Reading Reticule Roundup May 22

Hello, readers! Can you believe May is almost over? My daughter’s birthday is next week and she is counting down the days!

I’m still working hard on compiling the other lists. The $2.99 M to P list went live this week. Here are the new releases, sales, and freebies I found this week.

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New Releases

On Familiar Prides: A Pride and Prejudice Novel (Prides Series Book 2) by Amy Cecil

The past will always come back to haunt you.

Haunted by mysterious letters threatening to expose his past, Fitzwilliam Darcy is determined to find out who is tormenting him. When he does, he gets caught up in a world hindering his chances of ever seeing Elizabeth or his family again.

With Darcy gone, Elizabeth continues to keep her family’s spirits up while Colonel Fitzwilliam moves heaven and earth to find his cousin. When he finally catches a break and receives word that Darcy has been spotted, the Colonel and Elizabeth embark on a journey in a race against time to save him.

Will they get to him in time or will those who love him have to learn to live without him? 

From bestselling author, Amy Cecil, comes a new variation of a timeless classic.  Pick up On Familiar Prides today and discover Darcy and Elizabeth’s latest adventure.

Misled Into Marriage by Roslyn Fletcher

What if Elizabeth didn’t know about Darcy’s involvement in Bingley’s sudden departure from Hertfordshire until it was too late?

Darcy and Elizabeth have grown close, but even she is surprised by his sudden proposal. She accepts without hesitation – why wouldn’t she? He is everything she has ever wanted.

Except she does not know the full truth about Darcy’s involvement in her past. Will she find out? And can their marriage survive when she does?

In Mr. Darcy’s Debt: A Pride and Prejudice Sensual Intimate (To Win a Wife Book 1) by Sylvia Forrest

Elizabeth Bennet, forced to accept Mr. Collins’ proposal of marriage, has found herself facing the most unhappy of alternatives. Longbourn is saved, but she cannot abide her new husband and refuses to allow him into her bed.

However deep her resentment for Mr. Collins might be, nothing could have prepared her for his admission that he owes a great deal of money to the nephew of his patroness. Mr. Darcy has demanded repayment of this debt, and he will accept nothing less than a night with Elizabeth as his price.

“In Mr. Darcy’s Debt” is a steamy and sensual Pride and Prejudice variation that is best enjoyed by readers over 18 years of age.

Darcy, the Investigator: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (The Diverse Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy Book 3) by Harriet Knowles

Secrets and lies
Lies and secrets
Darcy enjoys the days he can don the mantle of his secret identity, searching out ways to help those who seek his assistance.

He can be kind and understanding, warm and compassionate, bringing relief or justice to those who have nowhere else to turn.

He is determined no one will ever know he is really the proud and disdainful Mr. Darcy.

The Bennet family is ruined. Elizabeth will not give in when others fail to find her youngest sister. Of necessity, her solution is unorthodox and secretive — she will pay the price, whatever it might be.

But her acute observation uncovers Mr. Darcy’s secret, even as he discovers hers.

She must hide her knowledge from him if he is to continue his attempt to lift the family’s ruin. And can she ever repay him?

Darcy wants to reveal his secret to her. But he wants Miss Elizabeth’s love, not her gratitude or obligation.

How can they untangle the web of lies and begin to trust each other?

Darcy, the Investigator is a sweet and clean Regency novella of 36,000 words.

Five Dancing Sisters: A Pride and Prejudice Fairy Tale by Cassandra B. Leigh

Elizabeth Bennet liked to say that dancing was the best way to fall in love, and nothing could be better than falling in love, except perhaps dancing with handsome gentlemen at a magical midnight ball. She and her sisters enjoyed this beloved pastime each night in an enchanted sapphire castle.

When Charles Bingley went missing from his new home in Hertfordshire, Fitzwilliam Darcy searched for him at the last place he had been seen; a neighboring estate called Longbourn. Upon discovering sorcery as the cause of Bingley’s disappearance, Darcy was determined to rescue his friend from evil witchcraft.

This sweet, clean fairy tale mixes Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm.

In Good Time: A Sweet Pride and Prejudice Variation by Abbey North

So much wasted time.
Three years after visiting with Mr. Darcy at Rosings Park, Lizzy finds herself at a house party where he is also a guest. A priceless pocket watch has gone missing, and Lizzy intends to find it to prevent the unwarranted discharge of the accused maid. Fitzwilliam offers his assistance, and they unravel the mystery of what happened to the watch. What role does Wickham play in its disappearance? When Lizzy learns Fitzwilliam has quietly loved her all these years, there is new promise for the future, but Wickham will do anything to destroy Darcy, including hurt Lizzy.

While Abbey sometimes writes steamy JAFF, this is strictly SWEET.

Quiet Amidst the Chaos: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel by Joanna Ramsay

Set at Pemberley, Quiet Amidst the Chaos follows Darcy and Elizabeth’s first weeks as a married couple. Darcy delights in showing his new wife around their home whilst she is determined to surprise him when she visits the harvest.

This short story is a sequel to The Burn of Music (Pride and Prejudice variation) but can be read in isolation as deviations from the original text are explained.

