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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Darcy Finds His Way Into Mary Simonsen's Family History

Welcome Back Mary Simonsen
As She Celebrates Her Latest
Darcyholic Book Release!
It is a pleasure to welcome back Mary Simonsen to Darcyholic Diversions as she celebrates her latest book release, Darcy Goes to War. I particularly love the idea of this story as my father in law was a World War II fighter pilot! 

It is always a delight to visit with Mary.  She is one of the most prolific authors that I know! I envy her and her tireless muse!

I am also announcing initial plans for a Darcyholic Holiday eBook Festival
More Information to come, but send me an email at barbaratillercole@gmail.com if you are an author and would like to participate!!
Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
September 17--Karen Cox's Experiences at the DBF 
September 19--Amber G.
September 21--Moira B.
September 23--Barbara Tiller Cole and the DBF
September 25--C. Allyn Pierson
September 28--Juliet Archer
October 2--Rebecca Young
October 5--Jan Hahn and Janet Taylor's Jane Austenland Adventure
October 9--Karen W.
November 2--Amy Patterson
November 13--Karen Doornebos
And Many more to come!

Mary will be doing an eBook Give Away of Darcy Goes to War.  Chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, joining this site as a member via Google Friend Connect (GFC) (See the left hand column on the blog to join!), sharing this on Facebook or your blog, Friend Barbara Tiller Cole on Facebook,  clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook Page.

Darcy Finds His Way Into Mary Simonsen's Family History
Hi Barbara and Company. It’s good to be back at Darcyholic Diversions. I’m very pleased to announce that I have just released my latest Pride and Prejudice re-imagining, Darcy Goes to War. Here is the blurb from the back jacket:

Spring 1944 - Britain is now in its fourth year of war. In order to defeat Adolph Hitler and his Nazis, everyone in the country must do his or her bit. While a young Elizabeth Bennet makes her contribution by driving a lorry, Fitzwilliam Darcy flies Lancaster bombers over Germany. Because of the war, both are wary of falling in love, but when the two meet near an airbase in Hertfordshire, all bets are off.

Set against the background of World War II, in Darcy Goes to War, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy battle something more than class differences. The greatest evil of the 20th Century is trying to bring Britain to its knees. In order to be together, they must survive the war.

Why did I choose the backdrop of World War II? Because I was born six years after the end of the war, I grew up hearing stories about my family’s role in defeating the Nazis and Imperial Japan, and I was absolutely fascinated by the subject. As in Britain, here in the U.S., everybody had a part to play. My father was one of Roosevelt’s Whiz Kids. These were the young men and women who scored so high on the civil service exam that they were brought to Washington to work in the various agencies. After they married, my Mom worked for the War Department as a clerk typist. My uncles fought in every branch of the service, and my aunt worked for the State Department in post-war Berlin. Because of their experiences, I had access to a mother lode of information.

In writing Darcy Goes to War, I found it easy to adapt our favorite couple to the roles of lorry driver and bomber pilot. I can easily picture Elizabeth Bennet in 1944 driving a truck because she is sensible, capable, and reliable. It required no stretch of the imagination to have the steady Fitzwilliam Darcy fly bombers over Germany. Because our lovers meet shortly before the invasion of France in June 1944, both are war weary and wary of falling in love, and the war will test them, most especially Lizzy. You should probably have a tissue handy. It made me cry, and I knew how it would turn out.

My favorite books to write are those that bring an era alive. I have been doing the research for Darcy Goes to War for most of my life. Set against the backdrop of an England experiencing Hitler’s vengeance rockets, the novel shows the grit, determination, and sacrifice required of the British during their darkest hour.

To celebrate the launch of Darcy Goes to War, I am giving away a free e-book (Kindle or Nook). Please leave a comment, your name, and an e-mail where I can contact you. Winner will be announced on September 21. Thanks.

Mary is the author of several Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion re-imaginings, all available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She is also the author of a modern love story, The Second Date, Love Italian-American Style, and a British mystery featuring Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea, Three’s A Crowd. The second in the Patrick Shea series will be released in early October.


  1. It made me cry, and I knew how it would turn out.

    Oh, no! It's a four-hanky story, the kind that makes me cry over people who seem so real. Your characters always get me, Mary. I'm hoping to recognize your family members scattered throughout this book.

    ~ junewilliams7 at yahoo dot com

    1. June, It's always good to see you. Thanks for all your support.

  2. I love books with authentic historic feels to them and this era is just so full of energy and danger. I look forward to reading how P&P nestles into this back drop. Congrats on your release, Mary!

    Sophia Rose

    1. Thanks, Sophia Rose. My first love is history, so I try to make it as authentic as possible. I appreciate your comments and support.

  3. Oh, I forgot to mention that I tweeted the post.


  4. Oh, Mary! This sounds like such a treat! I hope I win but if I don't I will have to buy. I am a sucker for WWII stories. What a brilliant idea! Darcy a pilot...swoon!

    1. I reposted on my page (All Things Jane Austen) with the new blurb!

    2. Hi Rita. So happy to hear you'll give a non-Regency a try. I know you are really into Regency big time!

  5. I am looking forward to reading this as I've read and enjoyed lots of Mary's other books, although I'm a bit concerned that tissues are recommended as I'm a bit of a wuss!

  6. Hi Barbara and Friends. It's good to be back at Darcyaholic. Thank you for the response to my new book. Good luck to you all. :)

  7. There's something to be said for going outside of your comfort zone and much as I love Mary's Regency fiction, the concept for this WWII book sounds great. I just finished reading my first WWII book (inspirational fiction) and was pleasantly surprised at the nostalgia of the period and the setting which allows for writers to describe the grit of the trenches, the frailty of romance (will he come back or won't he?) and the courage of our men and women in service. Thank you for posting about "Darcy Goes To War" -- it's now on my TBR list for sure!


    1. Thanks, Lauren. D&E have been through a lot in my books. First WWI and now WWII. And the book I'm writing has them in Italy. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

  8. It is a different time era Mary have put our favourite couple into and I can't wait to read it! I really hope Darcy survives it! I am really looking forward to this book since I have read Mary's other WWII book and I am looking forward to the nostalgia and the bravery of the men and women who sacrificed so much for their country! And what a good idea to take experience from ones loved ones! Darcy goes to war are so much on my too read list! Thank you for the update about Darcy goes to war!

    1. Hi Sophia Elizabeth. Thanks for your support and for taking a leap of faith by reading a "modern" D&E.

  9. Hi Mary. I recently made it my mission to read a modern adaptation before the end of the year. To date, I have only read Regency Era Austenesque novels as I prefer that time. Your book does sound very interesting though so I will put it on my TBR (before the end of the year) list.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. Hi Janet. Thanks for giving my book a chance to be on your TBR pile. I have three of them!

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  10. Thank you, Mary, for gifting us another P&P adaptation but set during WWII era. I like that you have combine stories told to you by your families and relatives and incorporate into Darcy and Elizabeth. Looking forward to reading Darcy Goes to War.

    I have asked this question on Candy's blog and would to ask it here: Is it possible to provide another eBook format besides Kindle and Nook? Both gadgets are not available in my country so I cannot download the software should I win.

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    1. Luthien, If you will e-mail me at quailcreekpub@hotmail.com, we can talk about ways to get my stories to you.

  11. Thanks for the tissue warning, Mary! This book is definitely on my bday splurge list if I'm not lucky enough to win a copy somewhere.

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  13. Mary, I love all your books! Of course this is on my TBR list!! Congratulatons and thank you for the giveaway!
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  14. Mary, I am so excited to read your new book! I loved the post and the pictures you chose! Thanks for the giveaway!!=))