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Monday, 25 April 2016

A Promise Kept by Brenda Webb - Excerpt and Giveaway

Book Cover: Darcy and Elizabeth A Promise Kept by Brenda Webb
Today I am welcoming Brenda Webb with an excerpt of her new Pride & Prejudice variation, 'A Promise Kept'. Brenda is very generously giving away 2 ebooks of the book (worldwide) plus a signed paperback to a lucky US/Canadian/UK reader. Read on for the excerpt and details of the giveaway!

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Excerpt from Chapter 18

“What do you mean the magistrate cannot search John Guthrie’s townhouse?” William asked angrily. “Cannot or will not?”

Having arrived long after William sat down to dinner, Richard hoped to forestall discussing the business at hand until he had caught up with the courses that had already been served. As usual, Darcy was too impatient to wait, forcing him to explain whilst he was eating.

Will not at this point.”

“I thought the red-haired man Charles’ butler identified as one of Howton’s thieves was seen at a pub with Guthrie shortly before the murder.”

Richard took another sip of his cousin’s expensive wine to wash down a bite of pheasant. “That is true. An informant saw Guthrie and another gentleman with Carney at a pub in the warehouse district the morning of the very day Howton was killed.”

William threw his serviette down on the table. “Then what is their justification for waiting?”

Defeated, Richard lay down his fork. “If you will cease with the interrogation, I shall explain.”

Looking very irritated, William nodded.

“This case goes much higher than the magistrate’s office now. The Prime Minister has more nefarious criminals in his sights than those who killed Howton.”

“I do not follow.”

“I was not called back into service merely to fill in for Colonel Seeger, as my orders stated. Once I arrived at my office, General Lassiter briefed me on a matter of great consequence—a supposed plot to kill the Foreign Minister.”

“Viscount Castlereagh?”

“Yes. Please remember that all of this is confidential. For now, watch what you say, especially in front of Browning and Whitaker. I do not think even the Bow Street Runners have been apprised of it.”

William moaned, rubbing his eyes. “This disaster gets more complicated by the hour.” Then he stood and began to pace. “So, Guthrie may also be involved in a plot to kill Castlereagh.”

“At this point, the plot against the Foreign Minister is still speculation. However, Liverpool is determined to treat it as though it is real. As I understand it, Castlereagh is now being guarded day and night, howbeit covertly. I doubt if even his servants are aware of who is truly a servant and who is a spy.”

“So, if we are not allowed to pursue leads to locate Howton’s murderer, what are we to do?”

“Wait. If the rumours are correct, the assassination attempt is to take place within the next week or two. If nothing happens, then Guthrie will be ours to question.”

William sat back down despairingly. “What am I supposed to tell Elizabeth—that I have no earthly idea when I will see her again?”

“If she loves you, Darcy, she will understand that none of this is your fault.”

“No woman will understand being forsaken forever.”

“It is not forever. It is only two more weeks.”

“When you love someone as I love Elizabeth, two weeks is forever.”

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Book Cover: Darcy and Elizabeth A Promise Kept by Brenda Webb
Book Blurb - Darcy and Elizabeth - A Promise Kept

Five years after his disastrous proposal at Kent, Fitzwilliam Darcy receives a letter from Charles Bingley regarding a promise made when their friendship ended. Should Darcy keep the promise, it will throw him into the company of the one woman he has struggled for years to forget—Elizabeth Bennet.

Having just entered a secret agreement with Lady Markham, will Darcy put his future in jeopardy by stepping in to help Bingley? Has time and distance helped him overcome his regard for Elizabeth, or will he fall as madly in love with her as before?

Is true love to be found in a promise kept?

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The book is available to buy now Amazon UK / Amazon US.

Author Brenda Webb
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Giveaway time!

Brenda Webb is very kindly offering a giveaway to a commenter on this post. There are two ebook copies of 'Darcy and Elizabeth - A Promise Kept' available to win (worldwide) and one signed paperback version that a US/Canadian/UK reader can win. To enter, please just comment on this post by the end of the day on Monday 2 May. Please leave a way for me to contact you just in case you're the lucky winner and please can you clarify whether you're entering for both paperback and ebook or just ebook.

Thank you so much to Brenda Webb for sharing an excerpt with us, and providing such a lovely giveaway!


102 comments:

  1. I love this book, I read it on line first and then I had to buy it to read over and over again. I have all of Brenda's excellent books now!! it has everything to keep one interested, romance, angst, action, suspense and mystery. It is very much worth getting! Carmalee

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Carmalee. I appreciate your support so much. :)

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  2. Great blurb. Darcy is right, love is an imperative. Mm, angst, doubt, and soul searching! (And what's not to like in a heroine who copes with evil, but embraces the goodness of friendship and true love?)
    - Ai

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    1. You made me smile, Ai. Love your description!

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    2. Definitely Ai, lots to like there! Thanks for commenting.

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  3. patkf2007 {at)hotmail {dot} com

    I love the excerpt!

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    1. I am proud that you loved the excerpt. Thanks for taking time to comment.

