I’m Having Another Party!

WELCOME to my party! This week I am celebrating the one year anniversary of Darcy’s Melody and the launch of A Taste of Peanut Butter. It’s been a wonderful since publishing my first long novel and I want to thank those of you who have supported my work with purchases and encouraging messages. To add to the festivities I am having a spectacular giveaway featuring my new book and many other fun prizes. All you have to do is leave your comments to enter. The contest is open to all readers who have access to an Amazon Marketplace. Now let the fun begin! ♫

Elizabeth Bennet has a passion for baking and peanut butter happens to be her signature ingredient. William Darcy’s family owns Pemberley Network where she is a contestant in their next bake off. Will their newly found romance be complicated by a conflict of interest?  Find out in A TASTE OF PEANUT BUTTER. 

“A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.”  Jane Austen ~ Pride and Prejudice

CHAPTER ONE  What Are Men Compared to Cookies, Cakes, and Peanut Butter? 

O’Hare International Airport – Friday afternoon, late spring

“So, did you have to pay extra to check your overweight bag?” Jane Bennet stood with her hands on her hips and gave her younger sister a quizzical look.  

“I did—a total of one hundred dollars to be precise. Can you believe it? My bag was only nine pounds over the limit. Heck, I could have checked in an extra suitcase for that price. If only peanut butter didn’t weigh so much.”

Jane giggled. “Lizzy, you probably wouldn’t have had to pay a thing if you only left some of your baking pans and that ridiculous Chinese wok behind. Plus you wouldn’t have had to stuff so much in your carry-on and backpack.”

“What are you talking about? My flat is almost barren when it comes to kitchenware. Okay, I admit I probably could have gotten by without the wok even though I did promise my teammates from the bank that I’d cook Thai when we start working on our hospitality booth for Wimbledon. Believe me, by that time they will have had their fill of my practice desserts. Nevertheless, the bake off is coming up, and I need every single one of those baking pans if I’m going to keep practicing. I have big plans for my babies—chocolate peanut butter cream pie, peanut butter spice cake, not to mention my killer cheesecake. I only hope I don’t run short of peanut butter. The good stuff is like gold in the UK.”

“Now you listen to me, Elizabeth Anne Bennet! With the exception of the contest, you, my dear sister, are supposed to be taking a hiatus from cooking. Your roomy, Charlotte, is absolutely right. You will never get a decent guy to like you for the smart, intelligent, beautiful woman you are if you keep flaunting your cooking skills at every turn. Men aren’t normal when it comes to your culinary expertise. It’s like they’re on drugs or something. I’m tired of hearing about all the bozos who somehow think they’ve struck it rich with their own personal chef while forgetting how to treat you like a real date. I’d like to know, dear sister, when was the last time a guy friend invited you out to dinner instead of having you come over to his place with your apron in hand.”

“Look, Jane,” she huffed. “I won’t stop being who I am. That’s all there is to it. With going to school and my internship at the UBI, I have a very stressful schedule. Not to mention, I have to suffer through a nasty test on derivatives as soon as classes resume. Then, in addition to Wimbledon, our team is organizing another gala event for early autumn. Believe me; I need a diversion after putting in so many hours between the bank and school. Feeding my friends is how I relax.”

Jane couldn’t resist giving her younger sister a big hug. “Okay, I understand. I just wish you would give Charlotte’s plan a try the next time you go out with a new guy. How hard could it be to refrain from talking about your hobby on the first date? Better still—wait till you’ve had three. You know what they say—the third time’s the charm. Sweetie, I would love to see you graduate from Elizabeth Bennet, personal cook, pal or surrogate sister to girlfriend extraordinaire!

“I know.” She pouted.

“Hey, don’t give me that. I want assurance and a pinky promise that you’ll at least try.” The two laughed as they went through the ritual.

“All right, I promise, I’ll do my best. But if….”

“No buts! Oh, I almost forgot. Here’s my reader. See if you can squeeze it in your bag. I loaded it with my favourite, Pride and Prejudice. Maybe you can take a hint from your namesake and challenge yourself to find a real Mr. Darcy.”

Elizabeth let out a hearty laugh. “Oh, Jane, I love how you have me giving up my cooking passion and meeting Mr. Darcy all in one fell swoop. You are without question one demanding sister!”

“Not really. I’m simply a romantic at heart, just like you. Now, get on through security. I’d better go before Dad gets a ticket out there in the mob.” The two sisters hugged, and Jane waved as she rushed toward the exit. “Don’t forget to text me once you get squared away on the other side. Love you!”

“Okay, Sis! I love you, too!” Elizabeth called as she clumsily lugged all of her things to the closest security checkpoint. Removing her sandals and pulling out all electronic devices from her backpack, she quickly filled two grey plastic holding bins and managed to hoist her overstuffed carry-on onto the conveyor belt.

Little did Elizabeth Bennet realize, however, that she was being closely eyed by a very interested party of the male persuasion. Captivated by the perky brunette, he had overheard her entire conversation and was now formulating his own plan.

Curious, I never thought of dating an American. She said that she is an intern at the UBI. I wonder why I haven’t ever seen her there. Of course, there are loads of interns at the bank. He couldn’t help smiling while candidly giving her the once over. Beautiful, long, dark, silky hair—nice. And her eyes…. I could easily get lost in those dark chocolate orbs if given the chance. Great figure and even more important, she cooks. I’ve never dated a woman who liked to cook. My dates would rather have me wine and dine them at expensive restaurants. Without a doubt, this Elizabeth is different from all the other Elizabeth Bennets I’ve ever met, or any other woman for that matter. She’s so … unpretentious, refreshing and obviously not a part of the corporate set. I wonder. Richard did suggest that I consider stepping out of my comfort zone for a change. Maybe….

