Snow in Hertfordshire and a Giveaway

Snow in Hertfordshire and a Giveaway

Many of you will remember that last year, I shared how difficult Christmas has been for me for many years. I wrote a Christmas book last year, and it was the first one I had done, though I had written a short story a couple of years earlier that became part of Promises Kept.

I’m happy to say that this year, I set my mind that I was going to enjoy the holiday. I made Christmas Eve my focus, with its tradition (at least in my house) of focusing on the birth of Christ. I expanded my usual celebrations a bit, as well, by adding my Christmas dinner and some goodies. I partied so hard that I was awake half the night with acid reflux, but it was so worth it! 🙂

Anyway, I wrote another Christmas novella. In this book, there is a snowstorm in Hertfordshire. The Regency Redingote tells me that England in the Regency was in a mini ice age and that heavy snowfalls were common. It also says that few in the country bothered going out after a heavy snow and that they made paths instead of shoveling or plowing. I actually checked this out after I wrote the story. It’s nice to know I wasn’t too far off, and it’s also nice to know that the stories I’ve read where Derbyshire gets feet and feet of snow (like we do here) are not necessarily wrong, either.

Anyway, in my story, Meryton gets about a foot and a half of snow. Knee-deep to Darcy, so possibly two feet. Someone (not saying who at this point) gets lost in the blizzard that caused it, and a happily ever after for Darcy and Elizabeth looks like it might not happen.

Below is the blurb of my story. Below that is information about the giveaway I’m having to celebrate the book.


An instant attraction. An epic snowstorm. A wedding day in peril.

Before one snowy day on a London street, Fitzwilliam Darcy had never been in love. However, shortly after meeting the tantalizing Elizabeth Bennet, he knows his heart will no longer be his own.

Elizabeth Bennet finds she is powerless to resist her attraction to the handsome and wealthy gentleman she has met and, in very short order, falls madly and deeply in love with him.

When the time comes for Elizabeth to leave London, Darcy follows her, intent upon continuing to prove his love for her. Elizabeth is happy to have his attentions, but she worries he will not be able to look past her background or abide her mother.

As it turns out, Elizabeth’s mother is not the only mother to fear in Hertfordshire, for it is Mother Nature who poses the greatest threat.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Darcy! is JAFF you don’t want to miss. If you like besotted heroes, strong heroines, and sweet romance, you’ll love Zoe Burton’s second Christmas novella. Purchase Merry Christmas, Mr. Darcy! today.


Giveaway information: I am giving away two ebook copies of Merry Christmas, Mr. Darcy! All you need to do to enter is comment below before 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Winners will be announced on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

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48 Responses to Snow in Hertfordshire and a Giveaway

  1. A pretty to go with an exciting story. This variation is quite different from the others that I have seen published on Amazon. Congrats on releasing another Christmas-themed story, Zoe!

  2. It’s interesting to consider how ofter foul weather impacts the P&P variations. Being from the Midwest, i.e., Iowa, I’m very familiar with snow and snow and yet more snow. Thanks for the giveaway and even more foor avoiding Rafflecopter.

  3. This looks like a simply wonderful Christmas novella, Zoe, and I’m definitely crossing my fingers and wishing HARD to win an e-copy! Although I adore an angsty story at times, lately I’ve been in the mood for stories in which ODC falls in love very soon after meeting and then faces hardships and plot twists together.

    Christmas has been a challenge for me over the past few years. I wanted to recapture the joy I used to experience, but Christmas is so much WORK. And with my chronic health challenges, it’s exhausting just thinking about all that needs to be done, much less actually doing it all. Plus, we have some family relationships that are broken right now, and it just hurts not having everyone together. This Christmas I focused on Advent as much as possible, and it helped immensely that our local community church celebrated Advent wholeheartedly for the first time in years, and despite having a houseful of people on Christmas Eve, I sneaked over to church for the candlelight service which was lovely. It also helps that in my Anglican tradition (which is not the same as our community church–I attend the Anglican church for Friday morning services and the community church with my family on Sundays) celebrates Christmas for Twelve Days, so I don’t feel that “day after Christmas letdown” but spend Boxing Day and as many days of Christmas curled up in front of the fire with tea and Christmas treats and lots of Christmas novellas on my Kindle. 🙂 Then the Twelfth Night party with the Anglicans always brings the Christmas season to a merry close, especially when trifle made by our rector’s wife and cream sherry are involved! And then Epiphany comes next… 😉

    So I wish you a joyous Epiphanytide and a blessed New Year!

