Laura Hile

Laura-Hile-smIt began with the Internet. And Jane Austen.

Talk about an unlikely combination!

Jane Austen’s Persuasion provided the inspiration as I wrote and posted serialized stories. To keep readers coming back, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor.

Romcom Regency, anyone?

The comedy I come by in my job as a teacher—thereโ€™s never a dull moment with teens!ย In case you’re wondering, my fiction is for everyone.

New!ย Darcy By Any Other Name is now available on Kindle.

It’s the Pride and Prejudice body swap romance that everyone’s talking about.

Have you discovered Mercy’s Embrace?

Elizabeth Elliot and all your favorites from Jane Austen’s Persuasion are waiting.

My books are available in print and ebook versions at most on-line booksellers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Around the web …

KWcat-clipart-6-tnCome to writing class at my author blog, Laura Hile: For the Love of Storytelling
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Reviews of my books are here.
Email: LauraATLauraHile.com

… and here at home

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and two of my college-debt-paying sons. And I love cats, but I’m too busy to have one. Which is kind of sad.

About Mercy’s Embrace

Jane Austen’s beloved Persuasion provides the backdrop for this three-book series of romantic romps set in Regency England featuring the beautiful (and opinionated!) Miss Elizabeth Elliot.

These books are a kick to read. Even my stepdad giggled as he turned pages!

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FrontCoverME1Elizabeth Elliot is as beautiful as ever, yet no gentleman of proper stature has requested her hand. Lady Russell claims she is too particular, but Elizabeth begs to differ. She is not about to settle for a gentleman of no distinction like her sister Mary. Nor will she follow her heart and marry a commoner with no title but Captain–that was Anne’s mistake. As for romance and the tender stirrings of the heart, why, only a simpleton would fall prey to such foolishness!

But when the proud Miss Elliot encounters a pair of smiling Irish eyes in a most unsuitable man of vulgar connections, she is tempted to change her opinion. Almost.

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FrontCoverME2Twelve-thousand a year and an extensive estate can gild a sow’s ear, or so Elizabeth Elliot has always supposed. But now that she’s fallen for the dashing Patrick Gill, Elizabeth is almost ready to give up Mr Rushworth’s fortune. Painfully aware of her bruised pride and vulnerable heart, Elizabeth can only despise herself for loving so common a man. But it has never occurred to her that darling Mr Gill guards a secret of his own–and that he might be responsible for her father’s disappearance.

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FrontCoverME3As the news of Elizabeth Elliot’s broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends and Elizabeth is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr Gill suddenly become so distant?

Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, but Elizabeth Elliot will have none of it. His playful jest has gone too far, for him as well as for her. But her father has fled from his creditors, leaving her in disgrace. Now “Mr Gill” must force a meeting between Elizabeth and the man he truly is–Admiral McGillvary, a man she claims to despise.

Still curious? Why not take a look at Chapter 1 and see for yourself.

 

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23 thoughts on “Laura Hile

    1. lauralhile Post author

      Megan, I’m so pleased to know that you enjoyed the first two Mercy’s books! I’m ashamed to say that I only noticed your post today. One must be logged in and visit the Dashboard of all things. I am still finding my way around here.

      As I said on the main page, on Saturday last I sent Mercy’s Embrace 3 off to the publisher. I hope you enjoy it. Expectations among the readers are high, which is a fearful (and yet wonderful) thing for a writer. Thanks for the encouraging words.

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  1. Carol Bossinas

    As I was following up on Susan Kaye’s story, “Pleasant Days…”, I discovered that when I clicked on Chap. 4 a
    website, Search.com, comes up. Please, what happens in
    Chap. 4 ?

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  2. Samantha

    I loved your first two books! Do you have a tentative release date for the third? I am waiting as patiently as I can!

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    1. lauralhile Post author

      Samantha, I don’t know what to say. “The end of May,” is what my publisher says, so I have to hang with that. This morning I realized May is one-third over (I teach middle school, and students still have a whopping lot to do before summer break). Just now I sent off a nagging email to Wytherngate Press on behalf of loyal readers. I’ll let you know here if I hear anything exciting.

      And thanks so much for your encouraging support. You (and I!) will see the book go up for sale first at Amazon. I don’t know why Amazon gets first crack at books (even before my publisher!) but that’s how it is.

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  3. Katie Story-Like-A-Book

    I’m practically stalking Amazon for “The Lady Must Decide”. Even bought an Amazon.com gift certificate through Scrip in anticipation of the purchase! Now all I need is the ABILITY to buy the book!!! The anticipation is driving me loopy!๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. lauralhile Post author

      Dear Katie, I’m practically stalking my publisher for the same! The delay is driving ME loopy, but what can I do? I’m forwarding your comment … bless you for the vote of confidence.

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  4. Jackie

    Laura –

    Did the publisher say the end of May 2010????๐Ÿ™‚

    I check every day (at least once) and am anxious to see the book on the list. I know there is nothing you can do, but wanted to make sure you had the year right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Jackie

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    1. lauralhile Post author

      Jackie, the publisher did … and like you, I am checking every day. You will see the book come up at Amazon first, and I will post here with the news.

