Silver Buckles – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

It is a great pleasure to receive Grace Gibson at From Pemberley to Milton today. She visited just a couple of weeks ago when we revealed the cover of her book Silver Buckles, and today she is stopping by with an excerpt I hope you like. 

Today’s excerpt shows you Mr. Darcy’s POV, and that is always my favourite POV, maybe because we are not privy to it in Pride & Prejudice. I hope you enjoy it and that you also apply to win a copy of the book, in case you haven’t bought it and read it already 🙂 In case you have, I would love to hear your opinion 🙂

I would also like to thank Janet Taylor for organizing this tour, and to Grace Gibson for once more sharing an exciting excerpt of her book with us 🙂


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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Thank you for having me, Rita! I suspect that the care and feeding of a blog is time consuming and a labor of love, perhaps like an exotic pet that requires constant maintenance and attention, and so I am doubly appreciative for what you do.

In Silver Buckles, Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet start out in that most familiar stance of undeclared lovers—that of adversaries. But somehow, their attempts to provoke one another turn into a spark-filled flirtation that proves pretty irresistible to the gentleman. Unfortunately for him, Elizabeth is a genius at playing this game, as in this excerpt told from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. We find him at the home of Sir William and Lady Lucas for a dreary afternoon gathering.

Lucas Lodge

An afternoon at a country house filled with strangers who are neither elegant nor dignified is a kind of torture for me. Moreover, these people have known each other all their lives, and they are so comfortable together that one is acutely aware of being an outsider. Miss Bingley attempted to commiserate with me as I stood awkwardly on the fringes of the melee. I was having none of it, answering in a dead, mechanical voice to all her lamentations while watching the doorway for the Bennets.

When Miss Elizabeth entered the room, I left Miss Bingley and went directly to my object.

“Mr. Darcy!” she exclaimed in mild surprise at my undisguised eagerness to greet her. “You seem in high spirits. I had not thought this sort of gathering would be to your taste. I came fully prepared to witness your silent indignation at such a mode of passing an evening.”

“Yes, but I have thought that this middling sort of entertainment would be delightful to you. Am I right?”

“Well, when one lives in drudgery while plotting how to marry well, these middling entertainments as you call them are a respite.” Just as I opened my mouth to reply, she turned to greet Miss Lucas. “Oh, Charlotte, how pretty you look! Excuse me, Mr. Darcy, but I believe Mrs. Long is trying to get my attention.”

Dismissed! Delightful girl! I was sure a lazy smile threatened to give me away at that moment, and so I found a window and looked out at a mediocre garden while Miss Elizabeth’s middle sister—the plain one—plunked away at the pianoforte.

Miss Bingley was sure to trap me there for the purpose of more commiseration on such horrid playing however, so I looked around for an alternative and encountered my host, Sir William Lucas. He was a garrulous and amiable man, benevolent and believing himself to be quite an important figure after having been tapped on the shoulder by the King. He was not in any way an elegant or intelligent man, and he spoke endlessly of his brief moment in the sun at St. James’s Palace. However, just as I was about to snub him as he droned on in a most insufferable way, I caught the eye of Miss Elizabeth.

She was evaluating me, poised to judge me as I spoke to Sir William. She glanced softly at the man I was about to skewer with some pithy remark, and I pulled up short. Did she indeed like this oaf? Well, he was a harmless sort; I could grant her that at least. I took a deep breath and began to converse with a bit more consideration for someone who was trying desperately to earn my approbation. With one eye on my host and one eye on my saucy monitor, I listened to the minute details of a room at the palace where Sir William was honored—a second-rate chamber if I recall, used to dispatch the hordes of persons singled out for a token aimed solely at keeping the mythology of the Liege Lord intact.

I expected a reward, and what I received was a most dissatisfying afternoon in which I tried desperately to put myself in a position to earn it. Finally, at the very end of the ordeal, I pinned down my quarry only to receive a pert sort of farewell.

What better way to keep Mr. Darcy intrigued than to pointedly avoid him, particularly when he is hounded by marriageable ladies everywhere he goes. But Miss Elizabeth Bennet will have her say, and you’ll be able to read it directly from her point of view in Silver Buckles.


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The blog tour for Silver Buckles is almost over, but you still have time to go back and read each blog stop. You can find all the blog tour schedule below 🙂

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Meryton Press is offering  8 eBooks of Silver Buckles throughout the blog tour. To apply to it, all you have to do is click here.

Good Luck everyone!


26 Comments

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26 responses to “Silver Buckles – Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. Sophia Rose

    Oh yes, I definitely want to read this one.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Love reading Darcy’s POV.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Glynis

    Love it! Darcy appears to be completely smitten! Actually chatting to Sir William rather than have Elizabeth think I’ll of him? Wonderful! I can’t remember when the drawing for the cover reveal is, that’s my only chance to win as I refuse to attempt Rafflecopter, but I will definitely, definitely be reading this soon!
    Thank you for yet another excellent excerpt.

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  4. Thank you for hosting, Rita! This was another delightful excerpt, Grace! I love seeing Darcy kept off balance by Elizabeth!

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    • Grace Gibson

      Perhaps part of our motivation to write these stories is Elizabeth’s uncanny ability to unsettle Mr. Darcy? Enjoy your day and thank you for coming, Kelly!

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  5. Ginna

    Aha! I think I can see the smitten-ness hitting him! > “Dismissed! Delightful girl!” Especially when he thinks that he deserves a ‘reward’ for having talked civilly with Sir Lucas. He’s got it BAD!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. sheilalmajczan

    I am looking forward to reading this story. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Grace Gibson

      Thank you for stopping by, Sheila. My final stop and one more chance to win a copy are tomorrow at My Vices and Weaknesses. Hope to see you there!

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  7. Luisa1111

    Your dialogue is wonderfully witty. Can’t wait to read the rest, thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. J. W. Garrett

    Add my name to the list for the giveaway of an ebook. I want to have my own copy. These excerpts have been so much fun. Thanks, Rita for hosting. Special thanks to Meryton Press for the generous giveaway. And that fabulous cover is amazing… blessings to our author Grace Gibson on the success of this work. Stay safe and healthy everyone.

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  9. Thank you Rita for hosting an excerpt. The cover reveal was great. I love reading Darcy’s point of view. Loved it when Elizabeth walked away from him. Looks like Darcy has to win a war to earn her favor! Thanks for a chance to win in this giveaway.

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  10. buturot

    Thank you for the excerpt. I had been loving ODC interactions in this story. It always give me a smile. I wonder if FD slightly thinks she slightly teases him instead of setting him down.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  11. loving Darcy’s POV!

    denise

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  12. Grace Gibson

    I am glad you are enjoying hearing his thoughts, Denise. Thank you!

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  13. Robin G.

    Great to see an excerpt from Darcy’s POV. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. suzanlauder

    Darcy is more obvious in his interest in Elizabeth here. Very interesting! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Grace Gibson

      Perhaps he thinks he is indulging in a harmless flirtation? Thanks again for your comments, Suzan. I appreciate really appreciate them.

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