Note from the author: I hope you find a few moments of calm as you read this short story. The plot brings together three things I think we could all do with right now: love, friendship and unity. It is an intentionally gentle read without argument or angst.

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Coronavirus Appeal.

Please note this short story uses British spellings.


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A Prayer for Pemberley: A Sweet Spiritual Pride & Prejudice Variation (Letters Home Book 1) by Carin Grace

A Prayer for Pemberley is the sweet beginning of a love-letter serial between newly engaged Miss Elizabeth Bennet and her betrothed Mr. Fitzwillliam Darcy as they seek to encourage each other emotionally and spiritually in the days before their wedding.

This re-imagined variation of Pride & Prejudice is clean and wholesome with sweet moments and Christian values. It is appropriate for all ages.

The Prideful Billionaire: A Pride & Prejudice Inspired Sweet Romance (Port St. Austen Billionaire’s Club Book 3)

In this sizzling sweet star-crossed lovers romance, Ethan Darcy will do anything to protect his best friend from falling for a poor and unsophisticated woman, including dating her beautiful sister, Hallie Gibbons. That way he can stay close until such time as he can reveal their true intentions as gold diggers and get the sisters out of their lives.

But he’s falling for Hallie. Big time.

Hallie Gibbons has had a crush on billionaire, Ethan Darcy for years. She’s followed his career, admiring his generosity in donating time and money to a tech school sure to produce future leaders. When she meets him at a Port St. Austen social event, she’s ecstatic. Until he treats her like a peon, calling her plain and uninteresting. Despite his arrogance, she’s attracted to him and it’s beyond frustrating.

What’s worse? He keeps asking her to do things with him. The more time they spend together, the more she falls for him.

But is he just using her?

Can they set aside their preconceived judgments of each other and let the other in or will their pride keep them from a forever kind of love?

Scroll up and click to read this Pride and Prejudice inspired sweet romance!

Rebellion at Longbourn by Victoria Kincaid

Elizabeth Bennet’s father died two years ago, and her odious cousin Mr. Collins has taken possession of the Longbourn estate. Although Collins and his wife Charlotte have allowed the Bennet sisters and their mother to continue living at Longbourn, the situation is difficult. Viewing Elizabeth and her sisters as little more than unpaid servants, Collins also mistreats the tenants, spends the estate’s money with abandon, and rejects any suggestions about improving or modernizing Longbourn. After one particularly egregious incident, Elizabeth decides she must organize a covert resistance among her sisters and the tenants, secretly using more modern agricultural methods to help the estate thrive. Her scheme is just getting underway when Mr. Darcy appears in Meryton.

Upon returning from a long international voyage, Darcy is forced to admit he cannot forget his love for Elizabeth. When he learns of the Bennet family’s plight, he hurries to Hertfordshire, hoping he can provide assistance. Sinking into poverty, Elizabeth is further out of Darcy’s reach than ever; still, he cannot help falling even more deeply in love. But what will he do when he discovers her covert rebellion against Longbourn’s rightful owner?

Falling in love with Mr. Darcy was not part of Elizabeth’s plan, but it cannot be denied. Darcy struggles to separate his love for her from his abhorrence for deception. Will their feelings for each other help or hinder the Rebellion at Longbourn?

BeSwitched by KaraLynne Mackrory

Mortals can be such pesky beings. They are always mucking up their destinies, unbalancing their fates…leaving the world of fairies to pick up the pieces and put it all to rights. Trouble is, mortals do not get a say in their fates—that’s not for them to decide. Especially with regards to love, since love is such an integral part of the tapestry of mortal lives.

And everyone knows that love does not just happen. It requires a bit of finesse, a touch of magic. But how is a sprite to work that magic when stubborn mortals Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet keep fighting against their destinies? Well, a sprite will do whatever he must! Even if it means forcing the pair to see the world through the other’s eyes.

This Pride and Prejudice retelling is a misadventure of whimsical hilarity as the world of fairies and a few troublesome mortals attempt to weave together fate and love. It is a short story of approximately 20,000 words.

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan by Lucy Marin

Fitzwilliam Darcy was a man in despair following his disastrous proposal in Kent. If only he had done this made, or said that! If only he had made more of an effort? 
Was too late?

Perhaps it was not for soon after that fateful April day, Darcy unexpectedly sees Elizabeth in London. He seeks her out again, ostensibly to ensure she now thinks better of him. He quickly decides that he wants to win her affections.

It would require effort, perhaps a great effort, but Elizabeth Bennet was worth fighting for.

But in order to do so, he would need a plan.

Moments of Moments Infinite: A Pride & Prejudice Time Travel Romance (The Memory Series Book 4) Ney Mitch

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have come so far on the road to happiness, only to have one impediment: Lady Catherine de Bourgh. However, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have another ally on their side besides their mutual love for each other: Time itself. Time takes them back into the future, but on this adventure, they are not alone. Both members of the Darcy, Fitzwilliam, Bingley and Bennet families have been transported to the 21st century as well. And we are left to wonder, what does fate have in store for them next?


