Announcing Love, Letters & Lies! + Giveaway! +

Announcing Love, Letters & Lies! + Giveaway! +

Hello Everyone!

Renata and I are very excited to announce that we have a new variation almost ready for you: Love, Letters and Lies!

What do we mean by almost? Well, any day now, and definitely by the time this Giveaway ends on December 26th.

As a teaser (we don’t really like to tease, but this time we must), below is the back cover script, an excerpt, and our Giveaway! Oh, and, of course, the cover. What would a book be without a cover? (Now there’s an interesting question!)

We hope you enjoy!


Love, Letters & Lies

Elizabeth Bennet is not the type of woman to be forced into marrying anyone, especially not the insufferable Mr. Darcy. When, through no fault of her own, she ends up in a compromising situation with him, she does everything she can to keep their scandal secret and avoid matrimony. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to go along with that plan.

Darcy doesn’t want to wed an aggravating country miss with no connections, but honor dictates he offer. When, shockingly, she refuses, he’s relieved. Upon reflection, that relief turns to indignation, for no other woman would think of turning him down. Indignation soon grows into preoccupation… or could he be in the grip of some other, even stronger emotion?

Love, Letters and Lies is a Pride and Prejudice Variation of approximately 92,000 words.


... Leading up to this point, Elizabeth is residing in Netherfield Park to look after Jane, who is ill from riding over in the rain. Jane has finally fallen asleep and Elizabeth has gone to the library to find a different book to read, having already read poetry to her sister for hours. Elizabeth is now ensconced in a large armchair behind a wide decorative pillar and is not visible from the other side of the room…

Elizabeth had nearly dozed off by the time she reached Lettsom’s recommendation for where to find flies but came more fully awake at reading a rather gruesome description of how best to catch and pin butterflies. Precisely where to stab a pin into the beautiful creatures constituted more of a foil to poetry than she required. She was about to close the book and seek another when footsteps sounded in the hall. In moments, someone entered the room.

The conscientious servant come to see if the room still required light? No, the firm footsteps in the hall most likely meant one of her companions sought a late night read. As the tread was too heavy to be feminine and Mr. Bingley didn’t strike Elizabeth as the reading sort, she could only assume the intruder on her solitude was Mr. Hurst at best and, at worst, Mr. Darcy.

Whoever it was, for the moment, fortunately, they browsed the shelves near the door. Should she announce herself or remain hidden and hope to go unnoticed? If the gentleman made his way between the pillars to the far side of the room, she would certainly be seen. Better to alert him to her presence now. She eased forward in the chair and opened her mouth to speak.

New footsteps sounded, the light patter of slippers heard only once they tapped on the wood planks just inside the library door. Mrs. Hurst come to join her husband in selecting a book to read in bed? Elizabeth closed her mouth over her greeting and eased back again. Perhaps, if they came around the pillar, she should feign sleep?

“Good evening, Miss Bingley,” Mr. Darcy’s voice said.

Elizabeth cringed. Worse than the Hursts. Two of her least favorite people.

“Good evening, Mr. Darcy,” Miss Bingley replied in a honey-coated voice.

Elizabeth stifled a gasp. Heaven above, she did not want to bear witness to a tryst. But surely, despite his many faults, Mr. Darcy wouldn’t—

“I do not mean to intrude,” Mr. Darcy said. “I will make my selection and depart, so you may make yours.”

“I’m not here for a book,” Miss Bingley said. “I must speak with you.”

“Then you should do so in the morning, not alone with me, late at night.” Cordiality bled from Mr. Darcy’s voice.

“You won’t wish anyone, even a maid, to hear what I must say.”

Grimacing, Elizabeth realized she’d long since missed her chance to inform them of her presence. She curled more tightly into the chair. She could only pray they didn’t come to the back of the room.

“I find it difficult to believe you and I have anything to discuss privately, Miss Bingley,” Mr. Darcy said. “If you will excuse me?”

A shuffle of footsteps and swishing skirts ensued.

“Please step out of my way,” Mr. Darcy said, voice touched with anger now.

