Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mr. Darcy's Secret: A Competition, an Interview, and a Review

Hi everyone! I've been very busy with my book tour this last week or so. Everyone has been so welcoming on their blogs, and I've really enjoyed all the questions and the chance to tell the world about Mr. Darcy's Secret.
This week, I started off with a lovely interview with the Book Reading Gals. Here's a snippet.
TBRG: Before we get to the burning questions that everyone wants to know, can you tell us a little bit about your book?
JO: I am very excited to be here – I think this is my favourite book yet, thank you so much for giving me the chance to talk about Mr. Darcy’s Secret.
At the end of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is set on course for true happiness with Mr. Darcy, the most eligible man in England. The new Mrs. Darcy is ecstatically happy as mistress of a grand house and wife to the dashing, yet proud Darcy who is proving to be everything she has dreamed of in a loving husband. His former arrogance is rapidly diminishing under her sunny influence; he is even becoming indulgent and sensitive towards her visiting family. But, the discovery of a secret correspondence and rumours involving Mr Darcy’s past threaten the very downfall of Pemberley plunging new bride Elizabeth headlong into a chain of dramatic events to challenge everything she believes in, ultimately testing the Darcy’s love and their future life together.
Mr. Darcy’s Secret is a story about love and misunderstandings; of overcoming doubt and trusting to the real feelings of the heart as our sparkling and witty heroine Elizabeth, and the powerful, compelling figure of Mr Darcy take centre stage in this romantic tale set in Regency Derbyshire and the Lakes alongside the beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice.
TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
JO: Jane Austen has been the biggest influence on my writing, as well as some later authors like Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Wharton and Elizabeth Gaskell.
TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
JO: I went to Amy Winehouse’s backstage party in Brixton, London, on her last major tour.
TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go, a place on your bucket list?
JO: New York – how is it possible that I have never been? I don’t know, but I am determined to get there some time soon!!!
 You can read the rest of the interview here with The Book Reading Gals.

I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to read my book and then writes about it. Here's a particularly gorgeous review from Staci at  Life in the Thumb Blogspot
Mr. Darcy has a secret and Elizabeth is torn about wanting to know the truth and pretending that nothing is amiss. This story line captured me from the very first page and kept me turning the pages excited to find out what Darcy was hiding from Lizzy. I felt as if the author had the spirit of Jane Austen residing within her because the language, tempo, flavor, and the actions of the characters so closely resembled Austen's. I also really enjoyed the inclusion of Georgiana's own love story and how it made Darcy really stop and wonder if his pride was something of the past or not. This book felt very cohesive and put me right into the spirit of Pemberley and what "may" have happened after Darcy and Elizabeth married. This book will make any Austen fan happy and I feel that it takes the variations of P&P to a new level. 

I have another competition to win a signed copy of Mr. Darcy's Secret. I loved all the answers for the last one where we decided on Elizabeth's Secret - thank you for entering into the spirit so well!
This time I want to know about your favourite Austen hero. Who is he, and why do you like him? Please leave a comment below with your contact email, or if you are shy you can contact me here
Competition closes March 6th. Winner announced on the 7th. Good Luck!


Anne Booth said...

I think Mr. Knightley is lovely. He is rich and because of that, powerful, yet he is sensitive and kind enough to care about the feelings of Miss Bates when Emma thoughtlessly humilates her.I like the way that he wants the woman he loves to be kind, and is angry with Emma for her insensitivity. He values Robert Martin when Emma is too snobbish to see the young farmer's worth, and is concerned for Jane Fairfax. I love his chivalry when he asks Harriet to dance with him after she is publicly snubbed. He comes across as a faithful, deep feeling, principled man, who is prepared to make a huge sacrifice, leave his own loved home and move in with his father in law after his marriage to Emma. You feel that he loves the strong willed Emma very much, is prepared to compromise for her, yet will not be hen-pecked. I like the fact that he apologises for lecturing her, which saves him from being pompous, and I feel that he needs Emma as much as she needs him. Mr Knightley comes across as Emma's best friend as well as her lover, and I feel sure they had a very happy marriage, with Mr Knightley being a lovely husband and father.

Milka said...

When I am asked to mention my favorite Austen hero I usually say Mr. Darcy. But now that I have read Mansfield Park again, I think I have to say Edmund Bertram.
Edmund is the second son of the Bertram, so he does not have the same prospects to offer than for example Mr. Darcy has in Pride and Prejudice. I think that is one thing that makes him so charming. He has a great personality and he is the one who accepts Fanny as she is. He does not participate in making fun of Fanny when the others do that and he helps her to adjust to her new life. When they grow up he and Fanny are great friends and he shows great trust towards Fanny. When I say that I like Edmund some people have been like "but he is an idiot, he just keeps loving Mary Crawford even though Fanny, at the same time, loves him". I think that the fact that it takes so long for Edmund to realize that he loves Fanny, not Mary, makes his love towards Fanny even more powerful and deep. They are already best friends, but they become something more in the end, which I think is really lovely.

