NEW FICTION! Ink Dreams in eBook and Audiobook

Ink Dreams by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Teen life sure sucks when you’re half-octopus.

Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for octo-gal Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town’s mean girl. It doesn’t help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren’t helping.

Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.

Available on Kindle and Audible.

 

Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 006, Bollywood

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Meant to Be Press Podcast
005 Meant to Be… Bollywood
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal & Naching T. Kassa
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

Meant to Be… Bollywood

Kiss Count: 3

Bride and Prejudice, 2004
Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai

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Bride and Prejudice, 2004
Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai

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Review: Love Letters from Mr. Darcy by Dawn J. King

Love Letters from Mr. Darcy by Dawn J. King is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins directly after the proposal scene when Darcy hands Elizabeth the letter to read. In this version, she doesn’t read it right away, but instead, they walk the gardens talking.

The Elizabeth in this book is slightly different from other Elizabeth’s we’ve seen. She can’t let issues fester and instead likes to face confrontation head on. She’d rather take a walk and talk it out rather than let months or even a day pass with a misunderstanding between her and another person.

The story takes place primarily at Rosings and the main characters besides our lovely couple are Lady Catherine, Anne De Bourgh, the Collins, and my favorite, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Some of the highlights (and possible spoilers) are:

Lady Catherine actually blackmailing Darcy.

Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s fun cousin relationship.

The interesting take on the Collins’ relationship.

The story behind Anne’s health problems.

One of my favorite segments is when Anne, being motion sick in a carriage, throws up all over Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s boots. Elizabeth really puts her in her place when Anne asks her to wash her shoes. I love this feisty Elizabeth and her wisdom in all situations. Although she’s not the Elizabeth we’ve come to admire, she is a different sort of woman who still shares the fire of the Elizabeth we enjoy in the original book.

The love story and second proposal is all that we Janites would hope it to be and I love that Darcy writes her so many letters. A truly enjoyable book with some different ideas I really enjoyed exploring.

 

Review: The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy by Victoria Kincaid

The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy by Victoria Kincaid

Just finished reading this awesome Pride and Prejudice variation. From the first sentence of this book I knew it would be enjoyable. It picks up with Darcy and Bingley traveling to Longbourn to propose to their two favorite Bennett girls. The horrid first proposal has taken place and the letter has been read, but the trip to Pemberley with the Gardeners and the Wickham fiasco are yet to take place. I won’t be giving anything away to reveal what this book blurb says: When Darcy and Bingley arrive at Longbourn they discover Elizabeth has died in a ship explosion.

And man, here is where I fell in love with this book. The heartache Darcy feels when he finds out Elizabeth is gone and that there will be no chance for reconciliation is palpable. I actually started crying. Not only his heartache, but Janes, too. That Darcy—one of my most beloved characters—would be deprived of the best love story known to us, killed me.

But this revelation didn’t make me want to put the book down. It pushed me to find out what happened next. Darcy then sets off for France to avenge her death. Now, I did not read the blurb before reading the book and I’m glad because it gives away too much of the book for my liking. I urge you to read the book and not the blurb because the adventure Darcy sets up on is dangerous, exciting, and very fulfilling. It’s also best left a mystery, because this author expertly unfolds a story I adore.

I knew he would somehow find what he was looking for, but the how and the journey is delightful. This is one of those books you hate to stop reading. Real life becomes a burden, set against you continuing the story. This is now one of my favorite variations. Can’t wait to read other varitations from this author.

 

Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 003, Prejudiced

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Meant to Be Press Podcast
003 Meant to Be… Prejudiced
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal & Kadirah Wade
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

Meant to Be… Prejudiced

Pride and Prejudice, 1995
Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Crispin Boham-Carter, Susannah Harker

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Pride and Prejudice, 1995
Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Crispin Boham-Carter, Susannah Harker

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Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Crispin Boham-Carter, Susannah Harker

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Book Review: Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Mr. Darcy’s Bite

reviewed by guest Sebastian Grimm

I’m a gentleman of varying tastes. I mostly read horror and classic literature which is a strange combination, but one that I think compliments each other more often than not.

Recently, I came across a Jane Austen variation called Mr. Darcy’s Bite, which by the cover promised a gentleman of Regency times possibly encountering or becoming a wolf. Never one to let a shapeshifter pass me by, I decided to try this, “Forbidden tale of passion in possession,” despite the possibility of it being a romance with no bite whatsoever.

For those of you not “in the know” about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel, Mr. Darcy is a wealthy bachelor who every mother wants to marry her daughter. He falls for Elizabeth, who wants nothing to do with him whatsoever. In Mr. Darcy’s Bite, Mr. Darcy just happens to be a werewolf.

For the Janites out there, Mr. Darcy’s Bite takes place after Jane and Mr. Bingley are married, but before Mr. Darcy’s second proposal.

Now, while I can get behind a werewolf tale and I’m not averse to reading regency novels whether they be romance or not, this story was a little disjointed for me.

First, you have a werewolf tale which was actually very interesting. However, this book also carried on the story way past its ending. There were also strange religious references in this book that I found rather odd because they didn’t seem to make sense in the context. I found myself asking if this author wanted to write a book with bible references, why would she write a werewolf book? And why would she choose these references that really do not make any sense? It came off a little preachy, but not because of what was said, but the way the verses were inserted as if to subliminally teach you bible references? These were rare, but there was at least three times during the read that I had to stop and try to figure out why the reference was used in that way. Pulled me out of the story and ended up not making sense in the long run anyway.

Despite this, I did enjoy the werewolf lore in this book and the actual story about the werewolf and how he loves his woman and courts her was pretty entertaining. As were references to the new world and America which weaved in seamlessly. I even found the details about the werewolf transformation interesting.

There were a few steamy scenes between the two love interests and I believe even the romance was written well and not overly gory given that it’s about werewolves. Those who like romance or are craving more Darcy content will not be disappointed. However, a few loose ends were not tied up such as Georgiana’s relationship with one of the young wolves. Also, the exciting part of the book should have been ended as soon as the climax occurred. Instead, the book went on and on and on well after the excitement died.

Now, because this book went on and on I kept waiting for something more exciting to happen. When it didn’t, I found myself disappointed at every new milestone of mediocrity. I’m just not sure if this author knew how to write a book about werewolves and what horror readers expect. The werewolf transformations were often glossed over or ignored altogether in lieu of werewolf politics and Elizabeth adjusting to the news of Darcy’s disposition.

In conclusion, if you are a werewolf or shape-shift lover, you may enjoy the backstory, transformation story, and full moon occurrences as they are rather well laid out, however no need for you to go past Chapter 30. If you are a Jane Austen lover and simply craving more Mr. Darcy, this book will be good for you however you may find the werewolf nonsense a bit over-the-top for you and you may be disappointed by the non-appearance of certain “villains” you know.

Now, for the stars… The werewolf lore does deserve a high 4 ☆☆☆☆, but the “nothing happening” ending and strange religious references that have no real connection to the story plummet the book to a 2 ☆☆ out of 5 stars for me.

Sebastian Grimm signing off…