Disciplining Miss Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Sensual Intimate Variation Short Story (Taken In Hand By Mr. Darcy Serial Book 1) by Vivienne Norville

Fresh from a refusal of Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal, Elizabeth Bennet is determined never to marry. But when her circumstances change, Miss Bennet is forced to rush back to Mr. Darcy to beg for forgiveness. Vexed and wounded by her cruel dismissal of his affection for her, Mr. Darcy considers Lizzy and offers a new proposal: allow him to take her in hand and train her as the wife he wishes her to be, and he will renew his marriage proposal and make her Lady of Pemberley. 

Join Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they  journey to Pemberley and begin to prepare for their nuptials in part 1 of this re-imagined and sensual intimate variation of the literary classic Pride and Prejudice.  

Disciplining Miss Bennet is part 1 of a sensual and steamy Pride and Prejudice variation that grows in heat throughout the series. This short story features a spanking scene and following iterations are best enjoyed by readers over 18 years of age. 

Disciplining Miss Bennet is Part 1 of 3 in the “Taken In Hand By Mr. Darcy” series of short story serials.

Educating Miss Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Sensual Intimate Variation (Taken In Hand By Mr. Darcy Book 2) by Vivienne Norville

Miss Bennet has agreed to the unconventional proposal set forth by Mr. Darcy. Determined to save her family and earn her way back into his good graces, Miss Bennet submits to Darcy’s training and allows him to take her in hand to turn her into the wife he wishes her to be. 

Join the journey towards Pemberley with Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they continue to prepare for their nuptials in this reimagined and sensual intimate variation of the literary classic Pride and Prejudice. 

Educating Miss Bennet is a sensual and steamy Pride and Prejudice variation that is best enjoyed by readers over 18 years of age.

Touched by Mr. Darcy: a steamy Pride & Prejudice variation story by J. L. Pearl

A brush between hands.
A brush of fate.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has come to the country to humor his friend, and to pass the time, and certainly not to look for a wife among the plebian countryfolk. But all this changes with a chance encounter with one Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Now he finds himself perilously close to giving up his good sense and following the urges of his heart, and body, rather than what good breeding and bearing dictate a gentleman should do.

Elizabeth is a free spirit, within reason, but she has always understood her place in society. That is, until she meets the handsome, aloof gentleman newly come to the area. Suddenly her presuppositions of what love might mean have come into question, and her good intentions as a gentlewoman prove flexible.

This story features our dear couple of characters from Jane Austen’s beloved novel, placed in new, and very steamy, situations. It should be enjoyed as such by responsible readers of a certain age.

Beneath Mr. Darcy: A Steamy Pride and Prejudice Variation (I am His Book 1) by Alice Quinn

I looked to the ground, my eyes unfocused. The sound of my own breath filled my ears, muddling my thoughts. He took my chin in his hand and lifted it, gently but surely, and I blinked, gazing into his eyes.

They all but bore into my soul.

“Say it, Elizabeth. Say he is the man you want, and I will step aside. I swear.”

My tongue grew thick in my mouth. My voice threatened to betray me. I knew what duty demanded but I could not obey. I could not lie.

I could never lie to him.

“He is not,” I finally whispered. In answer, his hands reached for my back, pulling my body close against his own.

Elizabeth Bennet is to be wed. But mere weeks from the happy day, her world is thrown into chaos when she meets the darkly mysterious Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now she is torn between duty and desire, and with every passing day she finds she uncovers more of a hidden past–and more of her own heart.

This is the first book in a series of very steamy Pride & Prejudice variations, featuring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in new romantic and sensual situations.

Springtime at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel (Pemberley Ever After Book 2) by Grace Sellers

A new bride, a new mother…and the unhappiest woman in all of Derbyshire.

Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy has everything she ever wanted, so why does she feel unhappy?

Thrown into the unforgiving world of the London ton to help her sister-in-law, Georgiana, make her debut at St. James Court, Elizabeth finds herself increasingly low-spirited and unhappy. Each day brings new social challenges, while imperious Lady Catherine seems to await her downfall. Isolated, sleep-deprived, and uncertain, she starts to question her place in London and at Darcy’s side.

Will the Bonton, meddling relatives and a colicky baby bring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy together or tear them apart?


Free Finds

Below are the books for free on Amazon that I have found on 4/23/20. Click the cover to be sent to the site. Also, consult the included author page links to consult if they have additional sales.

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On Stranger Prides: A Pride and Prejudice Novel (Prides Series Book 1) by Amy Cecil

AUTHOR’s NOTE: Please read before purchasing this book. This book is written for mature audiences. This is a “what if” book. It is not Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This story is NOT cannon. If you are looking for that type of book, then perhaps this is not the book for you. If you are not, then please continue …

Separated by prideful airs and prejudiced assumptions Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are convinced they will never see the other again … until, eleven years later; fate sets them both on a different course.

Elizabeth Bennet
After receiving the most insulting proposal imaginable from Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet vows to loathe him for all eternity. Years later, now a widowed duchess and raising her son, the Duke of Grafton, Elizabeth embarks on an adventure with her son and father to the West Indies.

