Happy Friday, everyone! I am super excited to welcome back author Leslie Diamond to Austenesque Reviews today!! As you may have seen Leslie has a new book that just came out – Unwrapping Mr. Darcy, and it looks like a wonderful book to enjoy this upcoming holiday season!! It’s not too soon to start reading Christmas books and listening to Christmas music, is it? 🎄😃🎄😃 I’m especially excited about this story – not only because it is by Leslie Diamond and is a modern Christmas Pride and Prejudice story, but also because there seems to be some secret gift giving, which I think is so much fun (also there is a cat featured on the cover and I hear Lizzy is fond of cats!)!! I hope you enjoy Leslie’s post as she shares more about Unwrapping Mr. Darcy!
Thanks so much, Meredith, for having me today! Unwrapping Mr. Darcy is finally released and I hope everyone is enjoying reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I love fluff and so often I write stories where an outside force keeps ODC apart, and I really wanted to write something where they got more in their own way—like in Pride and Prejudice. This book started out as a quick 4-part short story that I expanded into a full-length book. I had to change a few things when expanding it but that was part of the challenge. If you haven’t read it, I hope you’ll give it a try this holiday season 🙂
Just for fun, I interviewed Charlotte, Elizabeth’s childhood friend and current executive assistant and she gave us the scoop on Elizabeth. I hope you enjoy it.
~ Charlotte’s Interview with Elizabeth ~
How long have you known Elizabeth Bennet?
For as long as I can remember. We lived across the street from one another growing up and were inseparable in school. I’m two years older, but that never mattered. When Lizzy graduated law school and started at Longbourn, I needed a job and she needed an assistant. Fortunately, it all worked out.
She’s a great friend. Whenever I was sick in school, she’d bring me my books and assignments, so I wouldn’t get behind. She broke Chad Jenkins nose when he dumped me before my senior prom—not at school of course. I was nearly out of savings when she was hired at Longbourn. If it wasn’t for Lizzy, I would be living with my parents again.
You’ve told us about Elizabeth’s good qualities, but does she have any failings?
(Laughs) She’s lethal to alarm clocks and can be as stubborn as a mule. I love her to death, but when she gets something into her head, it can be a major pain in the butt to change her mind—like how she can’t stand Mr. Darcy. I’ve tried to tell her that she needs to look past her first impression of the big boss man, but he insulted her. Lizzy’s never needed anyone to get her a job, and she prides herself on it. He has no idea the hell he’s unleashed by saying Mr. Bingley got her the job.
What about Elizabeth’s love life?
She has a love life? (giggles) Seriously, we’re talking about my friend, Lizzy, right? Since high school, the closest thing she has to a man in her life is her cat. He’s the only creature of the male persuasion who’s been in her bed in a long time. I think a guy could fall into her lap, and she wouldn’t know what to do with him.
What can you tell our readers about Grunt?
I’m the wrong person to ask. He’s a pesky little twerp in my opinion, but I don’t like cats. I’m also allergic. When I go to Lizzy’s apartment, he’s always trying to crawl in my lap and finds me the most interesting person on the planet. Lizzy loves him to death, and that’s what matters. She definitely needs some sort of a man in her life!
What do you think of her Secret Santa?
Ha! I only wish a man would shower me with gifts for almost an entire month! If she doesn’t want him, I’ll take him—and the gifts. (She laughs.)
Do you know who her Secret Santa is?
I have my suspicions, but I can’t tell Lizzy yet. She’d never believe it. I just have to wait until the right moment—even then, I’m not sure if she’ll believe me. I do know it’s a man. Who would buy gifts for someone they aren’t romantically interested in? I suppose it could be a woman, but I still think it’s a guy.
What is your favorite Secret Santa gift out of the ones Lizzy has received?
Oh, that’s difficult. She has a few really good ones in there. Between the food, the bath products, and the donations, I honestly don’t know what I’d pick. I’m still envious of her Jimmy Choo’s, but those weren’t a Secret Santa gift.
How do you like working at Darcy Holdings?
It’s really the best job I’ve ever had. I love the people I work for. A few of the other executive assistants are gossiping busy bodies, but I don’t worry about them. They tend to stick together since the rest of us keep our business to ourselves and talk about something other than work. Fortunately, none of those assistants have noticed Lizzy’s Secret Santa gifts. That could cause a big stink if it became a major rumor.
What is William Darcy like?
I don’t know him well. Everyone at Darcy Holdings speaks of him like he’s a God among men. He seems like a good boss. He’s not very talkative and seems a bit out of place most of the time. I don’t think he’s comfortable around most people. Lizzy seems to be the only person to have a problem with him—oh, can’t forget about Mr. Wickham. From what I understand, he never liked Mr. Darcy either. Personally, Jane and I think Darcy and Lizzy would be perfect for one another, but Lizzy would have to see past her nose first.
Oooh! Charlotte has some good ‘deets’ for us! LOL! I can’t wait to meet Grunt, I love him already! I want a lap cat! Thanks so much for sharing, Leslie!!!
Connect with Leslie
In conjunction with her book tour, Leslie is giving away a fabulous Unwrapping Mr. Darcy themed prize package to ONE lucky winner!!! This prize package includes:
❤️ Unwrapping Mr. Darcy tote bag
💚 Pride and Prejudice quote temporary tattoos
❤️ Jane Austen Quote Gift Cards
💚 Pride and Prejudice large postcard
❤️ Black cat wine glass
💚 4 Lavender mini bath bombs
❤️ 1 floral large bath bomb (has lavender buds)
💚 Lavender shower bomb
❤️ Lavender bubble bar
❤️ Black cat silhouette coaster
💚 Black cat thermos with spoon
❤️ Jane Austen quote postcard
💚 Black cat wine topper (just like Elizabeth’s!)
Commenting and entering through the rafflecopter widget on this blog enters you in a chance to win!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Leslie!
- This giveaway ends November 10th.
~ Check out the rest of the Unwrapping Mr. Darcy Blog Tour! ~