Monthly Archives: December 2021

Books on Sale & Last Book Mail Giveaway of the Year

Good Afternoon everyone,

I’ve seen a lot of authors mentioning their books would be on sale during this holiday season, but I’ve been a bit absent from social media in these last couple of weeks, so I never found the time to actually spread out the word about many of them, however, as I was already preparing my last book mail giveaway post, I thought that I could manage a little more time and include the list of the books I am currently seeing on sale. As you know, this is not the entire list of books on sale, just the ones I could easily find with Kindle Countdown deals etc.

If you know of any other book that is on sale, please let us know in the comments, I’m sure other readers will appreciate it.

 

Jane Austen Fan Fiction on Sale for 0,99$

 

Tempted – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Running from her past, Stumbling into the unknown, and Drawn to a future she cannot have.

Elizabeth Bennet left all she loved behind when she accepted Colonel Fitzwilliam’s hand. Dragging her sister Jane, her cousin Billy Collins, and a horrible secret along with her, she leaves her home and family in the United States and sets sail for England… and safety. Expecting to meet her new husband when he returns from the Boer front, she is shocked to learn that not only does his family not believe her, but Richard has gone missing.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is only doing his duty. Trying to learn the truth of what happened to his cousin, while sheltering the woman who claims to be Richard Fitzwilliam’s wife, he encounters more than he bargained for. She is ill-prepared for life in his world, and her independent ways threaten to defeat her before she has even begun. Unfortunately, she is close to defeating him, as well. Pledged to marry another, but honour-bound to do all he can for Fitzwilliam’s wife, his equanimity and fortitude are tested whenever she is near.

When news of Fitzwilliam finally comes, it brings both grief and complications. Surprises, possibilities, and agonising choices… Will Darcy and Elizabeth find a path to love? Or will new revelations and the shadows of the past tear them apart before they are even together?

From the author of These Dreams and NefariousTempted is a deliciously nuanced tale of longing and trust. With good people in impossible places, close-knit families, and secrets working in the dark, Darcy and Elizabeth have to fight every step for their future.

*Trigger Warning* This book contains situations that may trouble some readers. Sexual content is clean.

Honour and loyalty war with the dream of hearts that were made for each other. Lose yourself in Tempted today.

 

A Proper Introduction to Dragons – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

Most people were blissfully unaware that England was overrun by dragons. Only those born with preternatural hearing could hear and converse with dragonkind, and even those rarely came into their hearing before they were fifteen. It was not Elizabeth’s fault that she discovered the truth about dragons when she was only four years-old.

It was also not Elizabeth’s fault that the old tatzelwurm, Rumblkins, who lived in the woods near Longbourn House befriended her. Really, he would have attached himself to anyone who fed him dried cod and scratched behind his ears.

So clearly, it could not be her fault when Rumblkins led her to a nest of endangered fairy dragon eggs that the Pendragon Treaty compelled her to save. Unfortunately her father does not agree.

Thomas Bennet, dragon-lore expert, faithful member of the dragon-hearing society, the Blue Order, and Keeper of the local wyvern, Longbourn, has a dragon-sized problem on his hands. At eleven years-old, his second-oldest daughter is hopelessly fascinated with all things dragon-related. But his wife and other daughters lack the ability to hear dragons, so the world of the Blue Order must remain hidden from them.

Now faced with an abandoned clutch of fairy dragon eggs to care for, the careful balance he walks between the needs of his jealous estate dragon, Elizabeth’s incorrigible draw toward dragons and continued secrecy from the rest of the family hangs in jeopardy. If only Elizabeth would be a more conventional child!

But how can a girl who shuns traditional ladylike pursuits to play with dragons ever be conventional? Does dragon-hearing society have a place for such an oddity as her?

Prequel to Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey – a must for lovers of Dragon Riders of Pern fans.

It’s Always Been You and Me – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

If only he’d never come back!

Charlie didn’t mind being on her own. Heck, she’d been on her own since her high school sweetheart Jensen Worth left town for good after graduation. He obviously never looked back, so why should she? She had family and friends to keep her company. She certainly didn’t need a man in her life!

Thirteen years after Jensen left Marysville, he’s returned, joining the Marysville police force and reconnecting with the friends he left behind all those years ago—her friends. Why couldn’t he have simply stayed away? Her life was certainly much simpler without him around! The problem is he keeps turning up like a bad penny. Charlie not only has to bump into him around town, but to add insult to injury, her mother invites him for Thanksgiving. Can a little dog named Daphne, a family emergency, and pushy, meddling friends help break down that enormous wall around Charlie’s heart? Will Charlie be able to remain angry with the only man she’s ever loved, or God forbid, will she fall in love with him all over again?

Bourbon Street Nights – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The year is 1998. This story is about three friends: Elizabeth, a Cajun from the swamps; Emma, an Uptown Jew; and Marianne, a Mississippi girl.
These ladies will have a year that will change their lives. They will meet the men who love them and the men who will break their hearts. It will be a time of love and friendship, trials and tribulations, tragedy and murder.
But it is also about a fourth lady, one that is known by many names. Isle d’Orleans. The Paris of the Americas. Queen City of the South. The City that Care Forgot. Birthplace of Jazz. The Big Easy. Crescent City. New Orleans—what she was, and what she may be again.

 

Miss Darcy’s Companion – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Miss Georgiana Darcy is in need of a companion, and she would much rather not have Mrs Younge. The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best. Not as he would present himself to strangers in some remote corner of Hertfordshire, but as his nearest and dearest know him. An excellent brother, landlord, master. A wonderful man, noble, kind – and impossibly handsome.
So who falls in love first? What of Mr Wickham and his dastardly ploys? And how is a lady’s companion ever to have a future with one who could marry into the best houses in the land?

Dangerous Magic – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Pride & Prejudice with a magical twist.

Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when someone from the Royal Mage Academy comes to her peaceful country home to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful gentleman by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is equally dissatisfied with this match. An obscure young lady from the middle of nowhere is hardly worthy of his long and powerful lineage. But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if they are to defend King and Country against Napoleon’s mages. They may dislike each other on sight, but they are duty-bound to set aside their differences and find common ground before it is too late.
Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them.

Join us in this enchanting Regency tale featuring Jane Austen’s beloved characters, a whiff of Harry Potter, and a sweet slow-burn romance.
Dangerous Magic is the first book in Mr. Darcy’s Magic, a new fantasy series. It is a standalone novel with no cliff-hangers.