Fitzwilliam Darcy
After enduring a scathing condemnation of his character by the only woman he would ever love, Mr. Darcy decides he must disappear from society. With the help of his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy secures a ship and crew and sets sail on the open seas. Mr. Darcy’s life takes such a turn that even his closest relative would not recognize him or his new identity as Max Sterling, Captain of the Absolution.

When the pirates of the Absolution attack the Duchess’ ship, Captain Sterling receives the shock of his life when he spots the beautiful duchess and realizes that they share a connection, albeit one that was abandoned eleven years ago …

Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott

Mr. Darcy’s younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after…

The year is 1814, and it is springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy’s fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana’s domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana’s fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart–and rely on her courage–for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

Pride and Prosperity by Julia Fellowes

Can a gentleman change his manners and a lady change her mind?

IF it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a great fortune must be in want of a wife, mothers will go to great lengths to see their daughters have a real chance of marrying him.

Pride & Prosperity is a charming novelette inspired by Jane Austen’s highly esteemed story Pride & Prejudice.

An Heir for Pemberley by Jane Grix

Fitzwilliam Darcy has it all – a beautiful, intelligent wife who loves him and she is expecting their first child. But Darcy’s mother died in childbirth and he worries that he could lose it all.

An Heir for Pemberley is a variation to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a short story sequel, 4000 words long and takes about fifteen minutes to read. It is a quick escape to Pemberley.

Their adventure takes more twists and turns than does the original “Pride and Prejudice,” but the reader will enjoy the devotion displayed by Darcy and Elizabeth as they bring Wickham to the line in Lydia Bennnet’s defense, as well as their working their way through multiple misconstructions and vulnerabilities. Darcy’s final wooing of Elizabeth brings two very private individuals to a very public declaration of their love. considers what will happen if he does not succeed in bringing Mr. Wickham before a magistrate. Will his failure bring an end to their “bargain”? Or will true love prevail?

Four Days in April by Maria Grace

Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.

Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.

Four Days in April.

Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.

After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Elizabeth Bennet an equally memorable letter.

What if she answers it with one of her own?

Perusasion: Behind the Scenes by Various Authors; Edited by Susan Mason-Milks & Maria Grace

You pierce my soul.

Before Jane Austen wrote that romantic letter from Captain Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot, she crafted a masterful story of heartbreak and longing that still resonates with readers today.

But what of those scenes that Jane Austen never wrote?  What Persuasion fan doesn’t want to listen in on Anne and Wentworth’s first courtship, laugh at the follies and foibles of the Elliot family, sail along on Captain Wentworth’s harrowing adventures at sea or attend Wentworth and Anne’s wedding.

Twelve authors of Austen-inspired fiction:  Diana Birchall, Marilyn Brant, Jack Caldwell, L.L. Diamond, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Kara Louise, Susan Mason-Milks, Jane Odiwe, C. Allyn Pierson, Mary Lydon Simonsen, and Shannon Winslow collaborated to put this unique collection that fills in “missing” scenes from Austen’s classic work, sure to delight any true Persuasion fan.

Pride and Preciptation  (Chick Flick Clique Romantic Comedy #1) by Heather Horrocks

Breezy Jones is crazy about the weather, rain or shine, which makes her job as the local television station’s meteorologist perfect. She’s even hoping the new buyers of her Aspen Grove station will make some positive changes.

That’s before she meets the attractive new general manager, Noah Drake, who is determined to repackage everything—including Breezy’s down-home delivery and casual, girl-next-door appearance that seems too

Pollyanna for him. He replaces her with a high-powered diva weathercaster and makes Breezy her off-screen assistant.

With a flood of angry emails from the community, plummeting ratings, and incessant demands from the diva, it doesn’t take long for Noah to see which way the wind is blowing.

Will the station survive the competitive clash between pride and precipitation?

More importantly, can their blossoming attraction survive?

Mr. Darcy’s Passions by Harriet Lark

When Elizabeth Bennet tours Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle Gardiner, they make a plan to visit Pemberley.

Initially worried she will bump into Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth is reassured when she’s informed he won’t be arriving until the next day.

But when she strolls in the woods alone, she comes face to face with him!

Passion burns in Darcy’s veins. He’d determined to show Elizabeth just how much he ardently admires and loves her.

Will their passionate interlude in the woods lead to something more? Or will this be the only opportunity Elizabeth has to feel his strong arms around her, and to experience his lips on hers?

This is a short novelette of 8,000 words.


Other ways to get free books.

The following are notices I found on social media of Authors offering special sales and freebies to certain groups.

Beau North is offering her entire catalog free to healthcare, Grocery or supply chain employees (including food delivery). Contact her on Facebook for more details.

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Amazon Author Page

Georgina Young-Ellis has many books for $2.99 but says if you are unable to pay at this time, contact her directly.

Georgina Young-Ellis Facebook

Georgina Young-Ellis website contact info

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Sales

Unwilling by Elizabeth Adams

Mr. Bennet discovers his days are numbered, so he immediately begins to set his affairs — and his five unmarried daughters — in order. Knowing they will fare best should at least one of them find a suitable husband, he cannot refuse any respectable suitors.

