Monday, 7 October 2019

A Case of Some Delicacy by KC Kahler - Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

Today I'm welcoming KC Kahler back to the blog. She visited here a long time ago with Boots and Backpacks, a modernisation of Pride & Prejudice. She's just released a new book, A Case of Some Delicacy, which is a Pride & Prejudice variation. KC joins us for a guest post as part of her blog tour, and there's a giveaway too! Read on for more details.

Book Cover: A Case of Some Delicacy by KC Kahler
Book Description

A secret alliance grows when an unwanted suitor arrives at Longbourn...

When rumours of Jane Bennet’s impending betrothal to her father’s heir begin spreading at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth vows to save her dearest sister’s happiness from being sacrificed in marriage.

She finds an unlikely accomplice in Mr Darcy, the taciturn man whose heroics on the cricket field have managed to turn Lydia Bennet’s infatuation away from redcoats. Upon overhearing a heated exchange between Elizabeth and Mr Bennet, Darcy is stunned not only by her devotion to her sister, but also by her defiant words to her father. An inexplicable desire to help Elizabeth draws Darcy into the match-breaking scheme, despite knowing that he should want nothing to do with a family like the Bennets.

As the new allies work together, their friendship deepens into mutual admiration. But they must navigate a complicated web of sisters, parents, friends, cousins, and aunts, some of whom may be attempting their own manipulations and romantic schemes. Eavesdropping and jealousy abound, cricket balls go astray, and love blooms in spite of Mrs. Bennet’s misguided matchmaking.

Guest Post from KC Kahler

Hey there! Thanks to Ceri for hosting a blog stop for my new book A Case of Some Delicacy, and thanks to you all for checking it out!

Today I’d like to discuss our favorite fictional family, the Bennets. I’m going to use some visual aids I created. You may have seen some of these memes combining headlines from the satirical “newspaper” The Onion with stills from various Austen adaptations. They went viral a few years ago, which was very strange and fun for me.

But back to those Bennets… In A Case of Some Delicacy, I tried to fill in some of the gaps, so that by the end they seem like a real family.

I’ll start not with any character, but with the dreaded entail of Longbourn, which has a huge effect on the family dynamics. Only Mr. Bennet stands between the Bennet girls and disaster. One hopes he has a very long life.

Meme - Mr Bennet's Age

As all Austen fans know, this precarious situation has made Mrs. Bennet rather nervous and obsessed with getting her daughters married off.

Meme: Mrs Bennet's Nerves

Mrs. Bennet’s nervous condition is even more pronounced in A Case of Some Delicacy because Mr. Collins comes to visit sooner. She has to entertain the heir of her home in her home. Luckily he expresses interest in marrying Jane, which would save them all from displacement and genteel poverty.

But Mr. Collins isn’t anybody’s dream husband. For this reason, Elizabeth knows she can’t let Jane sacrifice her happiness for the family’s security. She tries to interfere in his courtship of Jane, and thus endures his many irksome speeches praising Lady Catherine.

Meme: Mr Collins is a bore

Mr. Bennet also finds his cousin annoying, so why doesn’t he intervene instead of Lizzy? Well, Mr. Bennet would rather find sanctuary in his library than deal with his cousin, wife, and daughters. He’d rather avoid conflict. But he reforms his indolent ways over the course of ACoSD.

Meme: Mr Bennet's Indolence

So we’ve covered Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, Elizabeth and Jane. But what about the remaining Bennet girls who aren’t fully fleshed out in P&P?

Meme: Lydia is Boy-Crazy

Lydia has her own subplot in A Case of Some Delicacy. Yes, I know: nobody likes Lydia! Of course, she starts out as a silly, selfish, stubborn, boy-crazy teenager. But in ACoSD she does some serious character growth, and you may even like her at the end!

Mary and Kitty also play smaller but crucial roles in the plot of ACoSD. Mary starts out as studious and pious, but by the end you may think there is more to her than meets the eye. Kitty is silly and boy-crazy like Lydia, but her heart’s in the right pace.

Meme: The Other Bennet Sisters

Some of my favorite scenes to write in ACoSD were scenes where all five sisters interacted with each other. They argue and bicker as all siblings do, but they also help each other.