Leap of Hope – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

At the Crossroads Center, they’re in the business of handing out second chances. And their newest client is Hope O’Neil – college student and Jane Austen devotee, who has always believed she’d be more at home in the past, wearing corsets and courted by men in cravats. But can a modern girl really fit into a world with no electricity, cell phones, or indoor plumbing? Hope is about to find out when her wish for an Austen kind of life is unexpectedly granted. Although she envisions her second chance will be like something straight out of Pride and Prejudice – complete with her own Mr. Darcy and a romantic happy ending – she gets more than she bargained for in this delightful romp through Regency England… a lot more.
Leap of Hope is part of in an innovative new collection by author Shannon Winslow, stories all about turning points, possibilities, and second chances. Each book is complete in itself and may be read in any order.
Who hasn’t wondered at least once how life would have changed by making an alternate choice at some crucial moment in the past? Where would you be today if you’d turned right instead of left at an important crossroads or been able to sidestep a particular misfortune? Perhaps you’ve daydreamed about a different life altogether, in a different place and time. Each book in the Crossroads Collection features a new hero/heroine who’s given the extraordinary gift of a second chance at life, the chance to answer for themselves the intriguing question “what if?”
Austenesque Reviews gave it a full 5 stars: “Shannon Winslow came up with an inventive and diverting premise and her execution was masterly… Well-written, original, and beautifully composed, Leap of Hope is an entertaining and delightful adventure. Fresh and fun…

The Darcy’s of Pemberley – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

A sequel true to Jane Austen’s beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple’s idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and the threat of a villain in their midst.
Layers of seemingly innocent deception are building between Darcy and Elizabeth, threatening their relationship. He is conducting some covert business dealings that he’s unwilling to share with his wife, and she likewise begins keeping things from him against her own better judgment. The couple also becomes embroiled in the tribulations of Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and his friend and cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Fitzwilliam falls victim to their aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as the object of her latest scheme to make a noble match for her daughter. The arrangement satisfies the ambitions of the couple’s parents, but appears to hold little prospect of happiness for Anne and Fitzwilliam, who each harbor other romantic interests.
During this same period, Georgiana runs the gamut of emotions as she comes of age. Her elation at her birthday ball soon crumbles when she learns the man she secretly admires is engaged to another. The excitement of a London season and the attention of two other eligible suitors cannot make her forget her disappointment over her lost first love.
As the story progresses, the menacing shadow of Mr. Darcy’s life-long nemesis looms ever larger. By carelessness and design, Mr. Wickham and Lydia painfully intrude into the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, with disastrous results.
The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth’s story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana. For those of us who didn’t want Pride and Prejudice to end, this charming novel gives the opportunity to learn what happens after the wedding, to revisit all our old friends and foes, and to share the next chapter of their lives. Ms. Winslow carries on the saga much as Jane Austen herself might have – true to her style, her sensibilities, and the delightful characters she created.

Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s Dragon – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dragon.
Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it. Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.
Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings of others.
Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.
Meryton meets Pern in a fantastical regency romp bound to delight readers of Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey alike.
Book 1 in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series.

Master Elizabeth Bennet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

When tragedy strikes her family, leaving no males to handle business affairs, Elizabeth Bennet decides to become “man of the family”. Cutting her hair and dressing in her uncle’s clothing, Elizabeth becomes Elijah Bennet. She must keep her secret, though when she meets Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, the nephew of Elijah Bennet’s best customer, her heart is torn. Should she be honest about being a lady, or protect her family secret?

 

Longbourn and Beyond – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The Bennets and their extended family find themselves embroiled in a variety of fascinating situations, involving the likes of Miss Austen’s original characters of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr Collins and Colonel Fitzwilliam, and introducing newcomers such as the handsome, eligible bachelor, Dr Edward Hodges, and the bearded artist, Mr David King.
Will Mary and Kitty, the remaining Bennet girls, each find compatible husbands for themselves? What will happen to change the lives of both Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh?
This novel-length collection of related short stories, including the best-seller, ‘Longbourn Revisited’, is the brainchild of award-winning Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp, for the especial enjoyment of lovers of Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

Conceit & Concealment – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Pride & Prejudice meets alternate history.

Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England….

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.

Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves….

A Simple Floral Bonnet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Who knew that wearing a simple floral bonnet would change lives forever? Elizabeth Bennet is in Hyde Park with her cousins when two men attempt to abduct her. Their target was another young lady, who was wearing a similar bonnet. The abduction is thwarted, but introduces Elizabeth to the Darcy siblings. She is afraid of losing her new friends if they knew the truth, she cannot return to her father’s estate as Elizabeth has refused to marry her father’s heir. But the Darcys have met Mr Collins, and they support her decision. What will happen when the parson refuses to accept that Elizabeth will not be his, all while the attempts to kidnap Georgiana Darcy continue?

Rushing Waters of Pemberley – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Fitzwilliam Darcy must marry before his next birthday or lose his inheritance. He has never met a young lady who caught his attention, until the swollen river during a storm brings Miss Elizabeth Bennet to Pemberley. Not knowing if her father is dead, and needing protection, will she agree to marrying the man who risked his life to save her from drowning? What will happen when their family and friends begin to arrive at Pemberley?

Note: Chapter 20 has a sexual scene at the end of the chapter. It is the only sexual scene in the book.
Also, This author is grateful for the services of Kay Tanner, who has aided in making sense of her stories and taking the Americanism out.

 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

When Fitzwilliam Darcy learns he has been framed for a murder, his only chance to clear his name and save himself from hanging is to disappear to somewhere he is unknown. Fortunately for him, Darcy learns of a position at the estate of Thomas Bennet. As the young gentleman attempts to find a way to be free of the charges, he must also hide his developing feelings he has for his employer’s second daughter. Will he be able to prove his innocence and return to his life, and could he leave his heart behind if he was to regain his position in society?

Darcy’s Love of a Rose – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The village of Meryton has been taken over by the militia. First the officers demanded money to “keep the citizens safe”. Then the females of the area begin to disappear.
Elizabeth Bennet refused to stand by when her sister, Lydia becomes one of those who vanished, confronting the officers for the return the young girl. This leads to Elizabeth being taken by the officers.
Unlike the other females, Elizabeth is not taken to be sold to men in other countries, she has caught the eye of the man in charge of the criminal activities. In her escape, she meets the Darcy siblings. Will they be able to aid Meryton and the community surrounding it? Who is the man behind the criminal activity?

The True Wealth is Inside – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

After losing his wife during the birth of his second daughter, Thomas Bennet was distraught. While visiting his aunt’s home, he meets and falls in love with Margaret O’Brien. The married and had more children, including three sons, thus breaking the entail that had been in place by Thomas’ grandfather. But Thomas’ cousin is convinced that the sons cannot inherit. You see, the second Mrs Bennet came from Antigua, the child of an English born land owner and a freed slave. Mr Collins, the Bennet cousin believes that the sons are not worthy of inheriting an estate, and plans to eliminate the entire Bennet family, thus he could claim Longbourn. How will Darcy, who is visiting the community with his friend who had leased the neighboring estate of Netherfield Park, accept such knowledge? Will he follow his heart or will he bow to society’s view of such a family? Will Elizabeth and Darcy have a happily ever after or is their relationship doomed?

The Netherfield Fire – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

Mr. Darcy saved Elizabeth from the fire, but could he save her from her scars?
When Elizabeth heard the cry of ‘Fire!’ during the Netherfield ball she ran up to the higher floors to rescue a servant with a broken leg . But as they hurtled downstairs she became lost in the thick, roiling smoke. And just when Elizabeth began to despair, she heard Mr. Darcy’s hoarse voice cry her name.
The next time they meet will be at Rosings Park under Lady Catherine’s watchful gaze…

The Mystery Bennet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Elizabeth has lived at the estate of her uncle all of her life. Her mother died at her birth and her father died before her first birthday.
As she meets and begins to fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy, secrets from her past come to the surface, secrets that were kept to protect her from someone who wishes her dead.
Will Darcy stand beside her when he learns the truth? What will happen when the one man who desires her death, learns of her location?