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    2. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt BookLuver :)

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  4. It's an excellent story with fascinating new characters and a dose of political intrigue. And of course Darcy and Elizabeth will find their love again after a few years of separation. Mrs Webb always pictures Darcy as an honorable and passionate man we all love. Highly recommended.

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    1. Love your comments Kate! Thank you for taking time to comment.

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    2. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Kate. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I have been an avid participant of this site for quite some time. Yet never tried to enter to win anything. But after reading this excerpt I had to try! I want to be a part of this extraordinary journey!

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    1. How sweet of you to say Pamela. Best of luck in the drawing.

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    2. Hi Pamela. Thank you for joining in. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. This book sounds excellent. Murder, an assassination plot, and not seeing Elizabeth? Oh my, such intrigue! Can't wait to read it and it is on my TBR list. I would love the signed paperback should I be the winner.

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    1. So nice to see you here, Janet. I hope you get a chance to read it. Best of luck on the drawing.

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    2. Thanks for dropping by, Janet, and good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I followed this book as it was posted on a forum, and after it was published bought a Kindle copy. As with Brenda's other books I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Elizabeth and Darcy. Of course there was angst,but then we need some of this to make a book interesting.

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    1. Thank you for always supporting me, Maureen. You are so kind to weigh in on the book. :)

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    2. That's very true, Maureen, a book with too little angst can be a dull read. I am glad you enjoyed this story. Thank you so much for commenting.

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  8. I love Brenda Webb's books and I know this one will not be an exception. Her plots are so original and I love the intrigue! Thanks for the generous giveaway!! Lumee23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I am thrilled you like my books Shannon. I try hard to make them unique. You are welcome on the giveaways. Hope you have good luck!

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    2. Hi Shannon. Thank you for the lovely comment for Brenda, and good luck in the giveaway!

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  9. Carole in Canada26 April 2016 at 01:00

    Truly intriguing...I have read all of your books so far but this one! It's on my wishlist. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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    1. Thank you for telling me Carole. :) Best of luck on winning a copy.

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    2. Good luck in the giveaway, Carole, and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I love Brenda Webb's work both for its quality and storyline. Congrats on another winner!

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    1. Sweet of you to tell me RS! And thank you for taking time to comment.

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    2. Thank you so much for your comment, RS.

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  11. I am,nearly finished with this story and have been in a literary rollercoaster ride with angst, love, hope and a lot more angst. An amazing story. Please enter me in the drawing for the paperback as I already have the ebook. Thank you for the generous give away. skamper25 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You made me smile with your description of the book Deborah! Wouldn't it be nice to get a book? I love real books best of all.

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    2. That is great to know that we have a rollercoaster ride of a read ahead, Debbie. Best of luck in the giveaway :)

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  12. This book has me very interested. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Interested is good Jean. :) I hope you do get to read it.

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    2. I hope you enjoy the story when you read it, Jean!

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  13. Hi Cere and Brenda, I already own this book and would just like to add my two cents about what a good read this is. Brenda always finds such interesting ways to draw the reader into a beautiful love story between our favorite JAFF couple, while they battle the forces that would tear them apart. Cere thanks for the recommendation and Brenda, best wishes with your new release. Jen Red

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    1. You always have my back, Jen, and I love you for it. Thank you for being my biggest supporter.

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    2. Hi Jen. Glad to know you enjoyed the story so much :) Thanks for commenting!

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  14. OH, how FUN. I just discovered a new mine for Janeites. And a new author! Yum!!! I would be thrilled to win the paperback. It would join my other Jane treasures in THE COLLECTION.... AFTER I savor every word. Good luck with sales! Thank you, Ceri and Brenda! Karylee karyleebm@gmail.com

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    1. I am so pleased that you discovered my books Karylee. I hope you have great luck in the drawing.

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    2. Hi Karylee! I'm glad you discovered a new author here today. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  15. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this book.. It's a must read as are all of Bredna's books.. You can take me out of the running for the give away because I already have all of her books and they all are my favorites! Jo16...

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    1. How sweet of you to come over and comment even though you have the book,Jo. It is people like you that I write for. Your support means everything to me. Hugs.

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    2. Thank you so much for your comment, Jo. It must be lovely for Brenda to hear from people who love her work :)

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  16. Oh boy, that was quite the teaser with talk of murder and conspiracy against the PM and poor Darcy wanting to get justice for Lizzy. Haha, and poor Richard that he couldn't finish his meal.
    Sounds good. Hope to read it soon. :)

    Please don't enter me in the contest, Ceri.

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    1. I hope you find it entertaining, Sophia. :)

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    2. It was an interesting excerpt, wasn't it Sophia! Thanks for commenting :)

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  17. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway! Either format is fine.

    diaryofaneccentric(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    2. I agree, sounds like a great read. Thanks so much for dropping by Anna :)

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  18. Wonderful excerpt. I always enjoy Brenda's books and I am sure this will be no exception. A definite read. Thank you for the giveaway. Cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. I am proud that you liked the excerpt Becky and are in for the drawing!

