Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Today I'm joining a very cool blogfest in honor of Crystal Collier's novel, Moonless, which was already available as an e-book, and can now be purchased in print. I'm very happy for Crystal, and happy for myself because I don't read e-books (too hard on my old lady eyes).
I don't participate in many blogfests, but I couldn't pass up this one because of the question Crystal wants us to answer. It's right up my writerly and readerly alley, but first, here's the info on Moonless.
In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.
Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
My response: Well, of course I choose a literary lover, but in a way he's a celebrity lover also. I would beg my parents to set me up with Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, by my beloved Jane Austen. Mr. Darcy seems to be so haughty and unpleasant at first, but as we get to know him, we find out he's the good guy. I want to marry such a kind, upstanding young man, who just happens to have plenty of money and be ever so good looking.
I look forward to living in Mr. Darcy's ancestral estate, Longbourn, especially because I wouldn't have to dust or scrub the floors or cook or do laundry or anything! Mr. Darcy has servants to take care of all that. I would spend all my time being loved and admired by my dear Mr. Darcy.
Besides, when I picture Mr. Darcy, here's the celebrity I imagine:
Colin Firth played the quintessential Mr. Darcy in the excellent Price and Prejudice mini-series, one of my all-time favorite shows. Oi! when Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) steps out of that pond to greet Lizzie – well, he might as well forget her because now I'm available.
Find the rest of the hop below!
And while you're at it, enter to win one of these great prizes!
I hope you'll visit as many blogfest participants as you can, and be sure to tell me in your comment: With whom would you want your parents to set you up if we went back to the days of arranged marriages?
Infinities of love,