Friday, July 29, 2011

Wrap Up of Blog Tour at A Life in the Thumb

Ah, another blog tour comes to an end. I finish up with a review of A Wife for Mr. Darcy with Staci at Life in the Thumb. This was a great review, and she also reads a portion of my book in a video. That's a first for me. Hope you will stop by. Now, I have to go put the bus back in the garage until October when I will be on a blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite.

P.S. In August, I will be having giveaways. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Great Review for Diary of an Eccentric for A Wife for Mr. Darcy & Blog Stop & Giveaway

I am so pleased with the review that I received from Anna at Diary of an Eccentric. That's me jumping over the Grand Canvyon after reading my review.

Here is a part of Anna's review:

A Wife for Mr. Darcy was so engrossing that I truly feared for the happiness of Darcy and Elizabeth, and I was so wrapped up in the whole mess with Miss Montford that I didn’t even miss all the chaos associated with Lady Catherine, who did not make an appearance. Simonsen does a wonderful job making Austen’s characters her own, and the addition of her original characters make for a richer read. I can’t wait to see where she takes the Darcys, the Bingleys, and the Bennets next.

Please click here for the complete review. I am also scheduled for a blog stop at Diary of An Eccentric today where Anna is hosting a giveaway that ends on August 7.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blog Tour Stop at My Jane Austen Book Club

A Wife for Mr. Darcy
Please join Maria Grazia and me at My Jane Austen Book Club. I have written a guest post about P&P's three couples: Elizabeth and Darcy, Bingley and Jane, and Lydia and Wickham. There is also a giveaway of one copy of A Wife for Mr. Darcy, but please hurry because the giveaway ends on August 1.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today at Love Romance Passion

Today, I have a guest post at Love Romance Passion with Keira for my blog tour of A Wife for Mr. Darcy. I hope you will stop by for a visit.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Interview with Austen Prequels and Sequels

Jane Austen: The Complete Collection (With Active Table of Contents)I recently visited with Sofia at Austen Prequels and Sequels to answer questions about what Austen books and characters I like best. I was asked what four Austen characters I would like to have dinner with. Hope you will stop by and read my answers.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Giveaways of A Wife for Mr. Darcy

There are currently two giveaways for A Wife for Mr. Darcy. Here are the links:

Songs and Stories

Historical Hussies

I hope you will stop by and visit with Natalie and Linda. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown

The Companion of Lady HolmeshireDebra Brown, aka English Period Novels, on Facebook, has released her first book on Kindle, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire. Here is some information from her press release:

Pensacola, Florida. World Castle Publishing just announced the release of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown. Available Friday, July 15th. This historical with a touch of romance is sure to become a classic suitable for any age. Mrs. Brown keeps the reader glued to the pages to find out what happens next. Not your typical historical or your typical ending either. The Companion of Lady Holmeshire will sweep you away from modern cares into a different, fascinating world of aristocrats and servants, castles and villages, mansions and balls. Enjoy the London Season with a servant girl, become a companion to a countess, who is dragged along into snobbish society. Watch mysteries develop and sweet romances bloom.

For more information, please click here. Congratulations, Debra, and best of luck with your book.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Three New Reviews for A Wife for Mr. Darcy

From Keira at Love Romance Passion:

Review: As much as I love Regency romances sometimes the rules are beyond me. An extra dance at a ball, a visit or two to a drawing room, and suddenly you’re nonverbally committed to someone to the point where marriage contracts are being drafted up on the side for the day when the proposal comes. Yikes! Poor Darcy.

Letitia Montford is the young lady in question. She’s everything Darcy believes he wants in a wife. She possesses all the qualities of a perfect Regency Miss, but she has all the character, depth, and personality of a painted table. Pretty to look at and not much else. She does not engage him that way our Elizabeth does.

Recommended: If you love Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Variations, or Regency romance you’re gonna devour A Wife for Mr. Darcy! I did. It’s one of the best books out in 2011.

For the complete review, please visit Keria at Love Romance Passion

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From Blodeuedd at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell:

This is the Pride and Prejudice variation to read. It was sweet and wonderful, just like a nice desert that you just savour. And it will bring a smile to your face.

For the complete review, please visit Blodeuedd at Mur-y-Castell.

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From Linda Banche at Historical Hilarity:

Rich with the social realities of the era, A Wife for Mr. Darcy is also a cautionary tale of the pitfalls involved in blindly following society's dictates. Duty and position in the world loomed large in Darcy's day, with serious penalties for not conforming to expectations. But should you follow society's precepts and undertake a disastrous, loveless marriage with a "suitable" woman as Darcy's cousin, the earl, did, or follow your heart and risk the consequences?

