Blog Tour of “D&E: Hope of the future” by Sharon Lathan, guest post + giveaway

Good morning or good afternoon or even good night for some of you! Yes, I am back after only a week 🙂 I am trying to behave and do not keep you out of the loop. That is why today I am very happy to present Sharon Lathan with her latest book Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future. It is her second book on her Prequel Saga, our loved protagonists, Elizabeth and Darcy are getting married, aren’t they? …

Blurb of Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future (Darcy Saga Prequel Book #2)

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet will soon be joined in Holy Matrimony!

The initial month of their Season of Courtship has passed. Together, the lovers strengthened their bond through honest communication, as they dealt with adversity, jealousy, and distrust. Ever growing in mutual love and understanding, a dramatic confrontation broke through the final barriers. 

Now their Hope of the Future “happily ever after” is assured! 

As long as Lady Catherine can be stopped in her scheme to interfere, that is. Or, will Mrs. Bennet’s bad advice ruin future marital felicity? Might increasing liberation lead to overwhelming passions that cannot be controlled, with catastrophe a result? 

Continue the journey began in Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship. Delight in their flourishing romance, ride along on their escapades in London, and be a witness at the wedding of the century.

The miraculous design of how Two Shall Become One begins before the sacred vows.

After this blurb, can you not wait to buy the book? Print or ebook? You could buy both formats here, and also the first book of the saga Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship.

Amazon US                   Amazon UK                         Barnes & Noble Nook and Print

Kobo digital                                         iBooks digital

Apart from introducing the book and give you a “male” excerpt for you to enjoy, Sharon has done a guest post where you will find a lot of information about weddings during the Regency. I have learnt a lot, I must admit that I knew maybe half of the facts presented. I would recommend you to read this post but also visit the different posts where her book is being promoted because she has great information to share with all of us.

 

Let me introduce you to Sharon Lathan in case she may be a new author to you, although she has been written great novels for a long time now:

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Her first novel, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, was published in 2009. Sharon’s series of “happily ever after” for the Darcys now totals nine full-length novels and one Christmas themed novella.Sharon Lathan photo

Darcy & Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship and Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future complete the “prequel to the sequel” duo recounting the betrothal months before the Darcy Saga began.

Sharon is a native Californian relocated in 2013 to the green hills of Kentucky, where she resides with her husband of over thirty years. Retired from a thirty-year profession as a registered nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care, Sharon is pursuing her dream as a full-time writer.

Sharon is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, JASNA Louisville, the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Beau Monde chapter of the RWA, and serves as the website manager and on the board of the Louisville Romance Writers chapter of the RWA.

Sharon is the co-creator of Austen Authors, a group blog for authors of Austenesque literary fiction. Visit at:  www.AustenAuthors.com 

Connect with Sharon at the following places:
Website/blog:  www.SharonLathanAuthor.com       Facebook at Sharon Lathan, Novelist                 Twitter @SharonLathan                     Pinterest  SharonLathan62

 

After introducing her, let’s read what Sharon is sharing with us, not only a very “funny” excerpt but also, as mentioned above, interesting information about weddings.

 

First and foremost, I must thank Ana for hosting me on her blog today. It is a pleasure to be here sharing a bit of wedding history and my latest novel with the My Vices and Weaknesses readers. Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future is the second book in the two-volume Darcy Saga Prequel Duo, which began with Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship. These two novels perfectly fit with my Darcy Saga Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the series now including nine lengthy novels and one novella.

Regency Wedding Preparations

To understand wedding preparation during the Regency, you must start by erasing everything you envision as part of a modern-day wedding. English weddings prior to the Victorian Era were small, understated events. The primary purpose of the ceremony was the religious solidification of the marriage contract. For the most part, everything was approached with this serious aspect foremost.

The simplicity factor was one reason why the time between proposal to marriage could be very short. For most couples, the two weeks waiting for the three readings of the Banns was plenty of time. A longer courtship period would likely be the result of concerns such as ensuring a house to live in, financial security, and similar practicalities rather than needing time to plan the ceremony itself.

Unless a special license was procured—this was quite rare—or one was of a faith other than the Anglican Church, the wedding procedure was standardised. Couples with extreme wealth and social importance might have a glitzier arrangement and grander celebration, but never the ostentatious affairs we have today.

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Location and Timing of the Wedding:  An Anglican wedding could take place on any day of the week, but ALL weddings took place in the parish chapel where at least one of the two persons lived. Per Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753, weddings were required to take place during the canonical hours of 8 AM to noon.

Since most members of the ton could claim the fashionable London districts of Mayfair, Grosvenor, and St. James as their residence, the vast majority of Regency weddings took place at Saint George’s Church in Hanover Square. Established in 1725, thousands of weddings were conducted at St. George’s—1063 in 1816 alone!

Wedding Guests:  Invitations were handwritten by the bride—if they were sent at all—and depending on her creativity, the invitation may be fancy, but more often it was a basic letter giving the facts.

It was unusual for anyone outside the immediate family and closest friends to attend the ceremony. If family members lived further away they would be notified and an invitation extended, and in special circumstances time may be allowed for travel, but this was not the expectation and no one thought it wrong if they chose not to come. The only essential attendees were the clergyman, parish clerk to ensure formal logging in the register, and two official witnesses.

Local citizens often waited outside the church, ready to cheer and congratulate the newlyweds. It was common for these folks to form a processional behind the couple, shouting well-wishes all the way back to their house.

