Welcome to my Party!
Today we are celebrating the release of my latest book, “A Holiday to Remember” with a giveaway and Cookies! Mrs. Bennet and her woman’s circle have been cooking up a storm of cookies for the past month and I would love to know what your favorite holiday or anytime cookie is. Be sure to tell me in the comments section and we’ll not only share our cookies, but you will be entered in my giveaway for three eBooks. (International)
To begin with, I’d like to tell you a little about my book. In this modern P&P variation, Elizabeth Bennet is a dedicated choral director and teacher at Meryton Academy for the Performing Arts and William Darcy is the aloof CEO of Darcy Enterprises. The two of them met when unfortunate circumstances brought them together during a summer music festival in Chicago where tempers flared and unpleasant words were exchanged. Find out what happens when their paths cross again in December. Will their animosity continue, or will their reunion turn out to be A Holiday to Remember?
From Chapter One
Meryton Academy for the Performing Arts
Monday, 4 December, present day
“Liz Bennet! Please tell me I didn’t hear what I just thought I heard!” Charlotte Lucas burst through the doors of the choir room and marched straight to the keyboard where Elizabeth was working out the final arrangements for A Holiday to Remember—part of the music academy’s final showcase before the winter break.
“Char, I have no idea what you’re talking about, and I’m kind of on a deadline here. Uh … you do remember I have a major rehearsal at six o’clock tonight?” She arched a questioning eyebrow in her friend’s direction before entering the final chords on the master lead sheet in her computer.
“Right, but for your information, Mr. Billy Collins just told everyone in the teacher’s lounge he has a big date with you on New Year’s Eve. He says he’s escorting you to the Pemberley Foundation’s charity gala at Forest Ridge. What gives? Don’t those tickets start at five hundred a pop? Not to mention any woman who would dare to go out with that nutter would have to be a marble short.”
Elizabeth stopped what she was doing and burst into laughter. “Char, do you honestly think BC would actually shell out that kind of money just to have a date with me? The man is so tight he probably wouldn’t spend five dollars on his own mother. Don’t worry. The Vocalteens were asked to perform at the gala and will be doing the opening act right after dessert. Since Reeves will be out of town, I’m making do with Billy-boy to run sound. You’re welcome to join us if you don’t have a date. I can always use an extra chaperone. Plus, after the kids leave, the adults are invited to stay and enjoy the rest of the party. There’s going to be a live band, dancing, loads of food and some kind of a silent auction. It could be fun, even without dates.”
“Sorry, Liz. As a matter of fact, I do have a date.” Charlotte straightened up and fluttered her eyelashes in jest. “And … as much as I’d like to hobnob with the rich and famous, Brexton Denny is taking me to the Signature Room to celebrate the New Year. Who knows, this might turn out to be my Holiday to Remember, if you don’t mind me borrowing the title from your medley.”
“Go right ahead. The Signature Room is pretty impressive. Is there any chance your Mr. Denny might finally be getting serious?”
“Not to my knowledge. Still, there’s no way I’m going to pass up a date with a buff trainer from the fitness club, fireworks over Lake Michigan, and a kiss at midnight.”
“A kiss at midnight,” Elizabeth sighed, kind of dreamy-eyed. “Aunt Maddy says being kissed at midnight by someone special is magical, and although I’ve yet to meet that perfect someone, I believe her.”
“Girl, you’ve been watching way too many holiday romance movies on your favorite channel, if you ask me. I could never be like you. At any rate, if you need an escort, you can always ask my brother. I know Johnny isn’t ideal, but he’s okay in a pinch. On second thought, what about that cute drummer from the music store? Didn’t you go out with him a couple of times? Maybe you can take him.”
“George Wickham?! I think not! And no, we never dated. Char, your memory fails you. I only agreed to sing backups for that smooth talker’s band at Lollapalooza last summer because he was desperate. Believe me; dating was not part of the chord chart. Besides, I’m hardly interested in a fly-by-night drummer or any freelance musician for that matter. And I’m definitely considering adding your brother to my no-go list of men. If Johnny stands me up for one more transmission or any other mechanical failure, the man is toast. As it turns out, I’ll probably hand him his marching orders once he escorts me to Charles Bingley’s holiday party on Friday. Who knows, I may end up following Jane’s lead and using her professional dating service after all. I mean, who could complain about Mr. Bingley?”
