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Stepping out in NYC Giveaway Winners

Hello everyone,

Last month was epic for me as I got to travel to the New York City and meet Claudine From Just Jane 1813.

During our time together we thought it would be nice to share our joy with our readers by offering a giveaway of some of the Jane Austen memorabilia we couldn’t resist buying ourselves.

We launched a giveaway of some very cute Pride and Prejudice adhesive page flags, a Mr. Darcy Funko POP from Pride &Prejudice and Zombies and an Elizabeth Bennet Funko POP from Pride &Prejudice and Zombies as well along with an interview performed by Joana Starnes to each one of us. This was the first time I ever did a joint post and it was incredibly fun! I loved working with Claudine defining how we would make our posts, adjusting the details, helping each other etc.

I hope this is something I can repeat in the future as the collaboration between bloggers is one of the things I love the most about this community and Claudine is so easy to work with 🙂

But I’m sure you all want to know who the lucky winners were, so without further ado, the randomly selected winners are:

1 – Pride and Prejudice adhesive page flags – Carole in Canada

2 – Mr. Darcy Funko POP from Pride &Prejudice and Zombies – Dholcomb1

3 – Elizabeth Bennet Funko POP from Pride & Prejudice and Zombies – Sophia Rose


Congratulations ladies!!!

Please send us your mail addresses to ritauzdeodato at gmail dot com and justjane1813 at gmail dot com so that we can ship the items to you 🙂


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Blog Anniversary Giveaway Winners

Hello everyone,

This month was my blog’s 1st anniversary and to celebrate, I decided to giveaway paperback copies of the first 2 books I reviewed here: Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections by Abigail Reynolds and The Subsequent Proposal by Joana Starnes.

You were all amazing and I was incredibly happy to see so many people leaving me messages of support and congratulations!

You guys are the best!!! Thank you so much for visiting, liking, following, twitting, sharing, commenting and letting me know your thoughts on reviews and books!!!

I hope we can all get together again next year, but now without further ado it is time to announce the winners!



Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections – Rellaenthia

The Subsequent Proposal – Laurie May Aquino


Congratulations ladies!!!

Please send me your addresses to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com until the 30th of August so that I can mail you the the paperback. Unfortunately if I don’t hear anything back from you I’ll have to randomly select another winner, so please do not forget to send me your contacts.


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My Jane Austen Road Trip…Chapter II – New York City

Hello everyone,

You’ve probably noticed I was too quiet in the end of July, and that was partly because I went on holidays to New York City. But even thought I have not posted anything during my stay in NYC, it doesn’t not mean I forgot about JAFF, by the contrary!

In fact, this trip ended up having too many references to the Jane Austen world, so today I am happy to share with you another chapter of My Jane Austen Road Trip 🙂

I would not have imagined I would find so many things across the pond that would remind me of JAFF, but the truth is that as I’m writing this post, I’m finding it hard to select the moments and pictures to share with you.

My very first day in the city was a true surprise. Once I arrived in NYC I went to my friends house in Jersey City were I would stay the entire week, as it was already late, my friends decided we would dine at a very nice restaurant called Porta just a few steps from their apartments. We went to this restaurant because of it’s proximity to their apartments so you can imagine my surprise when I looked at the menu and saw a drink called Mr. Darcy!!! The drink had gin in it, and I don’t even like gin, but I could not resist telling the waiter I wanted a Mr. Darcy! Who would have right?

I was preparing myself to say “I want a Mr. Darcy, please” when one of my friends spoiled it for me! That’s true, my friend who also happens to be named Rita decided to order it for me. I was so frustrated I had to ask another one (I repeat, I don’t even like gin!). Anyway, Mr. Darcy was not a sweet drink, it was a bit bitter and not at all what I would expect, but still, it was the best drink served in our table 🙂

If you happen to visit Jersey City, and you don’t know where to dine, I do recommend Porta, apart from the great taste in naming their drinks, the food is really good and it is a nice place to be with your friends 🙂

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Mr. Darcy at Porta was not the only surprise Jersey City had for me. The following day we decided to go to a cosy little bookshop just around the corner (on the same street as the restaurant) to buy a very late birthday present to one of my friends, and guess what? The bookshop was full of Jane Austen memorabilia!

