A Very Austen Valentine Blog Tour!

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A Very Austen Valentine Blog Tour Schedule

12/19/18 More Agreeably Engaged Launch Party!

1/06 More Agreeably Engaged: Voted Favorite Anthology 2018!

01/06 Just the Write Escape; Guest Post, Giveaway
01/07 Margie’s Must Reads; Review, Giveaway
01/08 So Little Time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
01/09 Babblings of a Bookworm; Author Interview/Character Interview, Giveaway
01/10 Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt
01/11 Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway
01/12 My Love for Jane Austen; Vignette, Giveaway
01/14 From Pemberley to Milton; Excerpt, Review or Vignette, Giveaway
01/15 My Life Journey; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway
01/16 My Vices and Weaknesses; Guest Post or Vignette. Excerpt, Giveaway
01/18 Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway
01/20 Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway
01/21 Austenprose; Author Interview

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Excerpt Time! My Forever Valentine

Here’s an excerpt from my story, My Forever Valentine, included in the anthology A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies Book 2.

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At length, Mr. Darcy said, “How long will you be staying at Hunsford Cottage?”

 

“Charles and Jane will send their carriage for me the first week of February.”

 

Mr. Darcy seemed lost in his thoughts for a while this time.

 

She could stand the silence no longer and cleared her throat.

 

He startled as if he forgot she was there. “What books do you read?”

 

Remembering their conversation at the Netherfield ball, she tried not to laugh, truly she did, but she did not succeed.

 

“You said you did not wish to speak of serious matters in a ballroom, but I thought the subject might be permitted in this setting.”

He recalled their conversation, too? Interesting. She offered the title of the book she was currently reading, and as it was one he had read in the past, they discussed it, moving on to the one he was reading at present. To her surprise, it turned into a stimulating deliberation, with his stance always opposite to her own.

Mr. Darcy halted. Elizabeth was shocked to find herself standing at the gate to the short path leading to Hunsford.

He smiled. “Actually, Miss Bennet, I agree with you on all counts.”

 

She raised an eyebrow. “Really! I never would have guessed.”

 

“It made for a more interesting conversation to take up the opposite stance, did it not?” His smile broadened, dazzling her.

 

Goodness! He needed to stop smiling like that. The awkward silences were much preferable to an interesting conversation with him, as well. It was such an inconvenience to find the man whom she was determined to hate agreeable in any way.

 

She blinked to ground herself. “Were you on the debate team at school?”

 

“Former captain of the Oxford Debating Society, at your service, madam.” He tipped his hat. “I must say that even if I had not already agreed with you, you would have persuaded me. You are quite good at finding the strongest argument to defend your point.”

 

Impossibly, his smile widened further, and a dimple appeared on his cheek.

 

Again she was left blinking, this time in astonishment. Had Mr. Darcy really complimented her?

 

After a few moments, she remembered herself. “Thank you, sir.”

 

She reached for the latch to the gate, but he got to it before her, dropped his horse’s reins, and stepped through to hold it open as she passed.

 

“Good day to you, Miss Bennet. I have never enjoyed a stroll, nor a debate, more.” He bowed.

 

She curtsied — an automatic response — and then she walked on. At the turn to the short path that led to the door, she paused and looked back. He was still watching her!

 

A confusing sense of pleasure coursed through her, but then guilt dampened the emotion. She continued into the cottage.

 

Elizabeth reminded herself not only of what Mr. Darcy had done to Lieutenant Wickham, but also what that gentleman had said; Mr. Darcy could please where he wanted, but it was all an act. She also could not forget that he had snubbed Jane and Charles.

 

What kind of game was Mr. Darcy playing?

 

Resentment rose in her chest.

 

There! That was much better.

I hope you enjoyed this taste of my story.

Read more of My Forever Valentine on my story page.

A Very Austen Valentine is available on Amazon!

New Release! A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies Book 2

 

AVAV ebookSix beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen’s Regency world.

Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen’s adored novels.

Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine’s Day.

I Dream of You by Robin Helm
Newly-married Elizabeth Darcy has a plan: to charm her too-busy husband into desiring her company as much as he did when he was courting her. A series of romantic dreams gives her just the push she needs to put that plan into action.

Sir Walter Takes a Wife by Laura Hile
Faced with a lonely future and finding himself strapped for cash, Persuasion’s Sir Walter Elliot manfully decides to marry again. But his careful plans go sadly awry! A lighthearted Valentine mash-up featuring two of Jane Austen’s worst snobs.

My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis
Jane and Charles Bingley have married, even though Miss Elizabeth Bennet remains certain Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy gave his best effort to keep them apart. After Mr. Darcy refused to stand up with Bingley and did not attend the wedding, she despises the gentleman more than ever and finds his company intolerable. How will shee ndure her visit to Kent if Mr. Darcy turns up everywhere she goes?

Pretence and Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite
A chance encounter with a handsome stranger forces Elizabeth to resort to subterfuge in order to discover his true intentions.

My Valentine by Mandy H. Cook
Little Charlotte was always determined and independent, traits which served her wellas she battled a serious childhood illness and later as she took on Polite Society. Will those traits now deprive her of true love? Or would her lifelong Valentine win her heart?

The Lovers’ Ruse by Susan Kaye
In this Persuasion alteration, Anne is so altered by Wentworth’s love in the summer of 1806, she refuses to give him up when both her godmother and father try to persuade her. “The Lovers’ Ruse”follows Frederick and Anne through their whirlwind courtship and their secret engagement. When Wentworth returns for his Annie girl, the cat comes out of the bag.

Available on Amazon!