    Susanne 🙂

    • I totally understand your feelings! Missing my mom has always been the biggest part of my Christmas angst. There were years I never decorated, several of them. To be honest, when I moved into Burton Cottage the ONLY reason I decorated at all is that the house screamed, “I need a tree!” You can ask Leenie … I chatted with her the entire time I decorated in 2016 and 2017 and I whined and cried through the entire experience.

      I’m beyond happy that you were able to enjoy the season in church activities! Jesus is the reason we even celebrate Christmas, and He made my season very enjoyable this year! <3

      Best wishes in the drawing! <3

  4. Congratulations on publishing your new book! I would love to win a copy. Very happy for you!?Thank you for generous giveaway.

  5. I’m so happy that this was a good Christmas for you. Congratulations also on your new realease. It sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  6. Congratulations on your new release! It sounds like a sweet Christmas story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  7. Love reading about a new adventure for ODC, and I’m happy to know that you celebrate the real reason for the season. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your new work.

      • “Throw Him a party.” I love that way of putting it, Zoe! ??I hadn’t discovered you yet last year, so I don’t know the specifics of your previous sad Christmases, but I do know what it is like to have sorrow mar the celebration. Eight years ago, my father died 4 days before Christmas. And this year, my husband’s parents died within four months of each other, so this was our first Christmas without them. Under the circumstances, we did pretty well. It does help to remember whose birthday we are celebrating! I am so glad you enjoyed the season. Oh, and I love Christmas JAFF, so thank you for the chance to win!

        • Like you, my Christmas sadness was the loss of a parent. In my case, it was my mom, who died on December 7, 2008. I’m glad you did well this year! (((hugs))) to you! <3

          Best wishes in the drawing! <3

  8. Congratulations on your new release. I already have your book. I’m glad this Christmas went better for you. Happy New Year!

  9. Congratulations on new new release and thank you for the chance to win a copy as well. I am glad you enjoyed your Christmas and were able to get into the holiday spirit. Your book sounds great and the cover looks really nice as well.
    Hope you have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

  10. I so glad you had a better merrier Christmas this year. And congratulations on writing another wonderful novella.

    • Thanks! I feel like I’m coming alive again. My decorations are so pretty that I don’t want to take them down, which is a big shift from previous years! Best wishes in the drawing! 😀

  11. I often look forward to snow as it means I can curl up with. JAFF book and read! Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  12. Congratulations on renewing Christmas traditions at Burton Cottage, Zoe. I think I remember that is what you called your house after you first moved. I love making new traditions. It feels like an awakening, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to see how our dear couple and Hertfordshire handle a foot of snow. Man, I don’t know how they did it back then. I live in the mid-south and it can paralyze us bringing everything to a stand still. We don’t have all that heavy equipment that the northern states do and our roads suffer because of it. It is possible to be stranded for days without moving your vehicle from the drive. Blessings on the success of this work. Good luck to everyone in the drawing.

    • Yup, Burton Cottage is my house. I have to giggle a bit at the thought of getting stranded at home for just a couple inches of snow. Nine years ago today I was digging out from five feet of it. It was my first winter back in my hometown and I freaked out about it. LOL I’d have fun teasing people if I lived any further south again. 😀

  13. I was happy to read that you were able to embrace the holiday season.Congratulations on your new Christmas book. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Glad you had an enjoyable holiday this year! Hope that future ones will be as enjoyable but with the proper medications on hand.
    Thank you for the giveaway chance but already have your latest book loaded in my Kindle!
    Please keep in writing!

    • I hope so, too! I think going at it purposefully helped a great deal. I made the decision in my mind that I was going to enjoy it and adjusted my celebrations to ensure I did. <3

  15. Change is good and hope every Christmas will bring the same…. happiness (minus the reflux).
    Thank you for writing a new Christmas story about our dear couple. Thank you for this chance to win a copy of your new book.
    Blessings to you this year!!

  16. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the holidays 🙂

    Congratulations on your new release, its sounds delightful!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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