Good morning, Maria Grazia, and thank you for hosting the launch post of my first JAFF blog tour for my latest release, Caroline, Pride & Prejudice Continued… Book One. As you can tell from the title, I wrote a book about the much vilified Caroline Bingley and provided her with a new romantic interest. In light of this venture, I wanted to share with readers my very own Dreamcast for my story. What fun it was to put this eclectic group of actors together, (read that as much time spent on Google, sighing over images of handsome men), and I hope it leaves readers with the desire to learn more about my merry troupe characters!
I have written other romance stories, but this is my first foray into the Regency era and with this in mind, I wanted to convey a sense of who these characters are with regard to their looks as well as in their own styles. Pride and Prejudice has been adapted for the screen and stage so many times, that I think that most Austen fans have in their minds a version of each central character that is influenced by these adaptations, as well as created from the images based on their own various reading experiences. It is my hope that my Dreamcast resonates with the readers of Caroline and helps them to create their own lovely images of these characters throughout the story!
“Books belong to their readers.” John Green
I chose Kelly Reilly as Caroline Bingley because of all the P&P variations I’ve watched, she is the one I always saw as the true Miss Bingley. Just enough charm and beauty to think she could rule the world.
When I began to write Lord Nathan, I knew I wanted him to be tall, to have an easy grace. He was confident, yet not cocky. I kept picturing Tristan from Stardust, hence Charlie Cox is who I chose for Nathan Kerr.
Anna Maxwell for Louisa. I looked for the actress that played Cassandra from “Becoming Jane” because I wanted Caroline’s sister to have similar features.
Chloe Mortez is how I envisioned Miss Darcy. Fresh and beautiful, everything a young miss coming out into Society should be.
And then there is Maxwell. Isn’t he handsome? I was looking at the cast of characters from previous Jane Austen adaptations and came across Tom Mison.
My first introduction to him was as Bingley from the ‘Lost in Austen’ adaptation. Far too blonde to be my Duke of Adborough, but when I saw him as Ichabod Crane… yup – there he was, and it doesn’t hurt that he could pass as Nathan’s brother. How fortuitous for me.
I’d love to hear your readers thoughts about my Dreamcast, along with their own ideas for casting these characters. The possibilities are fascinating, aren’t they?
Whatever happened to Caroline Bingley after her brother and unrequited love interest married a Bennet sister? Join me in this story of redemptive love and the healing of broken dreams.
Caroline Bingley, beyond frustrated with her brother, Charles and Mr. Darcy both proposing to the Bennet sisters, dreads their upcoming nuptials. For three years, her sole focus has been on attaining a marriage proposal from one Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley, only to be foiled by a country miss with ‘fine eyes’. Adrift and not sure of her place in life, she meets the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Lord Nathan, who equally vexes and intrigues her.
Lord Nathan Kerr, third in line to a Dukedom, had a well-earned reputation as a Rake. He cast all that and his noble title aside to become Mr. Darcy’s vicar in Kympton, finding contentment in leading his small flock and doing the Lord’s work. His plan for a quiet, country life is thrown into upheaval when he meets the fiery Miss Bingley. Can he reconcile his rising desire for the spoiled miss with how a vicar’s wife ‘should’ behave?
About the Author
Sue Barr resides in beautiful Southwestern Ontario with her retired Air Force hubby, two sons and their families. She’s also an indentured servant to three cats and has been known to rescue a kitten or two, or three…in an attempt to keep her ‘cat-lady-in-training’ status current. Although, she has deviated from appointed path and rescued a few dogs as well.
Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and their affiliate chapter, Love, Hope and Faith as well as American Christian Fiction Writers.
For more information about her other books, visit her website
Three winners will receive a paperback copy of “Caroline” and a Jane Austen Journal and three separate winners will receive an ebook copy of this book. (All giveaways are open to international winners.)
Blog Tour Schedule
March 12 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway
March 13/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Excerpt & Giveaway
March 14/ More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway
March 15/ Every Savage Can Dance/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 16/ Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway
March 17/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Vignette Post & Giveaway
March 18/ My Love for Jane Austen/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 19/ Every Savage Can Dance/ Book Review & Giveaway
March 20/ Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway
March 21/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway
March 22 / Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway
March 23 /Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
March 24/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway
March 25/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
March 26/ Of Pens & Pages/ Book Review & Giveaway