Happy Friday! Not only are we close to the weekend, which happens to be right before the JASNA AGM next week in California, (can you hear the excitement in my voice?) today is the day that Anngela Schroeder launches the blog tour for her latest release, The Goodness of Men, which hits bookshelves today!!
Thanks for joining me here at Just Jane 1813 to support Anngela’s new book. She’s sharing a delicious excerpt from the book today and a giveaway too… I just love days like these in the JAFF community, don’t you?
So without any delay, please join me in welcoming Anngela back to Just Jane 1813 as she shares the book blurb along with an excerpt.
Thank you, Claudine, for hosting this launch at Just Jane 1813. I am thrilled to share my new book with your readers and I thought they’d enjoy reading more about the book first in this book blurb:
“This will not do,” said Elizabeth. “You never will be able to make both of them good…Take your choice, but you must be satisfied with only one. There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just enough to make one good sort of man…” -Pride and Prejudice
From her youngest days, Elizabeth Bennet’s ability to accurately judge the character of others has been recognized and noted by those around her in such a consistent manner as to lead her to believe it herself. The misfortune of meeting Mr. Darcy, a wealthy landowner from the north, only solidifies this belief.
The memory of his disapproval of her family, proves his character is lacking and sadly unlike his childhood friend’s, the charming and affable Mr. Wickham, who is esteemed by all he meets. Although her opinion once lost is not lost forever, the effort to regain her favor is great.
With Elizabeth’s youngest sister fortunate to be in company with Mr. Wickham in Brighton since the spring, and her own travels to Kent cancelled, she must await the pleasures of a summer holiday to the North with her aunt and uncle Gardiner. However, it is there that she is once again thrust into Mr. Darcy’s presence and must determine if he is truly the architect of the many wrongs she has laid at his door.
I hope your readers love this excerpt that I am sharing with them today…
The Goodness of Men
She could not meet his eyes. She felt his presence, and to be honest with herself, she always had, ever since their first meeting at the Meryton assembly all those months before. How could I not? She cast a quick glance at him before feigning to be engrossed in Mr. Turner’s conversation. He is the handsomest man of my acquaintance! True, he is not a man without fault, but I must admit, those faults are falling away.
Turner excused himself to speak with his butler, and she realized the only available seat was beside him. She attempted to hide her discomfiture and instead gave a weak smile as she took her seat.
“Miss Bennet, I see Turner found you.”
“I was in the library, just as you suspected,” she said softly.
He grinned and sipped his tea before reaching for his quill. “Well, there are some things that can be relied upon for consistency. Your love of the written word is not insincere.”
She recalled Miss Bingley at Netherfield attempting to impress him with the second edition of the book he was reading, and Lizzy shook her head. “And yet, if you ask my mother, she will tell you it is solely to vex her.”
“As all children do to their mothers.”
With no little merriment, she said, “I am certain, Mr. Darcy, that you never willingly gave anyone reason for vexation.”
“No, Miss Elizabeth. Not willingly. And what did my friend find you reading? Might I attempt to guess?”
She nodded before hiding her laugh behind her hand, all the while wondering at the man at her side.
“Were you reading Shakespeare?”
“No, but that would have been a shrewd choice as I have Taming of the Shrew on my bedside table.”
He smiled at her reply. “Possibly the Faerie Queene?”
“No, I am not in the mood to homage to her highness or her followers.”
“No,” he replied, biting his bottom lip. “I suppose you are not. Well, then…possibly Geoffrey of Monmouth and the tales of King Arthur?”
“I must say, Mr. Darcy, you do know my taste in literature, but alas it was not the roundtable that maintained my attention.”
He continued tapping his lip with his quill, and she was mesmerized. I have never looked at his mouth before. He has such a strong jaw…and his lips… they are so… The lips she was studying were now curled into a grin and a most disarming dimple appeared.
She blushed at being caught out but countered her embarrassment by raising her chin and smiled brightly. “I have never before seen you so intent on discovering anything about me.”
They stood as dinner was announced and he leaned to whisper in her ear, his warm breath tickling her neck. “Then you have not been paying attention.”
Are you swooning yet? I know I am and I bet Elizabeth is too! Now the only remedy is to get this book into your hands ASAP! Thank you, Anngela, for sharing this delicious excerpt today.
MEET ANNGELA SCHROEDER
Anngela Schroeder lives in California with her husband of 16 years and her three rambunctious sons. She has a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a Masters of Education. She has a mild obsession with Jane Austen, and enjoys traveling, baking and making her family’s world a magical place.
Anngela is giving away two ebook copies, which includes international readers and one autographed paperback copy to readers with a U.S. mailing address. Please enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below and enter no later than Saturday, October 15, 2017:
September 29/ Just Jane 1813 / Book Release & Excerpt Post
October 2 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Excerpt Post
October 3 / So little time… / Character Interview
October 4 / Obsessed with Mr Darcy / Book Review
October 5 / From Pemberley to Milton / Character Interview
October 10 / Diary of an Eccentric / Excerpt Post
October 11 / Every Savage Can Dance / Book Review
October 12 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review
October 13 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review
October 14 / Laughing with Lizzie / Excerpt Post
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