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?

The usual suspects are in play: Villains George Wickham and Caroline Bingley, our favorite bore, Mr. Collins, the five Bennet sisters, Charlotte Lucas, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. But there is a sprinkling of new characters (a love interest for Georgiana) to make it interesting and one major character change: Mrs. Bennet. My Mrs. Bennet is not silly, ill-mannered, or undereducated. Instead, she is a wise woman who can look after her family without throwing her daughters in front of every passing bachelor.

As part of the research for Darcy on the Hudson, my husband and I spent a week traveling up and down the Hudson River Valley from Manhattan to Troy, New York. We visited a dozen historical sites, and I spent a small fortune on history books. But it was wonderful, and I hope when you read the novel, you will be able to visualize the places we visited. This is a full-length novel. In order to entice you to read it, I am pricing it at $3.99 for the month of September. After that it will go up to $5.99.

Now for the best part: the giveaway. I will be giving away two signed copies of Darcy on the Hudson. I will choose one winner from Austen Authors (the giveaway will post tomorrow - August 31) and one from my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment(s) with the title of your favorite historical novel on one or both blogs (doubles your chances). It doesn’t have to be Regency Era. For example, my favorite historical novel is Lonesome Dove, an American western.

Other rules: Comment by September 8. Winner will be announced September 9. Please leave your e-mail. No e-mail, no can win. Open worldwide. Looking forward to reading your comments.

P.S. My daughter, Meg, designed the cover. Isn't she talented? Answer: Yes.


  1. My favorite would be The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. Thank you for the giveaway!


  2. Congrats, Mary. Meg is very gifted in design.

    My favourite historical novel is Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer.


  3. Oh, I wish you many, many sales Mary!
    I am a lover of To Kill a Mockingbird! Another book I love that taks place in 1964 is The Secret Life of Bees. I love books that take place in the south! In addition to these, I love Searching for Pemberley. I really enjoyed learning about the effects of WWII and how people lived.

  4. Margaret, I had to go look up The Queen's Fool. It sounds really interesting.

    Luthien, I just read the blurb on Amazon about Friday's Child. Romanian prisoners read that book over and over again for 12 years. Powerful.

    Jakki, To Kill a Mockingbird is in my top 5 all-time favorites. I haven't read the Secret Life of Bees, but I have read Searching for Pemberley. Thank you for the mention. :)

  5. Another one I read Mary that was interesting is Patriot Hearts. It's a story about Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison and Sally (one of Jefferson's slaves). I liked it because I never gave a thought about these ladies all knowing each other and living during the same time.

  6. Jakki, Sounds good. Martha, Abigail, and Dolley are 3 of my fav colonial ladies, and as for Sally, I find her to be such a sympathetic character. I'll have to get that this book for sure.

  7. Hmmmmm....fave historical novel. Anne of Green Gables? Jane Eyre? Vanity Fair? The Barchester Chronicles? So many great ones to choose from.

    Congrats on your book launch and your daughter's art work is superb!

  8. Jenny, I have Barchester Chronicles on my Kindle. Got it for free, but then forgot about it. Have to go back and start again.

  9. Mary, I think I read that somewhere before about the Romanian prisoners but can't recall where. I seldom stray from the domain of JAFF, Georgette Heyer and other Regency romance so my choices are fairly limited. I'm off to AuAu now to double my chances of winning.

  10. Congratulations Mary on the release of your new novel. I greatly enjoy your writing. My favorite period of American history is the Civil War and I was greatly moved by the book "Across Five Aprils" that I read to my son when he was in middle school.


  11. Happy release day! I really enjoyed Anne Elliot: A New Beginning and this one sounds great too!

    I commented over at Austen Authors, so I'll give the title of another favorite historical. My favorite historical read this year has been Pamela Schoenewaldt's When We Were Strangers. Fantastic immigrant story that I couldn't put down!


  12. Oooh, congrats on this novel Mary!
    I can't wait to read it.
    Everyone left great choices for their pick on historical novels.
    I would have to say mine is "The Greatest Knight" by Elizabeth Chadwick. It's the first book of a trilogy. She is a exceptional author who does her homework and research well. It is a story of William Marshal who was not only a great knight to King Henry II, but also his three sons who were all crowned King at different times. She is working on her historical novel series of Eleanor of Aquitaine who was married to King Henry II, her cousin within the third degree and who was nine years younger than she. Fascination stuff :) I love reading about the middle ages and crusades.

  13. Hooray, giveaways!
    I'm glad to see a new novel by Mary. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read so far.
    As mentioned in Austen Authors I chose Just Jane by Nancy Moser as my favorite historical novel. Yes, it's fiction, but it follows Jane's life pretty accurately. And it's about Jane so it's almost automatically great.

