I am excited to welcome Maria back to my blog! Her new release, Mistaking Her Character, just hit stores last month! She is an Austenesque writer and this is an alternate universe, so to speak, where the Bennets are employed by Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lizzy’s father is a physician hired to take care of Anne de Bourgh. It is here that Elizabeth and Darcy meet and fall in love.
If you remember, I had Theo Darcy on my blog a few months back. That was a lot of fun and it was one of the characters from her last book, The Darcy Brothers. I also Faced-Off with Maria and totally lost…
Check them out! Great reads 🙂
A little bio on Maria, just in case you aren’t familiar: “Though Maria Grace has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day again, for which many are grateful. After penning five file-drawer novels in high school, she took a break from writing to pursue college and earn her doctorate in Educational Psychology. After 16 years of university teaching, she returned to her first love, fiction writing.
She has one husband, two graduate degrees and two black belts, three sons, four undergraduate majors, five nieces, six more novels in draft form, waiting for editing, seven published novels, sewn eight Regency era costumes, shared her life with nine cats through the years and tries to run at least ten miles a week.”
Now, if you don’t mind, let’s have a chat with Maria, shall we?
Charity – What drew you to the Regency Era?
Maria – I have to blame Jane Austen for that. The more I read of her books, the more I had to learn about the era in which she lived and wrote.
Charity – Do you know why it was called that?
Maria – King George III was no longer fit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales was set up as his proxy.
Charity – Nice! For my readers, in English History, every era was named after the king or queen that ruled. Thus, the Victorian, Edwardian, etc… The king was not fit to rule do to a mental illness, so his son ruled in his place from 1812-1820. He was called the Prince Regent. Thus, the Regency Era.
Ok, who is your favorite Regency author?
Maria – Jane Austen! Though I’m starting to read Georgette Heyer who wrote about the Regency as well.
Charity – Oh! She’s great. I love her books. I also love Jude Morgan!
What Regency character do you relate to the most?
Maria – Jane Austen’s Anne Elliot is my alter ego.
Charity – She is so sweet! I can totally see that. I am a mix of Marianne and Emma.
How many books have you written? Are they all from that time period?
Maria – I have published six novels and one nonfiction of my own, one group project novel, and I have features in two published anthologies. I have a book of short stories set to release in September, plus two move novel manuscripts to be edited for publication. So how many do you want to count that as? LOL. They are all from the Regency period. I have collected so many thousands of pages of period references, I kinda hate to leave it!
Charity – WOW! That’s impressive. I don’t blame you at all!!
Ok, I read The Darcy Brothers and was wondering who would you have liked more? Fitzwilliam or Theo Darcy?
Maria – Theo, from the Darcy Brothers would be fun to hang out with, but Fitzwilliam Darcy is the spit and image of the man I married. So I guess I’d have to say Fitzwilliam.
Charity – Aw! Every girl’s dream!!
Does your husband read your books?
Maria – Yes he does! He is truly the most supportive person in the world. He’s read everything I’ve written and is always encouraging me in my next project.
Charity – I love that! So awesome. Kind husbands ROCK!!
Alright. Enough of these questions! Let’s play a fun game!! Are you up for a Regency Dictionary Challenge? I will give you some obscure words or phrases that were used in the Regency Time Period and you have to try to use them in a sentence correctly. For example:
Twiddle Poop–An effeminate looking fellow.
You would need to use Twiddle Poop in a sentence.
Maria – I am such a language nerd! I’ve done a lot of research on Regency slang so it sounds like a total blast! I love the idea!
Charity – Awesome! Let’s try it…
Maria – Ohhhh fun time!
Charity – A Crush
Maria – A Crush: We were caught up in such a crush at the Pump Rooms! La, I have never seen so many finely dressed people all together at once!
Charity – haha! Nicely done!!! The answer:
A Crush–A very successful party where there is no room to circulate.
Ok, next phrase: To Sham Abram
Maria – Mama wants me to assist he with the marketing today, but I intend to sham Abram and stay home. She always has sympathy for my poor weak stomach.