Bride’s Attendants:  A bride was typically assisted by one or two female attendants, perhaps a few more if she was of higher society. These attendants could be married or unmarried and helped the bride in various ways—penning invitations, getting dressed, making the bouquet—and one was designated the official witness for the parish registry.

The term “bridesmaid”—or more commonly “bridemaid” without the S—was in use since the 1500s. “Maid of Honor” was akin to “lady in waiting” so more specifically referred to royal attendants. The use of “maid of honor” in relation to a bridal attendant was a late 19th century, American addition. The term “matron of honor” to specify a married attendant is an Americanism not seen until after 1900.

Groom’s Attendants: Historically, the groomsmen were “blade knights” who served as protectors of the bride and guards for the couple during their vulnerable hours preceding and following the ceremony. We see this same tradition today in military weddings where a sword wielding “honor guard” form the saber arch for the couple to walk through.

Such fears were gone by the civilised Regency. Instead, the enlisted groomsmen were close friends who lent a hand as necessary. With the ceremony being a quiet event, the groom having little to do beyond show up on time, and a bachelor party or extensive reception speech unheard of, groom attendants had minimal stated duties. The number varied, and probably was very small, but as with the bride, one man was designated as the “best man” to stand with the groom and serve as the official witness.

 

After reading this, I know that I would have been one of these local citizens waiting for Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy to leave the church together with Mr and Mrs Charles Bingley J Enjoy the excerpt of a really appealing book.

 

Excerpt from Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future

By the time Darcy, Richard, and Georgiana returned to Netherfield, the Hursts and Caroline Bingley had arrived. 

“Terrific,” Darcy muttered grumpily upon espying the familiar coach in the drive. It was a sentiment of which neither Colonel Fitzwilliam nor Miss Darcy could disagree.

As per the agenda for the final days and evenings, the brides and grooms would honor tradition by not seeing each other after sundown on the eve of the wedding, meaning they would dine apart. For tonight, however, Mr. Bingley had offered to host at Netherfield. It was the sensible choice, presuming the likelihood of some of their families arriving that day. As it turned out, everyone arrived that day. It was, for all intents, a prewedding reception.

When the dust finally cleared, and the last visitor had departed with the rest retired to their guest quarters, the grooms and Richard Fitzwilliam met in Bingley’s private sitting room.

“Well, that went swimmingly, I’d say.” Richard handed a brandy to Darcy, who grunted, then took a large swallow.

“As swimmingly as in a river of piranhas.”

“Oh, it wasn’t that bad—maybe sharks, or stinging eels, but not piranha level.”

Bingley smiled at Richard’s humor but looked a bit dyspeptic and also gulped at his brandy. “We may as well accept it, Darcy. After all, we will be family in two days so these gatherings, while hopefully rare, will happen from time to time.”

Now it was Darcy’s turn to look ill.

“Does Mr. Hurst ever smile?” Richard blurted in a tone of sincere curiosity.

“Sometimes, I think.” Bingley frowned, then shrugged. “Can’t recall to be honest.”

“Huh. Well, here is to family.” Richard lifted his glass. “Got to love them, for better or worse, sickness and in health, richer or poorer… Wait, that is for spouses. What are the rules for family again?”

“That is the real tragedy. One has no choice in the matter and is stuck with them,” Darcy grumbled.

“Yes, well, cheer up, Cousin. You have me! That is a stupendous blessing from the Almighty. And soon you shall have Bingley here. We make up for a dozen Mr. Hursts or Mrs. Bennets.”

“I suppose I will have to give you that,” Darcy admitted grudgingly, and then he laughed.

Richard joined in, but Bingley was quiet, eyes faintly troubled and a frown creasing his brows.

“What is it, Charles?”

“Was Caroline…” Bingley paused. “That is, did she do or say anything I am unaware of?”

Richard shook his head, but it was Darcy who spoke. “Surprisingly, no. In fact, I don’t think she said much at all. She sat with Mrs. Hurst the whole night. I know she never approached Elizabeth, at least when we were all together. I was watching. I think the time away did her good, truly I do. But really, what does it matter for the present? We should put all this aside and focus on what is important. The reason we are gathered here in the first place.”

“Here! Here!” Richard raised his glass, but only halfway. Staring at Darcy with a comically confused expression, he asked, “And why was that again?”

Time to Give Away

You cannot miss the great giveaway that Sharon is doing with us today. She is giving:

  • One print, signed copy of Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future and a magnet duo of Darcy and Elizabeth from The Darcy Saga (1 winner, only US)
  • One ebook copy of Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future for 1 international winner.

What do you need to do to participate? As usual, share your opinion with us about what you have read. What do you think about the excerpt? Did you know the info about the weddings? Were you surprised about any of it? Please comment on this post and please, write your email and specify if you are participating on the US part of the giveaway or if you are participating on the international.

This time for an extra entry, you could share this post with some friends and if a friend of yours leaves a comment and indicates that he/she has found the post through you, you get an extra entry (maximum of three friends to be counted).

The giveaway will be open the 14th of September and I would like to post the winners during the following weekend. All the entries before 12pm (CET) will be counted. Good luck!

 

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Blog Tour of “Fair Stands The Wind” by Catherine Lodge, character interview + giveaway

Dear all,

I do apologise for abandoning you but I have finally settle in my new country but the new job has just started and I barely have time for much.

Today I am very happy to introduce a new writer: Catherine Lodge, an English lady who is presenting her first published book: Fair Stands The Wind. It is a Pride and Prejudice what if that shows Darcy in a very different light. Check the blurb below:

We all know that in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy is proud and prejudiced because he is a wealthy landowner who believes himself above his company; and that Elizabeth Bennet can afford to be proud and prejudiced because she believes she has the freedom to make choices for herself.