The high-spirited Elizabeth suspects something isn’t right in the halls of Longbourn, but nothing prepares her for a certain haughty gentleman from Derbyshire. While Mr. Darcy is exceedingly wealthy and handsome, in Elizabeth’s eyes, he is also proud, high-handed, and insulting. And unfortunately, desperately in love with her.

Suddenly, Elizabeth is forced to rethink her previous opinions. And accept a choice she never had the chance to make.

**Ms. Adams is featuring three other books for $0.99 USD right now.**

On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower.

When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice?

Elizabeth’s high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family.

When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?

**Ms. Adams is currently offering two other novels discounted to $2.99 USD**

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A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 2: 5 Pride and Prejudice Novellas and 1 Novel (Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection Book 13)  by Leenie Brown

*Time sensitive sale: May 22-26

Broken betrothals, cautious hearts, handsome neighbours

Get tangled up in the complications of love.

While each of the six stories in this collection takes a different path to happily ever after, all have one thing in common. Some unravelling will need to occur before love can claim her happy victims.

Unravelling Mr. Darcy

What’s a gentleman to do when he has laid his heart before a lady only to have it crushed beneath her dainty slippers? If you’re Fitzwilliam Darcy, there is only one thing to do — unravel your tightly wound pride, mend your ways, and convince the lady of your worth.

Becoming Entangled

Anne de Bourgh wishes to dance until she is dizzy, walk until she is tired, and marry a particular gentleman who causes her heart to skitter and skip and flutter. There is, however, one thing that stands between Anne and her aspirations — her mother.

Nevertheless, when a young lady is determined, things such as a mother’s restraints and a long-standing betrothal are merely impediments to be circumvented.

Enticing Miss Darcy

Having been duped once by a charming scoundrel, Georgiana Darcy finds that, along with the excitement of soirees and new experiences, her first season is chock full of uncertainty. She knows the purpose of a season is to find a husband, but how does one judge the character of a man when she dares not trust her heart?

Mr. Darcy’s Comfort

An honourable gentleman remains true to his word, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is as honourable as they come. He would never consider breaking a promise. At least, he would not have before he met Elizabeth Bennet.

Master of Longbourn

Large, awkward, unlovable, and destined to fail — that is who William Collins has always been told he was, and while he might have accepted the first three monikers, he’s worked hard to ensure the last one does not become true.

But how can someone as inept, as Collins thinks he is, ever win the heart of a lady as charming as Kitty Bennet?

Assessing Mr. Darcy

The Bennet ladies are all eager anticipation. Netherfield has been let at last! And joy of all joys, it has been leased to a single young gentleman of good fortune! To Elizabeth’s delight, the new neighbor has not come alone but has brought with him a handsome friend. With any luck, if this gentleman proves to be more than just handsome and if he can pass Elizabeth’s brother’s scrutiny, it will not only be Jane who finds a husband.

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The five novellas and one novel in A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 2 are part of Leenie Brown’s ever-growing collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired stories. If you like well-written sweet romance, dotted with poignant moments,  touched with humor, and featuring the unexpected, then you will love these stories about finding and claiming love when fate and scheming relations intervene.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 2, and slip into a world of sweet romantic indulgence today.

**Ms. Brown has reduced the price on all of her books. See her Amazon author page for more choices.**

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Her Secret Beau (Touches of Austen Book 3) by Leenie Brown

With a sister like she has, keeping her suitor a secret is a must. 

Have a season. Meet some handsome gentlemen. Be courted by at least one, fall in love, and live happily ever after. That’s all Grace Love wants. However, when a lady has a sister like Grace does, getting what she wants is going to take a bit of subterfuge.

When a pretty stranger shares a secret smile with Walter Blakesley in the park, his curiosity is aroused. Then, when the same lady refuses his offer to dance but not because she does not want to dance with him, his interest in her intensifies, leaving him unable to reject her proposal to meet in secret.

What Walter finds when he finally meets Grace is an intriguing and lively young woman who possesses a  tender heart and a determined, yet gentle, spirit. She is exactly what he has been looking for, and he would gladly shout his admiration of her to the world.

However, Grace is unwilling to allow him to proclaim his attachment, for she has lost more than one gentleman to her sister already and losing Walter would be the greatest devastation imaginable. Unfortunately, no matter what steps Grace has taken to protect herself from such a tragedy, they may not be enough, and a love forged in secret may only ever be a bittersweet memory of what could have been.

Her Secret Beau is the third book in Leenie Brown’s Touches of Austen Collection. If you like coming of age stories where the heroine discovers the depth and faithfulness of abiding love while the hero stands stalwartly by her side as she does, then you’ll enjoy this sweet Regency romance about secret smiles, clandestine meetings, dissimulation, and indelible love.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Her Secret Beau, and join Grace and Walter as they pretend not to be courting while irrevocably losing their hearts to each other.

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Darcy Overhears by Zoe Burton

His enemy, her reputation, their love

Fitzwilliam Darcy has fallen deeply in love with the most gorgeous, warm-hearted, and amusing woman he has ever met. When he overhears a former friend threaten her, he goes to the lady’s father, hoping they can form an alliance to safeguard her.