 

The Bennet Fury – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Thomas Bennet had married Olivia Darcy, sister of Mr Gerald Darcy of Pemberley. The couple were deeply in love, and soon had two beautiful daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Tragedy struck when Olivia Bennet was killed in an accident, returning home from visiting her brother’s estate. Mr Bennet becomes bitter, losing the love of his life and blaming the Darcy family for the accident. Years later, after having remarried and fathering three more daughters, Thomas Bennet is still harboring anger towards the Darcys. When he learns of Bingley’s connections to Fitzwilliam Darcy, the situation ignites into an inferno. Will the eldest Bennet sisters be able to reunite with their mother’s family?

Darcy’s Beloved Cousin – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

A Pride and Prejudice variation. Elizabeth Bennet Fitzwilliam was born and raised in Belgium, where she met and married Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. When he is killed in battle, Elizabeth moves to England, to an estate near her uncle, Thomas Bennet, and his family. Meeting Elizabeth as her ship arrives on English shores, Fitzwilliam Darcy is determined to protect his cousin’s widow from the rest of the Fitzwilliam family. Richard’s family were not pleased when he married against their wishes, and they are determined to take out their fury on Elizabeth. When it is learned that Elizabeth is carrying Richard’s child, what lengths will Darcy go to in protecting Richard’s widow and child?

Reader, I Married Him – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

A Pride and Prejudice Variation based on the story of Jane Eyre!
After Mr. Bennet died, Elizabeth became employed as a governess by the brooding and mysterious widower, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Despite the difference in their stations Elizabeth helplessly falls in love with her proud employer. But when they are on the verge of finding happiness together, the mystery of Pemberley and Mr. Darcy’s past marriage will tear them apart…
You will love this intense and passionate love story!

Overhearings less to the Purpose – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

He is Mr. Darcy of Pemberley: How hard can it be for him to charm a woman?
At Rosings Park Mr. Darcy overhears Elizabeth disclose her true opinion of him to Charlotte. Her opinions of him were ra

ther less favorable than Mr. Darcy had believed them to be. Well he couldn’t let her continue to hate him. He needed to charm Elizabeth Bennet into liking him, at least a little, before he could leave Rosings Park.
Unfortunately, Mr. Darcy was to discover that he is not very good at charming women, even when he wants to…

I believe most of Regina Jeffers books are on sale for 0,99, but as they are many, I’m adding the link to her Amazon page, where you’ll be able to check them all out.

 

Jane Austen Fan Fiction on Sale for 1,99$

The Best Part of Love – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, his heart is almost immediately engaged. Seeing the pretty lady before him, a lady of no consequence or fortune, he believes he should not form an attachment to her, unsuitable as such a woman is to be his wife.
What he cannot see, however, is the truth, that the simple country girl harbours a secret. Before she meets Darcy, Elizabeth has spent two years hiding from the men who killed her beloved first husband. Feeling herself destroyed by love, Elizabeth is certain she will never love again, certainly not the arrogant man who has offended her from the first moment of their acquaintance.
In time, Elizabeth surprises herself by finding in Darcy a friend; even greater is her surprise to find herself gradually coming to love him and  even accepting an offer of marriage from him. As the newly married couple is beginning to settle into their happily-ever-after, a condemned man on his way to the gallows divulges a shattering truth, a secret that contradicts everything Elizabeth thought she knew about the tragic circumstances of her first marriage. Against the advice of everyone who loves her—including Darcy—Elizabeth begins to seek the truth, knowing she must have it even if it may destroy her newfound happiness with Darcy.
Of note, this ebook is a re-issue of a book of the same title but different cover.

 

An Unexpected Merry Gentleman – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly and Mr. Darcy and his sister have been invited to Netherfield for Christmas with Bingley’s business associate and the Bennets of Longbourn. There is no comfort or joy for this taciturn man when he discovers the sparkling Elizabeth Bennet finds him proud and arrogant. His only choice is to win her heart, but is it too late to change her opinion of him?
Elizabeth Bennet is dismayed when she discovers the holiday guests of Netherfield include Mr. Darcy. How will she remain in the spirit of Christmas when faced with such a disagreeable man? Yet, with the kindness and attention he displays to her two young cousins, and the handsome Mr. Wickham’s character beginning to unravel, can she really trust in first impressions? Join the residents of Meryton as the spirit of the holidays may turn Mr. Darcy into “An Unexpected Merry Gentleman” after all. 
~A low angst, clean holiday novella

Twists of Fate – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

What if Mr Collins shocked Elizabeth with his base conduct at the time of his proposal, thus sending her dashing out of her house, and into the arms of Mr Darcy? What if that accidental encounter was witnessed, and impropriety was assumed? What if Mr Darcy was glad of the excuse to marry his heart’s desire – only to have his best hopes blasted within hours of his wedding? What if he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time more than once?
Evil rumours, an early marriage, a dreadful misunderstanding, an old secret and good intentions gone awry. What if ‘I do’ is not the end, but the beginning of the adventure?
(The novel addresses mature themes. Given the ‘early marriage’ premise, the issue of growing affection and intimacy is central to the story. The relevant scenes are emotive and deeply sensual, but never explicit.)

A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

Is not the very meaning of love that it surpasses every objection against it?
JILTED. NEVER DID MR DARCY IMAGINE that it could happen to him. But it has, and by Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who first hated and rejected him but then came to love him—he believed—and agree to be his wife. Alas, theirs is a short-lived, ill-fated romance that ends nearly as soon as it has begun. No reason is given.
MORE THAN A YEAR since he last saw her—a year of anger, confusion, and despair—he receives an invitation from the Bingleys to a house party at Netherfield Park. Darcy is first tempted to refuse, but with the understanding that Elizabeth will not attend, he decides to accept. When a letter arrives, confirming Elizabeth’s intention to join them, Darcy resolves to meet her with indifference. He is determined that he will not demand answers to the questions that plague him, no matter how much he wants to do just that.
ELIZABETH BENNET HOLDS IN HER HEART a number of secrets, including the love for Mr Darcy which remains burning brightly. Nevertheless she is resolved to remain silent and hold fast to the secret behind her refusal, knowing it can no longer matter, believing that Darcy must surely despise her.
Once they are together, however, it proves difficult to deny the intense passion that still exists. Fury, grief, and profound love prove to be a combustible mixture. But will the secrets between them be their undoing?
A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity is a novel length Pride and Prejudice variation.

Rosings Park – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

A decade ago, groundbreaking novel THE THREE COLONELS began the epic Jane Austen’s Fighting Men series and transformed Austenesque literature with its blend of Regency romance and historical fiction. ROSINGS PARK is its long-awaited conclusion!
The Napoleonic Wars are finally over, and Britain seeks to rebuild after a generation of war. Gone is the “green and pleasant land” of the early Regency. In its place, a natural disaster on the other side of the world exacerbates the country’s woes: economic depression, widespread hunger, industrialization, and civil unrest. Great Britain faces ruin and revolution.
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy agree to take in the young and spirited daughter of Lydia Wickham, and all the while, their beloved Pemberley is being endangered by riotous Luddites. Colonel Sir Richard Fitzwilliam marries Anne de Bourgh but finds the management of Rosings Park no easy matter, especially with Lady Catherine de Bourgh ready and eager to offer advice. Haunted by despair and gravely wounded in body and spirit, a bitter Colonel Sir John Buford returns to England to be nursed by his wife, the former Caroline Bingley.
Then, an evil out of the past returns to wreak vengeance on Rosings Park, and the Darcys, Fitzwilliams, Bufords, and their friends face a devastating truth: HAPPILY EVER AFTER MUST BE EARNED.

