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Friday, March 9, 2012

Celebrating Jack's Three Colonels!

Welcoming Back Jack Caldwell

Hi, Darcyholics!  I am very happy to be welcoming back Jack Caldwell and being a part of his The Three Colonels book release blog tour.  I also owe Jack an amends for getting this post up MUCH later than intended today due to 'real life' commitments.  I invited Jack back when I heard of his book release.  But also because I really needed to get rid of Lady Catherine!  She has been creating havoc in the inner works of this blog!  :D Enjoy!

Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
March 13--Lynne Robson
March 16--Mary Simonsen
March 17--Jennifer Hickling (michchick)
March 20--Jan Hahn (release of The Journey)
March 23--Jeane Alvarez (P&P2005 blog)
March 27--Lucy S.
March 30--Elizabeth Kantor
April 3--Bonnie Carlson
April 6--China Fuentes-Montero
April 10--Matt Duffy
April 13--Regina Jeffers
April 17--Elizabeth Ashton
April 20--Susan Mason-Milks
April 24--Linda Wells
April 27--Veronica (Dark Jane Austen Book Club)
May 1--Jane Vivash and Matthew MacFadyen
May 4--Susan Adriani
And Many more to come!

Comments on Jack’s post will be entered into a contest.  Sourcebooks will give away one (1) print copy AND one (1) e-copy of THE THREE COLONELS. You pick the winner and send me the info, and I’ll forward to Sourcebooks. NOTE: Print copy can only go to US and Canada.  As well you will have a chance to win in the monthly drawings as well.  Entries will be based on comments on blog posts; but additional chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, Joining this site as a member!, sharing this on Facebook or your blog, Friend me on Facebook, clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook page, Join Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page or following BarbTCole on Twitter.

Celebrating Jack's Three Colonels!

