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New fiction coming in November!

weddinghostComing in November! A new story in Lord Harrington’s world.

After losing his wife in childbirth, Mr. Nash finally has another chance at love with the beautiful Cecelia Montague. But someone has come to their wedding weekend that wasn’t invited. Is it the ghost of his deceased wife? Or is someone else trying to ruin their perfect day?

Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Coming in November 2021

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.


Review: A Peculiar Engagement by Kara Louise

A Peculiar Engagement by Kara Louise is an interesting take on the life of one of Pride and Prejudice‘s lesser loved characters. Lady Catherine’s daughter, Anne de Bourgh.

I have to say I have never once wondered how Anne felt, what her child was like, or what happened to her after Darcy and Lizzy got together, but for those of you who have wondered, this is your answer. This book not only explains Anne’s view of the whole Lady Catherine-planned engagement of her daughter to Mr. Darcy, but it flashes back to their childhoods. Part adulthood and part childhood, this story flips back and forth, explaining their relationship as cousins. Their first meeting, as they both lost their parents at the same time and wrote letters to each other of encouragement, and how as they grew older the pressure of engagement infected their otherwise pleasant relationship.

While this book may not wow Darcy fanatics, it does give a nice glimpse of his possible childhood. It also connects another of Kara Louise’s variations, Mr. Darcy’s Rival.

My favorite bits of information gleaned from this book are:

  • Getting a glimpse of Anne’s father before he passed. Hard to imagine what kind of man would put up with Lady Catherine.
  • Richard (Col. Fitzwilliam) I’ve always liked him but he really comes alive in this book. I like the way Kara portrayed him here.
  • Seeing the “Georgianna goes to Ramsgate” situation arise while Darcy is at Rosings and Anne encourages him to investigate.
  • The fact that Anne is a writer and publishes books behind Lady Catherine’s back. Take that!
  • The connection this book has to Kara Louise’s Mr. Darcy’s Rival book.
  • Anne’s love interest is rather interesting and I love how the elopement is conducted.

A line from this book I find especially inspirational is what Anne’s love tells her when she mourns not being able to do things because of her asthma.

“Do not regret what you cannot do. You must allow yourself to fully enjoy those things you can do and be thankful for those blessings.”

This is a quote I will be putting up in my office to remind myself everyday. After being in a wheelchair for seven months last year, I could have used this little insight during recovery! But it’s a good thing to remember at all times.

While I’m not a fan of Anne de Bourgh in general and probably would not have read a book centered on her except for Kara Louise writing it, I am glad I did read this book for the pieces it filled in for me.

Now, if she’d only write a Colonel Fitzwilliam book! 🙂

Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

I absolutely adore this book. I read the first couple pages of Edenbrooke over a few days, but when Marianne’s personality started showing, I was caught and could not put it down. I read chapters three-to the end and in captured anticipation.

Marianne is a country mouse who’s staying with her grumpy grandmother in Bath and being stalked by a creepy wet-mouth dude who writes bad poetry about her. Her twin, Cecily, is a city mouse so she’s off in London enjoying her season with aims to capture a rich, titled husband. Marianne is happy not to be in the society crush, but when Cecily writes to invite her to a country estate named Edenbrooke, she can’t resist.

Adventure and excitement thrill Marianne as she sets off for Edenbrooke, but when a highwayman shoots her carriage driver on the way, stealing her mother’s locket and leaving her and her maid stranded in the wilderness, it seems she may never reach the estate. Somehow Marianne finds the strength to get to an inn and even saves the carriage driver’s life.

Although she supposed to be an elegant young lady, she’s funny and adventurous and clumsy which makes her highly entertaining to read.

The gentleman in this story is unexpected and charming as well, although you aren’t quite sure who she’ll end up with in the end. The journey getting there is fun and satisfying.

There are so many gem scenes in this book, I found myself unable to take a break as I had to find out what happened next! Delightful side characters also made the tale fun and I found the family she stayed with to be refreshingly kind. Too many of the Regency upper class in books tend to be ugly self-serving jerks. The Wyndham family is completely the opposite. They are kind, compassionate, and really seem to care about their guests. There’s no talk about high society and how she doesn’t fit in, which I would assume was more the case when people came to stay with you in those days.

I really enjoyed reading this book and will look for more from this writer.

Review: Mr. Darcy’s Christmas by Elizabeth Aston

darcyxmasIf there is one character I’d love to see matched up and taken care from the original Pride and Prejudice book, it is Georgiana. Such a sweet and tortured girl deserves someone to love and to love her. Even after all the Wickham nonsense, it’s miraculous that she still believes in love at all.

In Mr. Darcy’s Christmas, Georgiana is at Pemberley, preparing for the festive holiday and knowing it will be the last one with her in household. She’s got herself engaged and in the New Year, will become someone’s wife with a house of her own.

Her fiancé is a good man named Mr. Moresby, whose only fault is having a passing fancy for Caroline Bingley before meeting Georgiana. Although Darcy and Elizabeth have their doubts Mr. Moresby will make her happy, Georgiana knows he will take care of her and keep her safe as Mr. Wickham never could. However, when conniving Miss Bingley arrives for Christmas celebrations, all bets are off. She had Mr. Moresby first and is determined to win him back at all costs.