Charity – Did she get it? Let’s see:
To Sham Abram–To pretend sickness.
Two in a row!! Bravo!
Maria – All the young ladies in the neighborhood are agog for news of our new neighbor. Is he really rich, handsome and unmarried?
Charity – Oh man! You are on fire!!
Agog, All-a-gog–Anxious, eager, impatient: from the Italian Agogare, to desire eagerly.
Maria – What a bacon-brained thing to do. One simply did not mislay an invitation to a ball!
Charity – haha!!
Girl! This is ridiculous!!
Ok: Bang Up
Maria – He just bought a bang up hunter, a real prime article. Don’t know how he’s going to afford it though.
Charity – Man!!!
Bang Up–(Whip.) Quite the thing, hellish fine–Well done–Compleat–Dashing–In a handsome stile–A bang up cove; a dashing fellow who spends his money freely–To bang up prime: to bring your horses up in a dashing or fine style: as the swell’s rattler and prads are bang up prime; the gentleman sports an elegant carriage and fine horses.
I’ll get you yet 😉
Try: Catch Fart
Maria – Catch Fart: The butler got his nephew a position as a fart catcher for the mistress. It was easy enough work for a young man with no real aspirations. Just follow the old lady around and carry her packages when she shopped.
Charity – AHH!! That’s fabulous!
Catch Fart–A footboy; so called from such servants commonly following close behind their master or mistress.
How about: Taradiddle
Maria – La! So I told mama a wee taradiddle when I shammed Abram. She will be none the wiser!
Charity – That sentence was AMAZING! ahhhh!! haha. I am rolling here!!!
Taradiddle–A fib, or falsity, falsehood or lie.
Wow. I don’t think I am going to stump you!! Try: Hobbledygee
Maria – See that you do not run, it is most unladylike. A good hobbledygee is as fast as you should go.
Charity – Oh man. I wish we still used these words!
Hobbledygee–A pace between a walk and a run, a dog-trot.
How in the world do you know all of these words?!?! Muzzle
Maria – Did you see the muzzle he is sporting? I expect he is too poor these days to afford to pay the barber for a proper shave.
Charity – I thought FOR SURE that had to mean something about a gun.
Maria – My dear, you are quite dicked in the nob if you believe he will choose you over the girl with a fortune of ten thousand pounds.
Charity – AHAHA! That’s the best! Dicked in the nob.
Dicked In The Nob–Crazy.
Maria – What an old fashioned periwinkle he wore! He just might be quite bald beneath it.
Charity – I am sure you are right. Let me check…
Of course. Ok, only a couple more. This is so entertaining: Cad
Maria – Ok, I think this is a trick question, I’ll offer a three part answer just to cover all the bases.
In 1730 I’d say: Call a cad to do that for you. That is, after all, why our hired those youths.
In 1835 I’d say: Ignore those cads! They are jealous they do not wear scholar’s robs as we do.
And in 1838 I’d say: He was so cold to me, pretending that we had never met. I declare him quite a cad.
Charity – Nicely done! And, it totally wasn’t. I had no idea it could be used three ways. I’ve only heard it referring to a scoundrel of a guy.
Last one: To Shove the Tumbler
Maria – To Shove the Tumbler: The young fart catchers was sentenced to shove the tumbler for stealing his mistress’s muff and tippet. His uncle could not bear to watch, though. Floggings always turned his stomach sour.
So, Charity, how’d I do?
Charity – :-O
To Shove the Tumbler–To be whipped at the cart’s tail.
I am BEYOND IMPRESSED! You got every single one right!!!! I have no idea how you could do that. Insane. INSANE!
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Lady Catherine de Bourgh is prepared to be very generous when it comes to medical care for her sickly daughter, Anne – generous enough to lure noted physician Dr. Thomas Bennet to give up his London practice and move his family to Rosings Park. But his good income comes with a price: complete dependence on his demanding patroness’s every whim.
