Monday, 18 February 2019

The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine Rivard - Blog Tour

Blog Tour - The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine Rivard
Today I am welcoming the blog tour for The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine Rivard. J L Ashton has been here previously with her earlier books, a modern P&P story, A Searing Acquaintance and the Regency set Mendacity & Mourning, but this is the first opportunity I've had to host Justine Rivard. The ladies have dropped by with a guest post for us about the book plus the chance to enter a giveaway. Let's take a look at the blurb and then I'll hand over to Jan and Justine for a guest post.


Book Cover - The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine Rivard
Book Description

What has gotten into Fitzwilliam Darcy lately?

Charles Bingley, a jolly fellow who relies on his great friend’s impeccable judgment in all things, is determined to find out. What could explain Darcy’s ill humour and distraction? Or his uncharacteristic blunder of speaking Greek to a horse who only understands Latin? Not to mention that shocking book accident! Certainly, it has nothing to do with Elizabeth Bennet, the sister of Bingley’s own angel, Jane. Bingley is certain of it.


What was really going on behind the scenes at Netherfield, Pemberley, and Darcy House, and just what did those men talk about over billiards and brandy? In this novella, Bingley sheds a little light on keeping company with the most interesting man in the world, and shares his own musings on puppies, his dreadful sisters, and the search for true love. Prepare to be shocked, delighted, and confused by a Charles Bingley the likes of whom you’ve never met before.

Guest Post

Thank you for having us here at Babblings of a Bookworm, Ceri! I visited before with my two previous Austenesque variations but this is Justine’s first time to show off her talents and, in this case, her Monty Python-influenced sense of humor. In The Most Interesting Man in the World, we take a look at the relationship—dare we call it bromance—between Darcy and his younger, more impressionable friend, Bingley.

The book title itself has prompted a debate among readers: Just who is the Most Interesting Man in the World?  

Readers are divided! Is this book, written from Bingley’s freewheeling point of view, really a celebration of him as the world’s most estimable and intriguing male specimen, or is it all about Darcy, the man he so admires and whose every thought, gesture, and piece of apparel is valued and observed?

You say tomato, I say tomahto. You say Darcy, I say Bingley.

Perhaps it is time for lists compiled (neatly by one man and nearly indecipherable by the other) detailing what they find interesting and admirable about each other. And we hope readers here will chime in with their opinions on who they think is the most interesting man in the world.

Top Ten Most Interesting Admirable Things About Darcy. By C.H. Bingley

Enormously honorable and intelligent.
Shares freely of his wisdom, if not his experience.
Has a fine seat and rides like a Centaur.
Generous with advice and brandy.
Kind and loyal to his sister and his friends.
Enviable cleft chin.
Mastery of all things estate-related.
Can tie his own cravat (or mine on occasion).
Has a masterly way with a knife and fork, to say nothing of a spoon.
Has very long limbs that oh so rarely dance about and jingle jangle.
Can teach any horse to understand Ancient Greek.
Always wears well-polished boots.
Fears no man (only Elizabeth).

Bingley, My Admirable Friend. By F. Darcy

Fond of dogs.
Loyal to his family and friends.
Shares useful advice on skin care.
Imaginative. Wildly so.
Genius for physics and geometry.
Earnest.
A contagious lightness of spirit.
Inherently kind and honorable.
Handy with a biscuit.
Never borrows my books.
Excellent at keeping confidences.
Skilled at falling in and out of love.

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Author Bios

Author Justine Rivard
Justine Rivard is a very serious college professor who has no time for frivolity or poppycock of any kind. She strenuously objects to the silliness found in this story and urges you to put the book down at once before it gives you ideas. You are invited instead to join her in the study for a lecture about her extensive collection of whimsical 18th-century animal husbandry manuals.


Author J L Ashton
J.L. Ashton, on the other hand, is a very unserious writer of Jane Austen variations you might have read (A Searing Acquaintance and Mendacity & Mourning) and collector of recipes she will never attempt. She encourages a general lack of decorum and has a great appreciation for cleft chins, vulnerably brooding men, and Instagram accounts featuring animals. Especially cats. Also foxes.



Buy Links

The Most Interesting Man in the World is available to buy now in kindle or paperback formats - Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Add to Goodreads Shelf

Giveaway Time

Book Cover - The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine Rivard
Meryton Press is giving away 8 ebooks of The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or a review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified.

One winner per contest. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

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Blog Tour - The Most Interesting Man in the World by J L Ashton and Justine RivardBlog Tour Schedule


February 11 / Austenesque Reviews / Character Interview
February 14 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review
February 16 / Just Jane 1813 / Meet the Authors  
February 18 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Guest Post
February 22 / From Pemberley to Milton / Character Interview
February 24 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review
February 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses  / Book Excerpt
February 28 / More Agreeably Engaged / Guest Post

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64 comments:

  1. Bingley a genius for physics and geometry. That's new

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    1. Yes, but Darcy wasn't exactly specific in how Bingley puts that genius to work. ;)

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    2. It's true, Jan. Angles and vectors really come in handy while engaging in gentlemanly pursuits such as shooting and playing billiards. And other stuff.

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    3. I was surprised to see that myself, Vesper. Intrigued to know how he would put it into use, aside from billiards :)

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  2. Darcy: Bingley never borrows my books.
    *snort*

    While Bingley things Darcy is the most interesting man, I find the way that Bingley's mind works to be fascinating!

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    1. Gail! I always suspected your fondness for our quirky Bingley. Thanks, my dear.

