Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Awesome Romance Novels: Mister Darcy's Secret by @BarbSilkstone #GreatBook...

Awesome Romance Novels: Mister Darcy's Secret by @BarbSilkstone #GreatBook...: ~ Available for Pre-Order ~ Based on the enduring characters created by Jane Austen, MISTER DARCY’S SECRET is a contemporary spin on a...


Readers will never again think of Russian wolfhounds and peanut butter without laughing. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014



New Release!

The third book in the light comedy series 
       is now available for pre-sales

Follow the adventures of the mysterious Mister Darcy, a London-based billionaire and his two lovable basset hounds, Derby and Squire. 



Based on the enduring characters created by Jane Austen, this is a contemporary spin on a classic tale of love denied, and love discovered.

The mysterious Mister Darcy enlists the aid of dog psychologist Lizzie Bennet in his secret quest. Lizzie soon finds herself deep in his battle where familiar villains join forces to stop Darcy at all costs.

Darcy’s true feelings for Lizzie bubble to the surface but can she reciprocate? And what about that peanut butter kiss?

Saturday, December 13, 2014



Three ebook copies given away to randomly chosen readers who comment below.

A light romantic comedy based on the Jane Austen classic.
This is the first book in a five book series. If you enjoy British humor, love dogs, or just enjoy a good chuckle this is the book for you. 

My adorable cat will pick the winners names from her treat dish on December 20th. 
This would make a great little stocking stuffer.

Friday, December 5, 2014

FairyTale Therapy

Alice in Wonderland and other fantasy escapes

                                                           Listen to sample here:

Fairy Tale Therapy
When life tips your tiara it can hurt like the worst toothache. All princesses endure this at one time or another. Sometimes the only relief from the pain of a tipped tiara is to re-write a fairy tale and mock all the bullies who tried to knock your crown off your head. I found riffing fairy tales to be quite therapeutic.

Therapy 101: Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is insatiably curious and eager for adventure. Following a white rabbit down a hole she finds a world that skates on the thin edge of logic.

My Contemporary Alice
Miami real estate broker, Alice Harte, follows the WRONG white rabbit and tumbles into a world populated by mobsters and their nonsense lawyers. The original Alice nibbled on mushrooms and EAT ME cookies to grow in size and strength. Alice Harte relies on Xanax when she stumbles across a beheaded mob boss. Will she keep her own head? And what about love? After all, this is romantic suspense.

How The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters came to be
Caught up in a relationship with a British man I met on the Internet in a holiday house exchange, I was jabberwockied to discover he was a professional conman. Like the original Alice, I tired to make sense out of his nonsense. But he confused my logical mind with his caterpillar smoke and mirrors. I had become Alice in Wonderland, and the only way out was through the portal I created by writing my own version of Alice. I became a twister of fairy tales. It’s great fun to use snarky wit to secure the tiaras of not only Alice, but Wendy Darlin, and Zo White.

Comparing Alices
Both Alices are curious creatures but whereas the original Alice wanted only to escape the world of grownups with her tiara intact; contemporary Alice wants to live in England with a loving partner, and stroll the sheep-lined country lanes.  She’d also like to escape her mobster employer. Unfortunately, Alice Harte is tossed down a dark rabbit hole with murder, mystery, thugs, fish-flingers, and a touch of romance. The usual suspects: the March Hare, Red Queen, and the Tweedles appear in the book, but with a Chandler-esque twist.

The Courtroom – real life
I found myself in a courtroom not unlike Alice’s encounter with the King, Queen, dormouse, lizard, and playing cards. It was easy to convert a pack of lawyers into a deck of playing cards. I fastened my tiara, rolled up my sleeves, and jumped in. I hoped that at the end of my godawful experience I would have one heck of a fairy tale to share.

 In Wonderland, Alice is called as a witness. She accidentally knocks over the jury box with the animals inside. The King orders her to place the animals back into their seats before the trial continues.
In my real life courtroom, a portly, pompous lawyer berated me, then without turning, he backed into this seat. He missed the chair and tumbled to the floor knocking over a few stray barristers. When he fell on his bum with an earth- shattering thud, I knew my fairy tale was calling to me. This would make a perfect book.
As I grew in size to the point where the beheading judge was fast falling to pieces, I recalled the part in Wonderland where the Queen orders Alice to be gone, citing Rule 42 "All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” Alice argues against their silly rule and refuses to leave. The Queen shouts her familiar "Off with her head!" but Alice is unafraid, calling them “just a pack of cards.” The cards and characters swarm over her as she beats them off.
This final scene was enough to launch my career as a twister of fairy tales.
If your tiara is painfully tipping or your chip has fallen from your shoulder, take one fairy tale and call me in the morning.
The End

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mister Darcy's Christmas

Heartwarming read for the holidays!

Based on the enduring characters created by Jane Austen, this is a contemporary spin on a classic tale of love denied, and love discovered.

 Christmas just became a lot more complicated for dog psychologist Lizzie Bennet and her sisters. While shopping in London they find little urchin Annie and her dog Sammy. As a fierce snowstorm takes over the city, the aloof but alluring Mister Darcy invites the girls, including Annie and Sammy, to spend the night at his penthouse.

With the best of intentions Darcy asks Annie and her seven siblings to join the Bennet sisters for a quiet Christmas Eve celebration in his London fortress. The skullduggery begins when Caroline Bingley – the villainess Austen fans love to boo – shows up acting the part of the Grinch and Scrooge combined.

 Barbara Silkstone is the best selling author of ten novels and four box sets. Her comedy mysteries feature goodhearted heroines caught up in screwball situations.

Silkstone’s Romantic Suspense series includes contemporary variations on classic fairytales. The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters ~ Wendy and the Lost Boys ~ Zo White and the Seven Morphs.
 Mister Darcy’s Christmas is the second book in Silkstone’s Mister Darcy series of light comedies based on Jane Austen’s timeless tales of jolly old England.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thankful for Cash

Thankful for Cash Giveaway

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined together to bring you 1 fabulous prize

1 lucky winner will receive $250 Cash!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mister Darcy's Dogs

PRIDE and PREJUDICE Contemporary Variation Novella


Click here: Mister Darcy's Dogs

Jane Austen’s beloved characters return in this novella, a contemporary variation on Pride and Prejudice, one of the most popular novels in English literature.

Doctor Lizzie Bennet, struggling against her conservative English countryside upbringing, determines to prove her worth as a dog psychologist. Nothing will deter her from her career until she meets the uppity and oh-so mysterious Londoner, Mister Darcy. His on-again, off-again flirtatious manner, and his pompous putdowns challenge Lizzie’s short temper. When Mister Darcy hires her to train his lovable basset hounds for an important foxhunt, Lizzie accepts the task despite knowing next to nothing about the sport and harboring an intense fear of horses.

Two of the villains Austen fans love to boo and hiss arrive to torment Lizzie: Caroline Bingley, in hot pursuit of Mister Darcy does all she can to discredit and humiliate Lizzie. Mister Darcy’s old nemesis, George Wickham, stalks the Bennet family.

Will Lizzie keep her focus or succumb to her fate? And what, pray tell, is her fate?

What a delightful story, having never read Pride and Prejudice, I'm inclined to do so now, Barbara's style is so refreshing and fun, I love looking for subtle references in the story, my favorite being Lauren Bacall in this one. I loved the premise, mystery, secret spies??? (or not). Love struck teens, geez!!!!! The sweet heroine and a handsome rich leading man, what more could you want??? Thanks Barbara, looking forward to the next installment. YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT!!!!!!! I'm a devoted "Barbara Silkstone" Addict!!!!”
                                                                             ~ PStiers