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December 14, 2010 / theoldsilly

Special Guest on Virtual Tour From Down Under – Enid Wilson

Hi all, and thanks for blogging in. I have a very special treat for you today. Several years ago I ‘e-met’ a talented and fun young lady who hails from Australia. She writes steamy romances, and writes them well … had the Old Silly’s temperature rising and libido going full tilt when I read her novel, Bargain With the Devil, lol – and her blog, Steamy Fantasy, is racy and fun, too. Ms. Wilson – and how could I not love any pretty young woman with a last name so fine? 😉 – has a new novel out, titled, Fire and Cross: Pride and Prejudice with a steamy mysterious twist, and is on virtual tour with it. I jumped at the chance to host a stop and was pleased that she offered to do a guest post for us. To read an excerpt from the novel, just click on the book cover.

Here is a brief bio on Enid …

Enid Wilson is the author of My Darcy Mutates, Really Angelic, Bargain with the Devil, and In Quest of Theta Magic. The first three novels have been ranked in the top 50 best-selling romances on Amazon USA or Canada. She writes sexy romance in modern, historical, paranormal and science fiction genres.

Enid loves food, Pride and Prejudice, travel and tennis. She has a Masters degree in Arts. She works in advertising and lives in beautiful Sydney. Sounds too tame? You can read her wild stories at www.steamydarcy.com

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Ms. Wilson is, quite contrary to her bold and often ribald writing style, a bit on the shy side – considers herself ‘un-photogenic’, and so she continuously denies my requests for a sexy photo of her to go along with her guest posts. I ask for a nice, lounging on the couch in a negligee shot, this is what she gives me …

 

 

 

Hmph. So but anyway, she’ll probably kill me for this, but I managed to pull this shot out of the archives … the real Enid.

Isn’t she cute? I think so. Teehee, alright, enough Old Silliness … on with the show-

And now, take it away, Enid Wilson!

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Thank you Marvin for hosting me here again. As your blog is dedicated to promoting spiritual growth and awareness, I thought I would talk about the education of a Regency lady today. I’ve covered this theme in my latest novel, Fire and Cross: Pride and Prejudice with a steamy mysterious twist.

I’m no expert in spiritual education. But I often find it fascinating about the lack of discipline or education Mr. Bennet provided for his five daughters in Pride and Prejudice. Below is an adapted excerpt from my novel. Mr. Bennet has enlisted Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Lady Susan to help him “educate” Miss Lydia and Miss Mary.

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“Lady Susan has clashed with Lydia in wonderful style already,” Mr. Bennet said.

Elizabeth eyed Darcy, who turned a shade of red. He had begun to feel some anxiety.

“Oh, I hope Lydia did not do anything … hasty,” Elizabeth said.

“It seems Lady Susan has drafted a … a plan to help Mary and Lydia learn how to become accomplished ladies. But Lydia finds it … trying,” Jane commented.

“A plan?” Mr. Bennet snorted. “Jane, you always find the best word to describe things. I would call it a military regime. Wake up at seven in the morning for breakfast. Exercise in the garden for one hour. Then another hour and a half of English history, French, Italian and Latin languages. By ten, how to oversee household accounts. Eleven, the manners and fashions of London society. Twelve, European poems and novels … I have lost count of the other activities.”

Darcy’s face turned even more scarlet. He had provided the music sheets, lesson ideas and other conceits. But he had not known that Lady Susan would combine all of them into one day for the two Miss Bennets!

“That would be very trying for Lydia.” Elizabeth’s eyes fixed on Darcy’s flustered face. “Since she usually does not wake up until almost noon, if possible. But the disagreement …?”

Jane did not continue so Mr. Bennet took up the pleasure of the story. “Half way through the English lesson, Lydia threw a fit and would not continue. So Lady Susan asked her what she wished to do with her life.”

“That was a good question,” Elizabeth noted.

“Your sister’s answer was that she wanted to dance and flirt her life away with a camp full of soldiers!” Mr. Bennet said. “And she did not need to know about all these household accounts, society and languages.”

The two sisters were blushing now, ashamed of the thoughtlessness of their youngest sister. But Elizabeth, like Darcy, seemed to want to know what had happened next. They were relieved that Mr. Bennet continued without further prompting.

“So Lady Susan showed her how her life would be if she wished to follow that path. She told Lydia that a young lady who liked only to flirt and did not learn would never be taken seriously by a good soldier and would only be used and discarded by the rakish ones. If she wished for a life of debauchery, Lady Susan would let her start now.”

Elizabeth gasped. “What did Lady Susan do?”

“She called for tea immediately, with her own servants bringing in the most exotic food such as hot chocolate, bananas, grapes and other wonderful creations. While Mary and she were partaking of the heavenly food, she asked her nanny to make sure Lydia stood aside, exactly as a servant must do.”

“Oh, but Lydia loves her food,” Elizabeth exclaimed.

“Yes. Then Lady Susan brought out two most beautiful gowns. She said they were her gifts. One was for Mary and the other was originally intended for Lydia. Since Lydia did not need it any more, as a discarded-gentlewoman-turned-servant, Lady Susan asked her maid to alter the gown for Mary directly in front of Lydia.”

“Oh dear!” was all Elizabeth could find it in herself to utter.

“Lydia was distraught. She cried and begged to be brought back home,” Jane said. “Papa, perhaps we should bring her back and teach her at a slower pace.”

Mr. Bennet shook his head. “Lydia is quite set in her ways. I am ashamed to say that I was slack in the education of all of you in the past. Lydia needs a strong hand. I have a feeling Lady Susan will be good for her.”

