Friday, September 22, 2017

The Earl Claims His Comfort...Regina Jeffers

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Hello, happy readers! We are in for a treat today. Regina Jeffers is back and she has another new release, The Earl Claims His Comfort: Book 2 in the Twins’ Trilogy. Isn't that exciting news! I always love knowing this author has a new book. Today, Regina talks to us about inheriting a Peerage during Regency times. I love her research and found this post fascinating and informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Speaking of enjoyment...wait until you read the excerpt she brought with her! I for one, am ready for more of this book! Thank you, Regina Jeffers, for giving us a teaser! Now, I'll turn the post over to you,

Inheriting a Peerage During the Regency
The manner in which a peerage is passed from one generation to the next depends upon how it was created. A peerage/title can be created by a writ of summons, which means the individual is summoned to Parliament to present himself before the House of Lords to prove he is the proper heir, or by letters patent, which actually creates a new peerage and names the dignity in question. Peerages originally created by writ are generally baronies. A feudal barony was the highest degree of feudal land tenure. William the Conqueror established his favored followers as barons by enfeoffing them as tenants-in-chief with great fiefdoms. There were none of the other titles invented when baronies (except earls, which then were exclusively sons or cousins of the sovereign) were first established. The ones which survive are naturally the most ancient titles. A writ entitled the peerage to pass to the "heirs general," not the "heirs male" as specified in almost all Letters Patent peerages.
Although some peerages are created for life and cannot be inherited, most peerages are created to be hereditary, to be passed from father to son or to another appropriate heir. The person holding the title cannot will it to another, even if, for example, he despised his eldest son, the son would still receive the title/peerage after his father’s death. [Remember this has nothing to do with wealth or unentailed property. The father could leave his despised son a debt-ridden estate and title, while leaving his wealth to whomever he pleased.] The terms of the original creation determines how the peerage passes from one individual to another. Generally, it passes from father to son.
Yet, what happens if there is no son available to succeed the man? Let us look at the perfect scenario to explain this situation. William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire (May 1790 - January 1858) was known as the “Bachelor Duke.” He intended to marry Lady Caroline Ponsonby, but she chose William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, over him; therefore, he never married. Without a legitimate son to succeed the 6th Duke, upon his passing, those in charge had to go back one generation, to the 6th Duke’s father, William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748 -1811) and trace the next eldest direct lineal descendant.
Oops! Guess what? Although he was married twice (first to Lady Georgiana Spencer and then to Lady Elizabeth Foster - you remember that whole mess from the movie “The Duchess”) the 5th Duke of Devonshire had only the one legitimate son, William Cavendish, who was the 6th Duke of Devonshire.
Therefore, those seeking the 6th Duke’s successor had to go back one more generation to the 4th Duke of Devonshire, another William Cavendish (1720 - 1764). Now, the 4th Duke had two sons: William, who was the 5th Duke, and Lord George Cavendish. Lord George died while his nephew William served as the 6th Duke; otherwise upon William’s death, Lord George would have become the 7th Duke. However, Lord George produced a son, Mr. William Cavendish (1783-1812), who also died during the 6th Duke’s lifetime, but that particular Mr. William Cavendish produced a son, another Mr. William Cavendish (1808 - 1891), who was 50 years of age when the 6th Duke of Devonshire passed. That William Cavendish became the 7th Duke of Devonshire. [Note: If Lord George had no son or grandson, those in power would have continued to search through the descendants of the 3rd Duke, 2nd Duke, and 1st Duke of Devonshire to find an heir. The line passes from through the eldest of the title holders sons and then through his other sons and surviving legitimate male issue.] If there are no legitimate surviving male descendants, then the title becomes “extinct.”
“However, if there was a legitimate surviving male descendant of his father, the 3rd Earl of Devonshire, then that person would inherit the earldom. In this way distant cousins can sometimes inherit lesser titles while the highest peerage dies out. What's most important to remember is that if a man inherits a peerage, it is because he is the eldest surviving legitimate male who can trace a direct (father to son) lineage back to an earlier holder of the peerage. In other words, he doesn't inherit because he was the brother or the cousin or the uncle of his predecessor, but because his own father, or grandfather, or great-grandfather, or great-great-grandfather, etc., was an earlier holder of the peerage. ["Eldest" in this context doesn't mean that he happens to be the oldest of several different living men who can trace a direct line back to an earlier holder of the peerage, but rather that his line is the eldest, i.e., eldest son of eldest son; all other lines senior to his have died out.]” (“Hereditary Peerages” https://www.chinet.com/~laura/html/titles03.html)
Letters patent customarily state the order of descent, usually through the male line. Only legitimate children (meaning the parents are married at the time of the child’s birth—not necessarily the time of his conception) are permitted to succeed to a peerage.
Edward IV introduced a procedure in which the eldest son of a peer with multiple titles can sit in the House of Lords by virtue of one of his father’s titles. This is called a writ of acceleration.
“In remainder” means the person is a possible heir to a peerage. A title becomes extinct (the opposite to extant, alive) when all possible heirs (as outlined by the original letters patent) have died out. In other words, there is nobody in remainder at the death of the holder. A title becomes dormant if nobody has claimed the title, or if no claim has been satisfactorily proven to the Committee on Privileges of the House of Lords. A title goes into abeyance if there is more than one person equally entitled to be the holder.
A peerage can become “extinct.” It can become extinct “by attainder,” which means the king/queen revokes the peerage. This forfeiture of the peerage comes under Acts of Parliament and are the result of treason on the part of the title holder. The descendants of the person committing treason are considered “tainted by blood,” and, therefore, they cannot inherit the title. However, if all the descendants of the attainted peer die out, then an heir from a different branch of the family tree—one not affected by the accusations of treason—could inherit the title/peerage. An extinct peerage reverts to the Crown. The king/queen can choose to present the title to a member of a different family—either another branch of the the original title holder’s family or to a completely unconnected family. This new creation would require new letters patent and a new line of descent.
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Introducing The EarlClaims His Comfort: Book 2 in the Twins’ Trilogy, releasing September 16, 2017, from Black Opal Books
- a 2016 Hot Prospects finalist in Romantic Suspense

