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Monday, 1 June 2015

Guest Post and Giveaway - One Love - Two Hearts - Three Stories - J Dawn King

I am very pleased to be welcoming the lovely J Dawn King to my blog today. She's come here to talk about her inspiration and if you read on you will see details of more than one international giveaway. So without further ado I'll pass over to Joy.

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David Gandy - 2012 Elle Style Awards
David Gandy: Photo - 2012 Elle Style Awards
I deeply appreciate your invitation to be a guest on your blog, Ceri. I am happy to be here. And, I’m happy with the release of my latest book, ONE LOVE – TWO HEARTS – THREE STORIES: A Pride and Prejudice Anthology. For your viewing pleasure, here is my inspiration for Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in all three stories. (I did change his eyes to dark brown in one just to change things up a bit.) Are you surprised it’s not Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen? For this book, it was David Gandy, U.K.’s #1 male Super Model all the way. Why? Besides the stunning good looks, he loves cars, books, and puppies. How could he not be the Darcy we all know and love?

Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride & Prejudice 1995
Writing three different stories with the same characters in one book meant I had to ponder long and hard the qualities a strong romantic leading man was made of. I’ve read stories where Fitzwilliam Darcy is shy where in others he is entirely arrogant. Some have Darcy struggle with speaking in public, in others he remains quiet because he feels the company is so far beneath him that it would be a travesty to waste his intelligence on them. What is your understanding of Darcy? 

When you think of the most romantic leading man in literature, is Mr. Darcy first on your list? Surprisingly, he was not the first that came to my mind. How can that possibly be? Has Joy Dawn King finally lost ALL of her marbles? 

Matthew MacFadyen as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride & Prejudice 2005
Think of the following male characters and compare them to what you know about Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. How do they compare to Darcy’s profession of loving Elizabeth Bennet where he says, ““In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”?

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser - Outlander
Jamie Fraser – OUTLANDER
Jamie Quotes:
“When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”

“You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart—and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”

“Because I wanted you.” He turned from the window to face me. “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly.

“To see the years touch ye gives me joy”, he whispered, “for it means that ye live.”

Richard Armitage as John Thornton, North and South
John Thornton – NORTH AND SOUTH
Thornton Quote:
“I have never loved any woman before. Now I love, and will love.”

Ryan Gosling
Noah – THE NOTEBOOK
Noah Quotes:
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”

“You are, and always have been, my dream.”

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”

Michael Fassbender as Edward Fairfax Rochester, Jane Eyre
Edward Rochester – JANE EYRE
Rochester Quotes: 
“I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you – you’d forget me.”

“Our honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.”

Or, would your selection include Rhett Butler - GONE WITH THE WIND; Heathcliff - WUTHERING HEIGHTS; Gabriel Oak - FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; or, someone else? Mine? This decision was a piece of cake. (Drum roll please!) 

Cary Elwes as Westley - The Princess Bride
Westley – THE PRINCESS BRIDE
For, what lover of romantic fiction would not swoon and sigh over a handsome man uttering at her every request, “as you wish”?

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As you know, Joy, I am a fellow ardent admirer of Mr Gandy's work, and I am completely unsurprised that he could inspire your writing. I just applaud your good taste :) Thank you so much for this entertaining post!

If you are wondering what my answer is to the question, my favourite hero is Mr Darcy. Not so much for what he says but what he does. The fact that he wants to change, not to win Elizabeth's approval, but because her opinion matters to him, and her view of him has made him reassess himself. And to put the cherry on top of the cake, he saves Lydia for Elizabeth's peace of mind and takes steps to try and ensure she doesn't find out in case she feels beholden to him.

Joy Dawn King, aka Author J Dawn King
About the Author:
As an avid reader, Joy Dawn King did not read Jane Austen until she was 55 years old. It was love at first read. While living in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador in 2014, she wrote her debut novel, A Father’s Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation. Joy is currently living back in the US, in the beautiful state of Oregon, with her husband, John, and is finishing the revisions for her Bingley/Jane story called Finding Their Way.

You can connect with Joy via her website, Goodreads, Facebook page or Twitter.

Book cover: One Love Two Hearts Three Stories: A Pride and Prejudice Anthology by J Dawn King
Book blurb:
One Love - Two Hearts - Three Stories: A Pride & Prejudice Anthology: The Library, Married!, Ramsgate
This is a collection of two novella length stories and one full-length novel. 

The Library - (voted #1 at Jaffrecs.com) 

What happens when Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are alone in the library at Netherfield Park and they decide to talk instead of ignore each other? In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the half hour passes without either our hero or our heroine speaking one word to each other. This sweet variation has them breaking their silence. What follows is a conversation filled with confrontation, clarification, and love. 

Married! 

Fitzwilliam Darcy needs a wife! Elizabeth Bennet needs a husband! 

What results when two strong-minded, kind-hearted strangers unite in this most sacred state? Will love grow? In this full-length novel, Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with frustrations and blossoming feelings of tenderness. Our favorite couple finally reach their happily ever after. Or, do they? 

Ramsgate 

When Miss Georgiana Darcy stumbles upon her beloved George Wickham willingly wrapped in a passionate embrace with someone else, the elopement is off. Running to her new friend, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, she involves her in a plan to get help from her brother, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and bring Wickham to justice. 

In this novella length story, does Darcy marry Elizabeth? Does Colonel Fitzwilliam find the woman of his dreams? And, what happens to the nefarious Mr. Wickham? Enjoy this alternate path to our favorite couple’s happily ever after.

This book is available to buy in print and kindle formats - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Giveaway time!

