Blog Tour of “The Sweetest Ruin” by Amy George, review + giveaway

Book description of The Sweetest Ruin by Amy George to give you a clue of what I may be writing about.

SR_cover.png

Amy George

Let me introduce you to the author of this book set in Las Vegas 🙂

“Amy George is a middle-aged woman who got rid of her old lady/grown up and has since purchased an unreasonably small car. She refuses to listen to its radio at a Amy George Author Photoreasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a small town in the Midwest where the bookstore and yarn shop are neighbors and most food is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.

She has been writing since she was a child and ran the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.”

Fun fact: My birthday is January 30th so this is like a big birthday party.

Contact and follow Amy on:

Facebook Page

Goodreads Author Page

Amy George at Meryton Press

Twitter: @authoramygeorge

Review

A few hours since you meet a gorgeous English man when you are working in one of the best casinos in Las Vegas and… you wake up to a crazy marriage to him. What should you do? Firstly be surprise (duh!) but then both of you talk about it and give it a chance.

Yes, give it a chance! If we would have been talking about other protagonists, it could be a bit weird but we are talking about Elizabeth Bennet and William Darcy, so they are entitled to meet and start their relationship any way they want 🙂

They admit their supermegahyper chemistry since the first minute they saw each other, he is not a serial killer and she is not a gold digger, so at least they have a good beginning.

While in Las Vegas, they have a honeymoon for a couple of days and then her reality, as university student and waitress shows up but everything is fine and they keep knowing each other and falling for each other. However not everything is bliss and fireworks (trust me, there are a lot of fireworks between these two *wink wink*). Even if they are happy, friends and family from both sides may not be so happy about it and some problems must be faced: especially from the other side of the ocean. Let’s say that William’s little sister is not very enthusiastic about his brother’s impetuous and unexpected marriage.

Mr and Mrs Darcy face any problem coming along together but when a few months later they go to London to meet his family and also settle there, life gets much more complicated… extremely more complicated, particularly for Mrs Elizabeth Darcy. However, her love for her husband and also in a way her past and friends-family are key on her new role.

We could say that in this case Jane Bingley is not as sweet as we know her to be in the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. We can read about characters with names from P&P but there are some “swaps” between personalities, although we always have ¨Cousin Richard¨!

A short novel that it is very easy to read and with some twists that are really nice, who are the family-friends that Elizabeth has? What complications apart from Georgiana they may have? Is Darcy always to be there? How is Elizabeth Bennet on her “role” of Elizabeth Darcy?

4out5 stars

Why not to buy this book as soon as possible? Or maybe you just wait for the giveaway (check it below) and if you are not one of the lucky winners, you can always go to:

Amazon US                             Amazon UK                           Amazon DE

Blog Tour Schedule

Do not miss the chance to discover more about Amy and her steamy book, follow other stops of the blog. Here you have the schedule:

January 29   Austenesque Reviews; Guest Post, Giveaway

January 30   My Jane Austen Book Club; Excerpt Post, Giveaway01CBD977-7F24-4F1E-8D3C-C56B0D24F8D5

January 31   Of Pens and Pages; Book Review, Giveaway

February 1  More Agreeably Engaged; Guest Post, Giveaway

February 2  Babblings of a Bookworm; Excerpt Post, Giveaway

February 3  My Vices and Weaknesses; Book Review, Giveaway

February 4  My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, Giveaway

February 5  Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

February 6  Margie’s Must Reads; Book Review, Giveaway

February 7  From Pemberley to Milton; Excerpt Post

February 8  Savvy Verse and Wit; Book Review and Giveaway

February 9  Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway

Time to Give Away

Amy is kindle offering on her blog tour 8 ebook copies of her The Sweetest Ruin to eight different winners. Click the link below and double check the terms and conditions as well to know how to get more points:

Rafflecopter – ¨The Sweetest Ruin¨ by Amy George

Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway:

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.

Advertisements

Blog Tour of “All the Things I know” by Audrey Ryan: character interview + giveaway

Dear all,

would you like to celebrate with me and a bit of pink wine? We are celebrating the first book of Audrey Ryan: All the Things I know. A very nice modern variation of our beloved Pride and Prejudice. Resultado de imagen de pink wine

Let’s then know a bit more about her: Audrey Ryan.

rsz_nk2a4608-2

Audrey Ryan is the nom de plume of Andrea Pangilinan: daydreamer, wife and step-mother, and obsessive story consumer. She studied writing in college, dreamt about becoming a novelist and slowly forgot about it when real life took over. With a particular affection for contemporary retellings, adapting Pride & Prejudice to modern day has always been a dream. When she’s not reading and writing, Andrea is a marketing slave to the internet industry. She enjoys talking crazy to her weirdo cat, consuming copious amount of wine and coffee with her girlfriends, and record shopping with her husband. Oh yeah, and there’s that small Jane Austen obsession. That doesn’t take up any time at all.

