Thursday, 20 April 2017

Blog Tour: My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler - Vignette and Giveaway

Blog Tour: My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler
 Today I have the pleasure of hosting the last stop on the blog tour for Linda Beutler's latest book, 'My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley'. I had the pleasure of hosting the cover reveal, which I shared with the lovely Rita of the 'From Pemberley to Milton' blog. The reason that there was a joint cover reveal is that both the front and back covers have a story to tell. To finish the tour off nicely, this last stop has a lovely vignette that refers to the item on the back cover of the book, the infamous wine container. This is a real item that was lotteried off. You can read more about it on one of Linda's previous posts. Now, firstly I'll share the book blurb and then I'll hand over to Linda for her vignette. There is also a giveaway associated with this post - see below for details!

Book cover: My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler
Book Blurb: 

One never quite knows where the inspiration will strike. For award-winning author Linda Beutler and My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley, the moment of genesis arrived in a particularly contentious thread at the online forum A Happy Assembly. What is the nature of personal responsibility? Where do we draw the line between Mr. Bingley being too subject to Mr. Darcy’s “persuasion” and Mr. Darcy playing too heavily on Mr. Bingley’s “sensibility”? This is a conundrum guaranteed to raise even more questions.

What happens to the plot and character dynamics of Pride & Prejudice if Mr. Bingley is given just a dash more spine? Or if Jane Bennet decides enough embarrassment is too much? How does Mr. Darcy manage the crucial apology a more stalwart Mr. Bingley necessitates he make? What if Mr. Darcy meets relations of Elizabeth Bennet’s for whom she need not blush on their home turf rather than his? Suffice it to say, this is a story of rebuked pride, missing mail, a man with “vision”, a frisky cat, and an evening gown that seems to have its own agenda.

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Here we are at the end of the blog tour for My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley! I’ve already told you how happy I am to see the event end as it began, with you, at the front cover reveal! Just to bring everything full circle, and give you a chance to show off the remarkable bling on the back cover, I’ve written you and your readers an original vignette, which finds Darcy musing over Elizabeth, more than ever confused about what she must be feeling. Fortunately his sister can explain a few things!

Elizabeth hissed. “I do not dislike him, Mama. You forget I saw rather more of him at Hunsford and came away knowing him a little better. He improves upon acquaintance.” By the end of her speech, her voice gained conviction. She glanced nervously at a wide-eyed Georgiana.
     “M-my b-brother holds Elizabeth in the g-greatest esteem, Mrs. B-Bennet, I assure you.” Georgiana’s sincerity was apparent, as was her discomfort.
      “Mr. Darcy has always spoken highly of you, Lizzy,” Mrs. Gardiner stated. “At least in my hearing.”
      Elizabeth glanced around the room, looking wild-eyed. “Jane, you will vouch for me. Has not my opinion of him changed? I think him a kind and honourable gentleman.” Her voice lowered with earnest sincerity. “He is the finest man of my acquaintance.”

Stricken by the deplorable turn of the conversation, Elizabeth closed her eyes against an incipient headache. She felt a hand touch hers, which was still on Georgiana’s knee. Elizabeth opened her eyes to see Georgiana squeezing her hand tightly. Feeling how little she deserved the girl’s comfort did nothing to relieve Elizabeth’s suffering. She leaned to Georgiana’s ear and whispered, “Please believe me. My feelings…for your brother…he is the finest man of my acquaintance. Please…”
     The ladies were silent and red faced when Darcy re-entered the room.

"Remarkable bling" - My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda BeutlerLike the two graces forming the handles on Darcy’s silver punch bowl—figures of beauty captured in attitudes of woe—Elizabeth and Jane pressed their hands to their brows and rested their elbows on the curved arms of the settee, leaning away from the bemused Georgiana between them. Although somewhat unlike in form, Jane and Elizabeth Bennet did share traits that could only have developed so identically from years of providing sisterly solace.
      Darcy thought the tableau would make a strange yet lovely painting, and he would have given a great deal to understand the thoughts of the three ladies, Elizabeth most particularly.
Snippets from Chapter 19, Tea, Travails, Travel

As Only a Sister Can
By Linda Beutler

Although both brother and sister had engagements for dinner after returning from taking tea and Gracechurch Street, Georgiana sensed some disquiet in Darcy and looked for a chance to speak with him. He seemed to avoid her, but two evenings after she knew the Bennets had departed for Longbourn, Georgiana sought him, determined to give chase until she could run him to ground. She did not have to go far.

