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Karla Darcy Announces Winners!

Miss Darcy participated in the New Year Blog Hop and couldn’t be more excited to announce the winners.

Miss Angelina Daniels-Shaw is the fortunate  winner of the $20.00 gift card. She will be getting the gift card directly from Amazon. Hope it will make start her new year off just right.

We also had daily winnners who won a free copy of The Scandalous Ward.

Day One winner was: Vera Mallard

Day Two winner was: Shadow Kohler

Day Three winner was: Nuzaifa

Day Four winner was: Karen C

For this blog hop The Scandalous Ward was the featured book. Although Miss Darcy tries not to show preferences, she has to admit that this story is one of her favorites. This excerpt documents Leslie Lathrup’s arrival from India and the introduction of her traveling companions to the Duke.

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“This is Jacko, your Grace.” Leslie indicated the wizened figure standing protectively at his shoulder.

The old man drew himself smartly to attention. “Private Jacko, sir! General factotum to Captain Philip, sir! Right glad to be back in a civilized country, sir!” His voice rasped like sandpaper on wood.

Pax wondered if all Jacko’s sentences ended in ‘sir’? He guessed that the little Englishman was close to sixty, but his remarkably fit body made it difficult to determine. Under a wild mixture of black and white hair, the old man’s face was tanned and wrinkled like ancient parchment.

Silvery-blue eyes shone brightly in the otherwise expressionless face. Arms, impressive in their wiry strength, dangled from a broad muscular chest. Short bandy-legs completed the picture of Leslie’s self-appointed bodyguard.

“And this is my other friend Manji.” Leslie was positively dwarfed by the giant on his other side.

Karla Darcy, Regency Romance, Sweet Deception Regency, Downton Abbey, Jane Austen, RomanceAlthough Pax was six feet tall, he suspected that Manji topped him by at least four inches, and outweighed him by a good six stone. The man was totally bald, the skin of his head gleaming in the late afternoon sunlight, giving a slight haloed effect. But the face beneath the shining dome was far from saintly.

Manji had the look of a fierce brigand with slanted brown eyes under bushy brows, a nose that had a decided list toward the right side and a moustache bristling above and then drooping dispiritedly on either side of a glowering mouth.

“Manji, syce.” The deep voice rumbled threateningly around the room.

“That means groom, your Grace.”

Pax could feel an aura of menace emanating from both the older men, so the boy’s calm explanation was a welcome relief. “And your mother, Leslie?” Pax asked forcing his eyes away from the giant and the gnome.

“She died when I was born, sir. The Captain—that’s my father—was mostly busy with the army. Jacko and Manji pretty well raised me,” the boy explained.

“And I can see they’ve done a fine job,” Pax acknowledged hastily. He eyed the bizarre duo, curious despite himself. “Where did Jacko and Manji come from?”

“I can’t say for sure about Jacko. He was sort of on the scene when I arrived. When Father first went out to India, he took Jacko as his batman. Since then, of course, the Captain wouldn’t move without him. He’s good at about everything.”

The boy grinned as the old man creaked once again to attention. “Sometimes I call him Teach because most everything I know I learned from him. ‘Cepting that Manji taught me to ride.”

“I wouldn’t have thought there was a horse alive that could carry the man,” Pax laughed.

Bristling at the implied criticism, Leslie hurried to Manji’s defense. “He’s really wizard on horseback, your Grace.”

“Give over, lad. I’m not doubting your word.” Pax smiled affectionately at the boy, pleased when the youngster returned the gesture.

“Well, anyways, my father found Manji on the waterfront. He was sick with a putrid fever, but we soon put him to rights.”

There was a note of pride in the boy’s high-pitched voice. “Manji was ever so handy when we were coming out of India. Speaks a lot of languages. His mother was an Indian prostitute, and his father was a Mongolian whoremaster.”

Pax coughed to cover his startled gasp at the blunt words spoken so nonchalantly by the ten-year-old. Good God! What kind of a life had the child led? Pax wondered in horror.

Looking across the desk at the placid expression in the clear blue eyes, he realized with a shock that the boy had little understanding of the words he used so casually. He was obviously parroting phrases, without any awareness of their meaning. Pax realized that he would have to see to the repair of some of the more exotic characteristics of the youngster.