You can follow her and her work on:

http://audreyryan.merytonpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAudreyR/

https://twitter.com/AuthorAudreyR

Audrey’s Goodreads is just as a reader, but it’s here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3797528-audrey-ryan-andrea-pangilinan

Here you have the blurb of the book, enjoy!

Lizzie Venetidis is confident in her decisions. Moving to Seattle with her sister Jane after she graduated from Stanford, for instance, was a no-brainer. Adult life, however, turns out to be more difficult to navigate than she expected.

What career should she pursue with a bachelor’s degree in art history and no marketable experience amongst a tech-heavy job market? How responsible is it to drink that fourth cocktail while out with friends? And what should she do about Darcy—the aloof yet captivating guy she met her first night in town?

All the Things I Know is a one-mistake-at-a-time retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set against the backdrop of modern-day techie Seattle. Full of wry observations, heartache, and life lessons, All the Things I Know shares the original’s lessons of correcting ill-conceived first impressions and learning who you really are.

I have enjoyed the book very much and I recommend it as it is a read that I could not leave until I finished it. You will see a Lizzie with more fears than you may have seen before but with the same wit. Darcy is still aloof and very protective with the ones he loves. They really need to work on their conversational skills and they eventually do it after a lot of… steam!

The family relationship is surprising, Mr and Mrs Venetidis are not exactly what you expect but it is well written and all the feelings are well explained. Some names are changed but not many, however, I do not like the character who is called Colin! Andrea, why??? 😉 I don’t mind if it’s closer to the surname! :p

I will review the book as soon as I get a bit of time, until then: buy it and read it or try the giveaway and then you read it.

You can buy it on:

Amazon Kindle US       Amazon Kindle UK    Amazon Paperback UK

Now, what you were waiting for… the character interview.

For this character interview, I thought I would jump into Darcy’s head and fill in his version of the Proust Questionnaire. Lizzie’s version of the same Questionnaire was shared on Babblings of a Bookworm earlier in the blog tour. It is also featured in a scene early on in All the Things I Know — an excerpt of that scene was shared on My Jane Austen Book Club. Enjoy!

– What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Taking care of the people I love

– What is your greatest fear?

Isolation

– What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I wish I was better in large social gatherings

– What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Artiface

– Which living person do you most admire?

Is it cliche to say President Obama?

– What is your greatest extravagance?

My car. No one needs a brand new Tesla, but I love mine.

– What is your current state of mind?

Restless

– What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Humility

– On what occasion do you lie?

Very rarely. I hate disguise. I would only ever omit the truth out of necessity instead of telling an outright lie.

– What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I haven’t really thought about it, honestly. I’m not really a self-conscious person.

– Which living person do you most despise?

I have very complicated feelings about this question. Can I pass?

– What is the quality you most like in a man?

Diligence

– What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Kindness

– Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I’ve been told I overuse “um”s

– What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family. I wish I would have cherished my parents more while they were still around. My mom’s art is my haven in that sense.

– When and where were you happiest?

Quiet summer vacations with my family at my grandparents’ lake house when my parents were still alive and Georgie was young.

– Which talent would you most like to have?

Telepathy. Does that count?

– If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I were more sociable

– What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Continuing to build on my mom’s art collection. I feel like I could almost have my own museum at this point.

– If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

An evergreen someplace peaceful like Mount Rainier

– Where would you most like to live?

I think one day I would like to move back into the house I grew up in, but not till I’m ready to start a family. I think about it a lot though.

– What is your most treasured possession?

My mom’s art

– What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loneliness

– What is your favorite occupation?

Running along the Burke-Gilman as the sun rises

– What is your most marked characteristic?

Probably my height (I’m 6’3).

– Who are your favorite writers?

Jack Keuroic

– Who is your hero of fiction?

Atticus Finch

– Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford)

– Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad will always be my hero

– What are your favorite names?

I like the idea of naming kids after family members, like my parents George and Anne.

– What is it that you most dislike?

Pickles

– What is your greatest regret?

See the answer to the living person I despise.

– How would you like to die?

I haven’t thought about it. I suppose peacefully and not alone.

– What is your motto?

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

So? Do we understand him a bit better?  Maybe… but he is Darcy!!

Blog Tour schedule

Follow the book tour if you are not doing it already because you have great entries. Below you have the schedule:

03 Dec   Austenesque Reviews;   Author Interview, Giveaway

04 Dec  My Jane Austen Book Club; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

05 Dec   Babblings of a Bookworm; Character Interview, GiveawayCEF18BFF-8DBC-4374-9E41-BFDEC5BF50A7

06 Dec   From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Giveaway

07 Dec   Night Owl Reader;  Review, Excerpt

08 Dec   Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway

09 Dec   My Love for Jane Austen; Vignette, Giveaway

10 Dec  Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

11 Dec  Of Pens and Pages; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

12 Dec  Margie’s Must Reads; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

13 Dec  Savvy Verse and Wit; Guest Post, Giveaway  

14 Dec My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway

15 Dec  Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

16 Dec  More Agreeably Engaged; Vignette, Giveaway

It finishes on the 16th December, what a day!!