I loved some of the items so much that I asked if they had more Jane Austen related articles, and that was my mistake! Of course they had more Jane Austen related things, and of course I wanted them all. It was my second day on holidays and I was already spending my months wage in JAFF related articles!

In my defence, I can not find any of these things in Portugal , and books are so much cheaper in the US! If I were American I think I would be buying paperbacks all the time 🙂

Don’t you think these things are the best?

If you liked some of these articles you can find them at Word bookstores in Brooklyn and/or Jersey City. For more info, you can visit their Website.

My journey at this point was only beginning and the best was yet to come. It was not a surprise but something I had planned a long time ago: meeting Claudine from JustJane1813.

Claudine started her blog just a few months after me and I’ve been a fan since the beginning. We started talking through our blogs, social media and lately I have found that discussing JAFF over whatapps with her is incredibly fun!

Meeting Claudine was a surprise because we had never met and have an entire ocean separating us, but also felt like meeting an old friend I hadn’t seen for a while and with whom I had a lot to talk about.

We spend two days together in the Big Apple (I’m sure she’ll laugh and tease me about my accent when she reads this) and those were the most wonderful day’s I’ve spent in the city.

She took me to a beautiful tea house called King’s Carriage where we enjoyed an English tea and could not stop talking about books! I loved the place, the company, the conversation and the coincidence of discovering the waiter was actually a writer trying to finish his first novel. He could be fooling us, but we never know, I like to believe that the tea house was a true literary place.

After the wonderful tea, Claudine took me to the theatre to see an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamil performed by Bedlam’s actors. This was the second time Claudine went to see this play, and she reviewed it at her blog so I won’t go into much details as you can still read her review, but let me just tell you that I loved it!!! I was told they will adapt Pride and Prejudice next, so if you live near NYC, don’t miss it. The group of actors were very talented and the director Eric Tucker did a wonderful job in using the space, props and actors available (several actors portrayed more than one character and that was beautifully executed). I love the theatre and go quite frequently here in Portugal, so my standards are pretty high when it comes to theatre productions, but this one was clearly exceptional. I have Claudine to thank for this wonderful experience.

While on the first day Claudine took me to a Jane Austen experience, on the second day I took her on a tourist experience.

We went to the Top of The Rock and took beautiful pictures, we visited Saint Patrick’s Church, the Grand Central Terminal, and through all these places do you know what she did? She bloged! She is unstoppable! I’ve never seen anyone as multitasked as Claudine. She was with me the entire day and she could give me her attention, enjoy the places she was visiting and still work for Justjane1813. No wonder she is always so active and well informed in what concerns JAFF! She is unbelievable 🙂

The last place we visited together was New York’s Public Library which has beautiful architecture emanating a special feeling for us book lovers. It also has some very interesting paintings on some of the reading rooms. Don’t you think that looks exactly like Jane? What about Charlotte and Mr. Bennet?

But the best part about the Library was the shop. Again, I could not resist so many great things related to Jane Austen! I bought more things than I should, and Claudine was a sweetheart and offered me a pair of hearings as a token of our time together!I will always cherish them and think of her when I wear them:)

What do you think of my final purchases? Most of the items are available in their online shop if you’re interested,


After two incredible days, my time with Claudine ended, but once again, the love for Jane Austen and her characters brought me together with a wonderful woman who amazed me with her strength and knowledge. Someone with whom I could speak at ease about everything, not just JAFF, and that is probably one of the most valuable lessons I take from this trip.

We may have been connected by JAFF, and we may have spent most of the time talking about books, characters and authors, but JAFF has become much more than a common interest between people. It has become a means of connecting, making new friends and feel understood and cherished.

It has become a door that opens so many paths, so many roads to follow, and for that I am grateful!

It allowed me to open my horizons and dream about the next road trip and all the surprises it may bring me…



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Chaos Comes to Longbourn – Excerpt and Giveaway


Hello everyone,

Apparently in June the number of JAFF releases decreased in comparison to the previous month, but still, we had some very interesting new releases, and one of them was Chaos Comes to Longbourn from Victoria Kincaid.

Today she is visiting From Pemberley to Milton to talk a little about the writing of this story, to share with you an excerpt, and offer a copy of Chaos Comes to Longbourn to one lucky winner.