The door of Darcy’s study was ajar and a solitary candle lit the table where the brandy stood. Darcy was not within. After standing for a moment in contemplation, Georgiana proceeded to the ballroom.  Once before, when her brother was pondering the future—she shuddered, it was her future after Ramsgate he considered—she had found him in front of their family’s truly priceless heirloom, the solid silver punch bowl. It was beyond price because it had been won in a lottery by their grandfather and had become an emblem of what her brother called “the luck of the Darcys.”

Candelabra had been lit on either side of the glass box housing the glittering object. It had only been since the death of their father that Darcy commissioned the case, with felt in the grooves of the mahogany that fitted the panes together, saving their servants a vast deal of work. “I would have them do more with their days than polish the silver whale,” Darcy had said.

Georgiana’s slippers skimmed over the parquet; the room did make her want to twirl and spin. “Are you in need of luck?” she asked as she neared.

Darcy turned with a warm expression and drew her hand into his elbow. He was without a coat, and his cravat hung untied. He spoke softly. “Luck, courage, call it what you will.”

Georgiana believed he was uncertain of Elizabeth Bennet. As they returned alone to Darcy house after tea they had laughed at their cousin the colonel and his surprising besottedness—Alex had been invited to stay at Gracechurch Street for dinner after very nearly inviting himself—and little else. But afterward, she thought he had been on the point of speaking of other matters more than once in the journey.

“I like her very well, Brother.”

She felt his hand tighten over hers. This was followed by a silent glance at her. 

“We have agreed to correspond. There is a matter she wishes to explain. Why did you not tell me she has met Mr. Wickham?” 

“And provide proof the Darcys are not always so lucky?” He paused. “How did you hear of it, her acquaintance?”

“Her mother.”

Darcy hung his head with a shake. “Ah. Yes.”

Georgiana jiggled his elbow. “No. You must not think anything of it. You cannot always protect me. Mrs. Bennet said only he used to be a great favourite of Miss Elizabeth’s. But that is not still the case.”

Darcy’s head turned abruptly. “And you know this…?”
“I believe Mrs. Bennet was the only lady in the room unaware of Miss Elizabeth’s true inclinations.”

Darcy turned to face her, squeezing her hand. “Out with it, girl. She cares nothing for Wickham?”

Georgiana stifled a smile. “Once he was mentioned, Miss Elizabeth began to sing only your praises. She would say nothing of Wickham, leastwise not anything good.”

“Wait…what praises of mine would she sing?” His eyes were intent.

Georgia feared for the circulation in her fingers, but the opportunity to tease him was too great. “She gave the appearance of one wishing above all things to impress your nearest and dearest relation with her regard for you.” Georgiana shrugged artfully. “But I am merely your little sister; what do I know of such things?”

Her hand was released as Darcy ran his through his hair, laughing nervously. “She has taught you to make me your plaything.”

Georgiana shook her hand. “Ouch. Oaf.”

“Oh, I am sorry,” he said, recapturing her hand and rubbing it gently.

Georgiana looked at him fondly. “She did say you were kind. This proves it. Oh…honourable, too.”

Darcy stared into her face, as if searching.

“I do not tease you now. She said ‘kind and honourable’, I promise.”

He took in a deep breath, standing tall, with a smile playing at the corners of his mouth. “That is some improvement.”

“But is it enough?” Georgiana remained sober.

“Enough for what?”

“She did not say what she whispered to me was in confidence, but I would prefer to say no more than I must.”

“Than you must to what?”

“Why, to convince you! That her feelings have grown, that she is in love with you! What do you think I’m about?”

Darcy’s countenance turned scolding. “I think you should tell me everything that was not entrusted to you specifically. Did she declare herself?”

Georgiana nearly laughed. “She most certainly did not! In front of such a mother? How can you think so?”

“We may discuss Mrs. Bennet another day. You might as well hear it from a kindly brother first: gentlemen are not best pleased to be toyed with. I will not have you becoming a cat-and-mouse sort of young lady.”

Georgiana rolled her eyes at him. “You are simply impatient.”

Darcy glared. “Yes I am. You do not know how long I have waited for her.”

The strain on her brother’s face told its own tale. Georgiana was flooded with mercy. “She said, not once but twice just to me, ‘He is the finest man of my acquaintance.’”

She watched her brother’s usually controlled and closed face open like a leaf unfurling in the spring air. A host of emotions seemed to pass over his features, softening him until a beatific smile settled with some permanency. She thought he might ask her to repeat the phrase, but he did not.