Thank you for reading! I hope you too will feel like you know the Bennet family better after reading A Case of Some Delicacy.

Author KC Kahler
About the Author

KC Kahler lives in northeastern Pennsylvania and works in online education, after having dabbled in sandwich making, bug collecting, and web development. She discovered Jane Austen fan fiction in 2008 and soon began dabbling in writing her own.

KC blogs about Austen and other pop culture topics. In 2015 and 2017, her popular Austen + The Onion Headlines meme was featured in The Atlantic, Flavorwire, and AV Club. In 2017, she made the requisite pilgrimage to Jane Austen country, where she took the waters in Bath, walked the lanes of Steventon, didn’t fall off the cobb in Lyme Regis, and stood awestruck in Chawton. 

KC’s first novel, Boots & Backpacks, was published in 2014. Her second, A Case of Some Delicacy, released in 2019.

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Book Cover: A Case of Some Delicacy by KC Kahler
Buy Links

A Case of Some Delicacy is available to buy now in paperback, kindle and kindle unlimited - Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA

You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf.


Giveaway Time!

You can win a $50 Amazon gift card from Quills & Quartos Publishing! The contest ends on 18 October. To be eligible, just comment on any of the blog tour stops. You need not visit all the stops (one point per stop and comment), however, it does increase your chances of winning by earning more entries.

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33 comments:

  1. How obvious I wonder does Lydia make her 'regard' for Darcy

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    1. Obvious enough to be embarrassing for Darcy :)

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    2. Darcy was lucky in canon that Lydia didn't take a fancy to him, he would have hated it!

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  2. I never saw any of these memes before so really enjoyed.

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    1. I'd seen them before, on Twitter, but they are so funny. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  3. Really funny memes, hehe. And thank you for this wonderful story, KC!

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  4. Wonderful post. Looking forward to reading!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the story when you read it Becky!

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  5. Ah! I thought my Austen + The Onlion memes were old news in the Austen fandom. So nice that some of you haven't seen them yet!

    Thank you for the comments and good luck in the drawing!

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  6. I love your take on the Bennets! It will be nice to see the improvements but on reading about them I sincerely hope none of the girls are sacrificed to Mr Collins in the end ��. It seems even Lydia doesn’t deserve that fate in this book.

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    1. I don't think any of them would deserve it either, aside from perhaps Mary, and that's because I don't think she would feel it to be a sacrifice. I think canon Collins was so lucky to marry Charlotte, because he had a chance to improve as a person well as be content.

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  7. I like the growth given to the Bennet family. Adding to my TBR pile.

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    1. It's great to see isn't it Patty. Hope you enjoy it when you read it.

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  8. It is difficult to believe that I might like Lydia by the end of the book. Gives me yet another reason to read it!!

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    1. When I originally posted ACoSD on AHA years ago, some commenters said she was their favorite JAFF Lydia ever. I mean, I guess the bar is pretty low, but still! lol

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    2. I think Lydia has potential to be likeable if she reins herself in a bit. She is just too much. I really enjoy it when authors give Lydia a chance.

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  9. I remember those memes! Glad you brought them up again. We need a refresher too! Congrats on the new book.
    Thanks, Ceri, for supporting the tour.

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    1. I was so pleased when I realised my stop on the tour had these memes, because I enjoyed them so much when I saw them previously :)

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  10. Great memes! Also, great sounding story!

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  11. What a hoot! Those do give some pointed insight into the family.

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  12. This sounds like such a fun premise. Looking forward to the read.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you read it Jen!

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  13. Thanks again for the comments! And thanks to Ceri!

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    1. Thanks to you too, KC! And all the very best with the book.

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  14. I read and enjoyed both of this author's books. This review was excellent - brought some smiles to my face. Well done.

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    1. This is good to know, Sheila, because you have such similar taste to me. I have to make time to read these books and bump them up the TBR

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  15. Thank you for the description of the book and some of the characters. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Buturot. Thanks for commenting!

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  16. It was fun reading through this wonderful guest post, KC. I love how you use memes to illustrate your point.

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