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Ginger Monette
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Collette Cameron
Robin Michaela

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Bucket list of Capt. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's Hope Ginger Monette #HistoricalRomanceLet’s meet Captain Darcy from The Darcy’s Hope Saga, a Historical Romance by Ginger Monette. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Darcy’s Hope Saga

Genre: Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Pride and Prejudice meets Downton Abbey in this blogger-favourite saga!
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War I alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in this TWO-volume saga!
In Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, you’ll watch the couple’s tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
In Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, Darcy is crushed when espionage separates him from Elizabeth and injury leaves him in a dark and silent world. But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything….
“…a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. …an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance.” ~Austenesque Reviews
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Profession: Landowner, now serving as Army Captain
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I stand right at six feet, with dark brown hair inherited from my father. Women consider me handsome, although my 1914-issue Captain’s uniform doesn’t fit as smart as it once did as army fare on the Front is rather…lacking.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the owner of Pemberley, a large estate in Derbyshire, England, which has been passed down through six generations of Darcys. Both my parents are deceased, and I share guardianship of my beloved sister Georgiana with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. At present, I’m serving as an Army Captain in France. My specialty is telegraphy communications.
Who is the significant other in your life?
<cough> Err. There is a certain young lady, a Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who captured my affections when I was sent to Meryton to requisition property for the Army from her father. In a gesture of goodwill, I made the man a promise regarding his daughter.
I made a muck of it, and let’s just say things did not turn out as I anticipated…
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Eldest. Heir.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A brown filly gifted to me by my father on my fifth birthday. She was my constant companion until I left home to attend Eaton.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I’m rather fond of the scones prepared by Pemberley’s cook. Preferably spread with orange marmalade or strawberry jam.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have more acquaintances than friends, but I do find great enjoyment spending time with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Of course I’ve known him all my life, and I trust him. He understands me.
Outside of family, Charles Bingley is my closest friend—although I’m not sure why. We could hardly be more different. He is outgoing whereas I am reserved. He enjoys dancing and social affairs where I find them tiring. Perhaps that is why the Army paired me with him in requisitioning land for military use. I negotiate the business; he manages personalities. We’re good complements.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I travelled Europe extensively as a young man, but America holds some curiosities. My father was an acquaintance of George Vanderbilt. I hear his estate is one of the nation’s crown jewels.
A trip to the Great Pyramids might tempt me as well.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Bloody trenches in France! Rats, mud, death, filth. Not fit for pigs.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
<sigh> Although already acquainted, I hope for a future encounter with Elizabeth Bennet. She never responded to my letter…
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
George Wickham. He’s been a thorn in my side for years. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to my sister.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I would like to travel back to 1812 or so—the Regency Era. I would be keen to look in on Pemberley and see how my great-grandfather ran the estate. See how things were different back then and ask his advice.

About Ginger Monette

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Weaving a romance into a complex and unfamiliar WWI setting with both the hero and heroine experiencing significant character evolution, all in the context of a mystery was a HUGE challenge. I’ll never try to combine that many elements again.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy from the Regency Era is one of the most famous characters in literature.
I thought readers would enjoy seeing him 100 years later in the era of Downton Abbey, which is the setting for The Darcy’s Hope Saga.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Although he came from a very stable and static background, he was able to adapt to a harsh and volatile environment completely foreign to him. He learned to respect and embrace people he would hardly have associated with before the war.
I loved how he evolved as a leader and man, and how his romance with Elizabeth Bennet bloomed among the thorns of war.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South plays a role in Darcy’s Hope. He may one day have a Great War Romance of his own!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Contemporary Romance. I have pages and pages of notes for a Sons of Steadman series—three cousins who all served as Marines in Afghanistan. They return home to find love in spite of their “wounds.”
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
The first fiction story I EVER wrote was my first novel, Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. My forte’ had always been expository writing, but within fifteen minutes of trying my hand at fiction, I was hooked!
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I “hit” on all the bases romance readers are looking for:
•Compelling plot centered on a well-developed romance
•Multi-faceted, “living” characters
•Deep point that really immerses readers in the story
•A suck-you-in story that is hard to put down
Both books in the Darcy’s Hope Saga were voted as 2016-2017 favourites by several bloggers, and both have received stellar reviews on Amazon.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Do you like Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey? Then you will LOVE the Darcy’s Hope Saga!
Even if you typically “don’t do war stories,” I encourage you to give this one a try. Just like Downton Abbey, it isn’t a “war” story, it’s a romance in a wartime setting.
Readers have commented that they couldn’t predict where either story was going, and much of that is due to the volatile nature of the war-time setting.
A video trailer and excerpt are on my website at https://www.gingermonette.com/darcy-s-hope-beauty-from-ashes

