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Last Day of the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop

Miss Darcy just wanted to remind you that July 29th is the last day of the Summer Splash Blog Hop. What a delightful way to begin the last week of July. You’ll meet 48 independent authors and have a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other grand prizes. Some of these authors may be old friends but it is also an opportunity to meet authors who are new to you.

Miss Darcy is aware you are anxious to learn about the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop and her own giveaway prizes.

To enter Miss Darcy’s contest to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card and to hear the rest of the details CLICK HERE!

And after you’ve entered to win at Miss Darcy’s page check out the rest of these amazing chances to win at the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop main page!

Karla Darcy, Regency romance author, is doing a blog hop and giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card

Have a wonderful day of hopping and I hope you’ll win lots of prizes!

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A Summer Splash Blog Hop with Karla Darcy

Miss Darcy celebrated the beginning of summer with the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club. Most of the ladies were overly excited by the thought of the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop running from July 26th through July 29th. Due to their distraction Miss Darcy managed to win at whist once more. She is considering putting out her shingle as a cardshark although she would never consider fuzzing the cards (cheating).

Now Miss Darcy is aware you are anxious to learn about the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop and you’ll find the information below the excerpt.

For those gossipmongers who are anxious to hear the latest titbits, Letitia Bellingham was at the summer card party and she reminded us all of the scandal associated with her ancestor Judith Hallowell. You may not remember the story but at the time the gossip mongers had a field day. And it all began so simply as you’ll see in this excerpt:

The Divided Hearts, A Sweet Deception Regency Novel by Karla Darcy

“You want me to spy on your grandson?” Lady Judith Hallowell’s well-bred voice was tinged with astonishment as she looked over the rim of the bone china teacup at Lady Letitia Bellingham.

Under Judith’s baleful glance, the older woman had the grace to look self-conscious but it was only a momentary lapse. Catching the twinkle of mischief in her goddaughter’s golden-hazel eyes, Letty snorted.

“I always warned your mother, my girl, that you had the tongue of an adder. No wonder you’re not married,” she snapped.

“I know you think I’m quite on the shelf. Twenty-five and still not married. But believe me, my sharp tongue has had little effect driving away suitors. It seems that any young woman with a sizeable portion is fair game in the marriage mart.”

“No need to be cynical, Judith. Your face and figure would assure you of a husband if you hadn’t a groat.” Letty fussed with her lacy cap, ignoring the saucy grin of the young woman. “Now back to my business. I am not asking you to spy on my grandson. That behavior would be prodigious, um, outré .”

“You wish me to question the man as to his principles and political ideals.” Judith leaned forward, her lovely face set in a somber expression. “It would seem to me that no matter how you tie it up in clean linen, the fact remains that I would be spying on the poor fellow.”

“Fustian! Let’s not deal in stupid crochets, Judith. I would never involve you in anything if I felt you would be behaving shabbily. I only wish to find out if Nathanael’s sympathies lie with England or with America.”

“But, Aunt Letty, your family has always been for England,” Judith said, surprised at the request.

“Quite so. But the lad was born in the Colonies and, despite the fact that he was educated here in England, it is possible that he no longer feels an allegiance to this country.”

“But when Nathanael was at Cambridge, you must have had a chance to assess his loyalties. He must have given some indication.”

“I hesitated to ask,” Letty admitted. “I know it was cowardly, but I was so afraid he would make a hasty decision that both of us would regret. All I could do was show him the kind of life he would lead if he were to return.”

“Yet he returned to America?” Judith asked with surprise.

“He was still young, my dear. His father was ailing and he was needed at home. It was no time to force a decision. Now that you’re going to visit your father in America you’ll have plenty of time to get to know Nathanael. And since you’re available you might even consider a betrothal to my grandson.”

“Good heavens, Aunt Letty! You’re not putting out a shingle as matchmaker?”

“The idea has a certain amount of merit, my dear,” Letty said. “After all, Nathanael has both background and breeding. He is well formed, polite and appears to enjoy life. Financially, the lad would make a good catch.”

“I’ve never even met the man and already you’re planning to call the banns,” Judith said, throwing up her hands in exasperation.

“Never mind, child. It was just an interesting thought that crossed my mind. You needn’t marry Nathanael unless you’ve a mind to.” Letty laughed at the appalled expression on Judith’s face.

 Thus begins Judith’s adventures in America in The Divided Hearts.

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What an exciting story it is. How was Judith to know that this simple beginning would lead to a scandal that would rock society? Even Downton Abbey hasn’t seen the likes of this!

Now Miss Darcy is aware you are anxious to learn about the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop and her own giveaway prizes.

From July 26 until Midnight July 29th you will have a chance to meet 48 independent authors and win some fabulous prizes.

To enter Miss Darcy’s contest and to hear the rest of the details CLICK HERE!

