Good morning, and welcome to the Meryton Press Blog Tour for Suzan Lauder’s latest book, Letter From Ramsgate. As I sit here writing this post, I have about 10% left to read in this book and I am all anticipation to get back to my beloved reading spot and see how Suzan brings this story together. I’m at the part where Darcy… Oh, wait, this is NOT a book review, this is an exclusive vignette that Suzan is sharing with my readers, so please help me welcome Suzan Lauder to Just Jane 1813! Suzan, it’s truly a delight to have you here and to offer my readers an opportunity to win a copy of your intriguing new story.
“Parasols in a ballroom” has been my theme phrase for some time now. My affinity for parasols started when Parasol Cassie, the cold reader for the AHA version of Alias Thomas Bennet, and I used parasols as a sort of thumbs-up/thumbs-down marker for The Thrift Shop Regency Costume Experiment.
Just Jane 1813 has been a full-parasol website to me since I first became aware of it, and that admiration grew as I got to know and esteem Claudine. She’s a huge supporter of authors, having led me to some of my newest faves and not-so-faves by her honest approach and willingness to read outside the box. It’s only fitting that Just Jane 1813 should get the cutting room floor “Parasol Scene from Elizabeth and Darcy’s Honeymoon” as thanks for all the enjoyment I’ve gotten from the books she’s recommended, the friendship she’s offered so willingly, and my honour at being a guest on this site!
At one time, a much longer version of this scene was going to be part of the Epilogue, but my plot beta, Maria (AHA’s defiant falcon), suggested the entire honeymoon scene didn’t fit the style of the rest of the novel, and I agreed with her, so it was cut.
Smooches to my Letter from Ramsgate editor, Gail Warner, for helping me to tidy up this vignette and make it a reasonable length for this blog post.
Elizabeth was admiring the beautiful buildings as she and her new husband walked around Bath. Darcy drew her attention away from the sights. “Georgiana mentioned that I should tease you if you spin that parasol.”
She had been twirling it as usual. “You may be quite entranced with my parasol if I choose you to be, sir. It is no ordinary parasol, and gentlemen find it irresistible!”
“Pray, what is so special about this particular parasol?”
“It communicates what the lady wants to say to the gentleman.”
“You must explain, as I have seen many parasols in my life, and none has yet spoken to me.”
“Here is an example: if I want a gentleman to follow me, I carry it closed in my right hand.” She walked off ahead of him. Teasing was fun!
“You need not carry a parasol to entice me to follow you,” he growled.
She spun on him. “Ah, but if I swing it on my right side, it means I am married!”
“Lucky chap! May I ask it something?”
“I am not certain. It only says so much.”
“I will take the risk. Now, Madam Parasol, does this beautiful lady love her husband or will I be able to run away with her?”
It was the sort of sweet thing she had become accustomed to him saying, yet every time it happened was a blessing.
She brushed his lips with the tip of the parasol. “That means ‘Do you love me?’” Then she touched her right cheek with it. “And that is ‘Yes.’”
She dropped the parasol on the ground. The suddenness of her action caused Darcy to gasp and step back, but she closed the gap between them. She was close to him, so close, as close him as propriety would dare in public. The excitement left her breathy. “And dropping the parasol means ‘I love you.’”
A self-satisfied smile twitched at the corner of his mouth. He fetched her parasol. “Quite the talented device!”
She tapped his lips with the parasol again.
“Yes, Elizabeth, I do, so very much,” he said.
“You do what?”
“That question is for the tip. The heel means ‘kiss me.’”
“Good grief, what am I to do with you?” He looked around him and leaned in.
His boldness and her timidity made her face become warm. Did he really plan to kiss her, here, now? Her bonnet could hide them… No! She could not! She stepped back and grabbed his arms.
“Later, sir, when we have our privacy.”
His grin was devilish. “Very well. But I want a kiss. We are at odds,” he teased.
Elizabeth purposefully sashayed away with the parasol closed in her right hand.
“Closed right hand…” he mumbled. “What did that mean?”
