Reading Reticule Roundup May 29

Hello, readers! Can you believe May is all but gone? Who is ready for some summer reads?

I’m still working hard on compiling the other lists. The $2.99 Q to T list went live this week. Here are the new releases, sales, and freebies I found this week.

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New Releases

Outmatched: A Mansfield Park / Sense & Sensibility Vagary by Jayne Bamber

“It seems you must disoblige one of your children, Sir Thomas, and you must be the chooser of the pain inflicted. Your son disinherited, or your daughter married to an imbecile she cannot love.”

When Sir Thomas Bertram returns home to Mansfield after his year in Antigua, he expects respite from his many troubles, in the bosom of his family. Instead he is met with blackmail, collusion, and the ominous threat of scandal.

When Mrs. Margaret Dashwood takes her daughters from Norland to Barton Park, she carries with her a secret hope that they might someday return, though she is not yet ready to pay the price for it.

A mutual connection bent on manipulation and revenge sets the stage for heartbreak, intrigue, and plenty of surprises as the worlds of Sense & Sensibility and Mansfield Park collide. Alliances shift along the way as familiar characters, bound by family ties, descend on Norland Park. There everyone has their own agenda, and constant peril looms as a large party of relations all scheme to outwit, out-maneuver, and outmatch their opponents.

Elinor & Marianne Dashwood, Maria Bertram, Fanny Price, and Mary Crawford forge new friendships and alliances amidst the chaos of conspiracy, romance, redemption and self-discovery, the likes of which Norland Park has never seen before.

Marooned with Mr. Darcy by Abbey North

Marooned with the last man she would ever marry…
Lizzy and Jane are on a ship bound for America to stay with Mr. Collins’s younger brother when they meet Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy’s disapproval of the burgeoning affection between Jane and Charles is painfully obvious, and Lizzy does her best to thwart his attempts to stop the developing relationship. She is puzzled by how invigorating it can be to trade barbs with Darcy, and he seems to enjoy it as well, but he is the last man she could ever soften toward due to his haughty manner and prideful ways.

When their ship wrecks, Lizzy and Darcy end up stranded alone on an island. As the days pass while they await rescue, the undeniable attraction between them becomes overwhelming, leading them both to act. Even as Lizzy succumbs to the temptation and falls for Darcy, she wonders if he is indeed the last man she would ever marry, or if she has been fooling herself about the strength of her emotions all along?

While Abbey sometimes writes sweet JAFF, this is strictly SENSUAL.

The Story of Buddy and Lexi by Tiffany Ward

Caroline Bingley is determined to hide her loss of virtue by forcing a marriage between herself and Mr. Darcy, a wealthy member of England’s elite society. Meanwhile, Fitzwilliam Darcy has been blunt with his refusal to consider Caroline as a potential bride. Buddy is Darcy’s English Foxhound, who helps keep Caroline at bay. Due to an incident in her childhood, she is terrified of all dogs. Will Charles support his sister or his closest friend?
Elizabeth Bennet arrives at Netherfield to tend to her sick sister, Jane. Her dog Lexi, an Airedale terrier, follows soon after. Lexi becomes an integral part of helping to protect Darcy from Caroline’s plan of forced matrimony. The friendship between the dogs pushes Darcy and Lizzy to be in constant company, leading to love.
Simultaneously, Georgiana has learned to hate both her brother and her Cousin Richard; she believes that Wickham is her only friend. She has refused to listen to her brother or read her father’s final letter left after his death. How will Darcy deal with his ward?
Jane turns on Lizzy after regaining her health, only to regret her actions. She accepts Bingley’s offer of marriage even though she knows that Caroline poisoned her. Will her life turn into a fairytale or a nightmare?
Will Darcy and Lizzy be allowed to follow their hearts?

** This novel contains scenes that are not recommended for younger readers. These scenes include marital relations by a loving couple. Within the story, some physical relationships suggest the use of bondage and pain. **


Pre-Order

The Pocket Book Series, Volume 2: Gaslighting & Gallantry, A Collection of Pride & Prejudice Short Story Variations by Aubrey Anderson and Marion Kay Hill

Introducing Volume 2 of The Pocket Book Series, a conveniently-sized collection of Pride & Prejudice Short Story Variations. In Volume 2: Gaslighting & Gallantry, authors Aubrey Anderson & Marion Kay Hill take turns exploring the ramifications and successes of a character trying to manipulate a situation to their favor, while also demonstrating that the most surprising characters can save the day.