Hurrying home to Tegen Castle from the Continent to assume guardianship of a child not his, but one who holds his countenance, Levison Davids, Earl of Remmington, is shot and left to die upon the road leading to his manor house. The incident has Remmington chasing after a man who remains one step ahead and who claims a distinct similarity—a man who wishes to replace Remmington as the rightful earl. Rem must solve the mystery of how a stranger’s life parallels his, while protecting his title, the child, and the woman he loves.

Comfort Neville has escorted Deirdre Kavanaugh from Ireland to England, in hopes that the Earl of Remmington will prove a better guardian for the girl than did the child’s father. When she discovers the earl’s body upon a road backing the castle, it is she who nurses him to health. As the daughter of a minor son of an Irish baron, Comfort is impossibly removed from the earl’s sphere, but the man claims her affections. She will do anything for him, including confronting his enemies. When she is kidnapped as part of a plot for revenge against the earl, she must protect Rem’s life, while guarding her heart.

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Excerpt...

“Cannot recall the last time I slept in my own bed,” he murmured to no one in particular as he stood to gain his bearings. The room swirled before his eyes, but Rem shook off the feeling. Of late, it was common for him to know a dull vibrating sound marring his thinking.
Levison Davids, the 17th Earl of Remmington, set the glass down harder than he intended. He had consumed more alcohol than he should on this evening, but as his home shire often brought on a case of maudlin, he had drowned his memories. He turned toward the door, attempting to walk with the confidence his late father always demanded of his sons. Lev was not trained to be the earl. His father had groomed Rem’s older brother Robinson for the role, but Fate had a way of spitting in a man’s eye when he least expected it.
Outside, the chilly air removed the edge from the numbness the heavy drink provided him, and for a brief moment Rem thought to return to the common room to reinforce the black mood the drink had induced. A special form of “regret” plagued his days and nights since receiving word of his ascension to the earldom some four years prior, and he did not think he would ever to be comfortable again.
“Storm comin’,” the groom warned when he brought Rem’s horse around.
“We’re in Yorkshire,” Remmington replied. “We are known for the unpredictable.”
Customarily, he would not permit the groom to offer him a leg up, but Rem’s resolve to reach his country estate had waned. He had received a note via Sir Alexander Chandler that Rem’s presence was required at the Remmington home seat, and so he had set out from France, where he had spent the last year, to answer a different call of duty.
Sir Alexander offered little information on why someone summoned Rem home, only that the message had come from the estate’s housekeeper. Not that it mattered who had sent for him. Tegen Castle was his responsibility. The journey from France had required that Rem leave an ongoing investigation behind, a fact that did not please him, even though he knew the others in service to Sir Alexander were excellent at their occupations. Moreover, the baronet had assured Rem that several missions on English shores required Remmington’s “special” skills, and he could return to service as quickly as his business knew an end.
He caught the reins to turn the stallion in a tight circle. Tossing the groom a coin, Rem kicked Draco’s sides to set the horse into a gallop.
As the dark swallowed them up, Rem enjoyed the feel of power the rhythm of the horse’s gait provided. He raced across the valley before emerging onto the craggy moors. At length, he skirted the rocky headland.
He slowed Draco as the cliff tops came into view. When he reached Davids’ Point, he urged the stallion into a trot. Rem could no longer see the trail, but his body knew it as well as it knew the sun would rise on the morrow. After some time, he jerked Draco’s reins hard to the left, and, as a pair, they plunged onto the long-forgotten trail. He leaned low over the stallion’s neck to avoid the tree limbs before he directed Draco to an adjacent path that led upward toward the family estate, which sat high upon a hill overlooking the breakwaters.
