Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: An Accomplished Woman by Suzan Lauder


Audra Hales is a lady of many perfect accomplishments—at least she believes so. It is no wonder: she has mirrored her great friend Cecilia, the newly minted Lady Hoxley, so how could her talents not be worthy of the highest praise? A self-described matchmaker, Cecilia has brought Audra to Bath—where balls and excursions abound—with the intention of matching her with the gregarious Lord Garner Tremaine. Though he seems an affable and talented gentleman, his brother, the marquess, is quite the opposite.

As head of his family, Everett Tremaine, the Marquess of Vernon acts on behalf of his father, the duke, who remains secluded from Lady Hoxley’s guests. With his obligations, Everett has no time for foolish temptations such as Miss Hales…so why does he constantly find her thrown into his path?

Meanwhile, Audra has conjured all sorts of wild imaginings concerning the frustrating marquess, and every time she encounters him, he leaves her breathless rather than answering her questions! After all, what is ailing the mysterious duke? Could the marquess be a villain masquerading as the savior of his family? And most importantly: should she marry Lord Garner, the safe suitor, or follow her heart?

Book One of the Cecilia’s Mismatches series is a stand-alone novel. 

Cecilia’s Mismatches Series Blurb

Who is Cecilia? She’s Lady Hoxley, a recently married young lady whose husband is old enough to be her father. Theirs is a love match. She loves his money and title, and he loves her youth and vivacity. Cecilia is so gratified with her own match that she is determined to match her friends with worthy gentlemen—but what happens when all her grand schemes seem to go awry?

 Book Excerpt

Soon, Audra had Miss Davison almost falling off her horse with laughter as she described her dance with Lord Garner. “He is an excellent dancer, but I could not get a word in edgewise. He spoke of himself non-stop for the entire set. There were no finer parties than those he attends, and of course, I must have noticed how well he wears his clothing. Then, I believe in an attempt to prove that he is not above speaking plainly to the potential partner in life, he bragged of the purse he won racing his gig!”

“So he is all about enjoyment?”

“It does seem that way. He is certainly foppish and lackadaisical in comparison to his brother Lord Vernon, and is very pleased with himself for being that way.”

“You are severe upon him. I found him quite enjoyable as a partner.”

“Oh, you must not have! You had more opportunities to listen to him at dinner!”

“Recall that I am not as particular, as I am a few years older than you,” said Miss Davison. “Most would say I am on the shelf.”

“You are perhaps a little older, although you do not look it.”

“I thank you.”

“In any case, my papa was the best of men,” continued Audra, “and he was an exemplary landlord and husband. In fact, if you could say he had a fault, it was that he avoided town because he loved the country. Lord Garner seems to think life a joke for his entertainment. He bragged that he is rarely ever on his estate and prefers Bath and town.”

“And you do not approve?”

“Not really. I am certain the popinjay has not looked at an account in his life. He was given an excellent property upon his majority and lives more gently than any gentleman of my acquaintance. I know Lord Vernon is always engaged in the business of the dukedom on his father’s behalf, so I asked Lord Garner if he was ever overwhelmed with estate business, and he said that was the purpose of an estate agent.”

“I do not wish to be too forward, but are you not intended for him?” asked Miss Davison.

“Oh, yes. Cecilia—Lady Hoxley—is matching us together, and I have been told that the duchess approves of the match.”

Miss Davison remained silent as she rode along beside her.

“The rest of the family seems reasonably impressed with me, though I am not certain about Lord Vernon.”

“Why not?”

“Do you read novels?”

“Of course! I am a great admirer of Mrs. Burney and Mr. Richardson!”

Audra levelled her gaze at her friend. “Well, there is a novel happening, right now. I am suspicious of Lord Vernon and the duke.”

A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, yoga, fitness, home renovation, design, sustainability, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder keeps busy even when she’s not writing novels based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, all of which are published by Meryton Press. 

She and Mr. Suze and their rescue tabby split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial casita in Mexico. Suzan’s lively prose can be found on her Facebook author page, www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder; on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as @SuzanLauder; and on her Meryton Press blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzanlauder.merytonpress.com. Her Amazon author page is https://www.amazon.com/author/suzanlauder. 

Prior to publishing An Accomplished Woman of the Cecilia’s Mismatches series, Lauder had four novels, a novella, and a novelette published by Meryton Press and has short stories in two Austenesque anthologies. All are popular, most earning four-plus star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. Accolades include Amazon bestseller for Letter from Ramsgate and The Barrister’s Bride, a Finalist for Sexy Scribbles for an excerpt from Alias Thomas Bennet, and several of her books were placed on top ten of the year lists by influential bloggers. 

She even finds time to bake muffins! 

Contact Info





Amazon Author Page

Meryton Press Blog, road trips with the redhead 

Email: suzanlauder@gmail.com 

Buy Link

Amazon Universal Link



The blog tour will start on April 10th, but Suzan has lots going on even before the blog tour and after.

April 3-7 Lady Catherine's Salon; Suzan Lauder guest hosts this Facebook group.

April 4 Celtic Lady's Reviews; Kathleen Kelly will be spotlighting An Accomplished Woman and Suzan.

April 7 Delighted Reader Facebook page; Sophia Rose will be spotlighting the book and author.

Blog Tour Schedule

April 10 Musings from an Addicted Reader 

April 11 The Book Connection 

April 12 Elza Reads

April 13 From Pemberley to Milton

April 14 My Vices & Weaknesses

April 17 So little time…

After the blog tour, Meredith will host Suzan and her book.

April 27 Austenesque Reviews


Meryton Press will be giving away one eBook (mobi or ePub version) for each stop on the Blog Tour. Please leave a comment for the author below to be entered into our giveaway at The Book Connection. Ending date is 11:59 PM EST on April 27. Winner will be selected randomly from all commenters. Please be sure to leave an email address so we can contact you if you win. Good luck!


Janet T said...

Thank you, for spotlighting Suzan Lauder's book, An Accomplished Woman, especially during this time. I am sorry for your loss.

Suzan Lauder said...

My condolences on your loss. I appreciate the book spotlight and giveaway for the readers!

Kelly M. said...

Lovely excerpt! I enjoyed "An Accomplished Woman" very much and highly recommend it!

A Canuck Fan said...

Sometimes you can tell a book by it's cover. In this case both the cover and the story are sumptuous. A very enjoyable read!

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Janet and Suzan. I appreciate your kindness. Glad to see your recommendations, Kelly and A Canuck Fan. Thanks for visiting.