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    2. Well, Bingley only reads trashy novels, so naturally there is nothing he wants from Darcy's library, right?

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    3. I think Bingley is one of those secondary characters who is a bit of an untapped mine. It's great to see him being fleshed out.

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  3. This sounds most interesting. Congratulations on its release. Bingley's list was better than Darcy's.

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    1. Patty, you have made Bingley's chest puff out with pride. "Better than Darcy's!" lol

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    2. Darcy will pretend not to be offended by that comment, but secretly he will be dying inside. He is very committed to being the most interesting.

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    3. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Patty. I thought both lists were equally funny :)

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  4. "Generous with advice and brandy." - watch out for that advice when it comes to matters of the heart, Bingley!

    "Can teach any horse to understand Ancient Greek." - Darcy, the Ancient Greek Horse Whisperer!

    "Shares useful advice on skin care." - not many other men you could say that about, apart from Sir Walter Elliot!

    "Handy with a biscuit." - now that brings to mind the scene from Doctor Who where Matt Smith's eleventh Doctor held off a Dalek with a Jammie Dodger! I wonder to what use Bingley puts his biscuit(s), apart crom eating them and offering them to friends and visitors.

    Thanks for making me chuckle this afternoon, ladies!

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    1. Ha, I never knew about the Jammie Dodger! Bingley likely keeps a biscuit or two in his sleeve, his cuff, etc. No wonder dogs adore the man.

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it! Our Bingley doesn't go too far off book with biscuit uses, but in a pinch he could probably use a finger biscuit to hold off a small, hungry dog :-)

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    3. That was supposed to be a ginger biscuit, but I think a finger biscuit might be interesting as well.

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    4. Hehe! I have been known to have a tissue in my sleeve, but never a biscuit!

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  5. Love the list they have for each other! What a hoot! Congrats ladies on your 1st debut book together. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Dung! It was a larger struggle for Darcy than for Bingley to sum up the things he most admires about his friend; for Bingley, the struggle was to whittle down Darcy's thousand points of light to a short list. A legible, short list.

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    2. Yes, the legible part was especially difficult for Bingley.

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    3. So glad you enjoyed the post, Dung, and I hope you enjoy the book as much.

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  6. Hahaha...laughed at the top ten! Love it! Thanks, ladies, and thank you for hosting, Ceri!

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  7. So clever! Loved the book enormously!

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    1. Amy (who really is not a bot), thank you!

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Amy. Thanks!

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    3. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the book, Amy!

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  8. Hahaha! Loved the top ten lists! Who knew that Bingley was a genius at geometry and physics and was handy with a biscuit? Too funny!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    1. Oh, yes. Charles Bingley: International Man of Mystery! lol

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    2. Quite right. You should see what he can do with geometry AND a biscuit, too.

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    3. Glad you enjoyed it, Pamela!

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  9. Bingley does have great skin. He would have all the tips. Love these lists and cannot wait to read this book!

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    1. The best, smoothest skin. Soft as a baby's bum. Guess which dreadful sister is green with envy? ;)

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    2. Three words: not Gowland's cream. Hope you enjoy the book!

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    3. Hehe! Glad you enjoyed the post, Sarah!

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  10. Thank you so very much for hosting us here, Ceri, and thank you to all the wonderful commenters you drew here to learn about our book. Such a nice blog you have here. :)

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    1. Yes, Ceri, thank you for hosting! And to all who took the time to comment as well.

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    2. Thank you so much, ladies, it was lovely to have you. I really enjoyed the lists, too!

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  11. This sounds like fun. Thanks for the generous giveaway. Ceri, you have the most interesting authors.

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    1. Ceri is wonderful! And quite brave to take on a pair of authors channeling the very busy (and buzzy) brain of Charles H. Bingley.

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    2. Thanks for dropping us a line!

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    3. I am so lucky to be able to feature such interesting posts, Jeanne! I hope you have good luck in the giveaway :)

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  12. I've been enjoying the blog tour and look forward to reading this new book. Thanks Ceri for featuring here.

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    1. Thanks for following us along, Jen! You truly are among the most supportive members of the JAFF community.

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    2. Thanks, Jen. Very much appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the book.

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    3. Thanks so much, Jen! I hope you enjoy the book when you read it.

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  13. Thoroughly enjoyed the lists!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. You should see what we edited out! That Bingley is quite the observant deep thinker.
      Thanks, Mary

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    2. Glad to hear it. I think they go a long way toward explaining what Darcy and Bingley see in each other :-)

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    3. So glad you enjoyed the post, Mary!

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  14. Sounds like a fun read. Their top 10 lists were hysterical (in parts).

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    1. Parts? Can you be more specific? Inquiring minds--nosy ones, really--would like to know.

      Just kidding. Hope you'll enjoy the book!

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    2. Well, I can see how at least one part of Darcy's list was actually kind of tragic. It is tragic when your friend doesn't want to borrow your books, right? On the other hand, maybe it's not so bad because you never have to worry about the books not being returned or about them being left out in the rain or trampled by a horse. A toss-up, I'd say.

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    3. I agree, Lily, this one really sounds like a fun read.

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  15. The lists were so funny. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You bet! Nothing more fun than making lists about our favorite men.

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    2. So glad you enjoyed them!

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    3. Glad you enjoyed, Darcybennett!

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  16. I have not read this one but it has already attracted my attention and I do plan to read it. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. Glad it caught your eye. Hope you enjoy it.

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    2. The more I read about this book the more I want to read it!

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  17. We hope you'll enjoy the story, Sheila. :)

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