“Are you serious?”
“Absolutely! Charles is exceptional. He’s considerate and has a great sense of humor. Plus, he brings Jane flowers, sends her cards, and takes her out to dinner, concerts, company functions, yada, yada…. And to top it all off, it was Charles Bingley who recommended the Vocalteens for the Pemberley gig. As one of the corporate lawyers who work for the foundation, he was happy to submit my PR materials to the marketing director. Mr. Reynolds thinks our Holiday to Remember medley will be perfect for the charity gala.”
“I agree; it’s bound to be a hit. The kids are already looking pretty good, and you still have until next Thursday to pull it all together for the showcase. Speaking of the gala, I hear the CEO of Darcy Enterprises is pretty hot.” Charlotte wiggled her eyebrows as if in the know. “William Darcy has been in all of the tabloids lately. They say he’s some kind of aloof, mystery man—tall, dark, and handsome. I wonder if he’ll be there.”
“William Darcy?” Elizabeth frowned. “His sister, Georgiana, was studying piano with Aunt Maddy at the music store until….” Her voice trailed off. “Are you sure he’s connected to the foundation? Mr. Reynolds never mentioned him.”
“Small world! According to Google, the foundation is run by Darcy Enterprises.” Glancing at the wall clock, Charlotte changed the subject. “It looks like the bell is about to ring, so I’d better head over to my advanced ballet class. Do you still need help tonight with choreography for the opening number?”
“I’d really appreciate it, since I’m going to have my hands full with the pit orchestra. If you can take over while we run through my new arrangements, it would mean one less thing for me to juggle at practice.”
“No problem. I’ll be there. Catch you later.”
After Charlotte left, Elizabeth minimized her music program and quickly googled William Darcy, CEO of Darcy Enterprises. “I can’t believe it. It is him! So, Mr. Darcy,” she continued to babble while glaring at the computer screen. “Your Mr. Reynolds booked us for the gala. How was he to know you never wanted to see me again?” She shrugged her shoulders. “Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to make the most of it, won’t we?”
NOW, on to the good stuff! The drawing for the eBook giveaway will take place on Wednesday, Nov 14 and the winners will be announced here and on FaceBook. Good luck everyone and I look forward to sharing your cookies. Jen Red ♫
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Amazon Link for A Holiday to Remember
Great idea good luck to everyone
Thanks Gail, This was a fun story to write. If you have time go by the blog post for my giveaway on Jan 1. Jen https://blog.darcyandlizzy.com/happy-new-year/
I can’t believe I have missed your post jen. I love the pictures and the book is so much fun. I am going to re-read it for Christmas. Why I am not surprised at your choice of Darcy. LOL, that would be mine too.
Thanks Kate! You’ll have to take a look at the Pinterest page. I added quite a few pictures since posting this story on the forum. I hope you like the new chapter I added. Jen ♫
I absolutely love the excerpt, Jennifer. My favourite holiday have to be Christmas season. I like pure butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
Hi Lúthien84, Im so happy you stopped by. Thanks for the cookies and good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red ♫
I really enjoyed the excerpt. My absolute favorite cookie is pfeffernusse.
Hi Deborah! Pfeffernusse is an awesome holiday cookie. Thanks for stopping by. Jen ♫
Love the excerpt. Looking forward to reading the story.
I always love shortbread & chocolate chip cookies no matter the season.
Dung! You must have read my mind! I made cranberry – orange shortbread just this morning. And of course, chocolate any time day or night! Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway. Jen
I love this story so far; and I love that you used gorgeous Henry Cavill as your muse for William Darcy. Every year our family makes pumpkin cookies with raisins and walnuts and brown sugar glaze. They’re delicious!