Subtle or overt gaslighting, or attempt at overwriting another’s known reality, was exhibited more than once as important plot points by Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice. It is not shocking that Caroline Bingley was one of the master manipulators, but it would surprise some to know Mr Darcy had a hand in it as well. While one was arguably intentionally done and the other not, the plot to separate Jane and Mr Bingley happened through many conniving moves affecting the couple and what they thought they knew was developing between them. Luckily for them, Elizabeth Bennet did not fall for the subterfuge.

Though gaslighting was not a term known during the regency era, Austen not only displayed it brilliantly, she demonstrated that the gallant party could come also in the form of a former gaslighting offender, not just a beloved sister. This is seen in the event that occurred between Lt. Wickham and Lydia Bennet. Speculations as to his true motivations rarely say that the master seducer had intentional designs of marrying Lydia without any proper inducement. What may or may not have happened had Mr Darcy not pursued them is for another time, but in his act, he showed he had learned from his previous behaviours.

Each volume is a stand-alone set of six different tales exploring a specific theme or topic centred around changing events in Pride & Prejudice. In all, our main couple finds their way ultimately to each other, though in varying degrees of speed and suspense.

The Pocket Book Series has been specifically designed to be small in stature and contain stories short in length to be your perfect pocket companion. Whether waiting at the doctor’s office or in line at the supermarket, these books are printed in the smallest size available to easily fit in your pocket or your pocketbook. Every short story is less than twenty thousand words and meant to be moved through in a quick amount of time, while still leaving you satisfied and tantalized.

This volume contains romances placed in Jane Austen’s Regency England and its heat rating is for you to decide.

Midshipman Elizabeth Bennet by D.L. Carter

It’s a truth universally acknowledged…
that a single man in possession of a good space warship…
…must be in want of a navigator.
Ensign Elizabeth Bennet, wants a career in the space navy. And she just got her orders to serve in Captain Darcy’s crew aboard the Pemberley.
She never imagined…
…what her life would become.
A large trading vessel in its day, the Pemberley was converted into a space warship out of necessity. Now, it’s thrust into a battle that could change the course of human history.
The Tyrant’s fleet is strong and his weapons are becoming more dangerous.
When Captain Darcy discovers the Tyrant’s new weapon, everything changes. Can Elizabeth, Captain Darcy and the usual Pride and Prejudice crew save The Pemberley and themselves?
What do their futures hold?
Is Captain Darcy’s dream of retirement to his estate, and the quiet life, gone for good?
You’ll love this Space Regency Pride and Prejudice adventure, because in the vastness of space, ‘The distance is nothing when one has motive.’

Desiring His Good Opinion: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by JT Hunt

“Desiring His Good Opinion” it is a clean, romantic novel, with some angst and a little bit of misunderstanding. It mostly takes place at Rosings Park, where Elizabeth is visiting her friend – Charlotte Collins – and she met Mr. Darcy again, as well as his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. After a harsh confrontation with Mr. Darcy – followed by some amends on his part – Elizabeth begins to see the arrogant gentleman in a more favourable light and she found herself falling in love with him. However, Elizabeth also became a good friend with Miss De Bourgh, and Anne seemed very much in love with her cousin. But when there are two gentlemen cousins involved, one can easily misunderstand the situation. Although she does desire his good opinion, how can Elizabeth wish for more than a friendship with Darcy, if that would mean to hurt Anne?

Suddenly Mrs Darcy by Jenetta James

Elizabeth Bennett never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger. But when Mrs. Bennett accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband’s heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a chance at love given the happenstance of their hasty marriage?

Bridal Night at Pemberley: A Steamy Pride & Prejudice Intimate Variation (Pemberley After Dark Book 1) by Vivienne Norville

Darcy and Elizabeth are married at last…will their wedding night prove to be as tumutuous as their courtship? Dive into this short and sexy re-imagined variation on our favorite literary couple as they navigate their wedding night with humor, tenderness, and passion!