But what if Mr Darcy is the second son, sent to sea at a young age? What if Elizabeth is trapped by circumstances, with an ill father on one side and an understandably desperate mother on the other?

Meet Captain Darcy of the Royal Navy, a successful frigate captain, with ample prize-money and a sister he needs to provide for while he is at sea. Meet Elizabeth Bennet, who needs a husband and is trying to resign herself to Mr Collins, the worst “least worst alternative” in the history of literature.

What do you think? Will Darcy’s personality change much? Why does he need to provide for a sister if he is the second son? Is Mrs Bennet even more desperate than in Jane Austen’s book? Is Captain Darcy more gorgeous than Captain Wentworth? 😛 Well… I will stop the teasing now with that last question.

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Catherine Lodge

Catherine Lodge is a semi-retired lawyer and lecturer, living in Yorkshire–a part of the UK even more beautiful than Derbyshire. One of five daughters, although by birth order regrettably the Jane, she found 19th Century literature early in her teens and never looked back–even if that meant her school essays kept coming back with “archaic!” written in the margin next to some of her favourite words. She still thinks that “bruited” is a much nicer word than “rumoured.”Catherine Lodge

After years of drafting leases and pleadings, she finally started to write for fun in her forties and has never stopped since. Much of this will never see the light of day, having been fed to the digital equivalent of a roaring bonfire, but Fair Stands the Wind is the first book she thinks worthy of public attention.

She spends her day fixing computer problems for friends and family, singing in her local choir, and avoiding the ironing.

Follow her on: Facebook or send her an Email

Apart from introducing her book, Catherine is kindly sharing a character interview that I believe you will enjoy much. Some of the characters on her book are in The Jeremy Kyle Show. It is a very amusing and a great idea to present this character of the 19th century. Enjoy!

Announcer: And now on the Stuck at Home in the Afternoon Network: The Jeremy Kyle Show

The audience variously cheers, applauds and boos. They have been sat in the studio for three hours and have already sat through one happy episode where they got to abuse a spendthrift Baronet and his snooty oldest daughter.

Kyle oozes onto the stage.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, today we have with us Mrs Thomas Bennet of Longbourn in the Country of Herefordshire. Fanny, (may I call you Fanny?) welcome to the Jeremy Kyle Show.”

(Audience boos enthusiastically.)

“Now, now, no need for that. Fanny has come here to ask for our help with one of her daughters, isn’t that right, Fanny?”

Mrs Bennet, fanning herself vigorously. “Yes, Mr Kyle, For if you do not help us, I am sure I do not know what we shall do. With my poor Mr Bennet gone and that wicked girl entirely refusing to do as I tell her, we shall all be in the hedgerows in a wink of an eye. Not that I get many winks, the nights I’ve lain away, Mr Kyle, you can have no idea of, no one knows my sufferings but me.”

Audience, warily, they’re still not sure about her. “Aaaah.”

“So tell us all about it, Fanny.”

“Mr Kyle, that child will be the death of me, I am sure. Mr Collins, my husband’s heir you know, has already been sniffing around the house counting the teaspoons and deciding what to do with us all. I just do not know what has got into the girl. It is a perfect match for her, and it’s not as though the gentleman is hideous or anything, he’s perfectly amiable and £5,000 a year! And she swears she will not see him again, and I know he was so close to proposing too. She swears it is all my fault as though I know nothing at all. I married a gentleman, I’ll have you know, with an estate and £2,000 a year and everything handsome about him. But oh no, I do not know how to conduct myself, if you please.”

“We’d better have the young lady out, then. Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Jane Bennet”

Audience starts to boo, gets a good look at Jane and trails into silence.

“Oh Mama, how could you?” Jane is mortified and inclined to hide her face in her hands.

“Don’t you ‘Oh Mama’ me, you ….you…you…serpent’s tooth. What do you mean by it? There’s Mr Bingley, mooning around after you with his great cow-eyes and you refuse to receive him. It is beyond everything!”

“But mama, how can I look him in the face after what you did?”

“What I did? All I did was look out for the family’s credit. It is all very well my brother Gardiner telling me I need to economise, but he hasn’t got half the country watching to see if we start acting like paupers. I have other daughters I need to dispose of , you know, and then I can die happy knowing my duty is done.”

Jane, getting uncharacteristically annoyed. “I fail to see what spending all that money on a new upstairs carpet has to do with disposing of your daughters. You were just bored and wanted to buy something!”

Audience, warming up, this is more like it. “Oooooh.”

“You see how I am treated, Mr Kyle. It was quite bad enough with her sister, Lizzy. Turning her nose up at Mr Collins indeed. We could have stayed at Longbourn forever and ever but oh no….. It’s all of a piece. No one knows how I am tried. Five daughters, would you believe, Mr Kyle, five daughters and I’ve devoted my life to those girls, to making sure they are all respectably established and what are my thanks for a mother’s devotion?”

Kyle springs the trap. “So, you’ve been a good mother then, Fanny?”

“None better, sir.”

“And you’ve brought your daughters up well?”

“As well as I could on my own, for my poor dear Bennet took no interest in any of them but Lizzy and that only served to make her saucy!”

“We’ll see about that.” Kyle turns to look back stage. “Come out Miss Lydia Bennet.”

Lydia bounces on stage followed by an unwillingly amused Mr Gardiner. “Oh Ma, you’ve got to let me come home, Uncle Gardiner is being perfectly horrid.” Fanny and Lydia embrace.