Book cover: One Love Two Hearts Three Stories: A Pride and Prejudice Anthology by J Dawn King
Joy has very kindly offered a giveaway of one eBook and one signed print copy of her newest release, ONE LOVE – TWO HEARTS – THREE STORIES. This giveaway is open internationally. Just leave a comment below to enter the giveaway, ensuring that you leave a way for me to contact you (email, twitter details etc.) and please state if you'd only like to enter for one format or both. I will draw the print copy winner first. The closing date to enter the giveaway is 8 June 2015 - Please note this giveaway is now closed.

Giveaway - jdawnking.com
In addition, as a welcome to Joy’s website, if you go to jdawnking.com and leave a comment, follow her, or sign up for her newsletter, you will be entered for a HUGE giveaway of Jane Austen memorabilia which will be drawn on 31 July 2015. Again, this giveaway is open internationally. 

Thank you, Joy, for your generosity, and good luck to everybody in the giveaways.

164 comments:

  1. The only one who comes close to Darcy is John Thornton, IMO. :) As you already know, Joy, I greatly admire David Gandy as well...any man who loves racing is aces in my book. We need to get him over here to a NASCAR race and a NHRA race. (Pocono is this weekend...before my birthday...and Michigan is next weekend...after my birthday. Hint hint LOL) I'd love a signed print copy (I already have an ebook copy--I could not wait). I love your writing, Joy! You rock!! My email is zoeburtonauthor@outlook.com. ~Zoe

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    1. I'm going to forward all comments to David Gandy's assistant so he will learn just how much attention he gets from Jane Austen fans. Boy won't he be surprised.

      I agree - definitely need to broaden his racing horizons.

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    2. I love Mr Thornton too, what a gentleman! I'm not sure I agree with the NASCAR though, I prefer Formula 1, though it's not as exciting as it used to be.

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    3. Kathy L Berlin5 June 2015 at 17:00

      They eye candy replaced my doughnut desire on National Doughnut Day. They are far more yummy! Except for the one from Princess Bride. I like Inigo Montoya better! LOL

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    4. INCONCEIVABLE!!! Better than Westley? Say it isn't so!

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    5. Kathy L Berlin8 June 2015 at 19:28

      He is a little boyish, I mean bland, for me. I like me some 'sperience!

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  2. Fabulous Ceri and Joy! The inspiring eye candy, was terrific and I can see how fun it can be to use a visual aide for writing inspiration ... Lol whether it be a fabulous picture of Derbyshire or the infamous Colin Firth... Well it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words or more lol...

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Aren't the comments from the different leading men wonderful? Sigh and swoon!

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    2. Yes, definitely, lots of inspiration to be found in pictures, and Joy found some particularly lovely pictures here :)

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  3. I love Jamie Fraser and do think he is the most romantic hero for many reasons, but I love reading stories about Darcy and Elizabeth.

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    1. I've not read Outlander as it's a bit too adult for my tastes. However, Jamie Fraser is a beautiful man and the words the author has written stirs my soul.

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    2. Everybody seems to love Jamie, he seems like a wonderful character. I haven't read Outlander (which I have a feeling may have been called Cross Stitch here, I don't know why). The reason I haven't is that I got the impression there was bigamy, which is something I find hard to overcome in stories. The only character I've ever forgiven for it was in Jane Eyre :)

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  4. I think Mr. Darcy is the most romantic male character and it is due to the fact that I fell in love with Jane Austen's, "Pride and Prejudice" at the age of 11 and that time is what I associate romance and ," Mr. Wonderful".
    Also I think Mr. Darcy can be both arrogant because of his class and shy because of his personality.
    I have your novel on my wish list and I know it will be outstanding.
    Thank you for the chance to enter to win.

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    1. You are ever loyal, MaryAnn. What an outstanding quality. Thanks for commenting and entering. I just ordered a tin of Pemberley tea to include in the other giveaway. Lots of prizes for lots of people.

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    2. I fell in love with him on first read too MaryAnn, but I was a little older than you, I must have been about 14 :)

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  5. Oh Joy, what a wonderful post! Mr. Darcy is the literary love of my life, but I am anxious to get to know Jamie Fraser. Something tells me I'll never be the same once I do. Congratulations on another success. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Meant to say I have my copy already! Good luck to everyone!

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    2. Thank you, Pamela. Kudos to Diana Gabaldon for the beautiful words she gives Jamie Fraser. They touch my heart. However, Ceri's comment about the changes Darcy makes to become a better man is the reason I admire Jane Austen's character. It makes me wonder if she knew a man like that. Hmmmmm! Something to ponder.

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    3. We can never have enough heroes to admire Pamela! Thanks for your comment.

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  6. Mr. Darcy is my favorite. And it is MM's portrayal that I love with CF coming in a close second. (Despise me I'd you dare). MM reminds me of my husband in public....shy & inept. He is the one who introduced me to P&P later in life...I was 45. I do love Wesley (we saw the Princess Bride when we were dating) and RA can't be beat. The picture of the bloke at the beginning of the post is pretty awesome too. The quotes you chose, Joy are wonderful and so romantic...they make me feel squishy and fuzzy inside. They are awesomely romantic.

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    1. That is such a sweet thing to say about your husband, Debbie. My insides are pretty squished and fuzzy as well. "Awesomely romantic." I'm going to steal that. Well said!

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    2. So sweet that your husband reminds you of Mr Darcy, Debbie!

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  7. Great blog, Joy! Darcy is, of course, my favorite -- followed by other Austen heroes. But I do think Rochester is pretty darn romantic too!

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    1. Boy, do I ever agree with you. The part about his heartstrings being tugged by her is swoon-worthy, isn't it? We write the same kind of Darcy's in our stories, Victoria. A fundamentally good man. Just like Jane Austen portrayed him to be.