Now the Bennet family is trapped, reliant on Lady Catherine for their survival. Their patroness controls every aspect of the Bennet household, from the shelves in the closet to the selection of suitors for the five Bennet daughters. Now she has chosen a husband for headstrong Elizabeth Bennet– Mr. George Wickham.
But Lady Catherine’s nephew, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is not so sure about his aunt’s choice. He is fascinated by the compassionate Elizabeth who seems to effortlessly understand everyone around her, including him. Lady Catherine has other plans for Darcy, though, and she forbids Elizabeth to even speak to him.
As Anne’s health takes a turn for the worse, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together as Dr. Bennet struggles to save Anne’s life. Darcy can no longer deny the truth – he is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. But Lady Catherine will do anything to stop Darcy from marrying her – even if it means Elizabeth will lose everything she loves.
Alright! I am excited to introduce you to Caryl! I am sure some of you have already read a few of her books, but you will be finding out all about her when we chat! A multi-published author, Caryl has hit on almost every genre imaginable!
Today, she, and some other authors, will be having a virtual party from 10:00am – 6:00pm. There will be fun giveaways and a chance to stop by and chat with these fabulous ladies! So, make sure to head on over there! (Link is in tan)
Let’s get started, shall we?
Charity – Hey, Caryl! Thanks so much for stopping by. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Caryl – My name is pronounced carol and means joyful song!
I live on 34 acres in the center of the woods–‘The Peaceable’ surrounded by 882 acres of McAdoo Ranch, my brother-in-law’s property. I love 4-wheeling or riding my Bliss (American Quarter Horse) all over it 🙂
I have fourteen grandsugars and one GREAT grandsugar! Most of them live within a few hours–in Northeast Texas, but two live in Virgina. Four of the grandsons have lived WITH me and O’Pa the last thirteen years, but the oldest graduated and is off to college now. The next to oldest at sixteen asked to go live with maternal grandparents when that granddad (age 82) fell and broke his hip. My Gregory felt like he could help do what Grandddad couldn’t – so we let him So we’re down to two – Christian, a fifteen-year-old and Benjamen, twelve.
Charity – I love this! They are some precious kiddos!I hear you have a new book coming out?
Caryl – My next historical Texas Romance Sins of the Mothers debuts May 3rd – my 65th birthday. 🙂 I think that’s when you’re legally old In my brain, I’m still in my 30s but my body knows better. 🙂
Charity – How exciting!!! You are giving a book away at the Virtual Party on Facebook, right?
Caryl – I’m giving away Sing A New Song!
Charity – Your new release! How cool!!!
Alright, now that we’ve taken care of business, let’s get onto the fun stuff!!!
The rules are simple: I ask Caryl some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.
It’s my blog.
Here we go!
1. If you could go back to any time in history, what would you choose and why? Plus, what would you do in that time?
Caryl – I would choose to go back to Jerusalem during the time Christ walked the earth, hear Him teach, see His face, look into His eyes!
Charity – Hey!!! You can’t say that! How could I possibly win now!!!! ❤
–Tricky Caryl beat me on that one 😉
Charity 0 / Caryl 1
2. What is your favorite historical movie/tv show?
Caryl – Oh what an easy question!! Downton Abbey! I hadn’t seen ANY of it but kept hearing about it. My Daddy went to Heaven last July. He’d been living at my sister’s and whenever she asked, I’d go and relieve her, stay with him. She had all the past seasons and the first show of the first season hooked me! When the new season started in 2015, I was so excited, but I found them too hard to watch. Daddy and I had done so many Downton Abbey marathons. The new season made me
so sad in my heart…
Charity – Oh! I am so, very sorry. I can’t even imagine. I would be a TOTAL WRECK!!!
I love the show, Turn. It’s about the Culpepper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War.