“Follow me!” He did, and she found herself nearly swept off her feet trying to match the speed of his stride towards their accommodations.
Darcy might be known as proud of his principles and superior judgement, but she was his wife. She could take liberties with her husband that no other could imagine, and she looked forward to removing from society’s judgement to all the comfort of each other’s blessed love!
Wow, Suzan, what lovely words about Just Jane 1813! I can’t thank you enough for your support and for your flirtatious post. What a charming scene between Darcy and Elizabeth to share with my readers! learned a bit too about the secret language of parasols.
Check out the book blurb below to learn more about this story:
Sir, I am not known to you. I fear you may have concerns regarding some intelligence that recently came to me from your sister…
…a simple letter shatters illusions and turns the world upside down!
On holiday in Ramsgate, Elizabeth Bennet befriends shy, romantic Georgiana Darcy, who shares an adoring description of an ideal elder brother. When Georgiana discloses a secret infatuation with her brother’s “close friend” Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth’s altered perception of both men affects her actions and alliances.
The secret within an anonymous letter from Ramsgate ties Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth together but also separates them. A second missive unlocks the disguise, but Mr. Darcy realizes his true passions too late to assist Elizabeth in her darkest hour. Will the shocking disclosure of a forgotten letter transform his understanding of her heart and lead them to embrace their future?
Letter from Ramsgate is a Pride and Prejudice variation suitable for most audiences (youth and up).
A love for Jane Austen’s novels and Regency and Austenesque romance novels inspired Suzan Lauder to write her own variations, which led her to a passion for Regency era history and costuming, as well as social media book marketing. She cherishes the many friends she’s made as a result of these interests.
Suzan is a member of JASNA, VIRA, RWA (PAN and Beau Monde chapters), and is a registered professional engineer. She enjoys independent travel, design, Pilates, yoga, cycling, sustainability, upcycling, architecture, beta editing, and blogging. Most of the time, a Vancouver Island penthouse loft condominium with a view of the Salish Sea is home. For a few months each winter, Mr. Suze and their two rescue cats accompany her to their tiny Spanish colonial casita in Centro Historico of an industrial city in Mexico.
Letter from Ramsgate is Lauder’s second published novel and comes on the heels of her successful upcycled costuming blog series, the Thrift Shop Regency Costume Experiment. Her latest venture is blogging about her learning experiences while editing Letter from Ramsgate. Suzan’s first novel, Alias Thomas Bennet, is an Austen-inspired Regency romance with a mystery twist. She also contributed a short modern romance, Delivery Boy, to the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter. All Lauder’s published fiction is based on Pride and Prejudice and is available from Meryton Press.
Connect with Suzan Lauder at the following places:
Suzan’s Goodreads Author Page
Suzan’s Facebook Page
Suzan’s Amazon Author Page
10/17 Guest Post, Excerpt, GA; My Jane Austen Book Club
10/18 Excerpt, GA; Margie’s Must Reads
10/19 Vignette, GA; Just Jane 1813
10/20 Review; From Pemberley to Milton
10/21 Vignette, GA; Babblings of a Bookworm
10/22 Excerpt, GA; Liz’s Reading Life
10/23 Guest Post or Vignette, GA; From Pemberley to Milton
10/24 Review; Tomorrow is Another Day
10/25 Guest Post, Excerpt, GA; So little time…
10/26 Vignette, GA; Austenesque Reviews
10/27 Review, Excerpt; Half Agony, Half Hope
10/28 Review; Diary of an Eccentric
10/29 Guest Post; A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life
10/30 Guest Post or Vignette, GA; More Agreeably Engaged
Meryton Press is offering 8 copies of “Letter From Ramsgate” to readers. You can enter this giveaway at the link below:
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A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) copy of Letter from Ramsgate by Suzan Lauder. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and paperback or ebook format will randomly be selected for each winner as well.
NOTE: Paperback copies are ONLY available for continental US winners! Ebook copies are available for ALL winners, including international winners! If more international winners are randomly chosen than the 4 allotted ebooks, then that will decrease the number of paperbacks. 8 books will be given away to 8 different winners.
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