When he reached the main road again, he pulled up on the reins to bring the animal to a halt. Rem patted Draco’s neck and stared through the night at his childhood home, which was framed against the rising moonlight. It often made him sad to realize how much he once loved the estate as a child and how much he now despised it.
“No love left in the bricks,” he said through a thick throat. “Even the dowager countess no longer wishes to reside here. How can I?”
It was not always so. Although he was a minor son, Rem always thought to share Tegen Castle with his wife and children—to live nearby and to relate tales of happier days.
“But after Miss Phillips’s betrayal and then, likewise, that of Miss Lovelace, I possess no heart to begin again.”
In truth, of the two ladies, Rem had only loved Miss Delia Phillips.
“Fell in love with the girl when I was but fourteen and she, ten.”
He crossed his arms over the rise of the saddle to study the distant manor house.
“Perhaps Delia could find no solace here,” he murmured aloud.
Even today, it bothered him that Delia had not cared enough for him to send him a letter denying their understanding. He had learned of Delia’s marrying Baron Kavanagh from Sir Alexander, with whom Rem had served upon the Spanish front. Sir Alexander’s younger brother delivered the news in a cheeky letter.
“I suppose Delia thought being a baroness was superior to being Mrs. Davids. Little did she know I would claim the earldom. More is the pity for her.” A large raindrop plopped upon the back of his hand. “If we do not speed our return to the castle, my friend, we will arrive with a wet seat.”
He caught up the loose reins, but before he could set his heels into Draco’s sides, a shot rang out. By instinct, Rem thought to dive for the nearby ditch. Yet, the heavy drink slowed his response, and before he could act, Remmington knew the sharp sting of the bullet in his thigh.
Draco bolted forward before Rem had control of the stallion’s reins. He felt himself slipping from the saddle, but there was little he could do to prevent the impact. He slammed hard into the packed earth just as the heavens opened with a drenching rain. The back of his head bounced against a paving stone, and a shooting pain claimed his forehead. Even so Rem thought to sit up so he might take cover, but the effort was short coming. The piercing pain in his leg and the sharp sting claiming his vision fought for control. The blow to his head won, and Rem screwed his eyes closed to
welcome the darkness.

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- a 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense finalist
-a SOLA’s Eighth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Award finalist for Historical Romance

Huntington McLaughlin, the Marquess of Malvern, wakes in a farmhouse, after a head injury, being tended by an ethereal "angel," who claims to be his wife. However, reality is often deceptive, and Angelica Lovelace is far from innocent in Hunt's difficulties. Yet, there is something about the woman that calls to him as no other ever has. When she attends his mother's annual summer house party, their lives are intertwined in a series of mistaken identities, assaults, kidnappings, overlapping relations, and murders, which will either bring them together forever or tear them irretrievably apart. As Hunt attempts to right his world from problems caused by the head injury that has robbed him of parts of his memory, his best friend, the Earl of Remmington, makes it clear that he intends to claim Angelica as his wife. Hunt must decide whether to permit her to align herself with the earldom or claim the only woman who stirs his heart--and if he does the latter, can he still serve the dukedom with a hoydenish American heiress at his side?
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Meet Regina Jeffers
With 30+ books to her credit, Regina Jeffers is an award-winning author of historical cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, as well as Regency era-based romantic suspense. A teacher for 40 years, Jeffers often serves as a consultant for Language Arts and Media Literacy programs. With multiple degrees, Regina has been a Time Warner Star Teacher, Columbus (OH) Teacher of the Year, and a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and a Smithsonian presenter.