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Well, do you think Mr. Bennet was neglectful to his daughters in the original Pride and Prejudice? Do you have sympathy for Lydia’s fate in the novel? You can find out more from my new take on Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice. I have a pdf version of Fire and Cross and a souvenir to giveaway to one lucky reader. Please head over to my website http://www.enidwilson.com and register for news and put a comment at Marvin’s blog here for a chance to win. Entries open to worldwide readers and will close on 21 December.

Oh – the souvenir? It’s this handcrafted change purse-

Thank you Marvin for having me here again. Below is a blurb about Fire and Cross:

The combination of a lethal blaze and a garnet cross have ensured that ever since he was a boy, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s future is promised to an unknown lady.

With danger looming from a suspected spy, and with murder close at hand, will Mr. Darcy cross paths with Elizabeth Bennet and win her affections?
Mr. Darcy’s journey to overcome his pride and find eternal love in Pride and Prejudice takes on a mysterious twist. This sexy what-if story, told from Darcy’s viewpoint, explores the demands of family members and other involved parties.

Fire and Cross takes this perennial favorite in another direction, bursting with overpowering emotion and surprising plot twists.

Warning: The book contains explicit adult content.

Book Data:

Title: Fire and Cross, Pride and Prejudice with a steamy mysterious twist

Author: Enid Wilson

Publisher: Steamy D Publishing

Date of Publication: 1 December 2010

ISBN: 9780980610574

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Alright, gang, let’s show Enid some love in the comments gallery. She’ll be checking in to respond to comments and questions … remember she lives waaaaay down under in ‘shrimp on the barbie’ land, so keep your time zone in mind when checking in for her replies. Oh – and to get a copy of her book on Amazon, click on the title anywhere in this post, or you can also click here.

The tour is going strong until the 19th of this month, for a list of all the stops go to Enid’s webpage, and to catch the next (Wednesday’s) stop, go to: http://marilynbrant.blogspot.com/

Chow for now, peeps!

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  1. Enid Wilson / Dec 14 2010 4:27 am

    My dear Marvin, you’re always so kind! Love all your intro and teasing. I’m watching Oprah. I assume you know she’s in Sydney. There is so much news about her visit. The newspapers even said Oprah House, instead od Opera House. Big hugs from super hot Sydney. (BTW, not sure if the change purse is handcrafted. But I can put an Aussie coin in, if you want *wink*)

    • theoldsilly / Dec 14 2010 9:41 am

      What? Not handcrafted? LOL – I’ll bet the ‘Aussie’ coin tossed in for good measure will more than compensate. 🙂 Good to have you back on Free Spirit, Enid … and also thanks for being a regular here. Happy Holidays to you and yours down under!

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Dec 14 2010 7:05 am

    Hi Enid! Not entering to win, just stopped by to say hello and good luck.

  3. Cactus Annie / Dec 14 2010 9:29 am

    Love the guest post, Enid, you seems to write with a passion and I like that. Best wishes for a great tour and many sales! 🙂

  4. Ron Berry / Dec 14 2010 10:34 am

    ‘hot chocolate, bananas, grapes” Those must have been in Victorian times since they are so commonplace now. There is some very good writing there. Nice to see you on a VBT. Good luck with sales.

  5. tashabud / Dec 14 2010 12:47 pm

    “Steamy romances.” Those two words themselves got me hooked already. I’m so eager to use my Kindle. I hope it’s available on Kindle.

    What Lady Susan did to Lydia is just plain mean and cruel.

    Good luck Enid for the success of your latest book. For a while there, I thought you and Marvin were related. Tehehe.

    Tasha

  6. L. Diane Wolfe / Dec 14 2010 2:01 pm

    Enid is big-time!

  7. Enid Wilson / Dec 14 2010 2:03 pm

    Thanks Alex, Cactus, Tasha for stopping by. @Cactus, research showed that those items were very exotic and expensive at the time. That’s why Lydia was throwing such a fit. @Tasha, the book is available in Kindle. If you win, I will check how to send you one in Kindle format. So you think Lydia should be treated with kid’s glove? And Marvin and I are related, in our good tastes, hehe.

    • theoldsilly / Dec 14 2010 3:00 pm

      Related in our good tastes and good looks! 😉

  8. Stanley Berber / Dec 14 2010 3:04 pm

    Very good and ‘real’ sounding dialog writing – I like that in a writer. So Enid, at what age did you first read and develop such a passion for Pride and Prejudice so as to want to do unique rewrites of that classic? Just curious … will definitely check out your books!

  9. Enid Wilson / Dec 14 2010 8:25 pm

    Thanks Stanley for dropping by. I fell in love P&P when I was 12, after listening to a dramatised series on radio. But I only started writing what if stories three years ago. Hehe, Marvin, I’m very modest. I can’t say I’ve good look. Just ordinary…

  10. Mason Canyon / Dec 14 2010 9:39 pm

    Great post. Another interesting twist on Pride and Prejudice (I’ve got to read the original).

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  11. Enid Wilson / Dec 15 2010 2:59 am

    Diane, missed your post. Strange computer. Mason, you haven’t read the original yet? Well you can always go for the zombie or steamy road…

  12. Helen Ginger / Dec 15 2010 7:08 pm

    I love the many takes on the same characters that Enid writes. She’s forever creative.

  13. Enid Wilson / Dec 16 2010 3:38 am

    Thanks Helen, for dropping by. Big hugs from stormy Sydney.

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