“So, what do you say to that, Mr Gardiner?”

“Perfectly horrid in this case consists of stopping her sneaking out of the house to meet a young man,”

Audience, getting into the swing of things variously shout out. “Shame!” “Spoilsport!” and several other things not suitable to the delicate ears of my readers.

“What do you say to that, eh Fanny?”

“Well to be sure it was very wrong of her. Lydia, was he particularly good-looking?”

“Even better than Captain Darcy!”

Audience, having read the book, storm the stage and the show develops into a fist fight, security swarm the crowd and at the back, Jeremy Kyle can be seen smiling in satisfaction. Until Mr Gardiner, channelling the hopes of a large proportion of the British population, punches him firmly on the nose.

Well, Lydia has to be always controversial!!

If you have liked this introduction of the book with such a great interview, do not forget to visit the other stops of the blog. By the way, the book will be very soon available to be bought on Amazon US and UK, so check it!

Blog Tour Schedule

08/30 Babblings of a Bookworm; Guest Post or Vignette, GA

08/31 My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, GA

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09/01 Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Excerpt, GA

09/02 Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

09/03 Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, GA

09/04 Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Vignette

09/05 Of Pens and Pages; Review, Excerpt, GA

09/06 Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Vignette, Giveaway

09/07 From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post or Vignette, Excerpt, GA

09/08 So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

09/09 My Love for Jane Austen; Vignette, GA

09/10 Margie’s Must Reads; Review, Excerpt, GA

09/11 My Jane Austen Book Club; Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

09/12 Just Jane 1813; Review, GA

Time To Give Away

Catherine Lodge is giving away ebooks of Fair Stands The Wind and it is very easy for you to participate. Read the terms and conditions below and click here to enter.

Terms and Conditions:

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 Fair Stands the Wind by Catherine Lodge. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Winner of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, annotated by Sophie Turner

First of all, a big apology for taking so long to show the winner of the annotated version of Pride and Prejudice.

I have used random.org (as usual) and here you have the result with the winner:

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Congratulations Katherine Schmitt!! Please, contact me as soon as possible with your email address in order to receive your prize. As it has taken me so long to announce a winner, Katherine, you have until the 15th September to contact me. You can pass me your email commenting on this post or emailing me on myvicesandweaknesses@gmail.com

Winner of “When We Are Married” by Caitlin Williams

and the winner is…

wait wait! First of all I want to thank you for commenting and sharing my stop in the Blog Tour of When we are married by Caitlin Williams. I hope all of you read it and enjoy it because it is worth it!

Without further ado, here you have the result of the randomiser that I have done with random.org:

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Vesper, you are the winner! I will email Claudine right now and sooner than later, you will enjoy this book!!

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If you are not Vesper, you can always buy this great book, below you have a few links that you could use:

Amazon UK Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)

It is also available through Kindle Unlimited.

Blog tour of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, annotated by Sophie Turner + Giveaway

Hello! No, I am not about to be sent to Bedlam, we really have a blog tour of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I am very honoured to start this blog tour that will take you to different parts of the project by Sophie Turner with guest posts, book reviews and excerpts that I hope you will enjoy!

Sophie Turner has been working with the most popular novel by Jane Austen and she is doing an astonishing and outstanding work bringing back all the splendour and glory that only the one written by Jane Austen more than 200 years ago had (not that newer editions are not good, but that one is just the best).

Here you have the description of this work:

The novel needs no introduction. But readers may not have realised that we have been losing “Pride and Prejudice” over the years, particularly digitally. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation have eroded significantly from the 1813 Egerton first edition, and many digital copies suffer from poor formatting.

In 2017, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, her “darling Child” has been painstakingly restored to the three-volume 1813 first edition. Adjustments have only been made where there were errors in the 1813 text, and are noted in detailed annotations at the end of the novel.

Please enjoy this beloved story, restored to Jane Austen’s original voice.

I am extremely proud of presenting part of Sophie’s work, one part that is very important, even more nowadays were the “image” is too relevant for modern people. Please, read below and admire the effort and research that Sophie Turner has done about the cover, how covers have been changing through time on this beloved masterpiece:

Thank you so much for having me back here at My Vices and Weaknesses to talk about this special project of mine, to create a restored digital edition of Pride and Prejudice for readers, in celebration of Jane Austen’s life and work. I’m really excited to put this book back in the hands of readers, restored to Austen’s true voice.

One of the things that was tricky about doing the book was creating the cover, because while I could endeavour to restore the content to the 1813 Egerton first edition, I could not do that with the cover. In Jane Austen’s time, it was much easier to avoid judging a book by its cover, because covers were bound simply in paste board. This was because your Mr. Darcy types, who cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library, would be intending to have the book rebound much more expensively, in their preferred binding. This is why most of the first editions you see surviving today have such different bindings, and often the binding still went before the pages, so they were rebound more than once.

Here, as a rare example, is the National Library of Scotland’s first edition of Pride and Prejudice, in the original boards.

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In the 1820s and 1830s, cloth began to supplement the plain board, and at about this time dust jackets began to be popular, although the first of them appeared in the 18th century. (Originally intended merely to protect the book until it reached the owner’s library shelf, it took about a century for them to be kept and considered part of the book.) This was the first time that books could be advertised by their covers, and, well, the book industry has not looked back.

So I thought I would compile here some of the most interesting Pride and Prejudice covers that I’ve come across:

1894 Hugh Thomson Peacock Edition

No cover list of Pride and Prejudice would be complete without this one, and for good reason. It’s beautifully eye catching, and yet luxurious at the same time. One of these will set you back about 800 USD on eBay!  

