A Pre-Christmas Giveaway

A Pre-Christmas Giveaway

I wrote my first Christmas variation two years ago, and many of you may remember how hard it was for me. I got the book out just before the holiday that year.

Last year, it was a little easier to write a Christmas book. Still, I did not get it published until the day after Christmas.

This year, thanks to writing at the new bakery in town four days a week, I got my annual Christmas book done at the end of October! Go me! LOL

It has become easier to write the stories, and to celebrate the holiday. I discovered in 2017 that I enjoy my Christmas Eve celebration more than I do Christmas Day, so last year, I planned a big solo celebration. I made my Christmas turkey on Christmas Eve, with all the trimmings. I baked cookies in November and froze them so I’d have goodies while I watched my movie. Then, about dark I started my party for one. Well, three if you count Jasper and Selena, my Boxers. LOL This year, it will only be me and Jasper, but I’m still determined to enjoy it. <3

Last year when I wrote, I tuned Pandora on my laptop to Christmas music. This year, I didn’t have to. Partly that was because I was not writing at home and partly because for most of the time I wrote, it was way too hot to think about Christmas. LOL Plus, with my new celebration, I find it easier to be in a Christmas mood. <3

Anyway, I enjoyed writing this story. I made it a Patreon-exclusive story, which meant that I only shared it with my patrons while I was writing. Since I finished it, I have shared it on a forum (darcyandlizzy.com). I have also given away a bunch of copies. My Patreon patrons got their free copies, and I gave away copies to my Burton’s Babes group on Facebook and to my newsletter subscribers.

Now, I want to give a couple copies away to Austen Authors blog readers.

The story is titled Darcy’s Christmas Compromise. Below is an excerpt. It comes from the beginning of Chapter 1. Under that can be found the directions for entering the giveaway.

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Elizabeth Bennet followed her aunt and uncle into the assembly hall in Lambton in Derbyshire. Suddenly realizing she was gripping her skirts, she unclenched her fists and smoothed the material. Then, clasping her hands in front of her, she took a deep breath and looked around.

Edward Gardiner led his wife and niece to an open spot near a wall and stood with one on each side of him. “What do you think, Lizzy? Is it so very different from Meryton’s assemblies?”

Elizabeth grinned. “No, it is not, and I am happy to see it.”

“I told you it would be similar.” Maddie Gardiner teased her niece. “Assemblies everywhere are alike, except for the identity of the people. I would imagine you will have an excellent time sketching their characters.” She smiled at a couple who strolled past, returning their greeting.

“I believe you are right.” Elizabeth winked at her aunt, causing the other woman to chuckle. “Will your relatives be attending tonight? I thought Mrs. Allin said they would, but I do not see them here.” Her gaze continued to examine the crowd, happy she recognized a few attendees.

“Yes, they should be along soon. Aunt Victoria told me to go on without them, but they would be right behind us.”

Just then, the couple in question walked up to Elizabeth, Maddie, and Edward.

“Have you met everyone, Maddie?” Victoria Allin looked around at the people surrounding her niece.

“I believe I have met most of them before, but I am certain you missed a few over the past two or three days.” Maddie’s lips lifted in a slight smile.

The five of them chuckled together. Elizabeth’s hand rose to cover her mouth. Her eyes twinkled above it.

When the amusement had faded, Mrs. Allin suddenly stiffened. “Oh! There is Mr. Darcy.” She turned to Maddie and rested her hand on her niece’s arm. “He does not often come to assemblies, but I heard he is hosting a house party. His guests must have wished to attend. I will endeavour to obtain an introduction for you.”

“Thank you, Aunt.” Maddie smiled and dipped her head.

Within a few minutes, a tall, elegant, well-formed young man stopped in front of Maddie’s aunt and bowed. “Good evening, Mrs. Allin. It is delightful to see you.”

Mrs. Allin curtseyed. “Good evening, sir. How kind you are to grace our little assembly. It has been too long since you last visited.”

Though the elder woman’s words sounded a mite harsh to Elizabeth, Mrs. Allin’s tone was soft and she could see that Mr. Darcy was not offended by them.

Darcy blushed, but smiled. “I apologize for that. I am only now becoming familiar enough with my duties as master to feel free to socialize.”

“Do not let it concern you.” Mrs. Allin tapped Darcy’s arm with her fan. “I was only teasing. We are all proud of you. You took on a massive task at a young age and if rumors are true, have increased the harvests on all of Pemberley’s farms. It was only right for you to make the estate your primary concern for as long as it took.”

