It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome Joana Starnes with a guest post to celebrate the release of her new audiobook, Miss Darcy’s Companion, narrated by Stevie Zimmerman.
Good morning, dear followers of Obsessed with Mr Darcy. Today I’m here as a guest of Mira Magdo’s, the inspired creator of the one and only Chocolate Rating!
You must have heard of it – maybe you’re using it yourselves in some form, when you sit down with the latest delightful work of JAFF that has tickled your fancy. You’ve probably read a number of reviews, gained some idea of what you should expect, bought the book, found some quiet time at last, and prepared yourself for the roller-coaster ride by making sure you have everything you need for 100% enjoyment. Maybe you made yourself a cup of your favourite beverage, or ensured you have tissues at hand if the reviews carried a tissue warning, or poured yourself a glass of wine if that’s your tipple, or put a box of chocolates within easy reach. (Dangerous move, that, but I’ve learned that sometimes it’s necessary – nay, mandatory – and you can see why in Mira’s review, posted when Miss Darcy’s Companion first came out, in Kindle format).
Now, my guess is that the review was written when, just like Mr Darcy, Mira believed herself to be perfectly calm and cool, because the full impact of her first reaction came in a conversation along the lines of ‘Noooo! How could you? How could you make Darcy think that of Elizabeth?’
Sure enough, Mira was absolutely right, and I was so sorry to hear she needed to stop reading and dash out for chocolate, but what can I say, when the old meme says it so much better?
Anyway, long story short, this is how the chocolate rating came to be, so whenever Mira uses it in her reviews, make sure you’re well-stocked and ready for just about anything 😉
The easy-peasy option, let’s face it, is the dash to the shops. I personally have a soft spot for Thorntons. (I wonder why…)
But if you have the time – and above all, the patience – this might be the perfect time of year for a spot of baking.
How about chocolate mice? The internet’s your oyster. I found these Christmas Eve Mice Cookies, and sure enough, they look ever so festive. Of course, there is always the great risk of them meeting with an untimely end right then and there, as you’re dipping the cherries in chocolate, especially if you’re listening to Miss Darcy’s Companion in Audible as you go. Stevie Zimmerman will melt your heart to approximately the same consistency of the melted chocolate with her amazing voice and narration style, and her portrayal of Mr Darcy struggling to choose between his head and his heart is exquisite.
If you haven’t heard it already, you can listen to the sample here.
For a chance to win one of the 10 Audible download codes and listen to the whole e-book for free, or curl up with the paperback version, or win a bag of goodies from Pemberley, Chawton and Bath, please follow the link to enter the international GIVEAWAY, and good luck!
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Many thanks again for the chocolate rating and everything else, Mira, and have a fun December and a great New Year!
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