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End of my blog tour with a Grande Finale! Interview and review with Laurel Ann of Austenprose.

As my blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Secret comes to a close, I'd just like to thank everyone who has been so kind in welcoming me onto their blogs, and for the many wonderful reviews I've received.  Last on the tour, but by no means least, is a review from the lovely Laurel Ann at Austenprose   Look out too for a guest post on the blog  here  with a fantastic giveaway. Here's the review. Everyone has a secret or two in their past that they would rather forget. In Regency times, where a breach in propriety could ruin a reputation with a withering look, people had many secrets to hide. Are we surprised to learn that the residents of Pemberley, the palatial estate of the Darcy family in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice , have a few of their own tucked away in the library or residing at a local cottage? Author Jane Odiwe wants us to explore that possibility in her new novel  Mr. Darcy’s Secret . Will the happily ever after really happen for the newly married Fitzwilliam Darc

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 influenc

Mr. Darcy's Secret Blog Tour - Laura's Reviews, Psychotic State, Diary of an Eccentric.

My lovely blog tour continues - I want to say thank you to Laura Gerold for her fabulous review over at   Laura's Reviews  and also to Lori Hedgpeth of  Psychotic State  for having me as a guest to talk about Elizabeth and Darcy. There's another wonderful review from Anna Horner at  Diary of an Eccentric  and an interview where I show the world my very messy study where I write! I hasten to add that I love it - I'm very lucky to have a room where I can spread my papers and books about, not to mention all the pictures, photos and objects that mean so much to me. Look out for another competition next week! Until then, have a fabulous Friday, and a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Darcy's Secret Winners!

I thought it only fair in the end when all your entries were so splendid to have a draw, so with the help of my handsome Valentine who drew the names, I am pleased to announce that the winners are                                                Nancy Kelley and Luthien84!  Congratulations! Thank you so much to everyone who entered into the fun, it really made the day extra special. I will be contacting you for your postal addresses, and I hope you enjoy the books! Just look, Lizzy's reading Mr. Darcy's Secret, I hope she's enjoying it.

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Over at Austen Authors  we've been celebrating the whole weekend with lots of fun stuff - on Saturday I compiled excerpts from everyone's books - lovely romantic passages, of course - do have a look.  I am thrilled to bits with this review from Suite 101  I don't think if I'd written it myself I could have done it better-thank you so much, Jessica Hastings! I've been over at Love, Romance, Passion talking about writing styles. Here's the interview I had with Keira. And here's a guest blog from Read All Over Reviews  - suitably romantic for today! Thank you, Teresa, for inviting me to your blog to talk about my book,  Mr. Darcy’s Secret , and as we are so close to Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be lovely to tell you about how some of my research was connected with the sending of flowers and love letters. In Georgian times it was customary to send love letters and tokens, cards cut and pricked with a design to look lik

Mr. Darcy's Secret Blog Tour, An interview with Meredith Esparza, Austen Effusions, and Sisters.

I've some new updates on my website Austen Effusions  about my new book, Mr. Darcy's Secret, including an extract.   The painting featured I did a while ago of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet. I often wonder how closely the relationship that these two heroines share is mirrored in Jane Austen's own life with her sister Cassandra. In Mr. Darcy's Secret, the sisters are together again. Though they are not yet living within an easy distance of one another, we know that Jane Austen said that after twelve months Bingley and Jane settled in the next county. Mr. Bingley and Jane remained at Netherfield only a twelvemonth. So near a vicinity to her mother and Meryton relations was not desirable even to   his   easy temper, or   her   affectionate heart. The darling wish of his sisters was then gratified: he bought an estate in a neighbouring county to Derbyshire; and Jane and Elizabeth, in addition to every other source of happiness, were within thirty miles of each other. M

Mr. Darcy's Secret Blog Tour, and an Austen Twitter Project

I'm really enjoying my tour and I hope you've been able to follow me so far. I'm the guest of Luxury Reading  today where I'm talking about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, the joys of research when writing, and my luxuries. I hope you have been following the Austen Twitter Project   today. If not, it's still happening, and will be on following Tuesdays for many weeks to come. Your writing dreams may be realised as you tweet along with Austen fans from all over the world! You can become part of, or simply observe, an Austen inspired tale which is unfolding before your very eyes! I signed up for three 15 minute sessions today. It's a bit scary because you have to wait and see what the person before you is tweeting about, so you can carry on your part of the tale, but it is great fun. Have a go - I promise it's all in the starting, and I know you will enjoy it. Follow the sign  #A4T   and remember to scroll down to the bottom to read from the beginning. A special

Mr. Darcy's Secret on tour at Jane Austen's World.