Darcy’s blush deepened. “Thank you, Madam.” He was silent for a moment but then started, as though suddenly realizing Mrs. Allin had visitors of her own. “Would you introduce me to your guests?”

“Certainly!” Mrs. Allin smiled widely. She gestured to her left. “This is my niece, Madeline, and her husband, Mr. Edward Gardiner of London. Beside him is his niece, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, of Longbourn in Hertfordshire.”

Darcy bowed to each new acquaintance in turn. As he rose from his bow to Elizabeth, he froze, his eyes roaming her face.

Elizabeth, who had spent the previous few minutes staring at the handsome gentleman’s features, fought to think of something intelligent to say. She swallowed and opened her mouth just as Darcy finally did the same.

“I am very pleased to meet you.” He reached for her hand, bending over it to kiss the air above her fingers.

Elizabeth felt the jolt of Darcy’s touch all the way to her heart. She gasped softly, swallowing again as her eyes widened. “Likewise; I am pleased to meet you, as well.” She dropped a swift curtsey.

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Giveaway details: I am giving away one ebook copy of Darcy’s Christmas Compromise (internationally) and one signed print copy (US only). To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm ET on Monday, November 18, 2019. Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Please note that I have ordered print copies of the book, but it may take a couple weeks for me to get them. I can’t send the prize until I get the book in my hand, so it might be a few days before I can do so.

 

 

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41 Responses to A Pre-Christmas Giveaway

  1. From the excerpt, I detect that there is love in the air for Darcy and Elizabeth. I love the premise, Zoe. The cover is beautiful too and look very Christmasy. Thanks for sharing it and offering the giveaway. Hope to win the e-book as I’m international.

  2. Congratulations on completing your Christmas story so early!! And the excerpt being set in Lambton is definitely a change from Darcy and Elizabeth’s first meeting at Meryton. A very clever twist already!! 😉

    Now you can sit back and relax a bit before the holidays get into full swing!! (I love writing at coffee shops, too!)

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂 I used to greatly enjoy Christmas gatherings, in my younger years. At this point, though, I’m happy with my quiet, personal one. <3 Best wishes in the drawing! <3

  3. Your Christmas Eve celebration sounds perfect. I find myself turning into an introvert the older I get. I sometimes just want to stay home. The excerpt is intriguing, I look forward to reading it

  4. Hello Zoe, just read the excerpt and mad because I can’t read anymore, I have an appointment. What I read was beautiful, I could see it all unveloping in my mind’s eye and, I do look forward to adding this book to my collection of Zoe Books (if I win or not); front and center on my book shelf. I’ll take a pic and show you. I thank God for your continued fortitude in writing and your obedience to what He has called you to do. Have a great day.

  5. That’s awesome. We look forward to in season P & P stories. Thank you for sharing this excerpt of your new book. Thank you also for the chance to win one.That is so generous of you

  6. Love all three of these (please don’t include me in the drawing as I already have Christmas Compromise). Highly recommend for a cute Christmas read!!!

  7. The book sounds phenomenal and particularly engaging is a new way for D & E to meet. Congrats on a new publication!

  8. I love this story! I read it as you posted on dacyandlizzy.com.
    I b do believe it will become a favorite thus to be reread often!

  9. Congratulations on getting your holiday book done in such good time this year, it sounds really fun and I just added it to my TBR List. Thank You for sharing this giveaway and excerpt with us here today.

  10. Oh, how delightful. That excerpt was sizzling. I could feel the sparks from here. Glad you found a place where you can work in comfort. Some people require quiet while others require the background noise of… a bakery. The sweet smells of danish and coffee would be delicious. You would have the convenience of a barista and fresh coffee as long as you stayed. Congratulations on completing this work. I wish you all the best in the launch of new stories. Merry Christmas and enjoy your Christmas Eve party for ever how many you have at home. Blessings.

    • Actually, I need silence to write. LOL I had to buy a headset and download a white noise app to my phone. Took some getting used to but it’s clearly effective. Bonus: the dog is getting better at staying home alone. 🙂 Best wishes in the drawing. 🙂

  11. Thank you for the giveaway chance but I already bought it as soon as it became available! Read it on the forum and loved it!

      • With the prospects of more power shutdowns here in northern California, all your books along with several other favorite P&P authors are loaded for easy access on my Kindle. I’ve purchased a separate battery pak especially for charging it! Cable/tv/WiFi may be down but I’ll be very happy reading my old favorites while waiting PG&E out.

  12. How exciting! Writing a Christmas story each year must be a challenging and enjoyable task. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    • It can definitely be challenging to write. LOL The bigger challenge for me is not waiting until it feels like Christmas to write one. LOL Best wishes in the drawing! <3

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