Charity 0 / Caryl 1
3. Who is your real life hero?
Caryl – My husband. He’s the most Christ-like man I’ve ever known! He loves me when I am unlovable, leads and guides me, advises me, reins me in when I need reining, knows me better than I know myself, completes me. Second only to God, Ron McAdoo, my love and best friend since we were sixteen—almost fifty years ago—is my everything.
Charity – 😥 That is so sweet ❤
I have to agree that it’s my hubby! I have a lot of health problems and he works hard all day and then comes home and tries to help me feel better by cooking dinner, giving me massages, etc…So selfless. He’s even taken up grocery shopping when I hit a rough patch!! ❤ That’s true love right there!! Wait for it, ladies!
— OUR HUBBIES WIN!!!
Charity 0 / Caryl 1
4. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?
Caryl – Writing, singing, shouting His praises, rearing my grandsons, sharing His story, gardening, loving my family, loving my friends, being kind, patient, gentle, longsuffering, faithful, serving those in my life. Praying my story gives God glory is “my tag line” what I want people to remember what I was all about—bringing Him glory!
My ‘tag line’ or ‘Motto’ or mojo–whatever you call it– is “Praying my story gives God glory.” And He is giving me an ever growing platform through my writing. Still, my favorite way I hope brings Him the most glory is in praise and worship.
Charity – Again, beautifully said!!
— GOD WINS!!
Charity 0 / Caryl 1
5. Funniest thing your grandkids have done?
Caryl – My #12, Benjamen Cash McAdoo, twelve years old right now, was five when we moved to Red River County. Not in school yet, he went with me to deliver his brother to the first day at their new school. His oldest brother went to Middle School. While his coach and vice-principal showed us Matthew’s classes, we caught Ben standing in the open doorway of on class flirting with a pretty girl inside. With only his pinky finger and thumb standing, he placed his hand next to his ear, smiling and nodding. ‘Call me’ he gestured! That boy has always loved pretty girls. I told him once, “You do know that the reason those beautiful older girls are cheesing up to you to get to your big brother (Matthew was voted Most Handsome his senior year.) Benjamen said, “Whatever you think, Grami.” What am I going to do when he’s a teen? That’s NEXT YEAR! I’ll pray and trust God!
Charity – LOL!! Nice! Kids are so darned cute!!!
— Well, I don’t have grandkids yet…HURRY UP, BOYS!
Charity 0 / Caryl 2
6. Favorite Fred MacMurray movie?
Caryl – Hmmm, guess I’d say “The Absent-Minded Peofessor.” I hadn’t thought of ol’ Fred in a L*O*N*G time! 🙂 The man sure was loveable!
Charity – OMGoodness! I know!! I liked him in The Happiest Millionaire!! His Biddle Bible Class was THE BEST!! Also, Ba-rum Pum Pum!!!
A close second would be Follow Me Boys! Such a great guy!! Loved his acting ❤
— As Spike Jones would sing: “beetle-bum”
Charity 0 / Caryl 2
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I am super excited to be interviewing Dawn Crandall today! With the final book of her Everstone Chronicles released April 1st, the #Crandalls are dying to get their hands on the final book in the series!! Well, today you have a chance!!!! woot woot!!
But first, I sat down and chatted with Dawn about the different struggles she had getting these books out, whether or not her hubby was jealous of these fine fellows in her books and much, much more!
Charity – Hey, girl!! It is awesome to get a chance to chat with THE WINNER OF “Best Inspirational Single Title in the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence” for your book, The Hesitant Heiress!!! Has it even sunk in yet?
Charity – I absolutely hate it when a series ends because we have all fallen in love with the characters and then they disappear! So, now that the trilogy is finished, will we ever hear about them again? Will you possibly be continuing on with any of them?
Dawn – Oh yes, for sure! These are the only three books I’ve written so far and have been so fabulously blessed to have found a publisher for them so quickly!! I have always known I would continue on with more characters from this series!
Next is Vance’s turn–that man needs some redemption! And he needs a heroine too! His heroine is introduced in The Captive imposter. And after that, I plan to revisit two other female characters the readers have been introduced to in the series.