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Now for the GIVEAWAY. I have two eBook copies of The Earl Claims His Comfortavailable to those who comment below. The giveaway will end at midnight EDST on Monday, September 25.
My dear, Regina Jeffers, how could you do that to us? How could you leave us with such a cliff hanger? UGH! As I was reading, I said, "No, no, no! You cannot leave us there!" But you did! Shame on you. LOL It was good even if it did leave us hanging! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and for having a giveaway. Two eBooks! Isn't that fantastic, Readers! Whoever wins, you may have to drop in after reading and tell us about this book! Not spoilers, just some good enticing tidbits! :) 
Leave us a comment and tell us what you think about the Peerage or the excerpt or both. Your share in the conversation is always welcome. As a reminder, the giveaway ends at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Monday, September 25th. Good luck to all!

Monday, September 18, 2017

And the winners are...

Happy, happy day! I have some winners to announce! :)

Below are winners for Sharon Lathan, P.O. Dixon and Maria Grace! 

Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future by Sharon Lathan

eBooks
Dung Vu
Anji
Luthien84


By Reason, by Reflection, by Everything by P.O. Dixon

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Sophia Rose


A Less Agreeably Man by Maria Grace

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dstoutholcomb

Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for stopping by and supporting the authors and my blog. We all appreciate you! Thank you, especially to the authors for giving us such good books to read and for your generosity in having the giveaways. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pride and Prejudice Restored to 1813...Sophie Turner

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We are honored to have Sophie Turner visit today with some explanations about her project, Pride and Prejudice Restored to 1813. I believe you will enjoy reading what she is sharing with us. I certainly did! :) Thank you, Sophie, welcome back to More Agreeably Engaged.

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Thank you so much for having me back here at More Agreeably Engaged to share this special project of mine! I’m so glad readers have been enthusiastic about this project, in returning the novel to Jane Austen’s voice. I thought I would share some more before-and-after excerpts, showing the adjustments I had to make as I went through the novel:

This first example shows how language has evolved, and spelling was not standardized in Austen’s time. Anybody and everybody were usually separated out as two words in her work. You can also see the difference between taking the time to do the punctuation, such as the mdashes, correctly, versus using the old two hyphen (--) cheat.

Before:

"You are a very strange creature by way of a friend! -- always wanting me to play and sing before anybody and everybody! If my vanity had taken a musical turn, you would have been invaluable; but as it is, I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers."

After:
“You are a very strange creature by way of a friend!—always wanting me to play and sing before any body and every body!—If my vanity had taken a musical turn, you would have been invaluable, but as it is, I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers.”

Even some of the most famous lines of the novel were not immune to this lack of standardization. Gentlemanlike/gentleman-like was treated inconsistently within the original novel, but it was more often spelled with the hyphen. And I think it really does affect the way that you read the line, to have it in vs. out:

Before:
"You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner."

After:
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner.”

Sometimes, I found entire words had been lost in the online versions, such as this line of dialogue:

Before:
"You used us abominably ill," answered Mrs. Hurst, "running away without telling us that you were coming out."
After:
“You used us abominably ill,” answered Mrs. Hurst, “in running away without telling us that you were coming out.”

The words were adjusted in the below excerpt, as well—”away” has been substituted in for the less-modern “such a way,” as well as differences in comma placement, and in the formatting of ———shire (this, alas, was also inconsistent in the 1813 edition, I believe due for typesetting reasons, and I did make it consistent throughout the ebook):

Before:
"It is a delightful thing, to be sure, to have a daughter well married," continued her mother; "but, at the same time, Mr. Bingley, it is very hard to have her taken away from me. They are gone down to Newcastle, a place quite northward, it seems, and there they are to stay I do not know how long. His regiment is there; for I suppose you have heard of his leaving the -- -- shire, and of his being gone into the regulars. Thank Heaven! he has some friends, though, perhaps, not so many as he deserves."
After:
“It is a delightful thing, to be sure, to have a daughter well married,” continued her mother; “but at the same time, Mr. Bingley, it is very hard to have her taken such a way from me. They are gone down to Newcastle, a place quite northward, it seems, and there they are to stay, I do not know how long. His regiment is there; for I suppose you have heard of his leaving the ———shire, and of his being gone into the regulars. Thank Heaven! he has some friends, though perhaps not so many as he deserves.”

