Silver Buckles – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Welcome to one of my favourite types of posts: Cover Reveals!

Today we bring to you a new author to the genre and therefore to this blog: Grace Gibson. In addition to mosaic art, which she creates at Studio Luminaria, her home-based glass shop in El Paso, Texas, she enjoys writing regency romance and Pride and Prejudice variations for pleasure. Meryton Press saw Ms Gibson’s talent and decided to publish Silver Buckles, a regency variation that will take our ODC on a different path into happiness.

Today we are bringing to you first hand the cover of this new book which was designed by the talented Janet Taylor. As always, you may expect an impeccable taste of a classy lady. This cover has Janet’s style written all over it, and obviously, that means that it is a stunning cover!

I love the silver shade and the font on the word Silver, it is beautiful and classic, and the simplicity of the cover makes it very appealing to the eye. The spine is also beautiful and I think it would look beautiful on my shelves 🙂 However, I believe the back cover is where all the art is! But before telling you why I loved the back cover, I think it is time to show you the cover itself! So here it:

 

Don’t you agree that the colour and the silver buckles on the spine make it the perfect book to have on a shelf?

Now, the back cover caught my attention because if you read the blurb, which I am adding below, you’ll notice the scene we see in the cover represents precisely  what is written there and what I am assuming is one of the first scenes in the book. Janet Taylor is a specialist in that type of effect, she always adds something which is very relevant to the story and which is portrayed in an important scene to the back cover, and I love that because it makes me want to read such scenes. By visually seeing what the scene would reveal I always feel tempted to grab the book and jump right into that scene. 

I am also intrigued about the ladies who seemed to be whispering to one another below the musicians. The one on the left looks suspiciously like Mrs. Bennet and the one on the right may be an embarrassed Jane, even if she resembles more Georgiana, doesn’t she?

What is your opinion of the cover?


She staggered a great man. He was reeling. She was overwhelmed. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, standing irritably at the edge of the Meryton assembly, declines to dance with Elizabeth Bennet. In a mood of revulsion, he rejects her without concern of being overheard. Country pretensions are always in need of squashing, and what better way to make clear he would not partner anyone outside his party? However, when he looks over at her, she does not appear humbled at all. She is secretly laughing at him!

Elizabeth is perversely delighted to encounter such an outrageous snob as Mr. Darcy. When he approaches her with a stiff, graceless apology, she coolly brushes him off, believing that, like most annoyances, he will go away when properly snubbed. But no! The man then puts out his hand and, not wishing to create a scene, compels her to stand up with him.

They go through the steps of the dance mutually disdainful and intent upon wounding each other. But by the time the musicians end their tune, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have traded barbs with such accuracy, they are unaccountably amused and engaged. Will this most inconvenient flirtation drive them apart—or, like silver buckles, are they a matched pair?

 

You can find Silver Buckles at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

 

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I am so privileged to have received such a warm, gracious welcome at Meryton Press for my novel, Silver Buckles. I cannot say enough about how helpful everyone has been, from Michelle Reed and my amazing editors Debbie Styne and Ellen Pickels, to Janet Taylor, who produced this gorgeous cover.  The colors on the book jacket are delectable and Janet brilliantly featured those silver buckles.

We will get to the topic of shoe buckles later in this excerpt. But first, we find Elizabeth at the home of her Aunt Philips, where she meets a dashing young officer in the Militia. To her surprise, Mr. Wickham lets slip that he grew up with, and was poorly treated by, none other than Mr. Darcy!

This was all very shocking, and I hardly knew what to think, but there was something slightly chafing about Mr. Wickham’s story. Indeed, after my first inclination to swallow his tale whole, I classed it as a story rather than the absolute truth, and I would have picked at him very gently to unravel his assertions if Mr. Collins at that moment had not looked to be standing up from the card table. Quick as a flash, I absconded, and expecting to be hunted down by my odious cousin, I went home the long way around through Mrs. Long’s garden, across fallow fields, over stiles, and through a dry creek bed.