Charity – SQUEEE!!!! Ohhhhh. Vance!! Nice. I can’t wait! Any time frame? I assume you are just wanting to breath right now!!
Dawn – Yes, I need to catch my breath! I know lots of people think I’m super woman and wrote these three books crazy fast, but that isn’t the case at all! They just released from my publisher so quickly! I had the first two books already written when I signed the book contract, and then had to finish the third while I was struggling through having pregnancy brain, and then having my first baby! I am not a fast writer AT ALL. So, since I’m basically starting from scratch all over again, I really have no idea what kind of time-frame I’ll be working with!
Charity – Woh. So, you are basically super woman! Well, just know that absence makes the heart fonder….but, too much absence makes people want to hunt you down (;
I’ve got to know…Lawry is my absolute favorite! He is so dreamy and kind!! He’s faithful to the end!!! Which one swept you off your feet?
Dawn – Oh my goodness! I can’t decide between my three heroes. They are each just so perfectly matched to their heroine. And I’ve quite literally fallen in love with all three of them as I was writing the books from first person point of view!!
I’m trying to make a decision, and I just CANNOT choose one over the other two!
Charity – Has your hubby read any of your books? Is he jealous of any your characters? Like, “Is this what she’s expecting of me…” ha ha (:
Dawn – He has read The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart so far! He plans to read The Captive Imposter soon. He’s not much of a readers, so he has to mentally prepare himself for diving into a book. And really, he doesn’t know much about this third book. I used to talk his ear off about my books as I was writing them, but realized that really couldn’t keep up with me as I would try to get him to give me his “male” reactions to certain situations!
I don’t think he’s jealous of Nathan, Lawry or Dexter–he knows that he’s the main reason I can write a Godly, perfect-for-his-heroine-kind of heroes in the first place
Charity – AWW! So sweet!! Ok, so who is your modern day hero? I am guessing you just answered that?
Dawn – I guess so! I would never have begun writing The Hesitant Heiress five years ago if I hadn’t had 110% support from my husband. I don’t really know why or how he believed in me so much! He didn’t know a thing about how difficult it is to get a book published with a publisher!
Charity – What was it about this time period that grabbed your attention?
Dawn – The architecture was the first thing! I’ve ALWAYS loved Victorian houses and buildings! And then the clothes!
Charity – Oh yes!!!!!! I hear ya! Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in one of those homes??
Ok, so were any of these characters based on real life people? (you don’t have to name names! ha ha)
Dawn – Well, not really. Amaryllis is a lot like me. For the most part, I’m not really sure HOW the characters form! They just come to me and then they start talking and getting into turmoil-ish situations! I don’t feel that I actually make them up. It’s more that I discover them and get to tell everyone their stories.
Charity – I love that!! Well, is there someone from the Victorian Age that you really admire? I always loved the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Such a great movie too!!
Dawn – I don’t really know! I think my favorite historical people are actually from way earlier than the Victorian age–like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I guess I could choose author Elizabeth Gaskill–since she lived in the mid 1800s, at least.
Charity – Ok, a couple of last questions. I know you are super busy!!!
What has been the hardest part for you so far? I am guessing it’s the whole “having a baby while trying to whip out three books on a deadline”, but I could be wrong….
Dawn – Well, it was only one book on a deadline, but it was definitely challenging with having a baby right in the middle of the whole thing! Those TWO new things happening in my life all at once was pretty crazy! But getting used to being an author recognized by tons of readers was kind of trippy too! Eight months after my first release, The Hesitant Heiress, and I’m still not used to it! I probably never will be, actually!
Charity – Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring authors trying to get into the biz?