 

Jane Austen Fan Fiction on Sale for 2,99$

For the Sake of her Hapiness – 2,99$

Blurb:

“For The Sake of Her Happiness” is a clean, romantic novella of about 30 K words that brings Darcy and Elizabeth together in Kent, in the beauty of Rosings Park.
At that point, their relationship is quite similar to the original; however, one small incident will change things completely.
What should a private man like Fitzwilliam Darcy do with the torment in his heart, if there is not a single living soul he trusted enough to share it? Writing his turmoil in a diary, of course!
But when the haste made him drop the precious possession in the grass and, and someone read it before he realized the loss and returned to claim it, the circumstances changed – for the better.
By the time the relationship slowly improved between our dear couple, most distressing news interrupted Elizabeth’s visit and demanded her presence in town.
What could Darcy do when the woman he loved suddenly left, with no apparent reason? Follow her and do everything for the sake of her happiness – of course!

Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth – 2,99$

Book Blurb:

At their first encounter at Meryton Assembly, Darcy is appalled by Mrs Bennet’s lack of decorum as much as Bingley is charmed by Miss Jane Bennet’s beauty and gentleness.

In the following days, as they have more chances to know each other and to overcome the first pride and prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth are slowly improving their acquaintance to the point that tender feelings are slowly growing between them.

Caroline Bingley had spent the last years trying to secure her position as Darcy’s wife, with no success. She is decided to have him for herself just as Lady Catherine is determined to have him for her daughter. When circumstances brought them together at Rosings Park, both women are attempting everything to accomplish their goal. Each by herself planned to eliminate the biggest obstacle: the obvious attraction between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Overwhelmed by her feelings for Darcy and uncertain by his, Elizabeth is easily deceived by false rumours and her heart is quickly broken in pieces. She returned from Rosings to Longbourn with her distress to turn into despair, an easy pray for Mr. Wickham’s decisiveness.

Caught in a hasty engagement that she will quickly come to regret, her salvation could only come from Darcy’s himself, whose love and loyalty to her had never changed during the months of separation.

“Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth” is a sweet, romantic, clean Pride of Prejudice Variation of approximately 32 K words, that follows the usual road from the canon, adding several original scenes and some turning points that will make Elizabeth and Darcy’s journey toward “happily ever after” slightly more complicated and would surely keep the readers’s interest vivid.

Being Mrs Darcy – 2,99$

Blurb:

One distressing night in Ramsgate, Elizabeth Bennet impulsively offers Georgiana Darcy aid. Scandalous rumours soon surround the ladies and Fitzwilliam Darcy, forcing Elizabeth and Darcy, strangers to each other, to marry. Darcy despises everything about his marriage to the daughter of an insignificant country gentleman with vulgar relations. Georgiana, humiliated after a near-elopement with George Wickham and full of Darcy pride, hates her new sister. Their family look upon Elizabeth with suspicion and do little to hide their sentiments. Separated from those who love her, Elizabeth is desperate to prove herself to her new family despite their disdain. Just as she loses all hope, Darcy learns to want her good opinion. He will have to face his prejudices and uncover the depths of Georgiana’s misdeeds to earn it, and Elizabeth will have to learn to trust him if she is to ever to find happiness being Mrs Darcy.
This book is a Pride and Prejudice variation featuring Jane Austen’s beloved characters in scenarios of the author’s imagining.



December bookmail giveaway

And now, it’s giveaway time!

During 2021 I’ve decided to offer on a monthly basis an ebook copy of one of the books I’ve received through the mail during that specific month to one reader, and as we are now in the last month of the year, so this will be the last Book Mail Giveaway we’re having!

I have received 9 books in the mail, so the winners of this giveaway will be able to pick an ebook copy of any of the below books:

‘Tis the Season Anthology by Quills & Quartos Publishing – Source: Gift from Publisher

So Material a Change by Amy D’Orazio – Source: Gift from Publisher

Epiphany by Jessie Lewis – Source: Gift from Publisher

The Long Journey Home by J.Dawn King – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Still Waters by Elin Eriksen – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Transforming Mr. Darcy by Melanie Rachel – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet by Katherine Cowley – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Mages and Mysteries by Victoria Kincaid – Source: Gift from Author

Happy By Accident…or Not? by Michelle D’arcy – Source: Gift from Author

If you want to enter the giveaway just comment on this post and let me know you’re interested. The giveaway is open until the 14th of January and is valid for readers with US accounts only (sorry, I can’t offer the ebooks on other stores).

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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Susan by Alice McVeigh

susan4.5 stars

Susan is a prequel of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan which allows the reader to get to know one of the most dislikeable characters Austen ever created and make him sympathize with her. In this book, we are introduced to young Susan Smithson and learn a little more about her background and the events that made her who she is.

The writing style in Susan, even if it is not an epistolary novel, is incredibly similar to Jane Austen’s. I was impressed with the approach Alice McVeigh had towards the characters, the development of the story, and how she penned everything is such a regency style manner. Every detail seemed to be in line with what I saw happening in Lady Susan, and that was what captivated me the most during the first part of the book, when the characters are still being introduced to the reader, and the pieces of the puzzle still being laid out in front of him.

It took me a while to connect with the characters, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading to know what would happen. I found myself wanting to know more about Lady Cuthbert’s marriage, cheering up for Alicia and hoping Susan would never turn her back on her cousin. Given Susan’s constant manipulations I was always uncertain of what she would do, which made the story very exciting.

Susan’s character was also interesting for me in the sense that despite her coldness and manipulative personality, I could relate to her and even sympathize with her at times. I loved how Susan was simultaneously good to her cousin but conniving in order to achieve her goals. In fact, she was scheming and smart, but she was not mean, which is probably a facet of her personality she will develop in the future. In this book Susan is still a young lady, and she already has the traits of personality we see in Lady Susan, but she is still growing up, still learning the ways of life, and there is still some ingenuity in her that makes her more likable at the eyes of the reader. I liked this approach, because in essentials she is still the same character Austen created, but in a different stage of her life, and therefore, not yet the same as we see in Lady Susan. Alice McVeigh didn’t try to change Susan’s character to make her more favorable in the readers eyes, she simply created an interesting story where a younger version of Lady Susan is still learning how to navigate in society using her wit.

I was also pleasantly surprised with how many Austen characters from other novels were present in this book and with their influence on this story, their inclusion was smartly done, and I loved it. I personally loved reading Charlotte’s letters, witnessing how she is not so easily manipulated by Susan as other people were, and also to know Colonel Fitzwilliam’s connection and influence in Susan’s life.

Summing up, Susan is a very well written book that takes the reader into a regency storyline that becomes more and more captivating as the story progresses. It is a different JAFF novel that I recommend to those who want more then just Darcy and Elizabeth.

 

You can find Susan at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible


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In the Spirit Intended by Jan Ashton

in the spirit intended4.5 stars

In the Spirit Intended is a marvelous Christmas novella that I highly recommend to those who want to see Darcy and Elizabeth rediscovering love together.