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1895 Charles Brock

Another eye-catching contribution from the late 19th century. There’s only one of these available on eBay right now and THAT will set you back 1,975 USD.

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Circa 1940 movie tie-in

I really did not know that movie tie-in covers went back this far, but they most certainly do, as there are quite a few out there featuring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. This particular one will set you back 250 USD.

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1940s Pocket Book Edition, aka Attack of the Fonts

“Hey,” said the junior designer to his friend in accounting. Wait, this was the 40s, so he probably didn’t say that. “Say, chap,” said the junior designer to his friend in accounting, “What fonts do you think I should use for this cover?” His friend glanced at the reasonable illustration, the bright pink color, and said, “Well, I always like to pick two or three fonts that have absolutely nothing to do with each other and look completely incongruous when put together. And, you know, if you could make Jane Austen look like she’s from the Wild West, that would be splendid.” If you are keeping a museum of font history, this could be added to the collection for a mere 50 USD.

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Circa 1960s Dean & Son OR FROM THE FUTURE???

Okay, this is clearly, almost 100% certainly Lyme Park. What is the story here? Mere coincidence? A BBC location scout who had this edition growing up? Doctor Who? I NEED TO KNOW. This can be yours for 18 USD from eBay, if I haven’t bought it first.

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1965 Harper Perennial

“I CANNOT LISTEN TO YOUR PROPOSALS BECAUSE I AM TOO BUSY ARRANGING THESE FLOWERS.” Yours for 65 USD.

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2002 Penguin Classics

I had to include this one because it’s “my” Pride and Prejudice, the copy that’s gotten the most reads before I switched over to ebook. And I felt like we needed a nice, classic cover after some of the last few!

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2009 Harper Teen aka Twilight Wannabe

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, this one is, “How can we use the success of Twilight to get teens to read more classics? Not giving them the benefit of the doubt, it is, “How can we use the success of Twilight to sell more classics?”

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2013 Pulp Classics

This one is pretty much a must-include. It’s rapidly become almost as iconic as the Peacock edition. I mean, what even is happening here? This vaguely Firthian Darcy with cravat and cigarette can be yours for about 24 USD on Amazon.

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2015 Barnes and Noble Collectible

See, we can have nice things in the modern era! I like that it hearkens back a bit to the Peacock edition. And it will certainly set you back less than that one will: they can be had new on eBay for less than 10 USD.

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2017 Annotated and Restored ebook

Since we DO judge even ebooks by their covers, this restoration to 1813 did need a cover, and I produced a number of options, generally in a fairly classic design. This was the winner of the vote on Just Jane 1813, and I think readers made a great choice.

In 1813, the author of the novel was known only as the author of Sense and Sensibility, and this cover includes that in a sort of playful way, as if it’s helping to “sell” readers on this “new” novel. But Jane Austen also gets her name on the cover, in a big, bold way. I wanted her to have a cover with some swagger. She deserves it.

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Were you aware of all this info? or did you know all the different covers shown above? Maybe you have even seen different ones and if you read Pride and Prejudice in other languages you may have encountered various covers. However, what do you think of the cover? Maybe you were one of the people who voted for this cover, o a different one.

Why not buying this ambitious and lovely project? You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo. Sophie has tried to make it almost free, so I am sure that you will enjoy it and you will realise how interesting this “version” is as it shows a more “authentic” feeling.

Sophie Turner has already presented herself through the cover research but let me tell you a bit more about her:

Sophie Turner worked as an online editor before delving even more fully into the tech world. Writing, researching the Regency era, and occasionally dreaming about living in Britain are her escapes from her day job.

Sophie TurnerShe was afraid of long series until she ventured upon Patrick O’Brian’s 20-book Aubrey-Maturin masterpiece, something she might have repeated five times through.

Alas, her Constant Love series is only planned to be seven books right now, and consists of A Constant Love, A Change of Legacies, and the in-progress A Season Lost.

She blogs about her writing endeavours at sophie-turner-acl.blogspot.com, where readers can find direction for the various social drawing-rooms across the Internet where she may be called upon.

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Time to Give Away

Pride _ Prejudice 1813 eBook Horizontal BannerSophie Turner is kindly offering one ebook copy of “her” Pride and Prejudice to one of you. This time I am going to ask you to comment on these covers and/or what covers mean to you. One thing that I would love you to do is to show us which is your favourite cover of Pride and Prejudice and why. It can be one of the covers above or you may have a different edition. Just share it on the comments.

The giveaway will be open for a long time, all the entries before 15th of August will be counted (GMT time). (One entry per person in total, I apologise for that but I am moving countries  on Tuesday and I will have little time to check absolutely everything between unpacking and settling).

Tour Schedule

Pride _ Prejudice 1813 eBook Vertical BannerJuly 27 / My Vices and Weaknesses/ Guest Post & Giveaway

July 28 / Austenesque Reviews/Book Excerpt & Giveaway

July 29 / My Love for Jane Austen/ Guest Post & Giveaway

August 3 /Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

August 4 / My Jane Austen Book Club/ Guest Post & Giveaway

September 4 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Guest Post & Giveaway

September 5 / Laughing with Lizzie / Book Excerpt

September 6 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway

September 12 / Margie’s Must Reads /Book Review & Giveaway

September 14 / More Agreeably Engaged /Guest Post & Giveaway

September 15 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway

Blog Tour of “When we are married” by Caitlin Williams – Excerpt and Giveaway

Not many words from me today for When we are married as I want you to read first the book description and then we “chat”, here you have it:

Two sisters, one man. Someone’s heart is about to get broken.