 

Time to Give Away

Andrea is giving away several ebooks during the whole blog tour. In order to participate click the link below. Do not forget to read the terms and conditions to be able to get one of this ebooks of All the Things I Know.

Rafflecopter – Giveaway Link

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Winner of “Green Card” re-release prize by Elizabeth Adams

Hello!!

Elizabeth Adams did a great giveaway to celebrate the new edition of her great Green Card. She is giving away her five books to a winner of this blog, and the winner is:

radomGC

Pam Hunter!! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy them all! Please send me your email address asap. Send it to myvicesandweaknesses(at)gmail(dot)com

Blog Tour of “A Most Handsome Gentleman” by Suzan Lauder, character interview and giveaway

Hello, hello! I am going straight to the blurb of this book that I am completely sure will be awesome to read. Let’s talk again after you read the blurb:

Book Blurb

Elizabeth Bennet’s life is uncomplicated until she meets a quartet of new men: the haughty but handsome Mr. Darcy, the pert-with-a-pout Mr. Bingley, the confident and captivating Mr. Wickham—and then there is her father’s cousin, the happy man towards whom almost every female eye has turned.

Mr. Collins is HOT—well, incredibly handsome in Regency-speak—beautiful of face, fine of figure, elegant of air, his perfect clothing and hair matching his Greek god-like form. Unfortunately, when he opens his mouth, Elizabeth wishes he were mute. With affected servility and prideful self-conceit, he capitalizes upon his exquisite appearance and fixes on Jane Bennet as his bride.

Can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy form an alliance to stop Jane’s suitors from issuing challenges—and will Elizabeth coax a smile from Mr. Darcy?

Bestselling Regency romance author Suzan Lauder delivers a hilarious Austenesque romance suitable for all readers of Pride and Prejudice.

So, let’s read that again: “Mr Collins is HOT”… what??? As I commented on From Pemberley to Milton, “Hot and Collins… until now that meant a suffocating experience where he was praising your potatoes and you could not run away!!”. Collins like a Greek god? OMG! That cannot be true :S

Now let’s try to be serious and think about the rest of the information that this blurb is giving us… Elizabeth needs Darcy’s help to stop any challenges that Jane’s suitors are issuing, what suitors? Collins and Bingley… anyone else?  What kind of challenges? My mind can race from just being very insistent to try to ruin her… you never know with these characters!! The most important part that it is not included here, will Mrs Bennet’s nerves let her live having to “endure” several suitors for Jane?? 🙂

I have to say that I am super intrigued by this book. This time I have avoided to read much about it as I want to have my reading time full of surprises. However, that does not mean that you should do the same. There is a great blog tour with stops in several amazing blogs that you must check. I will write the schedule below, but first let me introduce the lovely author of A Most Handsome Gentleman, Suzan Lauder.

A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, cycling, yoga, blogging, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder is seldom idle.

Her first effort at a comedy, A Most Handsome Gentleman is the fourth time Lauder has been published by Meryton Press. Her earlier works include a mature Regency romance with a mystery twist, Alias Thomas Bennet, a modern short romance Delivery Boy in the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter, and the dramatic tension filled Regency romance Letter from Ramsgate.IMG_20150318_114408

She and Mr. Suze split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial home near the sea in Mexico.

Suzan’s lively prose is also available to her readers on her blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzan.lauder.merytonpress.com, on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder, and on Twitter @suzanlauder. You can follow her on different social media: Website    Goodreads Author Page   Facebook          Twitter     Amazon Author Page   Pinterest

Suzan has prepared a great character interview that it is hilarious and inappropriate (wink wink)… you’ll understand in a bit what I mean. Enjoy!!

Meryton Residents speak about Mr. Collins: a modern/Regency mashup interview.

Martin Drölling, Portrait of the artist's daughter Louise-Adéone, 1812

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Good morning. My name is Kitty Bennet and I am secretly hoping to be a novelist one day like the lady who wrote Pride and Prejudice. I will be writing a novel where the heroine is me and the hero is my cousin Mr. Collins because he is the most handsome and accomplished man of my acquaintance. He is so handsome and accomplished, no one even notices John Lucas any more. The only thing that would make Mr. Collins more handsome and accomplished would be a red coat. Then I think even my sister Mary would swoon. But here. Let Mary speak for herself about my cousin.”

 

Miss Mary Bennet: “Mr. Collins reads Fordyce with the voice of an angel. He smells like an angel, too.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What does an angel smell like?”

Miss Mary Bennet (nearly swooning): “Mr. Collins.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What kind of answer is that? Pooh. I shall go on to another person to find out their impression of Mr. Collins for my novel. Here is my aunt.”