I would like to welcome and thank Mrs. Kincaid for her visit, it is always an honor to receive her in From Pemberley to Milton! And I hope you enjoy her guest post and excerpt 🙂


*** Chaos Comes to Longbourn by Victoria Kincaid***

Chaos Comes to Longbourn is a bit of a departure for me. Of course every book an author writes is a new adventure and presents different issues, but this one offered some very particular challenges.  It is only the second of my Pride and Prejudice variations that I would consider to be an out-and-out comedy.  All of my books have humor and funny moments, but this is only the second one (after Mr. Darcy to the Rescue) where I set out with laughter as a consistent goal.

In addition, it is the first P&P I’ve written with multiple points of view. My previous books have focused on two main characters, the people falling in love—who are usually Darcy and Elizabeth (although When Mary Met the Colonel focused on Mary Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam).  Usually we see events unfolding only through these characters’ alternating viewpoints.  But the point of Chaos Comes to Longbourn was to have everyone engaged to the wrong person.  I needed to get inside the heads of other characters to observe their reactions to their various betrotheds.

I was more than halfway through the first draft when I realized I was writing from eight different points of view! On the one hand it was great fun.  In the original P&P, we never have a chance to see Charlotte encounter Wickham or hear Darcy’s thoughts about Lydia.  So it was endlessly amusing to imagine how those characters would react to each other (especially when they are engaged to each other).

On the other hand, it was very challenging to keep eight different perspectives and storylines going at the same time—and intertwining them effectively. I’d never done it before, so I didn’t realize how difficult it would be.   I was forever looking back to make sure the story made sense.  Did Elizabeth learn about X before or after she met Darcy on the road?  Should Wickham talk to Lydia after his conversation with Charlotte or after seeing Darcy?  When I sent a draft to my betas I begged them to check for errors in continuity, fearing a character knew something or said something when the chronology didn’t make sense.

But writing Chaos Comes to Longbourn was a great learning experience and I would do something like it again in a heartbeat—if the right plot bunny came along that necessitated multiple POVs.  I learned so much more about the various characters of P&P—beyond Darcy and Elizabeth— by entering their heads and imagining how they would think and act.  It reminded once more how brilliant Austen is.  Just when I thought I knew all about the novel, it surprised me again!


Now that we know how Mrs. Kincaid came up with the concept for Chaos Comes to Longbourn we are ready to read the blurb and the excerpt. I hope you find it as curious as me 🙂


*** Book Blurb ***

While attempting to suppress his own desire to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy flees the Netherfield ballroom only to stumble upon a half-dressed Lydia Bennet in the library. After being discovered with her in a compromising position, Darcy is forced to make her an offer of marriage.

Fearing the Bennets will attempt a similar “trick” with their brother, Mr. Bingley’s sisters convince him to leave Hertfordshire without any intention of returning. After Elizabeth refuses Mr. Collins, a heartbroken Jane Bennet accepts his proposal.

Having resolved to propose to Jane, Bingley returns to Longbourn; but when he learns of her betrothal, he makes an offer to Elizabeth instead. She accepts, with the hope that Jane will change her mind if Bingley remains at Netherfield.

Meanwhile, Sir William Lucas is aware that Wickham had actually compromised Lydia in the Netherfield library and blackmails him into proposing to Charlotte Lucas, who is in danger of becoming an old maid.

Hertfordshire has become a tangled web of misbegotten betrothals.

Although Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, he feels honor bound by his promise. Elizabeth is also developing feelings for the master of Pemberley, but he has never seemed so far out of her reach.  How can Darcy and Elizabeth unravel this tangle and reach their happily ever after?


*** Excerpt ***


“Is your estate very grand?” Lydia interrupted.

Darcy blinked at the rapid shifts in conversation. “My family house is Pemberley…” he temporized.  Did she wish him to brag about his possessions?  He found the thought distasteful.

“How many rooms does it possess?”

He rubbed his forehead. This was not how he had imagined his first conversation with his fiancée.  “Two hundred and twelve.”

Lydia clapped her hands as if she had received a sweet. “Two hundred and twelve!  How wonderful!  There should be plenty of space for my friends to visit.  There is Maria and Helen and—”

Darcy disliked interrupting people, but he could not tolerate any more. “Are you certain they would all like to travel to Derbyshire to visit you?”

Lydia’s eyes grew wide. “Pembleton is in Derbyshire?  But that is so far away!” she squealed.  “It must be closer.  That is impossible!”