Sometimes mixups in punctuation seemed innocent, but they still impact the feel of a line. When Elizabeth cries the below dialogue, it has a different emphasis and meaning when she does so with an exclamation point versus a question mark:

Before:
"Are they indeed!" cried Elizabeth, with the greatest satisfaction.

After:
“Are they indeed?” cried Elizabeth, with the greatest satisfaction.

Grammar, spelling, and punctuation can even impact characterisation. Mrs. Bennet, I found, had garnered additional exclamation points over the years in the online versions, and the woman already uses enough as it is! You can also see more examples of differences in comma placement, in this excerpt.

Before:
"What an excellent father you have, girls!" said she, when the door was shut. "I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life it is not so pleasant, I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball."

After:
“What an excellent father you have, girls,“ said she, when the door was shut. “I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”

You can really see what a difference these subtle things can make for a character in Lady Catherine’s (in)famous house-crashing scene. There’s a precision to the characterisation in what Austen intended which has become more of a caricature in online versions, simply with some adjustments in punctuation.  In the original, Lady Catherine doesn’t ask if Mrs. Bennet is Elizabeth’s mother—she states it.

Before:
Mrs. Bennet, all amazement, though flattered by having a guest of such high importance, received her with the utmost politeness. After sitting for a moment in silence, she said, very stiffly, to Elizabeth -- "I hope you are well, Miss Bennet. That lady, I suppose, is your mother?" Elizabeth replied very concisely that she was. "And that, I suppose, is one of your sisters?" "Yes, madam," said Mrs. Bennet, delighted to speak to a Lady Catherine. "She is my youngest girl but one, my youngest of all is lately married; and my eldest is somewhere about the grounds, walking with a young man, who, I believe, will soon become a part of the family."

After:
Mrs. Bennet all amazement, though flattered by having a guest of such high importance, received her with the utmost politeness. After sitting for a moment in silence, she said very stiffly to Elizabeth,

“I hope you are well, Miss Bennet. That lady I suppose is your mother.”

Elizabeth replied very concisely that she was.

“And that I suppose is one of your sisters.”

“Yes, madam,” said Mrs. Bennet, delighted to speak to a lady Catherine. “She is my youngest girl but one. My youngest of all, is lately married, and my eldest is some-where about the grounds, walking with a young man, who I believe will soon become a part of the family.”

It’s certainly possible to look at all of these and way, well, none of them are particularly drastic. Which is true. The story is so good that it can stand and still be a highly enjoyable read even with all of these little errors. But it’s not quite Austen’s voice. And I, for one, believe it’s even better when it is in her voice, restored to 1813. That was the purpose of doing this project, and I again want to thank readers for their interest in it!

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Book Title: Mistress: Pride & Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen; Annotated by Sophie Turner
Tour Dates: July 27 – September 15
Genre: Classics, Historical Romance, Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Feedbooks to come


Book Description

The novel needs no introduction. But readers may not have realised that we have been losing “Pride and Prejudice” over the years, particularly digitally. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation have eroded significantly from the 1813 Egerton first edition, and many digital copies suffer from poor formatting.

In 2017, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, her “darling Child” has been painstakingly restored to the three-volume 1813 first edition. Adjustments have only been made where there were errors in the 1813 text, and are noted in detailed annotations at the end of the novel.

Please enjoy this beloved story, restored to Jane Austen’s original 
voice.
Contact Sophie Turner


Author Biography


Sophie Turner worked as an online editor before delving even more fully into the tech world. Writing, researching the Regency era, and occasionally dreaming about living in Britain are her escapes from her day job.


She was afraid of long series until she ventured upon Patrick O’Brian’s 20-book Aubrey-Maturin masterpiece, something she might have repeated five times through.


Alas, her Constant Love series is only planned to be seven books right now, and consists of A Constant Love, A Change of Legacies, and the in-progress A Season Lost.


She blogs about her writing endeavours at sophie-turner-acl.blogspot.com, where readers can find direction for the various social drawing-rooms across the Internet where she may be called upon.


