Monica is a longtime admirer of Jane
Austen and likes to write down her fantasies about living in the Regency
period. Her first novel was AN IMPROPER
SUITOR, a humorous Regency romance. Since then, she has written two
traditional Jane Austen sequels: THE
OTHER MR. DARCY and THE DARCY COUSINS
(both published by Sourcebooks) and contributed a sequel to Emma in Laurel Ann Nattress's anthology JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT (Ballantine). STEAMPUNK DARCY is a post-apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek
Jane Austen spin-off. Her new series, THE DARCY NOVELS, are traditional Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ variations.
The first, MR. DARCY’S PLEDGE, reached number one in Kindle Classics Romance.
MR. DARCY’S CHALLENGE is the second in the series.
Monica is part of the blog Austen
Variations along with a baker’s dozen of authors who also write Jane
Austen adaptations and was a member of the team writing the popular Reader’s
Choice serial THE DARCY BROTHERS, featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy.
Monica Fairview’s real claim to fame
is that she lived in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester as a teenager,
when it was faded and neglected, so you could say she has the smog of NORTH
& SOUTH in her blood. After that, Monica lived in the USA for many years,
where she taught literature to captive victims (not necessarily captivated).
She now lives in Surrey within the Greater London area and loves visiting
historical properties when it isn’t raining.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Waterstones (UK) and Amazon.co.uk already have the next novel in my Darcy Cousins series up on their website and available for pre-order! I have to say it's a thrill to see it there. I've been so busy with the launch of my US edition of The Other Mr Darcy that I'd put it on the back burner. But there it was, a clear reminder that my next book will be appearing in the very near future.
It's also a timely reminder that I need to be working faster on my third sequel!
Here's the blurb, hot off the press:
What would you do if you had a brother like Mr Darcy? Overprotective, powerful, and full of pride? In this coming-of-age story, Georgiana joins forces with her lively American cousin, Miss Clarissa Darcy, to challenge the expectations forced upon her.
But what starts out as mere playful mischief soon turns serious when Miss Anne de Bourgh suddenly vanishes and the consequences of Georgiana's rebellion become very real indeed...
Will she bring scandal to that pillar of tradition, Rosings Park? Will she survive the tangles of jealousy, suspicion and deceit that result? And, after her disastrous affair with Wickham, will she ever be able to find true love?
We return once again to the world of "Pride and Prejudice" in this youthful dance through the London Season.
The Darcy Cousins will be published in the UK at the end of March 2010.