Mrs. Archibald Phillips: “Mr. Collins has big feet. You know what ‘big feet’ means. Big…uh…shoes.” (She winks.)

Miss Katherine Bennet: “I do not care about his shoes. I care to know if you think he is too handsome for a hero in a novel. Do you not think he is A Most Handsome Gentleman, Mama?”

Mrs. Thomas Bennet: (fans herself) “Handsome? Bless me! Did you know your father is nearly eleven years my senior? Weak hearts run in his family. It is not out of the question for a widow to remarry a younger man. Widows make the best of wives. After all, I am already Mistress of Longbourn. If Mr. Collins could just wait…yes, he is the handsomest man. Oh, dear, you have made me hot, and these flutters of my heart! Goodness! Bless me! Bless me!”

Miss Jane Bennet: “Come, Mama, sit down.”

Mr. Charles Bingley “May I join you, my angel?”

Miss Mary Bennet: “Really, Mr. Bingley. Do not confuse things. Mr. Collins is the only heavenly creature around here.”

Mrs. Bennet: “Bless me! Mr. Collins is too handsome for heaven. Bless me!”

Miss Kitty Bennet: “I suppose Mr. Collins is accomplished enough to do so, Mama.”

Mrs. Thomas Bennet: “Oh, my poor nerves. Where are my salts? I have these flutters and urges…”

Miss Jane Bennet: “Really, Kitty, must you work her up so?”

Miss Lydia Bennet: (giggles) “Kitty did not work her up. She was ogling Mr. Collins’s breeches as she mentioned Papa’s heart.” (giggles and ogles Mr. Collins’s breeches)

Mr. Thomas Bennet (shouting out of library window): “I have the heart of an ox. Now leave me in peace whilst I snigger to myself about Mr. Collins’s antics right in front of his too-handsome face. Accomplishments, my eye. My left foot is more accomplished than Mr. Collins. I had to teach him draughts of all things!” (closes window to library)

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Come, Mr. Wickham, what say you? Do you think Mr. Collins is handsome and accomplished?”

Mr. George Wickham: (grumbles) “He may be handsome and accomplished, but does he have a credible sob story? Take pity on me. Have you heard about the living I was supposed to have?” (winks and waggles eyebrows)

Mr. Reginald Denny: “Collins is so handsome, I want to date him. Wicky, want to bet who will snag Collins first, me or Miss Lydia?”

Miss Lydia Bennet: “Or little Chamberlayne, all dressed up like a lady!” (snorts and guffaws in true non-Regency form)

Mr. George Wickham: “Excuse me, ladies, but I have some pressing militia business to attend to.” (turns to Mr. Denny) “Odds?”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Oh, here is Lizzy. She will have a rational answer. Lizzy, is Mr. Collins not the handsomest and most accomplished man you have ever known?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “He would be if I could reform him from his obsequious blabbermouth doofusoid tendencies. I must really stick by his side so I can admire, uh, train him to be more sensible. Perhaps I could hold his tongue.”

Miss Katherine Benet: “What?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “I meant to say, he needs to learn to hold his tongue. If he could do so, he would be hot.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “What do you mean, hot?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “Incendiary.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “Huh?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: “Oh, look! There’s Mr. Darcy. I detest the man.”

Mrs. Archibald Phillips: “But have you noticed the size of his feet?”

Miss Elizabeth Bennet: (mumbles) “I was not looking at his feet.”

Miss Katherine Bennet: “No one seems to make sense around here. Why is the world so enamoured of feet? We were talking of Mr. Collins’s handsome face and manly accomplishments. Yes, my research confirms that he is A Most Handsome Gentleman. This is Miss Kitty Bennet, signing off for the day.”

So, what do you think? feet apparently are important… I do not know why… (ehem ehem) Did you like Mrs Bennet? No so worried about Mr Bennet dying and leaving them on their own.

I am pretty sure that you cannot wait to read A Most Handsome Gentleman, in order to buy it, go to Amazon UK or Amazon US (check if you prefer ebook or paperback).

I could not forget to mention the cover, OMG! they are actually very handsome indeed. The quartet of male protagonists of this book that they could make anyone swoon!! Janet Taylor is an awesome artist!! Janet, beautiful faces!!

Blog Tour Schedule

10/20   My Jane Austen Book Club; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

10/21   My Love for Jane Austen; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/22   Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review

10/23   Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway

AMHG Blog Tour BannerV M

10/24   Tomorrow is Another Day; Review

10/25   Babblings of a Bookworm; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/26   From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway

10/27   Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/28   Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

10/29   My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway

10/30   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt

10/31   Laughing With Lizzie; Vignette, Giveaway

11/01   Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

11/02   So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

11/03   Margie’s Must Reads; Review, GA

Time to Give Away

You really need to try to win this book or just go and buy it on the links I shared above. If you want to participate click the following link but also read the terms and conditions mainly to know how to get extra entries. Good luck.