Darcy sighed. “Unfortunately, I cannot relocate my family’s estate to a more convenient location.”

Lydia waggled her head. “How vexing!”  But then she sat up straighter.  “Do you have a house in town?”

“Of course.”

“Then I shall live there most of the year, and I will not need to go all the way to Peckerly!” she declared triumphantly.

“If you wish.” Darcy silently resigned himself to years of avoiding London.

“It will be wonderful!” Lydia clasped both hands to her bosom.  “I shall host the most elegant balls in all of London.  And I shan’t invite anyone who has been cruel to me.”

He needed to redirect the conversation. “About the—”

“And I shall have ostrich feathers for my hair!”

Darcy had never given a moment’s consideration to what women wore in their hair. “If you wish—”

“And I—”

Darcy was not sure when this conversation had gone wrong, but he must regain control. She would never stop spinning fantasies in her head.  “Lydia, you and I both know there was another man with you.”

Lydia froze, suddenly wary. “I am sure I do not know what you mean,” she sniffed.

Darcy stepped closer, deliberately looming over her. “I must know the man’s identity.”

“There was no man.” Lydia’s voice quavered as she stared straight ahead, refusing to meet Darcy’s eyes.

“You did not untie your bodice yourself. Nor did I.  I never touched you, save inadvertently when I fell on you.”  Lydia clamped her lips together tightly.  Darcy raised his voice.  “I agreed to a betrothal to salvage your reputation, but we cannot marry.  You must marry the man who is actually responsible for your plight.”

Lydia jumped up from her chair. “Mama says it will be a great scandal if you do not marry me!  You cannot renege on your promise!”

Darcy scrubbed his hands over his face. Lydia was correct about the scandal, unless Darcy found the other man and persuaded him to marry her.  If she jilted Darcy, it would be a minor contretemps, but if he did not keep his word, the Darcy name would suffer.  He prayed that the other man was not already married—and that he would be susceptible to monetary inducement if necessary.

Lydia’s lower lip protruded stubbornly. It was time for a different tactic.  “Miss Lydia, please see reason.  We do not suit each other.”

“Of course we suit each other!” she cried. “You shall buy me jewels!  And I can be very charming!”  She gave him a winsome smile.  Darcy shook his head, endeavoring to think of an appropriate argument if such was Lydia’s notion of compatibility.  “And I shall be a good hostess for your elegant balls!”

The Darcy family had not hosted a ball since his mother’s death, and he had no intention of remedying that situation. He sighed.  “I could not make you happy.”

Lydia slumped into her chair, pouting in a most unladylike manner. “Am I not pretty enough?”

Darcy sighed. This was like arguing with Georgiana at age ten—and at her most petulant.  “That is not the issue at all.”

Her eyes glistened. “I know I do not have Jane’s beauty or Elizabeth’s eyes, but—”

“I pray you, do not misunderstand me. You are very pretty.”  Lydia preened. Oh, Good Lord! “You are…very young—a full thirteen years younger than me.”


***It’s giveaway time!***


Victoria Kincaid would like to offer one copy of Chaos Comes to Longbourn to one lucky reader who will be able to choose either a paperback or an e-book copy.

The giveaway is international and to participate all you have to do is comment this post. Let us know what you think of the blurb or the excerpt and share your love for JAFF with us.

The giveaway is open until the 14th of July and the lucky winners will be randomly picked and announced a few days later.

Good luck everyone!


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The Rainbow Promise Excerpt & Giveaway


Hello everyone,

I heard about the making of The Rainbow Promise last year and I knew it was a much expected sequel of Rainy Days by Lory Lilian.

I knew that if everyone was eagerly waiting for the sequel to come out it the original story had to be remarkable, so I decided to read Rainy Days to be prepared for the sequel that would be released in the upcoming months, and obviously, I finally understood what all the fuss was about!

Rainy Days is indeed a wonderful book, and when I finished reading it I was amongst those who could not wait to read The Rainbow Promise!

To increase my eagerness, Lory Lilian shared with me this enticing excerpt that I am now sharing with you. Along with it, she brings a giveaway, so if like me you haven’t read the book, you have now another opportunity to satisfy your curiosity and to win a copy of it!