PEMBERLEY AFTER DARK is a new series of short, steamy standalone scenes featuring our favorite literary couple. They are best suited for readers over the age of 18.


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.

*Please note: I use universal links which may require an extra step before going to the site and marketplace of your choice. Some promotions may not be available in all countries.

The Lovesick Maid: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel (Charlotte Collins Mysteries Book 1) by Mark Brownlow

Join Charlotte Collins in this cozy mystery novella as she tackles the troubles of the Hunsford villagers.

One of the maids at Rosings Park is sick. But is there more to Mary Booth’s illness than a broken heart? Only Charlotte has enough wits about her to find the answer.

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel, Mark Brownlow brings Jane Austen’s Hunsford and Rosings Park to life. Meet familiar characters like the lovelorn Anne de Bourgh, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr Collins and, of course, Lady Catherine. Discover new faces, too, as Charlotte searches for the truth.

A quick and enjoyable Regency read for a lazy afternoon with tea and biscuits. Look out for more mysteries with Charlotte in future books.

The Darcy Ring: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel (Charlotte Collins Mysteries Book 2) by Mark Brownlow

Charlotte Collins is reunited with Mr and Mrs Darcy in this mystery novella, but a theft at Rosings casts a shadow over the occasion.

Blame soon falls on an obvious suspect, but is the allegation true? Needless to say, it’s left to the tenacious Charlotte to discover the truth.

Once again, Mark Brownlow brings Jane Austen’s Hunsford and Rosings Park to life in this Pride and Prejudice sequel. Spend some time with Charlotte and the Darcys, the indomitable Lady Catherine, the inimitable Mr Collins, a troubled Colonel Fitzwilliam, an unpleasant newcomer, concerned servants, and curious villagers.

The Darcy Ring is a quick and enjoyable Regency read, best consumed with a cup of tea or coffee and a comfy armchair.

(This is a standalone story and also Book 2 of the ongoing Charlotte Collins Mysteries.)

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.

Wasted Words: Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma (The Austens Book 1) by Staci Hart

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

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?

Pride and Perdita by Georgia Hil

Jane Austen meets William Shakespeare!

When a modern day Darcy and Elizabeth are stranded in a snowbound inn, they’re forced to re-think their First Impressions of each other. From the moment actress Perdita meets Nick she’s certain he’s the most arrogant man she’s ever met. Just her luck that he’s playing Darcy in his company’s production of Pride and Prejudice! But acting opposite as Elizabeth Bennet, Perdita can’t deny that Nick is also the most intriguing man she’s met in a long time. Forced to share a room on the way to a film location, she encounters a more sensitive, sexier Nick … As Perdita’s feelings for him grow, can she shake off the hold that her ex-lover, the Svengali-like Henry, has over her? And, more importantly, can Nick escape his past and ever learn to trust love again?
Some adult content.

Please note this book was originally published under the title Pursued by Love, by E-Scape Press in 2009.

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.

Beau North’s Facebook Page

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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Countdown Deals

Mr. Darcy’s Unexpected Christmas by Teresa Darwell

What do you give the man who already has everything for Christmas?

…..And what if that man is Mr. Darcy?

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet are now man and wife, and this will be their first Christmas together. Elizabeth is so excited!

Until, that is, she learns they are to exchange keepsakes on Christmas Day.

Aghast, Elizabeth vows she will find a suitable gift for her husband ….. but she has no idea of the strange journey she will go on in order to fulfill that promise…..

(And Mr. Darcy most definitely has no inkling of what awaits him on Christmas Day!)

Mr. Darcy’s Unexpected Christmas is a Pride and Prejudice variation – with a dash or two of the – shall we say – unexpected?

The Darcy Governess by April Karber

When the death Mr. Bennet leaves his widowed wife and daughters penniless and at the mercy of the first men to make an offer of them, Elizabeth Bennet takes matter into her own hands. Headstrong and self-sufficient, Elizabeth accepts a role as governess to the young miss of the illustrious Darcy household.

Elizabeth’s position is greatly affected by the sudden reappearance of its master and this, along with the discovery that there is more to this man than meets the eye forces her to decide between what is right, and what she desires.