In this story, after saving Lydia from a tragic fate, Mr. Darcy travels to Europe to escape his own sad future. In his mind Elizabeth would not accept him once more and getting away from her is the easiest path to follow. But when he returns a year later and finds himself obliged to spend the Christmas season at Bingley’s townhouse, along with his wife and her dearest sister Elizabeth, he soon realizes that no matter how far he travels he will not be able to escape his feelings.

I absolutely loved the premise of this book because it takes place some time after P&P events and I am getting partial to those stories, but what I loved the most was the entire setting Jan Ashton created.

This book focuses on Christmas traditions and events while giving us plenty of Darcy and Elizabeth moments that will make our hearts melt. I loved reading about what these characters were feeling and seeing them discover they cannot run from their feelings. I loved the honesty of their feelings, even when such feelings were jealousy and not just pure bliss over other people’s happiness. Those small details made this book feel real and honest, instead of a fairy tale story based on characters that could never exist in real life.

I also loved Lydia’s appearance and the new dynamics she created. She was a fun character to see in this book, and I usually do not like having her around. Mr. Bingley’s aunts were also very fun, and the perfect complement to this novella.

Summing up, In the Spirit Intended is a romantic, sweet, and also fun story to read around Christmas time. I loved reading it, and I highly recommend it to any Pride & Prejudice fan 😊

You can find In the Spirit Intended at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

Or you can read this and more Christmas stories in ‘Tis the Season Anthology, also available on Audible.

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An Angel in Her Pocket by Brenda J. Webb

an angel in her pocket4 stars

An Angel in Her Pocket is a Pride and Prejudice Christmas novella inspired by It’s A Wonderful Life, a movie that I haven’t seen but that is now under my radar.

In this book, a very peculiar angel, Grace Angelini, decides that during the Christmas season she needs to solve a situation that should not have occurred. In her opinion, Elizabeth Bennet shouldn’t have rejected Mr. Darcy’s proposal, so her mission is now to create the conditions for a second proposal to happen so that ODC may live happily ever after.

The story takes place some time after the P&P events, and in this novella, Mr. Bennet dies shortly after Lydia’s elopement and Mr. Collins takes over Longbourn, forcing the Bennet sisters to find accommodation elsewhere. Elizabeth is living in London with the Gardiners and looking for employment when Grace intervenes and finds her a position as governess to a sweet little girl whose Godfather happens to be Mr. Darcy.

This is a very sweet and cozy novella with a very interesting writing style. I’m not sure if this is also an influence of the movie, but the book is very cinematographic in the sense that the reader feels he is living in the story. We feel as if we are just there with the angel, Elizabeth and Darcy, and that makes the book very engaging.

I really liked the premise, and the fact that we are privy to the angel’s discussions concerning what is happening below, it is a very different take on P&P and it makes this story very diverting. I also liked the antagonist in this story, and the fact that she was not Miss Bingley. Elizabeth’s rival is just as annoying and conniving, and I loved how Brenda Webb developed her character.

In such a short novella, I would have liked to have more page time dedicated to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. The moments they shared were really sweet and romantic, but I was left craving for more.

Summing up, An Angel in Her Pocket is a short Christmas story that will engage readers attention and warm their hearts. It is a very sweet and vivid story with romance, humor and even some adventure. It can be easily read in one afternoon and I recommend reading it during the Christmas reason 😊

You can find An Angel in Her Pocket at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is the 12th book in Being a Jane Austen Mystery series by Stephanie Barron, but it was the only one I’ve read and I believe it can be read as a standalone.

In this book set in 1814, Jane Austen and her family are invited to spend Christmas at The Vyne, an estate belonging to the Chute family. But before anyone can celebrate and enjoy the festivities, a mystery followed by a murder occurs, and Jane’s wit is put to a test.

I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, so this may be a recurrent feature in these books, but my favourite aspect about this story was Jane’s character. She was witty, had a compelling dry humour, but was not perfect as we often see portrayed. She had a sharp tongue ready to tell everybody what she thought, and I loved the small imperfections in her character because they are more in line with how I picture Jane Austen to have been. Stephanie Barron captured Austen’s voice perfectly and that made me want to read the other books in this series.

Some of the secondary characters were very interesting too, namely Mary, Jane’s tiresome  sister in law whom I loved to hate, but particularly Mr. Raphael West who had some Darcy traits which I found very attractive, and whom I secretly desired would enter into a romantic relationship with our dear Jane.

The mystery was not as exciting as I would have expected, nor was it its resolution, which was quite fast comparing to the low pace of the beginning of the book. I wasn’t able to solve it, but I was also not very engaged with that plotline. The characters relationships were what captivated me the most in this book and its main achievement in my opinion.

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas has some political nuances involved in the mystery but it all comes down to one riddle, which I found extremely clever. What better than a word game to allow Jane Austen to solve a mystery? I mean, it was her area of expertise after all.

This book is well written and is indeed entertaining, I loved spending Christmas with Jane Austen without all the modern capitalist traditions and I am sure other readers will like it too.

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Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

In the audio version the narrator reads the books notes that explain period information such as the traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the political situation etc. and I absolutely loved that fact because it allowed me to obtain more knowledge and to better understand the story.

The narration itself was five stars, the characters sounded authentic and distinctive enough to stand them apart from one another. I would recommend this Kate Reading as a narrator.

 

You can find Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

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Stranded at Pemberley by Jenetta James

Stranded at Pemberley4 stars

Stranded at Pemberley starts in December 1810 when the Gardiners, along with Elizabeth, are visiting a dying relation of Mrs. Gardiner near Lambton. On their journey back home, and close to Pemberley, they have a carriage accident where Mrs. Gardiner is severely injured and taken along with her family to Pemberley where she can get medical assistance.

Because of these events, Elizabeth is stranded at Pemberley during Christmas time, and in a style very similar to Jane Eyre, has several encounters with the taciturn owner of the house and sees a young lady peeking through the houses windows when Elizabeth is taking a stroll in the garden. Elizabeth doesn’t know what to think because she never met the owner and doesn’t know anything about the house or the family that resides, but she does understand the house is not exactly in a Christmas like mood. That, however, will change when Elizabeth is able to do what the members of the Darcy family have been unable to do for the last 4 months. I will not say much because I don’t want to spoil the story, but it is needless to say that Elizabeth will bring joy to Pemberley.

I loved the writing style of this book and its gothic elements were something I truly cherished because it brought some mystery into the story, however, I would have liked to see a little more development in the romance department as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship seemed a little too rushed. I believe that with only a few more pages to develop their romance, this novella would have been perfect.

Stranded at Pemberley is, nonetheless, a very cozy and well written Christmas novella that can be read in one single sitting, so I recommend it to readers who are looking for more of Darcy and Elizabeth.

You can find Stranded at Pemberley at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

Or you can read this and more Christmas stories in ‘Tis the Season Anthology, also available on Audible.

