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 152017
 

His Feelings Will Not Be Repressed

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Editor

OVERVIEW:

Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intimate knowledge and insightful understanding of Mr. Darcy’s character, these fifteen accomplished Austenesque authors have composed well-crafted and inventive tales that take place in a variety of time periods and situations. Continue reading »

Mar 062017
 

On the Brink of Another Thrilling and Passionate Adventure!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: This novelette bridges the first book in this series – Denial of Conscience, with its sequel – Without a Conscience, and Denial of Conscience should be read prior to Guilty Conscience and Without a Conscience.

For those who haven’t read Denial of Conscience, it is an exhilarating and emotionally-charged Austenesque spy-thriller that tells the story of Fitzwilliam “Iceman” Darcy, who works as a government-sanctioned assassin, and Liz Bennet, a dutiful daughter who finds herself wrapped up in international intrigue. If you want to learn more about Denial of Conscience, check out my review!

In these six chapters, or vignettes, readers pay a visit to Pemberley to see how our favorite assassin and his “hell on wheels” wife are enjoying life retired in the peaceful sanctuary of Pemberley. But is everything as idyllic and blissful as it seems? Does the domestic and quiet lifestyle fully satisfy Darcy and Liz? Or do they want more? As you might guess, Darcy and Liz still have a lot to learn about being a couple, sharing their lives, and communicating… 😉 Continue reading »