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    2. It's funny, with regard to Rochester. I read it first when I was a teen and a friend had read it first and told me the basic plot and I thought it sounded awful, it put me off reading it for about two years! If you give the bare facts of Jane Eyre it sounds like a terrible story and he sounds like a horrible hero, but of course you don't get the 'why' of what happened with just the bare facts and you miss out on all the feelings, it's such a romantic book.

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  8. Darcy for who he selflessly is. It is a quality not really apparent in the others, Austen or not. His love is the finest kind, one that gives and expects, and desires, Baugh in return. Did he have to change to get there? Yes. But that journey I'd what helped grow his love. ( I, of course, already have the ebooks because I am the preorder queen!)

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    1. I believe you are absolutely right, Kathy. Darcy is selfless, whereas Caroline Bingley is selfish. You have wonderfully stated the reasons we love that man. Do you have a Mr. Darcy in your life?

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    2. I love the fact that he went on a journey. I think that is why for many people he is their favourite hero of Austen's. I think we all like the idea that people can change and become better people. I know that it's true that people can change if they want to but so often they don't! Darcy is different in that respect, and he does it with no hope of benefiting aside from the benefit of his own self-respect in becoming a better man.

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  9. Yes, Darcy and John Thornton have always
    been and always will be my greatest loves/
    heroes from literature. I would really love to
    win a paper copy of this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. You are most welcome. Great choices. I saw the movie before I read North and South so Richard Armitage will forever be my Mr. Thornton. As for Darcy? Right now he is 100% David Gandy. I've watched several interviews on YouTube and he has a shyness about him and an unwillingness to promote himself or buy into his own hype that is very appealing.

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    2. Good choices! I was lucky in that I read both P&P and N&S before I saw any adaptations so my mind was able to conjure up my own vision of Mr Darcy and Mr Thornton without being influenced by casting. Mr Thornton was described as not handsome in the book so I didn't imagine anything as good as Richard Armitage! With Mr Darcy, my imagination did a better job and actually came up with somebody not far off from David Gandy in looks, though definitely less tanned and less muscley!

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  10. You all know I adore Mr Darcy but...Jamie Fraser! Good lord, Jamie Fraser. I don't know how anyone would not love him. I could go on about either man all day (and I have!) Joy, I'm half tempted to mail you a redacted version of Outlander but I don't think you'd get the full oomph of it that way lol.

    I already have a copy of Joy's 1L2H3S so please don't put me into the giveaway. BUT I am excited to hop over and check out Joy's website!

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    1. No oomph? Thanks for the offer, Monica, but I agree that the redacted version probably would lose something. I'll just go with the quotes and the pictures people post on Pinterest of Jamie Fraser.

      Best wishes for the giveaway. I'm continuing to add to the prizes each week. The purse is adorable. Are you an "obstinate, headstrong girl"?

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    2. LOL, Monica, you kill me! Can I get over bigamy and read this book? You know I don't mind oomph scenes, but I really don't like reading about infidelity. Maybe I will try one day, because if you like a book then usually I will too.

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    3. I know a lot of folks don't like it for that very reason. I guess it boils down to how much choice the reader believes Claire has in her situation. I have a friend who says straight out that Claire should've gone through anything, including death, before she broke her vows to her 1st husband. I've only seen the 1st 8 episodes of the TV version so far, but I felt like the book allows you to understand much more of what she's dealing with. But I digress, as usual...I told you I could blather on all day!

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    4. I have to wonder about Claire's husband's point of view. Would he understand? Would I understand and condone it if it was MY husband? Not on your life.

      Although, with that said, John sees my pictures of David Gandy on my Pinterest boards, which I often have open as I write. Once he knew DJG was my inspiration for writing, he was completely OK with it. Go figure!

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    5. I think for me the deal breaker would be how Claire justifies it. If she considers her husband and his feelings and still feels she has no choice then it's easier to get over than if she goes into things too lightly. I read 'The Time Traveller's Wife' some years back and there is an instance of infidelity with one of the characters and they really didn't think twice about it, it was an utterly selfish action which made me really dislike the character from that point onwards, so I try and steer clear of infidelity storylines if I can, it's safer that way!

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    6. I am in complete agreement, Ceri.

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  11. Ceri, what terrific comments and opinions we are getting on this post. Well done for being able to insert all the pictures. That takes skill. Inquiring minds want to know how long you had to study each photo to get the placement just right? Tee-Hee!

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    1. Well the top photo was my favourite, so I enjoyed looking at that one the most and probably studied it for the longest, but the one that took me the most time to place was the one in relation to 'The Notebook' because I'd never heard of the film so I didn't know whose photo to use!

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  12. Every since Cat Gardiner introduced Gandy as Mr. Darcy in Lucy 13, I've pictured him as Darcy in many modern P&Ps that I read.

    Three P&P stories in one book... how exciting is that! Can't wait to read it.

    I would love to be entered for both giveaways, please. My email address is tdungnvu (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Me too, Dung. I believe that makes us a group of discriminating people with great taste. This time he's 100% Regency for me. Imagine him with a cravat, a black coat, and a royal blue waistcoat shot with silver thread. Oh sigh!

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    2. Hi Dung, thanks for your comment and good luck in the giveaway!

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  13. Fabulous blog entry! All those lovely pictures and quotes! I've had this book recommended to me by people already so I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

    brendapwood at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words about my book. They are lovely and fabulous, aren't they? Every time I check for comments I have to do a slow perusal of the photos. Do you have a favorite?

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    2. I meant THE PICTURES are lovely and fabulous. Can't I write? Good grief!

