Fascination with Medieval Era Inspiration for Romance Novel

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Butler resident strolls grounds of Renaissance Festival, Medieval Times in historic garb, pens fiction.

Leslie Darcy met her husband while both were working at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst. An Oakland native, she adorned the bedroom and office walls of her current Butler residence with portraits of knights and their ladies. And she’s pulled from her past experiences and imagination to write a historical romance novel. Lords and Ladies is Darcy’s first author credit.

“What if you knew a secret that, if told, would expose a madman, ruin a family and reunite lovers?” the book’s back cover reads. Lords and Ladies tells the story of the servant Catherine who is sent to work for Lord Deverell at his castle. Despite the appearances of wealth and harmony, evil lurks behind closed doors. With the discovery of a hidden passageway and a secret prisoner, Catherine enters the world of the Deverell family where all is not what it seems and people use others for their own gain. Join Catherine as she falls in love with the devastatingly handsome Trey and unleash the mystery of the castle as their story unfolds and discover the shocking truth of their heritage and those around them.

Darcy published Lords and Ladies through Long Dash Publishing, based in Hackensack, NJ and at http://www.longdash.com, which specializes in helping first-time authors get into print.

“I have always been fascinated by knights and the stories that arose from that time period,” Darcy said. “The idea that chivalry, honor and duty were words to live by always seemed very romantic to me.”

Darcy said she hopes readers will be able to identify with the characters in Lords and Ladies. “I spent a lot of time writing about strong emotions – desire, hate, jealousy – and even though this novel takes place in a different time, I think readers will recognize common themes and personality traits,” she said. Anyone who loves historical romance will enjoy Lords and Ladies, according to Darcy. But this book is not limited to women: Darcy exclaims that “I have had several men read it who claimed that romance novels weren’t really their thing, and they couldn’t put it down!”

A life member of the Bergen County Players in Oradell, Darcy has appeared on stage in numerous stage productions including “The Female Odd Couple,” “Sylvia,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Love Letters” and “On Tiny Endings.” Darcy was recently nominated for a Perry Award, which is comparable to a Tony but NJ community theatre, as lead actress for her performance in The Female Odd Couple with the Bergen County Players. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Goucher College in Maryland and Master’s Degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University. She is currently the director of human resources for Railroad Construction Company in Paterson.

For more information about the author or to purchase the book, visit http://www.lordsandladiesbook.com, call Long Dash Publishing at 201-342-1000, visit http://www.longdash.com or e-mail.

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