Will Georgianna survive a cutting attack on her own turf and what part does her childhood friend, Sir Giles Hawkins play in the game?

I absolutely adore this tale. Not only did it star my favorite supporting character, Georgiana, it gave me insight on how she adores the holidays and shows she will stick up for herself if need be. I was also interested to find out what she would do when faced with the whole nasty Wickham affair. I was cheering for Georgiana the entire book.

I have and will always be an Elizabeth Aston fan and finding these little novellas after her death was like a present reserved just for me.

What is your favorite Elizabeth Aston work?

Review: The Painted Fan by Elizabeth Aston

fanThe Painted Fan is another great Pride and Prejudice-inspired short story by Elizabeth Aston.

Anna is a young miss in her first season and she instantly falls for the charming and handsome Mr. Standish. He seems to be really interested in her until one day when the switch is turned off. What did she do? What was he told and why is he suddenly interested in another girl? Maybe his colleague Mr. Vere has something to do with it?

When she over hears a piece of juicy espionage, will Anna be able to use her natural quick wit to not only solve the case, but catch one of the slipperiest traitors to the crown?

I enjoyed the inquisitiveness of Anna and how even though everyone around her dismissed her as a brainless noob to high society and world affairs, she managed to prove she had brains. I was also surprised at a few twists in this book. People weren’t who or what I thought they were and that was fun in a genre flooded with predictable plots.

I have and will always be an Elizabeth Aston fan and finding these little shorts after her death was like a present reserved just for me.

What is your favorite Elizabeth Aston work?

Review: Mr. Darcy’s Drama by Elizabeth Aston

mrddA cute romance set in the home of now married Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Drama is a novella that takes the best parts of Mansfield Park and mixes it with a new romance between a governess and a charming stranger. The author even manages to add a dash of Northanger Abbey into this one.

When a trunk full of costumes is discovered in the attic of Pemberley, the guests who are trapped indoors by the rain, decide to put on a theatrical. Miss Beckford, their lovely new governess is called to produce a play she wrote years ago for fun family amusement. One of the guests, Mr. Aconbury, is much sought after by the single ladies in the house when it is discovered he’s made a sizable fortune overseas. Even Lady Catherine tolerates the theatrical to get her precious Anne in the mix. But Mr. Aconbury doesn’t want some young maid with eyes only on fortune. He wants a smart woman who likes him for himself. Miss Beckford may be just the one, because she felt for him before she knew about his wealth. Now he is the catch of the county, will he think she is only seeking the freedom he can grant her?

I found this a pleasant, amusing, love story with a smart heroin and not too much conflict sent in to torment us “happily ever after” romance lovers. I have and will always be an Elizabeth Aston fan and finding these little novellas after her death was like a present reserved just for me. They can all be found on Kindle now.

What is your favorite Elizabeth Aston work?

Book Giveaway: Robert W. Malloy’s Journal by Emmy Z. Madrigal

RJFrontCoverJPGThis blog was created in anticipation for my Regency novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, coming out in 2016. However, if you also enjoy a good modern romance, check out my Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series.

The series revolves around a poor high school senior, Victoria, who falls in love with a rich talent manager, Rob. She’s an aspiring singer and happens to bump into Rob at the airport on Christmas day. From the moment they meet, they’re drawn together. Rob and Victoria battle social class lines, parental disapproval, and ghosts from their pasts to prove their love is meant to last. Books 1-3 are available in print or eBook version.

The newest installment of Sweet Dreams is Rob’s private journal involving the events that take place in the first novel, Sweet Dreams.

“You know Robert Malloy as the sexy business man who swept Victoria Knox off her feet. Here’s a glimpse into his thoughts with the unauthorized publication of his personal journal. What does he really think about Victoria and those intimate moments spent together? Experience Sweet Dreams exclusively through Rob’s eyes, uncensored.”

Just like the authors who write from Darcy’s point of view, I wanted this novelette to give readers a glimpse into what Rob was thinking from before he met Victoria, to the day he had to say goodbye to her at the airport as book one ends.

Robert W. Malloy’s Journal is available now in print and eBook. I’m having a special contest running until January 25th, 2016. You can enter to win a print version of the book if you help me promote a little. Here’s how:

  1. Click this link to go to the book @ Amazon.com
  2. Share the book on your favorite social media site (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/G+, etc…) with the tagline “I wanna read all of Rob’s secrets.”
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Winner of Inspired by Grace by Jeanna Ellsworth

I’m happy to announce the winner of the
Inspired by Grace eBook is:

Carly Kane!


If you did not win, I encourage you to pick up the Kindle or print version now at Amazon.com Inspired by Grace by Jeanna Ellsworth is a lovelytale of two old friends who’ve loved each other for so long, no one else can compare.

Stay tuned to this blog for more Regency giveaways, reviews, and news of my upcoming book, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe.


Winner of eBook Giveaway – Mr. Darcy’s Rival by Kara Louise


And the winner is….darcyrivalLauren K.

Thank you all for participating and Lauren, please check your email for details.

For those of you who didn’t win the drawing, Kara’s new book isn’t out of your reach.

Download Mr. Darcy’s Rival 

now and let me know what you think of this awesome new installment of Jane Austen Variation fiction.

Thank you Kara for visiting us.

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