There's a lovely review of Mr. Darcy's Secret, and an interview with the very lovely Vic, from Jane Austen's World today, which you can read here . Thanks so much for inviting me to chat on your wonderful blog! Thank you everyone who has entered the competitions - they are still open until February 14th if you'd like to win a copy of Mr. Darcy's Secret. In other news - I shall be joining P&P Tours in May for their Barton Cottage tour. This should be such fun, and I'm really looking forward to it, hope you can come too! This year, it's the 200th anniversary of Sense and Sensibility so that's very exciting, and I know we will be thoroughly immersed in S&S in the Devonshire countryside. I have been before, and the area is breathtakingly beautiful - I don't think I ever saw stars quite like the ones in the night sky, and there are beautiful walks, log fires and walking in Marianne and Elinor's footsteps...well, location footsteps, which i

Mr Darcy, Book Faeries, and Luxury Reading!

Well, I'm having such fun on my blog tour talking to some very lovely people. I've been chatting to Farah on the The Book Faery    and Meg from  Luxury Readin g has taken the time to read and give Mr. D a lovely review. Thank you for making me feel so welcome! I promised another competition for a copy of Mr. Darcy's Secret. This is a straightforward quiz! Post your answers to me here  and not at the bottom of the page or everyone will see them. The competition is open until 14th February. Correct answers will be entered into a draw. Winner announced on 15th. 1. How many Bennet sisters are there in Pride and Prejudice? 2. What is the name of Caroline Bingley's sister? 3.Elizabeth goes to Hunsford to stay with her friend Mrs....? 4. Lydia falls in love with a) Colonel Fitzwilliam b) Mr. Denny c) Mr. Wickham 5. What is the name of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's daughter? 6. What relation is Mrs. Philips to Elizabeth? 7. Where does Mr. Darcy live in D

Mr. Darcy's Secret Blog Tour!

I had such a lovely day yesterday-thanks so much to everyone who visited-I know there were lots of people who looked but didn't comment, so I'm going to say be brave, join in the fun! The competition is open until the 14th February. I'm on Austen Authors today - but I am a little upset because I've received a rather unpleasant letter, which is published there for you to see. I am just starting my blog tour. Thank you so much to the lovely ladies below who have read and considered my book for review. Please click here to see a review and my interview with Royal Reviews and here's another with Kelly Yanke Deltener  and her review Keep checking back for more competitions this week. In the meantime, I know the lake scene isn't strictly P&P, but I know there are quite a few ladies who enjoy seeing Mr. Darcy in this particular episode of the wonderful 1995 BBC adaptation! Today's illustration shows Mr. Bingley and his sisters who all feature in Mr. Da

Mr. Darcy's Secret - and Elizabeth has one too!

The big day is here at last! Mr. Darcy's Secret is out today and here I am proudly clutching my new novel!!!  There have been a lot of people trying to find out Mr. Darcy's secret without having the bother of reading the book...and by asking extremely impertinent questions which have also included several devious methods on Twitter. But, I have not lips are sealed. I am not telling and the only way to find out Mr. D's very secret, SECRET, is to read to the very last page! However, for your entertainment and for the chance to win a copy of Mr. Darcy's Secret, we have a 'Guess Elizabeth's Secret' game and competition. Two very amusing tweeting chums and fellow lady writers, Jane Travers and Kathryn Eastman  have suggested and devised a competition for your diversion. Their first idea was that everyone should try to guess Mr. D's secret, but then we did think that might spoil the actual reading of the book. So, that was quickly abandoned t