Triumph and cleverness came with a consequence, however, for when I happened to glance behind me, whom should I see but Mr. Collins in the distance, waving and struggling to reach me. I dashed ahead and crossed over the road to Netherfield to cut through a hedge, but in my haste, I stepped on a loose stone and fell in a flash of pain. I had twisted an ankle!

I sat on the edge of the road in a disheveled mound of dampened cloak and dusty hems, clutching my throbbing ankle, when Mr. Darcy appeared atop a great tall horse over the rise of a hill.

He dismounted instantly and came to me. “Miss Elizabeth, what has happened? Are you well?”

The full impact of the impression I made fell on me. With what humiliation did I undergo his interrogation and his unapologetic examination of my ankle. I blushed at the condition of my walking boots—scuffed and now muddy—with dull, tarnished brass buckles holding tight my well-worn straps. Blushing and stammering, I sought to make him go away, insisting I would be well enough to continue in a minute. But no! He would stand there and continue to wonder what had happened.

“Indeed, sir. It was nothing. I only slipped on a loose stone.”

“But I have seen you walking, and I cannot believe you would not be able to catch yourself from falling. A more sure-footed young lady I have never met.”

I looked obliquely behind him. My cousin was now within hailing distance and would soon bear down upon me.

Mr. Darcy, quick to notice everything, followed my gaze. “Who is that? Is that man following you? Were you running from him?”

Looking up into my interlocutor’s eyes, I smiled a bit grimly. “That sir, is the man my mother intends me to marry.”

“What? But who is this person?” he demanded.

“He is none other than my cousin, the man who will inherit Longbourn. And, having been incapacitated on the road here, I begin to know what a wounded animal must feel as the hunter approaches.”

By this time, Mr. Collins was upon us, red-faced, gasping for air, irritated, and astounded to find me down in the dirt.

“Cousin, you should not be walking out alone. I forbid it!” he roared. “Did you not hear me calling you to return to me? And you, sir,” he cried upon noticing I was not alone, “who are you?”

Mr. Darcy replied very coldly. “Who are you, sir? This lady is known to me, and I am here to offer her aid. She has injured her ankle.” He then very determinedly and pointedly turned his back on Mr. Collins. “Are you able to stand? Let me help you.”

He supported me as I stood with my weight on one leg. Mr. Collins began to sputter his objections, and Mr. Darcy said in a voice loud enough to overcome his protest, “I shall put you on my horse and have you home in no time at all.”

I would have objected—violently objected—in other circumstances. I am not a horsewoman, and above all things I hate being treated like a fragile trinket. I have twisted my ankle before. It is a hazard of walking all one’s life, and I have limped home without incident. But Mr. Collins’s presence was so abhorrent at that mortifying moment that I welcomed Mr. Darcy’s intervention and let him lift me up on his steed.

The rest of this scene will be featured on my first blog tour stop – Austenprose, on October 16th – if you would like to find out what happens after Mr. Darcy puts Elizabeth on his horse.

As the story weaves its way from Hertfordshire to Kent, and then to London, we find Elizabeth in a pivotal, internal quandary: she just might be asked to trade her brass shoe buckles for silver ones! Being Elizabeth Bennet, a lady who has taken her disadvantages and vulnerabilities and made strengths of them, we cannot be surprised when she does not relish the idea, much less surrender without resistance.


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The blog tour for Silver Buckles will start within two days at Austenprose where you can read the rest of the scene we shared today, so don’t forget to stop by and follow the tour 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and see you on October 26th 🙂


Meryton Press would like to offer one e-book of Silver Buckles to one of my readers in celebration of the cover reveal. The giveaway is international and all you have to do is comment on this blog until the 21rst of October. The winner will be announced shortly after.

Good Luck everyone!


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59 responses to “Silver Buckles – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

  1. Janet always does a fantastic job. Loved both the front and back covers.

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  2. It is no surprise that Janet came up with a stunning and memorable cover; front and back are eye-catching and gorgeous! Congratulations to Grace. The blurb and excerpt sound enticing. I look forward to learning more about you and your book!

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  3. Ginna

    So far, that is a terrific scene. I want to know more about what’s happened before and what will happen after, regarding Mr. Collins!

