Tuesday 17 March 2015

Aerendgast Blog Tour and Giveaway - Jane Austen Comebacks for Any Occasion

Blog Tour - Aerendgast by Rachel Berman

Today I'm taking part in the 'Aerendgast' Blog Tour with a fun post from the author, Rachel Berman, who has compiled some of Austen's wonderful quotes so you can always have a literary comeback at the ready!

Please see below for links to other stops on the blog tour and a chance to win an 'Aerendgast' e-book.

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Jane Austen Comebacks for any Occasion
The characters in the novels of Jane Austen always know just what to say. In celebration of the publication of my novel Aerendgast: The Lost History of Jane Austen, I’ve compiled a list of perfect Jane Austen character comebacks for (almost) every situation in life:

Jonny Lee Miller as Mr Knightley, looking unimpressed

1. When you and a friend disagree on the merits of a movie you’ve just seen - “Better be without sense that misapply it as you do.” – Mr. Knightley, Emma

Romola Garai as Emma Woodhouse

2. When you decide to get a manicure even though you haven’t paid your electric bill - “I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.” Emma Woodhouse, Emma
Colin Firth as Mr Darcy

3. When your waiter gets your order wrong - “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.” – Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
Benjamin Whitrow rollling his eyes as Mr Bennet, 1995 Pride & Prejudice

4. When you meet someone who ‘doesn’t like to read’ - “I have not the pleasure of understanding you.” – Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Corin Redgrave as Sir Walter Elliot, Persuasion

5. When you’re explaining why you don’t like going to clubs - “I am not fond of the idea of my shrubberies being always approachable.” – Sir Walter Elliot, Persuasion 
Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility 1995

6. When someone says they ‘don’t like’ Jane Austen - “Use those words again and I will leave the room this moment!” – Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility 
Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility 1995

7. When they’re out of your favorite cookie at the local bakery - “Mine is a misery which nothing can do away.” – Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park

8. When you’re seated next to a real dud at a dinner party - “Let us have the luxury of silence.” – Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park
Jonny Lee Miller as Edmund Bertram, Frances O'Connor as Fanny Price

9. When you’ve just returned from Las Vegas - “We do not look in great cities for our best morality.” – Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park
JJ Feild as Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey One Smirk and we may be rational again

10. When you and your friends are interrupted when swooning about Mr. Darcy - “Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again.” – Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

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Book Cover: Aerendgast by Rachel Berman
Aerendgast Book Blurb: What if Jane Austen was secretly married? What if she had a baby whose descendants are still alive today? Violet Desmond has just learned that her life is a lie. With sparse clues, she sets off to discover her hidden history and, simultaneously, an explanation for her vivid dreams-dreams in which a woman from the past narrates an impossible story involving a secret marriage and a child-a story intimately connected to Jane Austen. Violet reluctantly agrees to receive help from cavalier Peter Knighton. Blacklisted from his profession, Knighton can almost taste the money and accolades he'll receive for digging up something good on Austen. The unlikely pair begins a quest for answers that leads them to Aerendgast Hallows. Knee-deep in hidden crypts, perilous pursuits, and centuries-old riddles, Violet must put her literary expertise to the test as she battles to uncover the secret that her loved ones died trying to reveal-before an unknown enemy silences her as well.

Buy links:
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Giveaway time!

The lovely people at Meryton Press are giving away an e-book of 'Aerendgast' (Kindle or Nook) to a commenter on this post, so if you'd like to win a copy, just comment below. Please leave a way for me to contact you should you win. You can get a bonus entry for commenting on my review of 'Aerendgast'. This is open to international entrants, last day to enter is Tuesday 24 March 2015. - Please note this giveaway is now closed.

There are other giveaway opportunities on this blog tour, here's the full schedule, below:

Blog tour schedule:

2 March: Guest Post at Austenprose 
3 March: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club 
4 March: Author Interview at The Little Munchkin Reader
5 March: Excerpt & Giveaway at BestSellers & BestStellars
6 March: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm 
7 March: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen 
8 March: Review at The Delighted Reader
9 March: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time… 
10 March: Guest Post & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged 
11 March: Review at Austenprose 
12 March: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice 
13 March: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
14 March: Review at Margie's Must Reads
15 March: Review at Warmisunqu’s Austen
16 March: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews
17 March: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
18 March: Guest Post at Laughing with Lizzie


  1. What a hoot! I snickered through the whole list. Many thanks, Rachel!

    *Please do not enter me in giveaway, Ceri!

    1. Thanks for commenting Sophia! I think Austen is so quotable :)

  2. Great list! I'd love to be with you when you use them, just to enjoy the show! I especially enjoyed number 8, and can imagine some of the facial expressions of recipients!

    I'd love to win this book. I am at GinnaSaisQuoi at verizon dot net I also left a comment at your review of this book.

    1. I know, can you imagine the looks you'd get? So funny. Thanks for commenting!

  3. What a fun post! I love all ten of them. The quote I probably overuse is 'I am all anticipation' and have also misused the 'tolerable enough' quote on far too many occasions.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Ceri and Rachel.

    angmardee ( at ) hotmail ( dot ) com

    1. I like to slip the odd quote in here and there, and it's always lovely when somebody else recognises it, instant kinship! I think I will start using one of the Marianne quotes, "Mine is a misery which nothing can do away." :)

  4. I find it strange that there are some people who never read a book and I have met a few - next time I will have to remember - I have not the pleasure of understanding you -
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

    1. I get so much enjoyment out of reading that I feel bad for other people who don't enjoy it, although we can't all like the same things of course. I don't know how you could manage to avoid reading at least one book though!

  5. What a great idea, Rachel. I'm not one to quote from Jane Austen's novels but I would try to use these the next time I run into the situations as described above. Thanks!


    1. I think even if you don't use them yourself, it's fun to recognise them. Thanks for commenting, Lúthien!

  6. I loved Emma's "I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.” It can apply in so many ways from indulgent activities to genuine meaning.
    Aerendgast sounds like it has a great mystery about it. Ceri, would you be able to send me a message on Goodreads if I am chosen? I'm not particularly comfortable leaving my email in the comments, please.

  7. Hi Victoria! That quote from Emma is wonderful isn't it, really sums her up, and like you say, very versatile! My all time favourite Austen quote is from MP, and while it isn't suitable to be included in these comebacks, it is the reason she's my favourite author:

    “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” :)

    Yes of course, if you are the winner I'll drop you a Goodreads message.

  8. 4,6 & 10 hilarious although in reality I'm deadly serious 😄 Please don't enter me Ceri but wonderful post!

    1. Thanks Tamara! I thought this was such a fun post, Jane Austen left us some wonderful quotes :)

  9. I love this Ceri... Having three daughters I use the quote " obstinate headstrong girl" often with one of my daughters especially as she digs her heels in a lot!

  10. I couldn't stop laughing... Love # 8 "When you’re seated next to a real dud at a dinner party - “Let us have the luxury of silence.” – Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park" I can picture someone using in any situation rather than just a dinner party!

    Looking forward to reading Aerendgast! Read many great excerpts!

    Thanks for the giveaway! My email is tdungnvu (at ) yahoo (dot) com

    1. There are some great quotes here aren't there. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to use quote 8!

  11. I enjoyed those quotes. They were great. Picture 9 is that Mansfield Park?

  12. I enjoyed the quotes. The picture on quote 9. Which characters are they?

  13. Edmund Bertram and Fanny Price from the late 1990s adaptation of Mansfield Park, 1999 I think. Nothing immoral is happening in the picture actually, he's just fallen asleep in the carriage and ended up leaning on her.


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