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    3. I thought this was a really fun post too Brenda, and those pictures!! (fans self)

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    4. lol, I understood! :) My favourites would definitely be Darcy and Thornton. I'm not sure I could choose between them. I love both of their personalities. Their devotion and loyalty to those they love, their integrity, their commitment to duty, their work ethic, their ability to look at themselves objectively and change themselves when they feel the criticism they have received from others is fair. I guess the thing that differentiates them for me is their taste in women. I can understand Darcy’s love for Elizabeth (she’s great, her character just sparkles!) but sometimes I find myself questioning why Thornton liked Margaret (I didn’t always like her, especially in the beginning).

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    5. Great choices and excellent reasoning, Brenda. I couldn't agree more.

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    6. Margaret is certainly harder to like at first than Elizabeth, snobbery is a far less likeable trait than making hasty impressions! I can see why Thornton is attracted to her though, she's just so different to the women he has met before, and she is such a strong person, I think that's an important characteristic for him, it really resonates with him because he is such a strong person himself and has such a sense of honour and doing what's right. He wants to respect his wife. It's not a surprise that he's such a wonderful hero, he's so admirable.

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    7. Good point, she is a strong woman (a lot like his mother...). And Thornton lived with the polar opposites of his mother (a strong woman) and Fanny (let's face, it a flake!) so he would be daily reminded that it is important to find a strong woman! lol

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    8. I have to stop and remember how old Margaret is in the book. She's basically an indulged teenager (she's 19). That she finally sees the value in John Thornton was the only thing that redeemed her in my eyes. Lizzy Bennet had a kindness and empathetic nature about her from the start.

      Now, those men!!!

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  14. I love David Gandy as a Darcy inspiration. I saw a picture of him with top hat and tails and it crossed my mind that even if he couldn't act, he would make a great looking leading man in a period drama. ;)

    Darcy is actually not my favorite romance hero though he does make the list. I love seeing several others that make my list in your quotes. I've actually never seen or read The Notebook so can't say about that one.

    Looking forward to reading about your three Darcys! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity of either format.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

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    1. I am sure that if Mr. Gandy came to your book launch party he would be dressed in a sharp-looking tuxedo and his big smile. Congratulations for being included in the "Sun-Kissed" anthology. Well done, Sophia!

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    2. OO, I need to look for the pic you mention of David Gandy in top hat and tails, I haven't seen it. I mainly keep to the suits - either three piece or swim :)

      So you say Mr Darcy isn't your favourite, Sophia, I am wondering who is?

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  15. Loved John Thornton in North and South, also one of my favourite books. I have never seen Outlander, Notebook or Princess Bride (no television).
    Would love to be entered to win a paperback (and the ebook) having read a few stories written by Joy

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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    1. Vesper, since you were the first person to follow my new blog on my website, you automatically win. I'm sitting here typing with a broken leg. As soon as I can get to the post office I will send you a signed copy of my new book. Hopefully, soon.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I LOVED John Thornton as well. He wasn't a great orator, but was a simple, hard-working, man who cared and loved from the depths of his soul.

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    2. Hi Vesper! I haven't seen Outlander or the Notebook either, but the Princess Bride is huge fun. I got it for my kids (and me!) on DVD and we all really enjoyed watching it.

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  16. Joy, Thank you for a most "drool-able" post. Love those photos.
    *whispering* Colin rocks!

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    1. Chuckle! Chucke! I think this is a two or three hankie post to keep the damp and dribble off my chin. To keep peace between the Firth/Macfadyen camps, I chose a lovely third party in Mr. Gandy. While he is a consummate professional at what he does, he seems a bit shy and very modest.

      By the way, lady, your Mr. Darcy's Templars is a hoot and a half. How do you think of all those funny phrases that make me snort and chortle?

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  17. What an absolutely swoon worthy post, each quote as heart melting as the next. Thank you, Joy! John Thornton is my man, and yes, I can see David Gandy portraying him very well, indeed. Cotton mills were known to catch fire many a time. LOL ;) But seriously, DJG has all that intensity and smolder that JT became known for. I loved how JT, like our Mr. Darcy, changed for the woman he loved with all his heart, mind, soul. Now, let's talk cravats - If you are reading this David, you need to seriously look into a photo shoot with you wearing a cravat, breeches and a tailcoat.

    Best wishes, dear girl on a book that I have heard FABULOUS things about!!

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    1. When I contacted DJG's agency about the possibility of having him do a cover photo in Regency togs, the woman I spoke to was highly enthusiastic. I think you and I are not the only females that would enjoy that picture. Alas, it was not to be.

      Even though he was Darcy in these stories, I could definitely see Mr. Gandy in a remake of North and South. That deep voice and startling blue eyes set against the black/gray tones of Manchester in the 1800's. I could play his mother. Would you be the lovely Margaret Hale, Cat?

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    2. Then North and South would have an entirely different story line. You see, I wouldn't say no to his proposal. ;)

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    3. Well then, that would be a much shorter movie, Cat. (Tee-Hee!)

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    4. I think that's an idea for a kickstarter fundraising project right there, photo shoot of David Gandy wearing Regency garb. The women of the world would love it!

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  18. By the way, David Gandy is a writer/blogger as well. Check out his latest at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/scotland/11643328/David-Gandys-favourite-road-trips.html

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  19. Dear, dear Joy, I am actually sitting here drooling! LOL And had tears in my eyes reading the quotes. I have read all those books and have all the movies and have watched and/or read them many times. I am only familiar with David Gandy from Cat's Lucky 13 Pinterest board. I am going to check it out again today. As for my favorite it is so very difficult to chose between Jamie and Darcy. But because Darcy made changes without expecting recompense I will go with Fitzwilliam. But Jamie was so loyal to all he loved, not just Claire...he certainly has a place at the top. I already have a copy of your paperback so please don't include me in this drawing. But I am going over to the other site for a chance at all that delicious merchandise. I don't have to say how I loved your book.

