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.


  1. Mary, I love the history you put in your novels. I am interested in exactly how you do your research for your books. Do you have particular books you turn to, the internet, library reference section? I love learning about history (one thing I love about your books). So, I would be happy with history related posts. I also love the interactive questions. I feel that not only do I get to see what others think, but it is creating connections between me and other fan fiction readers. Also, it is nice to have these conversations since I do not have any friends in my area that share my love for JA and Darcy and Elizabeth. It allows me a chance to have conversations with people instead of only in my head! :)
    PS- I CANNOT wait for Darcy on the Hudson and A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park & your short story, Mr. Darcy Steps In to be published!! :)

  2. What I like most is when I find out about Mary the woman, first, writer, second, Austen & historical context third. In the end - what is the inspiration? You already know what my favorite line was in the last book - where on earth did that come from!?!

  3. Angie, you have me curious. What was your favorite line in Mary's last book? I love knowing things like this from other readers! Thanks! :)

  4. It is hard to think of anything original to ask for! I love historical details. I'm for that.

  5. You'll find an audience when you write what you love! That's my suggestion. No need to enter me in the contest. :) Can't wait to see your new books out.

  6. I like your blog pretty much the way you were posting on it.
    I like the historical tidbits of history that you enlighten us with, such as the time you posted about cholera and the outbreak in London, that was about John Snow wasn't it?
    I like the neat places you talk about that you have been to and the pretty pictures. I like the post on the Sistine Chapel - very uniques way to look at it.
    I like it when you put things up like that time you talked about the covers of the novels and why there are no face or only partial bodies. I thought that was really interesting.
    I think Mary, when you put things up that inspire you and you add what you have to say about it that it's very interesting.

  7. I'm a history buff myself, so I'd always like to learn more about the places I read about in books. As an off-shoot of that, learning how you come by that information would be interesting, too. Research tips and the like.


  8. Oh, this is so helpful. Thank you, everyone.

    Trez, You are a doll. But you already knew that.

  9. It seems history is what we like and yes I'd like more history. You know the small things, how did they brush their teeth, what they wore, I like things like that :D

    Oh and pics of castles always make me happy ;)

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  10. Welcome back, Mary!

    I'd love to read about history because your posts about history are great - it's shows you love history. Also, posts about places you've been, things you've experienced, and interactive questions - I love those. And it would be great to have you answer the question you asked: Did Marianne really love Col. Brandon?

    I am also always up for a poll. For now, I'll have fun imaging the butts of every Mr Darcy to date.:)

  11. Mary, I love your post on history, I've learned so much from you. Sometimes when you have written something historical you have inspired me to do more of my own research to find out more! Your interactive posts are fun too! Reading about YOU is wonderful too! About your tony perms and your beautiful mother. So...pretty much anything you want to write about is great. :)


    P.S. Pardon any typos, I was writing this while walking on my treadmill.

  12. Jakki - I love it when Mary goes no-holds barred on the humor. That's why I love her Anne Elliott book so much. The line is, '"It is a bad start to a marriage when you have to pry your spouse's fingers, one at a time, from the bedpost on your wedding night. Ask Eleanor. Although I very nearly succeeded holding her off." I had to read it twice to get it, and then I giggled for a full 10 minutes. She's the Zucker-Abrahms-Zucker of Austen Authors. I think of her Darcy as Groucho Marx sometimes!

  13. I really enjoy little titbits of information on everyday things in an historical era. The foods they ate, the clothes they wore, there entertainments and so on with lots of detail.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  14. Most of us are so interested in the actual research and writing process. Does the author have the story idea first, or the character? Does the author use an outline or, as I do, write down ideas and then number them in the order I want to use them. (Don't ask how I started using that regime). We are all in love with the characters, the landscape, the manners and the verbage, and the history of these families, their neighbors and friends always spikes our interest. It sounds as if you are a very, very busy lady and how do you schedule your writing time each day?

  15. I love the ideas of including polls, and giveaways which you already are doing.

    I am a history buff, especially of the Regency era :)

  16. As I have already mentioned in your previous post, I love the historical information that you researched especially on this day, this.... thing happened. It keeps me in tune to what occurred in the past and remind us not to repeat the same mistakes again.

    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.

  17. Sorry, I forgot to add my email address


  18. I pretty much enjoy what you do already. I do enjoy some history but I'm not overly into American history. I do like little tidbits but only because you enjoy it so much. I do like the history of centuries past and as previously mentioned what type of food, what was the scenery like, how they brushed their teeth, how they washed their clothes and who, what was involved in getting dressed, what did the poorer classes do - the ones who served all these aristocrats we so love the read about. The tenants and other workers on these estates what were there lives really like besides looking adequate in a movie? The pics from your travels. I especially love your sense of humor shown in your novels and posts. The giveaways - absolutely yes. Opinion polls and interactive stuff yes as well.

  19. oops forgot my e-mail also...must be contagious
    schaf sue at gmail dot com

  20. Oops also forgot to say I so look forward to you upcoming works. The walk in the garden at Rosings sounds incredible...and Mr. Darcy Steps in...oooh intrigue. so much to look forward to.

    Of course "The Language of the Fan" is still one of my favorites. As well as Anne Elliot.

  21. Angie, I too thought that part was funny! Can you just pict. Lord Fitzwilliam clinging to the bed post?
    I love when authors have funny one-liners like that. I love to laugh and smile when I read! Love that authors can draw emotion from me (sometimes even cry)!

  22. I love history and I think maybe a weekly discussion question would be cool. Emma is this year's Signet Classic scholarship essay contest. If you talk about Emma some, I would be happy to point my students toward your blog.

  23. Well Mary, I would like to see more of myself checking out your blog. Sad to say, but this is my first visit and I did not realize what I was missing. Love it! Intend to be visiting more frequently. :)

  24. I love the idea of historical post about the characters. Luthien's idea of puzzles sounds like a lot of fun, too. Maybe trivia questions? (I am a sucker for trivia.)
    Can't wait for your new books!

  25. I always enjoy your posts, and as long as your blog is updated somewhat frequently, I will keep coming back. It drives me crazy that some of my favorite writers only update every few months or so. I like learning more about history, particularly little-known, quirky things that make me say "wow, really?" Lol I love the idea of trivia, quizzes, polls, etc. and who doesn't love a chance to win something.

    This is the first I've heard of Darcy on the Hudson. Guess I haven't been checking in here quite enough! I'm intrigued and will keep my eyes peeled for it.

  26. My email address is

  27. I just reread this post and I see I need to leave my email address. Oops!