“Not until you hear me out,” Miss Bingley declared.

“Say what you feel you must.”

One of them, likely Miss Bingley, drew in a long breath and let it out again. “I don’t know how to say this, but you have shown an unbecoming interest in Miss Elizabeth.”

Elizabeth grimaced, muffling a groan which threatened to turn into a laugh. Interest in her, indeed. Only Miss Bingley would conjure such an idea, born of how badly she coveted Mr. Darcy. Or, rather, Mr. Darcy’s connections and wealth.

“I? In Miss Elizabeth? Preposterous.”

Elizabeth pursed her lips. Despite how his sentiment mirrored her own, Mr. Darcy’s tone held scorn enough to sting.

“You watch her,” Miss Bingley accused.

“Not particularly.”

“Oh, really?” Miss Bingley countered. “When I stood up and walked about the room, you ignored me. When I invited her to join me, you put down your book and paid attention.” She sounded aggrieved. “Your gaze is always on her.”

“I do not think so.”

Even Miss Bingley, Elizabeth thought, must hear the frost in Mr. Darcy’s voice.

“Oh, yes, it is.” Miss Bingley sucked in another breath. “You even commented to me once that she has fine eyes.”

Elizabeth widened those eyes in shock.

“She does. May I not make an innocent observation?”

“You may, but you didn’t,” Miss Bingley snapped. “Your observation would be innocent if you didn’t pay particular attention to her.”

“I do not.”

“Don’t you? Miss Bennet is very pretty, but you haven’t said so. When we spoke about how pretty she is, all you said was that she smiles too much. More importantly, you don’t watch Miss Bennet constantly.”

Heat rose in Elizabeth’s cheeks. She considered standing and coming around the pillar. Her appearance would be nearly comical now. To her, at least.

“What do my comments about one sister have to do with the other sister?” Mr. Darcy asked, words clipped. “Miss Bingley, this is a highly inappropriate conversation. Let me make one thing clear. You are my friend’s sister and I will treat you with respect, but I have no interest in this kind of exchange. My opinions of other women are mine. Your observations are distasteful. If you do not depart this library immediately, I shall.”

Light footsteps sounded. The door slammed. The lock clicked.

Before Elizabeth could fully register that Miss Bingley had locked them in, her slippered steps sounded again, still in the library. They pattered across the other side of the room at an alarming rate.

“What are you doing?” Mr. Darcy exclaimed as another click sounded. Frigid air swirled in. “What did you throw out? Was that the key?”

Elizabeth stood, alarmed by the consternation in Mr. Darcy’s voice. The howling November wind whipped through the library. All around the room, curtains stirred and swayed. Flames, candle and fireplace alike, danced, emphasizing light and shadow. Firm, masculine footfalls crossed to the door. The knob rattled.

“Why did you lock us in?” Mr. Darcy demanded.

“I am tired of waiting for the proposal that will never come,” Miss Bingley cried. “I am completely suitable to be your wife, yet you ignore me.”

“I beg your—”

“Well, now we are locked in a room together,” Miss Bingley continued, speaking over Mr. Darcy. “No one but you ever comes to this wing. If you shout, no one will hear you over the sound of the wind. Even if they do, we are locked in here together. Come morning, you will have to marry me.” Miss Bingley’s voice rang with triumph. “You cannot spend the night alone with me without consequences.”

Elizabeth had heard enough. She squared her shoulders. “But he is not alone,” she said, stepping around the pillar to take in two startled faces.


Now, for the Giveaway!

We’re giving away two kindle copies to two winners! To enter, just leave a comment below. You may leave any comment you like, of course, but we do have a couple questions:

Should Elizabeth have remained hidden?

How do you think Miss Bingley will react to finding Elizabeth there?

Good Luck in the Giveaway, everyone, and have a happy, safe, wonderful rest of 2018! ~ Summer & Renata

*Giveaway runs through December 26th. Winners will be announced the following weekend.