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    • Grace Gibson

      Oh thank you, Ginna! The continuation of this scene will be featured on Austenprose on Friday. I hope you enjoy Mr. Darcy putting Mr. Collins in his place…

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  4. Grace Gibson

    Thank you Rita for such a fabulous cover reveal! What a privilege to be introduced via this great blog.

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  5. Christina Boyd

    Gorgeous!

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  6. caroleincanada

    Congratulations, Grace! What a delightful premise and title. I am a sucker for Janet’s covers and agree with Rita those silver buckles on the spine just add that special touch! Love the back cover and, of course, the front with the gorgeous silk teal gown that must be exquisite to touch! I look forward to reading this one!

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  7. Janet Taylor

    Thank you for hosting, Rita. You always do justice to a cover reveal. I’m happy that you find the cover stunning. 🙂

    I have loved the title of this book since I first saw it. It made me curious from the beginning. What did silver buckles have to do with the story? Well, those buckles, whether brass or silver, have a significant part in this book. It is such a clever, well-written novel. I hope everyone gets a chance to read it soon. Grace Gibson is a good author and a delightful person! (She also has a novella in the “Skirmish & Scandal” Series.)

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  8. Glynis

    I do love this cover! What a gorgeous colour and it goes so well with the silver! Well done Janet!
    I love that Elizabeth doesn’t believe Wickham’s story! I hate that Mr Collins believes he has the right to order Elizabeth about! I love that Darcy ignored him and helped Elizabeth! (I hope he gets on the horse with her and rides off leaving Mr Collins to puff and pant behind them!)
    I also hope Darcy prevents Collins from proposing to Elizabeth?

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  9. Jan Hahn

    Beautiful cover, Janet! I love the colors and those exquisite silver buckles on her slippers. I’ve already had the privilege of reading Grace’s book, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. I laughed at this excerpt the first time I read it and again today. Looking forward to the blog tour.

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    • Grace Gibson

      Your support and encouragement have meant the world to me, Jan. Truly, thank you! And thank you for those kind words tucked inside the front cover – a beautiful surprise!

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  10. Debbie Styne

    Silver Buckles’ absolutely gorgeous cover only hints at the goodies inside. Love that your readers will get inside the head of both Darcy and Lizzy’s head when they read the story. Congratulations, dear Grace. So happy for you. Much success.

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  11. Pam Hunter

    Gorgeous cover! Congratulations, Grace! I look forward to reading this one!

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  12. J. W. Garrett

    I’ve been gone all day and just read this email. OMG! Rita!!! What a fabulous post!! I love cover reveals and this one is AMAZING!! Janet… you have done it again. That back, the spine, the sparkle… the… I am tongue-tied to list every aspect of this glorious cover.

    This excerpt was so cool. I was leaning in toward my reader when it suddenly stopped. I actually flinched because I was so engrossed with ODC. LOL! Now that Darcy knows that Elizabeth is expected to wed Mr. Collins, I wonder what he will do? I am so looking forward to reading this. Blessings, Grace, on its success and good luck to all in the drawing. Thanks to Meryton Press for the generous giveaway. Everyone stay safe and healthy.

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  13. Jen D

    That was a great weekend involving all three of Elizabeth’s canonical suitors, and I laughed at the part Mr Collins was chasing her and Mr Darcy stopped him effectively! I hope that Lizzy questions and doubts Mr Wickham quickly instead of let his poison fully run there course through her. Thank you for sharing that except and for the chance at the giveaway.

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  14. Xena Anne

    A very intriguing meeting at the assembly!

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  15. Congratulations to Grace on her publication. Love, just love the cover! You can judge a book by this cover! The silver buckles, ballroom dancing gown, a dance, musicians, etc. The excerpt was fantastic, I wanted more ! Wishing you much success. Thank you Meryton Press for the giveaway. Rita, are you going to do a book review? Stay safe.

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    • Grace Gibson

      I am glad you enjoyed that excerpt, Shelley, and you said it best – you can judge a book by its cover. Janet outdid herself with this one. Best of luck to you on the giveaway!