Rafflecopter “A Most Handsome Gentleman”

review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries. A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of A Most Handsome Gentleman by Suzan Lauder. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

“Green Card” by Elizabeth Adams is back, excerpt and big giveaway

Hello all! I cannot believe we are almost in November!! Halloween (for a lot of you) is very close and you may be deciding what to do. For others, you may be expecting more All Saints Days, some others will receive the end of October and beginning of November as any other month coming and going. Whatever you are looking forward to, let me remind you that a good book is always necessary and why not a modern version of Pride and Prejudice: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams.

Since I read Green Card a few years ago, I simply loved it! This book is a modern version but it does not lose the personality of the protagonists and it is properly placed in the 21st century with different problems and difficulties.

I have been also lucky to tell the author my opinion, both online and in person and I can say that Elizabeth Adams is a lovely woman, very talkative and full of energy. I have repeated a sentence several times to her and she is not annoyed, or at least she did not say it 😉 Why is the sentence so important? Because it is my favourite sentence from Green Card. No, I am not telling you what sentence it is but I can say that these four words make a great moment in the book. No, no again, the four words are nothing like “Would you marry me?”.

Let’s know a bit more about this multifaceted author:

Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand. 

 

She writes romantic comedy and comedic tragedy in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and out-takes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com

Follow her also on: Facebook     Twitter      Goodreads

Elizabeth has written lovely stories and you can buy them on: Amazon UK     Amazon US

Now let’s start with what today is the protagonist of this post: Green Card.

Green Card Blurb

William Harper has it all: looks, money, power. There’s just one tiny problem—he’s about to be deported. He needs a green card. Fast. An American wife is the easiest way to get one. But where will he find a woman to marry him on such short notice?

Elizabeth Barrett is a full-time student, part-time dog walker, and weekend tutor. With a room-mate who just ran out on her and neck deep in tuition payments, she needs money. Now. Harper just might make her an offer she can’t refuse.

He thinks he’s worked out the perfect deal, she thinks she’s signed up for an easy job. Neither of them bargained for the ride of their lives.

What about the marriage by convenience? A marriage without love? A paid marriage? A rich man and a penniless woman, but it is the 21st century!!

Excerpt

Harper opened the door to the apartment and set his bag on the floor. He loosened his tie and headed to the kitchen to grab a beer. On his way, he heard music coming out of the living room. This wasn’t unusual in and of itself. However, what was unusual was the grunting he also heard. He stopped for a moment, then his eyebrows shot up to his hairline when he heard, in what was clearly Liz’s voice, a loud groan that morphed into a sort of yelling whine.

A dark look on his face, he quickly stalked toward the living room. If there was another man in his house, he’d throw him out on his backside. Then he’d have a thing or two to say to Liz about contracts and abiding by an agreement.

In one loud move, he threw the door open and stormed into the room.

Oh, hey, Will. You’re home early. Would you do me a favor and turn on the fan?”

He just stood there, looking at Liz where she was on the floor on all fours, one leg extended behind her that she was moving in a semi-circle. Over to her right, touch the ground, back up as high as it could go and all the way to her left, touch the ground, then back up to center and to her right again. He watched her dumbly as her leg arced gracefully, her back sweaty and her thighs trembling slightly from her exertion. She was wearing a black pair of calf-length leggings and a pink sports bra, and that was it. He couldn’t keep his eyes away from her bum, which was flexing tightly with the movement. Had it always been that round?

Will?”

Yeah?”

The fan?”

Oh, sorry.”

He flipped the switch and she called out a quiet thank you. Several more minutes passed with him just standing there as she watched the movement of the people on the television screen, the TV muted while her iPod blared from the speaker on the console.

Are you enjoying the show?”

Will started. “Huh? What did you say?”

Liz laughed. “It’s okay, you can make fun if you want to.”

Make fun?”

Of my video. It’s the Brazil Butt Lift. I know it’s weird, but it really works.”

Why are you doing a butt video?”

Because someone has been taking me out for high-calorie, fattening dinners! All those carbs go straight to my butt. My jeans were feeling a little tight so I borrowed this from Laura.” She walked over to stand in front of him. “See,” she turned her back to him and looked over her shoulder, “it’s already working and it’s only been two weeks! This part right here,” she ran her hand along the top of her bum, “is already higher and when you touch it, it’s much firmer. It’s not scary hard or anything, but you can feel the muscle under there. Feel.” She grabbed his hand and placed it at the top of the swell of her bottom.

After a moment’s hesitation, he pressed his hand a little more firmly into her flesh, then moved it lightly side to side.

You’re right. It’s firm, but still soft. Very nice.” He nodded and removed his hand. “Why do you have the volume off?”