The Rainbow Promise Excerpt


For Darcy, the ball was equally boring and distressing. Not fond of large gatherings, he found few moments of entertainment. He managed to avoid dancing, as there were enough young gentlemen willing to enjoy the music and the ladies’ company.

The notion that Elizabeth was asked for almost every set he accepted with petulance.

The custom to not dance with one’s own wife yet allowed other men to dance with another’s wife he found ridiculous and unacceptable. He briefly decided to reject that idea at any future balls—if they ever attended again.

Then he remembered Lady Matlock’s insistence on introducing Elizabeth to Almack’s balls, and he realised any attempt to ruin his aunt’s plans would start a war worse than Napoleon’s, and he did not have the least chance of winning it. He then admitted himself defeated and found solace in admiring his wife: her beauty, her dancing skills, her smiles, her eyes searching for him around the room, her most becoming blushes, and the small gesture of biting her lower lip when she was distressed by something. He could easily see that many other men were gazing at her, yet he knew she hardly saw anyone but him—just as her image was the only thing in his mind and heart.

A gripping longing for her—for touching her, kissing her, caressing her, loving her—slowly grew inside him, and he was painfully counting every moment until the ball was over and he would have her in his arms.

When the last set started, Darcy glanced around the impressive room; most of the people appeared preoccupied to finish their conversations and only a few couples occupied the dance floor.

He took his wife’s hand and caressed it briefly.

“I cannot waste the chance of dancing the last set with you, my love. I started a tradition which I intend to carry out on every possible occasion.”

Her face showed disbelief, quickly overcome by genuine delight.

“As Lady Matlock repeated many times, dancing with one’s own wife is very unfashionable. Surely you do not consider breaching propriety in public,” she whispered and he could not keep his eyes away from her lips.

“Between the rules of decorum and the pleasure of having you in my arms, my choice is easily made. Would you do me the pleasure of dancing the last set with me, Mrs. Darcy?”

“I would by no mean suspend any pleasure of yours, Mr. Darcy.”

Many pairs of eyes and even more disapproving whispers and frowning faces watched the aloof and haughty man holding his wife’s hands and eyes in the rhythm of the music.

For the couple, however, nothing mattered except each other. Just as happened at the Netherfield Ball, they felt alone in the room full of people, paying attention to nothing and no one and surrounded only by their love.

From her seat, Lady Matlock observed the couple with mixed feelings; her amusement over her nephew’s changed behaviour matched her disapproval for his decision to dance the last set with his wife, after he had not danced at all the entire night. His manners could easily be considered offensive toward the other ladies and the host herself and threaten future invitations from influential persons of the Ton.

The Countess of Wellford looked rather well humoured – perhaps due to the third glass of wine she was enjoying.

“Upon my word, Darcy does not cease to surprise me; he seems a completely different man since he married,” Lady Beatrice whispered to her friend Lady Marianne, and the latter nodded with obvious disdain.

Lord Matlock, his sons, Lord Pemberton and Lord Wellford only drank their brandy in silence, glancing at the dance floor from time to time.

“This is true,” the Countess admitted. “Some men do change after they marry for love and most of the time it is exceedingly pleasant.”

“I agree,” Lady Matlock intervened with a restrained smile. “However, marriage for love is a subject barely known for most of the people here, and that makes Darcy’s behaviour even harder to understand and accept.”

“Not that Darcy would care much about the acceptance of anyone outside his close family,” the Colonel whispered with a grin, grabbing another full glass while he watched his cousin lost in his wife’s bright eyes. Indeed, why would he care about anyone else besides the beautiful woman who obviously adores him and with whom he will go home soon? Darcy had always been a smart and decided man, nobody could deny that. And that night he had proved it once again.

Before dawn, the ball ended and the Darcys eventually were able to take their leave. After a warm farewell from the Matlocks and their hosts, they were finally alone in the carriage. To Elizabeth’s surprise, Darcy sat on the opposite bench and only watched her without any other gesture. She held his eyes for a few moments, trying to hide her amusement.

“You are staring, sir.”

“Am I?”

“Indeed, you are.”

“You must be right. Does it trouble you?”

Elizabeth could see how he struggled to conceal the smile that was twisting his lips and to appear solemn.

“A little. Unless you reveal the reason for your stare.”

“Can you not guess it?”