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    1. I know EXACTLY how you feel! Beautiful men and winsome words.

      You know, that's a terrific suggestion to check David Gandy out on Pinterest. I just spent a huge amount of time doing just that. To justify using my hours at that task rather than writing, I pinned several of this young man to my Darcy board. I particularly like his smiles. Though, his smolder is pretty wonderful as well.

      Thanks for the kind words.

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    2. I dare not go on Pinterest, I think it's the type of website where you go on there for five minutes and you blink and three hours have gone! Thanks for commenting Sheila, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book.

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  20. Well, I think Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion. Although he tried to forget Anne and move on, clearly he is still in love with her. The passionate letter he composed seal the deal for me.

    I would like to win either format. Thanks a lot for sharing your literary romantic heroes and offering the giveaway, Joy.

    evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I am currently slapping myself alongside the head. Yes! The letter from Wentworth is completely swoon-worthy. It's the real thing. I always wondered if Jane Austen wanted to receive a letter like that. Maybe she did. That's pretty cool to think about.

      Thanks for stopping by all the way from your corner of the globe.

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    2. Captain Wentworth's letter is just perfection, isn't it! It's my favourite page of Austen. The first time I read it I just sighed with satisfaction and read it again!

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    3. Don't feel bad, Joy. Maybe I'm a bit different but I prefer Wentworth to Darcy cause I can relate more to the Navy captain. Find me a man who makes his own way in the world!

      Totally agree with you, Ceri. That's the ultimate love letter that every girl wishes to receive.

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    4. Sylvia, my husband was a sea captain for 21 years of our marriage. Another reason I should have thought of Wentworth. I am a ding-dong.

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  21. We talk about a three hanky movie for a tearjerker sometimes. This has to be a three hanky blog post but for a totally different reason - wiping the drool off our chins and whatever technology we're using to read it. Thanks Joy!!

    Having been privileged to be involved with the behind the scenes work on your book, I'd like to say what a pleasure it was working with you. Obviously, there's no need to enter me in the giveaway.

    For anyone who hasn't yet added Joy's book to their Wish List, please do so right now! You won't regret it. They are three fantastic stories. I can't make my mind up as to which is my favourite. I've had each one of the three at varying times.

    As to my favourite leading man? Darcy a lot of the time but I definitely have a soft spot for Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn. I know he's not a historical romance hero but right from when I first read Lord of the Rings, I imagined Aragorn looking almost exactly as Viggo played him. He did also fight a serious war and unite two kingdoms at least in part to marry the woman he loved.

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    1. Three hankie? Absolutely! Thanks so much for your kind words and all your help.

      Viggo Mortensen was incredible as Aragorn. He is stunningly handsome and so talented. If his fighting for the woman he loved isn't romantic, then... well, I'm not sure what I was going to say. So, Viggo is in the mix.

      Thanks for posting.

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  22. I don't think it is a good idea to put all that eye candy in there and then expect us to think coherently...
    I love the first part of Mr. Darcy's proposal, but the letter from Captain Wentworth is something else.

    I would love to win a copy in e-book format. Thank you for sharing your talent and all those beautiful men!
    tgruy at netscape dot net.

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    1. Ah, come on, you can do it. I know you can!

      Yes, that letter. "I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. 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. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own..." I believe that this 21st century woman just swooned (or at least drooled on my keyboard).

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    3. I'm swamped in work but that quote... (plop)

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    4. As MonicaP. says down the comment thread about Henry Cavill, "swoon and thud". Works for me!

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  23. Mr Rochester is absolutely awesome!!! I can only say that even Mr Darcy have his non-romantic-hero moments (as you say the declaration), he is lovely!

    Captain Wentworth is simply amazing. His consistency is just pure delight!

    I cannot choose only one!!

    I would like to enter the giveaway. I would like any format. Thank you very much for this giveaway.

    ana (dot) mr (dot) 1986 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Ana, it's HARD to chose just one isn't it? So many women authors writing such powerfully romantic men. And Nicholas Sparks? I wonder if he speaks such beautiful words to the woman he loves? He sure knows how to write them.

      If you read the other comments you will quickly realize you are not alone in not being able to choose. It's nice to be in such good company.

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    2. It's definitely hard to choose just one, it's great that there are so many wonderful heroes to enjoy.

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    3. Ceri, you are totally right! Better to have several to "love" :)

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  24. Joy I love all of your stories. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. and thanks to the bookworm for the fantastic interview. jenred88@yahoo.com

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    1. Awwww, thanks, Jen. (Blushes!) Didn't Ceri do a great job matching the pictures to the text? As you are very well aware, I'm clueless when it comes to formatting. It's good there are people like you with serious skills.

      Did you happen to find your Darcy in any of the pictures above? Who is your most romantic hero in fiction? Or non-fiction? Though, I can't imagine a romantic non-fiction male. I'm going to have to think about that now.

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  25. So many wonderful men, so hard to choose! I don't think I'd turn any of them away, although I do have a healthy obsession with Mr. Darcy. ;-)

    Please enter me in both giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Pam
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    1. It is a healthy obsession, isn't it? And, Mr. Darcy is very deserving of our affection. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I may have to browse the post again, just to remind myself of... what was I going to remind myself of? Such distraction!

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  26. Capital!!Capital!! Loving the eye candy. Colin Firth will always be my #1, I have unhealthy obession with Darcy. Don't tell too many people. I would like to be enter into the giveaways for both formats. taneshia(dot)washington(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You are certainly not alone in choosing Colin Firth as your #1. Your secret obsession will remain just between us, OK?