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Giveaway Winners Announcement

Good afternoon everyone,

This has been a busy season with all the Christmas shopping and preparations, but I was able to read a little more in the last couple of days, which means I will be able to bring you a review each day until Christmas! That is something I have never done before, but I thought that it would be cool to have an entire week dedicated to Christmas stories, so starting tomorrow I’ll bring you a review each day I hope they may entice you to read a little more 😊

But today, I would like to announce the winners of the latest giveaways we had here at From Pemberley to Milton, so without further ado, the winners are:

Murder and Miss Austen’s Ball

*** Vesper ***

Son of an Earl

*** Lois ***

I would like to ask the winners to please send your email contacts and the amazon store you use to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that the prizes may be sent to you.

Happy Reading everyone!

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Five Daughters Out at Once by Jayne Bamber- Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today we are sharing an extra post with exciting news! A new Audiobook narrated by Stevie Zimmerman has been released, and it is none other then Five Daughters Out at Once! This book has such a twist that it has been on my radar for quite some time now, and with the audiobook available, it will ceertainly be added to my TBL! I haven’t compiled all my stats yet, but I am quite sure that at least a third of the books I review in this blog are audiobooks, so it makes me really happy to bring to you an excerpt of one. I wish we could share a sample of the narration, but I am not that technological and that may be a feature I have to learn in the future.

But I digresss, Jayne Bamber is my guess today and she brings you an excerpt of Five Daughters Out at Once along with a giveaway of an audiobook copy! I hope you enjoy it, and ggood luck !


NEW excerpt

It’s great to be back at From Pemberley to Milton, and celebrate that Five Daughters Out at Once is now available on Audible. Last time I was here, I shared an excerpt  from the house party Lady Catherine hosts at Netherfield which revealed that Frank Churchill is a rival to Mr. Darcy for Elizabeth Bennet’s affections in Five Daughters. Today’s excerpt builds off of that, and gives Charlotte Lucas time to shine as a wise and wonderful bestie. Elizabeth may not be putting her best foot forward in this scene, but Charlotte channels some big Knightley energy – will she get through to Elizabeth? There’s only one way to find out!

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Elizabeth’s gaze inevitably alighted once more on Mr. Darcy, who had retreated from all Miss Crawford’s effusions of prickly wit and trite flattery. Miss Crawford was pursuing him now, laughing affectedly and with the evident expectation of arousing admiration. “Oh, Mr. Darcy, do come and advise me,” she cried. “If you will not play cards yourself, you must at least lend me your superior senses, for I declare I cannot bear to lose another hand to Mr. Tilney. I am quite undone!”

There was a burst of laughter from Lydia and Mr. Tilney, who had been unabashedly cheating, and supposed their mischief must give amusement to all; it nearly did, though Mr. Darcy looked as disgusted with them as ever. Mr. Crawford merrily threw his cards in the air, screwed up his face, and abandoned his sister with a cheeky laugh and jaunty stride, declaring she must take a new partner and allow him to admire Jane at the pianoforte. Robert Ferrars, after a whispered admonition from his mother, made haste in offering himself up to Miss Crawford, who only just managed to keep her countenance at the overtures of such an underwhelming and over-zealous partner. Mr. Darcy betrayed a slight quirk of his lips before retreating to a seat by the window and staring out of it while pretending to examine a book of illustrations.

“Mr. Darcy despises cards,” Elizabeth cried, answering Miss Crawford’s impatient tittering. “He is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else.” Determined to ignore the disconcerting proximity of Mr. Churchill, Elizabeth grinned at Mr. Darcy.

He looked up at her, his earlier traces of mirth now vanished. “I deserve neither such praise nor censure. I am not as great a reader as I should like to be, and I take pleasure in many things.”

She arched an eyebrow at him, struck with an impudent whim to see what self-important nonsense she might elicit from him. “Such as?”

“I enjoy exploring the countryside of a morning,” said he. “Walking can be very agreeable, though I have found that on horseback I might traverse more ground. Do you ride, Miss Elizabeth?”

“Lizzy seems a fearless creature – but you have found her Achilles’ heel,” Charlotte said, turning away from Georgiana to join the conversation. “She was nearly trampled when she was a girl.”

“Lizzy, is this true?” Georgiana gasped. “But surely you can ride!”

Elizabeth had time only to shake her head before Mr. Darcy replied, “You astonish us all, Miss Elizabeth – to be sure, I had thought you capable of anything.”

She fixed him with such a look as to show she was not afraid of what he meant to imply, smirking as she said, “I did consider attempting to learn to ride – it might have been a useful thing indeed, these past two years – but there was enough to occupy me, and in the end, I could not overcome my original objections to the pursuit. Horses are perhaps not the most imposing beasts I have had to battle, but they are more easily avoided than some.”

 Beside her, Mr. Churchill began to cough; he recovered himself by leaning against Elizabeth, and dropped his voice so that he might be audible only to herself as he said, “What beasts you have battled indeed – Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy are inescapable!”

Elizabeth could see that Mr. Darcy had taken her meaning; she might have expected him to be affronted, but he looked rather wounded, and actually bit his lip – for such a stoic man, this little gesture was beyond the response she had expected. He moved away abruptly and began to address himself to Miss Crawford at the card table, inspiring immediate raptures and affected laughter from the lady.

Charlotte began to look very strangely at Elizabeth, her demeanor seeming to hint that she was wanting some private confidence with her friend; thinking of that awful incident in the garden, Elizabeth went to her friend directly and detached her from the others. “It is very good of you to entertain us all here,” she said, linking her arm through Charlotte’s as she led her friend to a place at some remove, where the music still provided by Jane might afford them a greater share of privacy. “I hope you are recovered from – when last we met.”

“Indeed I am,” Charlotte said with a thin smile. “But I worry for you, Lizzy, and how you choose to entertain yourself.”

“What do you mean?”

“What I mean is that you were quite rude to Mr. Darcy just now – do not look at me like that, I know you noticed his reaction. It is one thing to tease, when there is real levity in it, but I think you go too far with him – and I think Mr. Churchill encourages such conduct. I only wish to put you on your guard.”

Elizabeth was too stunned to speak for a minute or more. “I cannot think what Frank Churchill has to do with it – you know my reasons for disliking Mr. Darcy, and his inability to engage in friendly banter is certainly amongst them. But I have other reasons, you know I have – surely a misplaced jest is nothing to his offenses against me.”

“He has not insulted you in front of so many people,” Charlotte replied evenly. “And he did try to make amends – it was not a brilliant attempt, but you give him little chance to do better.”

“I should think that doing what is right need not the incentive of such flattery as he receives from Miss Crawford,” Elizabeth spat, glaring in that lady’s direction. “Shall I fawn over him as she does? Would you have me find perspicacity in his paltry attempts to converse?”

“I only mean to suggest that you have already resolved that everything Mr. Darcy says and does shall be disagreeable to you. You have made no secret of this to Mr. Churchill, who uses this knowledge to curry your favor.”

Elizabeth eyed her friend dubiously. “Frank Churchill has earned my favor, Charlotte, by being an open, affable gentleman.”

“Yet I fear you might not always find him a gentleman, Lizzy, if you continue to encourage him so boldly – he is very forward.”

“Anybody might seem forward when compared to Mr. Darcy,” Elizabeth said with some exasperation. “Might I again refer you to Miss Crawford?” The lady in question had now begun to brush some non-existent dirt from Mr. Darcy’s lapel, and laughed gaily as she rested her hand there a moment longer than strictly necessary.

“I have no wish to argue, Lizzy – you know I adore you, but it is my very affection for you that compels me to speak plainly. You have known Mr. Churchill but a week, and yet you carry on with the intimacy of long-established friends.”