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What an exciting story it is. How was Pax 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!

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A New Year’s Blog Hop with Karla Darcy

Miss Darcy celebrated the New Year with the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club. Most of the ladies were distracted by the thought of the New Year’s Hop starting January 11th. So of course 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).

Esther Rutherford was at the New Year’s celebration and she reminded us all of the scandal associated with her ancestor Paxton Rutherford. 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:

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“Bloody ‘ell!”

The expletive burst from the boy’s lips and he grimaced, clapping his hands over his mouth as if to prevent any more colorful language from escaping.

Paxton Rutherford, Duke of Ruhaven, stared in fascination at the boy standing stiff-legged before his desk. Pax still found it hard to believe that the small disheveled figure was a member of the nobility. But according to the papers on his desk, the child, who looked like the veriest street urchin, was Sir Leslie Lathrup, son of his own father’s friend, Captain Sir Philip Lathrup. Dropping his gaze to his desk, Pax assured himself that the papers were still there, then looked up at the discomfited lad.

Lifting embarrassed blue eyes, the boy dropped his hands and straightened his shoulders. “Beg pardon, your lordship, but I was that surprised to hear of the death of your father. Are you the new duke then?”

Paxton Rutherford nodded, waiting as the boy digested this startling information.

“Please accept my sympathy on your loss, your Grace.” Leslie executed a deep bow to show his respect for the late Duke.

“Thank you, Leslie. There was no way that you could have known. It was quite sudden. A riding accident.”

The arrival of the youngster and his two servants had created a most entertaining break in what had been an extremely trying day. Leaning forward onto his elbows, he indicated that the boy should take a chair.

“If it’s all the same to you, sir, I’d prefer to stand. It seems like I’ve been sitting for weeks.” For emphasis the lad gingerly rubbed his backside.

Pax returned the rueful grin and once more took in the sartorial splendor of the boy. Khaki trousers of dubious ancestry had been cut down and resewn by an apparently blind tailor. A once-white silk shirt with flowing lace at the collar and cuffs drooped sadly beneath a hunting jacket, worn and patched from many years of hard usage. Despite the outlandish garments, the lad was good-looking with his intelligent blue eyes, wide mouth and thatch of unruly chestnut hair.

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What an exciting story it is. How was Pax 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 New Year’s Blog Hop and her own giveaway prizes.

From January 11 until Midnight January 14th you will have a chance to meet 60 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 New Year’s Hop main page!

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Weekly Words from Miss Darcy’s Dictionary

Miss Darcy was reminded of several other unique Regency words by a fellow Regency Author, Ella Quinn.  It’s great fun to define some of these antiquated words.

When regaling you concerning the rumors surrounding the proxy marriage of Lord Wilton in The American Bride, Miss Darcy used some of these words in context. She’ll add them to the dictionary too.

Karla Darcy, Downton Abbey, Regency Romance, Jane Austen, Pride & Prejuice, Five KissesSo here are several words that you might not know but will help in understanding the Regency world.

Fuddled or in one’s altitudes – additional ways of indicating someone is drunk.

Shot the cat – Such a delicate way of saying emptying one’s stomach or vomiting.

Puffed up on his own conceit– Someone who is very proud of himself and thinks they are extremely important.

Plant a facer – A punch in the face.

Up to every rig and row in town – Someone who is rather cutting edge.

Some of the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club have also indicated that they would like to add some words to the growing list. And if you think of one, mention it in the comments below this post. Or if you’ve found a word and can’t figure out the meaning, let me know and I’ll see what I can find. What an adventure for all of us!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Karla Darcy!

Miss Darcy hopes you all will have a very merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year. She loves all the holiday traditions associated with Christmas, don’t you? In Regency times it was always exciting when the Kissing Bough was hung. It’s similar today to the hanging of mistletoe. Miss Darcy can remember in her younger days how her heart would pound with anticipation that she might earn a kiss and also pound with fear that no one would step forward to claim one. Ah pray forgive Miss Darcy for launching into a moment of nostalgia. In our home the kissing bough was suspended in the center of the hallway. Apples tied to red satin ribbons dangled from a circle of rosemary. Mistletoe was nestled in the heart of the greenery and the shiny apples swayed, caught in the errant draughts of the hallway. Such lovely memories.