 

148 Responses to Announcing Love, Letters & Lies! + Giveaway! +

  1. Of course Elizabeth had to save Darcy, even if she still dislikes him! It might have been fun to wait a minute to two more, to hear a bit more of what might have been said, but since she didn’t come forth immediately, she really had no chance to gracefully step out sooner.
    I, too, would love to be able to see the look on Caroline’s face!
    If she is thinking quickly, Caroline might accuse Darcy of try to meet with Elizabeth, or maybe even that Elizabeth had been hoping to compromise Darcy. I just don’t think her wit, her anger, or her jealousy would let her think that quickly.
    Thank you for this chance to win a copy! I can’t wait to read this story. It sounds wonderful!

  2. Elizabeth chose the perfect time to pop up! Miss Bingley will be livid. What a great cliffhanger. Can’t wait to see how it’s resolved. Congrats and thanks for offering us a chance to win an ebook.

  3. Hahahahahahaha! This is definitely my next purchase. Elizabeth may not like Darcy, but she isn’t interested in seeing him railroaded. Particularly with Caroline Bingley. Oh, I look forward to this one, Summer. 🙂

  4. Caroline Bingley is the lady we LOVE…

    to hate! (For O-lander fans, much like LegHair.) I enjoy any opportunity to delve her nastiness more deeply. Thanks, ladies, for a tempting taste of a love-hate triangle and a locked door. Mayhap Darcy will also fling himself out the window!

  5. I feel Elizabeth spoke up at the perfect time, and you two know it well. You write too well not to have her get it right.
    BTW I cannot wait to see what happens next. Is there going to be a servants’ entrance she can sneak Darcy out when Caroline eventually goes to sleep? Then in the morning they can claim Caorline imagined the whole thing. Or Elizabeth can make that claim, and Darcy can avoid lying by not saying anything. Or they can retrieve the key and leave the library unlocked so Caroline can get out when she wakes up. Why does no story ever have Caroline caught in a compromise with Mr Collins?

  6. Caroline Bingley is the lady we LOVE….to hate!! (for Outlander fans, much like LegHair) Any story that explores her nastiness piques my interest. Love your stuff. Keep on collab-ing.

  7. I just love this!! I want to see Caroline’s expression after Elizabeth shows herself, as it will be hilarious. Of course, Elizabeth should have shown herself when she did, since we certainly cannot have Darcy marrying Caroline out of misplaced “honor”. That said, there did not seem to be an appropriate moment for Elizabeth to reveal her presence before this one and what a great moment. Caroline, of course, will have a conniption fit of some kind aand probably blame Elizabeth and Darcy for having an assignation of some kiind before she realizes that she DOES NOT want to force Darcy into a compromise with Elizabeth, but with her own sweet self. But we all know that Caroline is not as quick a thinker as Elizabeth or Darcy, so her mouth will get in the way of her wishes, again. It is always highly entertaining to hear the words you give Caroline to make a fool of herself again and again. Thanks for the Giveaway opportunity. I love all your stories and really look forward to this one soon!

  8. Good job Lizzie, i agree with EB, even if she doesn’t like Mr Darcy. I believe she wouldn’t let him be caught in an unfortunate alliance, esp with the snooty Ms Bingley.

    For Caroline, she might think that Darcy has a secret meeting with Lizzy in the library at that time. She will be angry with this and/or be extremely angry for LB foiling her plan to compromise Darcy. I wonder what she will do next…hmmmm

    Thank you for the excerpt. Thank you for this give-away

  9. Oh my gosh! So excited to read the rest of your story! Love your many variations. Glad that Elizabeth came out when she did. She could hardly stay hidden after confrontation between D and C. And Caroline will be furious at E ruining all her plans. Wonder how E becomes compromised? Hmmm.

  10. YEAH! Another book and I just asked about it! Love the teaser – will be waiting for the release.
    To answer your questions – No, Elizabeth did right by not staying hidden plus it totally put a clinker in Caroline’s compromise!
    Thank you for the giveaway chance – will be waiting to see if I win. Also, I saw the little guy – glad you didn’t forget him.