“I should think that a mark in his favor,” Elizabeth interjected.

Charlotte shook her head, knitting her brows with concern. “Lizzy, I only wish you to think very carefully about what you want – about what sort of man might please you. Mr. Darcy… his opinion of you, I think, is not what you would posit.”

“It is rather worse, I daresay! He only looks at me to find fault – I ought to rejoice that he does not speak to me more often,” Elizabeth said, laughing bitterly.

Charlotte looked pained, but with a sideward roll of her eyes she soon appeared playfully resigned. “Laugh as much as you choose, but you cannot laugh me out of my opinion. I think there may be some other reason Mr. Darcy is often staring at you – and perhaps some other reason you dislike Miss Crawford’s behavior toward him. I should hate to see you remain so willfully blind to what that may portend, and let your fancy for Mr. Churchill prevent you from better understanding the feelings of a man ten times his consequence.”

At this, Charlotte gave Elizabeth a look of knowing triumph and moved away. Elizabeth stood, stunned, and began to hug herself from the strange and discomfiting sensations aroused by her friend’s suggestions. When she finally roused herself and resolved to be sociable once more, she looked around and found that Mr. Churchill was staring at her in such a way that suggested he was quite desirous of her attention. And so was Mr. Darcy.


After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance.

Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?

Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound, and plans go awry, as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives. Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?

You can find Five Daughters Out at Once at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited and now on Audible


NEW giveaaway time

To celebrate the release of the audiobook, Jayne Bamber is offeering one audiobook copy of Five Daughters Out at Once, to apply to it click on the below link.


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Mages and Mysteries by Victoria Kincaid- Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today is a very special day because not only it is Jane Austen’s Birthday, but also the day I welcome back at From Pemberley to Milton author Victoria Kincaid. Ms Kincaid is one of my favorite authors and it’s been a while since I had her here, so I am very happy that she is visiting in this special occasion. She brings you an excerpt of her most recently released Mages and Mysteries, her first fantasy novel, and I am very eager to read it! In fact, I just got the book in the mail today and was incredibly tempted to start reading it right away! But…TBR’s must be respected, and I’ll have to wait a little longer until I can read it. Until I do, and I post the review, I leave you with a little excerpt as a teaser 😊

Thank you for visiting Ms. Kinkaid, it is always a huge pleasure to have you here.


NEW book blurb

In Regency England, women are expected to confine their magical acts to mending dresses or enhancing their beauty, but Elizabeth Bennet insists on crafting her own spells to fight goblins and protect the people of Meryton.  She even caused a scandal by applying for admission to the magical Academy. When Hertfordshire is beset with a series of unexplained goblin attacks, Elizabeth is quite ready to protect her family and friends. If only she didn’t have to deal with the attitude of the arrogant mage, Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Mr. Darcy doesn’t need to be associated with a scandalous woman like Elizabeth Bennet—no matter how attractive she is. But as the goblin attacks accelerate and grow more dangerous, Darcy realizes that he could use her help in identifying the cause—and is forced to recognize her magical ability.  Unfortunately, continued proximity to Elizabeth only heightens his attraction to her—which is particularly inconvenient in light of his engagement to Caroline Bingley.

Can Elizabeth and Darcy unravel the mystery of the goblin attacks before more people are hurt? And how can they manage their growing mutual attraction? It’s sure to be interesting…because when Darcy and Elizabeth come together, magic happens.  

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You can find Mages and Mysteries at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited


NEW excerpt

Hello Rita!  Thank you for welcoming me back to From Pemberley to Milton!  I am very happy to introduce Mages and Mysteries, my 16th Pride and Prejudice variation, but my first fantasy variation. I read a lot of fantasy, so writing a fantasy variation has been on my bucket list for years. It was difficult, but enormous fun, and I certainly plan to write more of them. Mages and Mysteries has been well received by readers; I am very grateful that they have embraced the magical version of the Regency with all their hearts! 

The excerpt below is from very early in the book. The Meryton assembly ball was interrupted by news of a goblin attack on the drive—in front of the building. Darcy and Bingley raced out of the ballroom to fight the goblin with their magic. Elizabeth followed, although women aren’t supposed to practice major magic. When Bingley is momentarily injured, Elizabeth decides Darcy (despite his earlier arrogant comments about her) needs some help.  I hope you enjoy the excerpt! 

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The creature loomed over Mr. Darcy, dwarfing him despite his tall stature. The paladin backed away even while he chanted the words to a spell. 

There had to be something she could do. If she could distract the goblin, it could give Mr. Darcy time to complete whatever spell he was attempting. 

Distraction….

Elizabeth gathered strands of ether from the air and braided them into an illusion, chanting a few words of Latin under her breath. She had some practice with creating illusions, but capturing the goblin’s attention would require something very realistic—not like the flat silhouettes on the ballroom walls—and sufficiently threatening to a goblin.  

The goblin pulled back two arms as it prepared to strike Mr. Darcy.  There was no time to waste. Elizabeth cast the illusion forward, willing it to appear in front of the hobgoblin.  

A phoenix burst into existence, a riot of gold, red, and orange—with feathers made of flames. It swooped down from the sky directly at the goblin’s face before circling away again. Elizabeth had observed this rare and glorious bird when traveling with her father to Cornwall, and she used this memory to fashion the illusion.  

The phoenix burned a line of fire as it ripped through the air toward the goblin once more.  It grabbed for the bird, which swooped away just in time. Elizabeth grinned. Her ploy was working! 

She had to keep her eyes on the illusory bird, not allowing her concentration to waver for even a second. As the phoenix again flew at the hobgoblin, the monster lunged forward swiftly and swiped at a tailfeather, nearly overbalancing when the claw encountered no resistance.  The hobgoblin stared in confusion at its own claw as though it were the reason the creature had missed the bird. Well, nobody accused hobgoblins of being great thinkers. Still, it would not be long before the creature recognized the nature of the illusion.

There was some movement from the shrubbery where Mr. Bingley had fallen. Thankfully the paladin was alive, but he was not yet standing.  However, Mr. Darcy had taken advantage of the goblin’s distraction to continue casting his spell, drawing down massive quantities of etheric threads while watching the phoenix apprehensively.

“The phoenix is an illusion!” she shouted to him.  His head jerked in acknowledgement. 

Elizabeth caused the phoenix to swoop in once more, low enough to be threatening to the goblin but too high for it to reach.  However, the goblin jumped up unexpectedly just as the phoenix passed overhead.  Its deliberate swipe sailed straight through the illusory bird, slicing through empty air. The goblin screamed with fury at the deception and immediately bowed its head to mount an attack on Mr. Darcy.  

Elizabeth allowed the phoenix illusion to dissipate. Perhaps there was something else she could do to fight the beast.

Mr. Darcy had retrieved his sword with a truly magnificent diving somersault and was on his feet instantly.  As the goblin lunged for him, the paladin ducked under its wildly grasping claws, inside the circle of its arms where the goblin could not easily reach. 