      This comment enters you in both giveaways, though you are always welcome to check out my web site. I'm a techie dunce, so just having it is a win for me.

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  27. Since I was 12 years old, Darcy has been
    a hero/dream man for me! I still
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    1. That's so sweet. My preference is for Pride and Prejudice as well. However, since my husband spent the first 21 years of marriage as a sea captain, how could I not love Captain Wentworth in Persuasion as well. Both him and my husband are loyal and I value that highly. That's why I love Darcy as well. He NEVER gave up his love for Elizabeth, did he? Sigh!

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    3. What did I say about an editor? I meant to type "How many" not "How mans". Do I have men on my mind? I will admit I had to take a gander at the pictures again, just for research sake. You would think I was old enough to not make me twitter-pated.

      EDITOR!!!!

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    4. It was love at first read for me and Pride & Prejudice too. I loved Mr Darcy, but the thing that actually made me love the book was Elizabeth, because I really identified with her.

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  28. I already have your ebooks, Joy and love them. I, too, discovered Mr. Gandy from Cat Gardener's Lucky 13...and I haven't gone back since. I definitely define myself as a "Gandy Girl" and his image and persona is who I see when I read modern Pride and Prejudice variations/adaptations.

    I would LOVE to see him in a cravat and regency clothing. I do believe that he would give Colin Firth a run for his money as a regency Darcy. (I know, I know, those are fighting words, but see above - I'm an unabashed & self-titled "Gandy Girl.")

    I do adore Mr. Darcy. He is every girl's dream - the handsome, unattainable, seemingly prickly man who is flawed but truly means well and - most importantly - is willing to go after his desire and change for her and fight for her against everyone and everything else. He is also rich, which never hurts. In the words of Lorelei Lee of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: "Don't you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn't marry a girl just because she's pretty, but my goodness, doesn't it help?"

    As for the others listed in the blog post, there are many reasons that I love The Princess Bride and "As you wish" meaning "I love you" is definitely one of them. I like Jane Eyre even though parts of it disturb me. I also like the character of Jamie and have read the entire first book in the Outlander series, but will not be reading more because while I appreciated the detail and most of the story, it simply left me exhausted and I don't want to know any more of their story. The Notebook didn't do it for me, but perhaps I should revisit it as I was rather young when I first read it.
    North and South remains on my to read list, but I never get to it because I am too busy reading Pride and Prejudice fan fiction and searching for more fabulous David Gandy pictures to share with my fellow readers and authors.

    Speaking of which, how many pictures of Mr. Gandy did I send to you today? I'll have to go and look. Ah, it was 10. Not bad, eh?

    Please enter me into the print book contest. I am redstrands1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

    I thank both Joy and Ceri for this chance and for the fun of it all!

    ~Gail

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! (Should I say that 10 times? One for each picture?) I am HAPPY you are a Gandy girl and that you share.

      Your reasons for loving Darcy are my reasons as well. Yes, I would LOVE to see Mr. Gandy in Regency. Ceri recommended a kickstarter fund to pay for a photo shoot. We would all fight for the pictures, so we had best not. Just to keep the peace, of course.

      You are officially entered, my lady. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      I will join Joy in thanking you for your work in sharing inspirational pictures, I always enjoy them :)

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  29. So many handsome gentlemen to gaze upon! Thank you for sharing..... ;)

    I would enjoy a print copy.
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    1. I see we have much in common, Caryl. We appreciate the handsome men and both love Psalm 103 and 138.

      Your comment here enters you in both giveaways. I'm adding more prizes to the Jane Austen collection every week. The more, the merrier.

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  30. Darcy and John Thornton. Well, actually.....I would love to see Richard Admits he as Darcy! Wonderful post. Thank you for the giveaway.
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    1. Yikes! Stupid auto correct! I would love to see Richard Armitage as Darcy!

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    2. Oh, Becky. Me too! Richard Armitage has that smolder Darcy needs. I think he would do any role well. I'm tickled you like this post. Now, fess up, how much times did you spend on the pictures? I'm not telling how much time I spent picking them out. Research!!!

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  31. All of the men you have profiled are swoon worthy. Look forward to reading this book.
    pattyedmisson@gmail.com

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    1. I love that expression - "swoon-worthy". Makes me sigh just thinking about it. Who comes to your mind, Patty, when you use that word? I have to confess that my husband is tops on my list. Second? I'm not telling.

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  32. Oh, my goodness, this was so much fun!! Thanks to both Ceri and Joy for the fabulous post...and, Joy, those pictures and quotes were pure awesomeness :) . I have begun to greatly appreciate David Gandy (VERY handsome) as a result of the FB photos I've seen posted of him lately (!!), and you already know I'm a fan of Darcy, Jamie, and *any* character played by Ryan Gosling, LOL. Loved all of this -- thanks for making me smile tonight!!

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    1. Wasn't it fun though? There aren't enough words to describe the joy I had going through pictures. And, yes, I did think of you with the RG photo. There were so many cute ones to choose from.

      So, a question for you - do you think we identify closely with the characters because of the actors who portray them or the words they say? What draws you to a character?

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    2. Oooh, good question, Joy.
      For me, it's really a combination. The words, esp. in the case of a book adaptation, are golden. I don't think we would have swooned nearly as much if Austen, Gabaldon, or Sparks hadn't written the lines we fell in love with...but I do think an excellent actor heightens our reaction. He can sell those words on the screen and, in that way, reach people who may not have read the books first. In the case of most of the examples you referenced above, I read the novels before watching the films, but not in the case of "North and South." I saw Richard Armitage as Thornton *first* and *he* made me want to read the book! The lines he recited were great, but he convinced me, through his portrayal of the character, that I'd enjoy the story (in no small part because I could forever imagine him in that role, LOL). :)

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    3. For all of those I mentioned above, I saw the movie version first and then I read the book. My favorite books to read while growing up were biographies, history, and adventure. So, I'm very new to romance. For all of the actors, except Richard Armitage, I've been able to easily separate them from their roles so it didn't bother me to see them elsewhere. For Mr. Armitage? He will forever be John Thornton. It just is.