Elsina said...

My favorite is Mister Knightley. He is such a sweetie, so gentle and not arrogrant depsite his money and power. I love it where he stammers, "I rode through the rain! I'd - I'd ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you".

Margay said...

I love all of Jane Austen's heroes because she draws them up as full-bodied, three dimensional men. They are not perfect, nor are they meant to be, and their women love them the more for it.

And although Mr. Darcy will always have a very special place in my heart, I do adore Captain Wentworth, too. There's just something about a man in uniform. Not only that but he is very honorable - he would do the right thing by one woman though his heart belonged to another.


Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you so much for your brilliant suggestions, Anne, Milka, Elsina, and Margay! I was quite surprised to see Mr. Knightley there twice already, and Edmund too, but this is what makes the world go round-we all like different types of men! Margay, I know exactly what you mean about a man in a uniform...

jerseysue said...

Like many of you Mr.Darcy comes to mind when I think of my favorite Austen hero, however, I think that might have something to do with the dashing and handsome Colin Firth as well.
When I dig deeper into the heroes of JA, I do believe the idea of man like Captain Wentworth is more my style. He loves Ann Elliot not for her posititon in society, family fortune or her family connections for that matter. The fact that he plays the jealousy card a bit when he comes back into Ann's life seems to be understandable in the situation. He soon regrets it and then he writes those lines..."You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever." sigh, how lovely, who could resist a man like Wentworth?
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Jane Odiwe said...

Jerseysue, Mr. Darcy is hard to resist, but we love that letter from Captain Wentworth, don't we? Thank you for your lovely comment!

Luthien84 said...

After reading Persuasion, I think I found my favourite hero in Captain Frederick Wentworth. Unlike the heroes in the other Jane Austen's novel where they inherit their estate and fortune from family, he is a man making his own way in the world and distinguished as naval war hero who is willing to die for his country. And who wouldn't fall for him after reading his love letter, displaying his humility and laying his heart out to his beloved Anne? I know I would.

Btw, please do not enter me for this giveaway since I've won the previous contest.

Jane Odiwe said...

Luthien84, I must admit that Captain Wentworth is my favourite followed very closely by Mr Darcy. That's a very interesting point-he is the only one who has made his own way in the world. Thank you for stopping by to tell us about your favourite hero.

EmileeHope said...

My favorite is the one everyone else seems to dismiss. I absolutely love Edmund Bertram. I love all of Austen's heros, and of course Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth's story has won everyone's heart, but there is something I really adore about Fanny and Edmund's story. I am not sure why, but I really do love it! His only fault is falling for Mary Crawford, but let's face it, what man wouldn't have fallen for her charms!

Thanks for the chance at winning your new book, I am in the middle of (Willoughby's Return) but had to leave it at home when I went out of town...I can't wait to get back to it!

Jane Odiwe said...


Thank you so much for your comment-I love the fact that everyone here has very different ideas about their perfect hero, and I can understand why Edmund appeals so much.

I'm so thrilled that you are enjoying Willoughby's Return!

Lieder Madchen said...

Mr. Darcy and Capt. Wentworth are pretty closely matched in my affections. Darcy is so very fiercely protective of his loved ones, and I find that to be a wonderful trait in a man. If he loves you, even if you don't love him, he will always do his utmost to defend you, and his utmost is quite a bit more than most. Also, his passion is so tightly controlled, but you can see it peeking through the surface sometimes.
Wentworth, however, is admirable in his constancy and determination. He made himself what he is, and though he was deeply hurt by Anne's breaking of their betrothal, he never stopped loving her, even though it was years before they met again, which showed his loyalty and depth of emotion.
I think that if they both asked me to dance at the same time, I would have a great deal of trouble deciding which to stand up with. :)
As always, your competition is lovely. :)

Jane Odiwe said...

Lieder, your comment about deciding who to dance with made me laugh! I think I would be equally torn! Thank you for your lovely comments, and for stopping to join in!

Jj said...

Capt. Wentworth - he suffered the most, in my opinion, and still loved Anne Elliot after all those years. Besides - the letter seals the deal. I will say I'm a big fan of Tilney as well, but it has to be Wentworth.

Jane Odiwe said...

Jj, Thank you for your entry-yes, that letter takes a lot of beating. I have a soft spot for Henry Tilney too.