Blog Tour Schedule


July 27 / My Vices and Weaknesses/ Guest Post & Giveaway
July 28 / Austenesque Reviews/Book Excerpt & Giveaway
July 29 / My Love for Jane Austen/ Guest Post & Giveaway
August 3 /Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway
August 4 / My Jane Austen Book Club/ Guest Post & Giveaway
September 4 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Guest Post & Giveaway
September 5 / Laughing with Lizzie / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
September 6 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway
September 12 / Margie’s Must Reads /Book Review & Giveaway
September 14 / More Agreeably Engaged /Guest Post & Giveaway
September 15 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway


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Sophie Turner is giving away one eBook of Pride and Prejudice Restored to 1813 and the giveaway is international. To be entered please leave us a comment and tell us what you think of these word changes, punctuation differences, etc. I am excited to see the differences and can't wait to read the novel again , in Jane Austen's true voice. Thank you, Sophie, for such an enlightening and interesting post. I'm thrilled to have you stop by on your tour. Best wishes with this project! I cannot imagine the time and research that went into it.


For a chance to win this lovely book, have your share in the conversation. The giveaway will end at 11:59 P.M. on the 18th of September. Good luck to all.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Particular Attachments...L.L. Diamond

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L.L. Diamond has a new release due out in two days, Particular Attachments, and she is stopping by today to tell us a little about it. I'm excited to have her visit, having been some time since her last visit. Thank you, Ms. Diamond, for sharing your excitement about Georgiana and Nathaniel's story. I know all my readers are as anxious as I am to learn more so I will turn it over to you. Wecome! (Your book cover is beautiful!)

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Thanks so much for hosting me on this blog tour! I’m so excited to finally release Particular Attachments and tell everyone Georgiana and Nathaniel’s story. I knew Georgiana from Particular Intentions, but getting to know Nathaniel while writing this book was a lot of fun. I can’t wait for everyone to see what a great character he is!

I was very fortunate when Georgiana and Nathaniel told me their story for Particular Attachments. If you read the interview with Georgiana, she was a little reticent about answering my questions, but Lord Sele was not nearly so timid.


LLD: I suppose I ought to start by having you introduce yourself to our readers.

Lord Sele: I would be pleased to do so. My full name is Nathaniel George Henry Howard, Viscount Sele.

LLD: How long have you known Georgiana Darcy?

Lord Sele: My parents were great friends of the late George and Ann Darcy, so I suppose you could say I have known her since she was in her cradle—not that I recall such a time. I have simply known her for as long as I can remember.

LLD: Were the two of you friends as children?

Lord Sele: (Chuckles) My answer to your question would be no. I wished to be friends with her, but she was oft times difficult. She played with her doll and her reticule and ignored me frequently, which is why I attempted to gain her notice.

LLD: Somehow, I doubt you wished to be kicked in the shin.

Lord Sele: No, I admit that I never intended for that manner of notice, yet I did naught but arrive at Pemberley that day.

LLD: You must admit that you did more than simply arrive at Pemberley.

Lord Sele: I may have insisted she would marry me. She always used to put on airs and behave quite imperiously. I enjoyed raising her ire when she behaved in such a manner.

LLD: You still enjoy raising her ire, do you not?

Lord Sele: I believe you confuse us with Darcy and his wife. They take great enjoyment in bickering much like my parents. I do enjoy teasing Georgiana—as long as she does not find humour at my expense with my mother. They enjoy themselves far too much.

LLD: You mean to say you can tease her, but she can’t tease you?
Lord Sele: I do not object to her teasing. It is just that she and my mother enjoy making a laugh at my expense their sole occupation when together.

LLD: Do you still wish to marry her?

Lord Sele: I have never desired another for my wife, and I never will. I cannot explain why, but I have craved her notice and her attention for as long as I can remember. I am afraid that in my quest to gain her society, I behaved in a less than gallant fashion when I was in my youth. I fear she remembers those instances more than the last time we met.

LLD: But you were young, weren’t you?

Lord Sele: I was twelve and she was eight when she kicked me in the shin.

LLD: You know, after hearing the story, I’m not certain I blame her for kicking you.

Lord Sele: I must disagree with you. I did naught to deserve it on that occasion, though I am certain my behaviour on other occasions merited my punishment so I do not hold the offence against her.

