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In case you missed it from my recent newsletter: I’m envisioning the hero of the book I’m currently writing — The Worst Duke in the World — looking like a combination of these two delightful fellas.

Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the MohicansPhoto: Simon Woods in Pride and Prejudice

I do hope you approve. ;)

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Cover reveal!

Please enjoy this gorgeous cover for Engaged to the Earl — the fourth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series — coming your way just around Valentine’s Day!

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Find your happy place . . .

. . . in this short, sweet, funny video from Harlequin Books. Even if you’re in a lousy mood, I promise it will have you smiling at the end!

Photo from a "Find your happy place" video via Harlequin Books


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Pass my fan, please

So, do you remember Matthew Lewis when he played Neville Longbottom back in the day?

Photo: actor Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Here’s Matthew Lewis these days.

Photo: actor Matthew Lewis

Photos shared by Lilah Sturges on Twitter

Please can he be the model for the hero in my next book???

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Battle of the Wickhams!

Having recently written about the various portrayals of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in film/TV, it seems only fair to weigh in on the perfidious (but oh-so-charming) George Wickham!

So, we’ve got . . .

Adrian Lukis in the ’95 A&E production of Pride and Prejudice . . .

. . . Rupert Friend in the ’05 film version of P&P . . .

. . . and Matthew Goode in the ’13 miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley . . . 

Whereas in previous posts I’ve had some pretty strong opinions as to the “best” one, here I’m stumped. I think that each of these actors was marvelous, although Rupert Friend, in my opinion, struggled with a too-limited role. Who’s your favorite Wickham?

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“Mr. Darcy falls in love with Ms. Bennet”

Fellow Jane Austen fans! This irreverent little video made me laugh SO HARD. Enjoy!

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My hero!

As I’m writing, I like to have some kind of visual inspiration for my protagonists. Here’s how I sort of picture the hero in my next book, Engaged to the Earl.

Photograph: Richard Rankin

What do you think? Are you inspired, too? ;)

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Mr. Darcy or Professor Bhaer?

If you’re a fan of both Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, as I am, you may find this article by Clare Church, “Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature,” of great interest. She makes some thought-provoking points about kindness, personal growth, and a heroine’s choice. 

Leaving us with a fun/difficult question: if you had to choose, which hero would it be?

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Further Austenian fun . . .

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when you write a blog post musing about the best Mr. Darcy in film, you must also write a post about the best Elizabeth Bennet!

The contenders (in chronological order):

Greer Garson, in the 1940 film version of Pride and Prejudice . . .

Elizabeth Garvie, in the 1980 BBC production . . .

. . . Jennifer Ehle, in the groundbreaking 1995 A&E miniseries . . .

. . . Keira Knightley, in the 2005 film . . .

. . . and finally, Anna Maxwell Martin, in the 2013 production of Death Comes to Pemberley . . .

While I think all these actresses did a fantastic job in their respective productions (even the ghastly 1940 film), for me it’s a tossup between Keira Knightley and Anna Maxwell Martin. Knightley seems about the right age for Lizzie, and really captures her liveliness and charm, her strong sense of self, her impulsivity. And Martin shines with intelligence, kindness, and strength of character — qualities I would completely associate with a somewhat older Lizzie.

Who’s your favorite Elizabeth Bennet?

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Macfadyen for the win!

It’s a subject of much debate: which actor is the best Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice? Here I weigh in — with, of course, complete subjectivity.

First, although I admire Laurence Olivier very much, not even he could redeem the subpar 1940 adaptation.

Photo: Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy

I do think Colin Firth did an excellent job back in ’95 . . .

Photo: Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

. . . as did Matthew Rhys in the more recent Death Comes to Pemberley . . .

Photo: Matthew Rhys as Mr. Darcy

. . . but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Matthew Macfedyen’s portrayal in the 2005 version of P&P.  He’s so wonderfully dour (and painfully shy).

And if you feel the same way, you might want to check out Sharon Lathan’s marvelous and extensive gallery of images! I’ve pulled a few here to share with you.

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Easy on the eye, isn’t he? ;)

Sharon’s written several Austen-inspired novelsand she’s launched her very own online shop, the Lady Bonnet Boutique, which offers gorgeous Regency-era hats of her own design and crafting as well as period reticules and jewelry. Check it out here*.

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