May 222017
 

Hello readers!!!  Super excited to be sharing in the celebration of The Darcy Monologues again with a special post about author J. Marie Croft!  As you probably are already aware, Joanne is one of the 15 very talented authors that give Mr. Darcy his say in The Darcy Monologues. I’m thrilled to share an informative interview with J. Marie Croft and a lovely introduction from Caitlin Williams!

Caitlin Williams Shares Falling in Love at First Slight with J. Marie Croft 

 

I clearly remember the first time I came across J.Marie Croft’s writing because it left me seething with jealousy. You see, I had one of those ‘Damn! I wish I’d thought of that’ moments. The book was Love at First Slight, and I was staggered by its inventiveness. What an amazing idea to have the roles reversed! In this ingenious re-telling we meet Elizabeth Darcy, a daughter of Pemberley, complete with younger brother and a great fortune to protect. How proud, aloof, and pernickety she is, unwilling to accept her overwhelming attraction to William Bennet, a middle son from Longbourn destined for the church. It’s a wonderful, memorable book, written with great humour and there are lots of laugh out loud moments, but J.Marie Croft’s observations on human nature and her characterisations are just as sharp as her wit. With simple, beautiful words, she delivers poignant and touching romantic scenes that will make you sigh.

In A Little Whimsical In His Civilities, she gives us a portrait of a cross, frustrated, but humbled, post-Hunsford Darcy as he works his way across what is his own personal social nightmare – the Meryton Assembly Rooms; hating everyone who blocks his path back to Elizabeth.

I love J.Marie Croft’s writing because her Darcys are always real, rounded human beings, with flaws, scars and failings, and that is a brave way to paint him, in a world where he is so often, more commonly offered up to us as the great romantic hero who can do no wrong. In J.Marie Croft’s imagination he’s a real man, and a damn sexy one to boot. I can’t wait to read her story, ‘From The Ashes’ in The Darcy Monologues. Continue reading »

May 082017
 

Hello readers!  I am so excited to welcome back the lovely Lory Lilian to Austenesque Reviews today.  How many books have I read and loved by Lory Lilian, you ask?  So.  Many.  See photo below.  I am so glad that Lory is here to celebrate another new release!  A new release for which I share some blame in apparently! Oh no! 

Hello everyone,

Six years after my first visit here, I am very happy to be back with my latest book, for which Meredith is partially guilty. To be completely accurate, she shares the “blame” with Claudine–LOL–as they were the ones who introduced into my mind the idea that Elizabeth and Darcy in my books are a little “too perfect” and more angst would be welcome. Well, here it is.

I am not sure if you remember, but in my last guest post at Austenesque Reviews, I asked readers’ opinions about why we love Darcy so much and why we feel so strongly about him.

On that occasion, I shared with you that my latest Darcy (this one) will retain some important (and rather unpleasant) traits from the original, just as he described them in his own words. He has a resentful temper. His good opinion once lost, is lost (almost) forever. He has faults enough, but also many admirable qualities. And most of all, he is very much in love with Elizabeth.

As I expected, people feel very deeply about Darcy. My “Rainy Days” Darcy especially seems to be everyone’s favorite. LOL!  I confess I am pleased to see that my books get such strong reactions from my dear readers. On the other hand, I cannot but ask myself: Since we know so little about Darcy’s turmoil during “Pride and Prejudice,” which “kind” of Darcy is the true one? What is your favorite in JAFF stories: the one who easily admits his feelings and acts according to them earlier or the one who struggles with them, fights against them, and shows his bad temper and resentment before finally reaching his well-deserved happiness with Elizabeth? Continue reading »

Apr 242017
 

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Hi friends!  I am very excited to feature Reina Williams, author of several books including two Austenesque serieshere on Austenesque Reviews today! Reina has been a long time reader and friend to this blog (she has even sent me some books for my ARC giveaways!), but this is her very first visit to this blog to talk about her books! Today, Reina is sharing a little excerpt from her Pride and Prejudice sequel series, Love at Pemberley, to whet your appetite!  We hope you enjoy!

Thanks to Meredith for hosting me on her lovely blog and to all the amazing readers and writers who visit—you all have inspired me throughout my journey as a reader and writer! My writing journey began in earnest in 2009 after reading some Darcy-related fiction. My own ideas for Regency romance poured out and became my first series, A Gentleman’s Daughter, set in a world similar to Jane Austen’s, of the landed gentry and their trials and triumphs. In the midst of working on another series during the 200th anniversary year of Pride and Prejudice, a new idea tickled at me: the story of Kitty Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam. This idea became Most Truly, the first novella in the Love at Pemberley series. Three novellas followed, continuing the beloved story of Pride and Prejudice in sweet, light stories (I can’t and don’t try to match the style and wit of Ms. Austen). My latest Austen-inspired series, Rancho Valle (Jane Austen in California), is contemporary and set in the fictional “country village” of Rancho Valle, in Sonoma County, where the locals find family and love.

This excerpt is from the second book in the Love at Pemberley series, Miss Darcy Decides, wherein Georgiana must decide if Sir Camden Sutton, a neighbor of the Bingleys (in their new home closer to Pemberley than Netherfield), is worthy of her love—and if so, whether she can leave her beloved family, and Pemberley. Sir Camden has returned home, awaiting her decision, and visits with the Bingleys (had to have the Bingleys!). 🙂 Continue reading »