I don’t really like the music and the guy kind of gets on my nerves after a while. I’ve got the moves almost memorized by now. I just use the video as a guide.”

Why haven’t I seen you doing this before?”

I usually do it when you’re gone. You’re home early today.”

He walked over to the TV and turned the volume up, mostly to distract himself from her glistening skin and tight leggings.

Is this guy for real?” Harper gestured to the man leading the exercises on the screen. “Why does he talk like that?”

He’s Brazilian, genius, he has an accent. You know, kind of like you do, only from another country.”

Why are you getting snarky with me? You just said he gets on your nerves!”

Just because he can be annoying doesn’t mean he’s not good at his job. Besides, this is a really hard workout. Don’t knock it till you try it.”

He looked at the women in tiny little shorts, lifting their legs and smiling broadly.

I don’t think it would do much for me. It looks girly.”

Girly?”

Her tone should have alerted him, but it didn’t. “Yeah. Men like to work out with weights, not shiny yellow bands,” he said as he gestured toward the resistance bands the women on the screen were using.

Care to test that theory, big boy?”

Now he heard the tone, but he was never one to back down from a challenge.

What do you have in mind?”

Throw on some gym clothes and try this with me. We’ll see who’s the last man standing.”

He raised his brows and looked at her like she was crazy. “Are you serious?”

Dead serious.” Her arms were crossed over her chest and her face was set. He was beginning to recognize that look. She was not about to back down.

All right, I’ll be back,” he said airily as he left the room.

Mmmmm… steamy!! However, Harper, what do you think about “girly” stuff? Let’s see how you manage!

Time To Give Away

Super happy birthday to Elizabeth Adams!! It’s not only the release day of Green Card but also her birthday.

She has put together a great present for one of you, lovely readers of My Vices and Weaknesses.

She is giving away her entire catalogue, five books, to one of you!! 1 winner gets her 5 books and you will love them!!

You have to comment here with your questions to Elizabeth and your opinions about what you have read.

You only have a few days to participate, until the 3rd November at 11:59pm CET.

Good luck!

Review of “Colonel Darcy” by Timothy Underwood

Lizzy locked up in her bedroom as she were the mad woman in the attic but in this case the “stubborn” woman in the bedroom according to some.

Darcy, soldier with a horrible experience that changes his temper.

Letters, so important in Jane Austen’s world. Love letters, friendship letters, letters that bring people to life. Letters that may not be read, or will be read by the recipient years later.

Honour, reputation, the ton… that does not matter sometimes but who can decide? who can decide what to believe? People will believe anything that they do not like and will just label it under any tag that goes against honour and reputation, no matter what…

Two fathers taking his children to see the continent. Little Lizzy and very little Georgina become more than friends, sisters. Fitzwilliam likes the friendship that her sister has, he enjoys little Lizzy and her mind. Mr Darcy and Mr Bennet, the “nerds” of the time: Latin, Greek, calculus… A trip that unites two families but death is ruthless. First Mr Darcy, then Mr Bennet. Moreover, war, India, so far away.

‘Promise me that we will write to each other’.

Years in order to read the letters, but everything changes, hearts change and the future looks good but not very good.

Hearts are still closed and real happiness takes a while. Actually we could even thank Mr Wickham for the beginning of pure happiness, although… it is Wickham nonetheless.

5out5 stars

Really sweet story set a few decades before the time that Jane Austen gave to her Pride and Prejudice. There is a lot of suffering going on but we cannot underestimate the power of a letter even if it is not meant to be read directly.

Just a warning, you may dislike the dislike you will feel towards some normally lovely and loved characters from P&P.

 

This is the first book that I read by Timothy Underwood but it will not be the last one, that is for sure.

If you want to follow him or buy any of his books, check the links below:

Amazon US       Amazon UK    Goodreads

 

Blog Tour of “These Dreams” by Nicole Clarkston, excerpt and giveaway

Hallo! I am super excited to present you this new book by Nicole Clarkston: These Dreams. The first thought will be: how does she dare to kill Mr Darcy!!!! Shall we forgive her? We’ll see 😉

Nicole Clarkston is a really good writer with so many good Pride and Prejudice variations but also, variations of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Go and check them because they are all great! I love The Courtship of Edward Gardiner and Northern Rain. Click on the titles to read my reviews or check the links below in order to buy them. All of them are highly recommended!

CreateSpace:

Rumours & Recklessness

No Such Thing as Luck

Northern Rain

The Courtship of Edward Gardiner

 Amazon:

The Courtship of Edward Gardiner

Northern Rain

No Such Thing as Luck

Rumours & Recklessness

You may be thinking it, where are the links to These Dreams? I have not forgotten, you have them just below in case you cannot wait to know if you are one of the winners on the giveaway and you have to buy it! I completely understand you.