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    2. Hi Becky! So glad to hear that you've enjoyed Brenda's books. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  19. I have read this twice: once as a WIP and then after it was published. Great story - read it! Do NOT enter me in any give away.

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    1. I appreciate your comments Sheila. Always nice to see my dearest supporters in the thread. Hugs,

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    2. Hi Sheila! It must be a good read if you've read it twice! Thanks for your comment.

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  20. Murder, an assassination plot and all sorts of intrigues keeping Darcy and Elizabeth apart. Sounds wonderful, but then Brenda's books always are!

    I'd love, love, love to win the signed copy but would like to be entered in the draw for the ebook as well please, ladies.

    Thanks for such an "intriguing" excerpt, Brenda and for the giveaway. It's not often we Brits get the chance to win signed copies, so it's very much appreciated.

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    1. Oop, forgot to leave contact details.

      angmardee ( at ) hotmail ( dot ) com

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    2. How sweet of you to say, Anji! Perhaps you will win the signed book! I love to include the UK in the signed copies too.

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    3. Hi Anji! I am with you, it sounds like there is a lot of excitement ahead in this book.

      I was so pleased when Brenda offered a signed paperback giveaway, and like you say, it's a real treat for UK readers that we can enter for this one too :)

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  21. Cammie Seymour
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    Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

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  22. This book has been on my Must Read list due to glowing formal and informal reviews. Now that I've enjoyed this exciting excerpt it is now at the top of my list. I love stories that have Col Fitzwilliam taking a greater role, esp stories of political intrigue. Many thanks for posting, and for having a giveaway!

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    1. I am glad that you want to read it Janis and you like Col. Fitzwilliam, for I do too. He is my fav character to write after D&E. Lots of luck in the giveaway.

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    2. Hi there Janis! I too like to see a bit more of Colonel Fitzwilliam in a story. Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  23. I have read a couple of excerpts and put it on my must read list!

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    1. So happy to hear that Theresa! Thank you for commenting.

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  24. This book is at the TOP of my MUST READ list! Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway!
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    1. Top is good, Caryl! I hope you get a chance to read it and good luck on the drawing!

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  26. I really love Brenda's stories. I started to read this one when she was posting it but RL (and work) intruded and couldn't keep up with it. But Summer is coming... so I hope to get lucky and get one of these copies!

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  27. Oh no! What is happening? You gave us such a teaser with that excerpt! Congrats on your newest release Brenda! I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  28. Your enthusiasm makes me smile, Dung. I hope you do get to read it. Thanks for commenting.

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  29. Lovely excerpt!! Can't wait to find out what happens. Congrats on your newest release and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  30. So happy that you liked the excerpt Priscilla and thank you for the congratulations. You are welcome on the giveaway. :)

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  32. This book looks so good and exciting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marilyn

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    1. I hope you find it so, Marilyn. So glad you wanted in on the giveaway.

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    2. I'm glad to be able to bring you an excerpt of the book, Marilyn. Thanks so much for your comment :)

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  33. Thanks, ladies, for the excerpt and for the chance to win a copy. I haven't read any of Ms. Webb's books but I think this could be a good start!

    newyorkgirl82(at)gmail(dot)com I'm international

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    1. I would love for you to get the chance Maria. Best of luck!

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    2. Hi Maria! I hope you get the chance to read one of Brenda's stories soon. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  34. I absolutely loved this book...as I have loved all of Brenda's books! I already own a copy and will reread it many times in the future--just as I have reread all her others. You are one talented lady and I want to thank you for sharing that talent with us.

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    1. Oh. My. Goodness. You made my day Roxanne. Thank you so much. I do hope you are doing reviews on Amazon for me. "smiles" I could use these kind of comments there.

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    2. Thanks so much for your comment, Roxanne. I am sure Brenda has really appreciated the lovely comments she has had here :)

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  35. Thank you for that awesome excerpt - I love the last lines - "to a woman like Elizabeth Bennet 2 weeks is forever." I would love to win a copy of this, please enter me into the contest :) And congrats on the book! I think he will fall madly in love with her again - just my thought I don't think that Darcy could ever resist Elizabeth :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Erika. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  36. “When you love someone as I love Elizabeth, two weeks is forever.” Sigh... Wonderful. Mr. Darcy, you are one of a kind. Such intrigue and mystery in this excerpt! What plot! Gripping stuff! Please enter me for both paperback and e-book, Ceri. I want it all! Thank you. Maia

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    1. ... sigh... you have to love Mr Darcy, don't you! Thanks for your comment, Maia, and good luck in the giveaway.

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  37. Oh my god, I loved the last sentence of the excerpt! I just loved it! It made want to read this book just so I can be with this Darcy for several hours! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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    1. It's a wonderful line isn't it, Rita! Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  38. Oh, wait, I'm supposed to leave my contacts. Oops, sorry.
    Unfortunately I'm not eligible for the paperback, so sign me in just for the ebook :)
    My e-mail is Ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com
    Thank you

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