Thanks Nancy! I couldn’t resist HC in this lighthearted modern. Your pumpkin cookies sound delicious and I bet with the pumpkin they are really moist. Yummy! Jen ♫
Loving the story so far! Actually my favorite holiday treat isn’t a cookie, it’s mince pies! We used to have them all throughout December when we lived in England in the mid 70’s. I make my own during the day on Christmas Eve and we’ve found a shop in Dunedin that sells the ones we used to have! Delicious!
Regina, thanks for stopping by my party! Mincemeat pies are so awesome and I like that you keep up the tradition with your family. Thanks for sharing! Jen ♫
Oh I love this story, I am so happy you are sharing it again. I love mincemeat filled cookies, my grandmothers recipe and chocolate chip cookies are a close second.
Hi Carma, Mincemeat filled sound so delicious and who wouldn’t like a good CC cookie. Maybe we can join Mrs. B for her Saturday cookie bake. I think you’ll like the revisions I did on this story and I can’t wait for you to read it again. Thanks so much. Jen ♫
Love holiday cookies! My mom makes red and green pinwheel cookies every year and when the family gets together they’re always served warm from the oven. Can’t wait!! Looking forward to reading the rest of your book
Thanks so much Lynn char! The pinwheel cookies sound delicious. Cookies are my favorite. My tale is very lighthearted and I hope you enjoy reading it. Good luck in the giveaway. Jen Red ♫
With the holiday approaching, A good book (especially one of your books) and delicious cookies is definitely my prefect time. Kastengel is my favorite cookies. It comes from Kaas (cheese) and Stengel (stick) or Cheese stick. The cheese has to be Gouda
cheese or Edam. Yum. Congratulations on the publishing your other book.
Thank you Bludpoison! AND I, too, love anything made with cheese. Good luck with the giveaway! Jen ♫
So excited to read your story again! Mmmm, cookies. I’ve been toying with a recipe for a while but haven’t perfected It yet for toasted coconut covered rolled cookies, sliced thin so they look like flat haybales. Vanilla dough and crushed almonds, too. Yum.
Love your story and congratulations on publishing it!!
Elaine, anything with coconut will be a hit at hour house. I’m sure they will be yummy! Add on the nuts and the Redlarczyks are in cookie heaven! Thanks for stopping by. Jen ♫
I can’t wait to read this story all the way through since it has been so long since you posted it. 🙂 I love sweets but unfortunately I can’t have them. Have tried to make no sugar things but they just don’t taste the same. Bummer.
Sorry about your sugar Brenda. I keep trying to do virtual sweets myself, but usually fail in the end. I hope you like my revised version. Thanks, Jen ♫
Try this link. It’s not exactly cookies but it looks good.
Jen, I’m really looking forward to reading your story again. I do hope it sells well for you.
Thank you for posting all the recipes, they sound delicious. I particularly remember Maureen’s.
Diane, I watched the video and tomorrow I am baking these muffins. I use saigon cinnamon which is the absolute best and I may even try some organic cranberries instead of raisins. YUMMMY! Thanks for the link.
I love the photos (especially Darcy and the cookies. 🙂 )
Also like this idea, I just hope there is a very happy ending lol.
My favourite cookies are stem ginger or chewy choc chip.
Stem Ginger or Chewy Choc Chip! Glynis, I’m drooling. AND of course there is a very happy ending. After all it’s the holidays! Jen ♫
I am looking forward to reading this. I do enjoy a nice modern interpretation! Congratulations on the new release
Also, I am not much of a cookie person. I love anything with chocolate and salt though! Covered pretzels, salted caramel chocolates..yum!
I can do chocolate and salt, caramel and the like! Ditto for yum! ♫
Thanks so much Audrey Reed! I hope you like my holiday spin and good luck in the giveaway! Jen ♫
The cookies look delicious. Sand tarts are my favorite cookies for the holidays because I have fond memories of decorating them with my mother. Thanks for the excerpt and the pictures to accompany them. I never would have imagined George Wickham as Tommy Lee but somehow it works.
Thanks DarcyBennett! Sand tarts sound delicious and too bad Tommy Lee didn’t audition. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway. Jen ♫
Thanks so much for stopping by my party! I hope you enjoyed the preview and cookies. Be sure to tell me which is your favorite and good luck in my giveaway! Jen Red ♫