Thursday, March 5, 2009

Author Guest Post - Sharon Lathan (and Giveaway!)


Two Shall Become One: Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
By Sharon Lathan
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

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Today A Book Blogger's Diary is happy to host Sharon Lathan, author of  Two Shall Become One: Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, courtesy Danielle of Sourcebooks Publicity.


A fascinating portrait of a timeless, consuming love. Beginning on Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day, together they embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day.

For five months their love story unfolds. Darcy and Elizabeth each reveal to the other how their relationship blossomed from misunderstanding to perfect communication and harmony - a marriage filled with romance, sensuality and the beauty of a deep, abiding love is the result. It is a tale of marital happily-ever-after; that wonderfully elusive dream we wish for.

The tone is romantic and loving as they learn more of each other, cement their bond both physically and spiritually, and gradually explore life at Pemberley as a couple. The essence is happiness as events include Lizzy learning about Pemberley estate management and meeting many of the citizens of Derbyshire, celebrating Christmas with a houseful of guests, passing the winter months with a host of fun times including a Twelfth Night Masque, and as the spring thaws come the Darcys face their first serious trauma and the possibility of a new life on the way. The plot is life.

About the author

Sharon Lathan is a wife, mother, registered nurse, and now a published author. Her debut novel, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Two Shall Become One is volume one in her Darcy Saga series. Her continuations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are also the first books she has written. Available now at Target and book sellers everywhere.

I Believe in the Fairy Tale
By Sharon Lathan

PhotobucketI am a romantic at heart. Always have been. I adore a sweet love story; the warm feelings that center in your chest as the crossed-lovers finally kiss. Most of us females are that way – hardwired by the Man Above to get teary-eyed and say Awww when the mushy, sentimental scenes play.

Yet, I am also a realist. God hardwired me that way too, and good thing as it is partially why I am a terrific nurse! I know the divorce rate, the tragedies that happen every day in our world, and the sadness. It would be very easy for this realist to tip over into cynicism. So why haven’t I? How can I write a novel about true love and marital happiness? How can I keep a straight face when I say that I believe in the fairy tale?

I could think of several answers, but will limit it to two: personal experience and optimism.

I have been married for nearly 23 years. When we met we were young with emotions running high, but it wasn’t the riveting stuff of a romance novel! There was nothing particularly astonishing about how I met my future-spouse, no major dramas or misunderstandings during our courtship, no crazy stories to tell the grandkids. I wasn’t knocked to my knees when I laid eyes on him the first time, no 9.0 earthquakes when we kissed initially, and ardency never flared to the point of ripping each others clothes off and doing the deed in a public place or potentially painful location! I can’t say that every month of the past 23 years has been blissfully spent. Yes, there have been rough times. But, even those are treasured and sweeter, because he is still the only man I want sleeping next to me each night. He is the only man who lights up my smile and flames the fire of passion within. He is my rock, my strong protector, my friend. He bewitched me long ago with his humor, kindness, wit, energy, and other marvelous attributes. He captured my heart and my soul all those years ago, and still lives within me. Simply – I love him. I am no longer 12, so I know that the fairy-tale ending is not about perpetual rapture and endless felicity. It is about commitment, faithfulness, patience, and affinity. It is about persevering through good and bad, just like our vows stated, and remaining one eternally. That, my friends, IS happily-ever-after.

Despite the woeful statistics, there are many happy marriages in the world. I am not the only example. Nevertheless, decades-long marriages are becoming a rare commodity. The reasons for this are myriad and ceaselessly discussed – I am not going to go there! However, I am a firm believer in choosing optimism over pessimism. Just because the ideal is tough does not mean it is totally unattainable. I know life is difficult and relationships complex, but sometimes the answer is simple.

In Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Two Shall Become One I have taken a beloved literary couple and given them the life I think Jane Austen would have wanted for them. I have given them a marriage of love, happiness, fun, passion, fulfillment, and friendship. It is inspiring, optimistic, and, I believe, possible. I conclude that we need this positive message today, more than ever, and I am honored and humbled to offer some hope in the relationship between Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam.

