority but my ideal would be an early marriage with them dealing with any problems together as a couple (hint, hint)
    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway Rita as I already have every one of Lory’s books.

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  11. Wendy Essenburg

    I like a bit of angst- it makes the story interesting! It must be true to the characters and not just there to cause trouble. The excerpt above is intriguing…I’d like Torn if I win!

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  12. Buturot

    THank you for the excerpt. Eager to read what happens next. I am dreading their separation but also excited what happens after. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books.

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    • Lory Lilian

      To be honest, I hated to keep them apart too! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Not sure what was in my mind when I started writing it LOL.
      Good luck to win one of the books.


  13. LN Engles

    I can definitely appreciate angst, but I don’t want too much of it — either it’s too painful to read, or I want to throw the book against the wall and say “enough already!” or “grow up!”

    OMG that excerpt, my heart’s pumping madly with the images in my head. I would definitely like Torn if I get the chance. Congrats and thanks Lory Lillian! I did mention that Rainy Days still occupies my bedside table 🙂

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    • Lory Lilian

      How sweet of you to tell me about Rainy Days 🙂 “blushing” Torn does have lots of angst, but I hope you will find it worth to bear 🙂


  14. J. W. Garrett

    Good luck everyone in the drawing. Thanks to Rita for hosting. This excerpt had me leaning in toward my computer. Man… that was hot! You were able to give us that wet shirt scene. Woohoo! I think I need to find my fan. OMG! that was awesome. I have nearly all of your books. I don’t know how I missed having them all. Just saying. Blessings on the success of this work. I can take angst or leave it. It depends. I don’t like scary angst… horror. Nope, nada, no way. This looks like it will be good angst.

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    • Lory Lilian

      No scary angst, I promise you! 🙂 And there is another scene – much, much hotter 🙂 That one would absolutely need a fan … 🙂 🙂 Hope you will read the book and enjoy it 🙂


  15. evamedmonds

    I have loved all of Lory’s books and would like to win Torn. I do like angst except the books where ODC has constant obstacles throughout a book. I am so curious to know why Lory was in tears as she wrote. The excerpt was very moving and the famous “wet shirt scene” in a different setting. Please keep writing!

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  16. This sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


  17. As long as the story is good, is believable and flows smoothly, I have no complaint if it’s too little, too much or no angst at all. I was getting the hang of it until it abruptly stopped. I long to know what happened prior to the excerpt and after that. You left us in suspense, Lory.


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