Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Tour: The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes - with giveaway!

Today I welcome Joana Starnes to my blog! I have a video of myself reading an excerpt from her latest novel, 'The Unthinkable Triangle'. And there is also a giveaway - details below!





Thank you so much, Sophie, for welcoming me to ‘Laughing with Lizzie’ to start off the blog tour for my new book, and extra-special thanks for dressing up in all your finery to read out and record the excerpt. You have such a wonderful voice, perfect for Regency novels!

 My latest one, as you probably know, is the story of a love triangle.


"All is fair in love and war – or is it? What if Mr. Darcy’s rival for Elizabeth Bennet’s affections is not some inconsequential stranger, but his dearest, closest friend? How is he to reconcile the claims of loyalty and kinship with the urge to pursue his heart’s desire?"

 


A story not for the faint-hearted, ‘The Unthinkable Triangle’, begins at Rosings, when Mr. Darcy crosses paths with the enchanting Miss Elizabeth Bennet just as he had persuaded himself that he had finally put the past behind him.
 
Of course, that is nothing but self-delusion. He had not put the past behind him. The lure is as strong as ever, and growing stronger every minute that he spends in such enticing company. So there is nothing to be done about it. He must propose. He must secure her. He is most confident of her acceptance. Supremely confident, in fact – so much so that he even sets the date. The wedding is to be in two weeks’ time. A fortnight, and not one day more, until he would have his heart’s desire. And little does he know that this is nothing but yet another self-delusion, and that his well-laid schemes are to blow spectacularly into pieces. Because, a mere day before Darcy’s planned proposal, Miss Elizabeth Bennet has accepted another offer of marriage. From his best friend and dearest cousin. And, far from being over, Mr. Darcy’s troubles had only just begun.

 


 

** GIVEAWAY - ends Thursday 1st October **
 
I hope you will enjoy listening to the following excerpt from ‘The Unthinkable Triangle’, read out so beautifully by lovely Sophie. There is a giveaway as well, for two Kindle copies, available internationally. Please leave a comment for a chance to win. The giveaway ends on 1st October. Thanks for reading and listening, and the very best of luck!

Good luck!
 
Thank you again to Joana for this giveaway, and for the brilliant extract - I enjoyed reading it! I wish you all the best with this story and any future stories!


Your affectionate friend,
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43 comments:

  1. certainly sounds like a too confident Darcy, rooting for the Colonel

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    1. Pride goeth before destruction and all that, so I guess he deserves to be brought down to earth with a thud, doesn't he? LOL, Susan. 'Rooting for the Colonel'. Loved that. I've always thought Darcy deserves whatever we throw at him for not proposing to Lizzy by the time of the Netherfield ball ;)

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  2. I love your voice, your costume, and your bouncy curls, Sophie. Well done.

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    1. She reads it so beautifully, Joy! The inflections, the pauses, Darcy's righteous indignation :) Thanks and hugs, Sophie, for such a wonderful recording!

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    2. Thank you! it was fun reading this one!

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  3. Well done Sophie! It sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. She sounds wonderful! Thanks for visiting and listening, Diana. Good luck!

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  4. Oooooh, I can feel the angst already! I'd love to win a copy of this one!
    Very well done, Sophie! :-)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Pam
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    1. Thanks so much, Pam, I'm so happy that you liked it! We torture Darcy, but it's for his own good ;) Hope you win. Good luck and thanks for taking part.

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  5. Oooooh, I can feel the angst already! I'd love to win a copy of this one!
    Very well done, Sophie! :-)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Pam
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    1. Thanks so much, Pam, I'm so happy that you liked it! We torture Darcy, but it's for his own good ;) Hope you win. Good luck and thanks for taking part.

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  6. OMG!! How amazing is Darcy! How he punches Morton! I need to carry on reading (but also I need to read how Mr Darcy takes the news of the engagement!).

    I have enjoyed listening the excerpt read by Sophie. Thank you also for hosting the giveaway by Joana.

