Enticing Miss Darcy, Scenes and Soirees

Enticing Miss Darcy, Scenes and Soirees

Today, I am sharing a few notecards about some of the visual inspiration I used while writing my newest release Enticing Miss Darcy as well as an excerpt from the book and a giveaway at the end of this longish, picture-filled post.

As you have heard me say many times before…

Into every story, a little research must fall.

This statement holds true once again for my newest release Enticing Miss Darcy.  The research I did for this novella included, but is not limited to, the following things:

I read about the theatre and Hyde Park.

I looked up Shakespearean plays to see what they were about (to see if any “fit” with my story plot and one did 🙂 ) and what their performance history was. (I wanted one that would plausibly have been showing at the time of this story.)

I watched videos of Regency dances so I could picture them as Georgiana and Jack are dancing.

And, I even researched song choices for an appropriate set of lyrics and publication date for the bonus short story at the end of Enticing Miss Darcy because even a short story is not exempt from research. 🙂

While a lot of research that goes into a story involves reading, it is not the only way to research and add to a story. I also find pictures to be very helpful in sparking my imagination. Some of those pictures were part of the articles I read while others are not. All of the pictures on the cards below were ones that I remembered to add to my Pinterest board for Enticing Miss Darcy. Below the cards, you will find links to the sources of these pictures because none of them are mine and a good researcher must cite her sources. 🙂 These links will also give you an opportunity to do some reading if you wish. I did not read all of the articles attached to these pictures, but I did read many of them.


The song Miss Parkes sings can be heard in the vocal form here and in the instrumental form here.


Picture Source
Card Room http://www.janeausten.co.uk/the-regency-card-party/
Ballroom https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/almacks-assembly-room-and-its-snobbish-patronesses/
Three ladies having tea https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soulacroix_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_-_Tea_Time.jpg
Saloon leading to the private boxes http://www.regencyhistory.net/2017/02/covent-garden-theatre.html
Theatre interior http://www.regencyhistory.net/2017/02/covent-garden-theatre.html
Hyde Park http://www.regencyhistory.net/2018/01/hyde-park-in-regency-london.html
The Music Room https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:G_G_Kilburne_-_The_music_room.jpg
As You Like It https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_You_Like_It
Stairway alcove http://thesixthduke.tumblr.com/?amp_see_more=1
Entrance Hall Picture found on Pinterest, no web address given; The Entrance Hall looking from the staircase towards the front door at Peckover House, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.


And now, shall we take a look at a scene that has some of this research used in it?

One week later, throngs of people moved from their carriages on Bow Street, up the steps, between the columns, and through the doors of the theatre while Comedy and Tragedy kept watch. Tonight, Comedy would shine from the stage while Tragedy waited his turn to play another day. But neither moved a stony lip in protest of not being adored by this mass of people, for they knew that soon, the fickle amusement seekers of London would shift their allegiance from one to the other for the few hours they would spend within these great stone walls.

Just beyond where Tragedy and Comedy stood watch and through those great doors, gentlemen and ladies mingled in the vestibule, greeting one another and surveying each other – some with covert glances and other’s raised brows and lifted chins peering down their noses at nearly everyone. In the midst of this crowd and for the first time ever when attending a play, Georgiana placed her hand on the arm of a gentleman who was neither her brother or cousin.

Mr. Bernard Tibbett smiled down at her and then, covering her hand with his free one, led her to the grand staircase as they followed Darcy and Elizabeth up to the landing and on into the saloon leading to the private boxes.

Georgiana’s stomach fluttered. She had spoken with gentlemen at soirees and danced with them at balls, but until this moment, she had not spent a full evening in the presence of one – just one — gentleman. However, while on a drive through the park when Mr. Tibbett had asked her to accompany him to the play this evening, she had been unable to formulate a good reason to refuse. She enjoyed the gentleman’s company, and, while her stomach might be nervously fluttering now, it was not because he caused her to be uneasy. He put her at ease nearly as readily as her brother, her uncle, her cousin, Mr. Pratt, or Jack did. There was no nagging sense of distrust.

That last bit made her stomach do an extra tumble. While she might trust the man beside her, she was not certain she trusted her ability to choose who should or should not be trusted. That mechanism of her mind had betrayed her once already. So, while she was excited to be taking a seat next to Mr. Tibbett this evening and speaking with Elizabeth later of him in terms of a possible match, she was only tentatively excited. She would not allow herself to give her emotions full reign. She would be cautious.

Mr. Tibbett waited for Georgiana to be seated before he took his place next to her. “Have you ever seen As You Like It?”

“No, but I have read it.”

“Which character do you prefer?” He smoothed his jacket by giving its hem a firm tug.

“Orlando,” she replied with a smile.

“Not the heroine, Rosalind?”

Georgiana shook her head. “No, I do like Rosalind, but Orlando is so noble and kind. What he does for the old man and even his brother is endearing.”

“Might I do well to be jealous of this fictitious gentleman?” Mr. Tibbett asked with a chuckle.

Georgiana raised a brow and gave him a slightly imperious, though playful, look. “No more so than any other gentleman be he real or imagined.”

