Remember the gorgeous Rupert Penry-Jones who starred as Captain Wentworth in the 2007 tv adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion? They made a great choice of a leading man in that one. He was a real dream! The last Pride and Prejudice remake was back in 2005 with the handsome Matthew Macfayden, and I was thinking we ought to send on our advice as to who a great new Mr. Darcy might be. I would love to hear your suggestions. Please drop me a comment or send me an email with your ideas. I was combing the internet for possibilities since my familiarity with British actors is sadly limited, and I thought Henry Cavill a great choice. I think he has "the look." Do you agree? If not, who else might be a good choice. I would love to hear your thoughts.
I was thinking how fun it would be for all of us Jane Austen fans to vote for the actors we would like to see playing her leading men in future film remakes of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Maybe Henry Cavill? Elijah Wood? Ben Barns? Colin Firth (1995) and Matthew Macfayden (2005) did a wonderful job with Pride and Prejudice. Who was not in love with them? Rupert Penry-Jones melted a million hearts with his portrayal of Captain Wentworth in the 2007 version of Persuasion. Johnny Lee Miller (1999) and Blake Ritson (2007) made us all fall in love with Edmund Bertram, and Ewan Macgregor (1996) and Johnny Lee Miller (2009) made us want desperately to be Emma for a day. A whole new set of British actors have arrived on the scene in recent years. Any whom you would like to see cast in one of the (probable) future film remakes of her novels? Please email me at email@example.com or contact me on Facebook or Twitter with your vote. Watch my blog for the results! Maybe our vote will count!
I have posted a short exerpt from my new novel,Lydia. It is now available for purchase on Amazon.com!
“If you are not already engaged for the next dance, Miss Hathaway, I would be honored to be accepted as your partner.”
Her pulse increased, her breathing faltered, and her cheeks warmed, victims of his penetrating eyes and stunning smile. An intense desire to accept his request warred with the echo in her head that she must resist him, and for a moment she was unable to answer. “I thank you, sir. I would be very glad to dance with you.”
He held out his hand, and with some hesitation, Lydia rested her fingers in his palm. She felt the warm, gentle strength of his hand as it closed around hers. He led her out onto the floor, where she took her place across from him, timid under the confidence of his gaze. He is a rake and a rogue, her good sense shouted. What can you be thinking? Tomorrow you will be sorry to have given in, but all of it was drowned out by the pounding of her heart.
“Are you as fond of dancing, Miss Hathaway, as you are of hiking through bushes and streams?” Lord Denton teased, a laugh tugging at the corners of his mouth.
Quivering with a kaleidoscope of sensations, she rattled off a defiant answer. “I do love to dance, my lord, nearly as much as I enjoy tackling thickets and wading across streams. And you sir, do you enjoy dancing as much as you like trampling ladies into the mud?”
“Miss Hathaway, though I do love to dance, I find it a far less entertaining pastime than rescuing unfortunate maidens.”
Gripped anew with anxiety that he would divulge her secret, she abandoned their game and asked, her brows knit with concern, “I pray, sir, that you will continue to keep our adventure between us alone.”
“I am a man of my word, and your secret is safe, though I must confess that my pledge of silence denied me the very great pleasure of a good laugh with friends.” Denton smiled broadly.
Yay!!!! Lydiawent to press last Thursday!!! I started writing ita little less than two years ago with little idea of submitting it to anyone for publication, but then the itch set in to know what others might think of it. I finally sent off queries, synopses, and in some cases partials or full manuscripts. The response was so positive, with some agents or publishers interested in looking at it further, that I revised the whole manuscript and resubmitted it. Walnut Springs Press made the first offer, and I accepted. They are an excellent fit for me because of their high standards, professionalism, and insight. They are absolutely wonderful to work with. I am nearly done with my second book and will soon begin the revision process. I love to write and plan on writing many more novels in the future.
Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died when he left her to fight in the war against Napoleon. Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him from London until the villains are arrested and brought to court.
On the first day of Rupert’s exile to the “wilds of Devon,” he meets Alexandra Dancy, whose beauty, extraordinary courage, and unaccountable oneriness stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has never before felt for any lady. As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert’s meals and to care for his house and stables.
When Rupert’s friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra’s heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man—Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. Can Rupert save her from Bedford’s clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?
At six and twenty, the impoverished Lydia Hathaway has endured bleak years of heartbreak, longing for a love that never came. Her deceased father's foolhardiness has left her family bankrupt, and Lydia is eventually left no alternative but to take a position as the companion and governess to Susan Ashcroft of Danbury Park in Surrey. During the first days at her post, Lydia pines bitterly for a life she believes forever lost. Anxious for peace, she rambles one morning across the muddy wilds of the Ashcroft estate where she has a most unimaginable encounter with the notorious Lord Connor Denton. As their paths continue to cross, Lydia falls ever deeper in love with the charming rogue while battling against his growing assault on her heart.
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