He stabbed upward, aiming for the place where a human’s heart would be. The bespelled sword slid through the goblin’s thick hide as if it were water. Mr. Darcy’s spell must have been designed to ensure a swift and sure strike.  The hobgoblin stared down in astonishment at the blade protruding from its chest. A second later, the skin of its chest turned to gray ash. The gray color spread rapidly through the beast’s torso, arms, legs, head, giving it the momentary appearance of a living statue. Then it collapsed inward as the ash disintegrated into a cloud. Moments later nothing remained but an enormous pile of ashes.  Elizabeth briefly wondered who would clean up that mess.


NEW blog tour

The blog tour is almost over, but there are still a few stops left 🙂 Check them out to learn more about this book.

December 6 Babblings of a Bookworm

December 7 So Little time

December 8 Savvy Verse and Wit

December 9 My Jane Austen Book Club

December 10 Probably at the Library

December 13 My Vices and Weaknesses

December 16 From Pemberley to Milton

December 28 My Love for Jane Austen

January 10 Austenesque Reviews


NEW giveaaway time

Victoria Kincaid is offering oneebook copies of Mages and Mysteries during her blog tour. Leave a comment here to be in the drawing for the international ebook giveaway. We will announce the winner shortly.


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Son of an Earl by Bronwen Chisholm- Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

After having interviewed her last October, I am pleased to welcome Bronwen Chisholm once more at From Pemberley to Milton. This time she is sharing with you an excerpt of her book Son of an Earl, the second novel in the Defying Propriety Series. This excerpt dwelves on Miss Adsila Carrington whom you’ve probably met at Babblings of a Bookworm and who has raised the interest of Viscount Grayson. I hope you like knowing more about these characters 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting Ms. Chisholm, it is a pleasure to receive you at From Pemberley to Milton.


NEW excerpt

Hi, Rita! I am so pleased to be back at From Pemberley to Milton with you and your readers. The second novel in my Defying Propriety Series, Son of an Earl, is available for pre-order on Kindle. Here is the cover along with the blurbs for both the series and this book.

We are formed by experiences of our childhood. Family and friends influence our character. Decisions, wise and foolish, direct our path. Through chance encounters and early introductions, our beloved Pride and Prejudice characters come together on a slightly different path which may, to some, defy propriety.

All the books in this series are sweet, clean romances.

son of an earl

Ashton Fitzwilliam, Viscount Grayson and cousin to Fitzwilliam Darcy, has always known what was expected of him. As the eldest son of an earl, he must marry a lady from the first circles of society, preferably one whose father will be a new ally to the current earl. He never anticipated meeting an intriguing American lady with a secret or two she is determined to keep hidden from the disapproving haut ton.

As we discussed after you did that wonderful presentation on blogs at the JAFF Reader/Writer Get Together this year, I am sharing an excerpt. Your readers might have seen the first chapter on my stop at Babblings of a Bookworm where we were introduced to the young American, Miss Adsila Carrington, who peeked the viscount’s interest. Here is a taste of his attempts to learn more about this intriguing lady.

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Ashton returned to the breakfast room about the time he suspected his sister would be rising but found the meal had been cleared. Stepping into the hall, he beckoned to a footman.

“Has my sister already eaten?”

The man peered at him quizzically. “Begging your pardon, sir, but Lady Demetria always takes her breakfast in her chambers.”

“Of course,” he said while internally scolding himself. His sister did as their mother, yielding the breakfast table to their father, who had a fondness for reviewing his plans for the day, including a detailed, if one-sided, discussion of any bills coming before the House of Lords.

He wandered the halls, uncertain of his sister’s daily schedule or plans, until he heard her running scales on the pianoforte. Her eyes widened as he entered the music room, and she stopped playing when he took a seat.

“Have you a message for me?” Demi asked.

“No.” Ashton shook his head. “I did not see you last evening and wondered if you and Bedlington enjoyed the theatrical performance.”

Her eyes narrowed and she tipped her head. “You wished to ask me if I enjoyed my evening?”

“Yes,” he said with a laugh. “Can a brother not speak to his sister about her activities?”

“Certainly, he can.” She rose from the bench and joined him on the settee. “However, you rarely do so, and then only when there is something specific you wish to know.”

“Demi, you are far too suspicious.” He picked a bit of lint from his sleeve. “What was it you went to see?”

“Lord, I don’t know,” she said with a flutter of her hand. “Some comedy or such. It did not hold my attention, and I doubt it will play long.”

Demi’s sudden smile made Ashton’s skin crawl, making him think of her pet cat just before she toyed with a mouse.

“And you, brother? Did you enjoy the ball last evening?”

He frowned. “It was much the same as any other ball––a bit more insipid than some, but just as boring overall.”

“You met no one new?” she asked in an offhanded manner which felt quite calculated.

“I saw Lady Gertrude. Her fiancé was not there, but she had a friend with her, a young lady from Virginia.”

“You met Miss Carrington?” Her expression was suddenly unreadable.

“I danced with her as your friend was unavailable.”

“How did you find her?”

Ashton shrugged. “Her features are striking, but she rarely spoke, and then when she did, it was in a near whisper. I believe Lord Carlisle was pushing her towards Mr. Croome. It may be suitable as I am certain he would speak enough for both of them.”

Demi shivered. “That man is exceedingly dull, yet he believes himself an expert on nearly any subject. Only a deaf mute would suit him.”

Ashton chuckled. “I must agree with you. In fact, I nearly pitied Miss Carrington when he led her to the floor.”

“I am certain she will find a way to dissuade Lord Carlisle from the match. Gertie will help her if necessary.”

“And what are your thoughts on the young lady?” Ashton asked casually.

His sister studied him once more before speaking. “It appears she might be quite different among women, or perhaps in a smaller, more familial group. She stated her opinions most decidedly when we had tea last week.”

“I was surprised her father accompanied her to England but returned rather quickly. It appears she is to make her home here, though she prefers her native land.”

Demi crossed her arms and squinted at him. “Are you searching for gossip?”

“No!” Ashton huffed. “It was simply odd to me.” He rose from his seat. “I will leave you to your practicing.”

He was about to open the door, when his sister said, “From what Gertie says, there were limited marriage prospects for her at home, so her mother asked Lady Carlisle to sponsor her.”

Ashton turned about and bowed to his sister. “Have you plans for this afternoon? I thought, should you require an escort, I might attend you. It has been ages since we spent a day together.”

“We have never spent a day together unless Mamma insisted upon it.” Her lips pursed as she studied him. “Very well, I must visit a few shops and would appreciate an extra pair of hands to carry my purchases.”

“You were not going to have a footman attend you?” Ashton said with a smirk. “Very well. What else? Shall we take tea at Gunter’s?”

His sister had made her way back to the instrument. “Perhaps,” she said as she regained her seat. “Or, if you do not overly annoy me, we might visit Gertie and her new friend.”

“As you wish,” Ashton said with a slight tip of his head. Once in the hall, he allowed a smile to spread across his lips.

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So, what are your thoughts on Lady Demetria? She has been fun to write. For more of this chapter, stop by Austen Authors on Wednesday, December 15.


NEW author bio

Bronwen Chisholm has released eight Pride and Prejudice variations since 2014. She takes great pleasure in searching for potential “plot twists” and finding the way back to a happy ending.

Her love of writing has led her to several writing groups, and she is currently serving as the vice president of the Riverside Writers and organizes the Riverside Young Writers.

For more information, visit her at www.bronwenchisholm.com.

Bronwen Chisholm


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