“Is that so?” Mr. Tibbett shifted slightly, so that he was closer to her and could speak in lower tones. “Are there any particular non-fictitious chaps of whom I should be aware?”

Georgiana blinked. She was not comfortable with such a forward question even if it was said lightly. Flirting was not what she preferred. She would rather that a gentleman just be himself and speak to her as a friend would. However, it seemed flirting was part of the game that was played during the season, for the only gentleman who had come to call on her who did speak to her as a friend was Jack. She sighed. He had not been to see her in a week, so she had been subjected to far more flirting without a reprieve than she would have liked.

“Just my brother,” she replied with a smile, causing the gentleman next to her to straighten. “The rest you shall have to ferret out on your own.”

“The rest?” he asked in surprise.

There were no others, but Mr. Tibbett did not need to know that. So, Georgiana merely shrugged and looked at the boxes across from them and then to the left and right as far as she could see without leaning forward. “It is a full house tonight, is it not?”

“It seems to be,” her brother replied. “But the crush is not so oppressive when one has his own place.”

“Indeed!” Elizabeth replied with a laugh. “If only assemblies had boxes where one could hide away from the masses.”

Georgiana smiled as her brother lifted Elizabeth’s hand and kissed his wife’s knuckles, and she was reminded that teasing and flirting were not always unpleasant nor were they something confined to the participants of the season. However, it was so much more delightful to watch two people so completely in love tease and flirt than it was to bear what felt like the practiced role of a gentleman when he called on or danced with her.

“I see Anne has managed to get Alistair to take her to the theater.” Elizabeth nodded toward a box across and to the left of them. “She was hoping he would allow her to attend when she called two days ago.”

“Anne – Mrs. Pratt – is my cousin,” Georgiana explained to Mr. Tibbett.

“Ah, I know of Pratt and his wife,” Mr. Tibbett said. “I did not, however, recognize Mrs. Pratt’s Christian name, so I thank you for the clarification.” He looked across the expanse of the theater. “It seems Mr. Ralston has joined them.”

“He is their particular friend,” Georgiana said, looking again at Pratt’s box. “Oh,” she said in surprise. “Who is that with him?” A pretty looking blonde was giggling behind her fan while Jack was no doubt sharing some delightful tale.

“I will be of no help,” said Elizabeth. “I am still learning who is who.”

Mr. Tibbett squinted as he looked in the direction of the lady in question. Then, his eyes grew wide, and he blinked. “It appears to be Miss Parkes. Hmm, I did not know she enjoyed the theater. I thought she said she found it a bore.” He shrugged. “Perhaps Mr. Ralston’s presence makes it more enjoyable.” He leaned back in his seat.

“You know her, then?” Georgiana asked.

He nodded. “Yes, Miss Hazel Parkes, third daughter of Mr. Geoffery Parkes of Warwickshire. This is her second season.”

“Warwickshire?” Georgiana asked in interest. Jack had attended a house party in Warwickshire with Alistair last year.

“Have you ever been there?” Mr. Tibbett asked.

“No, but Mr. Pratt and Mr. Ralston attended a house party there shortly before my cousin and Mr. Pratt married.”

Mr. Tibbett’s head bobbed up and down slowly. “At Stanton’s,” he said. “I was there as was Miss Parkes.”

“Oh.” Georgiana tipped her head and studied what she could make out of the lady sitting next to Jack. “Is she nice?”

“Miss Parkes?”


Mr. Tibbett shrugged. “I suppose so, yes.”

Georgiana wished to know if the lady put on airs and pretended to be what she was not, for she did not wish for Jack to tie himself to someone who would not care for him as he deserved. However, she would not ask such a thing. For if she did, Mr. Tibbett might think that Jack was one of the gentlemen of whom he should be jealous, but he was not. He was Jack — kind, considerate, funny, endearing Jack. She sighed as the noise in the theater faded into silence, and the play began. She cast one more glance at Jack and Miss Parkes. Jack was leaning toward Anne and whispering something to her that caused her to swat him with her fan and Alistair to laugh. He really was charming, she told herself, and for a moment, she wished that she was sitting comfortably next to the charming Jack instead of here with Mr. Tibbett. Then, after one last look at her cousin’s box, she turned her attention to the stage and allowed herself to be swept away by the equally as charming Orlando.

Enticing Miss Darcy is the third in a series of three books: Unravelling Mr. Darcy, Becoming Entangled, and Enticing Miss Darcy.  Although each book contains a complete story for one couple, each story also builds upon the last. Therefore, for maximum enjoyment, I would recommend reading them all and in order. Otherwise, you may run the risk of not understanding who Lady Margaret is or how Jack figures into things.

Because I know that reading them in order is best, this giveaway is for ONE eBook copy of EACH of the three books.  Yes, the winner of this giveaway will receive the complete Unravelled, Entangled, and Enticed three book series!

Contest closes at 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2018. 

To enter, please leave a comment below.


Enticing Miss Darcy is currently on preorder and will release on Thursday, March 15, 2018.