Dawn – Join ACFW and go to the national conference! If not smaller state-run ones! Join the ACFW email critique loop and get feedback about your writing or your book! Find a critique partner who matches you! It doesn’t have to be matching genres or even POV, but matching character development and story-depth. Have a $30 paid critique of the first 15-30 pages of your manuscript done while attending ACFW.. I went to my first ACFW conference in 2011 right after joining, had meetings with two agents (which I didn’t really want to go to, but because of the crazy-encouraging things the author who did my paid critique had said about my writing, I HAD to!), sent my requested partial proposal to both of them within the month. Then, I had two agent contracts of representation to choose from within the week. Not that this NORMALLY happens, but it WON’T EVER unless you go there and TRY!
Charity – Thanks! Sounds like great advice. I appreciate you taking the time to chat Looking forward to your new series!!
Dawn – Thanks so much for having me back, for enjoying my series and for posting such fabulous reviews about my novels! You truly are a blogger who goes far and beyond all that is “needed” for the sake of your author friends!
First of all, make sure to register for Dawn’s Facebook Party where you will have a chance to win MANY different giveaways. (Link is in the pic)
Make sure to head on over to her blog and sign up for a new giveaway EVERY DAY!! (Link in the pic)
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Proceeding the commencement of my audience with Mr. Theo Darcy, I should like to acquaint you with publication which shall be released almost this very moment! In fact, I dare say that it is quite within reach! If you would be so kind as to click on this singular portrait, you shall find that you may, indeed, read portions of his exploits, which are quite intimate, in my way of understanding. To write of one’s enterprises seems to be a bit pretentious.
However, I shall endeavor to think only the best of him and it really shall be a fascinating read. Indeed, I shall feel quite wicked reading it! What is a girl to do when such fun is to be had? I shall venture to say, “Alas, read the publication and read it well so you shall have much to share when you see your companions Tuesday next!” I propose it will be the talk of the soiree. What a splendid diversion!!!
Aha! He is now present, so I shall proceed.
Mrs. Andrews: Is Pemberley considered home, or do you forever presume it to be “Sir William’s” alone?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Pemberley will always be my boyhood home and I shall remember it most fondly. I hope to find myself welcome there all my life. But what is a man without his own homestead? I could hardly call myself a proper gentleman without a home to call my own. Pemberley is definitely the domain of ‘Prince William’.
Mrs. Andrews: I quite agree with that. Well said. However, I must admit, I am exceedingly curious as to your musings on Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s talent at the pianoforte? I hear such exceedingly different opinions as to puzzle me exceedingly. I know that you have spent some time in her company and wish to hear your thoughts!
Mr. Theo Darcy: I sense that you might be tempting me to say far more than a gentleman should, Mrs. Andrews. I have found that criticizing a young woman’s accomplishments never proves a wise strategy. I will only say that I found a great deal to enjoy in her performance.
Mrs. Andrews: Ahh. A very wise gentleman, indeed! May I then ask you this? Being the Dandy that you are, may I presume you shan’t ever desire to be in close proximity to a fop and may be, in fact, perplexed as to the idea of such an irrational mode. Or, do I presume too much? For I find them to be most detestable! I speculate that you look to Mr. Beau Brummell for such advice?
Mr. Theo Darcy: I am fond of well looking clothes and presenting a dashing figure. I see no fault in that. But I draw the line at the kind of self-centered foolishness that brings disgrace upon ones name and ones connections. Gah! How is it you have me sounding like my elder brother? He is far too stuffy for my tastes, I would not emulate him. But I would repine any actions that led me to be considered a fop.
Mrs. Andrews: I fear that I am both relieved and must beg your forgiveness! You are of a much improved temper than Mr. Darcy. I quite believe we agree on that account! I daresay, this may be a mite….intimate, but I cannot, I will not disappoint. We must know! Should you desire a lady with wit and charm, but quite ordinary in appearance; or one of great beauty and an unsound and delicate constitution?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Why should I not have the good fortune to find a great beauty with wit and charm? If one is do dream, he must not limit his imagination. But in the spirit of conciliation, I shall consider the parameters of your question.
While I do appreciate a woman’s beauty, her company grows quite tiresome if she does not have some amount of wit and a great sense of fun about her and a woman of delicate constitution is rarely fun.