Elizabeth Bennet eagerly anticipates the quiet times of reflection and escape from chaos that her daily walks afford her. She never thought her most cherished freedom could become the source of her greatest fears. When she is endangered, who can she trust to protect her?

**All novels are discounted from $6.99 to $4.99**

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Mr. Darcy, My Hero by Zoe Burton

One victim. One hero. Four happily ever afters.

Even the strongest of ladies sometimes needs rescuing. In this collection of four previously-published Pride and Prejudice variations, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in need of a hero, and Fitzwilliam Darcy saves the day. Together, the pair finds healing and true love in each other.

To Save Elizabeth: Darcy has been moving along with little to rock the boat of his life, until a young woman faints in front of him. Elizabeth has survived a harrowing ordeal, but the danger is far from over. If Darcy wishes to help her heal, he’s going to have to save her first.

Darcy Overhears: Darcy hears a former friend make a threat against the most gorgeous, warm-hearted woman he knows. Elizabeth’s most cherished freedom becomes her greatest danger. When she is endangered, who can she trust to protect her?

The Essence of Love: Darcy and Elizabeth meet through the machinations of her sister, Mary. They make an immediate connection, and when Darcy proposes, Elizabeth is eager to accept him. Two people from Darcy’s life are determined to step between the couple; Darcy puts them in their place and both go on their way, but one returns for revenge. When Elizabeth goes missing, Darcy tears the county apart looking for her. Will he find her in time, or will she be lost to him forever?

Mr. Darcy’s Love: Elizabeth is injured shortly after hearing Darcy insult her at the Meryton Assembly, and loses her memories of the incident. Without her feelings of offence, their relationship starts out on a better footing, which in turn leads Elizabeth to react differently to those who would try to derail their happiness. This story contains a non-graphic attempted sexual assault scene.

Mr. Darcy, My Hero is a compilation of two novels and two novellas by Zoe Burton. If you enjoy brave heroines, strong heroes, and a dash of danger, you’ll love these sweet JAFF romances. Curl up in your favorite chair and download Mr. Darcy, My Hero today!

**All bundles are discounted from $7.99 to $5.99**

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PO Dixon Smashwords Sale

Use the code AGB60 at checkout for 60% OFF ~ https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/podixon

My featured titles included in the sale are listed below. Two are available for FREE:

To Have His Cake (and Eat it Too)

What He Would Not Do

Lady Harriette

Still a Young Man

A Matter of Trust

Almost Persuaded

He Taught Me to Hope

The Mission (This is FREE with code AG100)

Hope and Sensibility

Expecting His Proposal (This is FREE with code AG100)

Expecting His Wife

Only a Heartbeat Away

The Means of Uniting Them

Mr. Darcy’s Compassion (Jane Austen Re-Imaginings Book 6) by Rose Fairbanks

Devastated. Abandoned. Will they find comfort in each other’s arms?

When Mr. Darcy stops for respite at a coaching inn, a warm meal and bed are all that are on his mind. Soon, he recognizes a tavern maid as none other than the woman who captured his heart weeks ago. Reeling from his own hardships, Darcy makes the impulsive decision to chase after her and offer assistance.

Elizabeth Bennet is alone and friendless in the world. Necessity drove her from her home and the life of a gentlewoman to working for her room and board. Mr. Darcy’s offer of aid is timely, but can she trust him when she has been hurt by all she calls family? Can she ever learn to love and forgive herself?

Mr. Darcy’s Compassion is Rose Fairbanks’ latest novel about healing deep-seated wounds, relinquishing faulty beliefs, and making a fresh start. If you love romance that is built upon genuine trust and restores the soul, then buy today!

*This story may contain triggers for emotional and/or sexual abuse survivors.

No Cause to Repine (Jane Austen Re-Imaginings Book 3) by Rose Fairbanks

Forced to wed and deceived by their family, will their struggle for contentment lead to undying love?

For months, duty to his station and family legacy have convinced Fitzwilliam Darcy his infatuation with Elizabeth Bennet must end. Meeting her again at his aunt’s estate creates a temptation he cannot deny. Then, a misinterpreted accident forces him to offer her marriage and his heart thrills at the new possibilities.

Her reputation in tatters, Elizabeth has no choice but to accept the last man in the world she would ever wish to marry. Pretending indifference, she attempts to mask her hatred for her pompous betrothed. Revealing it could destroy any hope of a peaceful union.

Exposing a plot years in the making makes them allies but does it create the bonds of love?

Historic market crashes, family secrets, and tender romance make No Cause to Repine a unique addition to the Jane Austen Re-imaginings series from Rose Fairbanks. Grab your copy today!

**Ms. Fairbanks has reduced her stand-alone novels from $7.99 and $4.99 to $3.99.**

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Frankenstein Darcy by Cass Grix

Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein.

When he first comes to Hertfordshire, Frankenstein Darcy is a man of secrets, wanting to find peace. Falling in love with a provincial nobody is not in his plans.