In Twitter, nine year old Gillian invites her neighbor Chad to the Christmas party at her home. Here’s a quick peek at the kissing bough in this romantic story:
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Final FiveKissesChad did come to the Christmas party and, despite the fact he was heir to the Earl of Elmore, he fit in well with the other guests. While the adults congregated in the drawing room, the children were permitted to play games in the kitchen and the back parlor, with occasional forays into the dining room for sustenance.

The party wore on, becoming less formal. Chad and Gillian, along with the other children, took turns hiding behind the draperies in the foyer to watch as the ladies were kissed beneath the mistletoe. When the squire’s wife took over the piano and began to pound out “Bernie Bough”, the adults returned to the drawing room, much to the children’s disappointment.

“Just when things were getting interesting,” Chad said.

“There’s still one apple left,” Gillian said, staring up at the kissing bough.

“Go on, Gilly!” someone shouted. “Stand under it and pay the forfeit.”

Gillian hesitated. It was not that she was reluctant. She’d had her eye on the apples all evening and felt one kiss was a small price to pay for her favorite fruit. However she’d never been kissed before and was not eager for the other children to discover her ignorance.

Stalling for time, she said, “There is no one who can reach the apple.”

There were giggles and a rustle of movement among the children. Gillian squirmed in embarrassment, wondering how she could get out of the awkward situation. Suddenly Chad stepped forward.

“I can reach the apple,” he said. His voice cracked on the words but he winked to indicate he was quite willing to save her as she had saved him a few days earlier.

Gillian relaxed, determined to enter into the spirit of the game. With exaggerated gestures, she sashayed across the hall, pantomiming the simpering young women she had watched earlier. She flipped her curls with one languid hand and fluttered her eyelashes outrageously in Chad’s direction.

He played along, acting the part of the amorous gallant. Reaching into his pocket he pulled out a snowy white handkerchief. He fluttered it under his nose then made an elegant leg, sweeping the hand holding the handkerchief close to the floor. He straightened up, leaned forward and kissed her with a resounding smack. On tiptoes he reached up and unfastened the apple which was presented to her with great ceremony, amid the cheers and applause of the other children and some of the adults who had come to investigate the cause of such hilarity.

Everyone said it was the greatest fun, almost like watching a play. Gillian laughed along with Chad and it was only later when she was tucked up in bed that she had time to think about the evening. Her first kiss had been much different than she had expected. She was surprised that Chad’s lips had been so warm and firm. More surprising yet was the funny, shivery feeling she had in the pit of her stomach when he kissed her. It was like falling, a curious but not unpleasant sensation.

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Karla Darcy and 99 Authors 99 Cent Grand Giveaway!

ONE DAY ONLY! December 21

99 Authors! 99 Books! 99 Cents and $990.00 worth of prizes! Miss Darcy is so excited to be a part of this huge Giveaway. Devil take it! Christmas is exciting enough but now the opportunity to win big prizes is something that has all the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club (DSRC) aflutter.

Here’s your opportunity to meet 99 authors from around the world being featured on Amazon. Each author will have one book for sale for $.99 for one day. What a wonderful way to do one stop Christmas shopping. Buy a book now and schedule it for Holiday delivery! And major contest prizes! $990.00 in prizes!

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These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, click Scandalous

Miss Darcy is so excited that The American Bride is one of the featured books.

Virtuous“You’ve heard the whole story of the American Bride, I’m sure. Miss Darcy recorded it HERE. As most of you know who have followed Miss Darcy’s correspondence for several months there has been nothing but rumors and gossip surrounding the gentlemen of Sweet’s Racing Club.

Those ladies at the DSRC have so many secrets! The Marriage Wager and Masked Heart Wards’ descendants astonished Miss Darcy, and the Five Kisses was worse than the Masked Heart. Why, the only innocents were Gillian and Chad in the Christmas book Five Kisses.

Miss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive, she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her?Leave comments below this post.