And now for my giveaway!

Below you will see a list of prizes. Just tell me which items you would like to win and let me know what you think about Lizzy’s Blissful Peanut Butter Cheesecake in the comments. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 28. Enjoy! 

 

A Taste of Peanut Butter – 3 eBooks or a choice of a Print book if you live in the United States

Darcy’s Melody – 2 eBooks

A Holiday to Remember – 2 eBooks

A Very Merry Mix-up – 2 eBooks

Taking Another Chance by Brenda Webb – 2 eBooks

One Jane Austen mug available to USA residents

One Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer Board Book and Playset (BabyLit Playset) to USA residents

  

                

The Amazon Link for my book.

The Pinterest Link for both stories – a MUST see!

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Talia Sommer

Honestly, I can’t stand peanut butter! And I am off sweets. Books are great though! I can read them any time without a problem. 😉 Thank you for the giveaway. Any of the prizes would be fine. Although, I think my daughter would love the playset.

Dianne
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Hi Jen. I have already purchased all the books including your latest which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Elissa
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Elissa

Congratulations on your newest release! Two of my favorites combined into one incredible indulgence…peanut butter cheesecake and an awesome story…along with a cup of coffee. Would love to have a copy of your book or Brenda’s as it would further my library of wonderful stories that I love to read over and over. Thank you so much for sharing.

Eva Edmonds
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Eva Edmonds

Oh, the peanut butter cheesecake looks so decadent especially with the sauce. I can practically taste the richness. The book sounds like such fun – just like A Holiday to Remember. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I would love the following: Taking Another. Change, A Taste of Peanut Butter, Darcy’s Melody, Jane Austen mug. Congratulations on your new book.

Mary Smythe
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Mary Smythe

I love modern AU JAFF, even if I don’t particularly like peanut butter (don’t throw stones, I know it’s strange). I also watch lots of cooking reality competition shows, so the theme appeals to me. Seems cute and fun!

As for the prizes, I already have a Kindle account loaded with more than I can possibly read right now, so I think the mug or the little book/playset thing look like the most fun.

Mary

Dori
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Dori

Love the giveaway! Taste of Peanut Butter looks fun!

Diana
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Diana

Wow, what a fun giveaway. Since I already have your other books (Love them!), hmmmm, choice number 1 is the totally cool JA mug. Choice number 2 is Brenda Webb’s book. She comes up with great plots and writes them well. About Lizzy’s cheesecake – I’ll take one of those, too, please. I’m getting hungry just looking at the picture. Or just send the recipe. I’m a pretty good cook and could make it.

Thank you for doing this. Giveaways are such fun.

Joy (molson)
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Joy (molson)

Jen,

So delighted to read the preview of your newest book! It sounded so wonderful – Darcy and Elizabeth and peanut butter! I wish you much success with your story! I would love to have a copy of it…

Lúthien84
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Congratulations on your new release, Jennifer! It has been many years since I tasted peanut butter but I used to not like nuts. But I would like to try peanut butter again. Cheesecake are my favourite kind of cakes so I hope they goes well together.

Since I am international, I would love to win Taking Another Chance (first choice), A Taste of Peanut Butter or Darcy’s Melody. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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bludpoison

Hi..Jen, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, I have never make those nor eat them. I have to try on some time. That excerpt is beautiful. I would like to read again. Your stories are usually beautiful and engaging. And the party?? oh my..who can resist those prizes. I have your books except the “Taste of Peanut Butter” and I would love to have Brenda’s book and the cup. Thank you for organizing this party. We love to come to your party.

TJ
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TJ

Now I’m hungry for more! (I’m sure you’ll hear that more than once now.) Congratulations on the book! Any book would be fine for the giveaway. Teeg

Connie Weis
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Connie Weis

I am a peanut butter fan for sure and I love stories like this one. Your stories never disappoint. I’ve been reading some modern P&P variations lately and they have been lots of fun. The reviews have been good so I think this will be a winner for you. Loved Peanut Butter, I would like the cup
Connie

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Buturot

Yumm, yumm. Love peanut butter and cheesecake (what a combination). Love your characters too. it brought the story to life. Oh my I am wishig it was a movie you can watch. Thank you for this chance. Please enter me for the drawing of the books ( a taste of peanut butter, a holiday to remember, taking another chance, a very merry mix-up and Darcy’s Melody). Thank you

Kelly Miller
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Kelly Miller

Who doesn’t like peanut butter? Congratulations and best of luck to you, Jennifer on your latest book! I would like to win A Taste of Peanut Butter.

Audrey Reed
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Audrey Reed

Congratulations on what looks to be another great book! I do enjoy the modern P&P variations, but there much fewer of those! I am looking forward to reading it. I already own all the rest, so if I win, I would love “A Taste of Peanut Butter”. Thank you!

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darcybennett

Congrats on your new release and one year anniversary of Darcy’s Melody! I love baking competition shows so this is a wonderful mash-up. Enjoyed the excerpt and I love peanut butter so I definitely would love her baking. I would like to enter to win A Taste of Peanut Butter, Taking Another Chance or Darcy’s Melody.

Carmalee
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Carmalee

I love this story, I have all of the books so don’t include me in the drawing. I love fun parties and yours are always so much fun.

Debra-Ann Kummoung
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Debra-Ann Kummoung

Congratulations! What a great excerpt! Those are great prizes and interested in anything except the ebooks as I have all but one and I’ll be buying it shortly. Thanks for putting this together.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Jennifer Redlarczyk

Thanks so much Debra-Ann! I had a lot of fun writing this little tale. I’m almost finished with the Pinterest page so you’ll have to check my link when I put it up on FB. Jen ♫

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