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment. I appreciate it.

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    4. Richard Armitage *is* John Thornton (An emphatic yes!)
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    5. That's interesting that you say that North and South made you read Gaskell, because I have wondered whether that book might be a little bit of a let down to people who watch the adaptation first? I love the book, but I read it before the adaptation was made, and I think the adaptation is very romantic while the book is very much more an attempt to look at the class divide between worker and master, with a romance weaved into it, so anybody expecting only a love story gets more than they bargained for.

      I thought Richard Armitage was a wonderful Mr Thornton, but I liked him in the Hobbit too :)

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    6. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings films are on my list to watch. I think I spend too much time reading. My film "to be watched" pile is almost as high as my Kindle TBR. Sigh!

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  33. what a wonderful post Joy! I'm not being prejudiced when I say this but Mr Darcy wins hands down! I have struggled in vain says it all, that he loves you so much, finds you so irresistible ( or tolerable take your pick) that even a rational mind has no hope! Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I have a feeling I may just have this by the time I finish typing, you know me Ceri :)

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    1. If you read the other comments, Tamara, you will realize you are not alone in your opinion. Darcy seems to rule, with Jamie Fraser coming in a close second. Such wonderful characters written by truly talented authors.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Did you see the clutch purse in my Jane Austen giveaway? It's the one you had on your blog. I went with "obstinate, headstrong girl". What an adorable prize that will be. I secretly wanted to keep it, but... It's not for me.

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  34. I would like to enter for the ebook version. I'm a fan of John Thornton. I preferred the mini-series to the book. The only down side to the mini-series is that it is easy to get distracted by Richard Armitage's total swoon-worthiness. *sigh*
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    1. I completely agree with you about Mr. Armitage. It was a defining role for him and he will forever be John Thornton to me. His words quoted above were more poignant to be because he wasn't the most articulate character in literature. They were said from his heart, weren't they?

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  35. What a magical post, Joy!!! I loved LOVED LOVED the images and the quotes and your beautiful thoughts about them, as much as I love your writing style. Can't wait to read 'One Love - Two hearts - Three Stories'!

    As to your question, to me Mr Darcy is the perfect romantic hero because he would do anything for the woman he loves, even to the point of going against his very nature. I don't think of him as shy. Maybe a very little. I think he does think himself above his company and that "it would be a travesty to waste his intelligence on them" (LOLOL loved that!) up to the point when he is forced to revisit his preconceptions and understand he must make a great deal of effort 'to please a woman worthy of being pleased'.

    Thanks again for the beautiful post and the great giveaway. Congrats on the new release, it looks like an absolute gem!

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    1. This was fun to put together, Joana. And, face it, we all need a bit of romance in our lives; even those of us who write it.

      I love Mr. Darcy the most too. Do I believe he's the most romantic? Not necessarily. That still falls to Westely. Let me tell you why.

      Years ago, John stopped alongside the road and picked me a handful of daisies, knowing they are my favorite flower. He stuck them in his tool box to protect them and drove for another 10 hours. When he got home he rang the doorbell rather than come right in. He stood there with his hand behind his back clutching the stems of the flowers. At his "ta da" moment, he pulled them around and thrust the most broken and bedraggled mess of flowers either of us had seen at me. He was heartbroken. I was elated. In 35 years, he's never understood why that story is precious to me. Romantic? The height of romance!

      But, that's not why I love and admire him so much. It's that he is willing to be and sacrifice his all for his family. That's Mr. Darcy.

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    2. I am with you Joana. I don't see Mr Darcy as particularly shy either. He was arrogant and proud, and that is what he overcame to become a better person because he'd had a mirror held up to his character and didn't like the reflection he saw. Then he went out of his way to do something for the happiness the woman he loved with no thought of benefiting from the action himself. Self-improvement and selflessness are such appealing characteristics!

      I like Westley, but he couldn't be my number one. I'd be pretty peeved at the five years with no contact!

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    3. It's funny, Ceri, because I tend to write Darcy as shy because I just don't "get" an arrogant man. With that said, I believe Jane Austen's Darcy is 100% arrogant and proud. I'm just not skilled enough to write him as such. Maybe a future story. That's something to aim for.

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    4. Luckily as a reader, I don't have to think about these issues!

      I know it seems odd but his arrogance never bothered me, because he overcomes it. I think he starts off as a product of his environment, like Emma Woodhouse. Some people can't like Emma because she has such a high opinion of herself, but if you consider how she was raised and how other people treated her then there is no wonder she was how she is. Both characters are really appalled when they realise the effect of their behaviour and make big efforts to improve themselves.

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    5. I'm thinking these two characters give us tremendous insight into Jane Austen herself. Did she know people she wished would overcome their arrogance? I cannot imagine it was a quality she saw in herself.

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    6. I think that Austen was very interested in nature v nurture. It's a big theme in Mansfield Park, and many of the individual characters in her novels are shaped by their environments (such as Mrs Bennet's nerves, Marianne being encouraged in her romanticism, Mary Musgrove's hypochondria and her sister Elizabeth's vanity etc.). I agree with you that I don't think it's a trait that Austen shared, but she probably saw it quite a bit in others.