Hello? Anybody there?
Oh—hi, folks. Jack Caldwell here. I’m the author of that western reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, PEMBERLEY RANCH (huge plug #1). I’ve been invited back to Darcyholic Diversions for two reasons. Firstly, to talk about my new published novel, THE THREE COLONELS – Jane Austen’s Fighting Men, available at your favorite bookseller now (huge plug #2)
Secondly, to rid Darcyholic Diversions of one Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who was left wandering about this blog due to my last posting (http://darcyholic.blogspot.com/2012/01/jack-caldwell-guy-who-writes-jane.html).
Now don’t fret and keep your seats! I had Colonel Fitzwilliam come by and escort Lady Cat back to Rosings Park. She’s gone, I promise.
What’s that? Why Colonel Fitzwilliam and not Austen’s über-male, Mr. Darcy? Well, if you read THE THREE COLONELS, you’ll see why it has to be Fitz (huge plug #3).
Let’s get back to the book, starting with the title. Why THE THREE COLONELS? Why not two or four?
Well, the number three is one of those magic numbers. Everything seems to come in threes. Bad news. Clovers. Periods in hockey. Musketeers. So, if I was going to write about Jane Austen’s fighting men going to Waterloo, it made sense to use three of them.
The only problem is that Austen only had two colonels—Colonel Brandon of Sense and Sensibility and Colonel Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, yes, I know there’s a Colonel Forster in Pride and Prejudice, but he’s only a colonel of militia. I needed a real colonel, someone who had actually fought in a war. Forster wouldn’t do.
Now, I have no problem mashing the two novels together, as I’m known as the King of the Crossovers, but I needed a third colonel. So, I made one up—Colonel Sir John Buford.
Okay, so I have three colonels. Well, to paraphrase Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single colonel, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. If he’s as poor as a church mouse, he’d better marry for money.” Let’s take a look at our heroes:
·       Colonel Brandon – Already married, to the former Marianne Dashwood.
·       Colonel Fitzwilliam – Second son of an earl and needs something to live on. Hey, doesn’t his cousin, Anne de Bourgh, have money? Problem solved, except for one tiny little issue (more about that later).
·       Colonel Sir John Buford – Also a second son, but unlike Fitzwilliam, he has two thousand pounds a year. And he’s been described as a “Dark Darcy” (more about that later). That ought to be enough for Caroline Bingley.
That’s right, folks—Caroline Bingley, the woman ladies love to hate, is one of the main characters in this little tale. Why did I pick her?
For a simple reason. Readers love stories about reformed rakes. They ought to go nuts over a story about a reformed rake marrying a reformed witch, right? That’s what I’m betting on.
And the handsome and dashing Sir John is a reformed rake. His reputation stinks. But then, so does Caroline’s. Can they save each other, and in the trying, fall in love? We’ll see.
I’ll let y’all in on a little secret. I LOVE Caroline Bingley. She’s as sassy as Elizabeth Darcy, but far more wicked and direct. Just think if she used her talents for good. Talk about kicking Regency tail!
I know what y’all are thinking. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are all over this book, I promise. It’s just they’re the major supporting characters instead of the leads, for once. They haven’t changed one iota from the end of P&P, except they’re a team now. Woe to anyone who tries to get between them. You’ll see Edward and Elinor Ferrars, too.
Back to the story. It’s set in early 1815, after Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates and is exiled to Elba. Soldiers are looking to settle down. Everybody is thinking about the next harvest, the next ball, the next scandal. Colonel Fitzwilliam, on a trip to Rosings, admits his love for the now-healthy Anne de Bourgh, and she loves him back. Problem is Lady Catherine isn’t too keen on the idea. Actually, she hates it and will do anything in her power to stop any marriage between the two.
And then—Napoleon escapes from Elba. War is declared. The British must scrape up an “infamous” army so that the Duke of Wellington can meet the French on the fields of Waterloo, so there go Fitz and the newly married Buford. Many of the best troops are still in America because of the just concluded War of 1812. They can’t get back in time, so the government calls up the reserves, including Wickham and Denny (from P&P).
Oh by the way, did I mention that Colonel Brandon is not retired—he’s in the reserves? Poor Marianne!
THE THREE COLONELS is a historically-accurate retelling of the events leading to and during the epic Battle of Waterloo. Joining characters from Austen’s novels, such as Mary Bennet, Jane Bingley, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Collins, and John Willoughby, are real figures from history, like Wellington, Talleyrand, Uxbridge, and Napoleon himself. There are plenty of surprise cameos, too. Remember, I don’t write angst—I write tragedy. Not everyone comes home.
I think four plugs in one blog are enough. If you love Austen’s immortal characters as much as I do, I think you’ll enjoy THE THEE COLONELS. I do my best to honor a master’s work, while paying a tribute to the brave men and women in uniform—and the loved ones left behind.
One last thing: It takes a real man to write historical romance, so let me tell you a story.

About the Author - Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the upper Midwest their home.
His nickname—The Cajun Cheesehead—came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. (Every now and then, Jack has to play the DVD again to make sure the Saints really won in 2010.)
Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Jack uses his work to share his knowledge of history. Through his characters, he hopes the reader gains a better understanding of what went on before, developing an appreciation for our ancestors' trials and tribulations.
When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.
Jack's blog postings—The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles—appear regularly at Austen Authors.

Web site – Ramblings of a Cajun in Exile – http://webpages.charter.net/jvcla25/
Blog – Austen Authors – http://austenauthors.net/

PEMBERLEY RANCH VIDEO PREVIEW - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkxXrqYhSg
THE THREE COLONELS VIDEO PREVIEW - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkNVx55OSJc


  1. The Three Colonels has been on my WishList ever since Jack announced it!!!!!
    congrats & good luck to Jack!!!!
    thank you for this giveaway!!!!

    joined this site; shared on Facebook; Friends on Facebook; 'liked’ Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook page; & joined Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page.......

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  2. It sounds very interesting, Jack. Sign me up.

  3. I have wanted to read this, I love the history behind Waterloo in fact I just finished teaching my son about it! Thank you

    1. I think you'll like it, as I worked hard to get the history right.

  4. Thanks Jack, for letting us share in your release celebration and for the give away opportunities! And I, personally, want to thank you for taking Lady Catherine AWAY! LOL.

    Enjoy your blog tour! And thanks for including us in your stops!