Amazon US              Amazon UK

TD Final Full Cover 090317 wobld M

 

In case you may not remember many things about today’s author, let me refresh your memory with Nicole Clarkston’s biography as there are a couple of important updates:

Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.nicole-clarkston

Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties―how does any book worm really live that long without a little P&P? She has never looked back. A year or so later, during a major house renovation project, she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love. Her need for more time with these characters led her to simultaneously write Rumours & Recklessness, a P&P inspired novel, and No Such Thing as Luck, a N&S inspired novel. Both immediately became best selling books. The success she had with her first attempt at writing led her to write three other novels that are her pitiful homage to two authors who have so deeply inspired her.

Nicole was recently invited to join Austenvariations.com, a group of talented authors in the Jane Austen Fiction genre. In addition to her work with the Austen Variations blog, Nicole can be reached through Facebook at http://fb.me/NicoleClarkstonAuthor, Twitter @N_Clarkston, her blog at Goodreads.com, or her personal blog and website, NicoleClarkson.com.

 

I am not going to give you all the blurb of the book, you can check other stops in this blog tour to read it, I will just give you the first three sentences:

An abandoned bride

         A missing man

                   And a dream that refuses to die…

Nicole is sharing with us a excerpt where Caroline (Obnoxious) Bingley appears together with Colonel (so nice) Fitzwilliam. This excerpt is a bit more serious than other parts in the book but I am pretty sure you will like the conclusion of this scene.

Here we have Nicole introducing the excerpt and you may like her more than at the very beginning of this post 😉

This scene takes place in chapter 62. Darcy has returned by this time, but the fact that he is alive is not yet public knowledge. Colonel Fitzwilliam has gone to London to search independently for some answers to the puzzle of who had captured his cousin, and what they were trying to get from him. Darcy remained in Derbyshire when Richard left, but circumstances arose which caused him to follow, unbeknownst to the colonel. Richard has already spent the day pursuing dead ends, and is just coming back to Darcy’s townhouse when this scene opens.

It had been an entire day, and Broderick had been no help yet. Richard walked slowly up the steps to Darcy House, barely seeing the brick and stone as his mind turned over more prospects. Of course, he must give Broderick more time to find whatever answers could be found, but Richard could not afford to wait longer. He must confront his brother, but how to do it?

His heavy tread stopped on the steps, though the footman already had the door open. Perhaps he ought to go now, instantly, to Matlock house and declare his knowledge of events. Surely, his father would support him! The entire family must have been already apprised of Darcy’s return, and a conference with his father was only the proper thing to do. He glanced up at the door, hesitated, and had just resolved to return to his carriage when a voice hailed him from the street.

“Colonel Fitzwilliam! I declare, I had not thought to encounter you here in Town just now!”

Richard cringed in recognition. Caroline Bingley! His face twitching in feigned pleasure, he turned to offer her a polite bow. “Good afternoon, Miss Bingley.”

She bustled to the steps, her companion following quietly behind. “Such a lovely afternoon it is! Mrs Temple and I were just at the milliner’s, and now we are to the dressmakers, so you see, we have been all over Town today.”

Richard glanced up the street and, indeed, the Bingley carriage awaited at the corner. “Is there a shop in this neighborhood, Miss Bingley? I was not aware.”

Miss Bingley had sidled near to him now. “Naturally, no!” she laughed. “But I directed my driver to bring us through Grosvenor Square, though it was a bit out of the way. Some of these streets we are often obliged to pass through are most unsuitable for ladies to travel!”

“That is lamentable,” he agreed. “If you will pardon me, Miss Bingley, I am afraid—”

“Oh! Do not let me detain you. Far be it from me to interrupt a gentleman about his business. Perhaps I shall leave my card for Miss Darcy, for I should dearly love to visit her if she has returned to Town with you. You arrived only yesterday, did you not?”

“I am afraid she has not come,” he answered shortly, annoyed at the freedom the woman took in stalking him like a cat after a mouse. Had she not found someone better to her liking in the last two months? Apparently not, as she was batting her lashes and peering hopefully toward the house.

“Oh, that is a pity, Colonel. I am certain that Miss Darcy deeply appreciates your diligent assistance with all her affairs, so that she may not be bothered with trips to Town just now. Do you think she shall come out next Season? I am certain, Colonel,” here, she rested a hand on his arm and graced him with a knowing smile, “that she shall be a great success, particularly if properly guided.”

“I am certain she shall, and it is well that it shall not be for me to direct her. Another will undertake to support and guide her.”

“That is wise,” she comforted him, “for a young lady’s first season must be delicately planned so that only the most suitable gentlemen are permitted to pay court to her.” She touched long fingers to her breast and nodded modestly. “I am all too familiar with the struggles of a débutante, sir, so my thoughts go out to Miss Darcy as she prepares for the coming year. Oh, my,” she smiled and withdrew a fan from her reticule, “has not the day warmed rather unpleasantly? I should not have expected it for so early in the year.”

