OK, seriously this is the most awesome day! Yes, I am celebrating the launch of my latest novel - and that alone is super - but to be with my Casablanca Sisters again is FANTASTIC!!
Some of you are new and may not remember me. Sharon Lathan here and even though I bid the blog adieu a year ago now to focus on my new group blog Austen Authors, once a Casa Babe always a Casa Babe! I joined this amazing fellowship of Sourcebooks published romance novelists way back in the autumn of 2008. I wasn’t one of the original group but close to it. Terry, Linda, Marie Force, Loucinda McGary, Mary Margaret, Amelia, Cheryl, and Robin welcomed me with virtual open arms. Judi joined the merry band at the same time as me, remember Judi? It was my first experience with a group blog and as part of a fellowship of authors. I could go on and on recounting the fun we had and sharing how difficult it was for me to say good-bye. All of that can be read by searching through the archives.
Today I am not here to walk down memory lane but to PAR-TAY!!
I am truly honored to be invited back for the celebration of my 7th novel Miss Darcy Falls in Love. It feels right to be here! After all, I have celebrated with the Casablanca readers many times already. My debut novel was launched with a bang right here on Casablanca, followed by the next four published books in my sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. If interested the release party blogs can still be read--
The Trouble With Mr. Darcy was released this past April and although I celebrated with due pomp and circumstance on my website and with the Austen Authors, there was something missing. Now I feel complete! And, to segue into irony, I am finally presenting a true romance novel! All of my delightful Casablanca years amongst the best romance novelists on the planet and I was writing historical fiction with a romantic flavor. I was writing the happily-ever-after rather than the drama leading up to it. At times I felt a fraud!
Well not any more, baby! Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a quintessential romance novel. You know, where a girl meets a boy but all this “stuff” gets in the way and you wonder how they can possibly work it out but somehow they do, and then they ride off into the sunset together, after a nice sloppy kiss or better yet a steamy sex scene? Yeah, one of those books! I got so into the genre that I gave her TWO fellas to choose from! And, yes, a steamy sex scene. Cool!
Noble young ladies were expected to play an instrument, but Georgiana Darcy is an accomplished musician who hungers to pursue her talents. She embarks upon a tour of Europe, ending in Paris where two very different men will ignite her heart in entirely different ways and begin a bitter rivalry to win her. But only one holds the key to her happiness.
Set in post-Napoleonic Empire France, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a riveting love story that enters a world of passion where gentlemen know exactly how to please and a young woman learns to direct her destiny and understand her heart.
Are you intrigued? Maybe this short excerpt will add to the enticement--
The baron was leaning against the wall with his hands over his face. Sebastian did not hear crying, but the man’s whole body shook. He hesitated, even began to take a step backward when Caxton dropped his hands and turned an anguished glare upon him.
“Come to gloat have you?”
“No,” Sebastian began, truly surprised at the question.
“No? I would if the situation were reversed. I should be up there, damn it all! I should be sitting beside her, holding the cool cloth to her head, whispering of my love and lending strength. I would be if not for these bloody rules and ridiculous notions of propriety that keep me out of her room simply because we are not formally engaged as yet!”
“That’s right, Butler! Yet!” He yelled it, pushing off from the wall with force and stalking toward Sebastian, who held his ground and returned the glare. “I told you how it is between Miss Darcy and me. Formalities may stand in our way, but nothing else does!”
“You are that certain, are you?”
Lord Caxton paused. The two men stared at each other defiantly, measuring and evaluating as conclusions were drawn. Caxton broke the tension first, his voice calmer if still as forceful.
“I know you care for her, Butler. I am not a fool or blind. I can empathize with how you are feeling, since I know how wretched I would be if she did not return my affection. I truly am sorry for that, but you must accept what is.”
“And if I cannot accept what is?” Sebastian choked.
“You must. Your persistence and presence benefits neither of you. Miss Darcy is pained to see her friend’s unhappiness and I cannot fathom how tormenting it must be to see us together.”
He stepped closer to the rigid Sebastian, laid one hand on his shoulder, and said, “For what it is worth coming from me, do not torture yourself needlessly. Take comfort, if you can, in knowing she is loved, deeply, and let it go. My advice? Stay away from what can only cause you pain.”
Caxton squeezed his shoulder and re-entered the library, leaving Sebastian in the dark and cold of the night. Yet the external was nothing compared to the black and ice inside his heart.
Georgiana Darcy deserves her own love story and I am excited to share my vision with the world. There are more excerpts on my website - www.sharonlathan.net - and the first chapter can be read on the Austen Authors Writers Block or on Amazon.com.
I am celebrating at my website and all over the web throughout the month with interviews, blogs, and giveaways. That’s right, GIVEAWAYS! Loads and loads of chances to win a free copy of Miss Darcy Falls in Love. Casablanca is no exception. Sourcebooks is offering one copy to a lucky commenter. Whoo Hoo! Deadline for the giveaway is 11/14 and as usual it is limited to US & Canada, sorry. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you.
I’ll be stopping by as often as possible to chat with the awesome Casablanca crowd. Thanks again to my pals for hosting me. It feels great to be back!