Good morning and happy Friday!! Already a week into February… where does the time go?
Speaking of time; today’s the final post in the blog tour for Amy George’s The Sweetest Ruin. I certainly hope you enjoyed this tour. It’s the first tour I have organized for Meryton Press and I’d love to read your thoughts about this tour and any suggestions you may have for future tours.
We worked together to bring you some posts that complimented the story. I hope you found them engaging to read and that you enter the giveaway several times. There are plenty of eBooks to win!!
Thank you for your support and interest in this book. Today Amy is sharing a post about messing with canon; something near and dear to many JAFF readers’ hearts!!
In “The Sweetest Ruin,” Darcy is stubborn and driven, Elizabeth is witty and smart, and Jane is a catty, shallow twit. Why? Because that’s what’s best for this story. And, it was also a blast to write.
I firmly believe that if a writer has fun writing the story, you are going to have fun reading it. This low-angst story was conceived as a thank you to my readers at the Hyacinth Garden, who had put up with copious amounts of high angst spilling from my pen over the course of several years. I had turned Darcy into a ravaged, near alcoholic in “Second Impressions.” I had murdered Jane. I had killed off Darcy & Elizabeth’s only daughter. I had put another Elizabeth through the wringer emotionally.
And I had so much fun doing it.
Way back in the days of the Garden, we had a little sub-genre of stories we liked to call **** with Canon (we were/are a bunch of salty broads.), but we’ll just call it Mess with Canon (MwC) here. I am particularly fond of this idea because it allows me to experiment with the What Ifs that normally wouldn’t be an option. Messing with canon keeps creative juices flowing if you’re a fan fic writer. I try to keep the core characteristics of Darcy and Elizabeth, but I allow myself a lot of freedom with other characters. Which makes the writing so much more fun. Have you ever imagined Darcy as an antihero? (I have.) Have you ever imagined Lydia as Lizzy’s favorite sibling? (I have.) Have you ever wondered about pairing Jane and Fitzwilliam? (I have.)
MwC, I believe, is also good for the reader. It allows something a little different to enter the fray. It gives the reader the characters they love while seeing what those characters would do in situations that a reader may not have thought of before. I think it also broadens horizons a little more because I know there are readers out there who only read if the main characters are named Lizzy & Darcy. (And there is nothing wrong with that.)
This little sub-genre also helped me grow as a writer. It gave me confidence to explore different genres (fantasy, murder mystery) and helped me understand motivation. Like why Darcy is gung ho about what happens in Vegas with Elizabeth.
So, I implore you. Seek out the MwC stories. They are out there. And take a minute to have some fun reading because those writers sure had fun writing them too.
When William Darcy suffers a sudden health crisis, he immediately realizes two things: his sister will continue to nag him about his nonexistent social life, and he won’t stand for it. How can he possibly escape Georgiana’s good intentions or the watchful gaze of Aunt Catherine, his assigned babysitter?
Cue a midnight getaway to the tackiest place he can think of. Lounge singers, booze, and women of loose moral fiber – Las Vegas, here he comes!
Elizabeth Bennet lives a quiet life as a UNLV student and a popular cocktail waitress in one of the nicer casinos in town. Though content to see her best friend, Thad, in a blissfully happy relationship, she has no desire to complicate her own life with what will undoubtedly result in a broken heart.
Then she serves a drink to a devastatingly handsome Englishman, and all bets, as they say, are off.
This is a modern what-if of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
It is intended for an adult audience.
About the Author
“Amy George is a middle-aged woman who got rid of her old lady/grown up and has since purchased an unreasonably small car. She refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a small town in the Midwest where the bookstore and yarn shop are neighbors and most food is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.
She has been writing since she was a child and ran the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.”
Fun fact: My birthday is January 30th so this is like a big birthday party.
It’s GIVEAWAY Time!
Meryton Press is giving away 8 ebooks of The Sweetest Ruin.
To enter this giveaway, please enter through the Rafflecopter below:
This giveaway is open to entries from midnight ET on January 29 – until midnight ET on February 10, 2018.
Terms and conditions:
Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented.
Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.
I’d like to thank all of the bloggers who supported this tour, as well as Meryton Press, and Amy George, for their enthusiasm and efforts involved with launching this book out into the world!!
January 29 Austenesque Reviews; Guest Post, Giveaway
January 30 My Jane Austen Book Club; Excerpt Post, Giveaway
January 31 Of Pens and Pages; Book Review, Giveaway
February 1 More Agreeably Engaged; Guest Post, Giveaway
February 2 Babblings of a Bookworm; Excerpt Post, Giveaway
February 3 My Vices and Weaknesses; Book Review, Giveaway
February 4 My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, Giveaway
February 5 Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
February 6 Margie’s Must Reads; Book Review, Giveaway
February 7 From Pemberley to Milton; Excerpt Post, Giveaway
February 8 Savvy Verse and Wit : Book Review & Giveaway
February 9 Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway