Monday, January 31, 2011

Final Day of my Blog Tour with Lori from Psychotic State

I can hardly believe it, but today is the end of my blog tour. As you can tell from the picture at left, I put a lot of miles on the old bus. There is no place I would rather wrap it up than with Lori at Psychotic State. This is a wonderful book review site, so I hope you will stop by and visit as Sourcebooks has provided Lori with not one, but two, copies of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog Stop on Love Romance Passion

Today, I am visiting with Keira at Love Romance Passion. With a tag line of "because books don't fall asleep afterwards," you will want to stop by and have a look around. Sourcebooks has provided two copies of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, so be sure to post a comment with your contact information so that you can be in on the giveaway. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blog Tour Stops at Austenesque Reviews

The bus rolls on.
Meredith at Austenesque Reviews is hosting an interview and giveaway today for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. Meredith's blog is dedicated almost entirely to the world of Austen sequels and re-imaginings, including cataloging all the books included in this genre, a prodigious undertaking.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Blog Post on Historical Hussies

Blog Tour Stops at Historical Hussies
I have a guest post today on Historical Hussies. I was asked to write about what Regency Era ladies would have read and how they entertained themselves. I hope you will stop by and comment. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Bus Rolls On - Laura's Reviews - Interview and Giveaway

I am very pleased to be a guest on Laura's Reviews for an interview and giveaway for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. This is a lovely blog, so I hope you will stop by, have a look around, and read my brilliant and insightful answers to Laura's excellent questions. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Visit with Jennifer Becton at Skidding in Sideways

Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
I have a blog post today on Jennifer Becton's Skidding in Sideways, and Sourcebooks is hosting a giveaway of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. Jennifer is the author of Charlotte Collins, her debut novel, that has been receiving great reviews on Amazon and on seveal blogs including Meredith's Austenesque Reviews.

I hope you will stop by and visit and find out more about a promising new author. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Week Three of the Blog Tour - The Bus Rolls On to Diary of an Eccentric

Here I am more than halfway through my blog tour, and my stop today is at one of my favorite blogs: Anna's Diary of an Eccentric. Anna is not only a terrific blogger, but she is a wonderful and warm lady who is very gracious with authors (old hands as well as those just starting out). Along with Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit, Anna sponsors War Through the Generations. This year is dedicated to books about the Civil War, but in their archives are lists of great books about Vietnam and World War II as well. I hope you will stop by Anna's blog as she is hosting a GIVEAWAY of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. See you there.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Real King's Speech

Tony Grant of London Calling forwarded this BBC recording to me. This is the real George VI giving his speech to the people of Great Britain and the Empire beyond. It is at once heartbreaking to hear how he struggles through the speech, while at the same time, it is inspiring that he was able to conquer his fears and his stutter at a time when his  country needed him. Click here for the real King George VI's BBC speech.

Interview with Jane Austen Sequel Examiner

Here we are midway through my blog tour. So if it's Monday, there must be an interview with Kelly Yanke Deltener at Jane Austen Sequel Examiner. I hope you will stop by and ready my wonderful, witty, and pithy comments in response to Kelly's brilliant questions. :) Mary

Friday, January 14, 2011

Interview with Blodeuedd on Mur-y-Castell

To conclude week 2 of my blog tour, Blodeuedd is hosting an interview and giveaway on her blog, Mur-y-Castell. I hope you will visit, look around the blog, read my interview, comment so that you will be in the giveaway, or just say hi. Thanks.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review for The Perfect Bride from Jenny Loves to Read

I received an excellent review from Jenny at Jenny Loves to Read for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. I was eagerly awaiting this review because Jenny is a South Philly gal and doesn't pull her punches, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I got a 95/100! What did I do? I drove right up to the Grand Canyon, and you can see me celebrating in the picture above. (Aren't I in great shape?)  I hope you will drop by Jenny's blog to read the review and to participate in the giveaway, but in case you don't, here is some of her review:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Giveaway on Jenny Loves to Read and Other Things

Lots going on:

I hope you will stop by to visit with Jenny on Jenny Loves to Read, one of my favorite bloggers. I have a guest post there today, and Jenny is hosting a giveaway.

Do you like to write? Do you like to Tweet? Do you like Jane Austen? Lynn Shepherd and Adam Spunberg are setting up a tweet-told tale for next year. All information is on Austen Authors.

Wordsworth and Jane Austen - Tony Grant has a post today at Jane Austen's World about the poet, the authoress, the Lakes, and so much more.

Did you watch Downton Abbey? Do you think you saw some of those costumes before? Vic at Jane Austen's World can tell you where you saw them in an excellent post on recycling.

Laurel Ann at Austenprose has a review of the first novel in Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen detective series. She gave it six stars, so it has to be good.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Fitzwilliam Brothers at the Pemberley Ball - Complete

Blog Exclusive (I've always wanted to write that!)

I am pleased to say that my vignette received such a warm response that I decided to add two more chapters. Many of you will have read Chapter 1, but since I wanted the entire story to be all in one place, you may have to scroll down to Chapter 2 to begin or you could read Chapter 1 again.

The Fitzwilliam Brothers at the Pemberley Ball

Darcy waited patiently while Avery, Elizabeth’s lady’s maid, finished dressing his wife’s hair. Because tonight was the night of the New Year’s Eve ball, extra care must be taken, and so there were pearl pins and rosettes woven into Elizabeth’s beautiful dark brown tresses, and her gown, the color of claret, had been made months before by Madame Delaine, London’s finest modiste. After being properly thanked for her efforts by her mistress and receiving a nod of approval from her master, Avery was dismissed, but even before the door had closed, Darcy was beside his bride.

