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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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!

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Is Your Marriage Stable? An easy Quiz!

Yesterday Miss Darcy found a quiz in one of those trendy women’s magazines. It was designed to help you discover if your marriage could endure the stresses of retirement. If you answered any questions wrong, your marriage was as solid as a termite infested outhouse.

Question: If you only have one car, do you share it equally?

My condition for Bill’s retirement was two cars. I’ve known too many couples who divorced over the car issue. Men retire. Women never do. They still have the same need for the car for all their important errands.

Bill drives to the golf course, to the grocery store and to Home Depot. Although a mature, bright adult, once behind the wheel, he loses all sense of time. “I’ll be back in twenty minutes. I’m just going to pick up a lug wrench.” He could be gone for days, while I waited for that car.

In any hardware store, a man can spend six hours in the nuts and bolts aisle, drooling over the endless sizes, not to mention the section of toggle bolts. Did you ever see anyone toggle?

Question: Do you wish you could go somewhere without him?

Of course I do. Being together is great but give me a break. Every day? When the kids were little, I never went anywhere without one or both clinging to a leg or some other appendage. In those days when I had a really bad day and wanted to be alone, I usually ended up at Walgreens.

By the time I got everyone settled for the night, that was the only place open, except bars. Since Bill retired, I found a 24 hour Walgreens, for my alone time. I usually go after dinner when he’s cranked into the “lights out” position on the recliner.

I never buy much. I just roam the aisles and talk to myself until the clerks begin to give me funny looks. Then I go quietly home.

Question: Do you discuss interesting subjects at dinner?

During JEOPARDY? Lets face it, not much has happened since breakfast unless the house has been broken into or a storm surge has wiped out the neighborhood.

The TV keeps us from staring mindlessly at the mashed potatoes. We try to save what counts for conversation for those nights out when we’re alone in a restaurant that doesn’t have waiters in paper hats.

That’s the time when we pretend we’re dating again and the subject of children, grandchildren and the state of the economy is off limits so we can happily digest the meal.

Question: Do you ever feel your home is a jail?

No. In jail, you don’t have to cook.

Question: Are you always cheerful at bedtime?

Generally. But the nights I’m not, Bill has made some unfortunate comment like, “I think I’ll turn in. I’ve really had a tough day.” or “Have you gained weight this week?” This leads to one of those arguments that involve a general breakdown of reasonable thinking.

Since I always liked his mother, I steer clear of questioning his ancestry and just bring up all the things he’s forgotten to do since we’ve been married.

Question: Do you avoid telling him bad news?

Are you nuts? Why rush to tell him I scraped the side of the car when the chances are good he’ll never look at the passenger side? Why ruin his day by telling him I maxed out the credit card on a dynamite sale at the Pottery Barn? All in good time.

Question: Do you ever look at your spouse and wonder why you married him?

Daily. Even after all these years, it’s a sheer wonderment to me. How could I have been so smart to choose someone like Bill to spend my golden years with? I guess I was just lucky he asked.

Do questions in magazines make you laugh? Do you look at your relationships and wonder why it’s worked out so well? Leave a comment below.

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The American Bride! A Proxy Marriage? Miss Darcy Cries Fustian!

Miss Darcy has been trying to cut through the gossip concerning Lord Wilton’s proxy marriage to an American. Most would say, “What good can come of such a misalliance?” Learn the true story in The American Bride.

Fustian! Miss Darcy was quite startled when she read that the Duchess of Landglower herself had proposed a shocking scheme. Excerpt from The American Bride:

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“Cara, your father had your best interests at heart. He could have married you to anyone but I think he chose well. Lord Wilton is young and very handsome. I’m sure he has many fine qualities.”

Sunk in her own despair Cara failed to note the uncertainty of the Duchess’ appraisal.

“Who knows? Given time you may grow to love him.”

“But, Grandmother, that’s just the point. I don’t have any time. We’re already married. He’ll never give me time to know him. We shall be introduced and then he’ll have the right to do with me whatever he wants.”

The American BrideThe older woman could not dismiss the note of distress in the girl’s voice nor the blushing agony in her face. She knew the girl was correct.

The things she had heard about Wilton left her in little doubt that he would immediately bed the beautiful girl. Even at her advanced age she chafed at her granddaughter’s predicament.

The Duchess left her chair and rummaged in the pigeonholes of an inlaid rosewood desk. Pulling out a letter she gave a sigh of satisfaction and returned to her chair. She squinted at the pages for several minutes and then smiled at the curious girl.

“Lady Trehune always keeps me abreast of the latest gossip. Can’t understand why anyone would tell her anything in confidence because before you could get out the door Netty would have told at least three people. At any rate she has her uses when you need to know anything about the ton.”

“She wrote you about Lord Wilton?”

“Indirectly,” the Duchess said, smiling at her granddaughter’s eagerness. “About three years ago Lord Wilton’s brother and his wife were killed in a carriage accident.

There were two children and they are wards of Wilton. They live at his country estate and, according to my addlepated friend Netty, they are in need of a governess.

Knowing of your proxy marriage she was delighted to inform me that their last governess left under some sort of a cloud.”

“You mean that I could go there as a governess? Oh, grandmother, what a lark!”

The girl laughed deeply, much to her grandmother’s approval. She was a fine healthy animal who seemed to appreciate a good joke. No missish girl, this one, nodded the Duchess.

“Do you think you could carry it off?” Liela inquired.

“I had a perfectly awful governess after Mother died. Madame Regenard was an absolute dragon.” She jumped to her feet and paced across the carpeting.

“Should I be French? I can speak it perfectly, even though my accent is a bit awkward,”

“No, child,” the Duchess drawled. “No one would ever take you for anything but an American.”

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Miss Darcy is well aware that such a disguise could place this innocent girl in considerable danger. Not only her reputation but her very virtue would be at risk.

In Downton Abbey, the American bride did save the estate but when the heir died her money was tied to that very estate.

There’s more at stake here than financial disaster. Like in Pride and Prejudice, tittle-tattle abounds but the full account in The American Bride is so romantic.

You’re dying to learn the rest of the story, aren’t you? To Buy or Download a Sample of The American Bride Click HERE.

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