Thursday, November 17, 2011

Guest: Miz Bethany

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by Kathleen McKenna
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Shoot I have been to some sorry parties in my time but this one is the worst. That poor Miss Darcy needs a karoke machine bad because her singing sounds like a drowned cat. This here party reminds me of back in junior high when all the boys stayed on one side and stood there and stared at me like choked calves, well I know it wasn't a bit of it their fault it can be hard to just walk up to a pretty girl but I think the situation I'm seeing here is different. I think these poor Victorian boys just cant bring themselves to get close to these girls and who can blame them not a one of these poor girls has a dot of makeup on and it makes em all look as dead as ole Miz Bethany even here in the candlelight which everybody knows is the ugly girls best friend. Lucky for them I brought a little whisky along with me from home and I'll just use it to punch up the punch so to speak and get this party started.

Like I always say I didn't get chosen to be homecoming queen all four years in a row because I lack social skills and I was just getting ready to show some of these poor shy Victorian boys how to drink and dance like we do back home when ole Miz Bethany started getting as snarky as rabid boar.

"Why are we here, I dont like it here you said you'd bring me somewhere interesting." Truth to tell I had told her that very thing in exchange for her promise to stop setting fires around my new house. More truth to tell I might have told her I was taking her to a taping of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Ole Miz Bethany just loves those girls, mainly I think because they are all mean as cut snakes same as her. I tried to explain to Miz Bethany that it was kind of an honor to be here at Pemberly but I have to admit when she asked me why I couldn't think of one good reason, she snapped at me.

"Why would YOU be interested in a place that was in a book Leeann, have you ever READ a book?" Well she had me there but I do hate to admit to being ignorant and I was just about to make up something when her evil old dead eyes lit up like she'd seen a sale on at the Botox factory and the next thing I knew she floated across that ballroom like all the fires of hell were upon her which for all I know might have been true. That's when things went downhill quick.

Miz Bethany wrapped herself around poor Mr. Darcy like a snake and of course he didn't know what hit him her being dead and all so he probably thought he'd just got hit with the mother of all cold drafts except this draft had hands. Since Miz Bethany isnt one to let go of what she wants she hung on tight to him and before too long he was jumping around and swatting at himself like he had fleas and his fiance poor fat Miss Bennet was looking awful embarrased and Miss Georgiana the hostess was starting to hit the punch and things got right out of hand and I decided it was time to head on home to Dalton which you can rest assured I did. I up and left Miz Bethany there back in that Miss Austens book and I hope she keeps her because I can hardly bear the thought of dealing with my crazy dead ex mother in law in my sequel!


Guest post created for Pemberley Ball event by Kathleen McKenna, author of The Wedding Gift
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READ more about Miz Bethany and Leeann…

--~ Book Giveaway courtesy of author ~--

The Wedding Gift
by Kathleen McKenna

WIN a copy of this book -print or ebook!

Open to all.

Offer ends: December 15, 2011

TO DO: (2-parts)
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* image source regency men and women, Mr Darcy

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  1. Oh please, an ebook copy if you could.
    I find reading helps enhance my mind while waiting
    for all my gentlemen callers to visit.

    Lady Victoria.
    aka Donna

  2. I'm STILL waiting for this darn book. PPPFFFFTTTT.

  3. That scene was hilarious! You cannot just leave that crazed woman all over Darcy. (-; She will ruin the ball.

    Contessa Sophia

  4. I L.O.V.E. Kathleen McKenna and am barely able to keep breathing until I read the next in this series - seriously, The Wedding Gift was that friggin' good!!! I fell immediately in love with the main characters, and practically had Leann's southern slang pouring from my own lips lol

    And while I'm raving about The Wedding Gift, I just want to add that the twists & turns kept me guessing the entire read. :D

  5. Poor Miss Darcy, but she obviously felt the need to sing. Did she play piano as well? I understand she plays very well.

    Print thanks.

    Lady Mary Fotheringay

  6. Oh dear, what language is this? It must be some sort of American ramblings on. I must warn my grand niece and nephew of such should they ever take leave of their mother's trap.

  7. Poor, Mr. Darcy! I can't believe the forwardness of some women.
    I would love a print copy.
    Lady Margaret

  8. Mr. Darcy can handle it, I should hope :) I need not lend him my pity but some motivation.

    I would love to read The Wedding Gift in print format please.

    Lady Apple


  9. Oh, this is so hilarious! I can't believe Miz Bethany actually did that to Mr. Darcy!

    I would love to win a printed copy, please.

    Warmest regards,
    Lady Aurelia Langley

  10. That had some serious country sounding twang to it! print preferrable

  11. The book looks so dark, I love it! :)
    I would love a print copy, it is much more gentle to my eyes :)

    Lady Lena

  12. Well it only took a year and an ebook copy as well, but this one FINALLY arrived to my home. Wasn't a finished copy like proposed, but I am happy anyway. They fulfilled the prize.

  13. I was just wondering, what inspired you to write this book?

  14. Seasons greetings to all of the awesome readers on my favorite blog in the world and apparently some apologies as well! If any of you who won the contests had trouble getting your copies write to me please at and I'll fix it :) Anastasia thats a great damn question, to begin with I'm nuts so that explains a lot. Seriously though (I am nuts) Leeann is based on my gorgeous grandmother who hailed from Norman Oklahoma and the rest came together one day when I saw this really pretty girl with her hands wrapped around the wrought iron fence surrounding this mansion in the garden district in New Orleans. I could tell she would do ANYTHING to live in that house and then I started wondering what if it were haunted and what if the guy who maybe lives in there were kind of a tool and...yup thats the book :) Happy Holidays everyone and Miss V, much love see you in 2012!


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