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Miss Karla Darcy

PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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Karla Darcy Announces Blog Hop Winners

Miss Darcy participated in two blog hops and couldn’t be more excited to announce the winners.

Winners of the Holiday Blog Hop!

Miss Jessica Crawford is the fortunate  winner of the $20.00 gift card. She will be getting the gift card directly from Amazon. Hope it will make her Christmas shopping easier and more fun.

We also had daily winnners who won a free copy of The Scandalous Ward.

Day One winner is: Stephani Aimone

Day Two winner is: Kelly Lightle

Day Three winner is: Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

Day Four winner is: Kate Policani

Day Five winner is: Kathy F

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Miss Darcy would like to remind you that if you’re looking

for a sweet Christmas Novella to gift to a friend, you

might consider The Five Kisses.

 

Winners of the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop!

Miss Eva L. is the fortunate  winner of the $10.00 gift card. She will be getting the gift card directly from Amazon. It’s fun to shop with a gift card.

We also had daily winnners who won a free copy of The Scandalous Ward.

Day One winner is: Tay

Day Two winner is: Phyllis Lamken

Day Three winner is: Miriam Roman

Day Four winner is: Zina Lynch

Miss Darcy has sent emails to the winners telling them of their good fortune. Hopefully all of you have had a fun time and will join in the next blog hop.

Miss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her? Leave comments below this post. Miss Darcy loves these.

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Miss Karla Darcy

PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop! Miss Darcy Is Thrilled!

Two more days to win big prizes. Miss Darcy was so thrilled with how much fun everyone had at the last blog Hop that she has joined the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop. She will be participating with 200 authors for a gigantic giveaway. Devil take it! The Holidays are exciting enough but now the opportunity to win big prizes is something that has all the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club aflutter. Just imagine the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire, an Amazon gift card or a basket of swag! Christmas is such a wonderful time of year! Miss Darcy was delighted when one of the members of the DSRC gave her the Christmas novella The Five Kisses, the romantic story of Gillian and Chad. Such a sweet relationship and there are kittens too!

 

So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you’ll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. That’s right. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger. It’s so easy to enter Miss Darcy’s Raffle for the $10.00 Amazon gift card. Just click HERE.

Once you’ve entered to win Miss Darcy’s giveaway you’ll want to go to the main Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop! There are THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! To go to the main page click HERE.

Miss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive, she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her?Leave comments below this post.

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PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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Karla Darcy is Still Holiday Blog Hopping!

This is the last day of the Holiday Blog Hop!

This might just be your lucky day! Enter again today!

Have you won yet? It’s not too late. This is the last day of the Holiday Blog Hop. Miss Darcy has met so many new authors and entered so many contests she’s quite dizzy with pleasure. In fact if you sign up to her announcement list to hear of new releases and other fun things, you’ll definitely get a bonus prize.

The Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club were so excited when they participated in the Blog Hop that they decided they would donate a copy of The Masked Heart to be raffled off at the end of the meeting the other night. Such a dazzling evening!

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Oh la! Some of the members hadn’t heard the story of Blaine Meriweather and Drew Farrington. You all will recall that in order to save her family from financial ruin, Blaine disguised herself and became an actress. Her wild success saved her family but she hadn’t counted on Lord Farrington wanting to make her his mistress. All might have gone smoothly if Blaine hadn’t fallen in love…..

Enough of this gossipmongering, let Miss Darcy tell you about the prizes!  On Miss Darcy’s portion of the Holiday Blog Hop you can win a $20.00 Amazon gift card. Think of the possibilities. To begin all you have to do to see the details of Miss Darcy’s raffle is to click HERE.

And after you’ve entered to win at Miss Darcy’s site, be sure to check out the chance to win the Kindle Fire and other wondrous things at The Holiday Blog Hop! This is your opportunity to meet 60+ authors from around the world. You may enter the giveaway contests at each of the author’s websites. Free books and other delightful swag may be yours if you enter. Miss Darcy is planning to visit every one! You’d have to be tottyheaded to miss such a chance. Click on the picture below and you’ll be magically transported to the main page.

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Miss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her? Leave comments below this post. Miss Darcy loves these.

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PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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Holiday Blog Hop! Miss Darcy is Thrilled!

Another day, another chance to win great prizes!