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  36. Joy, your boy sure is purty! Especially when he smiles. I agree with you on Westley and Rochester, although I don't agree on your pick for Rochester [he looks cheesy ;-) ]

    I'd love to win a copy of your book; either format, no preference. I am at GinnaSaisQuoi at verizon dot net

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Ginna. Yes, he is a handsome man. More than that, however, he's timelessly elegant. Whether in the Regency period or modern day, he would be admired for his pursuits, interests, and reputation. And his looks.

      Best wishes for the giveaway.

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    2. Hi Ginna. I quite agree with you re David Gandy, isn't he gorgeous! I have made quite an extensive study of his work and I think he is equally handsome whatever his expression, though this picture is particularly lovely to look at.

      I quite like Michael Fassbender as Rochester, sometimes they cast actors who aren't swarthy enough. I didn't like the casting of Jane in this version though, she is far too tall.

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  37. So many people tugging at Mr. Gandy there will be nothing left of him at the end! Though I admire all these men, and others, my Darcy is faceless most of the time. Curly brown hair, blue eyes, and a bod not far from Gandy's, since his is perfect. Once in a while, he looks like a Disney prince. In Julie's stores, I get a glimpse of RA once in a while, as I get MM glimpses with Jos's. Maybe I'll get Gandy glimpses reading yours now! We're both fortunate to have assimilated so much Austen information in such a short time, since we were older readers of hers--I was 49. If these stories are half as good as your first novel, I'm going to love them! Thanks, Joy!

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    1. The cool thing about using a man like Mr. Gandy is the abundance of available images. There's a photo for every emotion I need to write for Darcy. It's not exactly David Gandy - rather a hazy outline of him that is in my mind. The more I learn of him, the more I realize that we would have much to talk about and enjoy if John and I ever were in a position to hang out with him.

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    2. I know what you mean, Suzan, I sometimes feel that the writer's inspiration for Darcy can come through, though usually it's a Colin Firth/MM division. I like the fact that Austen left open a lot of physical characteristics, as it gives the reader the chance to imagine their own vision of the character.

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  38. Thanks Joy King and Ceri for having this giveaway. I would love to have either form of the book. Although if I don't win, I plan on buying the book. contact me at fawn@mycomspan.com

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    1. Thank you, Fawn, for popping by. Giveaways are a fun opportunity to expand our reading list. Do you have a lot of books waiting to be read? Best wishes to you.

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  39. I agree with all those handsome faces. Swooning! Btw your book is on my night stand!! It's next up!

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  40. Thanks for this giveaway, Joy! I'd love to have a copy of your new book, either if fine but I'll always prefer a physical on over an e-book. All those hot, beautiful faces! Darcy, Thornton and Rochester have joined forces and successfully ruined me for all and any men.
    PS me email's priscillateh@live.hk

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    2. I am so pleased you popped by, Priscilla. (I love your name, by the way.) When I first posted pictures of Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard Armitage, Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, and David Gandy on the wall beside my computer, my husband was confused. After I published, he found he didn't mind my pictures at all. Men!!!

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    3. Ah, Henry Cavill!

      Swoon and thud!

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    4. Yep! A solid thud for me too. Even better than Joey Votto? Are you being disloyal, Monica?

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    5. Omg now there's a dilemma! Lol Since Joey and Henry come from 2 different countries I can legally marry both of them right? I think that's how it works. ;)

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  41. I think my first ideal hero was Rhett Butler, followed by Mr. Rochester, but for the past 10 years it has been Fitzwilliam Darcy.

    Would happy win either the ecopy or print version; sounds interesting!

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    1. I tried reading 'Gone With the Wind' but I was scared off by the length of the book! I really must try it again one day.

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    2. Regina, GWTW was the first historical romance I remember reading. I was a teenager with a vivid imagination. (Did you ever see the Carol Burnett skit where she plays Scarlet O'Hara where she used the curtains for her new gown? I laughed until I bawled.)

      We seem to have had the same pattern of reading over the years. I hope you get a chance to read Mr. Darcy in my latest. He's pretty consistent throughout, though the stories are vastly different. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a pleasure to write, that's for sure.

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  42. Joy, I just remembered a very popular hero that I don't think anybody has mentioned yet (forgive me if he's been mentioned and I've missed it!). How about Gilbert Blythe from 'Anne of Green Gables'? He's adorable!

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    1. Sigh! You are correct, Ceri. Nobody has mentioned him yet. I loved reading all of the Anne books. And, the miniseries? I can't think of any better (even in Spanish where Gilbert's voice is really deep). Romantic? Absolutely.

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    2. I loved all the Anne books. I have the miniseries on DVD. I watched the first part of it years ago, but I haven't yet seen the later parts which I know diverge more from the books. Gilbert is just as adorable on screen as on the page, though I can't imagine him with a really deep voice!

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  43. COMMENTS FOR THE GIVEAWAYS HAVE CLOSED FOR THIS BLOG.

    If you would still like to enter for the Jane Austen memorabilia, please head to jdawnking.com and comment there. Or, you can leave a comment on my Facebook author page - J Dawn King.

    Thanks so much for hosting me, Ceri. This has been a hoot!

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  44. Joy...I have to say that the photos of the men chosen for Darcy are very swoon-worthy indeed. My favorite is definitely David Gandy...girl you do have good taste!!! But, my choice for a really wonderful man, who daily demonstrates his love for his family, his strength of character, his humor, his hard work in providing for, his strong morals, his faith, and his kindness and compassion...is none other than...John King, Joy's husband. Plus, he is a very handsome man, as well. He is a wonderful brother to me, and my life is richly blessed because of it. So, David Gandy or John King??? It's John King, for me.

    Joy...I love your writing...you are an artist with words and storylines!!! Love...Rita

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  45. I love you too, Rita. This is going to make John blush when I read it to him. (Chuckle!)

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