  5. I tweeted post, I'm already a member of your blog, Friended you on FB, Clicked Like on Barbara Tiller Cole's author page on FB, Joined Darcyholic Diversions FB page, following BarbTCole on twitter. Thanks for the giveaway

  6. Jack,
    A reformed rake with a reformed witch-you make me laugh. You are right, it is appealing in this book. I am only on page 130 right when Colonel Fitzwilliam is looking at Lady C expenses. This should be fun. LOL. Can't wait to finish. Congratulations on your new book


  7. would love to give this pride of place next to my Pemberley Ranch! sign me up!

  8. Entertaining post, as all of yours that I have read, tend to be! It caught my eye that you fell in love with Jane Austen in your twenties. That's pretty neat! Glad you decided to write and congratulations on your book release! I will be reading this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. Jack, love the post and love the fact that the good Colonel has liberated Barb's blog of the officious Lady Catherine. LOL!

    Loved the 'reformed rake' and 'reformed witch' comments. At least in Caroline's case we know it fits!

    Congratulations Jack. I got the book as soon as it came out but haven't had time to read it yet...but I will.

    1. Thanks. I don't think you'll be able to put it down once you start. Just sayin'.

  10. I'm very intrigued to read this book to say the least. I love history in general and of course mixing this with Jane Austen is a winning combo. I also find it interesting to have a mixture together the novels as well. Very Clever!


  11. Looking forward to reading about Caro and Colonel Sir. John Buford! This sounds like such a great story!
    Thanks for the giveaway too!!

    jakki36 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Sorry, forgot to say that I am a member on this site,
      Friends with Barbara on FB
      "like" Barbara's author page on FB
      Joined Darcyholic's FB page
      Follow Barbara on Twitter
      Thanks! :)

    2. It will change your mind forever about Caroline.

  12. Fun! I love the idea about having Brandon, Fitzwilliam and a new character as the main heroes. Napoleonic History is an exciting time and will make an excellent backdrop. LOL Reformed rake and reformed witch- good stuff already.
    Congrats on the release!

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
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    1. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

  13. I can't wait to read this! Colonels Studmuffin and Brandon and Buford AND Mr Darcy all in one story. I may need my smelling salts! Lol I will TRY to like Caroline but I can't make any promises. ;) Thanks for the chance to win TTC.

    -Darcyholic follower, @BarbTCole twitter follower, @jcaldwell25 twitter follower, and tweeted this post.

    1. Stock up on the salts, Monica. And you WILL love Caroline--I guarantee!

  14. Jack; Congrats on your book! I can't wait to get my hands on it!
    Richard, Darcy, Edward, Brandon all in one book! Oh my God! I think I have to agree with MonicaP I too may need my smelling salts! About Caroline...I am not sure I can learn to like her but but I will try but can't make any promises!
    Thanks for the chance to win TTC!


    1. SE - See my reply above. I promise you will love my Caroline.

  15. Congratulations Jack on your latest release. The Three Colonels sounds interesting so I'm adding it to my list of books that I should be read. I have always been interested in history and I like the way you combine real events into fiction. That way I won't be too bogged down reading it in dry form.

    Barbara, I'm a follower of this blog, shared this post on my blog here, friend you on Facebook, clicking 'like' on your author's Facebook page and join Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page.


    1. You're much welcome, Jack.

      Barbara, I forgot to add that I would love to win the eBook version since I'm living outside US or Canada.

  16. caroline reformed? now that's definitely got to be an experienced writer's nightmare! glad your imagination is running in that direction, Jack, and that you've created a suitable diversion for her :)
    looking fwd to this read ... :)

  17. I have a confession to make. When I first found out that among Austen authors there is a man, I was fascinated, but cautious, wondering how a man could write historical romances, especially based on Jane Austen' works:) Therefore so far I have not had the pleasure of reading Pemberley Ranch or the Three Colonels. But having read different Jack Caldwell's posts and reviews of his books, I shall certainly correct this mistake of mine. And the sooner the better:)

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I'm GFC follower of this great blog (as Oksana Melnyk) and I'm international