LLD: You have lived in Ireland for the last few years?

Lord Sele: I moved to an estate that is part of the Lindsey estate after I graduated Oxford. I remained most of the year, returning only for my mother’s birthday and Christmas each year. Of course, I also journeyed home when my father became exceedingly ill. We are fortunate he survived.

LLD: Did you return to England only to see your parents?

Lord Sele: I knew Georgiana would be nearing the age of her coming out. I returned to spend the Christmas season with my parents, but I remained long enough to discover whether Georgiana would have her début. When I learnt she remained at Pemberley, I returned to Ireland to continue overseeing the mining there.

LLD: What did you think when you first laid eyes upon Georgiana after all these years?

Lord Sele: I recognised her instantly. She has changed of course—matured. She was lovely when last I saw her at fourteen, but she has become a stunning woman.

LLD: When you first spoke, was she pleased to see you?

Lord Sele: While I would have wished her to throw her arms about my neck and pledge her undying love, she was particularly reticent in my company.

LLD: She called your manner of courtship dogged persistence when I interviewed her. Would you agree?

Lord Sele: One could call her resistance to my overtures a dogged reluctance then. (Shakes his head) She was so determined she would never marry. I knew she could be a wilful woman, but I never imagined . . . well, I suppose your readers shall see.

LLD: What do you love most about Georgiana?

Lord Sele: Her loyalty to those she loves is her most attractive quality. She has a gentle and forgiving heart as well. It is her heart that mine attached itself to when we were but children and it is her heart that will be bound to mine forever. I cannot change that fact, and I would never wish to.


I think that’s a great place to end things. Thank you, Lord Sele, for taking the time to speak with me about your life and Georgiana! Thanks again to Janet for hosting us!


Blurb: She swore would never marry!

Georgiana Darcy is a lady with a secret! The last thing she wants is to return to London, but what else can she do when her brother and his wife make plans to spend the Christmas season in town. When Lizzy’s youngest sister, Lydia, joins them, Georgiana gains a confidante, but will Lydia’s outgoing nature cause problems when Lord Sele, son of a family friend reappears in Georgiana’s life?

As an insufferable boy, Lord Sele vowed he would marry Georgiana, but was his return from Ireland a coincidence or was his sole purpose to pursue her? He admits to desiring friendship, but Lydia is determined his desire is Georgiana and she will stop at nothing to see her best friend happily settled.

What is Georgiana to do when faced with the society she has managed to avoid for her entire adult life as well as the one man determined to change her mind about marriage? Will she be able to overcome her fears despite the spectre from the past that seems to be haunting her? Will she be forced to tell her secret and choose happiness or will someone from her past ruin everything?


Bio:
L.L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans before following her husband all over as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.

After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favourite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. Her most recent endeavours have included certifications to coach swimming as well as a fitness instructor. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolour is her medium of choice with one of her watercolours featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Leslie also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!

Leslie’s books include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, The Earl’s Conquest, Particular Intentions, and Particular Attachments.


The Particular Attachments Blog Tour:

September 8: Just Jane 1813 – Review
September 9: Babblings of a Bookworm – Character Interview
September 11: From Pemberley to Milton – Excerpt
September 12: More Agreeably Engaged – Character Interview
September 13: Austenesque Reviews – Outtake
September 14: Austen Variations – Release Day Post and Giveaway
September 15: Just Jane 1813 – Character Interview
September 16: My Jane Austen Book Club – Outtake
September 17: My Vices and Weaknesses - Excerpt

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Oh, Ms. Diamond, I did love reading your interview with Nathaniel. It was my pleasure to host the two of you. If any of you, Dear Readers, have not read the interview with Georgiana, stop by Ceri's at Babblings of a Bookworm and enjoy. You'll be glad you did! How fun to have their interviews where we can enjoy the thoughts and insights of each character. I love it! Thank you! 

I'm so glad you stopped by on your busy blog tour. I wish you the best with this new release and look forward to adding it to my library. I have enjoyed all your books and am confident I will love this one too. 

Good news, Readers! There is a giveaway! Leave us a comment and one of you can win an eBook copy of Particular Attachments! The giveaway is international and ends on the 17th of September at 11:59 P. M. Good luck to all and don't forget to visit all the stops of the tour for Particular Attachments! Best Wishes, L. L. Diamond, and please visit again soon.