“Elizabeth, I do not think that it would be possible for you to look more beautiful than you do right now.”

“William, aren’t you exaggerating?” Lizzy asked, looking down at her chemise and stays. “You should reserve such comments for when I am dressed in my ball gown.”

“I like you better when you are not dressed,” and he traced the outline of her neck with his lips. “And why must you wear those stays? They are unnecessary as you have a superlative figure, and you know how it frustrates me to struggle with your laces.”

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blog Tour Continues on Debbie's Book Bag

Today is the first day of the second week of my blog tour, and I will be joining Debbie at Debbie's Book Bag for an interview. Sourcebooks is providing two copies of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy in a giveaway. Wow! Great news! I hope you will join Debbie and me. Mary

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Downton Abbey Begins Tonight

 Downton Abbey begins tonight. There has been so much buzz about this new series that I can hardly wait for it to start. I was a faithful viewer of the original Upstairs/Downstairs before the invention of VCRs. You were watching it or you were missing it. There was nothing in between. So get those recorders all set up. Here is the schedule from PBS because I'm sure you will want to watch it again and again.

 And so it begins!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Frost Fairs on the Thames

Frost Fair with St. Paul's Cathedral in the Background
In 1814, the last frost fair was held on a frozen Thames River, but while it lasted, Londoners had a blast! I have a post on this topic at Austen Authors today. I hope you will pop on over and read it and let me know what you think. Here is what I think: Brrrrrrrrrrrr.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fourth Stop on Blog Tour - Suite 101 - and Giveaway

It is hard to believe that we are already at Stop #4 on my blog tour to promote The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. My hostess today is Jessica Hastings from Suite, a wonderful lady and lover of romance. She reviewed my book last week, and I am thrilled to be joining her again. Jessica is hosting a giveaway--another chance to win my new novel!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Third Stop on Blog Tour for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

Here we are at the third stop on my blog tour for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. My host today is Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Book Club. Maria very graciously interviewed me for her blog, and Sourcebooks is providing a giveaway of my novel. I hope you will visit and say hello.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Second Stop on the Blog Tour

The Perfect Bride for Mr. DarcyI hope you will stop by Serena's Savvy Verse and Wit, the second stop on my blog tour. Serena invited me to write a post on my research process and visits to England.

This is such a cool site. Serena has pictures of all the sites I mention, such as Warwick Castle and Winchester Cathedral. You don't have to leave her blog or stop reading my brilliant post in order to see where I've been. :) Sourcebooks is also providing two copies of my books as giveaways. Hope you will come by.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Vietnam Reading Challenge

Anna from Diary of an Eccentric and Serena from Savvy, Verse and Wit are having giveaways in connection with the Vietnam Reading challenge that concluded at the end of 2010. Please check out this link to learn more.

Celebrate with me on Austen Authors

The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy
Today is the celebration of the launch of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy at Austen Authors. I am giving away one copy of my new book, so please mosey on over and enter the giveaway. All you have to do is go on and on about how wonderful I am. No, seriously, just leave a comment and you are in. :) Mary

Monday, January 3, 2011

Blog Tour Begins Today

The Perfect Bride for Mr. DarcyToday is the official start of the blog tour for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. It begins with a stop at Laurel Ann's Austenprose, and three copies of my novel are being given away to residents of the U.S. and Canada as a kickoff for the tour. After reading my blog post, be sure to read Laurel Ann's four-star review of the book. Thank you.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The King's Speech

I usually don’t do movie reviews because I know so little about film. Regina Jeffers, who did study film, has been discussing some of the Austen adaptations on Austen Authors, and I am amazed by the things I missed. Like most people, I go to the movies for the pure enjoyment of seeing a good movie, and I like a film or I don't like it. It might be just okay or a possible future DVD purchase. But The King's Speech is different. Even if I wasn't interested in wartime Britain, I would have found the movie compelling. Here is a man, the son and brother of a king, but someone never meant to be king, and because of that, few care that Bertie stutters badly. But then history forces him to the forefront. With the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, in 1938, so that he might marry Wallace Simpson, Bertie becomes king, and it could not have happened at a worse time. Hitler has forced the Czechs to give up the Sudetenland, and then marched in to take control of the now undefended Czechoslovakia. War is on the horizon, and George VI knows that his nation will look to their king for guidance and leadership. They will need to hear the king’s voice.

This is where speech therapist Lionel Logue comes in. The two begin a journey filled with pain, humiliation, and tireless determination. But in the end, because of their joint efforts, the king is able to address his nation after war with Germany has been declared, and he knows many more speeches are in his future. The result of this collaboration: a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

Colin Firth as George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Logue are absolutely brilliant, but so is Helena Bonham Carter, as Queen Elizabeth, the wife of the king, who does most of her acting with her eyes and her body. But the star of the movie is the brilliant script. It is witty, sad, happy, heartbreaking, and in the end, victorious. I almost expected the people in the theater to stand up and start singing God Save the King. This is absolutely one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to thank you once again for visiting my blog. Today, I am finally going to the movies to see The King's Speech, and after that, I will watch all the football bowl games with my husband. The Tostitos Bowl is being played nearby in Glendale (Oklahoma v. Connecticut). But for those of a more literary bent, there are interesting posts on Austen Authors today about New Year's traditions from around the world and one groan-worthy pun. I like the Dutch tradition of starting the new year by eating donuts because a Dunkin' Donuts just opened up a half mile from here. Oh, I'm bad. No matter what you do, have fun, be safe.