Laura Hile

It 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 for more, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor.

The comedy I come by in my job as a teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens!

Published books:

Darcy By Any Other Name and Mercy’s Embrace (a novel in three parts)

New! A Very Austen Christmas, with Robin Helm, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite

Sir Walter Elliot’s how-to eBook:  Marrying Well for Fun & Profit

In case you’re wondering, my fiction is for everyone, even teens.

Sample:

Are my books any good? Why not decide for yourself?
The first five chapters of Darcy By Any Other Name are here for you to enjoy.

Around the web:

… 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.

cats-transp-Karens-Whimsey

Cat graphic courtesy of Karen’sWhimsy.com
Advertisements

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.

      Like

      Reply
  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 ?

    Like

    Reply
  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!

    Like

    Reply
    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.

      Like

      Reply
  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! 🙂

    Like

    Reply
    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.

      Like

      Reply
  4. Jackie

    Laura –

    Did the publisher say the end of May 2010???? 🙂

    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. 😉

    Jackie

    Like

    Reply
    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!

      Like

      Reply
  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.

    Like

    Reply
    1. lauralhile Post author

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

      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?

      Like

      Reply
  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.

    Like

    Reply
    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.

      Like

      Reply
  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!

    Like

    Reply
    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. 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  8. Pingback: Mightier Than The Sword, Miss Austen? « Jane Started It!

  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

    Like

    Reply
  10. Pingback: Jane’s Birthday Soiree | Jane Started It!

  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.

    Like

    Reply
  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.

    Like

    Reply

Leave a Reply to Carol Bossinas Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s