Elizabeth Bennet is both intrigued by this tall, dark, handsome stranger and infuriated by his arrogance.

Neither of them realize how dangerous falling in love can be.

Frankenstein Darcy is a Jane Austen and Mary Shelley Variation, a romantic mashup with just a touch of the macabre.

Frankenstein Darcy. Who says you can’t make the ideal man?

A Baby for Mr. Darcy by J. Dawn King

When those you love the most become your worst enemy

Fitzwilliam Darcy is on the run…with a baby!

When an emergency summons Mr. Darcy back to London during the Netherfield ball, he discovers a newborn in his study along with a note. Now, he must guard a secret that could shatter his family and put the child in danger. But that isn’t his biggest challenge. He must find a wife—a woman he can trust with his charge and with his heart.

Elizabeth Bennet’s prospects for a marriage based on love are taken away from her when her father makes a deal with Mr. Darcy, a man she despises. When she learns the identity of the baby and the true identity of the man she married, will their marriage of convenience develop into a love for the ages?

Together they face slander, intrigue, family pressure, and prison. Will their marriage survive? Will the baby thrive? Or, will forces much larger than themselves destroy everything Darcy and Elizabeth hope for?

The Letter of the Law by J. Dawn King

One month to find a wife he can live with forever.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. If he doesn’t marry within 33 days, he loses guardianship of his sister to his cantankerous aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh. His diligent search within the ton was in vain, so he heads to the country with his mind filled with determination and his heart hoping for love.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is desperate. Her father’s disinterest in their estate has resulted in concern for the future of her family. When circumstances become precarious, Elizabeth accepts an offer from the last man on earth she suspected would be interested in marriage to her.

Will the hero and heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice find their happily-ever-after when the odds and the wickedest of enemies are against them?

Follow Elizabeth and Darcy in this novel-length Regency romance as J. Dawn King takes them through a sweet adventure where their happiness comes only if they obey The Letter of the Law.

**All of Ms. King’s works are currently discounted to $3.99 USD.**

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Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North

South Carolina, 1948 – Elizabeth Bennet is looking forward to a life of few surprises on her family’s farm. Longbourn is a place of comfort and quiet security, a haven from the heartache of her past, where she can sing to heart’s content, comfortable in the cage she’s built for herself.

When Charles Bingley buys the property neighboring Longbourn Farms, his best friend Will Darcy sees an opportunity he can’t miss. The postwar economy is booming, and the young, ambitious tycoon is determined to reap the benefits…until a chance encounter in the Netherfield woods changes everything, making him question the man he is, and the man he wants to be.

If Will can look beyond his own rigid expectations, can Elizabeth learn to forgive and live fully, free from her cage? Longbourn’s Songbird is a vivid reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, shining a spotlight on the opportunities and injustices of postwar America, a spellbinding tale of loss, of love, and of letting go.

The Colonel: A Longbourn’s Songbird Novel by Beau North

1950: After letting his chance at love with Elizabeth Bennet slip through his fingers a second time, Richard Fitzwilliam loses himself in women, whiskey, and war as he tries to forget what he left behind. Putting oceans, continents, and decades between himself and his heartbreak, Richard seeks his future, only to be pulled back to the past again and again.

2002: Shaken by recent events, Ben Fitzwilliam has left everything familiar behind, walking away from his relationship, his Manhattan apartment, his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to return to his family home in Annapolis, Maryland. Struggling to navigate a world that makes less and less sense, Ben finds purpose where he least expected it: in his father’s private letters. With the help of Annapolis PD Officer Keisha Barnes, Ben attempts to uncover his father’s secrets, heal the rifts those secrets caused, and find the answers he seeks on far shores.

Spanning decades, continents, wars abroad and wars at home, The Colonel is the anticipated companion to Longbourn’s Songbird.

Content Warning: This book contains themes that may not be suitable for some readers such as PTSD, Addiction, Suicidal Ideation and Violence.

**Ms. North is offering all books at $0.99 except for The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is also offering free books to all healthcare, grocery/food workers and temp or hourly workers furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact her directly.**

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Duty Demands by Elaine Owen

When Elizabeth’s father dies unexpectedly, she is surprised to find that the proud, arrogant Mr. Darcy wants to marry her- and even more surprised when her uncle tells her why. But after they are married she begins to see a different side of her husband.
Darcy thinks that Elizabeth has married him for love, but slowly begins to realize that all is not as it appears in their marriage. Will he still love her when the truth is revealed?
Will our two favorite characters overcome their misunderstandings and achieve a marriage based on more than duty and obligation? This is a Pride and Prejudice variation brought to you by the author of Mr. Darcy’s Persistent Pursuit, Love’s Fool: The Taming of Lydia Bennet, and One False Step.

Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston

When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men—until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.
Mr. Darcy’s passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that—but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?

Diverging from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his “proper humbling,” and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.

A Very Merry Mix-up by Jennifer Redlarczyk

It all began when Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam stopped at the posting station in Bromley on their way to Rosings Park for their annual visit. Looking for some diversion, the good colonel happened upon a local Romani woman who was selling her people’s treasured Moon Wine. Find out what happens to some of our favorite Jane Austen characters when her advice is ignored in A Very Merry Mix-up.