And after you’ve entered to win at Miss Darcy’s page check out the rest of these amazing chances to win at the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop main page!

Karla Darcy, Regency romance author, is doing a blog hop and giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card

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Your faithful correspondent,

Karla Darcy, Author of the Sweet Deception Regency Romance Series

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How Do Six Best Selling Authors Celebrate Women?

Miss Darcy Welcomes you to the Celebrate Women giveaway

Win an iPad Mini, 6 individual prizes or one of 60 bestsellers

Miss Darcy would like to share a story with you before you enter for prizes at the bottom of the page.

Grandmothers Rock!

My friend Tish is going through a traumatic period. Like all grandmothers, she is convinced that her grandchildren are extraordinarily bright. True to her hopes and expectations, her grandson Max Jr. had tested in the gifted range.

Tish had come across an article on how to recognize the signs of a gifted child. Over coffee, she sobbed into a slightly yellowed Thanksgiving napkin.

“Do you know what this means?”

Unsure whether she was criticizing my use of Thanksgivng napkins well into spring, I merely shook my head.

“I read that article and discovered I was a gifted child!”she wailed.

Karla Darcy, a regency author, loves toy trains.

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Looking into the family room, I watched as Max set up an intricate railroad track formation. Beside him, my grandson was attempting to eat the electric train. Luckily I would not have to worryover Jem’s giftedness.

At four, he still assumed he could walk across a toy-strewn floor without looking down. He was gifted with the finest set of bruises I’ve seen since one of our neighbors fell into the Christmas tree while attempting to hang the star on top.

“Look at me, Karla.”

It was not a very prepossessing view. Eyes swollen, nose red and mouth quivering, Tish sniveled into the turkey napkin. Unfortunately some of the brown dye from the napkin had streaked her face, giving her the look of a distraught Indian on the warpath.

“I’m 65 years old and my most mentally challenging moments are trying to decide whether to wash the clothes in hot, cold or lukewarm water.”

Max, who is the same age as Jem, was using Magic Building Sections to make skyscrapers and houses around the train tracks. Jem had somehow jammed his foot inside his dump truck. After several minutes of trying to loosen it, he fell over into the toy box.

“Numbers just defeat me,” Tish continued. “I haven’t been able to balance my checkbook since Clinton was president. When I was treasurer of the bowling league, there was a motion to impeach me for embezzlement.”

“Perhaps math just isn’t your field?”

“It’s not just math. I can’t spell, and when I went to one of those speed reading demonstrations, they suggested a good remedial course.”

Karla Darcy, a regency romance author, loves TinkerToys

We can make things

Max was building an elaborate construction crane. Some of the parts even moved. I had gotten Jem the blocks last year when he was visiting and he contented himself with scattering the pieces around the floor and dropping them down the sink drain.

The only time he ever built anything was when he took a long stick and jammed it into one of the round bottoms and made a hammer, with which he proceeded to make dents in all of the table tops.

“I could have been gifted in any field,” Tish mourned, “but nobody ever suspected it and how it’s too late.”

Fondly I watched Jem, foot still enmeshed in the dump truck, clomp across the tile floor. His eyes had the glazed look of a visionary as he hobbled towards Max’s creation.

It occurred to me that Jem might be a late-blooming genius. Maybe Einstein couldn’t tie his shoes either. Maybe Beethoven couldn’t remember to keep his pants zipped up. Jem was staring at the Magic Building Sections as if he’d had an epiphany.

I suddenly had a vision of the genius that lurked beneath Jem’s vague but winsomely dimpled expression. Banked fires of scientific inventiveness or artistic grandeur were just waiting for th eright moment to burst forth.

The words Pulitzer and Nobel blinked like neon lights in my brain. He definitely took after my side of the family. I watched with great anticipation as he stood over Max and opened his mouth to speak.

“Gimme a long stick, Max, or I’ll bash you. I wanna make a hammer.”

Then again, giftedness isn’t everything. There’s always a need for brute force and Jem seemed to have a corner on that market.

Makes a grandmother proud!

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In addition to the iPad Mini and the eBooks, all the other authors are giving away prizes today. To enter their giveaways, follow the links below to enter to win:

Steena Holmes bestselling author of Finding Emma is giving away a chocolate gift basket to someone who leaves a comment about their fairy godmother

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Rachel Thompson, bestselling author of Broken Pieces is giving away an Amazon Gift Card to a lucky commenter about “sisters”

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Christine Nolfi, award winning author of Treasure Me is giving away a gift basket of Charleston treats as her giveaway

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Patricia Sands, bestselling author of the hot new release, The Promise of Provence is giving away a beautiful book on the Most Beautiful Country Towns of Provence from Amazon to a lucky commenter.

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Bette Lee Crosby, ten-time award-winning author of Spare Change is giving away an Amazon Gift Card for answering a question.

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