He stepped to the case of the punch bowl and patted the corner. “The luck of the Darcys, thank heavens! I should have consulted our oracle sooner.”

Georgiana stepped next to him and took up his hand, giggling. “When will you leave?”

“First light.”

He hugged her and they laughed. 

Chapter 20 begins…

“I am the finest man of her acquaintance. I am the finest man of her acquaintance…” It took two long strides of his horse to drum the entire rhythm into the road beneath him.

And so we leave the My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley blog tour with a certain gentleman filled with hope—a mighty good place to end. Thank you, Ceri, for your generous support! You have been wonderful! —LB

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Book cover: My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler
Thank you so much Linda for the wonderful vignette! I was so pleased when Linda suggested a vignette including the back cover wine bowl. Having had an early post regarding the front cover and this post regarding the back cover is such a neat way to bookend the blog tour!

Thanks also to the lovely Janet for arranging the blog tour.
Author Linda Beutler
Author Bio:

Linda Beutler’s professional life is spent in a garden, an organic garden housing America’s foremost public collection of clematis vines and a host of fabulous companion plants. Her home life reveals a more personal garden, still full of clematis, but also antique roses and vintage perennials planted around and over a 1907 cottage. But one can never have enough of gardening, so in 2011 she began cultivating a weedy patch of Jane Austen Fan Fiction ideas. The first of these to ripen was The Red Chrysanthemum (Meryton Press, 2013), which won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014. You might put this down as beginner’s luck—Linda certainly does. The next harvest brought Longbourn to London (Meryton Press, 2014), known widely as “the [too] sexy one”. In 2015 Meryton Press published the bestseller A Will of Iron, a macabre rom-com based on the surprising journals of Anne de Bourgh.

Now, after a year-long break in JAFF writing to produce Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (Timber Press, 2016)—the third in a bouquet of books on gardening—we have My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley bursting into bloom. 

Contact Info:  

Buy Links:

Amazon US / Amazon UK

Giveaway time

8 ebooks of 'My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley' are available to win. To enter, please use the rafflecopter, but be quick! This giveaway ends very soon.

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Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post that has a giveaway attached for the tour. (1 comment/blog post) Entrants should provide the name of the blog where they commented (which will be verified). You may enter once by following the author on twitter and once by following the author on Facebook.

Remember, tweet daily and comment once per post with a giveaway to earn extra entries.

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**NOTE: Ebook copies are available for 8 winners and the giveaway is international! 8 eBooks will be given away to 8 different winners.**

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Blog Tour: My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler
As this is a blog tour there have been other posts from Linda, plus excerpts and reviews. Please do drop by and check them out.

Blog Tour Schedule

5 April  My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, Giveaway
6 April  So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
7 April  Half Agony, Half Hope; Vignette
8 April  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review, Giveaway
9 April  My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway
10 April  Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway
11 April  Tomorrow is Another Day; Review, Giveaway
13 April  Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway
15 April  Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway
17 April  From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway
18 April  Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway
19 April  Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway
20 April  Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway


  1. What a lovely way to end an amazing blog tour! I'm always sad when these things come to an end. It's so much fun learning about the many different aspects of the book and author in question and this one has been a prime example.

    The description of that amazing punch bowl as a "silver whale" definitely made me chuckle and to have it as the Darcys good luck charm is just a brilliant idea. Enclosing it in a glass case is an excellent idea - just imagine the dust that would collect in all those nooks and crannies. No vacuum cleaners with dusting tool attachments in those days!

    Best wishes, Linda, and thanks for all of the enjoyment along the way.

    1. And think of the tarnish! The original Jerningham Wine Cistern was solid silver! It is shocking to me that where it resides now, at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia,it appears to be exposed to the open air on a plinth. In some modern pictures it looks dull and in others bright; they must polish it on some sort of schedule. It should really be in a Darcy case! But it is now on my bucket list of things to see, and I shall hope to visit within days of a good polishing.

      Thank you, Anji, for following along, and I hope you win a copy soon, and let us know what you think!

  2. 'A gentleman filled with hope.....! Yes,what s lovely way to end the blog tour work this delightful excerpt!!!
    Really enjoyed it! Thanks to all concerned for the giveaway!

    1. Oh, please don't be disappointed! The portion her named "As Only a Sister Can" is an original vignette written specifically for Ceri. There are excerpts in italics before and after, but this conversation does not appear in the novel, only Darcy's reaction to it, as we see at the beginning of chapter 20.