  11. Ooh I can’t wait to read this!!! Your books are always so good. I don’t think Elizabeth should have remained hidden. She needs to save Mr Darcy!!! But Miss Bingly will be furious. I bet she will still try to force Darcy to Marry her.

  12. Elizabeth should have remained hidden for a bit longer . Caroline would come unglued whenever Liszt appeared.

  13. Oh, my! Miss Bingley just cannot catch a break. 😉 I’m looking forward to the full story when it is released.

    • Hi Robin 🙂 The book will come out any day now. Hopefully tomorrow (Friday). Do you want Miss Bingley to catch a break? I have to warn you, while we have some variations where she does, this may not be one of them 🙂

  14. I love how Miss Bingley says all the things that we have been thinking about how Darcy is slowly falling for Elizabeth.
    If Elizabeth is also locked in the room, then who becomes compromised and who becomes the “chaperone”. I trust you not to turn the story into a lesbian or threesome! (That is on another website, I assume).
    This story sounds like a very intriguing spin on P&P. Thanks!

    • Oh my, yes, you can trust us not to do that. Renata and I write sweet romances. Not that there isn’t a place for all kinds of writing in this world, but my rule is never to write something I can’t stand in front of people and read, and I blush really, really easily 🙂

  15. I suppose that Miss Bingley cares not whether Darcy will hate her for forcing them to marry. However, Elizabeth’s interruption does indeed put a different spin on Miss Bingley’s woeful and desperate attempt to ensnare Mr. Darcy. Should Elizabeth have allowed him to be compromised by the desperate woman (I won’t call her a “lady” since Miss Bingley obviously is not a true lady–much less an accomplished one–by any stretch of the imagination!)

    We are presented here with quite an intriguing conundrum!! I’m crossing my fingers and hoping hard that I’ll win a copy so that I can find out what happens!!

    Thank you again for the excerpt, the generous giveaway, and the cover and blurb reveals. And congratulations on this timely new release!!

    With warm Advent wishes,
    Susanne 🙂

    • Thank you, Susanne,

      Now I feel we should be giving away more chances to win. Good Luck with the giveaway!

      I wouldn’t call Miss Bingley a lady at this point, either. I’m not even sure her affable brother would be able to call her a lady now.

      Warm Advent wishes to you, as well,

      Summer

  16. I don’t think that there was a good time for Elizabeth to show herself prior to Caroline’s attempt at compromise.I am glad that she thwarted Caroline’s plot. I’m sure that Caroline will be ready to do harm after being forced to stay in the library with Darcy and her “rival” Elizabeth. Cannot wait to read the rest of the story.

  17. Elizabeth is too Honorable to not speak up.She doesn’t care for Darcy but she would not like to see anyone in this situation. Miss Bingley would like to assault Elizabeth but cannot do so in front of Darcy.
    I’m already keen to read this book. Well done and I wish you every success

  18. Yes, Elizabeth should have spoken up — probably when CB entered the room but the moment passed. Glad she made her presence known before morning! Caroline will get revenge one way or another.

    Looking forward to this one. I always enjoy your stories.

  19. Oh, this snippet is so intriguing! Elizabeth really never had a good opportunity to show herself, so I don’t blame her for just wanting to wait things out. I’m sure Miss Bingley will be greatly annoyed that things haven’t gone at all according to her plan! I’m looking forward to reading what happens next! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • We’re sorry to tease you, Joanne, but very happy you enjoyed the excerpt 🙂 Love, Letters and Lies will be out soon. Hopefully Friday 🙂

    • You’d think so, but then, he is Mr. Darcy, at the start of a story. He still has a few lessons to learn 🙂

  20. Contrary to Caroline’s delusions, Darcy doesn’t want to marry Caroline. Thank goodness, she has been locked in the same room to support Darcy’s innocence. Her compromise thwarted, I’m sure Caroline is not happy, but Darcy is ecstatic. Even Elizabeth with her dislike of Darcy couldn’t let Caroline force him into marriage. She did the right thing by speaking up.

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