      Here’s the situation as of Tuesday: The proof copy came in from the printer and the color of the cover is wrong !!! It is gray instead of blue!

      It’s always something …

      On the other hand, this means we’re close. Very, very close. In fact, if you’d like to read the first chapter, it’s up on the Wytherngate Press website. Here’s the link.

      This won’t solve anything for you story-wise, but it’s always fun to watch Patrick and Elizabeth face off. Poor Elizabeth, she thinks she’s so smart, and she just … isn’t.

      Thanks, Jackie, for your loyalty. I hope The Lady Must Decide won’t disappoint!

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  5. Jackie

    OMG – the first chapter was awesome. I had been wondering for months how she would figure it out but I never considered Cleora.

    I am satisfied for now that she knows who he is . . . . . thanks for the link.

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    1. lauralhile Post author

      Samantha, thanks so much for the heads-up. Girl, you are on this! You were my first alert! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m sorry that it took so long for this book to make it through production. It’s been kind of a bumpy ride.

      The remainder of the summer is devoted to polishing up a series I wrote with Susan Kaye — Love Suffers Long and is Kind — for production as (inexpensive) ebooks. As well, I have some howlingly funny material that can be expanded for a follow up Mercy’s book. Are readers interested in more with these characters?

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  6. Carol Bossinas

    The 3rd book was as taut, attention holding and as well written as the first two. Loved it. Worth the wait. You certainly made Elizabeth Eliot and Patrick McGilvray characters worthy of our attention. I was so pleased to see that you followed up on all the story threads from the previous books with satisfying results. That said, I hope there is a Book 4 that will answer the questions: What will Fredrick Wentworth do when he comes home to find his father-in-law ensconced in his home; what eventually becomes of Sir Walter; is there any more to the Lady Russell and Longwell relationship; what are to make of Anne’s fatigue and loss of appetite (the obvious?); how did the wedding go off; does Mrs. Huntington pursue her attempt to take Cleora away from Adm. McGilvray; and, please, tell me that Mary Musgrove “gets a clue”, for Charles sake if no other reason. Thank you again for using your own special talent to give us a thoroughly entertaining break from our daily ennui.

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    1. lauralhile Post author

      Carol, thanks so much for the lovely review! Amazon remains quiet, so I’ve been wondering what readers are thinking.

      Hey, if you haven’t yet entered the contest on Alexa’s blog for the three-book set, please do so. When last I checked there were only a few entrants so you have an excellent chance of winning. Today (Friday) is the final day.

      The follow up book to Mercy’s Embrace has the working title Mercy’s Hard Bargain and will address many (but not all!) of the questions you mention. Thanks for listing them — I sometimes wonder what readers pick up on.

      After that, I’ll be working on a Mercy’s related book, Cleora, my attempt to break in to the Regency romance market. We’ll see Elizabeth and Patrick’s marriage through the eyes of his daughter, as she makes her entrance into the London scene under the aegis of Mrs Admiral Patrick McGillvary. Never a dull moment with Elizabeth on the quarterdeck!

      Thanks again, Carol, for your kind words.

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  7. Sue

    I’ve spent all day reading “The Lady Must Decide”. I’m still not sure if it’s really decided…smiles. I am loving it. Tho’ I got so anxious at one point I had to skip to the end just to survive. Then I went back and picked up where I left off. I have about 10 pages to go, but since it’s past midnight and my husband’s becoming disgruntled I guess I’ll finish tomorrow. It’s great!

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    1. Laura Hile Post author

      Sue, I’m so pleased to hear you enjoyed the books. (And I’m sorry to have taken so long to reply to you here. I was on vacation and away from the web for — gasp — 10 days.)

      I, too, have been known to rush through a book because I couldn’t stand the suspense. There will be more with these characters … eventually! And you know we’ll do a giveaway here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Samantha

    Laura,

    I would like to say thank you once again for writing these amazing books! Last night I picked up my copy of Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course (first time in about a year) and read it along with So Lively a Chase and The Lady Must Decide one sitting. Once I put the last book down and looked at the clock it was 4 a.m. I truly get lost in these books and the characters are delightful and funny. I noticed something about you working on a fourth book! I am anxious to see what is in store for Patrick and Elizabeth along with everyone else.

    Thank you,

    Samantha R

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  11. Marilee Nissen

    When will Book 4 come out? I’m crazy about the series.I think you are the best writer of Austen sequels since Pamela Aidan, whom I loved. More please, and more after that! One never grows tired of Regency romance. I will be introducing my daughter to your books. She is a finance professor at NYU and needs all the escape she can get.

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  12. Karen Thronson

    Hi Laura, I too, am wondering about Book 4. I have read all of your books and the ones you have written with Susan Kaye. Miss Elliot and Admiral McGillvary are so believable in their escapades as well as all the Persuasion characters.

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