Monday, June 11, 2018

True Love Comes to Delaford...Virginia Kohl

Available on Amazon
Happy Monday to everyone! Did you have a good weekend? Do you have lots planned for this week? I'm going to catch up on some things that need doing around my house and yard. Maybe 'catch up' is a bit strong and optimistic. I should be saying that I plan to make a dent on all that needs doing!

This morning I welcome a first time guest to More Agreeably Engaged and I couldn't be more pleased. Virginia Kohl is the author of the novel, True Love Comes to Delaford, which was released eight months ago today. Virginia is a decades long Regency enthusiast who loves Colonel Brandon. Good choice, Virginia. I think he is rather dreamy myself! :)

Congratulations on your debut novel and welcome. I've been looking forward to your visit!

                   
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My introduction to Jane Austen and the Regency era was through her first novel Sense and Sensibility. From the beginning, my favorite characters were Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood. I loved the genuine respect and esteem they had for one another. It was easy to imagine this devoted friendship developing into a lasting love match. True Love Comes to Delaford is their story.

Book Excerpt:

Elinor asked a question she had been wondering about since the night of their first meeting.

“Your Christian name would not happen to be Lucas by any chance, would it?”

Upon hearing the name, his expression turned into a deep-set frown, and his eyes darkened with an unreadable emotion.

“No, it is not.”

Miss Dashwood was momentarily taken aback by his reaction.

“I apologize, Colonel. It is evident your disdain for the name equals, if not exceeds, my own. I did not mean for my inquiry to cause you any unease. A previous encounter with a despicable cad has caused me to be quite wary. I have vowed to never even form a passing acquaintance with a man of that name,” she explained in a whisper.

 “You have nothing to apologize for. On the contrary, I must ask for your forgiveness. My own association with the moniker has been unfavorable to say the least. The accompanying memories are not welcome ones.”

After shaking his head in a moment of quiet reflection, he looked up with a warm smile.

“To answer your question, it is Christopher. Although, nobody ever refers to me as such.”

She considered the name.

“That seems to suit you well—much better than Lucas.”

He replied with a small laugh, “I am quite pleased my Christian name is not Lucas. Especially, since it appears you would never talk to me again if it were.”

When the two stood to join the others, Elinor had to crane her neck, given their height difference. She playfully smiled up at him.

“That would be most inconvenient, because I would also have to swear to loathe you for all eternity.”

Their banter was interrupted as squawking could be heard coming from the hallway. The sound continued to increase in volume and suddenly a large, scarlet macaw flew into the room. The guests stared, as if transfixed by the creature.

“So Shiny! So Shiny!”

Elinor’s head was turned towards the door. With its sharp beak rapidly opening and closing, the creature was headed directly for her.

Knowing the parrot could not veer off its flight path during the rapid descent, Colonel Brandon quickly grabbed Miss Dashwood around the waist, pulling her towards himself. She instinctively hugged him the moment the bird came to a crashing halt behind her. Startled, she looked up, still in the soldier’s arms. Elinor had never embraced another man besides her father. Her cheeks flushed at the warmth and security she felt; the sensations were unexpected, yet not at all unwelcome.


If you enjoyed this excerpt, True Love Comes to Delaford is available in both Kindle and trade paperback.

Author Bio:

Virginia Kohl has been fascinated with the regency era since discovering Jane Austen’s works at the age of eleven. While others dreamt of Willoughby, it was Colonel Brandon who stole Virginia’s heart from the very beginning.

Originally from Germany, Virginia Kohl shares her Texas home with her illustrator mother and faithful rescue dog. When not passing her love of learning on to her students, this college math professor enjoys reading, writing, and being an active member of her local writer’s guild.

Virginia Kohl can be reached at her website and on Facebook.

Her debut novel can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.

The accompanying tea blend can be found by clicking here.  

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It's been great having you visit, Ms. Kohl. By reading your bio, I find we have much in common. I live in Texas, have several rescue dogs, and taught high school college preparatory math for about thirteen years! I just don't write but I do draw! :)

The excerpt you shared has me hooked. I'm intrigued by Colonel Brandon and Elinor as a pair. Interesting, indeed. Then to have the scarlet macaw coming flying in directly at Elinor, well, I can't wait to know what is coming next! Thank you again, for stopping by and sharing with us. Best wishes with your debut book and Happy Eighth Month Anniversary!

Giveaway details J
Readers can post a comment to qualify for the drawing. One winner will receive a kindle copy of True Love Comes to Delaford (open to international readers). Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on the 16th of June. Good luck to all. 

28 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance. The book sounds good.

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    1. Thank you, Marina. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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    2. I'm so glad you stopped by, Marina. Good luck in the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Vesper. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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    2. I do too, Susan. I'm interested in seeing how this works out.

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  3. I don't think I've ever read a S&S fan fiction. I like that idea.

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    1. Thank you, Ria. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Ria. I like this idea too.

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  4. A large BIRD "attacks" Elinor (or almost)? What an opening! I haven't read any JAFF concerning Sense and Sensibility characters. I haven't even read Jane Austen's original novel, though I plan on doing so. I have seen the movie, so I know a little of the plot. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book! It sounds like a good one!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Denise! Isn't that quite an opener!

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  5. Oh no, Parrot! Enjoyed the visit and the excerpt, thanks! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sophia. Parrots can be quite mean. :) Good luck on the giveaway.

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    2. Hi Sophia, I'm so glad you stopped by! I don't think I would want to see a Macaw of any color flying straight for me. Their beaks look dangerous! :)

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  6. Colonel Brandon and Elinor? Gosh! Must think about that pairing for a while!!
    Love the excerpt,a snippet of what we have to look forward to!!
    Best of luck with this book!
    Janet,thank you for hosting!!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Mary. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  7. Thank you, Mary. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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  8. I,too, like Col.Brandon. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you, Betty. He is my favorite Austen Hero :)
      Good luck on the giveaway.

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  9. I have always thought that Elinor belongs with Colonel Brandon. So glad the parrot flew in so Christopher could grab Elinor. I would love to learn what happens to them.

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  10. Thank you, Eva. This is not the last readers will see of the parrot ;)
    Good luck on the giveaway.

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  11. I have never read this pairing before so I’m very intrigued.

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    1. Thank you, Darcy Bennett. :) Good luck on the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Good luck on the giveaway. :)

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  13. I like the name Christopher for Colonel Brandon. I believe he was given that name in the BBC mini-series of S&S 2008. Were you influenced by the adaptation to name him Christopher, Virginia?

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    1. He is given that name in the 1995 adaption - my favorite portrayal.
      I have always thought there is something handsome in the name Christopher Brandon!

      As a previous winner, I hope you are enjoying Christopher and Elinor's love story, Luthien!

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