A Taste of Peanut Butter by Jennifer Redlarczyk

Elizabeth Bennet has a passion for baking and peanut butter happens to be her signature ingredient. William Darcy’s family owns Pemberley Network where she is a contestant in their next bake off television series. Will their newly found romance be complicated by a conflict of interest? Find out in A TASTE OF PEANUT BUTTER. This romantic comedy is followed by a short Regency tale called BLAME IT ON THE SQUASH. Both of these stories are light-hearted and low-angst.

Ms. Redlarczyk has also reduced the price on her other books.

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A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds

Five Pathways to Pemberley

It’s the best of all worlds.

Five short Pride & Prejudice variations by bestselling writer Abigail Reynolds gathered in one volume. Can Mr. Darcy win Elizabeth Bennet’s heart… or will they misunderstand each other forever? Can he stand by and watch Elizabeth lose everything she holds precious… including him?

Becoming Lady Darcy by Sara Smallman

As a direct descendant of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Elizabeth Darcy spent her childhood wandering the halls of Pemberley. Now a tourist attraction under the watchful eye of curator Joyce Hutchinson, every room contains reminders of the timeless love story as it seeps through the history of the great house.

Lizzy has given up trying to find love, but things get tricky once Hollywood director, Matthew Wickham, the father of her daughter Harriet, returns to the Derbyshire estate to begin filming Jane Austen’s classic novel, bringing with him a very famous, very aloof actor, who catches her eye. But Benn Williams has his own secrets, and Lizzy finds that history seems to be repeating itself, despite her attempts to resist it.

Dipping into key events in history, ‘Becoming Lady Darcy’ combines a variety of techniques to tell the story, as we move throughout the timelines of five obstinate headstrong girls who called Pemberley home.

Sophia, the Jacobean courtier, has a clever head and a smart mouth, but when the gaze of the King falls on her, she finds herself embroiled in courtly games and treasonous plotting.

Elizabeth, with her fine eyes, begins her tenure as mistress with the devoted Fitzwilliam by her side, but happily-ever-afters don’t always work out quite as we expect, and being Mrs Darcy proves trickier than she anticipated.

Mabel, only daughter of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth, finds that her privileged upbringing leaves her yearning for adventure and looking for escape in the arms of a handsome gentleman in a seaside town.

Millicent, who lives lots of lives, must navigate the changing world at the turn of the twentieth century, and fight to save Pemberley from an uncertain future.

And then there is Lizzy, who realises that in order to embrace her future, she has to accept her past and realise that sometimes life, and love, have to be experienced without pride and prejudice getting in the way

Foundation of Love (The Mystic Blessing 2) by Wendi Sotis

Building contractor William Darcy doesn’t trust women. Elizabeth Bennett, an architectural intern working on his latest project, wants nothing to do with such a rude man. Because of a magical blessing inherited from an ancestor
of a similar name, Elizabeth begins to doubt her sanity when her cell phone receives pictures predicting future events. After Elizabeth uses the photos to save
William’s sister, the wall between them begins to crumble.

When William witnesses Elizabeth viewing a series of prophetic photos, he becomes involved, as well.

Will their shared experiences become the foundation of love?

Desperate Hearts by Anna Kate Suton

In this “what if?” variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet find true love in a story that starts off with our dear couple happy and hopeful.

Until, that is, two villains – each for their own reason – launch a plot to separate them.

Darcy is broken-hearted and sure he has lost Elizabeth, but things are not always as they seem. It is up to Darcy’s loyal cousins to unravel the mystery and reunite our dear couple.

As they do, a long-hidden family secret is revealed to explain why Elizabeth is her mother’s least-favoured child.

An Autumn Accord (Seasons of Serendipity Book 4) by Elizabeth Ann West

The fourth season of the Seasons of Serendipity and conclusion of the first year sees Elizabeth and Darcy reconcile the consequences of their honeymoon trip in Scotland with their family’s future. Kitty Bennet and Georgiana Darcy have bonded over their training for debut in society, plus found a bit of mischief to create. When Darcy decides to help his wife mourn the one-year anniversary of her father’s passing with a trip to Hertfordshire, he finds a whole new set of problems await them both regarding the widow Bennet.

Three Dates with Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Anthology by Elizabeth Ann West

Enjoy an exclusive novella, Much to Conceal, and the first books in her two Jane Austen Fan Fiction variation series.

A Winter Wrong, the first book of the Seasons of Serendipity, is a novella series that wonders what if Mr. Bennet died at the very beginning of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

By Consequence of Marriage is the first novel in a series the reimagines the entire story if Mr. Darcy did not rescue his sister, Georgiana, from the clutches of George Wickham.

All 3 stories are perfect for a snuggled reading afternoon with your favorite warm beverage! Elizabeth Ann West confesses she is hopelessly Darcy addicted and prays no one finds a cure!


What books are going on your TBR pile? I’m very excited by all the pre-orders. It looks like it’s going to be a great summer for JAFF reading! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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