      All the same, I am glad you enjoyed it. And Ceri, thanks for inspiring it!

  3. I will miss this tour Linda. :( You delivered a surprise at each stop, and it was delightful. I love Darcy and Georgiana's conversation, when she is not too timid to speak to he imperious brother, she has great things to say.:)

    Thanks for the giveaway.:)

    1. This original to this blog post vignette happens after another chapter, when Georgiana, the colonel, and Jane Bennet have managed to outfox Caroline Bingley to contrive an "accidental" meeting of Elizabeth and Darcy, vaguely like the Pemberley meet-cute in canon. Georgiana has some foreknowledge here, in addition to being a conduit for Elizabeth's comments during the tea party.

      Oh, the tangled webs we authors weave during a blog tour!

  4. Be still my beating heart. I love this excerpt. Oh, poor Mr. Darcy. I just love him. Thank you Ceri for hosting the tour. This was so much fun reading the interaction between Darcy and Georgiana... so cute. JWG

    1. Please recall, this is an original vignette, not an excerpt. Now I'm all worried there will be disappointment the scene is not in the novel! I do a lot of original writing for these blogs tours, where my hostesses request it, to keep my input fresh throughout the tour. But there are other scenes...heh heh heh (knowing author chuckle).

  5. What a great ending to the blog tour. Thanks for all the posts, excerpts and for the giveaway!

    1. darcybennet, thank YOU for following along so diligently. Best of luck, and I hope you will let one of our blog stop hosts (and me!) know what you think of the whole of My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley when you can read the whole thing!

  6. Great ending to the book tour! Yay for the luck of the Darcy's and some hope for Darcy! Loving this Georgiana!

    1. Thank you Dung! You have been very kind in your comments throughout, and I hope you win a copy and enjoy it thoroughly!

  7. I read and loved this story and did post my own review. 5 stars from me.

    1. Thanks again, Sheila! This has been my favorite of all the blog tours (four of them now!), and I must credit you with setting the tone with your generous Amazon review. Smooches!

  8. I very much appreciate your offering the vignettes.

    1. Ginna, you are entirely welcome! Part of the reason this blog tour was so much fun for me was the variety of things I was asked to produce. There were excerpts (taken from the novel), vignettes (original writing to enhance the novel), character interviews (so useful in drawing out inner thoughts), one of the vignettes turned into a character interview as I wrote it, and Barbara Tiller Cole even had the courage to interview me! All of this with reviews sprinkled throughout. Then we had Ceri and Rita giving us the cover-reveal and final vignette "bookends"—yes,dammit!—bookends, to make the tour into a lovely novella all to itself! We must all thank Janet Taylor for, first and foremost, creating the wonderful front and back art for MMD&YMB, and then for organizing the tour! She is a treasure, and Meryton Press is lucky to have her!

    2. Thank you, Linda! You have definitely made this a fun tour. I looked forward, with anticipation, to each stop! I'm with KateB. I hate to see it end!

  9. Carole in Canada21 April 2017 at 00:59

    Thank you for that lovely vignette and thank you Ceri for hosting the final blog post. I particularly liked the following: "She watched her brother’s usually controlled and closed face open like a leaf unfurling in the spring air."
    Looking forward to reading this one!

    1. Carole, you are most welcome! Spring has been slow to arrive this year (wait, is the rain starting to warm up?), but with the trees blooming and greening, the simile was within easy grasp. Best of luck with the giveaways! I'd love to know your thoughts.

  10. What a terrific ending to an excellent and fun blog tour! I loved the 'bookends'! Ceri, fantastic finishing of the blog tour! Thank you! Carole in Canada, I'm with you and on the sentence you particularly liked. The leaf unfurling in the spring air was such a visual of Darcy's face change! Lovely vignette! Thank you, Linda, for bringing such a good ending to the tour with a vignette starring none other than that gorgeous and expensive silver punch bowl. Of course, Darcy and Georgiana played a nice part too! lol

    1. Thank you, dear Janet! Now if only there was a way to incorporate the original material written for the tour back into the already edited and published novel. Maybe we need a wayback machine at Meryton Press? You would know better than I, does it fit in the budget? ;-)

    2. How about a novella as a side? That would be lovely! I agree with you. These original vignettes have been excellent and would fit right in the book! :)

  11. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy.

  12. Feeling very happy about this! Thank you!

  13. Aww! What a beautiful vignette! I'm so happy you shared this with us! Thank you Linda!

    1. You are so welcome, Loren! Thanks for hosting a blog tour stop!


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