  14. Rosanna, I think Across Five Aprils is an excellent YA book. Wonderful introduction to historical fiction.

    Katy, Just sent a sample to my Kindle on When We Were Strangers. I love immigrant stories. So glad you liked Anne Elliot. I had a blast writing it.

    Hi Bella. Do you have a favorite historical novel?

    Hi Trez. There was a time when I read tons of Plantagenet history, esp. abt Eleanor of Aquitaine. These all sound good.

    Amanda, I didn't know about Just Jane, which is why I asked this question. There are so many great novels out there that I don't know about.

  15. Your daughter Meg is very talented. ~ Since I have posted on Austen Authors I will pick two other historical fiction favorites of mine.
    Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier & Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
    Good luck Mary! I love the setting of "Darcy on the Hudson." My daughter is currently attending a college by the Hudson. :)

  16. Phastings, I love The Scarlet Pimpernel. I read it in my teens, but I haven't read Frenchman's Creek. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. Pride and Prejudice will always top my list, but I also love Jane Eyre and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (sorry, I have a hard time picking just one!). And your daughter did an amazing job on the cover!

  18. So excited for another one of yours! Such a fan... would love to win a signed copy. :)

    I love Little Dorrit by Dickens. I just pick it up and open to anywhere and read for a while. The perfect relaxer after a hard day. Same thing with Pride and Prejudice of course! I have P&P on my phone now, so I can just read while I'm in line at the grocery store. Yes, I am that person. :)

    I grew up in the Hudson Valley! I was married at the Samuel Morse Historical Site on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie and we had an English country garden party theme. It is amazing to visit the grounds if anyone lives near by or is planning a vacation... Google it.


  19. my favorite historical fiction to date is Pillars of the Earth............

    thank you for the giveaway & i can't wait to read your book, as i'm from NYC!!!


  20. Margay, I've only read Gaskell's Mary Barton, and now that I have seen the excellent PBS series, I probably will never read N & S. Too bad for me.

    Erlynn, We had Morse's estate on our to do list, but ran out of time. I just read a lot about him in McCullough's new book.

    Hi Cyn. Good luck. I know you would enjoy this book just b/c of your proximity to so much beauty.

  21. Thank you to all for helping me to celebrate my latest book. It is greatly appreciated. Mary

  22. I love the idea of setting "Pride & Prejudice" in this area. I live in the Hudson Valley.

    Like others, I am having a hard time picking my favorite historical novel. It's a toss up for me between Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" and Victoria Holt's "The Queen's Confession".


  23. My favourite historical novel is The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. I had a great time while reading it :D

  24. Hi Lisa. If you read my book, you'll have to let me know what you think. I've heard from about a half dozen people who live in the Hudson Valley. When I lived in NJ, it was one of my fav places to go.

    Hi Cinta! The fans of Pillars of the Earth are legion! I bought the book, but haven't read it yet. But I will get to it.

    Thanks, everyone.

  25. I can't wait to read your new novel! I grew up in Upstate NY.
    I have so many favorite historical novels. I loved the series by Thalassa Ali, beginning with "A Singular Hostage" (19th Century British occupied India). Jane Eyre,all of Jean Plaidy, "The Forever Queen", by Helen Hollick.

  26. Hi d page. If you read the novel, pls let me know what you think. Did I get it right?

    I've read a lot of Jean Plaidy and Jane Eyre is one of my favorites.

  27. Congrats on the new release! I read a review of it already somewhere else and it really sucked me in. I'm never sure if I'll like history per se from a more modern angle but this sounds fascinating. I lean towards Gaskell's North and South and Wives and Daughters for historical fiction. I also love Jane Eyre. I've read it over and over and have numerous movie versions. suzan

  28. Well, I know in this arena my answer is going to be completely unoriginal, but Pride and Prejudice really is my favorite! If I’d have to pick a more recent title, I’d say Darcy’s Voyage was just wonderful and I’ll never give up my ARC of that one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Laura Hartness
    CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

  29. Hi Suzan. No surprise w/North & South and Jane Eyre. Everyone seems to have those 2 on their list.

    Laura, I'll have to let Kara know. She'll be pleased.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  30. Mary,
    I haven't acquired a copy yet.
    I thoroughly enjoyed "Searching for Pemberley". I felt like I was right there with Maggie.


  31. lovely cover, Meg!
    congrats on the new novel! looking fwd to this...
    and your generosity? thankyou!!
    fave historical Persuasion~
    blstef1 at mts dot net

  32. On AustenAuthors I chose the Outlander series, so here I will say Alex Haley's "Roots". I tend to like multi-generational sagas.