Miss Darcy is so excited to be a part of the Holiday Blog Hop. This is the first time that she will be participating with so many authors for a gigantic giveaway. Devil take it! The Holidays are exciting enough but now the opportunity to win big prizes is something that has all the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club aflutter. Just imagine the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire or a basket of signed books! Christmas is such a wonderful time of year! Miss Darcy was so delighted when one of the members of the DSRC gave her the Christmas novella The Five Kisses, the romantic story of Gillian and Chad. Such a sweet relationship and there are kittens too!

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On Miss Darcy’s portion of the Holiday Blog Hop you can win a $20.00 Amazon gift card. Think of the possibilities. We started yesterday with the first entries and prizes. Every day this week, you will have more chances to win and add more prizes To begin all you have to do to see the details of Miss Darcy’s raffle is to click HERE.

And after you’ve entered to win at Miss Darcy’s site, be sure to check out the chance to win the Kindle Fire and other wondrous things at The Holiday Blog Hop! This is your opportunity to meet 60+ authors from around the world. Some may be new to you and others old friends. You may enter the giveaway contests at each of the author’s websites. Free books and other delightful swag may be yours if you enter. You can go to as many of the author’s blogs as you want. Miss Darcy is planning to visit every one! You’d have to be tottyheaded to miss such a chance. Click on the picture and you’ll be transported to the main page.

 holiday-blog-hop-3aMiss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her? Leave comments below this post. Miss Darcy loves these.

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PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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Karla Darcy Announces the Holiday Blog Hop

Miss Darcy was partying with the Daughters of Sweet’s Racing Club at their Christmas Gala. It was great fun and she managed to win at whist. Although we’ve tried over the years to copy some of the traditions of  (a social club during Regency times where both sexes could mingle) we decided that tea and lemonade were not appropriate for the holiday party. Wine was chosen as the beverage of choice over the objections of Alicia Weathersfield, our illustrious president. Instead of thinly sliced bread and butter and pound cake we opted for a lively cheddar, crackers and HERE. Several of us suggested cherry tarts since they were the favorites of Devereaux Havenhurst in The Marriage Wager.

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You will all remember the contretemps surrounding his marriage. He and several friends while deep in their cups (drunk) kidnapped an innocent young girl believeing she was an actress and Dev married her. On sober reflection he tried to get out of the marriage by challenging her to a wager. She must run his household by the same standards of society that he was used to. In order to win the wager Dev fired all the servants and left his wife Jena to hire a scurrilous looking crew of servants. In this excerpt Dev has just returned home for the first time since the wager was made and Jena has invited him to partake of asumptious tray of food:

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“Please help yourself, milord,” Jena said. “I believe Cook sent along some cucumber sandwiches as well as the sweets.”

“Dare I ask what idiosyncrasies Cook possesses?” Dev drawled. “A penchant for arsenic? Or is she content with the common rat poisons?”

“Truly, milord, she is nothing out of the way. She is a positive miracle worker with pastries and her fish course would make Prinny weak with envy. You will find no fault with her sauces and I promise you her pheasant presentation is something to behold. Of course, she is blind in one eye,” Jena said, her eyes twinkling as Dev’s hand hovered over the tray of food. “But before you ask how, I warn you the word ‘gouged’ might dampen your appetite.”

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Ah what an exciting story it is. Miss Darcy would really appreciate it if you would check out the book on Amazon and right underneath the title of the book there’s a small box that says LIKE. If you would click on that box Miss Darcy would be in high alt. To see the Amazon page click HERE.

Now Miss Darcy is aware you are anxious to learn about the Holiday Blog and her own giveaway prizes.

From today until Friday you will have a chance to meet 60 independent authors and win some fabulous prizes.

To enter Miss Darcy’s raffle 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 Holiday Blog Hop! main page!

Miss Darcy loves to hear from you! Although her correspondence is extensive, she always has time for faithful readers. She answers all inquiries as etiquette requires! Three fastest ways to reach her?

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Your faithful correspondent,

Miss Karla Darcy

PS: There is much to be learned in the coming months as Miss Darcy sifts through the rumors and gossip. Surely you don’t want to be left in the dark!

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