Elizabeth Bennet quickly realises she has misjudged Mr Darcy. In Kent, she learns first impressions are not always accurate. His proposal is disastrous, insulting even, but when she reads his letter her heart begins to thaw, and her objections and prejudices start to melt away. Elizabeth decides to offer Mr Darcy a sliver of hope, an apology, and a second chance.

Yet when he begins to call at Gracechurch Street, determined to become a better man and humbled by Elizabeth’s reproofs, he unwittingly stirs the romantic hopes of another lady altogether.

Jane Bennet is bereft and confused, rejected by Charles Bingley. She is fearful of becoming an old maid and eager to fall in love with the very first gentleman who takes notice of her. Mr Darcy just happens to be everything her mother has wanted for her; rich and handsome, the perfect suitor.

Through crowded, industrious Cheapside, to the elegant ballrooms of Mayfair, Mr Darcy chases Elizabeth Bennet, unaware that the quiet unassuming girl who smiles too much, is fully intent on chasing him.

So… what do you think? The first thing it came to mind was:

cat fightCat fight!! I cannot believe it! Jane, what are you doing?? but at the same time it is: “Ohh, you poor thing!” How on earth this is going to end well?!?! But I hope it does if not I will scream 😉 Lizzy and Jane cannot be at odds with each other, they are BFF apart from sisters. Well, let’s try to forget that part for a bit, my next question would be: how does Elizabeth offer a sliver of hope? because Darcy becomes a regular at Mr and Mrs Gardiner’s home…

Author: Caitlin Williams

Let me introduce the guilty person of this possible cat fight, Caitlin Williams. A really good author and a very nice person that I was glad to meet a few months ago. You may be surprised about her former job.

Caitlin Williams is the author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming Caitlin Williams author photosmallof Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both based on the characters from Pride and Prejudice. She’s a lifelong Austen devotee and lover of all things regency.

Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write.
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Here you can buy his latest book When we are married or her previous ones: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)  It is also available through KindleUnlimited.

Excerpt (enjoy!)

Her voice had given the impression of confidence, her reply had been laced with tartness, but as she moved away—still feeling Mr Darcy’s gaze upon her—Elizabeth’s spirits were in a flutter.

Why was she not angrier? No matter how solicitous and civil he was now—amongst the more personable and respectable members of her family—she could not forget how he had once derided and despised others she loved. His treatment of Jane, refusing to greet her when she had made her visit to the Hursts’, coupled with the deviousness he had shown in keeping Mr Bingley oblivious to her sister’s presence in Town; it all should have made him truly despicable in her eyes.

And yet…

And yet…oh, curse the man. His owning it so openly, so freely admitting to his faults, was horribly disarming and his teasing was so unexpected. “When we are married.” The audacity! As she neared the tea table she found herself tutting and smiling at the same time.

“You were speaking to Mr Darcy for a good long while, whatever about?” Jane asked.

Elizabeth blinked, thought quickly, and gave a blithe answer. “We found you to be a decent topic, dear heart. You are held by Mr Darcy in the highest esteem. You will never have a better compliment. I should treasure it. I doubt it is a regular habit of his to bestow such generous praise.”

“Lizzy,” Jane said, in a whisper. “Do you not see how he desires to make himself agreeable…to us all, I mean? I beg you not to be churlish. His manners have improved, I think, since Hertfordshire, though you will remember I never found them as reprehensible as you did.”

“But you find nothing or no-one reprehensible. I daresay you would find Genghis Khan an agreeable dinner companion.”

Jane was tight-lipped in response.

“Which is to your credit!’ Elizabeth exclaimed. “You know I jest and long to be as good as you. Sadly, it is not in my nature. I am my father’s daughter. Two parts cynical to one part obdurate.”

“Our family has not always shown itself to him in its best light. Let us make a good impression now.”

Bemused by Jane’s solemnity, Elizabeth shrugged. “I will try my best. I shall even take him over his coffee, as a gesture of goodwill. Will that smooth away the line which has appeared between your eyebrows?” She put a finger to her sister’s forehead.

Jane pushed away Elizabeth’s hand and pursed her lips. She then lifted the heavy silver coffee pot and carefully poured the thick black liquid into a delicate bone china cup, making it rattle gently against its saucer.

“Black, with one lump of sugar.” They both spoke at precisely the same time and then looked at one another in surprise.

Elizabeth laughed. “There is so little in the way of amusement at Rosings that even inconsequential nothings became of note. Mr Collins, you know, takes his tea with cream and three sugar lumps, which perhaps explains some of his rampant excitability.”

Jane gave her a smile in return but when Elizabeth held out her hand for the cup, all joy faded from her sister’s countenance.

“I will take it, Lizzy.”

“No, here comes our uncle, who looks desperately thirsty, you must pour for him. I will take this to Mr Darcy.”

Elizabeth reached for the beverage, but Jane pulled it quickly back, unbalancing the load. Although the saucer remained in her hand, the cup toppled, fell, and spun in mid-air before landing on the rug between their feet. The liquid was thrown up, splattering the hem of Jane’s gown. It miraculously avoided Elizabeth’s.

Jane gasped and cried out, drawing the attention of the whole room.

“Are you hurt?” Elizabeth asked at once, taking hold of her sister’s shaking wrist.

