Jan 222018
 

Mr. Darcy is POTUS!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern-day Pride and Prejudice Adaptation

SETTING: Modern-day, Washington DC

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • President Will Darcy: America’s youngest elected President to date, single and also a billionaire.
  • Elizabeth Bennet: A Red Cross staff worker who travels the world with a refugee crisis team.
  • The Bennet Family: Founders and Owners of On-a-Stick, Inc., a company that specializes in serving food “on a stick.”
  • Charles Bingley: The President’s Chief of Staff and close friend.

SYNOPSIS: President Darcy is not the best when it comes to women and dating, and so he has vowed to not date while serving as President. After all, how can he truly devote himself to policy work and legistlation if he added the complicated challenge of a romantic relationship to his life? But at a White House state dinner he has unexpectedly encounters a woman who sparks his interested like no other. Now he must decide whether to maintain his “no dating” credo or allow his attraction to this woman free reign… Continue reading »

Dec 262017
 

Hello, dear readers! I hope all of you who celebrate enjoyed a very Happy Christmas!  Mr. Bingley and I had a lovely holiday break so far – lots of time together, and we enjoyed spending the whole of yesterday with my family! Here is a little after-Christmas treat for you – a lovely guest post from Victoria Kincaid!!  I absolutely adored Ms. Kincaid’s Christmas novella A Very Darcy Christmas last year.  I can’t wait to read her newest release – Christmas at Darcy House.  Victoria is here to share a little about the tradition of mistletoe and an excerpt from Christmas at Darcy House!! 

Thank you for hosting me, Meredith! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and all your readers.

While some Regency Christmas traditions are familiar to us, many of them are not ones we practice today. Few people try to keep a Yule log burning all night, for example. However, one tradition that has survived is mistletoe, although today’s version is likely to be artificial.

The practice of gathering mistletoe began in the second century BC in ancient Britain, when the Druids saw it as a symbol of good fortune and fertility. But mistletoe did not come to be associated with kissing until the 18th century. Balls of mistletoe, tied with ribbon, would be hung in doorways and from ceilings. An unmarried woman could not refuse a kiss if she was underneath the mistletoe.

With every kiss, a man would pluck one of the mistletoe berries, and when there were no more berries, the ball was retired for the year. The superstition was that women who were never kissed could not expect to get married in the coming year. Mistletoe was not readily available in every part of England, so people would frequently send it to relatives or friends in parts of the country where it did not grow. Continue reading »

Nov 082017
 

Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome back author Victoria Kincaid to Austenesque Reviews today!  I must say I’m so glad Victoria keeps as busy as she does and has just released her new book President Darcy!  How cool is it that Mr. Darcy is POTUS?!?  He’d have my vote for sure! 😉  Victoria is here to share a little about finding the perfect Darcy for her cover!! 

The Quest for the Perfect Darcy

Thank you for having me as a guest, Meredith!  I’m thrilled to be here.  However, I do have a confession to make:  whenever I picture Mr. Darcy, I imagine some version of a young Colin Firth.  It’s not a conscious choice; my subconscious mind simply sees Colin Firth as the ideal Mr. Darcy.  Unfortunately, when it comes to creating covers for my novels, Colin Firth isn’t available to be a model. 😊  So I’m always seeking images that project that same combination of intelligence, gravitas, and sex appeal.  And then I usually need to find that combination in a model who’s wearing period-appropriate clothing.  It’s not easy.  Many stock photographers don’t understand Regency clothing, so I’ve waded through pictures of Regency men with broadswords, “Regency” women who look like they’re wearing prom dresses, and Regency “heroes” who look more like Snidely Whiplash.   Continue reading »