Join Elizabeth Bennet on this re-imagined adventure featuring best-loved characters from Pride and Prejudice, inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, as Elizabeth endeavors to find her way amidst pride, prejudice, and misunderstanding.

Fault or Virtue by April Karber

Fault or Virtue explores what would have happened if Elizabeth had immediately confronted Darcy about his conduct at the Meryton Assembly. With their opinions out in the open, Darcy and Elizabeth are allowed to form a somewhat friendly acquaintance during his time in Hertfordshire, ending when Mr. Wickham suggests that Darcy intends to make Elizabeth his mistress since duty to his family and station would not allow him to marry her. Though Elizabeth attempts to separate herself from Darcy, she is forced to accompany her sister Jane to London in order to reunite with Mr. Bingley and is again thrust into Darcy’s company causing more misunderstandings to arise.

The Pride of Pemberley by April Karber

When Elizabeth Bennet receives word of her sister’s elopement in a letter postmarked two weeks late, she enlists the help of Georgiana Darcy to track down Lydia and her intended before it is too late. William Darcy intervenes their rescue mission and, believing Elizabeth to be a poor influence on his sister, attempts to separate them.

Throughout “The Pride of Pemberley,” Mr. Darcy is forced to put matters of pride aside for the happiness of others, discovering what one wants may not always be “right” and what is “right” may not always be what one wants.

Tide and Prejudice by April Karber

What if a mysterious accident left Elizabeth Bennet unable to recall her identity or past, leaving her at the mercy of Mr. Darcy?

The Darcys’ Annual Summer Celebration draws dozens of members of the ton from every corner of England. Amidst the preparations, Darcy discovers Elizabeth washed ashore with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Despite her wishes, Elizabeth must remain at Pemberley as she recovers and move amongst the throng of high society gentlemen and ladies under the watchful eye of her host.

Dive into this romantic tale and immerse yourself in this re-imagined world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

The First Temptation of Mr. Darcy: a Steamy Pride & Prejudice Variation (Temptations Book 1) by J.L. Pearl

Lust wins.

When Elizabeth Bennet learns that Mr. Darcy has saved the reputations of the Bennet family by arranging the marriage of Mr. Wickham to her sister Lydia, she is overwhelmed with gratitude. When he visits and invites her to accompany him for a walk in the countryside, both are overwhelmed by something else.

There will be passion.

There will be love.

There will be temptations.

“The First Temptation of Mr. Darcy” is a Pride & Prejudice variation story featuring characters from Jane Austen’s beloved classic novel in very steamy situations, and should be enjoyed responsibly by readers of a certain age. This is the first of a three-part series.

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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.

~*~*~

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 Father’s Choice: A Pride and Prejudice Novella (Choices Book 1) by Leenie Brown

Sometimes a father knows what is best for his child.

At least Mr. Bennet trusts he does. Seeing the potential of a good match for his beloved Lizzy but knowing her ability to hold a grudge, he puts a plan into action that forces a marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Trapped in a compromise, Elizabeth Bennet has no choice but to accept the proposal of a man she is not entirely sure she likes. On the advice of her sister, she begins to question all she has heard about Mr. Darcy. When she realizes that she has been seriously misled about his character, she then begins to examine her own heart. What she finds there is unfamiliar. Could these strange feelings be the beginning of love as her aunt suggests? Is it possible that she can find happiness with her father’s choice?

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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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts Book 1) by Victoria Connelly

Of course she’s obsessed with Jane Austen…Surrounded by appalling exes and fawning students, the only thing keeping professor Katherine Roberts sane is Jane Austen and her personal secret love for racy Regency romance novels. She thinks the Jane Austen Addicts conference in the English countryside is the perfect opportunity to escape her chaotic life and finally relax… But then she encounters a devilishly handsome man at the conference who seems determined to sweep her off her feet. Is he more fiction than fact? Or could he be the hero she didn’t know she was looking for? PRAISE FOR VICTORIA CONNELLY: “Witty and original. ” -The Romantic Novelists’ Association

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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? June will have lots of new releases and promises to be a great month for JAFF! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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