“No, no, I am well…it is just…” Jane tearfully broke off from them all. Everyone was rushing to her assistance, but she wrenched herself away and made for the door.

Elizabeth followed quickly, assuring her aunt Gardiner, who started to trail after them, that she would send for her if she was needed. Her aunt went back to the drawing room while Elizabeth caught up with Jane in the hallway, taking her wrist once again to make her stop. “Come now, what is all this? ’Tis a small accident. It will be forgotten in a trice.”

“I have made a fool of myself and it is ruined,” Jane said, choking back a sob, nodding towards the hem of her gown.

“No, our aunt’s maid will soak it and it will be as good as new. Are you sure you are not burnt?”

Jane shook her head and was far more emotional than the accident warranted. Tears fell, much to Elizabeth’s astonishment. “Jane, this is not like you. Let me help you change.”

“I can manage, Lizzy. Go back in please. Go back and amuse everybody, as you always do. Make them laugh and smile. You are so good at it. You will make them forget my clumsiness. I will be back presently.”

The more Elizabeth pleaded to be allowed to help, the more her sister put her off and so she reluctantly went back to the drawing room.

Upon her return, Mr Darcy got so quickly to his feet and asked after Jane’s welfare in such earnest tones, even going so far as to offer the services of his own physician, that Elizabeth could not help but be amused at his seriousness. She made a very serious face of her own. “I am afraid my sister has suffered the type of wound that no lady should ever have to bear. Imagine, if you will, what terrible pain accompanies the belief that a favourite gown is ruined forever.”

Mr Darcy continued to frown for the briefest of moments before fully understanding her. “My surgeon is good with a needle but probably unused to satin.”

They were both amused then, and Elizabeth found herself lingering in front of him, wondering if he would say anything else. It was difficult, while under the spell of his smile, to remember why she had ever disliked him. But she grew conscious when he said nothing further and continued to just look at her, unabashedly, unashamedly—did he not realise he was staring?

And, oh dear, was it possible she had been staring back?

Time to Give Away

Caitlin Williams is offering one ebook copy of When we are married to one of my readers. WWAM Final Front Cover 070617[1688] smallTo participate on the giveaway you only have to comment on this post and I would like to know what you think about this book and the excerpt. To get an extra entry you can tweet and/or share this post on Facebook in public mode (one entry per day, please copy the link on the comments). All entries before the 3oth July will be counted, GMT time. I will do my best to have the winner published on the 30th or 31st of July.

Good luck and share the news of this great story!

If you cannot wait to see if you are the lucky one, here you can buy his latest book When we are married or her previous ones: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)  It is also available through KindleUnlimited.

Blog Tour Schedule

Have a look at these other blogs where you will fun very nice and interesting reviews and a very nice Guest Post by Meredith.

July 21 Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post Launch & Giveaway

July 22 Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

July 23 Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

July 24 More Agreeably Engaged /  Book Review & Giveaway

July 25 My Vices & Weaknesses / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

July 26 Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

July 27 From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour of “Mendacity and Mourning” by J. L. Ashton, character interview and giveaway

It is unusual for me to introduce you to a book that I have not yet read and it feels weird. However, I have read quite a lot about it and I am very intrigued. I believe you will find the blurb really “alluring”.

Book Blurb

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a gossip in possession of misheard tales and desirous of both a good wife and an eager audience need only descend upon the sitting rooms of a small country town in order to find satisfaction. And with a push from Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins sets alight a series of misunderstandings, rumours, and lies that create obstacles to a romance between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

This slightly unhinged romantic comedy follows Darcy as he sets off to find himself a wife and instead finds himself pulled into the mire of his aunt’s machinations and his own fascination with Elizabeth, whom he believes betrothed to another. As Meryton judges him the grieving groom of Anne de Bourgh and a caddish dallier with the hearts of others, Darcy must ferret out the truth behind his cousin’s disappearance, protect his sister from the fretful fate of all Fitzwilliam females, and, most importantly, win Elizabeth’s heart.

My mind goes like: what?? super gossipy tone, rom-com, where is Darcy’s cousin?, what’s going on with Georgiana? Too many question only when reading the blurb, this is promising!

I want to introduce you to the person who is at fault for those three crazy lines above 😉

Jan Ashton didn’t meet Jane Austen until she was in her late teens, but in a happy coincidence, she shares a similarity of name with the author and celebrates her birthday on the same day Pride & Prejudice was first published. Sadly, she’s yet to find any Darcy and Elizabeth candles on her cake, but she does own the action figures.

BookPhotoLike so many Austen fans, Jan was an early and avid reader with a vivid imagination and a well-used library card. Her family’s frequent moves around the U.S and abroad encouraged her to think of books and their authors as reliable friends. It took a history degree and another decade or two for her to start imagining variations on Pride & Prejudice, and another decade—filled with career, marriage, kids, and a menagerie of pets—to start writing them. Today, in between writing Austen variations, Jan lives in the Chicago area, eats out far too often with her own Mr. Darcy, and enjoys membership in the local and national chapters of the Jane Austen Society of North America. 

 Mendacity & Mourning is her second book with Meryton Press. She published A Searing Acquaintance in 2016.

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Jan has been so great as to share an interview that she had with Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and the beginning is very interesting because he is describing himself and as we say in Spanish, it looks like “has has not a grandma!” (he does not need any one to say something nice about him). Enjoy!

The Colonel Tells All!

Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, soon to be promoted to general, was privy to all the goings-on in the universe described in Mendacity & Mourning. We sat down with him to learn a bit more about the man, and find out the real story behind the various couples in this Regency romp.

