Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Giveaway and Launch of Darcy on the Hudson

Darcy on the Hudson
It’s me again. Back with another launch. But this one is special. Why? Because it is my favorite type of novel: a historical setting with protagonists (Darcy and Elizabeth) provided by Jane Austen. In Darcy on the Hudson, Darcy, Georgiana, and Charles Bingley travel to New York's Hudson River Valley to visit with Charles’s Uncle Richard. Once in New York, he meets American, Elizabeth Bennet, and it’s on.

At first, Lizzy and Darcy are convinced that they are engaged in a harmless flirtation, but as their feelings deepen, they realize that there are hurdles—probably insurmountable—because England and America’s class structures are so very different. On a visit to England three years earlier, Lizzy had been criticized for her outspoken opinions, something Darcy has experienced firsthand. Another problem. The story is set against the background of the upcoming War of 1812. Great Britain and the United States are very close to going to war over impressment, trade restrictions, and British interference with Native American tribes on the western frontier. Will these difficulties keep our favorite couple apart?

Friday, August 26, 2011

To Anyone Who Bought Darcy on the Hudson in Paperback

My novel, Darcy on the Hudson, was released prematurely. I clicked on the wrong button, and it went live. The book was still in its proof stage, and there are at least a dozen errors in the book. I apologize to anyone who bought the paperback because I am pretty darn fussy about the finished product on all my self-published books. There are no egregious errors, but there are mistakes. My sincere apologies.

The corrected version will be available on Amazon on August 27.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Need Your Help - Again

Darcy on the HudsonOn August 31, I will have the official launch of my novel, Darcy on the Hudson on Austen Authors. Here is the text from the back jacket:

When Fitzwilliam Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, and Charles Bingley set sail from England for New York, each travels with a different purpose in mind. Georgiana wants to put a particularly jarring episode involving a family friend in the past, and Charles wishes to visit his Uncle Richard in an exciting new land. For Darcy, it is an opportunity to explore the possibilities of new sources of wealth in the expanding United States, but once  Darcy meets American, Elizabeth Bennet, it is the beginning of a love story. But will their differences and a possible second war between Britain and America keep them apart?

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Black Tower - A Book Review

The Black Tower
I love a good historical mystery, especially if the author has successfully recreated the era in which the story takes place. The Black Tower by Louis Bayard is just such a book . Dr. Hector Carpentier is drawn into a web of intrigue when his address is found on a note in the pocket of a murder victim. Carpentier doesn’t know Henri LeClerc—yet. But when Paris detective Vidocq shows up at his door, he is about to find out who the deceased is. Vidocq is the master of disguise, and he needs every one if he is to find out if Louis Charles, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, survived the abuse and neglect of his guards in the Temple’s Black Tower during the French Revolution. Because if he did, he is France's rightful king.

Monday, August 15, 2011

And the Winners of the Giveaway Are:

The winners of my giveaways are: Trez, Suzan, MonicaP, BevMayo and Marylinda. I will be e-mailing you with all the information. Thank you to everyone who participated. You were very helpful with your suggestions, and I enjoyed (and will continue to enjoy) the polls building the perfect Mr. Darcy.

If you didn't win, I will be having a giveaway of A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park at my official launch on Austen Authors. My blog post will appear on August 17. Please come on over and try again. Thanks. This was fun.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What's Going on in Austen World

Lots going on. There are two reviews of my novellas. Irena at This Miss Loves to Read reviews my latest, A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park, while Erlynn at My Own Little Corner of the World reviews A Wife for Mr. Darcy. I hope you stop by and leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Your Responses Re My Blog - So Far

I asked for input, and so many of my wonderful readers responded. Here is what I have so far.

Luthien: I love history especially Regency period and giveaways. I don't really know what to say when you ask some questions about JA's characters, plots, etc. but I welcome it if it helps me to voice out my opinion and interact with the other participants. If you have the talent, maybe you can create some form of intellectual pursuit like treasure hunt, crossword puzzle, etc. As for puzzles, etc., I don't have the talent, but I could suggest it to my fellow writers on Austen Authors. There are a few computer geeks on the site.

Luthien, I’m so glad you like history because that is my greatest love. 

Cinta: I am a real fan of all things Austen or Austenesque. I also like history, so everything related to the Regency period will be most welcome. I also like blogs to include links to other related websites and funny quizzes or games about Austen and the Regency Period. You can also include from time to time contests, as for example, you can ask people what their answer to a certain questions would be or something like that.

Cinta, Two votes for history! Yeah! I will make it a point to link to other Austen sites. I did that for a while in “What’s Going on in Austen World.” I’ll also think about contests. If you have any specific ideas, I’m open to suggestions.

Gayle: I always want more historical romances. You do that so well.

Monday, August 1, 2011

I Need Your Help

This has been a busy summer for me. I went to a wedding on Long Island and spent a beautiful day in New York City with my husband and younger daughter. Then it was off to Texas for five days with my four sisters, my older daughter, and my two grandkids. I've also been busy preparing two titles for publication in August: Darcy on the Hudson, a novel, and A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park, a novella with a bonus short story, Mr. Darcy Steps In.

Because I was so busy, my blog was neglected, so I want to jump right back in by asking people what exactly they want to see when they link to my blog. I've already had a couple of responses, and they have provided an excellent start.

My greatest love is history, and so I like to write historical posts. Do you enjoy that as well? Would you like interactive questions, such as: Were Marianne Dashwood and Col. Brandon really happy? How about polls: Which Mr. Darcy has the best butt? Giveaways? Definitely. So to encourage you to share, I am giving away proof copies of A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park, Mr. Darcy's Angel of Mercy, and For All the Wrong Reasons. But there's more:

Dancing With Mr. Darcy - Introduction by Sarah Waters
Jane and the Stillroom Maid - Stephanie Barron
The Matters at Mansfield - Carrie Bebris
Jane and the Man of the Cloth - Stephanie Barron
Pride and Prescience - Carrie Bebris

On August 22, I will select five winners, and you will get to pick whatever book you want. Remember the rules: Make a suggestion, enter by August 21, open worldwide, but you must leave me an e-mail address. No address; no can win. Pretty easy, right? I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

What's Coming Up in August

First and foremost, Meredith at Austenesque Reviews is having a month-long Austen Extravaganza with tons of giveaways and posts by dozens of bloggers (me included). Secondly, I will be having my own giveaways of my titles and some other Austenesque authors. I am doing this for a selfish reason. I want a better blog, and I need for my readers/followers to tell me what they want to see on my blog.

Originally, it was my intention to publish short stories and novellas on this blog, but recently an author found that her story had been lifted in its entirety from a fan fiction site and placed on another fan fiction site passing it off as her own. Fortunately, an alert reader recognized the story and notified the author, but it does give one pause. I have decided to make my short stories available on Kindle (and Nook)  for $.99 and my novellas for $2.99. That is as low as Amazon Kindle will allow me to go in order to preserve a 70% royalty. Otherwise, they get the lion's share.

So please think about it. Do you like history? Are you interested in giveaways? Do you like games? Polls? Interactive posts? Please let me know. I really do want to have a bog where people will check in every few days to see what is going on. Thanks so much. Mary