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    • I have Silver Buckles in my TBR pile so I should review it Shelley, however, I believe I will only be able to publish it next year, I won’t have the time to still read and review it in 2020 😦 Too many books, so little time 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and stay safe too 🙂

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  16. stunning cover!

    Loved the excerpt!

    denise

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  17. pedmisson

    Congratulations on this release. Looking forward to reading this.

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  18. suzanlauder

    Oh, my! The colour of that gown is almost identical to my high school prom gown, and the rich folds of the fabric are beautiful. I wonder at who the artist is who painted such beautiful silks, and I have a couple in mind that I suspect did that painting for this cover. Like Rita, I really admire what’s been done with the fonts, particularly Janet’s signature style in the way “silver” is highlighted, and how it has the 3-d look, but also love Grace’s author font.

    The back is also amazing, showing how busy a ball can be, and perhaps giving some hints of the story within. This is typical of Janet, where the back cover is better than many front covers.

    Never mind that the cover reveal would have been a wonderful post, but then Grace topped it off with a tempting excerpt that shows how different this novel is than anything else out there, making us all keen to read more. Best wishes, Grace, on your debut novel and I do hope you have a fun time on your upcoming blog tour.

    Thanks so much to Janet, Grace, and Rita for this wonderful blog post.

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    • Grace Gibson

      Suzan, I so appreciate you stopping by to cheer us on! You are right about the back cover – Janet surprised me with that. She does so much research and selects the details so thoughtfully, I am deeply impressed by her and all the super-talented Meryton Press authors like you who have been so welcoming. I am determined not to be nervous about my blog tour and to take your expert advice to have fun – so far, so good. Thank you for reminding me to enjoy the ride!

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  19. I do concur, the cover caught my eye… didn’t even know it was P & P, til I read the summary. I wondered why silver buckles…

    Thank you for the enlightening excerpt/post. IEager to know what happens next. Love the way FD stood his ground against Mr Collins 😉

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    • Grace Gibson

      Yes, Darcy is terribly annoyed by Mr. Collins in this scene. If you would like to know how he gets rid of him, a continuation will be posted tomorrow on Austeneque. I hope you enjoy the book and thank you for stopping by!

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  20. Marie H

    The cover is lovely and the story sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to read it. I always look forward to a debut novel. Those named in your support group are some of the best. Wishing you every success!

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    • Grace Gibson

      You are so right! Getting a book published with Meryton Press is like winning the lottery. The authors, the editors and the entire publication team are fantastic. Still pinching myself… Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the book, Marie!

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  21. The cover is stunning and the matching of the pale green with the silver is very eye catching! I love the pictures and the story sounds intriguing, I love it when Lizzy and Darcy have an early meeting of minds.

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  22. Debbie Fortin

    The cover is beautiful. I hope Darcy rescuing her fro Mr Collins gives Darcy a check in her book. Looking forward to reading this.

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    • Grace Gibson

      I believe that Darcy indeed gets a check in Elizabeth’s book – maybe he even gets more than he bargained for…? I hope you enjoy reading this book, and thank you for stopping by for the cover reveal, Debbie.

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  23. Marti Taylor

    I love Janet’s book cover. She is a talented friend. The book sounds intriguing and I look forward to reading it.

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  24. Robin G.

    The cover is beautiful, and I am looking forward to reading more. Thank you for the excerpt.

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  25. TC

    What a beautiful cover! I love the colors and textures. It definitely makes me want to read the book.

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  26. evamedmonds

    The cover is stunning! I love the color used and especially the crystal beading along the edge of the gown. The buckles and beading compliment each other. Rita made excellent observations of what we are viewing on the back cover. Thank you for the excerpt – I am intrigued. Congratulations on your new book and giveaway and welcome to JAFF.

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    • Grace Gibson

      I am so glad you like it, and I agree that Rita’s insights were spot on regarding the back cover and how it relates to the story. If you would like to read the rest of this excerpt, it is featured on Austenprose today. Thank you for stopping by!

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  27. Cristina Silva

    Nothing like a great cover to capture the attention of a reader. The front cover is beautifully smooth, with a great colour palette, but I definitely prefer the back cover. Much more to explore and aspire in the book narrative.

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