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54 Responses to Enticing Miss Darcy, Scenes and Soirees

  1. Leenie, these pictures add so much to your story, not to mention the music link which I always love. Thanks for your research! Love it!

  2. I always love your books and here I especially enjoyed the pictures. If the winner, like me, already has the either or both of the first two books, can the prize be broken up? “Unravelling Mr Darcy” is one of the 13 books of yours that I already own,

  3. The pictures are beautiful to look at. It helps us as a reader to picture how the scenes play out in the book. Thank you for sharing your research and this entertaining excerpt. I must say that all the book covers are lovely as is one of my favourites because I love flowers.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Personally, I love looking at pictures like this and really enjoy books that have illustrations for the very reason you said — it helps me see the scenes more clearly. Thanks for you kind words about the covers. I love flowers as well. 🙂

  4. Thank you for this great giveaway! Your newest book looks really fun and will have to be added to my TBR List for after the other books in the series (which were already on my TBR List). I enjoy reading about Georgiana and always love your books so I am sure it will be a great read.

    • You’re welcome, Chelsea. I hope when you finally get down that pile to this story, you enjoy Georgiana. 😀 It’s lovely to hear that the others are just waiting.

  5. Thank you for sharing! I am very excited to read more and would love to win, read, then share with others! ??

  6. The pictures / paintings make everything look so bright and fresh. Thank you for sharing. And congratulations on the new book.

    • Thanks, Linda. Some of the paintings I get to look at while I research are amazing. Such talent! And yes, they do have a vibrancy, don’t they?

  7. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway! I enjoyed seeing the pictures that inspired you in your story. Great excerpt as well!

    • You’re welcome, Marilyn. I happen to think they are interesting, but I suppose I am partial. I hope you get a chance to read them. Good luck.

  8. I thank you for sharing the pictures and research as well as the links. It helps bring the scenes to life even more.

  9. I enjoyed the excerpt and all the photos in the post. It really helps the reader to picture the scenes by having a frame of reference. Thanks for the chance to win all of the books in the series.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and that you found them helpful. Personally, I love pictures for the very reason you stated. They give me some frame of reference — something to hang my hat on and go from there. Good luck in the drawing.

  10. Thank you for the pictures in your article….they did help me imagine the scenes a bit better…
    I do love the quiet affection D and E have! Wonderful role model for Georgianna!

    • “Quiet affection” I love that description! It sums it up quite nicely. I find pictures help me understand and picture things better. And they’re really fun to look at and imagine what is happening or could be happening in them.

  11. Please leave me out of the drawing but I just wanted to add that I love Jack. Yes, I have become rather attached to him. 🙂 It’s amazing how much research is needed sometimes and then how one line leads to another line and then into the rabbit hole… LOL Ready for Thursday Leenie!!

    • Jack is a sweetheart! I am so happy to have “discovered” him while writing this series. He and Anne together are really cute — very much like brother and sister or cousins. 🙂 Oh that research rabbit hole can be deep. Some days it’s a wonder I can climb out and get back to writing. LOL Often it takes a “Ok, enough, click close on the window.” spoken aloud and then obeyed with a sigh. LOL And that research becomes the mention of a residence or the sound of gunfire being a possibility or some such small thing. It’s there but hidden. 🙂 Two more sleeps until Thursday 🙂

  12. I appreciate the research that authors do and especially reading in more detail on blogs about the research. As I do read alot of JAFF, my knowledge of the Regency Period has expanded that I always hunger for more. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I have not read any of these books and would love to see how the stories evolve.

    • I find I am continually learning more and more — and then relearning things I have forgotten. 🙂 I like learning so the researching can be quite pleasurable. Even if two hours of reading and such only results in one sentence or the knowledge that such a scene could take place in a certain way. I hope you get a chance to read these three stories. They are a fun, light, slightly humorous (or so I hope 😉 ) set of stories.

  13. Leenie, thank you so much for sharing! These photos are beautiful! I loved the excerpt and I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂

    • I love pictures! And I tend to be a very visual person, so they help me not only visualize things but remember details as well. I hope you get a chance to read more. It’s a fun, make you smile sort of story.

  14. Love this series. The background on your research was very interesting it’s always fun to compare pictures my kind conjures with what authors are basing their books on.

    • The pictures are starting points. 🙂 I find things often change a bit when I am writing, but the visual helps to get the imagination firing. It is surprising how much research can go into a fun story like this. Some nights I sit down to write and spend more of it researching a particular thing than actually writing, but that’s fun, too. 🙂

  15. Georgiana is one of my favorite characters in the Pride and Prejudice variations. I especially look forward to reading this one.

    • Cool! This is the first I have done with her as the heroine. She’s had some important roles to play in other stories, but they were never her time to have a HEA. I have another idea for a story for her brewing and hope to get to it at some point.

  16. I have enjoyed all of your books that I have read. This is a wonderful giveaway Thank you for it.

  17. That is a very generous giveaway. I enjoy JAFF that feature Miss Darcy. Always interesting to see how each author spins her personality.

    • It was fun to write Georgiana. I like taking characters that have little development in canon and playing with what they might be. I hope you enjoy her in this story.

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