Where to buy Darcy’s Hope Saga

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778XWLWH/
Universal link Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes: https://books2read.com/u/47kXOj
Universal link Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey: https://books2read.com/u/3yP2Le

Ginger Monette Social Media

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
Website: https://www.gingermonette.com/
Blog featuring Turkish Drama actor Kivanc Tatlitug: https://www.gingermonette.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMonetteAuthor
Facebook featuring Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, Period Drama: https://www.facebook.com/Ginger-Monette-Author-612096318934524/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7434573.Ginger_Monett
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Monette/e/B00GWZIT0U/
Newsletter: https://www.gingermonette.com/contact

 

The Top Blogger for this month is Karen Michelle Nutt, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Top Blogger of 2016 was Susan V Vaughn, who won a year of free advertising for 2017.

About Karen Michelle Nutt

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Anthology Coordinator at VTP http://victorytalespress.com

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by cumulative page views, including return and unique visits. There was a tie for fifth place.
Congratulations to each one!
1. Karen Michelle Nutt
2. Ginger Monette
3. Jack Croxall
4. Kate Hill
5. Collette Cameron
5. Jennifer Allis Provost
Honorable mention: Stephanie Berget and Alyson Hale

Top Chatters for the Month

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author’s). There can be up to three winners.
This month’s winners are:
Stephanie Berget
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Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are:
Barb Caffrey, Beverley Bateman, Ciara Gold, Claire Gem, Diane Noble, Houston Havens, Izzy Szyn, Jean Joachim, Jennifer Loring, Jessie Clever, Kate Hill, Kayelle Allen, Kaylin McFarren, Kelly Fletcher, Kris Bock, Linda Rae Sande, Madison Michael, Mary E Thompson, Paula Sharon, Saloni Quinby, Shari Elder, Susana Ellis, Tina Donahue
Was Downton Abbey inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and
Prejudice? One Sunday night while watching season 2 of Downton Abbey, it dawned
on me: Downton Abbey is a copycat of Pride and Prejudice! Now, whether Julian
Fellowes really did look to Jane Austen’s classic for inspiration, I cannot
say, but let’s look at some of the similarities.
A houseful of
daughters with no heir.
Both storylines are built on the premise of impending doom
due to the family’s misgivings about the unfamiliar heir. In Pride and
Prejudice, Austen placed a cast of five daughters at risk of being “thrown
to the hedgerows” should their father die before they are wed. Julian
Fellowes chose three sisters for Downton Abbey’s cast, but the situation
differs in that they seem more concerned for the future of their physical home
and the general uncertainty brought about by the new heir rather than their
personal futures.
Similar characters.
Both Austen and Fellowes chose a heroine who is an “obstinate,
headstrong girl.” Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley was never one to hold
her tongue. And certainly Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet never hesitated to voice
her opinion on everyone and everything!
Perhaps the most similar character in the two stories is a
domineering matriarch. The outspoken dowager Lady Grantham is one of Downton
Abbey’s most colorful characters. But I believe Fitzwilliam Darcy’s imperious
aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, could have given even Violet Crawley a run for
her money!
An attempted
elopement
Both dramas include an attempted elopement that spawns
uproar in the respective families. Readers are aghast when Austen’s rogue,
George Wickham, runs off with Elizabeth’s younger sister, nearly ruining the
Bennet family’s reputation.
Conversely, Downton Abbey fans cheered when daughter-of-the-manor
Lady Sybil and chauffeur- servant Branson finally kissed. But their pairing and
attempted elopement was scandalous nonetheless, sending Sybil’s sisters
hurrying after her and her father into a thunderous outage.
In both stories, the scandalous union became a clever plot
device to not only create drama, but to keep audiences on the edge of their
seats. Would the scandalous pair remain together? How would the scandal drive
future storylines and affect the other characters?
A grand estate
In both Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, a grand house
is a silent, yet central character. For nearly 200 years women have been
swooning over Pemberley, the estate of Austen’s heartthrob Fitzwilliam Darcy.
And Highclere Castle’s gold rectangular structure topped with corner towers and
spires is instantly recognizable as the Crawley’s beloved family home on Downton
Abbey.
These lavish homes set our hearts to dreaming and become a
beloved character in and of themselves. But the Austen/Fellowes parallels don’t
stop there. It is worth noting that the name Downton Abbey is suspiciously
similar to Donwell Abbey, the name Austen chose for George Knightley’s estate
in her classic work, Emma.
An entailed estate
with an “unsuitable” heir.
In Pride and Prejudice, the unsuitable heir is the obnoxious
rector William Collins, whose marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet is flatly
refused. In Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley is a dashing, but lowly solicitor.
And although both “unsuitable heirs” go on to propose to other women,
in the case of Downton Abbey, viewers are thrilled when the lovestruck hero and
heroine eventually marry.
High society
characters falling in love with, well, those not so high society.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is downright disgusted with himself for
falling in love with Elizabeth Bennet, a woman so decidedly beneath him. And in
Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley is incensed that a man in trade will inherit
her family home. But in the end, love wins out for both couples.
We may never know if Julian Fellowes was inspired by Jane
Austen, but certainly in both cases, the premise has enchanted millions and
proven to be a blockbuster success in both literature and film.