“I doubt it. Had you been oblivious of my interest, you would not have blushed so becomingly.”

She laughed heartily. “You have been staring most of the night. I hope you were not displeased with my manners during the ball.”

“Not with your manners but with the others’. Since I did not dance with anyone’s wife, I would expect the same courtesy in return.”

She laughed again. “Come, sir, everybody knows your dislike of dancing, but fortunately, it is not a common trait. Balls would be sad and boring if all gentlemen shared the same repugnance for such activities. Most ladies enjoy dancing.”

“I enjoy dancing too—with you.” His voice was solemn, and his eyes darkened.

“I know that, as I enjoy dancing with you too,” she whispered, moving to his side.

He leant towards her. “I was staring because I missed you so much. And because you are so very beautiful.”

“You are partial to me, but I love your lack of objectivity.”

“Not at all— I am always honest. And it just crossed my mind that I would like to have your portrait painted—just as you are now. I shall arrange for a painter to come before we leave for Hertfordshire.”

She gently touched his lips with hers. Her hand caressed his face, and she daringly deepened the kiss while he barely moved. She then placed herself on his lap, and her arms encircled his neck.

With delight, he received her conscious attempt of seduction, caressing her warm body through the fabric of her gown.

“I missed kissing you…and touching you…” he moaned through the kisses. “I could think of little else the whole night…but of this moment when we would be alone in the carriage.”

“I thought more of what will follow later…once we arrive home,” she replied daringly, and he withdrew a moment to look at her laughing, teasing eyes; then his hands cupped her face to savour the smile of her red lips.




It’s Givaway Time!


This excerpt reminds me of why I love Lory Lilian’s books: her writing is witty, fluid, funny and the characters are so true to themselves I feel I am reading a Jane Austen book. Plus…her Mr. Darcys are always soooo romantic…swoon…

But that’s enough from me, what did you think of the excerpt? Did it meet your expectations for this book? And if this is an unknown book to you, did it make you curious?

Share your opinion with us and be entitled to the giveaway of 2 ebooks Lory Lilian is offering. You may choose to receive The Rainbow Promise or Rainy Days, and to double your chances of winning, you can comment on the review I posted last Monday 🙂

The giveaway is international and will end on the 12th of June.


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Complicated Attachments Giveaway Winners

Hello dear readers,


As most of you noticed, this month From Pemberley to Milton was the one revealing the cover for Denise O’Hara’s latest book, Complicated Attachments, and to share with all of you the first excerpt of the book.

I know that covers are not the most important part of books, but I love beautiful covers and feel easily attracted to books with such covers, so it gives me great joy in doing cover reveals.

I was very happy to see that my readers were interested in the book and it’s cover, and even more happy to see that several people gave their opinion on the cover and that those suggestions were used by the author to adapt the cover before release day. Isn’t that amazing? I love the interactivity that exists between authors and readers in the JAFF world.

Thanks to your comments the final cover looks like this:



I would like to thank all of you for your constructive comments and your support, and I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. O’Hara from the opportunity to do the cover reveal and the generous giveaway she hosted.

I’m sure your eager to know who the lucky winners for the 3 ebooks copies of Complicated Attachements is, so without further ado… The randomly selected winners are:


*** Megan Calloni ***

*** Tgruy ***

*** Opisica***


Congratulations everyone! I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with all of us once you’ve read it 🙂


Please send me your e-mail contacts to ritaluzdeodato at gmail until the 5th of June, so that I can pass them along to Mrs. O’Hara for the ebooks to be sent to you.


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Hope for Mr. Darcy Giveaway Winner


Hello everyone
Jeanna Elsworth launched a new book called Hope for Mr. Darcy a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky to be the first to receive her on a guest post to launch the book. Well…that’s not exactly right…in fact, she was not the one visiting From Pemberley to Milton, Mr. Darcy was 🙂

The result of his visit was an interview that might have changed his course of action when it came to fighting for Elizabeth. If you have not read it yet, just click here and you’ll be in contact with Mr. Darcy’s deepest feelings.

Jeanna Elsworth was kind enough to allow Mr. Darcy to visit me, but she didn’t think only of me 🙂 She also had my readers in mind, so she asked Mr. Darcy to bring a copy of Hope for Mr. Darcy to offer to one lucky winner.