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    1. So glad you liked the fisticuffs, Ana! It's all thanks to a dear friend (Pat, if you're reading, that's you) who read a scene between Darcy and Mr Collins in one of my other books and then asked why Darcy didn't just punch him. Of course, Darcy wouldn't strike a man of the cloth ;) but I thought he won't have any restraint about punching a foul-mouthed cousin. I'm so glad you liked the excerpt, Sophie read it so beautifully! Good luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part!

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  7. Thank you for the great reading and with feeling as well, Sophie! I loved listening to you with your bouncing curls and dress. This sounds like it will be an interesting read with everyone vying for our beloved Lizzy's hand.
    Thanks once again to Sophie and to Joana.

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, MaryAnn, so glad you enjoyed it. Sophie was brilliant, the intonation, the pacing, everything. And the bouncing curls were so lovely :) Good luck and thanks for coming to listen.

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    2. Thank you so much! glad you enjoyed my interpretation!

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  8. Joana, your books sounds splendid! I am looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks SO much!! I hope you'll like it :)
      Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Sophie you have the most beautiful voice, and your outfit is so super cute!! You are so perfect for this ^_^ Thank you both so much for doing a giveaway, that book sounds excellent!

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    1. She really is perfect for this, Anne. Lovely voice, intonation, outfit, everything. So happy that you liked the excerpt. Good luck and thanks for coming to listen.

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    2. Thank you, Joana! And Sophie, you're very welcome :) Will you eventually be doing the full audio-book?

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    3. That would be just magical, Anne, I'd love it if she could!!! But we'll have to see how it fits with Sophie's other commitments.

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    4. Great! I hope she'll be able to fit it in sometimes, it'd be magical indeed!!

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  10. Well read excerpt Sophie! Love that you were in costume as well! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. It was wonderfully read, and with such feeling! Thanks for taking part in the giveaway, I hope you'll enjoy reading the book.

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  11. He actually sets a date? And in only 2 weeks?! He is extremely delusional in this book; way more so than in the original. I can hardly wait to read it, and I just hope he takes his comeuppance well. Please consider me for the giveaway. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Ginna. Yes :D he is delusional, overbearing and more than a little selfish - a total pre-reformation Darcy. Arrogant too, so that he can fall from an even greater height when he discovers just how delusional he had been. Hope you'll enjoy the book and his comeuppance. Thanks for visiting and best of luck.

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  12. Well read Sophie! I absolutely lobed the book that I read on my Kindle so winning a real copy would be lovely, so please enter me!!

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    1. Sophie's reading is so moving, Hazel, isn't it? Thanks ever so much again for the wonderful review at Amazon UK, I'm over the moon that you liked the story! Thanks for stopping by to say so :) Hugs,
      Joana

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  13. Well read Sophie! I absolutely lobed the book that I read on my Kindle so winning a real copy would be lovely, so please enter me!!

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    1. Sophie's reading is so moving, Hazel, isn't it? Thanks ever so much again for the wonderful review at Amazon UK, I'm over the moon that you liked the story! Thanks for stopping by to say so :) Hugs,
      Joana

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  14. I just love your reading, Sophie, you're a natural for this type of fiction.

    Joana, I still melt inside when I think of the garden scene in The Falmouth Connection, so I hope there's more of that in this new book, to make up for the Darcy torturing that also appears to be in abundance!

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    1. Sophie's absolutely wonderful with it! And awww, Anji, I'm so happy that the garden scene in The Falmouth Connection stayed with you! Yes, there's a garden scene in The Unthinkable Triangle too, which I hope you'll also enjoy. And as I wholeheartedly agree with you that 'Darcy torture' is the only legal form of torture known to man, I applied myself to the task. Hope you'll like that part as much as I enjoyed writing it, cruel creatures as we both are ;)
      Thanks for visiting and good luck in the giveaway!

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  15. As always, beautiful voice Sophie! :) Loved listening to the excerpt!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to listen, Maria, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Sophie read it so beautifully! Best of luck in the giveaway.

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  16. I love Colonel Fitzwilliam so I am very curious how this plays out.

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  17. I love him too, Becky, so much!! Which is why I really wanted him to be happy too, and I think he eventually gets there. Thanks for stopping by to listen to the excerpt and leave a comment. Good luck!

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