Darcy’s Hope Saga: Downton Abbey Meets Pride and Prejudice

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the
drama of World War 1 alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam
Darcy. You’ll watch their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and
reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
*****90% of reviews are five star!*****
The Darcy’s Hope Saga:
Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes
Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey
Genre: historical romance, Pride and Prejudice fan fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher: Spero Books
Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo: https://books2read.com/u/47kXOj

Ginger Monette Social Media

Grand
prize winner of Char/Meck library’s 2015 “Picture This” contest,
Ginger Monette lives in Charlotte, NC. When not writing historical romance, she
enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and
reading–a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
Today’s featured book is Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, A WW1 Pride and Prejudice Variation by Ginger Monette

About Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes

Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty
from Ashes is a A WW1 Pride and Prejudice Variation.
Genre: Historical Fiction    
Author: Ginger Monette
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Perfect for fans
of Downton Abbey and Jane Austen!
Escape to the
era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War 1 alongside
literature’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. You’ll watch
their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their
differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
1916. World War
1 has turned French chateaux into bloody field hospitals, British gentlemen
into lice-infested soldiers, and left Elizabeth Bennet’s life in tatters.
Her father is
dead and her home destroyed. Never again will she depend on a man to secure her
future!
When an
opportunity arises to advance her dreams of becoming a doctor, she is
elated–until HE arrives….
Heartbroken.
Devastated. Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy is left rejected by the woman he loved
and reeling from the slaughter of his men on the battlefield.
“Enough!” Darcy vows. “No more sentimental attachments!”
But arriving at
a field hospital to pursue a covert investigation, Darcy discovers his beloved
Elizabeth training with a dashing American doctor and embroiled in an espionage
conspiracy.
With only a few
months to expose the plot, Darcy is forced to grapple with his feelings for
Elizabeth while uncovering the truth. Is she indeed innocent? Darcy can only
hope….
•Darcy’s Hope
has a happy ending but will continue in Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, coming
Jan 1, 2017. In the sequel, readers will experience the full resolution of the
mystery, and our beloved couple’s love will face a new, tragic test.

Buy Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes

Universal link (Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc): https://books2read.com/u/47kXOj  

About Ginger Monette

Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, NC,
where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public
speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
Her WW1 flash fiction piece, Flanders Field
of Grey, won Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s 2015 Picture This grand
prize.

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