He glanced at the iron sky, the walks still damp from the morning’s rain, and cocked a curious eyebrow at her. “I do not find it warm at all, Madam.”

“Oh, but it is so humid! I declare, I think I shall stifle in this fur, if I am not permitted a moment or two to remove it and breathe properly!”

Richard closed his eyes briefly. How was he ever to be rid of the woman? “Perhaps you are in need of some refreshment?” he heard himself suggest, and wished he could bite out his own cursed, well-bred tongue.

“Colonel, you are too kind! Why, that would be the very thing, do you not agree, Mrs Temple?” She turned and fairly led him up the steps to the house, requiring no one to show her to the drawing room. Richard groaned inwardly and glanced at the clock. An insufferable quarter of an hour would pass before he could be back about something useful, and during that time he feared the woman would contrive some means of throwing herself upon him. Just to be safe, he took a seat as far from her as he could while her tea was served.

She prattled on mercilessly, telling him all the gossip of all the people he never cared a whit about. He struggled not to roll his eyes. What did she take him for, another woman? He swallowed his tea politely, trying not to let his smile freeze in place by occasionally repeating her own statements back to her.

“How interesting,” he forcibly enthused. “Viscount Malvern engaged to Lady Serena Ashby. A fine match.”

“Oh, but that is not the half of it!” she flipped her hand in his direction. “Why, I was speaking with Lady Matlock not two days ago, and she informed me that the Season shall see yet another great match before it concludes.”

“Another? You don’t say.”

“Why, yes, but it is all a great mystery! Simply everyone is talking about it. Apparently, the names of the parties are a marvellous secret, for it has not been made official, but a gentleman from a noble house is to wed a lady of good birth and over ten thousand per year! Everyone is simply beside themselves trying to guess who it could be. Personally, I think it must be Lord Wallace and Lady Blackthorne, but the Countess was rather close on those details, and I shouldn’t wonder! It sounds as if she is in the confidences of both, and it promises to be the wedding to end the Season.”

“Interesting,” he mused, and this time, he meant it.

“Well, I am afraid I must be going,” she preened. “My appointment simply will not wait, but it was so good of you to invite us in to refresh ourselves. I always say that it is the mark of true gentility, to be ready to receive guests at any time.”

“Not at all, Miss Bingley. I am glad to be of service,” he bowed, and as his head dipped, sighed in relief. At last, she was going!

“Oh!” she turned at the door, as if she had forgotten something. “Do give my regards to Miss Darcy. I fear I am quite in arrears with my letter writing, but I do miss her terribly.”

He nodded, trying to conceal his impatience. “Indeed, Miss Bingley, I shall convey the message.” He looked up to signal the footman to open the door, but the man posted outside was already opening it for someone mounting the front steps. Richard caught a sharp breath. That could only mean….

“Well, now, it has been such a pleasure, Colonel. I always said, did I not Mrs Temple, that you are the kindest gentleman of my acquaintance.”

Richard bowed one more time, but his eyes were not on the lady. The door was open fully now, and a tall, dark figure was silhouetted in its frame. It was as if he were watching a shipwreck unfold, seeing each moment pass before his eyes at the speed of eternity. Miss Bingley turned, and her hand flew to her mouth. Her knees buckled, and Richard caught sight of her wild, white eyes as her head and arms snapped back in the most impressive fainting fit to which he had ever borne witness. Half-heartedly, he took a step nearer to lessen her fall, but he was too slow, and her aim too precise, as she tumbled helplessly into the arms of the newcomer.

“Well, Richard,” Darcy frowned, shifting his weight to place the lady’s inert form into the footman’s arms. “I did not know you were in the habit of distressing the guests into unconsciousness.”

Richard merely turned and beat his forehead with the heel of his hand.

Time to Give Away:

10 ebook copies for 10 different winners! Nicole is giving these 10 copies during her blog tour of These Dreams. You can be the lucky one by clicking on the link below and please read the terms and conditions for the giveaway just below the link. Good luck!

 Giveaway link, click here.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of These Dreams by Nicole Clarkston. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Blog Tour Schedule:

You are going to love this blog tour!

09/19   So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

09/20   My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, GA

TD Vert Blog Tour BannerM

09/21   From Pemberley to Milton; Review, GA

09/22   Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

09/23   Just Jane 1813; Review, GA

09/24   My Vices and Weaknesses; Excerpt, GA

09/25   Babblings of a Bookworm;  Guest Post or Vignette, GA

09/26   Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

09/27   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt

09/28   Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, GA

09/29   My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, GA

09/30   Margie’s Must Reads; Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

10/01   Savvy Verse and Wit; Review, GA

10/02   Austenesque Reviews; Character Interview, GA

10/03   Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review, GA

10/04   From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, GA

 

Totally random, or not… but I had to leave you with the song that always comes to my mind when reading the title of this great book:

Eurythmics – These Dreams

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused