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 032017
 

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Hello all you lovely Janeite friends!  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have you in my life. 🙂

I ended up being so busy in April that I didn’t have as much time as I’d like to spend reading and blogging, and let me tell you I missed it bad.  Real bad.  It definitely showed me how much blogging and connecting with other Jane Austen/Austenesque lovers means to me!  I’m glad it is now May and I don’t have as much keeping me busy at the moment!

But what was I busy with in April you ask?

Well, we went on a trip to Southern California and it was amazing!!!  Completely amazing!  There is so much to do there and each day we got into something completely different!  And as always, I thought it might be fun to share our photos with you! 😉

In San Diego we spent some time visiting seals, riding horses and Segways, and feeding giraffes and rhinos!

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Sep 022016
 

stars in moroccoMr. Darcy Comes Full Circle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In J. Marie Croft’s latest charming effusion of fancy she presents a short, novella-length Pride and Prejudice variation told solely from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view as he attends his second Meryton Assembly (taking place just one year after he made his oh-so-memorable first encounter with Meryton society). Both Mr. Darcy and his lovelorn friend, Mr. Bingley, attend this assembly in the hopes of reacquainting themselves with the Bennet sisters and securing their hearts’ desires. Mr. Darcy does not know how Elizabeth will react towards him but has given himself the task of: asking her to dance, showing her he can be civil, and determining if there is any hope for a future together.

And while Darcy makes every effort to be sociable, scowl less, and dance with slighted ladies, on the inside his mind is a place of anxiety, doubt, and turmoil! LOL! And readers are privy to every deprecating, castigating, and disparaging thought! Continue reading »