Ms. Simonsen writes the style of Jane Austen well, but with added emotion. The emotion transforms a simple Cinderella story into a tale of real people caught in a bind of life-altering proportions.

Darcy and Elizabeth's love makes them both vulnerable and deeply human, and is a joy to read. I like the rehabilitated Mrs. Bennet, here a sensible woman whose dramatics are only a bid for attention in a crowded female household. Mr. Collins is even sillier than in Pride and Prejudice, and Georgiana shows a definite talent for intrigue as she helps extricate her beloved brother from a tangle not entirely of his making.
For the complete review, please visit Linda at Historical Hilarity.

P.S. Blogger determines the spacing of my posts. Sometimes, I would like to take an axe to Blogger.

Monday, July 11, 2011

4.5 Star Review at Austenesque Reviews - A Wife for Mr. Darcy

I have received a 4.5 star review at Austenesque Reviews for A Wife for Mr. Darcy. Here is a snippet:

[In A Wife for Mr. Darcy], Darcy and Elizabeth receive some much needed assistance from the schemes and manipulations of Darcy's meddling and well-meaning relatives. Through these characters and their clever machinations, Ms. Simonsen's penchant for humor and satire really shine... If  you are the mood to read about Darcy being embroiled in a love triangle, Bingley and Jane combating some unmanageable little hellions, and the profligate Lord Fitzwilliam constantly causing mayhem and aggravation, A Wife for Mr. Darcy is the novel for you! Hilarious, absorbing, and unique - A Wife for Mr. Darcy, is my new favorite Mary Simonsen novel! I highly recommend!

For Meredith's full review, please click here.

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway of A Wife for Mr. Darcy at Austen Authors. Deadline is June 12. Winner will be announced on June 13.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Review from Savvy Verse and Wit

Here is a review from Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit for A Wife for Mr. Darcy:

Simonsen's writing is as close to Austen’s as you can get, but it is modern at the same time, with sexual intimacy talked about, but never shown explicitly. The wit of Austen is here as well, though with a more modern sensibility. Readers will enjoy this creative exploration of these characters, the introduction of new characters, like Sir John Montford and his daughter Letitia and Bingley’s older sister and her brood the Crenshaws. One of the most amusing scenes in the novel is when Jane takes on the task of taming the savagery of the Crenshaw children, who are prepared to survive any apocalypse.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review for A Wife for Mr. Darcy from Austenprose

A Wife for Mr. Darcy
Guest review by Kimberly Denny-Ryder of Reflections of a Book Addict

Mary Lydon Simonsen, author of Searching for Pemberley and The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, is back with yet another opportunity for us to wander down that “what if” path with our favorite Pride and Prejudice characters: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  This time, our variation begs the question: what if, after Mr. Darcy made that terrible “tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me” comment, he goes to apologize to Elizabeth and beg her forgiveness instead of never addressing it?  We find out in A Wife for Mr. Darcy, Simonsen’s third P&P fan fiction novel...
Simonsen is a master at getting her readers to feel the emotions that her characters are feeling.  For most of the book, I felt the angst that Darcy was feeling when trying to figure out what to do and how to do it.  I felt Elizabeth’s depression, as she realized she loved Darcy, and also realized that he could never marry her due to her low social standing and lack of wealth.  Simonsen’s descriptive prose flows from page to page, as you become engulfed in the emotions of her storytelling.  It’s a fantastic reading experience, one I get from reading every one of book of hers...
 I think if Austen were able to read Simonsen’s work, she would definitely approve of the new directions that her beloved characters are taking.  While Austen purists might not enjoy the new plot, I think even they would be satisfied with the characterizations of the characters.
You’re definitely going to want to add this emotional rollercoaster of a book to your “to read” pile.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 Regency Stars
To read all of Kimberly's review, please click here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Launch of a Wife for Mr. Darcy at Austen Authors

A Wife for Mr. Darcy
Please join me at Austen Authors for the launch of A Wife for Mr. Darcy. There will be a worldwide giveaway. Also, I am a guest of Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit. Thank you.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Fourth of July - The View of a British Lady

The following excerpt is taken from Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans. Frances, the mother of novelist Anthony Trollope, lived in the United States for three years, chiefly in Cincinnati. Her book created a storm on this side of the Atlantic as Americans felt they were portrayed as ill-mannered boors, but it laid the foundation for her career.

And now arrived the 4th of July, that greatest of all American festivals. On the 4th of July, 1776, the declaration of their independence was signed at the Statehouse in Philadelphia.