Thank you for that wonderful post, Sharon! As you all know very well, Pride & Prejudice is the fave novel of mine and Sharon promises to have done a beautiful job of continuing that immortal work. Also, there's no denying what she says is true about real life, dear readers and Sharon describes it wonderfully.

Please don't hesitate to leave comments for the author and her beloved book. Here's the incentive!


One lucky commenter will win a copy of this book, which will be mailed directly to the winners by the publisher. You have until midnight CST of March 17th to get those comments and questions in! US & Canada only. Good luck!

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  1. What made you decide to continue the story of Darcy and Elizabeth and how did you come up with it?


    Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. I'm so excited to read this book - can't wait.


  3. Good Morning everyone! I am still waking up over here on the West Coast, sipping my homemade espresso, but wanted to wave to you all. Thanks for stopping by. I will be popping in as much as possible throughout the day to respond to questions or comments. So fire away!

  4. Hi Margay. I am seeing you all over the place these days! Thanks for the interest in my book. I would love to answer your question but fear the reply is far too long to post here! I detail the journey over at my website, especially on the My Inspiration page. In brief, I could not let go of this love story and the scenes that flashed endlessly through my head. I HAD to tell the story!

    Hi Clenna! I appreciate your enthusiasm. You must tell me what you think once you read it. I pray you will not be disappointed. :)

    Ta-ta for now!

  5. I'd love to have a chance to win. Thanks!

  6. I would love this book! I too am a romantic at heart but don't always pick romance for reading, but I love books with an historical aspect. Please add me in for this one.!

  7. Hey guys, Sharon is having problems leaving a comment here. So don't think she's ignoring you!

    Has anyone else had these problems? If yes, do you know how to resolve them, for I sure don't know how.

    I've reinstated the Shoutmix chat box on the sidebar. So if you can't leave a comment here, you're welcome to use it!

  8. Update on the comment problem - apparently, opening up this page in Internet Explorer helps. As does, turning off the pop-up blocker. Let me know if that helps!

  9. All of the reviews I've read are great! Please count me in!

  10. This book is one I'm going to have to read. All the reviews I've seen say it is great. Please enter me for a chance.


  11. Life today has kept me hopping and I am just getting back online. What wonderful responses! Thank you to everyone who has commented, and to all the shy ones who (hopefully) just read my blurb and then dashed out to buy the book! :)

    Hi Baba! Hi Stacie! Hi Anita! Hi MJ!

    Naturally I think my story wonderful, but it sure is great to receive the positive feedback. You will find this first novel heavier on the romance as it is the honeymoon. The history is always there, but gets more pronounced as the series evolves. So much to look forward to!

  12. I so want to read this book - the previews sound great!

  13. I love historical fiction! I can't wait to read this book!

  14. Sharon you sum up the reasons I love your story so much. Darcy and Elizabeth enjoy a "marriage of love, happiness, fun, passion, fulfillment, and friendship"
    Yours is my absolute favourite sequel to my all time fav JA book P&P. The characters are given such a depth, it makes them "real".
    I can't wait for the official release of books two and three!
    TSBO devotee

  15. Please include me in your giveaway. What a great review and question answering.

  16. This book looks so good - a great historical romance. I've read nothing but good things about this book around the blogs & would love to have a chance to read it. Please count me in!

    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

  17. This book looks like a great read! I noticed that my library doesn't carry it. I hope it does eventually!

  18. Sharon, I am so glad tha you continued the story, once a book or movie ends, we all want to know what will happen next, so thank you for letting our hearts and dreams go further.



  19. great reviews which make you want to read it; please enter me.

    yourstrulee at sasktel dot net

  20. Whoops! I forgot to leave my email address. It's

    Optimism over pessimism: I need to work on that!

  21. Thank you all for participating and special thanks to Sharon for stopping by despite technical difficulties.

    The winner has been notified. This giveaway is now closed!

  22. Thank you Rashmi and Sharon, I hope you rec'd my email I had sent you.

    Dina :)