Mrs. Andrews: I fear you have a most difficult choice ahead. For what man is fortuitous enough to endeavor to find both. I dare say, that would be a most arduous task!
Do tell, for I love a good intrigue! Is it quite true that Lady Catherine, in such an ill-tempered manner, admonished Miss Elizabeth Bennet? I do believe that she is profusely put out at the anticipation of a certain union that is said to be announced any day!
Mr. Theo Darcy: My aunt…oh that is a delicate subject. My brother does not prefer that I express my candid opinions about her outside the family circle. However, it is difficult to contain. Lady Catherine is apt to admonish where she will and is quite the termagant when vexed. I make it a point to avoid her company whenever possible as I do not relish the sharpness of her tongue. As for her opinions on a certain union, I am quite certain is would be hard pressed to approve of any but her own choices for my brother.
I confess, one advantage of not being heir to Pemberley is that my own prospects are of little interest to her.
Mrs. Andrews: I can only imagine that you are correct on that account, sir! In fact, I daresay, Mr. Theophilus Darcy, you are quite the charmer. I believe that the ladies shall have to be, in all respects, mindful and take particular care to be prudent in your company. What say you to that?
Mr. Theo Darcy: You wound me Mrs. Andrews! You seem to imply that I might take unfair advantage of a young lady and that is entirely untrue. Despite attempts to draw me as a rake, I am, first and foremost a gentleman. That being said, I do greatly enjoy the companionship of young ladies and will avail myself of agreeable company whenever possible.
Mrs. Andrews: Oh, Theo! You do humor me!! No one thinks you a cad! In fact, quite the opposite is true! Thus, I believe, they must be prudent not to spend time in your company lest they lose their heart in such a quick manner! You should leave the entire town full of broken hearts. We shall never recover and no one else shall ever do!
Now, as fastidious as your brother shows himself to the general populace, you seem to be quite content to delight in a summer picnic and attend a country dance. How do you intend to away without commandeering the hearts of many a country lady? I must repeat my sentiments and ask you forthwith!
Mr. Theo Darcy: Despite my preference for lively amusements and companions, I never make promises I do not intend to keep nor imply a greater affection than I feel. A prudent young lady will attend to such things and not set her expectations inappropriately.
Mrs. Andrews: I shall leave you with this: “Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” Do you agree with me on this count at least?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Indeed I do! One must seize whatever enjoyment he can out of the day!
Mrs. Andrews: Oh Theo! You humor me unceasingly. I greatly enjoy your company and am of a mind to continue enjoying it! I am a married woman, so it is quite safe to jest with you from time to time. I am most grateful for your interview. I know it is frowned upon that a woman should jot down an article, or an interview, but I quite enjoy it. As we both know, my groom is very much stuck with me, so what shall he have to say now? Not much, I can assure you of that!
I have come across some DELIGHTFUL news! Mr. Theo Darcy has conceded to present two readers with one of his very own books! Perchance the winner shall be you! If you should like to attempt to ascertain a copy, please leave a comment here, or you may ask Mr. Theo Darcy an inquiry yourself! He has stopped at many a place, so do increase your chance to win by visiting where he has already been! I shall place all the information before you:
-Monday, 2nd February – official launch at Austenprose
-Thursday, 5th February – Austen Variations
-Monday, 9th February – Leatherbound Reviews
-Thursday, 12th February – My Kids Led Me Back To Pride & Prejudice
-Monday, 16th February – More Agreeably Engaged
-Thursday, 19th February – Laughing with Lizzie
-Monday, 23rd February – My Jane Austen Book Club
-Monday, 2nd March – The Writings and Ramblings of Colette Saucier
-Tuesday, 3rd March – aTransParentMom
-Thursday, 5th March – Songs & Stories
-Thursday, 19th March – A Transparent Mom
You can also keep up to date with Theo as he goes ‘on tour’ through the following social media links (but shhhh, don’t tell his brother!)
Theo on Twitter
Theo on Facebook