I will be posting my review of Hope for Mr.Darcy on the 19th of May, so you can drop by and see what I though of it, but before that, I am sure you all want to know who the winner of the giveaway is, so, without further ado the winner is:

*** Carole in Canada***

Congratulations Carole ! I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with all of us once you’ve read it 🙂

Please send me your e-mail address to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so so that we can send you your prize.


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The Falmouth Connection – Giveaway Winner


Hello Dear readers,

As many of you noticed, last month I reviewed The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes, and along with the review, we launched a giveaway for a signed paperback. That’s right! It was not just a paperback, but one that Mrs. Starnes will personally sign and dedicate to one lucky winner.

To be eligible for the giveaway, all my readers had to do was to comment the post and share their thoughts with us. I was very pleased to see that Joana Starnes is a loved author among JAFF fans, and I would like to thank all of those who shared their thoughts and kind words about Mrs. Starnes work with us.

I have not yet replied to all of you, but I read all the comments and enjoyed each one of them (I’m always saying this, but I love to talk about JAFF books and authors). In this particular post you all shared a lot about your experiences reading Mrs. Starnes books and I promise to reply to each one of you shortly.

But more than my comments, I’m sure you all want to read who the winner is, so without further ado, the randomly selected winner is:


*** Erika Messer ***


Congratulations Erika! I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with all of us once you read it 🙂

Please send me your address to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com until the 7th of May so that we can send you your book. Please note that as this is a personally signed paperback we will have timing constraints and we do need to have your address until this date. Thanks for understanding, and good reading!


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Launch Party – To Capture Mr. Darcy


Hello everyone,

Did you know Elizabeth Ann West is releasing a new novel and that she’s organizing a Launch Party for it?

That’s right, over 28 prizes, 13 authors, ebooks, audiobooks, giftcards, and paperbacks . . . all for YOU to capture!

Come play a game of “chess” to celebrate the upcoming release of To Capture Mr. Darcy by Elizabeth Ann West and apply for the innumerous giveaways!

Chess board :


***Book blurb***

to cpature mr darcy 2
Nature’s a fickle thing. When four days of rain occur earlier in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice to trap Elizabeth and Jane at Netherfield Park, new romances, misunderstandings, and alignments are made. Volatile tempers never did well cooped up together. Not even when there’s a chessboard to help pass the time.

To Capture Mr. Darcy is the first standalone novel by Elizabeth Ann West and will be her 11th Jane Austen Fan Fiction variation.

Are you curious? Read some sample chapters:

***Elizabeth Ann West’s Bio***

A Jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none! Elizabeth Ann West is the author of 4 novels and 7 novellas, 10 of which are story variations of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Her books have won reader conference awards and hit the Historical Bestseller lists on Amazon, Kobo, and the iBooks stores multiple times. A lover of all things geeky, Elizabeth codes websites, dabbles in graphic design, and is always looking for new technology to learn and master. A Navy wife and mother of two, her family has lived all over the United States, currently residing in upstate New York. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, you can keep up with Elizabeth on Twitter @Eawwrites and on her website, where she posts new fiction as she writes it!

I’m not missing this launch party, are you? If like me you’re eager to be a part of it, here’s the link to it:


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In Consequence – Giveaway winner

Hello dear readers,

You know how much I love Pemberley and its inhabitants, but you must also know Milton occupies the other half of my heart. My love for Mrs. Gaskell work lead me to Trudy Brasure whom I was lucky to have as guest in From Pemberley to Milton. Her last stop in this blog came with a lot of discussion regarding North and South and a giveaway!

But before announcing the giveaway winner, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this discussion and contributed to a wonderful debate on North and South. I would also like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Brasure, not only for the e-book she decided to offer to one of my readers, but especially for having such an active role in the discussion regarding North and South. She is one of he most avid promoters of Mrs. Gaskell work and it was a true honor to receive her in my blog 🙂


Now, without further ado… The randomly selected winner is:

*** Sophia Rose ***


Congratulations Sophia! I know this will be your first North and South fan fiction book, but I hope you enjoy it as much as the Pride and Prejudice fan fic you’ve read so far! I will be looking forward to know your thoughts on it 🙂

Please send me your e-mail contact to ritaluzdeodato at gmail until the 31st of March, so that I can pass it along to Mrs. Brasure for the ebook to be sent to you.


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