 Tell us a bit about yourself.

Dashing, resolute, handsome, brilliant, strong, and brave. Steady as a friend, sturdy and unyielding the battlefield. A second son who prefers his status, a nephew called dim by a half-mad aunt, a steady hand on the family tiller. A trustworthy guardian to a young girl, and giver of advice and counsel to all.

My bearing and my illustrious moustache will cow hulverheads and nickum-poops and make ladies swoon. Yet with all of this, I remain the family wit. Only Darcy’s wife, Elizabeth, can match me in humourous observations.

Darcy would agree? Are they not famed for their clever conversation, indecipherable to any who do not read Latin or Swift, observe the skies above and the wildflowers below?

Yes yes yes. They exist on their own enchanted plane of love and sweet nothings. It is as if they hover, their feet not on the ground and their heads in the sky. One fears to interrupt when their heads are bent close together; Georgiana tells me she blushes from all the murmurings and noisy kisses. It is rather unseemly, if quite aspirational. 

 Georgiana is your cousin. Tell us about your family.

Georgiana is a lovely girl who does us proud, and I am happy to call her Poppet. She softens us all. My parents dote on her. My mother would have liked a daughter, though my father shudders at the notion. He distrusts his sex when they reach eight and ten years, and the thought of sheltering his own daughter from the roaming eyes of eager young whelps send him quickly to fits of anger. We do not like to anger him. Creates quite a mess, you know. Damned Fitzwilliam blood rises quickly.

 Despite this, has your father given you good counsel?

I was a boy of some energy and curiosity, and mayhap a little too free with my own counsel to my cousins. When I was a mere slip of a lad, I received a stern lecture about the impropriety of commenting on my cousin Anne’s poor-fitting gowns. My father’s stern advice on how to properly observe a lady has proved itself valuable in years to come. “The Fitzwilliams,” he told me, “are breast men, boy. Take care with where your eyes land so that your hands and lips might later roam.”

Oh my. (interviewer pauses to take a drink of water) And the best advice your mother ever gave you?

Shave. Clean your teeth every day. Be more like Darcy.

The best advice you ever gave Darcy?

Hmm. I have been advising that man since he was in leading string. He failed to bloody Wickham’s nose when we were boys, as I’d often recommended, or to be clearer with Lady Catherine on his disinclination to marry Anne. And we all know how that has turned out! And it is likely for the best that Darcy did not follow my earlier, oft-repeated advice to find a woman to tup and do it often. He is too much a gentleman for that.

Hmm. Advice. Ah! Of course! Darcy may credit me with his marital happiness. The best advice he ever acted upon was to follow his heart and marry Elizabeth. He nearly mucked that up, but saint that she is, Lizzy took him on.

So Darcy found his Perfect Woman. You play a game of descriptions with your men, full of adjectives that detail each man’s ideal. Tell us yours.

Such an impertinent query! I am a military man and as such I keep my secrets close. However (narrows eyes and strokes his moustache), I will accede to your request, albeit I will preface the description of my paragon of a lady by assuring you that it has been altered over the years. I have grown in my appreciation for the female mind and form. No longer is my father’s admonition that a bosom outweighs a brain enough for me. A lady of petite form, eyes of blue and hair of red may catch my eye, but it is a lady with yielding limbs, warmth of embrace, cleverness of mind, and a love of war stories, a well-cooked roast, and a finely tended wine cellar that is most tender to my heart.

You have found such a lady? Shall we look for the announcement in the Times?

Zooks! No. I shall never marry. I am bound to the army, to my uniform, to the men I train, and the country I protect. I shall not surrender to the honeyed fog of marital bliss and small sticky rug imps under foot and at the teat. No, I shall be a happy uncle and cousin, and drink Darcy’s port and advise my brother’s sons. I shall lend my ear to my mother’s complaints, and my eye to my arrest my father’s behaviour. A good son, a good soldier. And a red-haired lady in every town. That is the life for me!

What do you think? Is he not a very amiable and honest man? I am not 100% sure about the moustache but everyone has a different image for Colonel Fitzwilliam.

 

I do not want to forget the covers! Lovely! Beautiful! Janet again has done a great job 🙂

This book looks and reads promising, if you want to buy it on paperback or on kindle, check the links below:

Amanzon UK                     Amazon US

Time to Give Away

J. L. Ashton is offering 8 ebooks of Mendacity and Mourning (to 8 different winners).

To enter the giveaway, click here but please read the conditions below, not only to know the terms but also to know how to get extra entries.

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 (which will be verified). If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Blog Tour

As I mentioned before, I have read quite a lot about Mendacity and Mourning and I recommend you to do the same. You can find fantastic reviews, vignettes among other posts here:

06/19   Babblings of a Bookworm Vignette, GA

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06/20   My Jane Austen Book Club Author/Character Interview, GA

06/21   Half Agony, Half Hope Review, Excerpt

06/22   From Pemberley to Milton Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

06/23   More Agreeably Engaged Vignette, GA

06/24   Just Jane 1813 Review, GA

06/25   Margie’s Must Reads Guest Post, GA

06/26   Of Pens and Pages Review, Excerpt, GA

06/27   Tomorrow is Another Day Review, GA

06/28   Austenesque Reviews Vignette, GA

06/29   My Vices and Weaknesses Character Interview, GA

06/30   A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life Guest Post

07/01   Darcyholic Diversions Author Interview, GA

07/02   Laughing With Lizzie Vignette, Excerpt, GA

07/03   Diary of an Eccentric Review